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On Stryper Stopping in San Antonio to Play Sam's Burger Joint and Throw Bibles at You // Can’t wait for your left sided, Christian mocking review. – Priscilla Lopez Bookman On Hearst Havoc: 36 San Antonio Express-News' Owner Continues Slashing Newsroom Jobs // Julian [Castro] needs to stick to sucking the government teet and let the newspaper owners make newspaper decisions. Everyone making comments about these cuts seriously ask yourself....when was the last time you bought a newspaper? This is a dying industry – Luke Kersh On Yo La Tengo Bringing Its Riot of Sound to the Paper Tiger //... and have their equipment stolen. – Carlo Velasquez

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Separation Anxiety The fight over separating families at the border goes beyond rallies and hashtags

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Their Town Austintonio: SA and Austin are converging along I-35. Time to pay attention An Unwanted No. 1 Ranking With 80,000 active-duty personnel, Bexar C ounty ranks highest in number of military deaths

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Spiritual Reckoning First Reformed is a heavy-handed affair, but its strange, lyrical narrative wins out Incompatible Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle play pitiful virgins in the period drama On Chesil Beach

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five immigrant families apprehended by border agents in South Texas. Separately, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit seeking to stop the feds from breaking up families at the border. A federal judge in California is now considering the case. Lawmakers also appear to have picked up on the outrage, although observers caution that relief on that front is likely to be slow. Even though more members of Congress have signed a discharge petition that would force votes on legislative fixes for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Republican-controlled House and Senate haven’t shown much appetite for tackling immigration issues. Nevertheless, as of press time Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she’ll introduce legislation to prevent separation of immigrant children at the U.S.Mexico border, adding that “Congress has a moral obligation to stand.” “It’s hard to conceive of a policy more horrific than intentionally separating children from their parents as a form of punishment. ... This is not what the United States of America should be,” she said in a press statement. In the meantime, organizations like RAICES are hoping they can convince people to do more than call their elected representatives. The group last week launched a new program offering pro bono legal services for separated parents detained at the South Texas Detention Complex south of San Antonio and at the Prairieland SANFORD NOWLIN Detention Center near Fort Worth. “A child with legal representation isn’t lost,” RAICES’s Tullius said. “We need to make sure everyone goes Last Thursday, 300 people convened in the the Trump Administration’s separation policy, a U.S. through the system with a lawyer.” West Side’s Guadalupe Plaza to decry the Customs and Border Protection official told a Senate But to make that a reality, Tullius said groups like his Trump Administration’s policy of separating committee last week. will need additional funding from community donors. That policy is a departure from enforcement under children from parents suspected of crossing the previous presidents, which typically kept families together RAICES is also seeking to widen its volunteer base, which border illegally. while they awaited immigration hearings. While homeland includes people willing to accompany families to court and It was one of about 30 such rallies planned across Immigration and Customs Enforcement meetings. security officials maintain they don’t separate families at the country last week as Twitter lit up with hashtags like “What is happening at the border is a universal the border as a deterrent, Attorney General Jeff Sessions #FamiliesBelongTogether and #WhereAreTheChildren. humanitarian issue,” State Rep. Diego Bernal, D-San “Today is not about politics. I’m not speaking to you hasn’t exactly made a tactful salesman for that claim. Antonio, said during last week’s West Side rally. “We can “If you cross the border unlawfully... then we will as a Democrat,” said Castro, D-San Antonio, whose resolve this, but it will take all of us.” office helped set up the event. “This is very much a call prosecute you,” Sessions, an immigration hardliner, said last month. “If you’re smuggling a child, then we’re going to conscience. This is what our nation fundamentally to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from stands for.” you, probably, as required by law.” But outrage can’t just take the form of tweeting and Immigrant-rights groups are hoping the Trump carrying signs, immigration experts caution. Reversing Trump’s hardline policy will require legal action, Administration’s punitive language can help build the pressure on lawmakers to act and volunteer time from legal case that the rule should be thrown out. “Here we have the highest law enforcement official in concerned citizens. “What’s interesting is that we’re seeing people coming the United States openly admitting that he’s deliberately out from across the political spectrum to show their rage,” taking punitive action against these parents and their children for seeking asylum,” said Efren Olivares, the Texas said Justin Tullius, associate executive director of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Civil Rights Project’s racial and economic justice director. Services (RAICES), a nonprofit that offers free legal help Olivares is among a coalition of Texas lawyers that for immigrants. “It’s going to take court remedies, but it’s last week filed an emergency request with the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights asking it to also going to take action at the grassroots level.” order the U.S. to strike down its policy and reunite Between May 6 and May 19, at least 638 migrants separated families. The filing was made on behalf of who crossed with 658 children were charged under

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PANEL DISCUSSION | June 7 • 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Panel discussion with artists featured in We Are. Moderated by exhibition curator, Sarah Castillo.

