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A Few People Are Protesting Planned Parenthood This Saturday: You know adopting children counters abortion way more effectively than holding signs, but i understand putting your money where your mouth is can be difficult *insert Kermit meme here* — Justin Montez
Tech Trouble Can San Antonio salvage the jobs shed by Rackspace? Conspiracy Theorist Sen. John Cornyn thinks millions of calls from concerned Texans are part of “establishment” plot
Can San Antonio Salvage the Tech Jobs Shed by Rackspace?: They said a few years ago we’d be the next silicone valley. Pssh Now you need certs AND a degree, your age plus 5 years equal of experience and cut off your left arm to get a temp i.t. job at $12/hr. here in S.A. — Greg Flores
No Sanctuary The GOP crackdown on “sanctuary cities” could alienate immigrant communities and make life harder for local police
Bully Pulpit Trump says he’ll ruin Texas senator who wants to keep cops from taking your stuff
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COVER Is San Antonio a so-called “sanctuary city”? The answer from local leaders has been a resounding “nope,” yet the anti-sanctuary cities fights brewing at the state and federal levels threaten to upend how San Antonio does business. In this week’s issue, we explore why hundreds of people – including several local officials – testified at the Texas Capitol this month against a sanctuary cities crackdown that many say could alienate immigrant communities and erode trust in local cops. Art direction by Sarah Flood-Baumann
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Can San Antonio salvage the jobs shed by Rackspace? SHUTTERSTOCK
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For much of its history, Rackspace was the catalyst behind San Antonio’s nascent — and, now, increasingly organized — tech industry. It was Rackspace co-founder Graham Weston who, hoping to goose the local tech startup industry, founded Geekdom and gave the “co-working space” a floor of his downtown Weston Centre tower (that is, before the billionaire developer’s company bought another downtown building to give Geekdom a new, permanent home). Those startups and entrepreneurs and techies would ultimately organize under the banner of Tech Bloc, a local nonprofit founded in part by people like Weston, two other Rackspace co-founders, and a few other top company leaders. Tech Bloc co-founder David Heard (who works for the SA tech firm SecureLogix) says the closest parallel to Rackspace’s outsized local impact is how Dell Computer exploded Austin’s tech scene in the 1990s. “Nothing has been more empowering to the growth of our tech industry here than the big deal Rackspace became,” Heard says. “Tech Bloc, and all it represents, has deep roots with Rackspace.” But last week we got a reminder of just how much things have changed for the pioneering San Antonio tech giant, which was the city’s largest publicly traded company until investors sold it to New York private equity firm Apollo Global Management in late 2016. Considering Apollo’s mixed reputation as a “controversial vulture fund” with a history of saving companies the slash-and-burn way, most people suspected, but barely talked about (at least publicly), layoffs coming down the pike. Last week, it finally happened: Rackspace announced a 6 percent cut to its U.S. workforce, the bulk of which — about 200 jobs — came out of the company’s Windcrest “castle” headquarters. It’s the company’s largest round of layoffs in its near two-decade history. The layoffs underscore a company that’s been in deep transition for years. Even before its sale last fall, Rackspace had been shedding dead weight — or, as the company put it, “non-core” businesses with stagnant growth — as it struggled to shift its business model away from data-center hosting toward that of a cloud services company. The idea was that Rackspace’s future could be in supporting, rather than competing with, tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud computing game (Forbes called the novel strategy “coopetition”). According to SEC filings from around the time of the Rackspace sale, Apollo wanted to cut about $100
million from the company’s annual operating expenses and capital expenditures this year. In his blog post announcing this week’s layoffs, Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes called the cuts “personally painful” but necessary for the company’s future growth. Before the layoffs were even made public, however, Rackspace and Tech Bloc leaders were trying to triage a solution that would use taxpayer money to forestall a brain-drain out of the local tech sector. Tech Bloc’s Heard says the company approached the nonprofit weeks ago warning that layoffs were on the way, hoping Tech Bloc could do something to help shunt the jettisoned Rackers into other local tech jobs. “These are people who have already chosen to make tech careers in San Antonio,” Heard told the Current. “We don’t want to lose them to another city.” In fact, before Rackspace even publicly confirmed the layoffs last Tuesday, Heard was appearing before Bexar County Commissioners Court asking officials to speed up an initiative that Tech Bloc has apparently been shopping for some time now. As Heard explained it, the nonprofit is seeking government money to fund what he calls a “chief talent officer,” basically a hybrid HR-like position that would connect tech companies with tech-trained workers looking for jobs in San Antonio. Heard says the idea became even more pressing with news of the looming Rackspace layoffs. It’s clear why local officials would want to salvage the kind of jobs Rackspace just shed: It’s good-paying work. According to the most recent federal labor stats, the median salary in 2014 for computer and informationtechnology jobs stood at $79,390 (compared to $35,540 for all other occupations). And on Tuesday, as the Express-News first reported, commissioners earmarked some $20,000 from the county’s “innovation fund” for Tech Bloc’s “chief talent officer” idea. Heard says the details — like where all the money will come from or where the new “chief talent officer” will office — are still being ironed out. According to the Rivard Report, the money commissioners approved Tuesday is part of a $300,000 initiative (with equally murky details at this point). We’ll have to wait and see whether government, nonprofit and private sector jockeying can somehow find local homes for the tech workers Rackspace just axed. But last week, we saw the company that in many ways built the local tech industry turn to it for help. Which, as people continue to question what exactly Rackspace’s sale could mean for San Antonio, seems like a role-reversal worth paying attention to.
Sen. John Cornyn thinks millions of calls from concerned Texans are part of 'establishment' plot ALEX ZIELINSKI | @ALEX_ZEE
In the past few weeks, a flood of phone calls from Texans opposing the nomination of now-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos crashed Sen. John Cornyn’s voicemail system. But instead of considering the genuine concerns of the very people who elected him to represent them in Congress, Cornyn turned the outpouring of alarm into a conspiracy theory. “You can imagine the volume of phone calls and mail and social media contacts that we get on a daily basis,” he told Houston Public Media in a phone interview last week. “And there’s no doubt that there was a concerted campaign by the establishment to try to sink Ms. DeVos’ nomination.” Cornyn’s website also crashed from so many constituents using the contact form to share their opposition to the nomination. “They...threatened to bring down our website,” he said, apparently irritated by the idea the public would want to reach him. As far as we know, there is no underground campaign by the “establishment” to tie up Cornyn’s phone lines. On the contrary, this post-inauguration swarm of democratic protest has been largely lead by independent, localized groups — often coordinated and inspired through friends’ social media posts. But Cornyn believes his 28 million constituents, whose opinions he’s brushed aside, are just sore losers. “I think that this is part of the angry response to the fact that President Trump won,” he said.
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FACT CHECK Lieutenant Gov. Patrick claims economic concerns over anti-trans bill are “bogus” ALEX ZIELINSKI | @ALEX_ZEE
According to Lieutenant General Dan Patrick, passing a bill that allows business owners to discriminate against transgender Texans won’t have any economic impact on the state. “I don’t know of any business that hasn’t moved to Houston because of the issue,” said Patrick at a Monday press conference. “We’ve had basketball tournaments. We had the greatest Super Bowl ever.” In fact, he says “there is no evidence whatsoever” to support the “bogus” idea that state-sanctioned discrimination could carry a hefty price tag. He’s incorrect. Patrick is specifically talking about a much-touted economic impact study by the Texas Association of Business that the fact-checking website PolitiFact called “mostly false” last week. The fact-checkers say they arrived at that conclusion because the December study, which estimated a potential $8.5 billion loss statewide if SB 6 went into place, overestimated the potential losses linked to sport events. But there’s still plenty of evidence that Patrick’s bill could hurt the Texas economy. Take a look at the bill Patrick used as inspiration for his SB 6, North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which ultimately triggered a NCAA boycott that cost the state somewhere between $77 million and $201 million in lost tourism. (It’s estimated the state could lose $250 million more this year if it doesn’t repeal HB 2.) If the NCAA does the same to San Antonio, where the 2018 Men’s Final Four games are scheduled to take place, economists are already predicting at least a $234 million loss in tourism and tax revenue. Patrick did not mention this study, or any of the concerns from small business owners that rely on the state’s tourism economy. Instead, Patrick repeated a few times, he wanted the media to report on how wrong this one study was and reminded them that this was a bill to (somehow) protect women. While politicians and industry officials argue over financial issues, the population that will be most affected by the legislation are already paying the price. Last month’s U.S. Transgender Survey found that 29 percent of more than 1,000 trans Texans had been fired, denied a promotion, harassed, or otherwise mistreated by an employer as a result of their gender identity — and that’s without a discriminatory bill in place.
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Trump says he’ll ruin Texas senator who wants to keep cops from taking your stuﬀ
When President Donald Trump told a room full of sheriffs last week he’d ruin the career of a Texas state senator for attempting to protect private property rights, the crowd erupted in laughter. The threat, which some say was a ‘joke,’ was in response to Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson’s complaint that a certain state lawmaker had mentioned legislation that would ban officers from confiscating a suspect’s personal property before they’ve even been charged with a crime (a move police call “asset forfeiture”). Eavenson suggested the legislation would benefit Mexican cartels. “Who’s the state senator?” Trump asked Eavenson. “Want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career.” Eavenson didn’t — and has yet to — share the actual name, but a quick look at the Texas Legislature gives us a few obvious guesses. Both Republican Sen. Konni Burton and Democrat Sen. Juan Hinojosa have filed bills that would require a criminal conviction before law enforcement can take your stuff. Law enforcement officials have generally opposed these types of laws, since they can profit off selling assets, like a car or real estate, or simply hold on to any hard
cash they seize. “Right now, law enforcement can seize property under civil law, and it denies people their basic rights,” Burton told the Texas Observer. “There’s a basic problem with this process that I want to correct.” Texas senators are far from the only state lawmakers fighting to reform asset forfeiture laws — the bipartisan issue has popped up in state legislatures in at least a dozen states since the start of this year. Even Texas’ two wildly conservative U.S. senators, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, have been outspoken about the need to have conviction precede any asset forfeiture. Meanwhile, Sen. Bob Hall, the Republican state lawmaker representing Sheriff Eavenson’s small Rockwell County (just northeast of Dallas), isn’t even sure if he’s in trouble. Hall told reporters last week he had “no idea” if Eavenson was talking about him in the sheriff’s meeting with Trump, and believes he and Eavenson have a “very good relationship.” “I’ll be glad to talk to him,” Hall said. “My honest opinion is he made a statement for a fact and didn’t make the whole statement, probably not anticipating how Trump would react to it.” Sounds about right.
