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The Reality at the Border: A Wall In My Backyard

President Trump's emergency declaration will potentially free up over billions of dollars in funding for border barriers throughout the U.S., including in the Rio Grande Valley. Residents there have strong views about the barrier, both pro and con.

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Americans Who Were Detained After Speaking Spanish In Montana Sue U.S. Border Agency

Two women who were detained and asked to show identification after speaking Spanish in a convenience store in Montana are suing U.S. Customs and Border Protection, saying the CBP agent violated their constitutional rights when he detained them and asked to see their identification. Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez — American citizens who were born in Texas and California, respectively — were questioned as they attempted to buy groceries in Havre, Mont., last May. They captured video of...

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The histories of San Antonio, and those of Texas, are illuminated in stories contained in legal documents of county courthouses around the state. 

Bexar County Clerk Gerry Rickhoff is working to preserve aging, fragile documents found in the Bexar County Courthouse, and to retrieve about 70,000 documents dating back to 1717, which were given to the University of Texas by a Bexar County Commissioners Court over 100 years ago. 

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“In all these books, I wanted the children to solve their problems, to not have to run to an adult or authority figure to solve them.” 

In the late 1930s, still fresh off the success of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Walt Disney came across a story by the English writer P.L. Travers about a magical nanny that visits the Banks family — young Jane, Michael, and baby twins John and Barbara. Disney became fascinated with the stories, and felt they’d make an ideal setting for a motion picture. He pursued Travers for some 20 years until she finally relented and allowed Disney to adapt her books.


Opera can be many things, but quiet and subtle are not usually among them. André Previn’s operatic adaptation of the David Lean film “Brief Encounter” premiered last year on stage with the Houston Grand Opera, and that performance has now been released on compact disc. What works on stage doesn’t always translate to the aural-exclusive world of home listening, so does “Brief Encounter” hold up?

Continuing our series on classical music and kids, composer Nico Muhly argues that the experience that taught him most about the intersection between emotion, action and music was playing Nintendo. Did specific music hold you enthralled as a young gamer? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

San Antonio ex-pat filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith is looking to the future, with a new feature film in pre-production. “Wolf” is about a family that’s rocked by the sexual abuse of their son by their church pastor.  At the same time, Smith and his producing partner, Ralph Lopez, are also celebrating the fact that Smith’s short film, “Katrina’s Son,” is playing at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. That’s right, THAT Cannes Film Festival, where discriminating Gallic audiences brush elbows with Hollywood’s finest on the wind-swept, sun-kissed southern coast of France.

Courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

A painter may paint a picture, a composer may write a beautiful melody for solo piano, but in the world of the theater (and here I count motion pictures as well), one person may have a vision, but production is a collaborative art. W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan worked together on a total of 14 comic operas, of which “The Mikado” is far and away the most popular, and arguably the best. Two new releases from the Criterion Collection highlight the work of Gilbert and Sullivan in different ways.

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The Waco State Home was established as the State Home for Dependent and Neglected Children by the Thirty-sixth Legislature in 1919. It was in operation until 1979. Anglo children adjudged by district courts to be neglected were declared wards of the state of Texas, and they were admitted to the home for care, education, and training.

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"Natural Selection," shot in Smithville with a Texas crew, won a total of six awards at the South By Southwest 2011 Film Festival, including the Grand Jury Prize and the audience pick for Best Narrative Feature.

The movie is a dark comedy about a woman (Rachael Harris) who goes searching for answers when she finds her husband's been keeping secrets from her — including fathering a son (Matt O’Leary). 

“We wanted her to go on a journey in which she discovered…that there are some things you might not be able to fix,” says Annie Howell, speaking about Sarah Sparks, the technology-obsessed character Howell co-created with Lisa Robinson. Together, the two women wrote and directed a series of webisodes for Sundance Channel featuring Sarah Sparks.


TPR Member Reception

Saturday, February 16, 7 p.m. at Boerne Community Theatre. Email mikie@tpr.org to RSVP.

Think Science: How the Internet Affects Your Brain

Join us on Friday, February 22 at the Pearl Studio. Made possible by HealthTexas Medical Group and Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio.

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Arts & Culture

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The Tejano Conjunto Festival will offer more than live music selections this year. A particular piece of artwork will be at the center of the event.

San Antonio Book Festival

The San Antonio Book Festival returns in April for a seventh time and with a new executive director: Lilly Gonzalez succeeds festival founder Katy Flato. 

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A pianist with an amazing, varied career is coming to the Alamo City on Saturday. His name is Chucho Valdes and Arts San Antonio’s Jason Erle said his sound is sophisticated and exceptionally catchy.

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Organizers expect more than two million people to visit the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo during its 18-day run at the AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum.

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