A survey of contemporary LGBTQI+ artists of San Antonio exhibiting multidisciplinary works in recognition of Pride Month FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Curated by Sarah Castillo of Lady Base Gallery Featured Artists: Agosto Cuellar, Anel I. Flores, Gustavo A. Garcia, Kimberly Hopkins, Julián Pablo Ledezma, Michael Martínez, Antonia Celeste Padilla, Kristy Perez, Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez, Jose Villalobos, David Zamora Casas, Juan Zavala Castro

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Austintonio SA and Austin are converging along I-35. Time to pay attention

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San Antonio picked up a little more than 24,000 new residents in the 12-month period ending July 1, 2017, making ours the fastestgrowing city in the country, according to a new U.S. Census report. That’s a lot of people who’ve been turning the wrong way on one-way streets downtown, and who are still shocked that a major American city shuts down to drink for 10 days every April. That’s 465 new arrivals every week who initially failed to understand that the dominance of a single grocery-store chain – well, it’s really for the best. That’s thousands of people who still mutter to themselves at work, “Why don’t they just say what they mean?” But if they’re having a few adjustment problems, what about the rest of us? The Census report is one more reason to fret about worsening traffic congestion, the shortage of affordable housing, older homeowners being squeezed out of their homes by spiraling property tax bills – and how, at the moment, nobody has any good solutions to these problems. But don’t complain about the newcomers too loudly. They’re flocking to

the San Antonio and Austin areas are both growing like crazy, and that they’re converging along the I-35 corridor. In the not-too-distant future, we’ll be talking about the region as we do the Metroplex in North Texas. Speaking of which: Dallas and Fort San Antonio because of its jobs, low cost Worth were third and fourth on the of living and quality of life. list of biggest population gains, and Also, consider this: we’re not Austin, satellite cities McKinney and Flower which landed at twelfth on the list with a population gain of 12,500. Not yet, anyway. Mound showed up on the list of biggest Austin has been confronting a full-blown percentage increases. The potential for a mega-region affordable-housing crisis for years now. with Austin at its north pole and San And if they’ve figured how to ease the Antonio at its south pole is huge, city’s traffic gridlock, they’re being very quiet about it. Austin almost certainly would both in its capacity to create jobs have taken in more new residents last year and its cultural and higher-education opportunities. But it’ll take regional if it weren’t for these problems – after all, planning and coordination, especially in its economy continues to rock and it’s still transportation, to reap the benefits. cooler than most other Texas cities. The current problem on the I-35 corridor But the Census report also shows that is lack of attention. Elected officials in San Antonio’s and Austin’s strengths San Antonio and Austin are wrestling with – another way of saying the regional problems within their city limits, including economy – are luring new residents not just to their doorsteps but to smaller cities the big basic ones like transportation and affordability. But they’re doing so largely clustered along the I-35 corridor. to the exclusion of any kind of regional San Antonio led the nation in raw population gains. But these smaller towns forethought. In 2015, the Lone Star Rail District, dominate the second Census list – of the agency that was supposed to plan fastest-growing cities as a percentage and build a commuter rail line between of population. New Braunfels was Austin and San Antonio, finally had its second, with a population increase of 8 moment after 12 years. The idea of a rail percent, Pflugerville third (6.5 percent), connection caught on with local politicians Georgetown sixth (5.4 percent) and and the public. There seemed to be Cedar Park thirteenth (4.2 percent). genuine interest and excitement – until the The report leaves little doubt that

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district revealed in early 2016 that there was no way Union Pacific would agree to a make-or-break rail-sharing agreement. Lone Star Rail turned out to have been a fantasy, and the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization effectively killed the district in late 2016 by removing the rail agency from its funding plan. At roughly the same time that Lone Star exploded, the idea of a regional airport between the two cities – a South-Central Texas version of the mighty DFW – rose and quickly plummeted. That’s because it was driven more by frustrations with San Antonio International Airport, namely the lack of direct flights to key cities for SA companies, than an actual need for a gigantic airport somewhere around San Marcos. Also, nobody in Austin – which is investing heavily in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport – seemed to realize we were even talking down here about a regional airport. Over the past couple of years, there’s been almost no public talk about how to efficiently shuttle tourists, workers, doctors and nurses, students and others between the San Antonio and Austin areas. Neither have we talked much about how to improve air travel throughout the region. Officials can’t let a couple of busts stop them from planning for the inevitable hook-up between the San Antonio and Austin metro areas.

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With 80,000 active-duty personnel, Bexar County ranks highest in number of military deaths

Army Major Jeff Shelnutt has experienced the dangers of service. “I volunteered for this and I understand, especially since 2001, that there is real danger and there is always a possibility of something happening, but I think I look at it from the perspective that this has become a calling,” Shelnutt, 49, said. He has risked his life in deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, endured personal hardships and advanced during his 30year military career. Shelnutt said he’s been fortunate, but he knows other military personnel haven’t been. A recent study found that Bexar County ranks first in military death rates. Axios, an online news media company, released data showing 6,940 U.S. military service members have died since 9/11. Nearly 60 of those service members were from Bexar County. The county, with a population of 1.9 million, has the highest rate of military deaths among counties with more than one million people. These numbers might seem alarming, but state demographer Lloyd Potter said it is not as dire as it appears.