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> The GOP crackdown on “sanctuary cities” could alienate immigrant communities and make life harder for local police
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orma Herrera was running late for class at the University of Texas Pan-American when she saw the Pharr police cruiser pull up behind her car and activate his lights. Stopped for failure to display her front license plate, the officer asked Herrera for her driver’s license. Herrera told him she didn’t have one; she says she couldn’t lie when the officer asked why not. Because I’m undocumented, she told him. As Herrera testified before state lawmakers at a Texas Senate hearing earlier this month, she’ll be forever grateful that the officer who pulled her over 10 years ago, in her words, “saw in me a neighbor first, and not a criminal,” letting her go with a ticket and not turning her over the feds for violating immigration law. Herrera was one of hundreds who testified against a bill that’s quickly winding through the Texas Legislature, a proposal that immigrant rights advocates, Democratic lawmakers and even many of the state’s big-city law enforcement officials fear could change the way local cops in Texas are expected to handle someone like Herrera. The notion of a “sanctuary city” – a local jurisdiction with policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration officials, or even discourage or outright prohibit local cops from asking about immigration status in routine police encounters – has until recently been a hazy concept and ill-defined problem for conservative lawmakers in Texas, one of those zombie issues they revive each session that fails to go anywhere. Only this session is different. After a campaign fueled by fear over undocumented immigrants, President Donald Trump has already vowed to withhold grant funding to cities or counties that don’t fully cooperate with the federal immigration crackdown he promised on the campaign trail. 12
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Perhaps that’s why Texas Republicans started this legislative session with renewed urgency to abolish “sanctuary cities.” And this session they got a convenient target: newly elected Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who announced in a YouTube video to constituents on January 20 that, true to her campaign promise, she’d change how her office interacts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Hernandez says her office will no longer honor every single “detainer” that comes from ICE, routine requests from the feds that local jails or law enforcement hold people in custody, even if their local charges have been dismissed or otherwise resolved. Immigration attorneys argue that such ICE requests are oftentimes flawed, haphazard and fall far below the legal standard of a warrant or judge’s order. Some have even challenged their constitutionality in court, including in a lawsuit filed on behalf of an undocumented immigrant detained in the Bexar County jail for more than two months after a misdemeanor charge against him was dismissed last year. Under Travis County’s new policy, jailers only comply with ICE detainers if a suspect has been accused of sexual assault, murder or human smuggling – or, that is, unless the feds just get a warrant or court order, in which case the county says it will detain whoever the feds want. Hernandez and her supporters in the immigrant rights community say the reason behind the policy is two-fold: First, to keep undocumented people accused of low-level crimes from clogging jails meant for serious offenders; and second, to guarantee immigrant communities feel comfortable enough reporting crime, regardless of their status. “The public must be confident that local law enforcement is focused on local public safety, not on federal immigration enforcement,” Hernandez said in her video. “Our jail cannot be perceived as a holding tank for
ICE or that Travis County deputies are ICE officers.” After Hernandez announced her new policy, all 20 Republicans in the Texas Senate quickly signed a letter condemning it, demanding the sheriff “rescind it immediately.” Gov. Greg Abbott went on Fox News to say he’d fight to “remove from office,” and possibly even file civil and criminal charges against, any sheriff or law enforcement official in the state who won’t “fully cooperate” with federal immigration officials. The day after declaring sanctuary cities an “emergency” item for the session, Abbott blocked $1.5 million in state grant funding to Travis County, much of which had been earmarked for rehab and diversion programs, like a veterans treatment court. Travis County commissioners voted last week to eliminate 14 positions that fell under programs impacted by Abbott’s cuts. However, it’s not just “sanctuaries” like Travis County that are in the crosshairs of Senate Bill 4, the legislation Abbott has fast-tracked through the statehouse. Even though officials in San Antonio insist we’re not a “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants, we’re still on a collision course with the bill. And, like Travis County, we’ve got a lot to lose if state or federal officials determine we’re out of line with any sanctuary city ban. In a memo sent to the mayor and city council in late January, San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley listed each grant the city receives from federal or state coffers, totaling $139 million in federal grants and $14 million in state funding. The problem, as far as SB4 is concerned, is that the San Antonio Police Department has policies on the books directing officers not to inquire about citizenship or legal residency in everyday police encounters. Under the bill, which cleared the full Texas Senate last week and now moves onto the House, SAPD would have to either rescind its policy or risk losing state grant funding. In its most recent version, lawmakers even expanded the bill to cover
college and university campus police departments. At a recent forum debating the bill, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus called Republicans’ anti-sanctuary cities push “damaging to local law enforcement,” and asked that lawmakers please stop “meddling in local police departments.” He worried the bill could alienate the city and state’s large immigrant community (an estimated 1.5 million undocumented people statewide, some 71,000 of them in Bexar County), and make it difficult for local cops to do their real job – to prevent and solve local crimes. McManus also worried the bill could lead to allegations of racial profiling, adding, “People are already afraid of the police. … To force us to ask about immigration status is just going to reinforce that.” Even though studies have shown no link between immigration and violent crime (in fact, data from one Pew Research Center study indicates immigrants commit less crime than native-born people), Sen. Charles Perry, SB4’s Republican author, insists his bill “is about law and order.” He got downright Biblical during a Senate hearing earlier this month, quoting scripture before saying, “The only reason government exists is to protect good and punish evil.” At one point, he read through (he claims, “reluctantly”) a list of people who supposedly died at the hands of undocumented immigrants in the state – not unlike President Trump’s recent order that the feds start compiling and publishing a weekly list of crimes committed by “aliens.” Some say Trump’s recent push to boost cooperation between ICE and local cops make the kind of anti-sanctuary cities bill proposed in Texas all the more concerning. Lance Curtright, a San Antonio immigration attorney who testified against SB4 earlier this month, says the Trump Administration’s recent executive order on immigration enforcement greatly expands who’s eligible for detention and deportation, pushes for local cops to more fully cooperate and coordinate with ICE, and increases the number of federal immigration agents. “It’s basically asking for complete collusion with local police on the enforcement of immigration law, and I think it’s going to be a real tragedy for Texas and communities across the country,” he told the Current. After hearing 16 hours of testimony earlier this month, SB4 went before the full Texas Senate last week, where it passed along party lines after some six hours of floor debate. While it’s unclear what kind of version might pass out of the Texas House (or when that slower-moving chamber might actually get around to it), many observers expect some version of the bill to hit Abbott’s desk. Meanwhile, undocumented students like Andrea Soto have asked lawmakers to consider what the bill could do to people like them and their families. Testifying before the Senate committee earlier this month, Soto told lawmakers she was brought into the country at age 10, and now attends the University of Texas at Austin, where she’ll soon graduate with a chemistry degree. A recipient of Obama’s so-called deferred action plan for childhood arrivals to the country, or DACA, Soto’s been temporarily shielded from deportation and allowed to work; during her testimony, after midnight in the Texas Senate chambers, she wore blue hospital scrubs – “because I work three part-time jobs.”
She appeared to choke back tears as she urged lawmakers to consider what their bill could do to her and her family: “Your bill is filling families with fear.”
