In Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto plays Rayon, a transgender woman who is HIV-positive and struggling with a drug habit. "I always saw Rayon as someone who wanted to live ... life as a woman, not just someone who enjoyed putting on women's clothing," Leto says.
Dallas Buyers Club is based on the story of Ron Woodroof, a rodeo cowboy and electrician, who was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1985. With the latest drugs still in the trial phase, he was told he didn't have long to live. Without access to possibly life-prolonging drugs, he sought out alternative treatments in Mexico and smuggled those drugs into the U.S., forming a buyers club for fellow HIV patients.
With all the Dia De Los Muertos celebrations in town, there’s one other you may have missed. Diwali extols the victory of good over evil. It also celebrates Indian culture -- the kind that comes from India. Kausi Subramanium explains:
"Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this Saturday, November 2 from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at Hemisfair Park," Subramanium said. "We will have live music and dancing -- dancealongs where our guests can participate in Bhangra, Garbha, as well as Bollywood Zumba."
Children's Chorus of San Antonio Founding and Artistic Director Marguerite McCormick said there’s a lot coming your way this season from the chorus. Here’s her snapshot of the first half of the season:
"We’re starting with the alumni recital November 4 featuring four of our alumni who are now professional singers," McCormick said. "They will be accompanied by collaborative pianist Kristin Roach. Following that, there are two free concerts in town for our Harlandale Project Sing activities—this is one of our outreach programs.
The name Shankar immediately conjures up memories of the great Ravi Shankar. The master sitar player inspired George Harrison’s foray into playing this complex instrument, leading to a keen interest in Indian classical music by Western audiences. He also inspired his daughter Anoushka to follow in his footsteps. Born in London, Anoushka Shankar spent her teenage years in California, and whilst there decided to become a professional musician.
The five-year contract extension signing by San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing almost seemed like an athletic superstar event. Notables like the Tobin Center’s Bruce Bugg and Judge Nelson Wolff offered their thanks to the conductor, but the new Symphony GM David Gross really set the tone.
"I know how Coach Pop felt the day that Tim Duncan committed to the long term with the Spurs," Gross said.
Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 8:51 pm
Johann Sebastian Bach has been a central figure in the life of British conductor John Eliot Gardiner since he was a youngster. On his way to bed, he couldn't help glancing up at the famous 18th-century portrait of Bach that hung in the first floor landing of the old mill house in Dorset, England where Gardiner was born.
Known for their pounding drums and creative, lit-from-within costumes, Urban 15 is planning a uniquely San Antonio-centric Dia de los Muertos celebration. Music and media director George Cisneros reveals what their event Carnaval de los Muertos will look like.
"What Urban 15 has developed is what we call the moving altar," Cisneros said. "And that’s using dancers and drummers, and we are basically a commemorative altar, and that moves through the streets."