“San Antonio has a higher percentage of our population that are in the military, which means we have more people who are at risk than other places that would have a smaller number or population in the military,” said Potter, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. “You would expect for our rate to be higher because we have a higher percentage of our population at risk.” Potter said few conclusions can be drawn from the study except that the places with higher rates of death likely have higher concentrations of their population in the military. San Antonio is home to roughly 250,000 veterans and 80,000 active-duty personnel, many of them working out of Joint Base San Antonio, which includes Fort Sam Houston and Randolph and Lackland Air Force bases. One in eight residents in Bexar County is tied to the military. “One of the top employers, if not the top employer in the city, is the Department of Defense,” said Juan Ayala, San Antonio’s director of military affairs. “You have a very robust military presence here. You’ve got 80,000 plus active-duty troops from all services that are here, and they literally

perform the mission every day. They are essential to national defense.” Serving comes at the expense of numerous struggles, and not just for the service members. “A lot of people don’t talk about how the spouse and the family also serve,” said Richard Delgado Jr., the director of military affairs at Texas A&M-San Antonio. “Just because one person puts on the uniform doesn’t mean that one person serves because the spouse that stays behind is also serving. To me, it’s one unit.” While struggles like these may not be something every San Antonian understands, Ayala said there’s a unique relationship between civilians and service members. “The city and community have a close relationship with the military because a large percentage, approximately 85 percent, does not live on the bases – they live in the community,” Ayala said. “That really binds communities because you see these guys every day.” While Delgado recognizes this welcoming environment, he said local officials still need to make improvements to live up to the Military City USA brand.

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“Active-duty military use a lot of resources located on post where the veteran community is really off-post but they are accustomed to using those resources,” Delgado said. “Once they get out, it is no longer available. That is where the city and the county need to step up to fill the gap that these men and women are accustomed to.” Delgado said the city has taken a step in the right direction by recently implementing TXServes, a program that connects service members, veterans and their families to local resources. While the San Antonio branch is the newest, it is leading among the 20 others in Texas, which Delgado says proves the necessity of the program. For his part, Shelnutt said he has been overwhelmed by the appreciation from the San Antonio community. “The best way to describe it is that [the city] is military-friendly,” Shelnutt said. “Not all places are necessarily like that. I think people respect the military, they respect the professionalism, and I think that even the civilian workforce not associated with the military still respect the work of it.” sacurrent.com • June 6-12, 2018 • CURRENT 13


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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Wes Anderson movies exist on their own odd, idiosyncratic, maybe arcane plane. The characters are big, the drama is high, the humor is dry and the world of Anderson’s imagination is meticulously wrought in terms of sets, costumes and shots. As such, his body of work may seem tough to penetrate for the uninitiated. In our estimation, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, the venerated auteur’s fourth film, is the ideal entry point for the casual viewer looking to get into Anderson’s catalog. The zany and heartwarming tale of washed-up oceanographer Steve Zissou (played impeccably by Bill Murray) and his quest for revenge on the exotic shark that killed his partner, The Life Aquatic is a delightful and warm comedy about a man losing his edge and just sort of making it up as he goes along. The cast, most of which Anderson fans will recognize as his go-to players, also features a hilarious Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Angelica Huston and Willem Dafoe. Catch a free screening of this 2004 gem as part of Slab Cinema’s roving Wes Fest. Free, 8pm, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, wesandersonfilmfestival.com. — James Courtney

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Erosion, memory, power and performance are but a few of the themes and concepts one can expect to encounter in four new summer exhibitions at Blue Star Contemporary. Assembled by BSC’s executive director Mary Heathcott and exhibitions and programs manager Jack McGilvray, “From Underfoot: Breaking Through Surface and Ground” unites artists Caroline Carlsmith, Jenny Day, Carrie Dickason, Leah Dyjak, Anja Marais, Marianne McGrath and Ronen Raz in a group show that aims to illustrate “the relationships between the terrestrial and the human” via photographs, quilts, ceramics and sculptures made from discarded materials. Opening a nostalgic, slightly bittersweet window into Gary Sweeney’s family history, “A Manhattan Beach Memoir” is essentially OUR TOP PICKS FOR THE WEEK a recreation of a photographic installation the beloved local artist plastered on his parents’ longtime Manhattan Beach home (1945-2015) as a creative sendoff before it was demolished to make way for a development. Guest-curated by Dr. Angelika Jansen in celebration of the addition of San Antonio’s new Sister City, THU-FRI Darmstadt, Germany, the exhibitions “Veo Mis Huesos” (a sonic ode to Mexico City) and “As Far as the Eye Can See” (a collaboration with local performers) take shape in video installations by German artists Thomas Georg Blank and Mila Hundertmark, respectively. Free, 6-9pm Thu-Fri, Blue Star Contemporary, 116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, bluestarcontemporary.org. — Bryan Rindfuss

