Arts & Culture

San Antonio Gay, Black Filmmaker Cedric Thomas Smith Speaks To the Human Experience

San Antonio Gay, Black Filmmaker Cedric Thomas Smith Speaks To the Human Experience

San Antonio-based filmmaker Cedric Thomas Smith thought he wanted to be an actor when he graduated from Judson High School in 1991 and relocated to San Francisco. “I told myself I was going to move to California to be the next Tom Cruise,” said Smith, now 46. “But Will Smith beat me to it.” Along

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.

Texas-Born Playwright Del Shores to Stream Benefit Reading of ‘Sordid Lives’ with Leslie Jordan

Texas-Born Playwright Del Shores to Stream Benefit Reading of ‘Sordid Lives’ with Leslie Jordan

Playwright Del Shores, executive director of the Del Shores Foundation, and the organization’s program director, Emerson Collins, are co-hosting a one-night only benefit reading of Shores’ play, “Sordid Lives” on May 31. The reading will feature much of the original cast including Leslie Jordan. The free live stream reading and an accompanying auction of “Sordid

San Antonio Florist David Garcia’s No. 9 Shop Joins the Jigsaw Game

San Antonio Florist David Garcia’s No. 9 Shop Joins the Jigsaw Game

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Googling the words “puzzle” and “pandemic” these days returns headlines such as “People are Curbing Their Stay-at-Home Anxiety the Analog Way: With Puzzles” from CNN. Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal posted “Coronavirus Means Everyone Wants Jigsaw Puzzles. Good Luck Buying One.” An odd example of collective consciousness in

Organizers Replace Pride Bigger Than Texas Festival and Parade With Virtual Celebration

Organizers Replace Pride Bigger Than Texas Festival and Parade With Virtual Celebration

Pride San Antonio, organizers of the Pride Bigger Than Texas Festival and Parade, announced on May 1 that both events, slated for June 27, will be replaced by a virtual celebration instead. A statement sent to Out In SA from James Poindexter, board secretary of Pride S.A. says, “The Board of Directors of Pride San

San Antonio Fashion Designer Leighton Whittington Selling Couture Face Masks for a Cause

San Antonio Fashion Designer Leighton Whittington Selling Couture Face Masks for a Cause

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. With the pandemic making masks this season’s must-have accessory, it was inevitable that high-end versions of face coverings would enter the market. But local designer Leighton Whittington is putting a twist on the concept. Whittington’s Leighton W. Couture is now selling masks for $15-$20 online, as well as

Cornyation to Present Livestream Special to ‘Drive Away the Fiesta Blues’

Cornyation to Present Livestream Special to ‘Drive Away the Fiesta Blues’

With Fiesta San Antonio postponed until November, the organizers of Fiesta Cornyation are cooking up a special livestream fundraiser on April 23 for those who don’t want to wait until the fall to partake of what is billed as “the raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta.” “Ruling as fake royalty means I can throw any damn

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

Ada Vox to Headline QueerBFF’s Online Insta-thon Benefitting Thrive Youth Center

Ada Vox to Headline QueerBFF’s Online Insta-thon Benefitting Thrive Youth Center

Ruben Jauregui, Jr., founder and CEO of QueerBFF, announced on March 8 that his company will host an April 11, online Insta-thon to benefit San Antonio’s Thrive Youth Center for homeless LGBTQ young people. The fundraiser, which will be streamed via Instagram Live, will be headlined by San Antonio’s own American Idol semi-finalist Ada Vox.

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

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