Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Local Musicians Celebrate The Beatles' Influence On South Texas

Hector Saldana, The Krayolas.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

The Beatles were all over television this last weekend in national TV commemorations of their US arrival. Locally, they were celebrated at the South Texas Popular Culture Center. Hundreds gathered to mark the occasion and listen to bands pay homage to the Fab Four. I went there to speak to a couple of notables involved in the effort. The music I've used in my story (hit "listen" above) was the Blue Note Ringos' version of "Strawberry Fields."

I spoke first to Express News Columnist and Krayolas front man Hector Saldaña.

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World Music
2:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Asgeir Trausti Breaks The "Silence" In English

One Little Indian Records

Last year at Austin’s South By Southwest Festival, a muscular, shy young man with a fairly pronounced sunburn arrived for an interview with me.

Asgeir Trausti had recently arrived from a howling storm in Iceland. He shared a video on his cell which confirmed the conditions-- all dark skies and driving snow. On that same day, Austin was experiencing a fairly typical spring day, with warm temperatures, clear blue skies and gorgeous sunshine. It all went to Asgeir’s head--and his face, and his arms,which were glowing pink!

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Arts & Culture
2:19 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Valentine's Day Concert At Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name, Throne Room
Paulette Embody Cave Without a Name

Normally I’d suggest not setting your sights too low on how to celebrate Valentines Day with your significant other, but in this case setting them far below might just be the thing to do.

"We are presenting a musical review called Love, Sweet Love," said Allegro Stage Company Music Director Tom Masinter.

"Love, Sweet Love is a musical review presenting beautiful love songs of the 1960s," he said.

I asked Masinter where it was happening.

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Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Fri February 7, 2014

See The New SAWS-Briscoe Mural Celebrating San Antonio Water History

SAWS Mural at the Briscoe Western Art Musem
Brian Wilkie

The newest River Walk tile mural was unveiled on Tuesday morning and it celebrates the story of water in San Antonio.

"Contrary to popular belief, oil isn’t the lifeblood of this city, it’s water," said Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Executive Director Steven Karr. "So it’s an important story to tell."  

To tell that story, the Briscoe collaborated with San Antonio Water Systems and artists from Dunis Studios and decided to continue a long-standing San Antonio tradition of creating and installing large tile murals along the River Walk.

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Arts & Culture
2:18 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Take An Architectural Journey On Saturday Historic Church Walking Tours

Historic Church Walking Tour.
Nicholas Fuqua

You don’t have to be any particular denomination — or any denomination — to be interested in downtown’s church architecture and history. The city's Office of Historic Preservation continues with its historic walking tour program.

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Arts & Culture
11:16 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Canadian Dance Troupe Stepcrew Brings International Show To Boerne

Dance troupe Stepcrew is coming to Boerne next week. You may remember the Riverdance phenomenon in the mid 1990s. A young Canadian man saw that and thought, "Wait! We’re already doing that!"

“When we grew up I didn’t even know Irish dancing existed," said Nathan Pilatzke, a dancer and founding member of Stepcrew. "We were just learning this dance which was from our area.”

But he said they’re not just another Riverdance.

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Arts & Culture
4:42 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

New Tile Mural Continues Long River Walk Tradition

Susan Dunis & Sienna Dunis Ginn
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

That water tank behind the Arneson River Theater stage marks San Antonio’s oldest pump station. Just to the west of it is the brand new Briscoe Museum. The area between them is the beautiful McNutt Courtyard.

As an entrance to the River Walk, it’s a prime place to carry on a San Antonio art tradition — a painted tile mural.

"It’s completely in the W.P.A. tradition," said tile expert and author Susan Toomey Frost talking about the Works Progress Administration tile murals installed as part of the old River Walk. She cites a long tradition.

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Arts & Culture
1:57 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Crickets Come Alive With Modern Art Orchestra At Artpace

Mungo Thomson, Crickets for Solo and Ensemble, 2014
Mark Menjivar, courtesy Artpace San Antonio

(Author's note: I suggest you listen to this story -- hit "listen" above)

Artpace has opened a new exhibit and I was able to go down and walk through it. It's happening primarily in the Hudson showroom, and it's really an exercise in auditory imagination. As you walk in you think you're hearing crickets, but as you round the corner to see the video, you realize you're hearing something else entirely.

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KPAC Blog
3:52 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Dvorak Festival Winds Down With Iconic 'New World Symphony'

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
KLRN

The last weekend of the San Antonio Symphony's Dvořák Festival is coming, but to begin we look back at last weekend’s "Rusalka."

“I was really proud and really happy with the result, and I think our understanding of Dvořák really changed with this piece," said symphony Music Director Lang-Lessing. "We really learned about Dvořák.”

Headlining this weekend are Dvořák’s Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, but as Lang-Lessing explained, before playing them the symphony tackles a contemporary piece by American Jennifer Higdon.  

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Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

SAMA's New Exhibit: Thomas Sully's 19th Century Selfies, Andrew Jackson And More

Major Thomas Biddle
courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art opens a new exhibition on Saturday and I was lucky enough to get a preview. Workmen were still hanging and lighting the paintings as I sat down with the new Curator of American Art William Keyse Rudolph.

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