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Fun Things to Do in San Antonio This Week (2/14/18-2/20/18) 

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From Valentine's Day events to a diverse list of concerts to hit up, here's a few places where you're guaranteed to have a good time. Make sure you keep up with the Current this week.
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Raquel Reed
Wed 2/14
Va-Va-Valentine

Highlighted with a cover story in our previous issue, the LGBT-centric, body-positive burlesque troupe the Pastie Pops have come a long way since their dive-bar days back in 2010. And although they pride themselves on connecting with audiences through intimate performances (at Southtown’s Sexology Institute and other cozy venues across town), the Pops have long dreamed of performing on a larger stage to a larger audience. Promising to fulfill that dream with plenty of glitter, feathers, twirling tassels and more than a few special guests, their red-hot Valentine’s Day show at the Aztec is easily their most ambitious endeavor to date. In addition to a mixture of new routines and ramped-up classics by troupe members Jasper St. James (“The Big & Tall That Bares It All”), Elle Du Jour (“The Contemporary Tease”), Mary Annette (“The Doll with No Strings Attached”), Lucy Lips (“The Mermaid Queen of Texas”) and emcee Camille Toe (“The One You Want to Pick”), Va-Va-Valentine marks the San Antonio debut for alternative model-turned burlesque star Raquel Reed (a statuesque, tattooed New Yorker who won the title of Queen of Burlesque at last year’s New Orleans Burlesque Festival) and also features performances by local and regional artists such as Lita Deadly, Chola Magnolia, Sabra JohnSin and Lady Lola LeStrange. $20-$35, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. — Bryan Rindfuss
Courtesy of The Expendables
Wed 2/14
The Expendables + Through The Roots + Pacific Dub

Straight off the beaches of Santa Cruz, The Expendables blend a fun mix of surf rock, reggae, punk rock and ska – perfect listening for bombing a hill on your skateboard or taking part in some herbal refreshment (or both!). Last year, the band brought Virginia’s weirdo indie-pop rap band RDGLDGRN, but this round have secured San Diego reggae-rockers Through The Roots, and Pacific Dub a rock band from Orange County that has more than a little island influence in their music. 8pm, $18-$65, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St, papertigersatx.com. – Chris Conde
Courtesy of TUATHA DEA
Wed 2/14
Tuatha Dea

Combining guitar and bass with didgeridoo, Native American flutes and hand drums, Celtic, tribal, gypsy rockers Tuatha Dea have a sound that’s sort of renaissance fair meets eclectic drum circle, and if any of those things are your thing you’re gonna have a great time. Hailing from East Tennessee, the nine-piece group encourage audience participation at their shows giving audience members an opportunity to fantasize about … running away with a gypsy gang, if they can really get used to patchouli or how long it takes to learn the flute. And if dreaming about being a part of traveling gypsy clan isn’t good enough (which, actually sounds like it could be pretty fun), their cover of Metallica’s “Whiskey in a Jar” will be worth the cover alone. $10-$40, 8pm, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. – CC
Lou Daprile Photo
Thu 2/15
Shenandoah Davis

Hailing from Seattle, Washington Shenandoah Davis sort of sounds like Arcade Fire meets Sufjan Stevens meets a Broadway musical. There’s a ton of orchestration and brilliant songwriting but her vocal timbre is almost like sing/talking – kind of like a Disney movie. I don’t know, it’s actually really great and a refreshingly different combination of sounds to come out of the indie music genre. Joining the ranks of weird voices like the likes of Joanna Newsom (you know, the harpist who sort of sounds like Lisa Simpson), Davis might be your new favorite indie rocker you’ve never heard of. $3, 8pm, La Botanica, 2911 N. St. Mary’s St., vivalabotanica.com. – CC
Courtesy of Davy Knowles
Thu 2/15
Davy Knowles, Joe Taylor Group

Presented in part by the San Antonio Blues Society, this show is a can’t-miss if you’re a fan of said genre — whether you know it yet or not. Hailing from the Isle of Man, the young and gifted blues guitarist/singer Davy Knowles has, with his old group Back Door Slam and solo, established himself as a player with ambition and imagination that match his considerable technical skill. His knack for fusing Celtic folk with blues rock is way more rewarding than it seems like it should be. Also on the bill is the Joe Taylor Group, a band with a fiery, classic blues-rockin’ live show that features (in addition to Taylor, a blues guitar master) Steve Holley of Paul McCartney and Wings. $15-$45, 8pm, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. – James Courtney
Cotopaxi
Fri 2/16-Sat 2/17
Questival Adventure Race

An outdoorsy apparel and gear company that aims to “make a positive impact on the world,” Salt Lake City-based Cotopaxi is bringing its signature Questival Adventure Race to the Alamo City. Billed as “the world’s best outdoor adventure race,” the 24-hour challenge encourages teams of two or more to complete unique tasks grounded in fitness, culture, food and charity. In the vein of The Amazing Race, the Questival might task teams with crafting a functional canoe from cardboard, singing a love song on the Riverwalk, climbing to the top of Enchanted Rock … or donating blood while donning Dracula teeth. Each individual racer will receive a Cotopaxi backpack at the check-in party in Crockett Park (6-8pm). Attendees can download the Questival app and register online one day before the race to receive their challenge list. Last call for racers to join in on the hunt or assemble a group will be during check-in hours. The 20 groups that complete the most challenges will win a portion of $10,000 worth of sports gear, trips and other prizes. $47 (entrance fee subject to change), 7pm Fri-7pm Sat, Crockett Park, 1300 N. Main Ave., (844) 268-6729, cotopaxi.com. — Lori Salazar
Siggi Ragnar
Fri 2/16-Sun 2/18
Bless Me, Ultima

Dogeared copies of Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima adorn many a bookshelf, and now San Antonians have an opportunity to see it rendered live on stage. For the next installment of The Classic Theater of San Antonio’s 10th anniversary season, director José Ruben Dé León turns the spotlight on Latinx culture with an adaptation of Anaya’s groundbreaking portrait of the Chicano experience in America. Growing up in rural New Mexico in the 1940s, Antonio Márez must navigate the divide between his mother’s religiosity and father’s aggressive masculinity. While Dante had Virgil as a guide, Antonio has Ultima, a curandera (or folk healer) that comes to live with his family during his childhood. Under Ultima’s protection, Antonio comes of age in a town fraught with conflict, waging the battle of good and evil in the microcosm of his small community. $17-$32, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, The Classic Theatre of San Antonio, 1924 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 589-8450, classictheatre.org. — KMN
Courtesy of King Kong
Fri 2/16
Bob Schneider

Sort of Austin’s answer to Dave Matthews Band, Bob Schneider gets listed under “adult contemporary” a lot of places even though he sort of raps and occasionally utilizes electronic beats in his music. But, I guess since he’s mostly acoustic guitar based, his shit falls under that genre? Is adult contemporary just like new music with old sounds? Anyway, Bob Schneider makes acoustic based songs with electronic beats and noises in the background, up-tempo Latin songs, straightforward pop songs with non-straightforward lyrics, and other types of cross-genre music. If you’ve never seen him live, he’s definitely worth checking out. $15-$20, 8pm, John T. Floore Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd, Helotes, (210) 695-8827, liveatfloores.com. – CC
Courtesy of Bret Mullins
Fri 2/16
Bret Mullins Band

Country music has this way of wrapping up seriously sad subject matter in happy, carefree overtones that give you permission to be sad. Bret Mullins’ “Cry a Little” does just that. And while the singer-songwriter’s aesthetic is definitely classic country, Mullins manages to mix in enough pop to reach audiences beyond the genre. The music is, comparatively speaking, rooted in a much more traditional, Texas country sound. If you like Willie and Waylon and the boys, we’re betting you’ll like his rollin’ and ramblin’ songs of drinkin’, travelin’ and heartache. Free, 7pm, Old Main Ice House, 110 N. Main St., Cibolo, (210) 455-5275, oldmainicehouse.com. – CC
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Fri 2/16
Valentines Super Love Jam

Real talk: whether you’re down with all that lovey dovey stuff or not, sweet sensual soul music, that velvety proto-R&B good stuff, is spiritually edifying way beyond its status as a catalyst of the ol’ the bump and grind. Friday’s classic R&B/soul/lover’s funk jam is here to soothe you, whether that sweet remedy leads you to the arms of a sweetheart is entirely up to you. Peaches and Herb, best known for their hits “Reunited” and “Shake Your Groove Thing,” The Manhattans, whose hits include “Kiss and Say Goodbye” and “Shining Star,” and Color Me Badd (“I Wanna Sex You Up,” anyone?) are just a few of the choice acts you can look forward to catching at this special showcase. $36.50-$56.50, 7:30pm, Alamodome, 100 Montana St., (210) 207-3663, ticketmaster.com. – JC
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Alexander Devora Photography
Fri 2/16-Sun 2/18
RED

The latest entry in Ballet San Antonio’s 2017-2018 season puts whimsy and modernity at its forefront. In RED, the company presents five dances, centered on George Balanchine’s “Rubies,” a wickedly sharp piece set to Igor Stravinsky’s “Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra.” Artistic Director Willy Shives’ choreography is prominently featured in “Elements,” a reflection on San Antonio’s fickle weather set to music by Franz Liszt; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a debut featuring children from BSA’s arts education and dance training program, and the jazzy montage “Something Stupid.” Rounding out the program is Gerald Arpino’s “Round of Angels,” a melancholic dance choreographed in memoriam of Arpino’s collaborator and longtime friend, James R. Howell. $24.50-$129, 7:30pm Fri, 2pm & 7:30pm Sat, 2pm Sun, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, H-E-B Performance Hall, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org. — Kelly Merka Nelson
Barbara Minaro
Fri 2/16-Sun 2/18
On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour

The 11th annual On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour, featuring its most impressive three-day slate of events and openings yet, goes down this weekend. Spread throughout the neighborhoods of Monticello Park, Jefferson, Woodlawn Lake, Keystone, Beacon Hill and Alta Vista, the art walk/fest makes Bihl Haus Arts its de facto home base, as the whole affair is largely coordinated by that organization’s founder/director, Dr. Kellen McIntyre. You can choose your own arty adventure as you wander the blocks of these historic, artistically lively hoods, or you may opt to schedule out your days, including some of the music, spoken word or other events along with free-range gallery/home studio exploration. For art buyers and appreciators alike, this event offers a unique opportunity to visit galleries and home studios (some rarely open to the public) full of work from some of SA’s finest artists and artisans. Pro tip: get the catalog. It’s your one-stop guide to all the events and work you can expect to see at each stop. $10-$15 (includes catalog), 6-9pm Fri (autograph party with participating artists), 11am-6pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 383-9723, onandofffred.org. — JC
Courtesy of Porsha Olayiwola
Sat 2/17
Porsha Olaywiola

“Let me just say that I am a very beautiful person. I’m sweet, and funny, and awkward, and I just have to say that I’m a little tired of the stereotype of the ‘angry black woman’,” says Porsha Olayiwola in her spoken-word poem “Angry Black Woman.” The Boston resident by way of Chicago and self-proclaimed black poet, dyke-god, hip-hop feminist and womanist is the reigning Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. Olayiwola continues her poem stating that she’s not angry but, actually “pissed off” and often leads the crowd up to an emotionally delivered lines like, “I’m pissed the fuck off, I’m mad because above everything, and at any given time and in any given space, I, as a black woman, can suffer from racism, sexism, homophobia, classism; I can be raped, be burned alive and no one, not a single soul will look up to acknowledge my absence from this universe because I am insignificant, because I am a black woman, and finally you see that I have every right to be pissed the fuck off.” Her work is powerful, emotionally charged, and an important contribution to the conversation on race and homophobia in America. Free (register at eventbrite.com), 7-8pm, Trinity University, Skyline Room, One Trinity Pl., (210) 999-7011, trinity.edu. — CC
Courtesy of Filthy
Sat 2/17
Filthy

The first time I heard Filthy was early 2017 at some house show I had been invited to while researching the electronic noise scene in the Alamo City. The show actually was a West Coast tour kick-off show for the three-piece dark wave band. And even though they only got to play three songs (the cops were called), I knew that Filthy was an important contribution to the San Antonio sound. Their ’80s-revival aesthetic incorporated drum pads and sequencers and matched noisy-pop guitar hooks with guitarist/singer Leonard Guerra’s brooding vocals for a sound that was equally vintage and contemporary. Seriously, if you haven’t checked these dudes out, now’s your chance. $3, 9pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., thelimelightsa.com. – CC
PBS/Independent Lens
Tue 2/20
Native Film Series

Kicking off the Briscoe Museum’s 2018 Native Film Series is a double feature screening of two documentaries: 1986’s short Navajo Talking Picture and 2007’s feature Miss Navajo (pictured). In Navajo Talking Picture, director Arlene Bowman turns the camera on her grandmother in hopes of rediscovering her traditional cultural heritage. In Miss Navajo, director Billy Luther explores a young girl’s journey to capture the title of Miss Navajo, a longstanding pageant that includes competitions like sheep butchering, rug weaving and bread making. Funny enough, contemporary talent and evening gown portions are also part of the overall competition. “What inspired me about the beauty pageant was that here was a crossroads where the Western competition met Native influences,” Luther said in a statement. “The result was something not gaudy and glitzy like most beauty pageants, but something beautiful and profound — something that really reveals the true essence of beauty.” Dr. Dustin Tahmahkera (Comanche Nation), indigenous studies professor at the University of Texas at Austin and curator of the Briscoe series, will lead a discussion after the screening. Free, 6:30pm, Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St., (210) 299-4499, briscoemuseum.org. – Kiko Martinez
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Raquel Reed
Wed 2/14
Va-Va-Valentine

Highlighted with a cover story in our previous issue, the LGBT-centric, body-positive burlesque troupe the Pastie Pops have come a long way since their dive-bar days back in 2010. And although they pride themselves on connecting with audiences through intimate performances (at Southtown’s Sexology Institute and other cozy venues across town), the Pops have long dreamed of performing on a larger stage to a larger audience. Promising to fulfill that dream with plenty of glitter, feathers, twirling tassels and more than a few special guests, their red-hot Valentine’s Day show at the Aztec is easily their most ambitious endeavor to date. In addition to a mixture of new routines and ramped-up classics by troupe members Jasper St. James (“The Big & Tall That Bares It All”), Elle Du Jour (“The Contemporary Tease”), Mary Annette (“The Doll with No Strings Attached”), Lucy Lips (“The Mermaid Queen of Texas”) and emcee Camille Toe (“The One You Want to Pick”), Va-Va-Valentine marks the San Antonio debut for alternative model-turned burlesque star Raquel Reed (a statuesque, tattooed New Yorker who won the title of Queen of Burlesque at last year’s New Orleans Burlesque Festival) and also features performances by local and regional artists such as Lita Deadly, Chola Magnolia, Sabra JohnSin and Lady Lola LeStrange. $20-$35, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. — Bryan Rindfuss

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