With close to 200 appearances on screen, Harry Dean Stanton is one of our best character actors, and it’s often through his quiet moments that he does great work, from a rare starring turn in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” to a blue-collar space engineer in “Alien," to Lyle Straight, brother of Alvin Straight in David Lynch’s “The Straight Story,” to the sympathetic father of Molly Ringwald in “Pretty in Pink.”
A pivotal historic event happened about 40 miles north of San Antonio, and odds are you’ve never heard of it. It’s called the Battle of Walker’s Creek. Historian and author Sam Gwynne (he writes as S.C. Gwynne) describes it this way.
"It was a major change in the way that Indian warfare was conducted," Gwynne said. "And the story behind it is one of the great stories of the American West."
As he details, that story centers around Texas Ranger Jack Hays.
You may not have heard of the dance form called “stepping,” but don't feel bad. I didn't! Here's a description:
"A lot of people describe it as highly energetic and powerful movement. And rhythmic chants often accompany the steps as well. It’s really celebrated all around the world, but a lot of Americans don’t know about," said C. Bryan Williams about the foot-pounding, knee slapping moves that he helped bring to the fore in the group he’s created, Step Afrika.
Musical sounds from centuries long ago are coming to San Antonio in the form of the Austin Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players, though you may remember them having come to San Antonio last fall as Settecento.
“We’ll be playing at St. John’s Lutheran Church downtown on Sunday at 3 p.m. and we’ll be playing classical-era chamber music," said Billy Traylor, Austin Baroque Orchestra’s artistic director.