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Who’s in Control?

From taxes to sick time, the 2019 legislative session could spell a showdown between the State and Cities

GLITTER POLITICAL

Ray Norris Is Tying a Yellow Ribbon Round the Live Oak Tree

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18 Arts

Artist on Artist

Gary Sweeney Interviews Naomi Wanjiku

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Breaking Out

Filmmaker and San Antonio native Mark Dennis on his new sci-fi adventure Time Trap

Driving Lessons

Green Book uses humor and charm to deliver message of tolerance and friendship

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and loving homes, it provides spayand-neuter programs and community education. sahumane.org

INTERFAITH WELCOME COALITION

Recent news shows just how difficult life is for immigrants fleeing hostile conditions. The group works closely with legal aid group RAICES to provide a helping hand to refugees, asylum seekers and at-risk immigrants, many of whom arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs. interfaithwelcomecoalition.org

SAN ANTONIO AIDS FOUNDATION

South Texas’ oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization provides free testing to around 6,000 people a year in and around the Alamo City. Its 818 Grayson Street site also serves 2,000 people with HIV or AIDS annually, helping with prescriptions, doctors’ appointments and financial assistance applications. sanantonioaids.org

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t’s been said that charity begins at home. While there’s a lot to unpack in that phrase, one of the clearest meanings is that we can see the real impact our dollars, volunteerism and advocacy have when they’re focused our own community. So, if you’re looking to donate a part of your holiday bonus or fill up next year’s karma bucket via some volunteer time, allow us to suggest sharing with these local nonprofits. All serve the San Antonio area and would welcome your contributions, no matter the size. San Antonio Food Bank The numbers speak for themselves. The Food Bank works with 500 partner agencies to help feed 58,000 individuals weekly. Beyond putting food on the table, it also provides nutritional education, farmer’s markets and even pet programs. Plus, the organization maintains a low overhead, so 98 percent of donations go directly to those it serves. safoodbank.org

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The name of the Children’s Shelter only begins to describe what it does. In addition to housing for children in crisis, the organization helps locate foster care and provides a mental health clinic for traumatized children. Its educational programs

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HEALTHY FUTURES OF TEXAS

Every year, 35,000 young Texas women get pregnant before they turn 20, often derailing their dreams and educations. Health Futures works to make a dent in that number through science-based approaches that empower teens to make good family planning choices. It’s also developed educational programs that reduce unwanted pregnancies. hf-tx.org

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

Most of us can remember the value of having a supportive adult in our lives to help us stay on track and achieve our goals. Big Brothers Big Sisters has spent 100 years pairing kids facing adversity with one-on-one adult mentors who can help give them support and inspiration. By volunteering, you help a child in your community. bigmentor.org

EMBASSY OF HOPE

Sexual abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking aren’t comfortable topics to discuss, but they affect more lives in San Antonio than many of us care to admit. This faith-based nonprofit assists children, adults and families grappling with their devastating effects. embassyofhopecenter.org

MEALS ON WHEELS

Every weekday, Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers meals to 3,800 homebound seniors in Bexar County. Beyond physical sustinance, volunteers provide needed contact that help seniors stay independent and avoid placement in nursing facilities or trips to the hospital. If delivery isn’t your thing, Meals on Wheels is always looking for kitchen and office volunteers. mowsatx.org

SAMM MINISTRIES

SAMM has been helping San Antonio families find financial self-sufficiency since the early 1980s. Its Homeless Prevention Services offers rental and utility assistance and other support services to individuals facing eviction or who have already lost their homes. samm.org

SAN ANTONIO HUMANE SOCIETY

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hile betting on the actions of the unpredictable Texas Legislature is a quick route to the poorhouse, the flood of bills that precedes the session can nonetheless hint at overriding themes. Judging by the nearly 600 bills filed at press time, lawmakers are steering clear of some of the divisive social issues that bogged down last session. Even so, they look ready to grapple over questions of local sovereignty that are just as contentious. “This session will be another where you see the continued push and pull over the limits of local control,” said Sherri Greenberg, a professor at the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs. For example, Republican Rep. Matt Krause’s recently filed HB 222 would bar cities from adopting ordinances such as those approved this year in San Antonio and Austin that require employers to offer employees paid sick time. Plus, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and others have said they want to rein in fast-rising property taxes. While popular with homeowners, the move is likely to stick in the craw of big cities that rely on that revenue to provide services to their growing populations.

Similar tussles could erupt around the much-anticipated debate over school funding, political watchers point out. No matter their size, municipalities are prone to balk when forced into a one-size-fits all educational solutions.

Obvious Signal Complicating those debates is how the state’s GOP lawmakers react to the recent midterms, which gave Democrats new leverage in both houses. What’s more, Patrick — one of the state’s staunchest and most-powerful conservatives — had a close shave hanging onto his seat after winning the previous contest by double digits. “The main story going into this session is the obvious signal that Texas may not stay red in 2020,” said David Crockett, a political science professor at Trinity University. “A lot depends on how Republicans look at those results.” One possibility is that GOP lawmakers will moderate to win back voters, Crockett said. But there’s always the possibility that they charge forward a hard-right agenda, damn the consequences.

If it’s the former, that could be good news for measures such as El Paso Democratic Rep. Joe Moody’s House Bill 63, which would make it a civil offense — not a crime — to be busted with less than an ounce of marijuana. Or another Moody bill that would repeal the bit in the Texas penal code that calls “homosexual conduct” a crime. It also could mean traction for a bill by State Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, to make sure men and women are paid the same for doing the same job. Financially-driven decisions on issues like taxes and school funding don’t always break along tidy partisan lines, experts point out. That means this session could involve some interesting deal-making that gives life to Democrat-sponsored legislation that would have shriveled and died in previous sessions. Of course, there’s always the possibility that bills pushing a conservative social agenda still lurk in the wings. However, the LBJ School’s Greenberg said the low level of rhetoric from the statehouse’s most conservative lawmakers suggests otherwise. “We’ve not been hearing about any bathroom bills from the lieutenant governor, have we?” she asked. “So, case in point.” sacurrent.com | November 21-27, 2018 | CURRENT

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ay Norris was 11 years old when he got on stage and sang his first solo. Dressed in a sequin jacket and accompanied by back-up singers, he sang “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” in his hometown of Norwalk, California. Since then, he says he’s turned to music as a deep “source of happiness.” As the artistic director of the Live Oak Singers (LOS), a chorus of both LGBT and heterosexual singers, Norris shares his love of choral music and promoting inclusivity in San Antonio. The group is the evolution of a traditional gay men’s chorus, the sort of all-male chorus that’s been a fixture of gay culture in most major American cities since the late 20th Century. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, for instance, the world’s first all-male gay chorus, began in 1978. In 1986, the Alamo City Men’s Chorale filled our 10

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local musical void until its unfortunate demise in 2012. Two years after ACMC closed it doors, LOS founder Ron Casola felt San Antonio might be ready for an LGBT-and-allies singing group. As an admirer of the full range of harmonies, he sought to include women, too. The Live Oak Singers formed in February 2014, and a few months later, Norris joined the group. His church choir and praise team experience impressed Casola, and about 90 minutes into his first rehearsal, Norris was offered the position of assistant artistic director. “I just thought I was going to sing,” he recalls. He was promoted to artistic director in August 2016 as Casola was “sliding out of that role.” Casola passed in early 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Norris, now 55, works as a project manager for a company that contracts with USAA. In October, I attended a cabaret-themed performance of the Live

Oak Singers at Matamoros Restaurant and, for the first time, noticed Norris’ Broadway-caliber singing voice. Over breakfast at the Magnolia Pancake Haus on Huebner Road, he’s pouring syrup on his pancakes in the shape of a circle when I ask him why he chose not to pursue a career in music. “I didn’t see myself as that performer,” he says. In his early college years, he was surrounded by “amazing singers,” he adds. “I didn’t see myself in that same category.” When it came time to choose a career path, he decided on business. Norris has a Masonic background, which influenced this early decision. As a member of DeMolay, the youth group that promotes “building young boys into men to be leaders in the community,” he was taught about “brotherhood” and leadership development. Norris was given a gavel and started running meetings by age 16. When he turned 21, he became a Mason – a family tradition. However, he hasn’t been active in the organization for years. “I’m a project manager by trade. I direct a choir. My life is all about finding opportunities to volunteer, to serve and to lead,” he says. “I’m still that kid with a gavel in his hand. I’m just waving my arms in front of a choir.” Norris’ distinct singing style is inspired by Broadway show tunes and the usual suspects like Barbara Streisand, Judy Garland and Whitney Houston. “I’ve always been fascinated with those people who can belt out a tune and have that drama that’s associated to it,” he says. “That’s kind of how I try to pattern what I do and how I sing.” He shares a story about getting older and night clubs, where your favorite musical acts can be an age marker. “I remember dancing in a club and a Madonna song came on, and I’m dancing away. There are younger people around me, and I know every single one of the words, OK? And then, a Lady Gaga song comes on and [the younger people] know every single one of those words, and I don’t know a single one! I know who Lady Gaga is. I know her music, but I’ve never been obsessed with learning all that stuff.” Moments like that can make him feel old. The Live Oak Singers, on the other hand, bring LGBTQ people and allies together outside of gay bars. There may be some purists who say that an LGBTQ or gay men’s chorus should be exclusive to LGBTQ singers. What would you say to them? I ask.

