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Mega Corazón 2020: Pandemic-Proof and NOT CANCELED!

Mega Corazón, San Antonio’s Literary Livestream, Airs ONLINE

on Monday, April 6, 2020

Youth Emphasis from 10am – 1pm CST
General Audience from 6 – 10pm CST
Hidden Histories Segment from 7-7:30pm CST

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ONLINE

As an online broadcast, URBAN-15’s Mega Corazón has from the beginning prioritized poetry audiences that are distant, dispersed, and digitally available. Always ahead of its time, Mega Corazón now finds itself strategically well-positioned to inject a much-needed artistic infusion into our strange, new reality of social distancing.

In other words, Mega Corazón lives on despite the coronavirus pandemic, celebrating National Poetry Month with a literary livestream featuring San Antonio’s premiere performance poets—all of whom nimbly agreed to shift from live sets to self-filmed performances. Celebrating a hybrid San Antonio poetic tradition that combines street, classical, and slam performance styles, Mega Corazón promises to be frontal, improvisational, at times painful, and choreographed for a highly visual impact. This year’s Mega Corazón will take place on Monday, April 6th from 10am-1pm (youth focus, for those students now learning from home) and again from 6-10pm (for general audiences). All performances can viewed for free online HERE.

Poets confirmed to date include current San Antonio Poet Laureate Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, former San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla, and inaugural San Antonio Poet Laureate and former Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla; National Book Award finalist John Phillip Santos; nationally-recognized poetry slam champions Amalia Ortiz and Anthony “The Poet” Flores; National Poetry Month SA organizer Jim LaVilla-Havelin; “taco poet” Eddie Vega; Jazz Poets founder Eduardo Garza; conjunto masters Juan and Armando Tejeda; Rohn Bayes; Jacinto Cardona; Marisol Cortez; Génesis Linares; Jessica Tilton Zertuche; Natalia Treviño; Frances Treviño Santos; and Nathan Zertuche.

As part of our Hidden Histories series, Mega Corazón 2020 will also air a special poetry-themed episode focused on the history of the Young Pegasus youth poetry competition, a San Antonio literary tradition dating back to 1927. Episode will feature interviews with previous judges and readings from past winners, including internationally-beloved author Naomi Shihab Nye; former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, and visual artist Alice “Pájara” Canestaro-Garcia. This segment will air online from 7pm-7:30pm at https://urban15.org/live-stream

All Mega Corazon segments are free of charge and can be viewed online at https://urban15.org/live-stream. Afterwards, Mega Corazon will be archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives/

Click HERE for poet bios. Schedule coming soon!

If you are an educator interested in screening Mega Corazon for your students as part of a distance learning curriculum, please contact us at events@urban15.org or 210-736-1500.


Mega Corazón has always been free of charge to the community. During this unprecedented health and economic state of emergency, please consider supporting community arts groups like URBAN-15 so that we may continue to nurture the artistic needs of our neighborhood and city. Old Donate Button

 

Incognito 2020 Will Feature the First Annual Illuminated Bike Parade!

This Fiesta season, INCOGNITO will return to the Southside as the infamous high-energy dance party where you can “come as you are not” and will feature the 1st Annual Illuminated Bike Parade. This masquerade is an opportunity for music and mystery as guest’s don costumes and masks while taking to the stage on beautifully illuminated decorative bikes. Join us for live music from San Antonio’s hottest cumbia and reggae-rooted party band, Los De Esta Noche the most exciting Cumbia/Roots Rock band from San Antonio, TX, plus food and drinks for sale, vendors, and prizes for the best-lit bike! Check back on urban15.org for updates to band and vendor lineup.

This year’s INCOGNITO will take place at the historical Mission Marquee Plaza, located at 3100 S. Roosevelt Avenue 78214.  Event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs and blankets. No outside food and drinks allowed, please—food and drinks will be sold onsite.

Participants in the parade are required to fill out a registration form here!
Please see disclaimer at top of form!

If interested in sponsoring the bike parade or reserving space as a vendor or for more info, please contact us at:
(210) 736-1500 or events@urban15.org.

Photography, Player Pianos, & Paleohistory

 Click below to watch the first episode of Hidden Histories Season Three!
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Following two successful seasons, URBAN-15’s Hidden Histories returns for Season Three! Our March episode will converse with local photographers Michael Nye and Ramin Samandari on the philosophical underpinnings of documentary photography; visit the workshop of instrument craftsman John Talbot, who repairs player pianos, juke boxes, and calliopes; and explore early Tejano architecture with archaeologists Sergio Iruegas and Melinda Tate Iruegas.

As an online arts and culture magazine, Hidden Histories pursues and preserves the underexplored stories, lives, and places which make San Antonio and surrounding regions an inspiring cultural treasure. Each monthly episode uncovers important cultural histories of the region by featuring archival interviews with artists and community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; forgotten documentaries and narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues. In uncovering and generating the archives which hold these stories, Hidden Histories endeavors to move beyond the public humanities to one that is truly community-based.

