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Abbott Orders Statewide Limits On Nonessential Activity, But Won't Call It A 'Stay-At-Home' Order

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order Tuesday requiring Texans to limit personal interactions that could lead to the spread of COVID-19. The order states schools will remain closed until at least May 4.

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CDC Director On Models For The Months To Come: 'This Virus Is Going To Be With Us'

When infectious pathogens have threatened the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been front and center. During the H1N1 flu of 2009, the Ebola crisis in 2014 and the mosquito-borne outbreak of Zika in 2015, the CDC has led the federal response. Yet the nation's public health agency, with its distinguished history of successfully fighting scourges such as polio and smallpox, has been conspicuously absent in recent weeks as infections and deaths from the new...

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This is the Willie Nelson most of America knows: picking his old Martin guitar, accompanied by his ragtag band, rolling down the highway in a cloud of pot smoke. In other words, outlaw country music in person.

But the Willie Nelson I first became aware of in the early 1970s was someone else entirely -- a Nashville songwriter with a unique lyrical and musical gift.

Maria Callas defined what it meant to be a diva. And Callas remains one of the towering figures of opera. But, exciting as Callas was as a performer, her voice began to decline while she was still relatively young. Experts and fans alike continue to question what exactly happened to a voice that was both exhilarating and controversial.

The year was 1952, and Callas was performing what would become one of her legendary roles -- Bellini's Norma -- at London's Covent Garden.

Courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

"The Red Shoes," the rapturous 1948 British film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is not just a great backstage film, it’s about the burning hunger that great artists have within them to create. In fact, "The Red Shoes" even goes as far as to suggest that art is something worth dying for.  In the freshly post-war England, this must have been a daring thematic choice.  After all, citizens for years had been dying for crown and country, and now, for dance?  But for the artists of "The Red Shoes," dance they must. 

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Are we wake-walking through our dreams, or sleep-walking through life? Or is it the reverse?

Courtesy Josh Huskin

Onstage at the South By Southwest festival in Austin last month, Girl in a Coma played to a packed house at a club on Sixth Street with a special guest, Cherie Currie, co-founder with Joan Jett of the iconic late seventies all-female band, The Runaways.  Girl in a Coma’s bassist Jenn Alva says it was a real “rock star” moment for her.

“I guess we really never think about ‘Oh, we’re so cool,’ but when we were the backup band for her, we just felt like, ‘YEAH!,” says Alva. 

Drummer Phanie Diaz, laughing, pipes in, “Yeah, Jenn’s lips naturally snarled!”

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In the mid-1990s, Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee, founded the Rural Studio, a radical educational design/build program in poverty-stricken Hale County, Alabama. 

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A sweet comedy about a sad sack poet trying to open a “mostly vegetarian” food stand, writer/director/actor Paul Gordon says "The Happy Poet" is also about "kindness and generosity versus looking out for yourself and doing what you need to do to get by." In the film, Bill (Gordon) finds trying to stay true to his convictions and make ends meet to be tougher than he expected.  

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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.  

With all of the Best Of 2009 and Best Of/Worst Of Decade lists that have been published in print and online recently, I started to feel that there were some films that have been unfairly neglected. They’re movies that you saw over the past decade, but then they went on the shelf of your memory and haven’t been taken down since, despite the fact that you enjoyed them the first time around.

Wounded Vet Takes Pain Of War To Comedy Club

Dec 25, 2009

We first brought you the story of Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline last year. He was wounded in Iraq in 2007 and burned over nearly half his body.

After months of recovery, his life is slowly getting back to normal. Henline must endure grueling physical therapy because of injuries. But to help heal the wounds we can't see, he has taken up an interesting hobby, one that helps him employ the healing power of laughter.

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San Antonio's Public Theater has been reeling since the new coronavirus caused the organization to shut its doors. CEO George Green said tough times are nothing new for the Public Theater, formerly the San Pedro Playhouse.

"This organization has survived two world wars and the Great Depression. It's 108 years old," he said.

Still, he acknowledged these tough times are unlike those.

"We're actually still a fairly small nonprofit, and we operate... 60% earned revenue, 40% unearned revenue, meaning donations is the other part of it," he explained.

A young man works at his Apple computer during a weekend Hackathon event in San Francisco, California, U.S., July 16, 2016.
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Updated Tuesday, March 31, at 1:00 p.m. This post will be updated regularly. Share your ideas with us at letters@tpr.org.

If you're going stir-crazy hunkered down at home, consider these great ideas. You can refocus morbid thoughts to all kinds of endeavors and arts. Some are classical music performances. Some are Broadway plays. And some are museum virtual tours.

Troy Peters is the music driector of Youth Orchestras San Antonio.
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Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's stated objective is to change young peoples' lives through music. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s a challenge. Music Director Troy Peters says all performances and even practices are suspended.


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Musical Bridges Around the World, whose piano competition The Gurwitz 2020 dazzled San Antonio in January and February with amazing performances by pianists from around the globe, will be rebroadcasting the first three rounds of the competition starting Monday, March 30 on their Facebook and YouTube channels.

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