Category: Arts, Culture, Photos

UTSA Professor Discusses the Resilience of San Antonio’s Cultural Heritage

By R Eguia . Last month, scholars, community members and students gathered at the Southwest School of Art Coates Chapel to hear a conversation by the San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed Professor at UTSA, William Dupont, called A Resilient Heritage: Designing San Antonio’s Future to Preserve Our Past. The talk introduced Cultural Sustainability as the continuity of cultural systems of human existence. People have heritage identities and values that bind them to places and communities are essential for full sustainability. “Design with respect for Heritage,” was a key theme as Dupont explored the challenges in capturing intangibles in cultural...

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Computer and Internet Addiction is a Real Thing

Are you dependent on technology to bring you satisfaction in life? Dependency can be playing video games to escape reality, posting to social media to get attention or validation, compulsive online spending when anxious or bored, or visiting dating sites with the hopes of meeting the love of your life. Are there noticeable negative patterns surrounding your computer or internet activities? Are they causing problems in your relationships or affecting your work performance? Most of the time, these addictions are just distractions to real issues that people are not yet ready to face. They may feel anxious, impulsive or unfulfilled in life. These activities produce a “high”, filling a void and bringing pleasure that lasts momentarily. Overtime, these addictions have negative consequences that outweigh the positive feelings experienced. They can also have long-term negative effects on many areas of our lives. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research has shown that certain people are more susceptible to computer or internet addiction. These individuals include; those who have had prior addictions to other behaviors or substances; a history of depression or anxiety; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; or Low self-esteem. Recovering computer addicts reported feelings of euphoria when using the computer and feelings of depression, unfulfillment and irritability when not using it. They also described feeling withdrawn or neglected by family and friends as well as experiencing many of the...

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S.A Performance Art Collective HoK

On March 9, the local performance art collective, HoK (House of Kenzo) presented Permutations, a 20 minute production exploring systems, fluidity, work and cycles, at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston. The trio, Ledef (sound production), Brexxitt (choreography) and Grapefruit (concept design) embodied possibilities through splash choreography and projection mapping. Local carpenter company, Precision Woodworking Texas, assisted the group with an installation that included an indoor water trough, a 10 part pulley system and a network of clear bags filled with water tied onto natural rope. The performance was inspired by Yanaguana aka the San Antonio River. The group...

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Mariachi Girl Stars Lucero Garcia at the Magik Theatre

Many women have made their mark in the performance arts. In San Antonio, girls go to places like the Magik theatre to begin their journey. Like 14-year-old San Antonio actress, Lucero Garcia. She began acting at the age of 7 during The Magik Theatre’s summer camps and classes. She plays the role of Carmencita in the new show called Mariachi girl at the Magik Theatre. “I fell in love with musical theatre. All I could think about was being on stage singing and dancing and performing for people and making them happy,” said Garcia. The Mariachi Girl audition was...

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Guadalupe Cultural Arts

By Melinda Gonzalez There is a renewed energy in the air and the culmination of efforts to re-establish the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (GCAC) as the beacon of Chicano Art is paying off. Founded in 1980 and located in the heart of San Antonio’s historic Westside, the nonprofit organization serves over 100,000 people each year on a local, national and international scale through artistic, educational, and community programming. Jorge Piña who is a native San Antonian is back and fulfills a key leadership position for the GCAC after resigning from the organization in 2000. Prior to his resignation, he...

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LAN! is Coming to Texas

Latino Art Now! (LAN!) is coming to Texas–at last! This week the first of 70 planned exhibitions opened. LAN! has been in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, but never in a Texas city. That makes the LAN! Conference in Houston ever more significant. Over the next three months, the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) at the University of Houston Central campus will join up with the City of Houston to host LAN!. Universities, museums, art galleries, and cultural centers from across the city have signed on to promote exhibits and cultural engagements featuring Latino art. My...

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Three Kings Day Celebration Tradition

The Puerto Rican Heritage Society will host the Three Kings Day Celebration today, January 6, 2019 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the San Fernando Hall (San Fernando Cathedral) located at 231 West Commerce Street Downtown. Entry is free and parking is available on the streets surrounding the area. Free snacks will be available for the children while traditional Puerto Rican food plates will be sold on site. The PRHS 25th annual celebration of the Three Kings, also known as the Three Wise Men in the Epiphany, will introduce this year a magical “Coqui” –a miniature tree frog native...

