After years of disuse, the vintage 1926 Aztec Theater fronting St. Mary’s and Commerce Streets downtown, has now been re-imagined and completely re-modeled. But it almost didn’t happen that way.
“This was almost condemned, and this building almost came down and became a hotel,” said Sam Panchevre of popular restaurant and live music venue Sam’s Burger Joint fame. He describes what he's done at the Aztec.
"It’s an adaptive re-use of old architecture," he said.
One of District 9 City Councilman Joe Krier's goals has been safer streets and he recently announced several initiatives to increase driver and pedestrian awareness following the death of a nine-year-old girl.
Tatyana Babineaux was struck on Jan. 15 walking by herself on the way to school when a driver hit her, then fled the scene, in the 1700 block of Braesview.
San Antonio theater-goers now have a huge variety of venues from which to choose. I spoke to Overtime Theater’s Artistic Director Kyle Gillette, and he differentiates their objective this way.
“Devoted entirely to original works. And I really focus on choosing work that is both innovative and accessible,” he said.
There will be no Broadway hits at the Overtime — these are plays written by current playwrights, mostly local. The Overtime is at 1203 Camden Street on the other side of I-35 from Carlos Cortez’s Grotto, in the Museum Reach.
A new poll from the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Tribune shows current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick are pulling away from Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.
The new numbers show Dewhurst at 37 percent of the vote and Patrick close behind with 31 percent.
"We are seeing this shaping up to be another establishment incumbent versus tea party insurgent race," said professor Jim Henson, who heads up UT-Austin’s Texas Politics Project.
In a rare case that pitted Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott against the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving the NRA’s request to lower the age limit for conceal-carry permits and purchasing a firearm.
Abbott defended Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw in his assessment that lowering the age requirement for anyone applying for a conceal handgun license from 21 to 18 would disrupt public safety.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines this week for regular wellness check-ups for children. One major recommendation is an automatic screening for depression for healthy teenagers and adolescents.
The screening for pediatric depression guidelines are based on recent research that shows early intervention can make a difference for teenagers who show early signs of depression.
A national same-sex marriage rights group has launched an effort across several states in the South to campaign for marriage equality.
Southerns for Freedom to Marry, a branch of the New York-based group Freedom to Marry, has mounted a $1 million campaign across nine states including Texas.
Chuck Smith, the executive director for Equality Texas, is heading up Freedom to Marry’s efforts in Texas and said recent polling shows Republican attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed in recent years.