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1:26 am
Sun November 25, 2012

On Itinerarios This Week: The 2012 Latin Grammys

The Grammys are important even if they relegate most of the classical awards to the afternoon well before the television cameras begins to roll, and it's much the same at the Latin Grammys, except more intimate, according to recording editor and mastering engineer Paul Blakemore.

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KPAC blog: The Piano
10:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

The American Way On 'The Piano'

Dixie Flag Company

This country is always in motion, or as one shipping company calls it "moving at the speed of business." Before the question of slavery became a civil war, American's enjoyed their minstrel shows, and after the conflagration, touring minstrel shows were once again one of this country's favorite pastimes.

This Sunday on "The Piano," music that has many fathers, music that comes together, ferments a bit and becomes something new - different and distinctly American.

The Alamo
9:18 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Scathing Report Concludes Daughters Of The Republic Of Texas Failed In Care Of Alamo

The Alamo, June 2012.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

An 18-month investigation by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office concluded that the Daughters of the Republic of Texas failed to properly preserve and maintain the Alamo, misused state funds for its own benefit, failed to address conflicts of interest, and let its own organizational interests get in the way of acting in the best interest of the Alamo and the State of Texas.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Soundtrack Review: "Lincoln"

Credit Sony Music Entertainment

Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams’s long and fruitful collaboration continues with “Lincoln.”  The prolific Williams draws upon folk styles to create an impression of America’s 16th president.

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Fronteras Desk
10:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Landmark Water Agreement, Latino Vote, Undocumented And Unafraid & Thanksgiving Memories

The U.S. stores emergency water for Mexico at Lake Mead, the reservoir behind Hoover Dam near Las Vegas.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

The U.S. and Mexico have signed a landmark water use agreement. How Nevada and Arizona boosted Latino voter turnout in the recent election. A growing group of young undocumented immigrants aren't afraid to reveal their immigration status. Finally, in her commentary this holiday week, Yvette Benavides  remembers childhood Thanksgivings in Laredo.

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Holiday Business Boost
5:56 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Holiday Shopping Sales Expected To Increase In Stores And Online

Wal-Mart prepares for holiday shopping a year in advance
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A rebounding economy and growing consumer confidence may contribute to a successful holiday shopping season this year.

The consulting firm Accenture reported that this year 52 percent of consumers will increase their spending by $250 or more. On the whole, the report says people are expected to spend $582 for the holiday. 53 percent say they will brave the crowds on Black Friday.

"We actually started preparing right after the season ended last year,” said Scott Redman, store manager at Wal-Mart in the 8500 block of Jones-Maltsberger.

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Holiday Lights Displays
2:44 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

'Tis The Season: Holiday Lightings Across San Antonio On Friday And Saturday

HEB Alamo Tree to be lit Friday evening, Nov. 23, 2012.
Hemisfair

Dozens of San Antonio parks, businesses and organizations are holiday lights beginning this weekend, and since holiday lighting ceremonies are scheduled all over downtown both Friday and Saturday, you can avoid heavy traffic and problems parking by going to some smaller celebrations.

In addition to Alamo Plaza, the city is lighting up Main Plaza and City Hall, Travis Park, Milam Park, Market Square, La Villita, and of course, the River Walk. Ford is sponsoring the big river parade, and the lights will be turned on the length of the river at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23.

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Classical Spotlight
2:05 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Akiko Fujimoto Leads The Nutcracker: Russian Ballet And Italian Baroque On Tap For Symphony

Akiko Fujimoto
Eric Green

Akiko Fujimoto is the assistant director of the San Antonio Symphony and her duties include giving pre-concert talks, knowing the repertory just in case (called cover conductor), conducting educational and pops concerts, and this year leading a new series of baroque concerts with musicians of the San Antonio Symphony. All of that happens to overlap this week with performances of the Nutcracker.

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The Source
1:52 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

The SH 130 Toll Road Debate: Are Taxpayers Taking Too Much Of The Risk?

Central Texas Highway map showing how the new SH 130 (red) provides a way around IH-35 traffic.
SH 130 Concession Co.

The new Texas State Highway 130 toll road extension is now open and charging motorists to enjoy it’s privatized asphalt while pushing their speedometers to 85 mph. It’s the fastest stretch of legal driving in the nation.

Also known as the Pickle Parkway, it’s the first public-private partnership highway in Texas, but according to opponents the partnership allows the private company to shoulder very little risk, and instead puts taxpayers on the line to pay for such risks as uncollected tolls.

Pro Toll Road:

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Transportation
11:21 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Vía Prímo: Express Bus Service To Downtown And Medical Center

Vía's Bus Rapid Transit system, Prímo, will launch Dec. 17.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Prímo, San Antonio’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, will officially launch Dec. 17 amid a transition for the organization; Vía Metropolitan Transit CEO Keith Parker stepped down to take the lead position in Atlanta’s public transportation system.

Vía spokesperson Priscilla Ingle said that with ridership at an all-time high, the standard 40 foot bus wasn’t working anymore, especially for the downtown-to-Medical Center corridor.

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