Wednesday, January 11, 2017

10 Things You Have to Do This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 12:43 PM

Thu 1/12
San Antonio Cocktail Conference: Opening Night

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  • Courtesy of San Antonio Cocktail Conference

Ben Stiller probably won’t make a cameo as hundreds of San Antonio adults tap into their inner kid at Opening Night’s new venue. After being held at the Majestic Theatre for at least three years, the opening festivities will be held inside The DoSeum. Those familiar with the ReDo Recess, the venue’s adults-only evening, can expect more of the same — an air of whimsy (stilt walkers and balloon artists were mentioned) with dozens of cocktails to sample. $85, 7:30-10:30pm Thu, The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway, (210) 212-4453, sanantoniococktailconference.com. — Jessica Elizarraras

Thu 1/12
Balé Folclórico Da Bahia

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  • Andrew Eccles

Co-founded by Walson Botelho and Ninho Reis and billed as Brazil’s first and only professional folk dance company, Balé Folclórico Da Bahia interprets age-old traditions in festive performances fusing live music, theatrical costuming, acrobatics and choreography inspired by samba and capoeira. Since its launch in 1998, the award-winning troupe has mastered a time-traveling repertoire that spans from colonial-era slave dances to a joyous finale inspired by Rio’s Carnival. Touring the United States since 1995, the 38-member company brings its Sacred Heritage tour to the Lila Cockrell courtesy of ARTS San Antonio. $29-$99, 7:30pm Thu, Lila Cockrell Theatre, 610 E. Market St., (210) 226-2891, artssa.org. — Bryan Rindfuss


Thu 1/12 - Sat 1/14
Una Flor en el Cruce

click to enlarge NICOLE MARIE MOORE
  • Nicole Marie Moore

Premiered last November at Luminaria, Arte y Pasión’s original production Una Flor en el Cruce (A Flower in the Crossroads) returns with a trio of performances hosted by three distinct venues. Artistic director Tamara Adira leads an ever-evolving cast of dancers and musicians in a multidisciplinary performance juxtaposing flamenco with classical and modern dance. Since the company’s 2010 debut in San Antonio, Adira has brought in exquisite talent from across the globe, including late flamenco masters Teo Morca and Timo Lozano to perform alongside its members. For this performance, Adira welcomes guest artist Bianca Rodriguez from Oakland, California. Una Flor en el Cruce draws inspiration from the complex root system of flowers, a metaphor for Adira’s own persevering spirit. “There are obstacles vast and impossible to push through,” Adira said. “But the persistent root system of a flower is stronger. When we find that root system within ourselves, we can push through anything.” $12-$50, 8pm Thu, Brick, 108 Blue Star; $15, 8pm & 10pm Fri, Carmens de la Calle, 320 N. Flores St.; $10, 8pm Sat, España Bar de Tapas, 5638 W Hausman Road, arte-y-pasion.com. — Marco Aquino


Thu 1/12 - Sun 1/15
The Illusionists

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  • Courtesy of The Illusionists

Much like the popular competition show America’s Got Talent, where magician Ben Blaque got his first big break, The Illusionists is a family-friendly, Las Vegas-style extravaganza that has been breaking box office records since it first hit the road in 2015. Bringing together seven of the world’s most popular illusionists, the show is a nod to great magicians of the past and breathes new life into some tried-and-tested tricks. Of course there are disappearing acts, a mind-reading session and some well-known card tricks, but a full-view water torture escape by acclaimed escapologist Andrew Basso might leave you breathless. Or perhaps the clever mix of comedy and magic by Jeff Hobson, aka “The Trickster,” will be more to your liking. With such a wide range of acts in this show, expect plenty of audience participation. $30-$90, 7:30pm Thu, 8pm Fri, 2pm & 8pm Sat, 2pm & 7:30pm Sun, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com. — MA

Fri 1/13
San Antonio Cocktail Conference: Waldorf on the Prairie

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Some of the city’s best eateries will converge for a night of luxury, decadence and tipples throughout the St. Anthony’s bottom floor. Friday night’s event means sweets via Choicolate and SA Pops along with savory bites from Noble Sandwich Co., Zinc, Restaurant Gwendolyn, La Frite, Grayze, Jazz, TX, Smoke, Max’s Wine Dive, Rebelle, The Friendly Spot and new addition Sichuan House. Here’s hoping Jason Dady delivers breakfast tacos as the party winds down again. $100, 7:30-10:30pm Fri, St. Anthony Hotel, 300 E. Travis St., (210) 227-4392, sanantoniococktailconference.com. — JE


Fri 1/13
“Good Vibes”

click to enlarge JEN FROST SMITH
  • Jen Frost Smith

If you, like so many others, are looking for a bit of simple joy, laughter and color in a new year fraught with new tensions and new fears, you’ll want to spend some time with this latest exhibit from artist Jen Frost Smith. As if being whimsically (and optimistically) titled “Good Vibes” wasn’t enough of a clue that this is a feel-good show, the artist explains in her statement that these works are intended to give people “a moment to escape the harsh reality of the world and recharge [their] energy meter.” This new exhibition will feature colorful paintings, funny drawings, assemblages, and installations, all collected in the name of removing “the bad juju of the last few months.” With some extra surprises also promised, “Good Vibes” looks like, perhaps more than the typical art show, a chance to let your guard down and embrace silliness — a natural antidote to stress. Free, 7-10pm Fri, Clamp Light Studios, 1704 Blanco Road, Suite 104, (512) 569-8134, clamplightsa.com.
— James Courtney

