Once a year, and only in Thailand, the four legged and agile inhabitants of Lopburi, the Macaques monkeys, are treated as honored guests at the Monkey Buffet Festival. Normally, the locals regard these simian creatures with disdain because of their atrocious behavior. Monkey hordes hang out on roof tops and telegraph wires, and their hygiene leaves much to be desired. Passer bys are often the recipients of undesired droppings.
On November 21, 1963, in Houston, Texas, President John F.Kennedy and his wife Jackie, along with Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, were entertained by San Antonio musicians. Fernando Herrera and other musicians gave the distinguished visitors a taste of Texas at the Crystal Ballroom in the Rice Hotel.
Herrera remembers the night well, and he had a great deal of interchange with the president himself.
"Much to my surprise, Kennedy was familiar with all the music because those Kennedys traveled all over the world. He knew my outfit," Herrera said.
The latest release by Pink Martini--and true to Martini form--is called ‘Get Happy.’ But in this case, the title does not say it all, as many of the songs are full of pathos and as in the Charlie Chaplin classic, ‘Smile,’ with singer Phyllis Diller, which is almost heartbreaking to listen to, as Ms. Diller died some months after recording the song, at age 95.
The Ahn Trio is a highly regarded chamber ensemble, and they're coming Saturday night to the Carver Cultural Center. Their performance in the Alamo City though brings with it a twist. The dance troupe Nai Ni Chen will perform onstage with them.
"I find it very engaging and exciting, and hopefully our audiences will [too]," said violinist Angela Ahn.
The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio welcome guest musician Tracy Silverman for their next concert. Silverman’s violin has six strings -- two more than most -- and those added strings make a huge difference in his sound.
When he joins forces with YOSA on Tuesday, November 19, at the Lila Cockrell Theater, they are planning on throwing the audience some curves.
"It’s set up as sort of a flash mob, where the orchestra appears out of the audience itself," Silverman said.
They’re called The Classic Theatre, and the name of the five-year-old San Antonio theater company isn’t by accident.
"We concentrate on classic dramatic literature, and that means is we usually do old classics and one modern classic a year," said Co-Artistic Director Diane Malone. "I’m just doing pure Shakespeare and the audiences are loving it."
Why is something written hundreds of years ago -- like Shakespeare -- still relevant today?
San Antonio recently lost a highly visible artist. Rick Hunter was probably San Antonio's most known photographer when he died last week of pneumonia.
Facebook may seem an odd place to take the measure of a man, but if you go to Rick Hunter’s Facebook page, the tributes number into the hundreds.
"Rick Hunter was a colleague of mine at the San Antonio Express News," said Hector Saldaña. "I think of a very encouraging person, I think of a guy that loved people, it was evident in his photographs."
It was with the heaviest heart that I read the news, spreading like a wild fire, of the death of the extraordinary photographer Rick Hunter. He was one of my favorite people on Facebook and a constant inspiration as I tried, and tried again, to train my camera to see as he saw. My eye will never be as keen as his, yet I will continue to strive to capture the world around me as he always did, so skillfully.