Christmas

Holiday Programming
3:27 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

"Peabo's Christmas Holiday" Airs Christmas Eve

Peabo at the mic.
Carin Lamontagne

KSTX's most unusual holiday tradition continues this year with "Peabo's Christmas Holiday," hosted by Nathan Cone, David Furst, and Peabo, the unofficial Texas Public Radio mascot.

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

This May Be San Antonio's Most Unusual Holiday Celebration

Tubameisters at the Arneson River Theater
Hans Grim

It’s a San Antonio holiday event truly like no other.  We asked Tubameister Ray Grim, who coordinates the group of tuba and euphonium players, just what a Tubameister is.

"A tubameister is someone who has mastered the tuba, in our case it’s a name for our group, calling ourselves the Tubameisters."

He explained how Tubas are known primarily for its background function in music.

"These are instruments that don’t often be at the forefront, but in this concert we get to play all the parts, including the melody."

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KPAC Programming
11:47 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Celebrate "A Baroque Holiday" On KPAC With The San Antonio Symphony

The San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio was founded in 1731 and is the oldest continually functioning religious community in Texas.
Ryan Loyd TPR

On Christmas Eve, tune to KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM for a special program, “A Baroque Holiday,” featuring the San Antonio Symphony, led by Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. Recorded live at San Fernando Cathedral, Akiko Fujimoto says the venue was beautiful, artistically and historically. “San Fernando Cathedral was built during the baroque period,” she points out, “so there could not be more perfect venue for this music to be performed by the San Antonio Symphony.”

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Kitchen Window
9:47 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Stars Come Out For Holiday Bakers

T. Susan Chang for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:21 pm

As a young woman, I had an attack of nostalgia for a possibly imaginary cookie. It was prompted by a walk up New York's Third Avenue, where I saw in the bakery case of a local delicatessen a stack of small round cookies, covered in the tiny rainbow sprinkles known as nonpareils. Instantly, I was ambushed by a flashback to the tiny Italian pastry shop of the small riverside town just north of Manhattan where I grew up, and where, I felt sure, I had been given star-shaped sprinkle cookies of a similar kind as a reward for my excellent behavior.

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Arts & Culture
10:23 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Young Guitarists Perform For The Holidays

San Antonio Guitar Ensemble
Ted Schechter

If your Holiday celebrations haven’t had enough guitar, we've found something you should check out: The San Antonio Guitar Ensemble. Actually, it's two classical guitar ensembles, as creator Ted Schechter explains.

"One are the younger kids, who I call the guitar stars," he says. "Their average age is around ten, that’s a quartet. The older group is more teenagers, high school students…and they go anywhere from five to ten members."

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Movies
3:35 am
Mon December 16, 2013

What's Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

Hey, 1988's Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis, might not be the most conventional holiday movie, but it's a holiday movie nonetheless.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Photofest

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 8:36 am

[LATE-BREAKING CORRECTION: We misunderstood where the 24 hours of Elf was being planned. We thought it was USA, but it's actually Starz. Sorry, Starz!]

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Holidays
1:33 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Have Yourself A Midday Noel Downtown

First Presbyterian Church Choir
Lindsay Blackmon

We’ve told you about many local holiday celebrations, but  here's one with a decidedly different angle.
First Presbyterian Church Minister of Music Tom Dooling tells me about the curiously titled Midday Noels--Titled that because they happen at 12:10 in the afternoon.

"It’s just a great break in the middle of the day for folks who work downtown to come and enjoy a brief concert— only about 30 or 40 minutes in length, [then] you can enjoy some lunch options, to get just a little bit of a Christmas break," Dooling explains.

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Recipes
3:03 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

One Family's Christmas Cookies Mix Spice, Spite And Love

Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 4:03 pm

The holiday season is about spending time with families. For a lot of families, it comes with conflict as well as cheer.

For Diana Abu-Jaber, author of a memoir on food and family called The Language of Baklava, her grandmother's annual arrival for a Christmastime visit meant lots of cookies and a boatload of bickering between her German-American Gram and her Jordanian immigrant father.

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Community
12:32 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Poinsettia Day, December 12

André Karwath Wikimedia Commons

Today is Poinsettia Day, officially declared so by an Act of Congress in 2002. The popular Christmas plant is estimated to pump $250 million into the U.S. economy each year. 

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Holidays
10:41 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Holiday Saxophones Still Blowing After 30 Years

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

It’s one of San Antonio’s oddest, and really, most interesting holiday traditions--as many as twenty saxophonists on stage at the Guadalupe Theater, blowing away on a Christmas carol.

The number of saxophonists varies a bit from year to hear, but as to how many players will show up this year Holiday Saxophones founder and legendary local bassist George Prado says “Maybe twenty-five or more saxophonists, and they will play with a rhythm section.”  

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