Which might in part explain the recent groundswell of fear among immigrant rights activists in Texas and across the country. During the marathon session of public testimony on the anti-sanctuary cities bill at a Texas Senate any in the immigrant community called committee hearing early this month, rumors swirled about President Barack Obama “the deporterlooming ICE raids that never happened. When the entire in-chief” long before Trump railed about Texas Senate debated SB4 last week, Sen. John Whitmire, a kicking “bad hombres” out of the country. Houston Democrat, hinted at that fear when he talked about Under Obama, as Congress flailed undocumented students at the University of Houston who’d and failed to pass any kind of immigration been attending information sessions at the school’s legal reform, the feds boosted enforcement of center to learn how to prepare for the worst – that is, a Trump immigration laws and created a sprawling system of Administration that doesn’t renew protections for Dreamers, detention and deportation that ultimately saw more expands who’s eligible for deportation, and increases immigrants removed from the country than under any other the reach of federal immigration enforcement via closer president in American history. cooperation with local cops. It was under the Obama Administration that some cities “There’s Dreamers out there concerned that they could and counties bucked against ICE efforts to foster more all of a sudden have an ICE detainer put on them,” Whitmire cooperation with local cops, fearing they risked alienating said, explaining why some people are so troubled by any local immigrant communities. Even San Antonio, where state bill that exacerbates those federal enforcement efforts. Perry, the bill’s Republican author, took a largely defensive officials have consistently vowed to cooperate with ICE, tone throughout the many grueling hours of testimony and bristled when the feds pushed it. In 2010, city officials hearings. He dismissed fears that the bill would further push complained to ICE that immigrants who’d been pulled into municipal court to pay off low-level fines were being detained undocumented immigrants into the shadows and make them less likely to report crime, and repeatedly pointed by the feds; ICE, in turn, complained the city was releasing to a provision of the law that exempts crime victims and too many people before the feds could get to them. In 2011, witnesses – despite law enforcement then-Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo officials who testified that it’s not Ortiz denied ICE’s request to set up a always that cut and dry. Robert “pilot program” in the jail to screen for Flores, a commander with the El Paso undocumented immigrants coming to County Sheriff’s Office, said, for visit family and friends in lockup; Ortiz instance, there might be a suspect said he feared such a policy would lead involved in illegally transporting to racial profiling. migrants who finds out that people As immigrant rights activists argued are being trafficked against their that too many people with deep ties will – someone that law enforcement to the country – like people with U.S. wants to come forward and cooperate citizen kids – were being deported for SAPD CHIEF with police. “Delineating between a minor offenses, the administration had to clarify its priorities for deportation witness and suspect … the reality several times. Obama ultimately passed protections for isn’t always that black and white during the course of an Dream Act students, those brought to the country illegally investigation,” he told lawmakers. as children through no fault of their own and who have since Meanwhile, headlines from across the country last week gone on to college or military service. In a November 2014 made immigrant communities and advocates even more jumpy speech, Obama promised to focus immigration enforcement as SB4 made its final passage through the Texas Senate. on “felons not families, criminals not children.” Still, many First, ICE arrested a longtime Phoenix resident and 36-yearactivists and immigration attorneys say he broke that promise. old mother of U.S. citizen kids after she showed up for a Analysis by the Marshall Project last year showed that even routine case review with federal officials; the woman, who after Obama’s “felons not families” speech, about 60 percent had lived in the country since she was 14, was caught several of immigrants deported had no criminal conviction other than years ago using a fake social security number to work at a immigration-related offenses, like illegal entry or re-entry. local water park. During her arrest, protesters surrounded an Some 21 percent had been convicted of non-violent crimes ICE van for nearly three hours to try to block her deportation; other than immigration; fewer than 20 percent appeared to one activist even bound himself to the van’s tire. have convictions for violent crime. Then by Friday last week, rumors of widespread ICE The Obama Administration handed its system of raids in Central Texas reached a fever pitch. After a day deportation and detention over to a president who has since of unconfirmed reports that underscored advocates’ worst ordered that the number of federal immigration enforcement fears (including false claims of random ICE checkpoints), San officers be tripled. One recent Los Angeles Times analysis Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro confirmed that ICE estimates that as many as 8 million immigrants could fall had indeed launched what he called a “targeted operation” in under Trump’s recently expanded priorities for deportation, South and Central Texas dubbed “Operation Cross Check.” or about five times as many as under Obama. The feds called the operation routine, the kind Obama carried
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out under the same name at least half a that will further push our undocumented dozen times in recent years to arrest and communities into the shadow.” deport thousands of immigrants (critics Fischer says it’s extremely important and immigration attorneys have argued now that undocumented communities previous “Operation Cross Check” raids (and their allies) focus their energy on have swept up people with years-old, understanding their rights for when — trivial offenses). or if — an ICE raid occurs, instead of Federal officials were quick to argue clinging to unverified claims or rumors of that what happened last week wasn’t looming sweeps. new – and in a statement late Friday, ICE “We don’t want people to live their called reports of checkpoints and random lives in fear,” Fischer said. “That’s exactly immigration sweeps “false, dangerous and what Trump wants.” irresponsible.” On Monday, ICE confirmed that it had arrested 51 immigrants "in ulio Trujillo Santoyo didn’t San Antonio and the surrounding areas" understand why he was during the operation, 23 of whom had still locked up in the Bexar criminal convictions. County jail. The quick outrage and calls for On January 20, 2016, organized resistance, however, seem new, court records show Trujillo perhaps inspired by lingering concerns was arrested and charged with that, even if what happened last week was the misdemeanor assault of his girlfriend the kind of routine enforcement action that – his charging documents accused him happened under Obama, we might soon of “striking her with [his] elbow.” In late see more – not just because of Trump’s March, however, prosecutors dismissed campaign rhetoric on immigration, but also the charge against him because his because of the recent executive order he girlfriend was, according to records, an signed on immigration enforcement, which “uncooperative witness.” The girlfriend calls for increasing ICE agents from 5,000 says in an affidavit she later filed in to 15,000. court that the two were scheduled to be Add to that the Trump Administration’s married and that she “wanted to help him new enforcement guidelines, which get out of jail as quickly as possible.” immigration attorneys warn could set But Trujillo was living in the country the stage for a sweeping dragnet, and illegally. According to an affidavit he SB4 starts to look even scarier to people later filed in court, he first immigrated like Diego Bernal, a San Antonio state to the United States from Mexico in representative, civil rights lawyer and 1983, when he was just 4 years old. He former San Antonio city council member. attended grade school in Chicago and Bernal told a panel at UTSA last month high school in Atlanta before moving to that he fears Texas. His parents policies coming are U.S. citizens, from the Trump so are two of Administration could his children and weaponize the his grandchild. kind anti-sanctuary Other than the cities legislation misdemeanor that brewing at the landed him in jail, Texas Legislature. records show “I’m really, really no other criminal concerned about history. Court how these two documents do, things work however, indicate AMY FISCHER together,” he said. he was deported Last week, amid in late 2001; it’s frantic reports of sweeping immigration unclear when he re-entered the country. raids in Central Texas, some immigrant Trujillo and his girlfriend say they rights advocates started to urge calm. repeatedly asked jail officials why he Amy Fischer, policy director at RAICES, was still being held even after his charge a San Antonio nonprofit that provides was dismissed. Jailers blamed it on an legal assistance and other help to immigration detainer ICE filed for him the refugees, told the Current, “We need day of his arrest, yet strangely, whenever to be careful we aren’t creating fear Trujillo’s girlfriend called ICE officials
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to ask about his status, they told her he wasn’t on their list for pickup and that no detention request had been filed. In late April, Trujillo sent a note to jailers asking, “What’s my release date? And do I have a bond or what? My case has already been dismissed. Let me know something.” The response, according to documents filed in court: “Hold for ICE.” On June 6, 2016, Trujillo’s girlfriend went to a lawyer for help. Two days after Trujillo’s attorney started asking around, the county transferred him into ICE custody. While the ICE detainer filed in January says Trujillo had a “final order of removal” filed against him, records show ICE didn’t actually get that order until June 8, 2016 – the day immigration officials evidently became aware (again) that Bexar County had someone they wanted. Trujillo ultimately filed a lawsuit against the county, saying he was unlawfully detained for more than two months. He spent a total of 76 days in Bexar County lockup after his misdemeanor charge was dismissed. He’s now in an immigrant detention center. He says he was supporting his girlfriend and her two children at the time of his arrest. “My girlfriend was kicked out of our apartment because she could no longer afford it,” Trujillo said in an affidavit filed in court. “We had a three-bedroom apartment which was completely furnished, and she had to sell all our furniture to make ends meet.” Trujillo’s attorney, Lance Curtright, wouldn’t discuss the specifics of the case because it’s still in litigation, but he did point to Trujillo’s experience as sign of how sloppy – and, he argues, unconstitutional – ICE’s detainer system is. He argues that policies like those in Travis County, which require ICE to get a warrant if it wants local cops to hold onto someone not charged with a serious offense, should be the norm. Curtright says “sanctuary city” is the wrong title – “I’d just call it a ‘constitutional city.’” So far, there’s no indication that Bexar County plans on changing how it honors ICE detainers. In testimony before the legislature last year, former Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said the county complies with all ICE requests to hold onto people in lockup. Her successor, Sheriff Javier Salazar, didn’t respond
to interview requests from the Current. While he sent a letter to lawmakers earlier this month expressing concern with SB4, Salazar has mentined no plans to change how the county complies with ICE detention requets. To Curtright, it underscores how ridiculous it is to even consider San Antonio a city with “sanctuary” policies. Up the road in Travis County, the sky doesn’t ICE Agents seem to have fallen due to Sheriff Hernandez’s new ICE detainer policy. ICE officials confirmed last week that they’re now just filing for warrants on people they want the county to keep in custody – more than 40 people last week, according to the Austin AmericanStatesman. While lawmakers like Perry and Abbott insist Travis County’s flouting the law, Hernandez says she’s just treating ICE like any other law enforcement agency – and requiring that it obtain lawful orders and warrants before asking that county officials detain someone on their behalf. Travis County lawmakers and activists have been trying to recover the grant money Abbott axed through fundraising and donations. One thing that is clear about the state’s bill cracking down on sanctuary cities: Not only do most major metro law enforcement officials in the state not want it, neither do the vast majority of people willing to come out and testify on it. Of the 272 people who testified on the bill before the senate committee early this month, only eight supported it it. Norma Herrera was one of the hundreds who waited several hours outside the senate chambers so she could go before lawmakers and call the bill dangerous and unnecessary. In the decade since her traffic stop near the Texas border, Herrera told lawmakers, she’s become a legal permanent resident, obtained bachelor’s and graduate degrees and even interned with the Texas Lieutenant Governor’s Office. “I have made contributions in our state, and I ask that I please not be ignored,” she pleaded. “Please abandon these efforts to make immigrants even more disposable. Because truthfully, my story is just one example of a long Texas tradition of immigrants.” firstname.lastname@example.org (Alex Zielinski contributed reporting)
