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
4:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Freedom Fest's Fabulous Fourth At Market Square

Freedom Fest.
Courtesy city of San Antonio

If you’re still making your Fourth of July plans, here's an idea to consider: Freedom Fest downtown at Market Square.

“We’ve been having this for years and years and years," said Mark Jenkins, who manages Market Square, which you may also know as El Mercado.

“We usually do it for three days and this year we’re doing it the 4th, 5th and 6th,” Jenkins said.

Freedom Fest features a lot of live music.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

H-E-B Body Adventure Not Just An Exhibit, An Interactive Experience With Health

Toddler at food display.
Julie Ledet, Witte Museum

Just in time for summer exploring, there’s a new exhibit at the Witte Museum called the H-E-B Body Adventure powered by University Health System.

Curator of Archeology and Health Bryan Bayles calls it a “brand new, four-story, indoor-outdoor interactive experience that’s all about health IQ, empowerment and wellness.”

While that sounds a bit nerdy and wonkish, the actuality is anything but. During my visit I saw dozens of children going from exhibit to exhibit, interacting as they were supposed to, and very likely, learning all the while.

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KPAC Blog
4:40 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

UTSA's Statewide Choir Retreat "Boot Camp"

UTSA Choir Camp.
Gary Mabry

The halls of UTSA have been filled with the sound of singing the last few days thanks to a statewide choir camp, which brought about 250 high school students statewide onto the campus.

UTSA Professor of Music Gary Mabry said the camp begins Sunday evening and runs through Wednesday afternoon.

Those students are broken up into alto, tenors, sopranos and basses, and they’re sectioned off to work with group leaders.

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Arts & Culture
2:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Photo Exhibit At Blue Star Features Striking Portrait Silhouettes

Jenelle Esparza
Jack Morgan

An exhibit opening at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum on Wednesday is a series of portraits that don’t really look like portraits.

“A common theme throughout this work and a lot of my work is identity," said Jenelle Esparza, the artist/photographer whose work is featured in the exhibit called Ancestral Archetypes.

"So I used silhouettes of people instead of a detailed frontal portrait of somebody," she said.

In fact those portraits reveal very little detail of each person’s face, and as Esparza explained, that’s not by accident.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Urban-15's International Media Festival

A film festival with a twist will hit the big screen soon here in San Antonio, and Urban 15 puts it on.

“The Josiah Media Festival is a film festival exclusively for young people 21 and under,” said Jonathan Anderson, the festival’s project manager.

“It mainly receives submissions that are from the states, but we are getting an increasing number of international entries each year," he said. "We received more international submissions this year alone than all of the previous years combined, and this is the eighth year that we are doing this festival."

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Arts & Culture
2:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Carver Exhibit Highlights African American Women's Perspective

Final Hour, by Yvette Watson
Aissatou Sidime-Blanton

An exhibit is set to open soon at the Carver Cultural Center.  It opens on Independence Day and features a wide variety of works.

“It is a selection of works by African American women from around the country, but with a focus on Texas women," said Aissatou Sidime-Blanton, who is curating the exhibit.

“In fact, there are nine Texas women, including two from San Antonio,” she said.

As to what the works are about, Sidime-Blanton said the theme is a fairly loose one.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Balcones Heights Jazz Festival Starts July 11 At Wonderland Mall

Steve Oliver.
Kaye Runner

The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival will soon kick off.

“The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival runs this year for four consecutive Friday nights: July 11, 18, 25, and August 1," said Balcones Heights Director of Community Initiatives Lorenzo Nastasi.

“The venue is really remarkable -- at Wonderland of the Americas around that wonderful reflecting pool, the amphitheater setting, the grassy hillside.”  

And then there’s the music. It's all Jazz, but jazz features a lot of iterations.

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Arts & Culture
12:43 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Bravo: A Musical Gift From Parks & Rec. At Arneson River Theatre

Bravo at the Arneson River Theater
Credit Fred Gonzales

There’s a city of San Antonio summer program that’s providing song and dance to downtown. Bravo is its name, and Parks and Recreation's Lyn Kinton explains what it is:

“Bravo is an evening of song and dance that is offered down at the Arneson Theatre. It’s going to be going on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout July, starting on July 9,” Kinton said.

The music is provided by "Take Note," the band of young musicians the city assembles every year.

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Arts & Culture
4:37 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

A 'Small Town Saturday Night' Best Bet In Fredericksburg

Hal Ketchum
David Bourke

Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum hosts another concert on Saturday night. It's Hal Ketchum, and you've  probably heard his biggest hit, "Small Town Saturday Night." That one song propelled Ketchum to instant stardom, but he got a late start on the whole showbiz thing.

“I was a 38-year-old cabinetmaker," he said. "To have a number one country record--I don’t think it had been done on that level before.”

The singer-songwriter has been plying his trade quite successfully, with 15 top ten hits since then. As he explained, he somehow finds time to work with wood, too.

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Arts & Culture
4:12 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Legendary British Rocker Phil Collins Delivers Priceless Collection To The Alamo

Phil Collins at the microphone, with Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Phil Collins showed up in San Antonio today to give his priceless Alamo collection away to the Alamo. General Land Office Commissioner Jerry Patterson introduced him to a cheering crowd of about 200.

You may well know Collins from his time with Genesis or his huge solo success, but he’s also had a life-long obsession with the Alamo. He spoke of the place in reverential, and at times humorous, tones.

“I’ve had a love affair with this place since I was about five years old,” he said.

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