Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Museums Offer Free Summer Admission To Active-Duty Military

Eileen Pace TPR

Several area museums are offering military members free admission this summer as part of the Blue Star Families program.  

Now through Labor Day, active-duty personnel including National Guard andArmy Reserve members are invited to visit the Alamo, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, the Institute of Texan Cultures, Villa Finale, The San Antonio Museum of Art, and the McNay Art Museum at no charge for general admission.

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Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Hellcab: A Rough Ride Into The Psyche Of Chicago

Scenes from Hellcab
Siggi Ragnar Attic Rep

It’s the final three days for a stage production at Trinity University that follows the single day of a cab driver in Chicago as he picks up fares in the racially tense and sometimes seedy areas of the Windy City.

While the play calls for 36 characters, Attic Rep took on the challenge of using only seven actors.

The play, "Hellcab," takes place on the day before Christmas in Chicago. The weather is brutally cold, and a cab driver is reporting in at 6:30 a.m. for what will be a 14-hour shift.

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Classical Spotlight
11:48 am
Fri May 31, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Concludes Season With Mahler

John Clare TPR Arts

The San Antonio Symphony rounds out the 2012-13 season with the epic Third Symphony by Gustav Mahler. Joining them are the women of the San Antonio Mastersingers, the Children's Chorus of San Antonio, and mezzo-soprano Dana Beth Miller.

Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing discusses the work in the video below, in which he reminds us this symphony is perhaps the longest in the standard repertoire. There is also a last minute substitution, Vance Woolf will play the posthorn solo, as principal trumpeter John Carroll is ill.

Classical Spotlight
11:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Fourth Piano Festival Features From The Top At Texas State

Pianist Christopher O'Riley, host of From The Top
LSU

The fourth season of the Texas State International Piano Festival includes guests as far away as South Korea, China, along with locally-renowned pianists such as Anton Nel. The week-long festival starts June 1 with performances, lectures, masterclasses and lessons, and runs through Sunday, June 9.

"You'll be tired, and inspired!" advises co-founder and pianist Jason Kwak for audience members and students who plan to attend every event. He is very excited about the finale - a live taping of NPR's From The Top with Christopher O'Riley on June 9.

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Arts & Culture
9:39 am
Fri May 31, 2013

The Playhouse Re-Opening Saturday After Flood Damage Clean Up

Fans blow hot air to evaporate the water-logged carpet.
Eileen Pace TPR

At 8 a.m. Saturday Asia Ciaravino raced down to The Playhouse theater to find a disaster falling from the ceiling.

"The plaster actually came loose a bit... [a] six-foot slab of it smashed onto the audience floor," she said.

Ciaravino, The Playhouse CEO and president, said one staff member was working at the time and heard the collapse after heavy rains collected on the roof, pouring onto the ceiling area and dropping everything to the carpeted theater floor of the Russell Hill Rogers Theater.

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Author Interviews
4:20 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

'The Son': A Texas Saga With Guilt And Gore To Go Around

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 9:16 am

The American West has always been fertile ground for writers. Now Philipp Meyer steps into that territory with his new novel The Son. It's a family saga that traces the settling of Texas from its days as a wild frontier to the oil boom — with no shortage of violence.

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Book Reviews
4:05 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Sons, Guns And The Sins Of The Father In Meyer's Texas Epic

Cover of The Son

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 9:17 am

"Texas yesterday is unbelievable, but no more incredible than Texas today," wrote Edna Ferber, author of the iconic Lone Star State novel Giant. She continues, in what's as good a description of America's 28th state as you're likely to encounter, "Today's Texas is exhilarating, exasperating, violent, charming, horrible, delightful, alive." A huge contradiction of a place, Texas is as friendly as it can be frightening, with a history as vast and as variegated as the United States itself.

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Arts & Culture
4:43 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Visit Seven Cultural Institutions With One Pass On 'Broadway Reach'

McNay Art Museum is just one of the seven stops on the 'Broadway Reach' tour.
Eileen Pace TPR

Seven institutions along the Broadway corridor have created a collaborative to showcase the art, culture and history available in a tightly-knit area north of downtown.  

The multi-level effort was first brainstormed during SA 2020 meetings almost three years ago.

"Well, we’ve been working together for a number of years, meeting and talking about how we could work together more effectively," said Dr. William Chiego, director of the McNay Art Museum.

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World Music Celebrations
5:32 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Cheese Rolling

The Cheese Master
Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, a cheesy festival in England.

COOPER'S HILL CHEESE ROLLING

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Arts & Culture
1:03 am
Thu May 23, 2013

100 Years Of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring"

Igor Stravinsky
Wikimedia Commons cc

    

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Igor Stravinsky's landmark ballet "Le Sacre du Printemps," commonly known as "The Rite of Spring."

James Baker and Ron Moore, for many years co-hosts of KPAC's Alternate Routes, recently took time out to reflect on the meaning of 100 years of The Rite of Spring.

There are essentially two versions of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

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