Christmas

Music Reviews
4:21 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Canadian Group Fuses Bluegrass And Tchaikovsky On Holiday CD

Credit Pipistrelle Music

Every year, radio stations are deluged with new Christmas albums, and Texas Public Radio is no different. This year, I came across one that made its way to the top of my listening stack. The Canadian group Ensemble Polaris boasts diverse instrumentation, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, bagpipe, musical saw, recorders and winds.

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Arts & Culture
11:04 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Urban-15 Gives The Holidays A Laser Light Treatment

San Antonio's performing arts group Urban-15 is known for its driving drumbeats and wildly creative costuming. Their longevity and unique calling has made them one of the city’s iconic puro San Antonio aspects. But every December they put away the drums and costumes, put on holiday music, and turn on the lasers.

"The holiday laser show is multiple lasers that are choreographed to some of the holiday favorites," said Urban-15 Music and Media Director George Cisneros.

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Around the Nation
4:37 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Nothing Says Christmas Like 700 Screaming Faces

An ornament honoring Edward Munch's The Scream is part of an annual Christmas tree erected at Union Station in Washington, D.C., and decorated by the Embassy of Norway.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 6:20 pm

As it has done for the past 16 years, the Embassy of Norway decorated a Christmas tree at Union Station in Washington, D.C. — a gift to the American people to say thanks for helping Norway during World War II.

This year is no different. The tree was lit in a ceremony Tuesday evening, but what stands out is the nature of the ornaments that adorn the artificial tree: In addition to small American and Norwegian flags, the tree is decked out with 700 shining decorations with the iconic image from Norwegian Edvard Munch's painting The Scream.

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Holidays In San Antonio
1:03 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

A Special Trip To The "North Pole" For Terminally-Ill Children In San Antonio

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United Airlines is providing the plane for a special Christmas "Fantasy Flight" for 75 terminally-ill children this Saturday, Dec. 7.

The event is a San Antonio-local effort in cooperation with the American Cancer Society.

The "Flight to the North Pole" is an elaborately-staged scenario where the kids arrive at a private airport hangar and are run through security checks with real TSA security agents.

"Once they’re cleared and have their boarding passes, they get on the airplane," said event organizer Connie Harrison.

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Movie Interviews
5:24 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Despite Personal Heartbreak, 'Zuzu' Still Believes "It's A Wonderful Life"

Karolyn Grimes as Zuzu, and Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey
Paramount Pictures

Her line is one of the most iconic in all of film history: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”

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KPAC Blog
12:56 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Conspirare Brings Special Guest Ruthie Foster For Holiday Performance

Conspirare Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson.
Conspirare

Conspirare is a professional chamber choir from Austin that sings different types of music, from medieval to modern. The word itself may sound like it has sinister undertones, but Craig Hella Johnson, the group's artistic director, said it means, "to breathe together."

"We are so thrilled about our visit to San Antonio," Johnson said. "We are returning to a venue that we really enjoy singing in -- Laurel Heights United Methodist Church -- and we are singing this Friday."

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Holiday Performances
4:07 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Downtown Tuesday Brings The Holiday Swing This Week

Photo: Christian Collins

In San Antonio’s huge array of holiday events, a few stand out apart from the others. This one though, definitely does.

"It’s a big band concert on Tuesday December 3 at the Empire Theater," said Brent "Doc" Watkins, talking about his upcoming show at the Charline McCombs Theater.

"I’ve got an 18-piece big band that’s going to be performing a number of holiday and Christmas classics --everything from "Jingle Bells" to "Charlie Brown’s Christmas," to things like "O Holy Night." I’ve got a variety of singers coming in, it’s going to be a really great show," Watkins said.

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KPAC Blog
2:03 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

San Antonio Mastersingers Take On Handel's "The Messiah"

San Antonio Mastersingers
San Antonio Mastersingers

The San Antonio Mastersingers are about to begin a series of performances that have become a San Antonio holiday tradition. They are teaming with the San Antonio Symphony for George Frideric Handel's "The Messiah."

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Holiday Giving
11:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Sheriff's Department Throws Holiday Party For Children Of Bexar County Inmates

Sunshine with her new bike.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Department made sure Santa Claus didn’t forget the children of the inmates at the county jail. On Sunday afternoon at the El Progresso Hall on the city’s West Side, 13-year-old Sunshine sat on her new bike.

"I got a raffle ticket when I got here and they called the numbers and I won," Sunshine said.

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Holiday Giving
9:53 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Jefferson Bank Hoilday Charity Drive Benefits ChildSafe Kids

Many children around San Antonio will be served special meals this holiday season or may be on one of Santa’s special lists to receive toys. But there are some kids in the area who are just glad to be safe.               

ChildSafe provides specialized services to children that have been abused, neglected or sexually assaulted. This year those children will receive new toys, thanks to Jefferson Bank’s Boots Up for Charity toy drive. 

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