Boz Scaggs hits a sweet, soulful spot at the Tobin

05/05/2015 - 12:00pm
A couple of songs into his Monday night concert at the Tobin Center, Boz Scaggs paid tribute to San Antonio legend Doug Sahm, whom he knew in San Francisco in the late ’60s. “He set me on a path,” Scaggs said. “His style of music really is a path I wanted to go. He inspired me.” True to Sahm’s spirit, Scaggs moved on a wandering path Monday, one that touched on blues, R&B, early rock ‘n’ roll and zydeco.

AtticRep Sets 10th Anniversary Season

04/30/2015 - 9:45am

2015-2016 marks the 10th season of acclaimed theatre company AtticRep, and its second in residence at the Tobin Center of Performing Arts. The 10th Anniversary Season presents four dynamic productions which achieve a compelling and diverse exploration of childhood, forgiveness, the loss of innocence, and growing up female. In addition to infusing the season's three adapted plays, these themes culminate in one completely-original work, furthering the much-heralded company's mission to challenge the creative imagination of the San Antonio community.

Lionel Richie, Broadway & More Coming to The Tobin

04/27/2015 - 5:15pm
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ programming has hit the ground running with an almost full calendar since the high-caliber venue opened in September 2014. “We’ve had 393 events in 211 days. That’s almost two per day,” said Tobin CEO Mike Fresher during a Monday morning press conference announcing the 2015-16 Signature and Dance Series. This year’s Tobin Center Benefit Concert star, Lionel Richie, also was announced. Tickets to the benefit concert will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The TOBIN CENTER in San Antonio Announces Second Season

04/27/2015 - 5:00pm
The Tobin Center is San Antonio's newest performing arts venue and is going into its second season. With so many great shows for the opening season, The Tobin Center is continuing to please audience members with the newest line-up. At a special event this morning at the beautiful Tobin Center, executives announced upcoming events. So many choices and so many shows. San Antonians will be pleased with the selection. In the announcement of the BMW of San Antonio Signature Series some wonderful shows were announced.

In Detail> Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

04/21/2015 - 3:15pm
Strangely out of place, yet harmoniously so, the recently completed Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio is the best work of architecture in the city in decades. Its closest rival, literally, would be the Central Library designed by Ricardo Legorreta in the 1990s a few city blocks away. It is a shame it has taken nearly 20 years for San Antonio to once again embolden itself with vision and purpose for its citizens.

Mariachis, dancers, orchestra shine in Fiesta Pops

04/21/2015 - 11:15am

The San Antonio Symphony framed its annual Fiesta Pops on Friday night with a tribute to both a fallen Tejano legend and a new, rising mariachi star. This Fiesta Pops also was the first to be performed at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, staged for more than 1,300 patrons. San Antonio mariachi singer Sebastien De La Cruz, who turned 13 last month and is already a national star, then took the stage to deliver first a resounding mariachi ballad, Guadalupe Trigo’s “Mi ciudad.” The Guadalupe Dance Co.

Controversial Author Deepak Chopra Waxes Spiritual, Answers Critics

04/01/2015 - 10:15am
Even if you're not among the growing number of his devotees, chances are you know something about Deepak Chopra. The distinguished — and wildly popular — endocrinologist, writer, lecturer, alternative medicine advocate and new age spiritualist has written more than 80 fiction and non-fiction books. Now, with his new fiction book The 13th Disciple just out, he's coming to the Tobin Center to deliver a talk entitled "The Future of Wellbeing." Chopra spoke with the San Antonio Current last month from a lecture stop in Philadelphia.

AtticRep’s 'Irish Curse’ is funny and moving

03/31/2015 - 5:30pm
The Irish Curse,” AtticRep’s latest stellar show, is set at a support group meeting for men with small penises. Martin Casella’s play is a comedy, but there’s more to be found in the thought-provoking piece than laughs. The show explores what it means to be a man in the 21st century, and how much of that identity springs from perceptions of sexual prowess. Thanks to the skilled cast, it’s often laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s also sometimes deeply sad.

Behind the scenes: ‘The Irish Curse’

03/19/2015 - 2:45pm
The cast of AtticRep’s “The Irish Curse” got to walk on part of the set for the show for the first time Tuesday night, just a little more than a week before opening night. The show is set in a church basement where a support group for men with small penises meets. The show deals with masculinity and societal expectations of manhood. It’s set during a pivotal meeting in which a newcomer forces the members to go deeper and grapple with issues they’ve never addressed before. This is the second time AtticRep has staged the piece.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: This Serious Scientist Thinks Life's A Laugh

03/16/2015 - 2:00pm
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has booked a San Antonio talk in June at the Tobin Center. The wildly popular talk show guest is considered one of the scientific community’s most articulate spokespersons. I caught up with him by phone at his New York office. While Tyson is a serious scientist, that’s easy to forget when he breaks into laughter, which he does with regularity. Here he’s talking about where society is at this point.

Opera double bill cuts funny and sad

03/16/2015 - 12:15pm
The funny and sad sides of human relationships were paired Thursday night in a double bill of one-act chamber productions to complete Opera San Antonio’s first season.

Swedes take over the Tobin Center

03/09/2015 - 9:15am
Backed by the San Antonio Symphony for a Pops series concert Friday night, ABBA tribute band Arrival from Sweden relived the heyday of the big-selling, catchy hits from four decades ago. Arrival from Sweden is one reason ABBA’s music thrives today, along with the “Mamma Mia” Broadway musical and movie several years ago. Lead singers Anna-Mia Bonde, as original band singer “Frida,” and Madelene Johansson, as “Agnetha,” recreated the vocal harmonizations that characterized many ABBA songs. But the best stage presence came from Lars Larsson as “Benny” because of his keyboard talents.

The Tobin Center in San Antonio

03/09/2015 - 9:00am
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is one of San Antonio’s latest premier venues. The aesthetically pleasing location boasts a diverse range of settings from the outdoor River Walk Plaza to the McCombs Grand Lobby, which is perfect for events featuring live music. The world-class venue is one of the best ways to experience the vibrant culture, music and art that San Antonio has to offer.

John Mellencamp rocks San Antonio

03/06/2015 - 2:15pm
SAN ANTONIO – Plainspoken, lawless, troubled. Aging rocker John Mellencamp roared into Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday with his tight six-piece band and was all of the above. Playing a Fender Telecaster and with a voice sometimes as battered as Bob Dylan's sandpaper grit, Mellencamp opened with "Lawless Times" off his new "Plain Spoken" album (Republic Records), his first in five years. It's also one of his finest and time and again the new material, not only fit in well, it set the tone for the 22-song set.