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10 Free Events Happening This Week, Dec. 16-22 

1) "Con Estas Manos/With These Hands"

Monday, Dec. 16   10 a.m.

The work of acclaimed quilter Alicia Avila comes to San Antonio this month in a celebration of color, art and culture. Avila's quilts feature abstract patterns and vibrant colors that tell the story of her Mexican-American heritage. The exhibit is available for viewing during regular library hours.

Location: Memorial Branch Library  (3222 Culebra)

2) Holiday Story Time with Santa Paws

Tuesday, Dec. 17  11 a.m.

Grand Hyatt San Antonio welcomes one and all, short and tall to Story Time with Santa Paws, featuring readings from several children's holiday tales. Complimentary cookies, milk, cider and coffee will be served to all two-legged story time guests as well as holiday treats for their four-legged friends. The San Antonio Humane Society will have adorable, adoptable puppies on site for children to love on during the readings.

Location: Grand Hayatt San Antonio (600 E Market)

3) 35th Annual TubaMeister Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 21   12 p.m.

San Antonio's own TubaMeisters present their annual Christmas concert, performed entirely by volunteers. Specializing in traditional German and Czech music, the ensemble typically features more than 100 different players, making the sounds of the season absolutely unforgettable. Tuba, euphonium and baritone horn players can still register to participate on the TubaMeister website.

Location: Arneson River Theater (418 Villita)

4) The Brooklynite's Elf Viewing Party and Trivia Night

Sunday, Dec. 22   8 p.m.

Avoid being a cotton-headed ninnymuggins and head down to The Brooklynite for an evening of Christmas cheer. A special screening of Elf starts at 8 p.m., followed by an intense round of movie trivia. The winner will receive a $100 gift card and—most importantly—bragging rights. Elf hats and ears are highly encouraged.

Location: The Brooklynite (516 Brooklyn)

5) Travis Park Holiday Market

Friday, Dec. 20   11 a.m.

Finish up your last-minute Christmas shopping at the 2nd annual Holiday Market, which will feature more than a dozen local vendors as well as food and fun for the whole family. Back by popular demand, the event turns Travis Park into a festive bazaar, complete with music, lights and food.

Location: Travis Park (301 E Travis)

6) The Traveling Red River Circus

Saturday, Dec. 21   1 p.m.

Featuring four performers, the Traveling Red River Circus features some of the best folk/Americana artists in the area. Kelley Mickwee, Drew Kennedy, Brady Zdan, and Josh Grider make up the event, keeping toes tapping and fingers snapping.

Location: Gruene Hall (1218 Gruene, New Braunfels)

7) OPEN Downtown Pop-Up Shops

Tuesday, Dec. 17   4 - 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 21   noon - 9 p.m.

Designed to “encourage innovation, benefit local entrepreneurs, keep downtown an active and attractive destination, and connect art, retail and real estate," OPEN Downtown Pop-Up Shops feature local businesses and their goods in a temporary, market-style space. Look for unique gifts from Joyarte, Vinously Speaking, Fresh Urban Flowers, Las Ofrendas, and the Super Fantastic Happy Shop.

Location: 140, 311 & 231 E Houston

8) Rebs and Debs Film Series: Goya's Ghosts

Thursday, Dec. 19    6 p.m.

In conjunction with the touring exhibition “Cut! Costume and the Cinema,” the McNay screens Milos Forman's film Goya's Ghosts. The 2007 film starring Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem tells the story of painter Francisco Goya and his tumultuous relationship with both his muse Ines and the Spanish crown.

Location: McNay Art Museum (6000 N New Braunfels)

9) Gallery Talk: Koshirae

Tuesday, Dec. 17   6 p.m.

Join Dr. Robert R. Clemons, Ph.D. as he discusses the different elements of Japanese swords found in the "Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armour" exhibit. Dr. Clemons will focus on the scabbard, hilt and fittings of the weapons, pointing out features of pieces found in the gallery.

Location: San Antonio Museum of Art (200 W Jones)

10) The Lighthouses of Greece Book Talk and Signing

Saturday, Dec. 21   2 p.m.

Author Dolores Reyes-Pergioudakis will be at the Twig on Saturday to discuss her popular, culturally-poignant book, The Lighthouses of Greece. Exploring the history and cultural significance of the structures, the book features stunning full-color photographs that capture the haunting beauty of Greece's lighthouses. Copies of the book will be available at the event.

Location: The Twig Book Shop (306 Pearl Pkwy)




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