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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KPAC Blog
12:57 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Prepare To Be Blown Away By The String Trio Coming To Boerne

Time for Three.
Amanda Reynolds

The Boerne performing arts series continues on Tuesday and I caught up with one of the performers, Zachary De Pue from the band Time for Three, a band whose music is difficult to classify. De Pue said all the members attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

“And we met there and jammed together outside of our classical studies and training," he said. "Each one of us, in addition to classical music, had a background in different styles.”

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Arts & Culture
11:49 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Briscoe Adds An Outdoor Gallery

Denny Haskew, Strength of the Maker & Sandy Scott, Equus Found
Alamo Photographic

The Briscoe Western Art Museum just added another gallery and this one is outdoors. The grand opening of the one-third acre McNutt Courtyard on the east end of the Briscoe’s Market Street museum on Thursday morning unveiled eight western sculptures.

I spoke to the museum’s Executive Director Steven Karr about the process for finding the sculptures.

“It was really trying to find pieces that were emblematic of the American West,” Karr said.

Emblematic, but, Karr hopes, not necessarily what you’d expect.

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Arts & Culture
11:58 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Siclovia Takes Social Approach To Promoting March 30th Southside Event

Colorful Síclovía bikes.
esd & Associates

It’s the event that closes down streets and invites San Antonians to come out and play, but there's change in the air. Previous Síclovía events have been held on Broadway, but this year they are moving to the Southside.

"The new route will be starting along St. Mary’s near Cesar Chavez, and then stretching down to Mission Concepción," said YMCA’s Director of Marketing Laura Waldrum. "The event is going to take place on Sunday, March 30.”

If you’re new to San Antonio, Waldrum described Síclovía this way:

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Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Carmen Tafolla Reflects Ahead Of Her Final Performance As Poet Laureate

Carmen Tafolla in the TPR studios.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio’s first poet laureate, is nearing the end of her time in the position, and as I found from talking to her, there’s no rest for the weary.

“Right now I’m still working away, scripting on a fantastic performance piece that is actually the last of the poet laureate signature series, and it’s March 29,” Tafolla said.

She will be joined onstage at the event by several other San Antonio poets and musicians.

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KPAC Blog
1:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Copperleaf Celebrates Religious And Secular Singing With Two Performances

Copperleaf Quintet’s Ruth Moreland at the TPR studios.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

You’ve probably heard of San Antonio’s Copperleaf Quintet. Their soaring, pulled-from-a-different-era vocals have been heard locally in churches, museums and performance halls for the past four years. Now they have a pair of performances coming up.

“This upcoming concert this Sunday is actually part of the Music for St. Marks Series, which, that series is in its 22nd year," said Copperleaf Quintet’s Executive Director Ruth Moreland.

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Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Wed March 19, 2014

"La Carpa" At Guadalupe Cultural Arts Turns Back Time With A Tent Show

La Carpa Garcia
Courtesy Descendents of Manual V. and Teresa Garcia

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is reviving an old tradition called "La Carpa Guadalupe." La carpa is "the tent," and the event is like a traveling tent show.

“It’s a traveling exhibition that’s going to have different showings here in San Antonio," said Haydeé Muñoz de la Rocha, curator assistant at the Guadalupe. "It’s emulating the tradition of the early tent shows of the early 1920s. It’s a very interesting tradition that the Mexican-American culture has. They were usually owned by families.”

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Jasmine Guy Brings Show To San Antonio Inspired By Harlem Renaissance

Jasmine Guy
Calvin Evans

Jasmine Guy has acted on several hit TV shows, but now she’s doing something different.

“Well I’m very excited to be coming to San Antonio for this show,” she said.

Guy is an actor, singer, and dancer and now she’s coming to the Carver Cultural Center for "Raisin’ Cane, what she described as "an odyssey of the Harlem Renaissance.”

That Harlem Renaissance was a short-lived but very noteworthy period for art in Harlem.

“1919 to 1929,” Guy said.

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Arts & Culture
1:20 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Institute Of Texan Cultures Tips Their Hat To Fiesta

Rhinestone Cowboy Hat by Ed Flores
Courtesy Institute of Texan Cultures

A new exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures captures San Antonians at their quirkiest. That exhibit is called Hats Off to Fiesta. I spoke to Diana Luis, who is a curatorial researcher at the ITC.

“Hats Off to Fiesta is pretty much a celebration of the different types of hats that individuals wear during Fiesta season" she explained. “Individuals show off their creative sides by adorning themselves with these amazing pieces of art on top of their heads.”

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Arts & Culture
4:15 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Theatre For Change Tells Real Stories From The Texas Foster System

Shannon Ivey.
Sandra Trevino

They’re a local theater group with a very different objective. It's called Theatre for Change, and I talked to the group’s founder, Shannon Ivey.

"Theatre for Change is a nonprofit that turns statistics into stories," she said.

I had Ivey explain exactly what that meant.

“One in 82 children are victims of child abuse, and we turn that one into a narrative,” she said.

Ivey said we’re overwhelmed by statistics in our news feeds and Facebook to the point that we become inured to the people behind those statistics.

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Arts & Culture
2:07 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

New Gallery Will Feature Linda Pace's Private Collection

Linda Pace Foundation

A new contemporary art gallery will be opening next month, but it’s unlike most others in San Antonio.

“It will open on April 18 to the public," said Linda Pace Foundation Executive Director Maura Reilly, who detailed the new venue.

“It is a 2,000 sq. ft. space that previously functioned as the Linda Pace Foundation offices, and prior to that it functioned as Linda Pace’s studio," Reilly said.

Pace died in 2007, and had been an active artist herself. She was also an avid art collector, and the new gallery will over time feature her collection.

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