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Cactus Pear Music Festival: French Roast

Sat., July 20, 3-4 p.m.
Summer Moon Coffee Bar 3233 N St Mary's St #102, San Antonio Northeast

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This year, several changes are in store for Cactus Pear Music Festival. As part of its search for a new Artistic Director to replace Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, whose last season with Cactus Pear will be in 2021, the two finalists — both former winners of the San Antonio International Piano Competition (now the Gurwitz Piano Competition) — will each serve as a guest festival artist as well as guest artistic director for week two of the festival in this and next year. This summer, 2016 SAIPC Gold Medalist Scott Cuellar takes the helm, and will perform for all four main festival concerts: “Into the Twilight” (July 12), “Baying at the Moon” (July 13), “Goethe Have Music” (July 19) and “Romancing the Notes” (July 20). Cactus Pear is also introducing two free Casual Classix concerts, opening the festival with “Bulgarian Bad Boyz, Brahms and Beer” (6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, Bar 414, 205 E. Houston) and a caffeinated matinee before the final festival concert that they’re calling “French Roast: Debussy, Ravel and Duparc” (3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Summer Moon Coffee Bar, 3233 N. St. Mary’s St.). In addition to Cuellar and current director Sant’Ambrogio, artists on deck include members of the San Antonio Symphony such as Jeff Garza, French horn, and Ilya Shterenberg, clarinet, as well as visiting artists Carol Cook, viola; Lachezar Kostov, cello; Viktor Valkov, piano; Timothy Jones, baritone; Ellen DePasquale, violin; and more.

Cactus Pear Music Festival: Young Artist Program Concert

Sun., July 21, 3 p.m.
Trinity Baptist Church 319 E. Mulberry, San Antonio San Antonio


This year, several changes are in store for Cactus Pear Music Festival. As part of its search for a new Artistic Director to replace Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, whose last season with Cactus Pear will be in 2021, the two finalists — both former winners of the San Antonio International Piano Competition (now the Gurwitz Piano Competition) — will each serve as a guest festival artist as well as guest artistic director for week two of the festival in this and next year. This summer, 2016 SAIPC Gold Medalist Scott Cuellar takes the helm, and will perform for all four main festival concerts: “Into the Twilight” (July 12), “Baying at the Moon” (July 13), “Goethe Have Music” (July 19) and “Romancing the Notes” (July 20). Cactus Pear is also introducing two free Casual Classix concerts, opening the festival with “Bulgarian Bad Boyz, Brahms and Beer” (6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, Bar 414, 205 E. Houston) and a caffeinated matinee before the final festival concert that they’re calling “French Roast: Debussy, Ravel and Duparc” (3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Summer Moon Coffee Bar, 3233 N. St. Mary’s St.). In addition to Cuellar and current director Sant’Ambrogio, artists on deck include members of the San Antonio Symphony such as Jeff Garza, French horn, and Ilya Shterenberg, clarinet, as well as visiting artists Carol Cook, viola; Lachezar Kostov, cello; Viktor Valkov, piano; Timothy Jones, baritone; Ellen DePasquale, violin; and more. (210) 733-6201

26th Annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival

Fri., July 19, 7:30-10 p.m., Fri., July 26, 7:30-10 p.m. and Fri., Aug. 2, 7:30-10 p.m.
Wonderland of the Americas Amphitheatre 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio San Antonio

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For fans of smooth jazz in San Antonio and beyond, the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival is an institution at this point. The free festival, now in its 26th year, consistently offers up some of the best regional talent in the ear-candy subgenre. This year, the event organizers expect, based on previous numbers, to welcome more than 4,000 festival-goers over the course of the four Fridays of the fest. The latest installment of the quirky festival has the unique distinction of featuring an all-woman lineup — a rarity for any genre of music, really — for the very first time. Festival organizer Lorenzo Nastasi said in a press release that the idea to go all-woman this year was inspired by, and in part to be understood as a celebration of, the many women in leadership positions in Balcones Heights. It’s ultimately an admirable and exciting move by the organizers. Slated performers are Wednesday Ball and Ragan Whiteside (July 12), MiChelle Garibay-Carey and Jessy J (July 19), Elizabeth Mis and Jeanette Harris (July 26) and Kayla Waters and Lindsey Webster (August 2). Each performer will, as per tradition, get more than an hour of stage time.