“We’re LGBT and friends but the mission really is, through our music, to help bridge the divide between our communities,” Norris says. “If the straight community sees us as the same and as equal, they’ll come to our concerts and eventually we don’t need an LGBT-community chorus anymore. Because we are welcomed the same.” He pauses for a moment. “Boy, I would love to see the equality all the way across so that it just doesn’t matter.” All the way across what? I ask. “The religious community, the singing community... everywhere. So that we are all welcome. There’s so much work that needs to be done because we are not all integrated.” Growing up in a church community, Norris says he knows what it’s like to feel ostracized. “In my late teens, I started going out to the gay clubs. I had some church friends. I had some social friends, and none of them knew about each other,” he says. “I kept my life compartmentalized.” He was taught that homosexuality was wrong. “I was having to unlearn what I had been taught,” Norris says. “It was difficult for me in my first five years of going to clubs to say, ‘Yes, I’m gay.’ “In fact, I had a girlfriend – and this was really sad. We’d go out to the movies, go to dinner, then I’d go out to a gay club. I was balancing,” he says. “I was trying to figure it out. Then one day I realized that God created me exactly as God intended me to be.” He sips his coffee. “We’re talking about the 80s,” he says. “There was a lot going on in life at that time. That’s when the AIDS epidemic started.” Norris sighs deeply and says he lost many friends to the disease. “In the ’80s, it was a death sentence.” He says he understands how young people who know all the words to Lady Gaga’s songs don’t “get it” because they didn’t live through it. “That time was very difficult,” he says. “Everytime you kissed somebody you thought you were going to catch it. It was not publicized how it was transmitted. We didn’t know. It was an age of panic in the community. You never knew who was going to get it next.” In addition to their holiday show planned for next month, the Singers will be performing at a World AIDS Day ceremony at Woodlawn Pointe on December 1. “Having the Live Oak Singers there is important,” Norris says. I’m sure Ron Casola would approve.


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It’s brother versus brother on Wednesday night at the AT&T Center, as Pau Gasol and the Spurs play host to Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have played exceptional basketball at home, going undefeated through their first five games at the Grind House. Their success at home, however, hasn’t translated to consistent wins on

the road. With Derrick White settling into his role as a facilitator for the Spurs, San Antonio seeks continuity in the backcourt. A skilled playmaker, White’s return allows Bryn Forbes to resume his role as a gunner, with Patty Mills once again providing the juice off the bench. Although the Spurs have tormented the Grizzlies through the years, 8728 all time, they could easily find themselves in a bear fight for bragging rights at the Gasol Thanksgiving table. $19-$1,685, 7:30pm, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com. — M. Solis

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The “puro market organizers” behind Brickmas (set for December 21-22 at Brick at Blue Star), VeryThat and BarbacoApparel share an uncanny knack for tapping into San Antonio’s collective consciousness — crafting highly giftable wares emblazoned with quirky, nostalgic imagery and slogans that run the gamut from the empowering “Chingona Como Mi Madre” (VeryThat) to the tortilla-centric “Corn in the Streets, Flour in the Sheets.” Pretty much exemplifying the underlying theme of our annual Shop Local issue (stay away from big-box stores and online behemoths while supporting local artists, makers and small-business owners), the dynamic duo’s inaugural Local Is the New Black [Friday] assembles more than 75 (!) vendors in the swanky confines of Pearl Stable. In addition to hyper-local T-shirts, prints, enamel pins, jewelry, tiles, totes, mugs and stickers galore, browsers can expect to find what BarbacoApparel designer Nydia Huizar summed up as “a good assortment of apparel, accessories, home goods/decor, food (e.g., organic tea and craft salsas), stationery and more.” Free, 10am-6pm, Pearl Stable, 307 Pearl Pkwy., (210) 212-7260, facebook.com/brickmasholidaymarket.— Bryan Rindfuss 12  CURRENT | November 21-27, 2018 | sacurrent.com

Always hosting the most random — and ultimately some of the most interesting — events, Brick will open up its nifty spaces to La Llorona, an art lover who creates “themed events around nonprofits that inspire the art of giving,” for an artsy pop-up market that relishes the weird and wonderful. As is typical of La Llorona’s affairs, this pop-up has a thematic inspiration (the films of Jim Henson, Brian Froud and Guillermo del Toro) and a worthy pet cause (the Epilepsy Foundation). Dubbed “Fantástico, Fantástico,” this evening-long event will feature more than 30 artist and artisan sellers, several food vendors, a themed photo-op, musical performances and screenings of The Dark Crystal, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water, complete with popcorn. Fans of the macabre, the odd, the occult and the generally fantastical won’t want to miss this opportunity to put a whole new spin on the “Black” in Black Friday. $5, 6:15-11pm, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, brickatbluestar.com. — James Courtney


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Ballet Folklorico en Aztlán, a Lemon Grove, CA-based dance/theater company and academy that’s been around since 1967, will bring an expansive and insightful (not to mention timely, in multiple ways) production to the Guadalupe this weekend. The Night Sky, A Revolutionary Rebozo, written by the company’s Artistic Director Viviana C. Enrique Acosta, is a passionate, heart-warming, and culturally responsive refutation, in the most joyous sense, of the empty and colonialist fall holidays and the false history that underpins them. Via one family’s journey through centuries of life, brought to life in dance and song and spoken word, show-goers will get an organic look at cultural traditions and the shape they take under the crushing weight of various forms of oppression and derision. The day after so many of us will celebrate, once again, no matter how much better we know, a charade of a national holiday, this show seems a fitting experience — in the name of justice perhaps, but truth at least. $15-$20, 7pm, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St., (210) 271-3151, balletfolkloricoenaztlan.org. — JC

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Ballet San Antonio brings the perennial holiday favorite The Nutcracker to the Tobin for nine performances with live accompaniment of the Tchaikovsky score provided by the San Antonio Symphony under the direction of Noam Aviel. Inspired by the classic E.T.A. Hoffmann tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, reality and fantasy blend in a young girl’s dreams of a handsome prince, frightening rodents at war and exotic characters from around the globe. This all-new Ballet San Antonio commission breathes fresh life into the Yuletide staple with choreography by Easton and Haley Smith. $35-$114, 7:30pm Fri, 2pm & 7:30pm Sat, 2pm Sun (through Dec. 2), Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org. — Tami Kegley

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The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center is once again presenting the truly splendid Mercado de Paz, now in its 29th year. A local mainstay for fans of all manner of arts and crafts, the Mercado de Paz is a whole lot more than just a weekend pop-up arts fair. As stated on the nonprofit’s website, the Mercado de Paz combines the arts with considerations of “economic sustainability, international exchange and social consciousness.” What else would you expect from the consistently active team at Esperanza? The indoor/ outdoor event is family-friendly and, starting on Black Friday, provides a conscionable, community-centered alternative to the biggest corporate shopping days of the year. This year’s mercado will feature dozens of international and local artists/artisans (offering jewelry from across Mexico, rugs, textiles and alebrijes from Oaxaca, apparel and embroidered cushions from Jalisco and much more), an eclectic lineup of music and performances and tons of food choices, including vegetarian and vegan options. In summary, the annual tradition is an ideal go-to, whether you’re looking to bolster your art collection, score some points for the proletariat in the grand battle against our capitalist overlords, snag some oneof-a-kind gifts, catch live music, occupy the kiddos for the day, or simply hang out and avoid the rest of your family. Free, 10am-6pm Fri-Sat, noon-6pm Sun, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave., (210) 228-0201, esperanzacenter.org. — James Courtney

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After the passing of her mother, playwright and director Alicia Mena was moved to write Las Nuevas Tamaleras, a play that honors her mother’s legacy and preserves her family’s rich cultural traditions. Since its premiere in 1990 at Houston’s Latino Playwright Festival, Las Nuevas Tamaleras has become a holiday favorite performed around the state. The one-act comedy centers on three Mexican-American women who try their hand at making tamales for the very first time. Things don’t go as planned, however, when the ghosts of legendary tamale experts Doña Juanita and Doña Mercedes decide to pay the three tamaleras a visit. An official Tricentennial partner event, this 25th anniversary production stars Mena (as Doña Mercedes) alongside Ruby Nelda Perez (as Doña Juanita), Patricia Zamora (as Sylvia), Sonya M. Rodriguez (as Josie) and Kristina Keller (as Patsy). $15-$25, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun (through Dec. 9), Our Lady of the Lake University, Thiry Auditorium, 411 SW 24th St., (210) 223-2009, lastamaleras.com. — Marco Aquino

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Based in the rituals of the country’s traditional Shinto religion, Aki Matsuri (translated as “fall/harvest festival”) observances abound in Japan as folks give thanks for nature’s bounty (especially the rice harvest) and generally celebrate the season. Our local answer to this beautiful tradition has become, over the years, one of the coolest ways to celebrate and engage in Japanese culture in San Antonio. This year’s fest will go down, once again, at the Witte, and will be split into two days (with nighttime festivities on Saturday and daytime activities on Sunday). The events are ticketed separately and, as you might imagine, the night fest is geared a bit more towards adults. The two days will feature both distinct and overlapping elements. Whether attending one day or both, fest-goers can expect food, drinks, music, dance, theatrical performances and artsy opportunities, with Japan’s rich cultural and spiritual traditions at the heart of it all. Visit the website below for details and tickets. $12-$45, 4-9:30pm Sat, 11am5pm Sun, Witte Museum, Mays Family Center, 3801 Broadway, (210) 357-1900, jas-sa.org. — JC

