Arts & Culture

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10:13 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Latin Grammys More Diverse Than Ever In 2013

Guitarist, composer, arranger Mario Adnet.
Credit Milton Montenegro

[This post has been edited from when it first went online to reflect some of the winners in this year's categories.]

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KPAC Blog
4:32 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Carlos Prieto Brings His Cello (And Its Incredible Story) To San Antonio

Carlos Prieto
Courtesy of the artist

Carlos Prieto has traveled the world over playing his cello for enthusiastic audiences and when he travels he always buys a full-fare ticket for his cello, but he would often have a problem.

"The employees never knew how to issue a ticket for a cello, until my wife came up with the brilliant idea of giving my cello a name. It’s called Miss Cello Prieto," he said.

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World Festivals
2:49 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

In Switzerland, Competing To Be The Top Claus

Samnaun-Ravaisch, Switzerland
Wikimedia Commons

Did you think Santa Claus only delivered presents? Well, in Switzerland on the last weekend of November, would be Santa Clauses endure two grueling days of competition to find out who’s absolutely, positively the best Santa in the world. Now in its twelfth year, the Cla Wau event attracts participants from around the globe. The only requirement to enter is a Santa outfit, three co-conspirators, and an adventurous attitude.

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Arts & Culture
1:52 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Carmen's De La Calle Offers Global Food And Local Music, But Not For Long

Paula Sullivan
Paula Sullivan

We don't normally do stories about eateries and bars, but the promise of "global eats and local acts" got my attention.

"We concentrate on giving you a global experience and then we use local entertainment," said Paula Sullivan from Carmen’s de la Calle, a European-inspired cafe that features live music.

Although they serve up a global experience with the food, Sullivan said she also thinks of her establishment as a tapas bar. Tapas cover a wide variety of things Americans tend to order as appetizers.

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Classical Spotlight
9:24 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Symphony Of The Hills Offers A Christmas Gift

Symphony of the Hills
Full House Productions

You’re surely aware of the San Antonio Symphony, but it’s not the only area orchestra. In Kerrville, the 80-piece Symphony of the Hills performs five concerts a year.

"The orchestra is made up of professionals from the Hill Country community and as far away as San Antonio and Austin and the surrounding communities," says Dr. Eugene Dowdy, the symphony's Associate Conductor.

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Classical Music
2:26 am
Thu November 21, 2013

The Orchestral Recipe, From The Pilgrims To Today

Food and music mingle in Pieter Claesz's Still Life with Musical Instruments (1623).
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 5:55 am

If you're going to be cooking Thanksgiving dinner next week, you've probably already started gathering the traditional ingredients — but your ingredients are most likely very different from those that made up the first Thanksgiving meal in 1621. (Marshmallows with those sweet potatoes, anyone?)

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Classical Music
3:28 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Act Like You Know: Benjamin Britten

A portrait of the composer Benjamin Britten from 1948.
Denis De Marney Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 11:57 am

British composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago this Friday, Nov. 22. Before you ask "Benja-who?" consider this: Did you see Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom last summer, or Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her back a decade or so ago? (Well, maybe you have to be an art-house denizen for those.

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KPAC Blog
2:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Symphony Welcomes Guest Violinist Philippe Quint And His Stradivarius To San Antonio

Philippe Quint and his violin.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco press photo

The San Antonio Symphony has invited guest violinist Philippe Quint for its next performance. Quint was born in Leningrad, Russia, to a musical family and immigrated to the United States in 1991.

He earned multiple degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. Quint will be in San Antonio this weekend to play Mendelssohn’s "Violin Concerto" with the San Antonio Symphony.

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Austria's Salzburg Marionettes In San Antonio On Wednesday

"The Sound of Music"
Courtesy photo

Big time puppetry returns to the Alamo City on Wednesday, November 20, thanks to the Children’s Fine Art Series, who have been in San Antonio for 31 years now.

"It actually was the creation of the Montessori school my children were attending," said Executive Director Kathleen Miller. "When I started there wasn’t a whole lot of choice. But I think along the way a lot of people have realized how important that is for young children, and that they can develop that appreciation for arts at that young age."

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Arts & Culture
12:31 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

World War II Portraits Get A Color Makeover At Boerne Library Exhibit

Artist Chris Demarest
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Your local library may have revolving displays of period museum collections or perhaps paintings hanging on the walls of their public gallery, but they probably don’t have this.

Chris Demarest is the painter who created about 30 paintings of World War II servicemen and women that are on display at the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne. You may still be asking: what’s so different about that?

"I bring my easel wherever I go, so I work in public" Demarest explained.

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