Arts & Culture

World Music
10:34 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

La Vida Boheme, 'La Vida Mejor'

Music video for La Vida Boheme's "La Vida Mejor."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 12:29 pm

Titled Será, the most recent album by the Venezuelan band La Vida Boheme was a Latin Grammy-nominated epic; a post-apocalyptic opera prima that feels like it's about love and life in Latin America, perhaps more specifically in the group's tumultuous home country. Either way, La Vida Boheme continues to play brilliantly with mixing industrial rock, punk, disco, jazz and Latin rhythms.

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Movie Reviews
12:05 am
Sat October 12, 2013

"Machete" Slices Through A Sequel

Machete (Danny Trejo) and Mendez (Demian Bichir)
Open Road Films

Fox News has little to fear from “Machete Kills,” a sequel that trades the subversive immigration politics of its predecessor in favor of more over-the-top mayhem and humor with its titular character, portrayed with monosyllabic gusto by Danny Trejo. The production opens with a fake (or is it?) trailer for “Machete Kills Again...

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KPAC Blog
5:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Why Verdi?

Giuseppe Verdi
Wikimedia Commons

My first exposure to the music of Guiseppe Verdi came in high school. Fred Junkin, the director of the Victoria High School Band, chose Verdi's "Overture to La Forza del Destino" for one of our contest pieces. The drama of the piece stuck with me, such that as a professional musician and devoted listener to classical music, my heart still responds to Verdi's restless score.

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Arts & Culture
3:21 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Mariachi Corazon Taking Main Plaza By Storm

Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio performing at Fiesta 2013.
MCSA Facebook page

Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio is a yearly high school competition to find the city’s best young mariachi musicians. This year's event is at Main Plaza on Saturday, October 26.

"Those students are nominated by their mariachi director to perform and they stand out in the crowd, and they have one minute time to do performances," said Main Plaza Conservancy’s Jane Pauley-Flores. "And so the judges are not only hearing the high school bands, but they are also hearing the performance of the individual that has been nominated."

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World Music
1:03 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Fighting For The Gods

Nada No Kenka Matsuri
Sailko Wikimedia Commons

Festivals associated with the gods are normally characterized by peace and reverence, but not at the Nada No Kenka Matsuri (Oct. 14-15) in Japan. Every year, men of all ages engage in a colossal pushing, shoving and general rowdiness at a procession involving large shrines mounted on platforms carried through the streets.

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Arts & Culture
4:07 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Southside's Ballroom Luminoso Wins SXSW Eco Award For Public Space

Ballroom Luminoso
City of San Antonio

It’s pretty much just an overgrown and forbidding area on the Southside -- the space beneath the I-35 overpass between Theo and Malone -- but here your tax dollars have created something special in Ballroom Luminoso, a public art project that has won the SXSW Eco Award for Transformative Design in the Public Space Design Competition.

The transformative design award recognizes excellence in how a design shapes or reinterprets the physical environment.

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Arts Downtown
1:28 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Luminaria Finally Has Time To Contemplate Growth, Is A 10-Day Event In The Works?

Meow Wolf installation for the Sixth Annual Luminaria in March 2012.
ArtGives.org and David Frank

After six years of arts and experimentation, the committee behind Luminaria is now working on how to advance the annual visual art expo over the next five years.

The annual event, which is usually held in the spring, is hard to miss downtown with its vibrant light displays and visual projections. It started using several streets around the Alamo and then moved into Hemisfair Park, but now its creative team is looking at the future, of when, where, and how long it should be.

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Classical Music
8:59 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Verdi's Operas: A Vigorous Soundtrack To Human Nature

Giuseppe Verdi's operas have an uncanny ability to probe into our contemporary psyche.
Leemage Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:09 pm

Two hundred years ago today, in a small northern Italian village, a couple named Verdi — tavern owners by trade — welcomed the birth of a baby boy who would later change the face of opera forever. And, whether we recognize it or not, on the bicentennial of his birth, Giuseppe Verdi is still vital.

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Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Woodlawn's Halloween Double Billing Is Chilling

Young Frankenstein
Siggi Ragnar

Two of Halloween’s cinematic traditional favorites take the stage -- together in a sense -- at Fredericksburg Road’s Deco District Woodlawn Theater.

“Right now we have a family friendly production of Mel Brooks' 'Young Frankenstein' and it plays on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at three,” said Artistic Director Greg Hinojosa

And then things take a turn towards the Frankenstinian with the crowd-favorite "Rocky Horror Picture Show."

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Classical Music
1:59 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

What Is Classical Music's Women Problem?

Australian conductor Simone Young, the outgoing artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera.
Klaus Lefebvre Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:36 am

Close your eyes, and you may think that this is 1913. In the past few days, the classical music community has been set aflame by recent comments from three prominent male conductors who are — steel yourself — actually saying that women are not capable of standing on the podium.

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