ADA VOX How a singing drag queen from SA forced America to listen up
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On After Bartender Allegedly Assaults Two Women, San Antonio Needs to Talk About Its Problems // Thank you for writing this. And I appreciate Jeret Pena & Chad Parker Carey. While I have not felt disrespected or unsafe at the bars I do go to, being adjacent to the “bro culture” chat online in the industry sometimes had me wondering. Thank y’all for doing your part to be responsible and pro-active. – S.T. Shimi
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Glitter Political Keeping up with Gina Ortiz Jones
On The Big Spoon: I Visited Paula Deen's Family Kitchen and Here's Why I Can't Go Back // Seriously, one line about the food. Maybe a restaurant review should be about the food and location than the authors personal views. This doesn't even attempt to be about the food. She writes more about her damn cable bill. – Greg Ayres
Our top picks for the week
Online, not adios Bilingual newspaper La Prensa shifting to Web-only format
Holding Court Admirers of trailblazing U.S. Supreme Court judge will fawn over RBG Last Rodeo The Rider offers realistic look into life of devoted cowboy
Mother’s Day Dining Wine and dine the moms in your life at these restaurants
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Golden State Killer Brought into the Light Posthumous publication followed shortly by arrest
Ada Vox How a singing drag queen from SA got America to listen up
Cocktail of the Week Can we make preparadas the summer cocktail?
The Big Spoon I visited Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
Music Calendar What to see and hear this week
San Antonio singing drag queen Ada Vox and her contribution to LGBTQ visibility in mainstream American entertainment.
Russian Aristocrats Can’t Go Home Again The Classic Theatre puts a contemporary spin on Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
Dollars and Sense Council didn’t need a political lens to see the Republican Convention numbers don’t add up
On City Council Decides to Take a Pass on the 2020 Republican National Convention // Very proud of our Mayor and our City Council for their very wise decision from the beautifully diverse community of San Antonio de Bexar! – Mart Castaneda On A Look at the Latest in the Kawhi Leonard, Spurs Saga // Media reported same shit with LaMarcus last year and Spurs gave him a good deal. Fake News! You people in the Media really SUCK! – Gene Luna
Savage Love Jonesin’ Crossword Freewill Astrology
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Keeping up with Gina Ortiz Jones
As a professional homosexual, I admit to feeling a little star struck when I see Gina Ortiz Jones, candidate for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, waving at me through the glassdoor entrance of Taqueria El Rodeo on the city’s Northwest Side. Her sleek black hair is pulled back in an unadorned ponytail. She’s smartly, but casually, dressed, ready for the block-walks and meet-and-greets ahead. This will be a last-chance opportunity for her to tour District 23 before the May 22 runoff election against rival Rick Treviño, a race that will determine Republican Congressman Will Hurd’s challenger in the midterm election. Making the most of every hour, she and her campaign manager are scheduled to hit the road immediately after our interview. Within the Texas Democratic Party, Jones, 37, says she is attempting to change the conversation of “who can enter into politics and who cannot.” She checks many boxes of hot-topic, social relevance. First, she’s running in the midst of the #metoo movement, an identity-politics goldmine. She’s also openly lesbian, though the words “openly” and/or “out” feel antiquated in her case, along with the surreptitiousness that those words hitherto implied. Some could argue that Jones is standing on the shoulder pads of politicians like former City Councilwoman Elena Guajardo and former Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Her supporters celebrate her not just as a great gay hope, but a viable Democratic one.
Over coffee and tacos, Jones shares her experience of being enthusiastically received during a recent South Side block-walk. “‘Gina!’” a young woman screamed excitedly after opening her front door. Her mail-outs have apparently been effective. She’s also been profiled by the New York Times and Teen Vogue. Another checked box is the hometown girl who thrived in the military. The taqueria is four miles from John Jay High School, her alma mater. Her favorite subjects were math, algebra and pre-calculus. Growing up with her sister and mother, Jones recalls a green journal that occupied the coffee table. A precursor to Facebook updates, the book served as a way for Jones’ mother, a single parent who worked odd hours, to stay in touch with her daughters daily and to remind them that dinner was in the fridge. “This book is my prized possession,” she says. Jones owns her adolescent rebellion. “Obviously, I would forget to include my report card.” When she graduated from Jay in 1999, she went to Boston University on an ROTC scholarship. She’s a veteran of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), President Bill Clinton’s 1993 attempt to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military. DADT was a policy that for LGBTQ people was a war within a war, so the phrase is worn by veterans like Jones as a sort of badge of honor. “I would fight for my LGBT community in a way that a non-LGBT person might not
know to,” she says before condemning Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s anti-LGBT stances as a legislator. DADT also applied to her experience as a cadet at Boston University, which she says gives her an understanding of the Dreamers’ plight. “To live in fear that every single day it can be ripped away from you…” Her voice trails off. “If [my superiors] found out I was gay, I’d lose my scholarship. I’d lose my opportunity to serve my country. [Dreamers] are living with this needless anxiety.” Obama ended DADT in 2011. Identity politics is one of America’s favorite games, and Jones’ middle name ID is a potentially winning card. Treviño refers to her, at least on second reference, as “Gina Jones,” and accuses her of adding her mother’s maiden name to the campaign to attract the Latino vote. “I’m a proud Filipino-American,” Jones fires back. “My middle name has always been Ortiz. I think sometimes we have to remind people of our shared history.” Jones describes District 23 as a “microcosm for the country,” illustrating, with small cupped hands, the largepopulation centers of San Antonio and El Paso. She compares their differences to East Coast and West Coast sensibilities. “We have the border,” she says, “so a lot of things that are playing out on a national level are playing out here because of our geography and our demographics.” Then, out of the blue, Jones begins laughing uncontrollably. “You have this very, like…” She bursts out again. I’m confused. Her rehearsed talk has been so calm and collected up to this point. “I’m listening,” I assure her. “Like, you can see it like marinating…” she circles her hands over her ears. “... in a reporter way. It’s funny.” She clearly has a sense of humor about hilarious reporter faces. About a half-hour into our breakfast, Jones’ strong points shoot to the surface, and a comparison comes to mind. Treviño, who’s a former history teacher, is an expert on the intricacies of the country’s past. Jones, a former Air Force intelligence officer who left the White House last summer, seems to have closely informed opinions of the central players in our nation’s present day. She describes National Security Advisor John Bolton as “a hawk” and “a complete disaster – there doesn’t seem to be an interest in taking in facts.” She talks about French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to the White House. She credits Macron with attempting to relay to Trump that he needs allies. “You have to play nice with other people,” she says, noting that neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence served in the military. “We’re all in this together. Everyone
has a say in the matter. [Trump’s] isolationist approach isn’t gonna work.” “We are in a moment in time,” Jones says. “Who [constituents] vote into Congress matters in their everyday lives.” When Jones needs to decompress, she turns to her favorite TV shows: PBS Newshour and the Netflix series The Crown. She identifies as a “political nerd.” She explains how the latter shows audiences a side of public life that “no one sees.” She says she’s fascinated by public figures’ personal influences. A lover of autobiographies in general, Jones is intrigued by stories of leadership. “There’s the role that people played in history,” she says, “but what were some of the ways that they reached their own decisions about service or a critical moment in time? They’ve gotta make the call [but] how did they reach that decision?” Once she lets her guard down, Jones likes to joke around. When I can’t immediately recall comedian Kathy Griffin’s name, Jones jokingly asks for my gay card. With her endorsements from former state Sens. Leticia Van de Putte and Wendy Davis and others, Jones isn’t at a loss for notable support. That makes her a member of the Democratic establishment in the eyes of some, particularly Treviño. She’s amused at the thought of being labeled the establishment. “I guess it’s a good day when lesbian veterans who are running for office are all of a sudden the establishment. So that’s sarcasm,” she clarifies. After Jones gives me a crash course on Filipino language and culture, I mention that, when I was working on a cruise ship, that my cabin mate was Filipino. Halfway into my next question, Jones politely breaks in. “Wait. Can I just ask what you did on a cruise ship?” she asks. “I was a dancer,” I reply. “Oh, awesome,” she says with a series of nods. “Very important – the buffet and the entertainment – critical.” On the word “critical” she makes the OK sign with her fingers in the way chefs do when they like something. I’ve suddenly developed a competitive relationship with risotto. Focused on winning this runoff, Jones seems optimistic and is adhering to her mother’s advice: “Work hard. Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Now let’s just let that marinate.
