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World Music Pick
1:57 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Bajofondo: South American Landscapes

Sony Masterworks

Bajofondo started as a loose collective of musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, but over time formed a solid core of players that have since become a cohesive band. Their latest release, "Presente," consists of twenty one tracks and has a massive sound.

For this CD the group augmented their sound with an enormous orchestral section, giving each of their songs a full and well-rounded sound.

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Carnegie Hall Live
11:38 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Changes To The Remaining 'Carnegie Hall Live' Broadcasts

Flickr user Marjorie Lipan cc

With the San Francisco Symphony on strike, the Berlin Philharmonic will be substituted for this week's performance of "Carnegie Hall Live."  

The remaining three "Carnegie Hall Live" recorded broadcasts will be aired on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. on KPAC and KTXI. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. -- Berlin Philharmonic 

Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. -- Elias String Quartet

Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. -- Staatskapelle Dresden

Fiesta 2013
11:21 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Mayor Castro Calls For A Fit And Green Fiesta 2013

Mayor Castro is encouraging Fiesta-goers to be physically active and environmentally responsible for this years celebration.
David Martin Davies TPR

The countdown is on for Fiesta 2013 and Mayor Julián Castro is asking Fiesta-goers be fit and green during the 11-day celebration. 

April 18 through April 28 San Antonians will be occupied with traditional parades and parties. Castro said Fiesta is the time for fun and frivolity, but it can be done while keeping Fiesta green.

"We’re here today to invite folks out, of course, to Fiesta, but also to challenge San Antonians to participate in this fit and green Fiesta in the year 2013," Castro said.

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New Release
11:14 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Two Sides Of Mozart With Pianist Alessio Bax's New CD

Courtesy of the artist

Two concerti plus variations make up this new Signum Classics disc

Pianist Alessio Bax is one of the most exciting young pianists today. His accolades include first prizes in the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions, as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Alessio has just been named the 2013 recipient of the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award.

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Texas Drought
10:11 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Aquifer Authority Creates Stage 5 Pumping Restrictions

The Uvalde Pool (red) has been moved to Stage 4 pumping restrictions while the San Antonio Pool is at Stage 2.
Edwards Aquifer Authority

  As the Texas Drought continues, the Edwards Aquifer Authority has issued a new stage of pumping restrictions for entities like SAWS and others who draw from the aquifer.

The new Stage 5 restrictions will control how much water is pumped from the Edwards Aquifer during times of extreme drought.

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City Staff Pay
9:45 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Is $85,000 Per Year Too Much For A City Councilman To Pay An Office Manager?

District 5 Councilman David Medina joins Burbank High School students on the Alamo Colleges' Mobile Go Center in late Feb.
Eileen Pace TPR

A San Antonio resident is demanding an explanation from District 5 City Councilman David Medina for the salaries that he pays his staffers.

Democratic Party activist David Plylar filed a freedom of information request to the city of San Antonio asking for details of how much Medina is paying his top staff.

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Elected Officials
6:50 am
Tue March 19, 2013

El Paso Lawmaker Apologizes For Alleged Drunk Driving Incident

naomigonzalez.org
  • Rep. Naomi Gonzalez apology before the House Floor for alleged DWI

After being arrested, booked and released from jail for allegedly driving while intoxicated, Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, D-El Paso, apologized to the entire Texas House.

During this year’s South by Southwest festival, Gonzalez is alleged to have been driving drunk when she hit another motorist, which caused a cyclist to be injured in process. 

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Community Health
1:58 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Could City And Public Space Design Help Solve Obesity Crisis?

Dr. Thomas Schlenker says buildings once encouraged people to climb the stairs by installing beautiful stairways like this one at the U.S. Post Office Bldg. in downtown San Antonio
Eileen Pace

The Texas Public Health Association's Built Environment Conference on March 19 will address concerns about the lack of exercise designed into public spaces, and how design may contribute to obesity in the 21st Century.

Architects and designers will come away with a toolbox of healthier design practices so that the people who use their buildings have a greater opportunity for moving around.

The new biggest killer in society is obesity.

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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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