Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
12:09 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Pilobolus Dance Theater Brings Their "Revolutionary" Style To San Antonio

Pilobolus Dancer Theater
Sara Davis

The Pilobolus Dance Theater is coming to the Majestic on Tuesday, January 14, but if you think you’re going to see standard dance fare, you’re in for some surprises.

"As a company we’re always pushing ourselves to do things that we haven’t done before," said dancer Eriko Jimbo.

"We’re always trying to reach for the next thing," she said.

Pilobolus doesn’t so many exhibit-specific dance moves and standard choreography. Their marketing calls them "revolutionary," "athletic" and "witty."

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Texas Music
8:33 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Ambien Dreams And Naked Desert Walks: St. Vincent On Her New Album

Renata Raksha Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 1:25 pm

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KPAC Blog
4:53 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

SOLI Debuts Three New Commissioned Works In January Shows

The SOLI Chamber Ensemble.
Courtesy of the artist

Violinist and SOLI Chamber Ensemble Artistic Director Ertan Torgul said his group specializes in contemporary classical music and has commissioned over 40 works in the group's time together.

They pay musicians to write new classical compositions and then SOLI debuts them in San Antonio.  

"All we’re doing really is performing stuff that is new, just like in Beethoven’s day," Torgul said.

Torgul reminds us that even the classics were contemporary at one time.

"We’re doing the same thing for today’s composers," he said.

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Arts & Culture
2:10 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

San Anto Cultural Arts Unveils Government Hill Mural

Government Hill Mural
John Medina

San Antonio is a city full of murals, but the new one in the Government Hill neighborhood represents something more. San Anto Cultural Arts Center’s Public Art Program Manager John Medina explains how it came about.

"Earlier in the year we were contacted by City Center Health Careers and they wanted us to team up with them to paint the mural and teach it as part of their curriculum," Medina said. "Previous to this they didn’t have an art class."

So what does a mural and art have to do with City Center Heath Careers Charter School?"

Medina explained the big picture:

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World Festivals
10:26 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Goodbye To Winter! (Or So The Swiss Hope)

Vogel Gryff mural in Basel.
Duesi Wikimedia Commons

The Vogel Gryff Festival, held in Switzerland, could be described as wishful thinking, because January 13th 2014, is most certainly, not remotely or positively anywhere near the end of winter! But since the 13th century, Swiss folk in Basel have enjoyed this fun event that aims to chase away the winter, and also mocks the city elite.

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Arts & Culture
4:14 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Jump Start Ending Blue Star Run With Massive Party

Jump Start Party Antics
Erik Bosse

San Antonio’s Jump-Start Performance Co. is making a big move, and it all starts with an unusual party. After having operated out of the Blue Star Complex for 20 years, they’re in the process now of moving.

"Our stage has been taken up and I believe today a crew is dismantling our light grid," said Marketing Director Erik Bosse.

The party’s held as the last event in the Blue Star facility, which Bosse describes as a "big, massive event with music, poetry, theater, dance, video, all sorts and things to do."

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Arts & Culture
2:58 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Boerne Community Theatre Presents Tony Award-Winning Play

"God of Carnage" cast.
Allen Rudolph

The Boerne Community Theatre (BCT) is mounting a production of "God of Carnage," a Tony Award-winning play that’s quite a ways out of the Neil Simon romantic comedy mold.

"When I read the script I knew that I needed to direct this show," said BCT Executive/Artistic Director Patty Loftis.

I asked her about BCT's Theater on the Edge program: "You said that 'God of Carnage' was a part of your Theater on the Edge thing -- what does that mean?"

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Arts & Culture
4:13 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

'Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music': Houston's Mexican Mass

Jess Escalante (right), the 70-year-old founder of Mariachi Norteno, plays his guitarrón in a recent Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe inside St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston. He's joined by Jose Martinez.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 7:50 pm

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KPAC Blog
4:40 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

San Antonio Symphony's Dvorak Festival Is Finally Here

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

Next Friday the San Antonio Symphony’s month-long Dvořák Festival begins. An enthusiastic Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing describes Dvořák’s cello concerto as an outstanding one, and "probably also is the most popular cello concerto ever written."

For the Dvořák debut, the symphony is bringing back Chinese cellist Jian Wang.

"He’s looking forward to coming back to San Antonio this season, and we are looking forward to kick off the festival with him," Lang Lessing said.

It all starts with the spirited "Carnival Overture."

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Arts & Culture
2:44 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Be The City's Next Poet Laureate?

San Antonio's 2013 Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla in the TPR studios.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The city of San Antonio is looking for its top wordsmith. The pay isn’t great, but according to Dr. Carmen Tafolla, the gig is.

"It is a wonderful, wonderful experience," said Tafolla, San Antonio's current poet laureate whose reign is nearing the end. She said she thinks highly of the city that allowed her the honor to represent it.

"We are very, very fortunate to be in a city that recognizes the power of poetry, the power of words, and its ownership by the community," Tafolla said.

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