The Paisano

Fiesta

April 13, 2009

San Antonio's famous celebration, Fiesta, has once again returned to the streets of San Antonio. The festivity began as a commemoration of the city's historical battles, such as the Battle of the Alamo; however, over the decades, the significance of the ceremony has evolved into a broader circuit. Fiesta ...

Student exhibition showcases UTSA’s best

November 8, 2004

The Student Art Guild's juried exhibition, "Revolutions," is big. Metal tentacles tear through a wooden door and descend splintery steps, scores of white ceramic discs line a back corner and spill out onto the floor, and a bicycle frame shaped like an obscene word greets visitors at the ...

The legend returns

November 1, 2004

Great movie bios ("Man on the Moon," "Malcolm X") wisely avoided cramming in every detail of its subject's life to capture an emotional authenticity. (In movies, emotional truth almost always trumps the actual truth.)  "Ray," the new, sprawling biopic about soul pioneer Ray Charle...

Mos-definitely

November 1, 2004

In a pop culture music world where pre-manufactured teen boy bands and bling wearing, Crystal popping' gangsta rappers dominate the T.V. and radio airwaves, it is refreshing to hear a musician who doesn't just apply the "equation" to sell the most records.  Within the rap world there...

‘Grudge’ thin on plot

November 1, 2004

"The Grudge," a remake of the Japanese "Ju-On," is a terrifying movie thin on plot and character. Directed by famed Japanese Director Takashi Shimizu, who also directed the original, "The Grudge" stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as a social worker abroad in Tokyo. Like last year's "The Ring," ...

Matt Sorum talks about new band and GN’R lifestyle

October 25, 2004

Velvet Revolver is quickly becoming the rock and roll success story of the year, featuring former members of Guns N' Roses (GN'R) and Stone Temple Pilots (STP), the band impressed everyone in the mainstream rock press with the strength of their debut album, "Contraband." The band's single, "Fall to P...

Che Guevara’s roots on display in ‘Diaries’

October 25, 2004

When many think of Che Guevara they picture the man in an iconic beret, with long black hair, El "Che." In the "Motorcycle Diaries," director Walter Salles does away with this image of Che Guevara. Salles successfully does this with a talented, up and coming actor, Gael Garcia Bernal, w...

A million laughs at three-day comedy fest

October 18, 2004

   In San Antonio there are not very many outlets for comedy that showcase new and up-and-coming local talent. We do attract big names like Bill Cosby, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, but it is difficult to find a venue's and events that cater tocomedians from our area.   &...

Brian Wilson’s ‘Smile’ long overdue

October 18, 2004

  The genius behind the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, has recently released "Smile," an album that has been 37 years in the making. In December 1965, the Beach Boys and The Beatleswere the most popular and successful bands of the moment. Wilson was inspired by The Beatles' album "Ru...

Rock band Nonpoint cultivates a darker, richer sound

October 18, 2004

  Returning from an extensive tour, rock-band Nonpointfinally went back into the studio and recorded their fourth album,"Recoil."   This time around, their sound appears to be slightlyadjusted, routed more towards a darker, richer form of rock. Although they deviate ...

Basement sessions

October 18, 2004

   The new audio recording studio in the basement of the downtown campus Durango building is a welcome change and astep in the right direction for the future of the music department at UTSA.  That is, if students can manage to record during thesilence that exists between the...

Actors from the London Stage perform at UTSA

October 18, 2004

   The "Actors from the LondonStage," returned to  the University of Texas at SanAntonio, last week to perform William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" three nights last week,receiving a rousing standing ovation every night.   It was the company's 19th visi...