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From Texas Standard:

The Go-Go's' debut album, Beauty and the Beat, climbed to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart in 1981. A year later, their second album, Vacation, reached No. 8. A harbinger for the new wave movement, the Go-Go's were also making history as the first multiplatinum-selling, all-female band that played their own instruments, wrote their own songs and had a No. 1 album.

Now, bassist Kathy Valentine, an Austin native, has published a memoir, All I Ever Wanted, detailing her experience with the band.

A group of musicians perform. Now that San Antonio has enacted stay-at-home orders, gigs are much harder to come by for mariachi bands.
Javier Vela

Many San Antonio musicians — including rockers, head bangers and country crooners — are struggling financially as most public venues they perform in are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Performances for Mega Corazon can be livestreamed.

San Antonio’s largest annual poetry event is scheduled for Monday. But what about COVID-19? Is Urban 15’s Mega Corazon still on? Yes it is.

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Famed pianist Martha Argerich remarked in 2013 that Leonardo Colafelice is a “fabulous pianist and musician," so it's no wonder he advanced to the finals of the Gurwitz International Piano Competition when it was held in San Antonio earlier this year.


On Fridays, The Weekender traditionally tells you about great events that San Antonians can do. Clearly that's on hiatus right now, but there are still many things you can do if you know where to look.


It starts with one plaintive note, played by San Antonio Symphony Concertmaster Eric Gratz on screen. Others join in as the camera draws back to reveal 37 musicians of the San Antonio Symphony, each in their own individual frame, working together to create a virtual orchestra.

Jack Morgan

One of the state's premier Natural History Museums, the Witte, is closed like all the others. It’s caused them to rethink how they do what they do, and be creative with solutions. 

From Texas Standard:

When social distancing and self-quarantine became common practice recently, all kinds of cultural phenomena emerged on social media. From virtual happy hours to dance parties to live concerts from musicians' homes, creative people are doing whatever they can to stay active, stave off boredom and stay connected with others.

When tours were canceled for Austin-based rock quartet White Denim, they decided to give themselves a slightly different task: to write, record, mix and master a full-length album in just 30 days.

Jack Morgan

San Antonio's Public Theater has been reeling since the new coronavirus caused the organization to shut its doors. CEO George Green said tough times are nothing new for the Public Theater, formerly the San Pedro Playhouse.

"Entirely Different Stars," from Lukas Nelson's newest album, Naked Garden, is a song many people might relate to right about now. It's a fantasy about grabbing that special someone and blasting off to a less troubled planet.