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Fun Things to Do in San Antonio This Week (11/15-11/21) 

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San Antonio has plenty to do this week: inspirational talks, comedy, Shakespeare, music, shopping for art and more. These are all the places you should be this week, trust us. Here's how to make sure you're keeping up with the Current.
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Wed 11/15
Brujeria + Piñata Protest

While “mojado-punk” might not be the most politically correct term — certainly uncomfortable for a gringo como yo to commit to print — it’s an apt descriptor of Piñata Protest’s sound, and one that bandleader/accordion punisher Àlvaro Del Norte has frequently used himself to denote the band’s furious, border-hopping, sonic fusion. Regardless of the moniker you give it, Piñata Protest’s Tex-Mex punk music is defiant and full of movement, rage, and instrumental inventiveness. Plenty of folks have taken note, and the band is coming home with metal fan favorites, Brujeria. $22.50-$25, 6:30pm, The Rock Box, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 677-9453, – James Courtney
Wed 11/15
Earthquake Relief Concert for Mexico

Sanchos Cantina will host a relief concert benefiting victims of the September 19 earthquake that shook Central and Southeast Mexico. The 2017 disaster struck on the anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake that shattered many parts of the city. In San Antonio, Jorge Canavati, host of KRTU 91.7 FM’s Jazz de Mexico program, organized an international effort to support those in need. “I just thought, I have to do this,” Canavati told the Current. San Antonio’s NATIAO Latin Jazz Ensemble will be featured along with Ruben V., Los Sancheros, and Natalia Guerrero (Miss Nat-G), a special guest funk vocalist based in Mexico City performing with the Odie Wallace Band. $30, 5pm-midnight, Sanchos Cantina, 628 Jackson St., (210) 320-1840, – JJ Lopez
Diana Kersey
Thu 11/16
Art in the Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden continues its commitment to the arts via its Art in the Garden initiative. By bringing works of art, some permanently and some temporarily, into its confines, the garden is able to add another dimension of aesthetic joy to the experience it provides, and, as a bonus, to invite visitors to look at its botanical collections in fresh ways. Opening Thursday, and on view until February 18, the garden’s latest artistic foray will bring the clay sculptures of local ceramics master Diana Kersey to the Lucile Halsell Conservatory. Kersey’s work, which readers may know from her totem-like, nature-worshipping installation at VIA’s Five Points hub, or one of her other public art contributions around town, is uncannily organic, celebrating natural shapes and the patterns that emerge from the generous chaos of the Earth herself. Kersey, who will bring an array of objects large and small for this installation, is one of the most imaginative potters around, somehow commanding the clay with the playful precision of a brilliant painter. $9-$12, 5:30-7pm, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl., (210) 536-1400, — James Courtney
Thu 11/16
‘The Upside Down’

Creative duo Las Lloronas is calling all binge-watchers to don their hazmat gear and venture into “The Upside Down” for a Stranger Things-themed art show benefitting Autism Speaks. Local artists and vendors — including Casas Ink, Violet Serpentine and The Wednesdays — will descend upon Brick with their best and strangest wares for a night celebrating Netflix’s breakout hit, which premiered its second season in late October. Feel free to grab yourself a drink at Brick’s bar and jam out to an early ’80s playlist, but keep an eye out for flickering lights and unexplained slime … the demogorgon isn’t guaranteed to make an appearance, but you may want to grab your nail bat on the way out of the house. You know, just in case. $5, 6-11pm, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, — Kelly Merka Nelson
Courtesy of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre
Thu 11/16 - Sat 11/18
Shakespeare on the River: The Taming of the Shrew

The Magik Theatre presents a celebration of Shakespeare with a performance of The Taming of the Shrew, believed to have been written around 1590. The production marks Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s second visit to San Antonio, the previous being at last year’s Shakespeare in the Park. The play, which is performed as part of a prank on a drunk, surrounds male competition for a bride and the manipulation of Katharina, an assertive and quick-witted daughter of a lord in Padua, Italy. Because her younger sister, Bianca, isn’t allowed to marry until Katharina has found a husband, Bianca’s suitors try to find a man for Katharina. Enter Petruchio. Once wed, he tricks and breaks down Katharina in various ways with the goal of eventually “taming” her to be the proper submissive wife (you know, the “desirable” kind). Meanwhile, the competition over Bianca gets tangled, adding nicely to the display of archaic gender politics. Free, 7:30pm Thu-Sat, La Villita, Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St., (210) 227-2751, — Kelsey Valadez
Courtesy of Jak Knight
Thu 11/16
Jak Knight

