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Blue October

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Aztec Theatre 104 N St Mary's St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$35-$59.50


The stalwart alt-rock act from Houston is heading to town during its namesake month. Legions of post-Joe Anthony 99.5 KISS fans can be heard rejoicing from great distances. Nobody loves Blue October like the Alamo City. (210) 812-4355

Charley Crockett, Garrett T. Capps

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
John T. Floores 14492 Old Bandera, Helotes San Antonio

Buy from TicketFly$17.50-$23


Two of Texas country music’s hottest rising stars are scheduled to meet up on the hallowed ground that’s considered the musical birthplace of the Red Headed Stranger. This one is highly recommended for anyone looking to peer into the future of Texas country. (210) 695-8827

Witt Lowry

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Paper Tiger 2410 N. St. Mary's St., San Antonio St. Mary's strip

Buy Tickets$16


Graphic designer-turned-rapper Witt Lowry transformed his love of writing into musical compositions that confront love, internet culture and rap tropes a la Eminem. The Connecticut native will make a stop in town in support of new album Nevers Road.

Brownout

Fri., Oct. 18, 9 p.m.
Sam's Burger Joint 330 E. Grayson St., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$15-$70


The aptly named Brownout is bringing its Fear of a Brown Planet Tour to the Alamo City. The band, which features members of Grupo Fantasma, describes itself as “hardcore Latin funk,” and they mean it. Did we mention the outfit’s also released two LPs of Black Sabbath covers? SA, this one’s for you. (210) 223-2830

Coldcock Fest III

Sat., Oct. 19, 4 p.m.


Nothing says “sophisticated, cosmopolitan outing” like an event with “coldcock” in the title. With 21 bands on the bill, it’s probably best not to go expecting long sets full of deep psychedelic jams. Topping the bill are The Recasts, who also organized the show 2106077007

Skillet & Alter Bridge – Victorious Sky Tour

Sat., Oct. 19, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
VIBES Event Center 1211 E. Houston Steet, San Antonio Downtown

Buy from TicketFly$41.50

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Grammy-nominated Christian rockers Skillet return to San Antonio for the umpteenth time, bringing with them more beards, more electronic music and Alter Bridge, a band made up of three parts Creed alumni and one part Miles Kennedy. Get ready for some late 2000s-style rock ballads and distortion-kissed praise hits.

Michael W. Smith

Sat., Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Charline McCombs Empire Theatre 226 N. St. Mary's, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy from Ticketmaster$42.25-$87.75


Uber-successful Christian singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith is coming to town on a victory-lap tour celebrating 35 years of peddling Jesus via well-crafted tunes. (210) 226-3333

Yung Gravy

Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
Aztec Theatre 104 N St Mary's St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$22.50


In an effort to explain his style of profane, smooth jazz-informed rap, Yung Gravy sings in “Pizzazz” that he “does it for the Jane Fondas, Michelle Obamas and Brandi Loves.” He couldn’t get the first two to appear in his video, so his consolation prize was the porn star who’s arguably more “sweet, creamy and succulent” than the self-described crooner. Expect the Minnesotan to trot out his singles “Mr. Clean” and “1 Thot 2 Thot, Read Thot Blue Thot.” (210) 812-4355

Arte y Pasión

Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
Brick at Blue Star 108 Blue Star, San Antonio Southtown

Buy Tickets$15-$30


By combining the dynamic, expressive movements of flamenco with the lush, vibrant visuals of Spanish culture, Arte y Pasión has fashioned itself into one of the most respected contemporary dance companies in the country. Led by dancer and artistic director Tamara Adira, the dedicated group is bringing its skills to Brick at Blue Star. The performance will feature several artists, including flamenco singer Champion Chayito, guitarist Randy Cordero, dancer Genevieve Obregon and a surprise guest who has performed in Carlo’s Saura’s Flamenco India.

