10 Things You Have to Do This Weekend

Thu 5/4 - Sun 5/7
Finding Neverland
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Carol Rosegg
Based on the 2004 film of the same name, Finding Neverland is a musical retelling of the story behind J.M. Barrie’s most famous creation, the immortal boy Peter Pan. As it turns out, Peter and the Darlings were inspired by a real family – the Davies, whom the author met by chance in London’s Kensington Gardens. The real Barrie’s traumatic childhood led him to bond deeply with the Davies boys as a way of coping with terrible loss, and Finding Neverland displays his personal and artistic redemption by weaving his London experience with his fictional creation. On stage, our playwright protagonist cavorts with the boys, immersing in make-believe with such gusto that his imaginary creations begin to materialize alongside him. The juxtaposition of Neverland’s Hook and Pan with Barrie and the Davies boys in 20th-century London makes one thing clear: The real “boy who wouldn’t grow up” is Barrie himself. $30-$125, 7:30pm Thu, 8pm Fri, 2pm & 8pm Sat, 2pm & 7:30pm Sun, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333,
majesticempire.com. — Kelly Merka Nelson
Thu 5/4
May the 4th
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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Although it made its first public appearance on May 4, 1979, in the unlikely form of an advertisement celebrating the victory of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher (which read “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations”), May the 4th didn’t reach its full potential until the internet allowed fans to band together and celebrate it as “Star Wars Day.” Although some might prefer to turn back the clock to revisit the early days, May the 4th this year in San Antonio is all about Rogue One. Billed as “the first of the Star Wars standalone films,” director Gareth Edwards’ foray into the franchise follows members of the Rebel Alliance as they plot to steal the plans for the Death Star. Starring Felicity Jones (as young renegade Jyn Erso), Diego Luna (as Rebel Alliance Captain Cassian Andor) and Ben Mendelsohn (as the Imperial Military’s weapons guru Orson Krennic), the 2016 film screens outdoors — courtesy of Slab Cinema — on May the 4th at both Northwest Vista College (3535 N. Ellison Drive) and Texas A&M-San Antonio (One University Way), with encore screenings on May 6 at Mission Marquee Plaza (3100 Roosevelt Ave.) and May 12 at Bulverde Community Park (29815 Bulverde Ln.). Beyond Rogue One screenings, Thursday brings an array of Star Wars-themed antics, including: Alright DrawNite and AIGA San Antonio’s collaboration at Brick featuring the body-painted models of Beyond the Canvas, life drawing demos by Raquel Beechner and lights by the Bilo Effect, plus cosplay and vendors (free but donations appreciated, “cantina” opens at 4:30pm, drawing starts at 7:30pm, 108 Blue Star); Bike Boozaroos Star Wars Bike Ride, which invites cyclists to “bring your lightsabers, droids and crew” for an eight-mile ride that begins at Groove Lounge (501 E. Crockett St.) and continues through town to hit up various May the 4th events; the Bitters and The Bridge locations of Big Hops’ Star Wars-themed pint night serving up No Label Brewing Co.’s lemony “Hop Solo” beer in collectible glasses while supplies last (free admission, 6pm, 226 W. Bitters Road & 306 Austin St.); Mellow Mushroom’s Star Wars Trivia challenge with $3 craft brews, a costume contest and chances to win “fun Star Wars prizes” (free admission, 11am-10pm, 115 N. Loop 1604 E., Suite 2100); and Industry’s Star Wars club night with themed photo ops, new wave/indie beats by Jacob Puente and Eddie Lopez, and accessories, artwork and vinyl for purchase from Sinfully Sweet, Dreadfully Dorothy’s Creepations, Rainbo’s Designs and Gino Sanchez, not to mention $1.50 wells all night (free admission, $10 for minors 18 and over, 8021 Pinebrook Drive). — Bryan Rindfuss
Thu 5/4
The Big Give

Part of the national movement Give Local America, the Big Give takes shape in a 24-hour online fundraiser “fueled by the power of generous donors, creative nonprofits, social media, collaboration, and you.” Since its launch in 2014, the initiative has raised more than $10 million for 1,600-plus nonprofits dedicated to myriad causes. Following a massive server crash last year that frustrated donors and nonprofits across the country, the Big Give assembled an “expert technology advisory team” that selected GiveGab as a solid new platform. Besides environmental conservation, animal welfare, veteran outreach and health/wellness charities, the sprawling list of participating organizations includes a wide range of nonprofits that regularly appear in the pages of the Current, including ARTS San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Ballet San Antonio, the Carver Community Cultural Center, Conjunto Heritage Taller, Gemini Ink, Green Spaces Alliance, Hot Wells Conservancy, Jump-Start Performance Co., Mind Science Foundation, Martinez Street Women’s Center, Luminaria, SOLI Chamber Ensemble and The Playhouse San Antonio. Another notable development in the new-and-improved program allows donors to give in advance (starting April 27) or schedule recurring gifts to their chosen endeavors. $5 minimum donation, midnight-midnight Thu, visit thebiggivesa.org for details. — BR
Thu 5/4
With its new exhibit, entitled “Feminine/Feminist,” Cinnabar seeks the middle ground within an oft-polarizing discourse that is regularly treated as black and white. Curated by Susan Oliver Heard, the exhibit, which features local, national and international artists, is comprised of pieces that address the intersection of femininity and feminism. Recognizing that “Pop culture often makes it seem as though one cannot display feminine characteristics and still be a strong, confident feminist,” the exhibit focuses on the “multi-faceted nature of womanhood and what it means to be feminine and a feminist.” “Feminine/Feminist” features a total of 11 artists, including three men. Among the local artists contributing are Sarah Fox (who brings her surreal and organic style to a stop-motion animation), Carina Hiscock (who works with natural materials to challenge unnatural norms) and Ashley Mireles (who focuses, in her piece, on the many constraints faced by women). Meanwhile, visiting artists include Lalla Essaydi (a Moroccan, New York-based artist who focuses on the identities of women in the Arab world), Christian Fuchs (a Lima-based artist whose performative work finds him dressing up as his own ancestors) and Laura Stevens (a Paris-based photographer whose work in this exhibit centers on women’s strength in the face of heartbreak). Free, 6:30-9pm Thu, Cinnabar Art Gallery, 1420 S Alamo St., Suite 147, (210) 354-3775, cinnabarart.com. — James Courtney
Fri 5/5
“IV Art Space Retrospective (1998-2002)”
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IV Art Space // Presa House Gallery
Given the Alamo City’s dense and unusual history, it’s only natural that localized nostalgia is an ever-present theme here — evidenced by Facebook groups dedicated to everything from “Vintage San Antonio” to bygone nightclubs like Phazez and Changez. In this same vein, Presa House Gallery is set to commemorate the six-year run of IV Art Space, a former First Friday mainstay situated on South Alamo across from Bar America. Opened by artists Joey Hladek and Andrew Watson in a storefront extension of their IV Design house and rounded out with the arrival of partner Stefunny Price, the space broke the gallery mold with unique programming that included fashion shows, dance performances, poetry readings and DJ nights. Combining photographs, video and written memories with new works from more than 20 associated artists (Glenna Park, Katherine Brown, Will Muniz and Dayna De Hoyos among them), the “IV Art Space Retrospective (1998-2002)” opens with a First Friday reception featuring music by Modsnap Radio DJs Charlie (the Wave), Cogswell (Deluxe Accommodations) and Brian Parrish (The Casbah). Free, 6-11pm, Presa House Gallery, 725 S. Presa St., facebook.com/presahouse.
— BR
Fri 5/5 - Sun 5/7
Bus Stop
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Siggi Ragnar
The Classic Theatre presents Bus Stop, a famous jest of human relationships. Penned in 1955 by playwright William Inge, Bus Stop is a romantic comedy about a group of strangers stranded overnight in a Kansas diner. With a blizzard threatening road conditions, five passengers unexpectedly find themselves sharing a small dinner with three locals with big personalities. Inge’s award-winning play is centered on amusing character relationships, like that between aspiring nightclub chanteuse Cherie (Alison Chambers) and relentless cowboy Bo (Hunter Wulff). Having essentially kidnapped the young woman, love-struck Bo is determined that they will be married and live out their days on his ranch in Montana. Grace (the owner of the diner) and Carl (the bus driver) have small intimate interactions that imply a romantic history of bus-route encounters. A young, intelligent-but-inexperienced high school student, Elma, receives advice on life and love from Cherie and alcoholic philosophy professor Dr. Lyman. The teachers soon become the students when Elma offers insight of her own about their life experiences. The entire ordeal is mediated by Will Masters, the town sheriff, who is often forced to intervene in Bo’s pursuit of Cherie. Considered one of the greatest postwar-era playwrights, Inge is known for his honest renderings of themes including human nature, values and the importance of relationships. Bus Stop combines these elements into one hilarious portrayal of the human experience. $10-$25, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, The Classic Theatre of San Antonio, 1924 Fredericksburg Road., (210) 589-8450, classictheatre.org. — Kimberly Rivera
Fri 5/5 - Sun 5/7
The Last Days of Oscar Wilde
