URBAN-15

Space is the Place: Unexplained Encounters in South Texas

Monday, August 6 at 7pm CST
View it live and in-studio at 2500 S. Presa
or watch the livestream on any computer, phone, or tablet HERE

Just 45 minutes up the road from San Antonio, Seguin, Texas is the birthplace of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), one of the preeminent international organizations for UFO research in the world. Closer to home, Olmos Basin in San Antonio is similarly storied as a locational hub for UFO sightings and encounters with extraterrestrial life. August’s episode of Hidden Histories delves into the history of close encounters in South and Central Texas and efforts to understand them, featuring guest commentary by Ken Jordan of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON); Rev. John Fluth of SETI@home; and Whitley Strieber, author of the Communion book series.

As part of the city’s calendar of 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 an inspiring cultural treasure. Over the course of 2018, Hidden Histories will premiere 12 monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening highlights 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. Live screenings are supplemented by interviews and discussions with participants, family members of those featured, and field experts. Following each live screening, video segments are archived online for 24/7 access.

For more information on the Hidden Histories series, or to view previous installments, please visit http://hiddenhistories.tv/

All live and online screenings of Hidden Histories are free of charge. Live screenings take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) at 7pm on the first Monday of the month. Online screenings can also be viewed live at https://urban15.org/live-stream. Afterwards, episodes are archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives/

Hidden Houses: Neighborhood Histories of Removal and Resistance

Monday, July 2 at 7pm CST
View it live and in-studio at 2500 S. Presa
or watch the livestream on any computer, phone, or tablet HERE
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Vista Verde neighborhood, bisected by IH-35 and removed by Urban Renewal in the 1970s. Source: Personal Collection of Mary Jane Diaz

Like many cities around the world, San Antonio is a city paradoxically founded on removals, erasures, and writings over, beginning with the displacement of Indigenous languages and lifeways to more contemporary histories of Urban Renewal and downtown redevelopment. Curated by Marisol Cortez, Ph.D. of Deceleration, “Hidden Houses” examines key moments in San Antonio’s history of removing homes and entire neighborhoods from view, as well as the resistance to these removals on the part of residents. As recalled via interviews with people who grew up in places like Baptist Settlement, Hemisfair, Vista Verde, Cementville, the Our Lady of Sorrows neighborhood, and more recently Mission Trails Mobile Home Community and Soapworks/Towne Center Apartments, this episode considers the erasures that haunt the contemporary urban landscape and our collective memory as a city. UTSA Public Administration professor Heywood Sanders and retired UTSA professor of Political Science Rodolfo Rosales provide additional commentary.

 

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Eviction of Mary Toudouze and family from their home at 123 Wyoming, removed through Urban Renewal to create Hemisfair ’68. Source: San Antonio Light

As part of the city’s calendar of 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 an inspiring cultural treasure. Over the course of 2018, Hidden Histories will premiere 12 monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening highlights 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. Live screenings are supplemented by interviews and discussions with participants, family members of those featured, and field experts. Following each live screening, video segments are archived online for 24/7 access.

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Loil and Estella Ellison from Baptist Settlement, razed in 1940 to create whites-only public housing. Source: UTSA Special Collections

For more information on the Hidden Histories series, or to view previous installments, please visit http://hiddenhistories.tv/

All live and online screenings of Hidden Histories are free of charge. Live screenings take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) at 7pm on the first Monday of the month. Online screenings can also be viewed live at https://urban15.org/live-stream. Afterwards, episodes are archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/watch/

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Labella and Valentina Valenzuela, displaced from Mission Trails Mobile Home Community in 2014. Source: San Antonio Express News

Two Public Performances Honoring La Madre Tierra

This June, in celebration of seasonal cycles of repetition and change, URBAN-15 presents TWO FREE open-air performances in public spaces around the city:
U-15 Solstice Performance 2017
Summer Solstice Performance
Thursday, June 21 at 2pm
Long-Term Parking Garage Atrium, San Antonio International Airport (9800 Airport Blvd 78216)

Choreographer, dancer, and URBAN-15 Artistic Director Catherine Cisneros will present her 17th annual Summer Solstice performance within the lighted squares of Christopher Janney’s “Passing Light” solar sculpture. “Passing Light” incorporates large plexiglass squares that from above project a grid of colors onto the passageway surface. Once a year, at 2pm on the Summer Solstice, the lighted grids align with the painted grids on the floor for 90 seconds as the sun passes directly overhead. Cisneros has created a solo dance piece that exploits the changing colors penetrating the environment. Her movements are designed to bring a ceremonial awareness of our planet’s humble travels within a celestial clock, evoking the elaborate rituals performed by the ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Celts, Mayans, Hindis, Incas and others to make visible the moment of solar zenith.

