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Young, Gifted and Gay: Queer Rapper BabiBoi’s Confident and Club-Ready Sound

Young, Gifted and Gay: Queer Rapper BabiBoi’s Confident and Club-Ready Sound

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. On a hot July night two years ago, bass frequencies rattled the walls of the Gallery — a former male strip club remade into a music venue — as it held the first of many crowded parties that became a North St. Mary’s Street oasis for LGBTQ-identifying youths.

Esperanza Center’s Noche Azul Returns for a Second Live Stream Concert

Esperanza Center’s Noche Azul Returns for a Second Live Stream Concert

After an internationally successful live-streamed launch in March, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center’s monthly Noche Azul concert series is back for another virtual entry. This Saturday, April 18, Esperanza artist-in-residence Azul Barrientos will give an intimate café-style performance alongside percussionist Nina Rodriguez and cellist Emilio Alvarez, which will livestream on Facebook and YouTube for

Sign of the Times: Esperanza to Stream Monthly ‘Noche Azul’ Concert

Sign of the Times: Esperanza to Stream Monthly ‘Noche Azul’ Concert

In an effort to continue offering it’s monthly Noche Azul de Esperanza concert and staying within local coronavirus guidelines, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center announced it will stream its March 21 event on Facebook. The promotional announcements for this month’s concert said it was being streamed “out of an abundance of caution and deep

Janet Jackson Coming to San Antonio This Summer

Janet Jackson Coming to San Antonio This Summer

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. No her name ain’t “Baby.” It’s Janet — Miss Jackson if you’re nasty. Iconic pop and R&B singer Janet Jackson is returning to San Antonio for a Friday, August 7 show at the AT&T Center. Jackson last visited the Alamo City TK, putting on an electrifying show that

San Antonio Opera Impressario Mark Richter has Died

San Antonio Opera Impressario Mark Richter has Died

Mark Richter, the founding artistic director of the Alamo City Opera, died on April 28 at the age of 51. Over the course of his career, Richter produced over 100 operatic productions in San Antonio. During his life he led the Pocket Opera, the Lyric Opera of San Antonio, the Opera Piccola and the Alamo

Catching up with Singing Sensation and Webb Party Headliner Ada Vox

Catching up with Singing Sensation and Webb Party Headliner Ada Vox

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. After slaying her way into the top eight of last year’s American Idol, homegrown San Antonio singing sensation Ada Vox is returning for a performance at the San Antonio AIDS Foundation’s Webb Party on Friday, April 19. If you somehow were living under a rock last year, let’s

Even After Recent Death of Owner, Bonham Exchange Holds Lasting Appeal

Even After Recent Death of Owner, Bonham Exchange Holds Lasting Appeal

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Jesse Cazares has been frequenting the Bonham Exchange since he was 18. It’s been his club of choice for great music, dancing and throwing back a few cocktails in the main video bar or out on the patio. He was drawn by storied gay nightclub’s openness and acceptance,

Azul Barrientos to be Joined by Aaron Prado for First ‘Noche Azul’ Concert of the Year

Azul Barrientos to be Joined by Aaron Prado for First ‘Noche Azul’ Concert of the Year

Azul Barrientos will present her first monthly Noche Azul concert of the year on January 26 at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center where she will be joined by jazz pianist Aaron Prado. Barrientos, who is from Mexico City, has been artist-in-residence at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center since 2007 where her monthly Noche

Alamo City Opera’s ‘As One’ Will Dispel Every Misconception You Have About Opera

Alamo City Opera’s ‘As One’ Will Dispel Every Misconception You Have About Opera

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Starring Liz Bouk and Jose Rubio, the contemporary opera As One tells the story of Hannah Before and Hannah After, the sole protagonist on her journey of self-realization and transition. Since its premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2014, the 75-minute chamber opera has become one

Transgender Awareness Forum Scheduled in Advance of Premier of Opera ‘As One’

Transgender Awareness Forum Scheduled in Advance of Premier of Opera ‘As One’

Since its New York premiere in 2014, Laura Kaminsky’s chamber opera As One has earned significant buzz while challenging the often-overstuffed confines of opera itself. Counted by Opera America as “the most produced new opera in North America” and dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as “the every(wo)man transgender opera,” it employs a minimalist cast

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