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Arts & Culture
2:41 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Las Casas Talent Competition Set For Broadcast On KLRN

For the last six years, the Last Casas Foundation has been busy doling out college money in talent contests. This year it's taken one step further.

“We’ve given out $500,000 in college scholarship money to graduating seniors in San Antonio and the surrounding area," said Kevin Parman, the president of Las Casas. It all started with a 135 applications.

“And we get that number down to 24 finalists,” said Parman.

And those finalists really have to perform to earn their scholarship money, as Parman explained.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Step Afrika Bring Their "Highly Energetic" Dance Form To The Carver

You may not have heard of the dance form called “stepping,” but don't feel bad. I didn't! Here's a description:

"A lot of people describe it as highly energetic and powerful movement. And rhythmic chants often accompany the steps as well. It’s really celebrated all around the world, but a lot of Americans don’t know about," said C. Bryan Williams about the foot-pounding, knee slapping moves that he helped bring to the fore in the group he’s created, Step Afrika.

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Arts & Culture
2:32 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Las Casas Scholarship Competitors Performing For A Share Of $100,000 This Sunday

Contestant and Las Casas Board Members.
Jeffrey Truitt

It’s not "American Idol," but there’s a fierce competition going on Sunday night.  It’s a talent competition limited to regional high school students.  

"This year we started off with 140 applicants," said Kevin Parman, the president of the Las Casas board, the organization putting on the competition.

“And those applications came in from 54 different schools," he said. "That’s very exciting, to see that there’s not just one concentration in the city that’s participating in this.”

I asked how many students made the final cut.

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Arts & Culture
3:05 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Classic Theatre's "Private Lives" About To Go Public

Cast of "Private Lives."
Dwayne Green

Classic Theatre is living up to its name by tackling another classic: "Private Lives," one of Broadway’s most revived and popular of plays. Classic as it is, it’s got an odd plot line.

"Elliot and Amanda have been married before, and they divorced," said Anna Gangai, who plays Amanda.

“Five years later they are each married to two different types of people," Gangai said. "And they are on their honeymoon night in adjoining rooms, unbeknownst to them, in the south of France. Comedy ensues, I’ll put it that way.”

Comedy, and what sounds like tense moments.

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Arts & Culture
2:01 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

"Golden Theater" At The Playhouse Provides A Creative Outlet For Seniors

Golden Theater.
Andrea Medina

A new production is relying on some not-so-new actors. As someone who is gray-haired myself, I can call those actors not-so-new. Although many of them are new to acting itself. The program is called Golden Theater.

Christina Casella, the education outreach director at The Playhouse, said the program is basically theater classes for senior citizens.

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Comedian Bill Maher Coming To Laurie Auditorium This Saturday

Courtesy photo

Controversial comedian Bill Maher is performing Saturday, April 12, at the Laurie Auditorium. I caught up with Maher on Wednesday afternoon, and it was a surprising conversation.

"I could live in a place like San Antonio," Maher said.

I didn’t expect to hear that from Maher, a confirmed West-Coaster.

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KPAC Blog
1:02 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

This Weekend, Ballet San Antonio Pirouettes In Travis Park

Ballet in the Park
Credit Ballet San Antonio

Ballet San Antonio has been taking their dancers out of the halls for public performances recently. I caught up with Ballet San Antonio's President Courtney Barker to find out where they’re headed next, which is downtown’s newly-renovated Travis Park.

“It looks incredible, they did a beautiful job,” she said about Travis Park.

I asked Barker where the dancing itself will take place.

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KPAC Blog
12:10 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Local Player In The Pit For 'Wicked' At The Majestic

Peter Rubins.
Courtesy photo

You may have seen "Wicked" at the Majestic recently, but did you know that several of the orchestra members are San Antonians? Peter Rubins is one of them and plays French horn with the San Antonio Symphony, but this month he’s one of nine local players also playing with the orchestra for their production of "Wicked."

"There are a lot of moving parts in a production of this size," Rubins said.

I asked him if "Wicked" was particularly challenging music.

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KPAC Blog
11:42 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Ballet San Antonio Steps Away From The Barre And Into A Pop-Up Performance

Ballet San Antonio dancers.
Courtesy photo

Ballet San Antonio isn’t quite taking it to the streets, but they are close. They're doing what they call a "pop-up" performance.

“For us a pop-up performance is a spontaneous performance in a non-traditional venue," said Ballet San Antonio's President and Executive Director Courtney Barker.

They’re holding a near-spontaneous performance at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Radius building on Auditorium Circle downtown.

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KPAC Blog
2:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Symphony Holding Canned-Good Food Drive For March Performances

San Antonio Symphony President David Gross.
Courtesy photo

The San Antonio Symphony is back at it this weekend, but this time around they're doing something a little different.

“We have our classical concert this weekend on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8,” said new San Antonio Symphony President David Gross.

There will be a guest player/conductor.

“Kolja Blacher is our violin soloist, and he is also our guest conductor" said Gross. "And we’re going to be featuring music of Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Beethoven.”

But this is where the regular symphonic experience takes a slight detour, as he explained.

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