November 29, 2017

Fun Things to Do in San Antonio This Week (11/29-12/5)

Need something to do this week? We've got you covered. We've rounded up some of the best of what's going on, including a unicorn-themed art show, live music, lectures and book signings.
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Wed 11/29
Saliva
Showing up on rock playlists next to the likes of Drowning Pool, Trapt and Soil, Saliva were yet another one of these bands that were heavy enough to draw in the regular rock music listener and angsty enough to appeal to most pissed off teens in the early 2000s. While the band is probably best known for their track “Click Click Boom,” this nu-metal four-piece has continued to put out music over the years with their latest release being a cover of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” $20-$25, 7pm, The Rock Box, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 677-9453, therockboxsa.com. – Chris Conde
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Wed 11/29
Saliva

Showing up on rock playlists next to the likes of Drowning Pool, Trapt and Soil, Saliva were yet another one of these bands that were heavy enough to draw in the regular rock music listener and angsty enough to appeal to most pissed off teens in the early 2000s. While the band is probably best known for their track “Click Click Boom,” this nu-metal four-piece has continued to put out music over the years with their latest release being a cover of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” $20-$25, 7pm, The Rock Box, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 677-9453, therockboxsa.com. – Chris Conde
Wed 11/29
The Hip-Hop Nutcracker
A contemporary re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s classic score, The Hip-Hop Nutcracker features pioneering rapper and producer Kurtis Blow alongside an all-star cast of dancers, a DJ and a violinist. With help from the mysterious Drosselmyer, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel back in time to a 1980s-era Brooklyn nightclub. $39-$59, 8pm, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com. – Marco Aquino
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Wed 11/29
The Hip-Hop Nutcracker

A contemporary re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s classic score, The Hip-Hop Nutcracker features pioneering rapper and producer Kurtis Blow alongside an all-star cast of dancers, a DJ and a violinist. With help from the mysterious Drosselmyer, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel back in time to a 1980s-era Brooklyn nightclub. $39-$59, 8pm, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com. – Marco Aquino
Thu 11/30
Tank + Leela James
Turning down an opportunity to play college football, Tank, born Durrell Babbs toured with Ginuwine as a backup singer before starting to focus on his own music. Probably one of the most underrated male singers in R&B despite having five albums debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts, the singer matches a mix of old school ’90s vocal runs with just enough of a contemporary hip-hop edge to stay relevant. Also on the bill is Leela James, who, if you haven’t heard, you really need to check out. Pro-tip listen to her song “Music.” $30-$65, 7pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. – CC
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Thu 11/30
Tank + Leela James

Turning down an opportunity to play college football, Tank, born Durrell Babbs toured with Ginuwine as a backup singer before starting to focus on his own music. Probably one of the most underrated male singers in R&B despite having five albums debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts, the singer matches a mix of old school ’90s vocal runs with just enough of a contemporary hip-hop edge to stay relevant. Also on the bill is Leela James, who, if you haven’t heard, you really need to check out. Pro-tip listen to her song “Music.” $30-$65, 7pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. – CC
Thu 11/30
Part Time + Hairkut + Borzoi
Lo-fi pop music will never go out of style. Well, I mean, it hasn’t yet. Yeah, if it’s got a beat, and a upbeat melody, we’ll fucking get down to that shit. Look how much we’ve eaten up bands like Neon Indian (who is coming back to Paper Tiger on December 30, by the way) and Ducktails over the years. Part Time fall into this category as well. With aesthetics that parallel vaporwave, Part Time sounds like they could easily write the soundtrack for a movie that takes place in the ’80s. Popped collar optional. $10, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – CC
Jaime Monzon
Thu 11/30
Part Time + Hairkut + Borzoi

Lo-fi pop music will never go out of style. Well, I mean, it hasn’t yet. Yeah, if it’s got a beat, and a upbeat melody, we’ll fucking get down to that shit. Look how much we’ve eaten up bands like Neon Indian (who is coming back to Paper Tiger on December 30, by the way) and Ducktails over the years. Part Time fall into this category as well. With aesthetics that parallel vaporwave, Part Time sounds like they could easily write the soundtrack for a movie that takes place in the ’80s. Popped collar optional. $10, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – CC
Thu 11/30
‘Fabbyloso Unicorn Art Show’
While 2017 will undoubtedly be remembered as a grim, tragic and consistently surreal slump for an increasing number of reasons, pop culture historians may one day look back on it as the Year of the Unicorn. While it’s doubtful these magical beasts collectively reared their multi-colored heads to thoughtfully lift our spirits, it would be remiss not to recognize such fleeting contributions as unicorn-inspired bagels and macarons, unicorn makeup tutorials, unicorn T-shirts and headbands, body glitter promoted by some as “unicorn snot,” and Starbucks’ rainbow-swirled Unicorn Frappucino (a high-calorie concoction blended with mango syrup and “pink powder”). Although California transplant and longtime Southtown fixture Robert Tatum’s not typically one to jump aboard trendy bandwagons, it somehow comes as no big surprise that he and his extensive stall of cohorts are weighing in on “unicorn fever.” In addition to creative, irreverent and offbeat interpretations by more than 50 artists (not to mention a solo exhibition of retro-poppy works by Northern California artist Tony Speirs in neighboring Showdown Gallery), Tatum’s “Fabbyloso Unicorn Art Show” promises live music by The Swishbucklers and Pocket FishRmen, beats by DJ Epsr and a Unicorn Costume Contest with prizes (including gift cards for shops and eateries in the Blue Star Arts Complex) in three categories: Sexiest Costume (inclusive of all genders), Most Creative and Dumbest Costume. $5 (free before 7pm), 6-11pm, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 858-2361, facebook.com/tatumoriginalschoicegoods. — Bryan Rindfuss
Regina Morales
Thu 11/30
‘Fabbyloso Unicorn Art Show’

While 2017 will undoubtedly be remembered as a grim, tragic and consistently surreal slump for an increasing number of reasons, pop culture historians may one day look back on it as the Year of the Unicorn. While it’s doubtful these magical beasts collectively reared their multi-colored heads to thoughtfully lift our spirits, it would be remiss not to recognize such fleeting contributions as unicorn-inspired bagels and macarons, unicorn makeup tutorials, unicorn T-shirts and headbands, body glitter promoted by some as “unicorn snot,” and Starbucks’ rainbow-swirled Unicorn Frappucino (a high-calorie concoction blended with mango syrup and “pink powder”). Although California transplant and longtime Southtown fixture Robert Tatum’s not typically one to jump aboard trendy bandwagons, it somehow comes as no big surprise that he and his extensive stall of cohorts are weighing in on “unicorn fever.” In addition to creative, irreverent and offbeat interpretations by more than 50 artists (not to mention a solo exhibition of retro-poppy works by Northern California artist Tony Speirs in neighboring Showdown Gallery), Tatum’s “Fabbyloso Unicorn Art Show” promises live music by The Swishbucklers and Pocket FishRmen, beats by DJ Epsr and a Unicorn Costume Contest with prizes (including gift cards for shops and eateries in the Blue Star Arts Complex) in three categories: Sexiest Costume (inclusive of all genders), Most Creative and Dumbest Costume. $5 (free before 7pm), 6-11pm, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 858-2361, facebook.com/tatumoriginalschoicegoods. — Bryan Rindfuss
Thu 11/30
‘Critical Mass’
Hausmann Millworks Creative Community, in case you’ve never chanced upon it during On and Off Fredericksburg Studio Tour or visited on some other happy occasion, is a sweet little space with studios/offices for artists and craftspeople of all stripes. If you visit when everybody is showing, the place seems like a hive of creativity, buzzing with individuality aplenty even as it’s a community in the truest sense. The complex, housed in two old industrial buildings owned by the Hausmann family, who’ve run an assortment of businesses in the spot over the years, is utilized by more than 80 artists. On Thursday, in what will serve as an opening reception for an extended period of showings through February 25, more than 20 of these artists and artisans will have their work on display and be in studio to chat. Just a few of the featured artists that we are looking forward to seeing new stuff from are ceramicist Maura Fowler, jewelry/clothing designer Brandy Garcia (of B. Link Design), and visual artists David Almaguer, Hector Garza, and Symone Elliott. Free, 6-8pm, Hausmann Millworks, 925 W. Russell Pl., (210) 884-6390, millworks.gallery. — James Courtney
Hausmann Millworks
Thu 11/30
‘Critical Mass’