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Along with the Tower of the Americas and the other storied structures that dot Hemisfair Park, UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures is in the midst of a landmark year distinguished by both San Antonio’s 300th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of HemisFair ’68. Built for the World’s Fair and originally dubbed the Texas Pavilion, the ITC wasted no time in developing one of the signature events that’s given the institution longevity. Modeled after Washington, DC’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival — which ITC’s then exhibits director O.T. Baker attended in 1967 — the Texas Folklife Festival launched in 1972 and still proudly showcases “the Lone Star State’s diversity and rich heritage through a wide variety of ethnic food, music, dance, arts and crafts.” Although the colorful array of edible options (which this year includes everything from schnitzel and vegan chili to Belgian waffles and Congolese chicken kebabs) is always a big draw, the festival truly lives up to its name via artisanal demonstrations and performances on six stages brought to life by more than 250 cultural organizations and individuals based in Texas. Beyond an abundance FRI-SUN of festively costumed dance troupes (San Antonio Lion Dancers, Hula Hula Ohana Elikapeka, Csárdás Hungarian Dancers, Ballet Folklórico de San Antonio, Mazurka Polish Dancers and Lebanese Folkdancers of St. George, to name a few), the 47th annual festival features a daily parade (6pm Fri, 11:30am Sat, 6pm Sun), an eclectic live music lineup, martial arts presentations, diverse vendors and a seed-spitting contest hosted by the Luling Watermelon Thump. $5-$15, 5-11pm Fri, 11am-11pm Sat, noon-7pm Sun, UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., (210) 458-2300, texasfolklifefestival.org. — BR SPECIAL EVENT


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End Stigma, End HIV/AIDS Developed by controversial Brazilian dramatist and activist Augusto Boal, the experimental concept of Forum Theatre invites spectators onto the stage to become “spect-actors” who help determine the outcome SAT of a play. Closely linked with Boal’s socially and politically leaning Theatre of the Oppressed, Forum Theatre has been employed within the unexpected realm of healthcare education as a means to improve the communication skills of future physicians. Presented by the always-challenging troupe AtticRep in partnership with the Mellon Institute for Summer Research at Trinity University, End Stigma, End HIV/AIDS takes cues from Boal’s methods to take aim at the shame associated with HIV/AIDS testing and treatment. Addressing the troubling infection rates in Bexar County, the original new production is constructed from 34 interviews with San Antonio residents and, in addition to opening the stage up to spect-actors, includes a discussion between the cast and audience. Following Saturday’s performance, End Stigma will be presented to various community organizations as part of an initiative designed to “improve public health delivery.” Free, 7pm, Attic Theatre, Ruth Taylor Theatre Building, Trinity University, One Trinity Pl., (210) 999-8511, atticrep.org. — BR THEATER

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Now in its fourth annual incarnation, Paper Trail is an absolute must-attend event for lovers of unique printmaking and design, as well as those wishing to add great local pieces to their art collections. Plus, with various artist vendors selling stickers, zines, T-shirts, tote bags, cards, pins, patches and more, there’s a variety of cool stuff to peruse or snag. Dedicated to contemporary works of art and design on paper, Paper Trail’s overall mission is to provide “a one-of-a-kind experience aimed at connecting artists to collectors in a forum that celebrates the artistic process and the culture of design and printmaking.” With over 40 artists/vendors participating, we can’t even begin to list them all here, but a few that we’re excited to catch include Jose Sotelo, Snake Hawk Press, Puro Chingón Collective, Shelby Criswell, Ashley Mireles, Brittany Longoria and Sybil Press. Apart from the day market, you may want to attend an exclusive preview/mixer night ($10-$25, 7-11pm Fri) and the after-party, which goes down right after the market wraps up. $5, 11am-midnight, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, papertrailsa.net. — JC SPECIAL EVENT

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In María de Buenos Aires, Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango style merges with Horacio Ferrer’s surreal libretto to create an operetta like few others. Fifty years after its premiere in Buenos Aires, Alamo City Opera is staging María’s tragic story in downtown San Antonio, starring Catalina Cuervo, who has performed as María in a record number of performances of the operetta. The story follows its titular protagonist, a sex worker in Buenos Aires, who is drawn further into the city’s underworld by the seductive power of the tango. María ultimately dies, and her Shadow wanders the now otherworldly streets of the city in the second act. The operetta features an unusual cast of characters — including brothel keepers, a duende, psychoanalysts and pasta makers — and is accompanied by an orchestra with unorthodox instrumentation such as the accordion-like bandoneon. $15-$50, 8pm Sat, 2:30pm Sun, Buena Vista Theatre, UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., (210) 314-6696, alamocityopera.org. — Kelly Merka Nelson

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Environmental Film Fest In partnership with the South Yuba River Citizens League’s (SYRCL) Annual Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) is presenting its fifth annual film festival in celebration of National Rivers Month in June. The fest will screen national and international shorts focused on issues such as nature, adventure, wildlife, environmental justice and conservation. Included in the 14-film lineup are The Shape of a River, a short film on the “power and fragility of the mighty Yellowstone”; The Invisible Mammal: The Bat Rescuer, a film on a California-based organization that provides care for injured bats; and Lost in Light, a short documentary on how light pollution affects the view of the sky at night. Other topics covered in TUE some of the shorts include Oregon’s Wild Rivers Coast and the state’s Owyhee Canyonlands, migrating raptors such as hawks, eagles and vultures, and the conservation efforts in the country of Guyana. The fest will also recognize individuals and organizations that have helped raise awareness of watershed issues during its Watershed Wise Awards. Free, 6-9pm, Santikos Palladium, 17703 I-10 W., (210) 798-9949, sara-tx.org. — Kiko Martinez FILM

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs wasn’t technically the world’s first animated feature when it premiered in 1937, but this frightening full-color fairy tale was the first full-length cartoon most audiences had ever seen and it was, as we now say, a game changer. Painted in rich Technicolor and peppered with instant classic songs like “Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho” and “Someday My Prince Will Come,” the film proved Walt Disney’s faith in animation as art for the masses. Aside from cute dwarfs and animal friends and happy endings for princesses, the story showcases the moments of darkness, desolation and sheer terror that were part and parcel of early Disney cartoon features — courtesy of evil queens, magic mirrors, and witches with poisoned apples. Texas Public Radio screens the gem as part of its Cinema Tuesdays summer series. $10-$15 suggested donation, 7:30pm, Santikos Bijou, (210) 614-8977, tprcinema.org. — Michael Barrett FILM

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George and Ira Gershwin’s An American in Paris is a midcentury classic that remains a cultural touchstone, and its staying power was proven by Christopher Wheeldon’s Tony-winning 2015 adaptation. Shortly after the liberation of France, Lieutenant Jerry Lewis purposefully misses a train that would begin his long trek back to America. Inspired by the beauty of a mysterious woman he encounters, he decides to remain in Paris and pursue his passion for painting. Parisian citizens and the city alike seek a new beginning in spite of the trauma inflicted upon them during the war, and Jerry finds friendship, artistic inspiration, and most importantly, love as he journeys forward into a new chapter of life. Scored by classics such as “I Got Rhythm” and “S’Wonderful,” the musical, which lands on the Majestic stage courtesy of Broadway in San Antonio, is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a live rendering of a definitive piece of midcentury Americana. $35, 7:30pm (through June 17), The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 2263333, majesticempire.com. — KMN THEATER

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The McNay’s ‘Immersed’ showcases local artist Chris Sauter alongside international art stars Yayoi Kusama, Philip Worthington and Andy Warhol DAN R. GODDARD

Commissioned a year ago to create an original installation for the McNay Art Museum’s “Immersed: Local to Global Art Sensations,” San Antonio artist Chris Sauter began thinking about the current political climate, social media, fake news, facts versus belief and the principal pleasure molecules produced by the human brain — dopamine. Every time you hit a “like” on Facebook, you get a little dopamine hit, which Facebook and other social media outlets have learned to monetize. “In Pleasure Principle, visitors will enter a constructed and furnished living room, complete with floor, walls and ceiling, an entertainment center, sofa, tables, and a pair of recliners,” Sauter said. “Models of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with the development of belief, assembled

from disks cut from the walls and ceiling of the room are piled on the chairs taking the place of bodies at rest. Video projections of information — news broadcasts, Facebook feeds, newspaper articles — filter through the holes, creating a disorienting, almost hallucinogenic space.” Sauter is known for cutting pieces out of gallery walls to construct his elaborate installations, but for “Immersed,” he actually built a self-contained 24-by-18-foot room using medium-density overlay (MDO) panels made with plywood, and then cut out the pieces he needed, including many round holes used to construct the foot-long to 18inch dopamine molecules. “This is the largest installation I have created, and it took a lot of planning, a lot of hole saws and many panels of MDO,” Sauter said. “But the best thing about

‘Immersed’ is seeing my work in the context of the other artists in the show. I am very proud of being in this company.” Organized in conjunction with San Antonio’s Tricentennial and the 50th anniversary of HemisFair ’68 by the McNay’s René Paul Barilleaux, head of curatorial affairs, “Immersed” places Sauter’s work alongside three other internationally known artists who create complex, environmental installations that completely envelop the viewer. Because of the nature of the installations, reservations are required. Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, whose “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is on a blockbuster national tour, is beloved for mirrored rooms with LED lights hanging from the ceilings, which have become incredibly popular on social media. From the Museum

of Fine Arts, Houston, Kusama’s Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity (2009) features a constellation of lights that brighten and fade. Viewers will be limited to one minute in the fully enclosed mirrored room, which creates the illusion of an infinite universe. Monsters materialize from shadows cast on walls in British artist Philip Worthington’s Shadow Monsters (2004), also from the Houston museum. While it may sound like child’s play, Worthington has added customdesigned, vision-recognition software, which improves viewers’ shadow gestures with sound and animation. Open and close your hands like a mouth and a wolf with razorsharp teeth will appear and growl. Originally intended for HemisFair ’68, Andy Warhol’s film Sunset was commissioned by Houston art collectors John and CONTINUED ON PAGE 21 ► sacurrent.com • June 6-12, 2018 • CURRENT 19


