Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds and songs from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. Read on to learn about an one of Japan's most celebrated stories, "pole dancing" in Guatemala, and a controversial practice in India.
Swim With The Elves is a holiday event for San Antonio kids that is like no other.
"We’re inviting kids to come out and join us. It’s on Saturday, December 14, from noon to 2 p.m." said Hank Salinas, the assistant parks and recreation manger. "Children 12 and under are invited but 10 and under must be accompanied by adults."
If you’re wondering whether or not you can work in another costly Christmas event, good news from Hank.
"It is a free event, and we’d like the families to come out, the parents to come out and enjoy themselves too," Salinas said.
Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has been meeting one-on-one with school superintendents, hoping to design a template for teacher evaluations.
As part of an agreement Williams reached with the U.S. Department of Education in order to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind program, Williams must design a solution for how schools evaluate teachers by May 2014.
"I am talking to superintendents and I am pleased, quite frankly, for teachers to be evaluated and to some degree, student growth be a part of that evaluation," Williams said.
There is much to sing about in the way of holiday performances in San Antonio this weekend. Scott MacPherson, the conductor and artistic director of the San Antonio Chamber Choir, details what they’re doing in their Holiday concerts.
"We are very lucky to be performing for the first time at San Fernando Cathedral," MacPherson said. "Our holiday concert is called Time for the Season! We have an invited guest choir from Judson High School under the direction of Kay Sherrill. It’s really wonderful to pair up our professional choir with a local high school group."
More than 10 years ago the City of San Antonio took a break from further annexing portions of Bexar County. According to the Census Bureau there is nearly 1.8 million people in Bexar County, of which about 400,000 live in unincorporated areas that aren't taxed by the city but also receive no city services.
The city is eyeing new tracts of land to the south and considering its options.
This Christmas, the new film “Saving Mr. Banks” premieres in theaters. The movie tells the story of the long courtship between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers, whose books about a magical nanny had enchanted Walt and his children.
A new poll released this week shows Texans strongly support reforming how the state punishes non-violent drug offenses. The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice polled over 1,000 people about how Texas currently punishes non-violent drug offenders with prison time vs. drug rehab and probation.
A Texas lawmaker is reminding teachers and school administrators about his new law that legally protects a school wishing to celebrate winter religious holidays.
Nonprofit groups like Texas Values and even Santa Claus himself stood by supporting state Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston, and the law he passed that provides teachers and school administrators the legal protection of the attorney general’s office when celebrating holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah.
Arts San Antonio is bringing the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to the Charline McCombs Empire Theater Wednesday night. We spoke with tuba/banjo player/percussionist and vocalist Ben Jaffe.
"We’re going to be playing some selections from our newest album, 'That’s It,' and we’re also going to be performing some songs that we only pull out specifically this time of year, specifically holiday songs that are unique to New Orleans," Jaffe said.
Jaffe said the difference between Preservation Hall and some other bands is New Orleans, but it’s also the players themselves.