Marcus Starkist

Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
Limelight 2718 N St. Mary's, San Antonio Central


Straight outta H-town, DJ Marcus Starkist — tuna jokes not included with the cover charge — is bringing the boom bap for a night of untz-untz-untz. He only wears one earphone in his promo picture, so you know the man is a serious EDM practitioner. (210) 995-7229; (210) (FAX)

Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival

Sun., Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pearl Farmers Market 200 E. Grayson St., San Antonio San Antonio


What’s more idyllic than a late-October trip to the Pearl Farmers Market? Butterflies and lots of them, you say? The fourth-annual festival hosted by the Texas Butterfly Ranch promises to include everything you know and love about these flying creatures while supplying surprising facts you might now have known. The event will feature gardening workshops for pollination, a parade, dancing and, of course, live butterflies. Over 700 monarchs were tagged at last year’s festival, and three of them have since been found in Mexico. The best part, though? Butterfly costumes are encouraged. (210) 212-7260 (FAX); (210)

Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, At the Gates, Grand Magus

Sun., Oct. 20, 6 p.m.
Aztec Theatre 104 N St Mary's St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$37.50-$59.50


This bill serves up a smorgasbord of head-thumping sounds from some of Sweden’s finest metal exports. Indeed, it seems more like a co-headlined tour than just a package built around Viking-metal stalwarts Amon Amarth. Although Amon Amarth’s crunching riffs and anthemic choruses have elevated it to legendary status, each of the band’s tourmates could easily top a bill on its own. Arch Enemy has made a name for itself by fusing death metal with proggy musicianship, At the Gates attacks its thrashy riffs like a pit bull going after a mailman’s leg and Grand Magus specializes in bluesy protometal that skimps on none of the heaviness. Arrive early for this one, because there doesn’t appear to be anything in the way of filler (210) 812-4355

Dwight Yoakam

Sun., Oct. 20, 9 p.m.
The Majestic Theatre 224 E Houston, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy from Ticketmaster$49.50-$79.50


I never really got into country growing up, so as an adult I stayed away from it. Until a friend forced me to listen to Dwight Yoakam. My friend, knowing my affinity for darker lyrics and more depressing music, turned me onto the 1990 song “Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose.” As Yoakam sang, “Well, I’m back again for another night of trying to break free from this sadness that I can’t lay to rest,” something resonated with me. After a stroll through the singer’s catalog, I really could relate to some of what he was saying. If you don’t dig country music, but appreciate honest, well written music, Dwight Yoakam might change your mind about the genre. (210) 226-3333

Alice in Wonderland

Fri., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 19, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 20, 2 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio River Walk

Buy Tickets$24.50-$114


Oh dear, don’t be late to Ballet San Antonio’s whirling and twirling performance of Alice in Wonderland — the first full-length ballet production by Brian Enos, who has helped create works for ballet and dance companies around the nation and was named “Best Up and Coming Choreographer” by the Houston Press. A timeless tale of adventure and imagination, the ballet version of Alice in Wonderland offers a new perspective on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale through a mixture of classical and contemporary movement. Audiences will be immersed in the lush visual world of Pixar artist Luis Grané’s surrealist production design, which renders Alice’s darkly complex, yet beautiful, descent into fantasy. Consider this an invitation to hop down the rabbit hole — but don’t smoke any of the Caterpillar’s funny tobacco, or you’ll be seeing talking cats and leaping playing cards for days. (210) 223-8624

Gardens & Yoga

Third Saturday of every month, 10-11 a.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden 555 Funston, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$15


AC Power Yoga pops up at the Botanical Garden for an outdoor class suitable for all ages and skill levels. Attendees are asked to bring a durable yoga mat, sunscreen, water, bug spray and an open mind. (210) 536-1400

Alex de Leon and Elizabeth McGrath

Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 29
Artpace 445 N. Main Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