Organized by the Washington, DCbased Museum Store Association as a “celebration of the diverse collections and programs of museums and cultural institutions around the world,” Museum Store Sunday is observed in all 50 states — not to mention 12 countries and four continents. Encouraging holiday shoppers to show support for “the missions and programs of each participating museum,” the annual initiative takes shape on a local level via discounts, deals and freebies spread between five locations: the Witte, the Briscoe, the McNay, San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) and a Spare Parts Mini Art Museum (MAM) pop-up at Blue Star Contemporary (BSC). Among the goodies in the cards this year are Phaidon and Dupatta Scarf Designs trunk shows, 10 percent off purchases and free gifts for the first 25 shoppers at SAMA (200 W. Jones Ave.); coffee, “sweet treats,” 10 percent off purchases, free gifts for the first 25 shoppers and a chance to snag one of 25 prints created for the occasion by local artist Michael Menchacha at the McNay (6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.); cookies, lemonade and 10 percent off purchases at the Witte (3801 Broadway); free gifts for the first 25 shoppers and 10 percent off purchases at the Briscoe (210 W. Market St.); and wee works of art, “itty-bitty-sized creative reuse art kits” and membership deals at BSC (116 Blue Star). As an added incentive, folks can pick up a Museum Store Sunday “passport” that can be stamped at all five participating locations and entered for a chance to

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win a gift basket that includes a family membership to each institution “along with other goodies.” Free, times vary, multiple locations, museumstoresunday.org. — BR

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It’s hard to believe Rock of Ages is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Not simply because time flies but for the fact that this musical comedy somehow managed to become one of the longest running shows on Broadway (where it played 2,238 shows between 2009 and 2015) and one of its guiltiest pleasures. As part of its 10th anniversary tour, the jukebox musical lands at the Tobin Center on Tuesday night. Set in 1987, during an era when MTV played music videos and hair metal was all the rage, the musical tells the story of Drew Boley, who works as a barback at the Bourbon Room on the Sunset Strip. Drew dreams of becoming a rock star and develops feelings for Sherrie Christian, a recent arrival in town who also strives for showbiz fame. But when rock star Stacee Jaxx arrives in town to perform at the Bourbon Room with his band Arsenal, Sherrie becomes smitten with him and a whirlwind of drama ensues. Along the way, hits by Pat Benatar, Poison,

Twisted Sister and Bon Jovi electrify a familiar storyline. The Tony-nominated play is filled with 1980s-era cliches about the rock-n-roll lifestyle, and its plot is more than predictable. But what Rock of Ages lacks in originality it more than makes up for in entertainment value with pure nostalgia and the sheer excitement of its glam-rock performances. Fans of Rock of Ages know this and are ready to rock out and relive their memories of 1980s youth-driven debauchery. A staple of classic rock stations and every karaoke bar in America, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” makes for a pretty epic, feelgood finale. $39.50-$96.50, 7:30pm, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org. — MA

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books and quirky games — such as author Mike Alfaro’s Millennial Lotería ($22), which includes 46 ironically reimagined cards, 10 boards, 80 bitcoin tokens and a collectible pin. Initially launched as an Instagram account in 2017, Alfaro’s concept aims to “update lotería to be more representative of Hispanic-Americans, their diversity and their accomplishments.” $22, Feliz Modern, 110 W. Olmos Drive, (210) 622-8364, felizmodern.com.

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As marijuana continues to squirm its way into the (legal) mainstream, creative outfits like the fashion design duo Dawson+Hellmann have emerged as playful champions of cannabis culture. The brainchild of San Antonio-based Sonya Dawson and LAbased Analise Hellmann, the luxury bedding and loungewear line has recently added ultra-casual menswear to the mix in the form of pajama pants printed in a “Pot Toile” design that comes in both Yves Klein Blue and a grayish hue aptly dubbed “Smoke.” $95 at dawsonhellmann.com.

MILLENNIAL LOTERÍA

As avid Current readers may recall, Blue Star Coloring blipped our radar as both an example of a promising local upstart and a successful player in the adult coloring-book scene that found major traction in 2015. Now headquartered in Oregon and rebranded as Blue Star Press, the company has expanded its scope to include artsy coffee-table

As part of its Distinguished Lecture Series, the McNay recently welcomed one of the founding members of the Guerrilla Girls — a feminist/ activist group that first presented itself as the “Conscience of the Art World” while publicly (and often humorously) embarrassing galleries and museums based on their abysmal efforts to showcase or promote the work of women artists. Residuals from the sold-out event can fortunately still be found in the well-stocked museum store in the form of coffee mugs ($22), bandanas ($18), zippered pouches outlining “The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist” ($28) and totes that double as gorilla masks ($30). $22-$30, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org.

IN THE WEEDS NATURAL SKINCARE PRODUCTS

On the website for her product line In the Weeds Natural Skincare, entrepreneurial McAllen transplant Lika Torline makes use of a quote from late American poet James Russell Lowell: “A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.” As optimistic

as that might sound to a gardener, it’s fitting for her homegrown creations, which sprang from humble beginnings and are proudly chemical- and cruelty-free. Although known best for an “exfoliant/mask/light moisturizer” known as Dollface ($30), In the Weeds boasts an array of salves, soaps and scrubs, and also bundles complementary wares into giftable bundles like Bit of Everything ($95), Herb & Mint ($42) and a new Headache and Stress Relief Box that includes a soy candle, a salt soak, Eucalyptus-scented soap and a headache pressure point stick ($55). $30-$95, shopintheweeds.com. shopintheweeds.com

LOST FILMS HORROR ANTHOLOGY

Since setting up shop in 2012, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing has emerged as one of the key publishers keeping horror fiction alive. Based in Schertz and operated by Max Booth III and Lori Michelle, the DIY outfit releases between five and eight books each year along with issues of the fiction magazine Moon Digest and anthologies such as the “technological horror” collection Lost Films. Combining the talents of 19 authors, Lost Films spins cinematic yarns in which “a deranged group of lunatics hold an annual film festival, the lost series finale of The Simpsons corrupts a young boy’s sanity, and a VCR threatens to destroy reality.” $18.95, perpetualpublishing.com.

TEX-CENTRIC BOOKS FROM TRINITY PRESS

Since its formation in 2012, Trinity Press has emerged as an important literary and artistic voice in San Antonio while releasing upward of 100 titles that aim to uphold Trinity University’s commitment to educate for “the personal, lifelong quest for understand-

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ing of oneself and one’s place in the world.” Specializing in five core categories — Nature and the Environment; The Writer’s World; Literary Works; Regional Books; and Architecture and Landscape — the forward-thinking publisher is behind the hyper-local books Humans of San Antonio (a street-photography project by Michael Cirlos) and 300 Years of San Antonio & Bexar County (which combines the voices of various authors to shed light on “the iconic stories, moments, people, and places that define one of the oldest communities in the United States) and the forthcoming Rollergirls (offering a historical look into flattrack derby with photographs by Felicia Graham). Although available via Amazon and Barnes & Noble, we recommend you keep your dollars close to home by purchasing these titles from The Twig Book Shop, Feliz Modern, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Curio at Hotel Emma or Kathleen Sommers. $24.95-$32.50, tupress.org.

CRUZ ORTIZ SAN ANTONIO TRAVEL POSTER SERIES

While we traditionally include an Artpace membership ($60 and up) on our annual list of gift ideas for art lovers — and that’s always an excellent option — the beloved contemporary art space boasts a compact gift shop that’s stocked with homespun T-shirts, conceptual jewelry and other artist-made treasures. Among the goodies up for grab this holiday season is local art star Cruz Ortiz’s whimsical suite of San Antonio Travel posters depicting Mission de Valero (aka The Alamo), Mission Espada, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan and Mission San José in his signature style. As Executive Director Riley Robinson pointed out, 100 percent of proceeds benefit Artpace and its programming. $200, Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave., (210) 212-4900, artpace.org.

30 POEMS FOR THE TRICENTENNIAL CHAPBOOK

Representing a collaboration between literary arts organization Gemini Ink and San Antonio’s Department of Arts and Culture, this Tricentennial-themed chapbook pairs poems and artwork exploring six key timeframes in San Antonio’s history: the Pre-Columbian era or Yanaguana (prior to 1718), the Spanish Colonial Period (1718-1809), Mexican era (18101836), Texas Nation era (1836-1846), San Antonio: Crossroads City (1846-1946), and Modern Times (19472017). A thoughtful companion to the exhibition of the same name (on view through April 25, 2019 at Culture Commons Gallery), 30 Poems for the Tricentennial is a no-brainer for the artists and poets in your life, plus it’s free. Free, Culture Commons Gallery, 115 Plaza de Armas, (210) 206-2787, getcreativesanantonio.com.

Winner of the second season of Project Runway All Stars, San Antonio-based fashion designer Anthony Ryan Auld is possibly best known for a dress he crafted from bird seed on the ninth season of Project Runway. Although his Alamo Heights shop Couleur + Blindé carries his own line of womenswear and smartly curated complements, his vegan soaps and long-lasting soy candles make for crowd-pleasing gifts in scents like cedar, patchouli and blackberry sage. Fashionistas in the crowd should also keep an eye on Auld’s forthcoming debut as a contestant on the final season of Project Runway All Stars (premieres January 2 on Lifetime), which features winners from both the U.S. and foreign versions of the reality competition series. $7-$26, Couleur + Blindé, 4704 Broadway, (210) 480-1807, couleurblinde.com.

OUTLAWS & GENTS BEARD OILS AND BALM

Discovered on one of our visits to Henley’s Gentlemen’s Grooming, the San Antonio-bred beard-care line Outlaws & Gents covers both the rustic and refined ends of the spectrum with chemical-free oils in four signature scents (Lumberjack, Diesel Blend, Orange Crush, Coffee Cream and Mocha Mint) and conditioning balms designed with “The Saint” and “The Sinner” in mind. Since all the smallbatch, hand-blended products are comprised of 100-percent natural ingredients, they’re also completely safe and gentle on the skin of that bearded beauty in your life — whether he’s been naughty or nice. Henley’s Gentlemen’s Grooming, 14510 NW Military Hwy., Suite 103, (210) 592-1945, henleysmensgrooming.com.

