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
3:47 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Own Your Own San Anto Mural

Mini mural.
Cecilia Santos

There’s a mini-mural sale that’s coming up quite soon. The San Anto Cultural Arts Mini-Mural auction was originally scheduled for tonight, but something got in the way.

"The Spurs won the national championship," said Harvey Mireles, executive director the San Anto Cultural Arts Center, about the reason for the postponement.

"We, of course, like the rest of San Antonio, root for our Spurs and love them dearly," he said.

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Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Urban 15 Holding Poetry, Music Benefit For Eduardo Garza, Who Lost His Home In A Fire

Urban-15 is hosting a big event on Sunday and the layout of talent coming to perform is quite impressive. Urban 15’s George Cisneros details it:

"George and Aaron Prado, we have Ken Slavin, Bett Butler, Juan Tejeda is coming in, Bryce Milligan, Carmen Tafolla, Sheila Black, Laughing Gravy, which is the improvisational jazz group that’s working out of the High Wire Arts Center," he said.

Those performers and many more are coming, including Urban-15's drummers. The name of the event is Up From the Ashes. The reason behind the name?

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Volkssporting: Those Who Choose Walking As A Lifestyle

Volkssporters in downtown San Antonio.
Eveline Evans

There’s a subculture of people who simply don’t take walking in stride. You may have seen them along the roadways or in parks: Single-minded, dedicated to one thing. I’m talking about American Volkssport Association walkers.

Volkssporting, like Volkswagen, is a German creation. The AVA puts on 5k and 10k walks.

"We do hikes, walks, bikes, swims," said Joanne Forinash, the AVA's Southwest Regional Director.

I had to ask how the AVA deals with Texas' extreme heat.

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Tue June 17, 2014

University Health System Introduces Art To Help Heal

UHS ky Tower lobby. Artist Ed Carpenter
University Health System

If you’ve been to a pair of local medical facilities recently, you might be surprised by the art you see there.
The concept is called "healing arts." I spoke to Mark Webb, a senior vice president with University Health System to find out how it works.

"There is science and data behind arts and the healing process," Webb said. “How it reduces anxiety of patients and how it speeds with the healing process because it’s calming.”

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Patriotic Concert Honors Veterans At Cave Without A Name

Tom Masinter & Rebecca Trinidad
Sandra Trevino

It’s a Fourth of July celebration that’s not actually happening on the fourth. And it’s not a fireworks show, but a patriotic musical review. 

"(It's) our theatrical stage show Proud to Be American," said Tom Masinter, who runs the Allegro Stage Company, which is putting on the show.

"We’re going to be doing a lot of American music to celebrate," he said. "We’ll be doing Frank Sinatra songs and Judy Garland songs. And we’ll be doing a lot of 50s rock 'n' roll, good ol’ rock 'n'roll. We’re even going to do some patriotic songs because it’s good to be a Texan."

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Arts & Culture
3:56 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

San Fernando Cathedral Like You've Never Seen It

An image depicting the Battle of the Alamo, which will be projected and animated as part of "The Saga."
Credit Xavier de Richemont

What they’re doing to San Fernando Cathedral tonight will make you see it in a whole new light. Light -- that’s the key word here. Lots and lots of light.

"It’s a video painting of the cathedral," said Xavier de Richemont, who is the one projecting light, pictures, images, and textures onto San Fernando Cathedral. The film, of sorts, is called "San Antonio|The Saga," a chronological telling of the San Antonio story.

"I’m a storyteller telling stories from history," said Richemont. "The Indians, the Comanches and the Spanish coming and the missions being constructed."

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Arts & Culture
12:10 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Henri Matisse: Life In Color Opens At SAMA

Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool
courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art opens an exhibition on one of the art world’s giants: Henri Matisse. Matisse shook things up when he was first becoming known. In fact, he and his contemporaries were given a derisive name.

"They were called 'fauvists' by art critics of the time, which in French means ‘wild beasts,” like a javelina, basically," said SAMA’s William Keyes Rudolph.

The art world was much more narrow back then, much less open to new ideas.    

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
7:43 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The Artists Who Gave The Museum Reach Its Flair: Part 2 & The Big Finish!

The Grotto
Jack Morgan

It’s already been half a decade since the Museum Reach stretch of the San Antonio River opened to the public. We've been looking at the downtown side of the Reach, but today we move to the far end.

As you take the river barge north of Jones Street, past the San Antonio Museum of Art and round the bend, you come across the Museum Reach’s most talked-about installation. It’s called F.I.S.H.

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KPAC Blog
2:04 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Sebastian Lang-Lessing On Symphony's 75th Birthday

Artist rendering of the Tobin Center, which will be the new home of the San Antonio Symphony beginning this fall.
Tobin Center

The San Antonio Symphony is marking a big landmark. Its first concert was 75 years ago this month.

Despite its age, the strapping, robust symphony has perhaps never looked stronger. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing talks about the symphony’s first concert 75 years ago.

“It was actually June 12, the concert that Max Reiter did," said Lang-Lessing. Reiter was the San Antonio Symphony’s first conductor.

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
7:41 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The Artists Who Gave The Museum Reach Its Flair: Part 1

Rippling Shadows, by ROLANDO BRISEÑO
Mark Menjivar

At the very southern end of the Museum Reach sits the Lexington Avenue bridge and under that bridge is the first art installation, that of British artist Martin Richman. I reached him in London’s East End where he lives.

His art installation was a series of colored, dichroic plastic rectangles suspended under the bridge. They move in the breeze, and the lights that shine on them is reflected into the undulating water underneath the bridge. At night it’s just dazzling.

"So in a way the whole thing becomes this lively space of light and color," said Richman.

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