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Ange K, Robert Carter

Sat., Sept. 21, 5 p.m.
Gruene Hall 1281 Gruene, New Braunfels San Antonio


Soul is distinctly American music, so it’s appropriate that Soul Sessions — a talented group that includes singers Ange K and Robert Carter — is bringing it to a Texas dance hall. (830) 606-1281

Hail the Sun

Sat., Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Paper Tiger 2410 N. St. Mary's St., San Antonio St. Mary's strip

Buy Tickets$17-$20


This California outfit that walks the line between emo and prog is heading into town after dropping a blistering new single at the start of the month.

Jinjer, The Browning, Sumo Cyco

Sat., Sept. 21, 7 p.m.
The Rock Box 1223 E. Houston St., San Antonio Downtown

Buy from TicketFly$17.50


Ukrainian metal outfit Jinjer was one of the acts booked into this year’s canceled River City Rockfest — and it appears the band simply swapped out that date for a more intimate stop at the Rock Box. It shouldn’t be surprising Jinjer was originally tapped for the RCRF, even though the fest’s lineup tends to skew more toward older, tried-and-true hard rock stalwarts. Despite its relatively short life, the band has won raves in the U.S. and Europe for breathing life into the tired sub-subgenres of groove metal and metalcore by infusing them with soul and R&B touches. What really closes the deal, though, is the delivery of frontwoman Tatiana Shmailyuk, who bobs between a soulful clean vocals and terrifying death growls with an impressive dexterity. (210) 677-9453

Joe Ely

Sat., Sept. 21, 8 p.m.
Gruene Hall 1281 Gruene, New Braunfels San Antonio

Buy Tickets$25-$100


Since 1977, singer-songwriter Joe Ely has been delivering rhythmic roots numbers that you can’t help but shake your hips to. The Texas legend is gracing Gruene Hall with his presence just in time for audience members to dance away the sadness of summer’s departure. (830) 606-1281

Panic! At The Costco

Sat., Sept. 21, 8 p.m.
The Pigpen 106 Pershing Ave, San Antonio Mahnke Park


Like its punny band name suggests, Panic! at the Costco delivers wholesale giggles and plenty of free samples. Fronted by former Spur Brent Barry and tidily summed up by the self-deprecating hashtag #dadrock, Panic! at the Costco is the musical equivalent to a slice of Costco’s famed pizza — cheesy, surprising and totally satisfying.

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

‘Huddled Masses: Who We Are’

Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 30
Institute of Texan Cultures 801 E César Chávez Blvd, San Antonio San Antonio


While it’s nothing new within the photographic realm, the use of handwritten signage as a conceptual prop has loaned itself to diverse projects that function as distinct signs of their own times. Shot in a London alleyway as an introduction to filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker’s 1967 Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back, the pioneering music video “Subterranean Homesick Blues” shows the iconic singer slinging cue cards that mirror the song’s lyrics — until they fall slightly off-beat, complete with misspelled words such as “pawking metaws” and “sucksess.” The gimmick was later appropriated in videos for Belle and Sebastian, INXS, Steve Earle and “Weird Al” Yankovic, among others. Also created in London, Turner Prize-winning British artist Gillian Wearing’s oft-referenced series “Signs That Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say” entailed her photographing and interviewing more than 500 strangers she encountered on the street. As its title may suggest, her “Signs” project invited participants to be captured holding signs emblazoned with personal sentiments — which run the gamut from defiantly proud (“Queer + Happy”) to sobering (“I Have Been Certified as Mildly Insane!”) to dire (“I Hate This World!”). Other notable endeavors have paralleled Wearing’s format. The Portraits from Occupy Wall Street series Martin Schoeller shot for The New Yorker in 2011, for example, featured a young female protestor’s sign declaring, “Prostitution: the Only Viable Option Available After Graduation to Afford My Student Loan Debt.” Audra Miller’s touching portraits of formerly homeless individuals for the Bay Area exhibition “Everyone Deserves a Home” showed a one subject with a sign reading, “Home Is a Haven From the Insanity of the Rest of This Incomprehensible World.” Local photographer Sarah Brooke Lyons’ well-received series “1005 Faces” even utilized such recognizable personalities as Tim Duncan (“Good, Better, Best, Never Let It Rest Until Your Good Is Better And Your Better Is Your Best!”). Begun in 2016 and completed in late 2018, San Antonio photographer Ramin Samandari’s timely body of work “Huddled Masses: Who We Are” fits in this same vein but with a specific focus on ancestry and immigration. Born in Tehran, Iran, Samandari relocated to Texas at age 17 during the Iranian Revolution, settled in the Alamo City in 1988 and became a U.S. citizen in 1990. Hearkening to his complementary portrait projects “San Antonio Faces of Art” and “Faces of Artpace,” Samandari’s latest body of work took shape through open calls and First Friday photo sessions at his Magic Realism Studio in the Blue Star Arts Complex. While all 320 individuals Samandari photographed for the series were prompted to write a brief statement about their ancestry, some participants focused on broad, universal terms like “neighbor,” “human” and “earth walker.” “This project is about the very idea of America ... a nation made up of people from everywhere, coming to her shores, some escaping famine, war, oppression and some simply looking for better opportunities,” Samandari explained in his artist’s statement. Now part of the permanent collection of the Institute of Texan Cultures, “Huddled Masses: Who We Are” comes to light at a free public reception in conjunction with the monthlong celebration of Fotoseptiembre. (210) 458-2300

