Posts Tagged ‘2015’

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A stroll along the romantic San Antonio Riverwalk is a fitting end to another year. There is only one more week to bask in the rays of the goodness that is San Antonio and her inhabitants. Go soak up some of that which brings folks in from around the globe.


 

Downtown Tuesday is in full-effect!  Get your Downtown Say-Town fix with free parking and a really pretty day as a backdrop. Check the website for food truck choices.

Let me take a second to apologize for my lax posting schedule.  I’ve been helping out a fellow small business owner with their holiday rush.  I appreciate the opportunity and welcome his mentorship.  Need to send a package in the NE San Antonio/Universal City/Live Oak/Cibolo/Schertz area?  Then come  by the Randolph Mail Center and get your gifts and deliverables packed and wrapped by a professional.  Said pro wouldn’t be me, yet.  But I’m getting better. 👍. 

Don’t forget to check out the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show tonight on CBS! 

surrogateimageHow does one function in the wake of loss? Surrogate is at its core a meditation on absence. Small day to day steps into an emptied space, a palpable void. The images and objects created here are small surrogates representing an overwhelming whole.

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For anyone who has tried to make that holiday batch of tamales…

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Las Nuevas Tamaleras

The play captures three Latinas in an uproariously comical attempt at making tamales for the first time. Things become even more entertaining when the spirits of two seasoned tamaleras appear to help the novices make the perfect tamal!

Tickets Cost: Sec A – $25 Sec B – $18 Sec C – $15 Sec D – $12
Location: Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, Texas 78207
Times: 8 p.m. on Fri/Sat and 3 p.m. on Sunday
Phone: (210) 223-2009
Event Dates:
Friday, November 27, 2015 – Sunday, December 13, 2015


 

 

I tried to do a little research about the day before Thanksgiving traditions and only came up with “The day before Thanksgiving has the highest amount of liquor sales.”

To those of you perpetuating that non-myth, taxis and Uber are your friends :-).

You are on my list of gratefuls.  Thank you for reading.

Alamo City Rollergirls Las Pistoleras T-ShirtFrom the Alamo City Rollergirls “About” page:

Our league was founded in 2005 by Kat “Kitty Glitter” Feuerbackner and Cate “Nita Spankin” Compton. These two awesome ladies were on a mission to bring derby to San Antonio, Texas, where our league still calls home today. The founding duo was able to recruit skaters and volunteers and form a league that could be nationally recognized.


Tonight, the Alamo City Rollergirls are trying out a new flock of vicious vixens. No, you do not have to be a professional on skates or even own a pair. Go to the website to find out how you can support the team.


Pinocchio will be playing at the Tobin Center

Gappetto and his boy and a lesson in truth-telling.   I know a few people who should be on the front row, taking notes.

“AtticRep International Festival presented this classic in 2013 and returns for an encore with 10 performances that each include puppetry, music and shadow theater. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, 210-223-8624”  (tobincenter.org)


Recap: Last night at Sherlock’s, Fast Eddie’s and The Mad Marlin.

 
 

If anyone EVER tries to tell you that there isn’t any good music in San Antonio, just use your Southern grace to smile politely and nod.  Then go about your day with the knowledge that people just say things for the heck of it.  Last night, I had the GREAT pleasure to be bathed in the soundwaves of excellence in three packed venues.  There are plenty of people who know what the deal is in Say Town and they were out with their game faces on.  Gotta love that SA crowd!  Friendlies everywhere with a smile and a sweet “It’s OK” if you happen to bump into an audience neighbor who is as caught up in the music as you are.

First Stop: Sherlock’s and Play It 4Ward

Lefty's Draft House. 15179 Judson Road, Suite 101 San Antonio, TX 78247 Phone: 210-650-5144 E-mail: info@leftysdrafthouse.comIt’s nice to be able to walk into your old stomping grounds and see the people who are still keeping it moving forward.  Gilley (manager extroadinaire) looks like the club has been taking good care of him as he has adopted a style that I can only describe as VERY distinguished.  Manny is still holding down the bar and seems more like a friendly host as he wooshes by with a “HEYYY!  HOW ARE YOU?!” in his tireless quest to complete one of the many many tasks it takes to keep that machine called Sherlock’s moving forward.  It’s people like that that make a successful bar, I always say.  Then the beautiful Misha sees me in what I thought was a great hiding place and gives me one of those bone-crushers of a hug that makes you need to come up for air.  She’s such an exquisite soul.  John H. has that King Midas Touch as he has only chosen the best folks to join him in that magical space called “the stage”.  That man’s been churning out good music since 1993 and hasn’t once dropped that ball.  Austin V. let his hair down, literally and figuratively.  He knows his way around a foundation like few others.  Precise and professional but laid-back enough to tap out the groove on one hand while waving a hello from the other.  Newcomer to the band but obviously not the music, Daniel Elliot, was belting out tunes from behind the keys like a BOSS!  Way to take the reins and just GO, Mr. Elliot!  Then Misha, she’s just goodness wrapped up into human form.  I had to smile as I watched the floor fill up with happy dancers by the fourth tune. I stayed around for the first half of the first set while murmuring an unheard goodbye to the place that still has yet to lose its spark.