As it prepares for what promises to be a memorable 25th anniversary in 2020, Artpace is thoughtfully looking back at its infancy — a period guided by its founder, the late artist, collector and philanthropist Linda Pace. Following in the same reflective vein as the 2018 group show “Then and Now,” which brought together works by local Artpace residency alumni Ken Little, Kathy Vargas, Constance Lowe and Ángel Rodríguez Díaz, the influential institution’s latest offerings turn back the clock to celebrate the work of two somewhat unsung artists whose connections to the organization extend back to the start of its residency program. Installed in the street-level Main Space in an arrangement that’s sure to spark the curiosity of passersby, a capsule collection of pieces created by former San Antonio resident Elizabeth McGrath is anchored by Broken, a conceptual sculpture she created during her 1996 Artpace residency. Comprised of a weathered wooden chair enveloped in crocheted silk that stretches to the ceiling like a spider’s web, it’s flanked by unrelated but equally curious sculptures — an organic-looking object pieced together from found wood and Bondo putty, and a snakelike coil fashioned from what appears to be a stuffed floral bedsheet. Behaving almost as conversation prompts for anyone who happens upon them in Artpace’s Main Avenue windows, these odd experiments with materials hard and soft may suggest alternate streams of discourse when viewers learn that McGrath long ago shifted her professional focus from art to psychotherapy. Delivering a poppier, punchier counterpoint to this blast from the past, the work of late Alamo City legend Alex de León lines walls and cases upstairs in Artpace’s Hudson Showroom. Like McGrath, de León represented San Antonio as an International Artist-in-Residence in 1996 and both participated in Artpace’s London Studio Program in 1995, but the similarities seem to end there — and this pairing of exhibitions makes no pretense of connection outside of space and time. An Edinburg native who studied printmaking at Kansas City Art Institute, de León left bold marks on San Antonio from the 1980s until his passing in 2012. Although ceramics emerged as his strong suit and his signature style got pegged as folk art, he didn’t consider himself a ceramicist or a folk artist. In true pop fashion, his work often relied on the repetition of popular imagery and landed on local T-shirts and Hollywood film sets alike. Assembled from a number of local collections, his new self-titled exhibition looks and feels like a tight retrospective for a pioneer of the San Antonio aesthetic. Beyond a playful, even cheery color palette that adorns everything from expertly rendered enamel paintings on steel to functional clay vessels and covetable shot glasses, de León’s pieces are tied together with a visual vocabulary punctuated by police cars, hearses, skulls, beer cans, cigarette packs and steaks on the grill. Although the subject matter is often immediately funny, the pieces’ titles paint a clearer picture of his sharp sense of humor: the 1995 painting Surprized Anything Gets Done As Much As He Drinks depicts a mess of tools, car parts and empty beer bottles scattered around a garage; and a classic pink convertible is parked amid a storm of cigarette butts, booze bottles, martini glasses and musical instruments in the 1997 ceramic bowl She Shoulda Tooka Cab. While it may look like the odd man out, a small cardboard house perched in a corner is taken from the body of work that inspired Artpace Executive Director Riley Robinson to revisit de León’s work in a contemporary context. Taken from his 2004-era “Welcome Home Series,” the ramshackle sculpture was built from materials de León purchased from down-and-out individuals: signs emblazoned with pleas such as “Homeless and Hungry. Please Help If You Can,” “Mother of Three Struggling From Earlier Layoff. Need Help Please” and “Homeless Vet. Please Help. God Bless You. (210) 212-4900

Ethel Shipton: Listening to Berlin

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26
Ruiz-Healy Art 201-A E. Olmos Dr., San Antonio San Antonio


“Listening to Berlin,” Ethel Shipton’s latest show at Ruiz-Healy Art, captures the sights and sounds of Germany’s capital city. Shipton, who was selected for Blue Star Contemporary’s three month residency at Berlin’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien in 2018, draws from her trip in a series of prints, mixed-media works and interactive sculpture. A city rich in history and culture, Berlin has much to offer the traveling artist. While there, Shipton took interest in the vast graffiti culture and street art Berlin has become known for. “I started taking pictures of the graffiti, and the graffiti took me to look at other parts of the city that were interesting to me,” Shipton said in a statement. Among the highlights in this show is a sculptural piece where gallery visitors can sit and listen to the sounds of the city. Like much of Shipton’s work, “Listening to Berlin” focuses on bringing passing, everyday objects into sharp focus during moments of contemplation. In an era filled with constant distractions, Shipton’s work gives viewers permission to truly engage their surroundings. (210) 804-2219

Fall Exhibitions at Blue Star Contemporary

Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 4
Blue Star Contemporary 116 Blue Star, San Antonio San Antonio


