Arts : Best Fiesta bets

As Fiesta revelers pack the streets, it’s always fun to try an event somewhat off the beaten path in addition to the customary standbys. Make good use of the time off from work as the Alamo City shuts down midday on Friday: After the Battle of Flowers Parade, continue your Fiesta celebration at the Sunken Gardens Theatre in Brackenridge Park. ARTS San Antonio presents live music, food, and activities for the family in the gardens from 4-10:30 p.m. Friday, April 28. $10 in advance through ARTS at 226-2891 or any TicketMaster outlet; $15 day of the event. For more information, visit

Stop by Southtown for the King William Fair & Parade Saturday, April 29. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and festivities continue until 6 p.m. In addition to live music, dance groups, rides, and games, this year’s parade features independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman in all his sartorial splendor as Fair Marshal. Proceeds from the event provide educational scholarships for inner-city students, art-instruction programs, and funds for preservation of the King William neighborhood. $2 for adults; free for children under 17.

Wrap up your Fiesta weekend with a free-wheeling concert and jam session revisiting the Friendly Spot, the legendary downtown ’80s icehouse and local-music hotspot. The Friendly Spot Reunion Jam will run from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at 1001 S. Alamo, the soon-to-be former site of Tienda Guadalupe, which will close its doors forever after the evening. A lively roster of South Texas music stalwarts will jam, including Rudi Harst with Charlie Athanas, Doug Fesler, Smith Brothers, & Los #3 Dinners, who Current readers voted Best Band of the Last 20 Years in the ’06 Best Of poll.

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