At this point probably best known for his voice-over work — as good-natured D-Leaguer Denver Levins in NBA2K17’s career mode or as DeVon on Netflix’s animated series Big Mouth, for which he also works as a staff writer — stand-up Jak Knight was named a New Face at 2015’s Just for Laughs. While many comics are already in their mid-30s with more than a decade in the industry by the time they’re named a “New Face” at the Montreal comedy festival, Knight seems much less far removed from the pubescent school kids on Big Mouth, but you can tell his new face will most likely one day be an old famous face in comedy by the way he reacts when he isn’t doing well on stage. That’s not to say Knight, whose good-natured riffs on our shared reality (sex, politics, police brutality, etc.) take a circuitous, almost-spontaneous-seeming route to the heart of the matter, doesn’t land killer punchlines, but that he’s unafraid to take a less-traveled, sometimes even highly warned-against road to get there. And when the audience begins to pull back is exactly when he leans in and grins. Get used to him, and enjoy the ride. $16, 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 541-8805, — Jeremy Martin
Facebook, The Temptations
Thu 11/16
The Temptations

Before the term “pop music” became synonymous with Madonna and Britney Spears (facts, not shade, hunty), groups like The Temptations (one of the many groups to emerge through Berry Gordy’s Motown Records) were on the forefront of music and were paramount in paving the way for generations of pop stars to come after. Yup, for over half a century now, the group has continued to deliver their smooth stepping, fabulous harmonies and flawless live shows all over the world, which has made them icons in the annals of American music. $49.50-$79.50, 7:30pm, Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-5700, – Chris Conde
Courtesy of Grupo JNS
Thu 11/16
’90s Pop Tour

Although the mention of ’90s pop might bring to mind Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys, the ’90s Pop Tour touching down at the Freeman Coliseum celebrates pop en español acts who ruled the charts en los noventas (hence the tour’s signature hashtag #vivelosnoventas). Uniting eight heavy hitters of varying sounds and styles, the tour packs in live sets from Grupo Jeans (pictured, aka JNS, a revolving-door girl group that climbed the charts with their 1998 hit “Enferma de Amor,” disbanded in 2008 and rebooted with a reconfigured lineup in 2015); Fey (born María Fernanda Blázquez Gil, a Monterrey native who reached international audiences with her 1996 hit “Azucar Amargo”); OV7 (formerly La Onda Vaselina, a five-piece that drew early inspiration from the 1950s vibes of Grease and topped international charts with “Mírame a los Ojos” and “Te Quiero Tanto Tanto”); Grammy-nominated Mexican singer-songwriter Aleks Syntek (who’s won over an international fan base with a musical approach that’s simultaneously polished and unplugged); Caló (Mexico’s answer to Ace of Base); party-ready Argentinean outfit The Sacados; Mexican actress and vocalist Irán Castillo; and Puerto Rican Menudo spinoff MDO. $57-$202, 8pm, Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St., (210) 226-1177, — Bryan Rindfuss
Courtesy of Sound Cream Airstream
Fri 11/17
‘The San Antonio List’

On view at the San Antonio Museum of Art through December 31, revered photographer and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ series “The Latino List” explores 21st-century Latin@ identity via 31 portraits of notable figures, including such familiar faces as author, MacArthur “Genius” and former San Antonio resident Sandra Cisneros (The House on Mango Street, Caramelo, Woman Hollering Creek), politician Henry Cisneros (San Antonio Mayor from 1981 to 1989 and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1997), and actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives, Eva’s Heroes). If you’ve yet to take in the exhibition, SAMA’s special event “The San Antonio List” presents a unique viewing opportunity with an abundance of local flavor. After kicking off with a Q&A with beloved yet controversial Spanish-language radio personality Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo (whose nickname translates to Tweety Bird), the evening takes shape in a panel discussion on “what it means to be Latino/a/x in San Antonio” between Texas State Representative Diego Bernal, City Councilman Rey Saldaña, visual artist and entrepreneur Ana Fernandez, Puro Pinche founder Stephanie Guerra, Giant Noise San Antonio president Rose Reyes, Boulevardier Group co-founder Jeret Peña and moderator Gilbert Garcia of the San Antonio Express-News to be followed by drinks (cash bar provided by The Brooklynite) and a Latin-inspired DJ set in the West Courtyard courtesy of Sound Cream Airstream. $5-$15, 6-10pm, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100, — BR
Courtesy of Centro Cultural Aztlan
Fri 11/17 - Sun 11/19