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

Organic Transformations

Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Fridays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 30
Moody Learning Center 1819 N. Main Ave., San Antonio Downtown


From chipping paint on an old door to the moldering remains of the Titanic on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, the planet consistently reminds us that our attempts to delineate humanity from the natural world are naïve at best. For Fotoseptiembre, San Antonio College faculty members are presenting a body of work themed on the mutability of the natural world — an examination of the way everything from tree bark to abandoned buildings morph over time via “Organic Transformations.” The exhibition features photos by Tricia Buchhorn, Rebecca Dietz, Joan Fabian, Russell Guerrero, Jo Hilton, Edmund Lo and Mark Magavern, collecting the artists’ varying perspectives on “evidence of the transformations found in nature, the human footprint and the striving of living organisms to co-exist on earth.” (210) 486-1346

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

‘What My Mother Told Me, What My Grandmother Refused to Say’

Through Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Semmes Gallery University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio San Antonio


In “What My Mother Told Me, What My Grandmother Refused to Say,” University of the Incarnate Word alumna Theresa Newsome returns to her alma mater to present an “intimate, parallel conversation regarding the conception of tradition, family history and the methodical analysis of one’s genealogical identity.” The photo series includes intimate portraits, outdoor vistas, vignettes of lived-in interior spaces and old family photographs, both posed and candid. Newsome serves as “kinkeeper” for her family, both as the self-appointed family historian — “documenting oral narratives, partaking in biological research” — and as an individual seeking to attune her personal identity with the narrative of her lineage. By juxtaposing the physical archive of antiques and other objects collected over time with portraiture, she seeks to “define the complications, inconsistencies, confusion and truth regarding heritage and personal identity.” (210) 829-6000

Les Misérables

Sat., Sept. 21, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 22, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
The Majestic Theatre 224 E Houston, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy from Ticketmaster$49.50-$160


Published in 1862, Victor Hugo’s magnum opus Les Misérables is considered one of the greatest French novels of the 19th century. Adapted into a musical in 1980, Les Misérables has graced stages globally for almost 40 years. Set in France during a period of revolutionary upheaval, the story follows former prisoner Jean Valjean as he redeems himself in a world full of love, loss, politics — and a lot of singing. The latest touring production features new staging, including reimagined scenery based on the original paintings of Hugo himself. Classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own” and “Bring Him Home” may end up stuck in your head for weeks to come. (210) 226-3333

Romeo and Juliet

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Sept. 29
Classic Theatre of San Antonio 1924 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio Balcones Heights

Buy Tickets$19-$34


Fall is in the air, and you know what that means: feuding families, dangerous duels and secret weddings, of course. What, did you think we were going to say “pumpkin spice lattes”? The trials and tribulations of teenage love are set to be staged a la Shakespeare at The Classic Theatre this month under the direction of Joe Goscinski, who helmed last year’s production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. A quotable classic for even the least erudite among us, scenes from Romeo and Juliet populated many of our childhood fantasies of true love. Maybe you never dreamed of faking your own death and in the process causing your lover’s untimely demise, but who hasn’t wanted someone to visit them beneath their balcony in the orchard, lit only by the light of the moon, to promise their hand in marriage? (210) 589-8450

