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Every Granite Hands song starts in the home studio of multi-instrumentalist Sorush Ranjbar.
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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! 

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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. 

A cluster of mannequins wear outfits from the 1990s at the McNay's "Fashion Nirvana" exhibit.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

The McNay is set to open its first ever fashion exhibition, “Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday.” According to museum director and CEO Richard Aste, it’s also the world’s first exhibit focused on fashion and video art from the 1990s.

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On the second morning of competition at The Gurwitz International Piano Competition, judges and spectators were treated to the artistry of three talented musicians, two of whom brought the audience to their feet.

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Twelve pianists of monstrous talent have converged on San Antonio this week for The Gurwitz 2020, the San Antonio International Piano Competition that is now under the aegis of Musical Bridges Around the World. From Russia, Italy, South Korea, Ukraine, China and Canada they come, seeking the Gold Medal, and with it a $25,000 award. The Silver Medalist wins $15,000 and the Bronze Medalist will win $10,000.

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Pursue the preservation of poetry through education. Inspire established and emerging generations of literary artists and readers. Celebrate the literary voices of the San Antonio community. These are a few of the expectations of the San Antonio Poet Laureate. 

Every two years, a poet is chosen to fulfill these expectations as the ambassador for poetry and the literary arts in San Antonio. In 2012, San Antonio became the first major city in Texas to create this local appointment.

From Texas Standard:

In the 1970s, Lubbock-born singer-songwriter and conceptual artist Terry Allen turned conventional country music on its head. Albums like Juarez and Lubbock (on Everything) featured wry, dry, satirical lyrics. Critics called the albums contemporary classics.

Over four years is a long time to go between albums in pop music, and it has been an especially eventful period for Selena Gomez. In the space between 2015's Revival and her latest release, Rare, Gomez has battled Lupus, depression and anxiety, and had two high profile breakups — all while millions followed along on social media.