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Bilingual newspaper La Prensa shifting to Web-only format SANFORD NOWLIN
Pioneering bilingual newspaper La Prensa soon will be an onlineonly publication. Last week, the paper cut four editorial positions — or roughly a quarter of its total staff — as part of a plan to go Web-only around the end of May. The outlet will rely more on contract workers and freelancers for content, publisher Nina Durán said. “We have no intention of shutting down. Not after 29 years,” added Durán, whose father Florentino “Tino” Durán led the paper from 1989 until his 2016 retirement. He died last year at 82. La Prensa’s website describes it as the first and oldest bilingual publication in the state of Texas and the only local publication that sells both Spanish and English ads. The paper made its name by featuring largely positive stories focused on San Antonio’s Hispanic community. Durán declined to discuss specifics about its revamp, saying much was “still up in the air.” However, in a September interview with 10
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the San Antonio Express-News, she hinted a format change was on the horizon. “I know we need to make a major shift in order to remain relevant and present in our city, but honestly, I’m still trying to figure out what that is,” she told the daily. “Do we jump into the event sector? Do we create La Prensa TV? I don’t have the answer to this question yet.” Marketing firm HeartFire Media merged with La Prensa in 2016, bringing the paper additional web, social media and video capabilities. As of press time, the paper’s website included an array of fresh content, including a story on Cheech Marin’s recent visit to San Antonio College and the San Antonio Zoo’s upcoming Zoorassic Park exhibit. Media experts said La Prensa’s decision to stop producing a print edition is understandable, given the tough business environment for newspapers. Papers across the country have shed jobs and pages as increased online competition
eats into ad dollars. However, they also worry whether the decision will leave some of its core audience wanting. “It’s really unfortunate they’re going to stop the print edition,” said Trinity University Communication Professor Robert Huesca. “The readers of their print version probably aren’t as digitally connected as the rest of the San Antonio community.” And while eliminating the print side of the business will slash expenses for the organization, Huesca warns that it could also reduce revenue for the company. Online ads tend to command lower rates than print. Ezequiel Peña, director of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research at Our Lady of the Lake University, said La Prensa should be mindful not to alienate its existing readership as it shifts format. “La Prensa serves a large need for the part of our community that’s predominantly Spanish-speaking,” Peña said. “It’s a place for them to go to find out about what’s going
on in their community, to learn about the resources available to them and to feel like they’re participating in the affairs of the city.” Part of the paper’s longevity was having a figurehead like Tino Durán with such deep connections to the community he served, Trinity’s Huesca said. The elder Durán, an Air Force vet who grew up in the Alazan-Apache Courts, restarted La Prensa after stints at papers in Dallas and Fort Worth, according to the Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame, which inducted him in 2014. Its predecessor publication was founded here in 1913. Durán and his wife and co-publisher Amelia "Millie" Durán also established the La Prensa Foundation, which raised millions of dollars for college scholarships. “La Prensa was always focused more on softer news, maybe a little more promotional than what you’d see from a daily newspaper,” Huesca said. “But I think that was a result of it being so entrenched and involved in community life.”
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Art Party: San Antonio 1718 An official Tricentennial Event | May 11, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Gallery tours, music, cash bar by The Esquire Tavern
SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM of ART | 200 W. Jones Avenue | samuseum.org San Antonio 1718 is presented in collaboration with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH). The exhibition is generously funded by Bexar County, William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation, Patsy Steves, the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, NuStar Energy, The Greehy Family Foundation, and Myfe White Moore. This exhibition is supported by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture. Support for the San Antonio 1718 catalogue was provided by the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts. CAPTION: Ignacio María Barreda (New Spain, late 18th century), María Manuela Esquivel y Serruto (detail), 1794, Oil on canvas, h. 29 in. (81 cm); w. 37 in. (61 cm), Museo Nacional de Historia, 10-233550, Secretaría de Cultura, INAH, MX. Mexico City. Photography by Francisco Kochen.
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It didn’t take long for critics to blast city council’s decision not to bid on the 2020 Republican National Convention as a purely political move. After last week’s closed-door deliberation, Councilman Greg Brockhouse lashed out at Mayor Ron Nirenberg, saying the progressive-leaning council’s agenda stood in the way of economic common sense. “If you’re Republican or you voted Republican in the city of San Antonio, you’re not welcome here, according to this city council,” Brockhouse said. And, ever the gracious loser, Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale — who Twitter-trolled Nirenberg for not jumping on a convention bid fast enough — was back on the app once the decision came down. “A city council of left-wing activists destroying the economy of #SanAntonio,” he tweeted. “@Ron_Nirenberg and city council just made the business community their enemy. Have fun with that.” But economics mattered in this debate. A lot. Council was under strict guidelines to focus on the financial merits 12
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of the bid during the meeting, not the politics. Brockhouse acknowledged the discussion in the room stayed on topic. The reality is that numbers just aren’t on the side of bid proponents, according to observers. Beyond the economic impact figures advocates waved around, there’s little proof the convention would be a windfall to the Alamo City. To the contrary, a wealth of research suggests it could be a wash — or worse. “Do these things make money for the city?” asked former Mayor Phil Hardberger, who attended a March 23 meeting where the Republican National Committee tried to interest city leaders in hosting. “That’s a cloudier question than a lot of people would like it to be.” Sure, big political conventions fill hotel rooms. They also bring a four-day cash infusion as delegates dine and drink and buy trinkets for their kids. But, all considered, those constitute an economic piss in the ocean. Especially for a city the size of San Antonio.
A study of every Republican and Democratic convention between 1972 and 2004 by economists at Massachusetts’ College of the Holy Cross found no discernable impact on employment, personal income or per-capita personal income in any of their host cities. “These conventions are not primary movers of economic growth,” said Rob Baumann, head of Holy Cross’ economics department and one of the study authors. “We’ve never seen any place get rich from doing one of these.” Baumann and his colleagues haven’t just scrutinized political conventions. They’ve also run the numbers for Superbowls, the Olympics and other major events that pit cities against each other for hosting rights. One thing always holds true: organizers pit municipalities against each other to squeeze out larger concessions. So the economic benefits sold to constituents often shrink as cities pony up more infrastructure spending and cash. “If there’s another bidder out there — like Charlotte, in
Council didn’t need a political lens to see the Republican Convention numbers don’t add up this case — then these bidding wars only create a worse deal for your city,” Baumann added. The hospitality industry employs one in eight San Antonians, and the 2020 convention would come in August, a time when summer tourist traffic is starting to slide. Hotel housekeeping staff or the barista at the downtown coffee shop may see a little more in tips, but traffic snarls, barricades and potentially disruptive protests cut into the profits of other businesses, experts point out. And when such a high-profile event rolls in, it can actually convince tourists or other conventions to delay a visit or look elsewhere. “[Convention proponents] will always tout the economic benefits, but a lot of the profits aren’t staying in your city,” Baumann said. “If I fly in on a national airline, that money doesn’t stay in San Antonio. The major hotels are most likely publicly traded chains, so that profit doesn’t stay either. Meanwhile, the security is still your problem, so is the congestion and any infrastructure the RNC wants you to pay for.” To that point, Nirenberg and council considered input on how the Republican National Convention would affect neighborhoods, how many additional cops it would need on the streets and how badly it would roil traffic. They weighed those factors along with the $6 million or more the city would need to pay up, depending on how much business leaders could privately raise to cover the $70 million the RNC demanded from potential hosts. “There’s a reason why the city of San Antonio has not bid on a political convention of this nature for 20 years and why so few cities in this country see that this season is even worth it,” Nirenberg said. sacurrent.com • May 9-15, 2018 • CURRENT 13
A program of the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, the interactive exhibition “Spain to San Antonio: Hispanic Culture on Stage” brings together drawings, prints and theatrical costumes related to operas, ballets and performances with ties to Spain. Exploring “San Antonio’s beginnings as an outpost of New Spain,” the exhibition conjures Romani culture, flamenco and storied characters such as “Mozart’s womanizing nobleman Don Giovanni and Georges Bizet’s fiery cigarette-maker Carmen.” As part of a unique collaboration between the McNay and the fashion management program at University of the Incarnate Word, a dozen advanced undergrads were tasked with creating garments inspired by “Spain to San Antonio.” Offering a unique peek at the work of emerging young designers, “Fashion Fiesta” comes to light in the apt setting of the McNay’s Blackburn Patio and includes remarks from curator Jody Blake and UIW professor Theresa Alexander, plus a reception with participating designers. Free, 6:30-7:30pm, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. — BR SPECIAL EVENT
Boasting new individual and collaborative works from Brittany Ham and Justin Korver, two increasingly visible local artists, this dual exhibition caught our attention for its promising talents, the consistently multiplying credibility of host gallery Clamp Light, and for its absolutely loaded title. As you might imagine from the name “Boys With Feelings and Girls Without Them,” this collection of paintings and sculptures tackles important themes of gender and the performance of identity. Through various mediums and explorations of surface, the artists use abstraction to alternately mystify and clarify considerations of how identity is produced and warped in a society that still FRI clings tightly to stereotypes fashioned in the dark ages of our species. Free, 7-10pm, Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery, 1704 Blanco Road, Suite 104, (512) 569-8134, clamplightsa.com. — James Courtney ART
