November 22, 2017

Fun Things to Do in San Antonio This Thanksgiving Weekend

Whether you need an escape from the obligatory family time that Thanksgiving weekend entails, or you want to find an event that everyone can enjoy, we've got you covered. You can find local shopping, music, live music and theater performances and more, all right here in San Antonio. Make sure you and the familia are keeping up with the Current this holiday weekend.
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Wed 11/22
$uicideboy$
Easily one of the biggest rap duos to blow up recently, New Orlean’s $uicideboy$ are continuing the trend of trap rap but like, doing it well. And that’s sort of the whole thing with this genre. The world of fast hi-hats and triplet rapping is so utterly saturated that unless an artist or group can really bring something fresh and new or consistently pump out high-quality content, the shit sounds played the fuck out. But $lick and Ruby Da Cherry manage to set themselves apart from their trap counterparts, rapping with vibe similar to early Bone Thugs N Harmony and it’s honestly pretty good. Take it from someone who hates most of this style of rap, that’s saying something. $58-$165, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. – CC
Tobias Gruber
Wed 11/22
$uicideboy$

Easily one of the biggest rap duos to blow up recently, New Orlean’s $uicideboy$ are continuing the trend of trap rap but like, doing it well. And that’s sort of the whole thing with this genre. The world of fast hi-hats and triplet rapping is so utterly saturated that unless an artist or group can really bring something fresh and new or consistently pump out high-quality content, the shit sounds played the fuck out. But $lick and Ruby Da Cherry manage to set themselves apart from their trap counterparts, rapping with vibe similar to early Bone Thugs N Harmony and it’s honestly pretty good. Take it from someone who hates most of this style of rap, that’s saying something. $58-$165, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. – CC
Wed 11/22
Lil Pump
“My music is just saying reckless shit on a song but going with the flow so they’re still going to fuck with it,” Lil Pump told Noisey in an interview last month. When I hear rappers like Lil Pump and a bunch of these other self-proclaimed “ignorant” trappers like the ones that showed up at Mala Luna, I can’t help but think this is our fault. We did this. America doesn’t want substance anymore, we want a quick fix; so spouting out nonsense lyrics with tired references to pills and strippers over cadences that actually could have thoughtful lyrics are preferred ‘cause these rappers know we’re just trying to vibe. Hip-hop is dead, welcome Lil Pump ... OK, hip-hop isn’t dead, but this ain’t hip-hop, and I know I just sound old but this mumble rap shit reminds me of how corny nu-metal got in the early 2000s after exhausting all their own sounds. I promise, we’re gonna look back 15 years from now and be embarrassed that this shit was in our Spotify playlists. But if you dig this stuff, you’re gonna have a blast at this show. $30-$105, 9pm, 1305 E. Houston St., alamocitymusichall.com. – CC
Nabil Elderkin
Wed 11/22
Lil Pump

“My music is just saying reckless shit on a song but going with the flow so they’re still going to fuck with it,” Lil Pump told Noisey in an interview last month. When I hear rappers like Lil Pump and a bunch of these other self-proclaimed “ignorant” trappers like the ones that showed up at Mala Luna, I can’t help but think this is our fault. We did this. America doesn’t want substance anymore, we want a quick fix; so spouting out nonsense lyrics with tired references to pills and strippers over cadences that actually could have thoughtful lyrics are preferred ‘cause these rappers know we’re just trying to vibe. Hip-hop is dead, welcome Lil Pump ... OK, hip-hop isn’t dead, but this ain’t hip-hop, and I know I just sound old but this mumble rap shit reminds me of how corny nu-metal got in the early 2000s after exhausting all their own sounds. I promise, we’re gonna look back 15 years from now and be embarrassed that this shit was in our Spotify playlists. But if you dig this stuff, you’re gonna have a blast at this show. $30-$105, 9pm, 1305 E. Houston St., alamocitymusichall.com. – CC
Wed 11/22
Greenbeard + Cursus
I’m not telling you that you should probably go to this show stoned out of your mind, but – no, nevermind I am. Not that you would need THC to enjoy this lineup of stoner rock and doom metal, but it may enhance your experience if you already partake of the devil’s lettuce. Hailing from Austin, Texas, stoner rockers Green Beard blend a mix of psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll and metal in the vein of bands like Black Sabbath, and they do it really well, I mean, well enough for us to write about since it’s rare we write about a band you can check out in Austin anytime. Also on the bill is San Antonio’s favorite doom two-piece Cursus who sound like they’re opening a portal to the Upside Down when they get down on stage. Free-$5, 9pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., thelimelightsa.com. – Chris Conde
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Wed 11/22
Greenbeard + Cursus

