Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Visitors Say River Walk Lives Up To Holiday Expectations

Perez family, who are visiting from Dallas.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

San Antonio’s largest single piece of art has many fans, both local, and international. It's the San Antonio River, downtown. A pan flute fills the air with South American magic at the River Center Mall lagoon, where the barges circle and head out on their circumnavigation of the river's big horseshoe bend. 

I went down the other night to see what people thought about how the city dresses up its River Walk for the Holiday Season.

"My name is Justin Self, and I’ve been having fun just walking around and seeing all the pretty lights."

"Where are you from?" I asked.

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Home Video
12:10 am
Tue December 24, 2013

"City Lights" Shines On Blu-ray

The Tramp woos a blind flower girl in "City Lights."
Courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

At one time in America, “The Little Tramp” was one of the most recognized characters in the world. Among classic movie characters, I think Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” has since surpassed him, but I’ve been doing my part to introduce my own kids (now 8 and 6) to the joys of silent cinema, and Charlie Chaplin is their favorite star from that era.

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Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Cameo Theatre Presents Irving Berlin's "White Christmas"

White Christmas Cast
James Teninty

No one is predicting a white Christmas for San Antonio, no one except Cameo Theatre, a local theater troupe that is putting on a production based on the 1954 musical starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby.

Cameo manager Jim Zaccariah talks about their production of "White Christmas."

"It’s got a large cast of 25 people. A large ensemble cast," said Zacchariah, who said the group has more or less followed the movie plot, but with a few twists.

“They’ve added more Irving Berlin songs, so if you’re an Irving Berlin fan, this is the musical for you,” he said.

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Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Artpace Invites International Artists To San Antonio For Residence Program

Spring 2011 Artpace resident artist E.V. Day
Kimberly Aubuchon

The Artpace International Artist-In-Residence Program happens under the radar three times each year at Artpace’s downtown museum. Artpace Deputy Director Mary Heathcott explains how it works.

"What the residency program is is that the artists move into Artpace -- they actually live here on site," Heathcott said. "Each year we invite nine artists, three come at a time, spring, summer and fall. Each artist creates a new artworks, which then goes on exhibit at Artpace for two months."

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Arts & Culture
1:04 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Christmas Carolers Bring Holiday Cheer To The River Walk

Holiday lights on the River Walk.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

You’re down on the River Walk, the barges floating by, when all of a sudden you see a barge floating by full of Christmas carolers.

“It is one of the most fun things that we do all year long," said Nancy Hunt, executive director of the Paseo Del Rio Association.

“We provide barges that people can rent. You can bring a church caroling group or a boy scout troop or a girl scout troop. And you board the barge and you sing carols along the River Walk," Hunt said.

Wow! Talk about a San Antonio holiday.

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World Festivals
8:48 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Radish Art In Oaxaca

Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights at 8:00 on KSTX), we not only hear great music, but I take a look at celebrations happening around the world this week...

LA NOCHE DE LOS RABANOS

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Arts & Culture
4:44 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Bombasta: A Band As Big As The Barrio It Comes From

Bombasta, Barrio Big Band
Veronica Lourdes Luna

A local music group celebrating its tenth anniversary is impressive, but not necessarily newsworthy. This, however, makes it newsworthy:

“I congratulate Bombasta on ten years; it’s a tremendous achievement. I wave the Bombasta flag...”

That’s city councilman Diego Bernal in a video congratulating San Antonio band, Bombasta. He and other local luminaries were part of a video produced marking the band’s milestone.

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Holiday Programming
3:27 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

"Peabo's Christmas Holiday" Airs Christmas Eve

Peabo at the mic.
Carin Lamontagne

KSTX's most unusual holiday tradition continues this year with "Peabo's Christmas Holiday," hosted by Nathan Cone, David Furst, and Peabo, the unofficial Texas Public Radio mascot.

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Classical Music
3:06 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

SA Symphony Introduces Dvorak To San Antonio On KLRN

Sebastian Lang-Lessing at KLRN
KLRN

The San Antonio Symphony doesn’t do a lot of television specials, but once a year they collaborate with public television station KLRN to produce an hour-long program.

"[This year's show will] launch nicely our next festival, which will be a Dvorak Festival," said conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing by phone from Belgrade. "[We'll be] introducing Dvorak to the public. We’ve chosen this year the 'Carnival Overture' and a set of Slavonic dances, which really shows Dvorak from his folky side."

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

This May Be San Antonio's Most Unusual Holiday Celebration

Tubameisters at the Arneson River Theater
Hans Grim

It’s a San Antonio holiday event truly like no other.  We asked Tubameister Ray Grim, who coordinates the group of tuba and euphonium players, just what a Tubameister is.

"A tubameister is someone who has mastered the tuba, in our case it’s a name for our group, calling ourselves the Tubameisters."

He explained how Tubas are known primarily for its background function in music.

"These are instruments that don’t often be at the forefront, but in this concert we get to play all the parts, including the melody."

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