Fiesta 2014

Fiesta 2014
4:13 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Fiesta Cornyation Donates $80,000 Each To San Antonio AIDS Foundation, Beat AIDS

SAAF Executive Director David Ewell accepts a check for $80,000 from Fiesta Cornyation.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Even two months after Fiesta is over, charitable donations are still being made from the event organizers. Cornyation is awarding over $150,000 to HIV/AIDS programs.

Cornyation is spoof of the Fiesta Coronation. Every year people pack the Empire Theatre for a glitzy and campy San Antonio-themed satire. All of the money generated from tickets and fundraisers is donated. At the Friendly Spot Ice House, Cornyation’s board announced it raised $168,000 this year.

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Fiesta 2014
1:41 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Cornyation 2014: The Court Of Festive Fetes & Frivolous Faux Pas

The Court of Anti-Queer Wise Quacks and Quarky Quotations. Designer Robert Rehm.
Lauren Farris Farris Family Film & Photo

Fiesta involves kings, queens and other pseudo royalty, but even the city’s light-hearted 18-day celebration needs some satire on itself. Cornyation is the annual spoof on the Fiesta Coronation where the famous and political are lampooned in on-stage skits.

At its core Cornyation is a stage performance: 300 volunteers, 6,000 audience members, poignant political gaffes, campy controversial catastrophes and tacky troubling topics. It's a three-night performance conducted each year during the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of Fiesta.

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Arts & Culture
1:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fiesta Fantasias Set To Rock Hemisfair Park Beginning Wednesday

Hemisfair arch decorated.
Judi Deleon

Fiesta continues, and this week Hemisfair Park will be alive with music for an event called Fiesta Fantasias.

"Fiesta Fantasias is a free event: We’ll have music, food, beverages, arts and crafts, and the only laser light show set to music during Fiesta," said Judi Deleon, who heads the San Antonio Parks Foundation.

"The event takes place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 5 p.m. doors open until 10:30 in the evening.  Did I mention it was free?" she said.

I asked her to tell me more about the synchronized laser light show.

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Arts & Culture
11:20 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Enjoy Red White & Blue Sounds During Fiesta With USAF Band

L to R: Senior Aiman Dan Thrower, Tech Sgt. John Caputo, Master Sgt. John Rider, Master Sgt. Hughey Hancock, Staff Sgt. Laura Kluga
Nathan Cone

Members of the Gateway Brass recently visited the TPR studios for a performance and conversation about their careers in music and in the U.S. Air Force. You can hear three songs recorded in our session at the bottom of this page.

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Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Southwest School Of Art's Fiesta Arts Fair Is This Weekend

Fiesta Arts Fair.
Rivoli Revue

The Southwest School of Art is putting on their Fiesta Arts Fair this weekend. It all happens under the pecans and crape myrtles in between the limestone buildings and shady walkways that make up the old Ursuline campus downtown.

“This weekend we have what some people say is their very favorite, or their only, Fiesta event, and that’s Fiesta Arts Fair," said Southwest School of Art President Paula Owen.

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KPAC Blog
11:21 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Symphony Makes Latin Transformation For 'Fiesta Pops'

Akiko Fujimoto.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Symphony is back in action this weekend, but they're not going to sound like they usually do. They won’t be playing Beethoven, Brahms or Bach, this weekend Fiesta Pops events have a little more picante than that.

“Fiesta Pops is our official Fiesta event, annually," said San Antonio Symphony Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto.

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Fiesta Gown Glamour On Display At The Witte's 'Fairytale Fiesta'

Fairytale Fiesta.
Julie Ledet, digital media coordinator at the Witte Museum

Every year the Witte Museum puts on a thematic Fiesta gown-oriented exhibition. Curator of Collections Amy Fulkerson lets us in on this year’s theme.

“A collection of gowns that are all inspired by fairy tales, stories or legends,” she said.

The gowns Fulkerson is talking about are highly elaborate, sequined, beaded Fiesta gowns with trains as long as 15 ft. These things look like they could’ve been worn at a royal coronation.

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Fiesta 2014
3:55 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Fiesta Fiesta Starts 18 Days Of Festivities

A rare display of fireworks at the Alamo concluded Fiesta Fiesta to the tune of "Deep in the Heart of Texas."
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Fiesta 2014 literally kicked off with a BANG! last night as fireworks exploded behind thousands of eager San Antonians at Fiesta Fiesta.

You can expect to hear cries of "Viva Fiesta" everywhere across town for the next 18 days as Fiesta is officially upon us. Fiesta was originally started as a way to commemorate the battle of San Jacinto and those killed at the Alamo with a parade where people threw flowers at decorated carriages.

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Arts & Culture
1:20 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Institute Of Texan Cultures Tips Their Hat To Fiesta

Rhinestone Cowboy Hat by Ed Flores
Courtesy Institute of Texan Cultures

A new exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures captures San Antonians at their quirkiest. That exhibit is called Hats Off to Fiesta. I spoke to Diana Luis, who is a curatorial researcher at the ITC.

“Hats Off to Fiesta is pretty much a celebration of the different types of hats that individuals wear during Fiesta season" she explained. “Individuals show off their creative sides by adorning themselves with these amazing pieces of art on top of their heads.”

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Fiesta 2014
4:12 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

2014 Fiesta Gets An Extra Week, For Religious Reasons

The Fiesta 2014 poster by Marcelino Villanueva has been unveiled!
Fiesta Commission

San Antonio likes to party, but residents also observe and respect religious tradition. Because of that, the city council has approved an amendment to next year's Fiesta celebration, which will run from April 10-27, instead of April 19-27.

The party will last a little longer, but the new dates provide a revision to the regular flow of Fiesta events to respect Holy Week. The amendment will allow Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, which are April 17, 18 and 20, to be observed without the distraction of parties like Fiesta Fiesta, Oyster Bake, and the Taste of New Orleans.

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