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After severe rain forced the cancelation of many Luminaria 2015 performances in late October, event organizers have announced the rescheduling of its first performance. San Antonio’s indie art-rock band, Buttercup, and visual artist Chris Sauter, have teamed up for “Plato’s Drums.” 

Fred Gonzales


Luminaria--San Antonio’s long time celebration of the arts--is going through a rite of passage. That rite  is the first hiring of a full time Executive Director.  Kathy Armstrong has a long history with art—18 years at the Southwest School of Art, and time with Luminaria itself.

“In 2011 I was an invited curator, and then in 2013 I worked with Richard Rosen and Melissa Marlow as an Associate Artistic Director.”

I asked Ms. Armstrong what she likes most about Luminaria. She likes its scope.

Noah Khoshbin

This weekend, a citywide celebration of art, light and music will illuminate and energize downtown. Describing an event that’s complex and constantly morphing into something new isn’t easy, but Luminaria’s Ethel Shipton tells me how it all works.

“Luminaria this year is around the corner, Nov. 7-8. There are some events happening at the Tobin Center, some beautiful sculptures and videos. And down on the river we have some sound works and another video by Anne Wallace, a local artist."

Five Stages promises lots of music. Here’s a partial list of performers.

Jack McGilvray

Luminaria, the city's yearly celebration of Art and Light, will soon turn downtown into a frenzy of creative expression. I've found an offshoot of Luminaria that you might want to check out. It won't be happening on the street, but at an artsy Hotel.

“Blue Star will be holding a pop-up exhibition at the Coronado Ballroom of the El Tropicano Hotel.”

The Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum’s, Jack McGilvray, details it.

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Luminaria, the city's annual celebration of arts, is changing. A move of location, date, and length of time have the event poised for something big. This year's scheduled November 7-8 dates will mark the seventh Luminaria. The move to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will also be new.