Incognito: A Fiesta Street Fair

Since 1993, URBAN-15 has been an official Fiesta Presenting Member Organization, hosting an annual masquerade ball and dance party called Incognito. In previous years we have held this event as an evening, ticketed formal at the Villita Assembly Hall and other spaces around the city. This year, we feel that our Presa Real neighborhood needs a Fiesta event of its own to celebrate the artists and families from this unique community, and are excited to announce that in 2017 we will hold Incognito as a masked street party for the neighborhood. This official Fiesta event will take place at our 2500 S. Presa location from 1-9pm on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017.

Incognito will be FREE and open to the neighborhood, featuring live music by Los de Esta Noche, The Indigenauts, and Los Nahualatos; dance performances by Carnaval de San Anto; children’s activities; raffle; vendor booths; food and drink for sale; and a costume contest (dogs welcome!).  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our neighbors, and for the wider community to learn more about what we do as a community-based arts organization. Please stop by!

All proceeds from Incognito will be dedicated to funding URBAN-15’s many dance and drumming programs for youth and senior citizens.

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

Simultaneous Monologues/Spontaneous Dialogue: An Evening with Oppenheim and Saenz

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8pm

@ URBAN-15 Studio (2500 S. Presa 78210)

$10 Presale HERE, $15 at the Door…Buy your tickets early!

On the heels of two sold-out performances by the Invincible Czars, jazz saxophonists Richard Oppenheim and Rene Saenz return to URBAN-15 as the second installment of our Sonic Provocation series, which provides a setting for sound artists to showcase original material, taking it out of the laboratory and into the ears of the public.
Multi-instrumentalists versatile in all genres of reed music, Oppenheim and Saenz are nationally recognized jazz saxophonists who have performed across genres—from Tejano to jazz, country and rock to blues—and with such noted musicians as Marvin Gaye, Tito Puente, and Count Basie. Taking full advantage of the creative freedom offered by the Sonic Provocation series, Oppenheim and Saenz’s performance eschews easy listening or covers of jazz standards for experimentation, with the jazz duo at times playing in parallel and at times in conversation—the simultaneous monologues/spontaneous dialogues of the title—in an exploration into the nature of improvisation.
In this highly abstract performance–with 20 minutes of improv followed by intermission, drinks, and audience interaction followed by another 20 minute set–Oppenheim and Saenz are sure to challenge and provoke listeners, but also reward their intellectual curiosity. How do we create distinctions between sonic beauty and sonic discord? When is music? Bring your thinking ears!
Seating is limited to 80, and tickets are $10 presale HERE but rise to $15 at the door, so buy now! Event is BYOB.
For more information about the event, contact 210-736-1500 or events@urban15.org

The Invincible Czars Return to URBAN-15 Jan. 27 & 28!


TWO shows!

FRI, Jan 27th & SAT, Jan 28th

9pm @ URBAN-15

2500 S. Presa 78210


Austin’s Emperors of Eclecticism, the Invincible Czars have been all over the US in the last year with their silent film soundtrack to Nosferatu.  They kicked it all off at URBAN-15 last spring and now they’re coming back with a new silent film score for Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.

Released in 1920, and considered by many as the first significant American horror film, this film stars Drew Barrymore’s grandfather John Barrymore as both Jekyll and Hyde in one of the most memorable performances of early film. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s 19th century gothic novel, the movie tells the by-now-classic story of Dr. Henry Jekyll , a scientist, philanthropist and all around upstanding English citizen.  When a colleague invites the uptight doctor to a cabaret show, Dr. Jekyll’s attraction sends him on a Victorian quest to separate humanity’s good and evil aspects.  Using himself as the test subject, Jekyll unleashes his own evil alter-ego in the form of Edward Hyde.  But Jekyll’s imperfect science sends the good doctor into an uncontrollable oscillation between these two selves that imperil his reputation, his finance and eventually his own life.

The Invincible Czars’ soundtrack is minimal, spooky and even includes audience participation!  Line-up features Leila Henley (winds, vocals, loops, percussion), Josh Robins (guitar, sound effects, percussion), Phil Davidson (violin, organ) and Hen3ry Q Vines (bass guitar).  The band has incorporated music from the classical realm into the score, arranging Eric Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1 and No. 5 alongside an eerily beautiful but obscure Debussy piece entitled Footsteps in the Snow. Just like their music, The Invincible Czars’ wardrobe is meant to complement the film, and they encourage audiences to do the same!

