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An Honest Day's Work

Held the first Monday of each month, long-running multimedia arts organization URBAN-15’s free Tricentennial offering Hidden Histories takes shape in a “magazine-format video series [that] highlights archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues.” Easily among the most unusual and informative local events tied to Labor Day in the Alamo City, the September edition of Hidden Histories is dedicated to the “worker experience in San Antonio and throughout Texas — from the everyday to the extraordinary.” Anchoring the September program is a discussion with Austin-based filmmaker Anne Lewis and excerpts from her experimental documentary A Strike and an Uprising. In addition to the three-month Pecan Shellers’ Strike led by San Antonio icon Emma Tenayuca in 1938, Lewis’ film covers a 1987 labor march that united housekeepers, cafeteria workers and groundskeepers in what’s been dubbed the “Showdown at Nacogdoches.” And with a big nod to Studs Terkel’s story-collecting project and 1974 bestseller Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day And How They Feel About What They Do, the final component of “An Honest Day’s Work” features “a collage of short film interviews with a range of San Antonio residents on one question: What was your first job?”

  • URBAN-15

    2500 S. Presa St., San Antonio San Antonio

    (210) 736-1500

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