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San Antonio artists Gary Sweeney (left) and Naomi Wanjiku at Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery

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Gary Sweeney Interviews Naomi Wanjiku

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first saw Naomi Wanjiku’s work when one of her pieces was added to the permanent collection at the Henry B. Gonzáles Convention Center last December. I was really impressed with the boldness and craftsmanship of the metalwork. She’s currently featured (alongside artist Jose Balli) in the Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery exhibition “Cyclical Rhythms” (on view through December 1). During the opening reception, I asked her about working with heavy metals and massive size. She walked me over to one of them and showed me how the pieces are actually light, flexible and could even be lifted with one hand. They’re magical. If you can give me a short introduction of yourself, we can use that as a starting point. I was born and raised in Kenya, and I grew up in Gacharage, a small village in Central Kenya. I come from the first post-colonial generation of Kenyans,

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raised by families and especially the women, who worked extremely hard to make sure our generation did better than their colonial experience. My grandmother was an important presence in my early life. She taught me many life lessons and introduced me to creativity. I studied design at the University of Nairobi, and came to the USA for graduate school at UCLA. My immigrant’s journey led me from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Dallas and finally San Antonio, where I have lived since 2000. What was your early work like? My early work was based on textiles and fibers — a result of my training both in Nairobi and Los Angeles. I combined surface design with several textile techniques (sewing, knitting and crocheting) and this evolved my work into art quilts. As a result of my multicultural education experiences, I created quilts through a combined African and Western perspective. Did you start working small and then work your way up to massive metal pieces, or did you start big? I went back and forth with scaling my work. In graduate school at UCLA, I worked big. After graduate school, I made small pieces of art. When I began experimenting with sheet metal, I scaled up my work.

Tell me about your finishes. I can’t figure them out. My work is almost exclusively made from sheet metal. I work with the environment in San Antonio and this changes the surfaces of the sheet metal. Then I do my composing. I finish the surfaces with clear metal sealants and this preserves the surface changes and also stops any further changes. How would you describe your artwork to someone who has never seen it? My work is a combination of multiple materials, techniques and processes. The mabati — sheet metal – is the primary material. I have developed a technique where I expose the sheet metal to the weather and environment, as well as to water. This changes the surface and then I introduce color. My dyeing process adds delicacy not normally associated with metal, with effects similar to water color. The result is an interesting interplay between surface and structure. Who are the artists that influenced you? My art is influenced by literature, theater, music and dance. I first read the works of the Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o in middle school, and I have read widely, including the works of Chinua Achebe and Gabriel García Márquez, and the poetry of David Rubadiri. Was there a moment when you realized that you had achieved success as an artist? No. My goal is to go deep within myself and continue creating. This is what drives me. Creating again and again to bring my craft to perfection. As a woman of color, did you encounter what


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From far left: Naomi Wanjiku’s Gitiro – Women’s Dance (detail); Immigrants’ Experience; Season of Color; and Folklórico IV.

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would seem to me to be very obvious obstacles? I am a woman of color and an immigrant. Experiences of discrimination, isolation and lack of mentorship make it difficult to show and market my art locally, regionally and nationally. The challenge is in gaining recognition and exposure of my work due to the lack of inclusivity. Networking opportunities are a big challenge. Guidance on how to network and access other necessary resources is challenging. Tell me about how you were discovered in London? Kathy Armstrong curated my work for a show at the Southwest School of Art in 2013. During the show, an article on my work was published in the San Antonio Express-News. I was also featured in the KLRN ARTS program. I contacted different institutions with the article and the video. October Gallery in London responded. Do you find the art community in San Antonio welcoming? Please say yes. Yes. The art community is welcoming. I have interacted with and shown in a variety of genres. The fiber-arts community provided me with a community soon after coming to San Antonio – they exhibited my work. Over time I have been welcomed to other niches of the arts, including the art-teaching communities. What was your first experience with art? My first experience with art was as a child growing up in a village in Kenya. The experience was from my grandmother and her friends. They were always weaving baskets when not engaged in their farming or other chores, and they taught me how to create baskets. They taught me how to create the materials for my art projects (baskets). These materials came from the barks of local shrubs and straws known as migiyo and makongo, and we transformed them into strings by scraping and chewing. They also taught me how to add color to the strings. Finally, they taught me how to weave the baskets whilst being creative with the use of color. When I look back at

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these early experiences, I now realize that the major lessons that they taught me were that “art materials” were everywhere and “art techniques” could be improvised in response to the demands of the creative process and the project.

John Odoch, and my graduate school mentor at the University of California, Los Angeles was Professor Nathan Shapira. Both of them expanded my vision, and pushed me to experiment continually. If you could own one work of art (without financial considerations), what would it be? Murang’a Murals by Elimo Njau. Elimo Njau is a Kenyan artist who was commissioned to paint these murals in a church in Murang’a Kenya in 1956. This was a significant and dangerous time in Kenya because of the ongoing brutal war of independence from the British, led by the Mau Mau. The church had been built as a memorial to Christians who had died during this war. The mural depicts scenes from the story of Jesus Christ, incorporating local scenery and local people. The mural expands the message of grace and love and into a universal truth. Elimo Njau did not sign the murals. The ongoing war and his contribution to the effort for liberation through this artwork made it too dangerous for him to append his signature. In 2005, 51 years later, he signed the work.

Was there a moment that you remember or a painting that you saw that inspired you to become an artist? There is no one single moment that stands out. However, there is a continuum of experiences early in my life that inspired me. These include watching the women in the village building their homes. The walls were made of clay which had to be molded just right. The granaries were woven from the supple branches of a specific tree, and off-the-loom woven baskets were everywhere. It occurred to me that almost everything the women created originated from some form of “string.” I adapted the “string” in all its forms, and from a very young age I was weaving my own Naomi Wanjiku & skipping ropes and jewelry.

Jose Balli: ‘Cyclical Rhythms’

Name three things that never fail to give you pleasure. Dancing, cooking and creating art.

What makes you laugh? Did you have a mentor? Free, on view by appointment The good, the bad and the ugly! I did not have a formal mentor, through Dec. 1 in the Western sense of the word. Clamp Light Artist Studios & What were you like in high school? However, I did spend a lot of time Gallery I surrounded myself with great friends, with Ruthu, the expert weaver in 1704 Blanco Rd, Suite 104, and I joined a study group whose the village. Ruthu taught me how to (512) 569-8134, mission was to excel. Although the curweave the traditional Gikuyu basriculum was wide, I gravitated towards ket, kiondo. She did this by allowing clamplightsa.com the creative side of it. I loved music, me to work on some of her weaving and I played three different instruprojects. Initially she sent me to ments — piano, harp and melodica. I gather the materials from the bush, and later she had me sit by her side as she designed worked hard, but also had a lot of fun. and created. It was very informal — a combination If you couldn’t do art, what would you do instead? of apprenticeship and friendship. With the benefit I would be a chef. I find cooking to be as creative of hindsight, I now realize that Ruthu introduced as visual art. The materials (raw food) can be as me to the principles and elements of design very varied as the materials in visual art. The potential early. As I got into formal art and design traintechniques and presentations are as wide as those ing and education, the simple lessons that Ruthu in visual art. Cooking, just like visual art, brings taught me remained a guiding principle. At the people together. University of Nairobi, I was mentored by Professor sacurrent.com | November 21-27, 2018 | CURRENT

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10 Gift Ideas for Movie Lovers in San Antonio BY KIKO MARTINEZ

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STARS & STRIPES GIFT CARD

It’s been over a decade since San Antonio closed its last drive-in theater. If you know a millennial that has never experienced watching a movie in a car before, New Braunfels venue Stars & Stripes is just a short drive away. Plus, you can purchase and send gift cards online. Set your own price, Stars & Stripes, 1178 Kroesche Lane, New Braunfels, (830) 620-7469, driveinusa. com.

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BUILD-YOUR-OWN BOOK-TO-FILM PACKAGE

Put something special together for movie fans who are also big readers and would like to read the novel before they see the film. Books that were adapted into 2018 movies include Love, Simon, BlacKkKlansman, Boy Erased, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Hate U Give and more. Prices vary, The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 106,(210) 8266411, thetwig.com.

CAMPING CHAIRS AND BLANKETS BUILD-YOUR-OWN TEXAS CRITERION PACKAGE

Slap together a Texas-made triple feature from Movie Exchange for the cinephile in your life. Films available in the Criterion Collection that were shot in Texas include Rushmore, The Last Picture Show, Blood Simple, Boyhood, Tree of Life, Dazed and Confused and more. Prices vary, CD Exchange– Movie Exchange, 6997 Bandera Road, (210) 5093472, cdexchange-sa.com.

Outdoor movies are always popping up across the Alamo City, so be prepared with a few comfortable chairs and blankets from Whole Earth Provision Co. for a screening, whether it’s at Mission Marquee Plaza, Hemisfair, Travis Park or the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Prices vary, Whole Earth Provision Co., 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 829-8888, wholeearthprovision.com.

SANTIKOS AND ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE GIFT CARDS

Theaters are likely to be packed with moviegoers this holiday season, especially with blockbusters like Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman and Bumblebee debuting in late December. Purchase and send gift cards online. $10-$500, multiple locations, santikos.com, drafthouse.com/san-antonio.

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN IN CONCERT

The third installment of the Harry Potter film franchise will screen at the Majestic Theater December 21-23 along with the San Antonio Symphony performing the score live. $25-$65, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.

SLAB CINEMA T-SHIRT

If you go out to one of Slab Cinema’s outdoor screenings, rock their 2018 royal blue T-shirt complete with San Antonio skyline, which you can purchase online. $21.65 (free shipping), slabcinema.com.