Tickets are $10 presale and $15 at the door; presale tix can be purchased HERE.

This event is part of URBAN-15’s Sonic Provocation series, an experimental project whose aim is to provide a setting for sound artists to showcase original material, taking it out of the laboratory and into the ears of the public. Sonic Provocation offers artists the creative freedom to present their work beyond the constraints of audience expectation—and in turn offers audiences the opportunity to experience something acoustically different and unique.



Buy Tickets for Our Annual Holiday Laser Show!





2016 marks URBAN-15’s 12th annual Holiday Laser Show, a multimedia spectacular of choreographed laser beams, colorful 3D animation and light effects performed to traditional holiday favorites and experimental electronic composition. The Holiday Laser Show is a collaborative production of laser artist Tim Walsh and composer George Cisneros, who have worked together on projects in cities all around the United States. Notable presentations include the opening ceremonies of the Texas Sesquicentennial in 1986 at the State Capitol; the World Empathy Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico; and the 2008-2012 LUMINARIA celebrations in San Antonio.

The Holiday Laser Show is much beloved by the thousands of students throughout Bexar County whose schools reserve seats each year for URBAN-15’s daytime shows. On December 6th at 7pm, URBAN-15 will also present a one-night-only evening performance open to the general public.  The first half of the show will be holiday-themed and family-oriented, while the second half is for true laser show aficionados, featuring more abstract visual and sonic expressions and a saxophone performance by Tim Walsh. In addition to his long career as a musician, Walsh is recognized worldwide within the field of laser arts as a technological wizard and artistic innovator, and this is a unique opportunity for San Antonio to witness his work.

The Holiday Laser Show will be held at the beautiful Lila Cockrell Theater in downtown San Antonio (200 E. Market 78205). Tickets prices are $15 for general admission, $12 for military/students/seniors, and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Alamodome box office or online at Ticketmaster.com, and parking is free in any city-owned lot as part of Downtown Tuesdays.


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INVOCATION Premieres at URBAN-15

Making its debut at URBAN-15 during the first weekend of November, Invocation is a new performance art piece by San Antonio artists Erik Bosse (writer, film-maker, and sound artist) and Laurie Dietrich (writer, photographer, and performance artist).


An experiment in enhanced storytelling, Invocation consists of a pool of short (2-3 minute) stories, paired with photographs and soundscapes. At each performance, a few of those stories will be selected, in random order, to be shared. As projected images appear and disappear and the soundscape builds—evolving, generative—a story emerges. Your story might be the same as that of the artists or the person sitting next to you, but probably not. Invoking the muses to give shape to these seemingly disparate text selections, images, and sound elements means invoking as many different stories as there are people in the room.

Presented in three short acts without intermission, Invocation runs on the following dates:

  • Friday, November 4th, 8:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday, November 5th, 8:00-9:00pm
  • Sunday, November 6th, 3:00-4:00pm

General admission is $10, and tickets are available at the door or presale at https://urban-15.ticketleap.com/invocation/

This event is part of URBAN-15’s Sonic Provocation series, an experimental project whose aim is to provide a setting for sound artists to showcase original material, taking it out of the laboratory and into the ears of the public. Sonic Provocation offers artists the creative freedom to present their work beyond the constraints of audience expectation—and in turn offers audiences the opportunity to experience something acoustically different and unique.


Congratulations to the 2016 Josiah Media Festival Winners!

In 2016, nearly 2,000 films from 57 countries were submitted to URBAN-15’s 10th annual Josiah Media Festival.  Out of all of these films, we are proud to announce the 12 prize-winners in each of our four genre categories. Congratulations to these young filmmakers and their crews!