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◀ “Multiples” is a recurring art show that seeks to dissolve the typically well-defined lines between artists and curators. Curated by a rotating mix of artists, local not-for-profit collectives and alternative galleries, “Multiples” is on a mission to showcase “a diversity of media and voices to the local landscape in an effort to expand the conversation of representation and identity within the arts.” For this incarnation of “Multiples,” the curators/presenters include Rigoberto Luna, Kristel Puente, Megan Solis and Jason Eric Gonzales Martinez. Each curator was given a room at Galería Guadalupe to work with, and the artists they selected to participate include Luis Mejico, Ana Fernandez, Jacinto Guevara, Agosto Cuellar, Anel Flores, Sarah Castillo and more than 10 others. Free, 6-9pm, Galería Guadalupe, 723 S. Brazos St., (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org. — James Courtney
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and genres, is back at Brick, following up last month’s successful three-year anniversary. This installment of Creative Creatures — which we love because it encourages networking and crosspollination among disparate creators and communities — pays homage to the pioneering suspense/ sci-fi /psychological
horror series The Twilight Zone. Tributes to the Rod Serlingcreated universe of existential dread will come in a variety of forms, including themed artwork, costumes, a photo booth and even a special performance art piece by Miss Taint, based on the popular 1960 episode “Eye of the Beholder.” Musically speaking, the event
features the stylings of Carly Garza, Voodoo Boogaloo and Pink Leche. On the arts/ crafts side of things, more than 45 artists and artisans will be showing/ selling their work. Food will be available from Frank. $5, 7pmmidnight, Brick, 108 Blue Star, (210) 2628653, facebook.com/ creativecreaturessatx. — JC
◀ While the SAPD and TABC brought a premature, no-so-happy ending to last year’s Alamo City Leather & Fetish Weekend held at the bygone Mad Marlin, the underground celebration of subcultures defiantly returns for a fifth annual affair hosted by LGBT stalwart Silver Dollar Saloon. Designed to “bring together groups that may not otherwise have a chance to socialize and share in experiences,” the two-day event unites kink and leather fans of all walks, regardless of gender, status or orientation. Benefiting the HIV outreach and testing initiative Project H.O.T., ACLFW’s latest incarnation comprises classes, demos and contests ranging from the inaugural Ms. Alamo City Leather (with teaching demo, speech, pop question response and fantasy among the judging criteria) to the Heart of Texas Bootblack (a two-hour shoe shine competition covering technical abilities as well as personal image and interpersonal skills). $50-$65, 8pm-2am Fri-Sat, Silver Dollar Saloon, 1812 N. Main Ave., (210) 227-2623, aclfw.org. — Bryan Rindfuss
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Jurassic Park in Concert
scenes from Earth’s violent prehistory, animators gave people bored or confused by classical music a useful tool to make it more exciting: Think about dinosaurs. The San Antonio Symphony will be providing a similar service by playing John Williams’ score for Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking special-effects showcase Jurassic Park alongside an HD projection of the film, creating an immersive experience in sight and sound and a decent excuse to watch a dude get ripped apart by velociraptors while you’re wearing a tuxedo. $25-$65, 8pm Fri, 2pm & 8pm Sat, 2pm Sun, Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston, (210) 226-5700, majesticempire.com. — Jeremy Martin
◀ Synesthesia is that trippy neuropsychological phenomenon whereby stimulating one sense stimulates another – i.e., sounds create mental visuals. While scientists FRI-SUN estimate only a small percentage of the population are true synesthetes, many of them are artists for obvious reasons. Disney’s 1940 classic Fantasia offered filmgoers a chance to commingle sight and sound by setting elaborate animated sequences to famous works of classical music. By illustrating Stravinsky’s ponderous “Rite of Spring” with
The Sleeping Beauty ◀ ‘Twas a dark and stormy night that cast the King of Naples and his closest advisors upon a lonely shore … but more is afoot here than the shipwrecked nobles know. This isle is not uninhabited: For the past 12 years, Prospero, wizard and the former Duke of Milan, and his daughter Miranda have languished in exile upon the island with only the sprite Ariel and the bitter creature Caliban for company. FRI-SUN Think of Prospero as an Elizabethan Petyr Baelish — pulling the other characters like THEATER marionettes to fulfill his own ends — for it was he that called up the storm to bring these members of Naples’ court to him, so he may exact revenge and restore his daughter to her rightful position as princess! Perfect for those seeking a lighthearted evening at the theater, Shakespeare’s The Tempest is an effortlessly written comedy from late in The Bard’s career, and centers on themes of forgiveness and redemption. $10-25, 8pm FriSat, 3pm Sun, The Classic Theatre of San Antonio, 1924 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 589-8450, classictheatre.org. — Kelly Merka Nelson
▲ In its earliest incarnation as part of the Arthurian collection Perceforest (penned in the 1300s and printed two centuries later), the legend of Sleeping Beauty involves a beautiful young princess named Zellandine who suffers a flax-spinning accident, falls into a coma, gets raped by a knight and only wakes up after giving birth to a son. While key elements of this medieval folktale carried over into later versions stylized by the likes of Italian poet Giambattista Basile (who dubbed the compromised heroine Talia) and German duo the Brothers Grimm (who renamed her Briar Rose), the Sleeping Beauty burned into our collective consciousness more likely resembles Disney’s Princess Aurora, who’s awakened from her enchanted sleep
by a modest kiss. Collaborating with theater director Ivan Vsevolozhsky and choreographer Marius Petipa, legendary composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky adapted French author Charles Perrault’s late 17th-century iteration as a threeact ballet first staged in 1890. Now a beloved staple of the ballet repertoire that continues to inspire creative shifts and unexpected interpretations, The Sleeping Beauty arrives on the Tobin’s stage via local nonprofit Ballet San Antonio in a full-length production choreographed by BSA artistic director Willy Shives. $29-$134, 7:30pm Fri, 2pm & 7:30pm Sat, 2pm Sun, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, balletsanantonio.org. — BR
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‘Beauties from Beyond’
factor into the news graphics he’s created for The Augusta Chronicle, The Charlotte Observer and, for the last decade, the San Antonio Express-News. Also the fearless leader of the solo operation Goofa Man Productions (which releases short, independent videos), Fisher reportedly spends an ungodly number of hours on each of his signature creations. “These drawings are beasts to create,” he told us. “So
it has to be a drawing of something I would actually feel guilty about if I didn’t finish ... like a beautiful woman with candy cane hair!” In addition to said space-age candy striper, Fisher’s new exhibition of 20-plus “fantastic females” features the artist’s first ever mermaid, who’ll be on view at Black Moon Gallery “along with her pet.” Free, 7-10pm, Black Moon Gallery, 1420 S. Alamo St., Suite 106B, blackmoonprint.com. — BR
▶ Retrofuturism, sexy superheroines and galactic fantasies collide in the wild and wonderful work of Mike Fisher, a local artist who unsurprisingly believes “that anything made after 1979 is crap.” A pulpy pastiche influenced by ’50s, ’60s and ’70s sci-fi and specifically “Wonder Woman, Deep Space Vixen and Interstellar Megahottie,” Fisher’s nostalgic, gory and slightly naughty inclinations don’t exactly
‘Por Vida: Una Noche De Amor’ for Two Rivers Camp (near Alpine), which, like Oceti Sakowin at Standing Rock, has become a designated hub for Water Protectors — who, in this case, are challenging the construction of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline. Music will be provided by the ever-enchanting Polly Anna and Chulita Vinyl Club affiliate DJ Heavy Flow. Free, 8pm-midnight, Pan Dulce Gallery, 1005 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 797-2628. — JC
THE NOSLEEP PODCAST
◀ Esas for SA is a community collective that looks to improve San Antonio and empower people through art. This week, the grassroots organization is hosting a unique celebration to mark its first year of existence. The pachanga, dubbed “Por Vida: Una Noche De Amor,” will be part art show, part benefit, part concert, and all badass. The evening will include adult beverages and a raffle, and also functions as a fundraiser/supply drive
‘Conjunto Meets Country Western’ TUE
MUSIC Falling in an unusual middle ground between unsung and celebrated, old-school and progressive, local treasure Eva Ybarra picked up her first accordion at the age of 4 and was playing conjunto professionally by the ripe old age of 6. “I asked my mom to play the radio [and] that’s how I learned — no instructors, no nothing,” Ybarra told us in 2015. Although numerous obstacles complicated her path to success in a male-dominated genre, Ybarra persevered and eventually landed record deals, festival appearances and performances that run the gamut from early gigs in Texas dance halls to a New York Times-covered collaboration with the
offbeat string quartet Ethel in 2008. The subject of local theater director Joel Settles’ production La Reina del Acordeón, Ybarra performs her signature blend of “progressive conjunto” fairly sporadically in San Antonio, which makes her forthcoming appearance at the Briscoe even more of a priority. Held in conjunction with the museum’s new Sounds of the West: Music Salon Series, the free program promises an intimate, genre-blending performance from the lovable firecracker Texas Monthly once dubbed “Conjunto’s Main Squeeze.” Free, 6:30pm, Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St., (210) 299-4499, briscoemuseum.org. — BR
▲ “Brace yourself for The NoSleep Podcast,” host/ showrunner David Cummings’ deep voice cautions at the beginning of an episode of the popular horror show, currently in its eighth season. The downloader is about to hear terrifying tales delivered in character by voice actors and punctuated with creepy ambient sound effects and unsettling musical cues (with potentially upsetting topics flagged with helpful trigger warnings), but fans of more traditional theater might get the shivers at the idea of a stage show adapted from a podcast adapted from a forum on the sometimes-dicey Reddit. com. But take heart, gentle listener, for NoSleep — web
2.0 trappings and occasional NSFW language aside — is really a throwback to the coversover-your-head radio horror anthologies like Inner Sanctum, Lights Out and The Witch’s Tale, often recorded live for broadcast years before TV took viewers to The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. Hundreds of thousands of listeners tune in to hear NoSleep’s tales of evil incarnate, but by introducing so many ears to a new generation of horror writers and helping save the short story from extinction, Cummings’ and co. are really doing the Lord’s work. $20, 7pm, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 2238624, tobincenter.org. — JM
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ART Art opening: “Fades, Cuts, & Style: The Barbershop Show” Presenting
barbershops as community hubs, this multimedia exhibit combines photographs, paintings and live cuts. Free, 6-9pm Saturday; Movement Gallery at Centro por la Justicia, 1412 E. Commerce St., (210) 299-2666.
Art opening: “Restore, Renew, and Rejuvenate for Resistance” Before
taking it to the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival, local artist Brenda Burmeister debuts her installation “Temporary” at a reception with Yoga for Activists (6:307:30pm), massages by Jenny Rice (6:308:30pm) and event proceeds benefiting CASA RAICES. Free (donations accepted), 6-8:30pm Saturday; 5 Points Local, 1017 N. Flores St., (210) 267-2652.
Art opening: “The Overflow of Productivity Logic” Designed to
challenge “the logic of ‘productivity’ within the capitalistic economic model,” this thematic group show organized by Mexico’s Isabel and Agustin Coppel Collection and curated by Barbara Cuadriello collects works by more than a dozen artists and photographers, including Carolina Esparragoza, Gordon Matta Clark, Irving Penn, Larry Clark and Fritzia Irizar Rojo. Free, 6-9pm Thursday; Mexican Cultural Institute, 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, (210) 227-0123.
“For the Love of Frida” Hosted by Que
Retro Arts, this Frida Kahlo-inspired art walk and craft market showcases an array of local artists and artisans influenced by the iconic Mexican painter. Free, 10am-6pm Saturday; Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 273-5023.
FILM Mr. Turner Director Mike Leigh captures the
rebellious spirit and the inspired eye of JMW Turner in this biopic starring Timothy Spall as Turner. In a nonlinear mode, Leigh and Spall convey the artistic process, inspiration in looking at the world, and the personal vision required in the creative process. The McNay screens the 2014 film in conjunction with its new series The Image of the Artist in Literature and Cinema. $10-$15, 1:303:30pm Sunday; McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368.
