The Paisano

Remembering Beychella’s celebration of black culture

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance was a cultural reset in terms of magnitude and reach. Her two-hour performance is regarded by fans and critics alike as the best performance of her career and one of the best performances of all time. Now known as “Beychella,” the performance hosted around 500,0...

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival canceled

Photo by Rudy Sanchez

Sofia Garcia, Arts and Life Editor

April 18, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board and staff leadership of the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival has canceled the 13th annual festival scheduled for Nov. 14. Luminaria is a non-profit arts organization that supports the San Antonio arts community by putting on the festival each year. The Board of...

Beauty in the light

Moon welcomes Luminaria goers. Photo by Sofia Garcia

Maha Qadri and Sofia Garcia

November 13, 2019

In the midst of light shows, art exhibits and spectators, a dancer and a violinist put on a performance that set the tone for the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival. Under an archway decorated with greenery and warm lighting, the two artists drew in a crowd with their rendition of “The Swan” ...

We’re all in this together: 2nd annual Astroworld Festival full of success

The festival featured two stages with performances occuring at alternating times.Photo Courtesy of Kirby Gladstein

Alex Hanks

November 13, 2019

Former UTSA student Travis Scott returned to NRG Park on Nov. 9, for the sequel to his revolutionary music festival, Astroworld. Named after his Grammy-winning album, “Astroworld,” the festival brought an array of artists on opposite sides of the musical spectrum with Pharrell igniting a mor...

ACL weekend two: Gambino’s last show

Gambino is a two-time Emmy winner, both as an actor and a director. Photo courtesy of Roger Ho

Alex Hanks

October 16, 2019

Childish Gambino closed day two of the Austin City Limits Festival with a lengthy set on Oct. 12, playing what he emphasized was his last concert ever. Despite this being his last concert as Childish Gambino, the creative plans to revamp his career under his legal name Donald Glover. If this is in fact...

Texas Hill Country invites San Antonio to explore and discover

Graphic by Kevin Middleton via

Danielle Throneberry

June 8, 2017

There’s more to San Antonio than meets the eye. Maybe you have attended Fiesta San Antonio, which brings brightly-colored parades, carnival-like festivities and the celebration of San Antonio’s diversity and rich history. Alternatively, maybe you were a festival-goer to the city’s own music festivals such ...

‘Mustang’ rides strong

Photo Courtesy of Quinzanie des Realisateurs

Aidan Watson-Morris

January 26, 2016

“Mustang” opens with the line, “It’s like everything changed in the blink of an eye,” and it’s appropriate. When the innocent beach play of five orphaned sisters living in small-town Turkey is misconstrued by the community as sexual deviancy, their uncle suddenly forces them to live in...

UTSA Underground: Art for the 99%

April 28, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Jesus Villanueva South by Southwest? Check. San Antonio Book Festival? Check. Fiesta Festivities? Check. UTSA Underground? Consider adding this one to the list. Featuring a wide range of artistic abilities, this free event was created by UTSA students for UTSA ...

Rowdy Radio makes sound waves in San Antonio

April 28, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Victoria Ramos Recently formed UTSA organization Rowdy Radio is making waves in the San Antonio community. On Saturday, April 11th, Rowdy Radio held their first annual music festival, Sol Fest, at Josabi’s Bar in Helotes. The festival ran from 3 p.m. – 1 a.m. and ...

SXSW 2014 day 1 recap

March 12, 2014

Rafael Gutierrez/ The Paisano There are two lessons I learned today from my time spent at SXSW. 1) Don’t forget to bring a phone charger. 2) Be prepared to walk. March 11th is the first official day for music at SXSW. Our day was spent getting our wristbands, tags for...

Time to saddle up for the Maverick Music Festival

March 10, 2014

On March 21, the second annual Maverick Music Festival will be held at the La Villita Historic Arts Village. The festival is the latest event to bring an array of artists to the center of SA culture. The two-day event will feature such acts as Pop-eccentric duo Phantogram, Indie group, Washe...

Asian Festival 2014

February 4, 2014

Rebecca Conejo