Ernie 6

1st Place:

“ERNIE” by Hadley Hillel, 21

Seattle, WA, USA

Reincarnation Inc 4

2nd Place:

“Reincarnation Inc.” by Hadley Hillel, 21

Seattle, WA, USA

Wings for Sally 4

3rd Place:

“Wings for Sally” by Freja Maegaard, 21

Hvidovre, Denmark


A Harmonious Cacophony 1

1st Place:

“A Harmonious Cacophony” by Isabela Reid, 20, and Marielle Boland, 19

San Francisco, CA, USA

Of Gods and Bells 8

2nd Place:

“Of Gods and Bells” by Alexia Salingaros, 18

San Antonio, TX, USA

Being Smart 2

3rd Place:

“Being Smart” by Vivek Jain, 18

Indore, India


Masso Awwo 2

1st Place:

“Masso Awwo” by Duncan Sekumba, 23

Marlow, England

Missing Facts 3

2nd Place:

“Missing Facts” by Srwsht Abarash, 20

Sulaimanyah, Iraq

Tide 6

3rd Place:

“Tide” by Anastazja Federowicz, 23, and Malgorzata Hryhorowicz, 23

Stavanger, Norway


Acquiescence 3

1st Place:

“Acquiescence” by Fierrany Halita, 22

Tangerang, Indonesia

Rupee Run 8


“Rupee Run” by Tarun Lak, 21

Los Angeles, CA, USA

My Lost Things 1


“My Lost Things” by Weijia Chen, 23

Hangzhou, China

The 2016 Josiah Media Festival will take place Thursday, October 6th – Saturday, October 8th and will be held at the URBAN-15 Studio, located at 2500 S. Presa, San Antonio, TX, 78210. For more information on this year’s festival, click HERE or contact us at (210) 736-1500 or events@urban15.org.

Save the Date for the Manhattan Short Film Festival

During the week of September 23 – October 2, 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. This year, Manhattan Short received a record breaking 844 short film entries from 52 countries. The 10 finalists hail from eight countries, and in San Antonio will screen at the URBAN-15 Studio for two weekends (September 23rd/24th and September 30th/October 1st), beginning at 8pm each night.


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 at ManhattanShort.com on Monday, October 3rd at 10am EST. With past finalists achieving the ultimate in recognition by being nominated and even winning the Oscar in the short film category, Manhattan Short is well recognized as a breeding ground for the next big thing in film. Check out last year’s Bear Story , from Chile, which won an Oscar for best short film:

martyr_friday3In the words of founder Nicholas Mason, “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.”

Manhattan Short began in 1998, when Mason screened 16 short films onto a screen mounted to the side of a truck on Mulberry Street, Little Italy, in New York City. A year later, the festival moved up-town to Union Square Park in New York City. In the aftermath of 9/11, Manhattan Short transformed into a worldwide phenomenon, becoming the only film festival on the planet that unfolds, simultaneously, in more than 250 cinemas on six continents. For more information on the history of the Manhattan Short Film Festival, click here.

For information on this year’s ten finalist films, visit http://www.manhattanshort.com/finalists.html

Tickets are $10 for general admission and can be purchased at the door or presale at https://urban-15.ticketleap.com/the-2016-manhattan-short-film-festival/

URBAN-15’s Mega Corazon

Click here to watch excerpts from the 2016 Mega Corazon!

In March 2014, San Antonio’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla staged a production entitled “San Antonio, Mi Pueblo” at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the culminating event in her poet laureate signature series. As part of this production, she commissioned local composer and percussionist George Cisneros of URBAN-15 to write a soundtrack that would allow her to weave her original works alongside those of the collaborating poets.

The 13 poets who participated in that 2014 production became the backbone of URBAN-15’s Mega Corazon, an annual poetry marathon featuring San Antonio’s best premiere poets. Mega Corazon is filmed and live-streamed online to a global audience, using URBAN-15’s studio and three-camera Tricaster system.

The 13 performers who participated became the backbone of URBAN-15’s Mega Corazon, a now-annual performance featuring the best in South Texas-based spoken word. Curated by Tafolla, Mega Corazon celebrates a hybrid poetic tradition that combines street, classical, and slam performance styles for a production that is frontal, improvisational, at times painful, and choreographed for a highly visual impact.

Part of National Poetry Month activities, 2016’s Mega Corazon takes place each April. Performances are filmed live in the URBAN-15 studio and, for those based locally, can be viewed in person like any other live event. For those unable to attend or outside San Antonio, URBAN-15 also streams Mega Corazon live, online, and in real time via our internet broadcasting system. This livestream is accessible across multiple platforms—from computers to tablets to gaming systems to smart phones—and free of charge via our website at https://urban15.org/live-stream/ . In this way, a poet in the hand is worth more than two in the book!