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Seemingly stronger with each passing year, the legacy of late tejano icon Selena Quintanilla-Pérez thrives in the modern era, inspiring heartfelt tributes, imaginative fan art, big-name covers (by everyone from Thalia to Solange to Bruno Mars) and even a MAC cosmetics line. Adoring fans celebrate her birthday, observe the anniversary of her death and bond over communal hatred for incarcerated murderer Yolanda Saldívar. Filmed partly in San Antonio and released two years after her untimely death, Gregory Nava’s 1997 Selena biopic (starring Jennifer Lopez in a careerlaunching role) spread the native Texan’s inspiring story and timeless songs to a global audience while her chart-topping crossover album Dreaming of You was still in heavy rotation. Likened by Variety to both “a contemporary fairy tale with an unhappy ending” and a “sentimental, rosecolored portrait,” the film may not be perfect but still stands the test of time as a major peg in the Selena timeline. Texas Public Radio, San Antonio’s Arts and Culture Department and Slab Cinema team up for an outdoor screening at Central Library in conjunction with Made in SA, a Tricentennial series that pops up at venues in the vicinity of locations featured in the films. Free, 8pm, Central Library, 600 Soledad St., (210) 212-9373, tpr.org. — Bryan Rindfuss FILM
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Disney in Concert: Pirates of the Caribbean
The San Antonio Symphony picks up where German film composer Klaus Badelt (and uncredited film composer Hans Zimmer) left off when he cowrote the score for director Gore Verbinski’s 2003 adventure fantasy Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The Disney in Concert event will feature the symphony performing on stage as the original (and best) film of the swashbuckling movie franchise screens simultaneously behind them. The film stars Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, an eccentric pirate who teams up with blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) to save a governor’s daughter (Keira Knightley) from an immortal ship captain (Geoffrey Rush) and reclaim a golden medallion that can break an evil curse. For his Keith Richards-inspired performance, Depp was nominated for an Academy Award, although the seemingly sloshed character would wear out its welcome in the subsequent four sequels. Black Pearl also earned Oscar nods for makeup, sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects. Before the concert starts, we recommend you order something with rum at the bar to get into full pirate mode. Yo, ho, ho, scallywags! $25-$65, 7:30pm Fri-Sat, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com. – Kiko Martinez
COMEDY Comedian Michelle Wolf might’ve received mixed reviews for the verbal beatdown she unleashed at last week’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but she earned some nonpartisan props from attendees when she said, “It’s 2018 and I’m a woman, so you cannot shut me up!” It’s an empowering message that female comedians like Aida Rodriguez, April Macie and Emma Willmann are probably taking to heart as they travel the politically divided country on The Every Woman Comedy Tour. Making a stop at the Tobin Center on Saturday, the trio will bring their own unique brand of stand-up to the stage with only a couple of things on their agenda: to be heard loud and clear and to make people laugh. Both goals are easily attainable for the women, all three of whom boast impressive resumes in the industry. Rodriguez was a finalist on the eighth season of the reality show Last Comic Standing as was Macie, who appeared on season four. Willmann made her late-night TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and has performed on Fuse’s Uproarious and AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live. As Willmann explained on Colbert, if she says her name too fast, it sounds like she’s saying, “I’m a woman,” which, like Wolf, is the perfect statement to make when you want SAT an audience to sit up and listen. $25-$49.50, 8pm, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org. – KM
Bookworm: a Fair for Book Lovers Brought to you by K23 Gallery, Bookworm: a Fair for Book Lovers is a far-out adult version of the book fairs that you (if you’re nerdy like us) remember so fondly from your grade-school years. This year, for the second annual installment of the event, SAT fair-goers will have the opportunity to peruse a bevy of offerings from vendors that include zines, indie booksellers and publishers, and local artists/designers with various swag (stickers, posters, erasers and more). The event will also feature DJ sets from Joshua K. Swenson, DJ Elocuencia (repping Chulita Vinyl Club) and Mr. Glenn. So, grab your raddest book bag and head on down to Brick for this event, which will appeal to your adult sensibilities while activating your inner child’s sense of wonder and curiosity. Free, 7-9pm, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 2628653, brickatbluestar.com. — JC SPECIAL EVENT
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Beyond breaking down “stereotypes linked with classical music,” the long-running and award-winning SOLI Chamber Ensemble takes rightful pride in championing works by living composers, commissioning new compositions and performing in unexpected spaces. Formed in San Antonio in 1994 and comprised of clarinetist Stephanie Key, cellist David Mollenauer, violinist Ertan Torgul and pianist Carolyn True, SOLI is about to close out its 24th season and jet off to Italy, where they’ll premiere 15 new works as the official Ensemble-inResidence of the Music Composition Program at the Alba International Musical Festival. Offering a bit of a teaser of their Mediterranean getaway, the quartet’s Americans in Italy showcases contemporary arrangements by four composers who’ll be representing the U.S. as faculty at the festival in Alba: Peter Farmer’s jazzy new piece “Fanfare,” Elliott Miles McKinley’s lunar eclipse-inspired “Ring of Fire,” Jennifer Jolley’s whimsical “The Lives & Opinions of Literary Cats” and Luke Dahn’s “Gray Behind Glass,” which makes stylistic nods to painter Gerhard Richter. Also included in the program is the world premiere of Alba Music Festival Alumni Competition winner Jesse Edwards’ “Mint MON-TUE Chic,” a nostalgic ode to mid-century sensibilities. $10-$15, pre-concert talk at 7pm, concert at 7:30pm Mon, Jazz TX, 312 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 6001; pre-concert talk at 7pm, concert at 7:30pm Tue, Trinity University, Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, One Trinity Pl., solichamberensemble. com. — BR MUSIC
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One of the key ingredients in Mexico’s alternative music is its ability to organically embrace native sounds and rhythms with those of a “foreign” origin (as far as we’re concerned, at this point an electric guitar is as much a part of Latin American folk as the so-called “Spanish” guitar). First with her band La Forquetina, now as a solo artist, tiny Natalia Lafourcade is a vocal powerhouse and academically trained, all-around multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who jumped from rock en español to Mexican folk with equal credibility. The winner of nine Latin Grammy awards (10, if you count the Long Form Music Video win for her gorgeous twovolume Musas from 2017-18, the follow up to 2012’s Mujer Divina and 2015’s Hasta la Raíz) and one Grammy, Lafourcade comes to San Antonio on the heels of her folk-oriented success, but we hope she can squeeze in some of her early rocanrol gems as well. No matter what she brings, her brand of sophisticated but accessible alt-pop can be dug by anyone. $48-$78, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s, (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com. — Enrique Lopetegui
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We’re not really sure where the 1986 comedy ¡Three Amigos! would fall in the debate on cultural appropriation in today’s world (Latinx would likely be upset if they saw three gringos wearing mariachi gear and throwing gritos at, say, La Villita on Cinco de Mayo or at a Mexican-themed frat party), but the classic movie hasn’t felt much backlash in the last 30 years like other non-PC movies from the ’80s – Short Circuit, Soul Man, Sixteen Candles – so it’ll probably be just fine. In ¡Three Amigos!, comedians Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short star as Lucky Day, Dusty Bottoms and Ned Nederlander, a trio of silent film stars from Hollywood who are accidentally mistaken for real-life heroes and brought to the small Mexican village of Santo Poco where they are expected to defend the townspeople from a gang of outlaws led by the infamous (“In-famous is when you’re more than famous”) El Guapo. The film is screening as part of Slab Cinema’s ongoing free outdoor movies series. A plethora of piñatas or 100,000 pesos to any couple who can imitate Lucky and Ned’s cantina dance to “My Little Buttercup” during the show. Free, 8:30pm, Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St., (210) 212-9373, slabcinema.com. – KM FILM
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“Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion,” quick-witted salon owner Truvy Jones tells her grieving friend in the 1989 film version of Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling’s bittersweet ode to strong Southern women and the ties that bind. An oft-quoted gem, Truvy’s telling words encapsulate much of the mood in Steel Magnolias, a genuinely funny tearjerker rooted in a short story Harling wrote in the wake of his sister’s 1985 death from complications related to juvenile diabetes. After adapting the story for the stage and seeing Steel Magnolias through a successful Off-Broadway run, Harling penned the screenplay for the film — brought to life brilliantly by an ensemble cast featuring Julia Roberts in an Oscar-nominated role alongside Dolly Parton (as Truvy the big-haired beautician), Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Daryl Hannah. Set in Harling’s small hometown of Natchitoches, La., (sister city of Nacogdoches, Tx.) within the gossip central of Truvy’s Beauty Spot, the play wraps a number of universal themes (friendship, social politics, religion, wedding-planning, mortality, grief and “natural” beauty, to name a few) into a sassy slice of Southern life distinguished by poignant moments and an array of enduring zingers — the most famous being “If you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!” The Sheldon Vexler closes out its 19th season with a production directed by Mark McCarver. $15-$23, 8pm Sat, 3pm Sun (through June 10), The Sheldon Vexler Theatre, 12500 NW Military Hwy., (210) SAT-SUN 302-6835, vexler.org. — BR THEATER
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ART Art Opening: “Confluence” Dock Space
Gallery showcases the work of ceramicist Ovidio Giberga, whose latest pieces reference the Internet as a modern-day “silk trade route.” Free, 7-10pm Saturday; Dock Space Gallery, 107 Lone Star Blvd., (210) 723-3048.
Art Opening: “Fun&Mental” Jason
“PopGuy” Ybarra presents a new series of work that’s “full of life, death, sadness, happiness, the light, the dark, a win, a loss.” Free, 7-10pm Saturday; SMART Art Project Space, 1906 S. Flores St., (210) 227-5718.
Art Opening: “The Illusion of Happiness” Dorćol unveils a solo show
for local artist, educator and gallerist Benjamin McVey. Free, 7-10pm Saturday; Dorćol Distilling Company, 1902 S. Flores St., (210) 630-0235.
Art Opening: “It Means A Lot” Revenant Gallery pairs painters Ana Hernández and Rhys Munro in an exhibition inspired by everyday objects, bawdy puns, reinvention and strength. Free, 7-11pm Saturday; Revenant Gallery, 1913 S. Flores St., (210) 660-7163.
Art Opening: “Getting Closer” Local
artist Jessica Marie Leak presents abstract works addressing the trajectory of life and the evolution of individuality. Free, 7-11pm Friday; Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653.
Art Party: "San Antonio 1718" SAMA
and KRTU’s Art Party series continues with an evening combining tours of the exhibition “San Antonio 1718: Art from Viceregal Mexico,” art-making activities, live music by Los de Esta Noche and specialty cocktails crafted by the Esquire Tavern (cash bar). $8-$15, 6-8pm Friday; San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100.
Las Tres Mujeres Las Lloronas bring
together more than 30 artists from across Texas for a women’s empowerment series inspired by Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe and Yayoi Kusama. The pre-Mother’s Day event includes face painting, henna tattoos, a mariachi serenade, treats for purchase from Honeysuckle Teatime and a raffle benefiting the Martinez Street Women’s Center. $1-$5, 6-11pm Saturday; Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653.
Closing Reception & Catalog Release: ”Vignettes from San Antonio” When
it comes to celebrating and commenting on San Antonio’s present and recent past, artist Michael Menchaca is one of our sharpest, most nuanced artistic minds.
In this exhibition, Menchaca, who has a special knack for combining the profound with the crude and often juxtaposes images from pop culture with traditional Mesoamerican iconography, offers up large- and small-scale works that speak to San Antonio’s cultural landscape and reference such recognizable landmarks as San Antonio College and Brackenridge Park. Ruiz-Healy Art hosts a closing reception and exhibition catalog release with brief remarks by Menchaca. Free, 6-8pm Wednesday; Ruiz-Healy Art, 201-A E. Olmos Drive, (210) 804-2219.
MujerArtes Mother’s Day Exhibit & Sale MujerArtes opens the doors to its adobe studio for a show and sale featuring unique ceramics crafted especially for Mother’s Day. Free, 10am-5pm Wednesday-Saturday; Casita de MujerArtes, 816 S. Colorado St., (210) 228-0201.
FILM Coco Slab Cinema pops up at Bulverde
Community Park for a screening of Pixar’s Oscar-winner. The movie follows an aspiring young musician who journeys to the Land of the Dead to find the truth behind his family’s musical history. Free, 8pm Friday; Bulverde Community Park, 29815 Bulverde Ln., (210) 212-9373.
Grease Alamo City Moms Blog celebrates
Mother’s Day with a sing-along screening of the 1950s-inspired high school rom-com starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. $12, 3pm Sunday; Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355.
THEATER Aladdin Magik Theater reprises its bilingual adaptation of the Disney classic starring local mariachi wunderkind Sebastien de la Cruz as Aladdin. $13.50, 9:45am & 11:45am Wednesday-Friday, 9:45am & 11:45am Tuesday; Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-2751.
MotherSecrets With Mother’s Day quickly
approaching, the ever-inventive minds of Jump-Start have cooked up something far more intriguing than predictable Hallmark fare. Penned by longtime company member Chuck Squier and billed as a “performative memoir,” MotherSecrets unites a seasoned cast of six — five of whom are educators and Baby Boomers. Beyond the promised “entertaining takes on motherhood,” theater-goers can likely expect a mom zinger or two based on the play’s subtitle: You Know Her. Real. Bitter. Sweet. $10-$12 ($5 for moms on Mother’s Day), 8pm Friday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday; Jump-Start Theater, 710 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 227-5867.
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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Bent Blade Written by Scott McDowell,
the Overtime’s latest puts the audience in charge of the fates of Holmes and Watson in a format likened to choose your own adventure novels. $10-$15, 8pm Friday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday; The Overtime Theater, 5409 Bandera Road, (210) 557-7562.
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Scott Lapp directs the Public Theater’s production of Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman’s sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross. $20-$35, 7:30pm Friday-Saturday, 2pm Sunday; The Public Theater of San Antonio, 800 W. Ashby Pl., (210) 733-7258.
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Friends Festival Quaker Friends Meeting
of San Antonio’s fourth annual festival features a farmers market, pony rides, a puppy corral, a rummage sale, food trucks, and a talent tent with art, photography, ceramics, sculptures from Malaysia and handmade jewelry and bags from Guatemala. Free, 10am-2pm Saturday; Quaker Meeting House, 7052 N. Vandiver Road, (210) 858-7696.
Hermanos Flores Magón Plática The
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center and the Westside Preservation Alliance team up for a plática with Mexico City-based Diego Flores Magón about his greatgrandfather Enrique Flores Magón and his uncle Ricardo Flores Magón, who were prominent journalists/activists/ thinkers in the Mexican Revolution of the early 1900s. Exiled from Porfirian Mexico for their revolutionary journalism, the Magón brothers spent time here in San Antonio, where they published issues of their famed newspaper Regeneración. Free, 6-8pm Saturday; Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave., (210) 228-0201.
Blind Tiger Comedy Club director and Comedia A Go-Go co-founder Larry Garza sets up shop at Improv San Antonio for a five-night run. $17, 8:30pm WednesdayThursday, 8pm & 10:15pm Friday-Saturday, 8pm Sunday; Improv San Antonio, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 229-1420. Hunt for History In celebration of the Tricentennial, the San Antonio SPECIAL EVENTS Conservation Society pops up in Brackenridge Park for a family-oriented Fiesta Noche del Rio Billed as the “oldest scavenger hunt. After locating all the outdoor dance performance of its treasure locations, participants collect kind in the United States,” the Alamo stickers on their passports for a chance Kiwanis Club’s long-running fundraiser to win a commemorative prize. Free, showcases a cavalcade of artists in a 9am-noon Saturday; Brackenridge Park, seven-act spectacle celebrating songs 3910 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 224-6163. and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas. $8-$20, 8:30pm FridayMigratory Bird Fest and Native Plant Saturday; Arneson River Theatre, 418 Sale Celebrate International Migratory Villita St., (210) 207-8612. Bird Day at Mitchell Lake with a day filled
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Golden State Killer Brought into the Light Posthumous publication followed shortly by arrest
Without a second thought, true crime blogger Michelle McNamara dove headfirst into what would become a years-long obsession with the perpetrator she would dub the Golden State Killer, a man responsible for 45 rapes, 12 murders and possibly more than 100 burglaries. She published a long-form article, “In the Footsteps of a Killer,” in Los Angeles Magazine, and was
well on her way to finishing her book on the subject when, without warning, she died in her sleep in April 2016, leaving behind her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, as well as their young daughter, Alice. The story could have ended there but, thanks to the efforts of Oswalt, investigative journalist Billy Jensen and researcher Paul Haynes, McNamara’s book about the Golden State Killer (originally known as the East Area
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The Classic Theatre puts a contemporary spin on Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
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“The world is a comedy to those that think,” quipped Horace Walpole, “a tragedy to those that feel.” A play that inspires complicated
Rapist/Original Night Stalker) was pieced together and published earlier this year. In I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, McNamara’s immense capacity for empathy is at the forefront. Her prose encapsulates the humanity of the victims and investigators in stark contrast to the Golden State Killer’s sadism, which brings the terror of the attacks home in a visceral way. McNamara was also a painstaking researcher — she tracked down the tiniest of leads, be it a pair of stolen cufflinks or a water polo player whose appearance matched descriptions of the Golden State Killer, and pored over thousands of pages of old files seeking relevant information. The result is a vivid portrait of the constellation of the offender’s myriad crimes set against a sharply rendered backdrop of California in the 1970s and ’80s. Then, on April 24, almost four decades after the Golden State Killer began his crime spree, two years after McNamara’s death, and less than two months after the
thoughts and feelings, The Cherry Orchard has been a categorical challenge since 1904. Anton Chekhov subtitled it A Comedy in Four Acts and was bitterly disappointed when, a few months before the playwright’s death, Konstantin Stanislavski staged it as a tragedy. Thousands of subsequent productions have struggled to calibrate the balance of thought and feeling, comedy and tragedy. The default mode would seem to be tragicomedy. And, as the concluding production of Classic Theatre’s 10th season, Andy Thornton directs The Cherry Orchard as a hybrid, a theatrical ugli fruit. The inability of an effete aristocracy to adjust to social change 40 years after the emancipation of the serfs is both lugubrious and ludicrous. The plight of Madame Ranyevskaya, forced to sell her beloved ancestral estate to a developer who has no qualms about razing her lovely cherry trees and subdividing the land, is as grievous as the relatives, servants, and other human limpets who cling to her are goofy. “I’ve never met such scatter-brained people,” says one. But the mixture of historical contexts as well as moods results less in an amalgam than a mishmash. Before a word is spoken, Sam Cooke singing “A Change Is Gonna Come” evokes the Civil Rights Movement. When a governess intones Tom Paxton’s “I Can’t Help But Wonder,” we are again transported from Tsarist Russia to the American 1960s. Some of the characters wear period gowns, furs and blouses, but others are costumed in leather jackets, jeans and sunglasses. One clutches a smartphone. The point might be to emphasize the contemporary relevance of a 114-year-old play, but the massacre of local groves in order
publication of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Joseph James DeAngelo was quietly arrested at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., in relation to the case. As predicted by McNamara and others, DeAngelo was initially identified through law enforcement’s use of ancestral DNA services, and a DNA sample obtained directly from him via surveillance led to a positive match. His identity was unknown to investigators until shortly before his arrest. In the days following the arrest and arraignment, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark sold out on Amazon, and HBO announced that the book has been picked up as a docuseries. While Sacramento officials did not credit McNamara’s work directly in their initial press conference, every utterance of the name Golden State Killer lent credence to her dogged pursuit of the perpetrator, which kept his crimes in the limelight. To use Oswalt’s words: “I think you got him, Michelle.”
