Author Archives: Jade Esteban Estrada

Too marvelous for words: Ken Slavin turns 25*

Too marvelous for words: Ken Slavin turns 25*

“I’ve lived a lot since I was 29 and I understand the songs better now than I ever did.” Jazz singer and public-relations pro Ken Slavin is San Antonio’s rara avis—a very animated anachronism from a time when gentlemen sported impeccably fitted jackets for daily wear, and equally well-tailored manners. Onstage and off, this 6-foot-two-inch

A conversation with poet Richard Blanco

“We forget that to be an intelligent, thriving human being means to pull from all sources of information, knowledge, and understanding.” Richard Blanco received our democratic society’s version of literary knighthood in 2013 when President Barack Obama chose him as the nation’s fifth inaugural poet. He is the first Latino, the first openly gay man,

Unbreakable Molly Cox

The SA2020 CEO on kicking dominos and coming out It was only 11 years ago that Molly Cox took an exacting look at herself in the mirror and once again sensed a feeling that something was “off.” Holding her gaze, she picked up her toothbrush and began brushing her teeth. Cox, a counter, was finishing

It’s Showtime! for the Live Oak Singers

Live Oak Singers present It’s Showtime! Songs from Stage and Screen Madison Square Presbyterian Church, 319 Camden Street 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17 $20 General admission, $15 Students, military & seniors Children 10 and under are free Last summer, I attended the Pride concert rehearsal of the then newly formed Live Oak Singers, San Antonio’s only

Mike Villarreal wants a city of opportunity

San Antonio’s 2015 joint general, special, bond and charter elections are Saturday, May 9. Find location information and more, here.  Today, a portion of the small pool of influential SA voters may feel torn about having to choose between former state Rep. Mike Villarreal and former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the runoff-bound race for San

Tommy Adkisson operates on an ‘inspirational level of energy’

San Antonio’s 2015 joint general, special, bond and charter elections are Saturday, May 9. Find location information and more, here.  In the contentious race for mayor of San Antonio, former Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson’s utopian vision of “a kinder, gentler, more equitable society,” has served as a spurring reminder of his initial decision to run for City

Leticia Van de Putte, SA’s happy warrior

San Antonio’s 2015 joint general, special, bond and charter elections are Saturday, May 9. Find location information and more, here.  A feeling of post-Fiesta frenzy wafts through the upwardly spacious halls of Leticia Van de Putte’s palatial campaign office on the city’s West Side. A fluffy Spurs wreath hangs on the door of a conference room whose building

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