“The Nutcracker” at 30: Ballet SA Marks a Milestone, Looks to Future

12/11/2015 - 10:15am
As Ballet San Antonio completes its 30th season of “The Nutcracker,” the company looks back at the past by performing the choreography of Mayra Worthen, while looking forward to the future with newly minted artistic director, Willy Shives. Shives believes that San Antonio deserves a world-class company but acknowledges that his greatest challenge is getting the audience into the theater.“We just need to get out there,” he said. “It is important for us all to grow as human beings and the arts put us in a place to be able to do that. A place of confidence and self-worth.”

REVIEW: Lionel Richie ‘All Night Long’ – almost

10/23/2015 - 3:00pm
SAN ANTONIO – Lionel Richie doesn’t do encores. But he does make generations of women swoon. Several minutes after the pop superstar, activist and award-winning songwriter closed his sold-out concert Thursday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts -- and even after the lights went up -- several hundred ardent fans kept clapping and whopping it up. Maybe it’s because he closed with “All Night Long.” Richie was the star attraction at the Tobin Center’s second annual benefit concert. Last year, it was Sir Paul McCartney.

San Antonio earns a spot on Huffington Post’s short list of “Secretly Cool Cities”

10/20/2015 - 11:00am

Writer and humorist Will Rogers once proclaimed that San Antonio was “one of the three unique cities of America,” and now, some 90 years later, a national publication launched by media icon Arianna Huffington has given the Alamo City more contemporary praise. The Huffington Post has identified San Antonio as one of America’s five “Secretly Cool Cities.” San Antonio ranks No. 3 on the cool cities list.

Yo-Yo Ma delights San Antonio audience

10/19/2015 - 12:00pm

The San Antonio Symphony on Friday night continued its tradition of bringing the world’s best talents to the city’s stages by presenting cellist Yo-Yo Ma for a sumptuous, emotionally moving account of Antonín Dvorák’s Cello Concerto. Yo-Yo Ma joins the list of recent appearances here, which includes performances by soprano Renée Fleming, pianist Lang Lang and violinists Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman for concerts with the orchestra and recitals.

Downtown San Antonio’s Tobin Center scores international recognition

10/07/2015 - 4:30pm
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts has had little trouble attracting audiences for its variety of shows and events. The center city venue, which opened in September 2014, ranked among the top entertainment facilities in the world in the third quarter of 2015 based on ticket sales, according to industry tracker Pollstar.

Billy Idol rocks San Antonio at the Tobin Center

10/07/2015 - 4:15pm
At the end of the night Monday at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, '80s rocker Billy Idol staked out territory that's impossible to argue with. "Show 'em what a (bleep) hit song sounds like," Idol said as his band kicked into "White Wedding" during the encore. More than 2,100 fans screamed along – including Judy Pukansky dressed as a not-quite-virginal bride – as Idol (shirtless, of course) sang one of his biggest hits. He's in remarkable shape, but one of punk's original godfathers since the days of Generation X looks rode hard and put up wet.

Swan Lake Set To Glide Into The Tobin Center

09/29/2015 - 5:30pm
The San Antonio Symphony and Ballet San Antonio are teaming up for another big project. That project is one of of the most popular ballets in dance history—Swan Lake, wherein a maiden’s been turned into a swan by way of a spell. Stager Dominic Walsh picks the story up there. "The only way this spell can be broken is by an act of true love, and so she must find a prince who will love her and be faithful." She finds one but then an evil player creates a costly deception.

Future looking ever brighterfor growing arts community

09/25/2015 - 5:45pm
Tobin Center, more music venues,artist exchange programs sewing seeds for city’s cultural enrichment: Felix Padrón, director of the city’s Department for Culture and Creative Development, sees such recent developments as the opening of The Pearl, the in-the-works transformation of Hemisfair and the opening of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts as indicators that “San Antonio’s urban core is reaching a critical mass where it is desirable to live, work and play.

San Antonio Symphony delivers diamond-sharp Beethoven 9th

09/22/2015 - 9:45am

Starting his sixth season as San Antonio Symphony music director, Sebastian Lang-Lessing clearly has made the orchestra his creation more than ever. This was abundantly clear throughout Friday night's classical series opener featuring Ludwig van Beethoven's mighty Ninth Symphony.  The orchestral colors, the balances between the instrument sections, the shaping of the melodic arches, the driven pacings and the soft-to-loud dynamics were fabulous.

Tobin Center reports surplus for first year

09/02/2015 - 11:00am
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ opening act — its financial first season — has been a fiscal success so far as it nears the anniversary of its opening. The Tobin Center’s staff reports that the $205 million building’s revenues are exceeding its costs, keeping the center on track to keep a promise its founding board members made when planning the arts venue. The promise was that the downtown Tobin Center would not seek annual operating subsidies from the city and county governments that provided the majority of the construction costs.

Fifth Harmony served up female empowerment at Tobin

08/03/2015 - 3:00pm
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts attracted one of the youngest (and loudest) audiences in its young history Sunday night when Fifth Harmony brought its girl-group dance-pop to the Tobin stage. Fifth Harmony is the inheritor of a stylistic tradition passed down from the Supremes to En Vogue to Destiny’s Child, but the audience reaction at the Tobin most strongly evoked memories of the screams and shrieks of elation that the Spice Girls produced in their brief heyday.

Coming Soon: San Antonio Film Festival

07/28/2015 - 4:00pm
Attention all movie lovers, future filmmakers, and actors! It is the time of year again to go to the beautiful Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and watch movies that will give you a deeper sense of gratitude for independent flicks. This is the 21st year the San Antonio Film Festival has shared independent short film and movies with the city of San Antonio. Adam Rocha, arts administrator and founder of the S.A. Film Festival, explained that he could not imagine a better city to have it than in San Antonio “It’s the coolest city in the world.

Meghan Trainor matches attendance record at Tobin

07/17/2015 - 11:45am

“All About That Bass” pop star Meghan Trainor brought her rested vocal cords to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday for a sold-out concert with two opening acts, the British pop band Life of Dillon and rising star singer-songwriter Charlie Puth. Her fans are called “Megatronz” and many of them are kids. Avery Anson, 11, a veteran of Taylor Swift and One Direction concerts, said Trainor is a special role model. “She makes you feel good about yourself,” Avery said. “That’s important.” Her friend Payton Louis, 11, says it’s all about that music.

Tyler Oakley, the internet’s sure shot

07/09/2015 - 10:15am
In the dawn of a new golden age for LGBTQ people, YouTube vlogger Tyler Oakley has the distinction of being in the right place at the perfect time. Excitement is brewing over the Teen Choice Award-winner’s upcoming live variety show, Tyler Oakley’s Slumber Party, which will play H-E-B Performance Hall July 9 as part of his very first-ever international tour.