Established in 1995, the Fotoseptiembre USA International Photography Festival is billed as “a unique and eclectic forum for the exhibition and celebration of photography and photography-based art forms.” Beyond showcasing shutterbugs in Texas, the month-long fest stretches to Florida, Maryland and New York. Kicking off this year’s program, the “Somos San Antonio – We Are San Antonio 2013: Places That Once Were” competition and exhibition invited photographic responses to the question, “Is there a place in San Antonio that is, or was, near and dear to you but is no longer open, standing or is in serious neglect?” In keeping with the theme, “Somos San Antonio” is hosted at King William landmark Villa Finale, a former boarding house restored by preservationist Walter Mathis. Free, 5:30-7:30pm Thursday, Villa Finale, 122 Madison, (210) 223-9800, fotoseptiembreusa.com.
2. Donnell Rawlings
“An overnight success a decade in the making,” Washington D.C. native Donnell Rawlings entered the world of comedy following an Air Force stint in South Korea. After cutting his teeth on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Ricki Lake, Rawlings joined the cast of Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan’s Chappelle’s Show—where he won fans as shirtless and chapped "Ashy Larry" (above), practiced his broken Korean as Jheri-curled hater “Beautiful” and put the cherry on top of every episode with the catchphrase “I’m rich, biaaaaach!” When Chappelle’s spiritual retreat to South Africa threw a wrench in the works of the show’s third season, Rawlings and fellow cast member Charlie Murphy were tapped to host the “Lost Episodes.” D.C. comedy scene alum Carolyn Agnew joins for support. $18, 8pm Thu, 8pm & 10:15pm Fri-Sat, 8pm Sun, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 541-8805, lolsanantonio.com.
Widely celebrated for his mysterious drama Lydia, San Francisco-based Octavio Solis has mounted productions in such revered locales as Yale Repertory Theatre and California Shakespeare Theatre. With more than a dozen original works to his credit, the Trinity alum has emerged as a favorite son of his native El Paso. A master of blending “the visceral and the magical, the emotional and the intellectual” (Los Angeles Times) and plunging theater audiences into “the sacred and profane by way of the Texas-Mexico border” (NPR), Solis charts a bloody journey back home with Bethlehem. Following journalist Lee Rosenblum as he investigates murderer Mateo Buenaventura, the National Latino Playwriting Award-winner closes out the Proxy’s second season under the direction of Aaron Aguilar. $10-$15, 8pm Thu-Sat, The Overtime Theater, 1203 Camden, (210) 807-8646, proxytheatre.org.
4. Lidón Patiño and the Guadalupe Dance Company present ‘Alma de Mujer’
Little by little, San Antonio flamenco continues its sincere, unpretentious race to earn credibility through the efforts of different schools and independently organized—and not-so-organized—practitioners. While some remain skeptical, our flamenco scene is strong enough to put on shows on a regular basis. Every year, especially through the Guadalupe Dance Company, SA greets well-recognized flamenco personalities who share their knowledge with local dancers of all levels. The guest of honor at this weekend’s annual GDC show at the Guadalupe Theater is Lidón Patiño, the 24-year-old Castellón-born winner of the prestigious Joven Promesa del Flamenco (Young Flamenco Promise) at the 20th Annual Spanish and Flamenco Dance Competition in Madrid, where she resides. She will choreograph two dances for the local company but will also dance as a soloist, accompanied by fellow Spaniard—now San Antonio resident—Luisma Ramos on guitar and local flamenco symbol Chayito Champion on vocals. $15-$30 ($50 includes priority seating, tapas and sangria), 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe, (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org.
5. Hank and Cupcakes
Zany and colorful Tel Aviv-via-Brooklyn duo Hank and Cupcakes comes through 502 with its highly anticipated third LP due out sometime later this year. An infectious and potent brand of maniacal electro-pop has earned the duo early accolades since arriving stateside in 2008, particularly on the basis of their wild and thoroughly engaging live performances. With “Hank” on the bass and pedal boards and “Cupcakes” singing, drumming feverishly and providing a surplus of onstage dance mojo, these two are a must-see for fans of electronic music or anyone looking for an intense and pulsating live experience. Chris Maddin will provide support in the form of his electronic singer-songwriter project FILMSTRIPS, for which he plans to release the sophomore album communicationsoldfashioned later this year. $8, 8pm Friday, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com.
6. Loretta Lynn
Synonymous with her 1970 chart-topping single “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (which shares its name with an autobiography and Oscar-winning biopic), 81-year-old American icon Loretta Lynn has released a whopping 54 studio albums, the most recent being the successful 2004 Jack White-produced comeback Van Lear Rose. Later this year, Lynn (along with Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton and Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks) will visit the White House to accept the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Lynn’s response to the announcement? “Isn’t that something?” FYI: Decent seats can still be had for this highly anticipated show. Nix the hefty service fees by purchasing tickets directly from the Majestic Box Office. $40-$85.45, 8pm Friday, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.
