10 Things You Have to Do This Weekend

Thu 5/19
Ought, Priests

Tim Darcy, Ought’s slim, aquiline lyricist, has an enviable ability — seen in David Byrne and Prince before him — to take daily language and graft it seamlessly onto his art. On the title cut from the Montreal punks’ wiry debut More Than Any Other Day, Darcy celebrates the simple contact between strangers and “the decision between two percent and whole milk,” reveling in the small victories of the ordinary. Katie Greer, of D.C.’s excellent Priests, is an earworm punk lyricist herself. On “Doctor,” Greer calls out an intrusive MD: “You put your fingers in other people’s mouths all day, don’t you doctor?” $8, 8pm Thu, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersa.com
— Matt Stieb

Thu 5/19 - Sun 5/22
Culinaria Festival Week

For a food festival that’s morphed with the growing culinary scene in San Antonio, Culinaria is essentially unveiling a new menu with its retooled 2016 festival week. Start with the Farm Dinner at Culinaria’s upcoming educational facility; followed by the re-introduction of Back to Bubbles, a decadent and glitzy event with sparkling wine and Champagne on Friday night; Tacos and Talk fills your Saturday with boozy seminars and a taco throwdown by local chefs; cap off your Saturday night with a re-imagined grand tasting and the city’s best chefs; and Sunday’s family-friendly Burgers, BBQ & Beer adds smoky goodness to end the festival. $50-$100 in advance, $75-$125 at the door, La Cantera Resort & Spa, 16641 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 822-9555, culinariasa.org.  Jessica Elizarraras 

Fri 5/20
Modern English

A mainstay of ’80s compilations and nostalgic movie soundtracks,
British new wavers Modern English have maintained quite the cult following since their global hit “I Melt With You” dropped in 1982. Reunited in 2013 with four out of five original members intact, the Essex-formed outfit is currently working on a new album (the first since 2010’s Soundtrack) and touring in support of the 25th anniversary re-release of their 1981 debut Mesh & Lace. To be performed live in its entirety, the album channels a more aggressive post-punk sound than its poppier follow-up After the Snow. $10-$15, 10:30pm Fri, The Amp Room, 2407 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 320-2122, facebook.com/theamproom. — Erik Casarez

Fri 5/20
Up Close and Curvy

After kicking off their 2016 season back in February with The Film Strip (a sultry evening of striptease and cinema at Alamo Drafthouse), the lovely ladies
of Stars and Garters somewhat unsurprisingly went on to nab their fourth consecutive win in our annual Best of San Antonio readers’ poll. Promising a “360-degree view of shimmying and shaking,” Up Close and Curvy sees the long-running troupe bringing their “sensual, smart and sexy assets” to Southtown for an intimate engagement in the round. In addition to routines by S&G all-stars Suki Jones, Pystol Whips, Black Orchid, Coco Simone, Candy Kane and Lucky Strike, the “sexy, stripped-down all-femme floor show” features audience participation games and a performance by retro jazz vocalist Ruby Alexander. $10-$25, 8pm Fri, Brick, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, starsandgartersburlesque.com. — Bryan Rindfuss

Fri 5/20
The Robert Glasper Experiment

Pianist Robert Glasper couldn’t have picked a better title for his Black Radio series; listening through the pair of albums is like tuning into some imaginary and glorious late-night station versed in the essentials of African-American music, from Fats Waller to Parliament and J Dilla. After Don Cheadle picked Glasper to soundtrack the bio-fiction feature Miles Ahead, the 38-year-old will drop Everything’s Beautiful, a reimagining of the Miles Davis songbook, on May 27. Celebrating the trumpet revolutionary’s 90th birthday, Glasper channels Davis’ collaborative spirit with a wrecking crew of cross-genre talent. $38-$42, 8pm Fri, Trinity University, Stieren Theater, One Trinity Pl., (210) 999-8917, krtu.org. — MS

