Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:56 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

San Fernando Cathedral Like You've Never Seen It

An image depicting the Battle of the Alamo, which will be projected and animated as part of "The Saga."
Credit Xavier de Richemont

What they’re doing to San Fernando Cathedral tonight will make you see it in a whole new light. Light -- that’s the key word here. Lots and lots of light.

"It’s a video painting of the cathedral," said Xavier de Richemont, who is the one projecting light, pictures, images, and textures onto San Fernando Cathedral. The film, of sorts, is called "San Antonio|The Saga," a chronological telling of the San Antonio story.

"I’m a storyteller telling stories from history," said Richemont. "The Indians, the Comanches and the Spanish coming and the missions being constructed."

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Arts & Culture
12:10 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Henri Matisse: Life In Color Opens At SAMA

Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool
courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art opens an exhibition on one of the art world’s giants: Henri Matisse. Matisse shook things up when he was first becoming known. In fact, he and his contemporaries were given a derisive name.

"They were called 'fauvists' by art critics of the time, which in French means ‘wild beasts,” like a javelina, basically," said SAMA’s William Keyes Rudolph.

The art world was much more narrow back then, much less open to new ideas.    

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
7:43 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The Artists Who Gave The Museum Reach Its Flair: Part 2 & The Big Finish!

The Grotto
Jack Morgan

It’s already been half a decade since the Museum Reach stretch of the San Antonio River opened to the public. We've been looking at the downtown side of the Reach, but today we move to the far end.

As you take the river barge north of Jones Street, past the San Antonio Museum of Art and round the bend, you come across the Museum Reach’s most talked-about installation. It’s called F.I.S.H.

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KPAC Blog
2:04 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Sebastian Lang-Lessing On Symphony's 75th Birthday

Artist rendering of the Tobin Center, which will be the new home of the San Antonio Symphony beginning this fall.
Tobin Center

The San Antonio Symphony is marking a big landmark. Its first concert was 75 years ago this month.

Despite its age, the strapping, robust symphony has perhaps never looked stronger. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing talks about the symphony’s first concert 75 years ago.

“It was actually June 12, the concert that Max Reiter did," said Lang-Lessing. Reiter was the San Antonio Symphony’s first conductor.

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Movie Reviews
11:15 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Soaring A Second Time In "Dragon 2"

Credit Dreamworks Animation

“How To Train Your Dragon 2” is a rare sequel that lives up to the original, here in both visual quality and tone. Sometimes, animated sequels tend to go off the razzle-dazzle rails in an attempt to prove their worth (see: “Shrek” franchise), but HTTYD2 eschews flash in favor of keeping with the spirit of the first film, a great animated adventure with heart. 

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
7:41 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The Artists Who Gave The Museum Reach Its Flair: Part 1

Rippling Shadows, by ROLANDO BRISEÑO
Mark Menjivar

At the very southern end of the Museum Reach sits the Lexington Avenue bridge and under that bridge is the first art installation, that of British artist Martin Richman. I reached him in London’s East End where he lives.

His art installation was a series of colored, dichroic plastic rectangles suspended under the bridge. They move in the breeze, and the lights that shine on them is reflected into the undulating water underneath the bridge. At night it’s just dazzling.

"So in a way the whole thing becomes this lively space of light and color," said Richman.

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
6:09 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Early On, Cockrell Fought To Keep Locks In Mission Reach Plans

Upstream from Brooklyn Bridge 7 years ago/June 10, 2014
John Mize/Jack Morgan

Looking at the Museum Reach today, it’s hard to even imagine the way it looked eight years ago.

"It was a trapezoidal ditch, with a very little water that ran down the middle of it," said architect Irby Hightower, who co-chaired the San Antonio River Oversight Committee with former Mayor Lila Cockrell.

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
5:50 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The Museum Reach: Flood Control Disguised As A Park

Eileen Pace TPR

With great fanfare on May 30, 2009, the Museum Reach stretch of the River Walk opened to the public.  But as interesting as the Museum Reach is, the story of how it came about is equally so. 

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
11:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

How City Leaders Turned A Grand Vision Into Reality On The Museum Reach

F.I.S.H. underneath IH-35.
Eileen Pace TPR

Five years have passed since the Museum Reach stretch of the River Walk, which starts at the Pearl development and flows down to the Lexington Street bridge, right next to the new Tobin Center, was opened to the public. Beginning today, a series on the art-filled, artfully-executed area.

On May 30, 2009, thousands gathered on and around Brooklyn Avenue bridge in downtown San Antonio for the ceremonial opening of the Museum Reach—the completely re-imagined stretch of the San Antonio River.

The 1.3 miles of the river looked nothing like it did just four years before. 

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Texas Music
7:02 am
Fri June 6, 2014

First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'Band Of Brothers'

Willie Nelson's new album, Band of Brothers, comes out June 17.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:33 am

When Willie Nelson was a young hustler selling songs to Patsy Cline's people, he probably never thought he'd become the crowd-anointed sage of country music. But that's what happened as the Redheaded Stranger went gray, turned smoking weed into a brand and a virtue, and produced a discography that added up to its own American Songbook.

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