Following are pictures from Saturday night (June 8) at the 2013 Texas Folklife Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures in downtown San Antonio. There didn’t seem to be as many attendees or participants this year as in year’s past. Perhaps the heat or high school graduations kept people away. The lack of crowds made it easy to get a seat and enjoy music and dancing while sampling a variety of delicious food. I enjoyed food from the Vietnamese, Wendish, Pakistani and Japanese booths.
Luminaria is one of my favorite San Antonio festivals and I looked forward to going each year. Luminaria 2013 was an entertaining and inspiring celebration of lights, music, poetry, dance, bicycles, cars and food. Next year I need to develop a better strategy for walking around so I can see more of the performers. Some of the artists I especially enjoyed were the Jazz Poets of San Antonio, the Austin Bike Zoo and the light show on the big stone head (not sure what the official name of that statue is). Thanks to Mark and Denise McGrath and Peter Ray for providing me with the following pictures (I forgot to take my camera).
The 9th annual Chalk It Up was held on October 13, 2012 on Houston Street in downtown San Antonio. Artpace San Antonio organized the free event. Several blocks of Houston Street were closed to traffic so that school groups, organizations, professional artists and festival attendees could create chalk art on the sidewalks and street. Activities also included live music, food booths and hands-on activities. Festival goers included many children and their families. Here are pictures of some of the art that was created during the festival.
“The Marvelous Wonderettes” opens at the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four high school girls with boy problems. In Act Two we return to the high school gym for the girls’ 10th year reunion. The show uses popular songs from the 50s and 60s to cleverly tell each of the girls’ stories. I laughed and cried along with the girls.
The show is currently playing at the Cameo Theatre in St. Paul Square just east of downtown San Antonio. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a Jonathan Pennington Studios Production. I highly recommend that you go see “The Marvelous Wonderettes” before it closes October 21th.
The Texas Public Radio Views and Brews forum last week on Placemaking was intersting and thought-provoking. Phil Myrick of the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) started the forum with a slide show presentation of successful (and unsuccessful) city revitalization projects. Mr. Myrick talked about the “Power of Ten” which is that a great place typically has at least 10 things to do in it.
The 125 attendees then split up into small groups to discuss the ideas for improving San Antonio’s downtown area which have been posted on the Project for Public Spaces website. We were asked to vote on our favorite ideas and also our favorite cheap and easy to implement projects. Ideas popular in mysmall group included streetcars, prohibiting cars on Alamo Street in front of the Alamo and bringing back the Houston Street Fair. Some of the new ideas mentioned at our table included interactive water features for children and a community garden where homeless people could grow their own food.
On the PPS website you can enter your favorite ideas for improving downtown San Antonio. Texas Public Radio announced that in three months TPR will be selecting a project to implement.
The Placemaking event was held at Backstage Live on East Houston Street. Refreshments included beer from Alamo Beer Company and food from Beto’s (chips and several varieties of empanadas).