Jack Morgan

Arts and Culture Reporter

Jack Morgan has spent 35 years in electronic media doing both television and radio.

In his mid 20s he was known as Robbin Banks at two San Angelo FM stations but the bulk of his career has been spent at PBS stations -- from Austin's KLRU, Orlando's WMFE, Burlington's Vermont Public Television, and San Antonio's KLRN.

At KLRN he spent 5 years as director of production where he was responsible for three hour-long programs with the San Antonio Symphony. Jack was also responsible for KLRN's ARTS program during its startup, and co-produced Texas Week With Rick Casey.

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New public art was dedicated Wednesday on San Antonio’s East Side. The City’s Felix Padron welcomed a crowd of several dozen who stood in Pittman-Sullivan Park beneath the sculpture, a soaring 32-foot tall steel and mesh arm and outstretched hand reaching skyward.

"This is going to be an identity for this neighborhood for many, many years to come.  The artist said that he was inspired by Martin Luther King to do this, and the title of the work is, “Open Hand, Open Mind, Open Heart." Patron explained.

Cheyenne Johnson

As is always the case, lots going on this weekend. I’ve lassoed a few items for your consideration.

SALSA STREET FEST, SAN ANTONIO

Both Saturday and Sunday Market Square downtown will be pulsing with Salsa Street Fest.  Saturday you’ve got a chance to strut your salsa-making stuff in their salsa making contest. And both days feature live music, good food and lots of Salsa.

MOONDANCE AT THE CIBOLO NATURE CENTER, BOERNE

Main Plaza

Riding a bike to go see a movie isn’t too unusual, but there's a place where the bicycling plays a larger role than just getting you there. In fact, no bike, no movie.

 “We have a stationary bike set up that operates a generator, which provides electricity for the movie player,” said Tom Matula, Director of Marketing for Main Plaza, which is where Cycle-In Cinema takes place. They're people-powered movies on a big screen.

Jack Morgan

A new Art Exhibit opened downtown, but unlike most, you really don’t need to see it to appreciate it. It's presented at VIA Transit headquarters in the beautiful old International and Great Northern Railroad Station on the near west side. When I got there, a pair of curious kids wandered around through that art installation, one that takes up most of the first floor.  Ava Valdez was blindfolded and brother Noah led her through the exhibit called The Color Of Blind. I tagged along.

“Is this the part where there’s the face?” she said.

A local group is working to spark an Artist Exchange program between San Antonio and India. Visiting from there is one of its principals, Devanshi Agarwal. She met San Antonio artist Bill Fitzgibbons when he was in India on a previous Texas Arts exchange.

"He hired me as an assistant curator so I was coordinating the exhibit for them.”

 Agarwal is an artist herself, but didn’t start out that way.

  “I wanted to be a journalist, but then my father always said no, through art you are making us smile and you are showing us the world through a very different lens.”

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