to divide and subdivide tracts in Bexar County is testimony enough to the timeliness of The Cherry Orchard. As Ranyevskaya, who returns, broke, after five years in Paris, Kathy Couser is the radiant center of the proceedings. Ecstatic to be home again, oblivious to practical concerns, and inconsolable after losing her land, Couser’s Ranyevskaya is a generous, passionate figure who loves not wisely, but too well. In contrast is Lopakhin, whose grandfather and father were serfs on an estate he is now able to purchase. Kevin Majors seems too courteous to play the rapacious, Snopesian opportunist. He is also — anachronistically — African American, and, though the script substitutes “slave” for “serf” in references to his past, the cultural transposition is a distraction. One inspired change was casting vivacious Gloria Sanchez-Molina as Pishchik, an aristocratic schnorrer who is male in Chekhov’s text. “We’ve suddenly become unnecessary,” laments the superannuated dandy Gayev, played with dotty flair by Charles Michael Howard. The Cherry Orchard remains a necessary component of classic theater. The Cherry Orchard $17-$32 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun Through May 27 The Classic Theatre of San Antonio 1924 Fredricksburg Road (210) 589-8450 classictheatre.org sacurrent.com • May 9-15, 2018 • CURRENT 23
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Admirers of trailblazing U.S. Supreme Court judge will fawn over RBG
It probably won’t become the definitive film on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and 60-year legal career, but the documentary RBG is a satisfying start. Referring to the initialed moniker of the trailblazing judge and champion of
authenticity to the role. While it has worked in the past with shock jock Howard Stern depicting himself in 1997’s Private Parts and Eminem playing a fictional version of himself in the loosely based biographical film 8 Mile, the concept is still a bold move – which is why you hardly ever see directors take this leap. Don’t tell ChineseAmerican director/writer Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brothers Taught Me) that the idea is too risky for her new film The Rider. In what will easily KIKO MARTÍNEZ go down as one of the best examples of this unusual casting process, Zhao has taken a tender narrative and transformed it into a breathtakingly beautiful drama that shoots straight to the heart. Yes, the performances from some of the novice actors in supporting roles are unpolished, but the spirit that emanates from the setting, characters, relationships and direction is brilliant. In The Rider, Zhao taps former bronc rider-turned-actor
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Although it already happened earlier this year in director Clint Eastwood’s poorly constructed drama The 15:17 to Paris, it’s rare for a filmmaker to cast the real-life subjects of a story to portray themselves in their own biopic. The decision, of course, is usually made when a filmmaker believes the non-actor, who actually lived through the experience, will bring an
women’s rights, RBG is a solid, albeit slight, glimpse into the inspiring story of the 85-year-old Ginsburg. From the Brooklyn-born daughter of Russian Jewish parents to one of the three female justices currently serving on the nine-judge bench, Ginsburg has become a cultural icon. Early in her career as counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, she made a name for herself by trying more than 300 gender discrimination cases, including six in front of the SCOTUS, five of which she won. In RBG, directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West use talking-head interviews with childhood friends, family members, colleagues and others who have known Ginsburg throughout the years, to illuminate aspects of the justice's work on the bench and her private life. While much of what comes out of the mouths of the interviewees might be considered hero-worship, Cohen and West do a reasonable job of not allowing it to get out of hand, although journalist and activist Gloria Steinem at one point describes Ginsberg as the “closest thing to a superhero I know.” If you want to get to know Ginsberg on a personal level, the most effective sections of the documentary are when Cohen and West focus on her loving relationship with her late husband Martin. Through home videos and photos, audiences get an opportunity to identify with Ginsberg as more than the crown-wearing, meme-ified persona trending on Twitter. Still, as enjoyable as it sometimes is to see Ginsberg train at a gym, attend the opera and laugh at comedian Kate McKinnon impersonating her on Saturday Night Live (“That’s a Ginsburn!”), the elements of Ginsberg’s life that are truly fascinating are the landmark court cases she presided over that changed the course of history, like Frontiero v. Richardson, Ledbetter v. Goodyear and United States v. Virginia, all of which are covered in RBG. Unfortunately, they’re not explored in much depth. This proves that Ginsberg is a subject for a 12-part docuseries, not a 97-minute teaser. We won’t fault the fi lm too much for glossing over most of the cases and trying to make RBG easier to digest for audiences not interested in listening to any legalese. But there is enough content for a few sequels if Cohen and West are so inclined . Until then, RBG is good enough. It’s surface-level stuff, but it still speaks truth to power — something everyone could use currently in this toxic political climate.
Brady Jandreau to play the cinematic version of himself, Brady Blackburn, a young, Native-American cowboy from South Dakota reflecting on his life after suffering a severe head injury. In 2016, Jandreau was thrown from a horse and his head was trampled. A metal plate was fused to his skull, which was fractured in three places. As Brady Blackburn, Jandreau revisits the recovery process and the difficulty of accepting that his rodeo days were over. Another head injury would surely prove fatal. But how does a tough young man let go of something that defines him? How does he turn his back knowing that nothing else in the world will provide him that much happiness? Director Darren Aronofsky tackled these issues in his 2008 masterpiece The Wrestler, which followed a broken-down grappler at the end of his career. Zhao, too, exposes Brady’s vulnerabilities much like Aronofsky does with Oscar-nominated actor Mickey Rourke. The difference is that Brady, unlike Rourke’s character, feels like he has something to live for, which allows the film to take a more hopeful approach, which is augmented by Zhao’s decision to cast Jandreau’s actual father, sister and friends, including Lane Scott, a former bull rider who was paralyzed in an auto accident in 2013. The Rider is Jandreau’s fi lm, and he delivers a complexity and cowboy fl air to the role that is unmatchable. Watching him train colts on the rugged Dakota landscape, confronting the idea of what it means to be a man and simply appreciating being alive is what makes The Rider so emotionally fulfi lling.
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Wine and dine the moms in your life at these restaurants Boiler House // Mother’s Day brunch at Boiler House will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include specials like berry and ricotta blintzes topped with lemon curd, butterscotch, vanilla streusel and candied pecans; baconwrapped Texas peaches; honey-roasted oats with dried cranberries, pistachios, vanilla yogurt and pan-fried ham and eggs; and favorites salmon margarita Benedict and David Lee Roth Krispy Kreme burger. Prices vary, 312 Pearl Pkwy., Building 3, (210) 354-4644, boilerhousesa.com. Bottling Department // Moms who visit the Bottling Department food hall will be treated to free Vintage Bouquet Bar flowers (while supplies last) and mom mimosas on special. Prices vary, 312 Pearl Pkwy., (210) 564-9140, bottlingdept.com. Boudro’s // The storied restaurant will offer Mother’s Day specials from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with fresh heirloom tomato-watermelon salad, Asiago-crusted Alaskan halibut and caramelized white chocolate cheesecake. Prices vary, 421 E. Commerce St., (210) 224-8484, boudros.com.
(210) 479-9700, cover-3.com. Dorrego’s // Hotel Valencia’s house restaurant will feature a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with carving station, salads, sweet and savory brunch classics, chilled display and desserts. $60 for adults, $30 for children, $45 for seniors, 150 E. Houston St., (210) 230-8454. El Mirador // Mom doesn’t get drunk. She just has fun. So let her have fun at Mirador’s brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is offering $10 off all jarras (pitchers) of margaritas, palomas or fresh-fruit sangria. Jarras are regularly priced between $32.95 and $44.95. 722 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-9444, elmiradorrestaurant.com. The Granary ‘Cue & Brew // Though known for their market barbecue boards, the Granary will open on Sunday for a Mother’s Day brunch featuring buttermilk French toast, pastrami hash, Southern Benedicts made with buttermilk biscuits, country ham and more. 602 Avenue A., (210) 228-1024, thegranarysa.com.
Cover 3 // Moms love freebies, right? All mothers will receive free rosé mimosas Little Italy Restaurant & Pizzeria // throughout the day. Prices vary, 1806 1604, Guests can enjoy an exclusive blackboard
special of jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab meat and three stuffed mushrooms drizzled with lemon caper sauce priced at $21.99 while taking in a Mother’s Day matinee dinner theatre showing of “The History of Texas” starting at 2 p.m. ($35 with show). Moms will also receive a free bowl of Spumoni ice cream. 824 Afterglow St., (210) 349-2060, littleitalysatx.com. Mimi’s Café // Moms can celebrate with this special three-course menu that includes choice of soup or salad, entrée (slow roasted turkey, Quiche Lorraine, fire-grilled shrimp brochette skewers, Asian chicken chopped salad, mushroom brie burger, chicken cheddar mac) and dessert starting at $18.99. 17315 Frontage Road, (210) 877-5792, mimiscafe.com. Peggy’s on the Green // The Boerne restaurant will offer an extended Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a Southern-inspired brunch menu. 128 W. Blanco Road, Boerne, (830) 572-5000, peggysonthegreen.com. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille // Celebrate mama at Perry’s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with $4.95 bloody marys, mimosas, and brandy milk punches, or visit from 4 to 9 p.m. for three-course Sunday supper specials starting at $34.95 per person with choice of salad, entrée, and dessert trio. Prices vary, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy., Suite 22200, (210) 558-6161, perryssteakhouse.com. Range // Bubbles are a mom’s best friend at Range where Sunday’s Champagne, fried chicken and biscuit all-you-can-eat buffet includes a bottle of Pierre Jouet Brut Champagne. Reservations are required. $75 per person, 125 E. Houston St., (210) 2274455, rangesa.com. St. Anthony Hotel // Visit Loggia at the St. Anthony overlooking Travis Park for an omelet and frittata station; seafood, charcuterie and antipasti station; chef’s butcher’s block with garlic-roasted prime rib and more from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $68 for adults, $19.95 for children, 300 E. Travis St., (210) 227-4392, thestanthonyhotel.com.
SweetFire Kitchen // Reservations are strongly encouraged to this Mother’s Day brunch at La Cantera Resort & Spa’s SweetFire Kitchen. The lineup includes a raw bar with oysters, poached shrimp and housesmoked salmon; cheese and charcuterie; a salad table, house specialties; action stations with red velvet pancakes, barbecue crawfish eggs Benedict and chef’s omelets; a carving station and treats from the bake shop, including salted caramel chocolate eclairs and caramel panna cotta. $65 for adults, $26 for children, 16641 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 558-2479. Tre Enoteca // Jason Dady’s Enoteca will open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a fourcourse brunch that includes an optional aperitif, choice of salad, choice of buttermilk biscuits and shaved prosciutto or ovenroasted chicken and a dessert offering. $40 for adults, $25 for children, 555 W. Bitters Road, (210) 496-0555, opentable.com/ tre-enoteca. Tre Trattoria // It’s your last chance to spend Mother’s Day at this current iteration of Tre Trattoria. The four-course brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with choice of entrée, including ricotta pancakes, house-made pastas, or Tuscan marinated rib eye for an extra $10. $49.50 per person, 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333, opentable.com/tre-trattoria. Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar // Treat mom to a three-course dinner, available from 3 to 11 p.m. with baby field greens and gorgonzola, five-spice maple leaf duck breast and rich, dark chocolate truffle cake. Prices vary, 207 N. Presa St., (210) 224-2900, zincwine.com. Zoës Kitchen // Let’s Zoë’s do the cooking and buy any large Family Dinner platter using the promo code ZKMOTHERSDAY for an order of four chocolate chip cookies on the house on May 12 and 13. Choose between Moroccan citrus-roasted chicken with turmeric rice, baked falafel, Sorrentina baked ravioli, Mediterranean chicken, kebabs or roll-ups. Multiple locations, zoeskitchen.com.
