10 Free Events Happening This Week

Thursday, September 17
Little Shop of Horrors

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Rick Moranis

The Santikos Bijou's free movie of the week is the 1986 musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, the big screen adaptation of the off-broadway play. The story focuses on Rick Moranis as Seymour Krelborn and his desire to keep the flower shop he works at open by bringing in an exotic plant he calls Audrey II, after the girl and coworker he loves. But when the plant starts craving human blood, it's up to Seymour to save mankind. Free, 7pm, Thur., Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg, (210) 734-4552, www.santikos.com

Thursday, September 17

Robert Tatum

The Brick at The Blue Star Arts Complex is holding a showcase of local artists and art venues, along with a performance by the band Boca Negra. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Free, 7pm, Thur., The Brick at The Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, brickatbluestar.com

Thursday, September 17
Jazz on the Rocks

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St. Anthony Club

Get pumped up, or more likely mellowed out, for Jazz'SAlive at the newly-renovated St. Anthony Club at the St. Anthony Hotel, in advance of this weekend's festival at Travis Park. Enjoy the drink specials while listening to jazz from a 1924 Steinway piano. Free, 5pm, Thur., The St. Anthony Hotel, 300 E Travis, (210) 212-8423, saevents.com

Saturday, September 19
International Observe The Moon Night

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The Pearl

The San Antonio Astronomical Association is hosting and providing equipment for International Observe The Moon Night at the Pearl Plaza. The event is family friendly, with the organization encouraging parents to bring their curious kids out to observe and develop an appreciation for the Moon. Free, 8pm, Sat., The Pearl Plaza, 303 Pearl Parkway, (210) 212-7260, atpearl.com

Saturday, September 19
Block Party

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The Shops at Garden Square

Join the Shops at Garden Square every third Saturday of the month for a block party. Enjoy art galleries, artisan shops, clothing boutiques and more while supporting local businesses. Free, 5pm, Sat., The Shops at Garden Square, 2003 S Zarzamora, (210) 418-9051

Saturday, September 19
"I Spy..." Scavenger Hunt

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Villa Finale

Parents looking for something free to do with their kids can bring them down to La Villita for a scavenger hunt in the King William neighborhood. The program offers two events separated by the 5-8 and 9-12 age group, with the winners and runners-up being awarded a medal and served refreshments afterward. All participants must pre-register for the event. Free, 10am, Sat., Villa Finale, 401 King William, (210) 223-9800, villafinale.org

Saturday, September 19
San Antonio Drive Electric Day

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Drive Electric Day

Join Electric Auto Association, Plug In America, and Sierra Club to advocate for increased usage of electric cars through a celebration. Complete with an electric vehicle parade, the chance to test drive electric cars, live music, food trucks, and even an energy lab for kids. All attendees must register. Free, 9am, Sat., William R. Sinkin, EcoCentro, 1802 N Main, (210) 486-0417, driveelectricweek.org

Saturday, September 19
The Oppression of the Oppressed

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Museo Guadalupe

Of the 2.3 million individuals incarcerated in the U.S., a disproportionate amount are people of color. After years of volunteering, speaking, and mentoring men in prisons, writer/playwright Maximo Anguiano decided to use his words to help fix the broken system. Based on true events, The Oppression of the Oppressed explored the harsh realities of America's prisons, touching on the war on drugs, mental health and capital punishment. In an effort to "open dialogue and facilitate change in the criminal justice system," Anguiano's reading will be followed by a Q&A with community members and justice-based organizations. Free, 2pm, Sat., Museo Guadalupe, 723 S Brazos, (210) 271-3151

Friday, September 18
The Sleeping Ghost & At War With Dust

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La Botanica

Relatively new vegan restaurant La Botanica is hosting a show featuring California's The Sleeping Ghost and local boys At War With Dust. Enjoy their "Black Bean Empanadas" or cool down with a "Mezcalarita." Free admission, 10pm, Fri., La Botanica, 2911 N St. Mary's, (619) 886-2594, vivalabotanica.com
Saturday/Sunday, September 19-20
Jazz'SAlive Festival

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The San Antonio Parks Foundation is hosting the 32nd annual Jazz'SAlive Festival in the newly renovated Travis Park. Nationally and locally recognized talent will be playing all weekend, along with an artist vender showcase and over 20 food trucks to choose from. There will also be a designated Kids Zone with arts and crafts, games, and more. If that doesn't satisfy you, the After Dark Jam with national and local artists will be held at the St. Anthony Hotel. Free, 11:30am, Sat/Sun., Travis Park, 301 E Travis, (210) 212-8423, saparksfoundation.org

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