Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
10:36 am
Fri November 8, 2013

New McNay Exhibit Questions Personal Style And Accepted Taste

After Boucher 1, oil on canvas.
photo: Megan Roche

A new exhibit at the McNay by Illinois artist Rosayln Schwartz takes conventions from master paintings and re-interprets them, challenging the "arbiter of taste," those who decide what is and isn't "high quality."

"What I do in a sense is to try to pervert that experience by changing colors to these lurid, almost neon-like colors that I use to create these old master reenactments." Schwartz said. "And what I find so interesting is that people are drawn to the work, they’re seduced by the work because of this mastery."

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Magik Theatre Group Gives At-Risk Teens A Place To Grow, Express Themselves

The Magik Theatre

A theater performance on Friday at the Magik Theatre is a little closer to real life drama than those on any other stage in town. That's because some of the young people on stage have been arrested for, as James Apollo Bradley says,  things like "truancy, and possession, vandalism and things of that nature that could lead to more serious crimes down the road."

Bradley has developed a method to get those teens to take the exit before they head on down that road. His idea:

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Arts & Culture
12:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

World War II's Aztec Eagles Take Flight Again At The Institute Of Texan Cultures

Mexican Pilots in World War II
National Archives

If you dig deep into World War II’s history, you find obscure facts that somehow history has just forgotten to pass on. Well, here’s one for you: Mexican pilots fought alongside American ones in the Pacific theater.

As Bryan Howard, director of research, exhibits and collections at the Institute of Texan Cultures explains, they called them the "Aztec Eagles."

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Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Carver Cultural Center Artist Calls On A Rain God For Inspiration

Atl Exhibit at the Carver Cultural Center
Phil Castillo

An exhibit at the Carver Cultural Center features works by Roberto Jose Gonzalez, who cites a less-than-common muse for his new exhibit: A rain god.

"The exhibit is entitled Atl" Gonzalez said. "Atl is one of the rain gods, one of the rain deities in Mexico. This exhibition is devoted to creating works that are my vision, my interpretation of that particular rain God."

San Antonian Gonzalez is originally from Laredo, but traces his family tree much farther back.

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World Music
3:51 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Putumayo Music Founder Dan Storper On A World Of Music

Dan Storper with TPR host Deirdre Saravia.
Jorge Saravia

Putumayo albums are impossible to miss. Since it first appeared on store shelves, the series has featured the distinctive, colorful artwork of Nicola Heindl. Each musical track is exotic and always melodic.

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KPAC Blog
12:31 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Austin Baroque Orchestra Comes To San Antonio

Austin Baroque Orchestra
Courtesy of the artist

If you like Classical music and history, there’s something coming to San Antonio that you’ll probably want to see: The Austin Baroque Orchestra.

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Texas Children's Choir Commemorates WWII Hero

The Texas Children’s Choir is heading to Hondo, but that’s only a small step compared to where they’re going next summer -- Normandy Beach in France, where Americans invaded on D-Day.

Volunteer Laura Force, whose 9-year-old daughter is in the choir, said that common purpose is the key to the choir’s success. She talked about Choir Director Dr. Thomas Hardaway’s efforts with the children:

"Dr. Hardaway instills in the children that their choir is as much about instilling their own voices independently and together as a choir, as it is also service to others," Force said.

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World Music
12:19 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Clannad Returns With Ethereal "Nádúr"

ARC Music

Over forty years ago, a young family band came together to sing the local pub in County Donegal, owned by Moya and Enya Brennan’s father. Clannad’s sound was essentially Irish, underscored by the fact that they also sang in Gaelic. The native language was extensively spoken in North Western Ireland, but was considered a commercial death knell for anyone hoping to find success in the music industry. So when “The Theme From Harry’s Game,” sung exclusively in Irish, entered the British pop charts at number five, a glass ceiling shattered.

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KPAC Blog
4:34 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Presents Rach 2 At The Majestic

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

This week’s San Antonio Symphony performance at the Majestic Theater features the second Sergei Rachmaninoff piece of the new symphony season, Piano Concerto No. 2.

"At least in the top five of the most famous of piano concertos, or the most popular ever written," Lang-Lessing said.

The featured soloist is a highly regarded pianist originally from the Philippines.

"We are very, very lucky to have the wonderful Cecile Licad playing with us this weekend, and she’s really a wonderful artist," Lang-Lessing said.

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Arts & Culture
3:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Take Note Gives San Antonio Teens A Musical Outlet

Take Note
City of San Antonio

Take Note, a music group made up of local teens ages 13-18, originates with the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.

"We take the kind of garage-band students to a pre-professional level, training them for all kinds of venues and events here in the city of San Antonio," said Program Manager Mona Lisa Montgomery.

Students earn their place in Take Note through auditions.

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