Onward:  Fast Eddie’s and DJ Jason B.

fasteddiesNext stop was a packed pool hall off of Bitter’s Rd.  Fast Eddie’s was hosting a pool tourney and the mix-maser of the hour was Jason Brookes, father of local elementary school musical prodigy, Harmony B., San Antonio musician (Driven Zero, Shut Up Jason, Jokester, Make My Day All-Star), owner of 210-Car-Open locksmithing services and accomplished DJ.  I had the rare opportunity to watch him mix some tunes earlier last week and wanted to lend my support and drink in some more of that musical magic.  He had those pool sharks bobbing their heads and wiggling with their cues as he mixed a variety of brand new heavy, hip/hop, hard rock, and new country.  You never know who you are going to see when you’re out.  SA may be the seventh largest city in the nation but it ain’t about to lose that small town feel.  I shouldn’t have been surprised to see Mike McLean and his lovely wife, Dahlia Martinez McLean walk in.  She had a massive fever but still pulled herself into the club to give the DJ his props.  I gave her a hug and one of those mommy head-feels.  Mr. McLean is a degreed musician with that “fancy book lernin'” style.  Just another notch in the “SA has chops” file.  Thanks for the Tuaca!  I’ll call to see if you need help with that load out.

Last Stop on that musical freight train: The Mad Marlin and Charlie Bravo

The Mad Marlin Makes Martinis!This was my first time at The Mad Marlin.  It has one of those split-scene set-ups: DJ in the back of the house and live music in the middle.  The front of the house has a detached patio.  VERY Broadway chic and hats off to the architect who masterminded that setup because it works.  Ahhhh…Charlie Bravo.  Good. Ness.  I picked up some new friends and hugged some familiar souls.  Their secret weapon (Julie Martinez) was stunning, as usual.  Again, that San Antonio small town thing happened again.  Who else was in that audience acting like a civilian but the incredible front-man for Chillfactor, Brandon Safstrom.  Duke Martinez switched out the front to let Mr. Safstrom caress the mike and oh my gosh!  I have never heard a more velvety Maynard in my life!  I need to get out to Chillfactor show PRONTO! They even pulled me onstage for a little RAGE.  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Made a few new fans after that one but I told them EMPHATICALLY…”It wasn’t me!  It was the band!”  The band.  They NEVER disappoint!  EVER!  Carl Leon pulled a VAN HALEN SOLO ON FIVE STRINGS!  Yup.  I saw it.  I SAW IT!  He popped that B string (I think.  I was too busy watching him transpose that solo like nothing had happened) and kept going.  DECENT!  Had a great convo with Tim Dugan.  He’s another one…standing back there like anyone can do what he does but creating a rock solid foundation.  Stefan Cadra was on FIRE!  That crowd had him moving in another dimension.  He tore up “Killing In The Name Of” and just let me float along groove without having to pull out any major stops.  I went home on that same cloud 9.  I’m still sitting here, shaking my head in disbelief.  Then The Duke…powerful front with the performance chops to boot.  A heady combination.  Then, this man turns a one of those announcement PAs into an INSTRUMENT!  This is the reason why I warn people before going to the shows.  Expect to leave a changed individual.  They weave a tapestry of something too priceless for definition.

Click here to visit Play It 4Ward online.

Click here to visit Charlie Bravo online.

Click here to visit Chillfactor online.

Click here to visit Sherlock’s online.

Click here to visit Fast Eddie’s online.

Click here to visit The Mad Marlin online.


Blue skies and cooler temps mean it’s time to get some of that Vitamin D!  The Hemisphere Coalition is sponsoring A Picnic In The Park.  Tickets are free with the Hemisphere Coalition membership (you can sign up for membership when you get there) or $10 per person.  Click here for ticket info.


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Ohhhh yes.  Broadway will be forever changed as the thunder that is Charlie Bravo will create a vibration that will be felt for miles.  Scalding yet accurate beats and melodies will find every crack and crevice and become forever embedded into the fissures.  DO NOT FORGET to keep a watchful eye for their secret weapon named Julie M. and her own band of merry revelers. Expect to leave the Mad Marlin changed yet somehow more content and strangely satisfied.  Have fun, let go and allow these artists of musical stylings do what they do.



Click here to visit The Mad Marlin online.

Click here to visit Charlie Bravo online.

RECAP:  Live Oak, TX and their awesome Halloween Party.

Fun.  Had an opportunity to speak to the City Manager (Scott Wayman).  Thank you for the convo.


Citizens of Say Town will be given free admission to the Natatorium with a donation of two canned goods.  Swim and teach your little ones to swim.  Don’t make the same mistake I did. Your body, mind and soul will thank you.

Public Service Announcement for real.

A picture of the Natorium in San ANtonio, TX.