Mission Marquee Plaza on opening day June 7, 2014. Photo by Lily Casura.

Vitrina Festival: Showcasing San Antonio’s Latino Heritage

San Antonio just celebrated the World Heritage designation of the Spanish-colonial Missions and the Alamo two weeks ago with the inaugural World Heritage Festival and Mission Pachanga, but the celebrations will continue this month – Hispanic Heritage Month – with the first Vitrina Latino Music & Culture Festival, an event highlighting San Antonio’s unique mezcla of Latino culture, music, art, and film.

Lonely Horse performs an energetic set at Sam's Burger Joint. Photo by Scott Ball.

Photo Gallery: Lonely Horse Celebrates EP Release, Kicks Off Tour

Lonely Horse sits under the blue hue of light, lead singer Nic Long’s dreads and guard down as he opens up to the musical spirit through a guitar and a microphone, the muscle and kick to his weathered gaze pounds a powerful tom and cymbal crash, and you’re off – along for a ride equal parts soul-exploratory and battle cry.

Cristina Ballí took over as the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's executive director on Sept. 12. Photo courtesy of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

New Guadalupe Executive Director is ‘Right Person at the Right Time’

After more than a month without steady leadership, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has appointed Cristina Ballí as its new executive director. With 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, a decade in Latino arts programming and administration, and a recent tenure with Austin-based Texas Folklife under her belt, Ballí is poised to breathe new life into the Guadalupe’s programming.