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Fiesta 2013
4:04 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Cornyation: Fiesta's Lewd, Crude And Rude Celebration Of The Offbeat

The Court of Pies, Fries and Thunderthighs
Joey Palacios TPR

For three days the traditional Fiesta is turned upside down as an event known as Cornyation rips apart political correctness and turns it into a stage act dramatizing current events.

Cornyation may be lewd, but the party with the purpose is left intact, the spoof on the Fiesta Coronation takes place April 23-25 at the Empire Theater.

This year there are about 12 Cornyation skits, and each one pokes fun at something different: Childhood obesity, the nearly retired Twinkie, Gov. Rick Perry and sonograms, the NRA, a pensioned Pope, and even Manti Te'o.

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Classical Spotlight
2:47 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

'Blue Shades' And More From Composer Ticheli At TLU

Composer/Conductor Frank Ticheli
Charlie Grosso

Friday night marks the return of Frank Ticheli to Texas. He grew up near Dallas playing trumpet, studied composition at SMU and Michigan, and taught at Trinity University for several years.

Currently a USC professor, Ticheli will lead seven of his works with members of the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble at Texas Lutheran University.

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KPAC Blog:
2:45 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

The Last Sonatas, Beethoven And Composing For The Ages

Rembrandt's depiction of the crucifixion, The Three Crosses.

It is scary to realize that some of our planet's great art is there for what at the time was an accidental circumstance.

In 1819 Moritz Schlesinger, a music publisher, met with Beethoven and bargained for 60 songs and 3 piano sonatas. These were his last three piano sonatas - the pinnacle of his Late period - and took longer because of illness and other work.

Because of these circumstances there was talk of dropping the sonatas from the contract. The Piano Sonata No. 31 was finished Christmas Day 1821.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
1:15 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

'Giulio Cesare' And The Return Of George Frederick Handel

Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

If you're older than thirty you may know something of the unlikely and extremely rare probability of a baroque opera being performed at the Metropolitan Opera. This was sometime in the late eighties, but in musical terms seems a lifetime ago.

To quote Inspector Morse, the opera loving sleuth, "I was horrified to discover that the tickets I had received for Wagner were in fact for Handel!"

I can think of no opera composer of the first rank who has undergone so radical a transformation of fortune as Handel.

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Air Pollution
12:09 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Particle Air Pollution Down, But Smog Is Up In San Antonio

San Antonio traffic.
Flickr user Steven Perez (silas216) cc

The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2013 Report released Wednesday finds Bexar County has joined a nationwide trend of improved overall air quality.

However, San Antonio has an ongoing problem with ozone.

Susanna Fuchs, senior director of environmental health for the American Lung Association Plains-Gulf Region, said the general trend is toward less pollution across cities in the U.S.

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Texas Legislature
10:33 am
Thu April 25, 2013

$17.5 Million Grant On The Line If Texas Passes Texting Ban

Senate Committee on Transportation hearing for the texting bill.
Ryan Poppe TPR

 The Senate Committee on Transportation heard emotional testimony Wednesday about the horrors of texting while driving as the state legislature is thinking about federal grant possibilities. 

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Fiesta 2013
9:41 am
Thu April 25, 2013

PACfest, A Family-Friendly Fiesta At Palo Alto College

Palo Alto College

Now in its 10th year, today's PACfest at Palo Alto College is a free family-friendly event that  offers games for kids, and has plenty of music for everyone.

PACfest is one of the few Fiesta events that offers no alcoholic beverages, and PACfest Co-chair Carmen Velasquez said it provides plenty of opportunities for families to enjoy themselves.

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Fiesta 2013
9:29 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Pictures: Army North "Gets Down" For Fiesta Army Day At The Alamo

U.S. Army

Wednesday's Soldier Show at the Alamo is one of the unique military Fiesta events, and visitors to this year's event found both the Commanding General of Army North, Lt. Gen. Bill Caldwell, and the second in command, Major Gen. Perry Wiggins dancing the electric slide to the tunes of Fort Sam's Own, a band made up of members of the 323rd Army Band.

Officers handed out Army Fiesta medals during the show, and soldiers lined up to shake the hands of citizens who wanted to say "thank you" for their service. 

The Source - April 25, 2013
9:16 am
Thu April 25, 2013

The Source: Redeveloping San Antonio

Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

The redevelopment of Hemisfair has an estimated $ 1 billion pricetag, and battles over whether or not to allow a new hotel on the property have gone from the statehouse back to San Antonio.

Andres Andujar, CEO of the Hemisfair Area Redevelopment Corporation joins us to address the issues, update listeners on the progress, and give some vision on what the effect of the redevelopment will be.

In the second segment:

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
4:58 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Board Names Interim CEO

Photo courtesy Kathy Bruck

Veteran educator Kathy Bruck has been chosen to lead Pre-K 4 SA as the program's interim CEO.

With nearly 40 years of experience in early learning, Bruck said her job in leading Pre-K 4 SA through its infant phases will effect students, teachers, and parents, not only within the Pre-K 4 SA model education centers, but in districts and schools throughout San Antonio.

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