10 Things You Have to Do This Weekend

Thu 7/28 - Sun 7/31
Reformed Whores

click to enlarge ERIC HELMIN
Eric Helmin

Country-western music is about love and loss,” says Reformed Whores guitarist Katy Frame to the audience at Gotham City Comedy Club in New York. Ukelele player Marie Cecile Anderson adds “Folks we know this is a comedy show, but ... we’re gonna play y’all the saddest country love song ever written.” Then the duo launches into “Hump-A-Lot Bear” a low-tempo number about forbidden love between a young girl and the stuffed Care Bear her parents callously throw away after they catch her ... well you get the idea. As their name, not to mention the title of their latest album Don’t Beat Around the Bush, would indicate, the Whores don’t waste blood blushing at their own sexuality. Songs like “Whorny,” “Raw Hide (The Waxing Song)” and “Southern Cumfort” feature double entendres only in that they sometimes repeat themselves. Anderson and Frame spice up all that sex talk with feminist PSAs like “Girls Poop Too” and “Douchebags” and make a conscious effort to be less heteronormative with “Eating Out.” This is outlaw country circa 2016. $17, 8:30pm Thu, 8pm & 10:15pm Fri-Sat, 8pm Sun, Improv San Antonio Rivercenter, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 229-1420, rivercentercomedyclub.com.
— Jeremy Martin

Thu 7/28 - Sun 7/31
San Antonio Film Festival

click to enlarge Ben Foster and Chris Pine in David Mackenzie's Hell or High Water, screening 7pm Saturday
Ben Foster and Chris Pine in David Mackenzie's Hell or High Water, screening 7pm Saturday

Kicked off on Monday with an opening night reception and screening at the historic Pearl Stable, the 22nd annual San Antonio Film Festival takes over the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts (100 Auditorium Circle) with a weeklong program comprising panels, shorts, features, documentaries and a record 29 entries by San Antonio filmmakers. Click here to read our nine festival picks. For tickets ($15 per film, $129 for a festival badge) and a full schedule of events, visit safilm.com$15-$129, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm Thu, 10am, noon, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm Fri-Sat, 4pm & 6pm Sun, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, safilm.com.
— Kiko Martínez

Fri 7/29
Date Night: “Highest Heaven” 

Our Lady of Candlemas with Donors, Bolivian, Potosí, 1799

If the $10 surcharge has deterred you from taking in all religious splendor and gilded extravagance of the San Antonio Museum of Art’s “Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art of the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection,” take a look at the bells and whistles of this summer date night. Besides two-for-one admission and enlightening tours of the exhibition, the evening includes live acoustic world music from local husband-and-wife duo Jorge & Nicole, a cash bar stocked with sangria, gourmet tacos for purchase from the Mr. Meximum food truck and an outdoor screening of Brazilian director Walter Salles’ Ernesto “Che” Guevara biopic The Motorcycle Diaries. Based on a memoir that’s been likened to a cross between Karl Marx’s seminal work Das Kapital and Dennis Hopper’s road-trip classic Easy Rider, the 2004 film stars Gael García Bernal as Guevera in the midst of the pivotal 1952 journey that transformed him from medical student to Marxist revolutionary. $15-$20 per couple, 7-11pm Fri, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org. — Bryan Rindfuss

Fri 7/29
Purple Rain Tribute

Prince was an artist so talented, so ahead of the curve, so sexually transcendent that it was hard to believe that he was a human, let alone a mortal being. It was as if some purple god dropped a changeling upon the earth to melt bodies and drop melting, funky guitar licks into his progressive, intense pop. To celebrate his life, what better way than to screen Purple Rain, Prince’s all-everything-purp rock drama. Released in late July of 1984, the movie tells the story of The Kid, his bitchin’ motorcycle and his rise to fame thanks to that unforgettable, titular ballad. Free, 10pm-2am Fri, Brass Monkey, 2702 N. St. Mary's St., facebook.com. — Matt Stieb

Fri 7/29
Jazzed on Tap

Since its formation, the Third Coast Rhythm Project has evolved from a single performance to a four-day celebration of tap dance and percussive arts. While the “buffet of internationally and nationally acclaimed rhythm masters” presents hoofers with workshops and classes, spectators need look no further than Jazzed on Tap. Now in its 19th season, the evening of “show-stopping rhythm” features performances by the likes of Max Pollak, Martin “Tre” Dumas, Sarah Savelli, Michela Marino Lerman and the Mark Rubinstein Jazz Trio. $25- $29, 8-10pm Fri, Carver Community Cultural Center, Jo Long Theatre, 226 N. Hackberry St., (210) 207-2234, thirdcoastrhythm.com.
— BR

