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1:03 am
Thu May 23, 2013

100 Years Of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring"

Igor Stravinsky
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2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Igor Stravinsky's landmark ballet "Le Sacre du Printemps," commonly known as "The Rite of Spring."

James Baker and Ron Moore, for many years co-hosts of KPAC's Alternate Routes, recently took time out to reflect on the meaning of 100 years of The Rite of Spring.

There are essentially two versions of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
5:10 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Pre-K Board Seeking Developers For Remaining Learning Centers

Area on Lord Road where the Eastside model education center is proposed.
Google Street View

Although Pre-K 4 SA's first two model education centers aren't yet open, the board of directors is now submitting a request for proposals from developers to begin looking at two additional sites on the east and west sides of town.

The remaining education centers will fulfill the requirements of the eight-year Pre-K 4 SA program, which is expected to see 22,400 students over the initial life of the program.

This August the first two centers, one on the Northwest Side and the other on the Southeast Side, will open.

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Latina Leaders
4:15 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Local Business Owner Honored By Cosmopolitan For Latinas

Magaly Chocano
Sweb Development

Magaly Chocano, a San Antonio business owner in the high-tech industry has been honored nationally by Cosmopolitan for Latinas.

Chocano is one of 12 women business owners in the U.S. honored by Cosmo for Latinas as a "Fun, Fearless Latina." Chocano is recognized for her creation of the first build-your-own-app platform for iOS, called Sweb Apps.

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Texas Legislature
3:03 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

House Democrats Successfully Kill Welfare Drug Testing Bill

Ryan Poppe TPR News

House Democrats were able to stall a vote on a bill that would have mandated welfare recipients be drug screened before receiving benefits, an action that ultimately killed the bill entirely.  

The bill would have required anyone applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits to be screened for illicit drug use and it immediately struck a chord with House Democrats like Rep. Sylvester Turner of Houston.

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Arts & Culture
1:44 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Former Witte Curator Cecilia Steinfeldt, The "First Lady Of Texas Art," Dies

Curator Emeritus Cecilia Steinfeldt, who served as an iconic and creative influence during her 60-year career, passed away Friday, May 17, in San Antonio.

Steinfeldt, who was born in Wisconsin in 1915, moved to San Antonio in 1923. Her parents enrolled her in art classes at the Witte Memorial Museum in 1925.

She became a young woman during the Great Depression, and after high school took advantage of the Mexican government’s offer of free art supplies and tuition to study art in Mexico City under Carlos Merida.

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City Government
12:57 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Mixed Review For Anti-Discrimination Proposal

The council's governance committee met in the main chamber halls because many people on both sides of the anti-discrimination issue showed up to hear the discussion.
Ryan Loyd TPR

When it comes to city hiring practices or contracts the council awards, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal believes everyone should be included in protections against discrimination, which is why he’s suggesting an update to San Antonio’s anti-discrimination policies to include gender identity, sexual orientation, and veterans.

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KPAC Blog
11:45 am
Wed May 22, 2013

200 Years Of Richard Wagner And The Will Of Music

Photograph of composer Richard Wagner, Paris, 1861. Originally printed in the Galerie des hommes du jour.
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Wagner's incredible and improbable success is one of the fairytale's of high art. The late Jacques Barzun referred to his position in later life as: "That of a Lord of all the arts."

Randy Anderson has rightly commented on his association with the highest circles of the intellect and art: De Gobineau, Nietzsche, Semper, Meyerbeer, Berlioz and later Liszt, as Wagner would wed Cosima, the pianist's daughter.

So how did all this happen?

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Environment and Energy
11:04 am
Wed May 22, 2013

ERCOT Predicts Another Grid-Busting Summer

Southern region drought monitor map for May 14. Though temperatures will not be "as hot" as 2011, it will put strain on the electric grid.
U.S. Drought Monitor

National forecasters are predicting another hotter-than-normal summer. That could mean more of the rolling blackouts likes those San Antonio experienced in 2011.

Climatologists predict temperatures will be above normal this year and the power grid may not be able to keep up. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation projects the Texas grid will have the lowest percentage of power reserves this summer of any region in the country.

The problem is rapidly-growing demand combined with a lack of new power plants being built.

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Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Wed May 22, 2013

See The Concept Designs For The New San Pedro Creek Waterway

San Antonio River Authority

Bexar County Commissioners Tuesday unveiled the design for the restoration of San Pedro Creek through downtown. 

The project will create an urban linear park while containing the 100-year floodplain within the banks of the creek.

Sort of like a little sister to the San Antonio River, San Pedro Creek will offer walking paths, recreational areas, and chances to pause at historic sites along the four-mile waterway.

The cost estimate on the project is $175 million.

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The Source - May 22, 2013
9:36 am
Wed May 22, 2013

The Source: Hunger In Texas & At-Home Gardening

Congressional Budget Office

In the first segment:

Last week the House of Representatives voted to cut $20 billion from the nation's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or what is commonly called "food stamps." 

According to the Texas Food Bank Network, one in five Texas households struggle to meet their food needs. The Congressional Budget Office says the number of Americans receiving SNAP has nearly doubled in just 5 years, going from 26 million in 2007 to 47 million today.  

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