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Wikimedia Commons
From its early days in the Blue Star Arts Complex to its stint in the shadow of the Pearl, The Overtime Theater has consistently captured our attention with truly unusual (even absurd) programming that’s taken shape in nearly 100 original works since its inception back in 2007. Having recently celebrated the grand opening of its new home on Bandera off Loop 410, the award-winning OT is digging into the foreshortened life of Oscar Wilde, a playwright, poet and critic beloved for his haunting novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) and his comedies A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). A flamboyant rebel who espoused the aesthetic movement (led by a belief of “art for art’s sake”), Wilde had two sons with his wife Constance Lloyd but later struck up a homosexual affair with Lord Alfred Douglas (aka “Bosie”). Convicted of sodomy and sentenced to two years of hard labor, Wilde penned De Prundis (an autobiographical monologue dedicated to Bosie) while incarcerated and then addressed inhumane prison conditions in the poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol before dying broke in a Paris hotel at age 46. In The Last Days of Oscar Wilde, local playwright Bernard J. Taylor focuses on key relationships in Wilde’s life as well as the tragic demise of one of the Victorian era’s most enigmatic icons. Derek Berlin directs Marc Daratt (as Wilde) in the world premiere. $10-$15, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, The Overtime Theater, 5409 Bandera Road, Suite 205, (210) 557-7562, theovertimetheater.org. — BR
Fri 5/5 - Sun 5/7
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Daniel Baumer
The Playhouse stages a production of Greg Kotis’ comedic story of socio-economic oppression, capitalism, corporate greed and the individuals willing to fight for freedom of urination. Inspired by his encounter with a pay-per-use toilet while traveling through Europe, Kotis began writing Urinetown in the late ’90s. Teaming up with composer Mark Hollmann, he brought the satire to the stage in 2001. A 20-year drought impedes water accessibility in a small town, forcing local government to issue a ban restricting the use of private toilets. The impoverished citizens must pay to use the town’s dirtiest restroom — Public Amenity #9. Those who refuse are shipped off to a penal colony known as “Urinetown,” which none have returned from. Every day the citizens live among the filth, in fear of the amenity’s authoritarian supervisor, Penelope Pennywise (Nicole Erwin). The capitalist and greed-driven megacorporation, “Urine Good Company” (the UGC), has a monopoly over all public amenities, and is looking to increase restroom fees. Penelope’s assistant, Bobby Strong (Brendan Brady) loses his father to Urinetown, and begins to reconsider the town’s issues of social inequality and the UGC’s voracity. Caldwell, CEO of UGC, introduces his daughter, Hope (Emily Cleveland), as a new employee; however, she finds herself against the company’s agenda. Together Bobby and Hope long for a new world where people can pee freely, wherever, whenever, and on whomever they want. $12-$42, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, The Playhouse, 800 W. Ashby Pl., (210) 733-7258, theplayhousesa.org. — KR Sat 5/6
Joe Purdy
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Courtesy of Joe Purdy
Have you ever been so moved by a song playing in the background of your favorite TV show that you had to scour the internet to make sure that it remained in your life forever? Chances are one of those songs might have been a track from singer/songwriter Joe Purdy. Born and raised in Arkansas, Purdy worked at a loading dock and was a high school counselor before moving to California in 2001 to pursue a music career. After breaking into the LA music scene with his 2003 record Stompingrounds, the singer was contacted by film and TV producer extraordinaire J.J. Abrams to produce a track for the Lost series. Since then, Purdy’s music has appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, House M.D. and Suburgatory. On his latest effort Who Will Be Next? Purdy plays through somewhat melancholy folk songs that tiptoe between Southern gothic and old-school country in the vein of Merle Haggard. Stripped-down and raw, Purdy proves that the age of the singer-songwriter is far from over and that three chords, a voice and a story can go a long way. $27.50, 8pm Sat, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org. – Chris Conde

Sat 5/6
Girls Girls Girls
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Girls Girls Girls
Known for creating full-length improvised musicals from a single audience suggestion, Austin's all-female troupe Girls Girls Girls helps inaugurate Bexar Stage (formerly The Overtime Theater) on opening weekend. $10, 8-9:30pm Sat, Bexar Stage, 1203 Camden St., (312) 971-7252, facebook.com/bexarstage.

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