Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
12:06 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

The Aztec Theater's Near Death Experience

Aztec ticket booth.
Courtesy photo

There is far more to the Aztec Theatre's story than just its future -- its past and architectural pedigree are nothing short of fascinating. I spoke to San Antonio Conservation Society’s Sue Ann Pemberton, who said its architectural theme is called Mayan Revival.

"It was constructed in 1926 as one of the thematic theaters of San Antonio" Pemberton explained. "The Aztec, the Mixtec, the Zapotec, the Toltec and the Mayan cultures were all revealed here in this theater."

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Arts & Culture
4:40 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Aztec Theatre Is Reborn With a Little Help From Sam

Aztec lobby from the mezzanine
Courtesy photo

After years of disuse, the vintage 1926 Aztec Theater fronting St. Mary’s and Commerce Streets downtown, has now been re-imagined and completely re-modeled. But it almost didn’t happen that way.

“This was almost condemned, and this building almost came down and became a hotel,” said Sam Panchevre of popular restaurant and live music venue Sam’s Burger Joint fame. He describes what he's done at the Aztec.

"It’s an adaptive re-use of old architecture," he said.

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World Music
3:32 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Renowned Flamenco Guitarist Paco de Lucia Dies At Age 66

Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucía is pictured in 2007. (Cornel Putan Alin/Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 3:37 pm

Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia died suddenly of a heart attack today in Cancun, Mexico, while on the beach with his children.

The 66-year-old guitarist vastly expanded the international audience for flamenco music and helped to legitimize flamenco in Spain itself, during a time when the music was largely being ignored by mainstream popularity.

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Arts & Culture
11:43 am
Wed February 26, 2014

The Overtime Providing An Original Local Theater Experience

"Stripped" cast from the Overtime Theatre.
Julya Jara

San Antonio theater-goers now have a huge variety of venues from which to choose. I spoke to
Overtime Theater’s Artistic Director Kyle Gillette, and he differentiates their objective this way.

“Devoted entirely to original works. And I really focus on choosing work that is both innovative and accessible,” he said.

There will be no Broadway hits at the Overtime — these are plays written by current playwrights, mostly local. The Overtime is at 1203 Camden Street on the other side of I-35 from Carlos Cortez’s Grotto, in the Museum Reach.

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KPAC Blog
5:19 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Austin Baroque Orchestra Heads To Fredericksburg For 'Haydn Go Seek'

Austin Baroque Orchestra
Justin Cole Photography

Fredericksburg will soon host a rare music performance. Austin Baroque Orchestra Music Director Billy Traylor described them this way:

“We’re a period instrument orchestra so we perform music from the 17th and 18th century on replicas of instruments from that time," Traylor said.

This comes from a time before metal strings and before wind instruments had valves. If you listen to the audio package above, you can hear the Austin Baroque Orchestra, and it is different. 

I asked Traylor about their upcoming concert in Fredericksburg.

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Arts & Culture
1:19 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

San Antonio Arts Groups Develop "Big Ideas" At Geekdom Workshop

Mario Ochoa of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio delivers his pitch.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The halls of Geekdom are normally filled with techies workshopping the next killer app or the next innovation in cloud computing. But this weekend there was a different type of brain storm at the downtown offices.

Asia Ciaravino, president of the San Antonio Playhouse, stood in front of a computer project screen as she pitched their big idea to expert entrepreneurs. Ciaravino and five other arts groups just went through the three-day startup process where they learned to re-think their approach to business.

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KPAC Blog
11:22 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Symphony Of The Hills Presents A Show Of "Storm And Stress" In Kerrville

Symphony of the Hills
Full House Productions

The Symphony of the Hills plays Thursday night in Kerrville. I spoke to Jay Dunnahoo, conductor and artistic director of the symphony to find out more about the concert with an interesting title.

“Storm and Stress—Symphonic Adventures," Dunahoo said. "As the title implies, there are some storms and there is some stress. We built this theme around the pieces they’re playing.”

The pieces they’re playing are stormy and stressful, but in a good symphonic kind of way.

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Arts & Culture
3:59 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Guadalupe's CineFestival Features The Best In Latino Independent Films

CineFestival 2014 in action at the Guadalupe Theater.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

CineFestival is based out of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and began last week, running through Saturday.

"It’s been going for 36 years, so it’s the longest and original Latino film festival" said CineFestival Director Jim Mendiola. "First, it’s the only place in town you’ll see the latest and best independent Latino films and narratives and documentaries in one place. And it’s actually a place where you can actually meet the filmmakers because pretty much every major film that we show we bring the filmmakers in, so there’s a Q&A session afterwards."

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KPAC Blog
2:03 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

World Music Symposium Features Eastern European Flair

Ruth Moreland.
John Clare TPR Arts

There’s a unique training opportunity coming up for singers in San Antonio.

“I’m not sure there’s ever been a world music symposium in San Antonio before, so Benissimo Music is collaborating with Trinity University and we’re going to put on this wonderful two-day event" said Benissimo Music's Ruth Moreland.

Moreland said there will be master classes and they are bringing in Balkan music specialist Eva Salina Primack.

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KPAC Blog
2:45 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Renee Fleming To Open San Antonio Symphony's 75th Anniversary Season

Renee Fleming will help open the San Antonio Symphony's 75th anniversary season.
Andrew Eccles Decca

I talked to the San Antonio Symphony's Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing today and asked what many in the arts community are wondering: who will be the focus of next year’s music festival?

“Richard Strauss,” revealed Lang-Lessing.

“For me it was just a natural way to celebrate the 75th anniversary with a Strauss festival," he said.

It's the San Antonio Symphony’s 75th year of playing and to get that anniversary started right, he had another big announcement.

“We open with Renee Fleming, so I’m very thrilled that this works out,” Lang-Lessing said.

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