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When orchestras went silent around the country in March, guest artists and soloists who had been scheduled to appear with ensembles like our own San Antonio Symphony found themselves with time and talent to offer, but few outlets. The canceled concerts also meant a loss of income for these musicians, many of whom aren’t part of larger ensembles that could apply for government assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program.

Erin King

COVID-19 continues unabated, and the question is: how to get people to change their habits for their own safety? One artist thinks one way might be through art.


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Bela and Martha Karolyi defected from their native Romania to the United States in 1981. Over the next four decades, they enjoyed meteoric success as gymnastic coaches for the USA Women’s National teams.

A new ESPN 30 For 30 podcast series "Heavy Medals: Inside the Karolyi Gymnastics Empire" looks hard at the austere style the couple perfected in Romania during the Cold War and the emotional and physical price paid by the American gymnasts they trained.

San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing directs the orchestra.
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The San Antonio Symphony is canceling 18 concerts scheduled from September through January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio’s 343-acre tree-shaded Brackenridge Park is home to the Zoo, the Japanese Tea Garden, the Witte Museum and the Sunken Garden outdoor Theater.

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Jivan is a young Muslim woman who posts a message on Facebook that criticizes the Indian government. She shares the post, seeking affirmation from her online friends, but things snowball and Jivan is thrown in jail. On this week’s episode of Book Public, we’ll talk to novelist Megha Majumdar about her debut novel, A Burning. Heralded by major media outlets as the book of the summer, the book illustrates the ways we can hold dreams close even when institutions and systems conspire to defeat us.


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Prolific German actor Udo Kier’s icy, blue eyes have been a fixture of his distinct look over his nearly 55-year career, but if you can avoid becoming transfixed, you’ll likely find an equally cold onscreen character behind them.

From his portrayal of cinematic horror icon Count Dracula in 1974’s Blood for Dracula to his role as a deformed newborn in Lars von Trier’s ’90s miniseries The Kingdom, Kier, when called upon, always delivers the kind of performances that can make your skin crawl – even if it’s with one ominous glare.

The Chicks — formerly known as the Dixie Chicks — is back with a new record called Gaslighter after 14 years. Why the long time gone? Martie Maguire, Emily Strayer and Natalie Maines say they wanted a break to raise their kids, among other things, but after a 2016 reunion tour, they felt the hunger again. Their new album is rooted in failed relationships, some good ones, anger and a lotta humor. Maguire says life experience never hurts writing.

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“You can’t appease paranoia.”

So said Orson Welles in a broadcast on San Antonio radio station KTSA on October 28, 1940. The occasion was the only recorded meeting of Welles, the famed director, writer and performer (then 25 years old) with H.G. Wells (then 74), author of “The War of the Worlds,” the Martian invasion story that the former used to reportedly scare the bejeezus out of the public on a Mercury Theater radio broadcast in October, 1938.

Here's the thing about breakups: Sometimes you have to burn down the house you thought was home, but at night you still need to find a place to sleep. This is true for those who leave a long marriage, or a toxic family, or a community that proves oppressive. Artists can experience this painful unsettling too, especially ones nurtured within scenes that present themselves as loving unbroken circles, with all the promised comforts and invisible strictures that word entails. The freedom can be exhilarating, the severing of ties necessary, even life-saving.

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