Thousands of anti-Muslim protestors raised American flags and held up anti-Islam signs that ranged from the merely angry to the vicious as they demonstrated outside Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas on Saturday night. It was hosting an event called ‘Stand with the Prophet Against Terror and Hate,’ a fundraiser organized by the Chicago-based Islamic multimedia foundation, Sound Vision. The demonstrations began well before the program began at the center, which is operated by the Garland Independent School District. A Garland ISD spokesperson said they would not close the facility despite protests and threats, as it was a “non-discriminatory facility.” Reports said about 500 people had paid to hear a number of Islamic speakers to raise money for educating people about Islam and combating Islamaphobia, terrorism and hate. At the event itself, American flags were distributed and waved.

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio’s next concert holds an interesting promise. TPR’s Arts and Culture Reporter Jack Morgan has more.

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio’s next concert holds an interesting promise--the promise of what’s yet to come for the young musicians. Here’s YOSA’s Troy Peters.

“This Sunday we’re going to have a side-by-side at Laurie Auditorium at three o’clock, where you’ll see the San Antonio Symphony and YOSA playing together in one great big, giant orchestra.”

The mentor relationship between the symphony and YOSA is a rich one.

Lorne Matalon

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“Texas is a state where nothing is impossible. Where the sons and daughters of migrant workers can aspire to own their own farm. Where the children of factory workers can build new age manufacturing facilities. Where the son of a tenant farmer can become the governor of the greatest state in the nation.”

Governor Rick Perry paused at this moment, took in the applause that was his due from the group of men and women he had led for 14 years as Texas’ longest serving governor, and added, pointedly, “In Texas, it’s not where you come from that matters, it’s where you’re going.”

Shahrzad Dowlatshahi

Ambassador Roger Noriega, who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hempisphere Affairs under President George W. Bush, spoke on Thursday, January 15, 2015 to the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. Noriega frequently writes for the American Enterprise Institute.