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This story starts in the summer of 2005, when my best friend and I moved into a new apartment across the street from UTSA. Like most other apartments complexes that popped up at the time, this one was filled with amenities: a resort-style pool, a clubhouse, and, best of all for a poor college student, free basic cable. This was near the beginning of the Food Network craze. Here was an entire channel devoted to cooking shows that up to this point had focused mostly on great cookery. And as someone who at the time only knew how to scramble an egg, poorly I might add, the Food Network provided access to flavors I hadn’t yet tasted and methods I would eventually try. While 32-year-old Jessica wants to buy the good olive oil like Ina, and occasionally pronounces bruschetta with a hard T like Giada would, 19-year-old Jessica fell hard for quaint, cotton-headed
grandma, Paula Deen. The recipes were simple. They were easy to follow. THEY HAD SO MUCH BUTTER. The show was TV Zoloft, and I could sit back after class and indulge in her Southern charms, her jokes and her sass. She emboldened me in the kitchen. At Christmas one year, I received one of her cookbooks, The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook, a plastic-bound booklet with her restaurant’s best recipes. I eventually started dabbling in other recipes, leaned away from the butter, moved out of that apartment complex and had to pay for my own cable. And then the lawsuits hit. In 2013, a former manager alleged racial harassment from Deen and sexual harassment from her brother Earl “Bubba” Hiers. Deen denied telling racist jokes, but admitted using racial slurs in the past. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed, with both sides reaching a
settlement. The glass was shattered. The quintessential grandma I came up watching was ... human, and not necessarily a good one. I was disappointed to say the least. And the allegations didn’t stop. After being dropped by Food Network, Kmart, Sears and Walmart, more cringe-worthy stories surfaced. First, the employee whom Deen tried to dress up like Aunt Jemima. There was the time son Bobby wore brown face while dressed as Ricky Ricardo. And there was that whole peddling of butter while not disclosing her diabetes until big pharma came through with endorsement opportunities. The list goes on. She’s visited San Antonio before while on her comeback Paula Deen Live! tour, and she’s back again. This time, she’s teamed up with Phoenix Hospitality & Entertainment inside Bass Pro Shops at The Rim to open Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, a 275-seat, family-style
Spoon concept that opened April 30, complete with a Cracker Barrel-esque country store chockfull of books, kitchen signage, boxed butter cake mixes, and a demo kitchen where Deen herself will visit with fans when she’s in town this June. It’s a great location for the third restaurant of its kind (the other two are in Fairview near Dallas and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.), smack dab in the middle of retail and down the way from a significant tourist attraction. I visited, begrudgingly, and sat through an hour of over-the-top cheerful service. For $22.99, guests are invited to pick three entrees and four sides, and no take-out is allowed. Drinks are extra. The food itself isn’t the problem. The chicken is great, the catfish well-seasoned, the mac and cheese is as good as you would hope given the amount of cheese and butter. But I can’t go back. Before reviewing Paul Qui’s Aqui this February, Houston Chronicle critic Alison Cook wrote a thoughtful piece on why she ultimately chose to look past the chef’s personal crimes (an arrest in 2016 for assault), and review the restaurant based on the work of sous chefs she admires. While I agree for the most part – and no, Deen was never charged with bodily harm – we all have to do our own moral reckoning. I’ve made my career by supporting and reporting on local restaurants and the people who do the back-breaking work of keeping San Antonio fed. The number of San Antonians who no doubt have been hired to work at Deen’s massive restaurant is not lost on me. But the guilt I felt while enjoying a chocolate “Ooey Gooey Butter Cake” was real. I could have spent my $22.99 anywhere else — down the way at Yellowfish Sushi or across town at Mr. & Mrs. G’s Soul Food Kitchen. I cut the cord on cable several years ago, and I try to be judicious on where I spend my hard-earned writer’s salary. The food at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen might be good home-cooking, but it’s not mindblowing. And I can enjoy better butter-filled, heart-warming dishes elsewhere without supporting an admitted racist, no matter how charming her accent may be. Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, 17907 I-10 W., (844) 853-7335. sacurrent.com • May 9-15, 2018 • CURRENT 29
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Hear me out. Let’s make preparadas our summer drink of choice. This Fiesta season, when temperatures crawled to the high 80s, low 90s and I stood in line for chicken on a stick/a turkey leg/ steer on a stick, sweet scents of watermelon and green apple wafted through the air. The source? Plastic 24-ounce cups filled to the brim with Smirnoff preparadas. Having never enjoyed one in my 14 years as a San Antonio resident, I asked several NIOSAgoers to point me in the direction of the preparada booth. Though I found my sweet oasis in the “South of the Border” booth, it turns out La Villita held three preparada operations, each with a different Smirnoff wine cooler (I enjoyed the watermelon, but there was also green apple and strawberry). The drink — made up of ice, chamoy, fruit, wine cooler and chile salt on the rim — was the antidote to the humid night, and I wasn’t Smirnoff Preparada Ingredients 1 tablespoon chamoy 5 ounces ice 4 ounces diced fruit (Tellez’s Watermelon Smirnoff preparada uses strawberries,
the only San Antonian that thought so. “We exceeded last year’s numbers on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday,” booth chairman Ruben Tellez Jr. said. His Watermelon Smirnoff Preparada booth, staffed by more than a dozen people, prepared more than 5,000 cups of the stuff, and it’s easy to see why. It’s the sweet counterpart to the savory michelada, and just as easy to modify and customize. “It’s cold and refreshing, and we had all the key elements needed to sell out,” Tellez said. He’s used to the crowds by now, having manned the NIOSArita booth and the frozen margarita booth in his 15 years as a volunteer with the San Antonio Conservation Society. Tellez shared his recipe for a tasty preparada, but if Smirnoff isn’t your jam, it’s easy enough to switch out for a cider or sour to create a beer cocktail that’s just as refreshing. melons, pineapple and honeydew) Fruity beer of choice Chile salt Directions // In a rimmed 24-ounce cup, layer chamoy, ice, fruit, and pour beer over. Stir to combine.
Bar News >The Roost Opens // Changes are in store for one of Downtown’s first growler stations as GS 1221 transforms into The Roost Pub and Cafe. The move was announced last week via social media, and management says they’ll now feature a full bar, three different curries, and as always, more than 150 beers to choose from. GS 1221 opened four years ago on the ground level of
the 1221 Broadway Lofts when the only other bar was Still Golden down the way on Pearl Parkway. Now, Social Spot is down the way, as are La Roca and Artisan Distillery, and the projects off Grayson, including The Modernist, Grayze, Shuck Shack, and The Bin. Owner Frank Pakuszewski said the changes were a response to the changing market. “Four years ago, we opened up with craft beer and wine and snackable food,” Pakuszewski, “But tastes change.” Nowadays, with craft beer almost as pervasive as big brands, Pakuszewski saw the need to adapt. He hopes to retain the neighborhood bar vibe with classic cocktails and a lineup of three curries, tacos, and sandwiches choose from. Pakuszewski says the hours will remain the same: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Brunch, which consists of chicken and waffles, a steak and eggs sandwich, mimosas, bloodies and bucket specials, will still be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. “We’re melding together a few things we love with The Roost,” Pakuszewski said.