Buy your movie lover a little piece of Hollywood history from local autograph and framing store Gallery of Champions. Who wouldn’t want Danny Trejo’s signature hanging on their wall? Prices vary, Gallery of Champions, 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 510,(210) 474-6767, galleryofchampionssa.com.

POPCORN MACHINE

Toss the stale microwave popcorn aside and create your own concession stand at home with your very own 4 oz. Thrifty Popcorn Machine from Mission Restaurant Supply. $269.99, Mission Restaurant Supply, 1126 S. St. Mary’s St.,(210) 3540690, missionrs.com.

TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO STANDARD MEMBERSHIP

A radio station membership for a film fanatic? Yes, TPR members get special member prices to Cinema Tuesdays and other film screenings throughout the year. $60-$240 per year, 8401 Datapoint Drive, Suite 800, (210) 614-8977, tpr.org.

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Co-director Ben Foster, first assistant director Kyle Shea and co-director Mark Dennis on the set of Time Trap.

able to say, “We’re the guys that made this movie and now we want to make this movie.” We want to be able to have the clout to make the kind of movies we want to make. What if Time Trap doesn’t get you to that level just yet? What’s the next step? I’m going to buy a sailboat and sail around the world and figure it out along the way.

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Filmmaker and San Antonio native Mark Dennis on his new sci-fi adventure Time Trap BY KIKO MARTINEZ

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t was pretty easy for writer/director and San Antonio native Mark Dennis to find inspiration for his newest sci-fi adventure. All he had to do was look back at the movies he enjoyed as a kid in the 1980s such as the original Indiana Jones trilogy and The Goonies. In Time Trap, Dennis and co-director Ben Foster hope to capture some of the same magic films had 35 years ago before they were, as Dennis puts it, “ruined by too many computer graphics.” “Back then, it was all practical effects and more about the plot and the characters,” Dennis told the Current last week. “That’s the kind of movie we wanted to make.” Born and raised in San Antonio until the age of 13, Dennis moved to Boerne and graduated from the Vanguard Institute in 2000. After studying for a few semesters at Northwest Vista College, he transferred into the film program at the University of Texas at Austin where he met Foster. After making a few shorts together, the duo shot their first feature, the 2011 thriller Strings.

Although the film won a handful of awards at festivals around the U.S., it “didn’t break out” like they wanted. Dennis and Foster take their cameras and crew deep into the caves of West Texas for their second feature, Time Trap. The film follows a group of students searching for an archaeology professor who goes missing while seeking out the legendary Fountain of Youth. While exploring underground, the students inadvertently break the space-time continuum and find themselves trapped in a cave where time is passing at a different speed than on the surface. Why did you decide to set this story inside a cave? That’s just from being raised in Texas. There are so many caves everywhere. Every year as a kid, they would take us on a field trip to Natural Bridge Caverns or Cascade Caverns or Cave Without a Name. I’ve been to caves all over Texas. I think it just finally worked its way into my writing.

reason the owner didn’t want to do it. So we found the Caverns of Sonora out in West Texas. They let us come in and shoot and do everything we needed to do to get the movie done. What were the challenges of shooting inside a cave? We would have to walk 20 minutes underground just to get to the set. We had to bring all the equipment down and back up. There was a lot of moisture in the cave, so all of our radios and batteries would get ruined. If one of the actors had to go to the surface to use the restroom, that was a 40-minute endeavor. We were also hitting our heads a lot on the cave. You said your last film “didn’t break out” like you had hoped. What does success look like to you? Being able to make another movie easier and take meetings in Hollywood with people who know who you are and what you’ve done. We want to be

It’s tough to break out with the number of movies that are being made today. It wasn’t like this in the ’80s. It’s not easy for anyone. Even [filmmakers] with Sundance hits are struggling to make movies. It’s very crowded out there. It’s hard to find an audience, especially since people are only doing Netflix and Hulu now. So many movies come out these days. There’s too much out there and people can’t see everything. Back in the ’80s, there wasn’t any competition for movies. Television was the only competition. The industry has changed so much. As I’m sure you know, Texas doesn’t have the greatest incentives for filmmakers in comparison to states like Georgia and Louisiana. Do you want to continue shooting here? We want to shoot in Texas. We love it. We have every kind of landscape and location here. We can shoot a movie here and still go home and see our family. I hope at some point business comes back. Time Trap is currently available to purchase or rent on iTunes.

I’m assuming location scouting turned into another series of field trips for you, yes? We got to see a lot of cool caves. We knew what our story already was, so every time we walked into a cave, we started to visualize it taking place there. We toured all these caves. We thought we were going to shoot at Cascade Caverns in Boerne, but for some

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Green Book uses humor and charm to deliver message of tolerance and true friendship BY KIKO MARTINEZ

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hen filmmakers step out of their comfort zones, things can sometimes get interesting. This year, we saw gore hound Eli Roth (Hostel) craft a spooky, yet kid-friendly flick, with The House with a Clock in Its Walls. We also got another chapter from the Halloween horror franchise, this time from the perspective of drama/comedy director David Gordon Green (Stronger). Now, Peter Farrelly — one half of the directing duo known as the Farrelly brothers (Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary) — splits from his sibling for the first time and ventures out on his own to make Green Book, a charming, crowd-pleasing dramedy that, unfortunately, pulls its punches on race relations. Set in New York City in 1962, Green Book tells the true story of two men who couldn’t be more different from one another — Dr. Don Shirley (Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali), a sophisticated Jamaican-American classical pianist, and Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Academy Award-nominee Viggo Mortensen), a working-class nightclub bouncer with a gift for gab. The men find themselves on the road together when Don hires Tony to be his driver and security during a twomonth-long concert tour through the Deep South. This, of course, was during the Jim Crow era when laws mandated racial segregation. The film’s title refers to the “Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide blacks could refer to so they could know which establish-

ments (restaurants, hotels, etc.) were considered African-American-friendly. With Tony’s “innate ability to handle trouble,” they embark on a trip that ends with both of them learning about tolerance and true friendship. Its messaging on race, however, is a little trickier. Green Book is serious when it needs to be, but there’s also humor at its heart. Recent films like The Help and Hidden Figures have also taken a more lighthearted approach to the painful subject of racism, and there’s no denying that it’s a tough balancing act that filmmakers need to be mindful of so they don’t appear flippant on the issue. Green Book’s intention isn’t to preach or hammer a message home with harrowing images or depictions of ultra-realistic bigotry. If audiences are looking for something like that, they should go stream Mississippi Burning or American History X. Instead, Green Book is focused on the dynamic between Don and Tony and how they maneuver beyond their own personal biases to respect each other. No one ever said racism in this country doesn’t exist anymore because Barack Obama was twice elected President, and no one is saying anything similar because Green Book, with all its mainstream appeal and handful of hokey clichés, is an enjoyable picture. Farrelly didn’t produce a flawless film, but he hit an appropriately inspirational and life-affirming theme and tone with ease.

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10 Gift Ideas for the Food Lover BY JESS ELIZARRARAS PAN DULCE MUG

Mugs make the best gifts for anyone who’s obsessed with their morning cafecito, or who wants to disguise their mid-afternoon vino. Local artist Cristina Martinez of Very That makes the perfect mugs for anyone who also loves pan dulce. From marranitos to conchas to tri-color shortbread galletas, this mug is for the realest of San Antonians. $14.50, verythat.com.

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Equally popular if not more, avocadoes also have a place at Karolina’s where you’ll find purses, key chains, pins and special resin guacamole phone grips made by El Gordito Burrito. $4-$35, Karolina’s Antiques, 1709 Blanco Road, (210) 731-9787, karolinasantiques.com.

DAVILA’S BBQ LOVER’S BASKET

For the barbecue buff in your life, Davila’s BBQ is offering a meaty bundle featuring swag from the longtime restaurant including an apron, cap, homemade barbecue sauce, homemade spice rub and a copy of Adrian Davila’s Cowboy Barbecue cookbook that shares the story of the family-owned restaurant. $49.95 plus shipping, davilasbbq.com.

PAN DULCE SWAG

Leave it to Karolina’s Antiques to have the most pan dulce merch in town. From pillows to socks to beanies to pairs of hanging fuzzy pan dulce for your car, the locally owned shop has everything you need to make your pan dulce-loving friends happy. $7-$25, Karolina’s Antiques, 1709 Blanco Road, (210) 731-9787, karolinasantiques.com.

You can’t have a holiday list without a mention of BarbacoApparel, which caters to all lovers of San Anto-specific foods. Their latest pin, “Cafeteria Style,” is complete with your favorite comfort foods and geometric fish. It’s a nod to a certain local favorite. $10, barbacoapparel.com.

DIGNOWITY MEATS CARD

Gift cards might seem impersonal, but they come in handy when your giftee wants to score a homemade meal in a flash. Grab a card for your favorite host or coworker, and load it up so they can snag dinner at this East Side outpost that’s soon to be featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Amounts vary, 1701 E. Houston St., (210) 462-1496, dignowitymeats.com.

TOPO TURNT PIN

We all know someone whose go-to drink is the most effervescent sparkling mineral water on the market. Produced by Austin’s Chorizo Funk and found at Feliz Modern, the sizeable pin lets your giftee share their love for the Coca Cola’s newest purchase. $10, Feliz Modern, 110 W. Olmos Drive, (210) 622-8364, felizmodern.com.

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EXTRA SPICY ONESIES

Created by a designer-illustrator in Southern California, Mexicool adds a bit of flair to your wardrobe with a Mexi-twist. The “extra spicy” onesies are perfect for the sassy babies in your life. $20, Karolina’s Antiques, 1709 Blanco Road, (210) 731-9787, karolinasantiques.com.

