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“America on Stage”

Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through June 30
McNay Art Museum 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Arguably one of the most overlooked aspects of the McNay is the the museum’s impressive Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, which boasts more than 12,00o objects spanning from the 1500s to the present day. Built around a sprawling gift from late collector, philanthropist, theater patron and design enthusiast Robert L.B. Tobin and expanded by curators Linda Hardberger and Jody Blake, the collection encompasses rare books, small-scale models, costume illustrations and stage designs created by modern masters such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Organized by Head of Curatorial Affairs René Paul Barilleaux and Curatorial Assistant Timothy Retzloff, the recently opened exhibition “America on Stage” aims to celebrate “the vision of the nation’s 20th- and 21st-century master designers on stages across the U.S. and around the world.” Exploring four key themes — Broadway, Nostalgia, Breaking Tradition, and Social Justice — the show combines maquettes from productions of Cabaret, In the Heights, West Side Story and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; a pop-up theater where guests can view scenes from a conceptual revival of Spring Awakening; and interactive areas that invite museum-goers to “take center stage in a recreated stage set — and even tap dance.” (210) 824-5368

"Transcendental Tricentennial: Love Letters to San Anto, the (he)Art of David Zamora Casas"

Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through July 28
Institute of Texan Cultures 801 E César Chávez Blvd, San Antonio San Antonio

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Over the last four decades, self-described “artivist” David Zamora Casas has delighted, shocked and intrigued San Antonio audiences with paintings, installations, altars and performance works that essentially present the artist himself as a canvas. Fusing elements of folk and outsider art with nods to the aesthetics of Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí, the DIY spirit of rasquachismo, religious iconography and Latinx and LGBTQ* activism, Casas has established something many artists strive for fruitlessly: an instantly recognizable aesthetic that’s distinctly their own. Nicknamed Nuclear Meltdown and dubbed a “clown shaman” by esteemed author and MacArthur Genius Sandra Cisneros, Casas often makes cameos in his own paintings, his fire-engine red lips, devilish goatee and Dalí-esque mustache emerging from surreal tableaus populated by skulls, deities, monkeys and mermaids swimming amid swirling patterns, Mesoamerican symbols and hand-painted text reminiscent of retablos. In the words of Chicano art specialist Tomas Ybarra-Frausto, Casas’ canvases “mix word and image to visualize autobiographical and universal stories  of homoerotic love, loss and persistent social concerns including immigration, environmental plunder, gender disparity and the multiple issues facing marginalized individuals and communities.” Billed as an artistic explosion of “folk-baroque manifestations” exploring themes ranging from indigenous history to gender fluidity, Casas’ new solo show “Transcendental Tricentennial” comprises “miles of ribbon, yards of fabric, embellished prints, various on-site assemblages, oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, barbed-wire and bone sculptures, and a Día de los Muertos ofrenda which spills into our collective consciousness.” Made possible by a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), the “mega-installation” also involves creative collaborations with the likes of accordion queen Eva Ybarra and video/film producers Laura Varela and Fadela Gacis Castro. As for its slightly unexpected landing at the Institute of Texan Cultures, Casas reminds that the exhibition evokes the ITC’s mission to be “a lesson in diversity [that] shows the uniqueness and beauty of the many cultures that came to Texas.” (210) 458-2300

Looking for Langston

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11

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Although his resume includes writing and directing credits for the award-winning coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels (1991) and the blaxploitation documentary BaadAsssss Cinema (2002), British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien is arguably better known for conceptual films presented on multiple screens simultaneously. Seemingly dissected and left for viewers to reassemble with their own eyes, these immersive projects have involved journeys to remote ice caves in Iceland, juxtapositions of Arctic and African landscapes, travels through China and curious collaborations with the likes of Tilda Swinton and James Franco. A co-founder of the Sankofa Film and Video Collective (an organization “dedicated to developing an independent black film culture in the areas of production, exhibition and audience”), Julien made one of his earliest waves with Looking for Langston — a 1989 film billed as “a lyrical exploration — and recreation — of the private world of poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and his fellow black artists and writers who formed the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s.” In essence a non-linear homage that presents Hughes as a metaphor for the black gay experience, the film has earned cult status and is taught extensively in universities as part of African-American and queer studies programs. Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017, Julien was a favorite of late local artist and philanthropist Linda Pace, who acquired more than 50 of his works during her lifetime. In celebration of Looking for Langston’s 30th anniversary, the Linda Pace Foundation’s gallery Studio at Ruby City showcases the 45-minute film as the anchor of a new exhibition of two recently acquired photographs Julien shot during production — Film-Noir Angels and Masquerade No. 3.

