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
3:49 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

At The McNay, Set Design Takes The Spotlight

Design of Tevye’s House, 2009-2010 Fiddler on the Roof National Tour
Steve and Sam Gilliam

I caught up with Steve and Sam Gilliam, a pair of artists whose work works best when you don’t notice it. Their work is being featured at the McNay Museum of Art, but it won’t hang on walls. It won’t be erected prominently in front of a major building and it won’t be sold at a Sotheby’s Auction.

The Gilliams design sets for plays -- their most memorable was "Fiddler on the Roof."

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Dancers From Around The World Coming To San Antonio Folk Dance Festival

Komenda Ethnic Dance Ensemble.
Jane Steig Parsons

They’re coming to San Antonio soon, and they’re hoping you will join them at the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival.

“It is a gathering of people who love folk dancing, both to view it, and to do it,” said Michael “Misi” Tsurikov, one of the festival’s organizers. And he clearly has a love for folk dancing.

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Arts & Culture
4:40 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

A Unique Art Exhibit For The Blind At Mercury Project Gallery

A recently-blinded war vet experiencing The Color of Blind exhibit.
Katherine Brown

Imagine an art exhibition where what the art looks like isn’t that important.

"The Color of Blind is an interactive art show for the visually impaired," said Trina Bacon, the founder and curator of The Color of Blind.

“It’s a touch show where you can go and actually touch all the art pieces," she said. "The way the blind see is through touch.”

It's an odd concept to grasp, but once you make that leap -- realizing that the eyes aren’t playing a role -- it gives the concept of an art show a whole new meaning.

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Arts & Culture
2:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Second Saturday Art And Wine In Boerne Looks To Woo You

Second Saturday Art & Wine, Boerne.
Courtesy Johny Rosa

Boerne will be hopping with art over the weekend for Second Saturday Art and Wine.

“Second Saturday is a show we put on every month, so it happens twelve times a year," said Johny Rosa , who owns Texas Treasures Fine Art Gallery, a Second Saturday participant.

“We have market days down in the square in Boerne. It goes from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.. And then from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. is the gallery tour,” Rosa said.

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Arts & Culture
5:03 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Andy Warhol's Athlete Series Comes to SAMA

Muhammad Ali, 1978.
Collection of Richard Weisman

A new exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art is emblematic of another era -- an era before athletes were the superheroes they are now. That new Andy Warhol exhibit starts with a man named Richard Weisman, who said he was a very close friend of iconic artist.

Weisman is a perceptive man and in the late 70s he figured this out:

“The world of art and the world of sports don’t necessarily mix that well,” he said.

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KPAC Blog
11:42 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Ballet San Antonio Steps Away From The Barre And Into A Pop-Up Performance

Ballet San Antonio dancers.
Courtesy photo

Ballet San Antonio isn’t quite taking it to the streets, but they are close. They're doing what they call a "pop-up" performance.

“For us a pop-up performance is a spontaneous performance in a non-traditional venue," said Ballet San Antonio's President and Executive Director Courtney Barker.

They’re holding a near-spontaneous performance at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Radius building on Auditorium Circle downtown.

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KPAC Blog
2:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Symphony Holding Canned-Good Food Drive For March Performances

San Antonio Symphony President David Gross.
Courtesy photo

The San Antonio Symphony is back at it this weekend, but this time around they're doing something a little different.

“We have our classical concert this weekend on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8,” said new San Antonio Symphony President David Gross.

There will be a guest player/conductor.

“Kolja Blacher is our violin soloist, and he is also our guest conductor" said Gross. "And we’re going to be featuring music of Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Beethoven.”

But this is where the regular symphonic experience takes a slight detour, as he explained.

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Arts & Culture
11:13 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Mexico City Exchange Part Of March Contemporary Art Month Festivities

Contemporary Art Month San Antonio

March is Contemporary Art Month so to find out more, I talked to CAM Co-Director Chris Sauter.

“The kickoff party for the Contemporary Art Month is Thursday at the Blue Star (Contemporary Art Museum). And the Contemporary Art Month’s closing party takes place at Chris Park on March 28,” Sauter said.

Chris Park is Southtown’s beautiful little private/public art-themed park. Between the kickoff and the closing party is a month’s worth of events designed to get contemporary art on our collective radar. Sauter explained one of the ways they do it:

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Arts & Culture
2:31 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Get Your Fat Tuesday Fix, San Antonio Style

So you can’t afford to spring for the flight, the hotel and the time off work to go celebrate Fat Tuesday in the Crescent City, so what do you do? I may have found the next best thing.

“Well, we’ve got a great Mardi Gras concert on Tuesday night at the Empire Theater,” said Brent “Doc” Watkins, whose band has something planned at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater.

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KPAC Blog
10:51 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Intimate Copperleaf Quintet Performances In The SAMA Golden Gallery

Ruth Moreland
Benissimo Music

A local singing ensemble has an artful and interesting way of doing what they do. They're the The Copperleaf Quintet and they perform vocal chamber music in stunning settings.

"We gave two gallery concerts at the San Antonio Museum of Art," said Copperleaf Quintet’s Executive Director Ruth Moreland.

This Tuesday night, March 4, they’ll be singing in a small gallery named in honor of the priest who established Mission San Jose. Moreland detailed he music they’ll be singing:

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