A soulful music group is coming to the Tobin Center next week. Turns out, they’ve been touring quite a while. “The group went on the road in 1944. June 10, 1944."
That’s a long time!
“Yeah, it’s been about 70 years.”
The band is Blind Boys of Alabama, a five-time Grammy Award-winning group. Eric “Ricky” McKinnie plays the drums, and has been singing with them for many a decade, and celebrated four Grammy Awards along the way with them.
“I’ve been working with the Blind Boys for about 40 years.”
South Texas writers take note: A good one is coming to share his secrets. You’ve seen some of Carroll Cartwright's work in "Jumanji," "Pearl Harbor" and "What Maisie Knew," but now you get the chance to meet him.
Cartwright is a screenwriter and he’s in San Antonio for a two-day event put together by Arts San Antonio, Gemini Ink and the McNay Art Museum. First is the event put on by Gemini Ink.
“I was invited by Sheila Black from her writing program to come and teach one writing class,” Cartwright said.
There’s an act coming to San Antonio that can’t be beat -- The Yamato Drummers. Arts San Antonio is bringing them to the Lila Cockrell this Sunday. The group use ancient Taiko drums, but in very untraditional ways. Gen Hidaka talks about how their performance varies from tradition.
"It’s really original, it’s really modern and it’s really dynamic music," Hidaka said. "And people also consider that it’s really entertaining. We also sometimes sing. It’s not only about music it could be like martial arts. It’s like boxing."
ARTS San Antonio’s new season is just around the corner and Executive Director John Toohey says unlike some arts organizations in the city, which have a narrow focus, their niche is in providing a wide style of performance art.
"People come here from all over the world, so we bring performing artists here from all over the world," Toohey says.
The application period is open for Bexar County's inaugural arts internship program this summer. The program is funding nine summer internships with local nonprofit arts organizations and will allow the nonprofits an opportunity to offer a paid 10-week summer internship to attract motivated college students to work on seasonal or special projects.
Students selected to participate will develop a closer understanding of how the arts benefit their community, along with the real world application of business skills that can be applied to their individual careers.
“’The Rite of Spring’ is not about flowers and birds singing. It’s about the power of nature,” says John Toohey, Executive Director of Arts San Antonio. ArtsSA is bringing “Rite” to San Antonio on Friday, March 8 at Lila Cockrell Theatre for the centennial of its notorious debut. The performance also marks the Joffrey Ballet's first performance in San Antonio in more than 20 years.