Arts & Culture http://tpr.org en Ballet San Antonio's "Black Swan" Talks Opening Night At Tobin Center http://tpr.org/post/ballet-san-antonios-black-swan-talks-opening-night-tobin-center <p></p><p>The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens in grand style next Thursday but this Thursday I spoke to to Sarah Pautz, principle dancer for Ballet San Antonio, who has a lot on the line that night.</p><p>As you’d expect, she’s a slight, delicate-looking person. But that look is deceptive. She’s muscular, determined and focused. The opening program on Thursday is a series of excerpts from popular productions, such as "Swan Lake."</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:05:07 +0000 Jack Morgan 37527 at http://tpr.org Ballet San Antonio's "Black Swan" Talks Opening Night At Tobin Center Freddie Steady Five Shaking It Up At Fredericksburg Roots Music Series http://tpr.org/post/freddie-steady-five-shaking-it-fredericksburg-roots-music-series <p>Pioneer Museum's Roots Music Concert Series is coming to a close, but not before one more night of music. I spoke to Freddie Steady Krc. That isn't a misspelling.</p><p>“It (his last name) is a Czech name and I’ve been over to the Czech Republic to record a record back in the 1990s," Krc said. "And it’s an unusual name there as well.”</p><p>I noted that he just had a shortage of vowels.</p><p>“I know!” he laughed.</p><p>Krc is playing Saturday night at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg. I asked him to tell me what people could expect.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:41:32 +0000 Jack Morgan 37484 at http://tpr.org Lila Downs: Music Rooted in Different Cultures http://tpr.org/post/lila-downs-music-rooted-different-cultures <p>An international performer will be hit the stage at the Majestic on Sunday.&nbsp; Lila Downs has an alluring, very different sound. (Hit "Listen" above to hear it)</p><p>“I’m very excited about coming to San Antonio," Downs said. "It’s always a very special, has a very special place in my heart. I was able to record with Flaco Jimenez a few years back.”</p><p>Lila describes her vibe as a youthful take on roots music—happy, festive, rhythmic.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:07:25 +0000 Jack Morgan 37467 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Artist Bill FitzGibbons Shines In Public Art Exhibit http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-artist-bill-fitzgibbons-shines-public-art-exhibit <p>A San Antonio artist has won a prestigious national award. Light, in fact, is the medium of the piece created by Bill FitzGibbons.</p><p>“I installed in downtown Birmingham, Alabama; a public artwork called Light Rails," FitzGibbons said. "It was put in an art deco 1930s railroad underpass.”</p><p>The place was a wide and very dark railroad bridge separating downtown Birmingham from a neat new park and ball field the city built. But as FitzGibbons explained, it was not an inviting place.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:42:46 +0000 Jack Morgan 37435 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Artist Bill FitzGibbons Shines In Public Art Exhibit SAY Si's Fotoseptiembre Exhibit Made Of More Than Pictures http://tpr.org/post/say-sis-fotoseptiembre-exhibit-made-more-pictures <p>There’s a photo exhibit that opens next week that’s a lot deeper than it first seems to be. Echoes: Reconstructions of Images Past is filled with pictures, but it’s how they got to be pictures that reveals their artistry.</p><p>“What the students are doing is they’re actually bringing family photographs, and they’re deconstructing those photographs, separating them foreground, middle and background,” said SAY Sí MEdia Arts Director Guillermina Zabala on the process. They students scan a picture then digitally separate its elements in Photoshop.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:09:48 +0000 Jack Morgan 37419 at http://tpr.org SAY Si's Fotoseptiembre Exhibit Made Of More Than Pictures Visual Arts Festival FotoSeptiembre Beginning In San Antonio http://tpr.org/post/visual-arts-festival-fotoseptiembre-beginning-san-antonio <p>It’s a festival where the visual arts are what really matters. It’s called Fotoseptiembre.</p><p>“Fotoseptiembre is an eclectic, inclusive, community-based festival, with curated components of international artists,” said Michael Mehl, the founder and director of the Fotoseptiembre USA International Photography Festival. And while pictures are its largest focus, there’s a wider angle to it.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:31:12 +0000 Jack Morgan 37344 at http://tpr.org Visual Arts Festival FotoSeptiembre Beginning In San Antonio Saxophonist Invites You To Revisit "A Summer Place" http://tpr.org/post/saxophonist-invites-you-revisit-summer-place <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before August gets away from us, saxophonist <a href="http://www.amydickson.com/" target="_blank">Amy Dickson</a>’s new album arrives this month to celebrate classic melodies of the summer, most of them from films of the </span>1950s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>‘60s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Dickson’s previous albums have straddled both the classical world and popular music. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:12:06 +0000 Nathan Cone 37319 at http://tpr.org Saxophonist Invites You To Revisit "A Summer Place" Decide Which Films Are Winners And Losers At The Gong Shorts Competition http://tpr.org/post/decide-which-films-are-winners-and-losers-gong-shorts-competition <p>It’s a San Antonio film competition that’s unlike the others in the Alamo City. Like many film gatherings, filmmakers get together to offer their films.</p><p>“So right now we’re doing our call for entries for local filmmakers," said Kimberly Suta, who produces the event.</p><p>“And basically the film needs to be between three and fifteen minutes long,” she said.</p><p>I had heard there was something about her film competition that makes it a little different.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:06:18 +0000 Jack Morgan 37300 at http://tpr.org Decide Which Films Are Winners And Losers At The Gong Shorts Competition British Artist Finally Sees His San Antonio Installation http://tpr.org/post/british-artist-finally-sees-his-san-antonio-installation <p>British artist Martin Donlin finally got to visit his own installed piece in San Antonio. Donlin’s “Hippocrates,” an 18 ft. by 30 ft. wall-mounted glass sculpture, dominates a wall that’s the transition from the old Methodist Hospital, to the new Sky Tower.</p><p>“The old building finishes and the new one begins. So we’ve got him kind of looking backwards and forwards,” he said.</p><p>The installation is highly symbolic. If you look carefully, the wide view suggests the Rod of Asclepius, which was wielded by the ancient Greek god of healing and medicine.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:33:24 +0000 Jack Morgan 37293 at http://tpr.org British Artist Finally Sees His San Antonio Installation Nina Diaz Debuts New Band At The Tobin's New River Walk Plaza http://tpr.org/post/nina-diaz-debuts-new-band-tobins-new-river-walk-plaza <p>The Tobin Center’s River Walk Plaza will be opening with a bang. If you know Girl in a Coma, you know Nina Diaz. I spoke to her Friday afternoon.</p><p>“I’m excited to play. It’s coming up very, very soon,” she said.</p><p>Diaz is the 26-year-old lead singer/songwriter for Girl in A Coma, which despite its success is taking a little vacation currently. Diaz speaks of it carefully, and respectfully.</p><p>“It’s still a process, but we’re all mature women,” she said.</p><p>Her self-titled new band makes its electric San Antonio debut at the Tobin’s outside River Walk venue.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:17:59 +0000 Jack Morgan 37188 at http://tpr.org Nina Diaz Debuts New Band At The Tobin's New River Walk Plaza