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Updated Tuesday, May 26, at 5:34 p.m. This post will be updated regularly. Share your ideas with us at

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After months of staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, San Antonio is slowly reopening. Residents are eager to enjoy the arts, culture and entertainment of Countdown City. As more people venture out of their homes, museums and venues are helping patrons stay safe.

Here's how you can engage with the local arts community in safe way:

Our Daily Breather is a series where we ask writers and artists to recommend one thing that's helping them get through the days of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. NPR Music's Tom Huizenga recently spoke with Pulitzer-winning composer Steve Reich, who has been keeping busy with the solitary act of writing a new piece from his winter getaway in Los Angeles.

Who: Steve Reich
Where: Los Angeles, Calif.
Recommendation: Keep on working

Jimmy Cobb, The Pulse Of 'Kind Of Blue,' Dies At 91

May 25, 2020

Jimmy Cobb, whose subtle and steady drumming formed the pulse of some of jazz's most beloved recordings, died at his home in Manhattan on Sunday. He was 91.

The cause was lung cancer, says his wife, Eleana Tee Cobb.

Cobb was the last surviving member of what's often called Miles Davis' First Great Sextet. He held that title for almost three decades, serving as a conduit for many generations of jazz fans into the band that recorded the music's most iconic and enduring album, Kind of Blue.

MCNAY ART MUSEUM’S PICK – Elena Cortez – Tortoises – Pre-K
courtesy San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony holds dozens of free concerts yearly for upwards of 40,000 area students. This year with COVID-19, there was a hitch. The symphony's Jeremy Brimhall explained.

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One of San Antonio's largest museums has scheduled its reopening. Emily Sano, interim co-director of the San Antonio Museum of Art, said their 87,000-square-foot size makes reopening a little more practical than some other museums.

A few dozen cars line the lot at the Santikos Palladium on May 14, 2020.
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Movie theaters in San Antonio and around the country are slowly coming back to life as business restrictions are being lifted by state and local governments. 

Copyright (c) 2013- 2018, Jeffrey Gusky, All Rights Reserved.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not the first time humanity has been devastated by disease. History reminds us of our most challenging moments but also how we’ve managed to persevere.

Dr. Jeff Gusky discovered the remnants of an almost forgotten African American combat unit whose members volunteered to serve after white troops were decimated by disease in the Spanish American War.

Greg Sweeney sits at his desk making personalized postcards.
Janet Sweeney

San Antonio Artist Gary Sweeney doesn't actually think he can save the U.S. Postal Service. But then again, that doesn't mean he can't try, right? He’s striking blows against the effort to threaten the postal service, one postcard at a time. 

Courtesy of The Washington National Cathedral

Updated Tuesday, May 12, at 4:55 p.m. This post will be updated regularly. Share your ideas with us at

Bored at home? Have you already checked our list of things you can do this week? No problem. We've got a few more ideas of things you can learn: