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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

10 Things You Have to Do This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 12:42 PM

Thu 4/6
Ariana Grande

  • Courtesy of Ariana Grande

Bursting into pop music after her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon series Victorious, Ariana Grande is quickly becoming one of the most admired female pop vocalists on the planet, not only because of her voice but also the charming and goofy persona she often lets shine through her TV appearances, like on SNL and most recently NBC’s live broadcast of Hairspray. But the road to stardom hasn’t been all bubble gum and booty shakes. Grande was turned down for a White House gig because of a July 2015 scandal when she licked other people’s donuts and said, “I hate America” in a donut shop in Lake Elsinore, California. The singer/actress says she was trying to make a point about healthy eating, and the controversy didn't exactly tarnish her reputation writ large, as she still remains the fourth most followed person on Instagram and continues to pack arenas across the country. On tour in support of her latest album, Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande’s definitely one of the biggest names to roll through Alamo City this year. $29-$571.50, 7:30pm Thu, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000,
— Chris Conde

Thu 4/6
Mega Corazón

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  • URBAN-15

As National Poetry Month begins, you’ll no doubt find yourself with an unusual glut of literary events to be excited about. One of the most unique and talent-rich of such events, put on by the good folks of URBAN-15 with support from the Texas Commission on the Arts, is the fourth annual Mega Corazón. The eight-hour, poetry-centric event will feature a large and diverse group of poets, beginning with three hours of youth-focused poetry and poetry from young people. While the full schedule of readers for this veritable buffet of poetic expression is not yet finalized, poets already confirmed include Dr. Carmen Tafolla and Rosemary Catacalos (both former state poet laureates), Jenny Browne (current San Antonio poet laureate), Natalia Treviño, Bryce Milligan, Eduardo Vega, Jesse Cardona, Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, John Philip Santos, Naomi Shihab Nye and more. All told, the poets of Mega Corazón comprise a diverse cross-section of poetic modes, performance styles, and influences. One of the coolest aspects of Mega Corazón, especially relevant for those who are unable to physically attend the event, is that the entire thing will be broadcast for the word to see at Free, 1-19pm Thu, URBAN-15, 2500 S. Presa St., (210) 736-1500, — James Courtney

Thu 4/6 - Fri 4/7
“Mid-Century Crisis”

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  • Robert Tatum

As proprietor of the Blue Star emporium Choice Goods Gallery, California transplant Robert Tatum has emerged as a champion of San Antonio’s offbeat creative class, introducing scenesters to the likes of sci-fi illustrator Mike Fisher and patchwork-obsessed fiber artist Michele Morrill. While his own street-smart aesthetic can be seen quite literally all across town in the form of murals (from Ace Mart Restaurant Supply in Southtown to Mellow Mushroom in Stone Oak), signs (his “OK Monkey” at The Luxury is a favorite along the Museum Reach), and T-shirts on fans (screen-printed with everything from a puppy prepped to take a bong hit to a bird plucking one of its eyeballs out), Tatum hasn’t had a solo show in years. Riffing on the fact that he now has five decades behind him, the Southtown fixture’s come to terms with a “Mid-Century Crisis.” The product of “philosophical and spiritual retrospection,” his new series of paintings promises something of a “visual self-portrait” informed by nostalgia and analysis alike. Hosted by his recently established Blue Star venture ShowDown Gallery, the exhibition opens Thursday, followed by a First Friday reception featuring live music by Dolphin Dilemma. Free, 6-9pm Thu, 6-11pm Fri, ShowDown Gallery, 1420 S. Alamo St., Suite 103, (210) 441-8491, — Bryan Rindfuss

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  • Robert Tatum

Fri 4/7
The Moth Mainstage

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  • Courtesy of David Crabb

Born on a porch in Georgia and later developed in bars and clubs in New York City, The Moth is a globally recognized organization built around “true stories, told live and without notes.” Encompassing StorySlam events hosted in 27 cities, a radio show aired by 450 radio stations and a podcast downloaded by 44 million listeners annually, The Moth celebrates “the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection.” Likened to “a community where entertainment and enlightenment merge,” The Moth Mainstage takes shape in curated events that unite five storytellers often exploring a common theme. Making its local premiere as one of the most anticipated highlights of the fifth annual San Antonio Book Festival, the nonprofit’s signature series lands on the Majestic stage with a theme of “All These Wonders.” Hosted by San Antonio native David Crabb (a Morrissey fan whose memoir Bad Kid details his experiences growing up goth and gay in Texas), the event features presentations by CNBC contributor/immigration and education advocate Julissa Arce (author of My (Underground) American Dream), poet/nurse/arts advocate Barbara Collins Bowie (creator of the the Dr. J.R. Bowie Scholarship Foundation for the Performing Arts and Autism), author/Tablet Magazine contributor Liel Leibovitz (who has a Ph.D. in video games), presidential speechwriter-turned-Funny or Die writer/producer David Litt (author of Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years) and New York-based Colombian artist Martha Ruiz-Perilla (a former mime’s assistant whose childhood love of storytelling earned her the nickname RadioMartha). $20-$100, 7pm Fri, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, — BR

Fri 4/7
of Montreal

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  • Ben Rouse

Officially part of the Elephant 6 Collective, which has spawned heavy-hitting indie acts like Neutral Milk Hotel and The Apples In Stereo, of Montreal have been serving up their own special blend of psychedelic indie pop since the late 1990s. Formed in Athens, Georgia, of Montreal began as just one person, frontman Kevin Barnes, before adding additional members prior to the release the 1997 record Cherry Peel. Though the band has kept a general psyche tone throughout the years, their sound has taken on a number of different manifestations — ranging anywhere from The Beatles circa 1969 to Blonde Redhead and Animal Collective. Whatever the sound, the music is almost always weird and probably would sound amazing on a dose of magic mushrooms (not that we would know). So if you’re up for a strange trip, don’t miss of Montreal’s stop at Paper Tiger on Friday. Also on the bill: Christina Schneider’s Jepeto Solutions. $16, 8pm Fri, Paper Tiger 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., — CC

Fri 4/7 - Sat 4/8
Maverick Music Festival

  • Courtesy of Maverick Music Festival

With its fifth installation and a recent partnership with The Tobin Center, the Maverick Music Festival is gearing up for an explosive weekend of solid music. Perhaps most notable this year are hip-hop heavy weights De La Soul, the legendary rap trio from Long Island with their classic jam “Me, Myself and I” and a Grammy award winning collaboration with Gorillaz on “Feel Good Inc.” Also on the Maverick roster is Bastille, Young The Giant, The Naked and Famous, Minus The Bear, Honey Honey, Generationals, Small Black, Carla Morrison and Book Of Love, a recently re-united synth-pop band from the late 1980s. Since its inception in 2013, Maverick Music Festival’s aim has been to “elevate live concerts in the Alamo City to the next level.” It’s something they’ve certainly done in recent years with headliners like Run The Jewels, Flaming Lips and Cypress Hill. What’s also pretty dope about Maverick is their inclusion of local talent. San Antonio bands don’t have the opportunity to rub elbows with national acts as frequently as bands in other Texas cities, like Austin and Dallas, so getting the chance to share stages with artists that don’t play shows in San Antonio often is an awesome opportunity for hometown talent, which this year will include soulful indie rockers Fishermen, experimental prog trio Verisimilitude and Wayne Holtz, a local queer icon and indie pop performer. $99-$169, 5-11pm Fri, 11am-11pm Sat, La Villita, Maverick Plaza, 418 Villita St., — CC

Sat 4/8
Spurs vs. Clippers

  • Spurs Sports & Entertainment

Following recent losses to the Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings, the Los Angeles Clippers return to San Antonio in search of their playoff groove. Despite the efforts of captain Chris Paul and first time All-Star DeAndre Jordan, injuries and inconsistency have dogged Doc Rivers’ squad throughout the regular season. Home court advantage in the first round is still within reach for the Clippers, who are met by a Spurs team that is peaking just in time for the postseason. With a firm grasp on the #2 seed in the West, San Antonio looks to remain healthy, while continuing to collectively improve. Kawhi Leonard and a rejuvenated LaMarcus Aldridge are once again proving to be a potent one-two punch, and Pau Gasol has emerged as an anchor for the second unit, creating a challenging offensive flow for opponents. $42-$2,632, 7:30pm Sat, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, — M. Solis

Sat 4/8 - Sun 4/9
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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  • Joan Marcus

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
may be the most prescient show in Broadway history; originally developed as a glam-rock riff on a gender-bending myth from Plato’s Symposium, this 1990s musical made the leap to Broadway in 2014 just as America collectively freaked out about borders of every stripe: borders between genders, nations, and even bathrooms. And while Hedwig — which follows the adventures of a transsexual émigré(e) from Berlin — has much to say about sexual identity, it’s also a searching examination of the contemporary quest for neat and tidy categories, categories that Hedwig — the character and the musical — constantly explodes. (In that respect, it’s the queerest musical ever.) With a book by James Cameron Mitchell and music/lyrics by Stephen Trask, this touring production stars the terrific Euan Morton, a Tony nominee for his portrayal of Boy George in Taboo. There are only three performances at the Tobin, so grab tickets soon: the production is sure to be Hed-spinning. $39.60-$124.50, 8pm Sat, 2pm & 7pm Sun, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, — Thomas Jenkins

Sun 4/9
Bookworm: A Fair for Book Lovers

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Remember the days of browsing through the Scholastic Book Fair, when the school gym or library would magically transform into a bookstore and you’d beg your parents for a few extra dollars or spend your lunch money buying books? The folks at K23 Gallery share those same fond memories. So, they’re putting together a book fair of their very own — but this time it’s for adults. Featuring a vendor list of San Antonio’s popular and upcoming zines, independent authors and comic artists, the gallery will present Bookworm: A Fair for Book Lovers. Browse through work by Beer Fang, Warship Zine, St. Sucia, Flashback Zine, Myopic Press and several others. Plus, you can pick up a limited edition poster by Hello Reg, stickers, erasers and other knick-knacks, just like the good old days. $3 suggested donation, noon-6pm Sun, K23, 702 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 776-5635,
— Alejandra Lopez
Sun 4/9
Bill Burr

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  • Koury Angelo

From his bulldog look, tough-guy bluster and penchant for traditionally red-state viewpoints, at first glance it’s easy to take Bill Burr as the angry guy at the bar, or perhaps another outrage comic in the vein of Lewis Black. But where a bit about parents hugging their children too much or owning a gun for home protection may seem to chart a predictable course, Burr then makes a hard-left for the self-deprecating, the bizarre or, more often than not, the totally original. Stand-up remains Burr’s primary passion, though that hasn’t stopped him from taking on all sorts of other projects. Most visibly is his Monday Morning Podcast, where a typical episode involves “Bill rambling about Hootie and the Blowfish, The Maltese Falcon and eating broccoli.” Those hour-long rants have put Monday Morning alongside WTF with Marc Maron and Comedy Bang Bang as a fixture on the comedy podcast landscape. Known to Breaking Bad fans as Kuby (Saul Goodman’s most competent henchman), Burr recently released the second season of F Is For Family, a semi-autobiographical animated series set in the 1970s. $35-$45, 7pm & 10pm Sun, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, — J.D. Swerzenski

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