Monday, September 16, 2013

5 Things You Have to Do This Week

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 8:09 PM

1. The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

Nothing is off limits in The Book of Mormon, an outrageously profane and surprisingly sweet musical from the minds of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. Described by Parker as “an atheist’s love letter to religion,” the runaway hit follows handsome prep Elder Price and chubby nerd Elder Cunningham from Utah to Uganda to rescue a failing mission in a village threatened by a warlord obsessed with female circumcision. Featuring an array of crass and catchy show tunes like “Hasa Diga Eebowai” (a middle finger to God), “Turn It Off” (about repressing gay feelings) and “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream” (fueled by visions of Hitler and dancing coffee cups), the raunchy spoof won nine Tonys in 2011 and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album in 2012. $43.50-$88.50, 7:30pm Tue-Thu, 8pm Fri, 2pm & 8pm Sat, 2pm & 7:30pm Sun, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-3333,

2. Wonder Worlds: Carnival Night


An added incentive to check out photographer Rebecca Dietz’ mystical exhibition “Wonder Worlds” (a nostalgic exploration of Mid-Atlantic boardwalk amusement parks), the Southwest School of Art’s Carnival Night brings the spirit of the show to life with fair foods, fortune tellers, a fire-eater and a theremin recital. Held in conjunction with Fotoseptiembre, the art party coincides with the City’s Downtown Tuesdays initiative, which offers free parking at city-operated parking garages, parking lots and parking meters every Tuesday evening (from 5pm to 2am). Free, 7-9pm Tuesday; Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta, San Antonio, (210) 224-1848,

3. Super Happy Fun Monkey Bash

A long-running Alamo Drafthouse tradition, Super Happy Fun Monkey Bash is a 90-minute compilation of mind-boggling insanity culled from Japanese television. Among the "brain-melting oddities" to behold are commercials for bizarre products, extreme sports mishaps, humiliating game shows, poorly-timed nudity, foam-rubber costumed antics and American celebrities pimping themselves out for Japanese products. Call for price, 9:30pm Tuesday, Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes, 1255 SW Loop 410, (210) 677-8500,

4. Caveman


New York indie folk-rock upstarts Caveman, not to be confused with the bygone UK rap posse of the same name, make sophisticated and flourish-laden music that belies the implied primitiveness of their name. Touring now in support of their self-titled sophomore album, the quintet’s sound is ever tighter and more progressive. Having been on the road and playing shows for the better part of three years has reaped dividends for the group, which should make for an excellent show at 502 Bar. This one is for those of you who like your folky indie-rock with ambitious harmonies, glowing synths and an uncommonly wide palate. With critical favor and the word-of-mouth buzz that (good) constantly touring bands tend to enjoy, Caveman is an act likely poised for more of your attention and your concert dollar as time passes. $8-$10, 8pm Wednesday, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125,

5. Ghost Town

Ghost Town

Year-old electro/pop/screamo outfit Ghost Town is the only act on Fueled by Ramen (Panic! at the Disco, Cobra Starship, Fun.) without a Wikipedia page. Not that they need one: The Hollywood-based quartet—screamer/singer Kevin Ghost, programmer Evan Pearce, guitarist/vocalist Alix Monster and drummer Manny Town—has generated substantial buzz (and a following of baby “ghosts”) with social media savvy and the debut LP Party in the Graveyard. Their dark but playful mix of “futuristic electronics,” “huge drums” and “funky guitar riffs” comes together on tracks like “VooDoo,” “You’re So Creepy” and “Zombie Girl”—all of which get branded with macabre illustrations by honorary ghost Alistar Dippner. With Her Bright Skies, Modern Day Escape, Oh No Fiasco and SayWeCanFly. $10-$12, 6pm Wednesday, The White Rabbit, 2410 N St. Mary’s, (210) 737-2221,

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