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5:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Japan's Nude Festival

Hadaka Matsuri Festival, 2006
Flickr User: amanda-esque Flickr

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 week, chasing the "naked man" in Japan!

KONOMIYA HADAKA MATSURI FESTIVAL

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Technology Training
4:35 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Alamo Colleges Teaming With Rackspace On Cloud Programming Classes

State Senator Carlos Uresti (left) stands with Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier, Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar, State Sentator Donna Campbell, and Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie holding a bill check.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Alamo Colleges have received a multimillion dollar grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to train 1,000 rackers. The Rackspace employees will receive special training for cloud computing from the Alamo Colleges.

The $2.5 million awarded to the school from the Workforce Commission's Skills Development Fund will create a tailored program called the Cloud Academy.

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Arts Education
3:25 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Say Sí Receives Unexpected $100,000 award

Nicole Amri, SAY SI Program/Community Coordinator with SAY SI Artistic Director Jon Hinojosa and Board Member Michael Mazzei receive unexpected check from IMPACT SA's Ann Parker

On Thursday the Say Sí multi-disciplinary arts program became the unexpected recipient of the $100,000 IMPACT San Antonio grant.

IMPACT San Antonio presents large grants of $100,000 to selected non-profits each October and last year doubled its awards; honoring the San Antonio AIDS Foundation and the Center for Family Relations each with grants to apply toward specific projects.

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City Government
2:04 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Richard Cardenas Challenging For City Council District 5

Richard Cardenas announced his candidacy for City Council Dist. 5 at the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center Thursday
South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce board member Richard Cardenas has announced his bid for City Council District 5.

The San Antonio native officially announced his bid for the seat Thursday at the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center on the city’s near West Side. Closing his remarks before supporters, Cardenas said, “Let’s revive district 5,” which will be his main battle cry.

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KPAC Blog: The Piano
12:52 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Making A Pianistic Point At The SAIPC

SAIPC

I've seen contestants in piano competitions play some large and impressive works when trying to stand out from their other competitors. Big and difficult works like Liszt's "b minor sonata" or Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit" are sure to get the judges attention, but there is also the fear of losing the audience.

It is not easy programming your first set at a competition. This week on The Piano, we visit more recordings from last October's San Antonio International Piano Competition.There are only two big and challenging works on the program.

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San Antonio Tourism
12:14 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Renovated Alamo Gift Shop Aimed At Increasing Income, Traffic

Sue Wigston (left) and her sister, who are in town from Canada, visit the Alamo gift shop.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Alamo gift shop reopened after a month of renovations to customers looking to scoop up historical keep-sakes of the Texas revolution.

“I grabbed a postcard, made sure it said Alamo on it, slapped it down, and wanted to be that first customer,” said Sue Wigston, who is in town from Ontario, Canada.

“We got caught up in the gift shop instead so now we're going to go back track and learn about the history of the Alamo,” she said.

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Texas Matters
12:02 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Texas Matters: The Story Of Education Funding Turns Another Page

The nine justices of the Texas Supreme Court in January 2013, Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, who is from San Antonio, is seated in the middle.
State of Texas

Texas education funding is ruled unconstitutional, and Attorney General Greg Abbott is expected to appeal the case to the Texas Supreme Court. There are opposing views in the legislature on whether to immediately act to address the issue, or wait until the court forces it. Gov. Perry is causing a stir with his radio ads in California that try to lure companies to the Lone Star State, and one columnist from San Francisco says this is generating some interesting conversation.

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Luminaria 2013
9:49 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Luminaria Returns To Light Up Downtown Streets

The Align Dancers perform in HemisFair Park as part of a demo from their Luminaria performance in March
Joey Palacios TPR

In one month, San Antonio will once again be illuminated for the city’s annual multi-media art show known as Luminaria.

The annual arts and culture show fills downtown with music, lights, and unique art displays from over 600 artists and 80 musicians. HemisFair Park is practically turned into a living lit-up painting.  Mayor Julián Castro said Luminaria is the largest single-night arts event in Texas.

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Classical Spotlight
7:30 am
Fri February 8, 2013

YOSA And Children's Choir Re-Imagine Brahms

Conductor Troy Peters of YOSA
John Clare TPR

YOSA and CCSA collaborate for BrahmsFest

Monday night, February 11, two outstanding youth groups combine on the stage of Trinity University's Laurie Auditorium to celebrate the music of Johannes Brahms. The official Brahms Festival event will feature new orchestrations and old favorites.

Marguerite McCormick and Troy Peters will conduct the Children's Chorus of San Antonio and the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic in "Brahms ReImagined." 

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Arts For A Cause
7:15 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Woodlawn Theater Raising Money For Victims Of Domestic Violence

"Chapter 2" stars Philip Kazen, Catherine Babbitt, Greg Hinojosa and Catherine Hayes
Woodlawn Theatre

As part of the Bexar County Family Justice Center's annual fundraiser, the Woodlawn Theater is donating all proceeds from it's latest show, Neil Simon's "Chapter 2," to help victims of domestic violence.

The Woodlawn presents top shows for a variety of audiences, but the owners also have a vision of being a community resource for non-profit  organizations.

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