And Then There Were Some

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sun., Sept. 22, 3 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 29, 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 5
The Gregg Barrios Theater at the Overtime 5409 Bandera Road, Suite 205, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$10-$15


Whodunnits are having a bit of a comeback lately, with Netflix releasing Murder Mystery starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler this summer and the star-studded film Knives Out hitting theaters later this fall. San Antonio’s Overtime Theater is getting in on the fun with an interactive murder mystery play. Set in a dilapidated theater, Overtime’s version of the Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None pits a witch, a local fixer and private detectives against a seemingly uncatchable killer. Along the way, the audience gets to vote twice to determine who makes it out alive — so choose wisely. (210) 557-7562

2019 San Antonio Congenital Heart Walk

Sat., Sept. 21, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
San Antonio Zoo 3903 N. St. Mary's St., San Antonio San Antonio

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The 2019 San Antonio Heart Walk is a fundraiser benefiting The Children’s Heart Foundation and includes a family-friendly walk, music, activities, games, food, special guests, researcher remarks, entertainment and community. The event is open to the public. Event activities end at 11am. Guests may enjoy the zoo until 5pm as a part of the $15 minimum fundraising/donation requirement. (847) 634-6474

Battle of Cibolo Creek 5K / 5 & 10 Mile Race

Sat., Sept. 21, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets$40-$60

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The goal of the Alamo Beer Marathon Challenge is to get you to the finish line of the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon or the BCS Marathon. There will be food and beer at each race, and beginning runners will get introduced to some of the great places in San Antonio to get a locally brewed beer and some new places to run. After the run, you will not only enjoy knowing that you are getting closer to your goal of a great half or full marathon, but also have a fun time with friends and family. (210) 849-8275

Broadway Vocal Technique Master Class at The Public Theater

Sat., Sept. 21, 9-11 a.m.
The Public Theater of San Antonio 800 W. Ashby Pl., San Antonio Central

Buy Tickets$25


The Public Theater, in association with The Las Casas Foundation, invite you to join them for a Broadway Connection Master Class: Vocal Technique in the style of Les Miserables. This class will be led by a Broadway Connection teacher and cast member of Les Miserables! Reserve your spot today. Open to ages 12 to 18. Student pricing is $25. Scholarship opportunities available for students of Title 1 and/or unincorporated schools. (210) 733-7258

Senior Health Screening

Sat., Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Continental Cafe 6390 Fairdale Drive, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$70-$149


Continental Café Event Center is hosting Life Line Screening - the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings. The screenings offer a five test package to thoroughly check you for risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions. The combination of these tests help detect problems before you have symptoms and while your doctor can still take action, so you can keep doing the things you love. (800) 679-5192

“Walking in the Shoes of a Child with Learning Disabilities” Workshop

Sat., Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Winston School San Antonio 8565 Ewing Halsell, San Antonio San Antonio

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This intense, interactive workshop gives attendees a first-hand understanding of the difficulties students with reading and language disabilities encounter. Presented in conjunction with Trinity University. (210) 615-7485

Children's Ministry Training

Sat., Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets$30-$50


@ Living Faith Community Church, 1715 Grandstand Drive, San Antonio, TX 78238
Join the Living Faith Community Church for a half-day training event packed with practical, hands-on takeaways that’ll equip and inspire your whole children’s ministry team. Sometimes the desire for “bigger and better” can make someone lose sight of the most important ingredients in children’s ministry. At this local training event, you’ll discover a surprisingly simple recipe for producing irresistible friendships with Jesus that’ll last a lifetime! They'll zero in on how to build a ministry focused on what Jesus says matters most and explore how to help a new generation love God with all their hearts, souls and minds. (866) 894-9810

Broadway Audition Technique Master Class at The Public Theater

Sat., Sept. 21, 9-11 a.m.
The Public Theater of San Antonio 800 W. Ashby Pl., San Antonio Central

