10 Free Events Happening This Week, Nov. 18-24

1.) LADRILLERÍA: Rumbo Al' Anacua Performance and Q&A

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.

This event features a performance by the duo Rumbo al’ Anacua. Rumbo al’ Anacua presents a collection of vintage Mexican folksongs that followed workers of the ladrilleras along the Texas-Mexico border. These songs honor early brickmakers produced the brick for Texas architecture.

Presented by Texas State’s Center for the Study of the Southwest.

Location: Texas State University-The Wittliff Collections / Alkek Library (601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX)

2.) PechaKucha vol 12

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m.


PechaKucha is an event format developed by Tokyo’s Klein Dytham Architecture to encourage creative professionals to share projects and ideas. Emceed by News 4’s Randy Beamer, the 12th edition presented by the SA chapter features presentations by Margaret Craig (printmaker), Nan Cuba (author), Tracy Edwards (doula), Richard Farias (activist), Carlos Montoya (bike mechanic), Wesley Harvey (artist), Erik Sanden and Ryan Parker (musician and illustrator) and JJ Lopez (DJ).

Location: Southwest School of Art – Coates Chapel (300 Augusta)

3.) “Skipping Up” Screening and Q&A

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.

Education is an important topic in society and the documentary “Skipping Up” by Jim Mendiola discusses this vital topic. What do they mean by, “skipping up?” Well, the Middle School Partners Program takes eighth graders who are at least one year behind in school and provides them with an eighth and ninth grade curriculum in one year. Students who complete the program are allowed to “skip up” a grade and enter high school as sophomores; most importantly, the chances of these students dropping out decreases from 90 percent to less than 10 percent. Find out more about “skipping up” by watching this insightful documentary with Mayor Julian Castro and other local leaders who will also be in attendance. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion about Latino graduation rates.

Location: Our Lady of the Lake University – Thiry Auditorium (411 SW 24th St)

4.) Gruene's Meet the Winemakers

Thursday, Nov. 21, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

A glass of wine is good for your heart, right? Then I guess I guess going to a vineyard must be one of the best things you can do for your heart (Disclaimer: There’s really no scientific value to that last statement, but it probably couldn’t make things worse for your heart). The Grapevine invites visitors to meet the winemakers at their popular tasting room in Gruene Historic District once a month. Some of Texas’ best wineries and winemakers are showcased at this event. With The Grapevine's new addition of select craft beers on tap, each month will also feature one brewery, which will offer samples alongside the wine.

Location: The Grapevine (1612 Hunter Rd, New Braunfels, TX)

5.) Southwest School of Art’s Opening Exhibition Reception for Winter Showcases

Thursday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Southwest School of art is hosting an opening exhibition reception for their winter showcases. Chris Sauter: Doubt is a series that explores the false contrasts between religion and science. The exhibition will include a wide variety of media including digital stills, video, furniture, sculpture and sound. Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison: Selections from the CounterPoint Series, focuses on the lost links with nature and the increasingly lonely condition of our existence. Anabel Toribio-Martinez: Interludes is a series that explores the quiet moments of distraction that emerge in domestic spheres. In the works, the subjects are never physically alone yet they are disconnected because of daily distractions such as technology or they are lost in thought.

Location: Southwest School of Art (300 Augusta)

6.) Zonarte, El Mercado de Aztlan

Friday, Nov. 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

As the holidays are steadily approaching us, it looks like its time to start buying presents for everyone on your list. Are you looking for something unique? Well, then Zonarte – El Mercado de Aztlan is the shopping event for you! This event is a fine-arts and fine-crafts fair featuring unique handmade gifts, original prints, paintings, sculptures, furniture jewelry, textiles, and artesania.

Location: Centro Cultural Aztlan (1800 Fredericksburg Rd Ste 103)

7.) Free College Night: McNay Mixer

Friday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m.

Although Halloween is over, that doesn’t mean you can’t get dressed up in costume! Dress as your favorite movie character and check out costumes from hit blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Phantom of the Opera, and Sherlock Holmes in the exhibition CUT! Costume and the Cinema at the McNay. Converse with fellow college students and take in some art, live music, and more!

Location: McNay Art Museum (6000 N New Braunfels Ave)

8.) The Adventures of a Cello, Carlos Prieto

Friday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Renowned cellist, Carlos Prieto, will be performing at UTSA. He has performed with the worlds’ best orchestras and enriched the cello repertoire by premiering more than 100 works dedicated to him by major composers from Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. Stick around after his performance for a reception and a book signing for his book The Adventures of a Cello.

Location: University of Texas San Antonio – Downtown Campus (501 César E. Chávez Boulevard)

9.) "Prince Of The Prism": Book signing

Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Earl Cargo, author of Prince Of the Prism will be at the Twig Book Shop. Stop by, meet the author, and get your copy of Prince Of The Prism signed (or you can pick one up a copy of it their if you don’t already have one).

Location: Twig Book Shop (306 Pearl Parkway)

10.) Slim Bawb

Sunday, Nov. 24, noon- 3:30 p.m.

Slim Bawb is a man of many talents, not only can he play instruments in a conventional way but he can also play them with his feet. That’s right, I said feet. So if you want to hear some Cajun Rock and possibly see what instruments someone can play with their feet, then you should check out Slim Bawb at Gruene Hall.

Location: Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX)


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