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3:09 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Maestro Lang-Lessing Extends Symphony Contract

Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the San Antonio Symphony.
San Antonio Symphony

It’s rare that there’s breaking news in the classical music realm locally, but today’s news that Sebastian Lang-Lessing will extend his contract with the San Antonio Symphony definitely qualifies.

It's a new five-year extension brought on, in part, by an increased financial commitment on the part of major donors such as H-E-B and Valero.

Lang-Lessing is originally from Germany, and is a very popular conductor there, in Europe and as far away as Tokyo and Tasmania, where he conducted concurrently with San Antonio until 2012.

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First Listen
9:50 am
Mon October 28, 2013

First Listen: Midlake, 'Antiphon'

Midlake's new album, Antiphon, comes out Nov. 5.
Sammy Reed Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 9:53 am

Midlake does grand the way Pink Floyd did. The Denton, Texas, band's members have big ideas and a sound that feels like a massive orchestra, with arrangements that build and unfold. All of this is done with more rock and less folk, yet still a timeless style. It reaches back while feeling present.

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Classical Music
9:49 am
Mon October 28, 2013

First Listen: Kronos Quartet, 'Aheym'

Kronos Quartet's new album, Aheym, comes out Nov. 5. All the music on this album was composed by Bryce Dessner (center) of the rock group The National.
Andrew Paynter Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 9:51 am

Bryce Dessner is a man who slips in and out of musical guises with disarming ease. In the rock world, he's known as a member of The National (along with his twin brother, Aaron) and a founding member of Clogs.

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Ecstatic Voices
11:13 am
Sun October 27, 2013

Accordions, Beer And God: Zydeco In Gran Texas

After years of attending church dances, Step Rideau says he was moved to connect with his heritage on a deeper level.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 4:07 pm

The modest, cream-colored '50s-era chapel that's home to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Houston looks like many other places of worship you might find in urban America. The first clue to a unique tradition here pulls up Sunday afternoon.

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Recipes
4:53 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Death Becomes Whimsical On Dia De Los Muertos

Melissa Block/NPR

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 6:55 pm

On the Mexican Dia de los Muertos holiday, the living remember the dead. Some believe they are communing with the deceased. While it may sound morbid, Pati Jinich, a Mexican-born blogger, food show personality and author of Pati's Mexican Table, says it's a joyous occasion.

"People get ready to welcome people — those who have deceased and that presumably have license to visit just once a year," Jinich told All Things Considered host Melissa Block.

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Books
3:41 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

San Antonio Book Fest Looking For Tomorrow's Writers

Mayor Juian Castro and Katy Flato
Katy Flato

The Texas Book Festival-San Antonio isn’t until next April, but there’s something you may want to know about that’s coming up sooner. Director Katy Flato says a new Fiction Writing Contest associated with the fest is looking for the writers of tomorrow.

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Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Pow! Zap! Alamo City Comic Con Opens Today

Alamo City Comic Con runs Oct. 24-27 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Courtesy

Gotham City's Dynamic Duo is coming to the Alamo City. From the 1960s television program "Batman," Adam West and Robin Burt Ward join Ernie Hudson from "Ghostbusters," Danny Trejo from "Machete," and many more celebrities in town for a highly anticipated event among the geek conogscenti.

For fans like Tim Stewart, the Alamo City Comic Con is a big deal.

"I've been a fan of science fiction and comic books all of my life," he said.

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Theater
9:47 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Local Playwright Imagines Origins Of 'Hamlet'

Cast of 'Wittenberg'
Siggi Ragnar

A San Antonio-raised playwright comes back to act in his own production at the Playhouse, beginning November 1. David Davalos wrote "Wittenberg," stocking it with historic characters, but with an odd and anachronistic twist.
 

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Arts & Culture
1:08 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

"The Butler" Producer Speaks To St. Philip's Students

Will Haygood
Courtesy photo

You may not know Wil Haygood by name, but you likely have heard of "The Butler," the Hollywood film about an African-American butler's decades of service at the White House, that's made over $100 million at the box office so far. Haygood, a reporter for the Washington Post and Associate Producer on the film, spoke to students at St. Philip's College today.

Despite his accomplishments at the Washington Post, the Boston Globe (as a Pulitzer Prize Finalist), and in Hollywood, Haygood’s demeanor is humble. But that doesn’t mean he's without passion.

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Arts & Culture
10:14 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Briscoe Western Art Museum Opens Saturday

Briscoe Western Art Museum Lobby
Brandi Sutherland

Named after the late Governor Dolph Briscoe, the new Briscoe Western Art Museum opens Saturday. At a preview this week, Executive Director Steven Karr welcomed members of the press:

"I stand here with you in the historic lobby of the former Central Library of the city of San Antonio…now the Briscoe Western Art Museum.” 

That re-imagined former library is 58,000 square feet filled with 700 art and artifacts of the southwest of old, as well as contemporary art.

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