Arts & Culture

Deceptive Cadence
10:34 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Who Needs Drugs When You've Got Music?

"Music modulates levels of dopamine in the brain which is a chemical responsible for reward and pleasure," says author Daniel Levitin.
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Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 8:09 pm

It happened again last Saturday. And boy, when it hit me it felt great — though it left me a little shaken.

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San Antonio Books
7:08 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Cheever Books: The Rare And Unique

A hand written sign directs customers further back into the rooms that are more like small caves, the walls lined with books from floor to ceiling.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Where else can you find six hardback volumes of Moliere's plays?

Cheever Books has it, along with thousands of other titles lining the shelves of the old house on Broadway. Books in the hallways, books in each corner of every room, and books sitting neatly stacked on the floor.

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SXSW Film Festival
11:29 am
Wed January 16, 2013

SXSW 2013: Several Films to Premiere in Austin

Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 11:03 am

It's SXSW season, folks.

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has announced part of the line up of films to premiere at the 20th edition of the festival.

The film festival will open with the world premiere of the Steve Carell comedy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Carell, as Burt Wonderstone, partners with Steve Buscemi, to play superstar Las Vegas magicians whose careers face jeopardy when rival street-magician, Jim Carrey, begins outperforming the duo. Festival goers can catch the film one week before the theatrical release, March 15.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:45 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Andras Schiff's 'Well-Tempered' Guide To Bach

Andras Schiff plays Bach for about an hour every morning. "There is something very pure about it," the pianist says.
Nadia F. Romanini ECM records

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 11:54 am

When he was a boy, Andras Schiff labored over the tedious, repetitive finger studies that are universally loathed by aspiring pianists. He thought they were like spinach: yucky, but good for you if you want to grow up to be big and strong ... on the piano keyboard.

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San Antonio Books
7:14 am
Wed January 16, 2013

The Collectors Authority: Comics Get A Little Help

Pete Contero does the books while surrounded by comics and graphic novels.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Many of the book store locations on the West, East, and South Sides of town are of a religious or scholastic tilt, but Collectors Authority stands out as a beacon for comic book collectors.

Part of the reason this local comic book store has been in business for so long on the Southside is its ability to serve a clientele that doesn't really have anything else.

Inspiring reading

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KPAC Blog: Itinerarios
5:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Eduardo Mata: A Documentary Film

Wikipedia

 Last year (2012) was a Mexico-wide -- and even international -- year of reflection upon the life and career of the Mexican composer and conductor Eduardo Mata. He would have been 70 years old, if not for his tragic death, much too young, in 1995.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:38 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Classical Lost and Found: The Lighter Side Of Vissarion Shebalin

Vissarion Shebalin's music, like that of his compatriots Shostakovich and Prokoviev, was denounced by Soviet officials.
Toccata Classics

Except perhaps for dedicated Russophiles, composer Vissarion Shebalin will most likely be a welcome new discovery. He was a student of Nikolay Myaskovsky, highly respected by Prokofiev and a close friend of Shostakovich.

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San Antonio Books
7:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

The Twig Book Shop: Making Friends With E-Books

Jeff Freeman, who was visiting San Antonio from California with his wife, Diane, looks through the children's books at The Twig.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Now in their third year at the Pearl complex, The Twig Book Shop is finding solid footing in San Antonio and continues to stay visible by partnering with non-profits and having author signings in-store.

Though they are one of the most well known of the stores featured in these profiles, it's the way they have adapted to the modern book industry that makes them worth taking a closer look at.

Hello, e-reader. Nice to meet you.

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Classical Spotlight
3:53 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Award Winning Pianist Joyce Yang Returns To San Antonio

Pianist Joyce Yang
Oh Seok Hoon

Tuesday, January 22, Joyce Yang will return to San Antonio for a piano recital. She has played with the San Antonio Symphony, collaborated with violinist Augustin Haedlich, but this time will be solo at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church. Her program has music by Beethoven, Chopin, Bartok, and Rachmaninoff.

"The Second Sonata is a great example of that passion on the verge of hysteria. It is unusual Rachmaninoff in many ways - it was edited several times, and can seem schizophrenic!"

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Deceptive Cadence
12:08 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Join Us In NYC For Members Of The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra And Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the ensemble made up of exciting young musicians from Israel, Palestine and across the Arab world.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 7:01 am

We're very excited and pleased to announce a special live event taking place Tuesday, Jan. 29: a rare and intimate evening with Daniel Barenboim and members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

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