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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The Guadalupe Dance Company is starting up a series of recurring dance events and it starts with a phrase in Spanish: Pisando Fuerte.

"Pisando Fuerte means stomping hard, which of course, is Flamenco dance."

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's Jeanette Chavez. And she's talking about something they're calling Flamenco Fridays, which happen the next two Fridays, June 3rd and June 10th.

Nick Simonite

The holiday weekend promises a lot of music and dance. First off, let's head north to one of the area's most unusual places to hear music. Here's what one musician says about this venue.

"I can never really state with enough excitement how cool the acoustic is."

The musician is Axiom Quartet's Patrick Moore and he's talking about the concert they're giving Saturday night at Boerne's Cave Without a Name.

Ave Bonar

A prolific actor/writer/producer with San Antonio roots brings his new production back to the city that helped spawn it. 

"I'm Jaston Williams. I'm what's left of him," he laughed.

You probably first heard of Jaston Williams from the wildly successful Greater Tuna production he co-wrote and acted in, or its three subsequent iterations since. Now he has a completely new one.

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He's one of the most prolific and varied talents in show business today.  Whether you know him from PBS...

"I'm Alan Cumming and this is Masterpiece Mystery..."

...or from X-Men...

"I play Nightcrawler, who is this blue mutant..."

...or from The Good Wife.

"You're?"

"Eli Gold."

...Alan Cumming is one of the most versatile talents working. And now he's singing what he calls Sappy Songs and touring with a small ensemble.

Jesus Gutierrez

Three high schools came together to put on a musical here in San Antonio. It's called Cenicienta: A Quinceañera With a Taste of Cinderella. Composer Federico Chavez-Blanco says the production's origins are rooted in this part of our culture being overlooked.

"There's no musical place for Latino/Hispanic kids."

Popular culture just isn't geared toward them. But in Hispanic cultures, Chavez-Blanco says one cultural tradition stands tall.

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