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Yayoi Kusama, Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009. Wood, metals, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic paint, and LED lighting system. Edition 3/3. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Weiss Law Accessions Endowment Fund, 2016.34. Copyright Yayoi Kusama. Photography by Carrithers Studio / Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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to reinforce our beliefs. We get that little hit of dopamine anytime we hear something we like.” Sauter first cut pieces out of a gallery’s drywall to make an installation for his Artpace residency in 1999. In what has become his signature style, Sauter memorably recreated his childhood bedroom in 2007 for a show at Blue Star Contemporary. Although much of his work has been autobiographical, Sauter said Pleasure Principle is not about him. “I am using furniture from my family’s home,” Sauter said. “But it’s just because it’s easiest.”

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Dominique de Menil for the Vatican’s pavilion at the World’s Fair, but when plans for the pavilion fell through, the work was left unfinished. Making its San Antonio debut, Warhol’s Sunset over the Pacific Ocean in California unfolds as a slow and colorful shift of atmospheric light at dusk. The deep voice of German singer Nico, who worked with the Velvet Underground, is heard reading poetry. Sauter is one of San Antonio’s best-known artists. Currently serving as the director of foundations and special courses and interim director of the painting and drawing department at the Southwest School of Art, Sauter also serves as a co-chair of Contemporary Art Month. “It’s unusual to have a group show of installations,” Sauter said. “After months of planning, I made a model of my installation last January but didn’t physically get started until March. Usually, I do my research first and that will suggest the form. This time, I had to tell the McNay what I was going to do, and then do my research. So, it changed things around for me and made it more of a challenge. I began doing research on the ‘echo chamber’ effect in social media, where people tend to only want to hear what they want to hear. That led me to dopamine, which tends

Philip Worthington, Shadow Monsters, 2004–ongoing. Java, Processing, BlobDetection, SoNIA, and Physics software. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Weiss Law Accessions Endowment Fund, 2016.156. Photograph by Carrithers Studio / Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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STORYBOOK ENDINGS SA author's new twists on familiar tales take her to the Hallmark Channel and beyond

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San Antonio romance author Teri Wilson can thank the classics for at least some of her success. Three years ago, her book Unleashing Mr. Darcy, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in the world of dog shows, was turned into a Hallmark Channel movie that pulled a head-turning 3 million viewers. Its sequel, Marrying Mr. Darcy, aired last weekend with enough media buzz to suggest it’s also a hit. And her latest book, The Ballerina’s Secret, started out as a loose retelling of the classic fairy tale “The Red Shoes.” It’s one of six novels Wilson has coming out this year through romance giant Harlequin and Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books imprint. “Those classic story lines are classics for a reason: people really like them,” said Wilson, 51, an Alamo Heights resident whose success now allows her to write full-time. “But at the same time, people are looking for a new reading experience, so you have to keep that in mind, too.” Wilson’s The Art of Us, which Hallmark adapted into a fi lm in between the original Mr. Darcy and its sequel, is a take on My Fair Lady, for example. But, this time, the roles are reversed. Romance buds when a female art professor helps a rough-around-the-edges former soldier pass himself off as Vincent van Gogh’s lost relative. While Wilson has published more than two dozen romances over the past 10 years, she stumbled into the genre unwittingly. It wasn’t until she got a call from an editor after placing in a short story contest that she realized what she’d been writing. “She asked if I realized I’d written a romance,” Wilson said. “At that point, it hadn’t really occurred to me.” Wilson didn’t write the screenplays to the Mr. Darcy films, but she’s been involved in enough of the productions to visit the set, make cameos and meet the stars, including Ryan Paevey, best known for his role as Nathan West on ABC’s General Hospital. Wilson also wanted to ensure the dogs in the movie were Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, the same breed as her own, who she said helped inspire the book. “I want to be involved, because I have an emotional connection to the characters, especially the dog — because it’s my dog!” she said.

