There’s an act coming to San Antonio that can’t be beat -- The Yamato Drummers. Arts San Antonio is bringing them to the Lila Cockrell this Sunday. The group use ancient Taiko drums, but in very untraditional ways. Gen Hidaka talks about how their performance varies from tradition.
"It’s really original, it’s really modern and it’s really dynamic music," Hidaka said. "And people also consider that it’s really entertaining. We also sometimes sing. It’s not only about music it could be like martial arts. It’s like boxing."
The federal trial started today over the Texas abortion clinic restrictions that passed during this summer’s special session. Both sides have agreed to a bench trial, making the presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, the final decision maker.
Lawyers from Planned Parenthood are trying to block the law from taking effect, saying portions of the law make access to abortion services for women in South and West Texas impossible.
UTSA’s Downtown Art Gallery hosts an interesting new exhibit and New Yorker Manny Vega doesn’t mince words when he talks about the difficult process involved in creating his highly detailed pen and ink drawings.
"You can’t shuck and jive around this, you’ve gotta sit down and do it," Vega said.
He described the exhibit as containing a wide variety subject matter.
"You know, it’s a combination of visual imagery from Africa, the Caribbean and my life in New York," he said.
The creative process is, for him, filled with emotion, and finishing a piece is tough.
A cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Show" fits right in with the new ethos brought by the Woodlawn Theater's new owners and brings loyal members of the audience back for multiple turns.
The Woodlawn directors feel fortunate to have three stars from the TV show "RuPaul’s Drag Race" leading the cast. Alaska, from season 5 of the show, said in most shows audience-delivered comedy would not be allowed, but is it welcomed in Rocky Horror.
"They know what lines are coming up, so they can scream at you," Alaska said.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is opening an exhibition called "Native Words, Native Warriors" on an obscure part of recent American history. In World War I and II, American forces needed to communicate secrets to one another. The problem was the enemy understood their language.
"The Germans were very good at English and also good at cryptography and breaking codes," said the exhibit’s curator, Dr. William Meadows.