CINNABAR Introduces Molthen & Davila

How does Susan Oliver Heard top her award-winning, smash grand opening with renowned photographer George Krause?

By adding another layer.

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We got a great sneak-preview tour with Susan of the new installation at Cinnabar featuring the work of sculptor Bill Molthen and painter Kelvyn Davila. The show opens Wednesday, October 23, at the Blue Star Art Complex, 6pm – 8pm. Continue reading

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SOLI @ 20: Simply Spectacular

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SOLI Ensemble takes a bow during a lengthy standing ovation at Gallery Nord.

PAST, the opening of SOLI Chamber Ensemble‘s 20th anniversary season, was our first adventure with the group – and definitely not the last. The event was hosted by Carina and Hans Gors at their beautiful contemporary art space, Gallery Nord, and it was an evening to remember.  An intimate group of about 50 enjoyed a presentation of world-class proportions in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The night began with a casual discussion of the music to be presented by the quartet. No quotes here, but let us just say that we have rarely encountered such a verbose group of artists. And this was a refreshing treat. It allowed us an eloquent glimpse of personality and passion prior to the performance.

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Cinderella Sparkles — Ballet San Antonio

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Principals Sarah Pautz and Ian Morris. Photo by Alexander Devora courtesy of Ballet San Antonio

It was great to have the Lila Cockrell Theater essentially to ourselves on Wednesday night for the press preview dress rehearsal of Ballet San Antonio’s Cinderella. Well…Page and I, and aside from company personnel and support, a lovely group of children enjoying the ballet from The Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio. Detail: Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not pay children gratuitous compliments. These kids were very well behaved!

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“Why A Texas Biennial?” — Good Question!

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Engaging panel discussion at The Blue Star Annex on Thursday evening. The subject was TX*13, the Texas Biennial survey of contemporary Texas art that is up at Blue Star Museum until November 9. The panel included Shea Little, Texas Biennial Founder/Director; Virginia Rutledge, Texas Biennial Curator at Large; Julia Barbosa-Landois, participating TX*13 installation artist; David Rubin, San Antonio Museum of Art Contemporary Art Curator; and Steven Evans, Blue Star Consulting Manager.

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A Streetcar Named Desire — Don’t Miss it!

Graphic courtesy of Seale-Klose Productions

Graphic courtesy of Klose/Seale Productions

“fearless performances. . . electrifying chemistry. . . precisely what “A Streetcar Named Desire” should be: Bracing, bruising and hard to shake. — Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News

This is the final weekend to catch Tennessee Williams’ noir classic, A Streetcar Named Desire at The Little Carver Theatre. The reviews have been glowing! Our friends that have already caught performances were equally effusive. Page headed down to the theatre box-office today to pick up our tickets for Sunday afternoon. General admission, $25 a pop. Be warned, if you live in town, just take the drive down to Carver to do the pick-up. Otherwise, Ticketmaster will pop you for another seven-and-a-half simoleons. That’s almost 30 percent! What a racket…

We are fortunate here in San Antonio to have a great selection of independent theater companies. Really looking forward to this. There are a million things to do in the naked city this weekend, and this is one of  ’em. Hope to see you there!

Sneak Peek: Ballet San Antonio’s Cinderella

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When I heard that Ballet San Antonio was going to be performing Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella as their initial offering for the 2013-2014 season, my interest was immediately piqued. This is serious business. I was familiar with Stevenson from my days in the 1980’s as a ballet and modern dancer in Houston. During his 27-year tenure with Houston Ballet, he transformed it from a sleepy but promising regional company into an international powerhouse, actually in a relatively short period.  Ballet San Antonio isn’t fooling around. This commitment indicates grit. I needed to know more about what they are up to…

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