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 1
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$12-$20


Evidenced by the global success of recent films such as Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel, among many others, the world is still captivated by the concept of superheroes. While less memorable examples might fall within that formulaic realm the New York Times summed up as “mental popcorn, meant to be rapidly consumed and forgotten,” the box office numbers prove we’re still collectively content to sit and watch statuesque freaks of nature fight off evil forces — even when the takeaway is minimal. Long before the schlock of what’s been dubbed “Hollywood’s Comic Book Age,” Superman and Wonder Woman captured imaginations as defenders of humanity fighting injustices amid the backdrops of the Great Depression and WWII. Introduced in 1938 and 1941, respectively, this iconic, spandex-clad pair inspire myriad incarnations in “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder,” an exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and landing at the San Antonio Museum of Art this summer. Although it might conjure visions of comic cons and nerdy fan art, the traveling show digs deep into the cultural significance of both figures — and it isn’t an entirely kid-friendly affair. Curated by Alejo Benedetti, the collection of 70-plus paintings, photographs, videos and installations goes beyond the expected depictions of costumed heroism to explore sexuality, immigration, race, idolatry, desire and the very building blocks that made these characters possible. Spanning from the 1930s to the present day, “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder” builds an interpretive timeline in four thematic sections. Encompassing both the reverent and irreverent, the introductory section The Heroes We Know comprises photographer Siri Kaur’s amusing portraits of celebrity impersonators captured in mundane, contemporary contexts, Peter Saul’s playfully surreal painting Superman Versus the Toilet Duck and a provocative yet nostalgic installation by Jim Shaw, The Issue of My Loins, that showcases — and supersizes — Superman’s crotch. Placing the mythical stars in historical context, Origin Stories is reportedly the germinating seed for the entire exhibition. Here, real-life men of steel and women of wonder are presented in etchings of 1930s-era steel workers building the metropolis, photographs of women welding in the Willow Run bomber plant in the 1940s and Norman Rockwell’s 1943 painting of brawny machinist and feminist icon Rosie the Riveter eating a sandwich as the American flag billows in the background. Contrasting God-like power with traces of vulnerability, Glimpsing Humanity places our heroes in unexpected contexts: an alienated Superman reads the paper amid a barren landscape in Llyn Foulkes’ 1991 painting Where Did I Go Wrong and gets lit in Mike Kelley’s 1999 video Superman Recites Selections from “The Bell Jar” and Other Works by Sylvia Plath. Wonder Woman becomes a religious icon in Valetin Popov’s 2009 painting St. Wonder Woman and gets placed In Exile alongside the Virgin Mary, Aphrodite and others in Mary Beth Edelson’s mixed-media painting from 1989. Timely and provocative, the closing section Defender of the Innocent challenges stereotypes of gender and race while importantly reminding that both beloved characters are immigrants (he’s from Krypton, she’s from Themyscira, aka Paradise Island). Sarah Hill addresses the plight of a trans Wonder Woman in the 2014 video They Wonder; late San Antonio artist Mel Casas calls out the lack of diversity in the superhero realm in his painting Humanscape 70 (Comic Whitewash); Superman locks lips with Batman in Rich Simmons’ 2014 mixed-media work Between the Capes; Dulce Pinzón celebrates Mexican immigrants as working-class superheroes in staged photographs; and an installation attributed to the U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes (ICE DISH) comes complete with a hotline where concerned citizens can report suspicious activity. As host venue, SAMA rises to the heroic occasion with an abundance of complementary programs, including talks with featured artists, weekly gallery talks, workshops, a Superhero Pajama Party (July 26) and outdoor screenings of Black Panther (June 28), Superman: The Movie (July 12), Nacho Libre (July 19), The Incredibles 2 (August 2), Batman (August 6), Wonder Woman (August 9), Birdman (August 16), Lu Over the Wall (August 23) and Superman II (August 30). (210) 978-8100

Cactus Pear Music Festival

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-9:30 p.m. Continues through July 20
Trinity Baptist Church 319 E. Mulberry, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$5-$28