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Agent Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein discovered Wilson after reading one of her small-press novels. The characters were compelling enough to prompt her to reach out and ask Wilson — who’d recently been laid off from a job as a design assistant — if she had aspirations to sell to bigger markets. “Writing is a craft, and each book Teri writes gets stronger and stronger,” Winick Rubinstein said. “She has that ‘it.’ It’s hard to put it into words because it’s not just one thing. It’s her writing, it’s her characters, but it’s also her love for the craft, her love for the industry and her love for her readers.” Although Wilson’s mining of classic tropes has led to some of her biggest successes, real life experience has also handed her winning ideas. She’s penned five romances set in Alaska that stemmed from her experiences volunteering for the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race. And when she recently helped judge the Miss United States pageant, she met a contestant whose twin sister had come along for support. That scenario instantly became the jumping-off point for her new novel The Accidental Beauty Queen, due out in December from Gallery. Although that novel has romantic elements, its firstperson point of view and nuanced exploration of sibling relationships has the potential to bring it into the wider women’s fiction market. But regardless of whether the novel brings wider

mainstream appeal, Wilson’s still got plenty to keep her romance fans happy. Among the books slated for this year is a Mr. Darcy sequel, Merry Christmas, Mr. Darcy, coming out with Tule Publishing, and a fourth Hallmark movie based on Wilson’s work is in development. Sleigh Bell Sweethearts tells the story of a woman who inherits an Alaskan reindeer farm and finds love along the way. “I keep saying ‘No, I’m not doing six books next year,’ but we’ll see,” she said. “Four sounds much more reasonable, but there are all these projects I want to do.”

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guilt, faith and personal autonomy. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (American Gigolo), First Reformed is a return to form for the 71-year-old filmmaker after wading in the cinematic shallow end with his last few forgettable projects. Revisiting some of the more philosophical, character-driven elements of his early screenplay work, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ, Schrader taps into another tormented soul. Toller (Ethan Hawke in a career-best performance) is the reverend of First Reformed, a small church in the fictional town of Snowbridge, New York. Like his church, Toller is inconspicuous — delivering weekly sermons to his handful of parishioners and then retreating to his life of solitude where he spends his time drinking heavily and writing in a journal that he plans to destroy after a year. He is also preparing

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from his bestselling 2007 novel of the same name. Set in 1962 England, On Chesil Beach introduces Florence (threetime Oscar nominee Saoirse

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for the 250th anniversary of his church with help from a local megachurch that supports his ministry. Toller is called upon for spiritual guidance by Mary (Amanda Seyfried), a pregnant young woman whose militant husband (Philip Ettinger) can’t stomach the idea of bringing a child into a world where climate change and disease are making the planet uninhabitable for future generations. Without giving too much of the plot away, Toller finds himself taking on a de facto role as an activist while

coming to terms with his tragic past and confronting the reality that men of faith, no matter how close to God they consider themselves to be, do not possess all the answers. Despite its decision to lay it on thick (Toller’s computer screensaver features a malnourished polar bear, for Christ’s sake), First Reformed is built to carry the burden of Schrader’s ambitious and inspired script, which includes a visceral final scene that will linger for weeks.

Ronan) and Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle), newlyweds who decide to spend their wedding night in a hotel on the seashore. Florence and Edward come from different backgrounds and don’t share the same interests. Edward likes American rock ’n’ roll while Florence prefers classical music. He enjoys history and birdwatching while her only extracurricular activity is playing the violin in a string ensemble. “I think you must be the squarest person in all of Western civilization,” Edward tells his wife after she describes Chuck Berry as “bouncy.” But her taste in music isn’t going to be their undoing. It’s impossible to talk about On Chesil Beach without revealing exactly why Florence and Edward are such a bad fi t. So, we’ll just say it: Florence is revolted by sex and has no desire to ever consummate their marriage, a small detail Edward probably would’ve liked to have known before they tied the knot. It becomes apparent in the first half of the film that McEwan’s critically acclaimed novel has translation issues on the silver screen. The most evident is the time spent on the awkward scenes inside the hotel room where Florence and Edward fumble with zippers and

avoid intimacy by nervously bantering back and forth. It’s easy to see how these details could be read as emotionally tragic, but seeing it play out cinematically feels disconnected. Also weak are the numerous flashbacks in the screenplay that McEwan and firsttime director Dominic Cooke attempt to use to mold the two leads into realistic characters who would resonate with audiences. Besides an ambiguous scene where it’s hinted that Florence might have been sexually abused as a child, not much from these nonlinear sections of the film give any insight into who these individuals are. Even a secondary storyline about Edward’s mentally ill mother forces the narrative into melodramatic pitfalls. Ronan’s and Howle’s onscreen chemistry, too, is nonexistent. Even when they’re not acting like the most pitiful virgins in movie history since Jason Biggs humped pastry in American Pie, the characters are stunted. Without the same authority that filmmaker Todd Haynes used to confront issues of sexuality in the 1950s and 1960s in his films Far from Heaven and Carol, Cooke’s On Chesil Beach is a missed opportunity to add to that conversation. sacurrent.com • June 6-12, 2018 • CURRENT 25


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You’ll want to make your way to the ever-popular Southtown staple Feast for weekly donut specials on Sundays. Or wade through the Pearl’s weekend farmers markets for Southerleigh’s Fine Food & Brewery brunch menu, and don’t miss the michelada. Or join the hordes at Tucker’s Kozy Korner on the city’s East Side, now helmed by chef Jeff White, formerly of Boiler House. The brunch tradition continues N YA at this storied institution. BR SS