Sgt. Fitch: The Legacy of Sarg Records
Tex Pop hosts two screenings (2pm & 4pm) of filmmakers Damon Cook and Dan Pringle’s video documentary surrounding Charlie Fitch’s Sarg Records, a Luling-based imprint that released some of the first records of legendary
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Texas musicians including Doug Sahm, Al Urban, Larry Nolen, Eddy Dugosh, Adolph Hofner, Cecil Moore, The Moods and The Downbeats. $5, 1-5pm Sunday; South Texas Museum of Popular Culture, 1017 E. Mulberry Ave., (210) 858-8935.
The One I Love CineSnob’s Cinema on
the Rocks series continues with a postValentine’s Day screening of director Charlie McDowell’s indie drama following a troubled couple who embark on a getaway only to encounter bizarre circumstances that further complicate their situation. Free, 7:30-10:30pm Wednesday; Edwards Ridge Distillery, 16104 University Oak, (210) 802-7864.
The Princess Bride Video Dungeon Theatre
revisits Rob Reiner’s 1987 cult fantasy starring Cary Elwes as a farmhand who sets out to rescue his true love Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) from the odious Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). Free, 9pm-midnight Thursday; Oak Hills Tavern, 7920 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 614-8855.
THEATER A Midsummer Night’s Dream Stieren
Guest Artist Nona Shepphard directs Trinity Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s magical comedy following four Athenian lovers as they lose themselves in a forest of mischievous fairies, rustic players and misfired love potions. $6-$12, 8pm Friday-Saturday, 2:30pm; Stieren Theater, Trinity University, One Trinity Place, (210) 999-8511.
Doubt: A Parable The Department of Fine
Arts at San Antonio College stages John Patrick Shanley’s 2004 drama set in a Bronx parochial school stirred by suspicions of an improper relationship between a priest and a male student. $5-$10, 7:30pm ThursdaySaturday, 2:30pm Sunday; San Antonio College, McCreless Theatre, 799 W. Dewey Pl., (210) 486-0255.
Pippin The Woodlawn rolls out a circus-
inspired production of Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s musical surrounding a mysterious performance troupe and a young prince searching for significance. $18-$29, 7:30pm Friday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday; Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 267-8388.
Tristan und Isolde In collaboration with
Opera San Antonio, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio continues its Realizations series with a prsentation of Richard Wagner’s 19th-century dramatic work arranged by Jean-Pierre Arnaud for chamber orchestra, soprano and narrator. $10-$49, 8pm Thursday, 8pm Saturday; Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624.
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FRIday, FEBruary 17, 6 - 9 pm:
ON & OFF FRED AUTOGRAPH PARTY Opening Reception @ Bihl Haus Arts 2803 Fredericksburg Road • 210.383.9723 Music by Los Nahuatlatos • hors d’oeuvres & libations • Boutique beers provided by Silver Eagle Distributors
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At Bihl Haus Arts ON & OFF FRED CLOSING RECEPTION Poolside Concert by Nina Rodriguez (percussion), Azul (vocalist), George Prado (bass) & Aaron Prado (piano) Spend the weekend meandering through artists’ studios and area galleries. From reclaimed former neighborhood grocery stores to intimate backyard sanctuaries, the studios on the tour provide environments in which local contemporary artists create a variety of works, such as large-scale ceramic sculptures, metalwork, one-of-a-kind light ﬁxtures, art photography, bead work and embroidery, and painting in a variety of styles. Demonstrations, hospitality, and opportunities to purchase art are all part of the On and Off Fred experience.
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Admission for two to Fred events is free with the purchase of the tour catalog (excluding theatre performances). Advance catalogs ($10) available at these area businesses: DECO PIZZERIA 1815 Fredericksburg Rd • 210.732.3326 THE JUNCTION 1704 Blanco Rd • 210.273.3439 VEE’S SALON 1022 Donaldson • 210.733.7131 THE TWIG at The Pearl Brewery • 210.826.6411 BARNES & NOBLE at La Cantera • 210.558.2078 Catalogs will also be available during the tour for $15 at Bihl Haus on Feb. 18 and 19. Join us for the ON & OFF FRED AUTOGRAPH PARTY at Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Road, 6-9 pm on Friday, February 17, 2017. Admission for two to this event is included with the purchase of the ON & OFF FRED CATALOG. So please purchase a catalog and bring a friend!
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classic tale of growth and redemption to its stage with The Secret Garden, an enchanting musical following a spoiled and sickly Pearl Sweethearts Dance Pearl Stable child who’s sent to live with her uncle in plays host to a whimsical evening of music Misselthwaite Manor. $10-$48, 8pm Fridayand dancing, love-themed arts and crafts, Saturday, 3pm Sunday; The Playhouse, 800 a photo booth, sweet and salty treats and W. Ashby Pl., (210) 733-7258. a champagne bar. $25 for one adult and two children, $10 per additional adult, $5 WORDS per additional child, 5-8pm Saturday; Pearl Joel Berg In conjunction with his book Stable, 312 Pearl Pkwy., (210) 212-7260. America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Book for the Nation, The Twig welcomes The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Joel Berg (dubbed “Mister Frowny Pants” has been entertaining visitors for over by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), 50 years. Traditional attractions such as an internationally recognized expert the carnival, petting zoo, pony rides, bull on U.S. politics, hunger, poverty, food, riding, roping, steer wrestling and barrel volunteerism and nutrition. Free, 3pm racing will be available daily. A musical Saturday; The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl headliner concludes most days of the Pkwy., Ste 106, (210) 826-6411. award-winning South Texas tradition. COMEDY Grounds admission $5-$10, PRCA Rodeo concerts $13.50-$198.50, WednesdayLeanne Morgan A finalist on Nick at Nite’s Tuesday, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Funniest Mom in America, Southern Pkwy., (210) 225-5851. housewife-turned stand-up Leanne Morgan serves up an honest look at Magic Mike Tour Vegas All Star suburban life and the challenges of Entertainment brings the male stripper keeping her husband happy while flick to life on stage in a hunky spectacular juggling kids, dogs, cheerleading promising a memorable night out. $25-$50, camp and Weight Watchers. $16, 8pm 8:30pm Friday; Alamo City Music Hall & Wednesday-Thursday, 8pm & 10:15pm Club, 1305 E Houston St., (702) 272-8979. Friday-Saturday; Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 541-8805. TALKS PLUS
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Alamodome celebrates Valentine’s Day weekend with an evening combining the musical and comedic talents of soul/R&B stars Robin Thicke, Joe and Jeremih. $39$99, 7:30pm Saturday; Alamodome, 100 Montana St., (210) 207-3663.
SPECIAL EVENTS “Above and Beyond” The Witte offers
visitors an opportunity to learn about aerospace technology and the future of travel with this touring, Boeing-sponsored exhibit comprising interactive stations such as “Take Flight,” “Full Throttle” and “Elevator to Space.” $4-$15, 10am-5pm
“Accelerating the Texas Economy at High Speed” As part of its Dialogues in
Planning Speakers Series, the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning welcomes Dr. David Hagy for an update on the status of the privately developed Texas Bullet Train that will run between Houston and North Texas. Free, 5:30pm Thursday; UTSA Downtown Campus Auditorium, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., (210) 458-3121.
“Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the National Parks” Trinity University Press in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Texas welcomes CNN presidential historian and New York Times bestselling author Douglas Brinkley for a discussion exploring the National Park System’s future in an age of political turmoil. Free, 7pm Wednesday; Trinity University, Laurie Auditorium, One Trinity Pl., (210) 999-8947.
Roy Glauber Mallinckrodt Professor
Emeritus of Physics at Harvard University and Nobel Laureate Roy Glauber speaks about his experience working on the Manhattan Project and his book Recollections of Los Alamos — and the Nuclear Era. Free, 6-7:30pm Monday; Texas A&M University-San Antonio, One University Way, (210) 784-1000.
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• Clockwise from top left: representations of On and Off Fred participants Friends of Sound Records, Danville Chadbourne, Elias Vieyra, Denise Homer Pintor, Thelma Ortiz Muraida and Patricia Golden Cody
If you think great San Antonio art, artists, galleries, and artistic communities are only to be found in Southtown, it’s high time to broaden your horizons. For starters, you’ll definitely want to get acquainted with the goings on in the area which includes Monticello Park, Jefferson, Woodlawn Lake, Keystone, Beacon Hill and Alta Vista. Collectively dubbed On and Off Fredericksburg, for their proximity to that thoroughfare, these neighborhoods, which are rich in history and charm, are home to a huge number of artists, galleries, studios and artsminded organizations. Back in 2004, Dr. Kellen McIntyre — art historian, University of Texas at San Antonio professor and founding director of Bihl Haus Arts — understood this area and its cultural value exceedingly well. After founding the community arts center Bihl Haus in a historic 1920s-era home, McIntyre, who spoke to the Current last week, developed close working ties to the many artists and artisans in the area. In conversation with and observation of the members of this already-thriving artistic hub, many of whom are still living/working there, McIntyre found that there was a real need for a community space and community events that allowed artists to show and sell their work with greater visibility. Ten years ago, the On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour was created in response to this need and McIntyre’s desire to create an art tour that would be “special, professional, well-packaged, and, most importantly, about and for the artists.” McIntyre emphasized her guiding belief that “artists deserve a fair wage for the important work that they do.” Unfortunately, she feels that artists are “rarely paid like they should be or celebrated like they should be.” Noting the serious value of art and artists to the larger community of San Antonio, McIntyre said “when the arts community is sick or malnourished, then the whole community is sick, and when the arts community is well, the whole community is well.” A Monticello Park resident herself, McIntyre noted sacurrent.com • February 15-21, 2017 • CURRENT 29
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that the planning of the sprawling tour —lovingly referred to as On and Off Fred — was a “synergetic and energetic” collaboration between herself and a handful of artists who lived and/or worked in the area. In the years since, new faces have helped round out a cast as eclectic as San Antonio itself, and new arts/culture organizations in the area have helped make On and Off Fred, which keeps its focus squarely on the locals, into a truly unique studio tour. As McIntyre explains it, “we have never been interested in non-local artists, from very early on we were committed to artists who live and/or work in the area.” On and Off Fred has certainly grown in participation, attendance, and scope — the first catalog, which is always written and put together by McIntyre herself, was a mere 25 pages, while this year’s is well-nigh 100 — but McIntyre doesn’t see
its growth as a linear kind of trajectory. “It’s like a living, breathing organism that shrinks and swells,” she explained. So how do you get in on the action with On and Off Fred? First things first: get yourself one of the catalogs, which open up the tour like a map to hidden treasures and unexplored regions of delight. The catalog, which includes information on more than 60 featured artists and can be purchased through Bihl Haus Arts (2803 Fredericksburg Road), online, and select other vendors (see onandofffred.org for details), contains maps to help you navigate the area and a schedule of the many events (like poetry readings, performance art pieces, plays and live music) that will accompany the studio tour. It’s these extra events, coupled with the fact that there seems to be arty magic around every corner, that make On and Off Fred “so much more than just a studio tour.”
