Arts & Culture

Movie Interviews
4:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Teller Breaks His Silence To Talk 'Tim's Vermeer'

Directed by Teller, of the magic act Penn and Teller, Tim's Vermeer follows Tim Jenison (above) as he attempts to re-create the methods and work of the Dutch master.
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 6:12 pm

The documentary Tim's Vermeer follows inventor Tim Jenison on a singular project — the attempt to paint in the way the 17th century Flemish master Johannes Vermeer painted.

Jenison was inspired by Vermeer's paintings and by the book Secret Knowledge, in which the contemporary English artist David Hockney theorized that Renaissance painters might have achieved photographic accuracy by employing tools that anticipated photography.

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KPAC Blog
2:03 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

San Antonio Mastersingers Take On Handel's "The Messiah"

San Antonio Mastersingers
San Antonio Mastersingers

The San Antonio Mastersingers are about to begin a series of performances that have become a San Antonio holiday tradition. They are teaming with the San Antonio Symphony for George Frideric Handel's "The Messiah."

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World Festivals
9:08 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Beat The Devil To Prepare For St. Nick

Klausjagen, 2011. Men wearing Iffelen or Infuln, which are enormous, incredibly ornate paper / wood hats which resemble a cross between a bishop's mitre and a stained glass window.
Matthias Zepper Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. This week, we'll learn about how folks prepare for the holidays by ridding their towns of evil. 

LA QUEMA DEL DIABLO

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KPAC Blog
5:03 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Black Violin Shakes Up Classical And Hip-Hop Worlds At The Carver

Black Violin
Courtesy photo

Black Violin is coming to San Antonio, and they’re probably unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Their sound could be described as two parts hip hop and two parts classical.

"We’re a product of both worlds," said Wilner Baptiste, or Wil B as he’s known.

"The classical/hip hop thing is always something we did to keep our interest in the classics," Baptiste said.

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Movies
2:46 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

New Films This Holiday Season

Actors Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey are pictured in a scene from "Dallas Buyers Club." (Focus Features)

Thanksgiving is the traditional start of the holiday movie season, and Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that there are some good films to finish out what’s been a strong year at the movies.

“I think we’re gonna end up looking at what we’ve seen this year and be quite amazed at the depth and power and creativity of some of the films that have come out,” says Burr. He shares some of his favorites.

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KPAC Blog
2:43 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Presents Baroque In The Historic San Fernando

The San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio was founded in 1731 and is the oldest continually functioning religious community in Texas.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Fernando Cathedral is one of San Antonio’s most iconic and most storied buildings and when the San Antonio Symphony matched a special event to the building, a hit was created.

"It was so popular last year, especially in the San Fernando Cathedral, where the music matches the building," said San Antonio Symphony Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto.

"The cathedral was built during the Baroque period in the mid 18th century," she said.

The music the pared-down symphony of about 22 players will be playing is all baroque, as Fujimoto details.

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KPAC Blog
1:33 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Symphony And Ballet Present Christmas Staple, "The Nutcracker"

The Nutcracker
Still Life Photography

"The Nutcracker" is now an American Christmas tradition, but when Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky debuted the work in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, it wasn't a success. San Antonio Symphony’s Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto explains.

"You have to understand, until Tchaikovsky came along, ballet music was just ballet music," Fujimoto said. "It wasn’t appreciated for its own good, and Tchaikovsky single-handedly did that."

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Week-Long Mariachi Vargas Celebration Hits The Alamo City Dec. 1

Mariachi Cascabel-Rio Grande City HS performs in the 2010 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza group competition.
Mariachi Vargas

With all the holiday-themed events scheduled there’s something you may have missed: the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. It's coming to San Antonio, and as extravaganza Producer Cynthia Muñoz said, it’s a week full of special events, and music.

"The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is a seven-day mariachi music festival that starts Sunday, December 1 and runs through Saturday, December 7. It’s in its nineteenth consecutive year as the largest and longest-running mariachi music festival in Texas," Muñoz said.

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Arts & Culture
11:42 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Esperanza's Peace Market A Fair-Trade Holiday Shopping Alternative

Peace Market
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Black Friday is approaching, but there's another holiday shopping alternative you might want to explore.

"Consumers can come to the Peace Market to buy handmade goods with fair trade practices, and also themes of peace and justice," said Esperanza Peace and Justice Center staff member Itza Carbajal, talking about the center's Mercado de Paz.

"For the Peace Market we have vendors occupying both the first story and the second story and our parking lot, and we also close off a street called Evergreen," Carbajal said.

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Arts & Culture
4:49 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New St. Mary's University Sculpture Garden Features Works By "Brother Mel"

Sculpture by Brother Mel
Eileen Pace TPR News

Some of the Marianist Brothers from St. Mary’s University are headed out next month for a scavenger hunt of sorts -- to fill the school’s new sculpture garden -- and a particular art studio in St. Louis may have just what the school is looking for.

St. Mary’s is the oldest and largest Catholic university in Texas. Steeped in history and boasting excellent law and business programs, now the university is adding a sculpture garden to honor the memory of a beloved leader.

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