Formed three decades ago with a mission “to support and strengthen Chicano/Latino culture and identity,” Centro Cultural Aztlan is many things at once — an early champion of Día de los Muertos celebrations, steadfast supporter of emerging artists, an anchor of the Deco District and a community hub for everything from the annual Mole Throwdown to themed exhibitions and the seasonal favorite Zonarte. The first of many artisan-focused markets on the horizon, the weekend affair tempts shoppers and browsers with unique prints, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, textiles, folk art and other one-of-a-kind offerings from nearly 30 artists and makers, including Sandra Estrada, Esther Guajardo, Iliana Mendez, Lupe “Spike” Muñoz, JD Morera and Sylvia Tijerina. Free, 6-9pm Fri, 10am-6pm Sat-Sun, Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103, (210) 432-1896, — BR
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AT&T Center
Fri 11/17
Spurs vs. Thunder

Just a few seasons ago, the Oklahoma City roster boasted three MVP candidates in Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, who claimed the NBA’s highest individual award last season. With Durant chasing titles in Oakland and Harden causing mayhem in Houston, the Thunder constructed a new big three in the offseason, landing Carmelo Anthony and Paul George via trade. OKC’s latest triumvirate may not be as talented as their original, but they are arguably more intriguing. Along with Westbrook, Anthony remains one of the more mercurial talents in the game and, aside from injury, George has yet to refine his NBA narrative. Spurs versus Thunder has been a must-see matchup since 2012’s Western Conference Finals, and this latest iteration should not disappoint. $42-$1,579, 7pm, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, — M. Solis
Courtesy of Periphery
Fri 11/17
Periphery + Animals As Leaders

After being popularized by bands like Meshuggah, the “djent” movement, (which is basically rapid, palm-muted staccato guitar jabs, over heavy-grooving metal beats) sort of peaked around 2011-2012 with bands like Periphery and Animals as Leaders leading the pact. In November, both bands will make an appearance at Alamo City Music Hall. Even though the genre has become less popular over the years, the technicality and musicianship of both Animals as Leaders and Periphery surpasses all those who try and imitate their sound. $25-$27, 6pm, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E. Houston St., – CC
Oscar Moreno
Fri 11/17
KSYM’s Alternative 2 Hunger

KSYM 90.1 is an alternative radio station that has been run by San Antonio College students since 1966. Consistently billing itself as “Your Only Alternative” to standard commercial radio, the station offers eclectic musical programming focused on a wide variety of genres. This weekend, for the 20th year in a row, KSYM presents its food drive/fundraiser “Alternative 2 Hunger,” which will benefit St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home (St. PJ’s). This year’s party with a purpose will feature local bands St. Dukes (exuberant and intricate indie-pop), True Indigo (gloriously hi-fi psych-rock), SPACE WLVS (alt-rock), Los #3 Dinners (throwback San Anto rock ‘n’ roll), and The Ghost in the Machine (experimental/progressive rock). Note: If you bring a whole turkey, aside from getting mad props for lugging a turkey to The Strip, you can get five people in. $5 (or five canned goods), 7pm-1am, The Mix, 2423 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 735-1313, – JC
Fri 11/17
SA Symphony presents “Boléro”

Maurice Ravel’s “Boléro,” easily the French composer’s most famous work, is a roughly 15-minute orchestral piece that was originally intended as a ballet. An exercise in (almost mechanical) restraint and exuberance at once, the piece, beloved by audiences throughout the years despite Ravel’s own tendency to dismiss it as a half-realized experiment, offers little in the way of divergence from its central melodies (passed from instrument to instrument) and a steady, martial tempo. Nevertheless, as “Boléro” builds to final force, the orchestra gets louder and the sound fuller/more complex. Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing will lead the SA Symphony in performing “Boléro” as well as other classical favorites from Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss, and Richard Wagner. $25-$96, 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, – JC
Sheri Giblin
Fri 11/17
Shana Falana

Matching spacey psychedelic over-tones with enough poppiness to be palatable to a broader audience, NYC’s Shana Falana manage to venture into the psych-pop realm without sounding like the million other bands in the genre (it’s not a dig, it’s a compliment, calm down). For instance on “Go,” from the two-pieces’ 2015 album Set Your Lightning Fire Free, the track starts off sounding strikingly similar to The Beatles’ trippy AF track “Tomorrow Never Knows,” and pulls listeners through the swirling corridors of pulsing psychedelia without like, completely losing yourself like the one time you took too many mushrooms. They’re great, as per the majority of touring acts brought here by the folks at K23. Free, 8pm, Lowcountry, 318 Martinez St., (210) 560-2224, – CC
Filmfestival Linz via Flickr Commons
Fri 11/17
MNDSGN at Odyssey Fest

