Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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He's one of the most prolific and varied talents in show business today.  Whether you know him from PBS...

"I'm Alan Cumming and this is Masterpiece Mystery..."

...or from X-Men...

"I play Nightcrawler, who is this blue mutant..."

...or from The Good Wife.

"You're?"

"Eli Gold."

...Alan Cumming is one of the most versatile talents working. And now he's singing what he calls Sappy Songs and touring with a small ensemble.

Jesus Gutierrez

Three high schools came together to put on a musical here in San Antonio. It's called Cenicienta: A Quinceañera With a Taste of Cinderella. Composer Federico Chavez-Blanco says the production's origins are rooted in this part of our culture being overlooked.

"There's no musical place for Latino/Hispanic kids."

Popular culture just isn't geared toward them. But in Hispanic cultures, Chavez-Blanco says one cultural tradition stands tall.

San Antonio's other Symphony is set to perform at the Tobin Performing Arts Center. That group is called the San Antonio Wind Symphony. Here's the symphony's Mark Twehues.

"It's a group of amateur musicians who combine their talents and services to provide an opportunity for lifelong musical expression and enjoyment.  We've played a number of concerts in local high schools."

Classical music fans know the names Mendelssohn and Schumann. Chances are, Felix and Robert leap to mind — but Felix's sister Fanny was also a composer, and so was Robert Schumann's wife Clara. Those are just two composers featured in Anna Beer's new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music.

For over 40 years Wings Press has publishing works of poetry – fiction and non-fiction. As a small and remarkable independent publisher it has fought to bring diverse voices into the world. Bryce Milligan has been the man behind the press for most of those years. Milligan is an accomplished writer himself and has recently published his own book of poetry “Take to the Highway.”

Milligan’s work is being celebrated at Bihl Haus Arts Saturday from 2 to 4 with An Afternoon with Bryce Milligan – along with a retrospective exhibit of his book design work.

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