All episodes will air on the first Monday of every month, and can be viewed online for FREE at https://urban15.org/live-stream/. Afterwards, episodes are archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives.

For more information on the series, visit http://hiddenhistories.tv

 

Open Call: Dancers, Drummers, and Athletes

We want you to perform with us as we create a moving spectacle of beauty. Drummers, dancers, and athletes–become a part of this marvelous vision for the official 2020 Fiesta night parades!

When: Every Tuesday in January and February, from 6:30-8:30pm

Where: URBAN-15 Studio (2500 S. Presa 78210)

Cost: $10 (one-time registration fee) and $10 per class

Drummers are asked to bring their own drumsticks, while other instruments will be provided.

Dancers, please wear jazz, dance, or ballet shoes.

For more info, call (210)736-1500 or email us at events@urban15.org

Mega Corazon 2020: Call for Entries

Monday, April 6 marks the date of the 7th annual Mega Corazon, a hybrid live/online spoken word marathon held during National Poetry Month. Mega Corazon presents the best of San Antonio’s poetic tradition, combining street, classical, and slam performance styles in a production that is improvisational and choreographed for a highly visual impact. This year’s lineup will be finalized on March 1 and poetry audiences worldwide can watch this livestreamed event for free.

Poets participating in previous years have included Poets Laureate Carmen Tafolla, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Jenny Browne, and Octavio Quintanilla; internationally recognized writers Naomi Shihab Nye and John Phillip Santos; slam champions Anthony “The Poet” Flores and Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, and many other talented poets.

In addition to these selected artists, URBAN-15 has slots open to poets interested in participating in the 2020 Mega Corazon. Through an open call process, we are currently accepting applications from poets around Bexar County and surrounding regions. There is no entry fee to submit application materials, and deadline is February 15, 2020

To be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Mega Corazon, please email the following materials to events@urban15.org:

  • A performance video (or online link to performance video)
  • List of publications
  • Artist bio
  • Letter of recommendation from a dead poet

Final selections will be announced March 1, 2020. For those poets selected, this year’s Mega Corazon will take place live in our studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) on Monday, April 6, 2020.  A live internet broadcast of all performances will also be accessible free of charge and without a password on URBAN-15 website’s at https://urban15.org/live-stream/

For questions for more information, please contact us at 210-736-1500 or events@urban15.org.

The Key of Giving

Watch our final episode of Hidden Histories Season Two!

As the winter solstice approaches and the year slows to stillness, we close out the second season of Hidden Histories with the gift of local music, inviting performances from artists who appeared this past season. Performing on Monday, December 9th will be electronic artist Alyson Alonzo; Julio Lopez of Los de Esta Noche; and pianist Luvene Elias of the legendary San Anto doowop group The Royal Jesters. Also featured: Alexandra Van de Kamp, executive director of Gemini Ink, who will offer her literary recommendations for anyone looking for holiday gift ideas.

Originally a part of the city’s Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio and surrounding regions an inspiring cultural treasure. Now in its second season, Hidden Histories continues to premiere monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening uncovers important cultural histories of the region by featuring archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues.

All episodes can be viewed for free either live at URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online at https://urban15.org/live-stream/

After each live screening, all episodes are archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives

For more information on the series, visit http://hiddenhistories.tv

 

URBAN-15’s Carnaval de los Muertos

“It is not macabre, it is not horror, it is not Friday the 13th or anything like that.”

– George Cisneros, URBAN-15

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Imagine a moving altar of Muerto characters wearing vivid masks, large sugar calaveras heads and flowers–but dancing down the street. Every November 1st and 2nd, URBAN-15’s Carnaval de San Anto transforms into Carnaval de los Muertos for a very special performance in honor of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. This annual performance ritual is a combination of traditional Mexican culture and URBAN-15’s Brazilian and Portugese dance and rhythms, resulting in a presentation that pays tribute to our passed loved ones.

Carnaval de los Muertos has been an annual URBAN-15 tradition since the early 1990s, when the ensemble would make visits to the Alamo Camposanto, San Fernando Cathedral, Main Plaza and San Fernando Cemeteries. In recent years, URBAN-15 has performed in Hemisfair’s Plaza México, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Instituto Cultural de México, and appeared for presentations at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Market Square, Centro Cultural Aztlan, and the Rinconcito de Esperanza.

Carnaval de los Muertos is an organic altar with special costumes, choreography, and rhythms all designed and created by the URBAN-15 members themselves. We invite you to participate in this community tradition with us at one (or more!) of this year’s performances:

Friday, November 1st at 7pm: Elmendorf Lake Park (3700 W. Commerce 78207). FREE

Saturday, November 2nd at 6:45pm: Market Square (514 W. Commerce 78207). FREE

Saturday, November 2nd at 8:30pm: La Villita (418 Villita St 78205). FREE

Stay posted for more dates, times, and locations! In the meantime, check out a previous performance at Centro Cultural:

The Politics of Ink: Political Advertising in a Pre-Digital Epoch

Click below to watch the archived episode!