Monthly Cultural Dance Workshops

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21
Smash Dance 6883 Bandera Rd, San Antonio Leon Valley

Buy Tickets$10

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Join a cultural dance workshop and be a part of the diversity Project SMASH offers. Ranging from the styles of Afro-Beats to belly dance and others in between, Smash Dance's instructors will take you on a dancing journey around the world. Donation proceeds allow Project SMASH to continue offering dance scholarships to members of the community who could otherwise not afford classes. Project SMASH also gives back to the community by partnering with other local, non-profit organizations to provide dance fitness services at their facilities. (210) 201-2873

Puzzling Adventures - San Antonio

Ongoing, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Riverbend Garage 210 N Presa st., San Antonio Central

Buy Tickets$29.99


Explore the San Antonio Riverwalk, historic Alamo, and busy downtown shops and restaurants. Learn interesting facts, see the sights, and exercise your mind at the same time. (888) 433-8966

Texas Revolution Elite Soccer Academy Registration

Ongoing


Beginning January 17, 2017, Texas Revolution Soccer Club is looking for experienced and non-experienced youthin age categories: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 & 12-14. Practices held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7:30pm. Training is professionally done by SAFC's own, Cesar Elizondo and professional soccer player, Julio Garcia. $80 annual subscription plus monthly dues.

“Wine Down Yoga” at Windflower Spa

Fridays, 6-7 p.m. Continues through Aug. 30
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa 9800 Hyatt Restort Dr, San Antonio San Antonio


“Wine Down Yoga” will take place at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort’s Windflower Spa. Following a 60-minute yoga class, attendees will receive a complimentary glass of wine to enjoy on the spa’s outdoor relaxation patio. For further relaxation, participants will receive access to Windflower Spa’s world-class facilities including its outdoor pool, on-site sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and whirlpools. (210) 647-1234

ComedySportz

Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30
ComedySportz San Antonio 11950 Starcrest Dr. Suite 210, San Antonio Far North

Buy Tickets$8-$12


Come out to ComedySportz, San Antonio's weekly live, competitive improv comedy show. It's 100% made up on the spot, 100% clean and family-friendly, and 100% hilarious! ComedySportz features two teams of players competing against each other in improvised games, songs and scenes. There's a referee to keep order, and the audience decides who walks away with the thrill of victory and who gets crushed by the agony of defeat. (210) 338-0279

The Secret Show

Fridays, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Continues through Dec. 27
The Blind Tiger Comedy Club 902 Northeast Loop 410, San Antonio San Antonio


The Secret Show featuring secret guests every Friday night starting at midnight at The Blind Tiger Comedy Club. (210) 828-1470 (FAX); (210)

Bru's Tunes

Fridays, 5-8 p.m.
The Emily Morgan Hotel 705 E. Houston, San Antonio San Antonio


Come enjoy Happy Hour Prices until 7 pm at The Emily Morgan Hotel with live accoustic music by Bru's Tunes. (210) 225-5100

Living in Oblivion

Fridays, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Amp Room 2407 N St. Mary's, San Antonio St. Mary's strip


The Amp Rom's Living in Oblivion event will have DJ's spin new wave tunes all night with retro 80s music videos, cult movie visuals, and more. (210) 320-2122

Nar-Anon Family Groups

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
A Recovery Place 10929 Nacogdoches, San Antonio East


Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else's drug addiction. A 12-step program offers help by sharing experience, strength, hope to family members. (210) 273-0937

Redlight Jazz

Fridays, 8-10:30 p.m.

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Enjoy live jazz music from RedLight Jazz along with some craft beer at The Corner. (210) 267-5479

Haunted Pub Crawl

Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30-11 p.m.
Multiple locations See event description for details, San Antonio Downtown

Buy Tickets$25


Come out and spend a night with Nightly Spirits for a ghost tour to the most haunted pubs in the city. It's a 2.5 walking tour and guests must be 21 and older to attend. 1-844-678-8687

The Westside Horns

Every other Friday, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Francis Bogside 803 S. St. Mary's St., San Antonio Southtown


Come listen to The Westside Horns at Francis Bogside every other Friday night. 210.369.9192

One Night Stand

Fridays, 10 p.m.
Bexar Stage 1203 Camden St., San Antonio Downtown


One part open mic, one part polished performance; this show offers an opportunity for performers to experiment with new material. Guests can try a sketch or new stand-up material they've written, or to improvise a short set with a format they've never tried in front of an audience before. Every week, the Bexar Stage will see new material on it's way to making the San Antonio comedy scene more interesting. (312) 971-7252

The Get Down

Fridays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Southtown 101 101 Pereida, San Antonio San Antonio

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TheGetDown at Southtown 101 is offering a DJ party for all to enjoy. The event repeats every Friday night and is for adults 21 and over only.

GrooveTronX

Second Thursday, Friday of every month, 9-11 p.m.
Halcyon Southtown 1414 S. Alamo, San Antonio San Antonio


Intrumental/Electronic duo, GrooveTronX is performing live at Halcyon Southtown. (503) 703-9516

West Kings Highway

Second Friday of every month, 7-9 p.m.
Sancho's Cantina 628 Jackson St., San Antonio Downtown


West Kings Highway Friday Night is performing live at Sancho's Cantina. (503) 703-9516

TWA Friday Night Fights

Second Friday of every month, 7:45-10 p.m.
Texas Wolverine All Star Gym 1134 S Flores, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$6-$10

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TWA Friday Nights Fights, brings you hard hitting entertainment for the whole family. Featuring the upcoming stars in the Texas Independent wrestling scene. You don't who or what may happen, so don't ever miss the excitement that is the Texas Wrestling Association. (210) 550-9975

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