The trinity of politics, environment and healthcare might make you want to keep flipping pages, but rather than recapping another fruitless debate, we’re simply previewing a group of Blue Star Contemporary (BSC) exhibitions that speak to the troubled world we live in. One of two BSC Berlin Residency alumni in the bunch, artist and Texas State University professor Joey Fauerso is known for pensive animations, atmospheric portraits, amusing “drawing battles” and plenty in between. You may have even driven past her Canopy, a verdant, bird-filled mural she painted on the Fulton Avenue railroad underpass with assistance from Agnes Cotton Academy students. In recent years, Fauerso’s projects have braved tougher territory. Initiated in 2017, during her three-month residency at Berlin’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Fauerso’s ongoing project “You Destroy Every Special Thing I Make (We Fall to Pieces)” employs a graphic, black-and-white palette to address the chaotic political climate and the uncertain future awaiting her two young sons. Billed as the continuation of her investigation into culture, gender, family and humor, her “Teardowns” takes over Blue Star’s Main Gallery with a mélange of sculpture, video and a 50-foot mural inspired by the wallpaper in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House. Throughout the exhibition’s run, Fauerso will erode her mural as a performative commentary on “the destructive and restorative nature of humanity.” A fellow BSC Berlin Residency alum who holds degrees in biology, painting and printmaking, Margaret Craig describes her new exhibition “Sea Islands” as “a contemplation on the ways we affect the plants and animals around us, and how we may be affected by them.” Informed in part by her experiences in Berlin — where she collected sea-bound detritus on walks through the city streets — her solo show in Blue Star’s Middle Gallery presents upcycled plastic sculptures as imaginative creatures that “might one day populate the ocean as trash.” A Japanese artist specializing in kinetic work, Tsuyoshi Anzai tackles the human condition in “Healthy Machines,” an installation housed in BSC’s snug Gallery 4. Posing questions of wellness, ability and imperfection, Anzai’s work appears colorful and playful on the outside but in fact stems from brain surgery that left the artist with epilepsy. If all of the above leaves you longing for a bit of escapism, head for BSC’s Project Space, where Austin-based OK Mountain co-founder Sterling Allen and San Antonio’s own Larry Graeber join forces for “Formal Proof,” a two-man exhibition without much of an agenda beyond the interplay of odd sculptures that often begin with “physical and image-based debris gathered from various sources.” The opening reception will take place on October 4th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and will be free. (210) 227-6960

Lovecraft: the Musical

Saturdays, 8 p.m., Fridays, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 27, 3 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 3, 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 9
The Gregg Barrios Theater at the Overtime 5409 Bandera Road, Suite 205, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$10-$15


LoveCraft: The Musical posits that H.P. Lovecraft, the patron saint of cosmic horror, was gifted with inspiration for his expansive oeuvre in a Faustian deal made with some sort of tentacled Mephistopheles. At the end of the prolific horror author’s life, the dark forces that populate his pages have now come to collect his soul. The Overtime Theater’s latest original production was written and directed by Scott McDowell and stars Alan Delafield as our main man H.P. Whether or not you’re a fanatic for Lovecraft’s squirming Cthulhu mythos, the musical may be worth a gander simply to hear how the cast will manage to sing “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.” (210) 557-7562

Bexar County Behavioral Health & Wellness Conference

Fri., Oct. 18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Norris Conference Center 618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio Central

Buy TicketsFree

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The 19th Annual Bexar County Behavioral Health & Wellness Conference features free workshops and resource information for youth and adults living with mental health and/or substance use disorders. For more information or to register, visit www.CHCSBC.org. (210) 261-1000

Reading and Discussion: Tyra Manning and Karen Keilt

Fri., Oct. 18, 5-7 p.m.
The Twig Book Shop 306 Pearl Pkwy, Ste 106, San Antonio San Antonio


Join local author Tyra Manning, author of Your Turn, and Karen Keilt, author of The Parrot's Perch, to celebrate their 2019 book releases with a reading and discussion. (210)826-6411

Masquerage 2019

Fri., Oct. 18, 5-11:30 p.m.
VIBES Event Center 1211 E. Houston Steet, San Antonio Downtown

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Come out Friday, October 18th to VIBES Event Center for their MASQUERAGE 2019! Cost for entry will be $10, or $8 with Masks / Costumes.