On the eve of Election Day, November’s episode of Hidden Histories delves into the archives of Ruben Munguia, exploring the role of print shops and print culture in electoral politics. From the early days of La Estrellita Printing Shop on Sunders Street, the Munguia family played an integral role in the emergence of political power on San Antonio’s West and Southsides. Whether printing picket signs for striking cigar workers and pecan shellers or palm cards for candidates running for school boards and city council, Munguia Printers provided low-cost and often donated content, design, and production services to local candidates and campaigns.

The willingness of citizens to come forth as candidates for public office is critical to the strength of democracy, yet history books and newspaper archives mainly document the winners and losers in the most visible elected contests. Seldom do we remember the names and faces of the thousands of people who annually run for offices that critically impact the community―as school and water board members, constables, justices of the peace, party officers, and others―yet remain beyond the horizon of public attention. It is in tribute to these candidates, both winners and losers, that the Munguia collection of photographs and campaign collateral becomes particularly significant. Guest commentators include Eddie Coy Ybarra, former co-owner of Munguia Printers, and Dr. Henry Flores, Distinguished University Research Professor Emeritus at St. Mary’s University.

Originally a part of the city’s Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio and surrounding regions an inspiring cultural treasure. Now in its second season, Hidden Histories continues to premiere monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening uncovers important cultural histories of the region by featuring archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues.

All episodes can be viewed for free either live at URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online at https://urban15.org/live-stream/

After each live screening, all episodes are archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives

For more information on the series, visit http://hiddenhistories.tv

 

Josiah Media Festival Tickets Available NOW!

October 17th, 18th, &19th @ 7:00 pm

All Screenings @ The URBAN-15 Group
2500 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX, 78210


BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE TODAY!


Mark Your Calendar

In 2019, the Josiah Media Festival celebrates its 13th consecutive year as one of the world’s longest-running film festivals exclusively for young filmmakers 21 years old and under. Each year, this festival has received increased international attention and participation. During the 2019 call for entries, we received over 2,000 films, adjudicated 254 entries, and selected 12 winners from around the world!

This year’s Josiah Media Festival will take place at the URBAN-15 Studio in San Antonio from Thursday, October 17th through Saturday, October 19th. Over the course of the three-day festival, we will screen the best 50 films from four categories (narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental.) The festival also includes a special Saturday matinee screening that will feature all of the selected films made by young San Antonio filmmakers attending Communication Arts High School, Film School of San Antonio at Harlandale High School, John Marshall High School, Northeast School of the Arts, Say Si, and Saint Mary’s Hall.

Screening Schedule

  • Thursday, October 17 at 7pm
  • Friday, October 18 at 7pm
  • Saturday, October 19 at 2pm (highlighting young San Antonio filmmakers)
  • Saturday, October 19 at 7pm (12 winning films followed by award ceremony and Skype conversations with winners from around the world)

When Marcus and Nancy Neundorf met with URBAN-15 directors in 2007, no one could have envisioned that a memorial screening of films by their recently deceased son, Josiah Neundorf—a talented young media artist from San Antonio, Texas, USA who succumbed to bone cancer in 2006—would evolve into an internationally-recognized film festival. Since its founding, young filmmakers participating in the Josiah Media Festival have gone on to receive acclaim at other film festivals worldwide; garner attention from national and international media; excel at schools such as Tisch, USC, AFI, Chapman, Columbia and Ringling; and begin thriving professional careers.

Tickets are $10 per screening or $30 festival package. Tickets can be purchased in advance at here.
For more information: josiahfestival@urban15.org | (210) 736-1500 | www.josiahmediafestival.com

From Climate Thunder to Climate Strike: Unearthing Environmental Resistance in South Texas

Click below to view archived episode!

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On the heels of the Global Climate Strike, October’s episode of Hidden Histories tells the story of highly visible environmental struggles in South Texas around energy, water, and development through a novel lens—as early precursors of today’s climate activism. Curated by Greg Harman, Sierra Club organizer and Co-Editor of Deceleration, “Climate Thunder” explores COPS campaigns against CPS rate hikes in the 1970s; monkeywrenching activities to halt Northside clearcutting; and the fight against the Eastside’s “Dirty Deely” coal plant and the South Texas Nuclear Project on the Gulf Coast. Guests include Diana Lopez, director of Southwest Workers Union; T.C. Calvert, President of Neighborhoods First Alliance; Russell Seal of the Sierra Club; and UTSA professor Kenneth Walker, whose current research reimagines San Antonio’s historical struggles for equitable allocation of resources in response to extreme weather events through the lens of climate justice.

Also included in this month’s episode, representatives from the San Antonio Public Library and the Library Foundation will discuss efforts to expand SAPL’s Texana/Genealogy Department to include archives on the early Latino families of San Antonio.

Originally a part of the city’s Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio and surrounding regions an inspiring cultural treasure. Now in its second season, Hidden Histories continues to premiere monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening uncovers important cultural histories of the region by featuring archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues.

All episodes can be viewed for free either live at URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online at https://urban15.org/live-stream/

After each live screening, all episodes are archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives

For more information on the series, visit http://hiddenhistories.tv