Hausmann Millworks Creative Community, in case you’ve never chanced upon it during On and Off Fredericksburg Studio Tour or visited on some other happy occasion, is a sweet little space with studios/offices for artists and craftspeople of all stripes. If you visit when everybody is showing, the place seems like a hive of creativity, buzzing with individuality aplenty even as it’s a community in the truest sense. The complex, housed in two old industrial buildings owned by the Hausmann family, who’ve run an assortment of businesses in the spot over the years, is utilized by more than 80 artists. On Thursday, in what will serve as an opening reception for an extended period of showings through February 25, more than 20 of these artists and artisans will have their work on display and be in studio to chat. Just a few of the featured artists that we are looking forward to seeing new stuff from are ceramicist Maura Fowler, jewelry/clothing designer Brandy Garcia (of B. Link Design), and visual artists David Almaguer, Hector Garza, and Symone Elliott. Free, 6-8pm, Hausmann Millworks, 925 W. Russell Pl., (210) 884-6390, millworks.gallery. — James Courtney
Thu 11/30
Distinguished Lecture: Mondo Guerra
Fashion designer Mondo Guerra, who appeared on two Project Runway television series, will join San Antonio Express-News columnist Emily Spicer for a conversation on the eve of World AIDS Day. In 2010, Guerra finished as runner-up on season eight of Project Runway during which he came out as HIV positive. Two years later, he won the first season of Project Runway All Stars. He went on to become a mentor on Lifetime’s Under the Gunn spinoff series. Since his days on Runway, Guerra has served as an advocate for HIV organizations, becoming a spokesperson for Merck’s Project I Design and Subaru’s Dining Out For Life. In an interview with Lover Boy Magazine, Guerra explained the process behind disclosing his HIV status on Project Runway. “To be honest I wasn’t thinking about coming out as HIV positive. It wasn’t planned. It all happened very organically. Moment by moment it all fell into place. In retrospect I have an understanding of why though. Creativity has always allowed me to live. Creativity was my escape, my best friend. After 31 years of living with this existence I was given the opportunity to share my life through design.” Shortly after disclosing his HIV status, Guerra designed two limited-edition T-shirts with a Day of the Dead theme in honor of World AIDS Day. The shirts were sold to raise funds for amFAR, an AIDS research organization. “The Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead isn’t about death at all,” Guerra told the Huffington Post at the time. “It’s about celebrating the memory of loved ones. I think it’s a smart choice to use this for this cause.” Guerra continues to design everything from apparel to eyewear to Crocs. A post on his website says he is “currently focused on the development of cutting-edge multimedia content and continues to create modern designs that blend his fashion and social consciousness.” $10-$35, 6:30-7:30pm, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. — Sam Sanchez
Bridget Seigfried
Thu 11/30
Distinguished Lecture: Mondo Guerra

Fashion designer Mondo Guerra, who appeared on two Project Runway television series, will join San Antonio Express-News columnist Emily Spicer for a conversation on the eve of World AIDS Day. In 2010, Guerra finished as runner-up on season eight of Project Runway during which he came out as HIV positive. Two years later, he won the first season of Project Runway All Stars. He went on to become a mentor on Lifetime’s Under the Gunn spinoff series. Since his days on Runway, Guerra has served as an advocate for HIV organizations, becoming a spokesperson for Merck’s Project I Design and Subaru’s Dining Out For Life. In an interview with Lover Boy Magazine, Guerra explained the process behind disclosing his HIV status on Project Runway. “To be honest I wasn’t thinking about coming out as HIV positive. It wasn’t planned. It all happened very organically. Moment by moment it all fell into place. In retrospect I have an understanding of why though. Creativity has always allowed me to live. Creativity was my escape, my best friend. After 31 years of living with this existence I was given the opportunity to share my life through design.” Shortly after disclosing his HIV status, Guerra designed two limited-edition T-shirts with a Day of the Dead theme in honor of World AIDS Day. The shirts were sold to raise funds for amFAR, an AIDS research organization. “The Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead isn’t about death at all,” Guerra told the Huffington Post at the time. “It’s about celebrating the memory of loved ones. I think it’s a smart choice to use this for this cause.” Guerra continues to design everything from apparel to eyewear to Crocs. A post on his website says he is “currently focused on the development of cutting-edge multimedia content and continues to create modern designs that blend his fashion and social consciousness.” $10-$35, 6:30-7:30pm, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. — Sam Sanchez
Thu 11/30
Southwest School of Art Exhibitions
Continuing its long tradition of displaying high-caliber new art from students and working artists, the Southwest School of Art will host a reception for three concurrent openings this week. A part of her inventive, ongoing project Umeyama Reports, artist Hiromi Stringer’s latest exhibit, entitled “Umeyama Time Teleportation Museum,” is an imaginary museum wherein the achievements of Stringer’s fictional character Shoei Umeyama are documented. In this work which reflects on “language, (mis)communication, and alternative points of view,” this character “experienced time teleportation to the contemporary world in which we live from the Japan of 170 years ago.” Meanwhile, Dana Franfort’s “Works on Paper” explores the limits of language, and the often unwieldy weight of connotation, in paintings featuring words and sayings in various states of distortion. Finally, Mary Holland’s “Tangled Up in Blue” is comprised of beautiful lace cyanotypes, “an alternative photographic printing process that produces a rich Prussian blue print using a photo sensitive solution of iron salts rather than silver salts.” Free, 5:30-7:30pm (on view through Jan. 28), Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta St., (210) 200-8200, swschool.org/exhibitions. — JC
Mary Holland
Thu 11/30
Southwest School of Art Exhibitions