Butterflies Without Borders

Fri., Oct. 18, 5:30-8 p.m.
Historic Pearl Stable 307 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$15


This will be a timely discussion of wide-reaching issues – from the state of the monarch butterfly migration and conservation of bats as pollinators to border issues, migration, immigration and climate change. The panel will include monarch butterfly expert Dr. Dara Satterfield. National Public Radio border correspondent John Burnett, the Bat Man of Mexico and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ecologist Dr. Rodrigo Medellín. Brendan Gibbons, environmental reporter for the Rivard Report, will moderate.

Merkaba's One Year Anniversary

Fri., Oct. 18, 6 p.m.
Merkaba 111 W Crockett St Suite #205, San Antonio Downtown

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Merkaba's One Year Anniversary Party with featured drink specials like $3 Bud Lights and Michelob Ultra, $4 Corona and Modelo and $5 featured spirits and select specialty cocktails. There will also be live music by The Buddy System from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. and DJ Davi-D from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (210) 212-4770

Monthly Zumba with Cynthia and Friends

Fri., Oct. 18, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Smash Dance 6883 Bandera Rd, San Antonio Leon Valley

Buy Tickets$10

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Unwind into the weekend for this healthy happy hour with a Zumba inspired dance party hosted by Cynthia Calzada Medellin and taught by guest instructors. No dance experience is necessary, but you only need a desire to have fun. Partial proceeds from this event will benefit Project SMASH 510(c)3 serving the San Antonio community by providing dance and fitness for local shelters, children homes, rehabilitation centers and dance scholarships for children less fortunate. 2102012873

A Taste of Success Casino Night

Fri., Oct. 18, 7-11 p.m.
Witte Museum 3801 Broadway, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$100


Dress for Success San Antonio and Career Gear San Antonio celebrates their 7th Annual A Taste of Success Casino Night and invites you to join in remembering the Tropicana nights. Featuring fabulous cuisine and libation tastings from San Antonio’s top restaurants, silent auctions and casino gambling, they guarantee a night full of great music, dancing, laughs and cherished memories. All proceeds support unemployed women and men by offering them the clarity, clothing, competencies, confidence and connections to attain meaningful and sustainable employment. Tickets or sponsorships can also be purchased over the phone. (210) 737-1515

Krump Workshop and Session

Fri., Oct. 18, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Smash Dance 6883 Bandera Rd, San Antonio Leon Valley

Buy Tickets$7

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The San Antonio Krump community welcomes you to enjoy a night of learning the fundamentals of krump and expand on any knowledge you have to advance your skills. 50% of proceeds will continue to benefit Project SMASH 501(c)3 to serve the San Antonio community by providing dance and fitness for local shelters, children homes and rehabilitation centers and help fund dance scholarships to children less fortunate. 2102012873

Tribal Seeds With Special Guests New Kingston and Tropidelic

Fri., Oct. 18, 8-11 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio River Walk

Buy Tickets$32.50


Based in San Diego, rock-reggae band Tribal Seeds come at their music from a different angle, more influenced by bands like Steel Pulse and Aswad than the common touchstone of Sublime. Formed in 2005 by the Jacobo brothers, singer Steven and producer Tony-Ray, the group issued its debut album, Youth Rebellion, that same year. The album was the first of many to be released on the group's own label, including a self-titled album in 2008 plus The Harvest from 2009. The Soundwaves EP followed in 2011, while 2014's Representing cracked the Billboard 200 albums chart. (210) 223-8624

Masquerade Party Benefiting San Antonio Youth Literacy

Fri., Oct. 18, 8-11 p.m.
Roosevelt Library 311 Roosevelt Avenue, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$125

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Join the Roosevelt Library for “One for the Books," a lively masquerade party to benefit San Antonio Youth Literacy. Enjoy festive Fall cocktails and small bites provided by Blue Box, Hanzo and Francis Bogside. There will also be live music from The Texases and DJs, plus a silent auction and more. Tickets are all-inclusive and guests must be 21 and up.

Riff Raff Tribute to AC/DC with Special Guest

Fri., Oct. 18, 8 p.m.


It's a night of powerful vocals with San Antonio's AC/DC tribute "Riff Raff". "Riff Raff" is comprised of five talented musicians who bring the AC/DC experience to life and leave no doubt why AC/DC is one of the most revered rock bands ever. The lead guitarist whizzes around the stage doing the signature Angus Young moves while the rest of the band doesn't miss a single beat. This will be a night you won't soon forget. The event is 21 years and up. 2106077007

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