Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
10:19 am
Fri February 14, 2014

The Playhouse Does Sondheim's Musical 'Company'

Company cast.
Sandra Treviño

The Playhouse is tackling another classic and this time it's Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company."

" 'Company' is a delightful show about a man who is having his 35th birthday" said Playhouse CEO Asia Ciaravino. "And he basically looks at his life around him with all of his friends -- his married friends, his friends who are in different kinds of relationships -- and says, 'Is this what I want?' And it’s really a show that’s not connected by a story -- it’s connected through his memories."

The play is conceived and written around its central character, Bobby.

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KPAC Blog
1:51 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

With Dvorak Festival Finished, Lang-Lessing Talks About How It Went, What's Next

San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Dvořák Festival is done and I checked in with San Antonio Symphony Music Director  Sebastian Lang-Lessing to see how it went.

“The objectives were basically we were able to enlarge our partner groups, including opera."

Lang-Lessing noted that Dvořák provides a good continuity from last year’s Brahms Festival.

"And third it is touching a composer who is from Europe but changed the American music history dramatically in a very good and inspiring way," he said.

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Arts & Culture
10:02 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Convention Center's "Mustangs" Looking For A New Home

Mustangs at Noon
Mac Adams

If you've seen the five horses caught in mid-gallop on the east wall of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, you may be wondering where they have run off to.

The bad news: The east end of the convention center has been demolished, and Mustangs at Noon, the art piece that created the striking image, is gone. The good news: It's probably coming back. Somewhere, at some point.

“We had them professionally removed very carefully," said Public Art San Antonio Manager Jimmy LeFlor. "They’ve been set aside from all the demolition so they’re protected."

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Arts & Culture
3:39 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

San Antonio Book Festival Announces Visiting Authors

San Antonio Book Festival
Katy Flato

Some San Antonians have been waiting with baited breath to see who will be appearing at the upcoming book festival. I've got the details but first, for those of you who don’t know about the .

“It’s just a chance for some of the nation’s best writers to be in conversation with one another and for people in San Antonio to engage with them for free," said San Antonio Book Festival Literary Director Clay Smith. "This festival is a gift to the city.”

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World Music
2:42 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Serbian Musician Spikes Old World Music With Rock Sounds

ARC Music

I first heard of Kal when they played at the 2008 International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, where they were greeted with wild enthusiasm. Formed in Belgrade in 2001, Kal is led by Dragan Ristic. The objective of the group is to promote the Romany culture, a subject increasingly taught in schools in Europe.

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Arts & Culture
12:07 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Robert Indiana's Love-Hate Experiences In San Antonio

Indiana's iconic Electric Love sculpture.
Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Robert Indiana was a successful artist in the 1960s, but shot to worldwide fame when he produced the Electric Love sculpture that became forever attached to the era. The McNay exhibition takes you beyond that work to his other creations -- from stage costumes, to sculpture to paintings.

“Working at the McNay I always enjoy going and seeing exhibitions before we open them to the public," said McNay Director of Communications Daniela Oliver. "This time around it really took my breath away.”

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Magik Theatre Brings Children's Book "Skippyjon Jones" To Life

Cast of Skippyjon Jones
Tracey Maurer

A famous children’s book has been adapted to the local stage. I spoke to the Magik Theatre Artistic Director Dave Morgan, and I had to ask him, "So what the heck is a 'Skippyjon Jones?'"

“'Skippyjon Jones' is a cat that thinks its ears are too big for its head, so he wants to be a Chihuahua. And he loves Chihuahuas," Morgan said.

If you don’t know "Skippyjon Jones," it’s probably because like me, you don’t have young children. The books are wildly popular, and Morgan decided it needed to leap from the pages onto the Magik’s stage.

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Arts & Culture
12:09 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

McNay Exhibit Goes Beyond 'Electric LOVE' With Robert Indiana

The Electric LOVE, 1966/2000
Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Robert Indiana is one of America’s most successful living artists. I spoke to him recently from his island home off Maine. You probably know Indiana’s iconic Electric LOVE sculpture with the distinctive crooked "O" from the mid 1960s.

"I've done pretty well by being known for Love," reflects the artist.

But beyond the love statue there is so much more. Last week the McNay Art Museum opened Beyond Love last week at the expansive Stieren Center.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Changes At SAMA Provide Growth Opportunity For American Collection

The San Antonio Museum of Art.
Courtesy photo

The San Antonio Museum of Art recently created a new position: Curator of American art. I went to SAMA last week and spoke with William Keyse Rudolph to find out what that means for San Antonio.

"I am the Marie and Hugh Halff curator of American art, and then I also serve as the Mellon chief curator," Rudolph said.

What that means is he will curate the museum’s American Collection, and he’ll oversee the rest of SAMA’s curatorial staff. That could mean big things for the museum, specifically in the area of his specialty, American art.

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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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