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Jack Morgan

Arts and Culture Reporter

Jack Morgan has spent 35 years in electronic media, doing both television and radio.

In his mid-20s, Jack was known as Robbin Banks at two San Angelo FM stations, but the bulk of his career has been spent at PBS stations in Austin (KLRU), Orlando (WMFE), Vermont Public Television, and San Antonio's KLRN.

At KLRN he spent five years as director of production, where he was responsible for three hour-long programs with the San Antonio Symphony. Jack was also responsible for KLRN's ARTS program during its startup, and co-produced Texas Week With Rick Casey.

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Courtesy National Association of Latino Arts & Culture

Many Bexar County residents are reeling from job loss or work hours being cut back. Artists have suffered major losses too, due to canceled concerts, art shows and other events. 

A young man works at his Apple computer during a weekend Hackathon event in San Francisco, California, U.S., July 16, 2016.
Gabrielle Lurie | Reuters

Updated Thursday, March 27, at 2:45 a.m. This post will be updated regularly. Share your ideas with us at letters@tpr.org.

If you're going stir-crazy hunkered down at home, consider these great ideas. You can refocus morbid thoughts to all kinds of endeavors and arts. Some are classical music performances. Some are Broadway plays. And some are museum virtual tours.

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.

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.

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. 

Marisa Bushman, a violist with the chamber group Agarita, and her dog.
Natalia Sun

Enjoy some live music under the shade of huge pecan trees. Take a walk and learn why birds sing their songs. Then explore a local group’s collaborative relationship between chamber music and sculpture. Your weekend is here and we've got some great ideas for how you should spend it.