Arts & Culture

Arts Downtown
1:28 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Luminaria Finally Has Time To Contemplate Growth, Is A 10-Day Event In The Works?

Meow Wolf installation for the Sixth Annual Luminaria in March 2012.
ArtGives.org and David Frank

After six years of arts and experimentation, the committee behind Luminaria is now working on how to advance the annual visual art expo over the next five years.

The annual event, which is usually held in the spring, is hard to miss downtown with its vibrant light displays and visual projections. It started using several streets around the Alamo and then moved into Hemisfair Park, but now its creative team is looking at the future, of when, where, and how long it should be.

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Classical Music
8:59 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Verdi's Operas: A Vigorous Soundtrack To Human Nature

Giuseppe Verdi's operas have an uncanny ability to probe into our contemporary psyche.
Leemage Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:09 pm

Two hundred years ago today, in a small northern Italian village, a couple named Verdi — tavern owners by trade — welcomed the birth of a baby boy who would later change the face of opera forever. And, whether we recognize it or not, on the bicentennial of his birth, Giuseppe Verdi is still vital.

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Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Woodlawn's Halloween Double Billing Is Chilling

Young Frankenstein
Siggi Ragnar

Two of Halloween’s cinematic traditional favorites take the stage -- together in a sense -- at Fredericksburg Road’s Deco District Woodlawn Theater.

“Right now we have a family friendly production of Mel Brooks' 'Young Frankenstein' and it plays on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at three,” said Artistic Director Greg Hinojosa

And then things take a turn towards the Frankenstinian with the crowd-favorite "Rocky Horror Picture Show."

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Classical Music
1:59 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

What Is Classical Music's Women Problem?

Australian conductor Simone Young, the outgoing artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera.
Klaus Lefebvre Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:36 am

Close your eyes, and you may think that this is 1913. In the past few days, the classical music community has been set aflame by recent comments from three prominent male conductors who are — steel yourself — actually saying that women are not capable of standing on the podium.

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Arts & Culture
12:57 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

"Les Miserables" At The Playhouse

Les Miserables
Siggi Ragnar

The Playhouse San Antonio is taking on "Les Miserables," a production on the largest of scales.

"'Les Mis' is obviously the most epic musical ever, and this is one of those musicals where every actor, every designer, every director has wanted to do their whole lives," said Playhouse CEO Asia Ciaravino.

Set in the first half of 1800s France, this production has connected with audiences for decades because of its evergreen human themes.

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Arts & Culture
2:04 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Films Bring San Antonio & South Texas Into National Civil Rights Focus

PBS

St. Mary’s University is playing host to filmmaker John Valadez on Thursday, Oct. 10. Valadez has produced PBS Frontline documentaries and other films that have aired nationally on PBS.

The university is showing two of Valadez' films that were produced for the nationally-broadcast PBS series "The Latino Americans."

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DVD Reviews
10:18 am
Tue October 8, 2013

The Spirituality Of "The Exorcist"

A lone figure prepares to do battle.
WHV Home Entertainment

“The mystery of faith” is a phrase heard every week by millions of Catholics at Mass, just before the sacrament of Holy Communion. The words describe something indescribable, really. There are some teachings of the Church that are above reason, hence the word “mystery.”

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KPAC Blog
4:43 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Opera Piccola Moves Downtown To The Empire For New Season

Opera Piccola

Opera Piccola's season starts with a few surprises and amongst those is a big one: Moving into downtown’s Charline McCombs Empire theater.

"It only seats 800 people," said General Director Mark Richter, "so no matter where you sit in the Empire Theater, it’s a tremendous seat."

They’ve also begun positioning the company in a way unlike what many people think when they think of opera.

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KPAC Blog
3:39 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Adds More Moving Parts

San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony debuted its new season last weekend and Musical Director and sometimes Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing predicts a lot of sizzle for their Friday and Saturday night performances at the Majestic.

"It’s going to be a very exciting performance for me," he said. "Schumann is something  that’s very personal for me. I’m very close to his music. I’ve recorded all of his symphonies and always feature him when I can."

Lang-Lessing is also looking forward to playing Rachmaninoff’s "Symphonic Dances."

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KPAC Blog
10:33 am
Mon October 7, 2013

SOLI Chamber Ensemble Tackles Old And New Works

The SOLI Chamber Ensemble.
Courtesy of the artist

San Antonio’s SOLI Chamber Ensemble is about to begin its new season and violinist Ertan Torgul said their selections will include what he calls "classics of today" -- selections of such quality that time will eventually render them classics.

"We’re always very innovative," he said. "We do a lot of multimedia and we do a lot of mixed ensemble things, and brand new pieces of course. Every season features at least four or five brand new works."

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