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Arts & Culture

Arts and culture news, criticism, and programming from TPR/NPR.

Jack Morgan

This weekend, you can learn more about unique Chicano art. You can rediscover Romeo and Juliet. And then you enjoy an elegant and creative take on baroque music.  


From Texas Standard:

Alfredo Ramos Martínez might not be a household name, but he made a significant impact on the modern art world in Mexico.

Now, one of his paintings is the inspiration for an exhibit opening Sunday at the Dallas Museum of Art called "Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art."

Jack Morgan | Texas Public Radio

This year's Taco Fest will be held at a new venue, and the event will bring together members of a popular music group.


From Texas Standard:

Santiago Jiménez Jr. has conjunto music in his blood.

The son of legendary accordion player Don Santiago Jiménez, he has carried the torch for traditional conjunto for six decades. He has recorded over 700 songs on over 100 albums, and he's played his accordion for crowds in every corner of San Antonio — and even most parts of Texas. Beyond that, he won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a National Medal of Arts.

Natalia Sun

Explore the lives of immigrant Cuban cigar rollers. Enjoy the music from some of the best movies ever made. And use a concert at the Women's Club to introduce a friend to classical music. The weekend is here, and the fun awaits. 


First Run Features

“That wooden box with four strings was made by a genius.”

A new documentary argues it was played by a genius as well.

The Cellist: The Legacy of Gregor Piatigorsky” (2018) explores the legacy of a man whose mission it was to popularize the cello.

Every Granite Hands song starts in the home studio of multi-instrumentalist Sorush Ranjbar.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

The band Granite Hands has members scattered across Texas, from Laredo to San Antonio and Austin to Houston and Denton. The group just released an EP they’re calling Void. It explores a variety of topics that are as wide-ranging as the geographical separation of the band’s members.


Asian Festival

You can head west to tour cultural beauty in Kerrville. Learn more about Asia through music, dance and food. And then celebrate the Year of the Rat with a special float parade on the River Walk. Let’s get this party started! 


Courtesy photo

Round Two of The Gurwitz 2020 International Piano Competition began on Wednesday morning at Ruth Taylor Recital Hall on the Trinity University campus. Six competitors were chosen on Tuesday night to continue performing. They were:

"Señora Dolores Treviño" by Jesse Treviño
San Antonio Museum of Art

Jesse Treviño is one San Antonio's greatest artists. For decades, he's celebrated everyday life on the city's West Side with photorealistic paintings and murals. He found his calling early, and by age 18 he was studying in a premier New York City art school, training for a long and successful career. But the unexpected journey Treviño endured, from young artist to the celebrated status he enjoys today, was darker and more difficult than anyone could have imagined. 


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