This year, several changes are in store for Cactus Pear Music Festival. As part of its search for a new Artistic Director to replace Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, whose last season with Cactus Pear will be in 2021, the two finalists — both former winners of the San Antonio International Piano Competition (now the Gurwitz Piano Competition) — will each serve as a guest festival artist as well as guest artistic director for week two of the festival in this and next year. This summer, 2016 SAIPC Gold Medalist Scott Cuellar takes the helm, and will perform for all four main festival concerts: “Into the Twilight” (July 12), “Baying at the Moon” (July 13), “Goethe Have Music” (July 19) and “Romancing the Notes” (July 20). Cactus Pear is also introducing two free Casual Classix concerts, opening the festival with “Bulgarian Bad Boyz, Brahms and Beer” (6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, Bar 414, 205 E. Houston) and a caffeinated matinee before the final festival concert that they’re calling “French Roast: Debussy, Ravel and Duparc” (3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Summer Moon Coffee Bar, 3233 N. St. Mary’s St.). In addition to Cuellar and current director Sant’Ambrogio, artists on deck include members of the San Antonio Symphony such as Jeff Garza, French horn, and Ilya Shterenberg, clarinet, as well as visiting artists Carol Cook, viola; Lachezar Kostov, cello; Viktor Valkov, piano; Timothy Jones, baritone; Ellen DePasquale, violin; and more. (210) 733-6201

A Comedy Contest

Fri., July 19, 5-9 p.m.

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@ The Elbow Room, 10730 Perrin Beitel Road, San Antonio, TX
The Elbow Room is putting together the first annual A Comedy Contest! It's setup like Last Comic Standing, but in a bar. The 1st place winner receives $100 via MindTwist Comedy and an entry to advance to the Funniest Comic in Texas via This is Not Comedy and Addisson Improv. 2102917293

Z Fest 2019

Fri., July 19, 5-11:45 p.m. and Sat., July 20, 5-11:45 p.m.
Imagine Books and Records 8373 Culebra Rd, San Antonio San Antonio


Z Fest is a annual multi-genre, 2 night music festival put on and created by BlueJay Records. (210) 236-7668

Young Professional Community Leader Series: Featuring U.S. Representative Will Hurd

Fri., July 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Paramour 102 9th St, San Antonio Downtown

Buy Tickets$10


Join the World Affairs Council for our summer Community Leader Series featuring U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23)! Hear Congressman Will Hurd talk about the journey that took him from San Antonio to Texas A&M, to a career as an undercover officer in the CIA, to becoming a leading expert on cyber-security and US Representative. Enjoy a cocktail, some craft beer over bites and conversation. (210) 308-9494

Gemini Ink Presents (Un)Definition: Challenging The Ideas We've Inherited

Fri., July 19, 6-10 p.m.
Brick at Blue Star 108 Blue Star, San Antonio Southtown


Gemini Ink presents (Un)Definition: Challenging The Ideas We've Inherited, a Friday night reading and conversation at the Brick at Blue Star Complex. Authors, Ira Sukrungruang, Pablo Miguel Martínez, and keynote speaker Andrea VOCAB Sanderson will attempt to break apart cultural assignations of place and the differences between internal and external landscapes in an attempt to get deeper, more authentic meanings of place in writing. Dr. Norma E. Cantú will be the moderator for this discussion.

Opening Reception for On Water Exhibition

Fri., July 19, 7-9 p.m.

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@ Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 7801
Join the Central Library and artist Elizabeth Chiles to celebrate the opening of On Water, a solo exhibition featuring 14 of Chiles' large scale photographs and photographic collages. Presented in the Central Library's main gallery, On Water showcases two series of Chiles' work: Figs from Thistles, created in 2013 during the worst Texas drought in over a century, and On Water, created in 2018 during months of historic flooding along the Colorado River. On Water, on view from July 16 to August 16, 2019, is free and accessible during the Central Library's open hours. 512.974.7400

WC Clark Blues Review with Professor Underfunk

Fri., July 19, 8-11 p.m.
Poodie's Hilltop Bar & Grill 22308 State Hwy 71 W, Spicewood San Antonio


The God Father of Austin Blues breaks it down with Cecil Yancey, aka Professor Underfunk and the Blues Review Band (512) 264-0318

Menopause: The Musical

Fri., July 19, 8 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio River Walk

Buy Tickets$29.50-$74.50


Menopause: The Musical® - Come join the sisterhood! Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra, memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. The hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s might prompt cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what more than 15 million women and fans worldwide have been laughing about for 18 years! It's the hilarious celebration of women and the change!® (210) 223-8624

