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Manhattan Short Film Festival Tickets Available NOW!

September 27th, 28th @ 8:00 pm
October 4th, 5th @ 8:00 pm

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


BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE TODAY!


Save the Date for the 2019 Manhattan Short Film Festival!

 During the week of September 27 – October 5, filmgoers in San Antonio, TX will unite with over 100,000 film lovers across the world to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers. The immensely popular Manhattan Short Film Festival will return to URBAN-15 for two consecutive weekends (September 27-28 and October 4-5) at 8pm, for a total of four screening. This fall marks the 17th year the URBAN-15 Studio, one of four participating venues in Texas, will host the film festival.

Manhattan Short’s unique and enduring feature is that it offers cinema goers a chance to become film critics, filling out a ballot after the screening that allows them to vote for Best Film and Best Actor. Votes will be sent to Manhattan Short HQ, and winners announced here on Monday, October 7th at 10am EST.


“In times like these, cross-border events like Manhattan Short that contribute toward greater tolerance and understanding are needed more than ever.  …This project is not going to cable TV or Video on Demand, it’s about communities bonding together via their local cinema.” -Nicholas Mason, founder

This year, Manhattan Short received 1565 short film entries from 73 countries, a testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of the short film genre. The nine finalists hail from eight countries: Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, the USA, and two films from the United Kingdom. These finalists bring together as part of one program an extraordinary range of film genres, including intimate dramas; fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War 2 epic; a film shot entirely underwater; and a dark comedy.

For more information on film titles and directors, visit Manhattan Short Film Festival site.

Tickets are $10 presale and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance at here.

Working Artists: A Labor Day Special

View archived episode below!

When we think of the “labor” in Labor Day, we imagine waiting tables, working construction or cleaning hotel rooms—seldom playing an instrument, writing, painting or dancing. As a result, we erase the unrecognized (and often unpaid) value of the labor artists perform, not to mention the working conditions many artists face in their day jobs. In honor of Labor Day, September’s episode of Hidden Histories seeks to recognize the “working artists” of San Antonio, asking: How do artists make a living? Exploring the wide range of lived responses to that question, we talk with musicians who gig and teach, poets who work at call centers, writers who teach online, pianists who play in bank lobbies, and trumpeters organizing for better pay and conditions as part of the local musicians’ union. Finally, reprising our homage to Studs Terkel’s Working, September’s episode also presents a new collection of short film interviews with a range of San Antonio residents on one question: What was your first job?

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

 

Pan de Muerto, Pan de Vida

Click below to view the archived episode!

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From conchas to cuernitos, pan dulce—Mexican sweet bread—is a daily pleasure of San Antonio meetings and family gatherings. But how much do we really know about its deep cultural and historical roots, much less its thousands of varieties and names? In August’s episode of Hidden Histories, we speak with UTSA professor emerita Ellen Riojas Clark about her latest book project, which explores the cultural history of pan dulce, venturing into her kitchen to learn baking techniques from panadero Logan Iruegas and chatting with Patricia Bedoy, co-owner of Bedoy’s Bakery. Live studio audience will enjoy free samples!

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

 

Something’s in the Water: Origins of the Southside Sound

Click below to view archived episode:

San Antonio’s Southside, particularly its high schools, has long been a hotbed of musicianship in the city’s music scene. Though the Westside sound is more well known, this month’s episode investigates the roots and ripple effects of the Southside sound. Is it something in the water? Join us as we facilitate a dialogue between a veterano of the Southside scene–Ramon Hernandez, curator of the Hispanic Entertainment Archives–and two of this generation’s up-and-comers: electronic artist and vocalist Alyson Alonzo and Julio Lopez of critically acclaimed conjunto punk band Los de Esta Noche.

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

 

 

Priesthood of the People: Community Legacies of Vatican II

Click below to view the archived episode!

From 1962-1965, the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican—aka Vatican II—shook the world by convening Catholic clergy from all over the world to reflect on how the Church should interact with the forces of the modern world. In the following decades, this new openness would ripple outward to local parishes, including those here in San Antonio. According to Father David Garcia—Administrator of Mission Concepcion, Director of the Old Spanish Missions in San Antonio, and this month’s guest commentator—Vatican II created a “priesthood of the people” that led to masses in Spanish as well as English, celebrations of Guadalupe, and numerous organizations both inside and outside the church dedicated to new values of community engagement and social change. Ultimately, this shift in mindset within the Church would change the course of San Antonio political history, influencing the formation of numerous organizations such as Las Hermanas, PADRES, and COPS/Metro, which even today is on the forefront of local struggles for social justice and political representation. Sister Yolanda Tarango of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word provides additional commentary.

Joint Meeting of Las Hermanas and PADRES.

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

 

 

Special San Antonio: Unsung Stories of Educational Inclusion

Click below to watch May’s episode of Hidden Histories!

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In the history of civil rights struggles within schools, issues of racial integration and bilingual ed figure far more prominently than the effort to make public education accessible to children with disabilities. The May 2019 episode of Hidden Histories explores this largely unsung story as it unfolded throughout South Texas, featuring oral histories of teachers and students who lived through the profound transformations in access to American schools following the 1975 passage of PL 92-142, the Education for all Handicapped Children Act. Former special education teacher and disability rights lawyer Karen Dalglish Seal provides guest commentary.

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

 

 

Did you miss Mega Corazon 2019? Catch the Re-Screening!

