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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Arts & Culture
7:32 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Of Chinese Food, The Spirit Of Giving And A Very Jewish ‘Christmas’

Ron Aaron Eisenberg, Gina Eisenberg
Jack Morgan

Christianity dominates American culture, and most especially at Christmas.

But by no means is every American Christian. This was brought to the forefront perhaps most publicly when, during confirmation hearings, now Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was asked this by Senator Lindsay Graham, “Where are you at on Christmas day?”

After some back-and-forth, as she tried to better understand the question, he interrupted her…

“Nah, I just asked you where you were at on Christmas.”

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Arts & Culture
4:10 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Born From ‘The Children Of The Revolución,’ An Artistic Exploration Of Life

Deborah A. Cortez
Jack Morgan

You may think the ‘Day of the Dead’ as a celebration around Halloween, but at the  Texas  A&M  Cultural  Arts Center in San Antonio, an exhibit is drawing new attention. I took a tour with its creator. Deborah A. Cortez helps run her family’s Mi Tierra restaurant at Market Square in San Antonio, but she’s also an artist who created this ‘Day of the Dead’ exhibit.

“The exhibit is a story of The Children of the Revolución, which was originally put together by Lionel and Kathy Sosa.”

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Arts & Culture
3:42 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Beautiful Drawings Of Children At Play, But There’s More Happening Here

Fernando Andrade, El Intercambio, 2014

A brief glance is enough to tell you that the new Blue Star Arts Complex exhibit is very impressive, but a deeper look will give you a lot more insight. They’re all beautiful, highly intricate drawings of children at play.

“The children are technically rendered so expertly that, even if you don’t at first discover the deeper meaning, you really appreciate them for the quality of the drawing.”

The Blue Star’s Mary Heathcott is talking about Fernando Andrade’s work, which is almost photographic in its clarity.

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Arts & Culture
3:27 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Brand New New Year's Eve Event Waltzes Into The Tobin

Credit Mark Greenburg

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts has slipped what they hope will become a new tradition into the city’s arsenal of yearend entertainment. The Strauss Festival starts soon, but the first Strauss highlighted isn’t Richard, it’s Johann.

“...Who influenced Richard Strauss quite a bit,” says the San Antonio Symphony's Music Director, Sebastian Lang-Lessing. He’s talking about that New Year’s Eve event at the Tobin.

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Arts & Culture
3:42 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Texas To New Delhi, Via Iceland

Delhi Portal # 2, Bill FitzGibbons
Bill Fitzgibbons

A new exhibition is opening next month in a national gallery that will feature Texas artists. It’s where that national gallery is that makes this story so fascinating. We spoke to San Antonio artist Bill Fitzgibbons to get the story.

“The National Academy of Art is going to be showing the exhibition called ‘Texas!’  And it opens on Jan. 24.”

And this is in New Delhi, India?

“It’s in New Delhi.”

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Arts & Culture
7:26 am
Fri December 19, 2014

San Antonio Museum of Art: Picasso Like You've Never Seen Him

RBF Picasso Three Musicians 20156
Copyright 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

You expect to see Picassos in an art museum, but I found 14 of them at the San Antonio Museum of Art, quite un-like what you’d expect.

“Some of Picasso’s most iconic paintings translated into a totally different media; the historic technique of tapestries.”

That’s SAMA’s Chief Curator, William Keyes Rudolph. With Picasso’s permission, in the 1950s, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller commissioned these tapestries to be woven.

"Rockefeller was a great lover of modern art, particularly Picasso.”

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

"Mujeres Mercado" Women's Market, A New Event Created From Tradition

Valerie Fernandez, performer
Monica Velasquez

If you’ve not done with all your holiday shopping, here’s a suggestion that might wrap up your shopping, and give you a fun night out at the same time. Drop by the Mujeres Mercado — that’s ‘Women’s Market’ in Spanish. Here's the Mujeres Mercado co-founder, Christina Martinez.

“We have about close to 200 women in our network right now that are all handmade artisans, traditional healers, performers. And we just create events.”

It’s commerce, food, music, entertainment, all in one place?

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

From Music To Literature, A Road Less Traveled For This Author

Author Walker Smith
David Williams

A Houston author who went to high school in San Antonio returns to the Alamo City for a bookstore visit.

“I am Walker Smith; I write historical novels.”

Smith has a fascinating backstory.

“My mother was a sort of beatnik type — a very literary beatnik type, [who] listened to classical and jazz. My father was a jazz musician. He was a drummer.”

They didn’t have money, but they used their library card a lot. And she could tell she had a literary bent of mind.

“It was either going to be music or it was going to be literature, so it ended up being both.”

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Arts & Culture
3:31 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Enjoy Holiday Pops With A Dash Of Mariachi Style

Akiko Fujimoto
Liz Garza Williams

They will be packing the Tobin this weekend for one of the Alamo City’s standout holiday events. It's the San Antonio Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert.

“It’s going to be a big weekend.”

Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto details the event.

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Arts & Culture
1:40 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Singular San Antonio, Where ‘Blowing It’ Makes For Festive Fun

Tubameister Christmas at the Arneson River Theater
Hans Grim

This has to be one of San Antonio’s most distinctive holiday events. It’s one where people come from far and wide to blow their horn. Literally. And you can hear the difference from the very first notes.

[music]

“I think most of us who play the tuba enjoy what we do and are perfectly happy playing a supportive role most of the time.”

Meet Ray Grim, with the Tubameisters. Once a year, Tuba and Euphonium players converge and take over the stage.

“It’s become a community event. We actually have people come in from out of town to attend the concert.”

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