Down the same alley as the Contemporary Art Month fave “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” “DTF” reunites provocateurs Jessica Garcia and Wesley Harvey for a one-night-only exhibition in three rooms of the quaintly seedy Fox Motel. Named after an acronym one might come across while surfing the web for casual sex or catching up on Jersey Shore, DTF is slang used by horndogs who are “down to fuck” (likely with NSA—no strings attached). Based on “personal, yet anonymous sexual requests done in a very public manner,” Garcia’s portion promises to reveal “just how easy it is to satisfy these desires.” Furthering his interest in “queer theory examining both the normative and deviant,” Harvey’s site-specific performance “will question the viewer’s notions of their own thoughts and ideas about sexuality through the use of the voyeur.” Free, 7-10pm Saturday, Fox Motel, 302 Newell, invisibleartgallery.com.
8. Peter Max
By the age of 20, Berlin-born artist Peter Max had lived in Germany, China, Israel, the U.S. and France. During this global adventure with his family—which fled Berlin in 1938—Max soaked up creative inspiration from Buddhist paintings, comic books, Fauvism, Hollywood movies, astronomy and beyond. With artistic encouragement from his mother (a former fashion designer) and training from instructors at the Louvre and the Art Students League of New York, Max explored realism, graphic art and collage before arriving to the masses as a poster artist. Employing a “split fountain” technique and playing the printing press “like an electric piano,” the young instigator funneled splashy pop and cosmic iconography into one of the most recognizable oeuvres of the psychedelic ’60s. While countless commercial endorsements cemented his star status, Max has stuck to his guns as an environmentalist, vegetarian and animal-rights advocate. The 75 year-old made news in 2002 when he donated $180,000 worth of art to provide “a life of green fields” for Cincinnati Freedom (aka Charlene Mooken), a 1,050-pound Charolais cow that hopped a six-foot fence to escape from an Ohio slaughterhouse. Austin’s Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery brings the living legend to the Alamo City in conjunction with his exhibit of paintings paying tribute to old masters and Texas landmarks alike. Free, 6-9pm Sat, 1-4pm Sun, North Star Mall (Second Level, across from the Food Court), 7400 San Pedro, RSVP at (888) 513-8385 or [email protected], petermax.com.
9. The Temptations
As the only surviving member of the Temptations’ “Classic Five” lineup, Texarkana-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Otis Williams has seen the legendary vocal group through mega-stardom as well as countless losses and reinventions. Formed in 1960 by friendly rival bands the Distants and the Primes and known as the Elgins when they auditioned for Berry Gordy at Motown, the quintet was nicknamed “The Hitless Temptations” until they began collaborating with singer-songwriter/producer Smokey Robinson on songs like “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and “My Girl.” While the quintet helped define the Motown sound with ballads and brass-heavy soul, it was the psychedelic sound of 1969’s “Cloud Nine” that won them their first Grammy (the second came in 1973 with the pivotal hit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”). Explored in “Big Daddy” Williams’ autobiography Temptations (which was adapted as an Emmy-winning miniseries in 1998), the group’s near-constant evolution came with its fair share of drama, diva-like behavior, deaths and departures. Reportedly at work on a contemporary album featuring collaborations with Ne-Yo, T.I., Drake and others, the current lineup—Williams along with Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson—lands at the Majestic along with fellow Motown legends the Four Tops. $44.50-$69.50, 7:30pm Sunday, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.
10. Matt Adler CD Release
Matt Adler isn’t a “Christian” artist—though there is nothing wrong with that—he is a first-rate producer, multi-instrumentalist and alt-pop singer-songwriter who happens to be a Christian. His The Sound EP is a flawless collection of seven dynamite songs (mostly originals, except for tasteful renditions like Gungor’s “Please Be My Strength” and Hillsong United’s “Aftermath”) that picks up where 2011’s tortured Rearranged left off. But The Sound has Adler walking on firm soil, full of hope and confidence, in one of the most moving EPs of the year by a man who has one of the most celestial falsettos in town. Adler (guitar and vocals) will play with Chad Humphrey (guitar), Dave Hernández (keyboards), Tony Neely (bass, vocals), Dave Brent (drums), Katie Boyd (cello) and Brett Shudak (upright bass). With DJ Mario Rodríguez, The Bride + The King, Our Divine Romance (acoustic set by Suzy Martínez) and Attica. $6, 7:45pm Sunday, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com.