Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

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A city commission voted Wednesday to approve the demolition of the iconic Malt House on San Antonio’s West Side. The restaurant is a designated historic landmark with countless longtime fans, but that probably won’t stop a 7-Eleven from popping up in its place.

The Malt House drive-in has been a popular gathering place since it opened in 1949. At a Historic Design Review Commission meeting Wednesday, residents argued that bulldozing it would be a devastating loss.  

Musical Bridges Around the World

Electric cars, a sizzling international collaboration, and music that defies definition.  These are just a few of the things that you ought to consider doing this weekend. Let's start with the San Antonio Electric Vehicle Club: they're hitting the road to Boerne's Patrick Heath Public Library.

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

There's more going on this weekend than a football game. First off, on Saturday night, get your German on!


"Everyone will be dressed up in these elaborate costumes."



Ryan Lloyd's talking about Beethoven Maennerchor's Fasching celebration. Don't know what that is? He explains.


Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan explores a beautiful story, of family, folklore and a fascinating legacy

The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center features an interesting performer this weekend. It’s Azul Barrientos. Barrientos has a haunting, evocative voice. A voice that seems steeped in culture.

Ron Wade

She may be the most famous San Antonian you’ve never heard of. She’s Rita Vidaurri, an international singing star who was raised on the West Side of San Antonio and was a huge deal south of the border back in the 40s and 50s.

"I went to Cuba, sang with Nat King Cole. From Cuba I went to Costa Rica, Panama, all over Colombia," she said.

Vidaurri also sang on Mexico City’s radio XEW, and in nightclubs all over the country, with essentially all of the big names of the era.