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3:29 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" Tells A Strange Tale At The Playhouse

"Dead Man's Cell Phone."
Sandra Trevino

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.

But, he said, there’s one big problem:

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Texas Public Schools
11:51 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Teachers Express Concern With New TEA Evaluation Pilot Program

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

State teachers gave House leaders their take on the new job assessment pilot program designed by the Texas Education Agency. Teachers criticized the use of student test scores to measure job performance, calling the formula “black magic” with no type of scientific evidence.

As part an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, the TEA designed a program for teacher evaluation in order to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind program. The proposed plan gives student end-of-course exams a 20 percent weight, which is a minimum set by federal education officials.

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KPAC Blog
11:01 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Rare Indian Classical Music Performance Slated For San Antonio

There’s a music event heading our way on Friday that’s unlike what we normally hear in San Antonio: The alluring sound of music from India.

“A raga is the melodic form of an Indian classical music," said Rick Henderson, who is putting this concert together and also plays.

"I’m a sarode player; that’s a 25-stringed, fretless lute from North India, in the same family as sitar," he said.

There’s a whole family of classical music native to India, and as Henderson explained, one of its most accomplished violinists is coming to San Antonio.  

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San Antonio Schools
10:13 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Districts Trying To Keep State Funds For Mass Absences Caused By Fiesta Week Threat

Days after the Fiesta week threat that caused mass absences in districts across the city, a student at Madison High School was discovered to have brought three guns on campus. Parents lined up to pick up their children after the lockdown was lifted.
Joey Palacios TPR News

School districts financially impacted by the mass student absence following a city wide school violence threat have the option to appeal the state’s withholding of funds.

Every time an individual student is absent, the school district he or she attends loses potential money from the Texas Education Agency.

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The Source - May 15, 2014
9:35 am
Thu May 15, 2014

The Source: Exploring Our City's Hidden Gems

Kiddie Park on Broadway
Courtesy of John Dyer ©

    

In every city there are hidden gems; places off the beaten trail, less known and less likely to be a tourist attraction, their cultural and historical value less straight forward.

Such sites include the marriage of Mexican craftsmanship and Spanish engineering that resulted in Espada Dam and aquaduct, the history of the cemetery on East Commerce, little family-owned shops that have maintained the traditions of their forebears, the spots far from city center, the repurposed, and the countless places overrun by time.

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Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

San Fernando Public Art Project Seeking County Funds

San Fernando Cathedral.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.

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Spurs Playoffs
3:44 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Spurs Fans Light Playoff Hopes With A Candle

The praying hands Spurs candle designed by Robert Tatum.
Joey Palacios TPR News

**Correction: It has been brought to our attention that the Protección candle showcased in this story was not created by the unidentified source that claimed to have done so. A corrected update is now included in this story immediately following the incorrect portion that was originally published.

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KPAC Blog
3:25 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Camerata Hosting Master Class For High School Musicians

Emily Freudigman.
Carin Lamontagne

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.

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Arts & Culture
12:28 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Second Boerne Art Waddle Is This Saturday

Boerne Art Waddle
Cheryl J Beck, CJB Digital Imaging, Boerne Spotlights

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.

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Bexar County-Military
12:02 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

County Commissioners Pause To Honor Local Fallen War Heroes

Bexar County Commissioners showed a video with pictorial remembrances of the community's war dead. The ceremony was part of the court's Memorial Day commemoration.
Credit Eileen Pace

Bexar County commissioners took time out of their business agenda Tuesday for a special remembrance of war casualties from the local community. The county honored the fallen soldiers with a video commemoration for Memorial Day.

Family members, wives and mothers joined local veterans in a video remembrance of the lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades, something which Cheryl Lankford said she must do even if it’s hard.

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