For its grand opening this Friday, May 11, The Roost will feature music by DJ Steven Lee Moya, photo booth station by The Hitch, and a visit from Patient Paws Mobile Vet concierge vet service. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. >Deadpool’s Tequila Menu // Alamo Drafthouse will celebrate the release of Deadpool 2 by offering a specialty menu specifically created for fans of the foul-mouthed antihero. The menu will feature Espolòn tequila cocktails and chimichangas, or as Wade likes to call them, ‘TaKillYa’s’ and ‘changas. Admirers of the hero are invited to get to participating Drafthouses early as the special will be available for a limited time. Deadpool 2 comes two years after the wide success of its predecessor, Deadpool, released in February 2016. Drinks include Vigilante Justice, Fire in the Hole, Below the Belt, and Pegged — “all spicy, fiery, boozy and just a touch fruity. All feature delicious Espolòn Tequila,” according to beverage director Bill Norris. Deadpool 2 hits theaters May 18, and Espolòn is available year-round. Fans can buy tickets at drafthouse.com. sacurrent.com • May 9-15, 2018 • CURRENT 31
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Born in Plainview, Todrick Hall has been a force to be reckoned with since his appearance on the ninth season of American Idol. On top of pumping out hits like “Dem Beats” and “Low,” which features RuPaul herself, Hall is also a drag queen, actor and dancer, and served as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. If you’re not familiar with Hall’s high-energy performances, this is your chance to take in one of the most promising performers of this generation. $20-$50, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre. com. – Chris Conde WED
Hailing from the UK, the Telescopes are a foundational force in the shoegaze genre, boasting a cult following ever since the band’s beginnings in the late 1980s. Despite years of inactivity at various points in its roughly 30-year existence, the group has been especially active of late, with a flurry of releases since 2010 (check out thetelescopes.bandcamp. com). For those who don’t love shoegaze, be advised that the Telescopes is not a band that can be defined so simply. There’s the droning, grungy, lead-heavy guitars. There’s the shredding, shrieking guitars, and the doom-beating drums. But there’s also lazy melancholy, reminiscent of the Velvet Underground and twisted oddball space rock with pop sensibilities. There’s thunder and the playful breeze of contemplation – and everything’s delightfully psychedelic. LSD and the Search for God, a noise-pop/psych-rock crew that features members of the Telescopes as well as Brian Jonestown Massacre will open this exciting show, along with locals Filthy and Lazy Comet. 10pm, $10, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., thelimelightsa.com. — James Courtney THU
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Helmet & Prong This has been about 30 years in the making – Helmet and Prong are co-headlining a tour this May, and we’re pretty fucking stoked about it. Since we live for all things throwback in San Antonio, you should be, too. “Finally! Helmet and Prong on tour together at last. The circle is now complete,” Prong’s Tommy Victor said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “From the years of crafting groundbreaking riffage and rhythmical carnage on New York’s Lower East Side, to now, the entities still standing that drafted a generation of sonic assault are about to collide. And getting to share a stage with [Helmet’s] Page Hamilton, one of the most influential masters in existence, is an honor for me personally. Absolutely perfect.” It’s safe to say both ’90s rock acts’ careers were launched at New York’s famed live-music venue CBGB. And now we get a chance to see them both at one show. $20-$25, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – CC FRI
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This show is a fat and daisy-doused slice of new school psych with old soul glow. It’s the type of bill that makes its own demand that you come early and stay late. First off, Flower Graves, a Texas psych-pop crew that some may remember from its groovy set at last September’s Psych Del Rio, is a band you must see live. The outfit’s unique mish-mash of organ-forward head trips and jangly if wistful psychpop is positively a pulp of pulsation when you’re in the room with it. Dig it. Meanwhile, SA psych-rock heavies True Indigo and Mockingbird Express, who serve up droning, prog-psych with frayed edges and retro blues brain blasts respectively, will open this consciousness-expanding journey in rock. 10pm, $5-$8, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., thelimelightsa.com. — JC SAT
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If you’re ornery on account of just coming around to the idea that it’ll soon be hotter than a witch’s tit in a brass brassiere outside, and it will likely stay that way for five months, then we’ve got just the show to segue satisfactorily into another hot Central Tejas summer. Dwight Yoakam, who just might love us as much as we love him for all the stops he’s made in these parts recently, headlines this rad country bill. Yoakam stays on lists of living country artists that actually matter because he follows his own impulses like few have the guts to, ambling down the dusty byways of his country/swing/rockabilly sensibilities, headed nowhere in a hurry with his voice of solid Bakersfield gold. He’ll be joined for this show – did we mention this thing’s going down BY THE RIVER!? – by Texas country shit-kicker and neo-traditionalist Kevin Fowler and San Anto rockabilly mainstay Two Tons of Steel. $32.33-$1,097.46, 7:00pm, Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 FM 306, New Braunfels, whitewaterrocks.com. — JC SAT
Formerly on the illustrious hardcore/metal label Victory Records, San Antonio’s metalcore outfit Darkness Divided has had an impressive run. Since 2010, the now-three-piece band managed to take the waning popularity of metalcore and introduce enough clever dynamics and textures to breathe new life into it. Last year, the band announced they were calling it quits to focus on family and other projects, but not before putting out a self-released five-song EP aptly titled The End of it All. And holy fucking shit, you guys. What a way to go. Not only is this collection of music, dare I say, the heaviest of all their albums, but there’s an experimental element in the songwriting reminiscent of fellow Jesus-loving metal folk Extol, and it bangs. Congrats, dudes. Thanks for the tunes. With Charcoal Tongue, Coldcasket, XURL, Just A Dream, Taken By Tides, A Tragic Setback, Send Help, Vernon of Persia, A House Divided, Goldmill, Crossways, Relent, Halogen, Mourning Sun, Remnants - US, Buried Alike, I am Human, Pityforahero. $10-$12, 4pm, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E Houston St. – CC SAT
Not unlike GWAR, members of Cleveland-based electro-industrial-monster-metal band Mushroomhead lurk behind frightening costumes and junior-high-worthy pseudonyms (Jeffrey Nothing, Skinny, Gravy, and Pig Benis to name a few). On October 5, 2015, vocalist Waylon Reavis announced via his Facebook page that he had parted ways with Mushroomhead, citing “irreconcilable differences with band ownership” and stating he had “severed all ties with Mushroomhead and Filthy Hands Company.” Two months ago, it was announced that vocalist and founding member Jeffrey “Nothing” Hatrix had parted ways with the band. Two days later, guitarist Tommy Church announced that he had also quit the band. With new members at the helm and a genre that hasn’t been popular for a long while (except in places like San Antonio, we guess,) time will tell how long these dudes continue to release records and tour. $17, 7pm, The Rock Box, 1223 E. Houston St., (210) 677-9453, therockboxsa.com. – CC SAT
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Indie-rock favorite Dr. Dog has a reputation for doing whatever the fuck it wants. While keeping the acidfolkie dream alive through its pop-jolted, freak-folk stylings, the group has also managed to keep its sense of humor. Over the course of eight LPs and four EPs, the Dr. Dog sound has grown away from lo-fi folk and, increasingly, into brighter and bolder territory. Only time will tell if this progression is going to continue to pay dividends or if it will take Dr. Dog more in the direction of irrelevant oddness à la Flaming Lips, or jam band blandness. For now, the Dog dudes are just having fun playing big-ass shows, which is really what they do best. $17-$49, 8pm, The Rustic, 17619 La Cantera Pkwy Ste 204, (210) 245-7500, therustic.com. – CC MON
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MUSIC CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Carter Winter Carter Winter is country music’s modern traditionalist. Singing heartfelt and relatable songs landscaping heartbreak and the American dream poured over ice, the singer/songwriter from rural Ohio is familiar, raw and honest. $10-$50. Sam’s Burger Joint, 8pm. Digisaurus Electronic pop/rock project from artist and producer James Allison. Originally from London, Allison opened a studio in Columbus, Ohio, and engineered sessions with groups like Phantogram, Maps & Atlases, and Ezra Furman & The Harpoons Now. Allison is performing under the moniker Digisaurus. Brick at Blue Star, 7-11 p.m. The Doc Watkins Quartet Featuring Jonathan Card South Texas jazz musician Brent “Doc” Watkins and his quartet perform live with Jonathan Card. Free. Jazz, TX, 5:30-7:30pm. Emily Gimble - Radio Show Taping Austin-based pianist and singer steps out on her own after two years as keyboardist for iconic Texas western swing band Asleep at the Wheel. $10. Jazz, TX, 8:30-11:30pm. Rich Jones, CURTA English guitarist performs with special guests CURTA touring on his new album End of Future Park, rapper Chris Conde, altR&B artist Alyson Alonzo and electric folk band Polysynthfusion. Limelight, 9pm-1am. THURSDAY, MAY 10 The Blues Lawyer Live blues from the Blues Lawyer every Thursday at Hidden Tavern. The band will perform covers from Clapton, BB King, Muddy Waters and other musicians. Free. Hidden Tavern, 8-10pm. Immortal Guardian Local heavy metal band performs alongside Force of Rage and Metalriser. $10. Jack’s Bar, 8pm.
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Pigfest 2018 Deadpool, Pigweed, Under No One and Even In Death are performing live for Pigfest 2018 at Fitzgerald’s. Fitzgerald’s Bar & Live Music, 8pm-2am. Under Cover Tribute band to Motley Crue and Dokken performs with Beauty School Massacre and Cindy Osbourne. $5-$8. Bond’s 007 Rock Bar, 8 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 13 Jordan Sleed SA native Jordan Sleed employs an ukulele and the heartbroken passion of the blues to create “a sleuth of interesting, and in some cases, unforgettable tracks” as a young, soulfully unique, pop singer/ songwriter. $7-$30. Sam’s Burger Joint, 7pm. Kathy Taylor Mother’s Day Gospel Celebration featuring critically acclaimed Taylor, a respected and enduring voice in gospel music. $36.50-$39.50. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 6pm. MONDAY, MAY 14 Americans In Italy Americans in Italy features new works by American composers Jennifer Jolley, Elliott Myles McKinley, Peter Farmer and Luke Dahn, members of the 2018 edition of the Alba Music Festival Composition Program in Alba, Italy. SOLI will represent San Antonio at the festival as its Ensemble-inResidence between May 26 and June 4. $60. Jazz, TX, 7:30pm.
Jose Amador and Natiao Mainstream Latin jazz artist Jose Amador performs with Latin jazz band Natiao. $10. Luna, Swing Dance Nite with The Blue 8pm. Hill Stompers Traditional jazz and Dixieland swing group plays dance Mothership & Nightbird Tributes tunes. $7-$10. Sam’s Burger Joint, to Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac 8:30pm. and Stevie Nicks Featuring the music of Led Zeppelin along with an TUESDAY, MAY 15 elaborated laser, light and fog show. The Hot Texas Swing Band The Hot $17. Sam’s Burger Joint, 8pm. Texas Swing Band is a crossroads of musical influences sure to make you dance. Free. Jazz, TX, 5:30-7:30pm.
