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Pride, Proud, Present: Collecting San Antonio’s Queer Memorias

Our June Episode of Hidden Histories Airs
Monday, June 1 @ 7pm CST
Online ONLY in Two Locations:
 OUR WEBSITE or OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

In honor of Pride Month, June’s episode of Hidden Histories explores the spaces that archive the history of LGBT life in San Antonio and celebrates the artists and activists who have made that history sing. We open with UTSA archivist Melissa Gohlke, who curates the largest LGBTQ collection in Texas, and also hear from Esperanza Peace and Justice Center on their community archives currently under development. From these local collections, we turn our attention to Rebel Mariposa, radical restauranteur and owner of La Botanica, one of San Antonio’s most celebrated vegan restaurants and queer arts spaces. In between, we showcase performances by the late and great Sterling Houston—playwright, musician, and Jump-Start performer—and Los MENtirosos, San Antonio’s premiere drag king troupe. We close the night with filmmaker Noi Mahoney, director of Hap Veltman’s San Antonio Country, followed by a screening of his documentary about one of San Antonio’s most famous disco-era gay clubs.

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 air the first Monday of every month, and can be viewed online for FREE in two locations: our website (https://urban15.org/live-stream/) and our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheUrban15Group). Afterwards, episodes are archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives.

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

 

Best of Josiah Media Festival 2019 Screens May 26th-30th!

The Best of Josiah Media Festival runs all throughout May 2020!
Watch the Best of Josiah 2019 ONLINE
Tuesday, May 26th
Thursday, May 28th
Saturday, May 30th
 12-2pm AND 8-10pm CST

Click here to find out when JMF is screening in your time zone!

*Note that time zones listed below are for location of winning filmmaker*


Narrative
 Winner


1st Place
RESPONSIBILITY
Mehmet Ali Avei
Hvidovre, Denmark
12pm, 8pm CST
7pm, 3am CEST

 

2nd Place
BROTHERS IN SPACE
Alvilda Lyneborg Lassen
Hvidovre, Denmark
12pm, 8pm CST
7pm, 3am CEST

 


3rd Place

ECHO
Signe Buun Bugge
Hvidovre, Denmark
12pm, 8pm CST
7pm, 3am CEST

 

 


Documentary

1st Place
UNDER THE SCARF
Women’s Voices Now
Rolling Hill Estates, CA, USA
12pm, 8pm CST
10am, 6pm PDT

2nd Place
PEARL FRYAR: THE MAN
WITH A GREEN THUMB
Rachel Smith
Rock Hill, SC, USA
12pm, 8pm CST
1pm, 9pm EDT

3rd Place
MORNING STAR
Abhijit Pastro
Eskişehir, Turkey
12pm, 8pm CST
8pm, 4am TRT

 

 


Experimental


1st Place
RAINLILLY
Rina Momose
Otsu, Japan
12pm, 8pm CST
2am, 10am JST

 


2nd Place
THE MAGIC SQUARE
Josh Cromwell
Richmond, VA, USA
12pm, 8pm CST
1pm, 9pm EDT

 

3rd Place
WE BUILD OUR
OWN ZIGGURATS
Kyle Ryan
Milwaukee, WI, USA
12pm, 8pm CST

 

 


Animation

1st Place

CATNAP
Alivia Horsley
Belmont, CA, USA

12pm, 8pm CST
2pm, 6pm

 


2nd Place

SHAMAN
Dicle Alemsah Firat
Surrey, England, UK
12pm, 8pm CST
6pm, 12am BST

 


3rd Place
INTERPHASE
Kenny Tran
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
12pm, 8pm CST
1pm, 9pm EDT

 

 


The 2020 Best of Josiah Media Festival takes place ONLINE ONLY throughout May 2020, screening one year of the festival for each week of the month.
For more information, contact us at events@urban15.org.

Hidden Histories Presents “Enduring Distance”

Missed our May 2020 episode? Click below to view it here:
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In a time of dire emergency, we are inescapably reminded of our fragility and resilience both, the disturbing inequities that persist within and across communities and, equally, our deep connections. “Pandemic,” after all, from the Greek pan and demos, means “all the people.” At such times, we depend on the insight and wisdom of visionary artists, writers, thinkers, and leaders to provide the guidance we need to survive and persist. In this month’s episode of Hidden Histories, we hear from three of San Antonio’s intellectual and spiritual elders: author Whitley Strieber; former councilwoman Maria Antonietta Berriozábal; and journalist and author Chris Tomlinson. Not to exclude the insights of our youngest generations, we also preview our upcoming Best of Josiah Media Festival, talking to Festival manager Jonathan Anderson about the unique social commentary provided by youth filmmakers from around the world.

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 air the first Monday of every month, and can be viewed online for FREE in two locations: our website (https://urban15.org/live-stream/) and our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheUrban15Group). Afterwards, episodes are archived online for 24/7 access at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives.

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

 

Mega Corazón 2020 Restreams During April!

Catch encore presentations of Mega Corazón 2020 all during National Poetry Month! View it every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in April for FREE on our website or our YouTube channel. Mega Corazón streams at the following times:

10am – 1pm CST (especially for middle and high schoolers)
8pm – 12am CST (for general audiences)

If you missed Mega Corazón 2020 on April 6th, URBAN-15 will be restreaming the event online throughout National Poetry Month! Featuring San Antonio’s premiere performance poets in a hybrid San Antonio poetic tradition, Mega Corazón combines street, classical, and slam performance styles that promise to be frontal, improvisational, at times painful, and choreographed for a highly visual impact.

This year’s performances will restream every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during April. Our morning segment, geared toward middle and high school students learning from home, takes place 10am-1pm CST, while our evening segment for general audiences runs 8pm-12am CST. Both segments can be viewed online for free either on our website or our YouTube channel.

Participating poets 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; playwright Gregg Barrios; taco poet Eddie Vega; Jazz Poets founder Eduardo GarzaRohn BayesJacinto CardonaMarisol CortezGénesis LinaresJessica Tilton ZertucheNatalia TreviñoFrances Treviño Santos; and Nathan Zertuche.

As part of our Hidden Histories series, Mega Corazón 2020 also included “Young Pegasuseros, 50 Years Later,” a special episode focused on the history of the Young Pegasus Poetry Competition. This episode features interviews and readings from past winners, including nationally-beloved author Naomi Shihab Nye, former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, and visual artist Alice “Pájara” Canestaro-Garcia. This episode is now archived for 24/7 viewing on the Hidden Histories website.


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

 

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