Fri 7/29 - Sun 7/31
Texas Comicon

Celebrity appearances and photo ops, panel discussions and a host of other special events take center stage at Texas Comicon, a three-day celebration of sci-fi/horror, comic books, gaming, exhibitors and artists. The motley crew of actors scheduled to attend include Michael Dorn (Lt. Commander Worf from the Star Trek franchise), Tony Todd (the title character from Candyman), Spencer Wilding (Humbaba from The Legend of Hercules) and Erik Estrada (Officer Ponch from TV’s CHiPs). Panel discussions during the event include “Superheroic Science,” an examination of “the real life implications and scientific issues of having superpowers” and a Q&A with actors Steve Cardenas and Yoshi Sudarso, who star in separate Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series. Also on the slate: trading-card gaming, model building, costume contests, dance performances and lightsaber and parkour demos. And while it’s not on the agenda, there’s sure to be some major Pokémon hunting taking place outside the venue. Here’s hoping there are a few Snorlax hanging around. $15-$55, noon- 9pm Fri, 10am-9pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sun, San Antonio Event Center, 8111 Meadow Leaf Drive, (210) 528-0434, texascomicon.com.
– KM

Fri 7/29 - Sun 7/31
Two Sisters and a Piano

Maria Ibarra, Paul Ramos and Ailyn Duran in Two Sisters and a Piano

The Playhouse San Antonio brings a lesser-known play penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz to its Cellar Theater this month. Cruz’s Two Sisters
and a Piano
is set in his native Cuba in 1991, under Castro’s regime just after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Unlike blockbusters such as Les
, political turmoil is not at the forefront of this drama. Instead, the play focuses on sisters Maria and Sofia as they adjust to a sentence of permanent house arrest, exploring the subtleties of how life and love are affected by a suffocating regime. Omar Leos directs Maria Ibarra, Ailyn Duran, Victor Trevino and Paul Ramos in The Playhouse’s production. $12-$30, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, The Playhouse, 800 W. Ashby Pl., (210) 733-7258, theplayhousesa.org. — Kelly Merka Nelson

Fri 7/29 - Sun 7/31
Mozart Festival

Younggun Kim photographed by Bo Huang

If you’re only familiar with Mozart’s “Requiem in D Minor,” culture up and attend at least one of these five concerts where some of the 18th- century composer’s most beloved work will be performed by musicians from across Texas. Hosted by the University of the Incarnate Word, the first of the fest's two weekends showcases the talents of cellist Douglas Harvey, pianists Toby Blumenthal, Younggun Kim and Rick Rowley and Austin’s Artisan String Quartet. $25-$30, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, University of
the Incarnate Word Concert Hall, 4301 Broadway, (210) 829-6000, uiw.edu/mozartfestival.
— KM

Fri 7/29 - Sun 7/31
“Girl’s Eye View” 

click to enlarge GIA RODRIGUEZ
Gia Rodriguez

In addition to providing preventative health services and serving as a “one-stop shop for individuals with immediate basic needs,” the nonprofit Martinez Street Women’s Center makes a positive impact through Girl Zone — a free empowerment program geared for elementary and middle school students who lack opportunities “simply because of the zip code that they live in.” Presented as an opportunity for Girl Zone summer campers to “get engaged and entwined in the fabric of their community,” the group exhibit “Girl’s Eye View” tasked participants with capturing the essence of San Antonio’s East Side through photography, film and poetry. As Girl Zone summer camp art director, Ernesto Olivo sees the project as “a way to amplify where they are coming from, what they are going through and how they are seeing that growth within themselves here in this community.” $6-$8, 9am-5pm Fri-Sat, noon-5pm Sun, Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., (210) 458-2300, texancultures.com. — BR

click to enlarge EVELYN LOPEZ
Evelyn Lopez

Sat 7/30
Blackout the Sun

The beach goth aesthetic answers an important question in this brave new world of climate change: how does one wear more clothes at the beach, without looking like a Dad from an L.L. Bean catalogue? The answer is beach goth, the aesthetic step-child of Siouxsie Sioux and David Hasselhoff. Paper Tiger invites its partiers to wear their beachiest, gothiest attire; best-dressed will win two tickets to the inaugural Sound on Sound Fest outside of Austin. For the soundtrack, there’s a little King Pelican for the surf-rock crowd, a little Street Sects for the punks and a little Xander Harris to cast a moody fog over the whole shindig. Free, 9pm Sat, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary's St., papertigersa.com. — MS
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