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SXSW Music Festival
1:36 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Look & Listen: World Music At SXSW 2013

Gonzalo Deniz goes by the stage name Franny Glass and tunes up his guitar at the Uruguay Music Showcase at the Speakeasy on Wednesday night.
Chris Eudaily TPR

With so many music groups in Austin for SXSW it is easy for any of them to get drowned out by all the noise, but luckily for World Music artists, their foreign musical stylings give them a uniqueness that audiences tend to stop and pay attention to.

The language barrier doesn't seem to matter

Many world groups sing in English in order to tap into the English-speaking market, but there is still a healthy demand for music sung in foreign languages.

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St. Patrick's Day
11:04 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Raising The Profile Of Irish Heritage In San Antonio

Kevin Dowd, president of the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas, prepares hundreds of pounds of meat for the Hooley celebration.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

As members of the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas began preparations for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, including a Saturday "Hooley," President Kevin Dowd reflected on the tradition.

"The Irish will fight to the death for what they believe in," he said as he cut hundreds of sausage links at Beethoven Maennerchor Hall on Pereida St. "Right or wrong, that's just the way we're made."

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Texas Legislature
8:05 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Proposed Bill Ready To Push Back Against Federal Gun Legislation

Texas state capitol in Austin where the 83rd Texas Legislature is debating issues like gun control, medicaid expansion, water conservation, and education funding.
Wikipedia Commons

With the support of the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a state lawmaker has filed a bill that would block pending federal assault weapons ban from affecting Texas gun owners. 

Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, said "The Texas Firearms Protection Act" draws a line in the sand when it comes to the ongoing debate in Washington over ban of assault-style weapons like the AR-15, the same type of weapon used in both the Newton, Conn. and Aurora, Colo. mass shootings.

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Arts & Culture
8:46 am
Sat March 16, 2013

F.I.S.H. Exhibit Gets Needed Repairs After February Windstorm

A fish out of water. One of the 25 F.I.S.H.es was knocked off its hanger and fell into the San Antonio River. River Authority staff fished the big guy out and he is to be re-installed this weekend.
Eileen Pace

It's time this weekend to go back down to the Museum Reach and see the repaired F.I.S.H. art exhibit.  Artists from Colorado and Florida are in town to repair the fiberglass art installation damaged in February’s windstorm.

Sustained winds over a 16-hour period and gusts of up to 64 mph on February 25th knocked out power and damaged trees and buildings. Stronger than the force of some tropical storms, the wind also battered the F.I.S.H. exhibit along the Museum Reach of the San Antonio Riverwalk.

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Government
4:15 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

In D.C., Governor Perry Reiterates Stand On Medicaid Expansion

rickperry.org

Texas Governor Rick Perry reiterated his stance on Medicaid expansion during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C. this week:

“I say Medicaid doesn’t need to expanded it needs to be saved and reformed.  We care about our poorest Texans. We want them to have the best care possible and that cannot happen with a program that is on its way to bankruptcy.”

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Government
3:52 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Caught With Pot? One Lawmaker Suggests A Ticket, Not Jail

Sundar1 Wikimedia Commons

Could marijuana possession soon be the equivalent of a traffic ticket? A Texas House member wants it that way. Current law dictates that anyone caught with under an ounce of marijuana is subject to being convicted of a class B misdemeanor which can equal jail time, but Democrat Rep. Harold Dutton of Houston would like to change that, dropping that criminal charge down to a Class C misdemeanor, which would be punishable by a fine similar to the average traffic ticket.

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Community
3:31 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

New Beacon Hill Basketball Court Is A Place To Shape Young People

The Beacon Hill basketball court opened in late 2012 and is phase one of park construction plans in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Beacon Hill is an eclectic neighborhood just north of downtown San Antonio. Victorian-style homes line the streets, but suburban sprawl attracted people away from the area, leaving many of those homes and parks in decay.

Now, Beacon Hill is on the rebound with a new playground and basketball court, helping to breathe life into the neighborhood.

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World Music
1:47 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

World Music Celebrations: St. Patrick's Day

Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This weekend, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated not just in Ireland, but now around the world. 

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Texas Matters
1:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Texas Matters: How Would Raising The Minimum Wage Affect Texas?

United States Department of Labor

During his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed raising the national minimum wage to nine dollars an hour and permanently indexing it to the cost of living.

Supporters say it's a way to redistribute income from thriving corporations to workers. Others say it’s a surefire way to kill jobs.

With the most minimum wage workers in the union, Texas would be the state most impacted if the wage increase becomes law.

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KPAC Blog: SAIPC
11:29 am
Fri March 15, 2013

When The Finals Get Tough At The SAIPC, The Tough Get Going

The final four
SAIPC

It is nerve racking to compete head to head. In sports this is a fairly normal part of the job, but when it comes to artists, especially pianists, it is a big shift from the norm.

A musician's routine is quiet and predicable. You generally practice alone and it is here that you polish and learn, working on your fingering, phrasing and the little things that mean so much to you, but might not be even noticed by an audience.

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