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the 2019 Mega Corazon! Broadcast rescreens every Monday and Friday, 9am – 4pm CST

Tune in Online HERE

In celebration of National Poetry Month, URBAN-15 presents Mega Corazón 2019, our 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 rescreen every Monday and Friday throughout the month of April from 9am – 4pm CST, and can be viewed for free online (urban15.org/live-stream).

Poets include former state poet laureate Carmen Tafolla; internationally recognized writer (and Bill Murray’s favorite poet) Naomi Shihab Nye; National Book Award finalist John Phillip Santos; current San Antonio poet laureate Octavio Quintanilla; poetry slam champion Anthony “The Poet” Flores; spoken word artist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson; San Antonio’s National Poetry Month founder Jim Lavilla-Havelin; playwright Gregg Barrios; Jazz Poets founder Eduardo Garza; Jacinto Cardona; Marisol Cortez; Genesis Linares; Don Mathis; Juan Tejeda with Armando Tejeda; Natalia Treviño; Frances Treviño Santos; Eddie Vega; and Mobi Warren.

Poet bios HERE.

Schedule of poets HERE.

As a special feature of Hidden Histories, this year’s Mega Corazón will also offer a special performance by Juan Tejeda of a 30-stanza corrido written by his father during World War II, highlighting the role of poetry as a oral form of preserving community histories.  Air time for this segment is 7:20pm.

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 click HERE.

All online screenings of Hidden Histories are free of charge at https://urban15.org/live-stream. Hidden Histories segment will be archived online at http://hiddenhistories.tv/archives/

If you are an educator and want to bring Mega Corazon to your school, contact Fabiola Torralba at events@urban15.org.

 

Announcing the Winner of the Exquisite Costume Raffle!

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Congratulations!

This year our the winner of our Exquisite Costume Raffle goes to Karla Cisneros! Thank you for your support of Urban-15 and entering our contest! We hope to see you at the parade sporting the gorgeous hat handcrafted by URBAN-15’s Artistic
Director,
Catherine Cisneros!

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Don’t Miss Mega Corazon 2019!

Celebrate the 1st Day of National Poetry Month

with the 2019 Mega Corazon

Monday, April 1st

Youth Emphasis 10am – 1pm
General Audience 6 – 10pm

LIVE at the URBAN-15 Studio

(2500 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210)

or ONLINE HERE

In celebration of National Poetry Month, April’s episode of Hidden Histories will present Mega Corazón 2019, 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 1st from 10am-1pm (youth focus) and 6-10pm (general audience) 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 state poet laureate Carmen Tafolla; internationally recognized writer (and Bill Murray’s favorite poet) Naomi Shihab Nye; National Book Award finalist John Phillip Santos; current San Antonio poet laureate Octavio Quintanilla; poetry slam champion Anthony “The Poet” Flores; spoken word artist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson; San Antonio’s National Poetry Month founder Jim Lavilla-Havelin; playwright Gregg Barrios; Jazz Poets founder Eduardo Garza; Jacinto Cardona; Marisol Cortez; Genesis Linares; Don Mathis; Juan Tejeda with Armando Tejeda; Natalia Treviño; Frances Treviño Santos; Eddie Vega; and Mobi Warren.

Poet bios HERE.

Schedule of poets HERE.

As a special feature of Hidden Histories, this year’s Mega Corazón will also offer a special performance by Juan Tejeda of a 30-stanza corrido written by his father during World War II, highlighting the role of poetry as a oral form of preserving community histories.  Air time for this segment is 7:20pm.

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 click HERE.

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, contact Fabiola Torralba at events@urban15.org.

 

Open Call Continues!

Open Call for Drummers and Dancers!
Sunday, February 17th & 24th @ 3:00-4:30pm
Tuesday, February 12th, 19th, and 26th @ 6:30-8:00pm
First class is FREE, $10 each following class!

 

Formed in 1987, Carnaval de San Anto is URBAN-15’s original, award-winning, multi-generational community drum and dance ensemble. CDSA was the first group to bring the carnaval rhythms of samba, reggae, rumba, maracatu, and similar Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms to San Antonio. URBAN-15’s Carnaval de San Anto has toured all over Texas and Mexico, performed at three presidential inaugurations, and become a regular at some of San Antonio’s most iconic and memorable events, such as Luminaria, the Fiesta Flambeau Parade, the King William Fair, and Jazz’SAlive. URBAN-15’s Carnaval de San Anto has changed how this city celebrates and helped shape the culture of San Antonio.


– Carnaval de San Anto in the 2014 Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade –

Every year, the road to Fiesta begins again! This is your chance to join Carnaval de San Anto—we are seeking both drummers and dancers. URBAN-15 will hold a 4-week class for anyone interested in joining the ensemble, followed by an audition. The purpose of this intensive course is to teach basic foundations of music, build up strength, endurance, and coordination, and to teach participants the choreography and rhythms necessary to perform with the ensemble.

Classes will take place throughout February (see schedule above), followed by an audition. The first class if FREE, and each subsequent class costs $10. Drummers are asked to bring their own pair of drumsticks and mallets while most instruments will be provided by URBAN-15.

Interested in volunteering with the group outside of dancing and drumming? URBAN-15 is also looking for volunteers to help with creative costume fabrication, photographers to help document our progress and performances, and event crew to help with equipment transportation, event promotion, and coordination. Are you skilled with any of these abilities? Contact the studio and you too can be a part of Carnaval de San Anto’s performance season!

For more information, call the URBAN-15 Group at 210- 736-1500 or email us at events@urban15.org