Probably best known for his collab with rapper Danny Brown “Sweeney Song,” MNDSGN (pronounced Mind Design) is an American hip-hop producer from L.A. who possesses a catalog of beats which likely could turn you into one of his biggest fans. I try not to get too fanboy in these weekly picks ‘cause taste is subjective, but as a person whose spentf the better part of their 31 years on the planet listening to hip-hop, MNDSGN is sick. And it’s no surprise that he’s the headliner for Odyssey Fest, which will include performances from local folks like Femina-X, and Verisimilitude, as well as many other local acts. $16.82, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., – CC
Veronica Cardenas
Sat 11/18
4x5 Photo Fest

Featuring workshops and talks from well-established photogs, a photo swap, a photo fair with exhibitor booths, and an after party with live music (courtesy of local act Fishermen), 4x5 Photo Fest is as much a one-day buffet of ideas and inspiration as it is a fast-tracked networking opportunity for photographers of varying experience. Highlights of this year’s 4x5 Photo Fest will include, in addition to the photo swap and print fair, a Lomography DIY Workshop, The Candid Frame (a live podcast moderated by Ibarionex Perello), a Lumiere Tintype Pop-Up shop, the opportunity to check out cameras for use, and artist talks with Verónica G. Cárdenas, Brinson + Banks, Reg Campbell, and keynote speaker John Keatley.Free, 11:30am-7pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., – JC
Courtesy of Janet Trevino
Sat 11/18

Most know the nonprofit organization TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) as a source for engaging and intellectually stimulating talks covering a wide range of subjects, or as they bill it, “ideas worth spreading.” TEDxSanAntonio has selected 16 speakers to share such talks in 18 minutes or less on this year’s theme of “Now Is the Time.” Speakers include Eric Cooper, President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank; Sonny Melendrez, radio personality and inspirational speaker; and Janet Trevino (pictured), professional platonic touch and cuddling specialist. Cooper will deliver a talk titled “Volunteer Prozac,” covering the mental health benefits of volunteering, while Melendrez’s talk, “Intentional Enthusiasm,” mirrors his book The Art of Living with Enthusiasm. The book aims to guide readers through ways to incorporate enthusiasm into their daily lives. Trevino’s talk will present the healing effects of physical touch and how to access it. Other speakers’ talks will cover dance, healthcare, politics, gastronomy and more. $45-$100, 10am-5pm, Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, (210) 357-1900, —KV
Courtesy of Beyond the Canvas
Sat 11/18
Texas Body Paint Competition

Since its launch in 2010, Beyond the Canvas has grown into an arts organization associated with nearly 100 body painters, special effects artists, models, photographers and other creative types. Founded by art and music enthusiast Tomas Vasquez and sponsored by the Avenida Guadalupe Association, the collective regularly comes together for showcases, competitions and special events in San Antonio (as well as Louisiana, South Carolina, Georgia and New York) and also works with area charities such as the Believe It Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to “the inclusion of kids with physical challenges into the lives and experiences of their typical peers.” Through their outreach efforts with the Believe It Foundation, BTC has touched the lives of kids like 18-year-old Xavier Sanchez. Born without arms or legs, Sanchez recently visited the Beyond the Canvas studio and found a new level of confidence after being transformed with body paint. Following a theme of “Dreams and Delusions,” the outfit’s 10th annual Texas Body Paint Competition brings together 25 body paint artists and 25 “live canvases” for a creative battle with guest judges from the reality series Skin Wars, performances by hoop artists, the Afro-Brazilian troupe Capoeira Luanda and stand-up comic Cleto Rodriguez, and more than $1,000 in cash prizes. $25-$50, 7pm-midnight, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St., (210) 271-3151, — BR
ARTS San Antonio
Sat 11/18
Eddie at 80

Known for fusing jazzy elements with his Puerto Rican roots, 80-year-old pianist, composer, arranger and Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri brings his Latin Jazz Septet to Trinity courtesy of the nonprofit Arts San Antonio.$29-$99, 7:30pm, Laurie Auditorium, 1 Trinity Place, – KV
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Wed 11/15
Brujeria + Piñata Protest

While “mojado-punk” might not be the most politically correct term — certainly uncomfortable for a gringo como yo to commit to print — it’s an apt descriptor of Piñata Protest’s sound, and one that bandleader/accordion punisher Àlvaro Del Norte has frequently used himself to denote the band’s furious, border-hopping, sonic fusion. Regardless of the moniker you give it, Piñata Protest’s Tex-Mex punk music is defiant and full of movement, rage, and instrumental inventiveness. Plenty of folks have taken note, and the band is coming home with metal fan favorites, Brujeria. $22.50-$25, 6:30pm, The Rock Box, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 677-9453, – James Courtney

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