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 Satosa.org or Bluecactuscafe.com. 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 Artssananton-io.com). 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: Bluestarbrewing.com/events/cervesafest/cervesafest-winners.html), which you’ll soon be able to sip while taking advantage of the bar’s free Wi-Fi Send your restaurant and food news to: [email protected]