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Reflections on the Oceans Beneath
Saturday, June 23 at 8pm
The Blue Hole at Headwaters Sanctuary (4503 Broadway 78209)

Carnaval de San Anto will present “Reflections on the Ocean Beneath,” a choreographed contemplation on the renewable spirit of the subterranean water that grounds the city. With costume pieces featuring various natural and supernatural elements (grasses, flowers, rivers, mermaids), this ensemble performance piece is a quiet study of repetitive cycles, both internal and universal, for dancers and sound, held at the headwaters of the the San Antonio River.

For directions to the Headwaters Sanctuary, please click here.

We request your attendance at either or both of these highly visual celebrations–camera and video welcome! Event is rain or shine. For more information prior to the event, email events@urban15.org or call (210) 736-1500.  Once on-site, call (210) 393-2310 for information.

The Exquisite Costume Raffle!

This summer, take part in our monthly raffle!

Enter to win one of several original, imagination-infused costumes created by Artistic Director Catherine Cisneros.

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Our first monthly drawing took place JULY 15th. Congratulations to our winner Monica Canestaro-Darby!
We will be announcing our next raffle item soon. Be on the look out for BUTTERFLY HEADBANDS!

 

El Ojo del Agua: Sacred Springs, Sacred Stories

Click below to view the most recent episode!

On Monday, June 4th, URBAN-15’s Hidden Histories series returns with a focus on San Antonio’s sacred headwaters—particularly the stories, poems, songs, and other artistic expressions inspired by the springs for millennia among the diverse peoples. Facilitated by Sister Martha Ann Kirk of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and Isaac Cardenas, Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan elder, this discussion will feature archival footage of the springs at peak flow; premiere URBAN-15’s performance at the Blue Hole for last year’s Global Water Dances; and include commentary by Steven Schauer of the San Antonio River Authority.

As part of the city’s calendar of 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 an inspiring cultural treasure. Over the course of 2018, Hidden Histories will premiere 12 monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening highlights 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. Live screenings are supplemented by interviews and discussions with participants, family members of those featured, and field experts. Following each live screening, video segments are archived online for 24/7 access.

For more information on the Hidden Histories series, or to view previous installments, please visit http://hiddenhistories.tv/

All live and online screenings of Hidden Histories are free of charge. Live screenings take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) at 7pm on the first Monday of the month. Online screenings can also be viewed live at https://urban15.org/live-stream. Afterwards, episodes are archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/watch/

2018 Josiah Media Festival Call for Entries Ends June 1

The Josiah Media Festival is open to any filmmaker 21 years old or younger around the world.

$2000 in prizes will be awarded to winning filmmakers.

It is completely FREE to enter. Don’t miss your chance to submit!


SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JUNE 1st, 2018


Submitting a film is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1. Download the entry forms HERE.
2. Read through the Guidelines and fill out the Entry AND Release Forms in full
3. Send us your completed Entry and Release Forms and an High-Definition copy of your film (.mpeg, .mp4, .avi, etc). Submission materials can be entered physically by mail (send to 2500 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210) or digitally online. 

And you’re done!

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Filmmakers can submit as many films as they choose, but each film must be accompanied with a unique Entry & Release Form. If sent by mail, films should be submitted as HD (720p minimum) digital files on a thumb drive or Data-DVD – Playable DVDs are NOT acceptable. Films and forms can also be submitted by email to josiahfestival@urban15.org. Films entered digitally can be sent through GoogleDrive, Dropbox, WeTransfer, Hightail, etc.

The Josiah Media Festival’s FilmFreeway submission platform will officially begin accepting digital film submissions on March 1st, 2018. Please note that, in order to be accepted into the competition, all films entered through FilmFreeway must still be accompanied with your completed Entry and Release forms. Completed forms can be sent by email to josiahfestival@urban15.org after entering your film on FilmFreeway.

Please note that all films entered through FilmFreeway MUST be accompanied with a Entry and Release form!

For more information on the 2018 Josiah Media Festival, call our studio at (210) 736-1500, or email josiahfestival@urban15.org.

Check out the 2017 2nd Place Experimental Winner,

Journey by Radheya Jegatheva, 18, from Joondanna, Australia

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Literary San Antonio: A Panel Discussion

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH APRIL’S EPISODE OF HIDDEN HISTORIES!

For April’s episode of Hidden Histories, this year’s Mega Corazón offered commentary on San Antonio’s rich literary history by three poetry greats: Jim LaVilla-Havelin, founder of National Poetry Month in San Antonio and poetry editor for the Express-News; inaugural Poet Laureate of San Antonio and former Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, and Wings Press publisher and writer Bryce Milligan. Hosted by George Cisneros, LaVilla-Havelin, Tafolla, and Milligan discuss the latter’s recent edited volume Literary San Antonio

Part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a new monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio an inspiring cultural treasure. Over the course of 2018, Hidden Histories will premiere 12 monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening highlights 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. Live screenings are supplemented by interviews and discussions with participants, family members of those featured, and field experts. Following each live screening, video segments are archived online for 24/7 access.

