Arts & Culture

Movie Reviews
10:42 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

A Documentary That's "Partly Fiction"

Credit Adopt Films

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.”

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Arts & Culture
10:49 am
Fri May 30, 2014

How A Battle In Kendall County Changed The American West

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.

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Take The Stage At The Pioneer Museum In Fredericksburg

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis love TPR!
Carin Lamontagne TPR

Real life husband and wife singers Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis separately have very distinguished music careers. But now they’ve created an additional noteworthy body of work together.

“We just got a new record we’re putting out, it’s our second record together. And so we’ll be doing a lot of material from our brand new record,” Willis said.

Where they’ll be doing it is at Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum on Saturday night, May 31, as part of the venue's roots music series.

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Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Carmen Tafolla On Maya Angelou's Passing And Art

Carmen Tafolla.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday morning, and who better for perspective on her passing than former San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla.

"With the passing of Maya Angelou we have lost not just a great literary voice, but a courageous voice in defense of humanity." Tafolla said.

Here's an excerpt of the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem "Sympathy," which is perhaps Angelou's most apt metaphor and serves as the title of her autobiography:

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Military & Arts
9:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Museums Offer Free Admission For Military Families This Summer

Jesse Treviño's mural at Casa Navarro in downtown San Antonio is featured in this year's Blue Star Museums program for active duty military members and their families.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

It's the fifth year for the Blue Star Museums Program, the National Endowment for the Arts' collaboration with the Department of Defense and Blue Star Families. 

Ninety-nine museums in Texas are part of the 2014 program. This year’s program kicked off at the San Antonio Museum of Art last week. 

It's a way for the NEA to honor the nation’s military members by making it easier for them to take their families on a tour of museums across the country this summer.

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Arts & Culture
12:59 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Texas Children's Choir Heads To France For D-Day Commemoration

Texas Children's Choir.
Trish Neil

The Texas Children’s Choir has a series of performances coming up. Those performances aren't so much the news — it’s where those performances are that make them a big deal.

"Normandy, France, and Paris," said Thomas Hardaway, who founded the 52-voice choir based in San Antonio. Hardaway said he is taking them to France for a reason:

“The commemoration of the D-Day landings at Normandy, France," he said.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Step Afrika Bring Their "Highly Energetic" Dance Form To The Carver

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.

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Kerrville Folk Festival Kicks Off Without Founder Rod Kennedy

Rod Kennedy (far left holding cane) on stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Credit Merri Lu Park

The Kerrville Folk Festival is one of the biggest and longest-running folk festivals in the nation and Dalis Allen has been there for most of them.

"It’s really more than a festival; it’s a phenomenon," Allen said.

Allen produces the festival at the Quiet Valley Ranch, where extensive campgrounds allow people to pitch tents and play their own campfire music after the night’s stage performances are done.

“It’s so much more than just sitting and listening to music," said Allen. "It’s quite a community in and of itself.”

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KPAC Blog
11:09 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Austin Baroque Orchestra Comes To San Antonio

Austin Baroque Orchestra.
Justin Cole Photography

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.

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KPAC Blog
4:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Piano Master Eduardo Delgado Coming To The Alamo City

An internationally-renown pianist returns soon to the Alamo City. I asked Eduardo Delgado about his upcoming appearance here.

"Well I’m very excited about it because the first time I went to San Antonio I was a judge of the competition,” he said.

He was here as a San Antonio International Piano Competition judge.  

“We had a wonderful time and we listened to wonderful talents,” said Delgado.

Every three years the piano competition brings young talent together for a rigorous competition. On this visit though, Delgado has a different focus.

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