Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Volkssporting: Those Who Choose Walking As A Lifestyle

Volkssporters in downtown San Antonio.
Eveline Evans

There’s a subculture of people who simply don’t take walking in stride. You may have seen them along the roadways or in parks: Single-minded, dedicated to one thing. I’m talking about American Volkssport Association walkers.

Volkssporting, like Volkswagen, is a German creation. The AVA puts on 5k and 10k walks.

"We do hikes, walks, bikes, swims," said Joanne Forinash, the AVA's Southwest Regional Director.

I had to ask how the AVA deals with Texas' extreme heat.

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Tue June 17, 2014

University Health System Introduces Art To Help Heal

UHS ky Tower lobby. Artist Ed Carpenter
University Health System

If you’ve been to a pair of local medical facilities recently, you might be surprised by the art you see there.
The concept is called "healing arts." I spoke to Mark Webb, a senior vice president with University Health System to find out how it works.

"There is science and data behind arts and the healing process," Webb said. “How it reduces anxiety of patients and how it speeds with the healing process because it’s calming.”

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Patriotic Concert Honors Veterans At Cave Without A Name

Tom Masinter & Rebecca Trinidad
Sandra Trevino

It’s a Fourth of July celebration that’s not actually happening on the fourth. And it’s not a fireworks show, but a patriotic musical review. 

"(It's) our theatrical stage show Proud to Be American," said Tom Masinter, who runs the Allegro Stage Company, which is putting on the show.

"We’re going to be doing a lot of American music to celebrate," he said. "We’ll be doing Frank Sinatra songs and Judy Garland songs. And we’ll be doing a lot of 50s rock 'n' roll, good ol’ rock 'n'roll. We’re even going to do some patriotic songs because it’s good to be a Texan."

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Music Interviews
12:01 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Willie Nelson Dusts Off His Songwriting Chops

Willie Nelson
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 5:38 pm

For more conversations with music makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Again thanks for listening. This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

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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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