Buy Tickets$25


The Public Theater, in association with The Las Casas Foundation, invite you to join them for a Broadway Connection Master Class: Audition Technique in the style of Les Miserables. They will have BC Teaching Artist and Les Miserables Cast Member, Kyle Timson on hand! Reserve your spot today! Open to ages 12 to 18 Student pricing is $25. Scholarship opportunities available for students of Title 1 and/or unincorporated schools. (210) 733-7258

Dignowity Flea

Sat., Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Chica Verde 914 Nolan St., San Antonio Dignowity Hill

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Check out an awesome group of treasure hunters and their fabulous finds. Books, plants, knic-knacs, home decor, planters, furniture, art, craft supplies, vintage clothing and so much more. Find super cool stuff at cheap prices. (915) 490-9579

National Museum of the Pacific War Holds Annual Symposium

Sat., Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
University of Texas at San Antonio 1 UTSA Circle, San Antonio San Antonio


This year’s symposium, hosted by the UTSA History Department, will focus on Operational Command and Control in the Pacific Theater during World War II. It will closely examine the methods and styles chosen by four command and control centers in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of War. The day-long event will analyze the three individuals whose presence in their command and control structure was most profound. 5129716163

Freedom Black History Bus Tour of San Antonio

Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Academy 3501 Martin Luther King Dr,, San Antonio Central

Buy Tickets$18-$30


Head to the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Saturday September 21, 2019 - 10am for an amazing bus tour of some of San Antonio's most historic African-American landmarks and locations. This experience is being brought to you by Melaneyes Media, the producers of "Walk on the River: A Black History of the Alamo City." As you tour the city, they will explain the history and cultural significance of the places you visit. 2105603622

Comfort Art Festival

Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Comfort Historic District 3rd and 8th Sts, Hwy 27 and Broadway, Comfort Road Trip


A select group of Hill Country artists will demonstrate, display and sell their works, representing a variety of media from oil paintings and drawings to jewelry and textiles. Artists will greet shoppers and have displays inside and outside of retail businesses throughout the downtown historic district and at the distillery. A list of artists and their locations will be available at participating merchants. The artist line-up is subject to change. www.gnocomforttx.com

Youth Climate Rally in Support of the Global Climate Strike

Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
San Antonio City Council Chambers 114 W. Commerce, San Antonio San Antonio

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From September 20-27, people worldwide will walk out of schools, workplaces and homes to urge an end to the age of fossil fuels. They are demanding climate justice for everyone. Join San Antonio's march to urge policymakers and individuals to take action to mitigate the climate crisis and urge the passage of the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan. Strikers are encouraged by the efforts of Greta Thunberg and her voyage to the UN Climate Action Summit. (210) 560-6597

Collectible, Antique and Coin Show

Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wonderland of the Americas 4522 Fredericksburg, San Antonio San Antonio

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The event will highlight coins, paper currency, bullion, postcards, stamps, vinyl records, historical memorabilia, comics, militaria, sports cards, collectibles, jewelry, autographs, railroad memorabilia, old advertising, antiques of all kinds and much more. Vendors at the event will be there to buy, sell and trade as well as answer any questions that visitors might have. Also, enjoy free bingo to win cool prizes donated by your favorite sellers. The food court will have refreshments available and free parking will be available. N/A

Feliz Modern Moon Market

Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Feliz Modern 110 W Olmos Dr, San Antonio Olmos Park


A special event with Mood by Moss and local pop up vendors! 2106228364

Learn the Art of Bonsai

Sat., Sept. 21, 10-11 a.m.
The Garden Center 10682 Bandera Road, San Antonio San Antonio

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Ryan Odegaard of the San Antonio Bonsai Society will be at The Garden Center to talk about the art of bonsai. Learn all about containers, pruning, soil and how to make and care for your own bonsai out of typical nursery stock. This seminar will include a beautiful bonsai exhibit, demonstration, lecture and raffle. (210) 647-7900

Conjunto Festival

Sat., Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Traders Village SW Loop 410 & Old Pearsall Road, San Antonio San Antonio

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Mark your Calendar for Traders Village Conjunto Festival. Festival lineup includes Grupo Elegido (11am), Roland Vasquez -- Los RV Boyz (12:30pm), Conjunto Cats (2pm), Los Escorpiones Del Norte (4pm) and Boni Mauricio y Los Maximus (5:30pm). (210) 6238383 (FAX); (210)

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