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A photo exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures tracks San Antonio through a 130-year period.

 


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Some Hispanics of Mexican descent have never heard of Día de los Muertos — or they simply never cared about it when they were children.

But as adults, some have developed a new appreciation for this ancient holiday. And the perfect place to make those connections is a Día de los Muertos festival in downtown San Antonio.


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Barrio Laredito was established in what’s now downtown San Antonio, just west of San Pedro Creek. Though the small neighborhood disappeared due to gentrification in the 1970s, its nearly three-centuries-old culture lives on.

Binisa Zentella, a folklorist researching the music from Texas and its ties to Spain and Latin America, said the cultural resilience of Barrio Laredito allowed its residents to express themselves in a way that they couldn’t outside the neighborhood.

Al Rendon

Music, art and even more music — the weekend’s here.

First off, head downtown for a music and dance event that Mike De La Garza says has been popular for more than 60 years at the historic Arneson Theater: Fiesta Noche Del Rio.

“You will hear music and experience dance and costumery from various parts of the world, including Mexico, Argentina, Spain and Texas,” De La Garza said.

As always with the Arneson, the stage is on the other side of the river, creating unanticipated fun for barge-bound tourists.

San Antonio River Authority

Phase 1 of San Antonio's newest re-imagining of its waterways opens Saturday after three years of construction. 


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Downtown San Antonio is now a federal historic district, including the River Walk and about 200 buildings in the area.


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A new report envisions a revitalized Houston Street Corridor, from North Alamo to North San Saba in the heart of downtown San Antonio.


Musical Bridges Around The World

Musical Bridges Around the World begins its annual music festival Saturday.

Founder and Musical Director Anya Grokhovski says the festival, in its fifth year, brings performers from all over the world to play in the Alamo City.


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Opera superstar Placido Domingo is in town this week, performing at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. And in the world of opera, it doesn’t get any bigger than this.

 


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A multimillion-dollar development plan hopes to revitalize La Villita Historic Arts Village in downtown San Antonio. A major goal is to encourage more visitors and increase foot traffic in the area.


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