I’m not telling you that you should probably go to this show stoned out of your mind, but – no, nevermind I am. Not that you would need THC to enjoy this lineup of stoner rock and doom metal, but it may enhance your experience if you already partake of the devil’s lettuce. Hailing from Austin, Texas, stoner rockers Green Beard blend a mix of psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll and metal in the vein of bands like Black Sabbath, and they do it really well, I mean, well enough for us to write about since it’s rare we write about a band you can check out in Austin anytime. Also on the bill is San Antonio’s favorite doom two-piece Cursus who sound like they’re opening a portal to the Upside Down when they get down on stage. Free-$5, 9pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., thelimelightsa.com. – Chris Conde
Thu 11/23
Randal Bravery + SB The Moore
In an era of time where hip-hop listeners are being asphyxiated by this plague of trap music sweeping the planet, there are the few and the mighty lyricists. Artists who write bars, with substance, perspective, and with some actual shit to say. And also producers who don’t safely lean into the current of rapid-fire hi-hats and 808 kick drums, but instead venture outside the box and push hip-hop into previously unreached territories. Randal Bravery, SB The Moore, Chisme, Satin Hooks and Apaso are all artists who fall into this category, preserving the real artistry and grit fans of the genre were attracted to in the first place. Check out this show if you need to be reminded of what real hip-hop is supposed to sound like. $3-$5, 9pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., thelimelightsa.com. – CC
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Thu 11/23
Randal Bravery + SB The Moore

In an era of time where hip-hop listeners are being asphyxiated by this plague of trap music sweeping the planet, there are the few and the mighty lyricists. Artists who write bars, with substance, perspective, and with some actual shit to say. And also producers who don’t safely lean into the current of rapid-fire hi-hats and 808 kick drums, but instead venture outside the box and push hip-hop into previously unreached territories. Randal Bravery, SB The Moore, Chisme, Satin Hooks and Apaso are all artists who fall into this category, preserving the real artistry and grit fans of the genre were attracted to in the first place. Check out this show if you need to be reminded of what real hip-hop is supposed to sound like. $3-$5, 9pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., thelimelightsa.com. – CC
Thu 11/23
Thanksgiving Day Dance
For those looking for a special Tex-Mex outing on Thanksgiving Day, look no further than Cowboys Dancehall. Cowboys will host a special holiday event with a number of legendary Texas artists from the world of Tejano, Tex-Mex, and country. Multi-Grammy award-winning accordionist, David Lee Garza will be one of the featured artists at the concert. Hailing from Poteet, Texas, Garza is a legend in Tex-Mex and country music with his hit producing group Los Musicales. One time vocalist for both Garza and San Antonio’s own, Latin Breed, Jay Perez is also on the bill. Lastly, former Mazz vocalist and Grammy award-winner, Jimmy Gonzalez will also be performing with his Grupo Mazz making this a treasured event for the gente of San Antonio. If the family is in town or if you are looking for a Thanksgiving date night of Tex-Mex music, this might the Thanksgiving concert to attend. Pre-sale tickets $15/$20 at the door, 7pm, Cowboys Dancehall, 3030 NE Loop 410 @ I-35, 210-646-9378, cowboysdancehall.com. – JJ Lopez
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Thu 11/23
Thanksgiving Day Dance

For those looking for a special Tex-Mex outing on Thanksgiving Day, look no further than Cowboys Dancehall. Cowboys will host a special holiday event with a number of legendary Texas artists from the world of Tejano, Tex-Mex, and country. Multi-Grammy award-winning accordionist, David Lee Garza will be one of the featured artists at the concert. Hailing from Poteet, Texas, Garza is a legend in Tex-Mex and country music with his hit producing group Los Musicales. One time vocalist for both Garza and San Antonio’s own, Latin Breed, Jay Perez is also on the bill. Lastly, former Mazz vocalist and Grammy award-winner, Jimmy Gonzalez will also be performing with his Grupo Mazz making this a treasured event for the gente of San Antonio. If the family is in town or if you are looking for a Thanksgiving date night of Tex-Mex music, this might the Thanksgiving concert to attend. Pre-sale tickets $15/$20 at the door, 7pm, Cowboys Dancehall, 3030 NE Loop 410 @ I-35, 210-646-9378, cowboysdancehall.com. – JJ Lopez
Fri 11/24
Black Friday at Brick
Organized by the ingenious makers behind the homegrown outfits BarbacoApparel (prints, T-shirts, stickers and totes emblazoned with such San Anto-specific characters as Selena and the Donkey Lady), Sweet Craft Jewelry (polymer clay accessories modeled after conchas, cupcakes, corndogs and other edible treats) and VeryThat (ceramic tiles, jewelry, mugs, stickers and T-shirts inspired by Frida Kahlo, lotería and familiar dichos), Black Friday at Brick has one simple request this holiday season: “Shop small y’all.” Likely to offer something of a preview of the third annual Brickmas Holiday Market (December 22 and 23 at Brick), the one-day market brings 20 distinct vendors together under one roof (including Desert Flower Designers, In The Weeds Natural Skin Care, Asher and Gray Designs, Karma Candle Makers and Smokin’ Beards) along with kid-friendly holiday movie screenings (complete with popcorn and hot cocoa) and a dedicated “Mothers’ Room” for nursing and diaper changes. Free, 10am-6pm, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, brickatbluestar.com. — Bryan Rindfuss
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Fri 11/24
Black Friday at Brick