Past participating poets have included Tafolla, former San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero, current Poet Laureate Jenny Browne, award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye, father/daughter poetry slam champions Anthony “The Poet” Flores and Amanda Flores, playwright Gregg Barrios, Jazz Poets founder Eduardo Garza, spoken word artist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, conjunto master Juan Tejeda, Wings Press editor and musician Bryce Milligan, Gemini Ink director Sheila Black, and many other talented San Antonio poets. For a full lineup of performers from the 2016 Mega Corazon, please click here.

In 2016, URBAN-15 was fortunate to have funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation that allowed us to outreach specifically to area high schools and middle schools, and the first three hours of the performance were youth-focused. Educators interested in accessing Mega Corazon in future years for their students–or any other interested group—should contact us at events@urban15.org or 210-736-1500.

“Poetry–that is, the documentation of our experiences–-in San Antonio has already proven to empower generations and help raise the voices of those who might otherwise feel voiceless. As long as we keep coming together in this way, we have the opportunity to do some amazing things for our beloved city.”

–Laurie Ann Guerrero, 2014-16 San Antonio Poet Laureate

“Mega Corazon celebrates an essential fact about poetry. Poetry is about heart, as well as truth-telling, community, words released into beautiful motion, the color, courage and timbre of all our diverse voices. Hear San Antonio, tune in, drop in and out—rejoice, repeat, talk back, listen!  It’s all at URBAN-15; San Antonio in rainbow life coming to you over the internet.”

–Shiela Black, Writer, Poet and Artistic Director of Gemini Ink

The 2016 Josiah Media Festival Turns 10!

The URBAN-15 Group Presents

The 10th Annual Josiah Media Festival!

Four Screenings:

Thursday, October 6th at 7pm

Friday, October 7th at 7pm

Saturday, October 8th at 8pm (highlighting films from San Antonio and Texas)

Saturday, October 8th at 8pm (12 prize winners and award ceremony)


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—a talented young media artist from San Antonio who succumbed to bone cancer in 2006—would evolve into an internationally-recognized and influential 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, and begin thriving professional careers.

This year, the Josiah Media Festival will celebrate its 10th consecutive year as one of the nation’s longest-running film festivals exclusively for young filmmakers. Each year, this festival has received increased international attention and participation. During the 2016 call for entries, we received almost 2,000 films from 57 countries, adjudicated 248 entries, and selected the 12 best—including one from here in San Antonio!

Due to the number of excellent films we received this year, we are adding an additional screening and date to this year’s festival. Over the course of the now three-day festival, we will screen the best 58 films from four film categories (narrative, documentary, animation, and experimental) and across a variety of genres, from comedy to drama to thrillers and more. Screenings will be held:

  • Thursday, October 6th at 7pm
  • Friday, October 7th at 7pm
  • Saturday, October 8th at 2pm (featuring films from San Antonio and Texas)
  • Saturday, October 8th at 7pm (screening the 12 prize-winning films, followed by an award ceremony featuring live Skype conversations with winning filmmakers from around the world!)

Tickets are $10 general admission per screening and $30 for all four screenings. Admission is free to participating filmmakers and their crews.  Press screeners with the four 1st place films are available to media interested in profiling the festival or any of the participants.


For more information, email josiahfestival@urban15.org or info@josiahmediafestival.com, call (210) 736-1500, or visit our websites, www.josiahmediafestival.com and http://www.urban15.org.

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA

On Saturday, July 23rd, URBAN-15 will host a screening of Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA, a recently released documentary by director Robert Greenwald. Making a Killing tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in danger. A panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring concerned community leaders who will address a number of issues raised in the film, including gun violence as a public health issue, gun violence and mental illness, and legislative reforms. David Martin Davies, host of TPR’s The Source, will moderate this discussion.
This screening is part of a campaign by Brave New Films to use film to organize community discussions of the problem of gun violence and its solutions. The purpose of the event is not to advocate for particular legislative actions, but rather to use the film to open up community conversation, as part of our efforts to build a space for independent cinema on the Southside. Notably, this is the only screening of the film scheduled in Texas.
Tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased at the door, or in advance online at https://urban-15.ticketleap.com/making-a-killing-guns-greed-and-the-nra/