A list of past humanities-related events in San Antonio

6th Annual San Antonio Book Festival

Saturday, Apr. 7, 9-5 PM, San Antonio Public Library

The San Antonio Book Festival is a FREE, annual, daylong event that unites readers and writers in a celebration of ideas, books, libraries, and literary culture. Featuring more than 90 authors, the Festival offers programming for ALL AGES and draws thousands to downtown San Antonio at the Central Library & Southwest School of Art for author presentations, panel discussions, book sales and signings, children’s and teen activities, food trucks, and a vibrant marketplace. Author presentations are held indoors while outdoors the Festival grounds are active with book sales, signings, children’s story time, learning projects, family activities, and a zone for teens, “Geektown.” Founded in 2013, the San Antonio Book Festival is the signature program of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.

The Vexler Theatre presents: Hamlet, A Steampunk Tragedy

Feb. 10 - Mar. 4, 2018

Hamlet is a Danish Prince who is caught between thought and action, anger and anguish, as his uncle assumes the throne left vacant by his murdered father. As the dead King calls to him from the grave, demanding to be avenged, Hamlet is forced to choose between bearing the oppressor’s wrong or taking arms against a sea of troubles. Shakespeare's tragedy of betrayal and revenge is considered among the greatest plays in the English language. The Vex's production directed by Ken Frazier takes a unique twist with a steampunk theme. See showtimes and purchase tickets here.

ARTS SA Presents: Julian Bliss Septet (Benny Goodman Tribute)

Friday, Mar. 2, 7:30 PM, Majestic & Empire Theatres

A Tribute to Benny Goodman by the Julian Bliss Septet
In 2010, Julian Bliss, one of the finest clarinetists of our day, handpicked some of the best musicians in London’s jazz scene to form the Julian Bliss Septet. In the early days, the band started by exploring the music of Benny Goodman. The live show and their first album showcase the best tunes of this era inspiring authenticity with a modern and exciting twist. Tickets can be purchased here.

Lecture: "On the Edge of Empire: San Antonio in the 18th Century"

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2-3 PM, San Antonio Museum of Art

During 1718-1720, two missions, a military fortress, and a handful of civilian settlers established a fledgling community in the Spanish province of Texas. It became part of Spain’s vast American empire and part of a northern line of settlements including San Agustín, Florida; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Los Angeles, Alta California. These settlements sat on the edge of empire, legitimizing and securing territorial claims. Most inhabitants of these communities did not see themselves in such grandiose terms; they simply participated in the quotidian activities of their communities into which they were born or to where they migrated. This presentation by Gerald E. Poyo, O’Connor, professor in the History of Hispanic Texas and the Southwest and chair of the history department at St. Mary’s University, explores the story of the growth and development one such settlement during the eighteenth century.
This lecture is free with Museum admission. Space is limited- first come, first served.

Music on the Move: Music and Art from the 18th-Century Courts

Sunday, Feb. 18, 5:30-6:30 PM, San Antonio Museum of Art

Celebrate the opening of San Antonio 1718 with a performance by Musical Offerings featuring chamber music from the court of Philip V, the Spanish king who granted land to the settlers of San Antonio. A soprano duo, two violins, harp and cello will perform an opera excerpt from Los Elementos by Antonio de Literes.
Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members, and can be purchased here

Annie Labatt Lecture: Seeing the Medieval McNay​

Feb. 1, 6:30-7:30 PM, McNay Art Museum

Consider how medieval art was read, how it was created, how art mattered in the Middle Ages, and how the Middle Ages matter today. 
A specialist in Christian iconography in Byzantine and Medieval art, Annie Labatt offers a series of engaging talks about some of the most senior objects in the McNay collection. 

Art and the Holocaust: Artistic Representations Through the Eyes of Survivors - Reception

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6-7:30 PM, San Antonio Public Library

This presentation by Dr. Edward B. Westermann will examine the way in which art has been used as a means to depict the Holocaust. It evaluates artistic depictions by survivors and discusses the insights that these works of art offer as a method for understanding or dealing with the process of genocide, and the limits of art as a medium for portraying the Holocaust.