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Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

San Antonio Soars Again with "Wings" Restoration

Left to right: Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Clara Bow, and Richard Arlen on the set of "Wings."
©Paramount Pictures

This week, a silent film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar for the first time in 85 years.  The last time that happened was at the first Academy Awards ceremony, and the picture that won was “Wings,” shot right here in San Antonio.

“Wings” is the story of two young men, played by Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen, who enlist in the Army Air Corps during World War I.  Released in 1927, it’s been sitting in Paramount’s vault for years.  After a lengthy restoration process, the film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever.

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Community
10:00 am
Tue September 21, 2010

Santikos, Eva's Heroes Partner For Sensory-Friendly Screenings

Courtesy Photo

Going to the movies is a part of most of our lives. But for many families with special needs, heading out to see the latest blockbuster is not an option. 

In the movie business, bigger is better, and the local cineplex features an explosion of bewildering options designed to overwhelm the senses.  For most of us, that’s what makes the movies fun – but for others, it can be too much to take.

Vivian Edens is a San Antonio mom whose son, Hunter, has Asperger Syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum.

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SXSW
12:06 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Opera Singer Who Faced Discrimination at UT-Austin in 1957 Profiled in Documentary, "When I Rise"

L to R: Rochelle Small, a student of Ms. Conrad’s, Barbara Smith Conrad, Michelle Thomas of AT&T. AT&T helped finance the production of "When I Rise."
Nathan Cone

In 1957, Barbara Smith Conrad was studying music at the University of Texas in Austin. She was cast as Dido in a student production of Henry Purcell’s opera "Dido and Aeneas." 

Two weeks before the curtain, Conrad learned that she would not be singing the role of Dido, because a state congressman had objected to an African-American woman being cast opposite a white leading man in a romantic role.  

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