SPICY SNACKS FROM NO. 9 FLORAL For the friend who always needs to have a bit of spice in their life, grab a few chile-filled snacks from No. 9 floral like the jalapeño cheddar Poppy popcorn, jalapeño brittle from San Saba, Canaan Farms jalapeño jelly, Mexican chocolate truffles and “Borracho Beans,” drink-flavored jelly beans for a hint of sweetness. No. 9 will also have gift boxes available to order with select snacks and goodies from the shop starting at $50. $6-$15, 1701 Blanco Road, (210) 232-4471, no9floralandgifts.com.

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It’s not too early to think about Fiesta, and your favorite Fiesta-holic will want to sport this sleek clutch designed by local website saflavor.com, emblazoned with your favorite protein on a stick. The Chicken on a Stick has been a hot item since its launch earlier this fall, so order yours now. $24.99, saflavor.com.

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We’re pairing tamales and local brews BY ALLISON HALPERN Allison Halpern

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s the weather gets colder, San Antonians turn their hearts and taste buds toward the traditional holiday favorite: tamales. They’re heavy. They’re made with masa, manteca, and pork, beef, beans – you name the nutrient-dense filling. What you’re going to need is something light and cleansing to counteract all that grease and wash it all down. There’s a reason so many San Antonians turn to Bud Light, after all, but we’d like to make a few more suggestions. Here are a few Texas brews to bring out the best in these cornhusk-wrapped gifts. Let’s start with the Kolsch. This German style beer is light and cuts through all the grease of your favorite tamales. It also paired particularly well with chicken and bean tamales. San Antonio newcomer Roadmap Brewing has a great one, Obligatory, at 4.3 percent ABV, as does Twisted X out of Dripping Springs with its Gulf Kölsch (5.1 percent ABV). A lager is another great option. It’s got a fuller body but it still crisp and not at all fruity, giving you the clean

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finish you need for the holiday meal. Southerleigh’s Gold Export Lager (5.5 percent ABV) is a good choice. The smoothness of this German lager played especially well with the chicken tamal. Ranger Creek has San Antonio Lager (5.2 percent ABV) that finishes dry enough to clean your palate even after a greasy pork tamal. Busted Sandal’s Finding Friday, a darker Mexican lager (5.62 percent ABV), worked predictably well with every tamal we tried. For some of the richer, spicier tamales like the pork with jalapeno, beef, or Tamale Boy’s Kadillac tamal (chicken, jalapeno, cream cheese, and spinach), a

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German Oktoberfest paired amazingly well. Don’t walk – run to H-E-B to see if you can still nab a six pack of this seasonal style. We paired our tamales with the Oktoberfest from Strange Land in Austin (5.3 percent ABV). This malty, creamy beer melted perfectly into the

spiciest tamales, while still finishing fairly clean on the palate. If you can’t get an Oktoberfest, Alamo’s Amber Lager (5.5 percent ABV) is slightly less malty but still played well with our more savory tamales. Then there are dessert tamales. We ran our pairings against the Sweet Tamales at Delicious (coconut, raisin, pecan) and also the First Kiss (pecan, vanilla) and Sleepy Hollow (pumpkin, raisin, spices) at Tamahli. Coffee Porter is a clear front-runner. Real Ale’s is smooth and mellow, coming in at 6.6 percent ABV. Slightly stronger and more coffee-forward is Busted Sandal’s El Robusto Porter at 7.4 percent ABV. Both worked really well with the sweet tamales, picking up the spices and inviting the exchange that bitter beers and sweets usually discourage. In a similar vein, Künstler has a chocolate Milk Stout, Mokka (5.6 percent ABV), that is amazingly smooth and creamy, with hints of both chocolate and coffee. This beer was perfect with the sweet tamales, picking up the cinnamon in the masa and fillings. The pair would make a great dessert or late night snack on a cold winter’s night.

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10 Gift for the Booze Hound BY JESS ELIZARRARAS STILL GOLDEN SOCIAL HOUSE APPAREL

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From koozies to tanks and T-shirts, you can help your favorite barfly show love and loyalty for their favorite watering hole with Still Golden swag. $4$20, 1900 Broadway, stillgoldensa.com.

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DISCO BALL CUP

Help make someone’s New Year’s Eve extra sparkly with a disco ball of their own that doubles as a drink holder, complete with straw. $18, Feliz Modern, 110 W. Olmos Drive, (210) 622-8364, felizmodern.com.

MARACAS SHAKER

Novelty gifts should at least serve a purpose. With this shaker, the giftee gets a fun time and a drink out of it. Plus, it’s perfect for anyone who loves a themed party, your musically inclined friend or anyone already thinking about Fiesta. $22, Feliz Modern, 110 W. Olmos Drive, (210) 622-8364, felizmodern.com.

RANGER CREEK

.36 Straight Texas Bourbon Whiskey San Antonio’s oldest distillery is celebrating the release of its first cask-strength whiskey with “hints of toffee, cinnamon, caramel and crème brule.” Sounds perfect for Old Fashioneds. Grab one where liquor is sold, or make it extra special and pick up a signed bottle from the distillery. 4834 Whirlwind Drive, (210) 339-2282, drinkrangercreek.com.

SANTA PONG PARTY

The perfect Secret Santa gift, this pong set helps add the “Merry” and “Happy” to any holiday party. Elves not includes. $16, Feliz Modern, 110 W. Olmos Drive, (210) 622-8364, felizmodern.com.

For the boozehound who likes to hold their favorite hooch close to their heart, a sleek flask does the trick. Feliz Modern has them for just about every drinker, from the cheeky to the flashy. $25-$30, Feliz Modern, 110 W. Olmos Drive, (210) 622-8364, felizmodern.com.

EMBROIDERED MEXICAN DRESS CAN COSIE

In the heart of downtown, you’ll find a home décor store that helps anyone celebrate their heritage 24/7. These repurposed embroidered Mexican dresses now make the perfect wrap for your favorite beer or 12-ounce drink. Hand-cut, hand-sorted and sewn to last, they’re worth every penny. $15, Bird and Pear, 418 Villita St., Building 10, (210) 263-9969, thebirdandpear.com.

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Billed as “Kickass Cocktails Inspired by Iconic Women,” this colorful tome by Jennifer Croll and Kelly Shami is the gift of choice for your favorite feminist who needs a drink after this year. $14.95, No. 9, 1701 Blanco Road, (210) 232-4471, no9floralandgifts.com.

TEXAS COCKTAILS

This book by Nico Martini is a snapshot of Texas’ evolving spirit and cocktail scene that helps the reader traipse throughout the Lone Star State with some of its best cocktail recipes in hand. Get it for your favorite at-home bartender. $19.95, The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 106, (210) 826-6411, thetwig.com.

CALL ME, HONEY PASS

The best gift for the party-lover in your life is the official San Antonio Cocktail Conference multi-event pass. Named for the conference’s signature cocktail, the Call Me, Honey includes entry to all four nights of parties and Saturday’s Tasting Suites. $350, sanantoniococktailconference.com.

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10 Gift Ideas for Music Lovers in San Antonio BY CHRIS CONDE TICKETS TO A SHOW AT THE AZTEC THEATRE

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From metal to rap, country, pop, R&B and even drag queens, the Aztec Theatre hosts all kinds of musical acts that your music fan could be into. $20+, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., theaztectheatre.com.

GIFT FROM YEYAS

From coffins to birds in formaldehyde, creepy clown paintings and mannequin parts, Yeyas has the weirdest and arguably most unique collection of stuff that could be the coolest thing the person your shopping for gets this holiday season. $5+, 1423 E. Commerce St. (210) 827-5555.

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hile it may seem obvious to buy new tuneage for your music-loving friend, significant other or family member, they may already have that favorite album or record, tape or CD. Instead, here are some ideas for creative gifts your music-loving someone would appreciate:

GIFT CARD FROM PRESS COFFEE

Recently relocated off Broadway, Press Coffee is centrally located and offers an array of coffee, tea and bakery items that’ll hit the spot for your music lover who was at a show late and needs a pick-meup for work the next day or a caffeine boost before gettin’ into the pit. $5+, 4035 Broadway St, (210) 6026590, presscoffeesa.com.

GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM ELEMENT TATTOO

Tattoos and music exist in practically the same world, and Element Tattoo does some of the best tattoos in San Antonio. Element has been putting ink on skin since 2006, and, chances are, some of your favorite musicians have ink they procured from the shop that sits on the edge of Loop 410 off Fredericksburg. Get your music lover a certificate for their first tattoo or an opportunity to start a new piece. $100+, 4741 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 9799877, elementtatoo.com.

RECORD PLAYER FROM HOGWILD

Vinyl is back. Well, it’s sort of been back for a minute now, and chances are your music-loving somebody knows it. If they don’t already have a record player, here’s your chance to win best gift this year. $99, 1824 N. Main Ave., (210) 733-5354.

ATTAGIRL WINGS FROM ATTAGIRL

I know – sort of random. But, with Attagirl open late, the restaurant’s wings are pretty much the best pre-show meal or post-show comedown. And they’ve got that good beer to wash down the wings. It’s a win-win. $9, 726 E Mistletoe Ave, (210) 437-4263

LUBE FROM SEXOLOGY

This is that fancy, good lube. While you probably have to be careful what kind of message you want to send by giving someone lube, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t need lube at some point. Get ’em the good stuff and tell them to put on their favorite slow jams while they use it. Heh. $16+, 707 S St Mary’s St, (210) 4870371, shopsexologyinstitute.com.

CBD FROM AMERICAN SHAMAN

As a person in my thirties and on the heavier side of life (I’m fat, there I said it), standing all night long to watch shows isn’t as easy as when I was 19 and eager to stage-dive. That being said, CBD has been an awesome solution for sore feet after a show and the stuff from American Shaman does the job. $10+, 4535 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 4391458, cbdamericanshaman.com.