Organized by the ingenious makers behind the homegrown outfits BarbacoApparel (prints, T-shirts, stickers and totes emblazoned with such San Anto-specific characters as Selena and the Donkey Lady), Sweet Craft Jewelry (polymer clay accessories modeled after conchas, cupcakes, corndogs and other edible treats) and VeryThat (ceramic tiles, jewelry, mugs, stickers and T-shirts inspired by Frida Kahlo, lotería and familiar dichos), Black Friday at Brick has one simple request this holiday season: “Shop small y’all.” Likely to offer something of a preview of the third annual Brickmas Holiday Market (December 22 and 23 at Brick), the one-day market brings 20 distinct vendors together under one roof (including Desert Flower Designers, In The Weeds Natural Skin Care, Asher and Gray Designs, Karma Candle Makers and Smokin’ Beards) along with kid-friendly holiday movie screenings (complete with popcorn and hot cocoa) and a dedicated “Mothers’ Room” for nursing and diaper changes. Free, 10am-6pm, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, brickatbluestar.com. — Bryan Rindfuss
Fri 11/24
Slaid Cleaves
What I love about folk music and singer songwriters in general is the absolute freedom it sounds like those folks (pun intended) have in their genre. There’s literally no rules – I mean, besides playing music or singing; well, sometimes you don’t even really need to sing (see old Bob Dylan). And though they get lumped together, people like Dylan, Paul Simon or even Johnny Cash (a stretch, I know, but hear me out) don’t exactly sound the same but still can be considered folk based on their storytelling prowess. Austin’s Slaid Cleaves is perfect example of this, sounding like he probably could show up on a mix with the aforementioned Dylan, Cash and Simon while possessing his own distinct sound. $22-$90, 7:30pm, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. – CC
Karen Cleaves
Fri 11/24
Slaid Cleaves

What I love about folk music and singer songwriters in general is the absolute freedom it sounds like those folks (pun intended) have in their genre. There’s literally no rules – I mean, besides playing music or singing; well, sometimes you don’t even really need to sing (see old Bob Dylan). And though they get lumped together, people like Dylan, Paul Simon or even Johnny Cash (a stretch, I know, but hear me out) don’t exactly sound the same but still can be considered folk based on their storytelling prowess. Austin’s Slaid Cleaves is perfect example of this, sounding like he probably could show up on a mix with the aforementioned Dylan, Cash and Simon while possessing his own distinct sound. $22-$90, 7:30pm, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. – CC
Fri 11/24
A Night at the Moulin Rouge
Having recently haunted the Alamo City with Blood Moon: “Rise & Fall of the Witch,” the deliciously dark boutique La Santa Luna (which doubles as a multimedia arts collective comprised of fashion designers, makeup artists, models, photographers, entertainers and even runway-ready brand ambassadors) is orchestrating an evening inspired by the iconic Parisian cabaret Moulin Rouge. Although it’s unlikely the “night full of wonderment and excitement” will resemble anything one might expect from Belle Époque France (when the Moulin Rouge brought can-can dances to the masses and inspired a worldwide cabaret revolution), cabaret attire is “strongly encouraged.” $5 (21 and up only), 10pm, La Botánica, 2911 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 716-0702, facebook.com/lasantalunatx. — BR
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Fri 11/24
A Night at the Moulin Rouge