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If the only movies that come to mind when you hear the words “Jewish films” are Schindler’s List and Fiddler on the Roof, it’s probably time to expand your horizons. From February 18-22, the Barshop Jewish Community Center will hold their 16th Annual Jewish Film Festival to help “promote Jewish values and diversity” and “entertain, educate and raise community awareness of Jewish identity, history and culture” across San Antonio. This includes screening recent films from all genres for audiences looking for what Alan Petlin, co-chair of this year’s festival, calls “a high degree of educational value and a lot of history.” “We cater to an intellectual crowd and a sophisticated viewer,” said Petlin. “Audiences are not coming for
lighthearted movies they could see at a theater anytime. When they come to this festival, they are expecting life lessons on everything from gender issues to gay issues to family issues, and more. We try to cover it all.” This year, the festival will feature 11 feature films and one short. Below is a list of some of the films that will screen. For a full festival schedule and to purchase tickets, visit jccsanantonio.org. Remember // From Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), the 2015 thriller stars Oscar winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners) as a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor who travels to the U.S. in search of a Nazi soldier who killed his family. 8pm Sat, Feb. 18
On the Map // The 2016 sports documentary tells the story of an underdog Israeli basketball team that did the impossible and defeated the heavily favored Soviet team in the 1977 European championship. 2pm Sun, Feb. 19 Baba Joon // The first Persianlanguage film shot in Israel, the 2015 drama follows the relationship between a 13-year-old boy and his father when the boy confesses he is not interested in taking over the family business — turkey farming. 4:30pm Sun, Feb. 19 Le Voyage de Fanny // Based on a true story, the period drama is set in 1943 and journeys with a group of children who are forced to flee their foster home in Italy and travel to Switzerland to escape the Nazi regime. 2pm Mon, Feb. 20
Mr. Gaga // A renowned choreographer of the Batsheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin is featured in the 2015 documentary on his modern dance career. 7:30pm Mon, Feb. 20 Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? // An HIV-positive gay man, who is an ex-Israeli army paratrooper and current member of the London Gay Men’s Chorus, reaches out to reconcile with his religious family in Israel despite their harsh criticism of his lifestyle. 7:30pm Tue, Feb. 21 The Women’s Balcony // The women of a tight-knit Jerusalem neighborhood must keep their community from falling apart when a rabbi arrives and attempts to persuade them to follow an ultra-orthodox set of rules. 7:30pm Wed, Feb. 22
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Mariscos El Marinero Adds Sinaloa-style Seafood to Tobin Hill JESSICA ELIZARRARAS | @JESSELIZARRARAS
Fans of La Playa, El 7 Mares, Camaron Pelado, and the more recent El Bucanero and Las Islas Marias (two locations each) will find comfort in the similarities found at Mariscos El Marinero, which opened last fall. One could even consider it déjà vu as a visit to El Marinero is almost eerily familiar to lunch or dinner any of its predecessors. Built inside a former Pizza Hut, and the former home of sister restaurant Taqueria Chapala Jalisco, El Marinero adds that winning combination of kitschy seafood décor and Sinaloa-style seafood to the Tobin Hill area. The eatery reflects El Bucanero’s first location at S. W.W. White Road with less
then 500-square-feet of dining room lined with sturdy acrylic booths and dotted with four-tops. There isn’t much in the way of a hostess stand, which means diners can seat themselves. The sense you’ve been here, done that will hit you once more when the menus arrive. Broken up into a list of “traditional” menu items, Mexican-style seafood, camarones (shrimp), caldos calientes (hot soups), pescados (fish), tostadas, ceviches, botanas frescas (platters), cocktails and oysters on the half shell, the menu can be hard to navigate at times (there is no sequence for the numbers), but you get the gist after a serious scan or two. Again, you’ve seen these items before.
It’s hard for El Marinero to distinguish itself from other eateries of its kind, but that’s not entirely a problem for diners. At least it hasn’t been during our visits. I know to order the fish or shrimp tacos, both piled high with lightly battered seafood, lettuce, tomato and red onions, and the results are straightforward. An order of the ceviche is a must, and here the only discernible difference might be the addition of diced red onion and cucumber, which sometimes find their way into several other menu items. Order the tostada known as the Torre Imperial for an awe-inspiring stack of seafood that perfectly layers several ceviches, chopped scallops, octopus
and peel-and-eat shrimp, and yep, red onion into a colorful tower. Other tostadas feature similar combinations of seafood with a flurry of edible garnishes. The traditional dishes, essentially a sampling of all things fried, won’t disappoint. The cornmeal breading is light and seasoned well. Used in the mariscadas (you’ve seen this before), the fish and shrimp are perfectly cooked, offering no hint of toughness or rubbery texture. Though flavors available at El Marinero aren’t necessarily mind-blowing (and how often are we going to restaurants hoping for said experience?), diners will find affordable, familiar dishes and shrimptopped drinks we’ve come to know and love.
Mariscos El Marinero 1819 McCullough Ave., (210) 465-9178 The Skinny: Sinaloa-style seafood joint docks in Tobin Hill with larger-than-life platters and plates. Best Bets: Shrimp tacos, shrimp/fish ceviche, Torre Imperial Cost: $6.99-$34.99 Hours: 11-9p.m. daily
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> Like Beat Street Coffee Co. and The Old Main Assoc. before it, a new restaurant is trying to find a home at 2512 N. Main Ave. This time, chef Mark Weaver, formerly of Tre Trattoria is hoping to entice the neighborhood with Periphery on Main, which is now open. The eatery, which has undergone a significant makeover, features “simple, honest and approachable food and drink, mostly influenced by Italy and the American South...” according to its Facebook page. Periphery is open 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The restaurant is closed Sunday and Monday. 2512 N. Main Ave., (210) 966-0404.
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> Folc and Park Social management shared they’ll be leaving their post in Olmos Park effective immediately. “Due to unforeseen circumstances that happened after the fire on November 8th of last year, we will be relocating both of our concepts to a new location. It’s imperative that we let all know that we tried to continue to operate in Olmos Park, but in the end, our efforts were not reciprocated. Please, stay tuned for more information as we will be settling in a new location very soon!” The restaurant suffered fire damage on November 8, 2016 and has been closed since. Park Social, on the other hand, had remained opened since then.
> More ceviche is on the way via Elizabeth Cervantes and co. of Mariscos El Bucanero fame. On February 3, the Sinaloa-style seafood restaurant with locations at Embassy Oaks and off Blanco Road near 1604 announced a new addition to its empire of nautical fare. Management took to Facebook on Friday, February 3 to share the news of a third location off Marbach Road. They’ll move into the former home of Pancho’s Mexican Buffet. 8300 Marbach Road.
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> Mardi Gras might still be a ways away (February 28), but the local celebrations of all things New Orleans are already trickling in. Chef Pieter Sypesteyn and wife Susan, owners of The Cookhouse, Where Y’at food truck and upcoming NOLA Brunch & Beignets, will host El Mardi Gras on Sunday, February 19 from 1 to 7 p.m. The bash will encompass parts of Kings Court and feature live music by Bad Banjo Brown and Steven Lee Moya, along with food for purchase by Sypesteyn, New Orleans native John Russ (formerly with Lüke
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San Antonio), Jeff Balfour of Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, Luis Morales of Humble House Foods, and JeanFrancois Poujol of Tribeca. Entry to the event is free, but tickets to exclusive bites and drinks cost $75 per person. The funds will go toward Third Coast Charities, a nonprofit launched by the Sypesteyns to help foster community relationships in the neighborhood. Proceeds will provide education, financial relief, and physical assistance to neighbors in need; with workshops, fixing fences, painting houses, landscaping, trash pickup, according to their website.
> There are a few key words to describe Honeysuckle Tea Time’s milkshakes. Here are a few to start: gorgeous, drool-worthy, awe-inspiring, over-the-top, delicious. And if you haven’t gotten a taste them for yourself, you’ll have another chance in the next few days as they debut three new Valentine’s Day-themed concoctions. Brace yourselves: they’ve got a cotton candy machine and they’re not afraid to use it. Hosted by Sara Hinojosa and sister Olivia, the pop-up will take place on and Saturday, February 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brick (108 Blue Star). Note: They will sell out, so make sure to get to either location early. New flavors include Chocolate Covered Strawberry with a chocolate chai shake, marshmallow cream, chocolate shards and chocolate-covered strawberries; Candy Crush with a lavender shake topped with whipped
cream, cotton candy, conversation hearts, lollipops and macarons; and finally Rose Donut Bouquet, a strawberry rose shake with whipped cream, marshmallows, edible flowers, meringues and a donut. Milkshakes, piled high enough to make you wonder if either Hinojosa has a degree in architecture, are $10 a pop.
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> Breakfast/brunch nuts, your time has come. Snooze, an A.M. Eatery has announced the opening date for its San Antonio location and you have less than a month to wait. The Denver-based, all-breakfast-foods-all-the-time chain, will open its doors March 1 inside the former EZ’s Brick Oven and Grill at The Quarry. Menu items will include favorites such as breakfast pot pie and pineapple upside down pancakes as well as options for a pancake flight. The San Antonio location will also use products from local vendors including Merit Coffee cold brew, 44 Farms beef, Sagebrush cage free eggs, and Mill-King dairy according to a press release sent out this morning. The restaurant will open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. 255 E. Basse Road.
