San Antonio a New MLB Candidate

ESPN recently published a story about the city of San Antonio as a potential landing spot for a new MLB expansion team. Being in the top 10 of the most populists cities in all of the United States, it certainly makes sense to have a new MLB team. And it certainly makes sense since we have the Spurs, Rampage, Missions, San Antonio FC, and our new American Alliance Football team, while not in the NFL, is another full professional team amongst our minor and semi-pro teams. While it was painful for the city to lose the Stars WNBA team for the female demographic of sports fans in this city, having a baseball team could attract minorities, or in our city’s case the majority Latino community, and it would be a big boost in image for the Majors. With MLB having games in Mexico, like series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, we have the potential to attract more Latino fans from Mexico and get more exposure for the league. The only thing preventing San Antonio is the fact that well, we’re not Hollywood with stars and glamour. Yeah, we may not have actors living here, sunny beaches, or even big name sports athletes outside of the Spurs. But hey, we have great tacos, we have the Alamo, Hill Country Vineyards, and the Riverwalk. But most of all, we’re a big city that still has that small town feel to it. Yes, mass transit is horrible and we complain about traffic at 5pm. But spending 30-45 minutes on I-10 to get home beats an hour and a half commute on the 101 freeway in Los Angeles at 5pm. As for downtown, we survive every year with our Battle of Flowers parade with smooth traffic managed by our police. Plus, the River Walk is now offering commute rides throughout the river. This year’s Men’s Basketball National Final Four brought in many visitors from all over. During the week leading up to the National Championship, San Antonio proved once again hospitality is a highlight of our city and can host fans of all kind. Also, going into April during the NBA season, visitors get a chance to see how this city lights up for our Spurs NBA Championship team. Just proves how die hard and loyal San Antonio is when it comes to this team. There might be some bumps in the road for San Antonio to get an MLB team, but we’ve been a possible location for an expansion team for a decade now. While the Missions finally made the jump from Double-A to Triple-A with a want by the league for a bigger stadium than Wolff to host Triple-A baseball, it might be too much out of our citizen’s pockets to fund an expanded or new baseball stadium. Whatever happens with MLB, it’s probably slated to be later rather than sooner for San Antonio to get a team. Hopefully with the recent move, the Missions can help prove San Antonio to be a future MLB city.

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

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 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...

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Computer and Internet Addiction is a Real Thing

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 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...

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S.A Performance Art Collective HoK

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 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...

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Mariachi Girl Stars Lucero Garcia at the Magik Theatre

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 1 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...

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Guadalupe Cultural Arts

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 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...

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