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
5:05 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

From Ballet To Author: An Unusual Path

Mario Alberto Zambrano
Nephi Nevin

A first-time author is coming to the San Antonio Book Festival next month, and I came to find that his back story is as fascinating as the book he’s written. Meet Mario Alberto Zambrano, whose novel-writing career began on the stage.

“I was a dancer for a very long time. I never read as a kid and I never wrote short stories…”

Being an author is Zambrano's second life, after retiring from an international career as a ballet dancer, he began writing. Surprisingly his first novel was picked up.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Shakespeare On The Riverwalk: Yes, It's To Be

Damian Gillen
E. Powlewski

Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer of the English language, and as I found, there’s a place where you can see all of his works in one night. Well, kind of.  

Damian Gillen is the Artistic Director for the Company Theatre, and he is enthusiastic about their ability to pull off the complete works all in one night. Ah, but there's a twist to how they do it.  "All thirty-seven plays in 97 minutes by only three actors!" he proclaims.

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Arts & Culture
4:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Artpace Spring Residency Closes With a Party

Liz Glynn, III, installation view
courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery and Redling Fine Art

Artpace’s spring Artist In Residence Program is winding down, and they do so with a party send-0ff for Liz Glynn, who's from Los Angeles.

“I’ve been here about six weeks and I’ve got a week and a half left to produce an exhibition for Artpace,” Glynn said.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Thu March 13, 2014

At University Hospital, Art Is Part Of The Healing Process

Sculpture Installed
courtesy George Schroeder

Nestled between the blocky buildings of the South Texas Medical Center are many works of public art.  I was told about a new one just installed, and tracked down the artist who did it to ask about the motivation behind his art and its placement in the Medical Center. Sculptor George Schroeder is known internationally, but locals will recognize his Museum Reach bridge sculptures, the entrance gate to Brackenridge Park, and other works. I asked him about the reasoning behind his metal sculpture nearly finished in the Medical Center.

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

"Ranch Philosophy" On Display In New Photo Book

Goats and Hillingdon Ranch
courtesy David K. Langford

There's a new photo book out now by David K. Langford about his family’s Hill Country Ranch, and if you look back at the ranch’s history, it’s clear that their ranching philosophy is an extension of the property’s founder, Alfred Giles, a well-known South Texas architect in whose buildings you may have stood.  

As Langford explains, when Giles established his ranch outside Comfort, his ranching philosophy has two themes.

“Always plan for drought. Always. And the second thing is if you have to feed, you have too many. Water is everything.”

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Arts & Culture
2:33 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Storefront Art Makes Downtown San Antonio More Inviting

A clever idea is taking hold downtown. The idea’s simple, really as UTSA Architecture Professor and artist Taeg Nishimoto explains.

“An empty storefront being occupied by public art as a part of their efforts to make the image of downtown better."

And the program for putting art in unrented storefronts has an interesting name.

“'X Marks the Art' is a downtown Art program.“

Public Art San Antonio’s Marissa Laubscher goes into detail.

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Arts & Culture
6:02 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Will Your Child's Summer Be A Work Of Art?

Student at work
Kiko Martinez

Even while many San Antonio families are enjoying Spring Break this week, they're already thinking of summer, and what the kids will be doing while school's out. The Southwest School of Art’s summer program registration is just around the corner, and they offer a ten week long summer studio experience.

Patricia Morales directs the Young Artists Program at the Southwest School of Art.

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Arts & Culture
2:04 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

"Poetic License" Taken With Carmen Tafolla Films

Carmen Tafolla
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Carmen Tafolla’s run as San Antonio’s Poet Laureate is coming to an end soon, and she's being honored by the city in an unusual way. Seven San Antonio filmmakers were selected to create short films based on seven of Tafolla's poems.

“We feel that this is a great opportunity to combine poetry and film in a new manner,” said the city's Special Projects Manager Sebastian Guajardo.

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Arts & Culture
6:09 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Artpace Will Soon Unveil New Works

Jessica Mallios, Untitled (view from Tower)
courtesy Jessica Mallios

Artpace’s Springtime Artist in Residence Program is about to end. 

“The Artist in Residence Program asks an international artist, a national artists and then a Texas-based artist,” says Texas artist Jessica Mallios, who describes how the program is constructed.

All the artists converge in Artpace’s downtown gallery and studios in January each year. While they live and create there, they are are given eight weeks to develop a specific project for exhibition at the end of their time at Artpace.

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Texas Music
12:36 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Piñata Protest, Making A Bilingual Name For Itself

Pinata Protest
Josh Huskin

A San Antonio band is fast gathering a national following. First, you should know Piñata Protest music is a really unusual hybrid.

“We call it Tex-Mex punk rock."

Accordion player and lead singer Alvaro Del Norte puts it this way.

"Y’know, it’s a blend of all sorts of music, from all sorts of cultures, from all regions that have come to Texas. Tex-Mex plus a punk rock element.”

And this week they’re heading to south by southwest.

“Yeah, we’re doing south by southwest again this year" he said. "I think it’s our fifth time in a row.”

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