Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Haley Skinner

It’s a citywide event that encourages everyone to hit the streets—but not all of them.  It’s called Síclovía, and it has a specific route.

“Síclovía is heading back to our traditional Broadway route, but we’re adding a little twist.”

The YMCA’s Monica Garza runs Síclovía.

“…we’re heading over to the east side to Dignowity and Lockwood Parks.”

Garza lays out the specific route, starting on Broadway:

“Lions Field at Mulberry all the way down to Alamo Plaza, and then head over east to those parks.”

Penny Malone

You probably think of church when you think of altars, but  you might also think of art. And not just art—sacred art. Non-denominational sacred art.

“They are--almost all—spiritual, and almost all non-religious.”

That’s Celebration Circle’s Spiritual Director Rudi Harst and he’s talking about a series of altars built by artists. Here’s how it happened.

“We give fifty-plus artists identical wooden boxes," he explained. "Two months later they bring them back with totally different expressions of what’s important to each one of them individually.”

Adam Peché

It’s a stage production about something that’s come and gone decades ago. I spoke to SAY Si’s Joy Jimenez about what La Carpa Garcia was.

“They were a traveling tent show.”

The ‘they’ is the extended Garcia Family.

“They were a family that took their tents—the Carpas—around to many neighborhoods and Mexican barrios around the southwest,” she explained.

This was back in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. They were singers, dancers, circus performers, entertainers.  

“They ended up settling in San Antonio when the Carpas shut down in the '40s,” said Jimenez.

Robert Strovers

San Antonio arts institutions are gearing up for the fall season, and the San Antonio Chamber Choir begins theirs this weekend with a pair of performances, themed "A River Runs Through Us."

I spoke to Rick Bjella, their new Artistic Director. He talked about this weekend's performance:

National Tour Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

It was a huge hit in the movie theater, in the Broadway Theater, and now it’s coming back to San Antonio.
If you’ve seen it, surely you remember this scene (click "listen" above to hear the scene).

"Ma chère mademoiselle! It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents: your dinner!"

That’s Patrick Pevehouse, who plays the iconic Lumiere in "Beauty and the Beast" and his return to San Antonio is delightfully coincidental.