Fri 5/20
Eagles of Death Metal

Josh Homme’s place in the rock 'n' roll industry, for many, is one of a nuanced rock messiah; from being a lucrative member in a number of bands, including Queens of the Stone Age, the Desert Sessions and Eagles of Death Metal, to collaborating with a plethora of artists, his most recent being the ubiquitous pre-punk provocateur, Iggy Pop. But, none of his groups seem as humorous or off-kilter as the irreverent Eagles of Death Metal. Spanning over the past decade with the bizarre Peace Love Death Metal, pop-sensible Heart On, cock-rocked Death by Sexy and sleazy Zipper Down, the group has a penchant for endearingly juvenile tongue-in-cheek lyrics with a swatch of ZZ-Top and Rolling Stones pastiche. The duo of Homme and Jesse Hughes, who survived last year’s horrific terrorist attacks on the Bataclan in Paris, are the least bit serious, ripping off from classics like the bombastic Led Zeppelin and boisterous New York Dolls, with a childlike and “give-no-shits” attitude. Beneath all the rock shtick and cheeseball puns belies a dark sense of self-awareness that’s nonetheless thoroughly entertaining. $25-$35, 8pm Fri, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com.
— Alejandra Ramirez

Fri 5/20 - Sat 5/21
The Supper Hour in Hell

Written by Tess Light, the two-act comedy The Supper Hour in Hell is
set in an upscale restaurant filled with shallow, witty, unpolished, aspirational, indecisive and sophisticated characters entangled in complicated relationships. We bounce from table to table listening in as the café’s snarky waiter chimes
in on conversations. If you’ve ever sat through an uncomfortable meal with someone, pull up a seat, order the sturgeon and share in the awkwardness. Morgan Clyde directs the local premiere at The Overtime, where your table
“will be ready in eleventy-five minutes.” $10-$15, 8pm Fri -Sat, The Overtime Theater, 1203 Camden St., (210) 557-7562, theovertimetheater.org.
– Kiko Martínez

Fri 5/20 - Sun 5/22

click to enlarge PHOTO BY SIGGI RAGNAR
Photo by Siggi Ragnar

When Tribes premiered in London in 2010, award-winning playwright Nina Raine explained that her comic drama drew creative inspiration from both a documentary about a deaf couple hoping to have a deaf child and echoes of tribalism within communities, religious groups and families. Enhanced with creative elements that address hearing and listening (including projected supertitles and classical music interludes), the play surrounds an eccentric, dysfunctional family comprised of mom Beth (a writer struggling through a “a marriage-breakdown detective novel”), dad Christopher (an academic yet foul-mouthed critic), daughter Ruth (a hopeful opera singer who gigs in pubs) and sons Daniel (a grad student plagued with auditory hallucinations) and Billy (who’s deaf and learning sign language from his girlfriend Sylvia). Described by The Wall Street Journal as “the best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring — and funniest — new play in recent years,” Tribes lands on The Playhouse’s Cellar Theatre stage in a production directed by John O’Neil. $12-$30, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, The Playhouse, 800 W. Ashby Pl., (210) 733-7258, theplayhousesa.org. — BR

Sat 5/20
Brews and Blooms

Somewhere in the process of creating any great beer, there’s at least one point when botanical knowledge is of paramount importance — choosing the perfect grains and hops isn’t merely a matter of chance. Thus Brews and Blooms, a craft beer event hosted by the Botanical Gardens, makes sense. It’s the botanists who bless the brews with their distinct hues. Enjoy a variety of local beers (some special editions), food booths and music to boot. There’s even a special designated driver price, for those content smelling the roses and doing their friends a solid. $15- $25, 6:30-9:30pm Sat, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl., (210) 536-1400, sabot.org. — James Courtney

Sun 5/22
Barbacoa & Big Red Festival

At this point, it’s a San Anto cliché to reference how well Big Red pairs with barbacoa. But, that doesn’t change the magnitude of the experience one bit. In its sixth year, the Barbacoa & Big Red Festival understands this. And, as if sampling goods from an array of contestants in a barbacoa cook-off weren’t enough, attendees are also treated to a solid offering of live music by Texas country charmer Natalie Rose, Southern rock/country outfit Mario Flores and The Soda Creek Band (from Helotes), and SA music legend Ernie Garibay and his band Cats Don’t Sleep. $5-$15, 10am-8:30pm Sun, R & J Music Pavilion, 18086 Pleasanton Road, (210) 628-6200, barbacoabigredfestival.com. 
— JC
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