Modest and talented 

ON THE COVER

The City's proposed Haven for Hope is a visionary campus that would provide shelter, medical care, child care, and other social services to the homeless on a long-term basis, helping them get off the streets and out from the highway underpass seen here. There's only one problem: the Westside neighborhood where the City has already broken ground doesn't want it. Kiko Martinez looks at both sides of the story. Photo by Justin Parr.



WEBMAIL

Re: “Living history,” posted July 10, 2007

Much more to John W. Stanford Jr.

Kudos to Eric Lane for his article on John Stanford. Once again, however, it is painfully short. This may be because John is — as noted — a “humble and unassuming man” and his numerous and indirectly educational anecdotes tend to surface happenstance. Still, he is a wealth of information about the poltical and social attitudes in Texas over the years. I would mention a few here, but if I were off by one detail, I’d be in trouble with him, beause he has always been a stickler for accuracy, especially in print. He also posseses an uncommon command of Spanish in its Royal Academy and regional versions, and is the oldest fan of Rage Against the Machine to my knowlwdge. It would have also been nice to have asked him about finer points of Marxism-Leninism since that is the ideological nature of the Communist Party, USA. More, please!

Roberto Botello, San Antonio

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Modest and talented

I was displeased by the review of Convergent Theatre Company’s production of The Lonesome West. `See “The not-so-wild west,” June 20-26.` I was dismayed by the critic’s sarcastic portrayal of the Company’s accomplishments and use of inaccurate information. These students work hard. Yes, they’ve won esteemed awards, yes, they beat out thousands at college auditions, but they don’t “flaunt” these achievements. They are listed within their program bios.  Never has CTC thought of itself as a gift to SA, rather their perspective is that of the recipient, grateful for an audience.

Mr. Razavi’s assumptions about CTC’s finances are unfounded. He states that the set’s quality made it hard to buy the “young-artists-on-the-rise myth.” What myth? These are students. They spent some money, but most of the set was created using recycled wood and old paint. Furniture, costumes, and props were homemade or borrowed. Their “incredibly attractive set” is only a compliment to their craftsmanship. As for the Company’s NYC run, they’ll be paying the theatre a percentage of their ending profit.

Let us praise young artists striving toward dreams rather than criticize them for attempting the extraordinary. As for the “other 20-year-olds around town who could go head to head with these kids and come out on top”, where’s their company? While they may have talent, they haven’t shown the drive that CTC has, and until they do, Convergent Theatre Company will continue to be a unique paradigm in SA.

Samantha Levenshus


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