THE TEJANO CONJUNTO FEST IS IN FULL SWING

THE 36th TEJANO CONJUNTO FEST IS IN FULL SWING By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF Arts Editor Started by musician Juan Tejeda 36 years ago, the annual showcase of conjunto music known as the Tejano Conjunto Festival will be in full swing this weekend at Rosedale Park and at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the event’s sponsoring organization….

“RAPPACCINI’S DAUGHTER” TO BE SUNG IN SPANISH

“RAPPACCINI’S DAUGHTER” WILL BE SUNG IN SPANISH By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF Arts Editor To close its fifth season, Alamo City Opera (ACO) has chosen to present “La Hija de Rappaccini” (Rappaccini’s Daughter”) by Mexican composer Daniel Catan, which is being promoted as the first contemporary opera sung in Spanish in San Antonio history. Performances will take…

OPERA SAN ANTONIO TO PRESENT “THE BARBER OF SEVILLE”

OPERA SAN ANTONIO TO PRESENT “THE BARBER OF SEVILLE” By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF Arts Editor Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” premiered in Rome in 1816 and it’s still going strong two centuries later. Not many musical works can claim such longevity and popularity. Yes, that’s the opera with the famous “Figaro, Figaro, Figarooo” aria, which is…

GEMINI INK BRINGS POET LAUREATE TO SAN ANTONIO

GEMINI INK BRINGS POET LAUREATE TO SAN ANTONIO By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF Arts Editor Every spring, Gemini Ink brings nationally known writers to San Antonio to take part in its Autograph Series events. In collaboration with ARTS San Antonio and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, this year’s special guest is Juan Felipe Herrera, the current Poet…

THE ART SIDE OF FIESTA

The ART SIDE OF FIESTA By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF Arts Editor It’s Fiesta week and there’s no shortage of things to do. – parades, NIOSA, food fairs, exhibitions, parties, etc. Here are a few of my favorites that I would like to invite you to check out. The San Antonio Symphony’s contribution to Fiesta is a…

POETRY, BUTTERCUP and CHE MALAMBO!

BUTTERCUP, POETRY and CHE MALAMBO! By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF Arts Editor With Good Friday and the Easter holiday taking center stage this weekend, the arts scene is a bit less busy than last week. It’s a good time to remind everyone that April is National Poetry Month and readings as well as mixed poetry-music events are…

BUSY WEEKEND: BALLET, “SISTER ACT,” BETTYE LAVETTE AND MORE

BUSY WEEKEND: BALLET, “SISTER ACT,” BETTYE LAVETTE AND MORE By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF Arts Editor This is going to be a busy weekend! After postponing its spring showcase Ballet in the Park twice due to rainy weather, Ballet San Antonio is hoping that everything will go as planned this Saturday, April 8. Ballet in the Park…

“DISGRACED” PROBES THORNY ISSUES

“DISGRACED” PROBES THORNY ISSUES  By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF Arts Editor It must have taken some courage to write a play like “Disgraced” which deals with the psychologically and socially difficult issue of divided identity as experienced by a successful Muslim-American lawyer who strives to fit into the upwardly mobile American society. The brainchild of Ayad Akhtar,…

“DISGRACED” AT THE PLAYHOUSE SA

“DISGRACED” AT THE PLAYHOUSE By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF Arts Editor “Nothing is off the table in this fast-paced, high-tension socio-political drama as race, religion, law and art collide.” This is the first sentence in the press release about “Disgraced” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Ayad Akhtar that’s currently receiving its San Antonio premiere at the Playhouse…

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Is A Must See

It has been a long time sense I have enjoyed an entertainer so much I did not want the performance to end. But, such was the case March 14 as I met the electric Julia Knitel. “Who?” you say. Of course, I realize, Julia Knitel is not a well- known name streaming daily across our…