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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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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)

Wild West, Wildlife! Community Day

Sat., Sept. 21, 12-4 p.m.
Briscoe Western Art Museum 210 W. Market St., San Antonio, San Antonio San Antonio


Walk on the wild side of the West and enjoy Art and the Animal as it comes to life with a free community day. Meet some real wildlife with animals from San Antonio Zoo, make memorable wildlife crafts, experience hands-on demonstrations, enjoy special animal-themed story times and leave your mark on a special mural created by Wes Siegrist, Executive Director of SAA. Seigrist has created a 5’ x 10’ mural of bison in the west for visitors to help complete. The piece will then be displayed at the Briscoe during Art and the Animal. Admission to Wild West, Wildlife! is free for the entire family and includes access to the museum. (210) 2994499; (210) (FAX)

Oktubrefest

Sat., Sept. 21, 12-7 p.m.
Historic Sunset Station 1174 E Commerce, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$10-$50


Oktubrefest was founded on the idea of making a traditional Oktoberfest, into a festival that embraces the city of San Antonio and its diverse heritage. The long-standing German and Spanish cultures blend well creating a unique combination. Oktubrefest's version of the traditional Oktoberfest will have a little bit of everything, from Bavarian Tacos to Chorizo & Wurst you won’t go hungry – you can also visit one of their many beer vendors to help you pair your food accordingly! Attendees will enjoy a fusion of traditional German and Tejano sounds all day long. Kids 12 and under free. (210) 474-7640

36th Annual Jazz’SAlive

Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Travis Park 301 E. Travis St., San Antonio San Antonio

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This 36th annual, free, outdoor, music, arts, culture and heritage festival Jazz’SAlive returns with two days of jazz music that showcases stellar headliners including five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves. Jazz'SAlive is a free community event produced by The San Antonio Parks Foundation on behalf of The City of San Antonio. Everyone is invited to enjoy Travis Park with great music, food and festivities for all ages. (210) 207-3677

"Una Voz Desatada/A Voice Unbound" Opening Reception

Sat., Sept. 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Bihl Haus Arts 2803 Fredericksburg, San Antonio San Antonio


Bihl Haus Arts (BHA) presents “Una Voz Desatada /A Voice Unbound,” an exhibition of works by Rocio Alvarado Lockwood through an opening reception. The exhibition, which runs through October 26, features Rocio’s drawings, prints and text that reveal the trauma she experienced as a child immigrant trying to survive in a new culture. (210) 383-9723

NIGHT OF MADNESS

Sat., Sept. 21, 6-9 p.m.
800 Live 800 Lexington Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Join Madness and the rest of the Alamo Empire as they bring you a night of comedy and off the wall performances that will leave you in awe. This won’t be a normal drag show, this is a Night of Madness. All performers are welcomed and encouraged to perform funny songs or add their own twist to a song. Cocktails will be served starting at 6pm and the show will begin at 7pm. Donations accepted will be accepted at: https://www.alamoempire.org/donations/night-of-madness-3/

Outdoor Film Series: Cesar Chavez

Sat., Sept. 21, 7-10 p.m.
Mission Marquee Plaza 3100 Roosevelt, San Antonio San Antonio

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The City of San Antonio World Heritage Office will host the annual Outdoor Movie Series at Mission Marquee Plaza. Guests will be able to enjoy a screening of 'Cesar Chavez' along with themed activities, food trucks, vendors, entertainment and more. With plenty of lawn space, visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy during the movie. (210) 554-1000

Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs with Flaco Jimenez

Sat., Sept. 21, 9 p.m.
High Horse Lounge 415 Milam, San Antonio San Antonio


These Texas troubadours and San Antonio legends make a stop back home after touring extensively to promote their latest album, "Cruzando Borders". Along with special guest, Flaco Jimenez, these local legends and Grammy Award winners will be playing in an intimate setting. (210) 600-4440

Bears Night Out

Sat., Sept. 21, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
800 Live 800 Lexington Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Join the Renegade Bears for a cocktail, or two.

Big Texas Comicon

Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center 900 E. Market St., San Antonio San Antonio


A pop culture convention for the whole family, Big Texas Comicon brings top tier talent from the world of movies, TV, comics and more to downtown San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center September 20th-22nd. The weekend-long event will feature fan-favorite celebrities and unique vendors and artists. (210) 207-8500

Zumba in the Park

Third Saturday of every month, 9-10 a.m. Continues through Dec. 21
Tower of the Americas 739 E Cesar Blvd, San Antonio San Antonio

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Move to the Latin beats with free Zumba lessons once a month at the Tower of Americas. Guests can enjoy free Zumba lessons from professional instructors, Salsa music, and more. (210) 223-3101

14th Annual Canstruction Design/Build Competition

Mondays-Sundays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Continues through Sept. 21
North Star Mall 7400 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio San Antonio

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North Star Mall will host the 14th Annual Canstruction® design/build competition as one of the San Antonio Food Bank’s Hunger Action Month events to raise awareness and funds for hunger relief. From Monday, September 9, through Sunday, September 21, massive structures built using cans of food by the city’s most noted architecture, engineering and contracting firms will be on public display at North Star Mall. All canned goods used to create unconventional art exhibits at North Star Mall will be donated to the San Antonio Food Bank at the close of the competition. (210) 340-6627

David Rogers' Big Bugs

Through Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden 555 Funston, San Antonio San Antonio


They’re big, really big. David Rogers’ Big Bugs stand as tall as 25 feet and have wingspans up to 17 feet wide, and they are coming to the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This gigantic exhibit opens Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31 – Sept. 1) and will be on display through Dec. 8. David Rogers’ Big Bugs is a nationally prominent touring exhibit. Visitors will see 10 larger-than-life insect sculptures, all made from natural materials, positioned throughout the 38 acres of the Botanical Garden. San Antonio Botanical Garden is a Texan by Nature Conservation Partner. Regular admission rates apply. (210) 536-1411

Farmers & Artisan Market

Third Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 16
Mission Marquee Plaza 3100 Roosevelt, San Antonio San Antonio

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The Harvey E. Najim Family YMCA will offer a free Community Zumba Class onsite, where all fitness levels are welcome. Guests will be able to purchase fresh goods from locally-sourced farmers and browse through a variety of local artisan vendors. The San Antonio Food Bank will be on-site hosting healthy cooking demos and nutrition education sessions. (210) 207-3905

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