Vintages Art Studio encourages creating art for art’s sake. Classes steer novices through the color-mixing and rough strokes of painting without needing to acquire mastery. Students work from a preselected artwork, such as a lone midnight birch tree or Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone or Cafe Terrace at Night, and express themselves with acrylics on canvas, transcribing the masterwork through their own voice. Open painting in the mornings provides the supplies but leaves the subject up to the individual artist or his invisible friend, the ghost of Picasso.
With an arsenal of informative magazines, elegant photographs, and illuminating documentaries, National Geographic has inspired planetary responsibility and natural wonderment for more than 120 years. Their latest filmed adventure, The Last Lions, ushers viewers into the wetlands of Botswana's Okavango Delta, where a lioness named Ma di Tau and her cubs fight for their survival. From fleeing raging fires and cub-killing rival prides to wading through crocodile-infested rivers and the supermarket at rush hour, this family suffers perils that leave audiences touched and awestruck. Crafted by award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and narrated by Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions aims to raise awareness of dwindling big-cat populations while sharing a compelling story of hope. The film is rated PG for depictions of the food-chain cycle without the accompaniment of an Elton John song.
Lerner and Loewe’s six-time Tony Award–winning Broadway musical My Fair Lady adapts George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion into the tale of snooty phonetics professor Henry Higgins, who makes a wager that he can transform cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into an upstanding member of high society. As Higgins comically struggles to supplant Eliza’s chimney-sweep accent and guttural demeanor for fancy savoir-faire, a romance unfolds proving that love conquers all forms of enunciation. Audiences waltz with their armrests as classic show tunes such as “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “On the Street Where You Live” stake their claim in memory banks for future shower serenades.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center began weaving itself into the fabric of San Antonio’s arts and theater scene more than three decades ago to share the richness of Chicano, Latino, and Native American art forms. Now a cornerstone of the community, the nonprofit touches the lives of more than 100,000 people each year with theater and dance performances, cultural festivals, and creative classes. The center passes down traditional forms of expression, such as Mexican Folklórico dance and cactus juggling while also embracing contemporary art forms such as photography.
Each year, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s festivals welcome large crowds of adults, kids, and multiple Waldos. Foremost among them are CineFestival, the Tejano Conjunto music festival, and Hecho A Mano, a holiday crafts and arts festival. For its members, the center organizes a wealth of educational programming, teaching everything from oil painting and guitar to karate.
Houston St. Bistro sits just a playbill’s toss from the Majestic Theatre, welcoming post-show patrons with tables dressed smartly in black and white linens. The dinner menu ranges from classic steaks and chops drizzled with savory marsala wine sauce to inventive modern dishes such as the wasabi-crusted ahi tuna served atop cilantro sweet-corn rice. During the afternoon, the bistro whips up lunchtime fare such as paninis and burgers amid an ambience as relaxed as a business-casual coronation ceremony. At any time of day, patrons can peruse a list of 43 international wines available by the glass, bottle, or half-bottle.:m]]