Having recently haunted the Alamo City with Blood Moon: “Rise & Fall of the Witch,” the deliciously dark boutique La Santa Luna (which doubles as a multimedia arts collective comprised of fashion designers, makeup artists, models, photographers, entertainers and even runway-ready brand ambassadors) is orchestrating an evening inspired by the iconic Parisian cabaret Moulin Rouge. Although it’s unlikely the “night full of wonderment and excitement” will resemble anything one might expect from Belle Époque France (when the Moulin Rouge brought can-can dances to the masses and inspired a worldwide cabaret revolution), cabaret attire is “strongly encouraged.” $5 (21 and up only), 10pm, La Botánica, 2911 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 716-0702, facebook.com/lasantalunatx. — BR
Fri 11/24 - Sun 11/26
The Nutcracker
Ballet San Antonio once again brings the perennial holiday favorite The Nutcracker to the Tobin for 12 performances with live accompaniment of the Tchaikovsky score provided by the San Antonio Symphony. Inspired by the classic E.T.A. Hoffmann tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, reality and fantasy blend in a young girl’s dreams of a handsome prince, frightening rodents at war and exotic characters from around the globe. This production debuted just last season, choreographed by artistic director Willy Shives. The sparkling production blends Shives’ artistic vision with that of the legendary Gerald Arpino, utilizing the great maestro’s choreography for The Land of Snow and Waltz of the Flowers variations. Arpino was the co-founder of Joffrey Ballet and a tremendous mentor to Shives during his many years with that company. In this family-friendly fare, more than 100 children from the community will join the dancers of the company along with local celebrities making surprise cameo appearances. Guest celebrities performing include KSAT on-air talent like Mike Osterhage and Ursula Pari as well as the San Antonio Spurs Coyote, and former Spur Matt Bonner. $24.50-$129, 7:30pm Fri, 2pm & 7:30pm Sat, 2pm Sun (through Dec. 3), Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org. — Tami Kegley
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Fri 11/24 - Sun 11/26
The Nutcracker

Ballet San Antonio once again brings the perennial holiday favorite The Nutcracker to the Tobin for 12 performances with live accompaniment of the Tchaikovsky score provided by the San Antonio Symphony. Inspired by the classic E.T.A. Hoffmann tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, reality and fantasy blend in a young girl’s dreams of a handsome prince, frightening rodents at war and exotic characters from around the globe. This production debuted just last season, choreographed by artistic director Willy Shives. The sparkling production blends Shives’ artistic vision with that of the legendary Gerald Arpino, utilizing the great maestro’s choreography for The Land of Snow and Waltz of the Flowers variations. Arpino was the co-founder of Joffrey Ballet and a tremendous mentor to Shives during his many years with that company. In this family-friendly fare, more than 100 children from the community will join the dancers of the company along with local celebrities making surprise cameo appearances. Guest celebrities performing include KSAT on-air talent like Mike Osterhage and Ursula Pari as well as the San Antonio Spurs Coyote, and former Spur Matt Bonner. $24.50-$129, 7:30pm Fri, 2pm & 7:30pm Sat, 2pm Sun (through Dec. 3), Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org. — Tami Kegley
Fri 11/24 - Sun 11/26
Las Nuevas Tamaleras
After the passing of her mother, playwright and director Alicia Mena was moved to write Las Nuevas Tamaleras, a play that honors her mother’s legacy and preserves her family’s rich cultural traditions. Since its premiere in 1990 at Houston’s Latino Playwright Festival, Las Nuevas Tamaleras has become a holiday favorite performed around the state. The one-act comedy centers on three Mexican-American women who try their hand at making tamales for the very first time. Things don’t go as planned, however, when the ghosts of the legendary tamale experts Doña Juanita and Doña Mercedes decide to pay the three tamaleras a visit. This year’s production, staged at Our Lady of the Lake University’s Thiry Auditorium, will star Mena as Doña Mercedes and Ruby Nelda Perez as Doña Juanita. The tamaleras will be played by Patricia Zamora, Sonya M. Rodriguez and Kristina Keller. $20-$25, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun (through Dec. 10), Our Lady of the Lake University, Thiry Auditorium, 411 SW 24th St., (210) 223-2009, lastamaleras.com. — Marco Aquino
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Fri 11/24 - Sun 11/26
Las Nuevas Tamaleras

After the passing of her mother, playwright and director Alicia Mena was moved to write Las Nuevas Tamaleras, a play that honors her mother’s legacy and preserves her family’s rich cultural traditions. Since its premiere in 1990 at Houston’s Latino Playwright Festival, Las Nuevas Tamaleras has become a holiday favorite performed around the state. The one-act comedy centers on three Mexican-American women who try their hand at making tamales for the very first time. Things don’t go as planned, however, when the ghosts of the legendary tamale experts Doña Juanita and Doña Mercedes decide to pay the three tamaleras a visit. This year’s production, staged at Our Lady of the Lake University’s Thiry Auditorium, will star Mena as Doña Mercedes and Ruby Nelda Perez as Doña Juanita. The tamaleras will be played by Patricia Zamora, Sonya M. Rodriguez and Kristina Keller. $20-$25, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun (through Dec. 10), Our Lady of the Lake University, Thiry Auditorium, 411 SW 24th St., (210) 223-2009, lastamaleras.com. — Marco Aquino