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In Sameer Pandya’s Members Only, Raj Bhatt is an immigrant now well immersed in his life in California. He has a wonderful wife and children, a good job as a professor at a large university and membership at an exclusive tennis club. Raj appears to have it all, but we quickly learn that while he might outwardly seem to live a charmed life, he’s plagued by instances of racism and discrimination and comes face to face with cultural insensitivity on a regular basis. One day, Raj himself utters something offensive and we see the tenuous nature of all the good things he has worked so hard for and the ways his worst fears are about to consume his life.

Courtesy Emily Butler Photography

A 7-foot tall clown dressed in white and wearing a small crown walks into a bar. He orders a Suicide. That’s all the soft drinks mixed together. No alcohol. The clown drinks it silently. There’s no punchline. That’s the story that Big Mike Geier tells about the first time he met Puddles.

Kino Lorber

In the sprawling melodrama Guest of Honour, Oscar-nominated writer and director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) tells the story of Jim (David Thewlis), a health code inspector whose daughter, Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira), is accused of a crime she didn’t commit.

Nathan Cone / TPR

According to the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), there were over 41,172 movie screens in operation across the United States at the end of 2019. But the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered the majority of theaters, leaving the movie industry decimated.

San Antonio poet laureate Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson paints the words of her poem on downtown streets.
Ryan Vestil

Three streets surrounding downtown San Antonio's Travis Park have changed overnight. Big, block yellow letters forming two sentences — a poem — have been painted on those streets.

Danny Akalepse

A new music project targets a San Antonio 1960s music icon: Sunny Ozuna, known by most for his work as Sunny and the Sunliners. 

Ramin Samandari

San Antonio's biggest film festival celebrated a quarter century last year. Adam Rocha has been producing the festival that entire time, but this year's been thrown a curve.

Sammy Tunis

Deborah Paredez’s new poetry collection is a haunting collage of photographs and poems that carry us from 1970 to the present. This daughter of the Vietnam War focuses on the ways that women’s voices are at the center of the elegiac tradition, decrying violence and the trauma of oppressive systems.

Richard Castillo conducting the Lone Star Philharmonic.
Nathan Felix

One of San Antonio’s area symphonies is trying to jumpstart its season.  That symphony is the Lone Star Philharmonic, and its Artistic Director is Richard Castillo. He's just launched a Twitter presence and christened its first project.

Nathan Cone / TPR

When the San Antonio-based Agarita ensemble performed at the Tobin Center in mid-June, it marked the first time live music was performed before an assembled audience in South Texas since the coronavirus pandemic shut down music venues in mid-March. In June, cases of COVID-19 were just beginning to spike in San Antonio.