Opening at The Playhouse is a new production in which the open itself might seem a bit familiar: A woman in a restaurant -- and maybe this has happened to you -- someone’s phone keeps ringing and ringing.
“And she politely asks him to turn it off or answer it," said Andy Thornton, the director of "Dean Man's Cell Phone." But the guy in the restaurant doesn’t do it.
“So eventually she walks over to him and picks up his phone and she answers it,” Thornton said.
The Main Plaza Conservancy is asking Bexar County to contribute to the funding for a visual art exhibit coming to the San Fernando Cathedral.
Officials hope the artwork will become a national attraction, and have gone to Bexar County commissioners to ask for their support of the project's ongoing maintenance.
Father David Garcia is the director of the Old Spanish Missions, but it was in his additional capacity as a board member of the Main Plaza Conservancy that he went to commissioners to seek support for a new public art project on the plaza.
It’s almost like an old school musician apprenticeship. We’re talking about a program conducted by Camerata San Antonio, the four-piece chamber ensemble. First, a reminder of who they are and what they do.
“We perform music from the baroque to today, and we try to keep every program eclectic,” said Camerata’s co-founder and violist Emily Freudigman. Not long ago in the hill country, while conducting a master class, the group realized something.
“Not only do we perform well together, we teach well together,” said Freudigman.
The idea isn’t a completely original one, but as is often the case, Boerne puts its own spin on it. It's called the "Art Waddle" and Boerne’s Mary Morton came up with it.
“My husband and I have gone on outings to other art walks throughout San Antonio and we’ve just enjoyed it tremendously and had gotten to know a neighborhood that we had never been to before. So that’s what we decided to do, and last year was our first year," Morton said.
“Now, you didn’t call it an 'art walk,' you called it an 'art waddle.' What’s the deal with that?" I asked.
The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio have just two more performances before taking it on the road. YOSA actually comprises several youth orchestras, encouraging kids to find their own musical paths. Music Director Troy Peters gives us the lowdown on the next performance.
“This Sunday we’re going to be offering one of the big masters of the repertoire, Mahler’s First Symphony. But we’re doing it as a guided tour," he said.
Through the orchestra, Peters will do a stop-and-start performance, with explanations to present in-depth musical elements to the audience.
The San Antonio Choral Society has a pair of performances this week. I spoke to Jennifer Seighman, who is the group’s artistic director.
“We have two concerts this week. The first one is Tuesday at 7:30 at the Oblate School of Theology and then we’ll give a second performance on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Travis Park United Methodist Church,” Seighman said.
She said the selections they’ll be singing are specifically to highlight the human voice.
San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez has created an exhibition that, let’s face it, is a little disturbing. But then, maybe art, from time to time, should be.
It’s called "Strangest Fruit" and it’s at Artpace. It owes its concept from the Abel Meeropol poem "Strange Fruit," which was penned about seeing lynched black people hanging from trees in the South. Valdez said there's something perhaps even more unsettling than the subject for that poem.