Arts & Culture

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.
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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
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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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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

A Bit Of History And Macabre On The Eastside Cemetery Tour

East Side Cemetery
Office of Historic Preservation

The people interred in the city’s Eastside cemeteries have many stories to tell, but they’re not talking. Luckily, Nicholas Fuqua with the Office of Historic Preservation said there’s still a lot to hear on the Eastside Cemetery Tour.

"We’re going to look at some historic graves from prominent Texans, look at funerary art and architecture, iconography, tell a little bit of history about the development of the city cemetery, and why it’s where it is and why it looks the way it does," Fuqua said. "So hopefully it’ll be an educational experience for everybody."

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Arts & Culture
10:38 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Yamato Drummers Make San Antonio Stop This Weekend

Masa Ogawa

There’s an act coming to San Antonio that can’t be beat -- The Yamato Drummers. Arts San Antonio is bringing them to the Lila Cockrell this Sunday. The  group use ancient Taiko drums, but in very untraditional ways. Gen Hidaka talks about how their performance varies from tradition.

"It’s really original, it’s really modern and it’s really dynamic music," Hidaka said. "And people also consider that it’s really entertaining. We also sometimes sing. It’s not only about music it could be like martial arts. It’s like boxing."

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Arts & Culture
1:07 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

New York Artist Shares Work And Passion With San Antonio

Cacique
Abigail Marquez

UTSA’s Downtown Art Gallery hosts an interesting new exhibit and New Yorker Manny Vega doesn’t mince words when he talks about the difficult process involved in creating his highly detailed pen and ink drawings.

"You can’t shuck and jive around this, you’ve gotta sit down and do it," Vega said.

He described the exhibit as containing a wide variety subject matter.

"You know, it’s a combination of visual imagery from Africa, the Caribbean and my life in New York," he said.

The creative process is, for him, filled with emotion, and finishing a piece is tough.

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World Music
12:53 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

First Listen: Juana Molina, 'Wed 21'

Juana Molina's new album, Wed 21, comes out Oct. 28.
Marcelo Setton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 12:00 pm

When Juana Molina decided to abandon a successful career on Argentine television, there were plenty of naysayers. Her brilliant 1996 debut album, Rara (Strange), produced by Argentine music producer Gustavo Santaolalla (composer of the Brokeback Mountain soundtrack), proved them wrong. It reflected her sense of humor (she was a respected comedian) and her musical complexity by combining Argentine folk with hypnotically repetitive electronica beats.

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World Music
12:52 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

First Listen: William Onyeabor, 'Who Is William Onyeabor?'

Who Is William Onyeabor? is being released by the Luaka Bop record label. It comes out Oct. 29.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 12:02 pm

If Fela Kuti was a child of James Brown, fellow Nigerian William Onyeabor is something like the next-generation musical offspring of Parliament-Funkadelic.

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Theater Arts
4:35 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Woodlawn Sees Continuing Success With 'The Rocky Horror Show'

Stars of the Woodlawn Theater's production of "The Rocky Horror Show."
Siggi Ragnar

A cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Show" fits right in with the new ethos brought by the Woodlawn Theater's new owners and brings loyal members of the audience back for multiple turns.

The Woodlawn directors feel fortunate to have three stars from the TV show "RuPaul’s Drag Race" leading the cast. Alaska, from season 5 of the show, said in most shows audience-delivered comedy would not be allowed, but is it welcomed in Rocky Horror.

"They know what lines are coming up, so they can scream at you," Alaska said.

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