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Brewstillery Brunch // Beermosas, anyone? Brunch, a common weekend mainstay for most restaurants hoping to capitalize on that hungover hipsters/queens/socialites sector, isn’t going away any time soon. And Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling is making it so whiskey lovers and beer drinkers can join in on the fun. Held once a month at the brewstillery, Ranger Creek’s offering hosts The Box Street Social for a breakfast menu that includes chicken and waffles with bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup, among other things. And on the drink side, guests will find meaty offerings. “My distillers infused whiskey on a dehydrated brisket to make a Brisket Bourbon, and we are using that in a Carnivore Bloody Mary that’s garnished with meat,” co-founder Mark McDavid said in an email. The rest of the drink menu includes traditional bloody marys made using their “White Dog” whiskey, beermosas, cowboy coffee (coffee spiked with theirr distilleryonly coffee whiskey). The next installment hits Sunday, February 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4834 Whirlwind Drive, (210) 775-2099.
Craft Beer & Artisan Doughnut Social // Doughnuts (and/or donuts) are so hot right now. The Down Market and GS 1221 will host chef Chris Jara of Café Dijon for a sweet and varied sampling on Sunday, February 19 from noon to 3 p.m. Pairings will include an horchata cinnamon and rice milk doughnut with Day Break American blonde ale from Martin House Brewing Co.; spiced apple fritter with brûléed gouda cheese doughnut and Dale’s Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Brewery; grapefruit blackberry with fennel doughnut and Soul Style IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.; and a smoked chocolate and malted ganache with charred marshmallows doughnut with Seven Spanish Angels from Brazos Brewing Company. Tickets to this hole-y pairing are $25 for beer flight and doughnuts. Reserve your spot through eventbrite.com. 1221 Broadway, Suite 116, (210) 251-3184. Speedy Bartenders // On Sunday, February 19, five San Antonio bartenders will compete in the all-female Speed Rack, an efficiency and swiftness competition. Nineteen bartenders will compete from across Texas including Taylor Reed (The Last Word, Coyote Ugly Saloon); Jasmine Castañeda (SoHo Wine & Martini Bar); and Ana Patrizia Cabrera (Frank,
Park Social) who are competing for the first time. Hillary Woodhouse (The Squeezebox) and former Miss Speed Rack Texas winner Zulcoralis Rodriguez (The Esquire Tavern) will return to the competition wells that ask each bartender to expertly mix four classic cocktails in as little time as possible in front of a panel of judges. Time is added for cocktail errors and shortcomings. Speed Rack Texas will take place Sunday in Houston at 215 Grove. Proceeds from tickets ($30 at the door) will go toward breast cancer research, education and prevention. Mardi Bars // Celebrate Fat Tuesday on the Main Strip with a green-gold-and-purple-hued bash on Tuesday, February 28 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The party starts at Knockout and weaves its way to Sparky’s so come ready to mingle and enjoy Mardi Gras cocktails and plenty of beads. 1420 N. Main Ave., (210) 227-7678. Across town at the Brass Tap at the Rim, snack on a spicy crawfish boil on Tuesday, February 28 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Crawfish, shrimp, sausage and fixin’s are $10 per pound. Wash it all down with $2 Dixie beers or any of the other 60 beers on tap. 17619 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 670-7090.
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Morrissey announces another SA date after twice standing us up last year Last week, The Tobin Center announced that Morrissey is scheduled to perform here in April, and we’re all confused and worried and excited and not exactly sure how to feel. That’s because, as a city, there’s probably not much we wouldn’t do for Morrissey, but last year he left us hanging, stood us up — not once, but twice. It’s like we’re all dressed up and waiting in the doorway for our prom date to arrive, but he never does. It’s now two hours past the time he was supposed to pick us up and our mascara is running. But dammit if we still don’t want to die by his side in some collision with a double decker bus. Yes, our crazy, cult-like worship of Morrissey will endure, despite the cancellations (let’s just hope there aren’t any more). We’ll rush to buy the tickets (which will probably sell out in no time, again) and people will probably throw Morrissey art shows or other Moz-inspired parties, even though we’ve twice been burned by the Pope of Mope in the past year. Just, please — actually come this time, Moz. We’re too tired for another sadboy apology. We’re so very tired. And we’re feeling very sick and ill today. But we’re still fond of you, uhuh-ho... Wednesday, April 12, 8pm, $49.50-$69.50, Tobin Center For The Performing Arts. Tickets went on sale last week, and can be purchased at tobincenter.com or via phone at (210) 223-8624.
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AG The illustrious, self-proclaimed pop star named ON Wayne Holtz has had a particularly busy year. From performing his synthy and sortof-provocative pop set around town to photographing and promoting San Antonio bands, Holtz doesn’t do slow. And with a brand new podcast ready for your ears, we step even further into Wayne’s reign. The eponymous podcast is entrancing, almost like alternative guided meditation led by Holtz’s soothing deep bass. “I just wanted to delve into another thing that I’m passionate about,” the singer tells us, saying he wants the podcast to project positivity through humor and discussions of sex, love and music. For his first episode, Holtz interviewed Jennifer “Nakomis” Dedmon from CBS’s Big Brother, who happens to reside in San Antonio. Adding to the appeal and honesty of the show is Holtz’s interviewing style, which is nothing more or less than him being his naturally charming self. Hilarious and punctuated by discussions on pop culture, television and celebrities, The Wayne Holtz Podcast is definitely worth a listen — if not for anything but a few lols and a glimpse into the weird and strangely fascinating World of Wayne.
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Last week, Jazz, TX announced “Live from Jazz, TX,” a new radio series that will run on TPR starting in April. “I am so thrilled for this partnership with Texas Public Radio,” Watkins said in a prepared statement. “TPR is a huge supporter of the local music and arts scene of San Antonio, we could not have teamed up with a better organization. I hope through this partnership we can showcase the diversity of the music scene in San Antonio and if successful, we can eventually syndicate the show nationally.” The shows, which will be taped on Wednesdays to air on Saturdays (schedule below), will feature music from Watkins, along with special guests, and will include an interview segment and audience Q&A. $20.00, 8:30pm, 312 Pearl Pkwy., Building 6, (210) 3329093, jazztx.com.
Since opening its doors back in August 2016, Jazz, TX, an upscale (and decidedly Pearl-appropriate) take on the old school saloon/Texas dance hall, has drawn crowds for its splendid signature cocktails, its rustic yet refined menu, and, most of all, its live music. Often enough, said live music is provided by the spot’s owner himself, masterful pianist, organist and bandleader Brent “Doc” Watkins and his orchestra (or some other backing configuration). For fans of jazz, blues, big band, Texas swing, salsa, and Americana, Jazz, TX, has positioned itself as a kind of oasis in a music scene that’s, largely, moving in other directions. We aren’t the only ones who have taken note of Watkins’ prowess, both playing with his own band and bringing in worthy talent.
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From throwing a brick through the head teacher’s office window in elementary school (twice) to wandering through the struggles of bipolar disorder and anorexia, Adam Ant (born Stuart Goddard) has led an intense life. Initially fronting the post-punk group Adam and The Ants, Goddard also produced music for UK kin Tears for Fears before becoming one of the most well known solo artists in the pouty, glam genre that is new wave. So bust out those shoulder pads and make sure you’ve got enough hair spray to keep that do as high as heaven, because Adam Ant will be playing all the way through his 1980 hit record Kings of The Wild Frontier. 8pm, $35-$40, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 E. Houston St. WED
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So basically, Eric Johnson can shred an electric guitar to freaking pieces. So much so that Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson thanked him in the liner notes of the album Counterparts for being the inspiration for the guitar solo in the song “Cut to the Chase.” But the Austinite isn’t limited to electric guitar. This tour, he’s actually showcasing his piano and acoustic guitar skills, both of which are characteristically technical and intriguing. $30-$50, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St. SAT
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If you dig sappy emo circa 2006, then this show is gonna warm your sad, little heart. Littered with poignant and strained high pitch singing, Secondhand Serenade fuses poppy acoustic progressions with bright vocal harmonies. Whether you broke up with your significant other, or just got together with someone, singer John Vesely channels a spectrum of emotions that can be felt when your heart’s tangled up with someone else’s. With Hawthorne Heights, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, 7pm, $21, Fitzgeralds Bar and Live Music, 437 McCarty Rd. #101
Holy crap, there’s a band out there that does bluegrass covers of Metallica? Yes. Have we all been secretly wishing for this? Of course. But the Finnish country band (omg, right?) doesn’t just do covers of Metallica. In fact, their cover of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” which sits at about 34 million views on Youtube at last count, is a perfect demonstration of the kind of amazingness bound to happen Tuesday night at The Tobin Center. Banjos? Yass! 7:30pm, $24.50, The Tobin Center For The Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle. TU
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Enduring the loss of their singer in 2012, Suicide Silence remain pack leaders in all things deathcore, a genre of music fusing death metal and metalcore. With a new singer and a new album about to be released (even if some fans aren’t too happy on the more eclectic edge they’ve taken), the Riverside, Californians continue to bring the mosh. With Plague Vendor, Cameron Argon, Covina, Shaping The Legacy, 5pm, $21, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s. SUN
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MUSIC CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Adam Ant Pop icon Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his “Kings of the Wild Frontier” album. Adam will play the classic album in its entirety, and in sequence, including the first-ever live performance of the track “Feed Me To The Lions”. With special guest, Glam Skanks. $35-$40. Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 8pm Chris Young Nashville country artist Chris Young performs at the Rodeo in support of his album, I’m Comin’ Over. $13.50$198.50. AT&T Center, 7pm Davy Knowles Blues guitarist and singer Davy Knowles is joined by Tom Gillam & the Kosmic Messengers. $15-$45. Sam’s Burger Joint, 8pm Wednesday Originals Garage punk band Muscle Car is joined by Wings of Valkyrie, and American Psychos. Free. Fitzgerald’s Bar & Live Music, 9pm THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 2017 International Music Festival: One Woman Show With her cello and computer-based technology, Zoe Keating creates a musical world that embraces the audience into one being. Free-$100. Southwest School of Art, 7:30pm The Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio and Opera San Antonio present Realizations: Tristan und Isolde In collaboration with Opera San Antonio, the Chamber Orchestra will continue its Realizations series with Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde arranged by Jean-Pierre Arnaud for chamber orchestra, soprano, and narrator. $10$49. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 8-9:30pm City Rockfest Tour The Christian rock City Rockfest Tour stops in New Braunfels with Disciple, Project 86, Seventh Day Slumber, Random Hero, Scarlet White and Refugee performing. $12-$35. New Braunfels Civic Center, 6-10:30pm Willie Nelson & Family With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. $13.50-$198.50. AT&T Center, 7pm
