All You Can Eat (09-06-06)

Art, food, and charity collide in the most pleasant ways this week, beginning with: The September 7 FUNraiser at the Blue Cactus Café, 13525 Wetmore Rd., which regularly hosts charity dinners for local causes in its historical Wetmore General Store and Post Office building. Thursday’s beneficiary is the SA to SA Humanities Festival, an annual fundraiser for Scholarships for South Africa, a program founded by San Antonian Nancy Parker & family that brings South African students to this SA for education. SA to SA also funds The Long Distance Book-Mobile, a decade-old program that provides reading materials for 70 South African schools and four township libraries. From 7-11 p.m., the FUNraiser will shake its booty to the beat of the interactive drum troupe Mwendo, while slaking real and metaphorical thirst with beer, wine, and margaritas ($1 from each purchase goes to SA to SA; $2 from each adult dinner). Tickets for the October 7 SA to SA Festival will be available for purchase. For more info, visit or Call 822-3552 for reservations.

As long as you’ve got your wallet out … Cappyccino’s, 5003 Broadway, is celebrating Fotoseptiembre with Faces, an exhibit by arts patron (and Houston Grand Opera benefactor) Donna Bruni. Buy a photo, benefit ARTS San Antonio, the local organization that produces a season of dance, classical music, and theater guaranteed not to offend the masses (you can find the season schedule, which begins September 29 and includes 100 Years of Broadway, Kenny G, and The Nutcracker, at The exhibit is up through October 15.

A vicarious do-gooder thrill can be had by the whole family Saturday at the Safety Fair and Barbecue Cook-Off XIII, hosted by the SA Chapter of Associated General Contractors. AGC will hand out awards to local businesses while such special guest judges as District 1 Councilman Roger Flores and County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson rate the ’cue. Pony rides, door prizes, and free ice cream are also in the offing. $6 adults; kids 12 and under free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., September 9, Camargo Park, Highway 90 West. For tickets and info, call 349-4921.

You prefer your art stirred (with a little vodka), not shaken (with conflicting motives)? Sip-and-see opportunities this week include Michael Moss’s Recent Paintings at Drink Coffee & Wine Bar, 200 Navarro #100 (opening reception: 7-9 p.m. Thursday), and Current photographer Laura McKenzie’s images at Blue Star Brewery, 1414 S. Alamo.

In addition to its ever-evolving house-brewed menu, Blue Star is cooking up the winner of the August 12 Alamo City Cerveza Fest, Mike Heniff’s 188 Baltic Porter (see the list of winners here:, which you’ll soon be able to sip while taking advantage of the bar’s free Wi-Fi

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