The Damn Torpedoes and Bubble Puppy

Fri., July 19, 8 p.m.
Sam's Burger Joint 330 E. Grayson St., San Antonio San Antonio


It's Rock Legends Night with The Damn Torpedoes (A Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) and Bubble Puppy (Texas Hall of Famers). Doors open at 7pm. (210) 223-2830

Family Flick: Nacho Libre

Fri., July 19, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Outdoor films in collaboration with Slab Cinema presents Nacho Libre. The film begins at sundown. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. In the case of inclement weather, the film will be cancelled. Pets are not permitted on the Museum campus; however, service animals are permitted at the Museum. The film is suggested for ages 11 and up. Nacho is a monastery cook who spends his day feeding orphans and being overlooked by the monastery. When Sister Encarnación arrives at the monastery, Nacho realises that the only way to win her affection and to save the children will be by competing as a Luchador wrestler. (210) 978-8100

Dale Watson

Fri., July 19, 9 p.m.
John T Floore's Country Store 14492 Old Bandera Rd., Helotes San Antonio


Floore's presents honky-tonk hero and country music maverick Dale Watson. (210) 6958827 (FAX); (210)

LonDukDon is Back at The Aquaduck!

Fri., July 19, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Aquaduck Beer Garden 9214 Espada Road, San Antonio South Side

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Come hang out with this group of fun-loving musicians that are dedicated to keeping the AWESOME spirit of the 80's Pop and New Wave sounds as alive and vibrant as ever! (210) 600-3280

Gemini Ink Writers Conference

Sat., July 20, 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and Sun., July 21, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel 110 Lexington Ave, San Antonio San Antonio


The Fourth Annual Gemini Ink Writers Conference will take place at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel from July 19-21. This year’s featured authors include Andrea VOCAB Sanderson, Pablo Miguel Martínez, Analicia Sotelo, Camille Acker, Andre Dubus III, and Ira Sukrungruang. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in 37 different panels and 5 different workshops. Register at geminiink.org/conference-registration or by phone at (210) 734-9673. (210) 223-9267

ACTS Missions Christmas in July Craft Fair

Sat., July 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Whitley Conference Center 285 Oblate Dr., San Antonio Downtown


The 2nd annual Christmas in July Fair at the Whitley Theological Center will offer the opportunity to purchase from a variety of local artists and crafters selling handcrafted items, including jewelry, wreaths, clothing, purses, paintings, chocolate, makeup, decorations, accessories and gifts. The event is indoors. Parking is free. There will be an acceptance of $5 love donations at the door. A food truck will be available serving lunch courtesy of Hondo's BBQ. Proceeds benefit ACTS Missions. (210) 342-1077 x129

Free Fitness Class on the Plaza with Mobile OM

Sat., July 20, 9-10 a.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio River Walk

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Breathe and de-stress with a healing dose of yoga on the beautiful Riverwalk Plaza. This 60 minute class hatha flow class is designed to accommodate all levels of practice and will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated for the rest of your day. (210) 223-8624

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration

Sat., July 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Scobee Education Center 1819 N. Main Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

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July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Join the Scobee Education Center in celebrating this historic event. There will be fun hands on activities for all ages, robotics, drones, guest speakers, STEM resources, vendors and more. (210) 486-0100

Teen Workshop: Comic Splash Page Collage (Ages 11-17)

Sat., July 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Boom! Pow! Blam! Come learn how to make your stories pop in this comic book collage workshop! After visiting our special exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, compose your own superhero narrative in one scene using comic-artist styles and techniques. Participants will also be invited to screen print their own souvenir tote bag or poster. Teen workshops are led by professional artist-educators and include a tour in the museum, instruction in a variety of art techniques and media. Fee covers all materials. Students will need to bring their own sack lunch and water bottle. This event is $80 and $65 for members. (210) 978-8100

Passport to the Past!