Continuing its long tradition of displaying high-caliber new art from students and working artists, the Southwest School of Art will host a reception for three concurrent openings this week. A part of her inventive, ongoing project Umeyama Reports, artist Hiromi Stringer’s latest exhibit, entitled “Umeyama Time Teleportation Museum,” is an imaginary museum wherein the achievements of Stringer’s fictional character Shoei Umeyama are documented. In this work which reflects on “language, (mis)communication, and alternative points of view,” this character “experienced time teleportation to the contemporary world in which we live from the Japan of 170 years ago.” Meanwhile, Dana Franfort’s “Works on Paper” explores the limits of language, and the often unwieldy weight of connotation, in paintings featuring words and sayings in various states of distortion. Finally, Mary Holland’s “Tangled Up in Blue” is comprised of beautiful lace cyanotypes, “an alternative photographic printing process that produces a rich Prussian blue print using a photo sensitive solution of iron salts rather than silver salts.” Free, 5:30-7:30pm (on view through Jan. 28), Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta St., (210) 200-8200, swschool.org/exhibitions. — JC
Fri 12/1
John Fullbright + Jacob Tovar
With a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album for 2012’s From The Ground Up, it’s clear that more than a few folks of taken notice of John Fullbright’s unique sound. While, the singer isn’t exactly doing anything super new to the genre (it’s Americana after all), Fullbright’s soulful vocals add a bit of a pop edge to his rustic sound for a blend that’s contemporary, lush while sounding vintage. $15-$20, 7pm, John T. Floore's Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Road, Helotes, (210) 695-8827, liveatfloores.com. – CC
Kate Burn
Fri 12/1
John Fullbright + Jacob Tovar

With a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album for 2012’s From The Ground Up, it’s clear that more than a few folks of taken notice of John Fullbright’s unique sound. While, the singer isn’t exactly doing anything super new to the genre (it’s Americana after all), Fullbright’s soulful vocals add a bit of a pop edge to his rustic sound for a blend that’s contemporary, lush while sounding vintage. $15-$20, 7pm, John T. Floore's Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Road, Helotes, (210) 695-8827, liveatfloores.com. – CC
Fri 12/1
Musica en la Calle
Hotel Havana’s eclectic spirit springs to life with Music en la Calle, a community favorite that brings block-party vibes to the River Walk. Essentially a free outdoor music series rounded out with vendors and pan-Latin fare and cocktails for purchase from onsite Ocho, the event’s fifth incarnation combines the South Texas talents of Austin-based Latina country singer-songwriter Amanda Cevallos and her band The High Hands, cumbia/hip-hop fusionist Juan Alfredo Rios (aka Chido Machine) and local 13-piece Latin indie orchestra Volcán. Convenient for holiday gift seekers, Music en la Calle comes complete with unique, handcrafted and artist-made wares from the likes of VeryThat (ceramic tiles, jewelry, totes and tees), Snake Hawk Press (prints, cards, T-shirts and stickers designed by local art star Cruz Ortiz), Grey Moon Vintage (retro apparel and accessories) and Feliz Modern (cheery housewares, decor and more). Free, 6-11pm, Hotel Havana, 1015 Navarro St., (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com. — BR
Bunkhouse
Fri 12/1
Musica en la Calle

Hotel Havana’s eclectic spirit springs to life with Music en la Calle, a community favorite that brings block-party vibes to the River Walk. Essentially a free outdoor music series rounded out with vendors and pan-Latin fare and cocktails for purchase from onsite Ocho, the event’s fifth incarnation combines the South Texas talents of Austin-based Latina country singer-songwriter Amanda Cevallos and her band The High Hands, cumbia/hip-hop fusionist Juan Alfredo Rios (aka Chido Machine) and local 13-piece Latin indie orchestra Volcán. Convenient for holiday gift seekers, Music en la Calle comes complete with unique, handcrafted and artist-made wares from the likes of VeryThat (ceramic tiles, jewelry, totes and tees), Snake Hawk Press (prints, cards, T-shirts and stickers designed by local art star Cruz Ortiz), Grey Moon Vintage (retro apparel and accessories) and Feliz Modern (cheery housewares, decor and more). Free, 6-11pm, Hotel Havana, 1015 Navarro St., (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com. — BR