Arts San Antonio

Arts San Antonio is bringing one of the iconic New York dance companies to the Alamo City. 

“Yes, we’re going to be performing at the Majestic Theater on Tuesday, February tenth.”

Michael Novak dances with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. He started dancing at about ten. I asked how he discovered dance.

“It was basically because I had tried a lot of other sports and I wasn’t very good at them.”

I had to ask “Was it love at first dance?”

He laughed and said “Yeah, actually, there was something about it very liberating for me.”

Courtesy Blind Boys of Alabama

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.”

They mix up gospel and soulful pop music.  

It’s a troupe unlike any that San Antonians have seen.  How is Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo not like your regular ballet company?

“Well, the Ballet Trockadero is a male company. We’re all male.”

Carlos Hopuy dances with them.

“So we dance en pointe shoes. And we do comedy ballet.”

I had to ask--"Comedy and ballet, that’s a really odd combination, right?"

“Yeah! It’s really hard for us to make it, like, seem easy. But at the same time, it’s really fun to do it.”

Topper Lilien

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.

Last year’s gold medal winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition was Vadym Kholodenko, and he's coming to San Antonio for a performance.

"I am very proud to be one of the Cliburn winners and this competition is very important, actually," Kholodenko said. "It stands as one of the four or five biggest competitions in the world."

Arts San Antonio is bringing Kholodenko to the Lila Cockrell Theater this Thursday, April 17. He’s playing solo, but he’ll also be doing some duets.

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