A JACKET FROM MONTAGE

Every music lover needs a jacket to start their backpatch collection or pin ensemble. Montage has a variety of styles for men, women and the gender non-binary. $35+, 423 W. Grayson St. (210) 324-0157, montagestyle.com.

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another onslaught of grinding tracks to a city that’s been pretty supportive of the group since their rise to fame in the mid-’80s and early-’90s. So if you missed them last year, here’s your chance to see the guys as they continue to tour in support of their latest release AmeriKKKant. $30-$59, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., theaztectheatre. com.

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STEVEN WILSON Friday, December 21

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spooky, electric guitar riffs soothing, then you are a fan of blackmetal. One of the most abrasive genres in the wide spectrum of metal, blackmetal isn’t for everyone, and not just any band can be good at it. But Portland’s Uada is one of them. Since bursting on the scene in 2016, Uada became the talk of the dungeons, castles, deep forests and wherever else blackmetal is discussed and judged. Bask in darkness and get to this show to see arguably one of the fastest-rising stars in this unholy genre. $10, 9pm, Limelight 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., thelimelightsa.com.

OK, so technically Steven Wilson is not really metal at all. But hear me out, y’all. The technicality and musicianship of the dude’s songwriting and guitar playing are absolutely on par with the most intricate of shredders. Lemme explain: contributing to and collaborating with numerous bands of varying genres, including fantasy prog metal heads Dream Theatre, dark/folk metal band Opeth and controversial Israeli artist Aviv Geffen, multi-instrumentalist Wilson has a sprawling catalog of prog music that’s impressive as hell. Probably best known as the frontman of English rock band Porcupine Tree, Wilson has been nominated for four Grammys on top of being judged by Guitar World magazine as one of the 15 best progressive rock guitarists. And the prog god will be headed to the Aztec Theatre to shred our faces just in time for Christmas. $35, 7pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., theaztectheatre.com.

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Morphing from their metalcore roots – think As I Lay Dying and Parkway Drive – into a more active-rock sound, In This Moment continues to press forward, releasing albums as recently as last year. And the LA-originated group hasn’t stopped securing new fleets of fans. On tour with co-headliners Hailstorm along with New Years Day, all three groups continue to prove that girls rock just as hard, if not harder, than their male counterparts. $49.50$79.50, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., theaztectheatre.com.

You know, there are some scary as fuck Christmas songs out there. “Carol of the Bells,” “Greensleeves.” So, I mean, Christmas can just be as metal as you want it to be. Do you like shredding guitars and epic orchestral movements with angelic choirs singing while flames ignite a stage? Do you think it would be cool to see all of this packed into an explosive night of metal and holiday cheer? Then the Trans Siberian Orchestra show is most definitely for you. With their head-banging rendition of the aforementioned “Carol of The Bells” and other aggressive covers of holiday songs, Trans Siberian Orchestra has been spreading its love for epic Christmas movements since the late ’90s and are coming to town to remind us that tinsel isn’t the only thing metal about Christmas. $45-$79, 8pm, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center PKWY, attcenter.org.

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sn’t there something about cold weather that makes you want to put on wrist studs and your black Motorhead T-shirt and listen to the most aggressive metal in your record collection? We can’t be the only ones. Anyway, these are the metal shows you should check out as we close out 2018. Our picks cover most metal subgenres, and will keep fans head-banging into the new year. Enjoy.

SILVER TALON, SPEEDCLAW. X.I.L. Tuesday, November 27

Heavy metal to its core, Silver Talon will make you want to re-dedicate yourself to the dark lord. The Portland-based group, whose members all came from the band Spellcaster, are definitely for fans of Yngwie Malmsteen, Savatage, Sanctuary, Queensrÿche and Helloween. And if you don’t really dig old-school or classic metal, this band probably could make you a believer. Seriously, they rip. With Croatian quartet Speedclaw and San Antonian thrashers X.I.L. $10, 8pm, The Guillotine, 1816 N Main Ave.

DROWNING POOL Saturday, December 1

OK, before you throw your computer or phone or wherever you’re reading this, chill out. While Nu Metal was certainly one of the most commercial and uncool periods the genre went through, it wasn’t terrible and Drowning Pool wasn’t the worst band out there. So, go ahead and let the bodies hit the floor, y’all. After gracing us with their nu-metal riffing at Oysterbake in April, Dallas-bred Drowning Pool are back because we still love all things Nu Metal and ’90s. $21, 8pm, The Rock Box, 1223 East Houston St., therockboxsa.com.

VOID VATOR

Sunday, December 2

Hailing from the streets of Los Angeles, Void Vator took me by surprise at first listen. While I usually get into

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most of the bands that Sell Your Soul promoter Loy Smoak brings through SA, I was considerably impressed by this thrash-inspired rock ’n’ roll quartet whose singer/guitar player and drummer share Uruguayan roots. And though neo-thrash has been rearing its head since the early aughts, it makes sense that these guys mix a little bit of it into their sound, considering how popular thrash metal is in South America. Void Vator might become your favorite new band. $5, 9pm, Limelight 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., thelimelightsa.com.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Tuesday, December 4

Birthed from the distortion that brought us bands like Norma Jean, Underoath and Zao, The Devil Wears Prada were another early-aughts, Christian metalcore band that managed to soar beyond the genre’s mediocrity and staleness. After recently signing with Christian metal/hardcore label Solid State (Norma Jean, Phinehas, Silent Planet, Wolves at the Gate), the band has announced a strong spate of shows for their With Roots Above And Branches Below 10th-anniversary tour. Also on the bill are the emotive Wolves at the Gate and a duo called ’68, which features guitarist/vocalist Josh Scogin, the original vocalist for the aforementioned Norma Jean and The Chariot. $19.50, Tue, December 4, 6pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., theaztectheatre.com.

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The metal supergroup assembled to play at TexPop’s “Metal Mayhem” exhibit this spring is sharpening up its wrist spikes to perform again. A virtual Who’s Who of musicians who helped make S.A. the “Heavy Metal Capital of the World” during the ‘80s, STL will play an extended set drawn from its members’ original bands. And if you were alive back then (or just love to collect vintage metal vinyl), the names of those outfits should send Hell’s bells a-ringin’ — S.A. Slayer, Helstar, Karion, Militia, Juggernaut, Fate’s Warning and Dangerous Toys. Word is other headbangers of yore may sit in, so get those cameras (and bullet belts) ready. 8pm, Fitzgerald’s Bar & Live Music Venue, 437 McCarty, Ste. 101, (210) 607-7007, fitzrockssa. com – Sanford Nowlin

able and full of interesting dynamics to draw listeners deeper than the pop melodies. Catch the boys with With Confidence, Sleep On It and Small Talks. $15, Fri Nov. 23, 6pm, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E. Houston St., alamocitymusichall.com. – Chris Conde

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With the amount of country, folk and singer-songwriters we’ve got in the Lone Star State, Austin’s Slaid Cleaves manages to stand out from the herd with his distinct sound. For a taste of good folk to go along with that Thanksgiving dinner, you won’t want to miss this show. With Chojo Jacques. $22-$90, 7:30pm, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. – CC

MICHAEL J. & THE FOXES: 2ND ANNUAL FOXGIVING 5 Thursday, November 22

If there’s any downside for local music aficionados to the fact that gifted singer-songwriter Michael Carrillo spends most of his time running his rad bar and venue Ventura, it’s that we get to see less of him with his two swell — and quite different — bands, Deer Vibes and Micheal J. & The Foxes. This week, however, folks have a chance to catch Carrillo out from behind the bar and at work with Michael J. & The Foxes, his heartbroken hoedown, alt-country project. The Thanksgiving night affair, an ideal escape from the temptation of eating leftovers and the boredom of hanging out with family, marks the second year in a row that The Foxes have put on a Foxgiving. Whether you’re looking to cut loose or wind down, Carrillo and his crew, with their indie-folk-meets-dementedhonky-tonk vibe, have got you covered. Free, 9pm, Ventura, 1011 Avenue B, (210) 802-6940, venturasatx.com. — James Courtney

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BROADSIDE 5 Friday, November 23

Returning to San Antonio for the first time since their February tour with Silverstein, the shimmery, pop-punk heartthrobs that make up Broadside touch down for a show at Alamo City Music Hall this Friday. The band’s sugar-sweet pop vibes are downright infectious, even for folks who don’t necessarily get down with bubbly melodies and feel-good jams. I hate most of the music in this genre, but my mood elevated just a pinch after throwing on “Paradise” while writing this. This will be the last tour before they return to the studio for a new album next year. For a genre that can be downright annoying, these dudes know how to put together well-written music that’s dance-

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There have been plenty of singers who tried (and failed) to hit the notes vocalist Anthony Green hits with seeming effortlessness. Formed in the early 2000s, Circa Survive continues to serve us a beautiful array of sounds and melodies spanning indie rock, emo and post-hardcore. $25, $6:30pm, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E Houston St, alamocitymusichall.com. – CC

Are we reaching now? Are we just doing everything we can to re-live our early-aughts memories since we’ve gone through all the ’90s throwbacks? Who knows, but the folks who are booking these bands are smart, because we keep spending our money to go see them. LOL, but Hoobastank? It just seems so random, but OK, San Antonio, I see you. Remember when we all found out that