Sat., July 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Travel back in time for Latino Conservation Week! On Saturday, July 20, explore Mission San José and learn about the creation of a Latino community through the sights, skills, and smells of the 18th century mission. Pick up your Passport to the Past in the Visitor Center. Make clay pots, seed balls, and scented sachets at booths inside the mission. Learn about the continuous survival of the people and the land at this free, family friendly event. (210) 534-8875

Kids Garden Club: Miniature Glow Gardens

Sat., July 20, 10-11 a.m.
Rainbow Gardens-Thousand Oaks 2585 Thousand Oaks Dr., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$7


Everyone loved the Glow In The Dark Miniature Gardens last year so Rainbow Gardens decided to host it again. Kids will make a miniature garden with a plant, decorations and some glow in the dark miniatures. Be sure to sign up right away beacuse the seats go fast! Ages 4-10. (210) 680-5734

Teen Workshop: Superhero Collage (Ages 11 to 17)

Sat., July 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$65-$80


Boom! Pow! Blam! Come learn how to make your stories POP in this comic book collage workshop! After visiting the special exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, compose your own superhero narrative in one scene using comic-artist styles and techniques. Participants will also be invited to screen print their own souvenir tote bag or poster. Teen workshops are led by professional artist-educators and include a tour in the museum in addition to instruction in a variety of art techniques and media. Fee covers all materials. Caregivers must provide lunch and transportation for students. The ticket price for non-members is $80 and for members it is $65. (210) 978-8100

PokeFest SA

Sat., July 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Norris Conference Center 618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio Central

Buy Tickets$15


PokeFest SA will be held at the Norris Convention Center on Saturday, July 20th from 11:00am to 7pm. Visit www.PokeFestSA.com for ticket information and more. Pokémon and Magic the Gathering tournaments to be run by Alien Worlds! Video game tournaments and games free to play will be run by Critical Hit Arcade and Alola Alamo League! (210) 417-8765

Dirty Bingo Brunch

Sat., July 20, 12-1 p.m.
Love Shack Boutique 1580 Babcock Rd, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$20


This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Bingo! Grab your friends, and get ready for a naughty good time. The classic game of bingo with an erotic twist offers the opportunity to win risqué prizes from Love Shack Boutique! The game starts promptly at 12pm. They will be giving away over $400 worth of prizes and have a mimosa bar, light brunch bites, discounts on all purchases made at the event, door prizes and everyone will receive a toy gift bag! (210) 767-9411

CHINGON FEST 2019

Sat., July 20, 1-11:59 p.m.
The Rock Box 1223 E. Houston St., San Antonio Downtown


JC & RT productions and Texas Bearded Cartel are having their first annual Chingon Fest! There will be 16 vendors of all kinds that will representing the south side of San Antonio such as Bomb Shelter Leather, Lady Grace, and Folklores coffee shop. The event also includes 14 musical artist such as Angel Cintron, Jarret Micheal, PRSNT, Samurai Sai, Jennifer B. and many more! It's an all day event so come out and support, enjoy and love the local scene! The event is $12 for adults and $15 for minors. (210) 677-9453

NALAC Keynote: Gonzalo Casals

Sat., July 20, 2-3 p.m.
UTSA Downtown Campus 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez, San Antonio Central

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The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures presents a keynote lecture by Gonzalo Casals focusing on arts, culture, equity and inclusion. Casals leads the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City, the world's only museum dedicated to preserving and exhibiting LGBTQ artwork. He has previously worked with Friends of the High Line, El Museo del Barrio and as a consultant with the City of New York's cultural planning efforts and work on monuments. The talk is free and open to the public. (210) 432-3982

The 2nd Annual Blues & Butterfly Festival

Sat., July 20, 3-9 p.m.
The Roundup Outdoor Music Venue 531 FM 3351 N, Boerne Boerne

Buy Tickets$10


Listen to blues bands and then end the day with a massive release of butterflies into the wild! How often do you get the chance to be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies and experience the magic of nature with the people you love! This is an all ages event and is kid & pet-friendly. Families can enjoy multiple food trucks, face painting, snow cones, roasted corn, live music, your favorite craft beer and more! (830) 428-3231

Gemini Ink Presents Wide Open Spaces

Sat., July 20, 6-9 p.m.


Gemini Ink Presents Wide Open Spaces. At Studio at Ruby City, Analicia Sotelo, Camille Acker, and Andre Dubus III will explore how the writer comes to represent their place among the multitude of voices belonging to the global tribe of writers. Dr. Patricia Portales will be leading the literary discussion following the reading portion of the event.

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