Fri 1/13
Creative Creatures

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If you have never had the chance to experience a Creative Creatures event, it is safe to say that this Friday you have the ideal opportunity. It’s true: Creative Creatures, a quarterly event that showcases local and regional musical/artistic talent in all mediums/genres, will celebrate its three year anniversary with Friday’s special experience. Billed as “Creative Creatures vs. The Universe,” the event will feature, true to form, a diverse array of artists and performers, including tattoo artists, dancers, bands, and a smorgasbord of rad artists and artisans with work to show/sell. In terms of music, this edition will feature jazz-rock outfit Osringer, indie rock crew St. Dukes, and progressive ska band Young Costello, as well as house sounds by Typicalzach Dexigns. While there are too many excellent visual artists to even begin to mention, you’ll especially want to look out for Regina Morales (Hello Reg), Nik Soupé and Zane Thomas (Black Moon Print). Other highlights of the evening include, but are certainly not limited to, a photobooth and tasty eats provided by Renegade Foodie food truck. $5, 7pm-midnight Fri, Brick, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, facebook.com/creativecreaturessatx. — JC

Fri 1/13 - Sun 1/15
Fool for Love

click to enlarge DANIEL D BAUMER
  • Daniel D Baumer

One of Sam Shepard’s many masterworks of American theatre, Fool for Love promises a night of scandal and brutal can’t-live-with-’em, can’t-live-without-’em love. The 1983 Obie award-winning play follows Eddie and May, ex-lovers who seem hopelessly doomed to repeat their destructive past. Though May had begun a life on her own and even had a new date on the night in question, Eddie unexpectedly shows up to get her back. The date is left to watch, bewildered, as Eddie and May tear at each other and commentary from the “Old Man” reveals that there may actually be some incest going on here (!). Featuring Shepard’s typical themes of a drunken, disconnected father and dying cowboy culture in the desolate West, the emotional tumult takes place in a motel room in the Mojave Desert, where the walls shake and creak as Eddie and May scream, slam doors and struggle with crises of genealogy and identity. Fool for Love marks the Cellar Theatre directorial debut of the Playhouse’s CEO and Artistic Director, George Green, who’ll surely bring his own touch to this raw, daring and timeless play. $12-$42, 8pm Fri & Sat, 3pm Sun, The Playhouse Cellar Theatre, 800 W Ashby Pl., (210)733-7258, theplayhousesa.org. — Rachel Cooley


Sat 1/14
“Nasty Women Art Exhibition”

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  • Hermanitas Boutique

Defiantly trickling up from the curled lips of Donald Trump, the term “Nasty Woman” has evolved from a lowdown jab aimed at Hillary Clinton into a full-blown feminist movement. Beyond the viral hallmarks (red hats emblazoned with “Make American Nasty Again,” Janet Jackson/Hillary Clinton “Nasty” record covers, “Nasty Woman” coffee mugs and T-shirts, memes galore), it’s a call to action exemplified by the Women’s March on Washington taking place the day after Trump’s inauguration. As the Observer reported last month, artist Roxanne Jackson reacted to the election by placing a call for entries on Facebook: “Hello female artists/curators! Let’s organize a NASTY WOMEN group show!!! Who’s interested???” Opening in Queens on January 12, the resulting exhibition gathers 1,000 works created by nearly 700 female-identified artists. Presented as the effort’s “San Antonio sister,” Yes, Ma’am zine’s “Nasty Women Art Exhibition” serves to “demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrant rights.” Hosted at AP Art Lab in partnership with DreamWeek, the “completely inclusive” show mirrors the format of its New York sister by pricing works between $10 and $100 and benefiting Planned Parenthood. Free, 7-10pm Sat, AP Art Lab, 1906 S. Flores St., (210) 705-2332, facebook.com/yes.maam72. — BR


Sat 1/14
“File > Save for Web”

ACIDWINZIP
  • ACIDWINZIP

Run by artist/art historian Stephanie Torres, Provenance Gallery really knocked it out of the park in 2016, with exhibition after exhibition that showcased some truly exciting artists from San Antonio and beyond. The gallery’s first show of the year, a solo exhibit of striking digital works from artist ACIDWINZIP, seems to indicate a 2017 that will be just as good or better. ACIDWINZIP, the project of artist Ursula Zavala, creates works that are “inspired by nostalgia, internet culture, religion and art history, and are comprised of computer-generated images and other elements, cut and pasted onto a digital canvas.” Remarkable for its psychedelic fusion of the familiar trappings of the internet age with stylistic elements and motifs culled from art’s more formal past, ACIDWINZIP’s work is a commentary and a call to conversation. It also, we might add without being the least bit hyperbolic, is an ideal example of a new kind of art for a brand new world. Free, 7-10pm Sat, Provenance Gallery, 1906 S. Flores St., (210) 216-8362, artandprovenance.blogspot.com. — JC

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