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I’m a 37-year-old male. I’ve been with my wife for 15 years. I know that passion transitions in a long-term relationship, but I’m having a hard time finishing lately. Yes, I’m on SSRIs—antidepressants— but that has only exacerbated the issue. We all know that a lot of people who own a vagina enjoy foreplay to help the orgasms along. Will foreplay help people who own a penis get to the moment faster? I’m pretty sure I know the answer, and I figured you’re the one to ask what the best foreplay options are because your sexual knowledge is vast and you regularly deal with two penises at a time. As someone who pleasures a penis and who has a penis that is pleasured, what is the best preparation to get guys off before the insertion happens? Seeking Weapons Of Male Penile Satisfaction Foreplay isn’t just for vagina-havers, SWOMPS! Penis-havers have nerve endings all over their bodies—inside ’em, too—and while many younger men don’t require much in the way of foreplay, older men and/or men taking SSRIs often benefit from additional forms of stimulation both prior to intercourse and during intercourse. Like tit play. I know some men can’t go there because that tit-play shit—like feelings, musicals, situps, and voting for women—could turn you gay. But if you’re up for it, SWOMPS, have the wife play with or even clamp your tits, and then shove a plug in your ass that stimulates your prostate while also remembering to engage what’s often called “the largest sex organ”: your brainz. Talk dirty to each other! If you’re already proficient at JV dirty talk—telling ’em what you’re about to do (“I’m going to fuck the shit out of you”), telling ’em what you’re doing (“I’m fucking the shit out of you”), telling ’em what you did (“I fucked the shit out of you”)—move on to varsity dirty talk: Talk about your fantasies, awesome experiences you’ve had in the past, things you’d like to try or try again with your partner. To get your dick there—to push past those SSRIs—fire on all cylinders (tits, hole, brain, mouth, and cock) before and during insertion. I’m a 32-year-old English guy, and this morning I was diagnosed as HIV-positive. I’m in a bit of a state. I
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY by Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Torah is a primary sacred text of the Jewish religion. It consists of exactly 304,805 letters. When specially trained scribes make handwritten copies for ritual purposes, they must not make a single error in their transcription. The work may take as long as 18 months. Your attention to detail in the coming weeks doesn’t have to be quite so painstaking, Aries, but I hope you’ll make a strenuous effort to be as diligent as you can possibly be. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Born under the sign of Taurus, Edmund Wilson was a renowned twentieth-century author and critic who wrote more than 30 books. He also served as editor for Vanity Fair and The New Republic, and influenced the work of at least seven major American novelists. When he was growing up, he spent most of his free time reading books: 16 hours a day during summer vacations. His parents, worried about his obsessive passion, bought him a baseball uniform, hoping to encourage him to diversify his interests. His response was to wear the uniform while reading books 16 hours a day. I trust you will be equally dedicated to your own holy cause or noble pursuit in the coming weeks, Taurus. You have cosmic clearance to be single-minded about doing what you love. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It’s possible you could pass for normal in the next three weeks; you might be able to fool a lot of people into thinking you’re an average, ordinary contributor to the dull routine. But it will be far healthier for your relationship with yourself if you don’t do such a thing. It will also be a gift to your less daring associates, who in my opinion would benefit from having to engage with your creative agitation and fertile chaos. So my advice is to reveal yourself as an imperfect work-inprogress who’s experimenting with novel approaches to the game of life. Recognize your rough and raw features as potential building blocks for future achievements.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Paradise is scattered over the whole earth,” wrote the scientific poet Novalis, “and that is why it has become so unrecognizable.” Luckily for you, Cancerian, quite a few fragments of paradise are gathering in your vicinity. It’ll be like a big happy reunion of tiny miracles all coalescing to create a substantial dose of sublimity. Will you be ready to deal with this much radiance? Will you be receptive to so much relaxing freedom? I hope and pray you won’t make a cowardly retreat into the trendy cynicism that so many people mistake for intelligence. (Because in that case, paradise might remain invisible.) Here’s my judicious advice: Be insistent on pleasure! Be voracious for joy! Be focused on the quest for beautiful truths! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): These days, your friends and allies and loved ones want even more from you than they usually do. They crave more of your attention, more of your approval, more of your feedback. And that’s not all. Your friends and allies and loved ones also hope you will give more love to yourself. They will be excited and they will feel blessed if you express an even bigger, brighter version of your big, bright soul. They will draw inspiration from your efforts to push harder and stronger to fulfill your purpose here on Planet Earth. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): One of the advantages you get from reading my horoscopes is that I offer confidential information about the gods’ caprices and leanings. For example, I can tell you that Saturn – also known as Father Time – is now willing to allot you a more luxurious relationship with time than usual, on one condition: that you don’t squander the gift on trivial pursuits. So I encourage you to be discerning and disciplined about nourishing your soul’s craving for interesting freedom. If you demonstrate to Saturn how constructively you can use his blessing, he’ll be inclined to provide more dispensations in the future.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night hangs on a wall in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He created it in 1889 while living in a French asylum. Around that same time, 129 years ago, a sheepherder in Wyoming created a sourdough starter that is still fresh today. A cook named Lucille Clarke Dumbrill regularly pulls this frothy mass of yeast out of her refrigerator and uses it to make pancakes. In the coming weeks, Libra, I’d love to see you be equally resourceful in drawing on an old resource. The past will have offerings that could benefit your future. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Love everyone twice as much and twice as purely as you ever have before. Your mental health requires it! Your future dreams demand it! And please especially intensify your love for people you allegedly already love but sometimes don’t treat as well as you could because you take them for granted. Keep this Bible verse in mind, as well: “Don’t neglect to show kindness to strangers; for, in this way, some, without knowing it, have had angels as their guests.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): After meditating on your astrological aspects for an hour, I dozed off. As I napped, I had a dream in which an androgynous angel came to me and said, “Please inform your Sagittarius readers that they should be callipygian in the next two weeks.” Taken back, my dreaming self said to the angel, “You mean ‘callipygian’ as in ‘having beautiful buttocks’?” “Yes, sir,” the angel replied. “Bootylicious. Bumtastic. Rumpalicious.” I was puzzled. “You mean like in a metaphorical way?” I asked. “You mean Sagittarians should somehow cultivate the symbolic equivalent of having beautiful buttocks?” “Yes,” the angel said. “Sagittarians should be elegantly well-grounded. Flaunt their exquisite foundation. Get to the bottom of things with flair. Be sexy badasses as they focus on the basics.” “OK!” I said.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Now is a favorable time to discuss in elegant detail the semi-secret things that are rarely or never talked about. It’s also a perfect moment to bring deep feelings and brave tenderness into situations that have been suffering from half-truths and pretense. Be aggressively sensitive, my dear Capricorn. Take a bold stand in behalf of compassionate candor. And as you go about these holy tasks, be entertaining as well as profound. The cosmos has authorized you to be a winsome agent of change. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In his 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dali shows three clocks that seem to be partially liquefied, as if in the process of melting. His biographer Meredith Etherington-Smith speculated that he was inspired to create this surrealistic scene when he saw a slab of warm Camembert cheese melting on a dinner table. I foresee the possibility of a comparable development in your life, Aquarius. Be alert for creative inspiration that strikes you in the midst of seemingly mundane circumstances. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “My whole life is messed up with people falling in love with me,” said Piscean poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. She spoke the truth. She inspired a lot of adoration, and it stirred up more chaos than she was capable of managing. Luckily, you will have fewer problems with the attention coming your way, Pisces. I bet you’ll be skilled at gathering the benefits and you’ll be unflummoxed by the pitfalls. But you’ll still have to work hard at these tasks. Here’s some help. Tip #1: Stay in close touch with how you really feel about the people who express their interest in you. Tip #2: Don’t accept gifts with strings attached. Tip #3: Just because you’re honored or flattered that someone finds you attractive doesn’t mean you should unquestioningly blend your energies with them.
JONESIN’ CROSSWORD by Matt Jones
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1 Pen name? 4 Org. that licenses drivers 7 Pipe material 12 Yankees nickname of the 2000s-2010s 14 “Pioneer Woman” cookbook writer Drummond 15 Sycophant 17 A long time out? 18 Employ 19 Multicolored cat 20 “The Sound of Music” character behaving badly? 23 Have ___ to pick 24 Principles of faith 25 Consumer protection agcy. 27 Number that’s neither prime nor composite 28 Gator tail? 29 Boring 32 Was human? 34 Mathematical sets of points 36 Cut (off) 37 Springfield resident Disco ___ 38 Why yarn is the wrong material to make an abacus? 44 Hosp. triage areas 45 Body part to “lend” 46 Movie 1 for 007 47 Pre-clause pause 50 Storage level 52 Corvallis campus 53 “The Name of the Rose” novelist Umberto 54 Prohibit 56 Tried and true
58 Famed Roman fiddler, supposedly 60 Be cranially self-aware? 63 10-time Gold Glove winner Roberto 65 Itinerary word 66 Speck of dust 67 First of the Medicis to rule Florence 68 Address in a browser bar 69 Plaintiff 70 Grand ___ National Park, Wyoming
71 Cartoon voice legend Blanc 72 Bronco scores, for short
1 Lip 2 Attached, as a T-shirt decal 3 First Olympic gymnast to receive a perfect 10 4 Some rock or jazz concert highlights 5 Flat-topped mountain 6 Change direction suddenly 7 One way to travel from the
Answer on page 21. airport 8 Actor Stephen of “V for Vendetta” 9 “La ___ Bonita” (Madonna song) 10 “F¸r Elise” key 11 Wisconsin city on Lake Michigan 13 Barry once played by the late Harry Anderson 16 Observed 21 Numeral suffix 22 Deep Blue creator 26 Pre-release software version 30 Garden tool with a handle 31 Unexpected loss 33 Actor Paul of “Fun Mom Dinner” 35 Menu option 37 Certain shopping area 39 Boring 40 D.C. baseball player, for short 41 Expelled 42 Ousted from office 43 Quarter ___ (burger orders) 47 “Wyatt ___’s Problem Areas” (HBO show) 48 Spotted cat 49 Gloomy 50 Newscaster Curry 51 Hue’s partner 55 Ohio rubber hub 57 Units of electrical resistance 59 Leave off the list 61 Egg, biologically 62 It may come down to this 64 “I love,” in Latin
THIS MODERN WORLD by Tom Tomorrow
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