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Agent Orange California surf/punk power trio Agent Orange are joined by punk rock band Guttermouth, The Queers, and the Atom Age. $18-$20. The Korova, 7:30pm Bad Brad and the Fat Cats Soul and blues at Luna Bar and Lounge. $10. Luna, 9:30pm
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Creative Creatures Presents: The Twilight Zone Tribute Over 40 artists and vendors of all genres, both Twilight Zone themed and non-themed work, will be showcased and available for purchase. Live music will be performed by bands such as Pink Leche, Voodoo Boogaloo, Carly Garza, and special guest Miss Taint. $5. Brick, 7pm Hatebreed Metalcore band Hatebreed is joined by OTEP. $21. Paper Tiger, 7pm
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Shaws of Awe Funk band Shaws of Awe play a mix of blues, psych and rock. Free. Sam’s Burger Joint, 9pm Shooter Jennings & Waymore’s Outlaws Shooter Jennings brings psych-country to Gruene, joined by Kody West. $15. Gruene Hall, 8pm Single Lash and Deep Cross Single Lash and Deep Cross play at the Mix. Free. The Mix, 10pm
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StereoFiend Hip-hop fusion band StereoFiend are joined by The Boosh Kidz and Voracious Live. $5-$8. Ventura, 9pm The Band Perry Grammy Award winning trio The Band Perry perform at the Stock Show and Rodeo. $13.50-$198.50. AT&T Center, 7:30pm
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> I’ve been reading your advice column in the Coast in Halifax for a while, and it seems that most solutions to relationship problems revolve around sex. Everyone wants it or needs it, we should fuck before dinner, or we can spice up our sex life in this certain way to be happy. What about someone who doesn’t want to have sex, ever? I’ve asked other people for advice, and the answer is usually “take one for the team,” have sex to keep them happy. Is that the only way I could find happiness in a relationship? It’s not something I want to do—but at this point, I don’t see any other options. All Alone Ace I’m a sex-advice columnist. Consequently, AAA, people tend to write me when sex (needing it, wanting it, getting it but not the kind you want, etc.) is the problem, and sex (in some new and improved form) is often-butnot-always the solution. I also get and respond to questions from asexuals, and I’ve urged sexuals not to regard asexuals as defective — or, for that matter, to view committed-but-sexless relationships as defective. So long as both people in the relationship are content and happy, it’s a good and healthy and functional relationship, whether the sex is vanilla or spicy or nonexistent. Strictly companionate marriages can be good marriages. As for “taking one for the team,” that’s not advice given only to asexuals. A woman who’s married to a foot fetishist, for instance, may be advised to “take one for the team” and let her husband perv on her feet. A vanilla guy married to a woman corrupted by Fifty Shades of Grey (it’s baaaaaack) may be advised to “take one for the team” and tie the wife up once in a while. And while there are certainly lots of asexuals out there taking one for the teamv — having sex to please/keep/shut up their partners (or allowing their partners to seek sex elsewhere) — you know who doesn’t have to take one for the team, ever? Asexuals with other asexuals. Dating another asexual is the other option, the obvious option, and may be the best option for you, AAA. (Don’t want
to take one for the team, ever? Don’t draft anyone onto your team who wants one, ever.) A quick Google search brings up several asexual dating sites: Asexualitic. com, AsexualMatch.com, Ace-Book.net, AsexualPals.com. You can also choose to identify as asexual — and search for other asexuals — on mainstream dating sites like OkCupid and Match. I can already hear you composing your response, AAA: Asexuals are just 1 percent of the population. There are 400,000 people in Halifax, which means there are 3,999 other asexuals. Sounds like a lot, but most will be too young, too old, or unappealing for political or personal reasons (loves Kevin O’Leary, hasn’t seen Moonlight, picks their nose with an oyster fork). And a significant chunk of that number may not be aware — yet — that they’re asexual. So realistically, AAA, your local dating pool is much smaller than 3,999. But! Good news! There are 7.5 billion people on the planet! And 75 million of them are asexual! I have a good friend with a unique array of kinks — a crazy, specific, and rare constellation of kinks — and he cast a wide net on kink dating apps. After he met someone on the other side of the world with all the same kinks and they hit it off via Skype and the guy provided my friend with references (put my friend in touch with friends who could vouch for him), my friend flew to the other side of the world to go on a first date. Two months later, he went back, stayed for a few months, and then moved abroad to be with Mr. Kink Match On The Other Side Of The World. My friend did things people are typically advised against — who gets on a 12-hour flight to go on a first date? — because he knew there weren’t many lids out there for his particular pot. Asexuality isn’t a kink, I realize, but you can and should cast a wide net, AAA, like my kinky expat friend. Don’t let geography limit you in your search. You may not be able to afford to do what my friend did—fly halfway around the world for a first date—but you can get your ass to the next province over if you hit it off with an asexual in New Brunswick or Quebec. Good luck.
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY by Rob Brezsny ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): By my estimates, 72 percent of you Aries are in unusually good moods. The world seems friendlier, more cooperative. Fifty-six percent of you feel more in love with life than you have in a long time. You may even imagine that the birds and trees and stars are flirting with you. I’m also guessing that 14 percent of you are weaving in and out of being absurdly, deliriously happy, sometimes without any apparent explanation. As a result of your generosity of spirit, you may be the recipient of seemingly impossible rewards like free money or toasted ice cream or unconditional tenderness. And I bet that at least ten percent of you are experiencing all of the above. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): I am launching a campaign to undo obsolete stereotypes about you Bulls. There are still backwards astrologers out there who perpetrate the lie that many of you are stingy, stolid, stubborn slowpokes. As an antidote, I plan to heighten everyone’s awareness of your sensual, soulful sweetness, and your tastefully pragmatic sensitivity, and your diligent, dynamic productivity. That should be easy in the coming weeks, since you’ll be at the height of your ability to express those superpowers. Luckily, people will also have an enhanced capacity to appreciate you for who you really are. It will be a favorable time to clarify and strengthen your reputation. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Will
Giovanni surreptitiously replace Allesandra’s birth control pills with placebos? Will Camille take a hidden crowbar to her rendezvous with the blackmailer? Will Josie steal Jose’s diary and sell it on eBay? Given the current astrological omens, you may have an unconscious attraction to soap opera-type events like those. The glamour of melodrama is tempting you. But I’m hoping and predicting that you will express the cosmic currents in less toxic ways. Maybe you’ll hear a searing but healing confession after midnight in the pouring rain, for instance. Perhaps you’ll break an outworn taboo with ingenious grace, or forge a fertile link with a reformed rascal, or recover a lost memory in a dusty basement.
CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): All naturally-occurring matter on earth is composed of 92 basic elements arranged in various combinations. Since some of these appear in trace amounts, they took a long time for humans to discover. In the 18th and 19th centuries, chemists were exuberant when they tracked down seven of the 92 in a single location: an underground mine on the Swedish island of Ytterby. That small place was a mother lode. I’m predicting a metaphorically similar experience for you,
Cancerian: new access to a concentrated source that will yield much illumination.
LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): The next four weeks will be an excellent time to upgrade your understanding of the important characters in your life. In fact, I suspect you will generate good fortune and meaningful synchronicities whenever you seek greater insight into anyone who affects you. Get to know people better, Leo! If there are intriguing acquaintances who pique your curiosity, find out more about them. Study the oddballs you’re allergic to with the intention to discern their hidden workings. In general, practice being objective as you improve your skill at reading human nature. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): In 1787,
English captain Arthur Phillip led an eightmonth naval expedition to the southeastern part of the continent now known as Australia. Upon arrival, he claimed the land for England, despite the fact that 250,000 Aboriginal people were living there, just as their ancestors had for 2,000 generations. Two hundred years later, an Aboriginal activist named Burnum Burnum planted the Aboriginal flag on the White Cliffs of Dover, claiming England for his people. I encourage you to make a comparably artful or symbolic act like Burnum’s sometime soon, Virgo -- a ritual or gesture to assert your sovereignty or evoke a well-deserved reversal or express your unconquerable spirit.
serious and dour in order to shed the ancient burden. In fact, just the opposite is true. Trust blithe and rowdy spirits.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21):
Your lessons in communication are reaching a climax. Here are five tips to help you do well on your “final exam.” 1. Focus more on listening for what you need to know rather than on expressing what you already know. 2. Keep white lies and convenient deceptions to a bare minimum. 3. Tell the truth as strong and free as you dare, but always — if possible — with shrewd kindness. 4. You are more likely to help your cause if you spread bright, shiny gossip instead of the grubby kind. 5. Experiment with being unpredictable; try to infuse your transmissions with unexpected information and turns of phrase.
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): The meaning of the Latin phrase crambe repetita is “cabbage reheated, twice-cooked.” I urge you to avoid partaking of such a dish in the coming weeks, both literally and figuratively. If you’re truly hungry for cooked cabbage, eat it fresh. Likewise, if you have a ravenous appetite for stories, revelations, entertainment, and information — which I suspect you will — don’t accept the warmed-over, recycled variety. Insist on the brisk, crisp stuff that excites your riosity and appeals to your sense of wonder.
AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18):
Here’s your mantra for the next three weeks: “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Say this out loud 11 times right after you wake up each morning, and 11 more times before lunch, and 11 more times at bedtime. “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Whenever you do this little chant, summon an upflow of smiling confidence — a serene certainty that no matter how long the magic might take, it will ultimately work. “I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life.” Don’t let any little voice in your head undermine your link to this simple truth. Lift your heart to the highest source of vitality you can imagine.
PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH: “We cannot simply sit and stare at our wounds forever,” writes Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. “We must stand up and move on to the next action.” That’s your slightly scolding but ultimately inspirational advice, Pisces. According to my astrological analysis, you have done heroic work to identify and investigate your suffering. You have summoned a tremendous amount of intelligence in order to understand it and further the healing. But right now it’s time to turn your focus to other matters. Like what? How about rebirth?
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