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Over four years is a long time to go between albums in pop music, and it has been an especially eventful period for Selena Gomez. In the space between 2015's Revival and her latest release, Rare, Gomez has battled Lupus, depression and anxiety, and had two high profile breakups — all while millions followed along on social media.

Courtesy the Criterion Collection

When I was ten years old, nuclear war seemed a real possibility. I knew U.S. relations with the Soviet Union were fraught through occasional glimpses of the NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor. I had seen Carl Sagan in 1980 warn about the dangers of escalating stockpiles of weapons on “Cosmos.” In early 1983, I was glued to the edge of my bed as I watched “Special Bulletin,” a made-for-TV movie about rogue terrorists who detonate a small nuclear device in South Carolina.

San Antonio Symphony

Two familiar faces come back to the San Antonio Symphony. Also, listen to a string quartet in a dive bar. And then take a cinematic journey with cowboys at the Briscoe Museum. Your weekend is here, and it's definitely interesting!


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The Washington Redskins. The Atlanta Braves. The Kansas City Chiefs. Chief Wahoo -- the now-retired cartoonish mascot of the Cleveland Indians. Professional sports have often used offensive Native American terms or imagery for their team names or mascots. The NBA made an important step to amend those wrongs with an event this weekend in San Antonio.

The San Antonio Spurs hosted Indigenous Night Sunday. It paid homage to San Antonio’s indigenous cultures and native people from around the world.


From Texas Standard:

Thanks to video streaming, gone are the days of going to the video store, strolling the aisles in search of the perfect title. Gone, too, are all the trappings of the VHS rental experience – the candy by the register, the posters and branded merchandise to promote the latest releases and, of course, the stickers on VHS tapes reminding you to rewind.

Jeremy Brimhall / San Antonio Symphony

This weekend you can enjoy a pops concert that's like a bouquet of different Broadway hits. You can take a musical tour of the dark side of the moon. Then you can experience violin and piano in a cave, with bats overhead. The Weekend is here, and there’s plenty to do.


This photo and others now hang in San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum."It’s just a very infectious smile that she had," said her friend Lisa Lopez.
Original photo: John Dyer

In 1992, a young Texan singer caught the attention of a now-defunct, New York-based publication, Mas Magazine. They asked San Antonio photographer John Dyer to shoot a cover and spread of the performer.


Lauren Terrazas | Texas Public Radio

The city has lost a major arts organization. In a statement on its website, Arts San Antonio said it ceased operations at midnight on Dec. 31, citing insolvency. 

The entity’s stated mission was to entertain, educate and enrich South Texans with a variety of music and dance performances, among other fields.

Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray / Image courtesy of BSC

In the final days of a San Antonio art exhibition, several artists traded accusations — mostly through Instagram — of racism, sexism and cultural appropriation. Soon after the conversations began, attendees of the Blue Star Contemporary art gallery said they noticed strategic security measures being taken during Southtown’s monthly First Friday artwalk.

Emily Bautista and Anthony Festa in Miss Saigon.
Matthew Murphy

Take a spooky tour of San Antonio's past. Sit back and let a Broadway show transport you to wartime Vietnam. And rediscover David Bowie's take on music and fashion.  


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