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Gene Kelly
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Music has been linked to moviemaking since the birth of the cinema. Before recorded sound, live musicians would accompany silent films to enhance the mood of a scene, and to this day, the right score can elevate a film, and a great score can sear itself on your heart.

Jack Morgan

Among growing cases of COVID-19, protecting our physical health by maintaining social distance, hand-washing and being mindful about what we touch is essential. But managing mental health can be just as important. 

Ramin Samandari

COVID-19 is affecting everyone, and in the world of arts, artists and art instructors are being hit particularly hard. Texas Public Radio spoke to an artist who is down, but not out.

Ramin Samandari is a photographer, portrait artist and teacher of photography. His Magical Realism photography studio dates back to the days of film developing. He’s moved on to digital photography but remembers the magic of watching images appear slowly on paper in the darkroom.

A banner with an Italian flag reading "All will be well" is seen as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Milan.

Italy has borne some of the worst results of the Coronavirus outbreak. Hundreds are dying every day there, with more cases in the country's far north.

tenor Rafael Moras on stage
Nathan Cone / TPR

In front of an appreciative audience that included some of the educators that blessed his early life, tenor Rafael Moras gave an impassioned recital at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church on February 4, 2020 for the Tuesday Musical Club. In between arias, songs, and highlights from favorite zarzuelas, his easygoing rapport with the crowd made one feel like he was sharing these melodies just for you.

Jack Morgan

Normally, on Fridays the Weekender highlights the best bets on concerts, stage productions and other events. These days, most everything is closed or canceled. But TPR's Jack Morgan has an idea for you... if you're ready for a stroll.

Mary Ellen Goree is a musician in the San Antonio Symphony, who gives lessons on the side. The coronavirus crisis has forced her to be a bit more creative when it comes to making a living.
Courtesy of the San Antonio Symphony

The coronavirus crisis has forced the creative hand for many who deal one-on-one with others as part of their work.

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Chaise A. Fountain, TPWD

As frenetic a week as it's been, maybe you can make this weekend all about calm. Here are a few ideas: Head over to University of Texas at San Antonio for some classical guitar. Take a nature hike through Government Canyon. Then, take a historical stroll along the Mission Reach. All these ideas should be good for what ails you.

Debbie Racca-Sittre is the director of San Antonio's Department of Arts and Culture.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

This story has been updated.

A contentious video created by internationally acclaimed artist Xandra Ibarra will not be included in the XicanX: New Visions exhibit at the City of San Antonio-owned Centro De Artes gallery.