Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Office of Historic Preservation

The World Heritage Festival to celebrate the San Antonio Missions' World Heritage Designation is on. One event may well change the way you see Mission San Jose.

It’s called Restored By Light, and as Shanon Miller, San Antonio’s director of Historic Preservation explains, it will cause you to see Mission San Jose in a way you never have.


A San Antonio author's major work gets a theatrical interpretation. The Classic Theater's adaptation of Sandra Cisneros's House on Mango Street opens on Friday night.

"It's a really beautiful story about a young girl who's growing up. My character is older Esperanza and I get to watch the memories unfold in front of me as I'm telling the story. And I get to see the younger Esperanza experience these moments with people and the places that she lived."


Gypsy Pantoja says the cast has nailed the spirit of the novel.  


Photo courtesy of VIA

Once a year VIA Transit holds an art contest exclusively for its employees to participate in. First though, the location for the exhibit is worth the visit in and of itself. VIA spokeswoman Lorraine Pulido explains.

"We are at The Grand. This is a very historic building. It used to be a railroad station. An excellent location in which to feature art exhibitions," she says.

VIA's beautiful west side headquarters was once a Great Northern Railroad station and features a central exhibition space, overseen by three massive windows at the north, south and east.

Tom Summers

A Songwriters' Circle, a cave performance and a museum adventure--here's some fun for your holiday weekend. First off tonight, at the Japanese Tea Garden, something very cool.

"This is a rare occasion," says Tom Frost, III, and he's talking about the Songwriters' Circle.

"In this show we're going to have Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines, who backs her up, and then Luke Olson and myself, and we'll all trade songs."

Mary Keating Bruton

Terri Hendrix is from San Antonio, and got her start playing everywhere from "greasy dives" (as she once told me) to fancier digs like Restaurant Biga back when it was off of McCullough St. In 1996, she released her first album, "Two Dollar Shoes." The infectious title track and folksy melodies were a hit. She kept writing and performing, and became a self-made businesswoman with the establishment of her own record label, Wilory Records (née Tycoon Cowgirl Records).  Twenty years and over a dozen studio/live releases later, her audience has grown into a nationwide following.