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Hoobastank frontman Doug Robb and Incubus’ Brandon Boyd were friends? It sort of all made sense for the striking similarities we heard between the bands. Also, fun fact: before the band put out their self-titled album in 1998, the four-piece released “They Sure Don’t Make Basketball Shorts Like They Used To,” which featured a saxophone section headed by Jeremy Wasser, who executive-produced that record and recorded the Summer Romance saxophone solo on Incubus’ S.C.I.E.N.C.E. album. The more you know. *rainbow wave* On tour in celebration of the 15th Anniversary of The Reason and also promoting their latest album, Push Pull, released earlier this year, the band is sure to pull out all the early-aughts stops. With special guests, Secondhand Serenade. $26, Sat Nov. 24, 7pm, The Rock Box, 1223 E. Houston St., therockboxsa. com. – CC

I SEE STARS

Saturday, November 24

If you’re looking to work off the post-Thanksgiving malaise, or perhaps the post-Black Friday remorse, may we suggest a night of focused fury in the form of electronic hardcore act I See Stars. For this special show, the Michigan act, beloved by metalcore

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fans and electronic music fans alike since its 2009 debut, will offer up a unique acoustic performance, giving showgoers a rare chance to appreciate the tunes from a new angle. Joining I See Stars for this Saturday night show are post-hardcore act Like Ghosts and pop-alt-rock band Trademarks, both from San Antonio. It’s a must-see bill for fans of I See Stars, and a highly-recommended random lark for everyone else. $15-$17, 7pm, Jack’s Patio Bar, 3030 Thousand Oaks Dr., (210) 494-2309, jacksbarsa.com. — JC

EVERY TIME I DIE Tuesday, November 27

Formed in 1998 – and today considered one of the pillars of the early to midaughts metalcore explosion – Buffalo’s Every Time I Die came out of left field. While the bands Norma Jean and Fear Before the March of Flames (now known as just Fear Before) were exploring the experimental noise part of the spectrum, Every Time I Die threw in bluesy, southern rock riffs that added a little spice to the whole sound. The band recently announced that they’re embarking on the 20 Years of Bullshit tour, which kicked off November 12 in Chicago and wraps up December 12 in Pittsburgh, but not before gracing the Alamo City this Tueday at Paper Tiger. What’s also dope about this tour is that they’re bringing along arguably one of the most insane supporting lineups of new-school hardcore and metalcore, which ironically is sounding more like the genre did back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. With the groove-centric embellishments of Turnstile, the old-school charm of Angel Du$t and the youthful carnage of Vein, this bill might be one of our favorites of the year. $20-$22, 6pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – CC

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JACQUEES, KIRKO BANGZ

Named after the rap game’s unlikely inspiration, Kurt Cobain, Kirko Bangz cares more about side hookups and not spilling his purple drank on the Italian leather seats of his luxury car than finding “Nirvana.” Crooner Jacquees should be held responsible for a spike in childbirth with his sexy R&B odes to gettin’ it on. $50-$400, Alamo City Music Hall, 7pm

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As a rapper who spits bars about the struggles of the common man, Rittz isn’t buttery and flaky like the cracker, but is instead one of the realest MCs in the game who isn’t afraid to tell the truth, even at his own expense. With support from Los Angelos’s ride-or-die King Lil G. $21, The Rock Box, 7pm

KEVIN FOWLER

Born and raised on the humble soil of Amarillo, Kevin Fowler is taking it back to his Texas roots. In his early career, he fronted a southern hard-rock band, becoming the songwriter responsible for some of country western’s biggest ear-worms for Sammy Kershaw and Mark Chesnutt. He finally came back to Texas-style country. $15-$35, Cowboys Dancehall, 7pm

WHEN PARTICLES COLLIDE

A rock ’n’ roll love story fit for an edgy Nicolas Sparks movie, lovebird twosome When Particles Collide is just as everything and the kitchen sink as their science geek name implies, meaning that they have no problem mashing genres in a lab to cause chemical reactions of uncontrollable dancing. The Bang Bang Bar, 9pm

CHARLEY CROCKETT

Not sure if there’s more proof than his last name, but if he is a living heir, Charley Crockett has a mighty big raccoon-skin cap to fill as a relative of Texas frontier legend Davy Crockett. Hopefully, unlike his ancestor, he won’t be burned and buried in the Alamo City. $15, Gruene Hall, 8pm

BITE LIP BLEED

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have the bandwidth for a boyfriend just now – kid, school, work – but you’re open to dating him after you’re out of school if he’s still single and still interested.

I’m a 37-year-old woman married for eight years to a wonderful man. We’re happy and GGG to the point where his kinks have become my kinks and vice versa. However, he loves anal sex and I cannot do it. No matter how much lube we use or how slowly we go, it’s not just uncomfortable, it’s red-hot-poker-in-my-ass painful. Can you give me any concrete, practical advice to get to a point where I can enjoy anal? Beyond Uncomfortable Tushy Trauma P.S. Do some women actually enjoy anal? After my experiences, I find that really hard to believe. If you’re still interested in exploring anal after all those red-hot-poker-in-your-ass painful experiences – and you are by no means obligated to explore any further – focus on anal stimulation, BUTT, not anal penetration. Try rimming, try a vibrator pressed against your anus (not shoved into it), try running his lubed-up dick up and down your crack (across your anus, not into your anus), and try all of these things during masturbation, vaginal penetration, and oral sex. Having a few dozen orgasms – or a few hundred – while your anus’s sensitive nerve endings are pleasurably engaged could create a positive association between anal stimulation and sexual pleasure. It’s going to take some time to create a positive association powerful enough to supplant the negative association you have now – an association with echoes of regicide (google “Edward II and red hot poker”) – so your husband shouldn’t expect to get his dick back into your butt anytime soon, if he ever will at all. Some people, for reasons physiological or psychological or both, just can’t experience pleasure during anal intercourse. If you’re one of those people, BUTT, your husband will just have to grieve and move on. P.S. I find it hard to believe that a woman could possibly enjoy, say, a Donald Trump rally. But some women do, BUTT, and we have video to prove it. The same could be said about anal.

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of your psyche that is magnetic to wealth. Here they are: 37. 16. 58. 62. 82. 91.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The Jharia Coalfield in eastern India is a 110-square-mile reserve of underground coal. In some places, it’s on fire, and has been burning for over a hundred years. This isn’t a good thing. It’s wasteful and causes pollution. But now I’ll ask you to put aside that scenario, and imagine a more benevolent kind of steadily burning fire: a splendor in your soul that never stops radiating warmth and light; that draws from an inexhaustible source of fuel; that is a constant source of strength and courage and power. I’m happy to tell you that the coming months will be a favorable time to establish and nurture this eternal flame.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “You have two ways to live your life,” writes spiritual teacher Joseph Vitale, “from memory or inspiration.” In other words, you can take your cues about how to live your life from what happened in the past, or else you can make your decisions based on what you’re excited to do and become in the future. According to my analysis, the next ten months will be an excellent time for you to fully embrace the latter approach. And it all starts now.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Marilyn Monroe, Georgia O’Keeffe, and President Franklin Roosevelt were direct descendants of the pilgrims who sailed from England to the New World on the famous Mayflower ship in 1620. I, on the other hand, am a direct descendant of a nineteenth-century Slovakian coal miner who toiled in the underground darkness. What about you, Virgo? Now would be a rich and provocative time to reconnect with your roots; to remember where your people originated; to explore the heritage that served as the matrix from which you sprouted. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): According to researchers who study animal behavior at two Italian universities, chickens can do arithmetic. The birds don’t even need to be trained; the skill seems to be innate. (Read details here: tinyurl.com/ChickensDoMath.) I’m wondering whether chickens born under the sign of Libra might even be able to do algebra in the coming weeks. According to my assessment of the astrological omens, the mental acuity of many Libran creatures will be at a peak. How will you use your enhanced intelligence? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In March 2005, far more people than usual won big money in a regional Powerball lottery in the U.S. The average for each draw is four winners, but on this special occasion, 110 players were awarded at least $100,000 and as much as $500,000. The reason for the anomaly seemed to have been an oracle that appeared in a number of widely distributed fortune cookies. It provided five of the six winning numbers. Inspired by this crazy stroke of good fortune, and in accordance with the favorable financial omens now coming to bear on you, I hereby offer you six numbers to use as your lucky charms. Will they help you win a game of chance? I can’t be sure. At the very least, they will titillate and massage the part

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’ve always got more help available than you imagine, and that’s especially true these days. Both people you know and people you don’t know may come to your assistance and offer extra support – especially if you meet two conditions: 1. you sincerely believe you deserve their assistance and support; 2. you clearly ask for their assistance and support. Now here’s more good news about the help that’s available. Whether or not you believe in spiritual beings, they, too, are primed to offer blessings and resources. If you don’t believe in their existence, I invite you to pretend you do and see what happens. If you do believe in them, formulate clear requests for what you’d like them to offer you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In one of his poems, Arthur Rimbaud extolled the exquisite evenings when the mist soaked his face as he strolled, and he sipped that heavenly dew till he was drunk. Was he speaking literally or metaphorically? Probably both, if I know Rimbaud. Anyway, Aquarius, I’d love for you to engage in similar exploits. What are some natural adventures that might intoxicate you? What simple pleasures may alter your consciousness, nudging you free of its habits? Meditate with sweet abandon on how to free yourself through the power of play and the imagination. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It’s illegal to hunt animals in Kenya. But members of the Dorobo tribe circumvent the law to provide food for their families. As three or more Dorobo men wander out on the savanna, they wait for hungry lions to kill a wildebeest or other creature. Then they stride toward the feasting beasts in a calm show of force until the predators run away in confusion. The brave scavengers swoop in and swiftly remove a portion of the wildebeest, then coolly walk away, leaving plenty for the lions when they return to their meal. I bring this scene to your attention, Pisces, because I suspect that in the coming weeks you will have similar levels of courage and poise as you go after what you want.

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