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Alameda Theater: The Past & Future Of San Antonio's Mexican Movie Palace

One of the last classic Mexican movie palaces in San Antonio still stands. Built in 1949, for three decades, the Alameda Theatre played host not only to films, but variety shows known as “variedades.” Stars of Mexico’s golden age, including Pedro Infante, Maria Félix, and Cantinflas graced the stage. But what set the Alameda apart from other nearby theaters, was it offered desegregated seating. The Alameda closed in the late 1980s. There have been numerous attempts to revive it, but the latest might be the one that sticks.

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Supreme Court To Weigh In On Dispute Over Census Citizenship Question Evidence

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in a dispute over evidence for the census citizenship question lawsuits. After the Trump administration added a controversial question about U.S. citizenship status to the 2020 census, more than two dozen states and cities, plus other groups, sued to get it removed. The high court will weigh whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can be deposed and what other evidence can be considered. A hearing over these issues is scheduled to be...

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Mariachi Vargas

The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is this weekend at the Lila Cockrell Theatre downtown.

Organizers said it's one of the best-known mariachi festivals in the nation.

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In the wake of worldwide demand for a change in workplace cultures that effectively condone sexual misconduct, the Texas Legislature is having a #MeToo moment of its own. On Friday, a House working group is meeting to discuss how to crack down on violators in its own chamber, after reports last year of an "online whisper network" among women in the Legislature who shared their experiences with harassment.

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The study of heritage Spanish is receiving more credit and recognition in the classroom. Meghann Peace and Emily Bernante, professors of Spanish at St. Mary’s University and St. Edward’s University, explain this recent phenomenon (00:18). And, a historic Mexican movie theater which was once a cultural cornerstone for the community is getting a second chance (13:57).


Norma Martinez / Texas Public Radio

One of the last classic Mexican movie palaces in San Antonio still stands. Built in 1949, for three decades, the Alameda Theatre played host not only to films, but variety shows known as “variedades.”

Stars of Mexico’s golden age, including Pedro Infante, Maria Félix, and Cantinflas graced the stage. But what set the Alameda apart from other nearby theaters, was it offered desegregated seating.

The Alameda closed in the late 1980s. There have been numerous attempts to revive it, but the latest might be the one that sticks.


Brian Kirkpatrick / Texas Public Radio

The 50th annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show is now open and runs through Sunday at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. 


Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio City Council has approved a resolution asserting the rights of women in San Antonio.

Ana Isabel / Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

The winner in the election for Texas' 23rd Congressional District is still not known, but Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democrat challenging Republican incumbent Will Hurd, traveled to Washington D.C on Wednesday and attended orientation for new lawmakers.


From Texas Standard:

It's something you don't hear often in the news: President Donald Trump is endorsing a measure that has the support of Democrats and Republicans in Congress. This rare occasion for bipartisanship represents what some consider the biggest overhaul to the nation's criminal justice system in recent memory.

Shaila Dewaun is national criminal justice editor for The New York Times. She says the bill would help people leaving prison with reentry into the outside world, including providing money for education and treatment programs.

Julia Reihs / KUT

On a brisk, windy morning at the Texas-Mexico border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is being briefed on the deployment of about 7,000 active-duty troops on the southern border.

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UT Health San Antonio surgeon Donald Jenkins supports gun rights. The San Antonio surgeon is among the gun-owning doctors who has signed on to a new set of gun-safety recommendations.


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Mariachi Vargas

The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is this weekend at the Lila Cockrell Theatre downtown.

Organizers said it's one of the best-known mariachi festivals in the nation.

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This Canadian band is both wildly popular, and yet somewhat under the radar. The band is called Walk Off The Earth, and its music business journey has been executed by taking an atypical path towards stardom.


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Sometimes it takes an outsider to see the established form in a new way.

Case in point, composer Nathan Felix, who began his musical career playing in bands that eventually got bigger and bigger until the sounds he heard could no longer be performed by a standard rock ensemble.

Now, he’s premiering a new type of opera, where the audience interacts live with the performers, and listens to the whole thing on headphones while wandering what amounts to an open set.

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San Antonio’s newest art installation is under Interstate 35. Hundreds of cars roar by each hour overhead. Their wheels create a steady throb filling the space below the interstate at Quincy and St Mary’s streets.

But the noise and wind don’t faze Kelly Edwards as he shadows crests of blood on his 20-foot mural with a spray can.


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