Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:51 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Friends Remember Rick Hunter, The "San Antonio Jack Kerouac Of Photography"

Rick Hunter Facebook photo.

San Antonio recently lost a highly visible artist. Rick Hunter was probably San Antonio's most known photographer when he died last week of pneumonia.

Facebook may seem an odd place to take the measure of a man, but if you go to Rick Hunter’s Facebook page, the tributes number into the hundreds.

"Rick Hunter was a colleague of mine at the San Antonio Express News," said Hector Saldaña. "I think of a very encouraging person, I think of a guy that loved people, it was evident in his photographs."

Read more
Arts & Culture
1:58 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Go in Peace: Rick Hunter

Rick Hunter, on the island of Janitzio, Mexico
Credit Rick Hunter Photography

It was with the heaviest heart that I read the news, spreading like a wild fire, of the death of the extraordinary photographer Rick Hunter. He was one of my favorite people on Facebook and a constant inspiration as I tried, and tried again, to train my camera to see as he saw. My eye will never be as keen as his, yet I will continue to strive to capture the world around me as he always did, so skillfully.

Read more
Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Colombian Stilt Walkers Mix Modern Dance, Ballet At Plaza Avenida

Nemcatacoa Teatro

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts has brought an unusual troupe of performers to San Antonio. Simply put, it’s one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen.

Yvonne Montoya, Program Director for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, said the Colombian stilt walking group are on an international tour right now.

"You can see modern dance in there, you can see the look of ballet, it’s all kind of genres put together," Montoya said.

Read more
Arts & Culture
10:36 am
Fri November 8, 2013

New McNay Exhibit Questions Personal Style And Accepted Taste

After Boucher 1, oil on canvas.
photo: Megan Roche

A new exhibit at the McNay by Illinois artist Rosayln Schwartz takes conventions from master paintings and re-interprets them, challenging the "arbiter of taste," those who decide what is and isn't "high quality."

"What I do in a sense is to try to pervert that experience by changing colors to these lurid, almost neon-like colors that I use to create these old master reenactments." Schwartz said. "And what I find so interesting is that people are drawn to the work, they’re seduced by the work because of this mastery."

Read more
Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Magik Theatre Group Gives At-Risk Teens A Place To Grow, Express Themselves

The Magik Theatre

A theater performance on Friday at the Magik Theatre is a little closer to real life drama than those on any other stage in town. That's because some of the young people on stage have been arrested for, as James Apollo Bradley says,  things like "truancy, and possession, vandalism and things of that nature that could lead to more serious crimes down the road."

Bradley has developed a method to get those teens to take the exit before they head on down that road. His idea:

Read more
Arts & Culture
12:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

World War II's Aztec Eagles Take Flight Again At The Institute Of Texan Cultures

Mexican Pilots in World War II
National Archives

If you dig deep into World War II’s history, you find obscure facts that somehow history has just forgotten to pass on. Well, here’s one for you: Mexican pilots fought alongside American ones in the Pacific theater.

As Bryan Howard, director of research, exhibits and collections at the Institute of Texan Cultures explains, they called them the "Aztec Eagles."

Read more
Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Carver Cultural Center Artist Calls On A Rain God For Inspiration

Atl Exhibit at the Carver Cultural Center
Phil Castillo

An exhibit at the Carver Cultural Center features works by Roberto Jose Gonzalez, who cites a less-than-common muse for his new exhibit: A rain god.

"The exhibit is entitled Atl" Gonzalez said. "Atl is one of the rain gods, one of the rain deities in Mexico. This exhibition is devoted to creating works that are my vision, my interpretation of that particular rain God."

San Antonian Gonzalez is originally from Laredo, but traces his family tree much farther back.

Read more
World Music
3:51 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Putumayo Music Founder Dan Storper On A World Of Music

Dan Storper with TPR host Deirdre Saravia.
Jorge Saravia

Putumayo albums are impossible to miss. Since it first appeared on store shelves, the series has featured the distinctive, colorful artwork of Nicola Heindl. Each musical track is exotic and always melodic.

Read more
KPAC Blog
12:31 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Austin Baroque Orchestra Comes To San Antonio

Austin Baroque Orchestra
Courtesy of the artist

If you like Classical music and history, there’s something coming to San Antonio that you’ll probably want to see: The Austin Baroque Orchestra.

Read more
Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Texas Children's Choir Commemorates WWII Hero

The Texas Children’s Choir is heading to Hondo, but that’s only a small step compared to where they’re going next summer -- Normandy Beach in France, where Americans invaded on D-Day.

Volunteer Laura Force, whose 9-year-old daughter is in the choir, said that common purpose is the key to the choir’s success. She talked about Choir Director Dr. Thomas Hardaway’s efforts with the children:

"Dr. Hardaway instills in the children that their choir is as much about instilling their own voices independently and together as a choir, as it is also service to others," Force said.

Read more

Pages