Carver Cultural Center

Arts & Culture
2:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Carver Exhibit Highlights African American Women's Perspective

Final Hour, by Yvette Watson
Aissatou Sidime-Blanton

An exhibit is set to open soon at the Carver Cultural Center.  It opens on Independence Day and features a wide variety of works.

“It is a selection of works by African American women from around the country, but with a focus on Texas women," said Aissatou Sidime-Blanton, who is curating the exhibit.

“In fact, there are nine Texas women, including two from San Antonio,” she said.

As to what the works are about, Sidime-Blanton said the theme is a fairly loose one.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Step Afrika Bring Their "Highly Energetic" Dance Form To The Carver

You may not have heard of the dance form called “stepping,” but don't feel bad. I didn't! Here's a description:

"A lot of people describe it as highly energetic and powerful movement. And rhythmic chants often accompany the steps as well. It’s really celebrated all around the world, but a lot of Americans don’t know about," said C. Bryan Williams about the foot-pounding, knee slapping moves that he helped bring to the fore in the group he’s created, Step Afrika.

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Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

San Francisco Jazz Group Playing The Carver This Saturday

SFJazz Collective.
Jamie Tanaka

The Carver Cultural Center hosts another music night at the Jo Long Theater. The band playing is called the SFJazz Collective, and as to what kind of music do they do, I asked drummer Obed Calvaire.

"Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane," he said.

They also play their own original music. I asked him to describe the SFJazz Collective to someone who had never heard them.

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Jasmine Guy Brings Show To San Antonio Inspired By Harlem Renaissance

Jasmine Guy
Calvin Evans

Jasmine Guy has acted on several hit TV shows, but now she’s doing something different.

“Well I’m very excited to be coming to San Antonio for this show,” she said.

Guy is an actor, singer, and dancer and now she’s coming to the Carver Cultural Center for "Raisin’ Cane, what she described as "an odyssey of the Harlem Renaissance.”

That Harlem Renaissance was a short-lived but very noteworthy period for art in Harlem.

“1919 to 1929,” Guy said.

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Arts & Culture
1:43 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Carver Imagines Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last Night In 'The Mountaintop'

The Mountaintop
Ron Abrams

Today is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and the Carver Cultural Center has found an interesting way of celebrating. They’re doing so with a play called "The Mountaintop."

"'The Mountaintop' is truly a fantastic piece that takes you through what possibly the last night of Martin Luther King’s life was like," said Danielle King, president of the Renaissance Guild, "San Antonio's black theater company."

The imagined scenario has Dr. King at Memphis’s Lorraine Motel the night before he was assassinated.

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Arts & Culture
11:04 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Grammy Award-Winner Luciana Souza Coming To The Carver

Luciana Souza
Bob Wolfenson

That a Grammy-winning singer is coming to the Carver Cultural Center is a big deal, but that she's been nominated seven times makes it far bigger still. She's Brazilian jazz singer Luciana Souza, who will perform Saturday, January 19, at the Carver’s Jo Long Theater, and to call her music smooth is an understatement.

I spoke withe Ms. Souza recently about her upcoming performance.

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KPAC Blog
3:50 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Black Violin Talks High School Outreach Ahead Of Friday Performance

Black Violin performing for a showcase at SXSW 2013 in Austin last march.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Black Violin, it's the Florida band which has staked out the unlikely intersection of hip hop and classical music. Band member Wilner Baptiste (Wil B) spoke to TPR about the band's outreach efforts in high schools.

"It's something that is very dear to our hearts because we understand," Baptiste said. "We were in a performing arts school that actually had an orchestra."

Baptiste talked about his Fort Lauderdale high school years where, due to budget cuts, he nearly missed being able to learn violin.

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KPAC Blog
5:03 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Black Violin Shakes Up Classical And Hip-Hop Worlds At The Carver

Black Violin
Courtesy photo

Black Violin is coming to San Antonio, and they’re probably unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Their sound could be described as two parts hip hop and two parts classical.

"We’re a product of both worlds," said Wilner Baptiste, or Wil B as he’s known.

"The classical/hip hop thing is always something we did to keep our interest in the classics," Baptiste said.

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Classical Music
8:49 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Carver Cultural Center Hosts The Ahn Trio

Sony Classical

The Ahn Trio is a highly regarded chamber ensemble, and they're coming Saturday night to the Carver Cultural Center. Their performance in the Alamo City though brings with it a twist. The dance troupe Nai Ni Chen will perform onstage with them.

"I find it very engaging and exciting, and hopefully our audiences will [too]," said violinist Angela Ahn.

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Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Carver Cultural Center Artist Calls On A Rain God For Inspiration

Atl Exhibit at the Carver Cultural Center
Phil Castillo

An exhibit at the Carver Cultural Center features works by Roberto Jose Gonzalez, who cites a less-than-common muse for his new exhibit: A rain god.

"The exhibit is entitled Atl" Gonzalez said. "Atl is one of the rain gods, one of the rain deities in Mexico. This exhibition is devoted to creating works that are my vision, my interpretation of that particular rain God."

San Antonian Gonzalez is originally from Laredo, but traces his family tree much farther back.

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