10 Free Events Happening in San Antonio This Week

1. Only at the Alamo: Anime at Alamo Drafthouse

Fulfill your inner Otaku needs and join the Alamo Drafthouse for some Anime viewing pleasure. Oh, don’t forget about the giveaway at the end of each screening!   Free, 7:30 Tuesday 8/27; Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes at 1255 SW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78227

(210) 677-8500

2. Steampunk 101

Explore the many facets of steampunk: from steampunk fashion and the secrets of DIY, to the growing wealth of steampunk Literature and other media. This gathering seeks to provide a place where people that are interested in steampunk can meet others who share that interest. Free,6:30pm Wednesday 8/28, Brook Hollow Library at 530 Heimer, San Antonio, Tx 78232, (210) 207-9030

3. Point the Compass

San Antonio artist Josh Trudell offers a selection of landscape and wildlife photography in his exhibit, Point the Compass. Sponsored by San Antonio Public Library, the exhibit showcases the sights and moments that inspire Trudell to travel and explore the natural world--close-ups of buffalo skin, canyons and mountains. ?Free, 6-9pm Wednesday 8/28, Central Library, 600 Soledad, San Antonio, Tx, 78205, (210)207-2500

4. A Night with Polysynthfusion on the Patio

Polysynthfusion is a complex mixture of sounds that provide structure and confusion. The brainchild of Michael Randolph, PSF’s sounds are created from an eclectic mix of synthesizers, Theremins, and vintage musical devices. Boneshakers Tap House, Free, 9pm Wednesday 8/28, 306 Austin St, San Antonio, TX 78215, (210) 319-8155

5. Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds In conjunction with LoneStarCon 3, British astrophysicist/science-fiction author Alastair Reynolds visits Parman Library to discusses his Poseidon’s Children series and Doctor Who tie-in novel. Free, 6:30-8pm Thursday 8/29; Parman Library at Stone Oak, 20735 Wilderness Oak, San Antonio, (210) 207-2703.

6. Secrets and Irises

With origins stemming back to 2010, Secrets and Irises came to bloom in early 2012 as a fresh San Antonio quintet led by vocalist Kelsey Novak. Lyrically, most songs play out stories of self-revelation, discovery, and rude awakening.  Part dance electro, part dream rock, Secrets and Irises is all energy. Free, 8pm Friday 08/30, Moses Roses Hideout, 518 E Houston St San Antonio, TX, 78205, (210)775-1808

7. Book Plática Series

Gemini Ink staffers Margie Rodriguez and Anisa Onofre facilitate a lunchtime discussion about Carmen Tafolla’s The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans—a “literary feast” that takes on hypocrisy, prejudice, institutional pomposity, and other modern myopias with fresh humor and a deep understanding of the human spirit. Free, 12:00pm Friday 8/30; Gemini Ink, 513 S Presa, San Antonio, (210) 734-9673.

8. World Con Authors

Visiting science-fiction authors Kay Kenyon (A Thousand Perfect Things), Drew Karpyshyn (Children of Fire), Kevin Hearne (Hunted), Myke Cole (Control Point), Betsy Dornbusch (Exile), Scott Lynch (The Lies of Locke Lamora), Michael J. Martinez (The Daedalus Incident), Brian McClellan (Promise of Blood) and Courtney Schafer (The Whitefire Crossing) touch down at the Twig in conjunction with LoneStarCon 3. Free, 11am-1pm Saturday 08/31; The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Ste 106, San Antonio, (210) 826-6411.

9. Toh Enjoe

Toh Enjoe: Self-Reference ENGINE Japanese sci-fi author Toh Enjoe and his editors visit Barnes & Noble to discuss  Self-Reference ENGINE, a new book exploring “science, surrealism, number theory, and more dead Sigmund Freuds than you can shake a stick at.” Free, 2pm Saturday 08/31; Barnes & Noble (La Cantera), 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, (210) 558-3903.

10. Broadway Nights at Woodlawn Theatre

Rebecca Trinidad and pianist Darrin Newhardt host this intimate late-night cabaret offering area performers an opportunity to showcase individual talents. Free, 10:15pm Saturday 08/31; Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredricksburg Rd, San Antonio, Tx

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