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The Church at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine Will Host Free Performances on Tuesday, December 11

1321 El Paso Street, San Antonio, TX 78207 This free event is in celebration of the 30th pilgrimage with the Sister Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and the Tricentennial of San Antonio. El Encuentro A one man play about the Apparitions of Guadalupe will be performed by local actor, Mr. Jose Ruben de Leon at 6:30 pm. Come, watch the story unfold of the Lady in the Tilma! SAVAE The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble will perform at 8:00 pm. Come, listen to music from the time of...

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Lucha Libre in San Antonio

Lucha libre wrestlers are known as luchadores (singular luchador, meaning “wrestler”). They usually come from extended wrestling families who form their own stables. Tradition is about passing customs and/or beliefs from one generation to the next. In San Antonio, we have a family trying to do just that. Father, Jaime Guiterrez has been not only a luchador but a promoter of this sport. When the place he started fighting at shut down, he started Mexican American Lucha Libre ( M.A.L.L. ) and opened a venue where he has been able to keep las luchas alive. His 13 year old...

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Eva’s Heroes Recognizes Special Needs Community

When local artist Cruz Ortiz was approached by Eva’s Heroes about collaborating with the nonprofit’s teen and adult participants on a Tricentennial inclusion mural, he didn’t hesitate to say yes. “My daughter, Graciela, has Rett syndrome, so I know what it’s like to for individuals with special needs,” Ortiz said. “They are often ignored, but they just want to be included.” So, on October 17, despite the chilly morning air and chances of rain, more than 20 teens and adults with intellectual special needs picked up paint brushes and used bright orange, red, yellow and blue to paint three...

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River Authority Invites Public to Celebrate Mission Reach 5th Anniversary with Photo Contest

FREE Photography Workshop Kickoff on September 1. Over $3,000 in Prizes will be Awarded. SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio River Authority announced today that it will host a photo contest, with support from the San Antonio River Foundation and REI San Antonio, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Mission Reach section of the San Antonio River Walk. The public is invited to submit photos taken along the Mission Reach to showcase the project’s beauty, recreational amenities and ecosystem restoration efforts. The contest kickoff will take place Saturday, September 1 with a free photography workshop starting at 10 a.m. at Confluence Park given by The Creative Light that is open to the public. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (CST) on October 7, 2018. To enter the contest, participants need to visit the contest’s webpage at to review the terms and conditions and view the six eligible categories. Then participants need to visit the Mission Reach (between S. Alamo and Camino Coahuilteca), take pictures and upload their entries on the contest’s webpage. Previous photographs taken by participants since the October 5, 2013 grand opening of the Mission Reach are also eligible. The contest is open to the community and individuals can submit photos in different categories for a chance to win. A judging panel will decide the winners for each category and the top three entries...

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How Alberto Mijangos Shaped the San Antonio Art World

Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio’s ’s Zona Cultural, Centro de Artes is a two-story exhibit space organized by the City’s Department of Arts and Culture and dedicated to telling the story of the Latino experience. The current exhibition “Alberto Mijangos: 159” is on display through November 11, 2018, and curated by Dr. Teresa Eckmann, Art History Associate Professor at the University of Texas San Antonio. Mijangos was born in Mexico City in 1925 and died in San Antonio in 2007. He moved to San Antonio in the 1950s after having lived in several cities along the U.S.-Mexico border and in Chicago. In San Antonio, Mijangos built displays at Joske’s Department Store and set up a gallery at La Villita. In 1959, he served as Cultural Attaché and Gallery Director for the Mexican Consulate. Throughout this time, his contemporaries in Mexico were enjoying recognition and lauded exhibitions. In Texas, Chicano artists were selected for shows highlighting the political landscape of the time. Mijangos was neither present to participate in the Mexican shows nor considered part of the Chicano scene here, thus any worthy recognition escaped his grasp until now. Instead, he committed himself to painting and teaching until his death. Videos of him and his students bring to life the quirky personality of a boundless artist with a deep desire to expand his mentees’ minds beyond the...

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