Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Eric Lane

An event is fast approaching that has many art lovers excited. It's called "On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour." I spoke to Kellen McIntyre, who is the Executive Director of Bihl Haus Arts.

“It happens one time a year, the third weekend in February. Sixty-five artists at forty locations open their studios."

Unlike most of the year, people are allowed to come into each artists' studio. And when they pull back the curtain, you’re never quite sure what you’ll find.

Jack Morgan

Cirque du Soleil is performing at the Freeman Coliseum. I was able to meet publicist Vanessa Napoli for a backstage look. She told me that Cirque employs several traveling acrobatic troupes, but this one has an edge.

“It’s very different from any of our other shows. First of all it’s loosely based on the Greek mythology of Icarus, but in Varekai [he] lands in a beautiful enchanted forest.”

In mythology the wax holding together Icarus’s wings melted by the heat of the sun, and he fell to his death.

Chance James

The San Antonio Symphony’s Strauss Festival has been their focus for the past month, but on Saturday night it comes to an end.

“This weekend is our final part to our Strauss Festival.”

The Strauss Festival that Concertmaster Eric Gratz is talking about the symphony’s yearly focus on a single composer.

“It’s sort of your one last chance to get the whole spectrum of Strauss’s music.”

I asked “Is it a particularly challenging part for you—you’ve got solos throughout, right?”

Arts San Antonio is bringing one of the iconic New York dance companies to the Alamo City. 

“Yes, we’re going to be performing at the Majestic Theater on Tuesday, February tenth.”

Michael Novak dances with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. He started dancing at about ten. I asked how he discovered dance.

“It was basically because I had tried a lot of other sports and I wasn’t very good at them.”

I had to ask “Was it love at first dance?”

He laughed and said “Yeah, actually, there was something about it very liberating for me.”

Hase de Benutzer / Wikimedia Commons

DENVER  — Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars with an SUV after a night of partying in Colorado but agreed to let his longtime girlfriend take the blame to avoid national attention, police reports show.

Aspen police cited Armstrong with failing to report an accident and speeding weeks after the Dec. 28 accident, but only after his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, acknowledged lying for him.

Armstrong declined immediate comment on Tuesday. His attorney, Pamela Mackey, didn’t immediately return a call.