For more information on the Hidden Histories series, or to view previous installments, please visit http://hiddenhistories.tv/

All live and online screenings of Hidden Histories are free of charge. Live screenings take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78204) at 7pm on the first Monday of the month. Online screenings can also be viewed live at https://urban15.org/live-stream. Afterwards, episodes are archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/watch/

Fiesta Noche del Rio: A Historical and Cultural Treasure

Watch the archived episode by clicking image below!

Since 1957, Fiesta Noche del Rio has been an annual showcase of regional culture, celebrating the Mexican, Tejano, Latin American, and Spanish dance and musical traditions that make up San Antonio’s cultural landscape. Produced by the Alamo Kiwanis Club as a charity event for children’s organizations and held each year on the Riverwalk at the Arneson River Theater, Fiesta Noche del Rio archives a rich community history of the many working musicians and dancers who have performed over the decades–not least Rosita Fernandez, San Antonio’ “First Lady of Song,” who helped spearhead the event as a venue through which to showcase local talent. Curated by members of the Alamo Kiwanis Club, May’s episode explores the contributions of these artists, their intersection with the making of the modern Riverwalk, and the long-term community impact of the event.

As part of the city’s calendar of Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a new monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio an inspiring cultural treasure. Over the course of 2018, Hidden Histories will premiere 12 monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening highlights 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. Live screenings are supplemented by interviews and discussions with participants, family members of those featured, and field experts. Following each live screening, video segments are archived online for 24/7 access.

For more information on the Hidden Histories series, or to view previous installments, please visit http://hiddenhistories.tv/

All live and online screenings of Hidden Histories are free of charge. Live screenings take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78204) at 7pm on the first Monday of the month. Online screenings can also be viewed live at https://urban15.org/live-stream. Afterwards, episodes are archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/watch/

Save the Date for INCOGNITO 2018 on Saturday, April 21

This Fiesta season, INCOGNITO will return to the Southside as the infamous high-energy dance party where you can “come as you are not.”  This masquerade is an opportunity for music and mystery as guests don costumes and masks. Join us for live music from San Antonio’s hottest cumbia and reggae-rooted party bands—including Los de Esta Noche and Tallercito de Son–plus food and drinks for sale, vendors, and costume contest with prizes! Check back on urban15.org for updates to band and vendor lineup.

This year’s INCOGNITO will take place at the historical and newly-restored 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.

A crowning feature of every INCOGNITO is the outrageous costume contest for individuals, couples, and teams. Contestants in these three categories will be judged for imagination, design and presentation. Winning contestants will receive prizes donated by local businesses.

Proceeds from INCOGNITO will be dedicated to URBAN-15’s many programs for youth and senior citizens throughout San Antonio.

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

Miss Mega Corazon 2018? Catch a Re-screening!

Mega Corazon will rescreen all National Poetry Month!

If you missed your favorite poet, tune in at 10am CST on:

Monday, April 16th

Monday, April 23rd

Monday, April 30th

Click HERE to watch!

In celebration of National Poetry Month, April’s episode of Hidden Histories will present Mega Corazón 2018, URBAN-15’s annual spoken word marathon featuring San Antonio’s premiere performance poets. Celebrating a hybrid San Antonio poetic tradition that combines street, classical, and slam performance styles, Mega Corazón is frontal, improvisational, at times painful, and often choreographed for a highly visual impact. This year’s Mega Corazón will take place on Monday, April 2nd from 1-9pm and can be viewed live and for free either in-studio (2500 S. Presa 78210) or online (urban15.org/live-stream).

Poets confirmed to date include former Texas Poet Laureate and inaugural San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla; current San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla; National Book Award finalist John Phillip Santos; Express-News poetry editor Jim LaVilla-Havelin; poetry slam champion Anthony “The Poet” Flores; Wings Press publisher Bryce Milligan; Jazz Poets founder Eduardo Garza, beloved spoken word artist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson; playwright, poet and Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan elder Isaac Cardenas; and talented San Antonio poets Frances Treviño Santos, Eddie Vega, Natalia Treviño, Jacinto Cardona, Jessica Tilton-Zertuche, and Nathan Zertuche.

To view poet bios, please click here.

As a special feature of Hidden Histories, this year’s Mega Corazón will also offer commentary on San Antonio’s literary history by Jim LaVilla-Havelin, founder of National Poetry Month in San Antonio, as well as by Bryce Milligan on his recent edited volume Literary San Antonio. This segment will run 7pm-8pm.

For more information on the Hidden Histories series, or to view previous installments, please visit http://hiddenhistories.tv/

For performance videos from previous productions of Mega Corazón, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi9WZRNTanM

All live and online screenings of Hidden Histories are free of charge. Live screenings take place at the URBAN-15 studio (2500 S. Presa 78204) or online at https://urban15.org/live-stream. Afterwards, episodes are archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives/

If you are an educator and want to bring Mega Corazon to your school or request a workshop with one of the Mega Corazon poets, contact Anthony “The Poet” Flores at anthonythepoet@gmail.com.