10 Free Events Happening This Week

Mon 7/21


The Village at The University of the Incarnate Word will host a Qigong exercise class made possible and sponsored by Connections and taught by Mary Martha McNeel. Qigong is an ancient Chinese exercise that is combined of breathing techniques, focused intension and physical postures, creating a health care system for a healthier body. Free, 5:30-6:30pm Monday, 4707 Broadway, The Garden Room, (210) 829-4591, gentlewellness.com.

Tues 7/22

Smurfs 2

Travis Park will be hosting Movies by Moonlight presentation of Columbia Picture’s 2013 animated comedy Smurfs 2 featuring the voices of Neil Patrick Harris and Katy Perry. This sequel follows the Smurfs as they team up with their human friends, after the evil wizard Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette, in an attempt to rescue her. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Free, 8:30pm Tuesday, 301 E Travis St, 210-207-3677, sanantonio.gov.

Tue 7/21

After Hours: Making Matisse

Local artists Katie Pell, Laurel Gibson, Sabra Booth, John Fry and Gloria Sanchez-Hart lead a variety of inventive art-making workshops in response to the vivid hues, shapes and patterns found in the touring exhibition “Matisse: Life in Color.” Free, 5-8pm Tuesday, Luby Courtyard, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.

Wed 7/23

Texas Music Coalition Songwriters Circle

The Texas Music Coalition Songwriter’s Circle returns this week at Patty Lou’s Red Baron Pub & Grill to give all songwriters and musicians to join together in an event of acoustic music and networking. Songwriters and would-be songwriters are encouraged to bring their guitars, music and music stands. Food and beverages will be available at Patty Lou’s and they have an operating full-service bar with great prices. Free, 6:30-10pm Wednesday, 914 Burr, (210) 822-2247, texasmusiccoalition.org.

Wed 7/23

Get Pop Cultured: Batman Day

Barnes & Noble presents Get Pop Cultured: Batman Day, an event honoring and exploring the caped superhero, with a special story time and costume contest for the kids. Games and prizes will be available for the children after the contest and the reading of some of Batman’s adventure stories. Free, 11am Wednesday, 321 NW Loop 410 #104, (210) 342-0008 barnesandnoble.com.

Fri 7/25

StoryCircle with Debra Magpie Earling

Gemini Ink and the Southwest School of Art present a storycircle event, featuring novelist a short story writer Debra Magpie Earling. Earling is the author of Perma Red and The Lost Journals of Sacajawea, which was displayed in the Missoula Museum of Art back in late 2011. Guests will join Earling in a discussion and a competition where they will be asked to each tell a scary story until there is only one participant left standing who will win a prize. Free, 9pm Friday, 1201 Navarro, Rogers Lecture Hall, (210) 734-9673, geminiink.org/event/storycircle-magpie-earling.

Fri 7/25

Friday Afternoon Club Feat guest: Sam Riggs and The Night People

Gruene Hall hosts its 16th annual Friday Afternoon Club event, featuring Americana artist Sam Riggs. The Florida native will give a live performance of original music from him and his band, The Night People, with songs like Long Shot and Drowning in Your Love. Free, 4-7pm Friday, 1281 Gruene, (830) 606-1281, gruenehall.com.

Fri 7/25

Balcones Heights Jazz Festival: Nelson Rangell and Roman Street

Wonderland of the Americas hosts the 21st annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival presenting performances by jazz musicians Nelson Rangell and Roman Street. This event will continue a few more times through the summer and will feature even more contemporary jazz performing artists. The event will have food and beverage vendors on site for guests. Free, 7pm Friday, 4522 Fredericksburg, (210) 785-3500, wonderlandamericas.com.

Sat 7/26

The Lego Movie

Councilman Cris Medina and Woodlawn Lake Park presents Movies By The Lake this week screening the 2014 Warner Brother hit The Lego Movie featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman and Jonah Hill. This animated film follows an ordinary construction worker on an adventure to save the world after he finds out that he is the “Special”. Guests are encouraged to make themselves comfortable with blankets, chairs and picnics. Free, Dusk Saturday, 1103 Cincinnati, (210) 207-0870, sanantonio.gov/parksandrec.

Sun 7/27

Lauren Willig Book Signing

The Twig Shop presents a book signing and discussion featuring novelist and the author of That Summer, Lauren Willig. The author will discuss her latest novel as it follows the character Julie Conley to London after she loses her job at New York Finance and inherits a house from an estranged great-aunt. Free, 1-3pm Sunday, 306 Pearl Parkway suite 106, (210) 826.6411, thetwig.indiebound.com.