If you’re feeling bad and bougie, there are a handful of brunches to check out this summer. The Maverick, which opened earlier this year in Southtown, packs a punch with brioche donuts fried fresh-to-order as created by chef Misa Holmes, who’s also tasked with the playful bread baskets and biscuits. Head north to Signature, where chef Andrew Weissman and his team dole out a Signature breakfast burger, steak and eggs, and seared sea scallops. When you’re a James Beard-nominated restaurant, you have to wow at all times of the day, and Cured at the Pearl delivers with the Chef’s Breakfast, a combination of biscuits, crabmeat, eggs, boudin noir, praline bacon, fried green tomatoes and a Miller High Life Michelada (all yours for $26).

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Dutch baby, a breakfast item I’d only seen once before on a popular brunch menu. The recipe takes all of 25 minutes to make, and the presentation is as easy as it is aweinspiring. All this is to say that watching him cook at home has been eye-opening. I know the work that goes into each dish, and when we meal-plan for the week, we get to decide how elaborate or not we want to be. And that knowledge of the amount of labor that goes into each dish has made dining out even better for us. We appreciate a scratch-made red sauce (like the one at Outlaw Kitchens), and perfectly rolled French omelets (like the ones at The Maverick), and we can admire the knife skills of pro cooks (like the ones at Clementine). If you didn’t score tickets to this weekend’s United We Brunch, then challenge yourself to recreate this weeks’ brunch menu (we keep it easy for a reason). Buy the groceries, prep the night before and wake up early to feed your friends. It’ll make you appreciate cooks who work a dinner shift only to roll in bright and early to bake bread, prepare biscuits, whisk waffle batter, poach fresh eggs and bake off several hundred strips of bacon. Now if only I can find someone to do the dishes… — flavor@sacurrent.com.

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It makes sense in retrospect. I fell for someone who knows his way around the kitchen. My partner makes his own pasta. He makes cold brew at home using locally roasted coffee beans. He makes pizza dough, flan and hot wings from scratch. If he’s Ina, I’m Jeffrey and that’s to say, I’m wildly spoiled. When we started dating a little more than a year and a half ago, we bonded over our mutual love of exploring the dining scene. But that affection has grown tenfold since he let me in on a secret: he’s a great cook. This makes buying gifts a breeze (he asked for a Dutch oven casserole dish for Christmas), but it also makes shooting photos for work like the ones in our brunch spread, not a chore. I pitched brunch at home for this issue of the Current because in the last year, though he usually begrudges most mornings, I’ve spent many weekends at home luxuriating with a great

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setting. CommonWealth Coffee House & Bakery has expanded rapidly in the last few years, but two locations serve as the most kid-friendly. Stop by the original location on Davis Court for a fun patio and garden, or visit the ZA RR Yanaguana location where AR AS parents can enjoy coffee and crepes while watching the kids enjoy the splash pad. JES

Oak, $25 gets you buffet brunch with Mexican classics and two mimosas. At Range, the Sunday brunch buffet means you can treat yourself to fried chicken and biscuits, homemade sausage, marble potatoes, donuts, deviled eggs, a Gulf oyster bar and fried eggs your style (did we mention the bottle of bubbles?) for $55 per person.

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Chicken and churros are a thing at Chisme, and you’ll want to pair the sweet with a salty michelada. Or check out Sabor Cocina Bar, a small but delightful restaurant in Olmos Park that knows a thing or two about traditional chilaquiles. The desayunos at El Mirador are reason enough to visit, but so is the scratch-made menudo.

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The Pigpen off Broadway should be in the buffet category for its Soul Food Sunday brunch, but the playground makes it the perfect spot for parents to enjoy a frozen Moscow mule while keeping an eye on the little ones. Over at The Quarry (and soon Stone Oak and Huebner Road), Snooze, an A.M. Eatery keeps the kids happy with pancake flights, savory hash and a casual

Tecate micheladas, mimosas and chicken and waffles. Craft beer aficionados should check out The Hoppy Monk for savory bites and a solid list of cocktails, or visit The Roost, the newly rebranded spot first known as GS 1221. The craft beer focus is still there, but your favorite suds are joined by mimosas, bloodies and a full brunch menu.

Particular about your bubbles or have a penchant for Cook's? You can drink whatever you please at NOLA Brunch & Beignets, which pairs Cajun breakfast staples with a BYOB attitude. The same goes for The Bread Box, where brunch means Croque Madame sandwiches with fresh-baked bread, kolaches, market quiche and more paired with whatever bottle you pick up the night before.

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“Why would anyone ever eat anything but breakfast foods?” asked the fictional Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation. We whole-heartedly agree. The concept of brunch — breakfast meets lunch — has inspired many a think piece, with reasons why gay brunch matters, the meal’s history and why brunch is the absolute worst. Since its first whispers in the late 1800s, brunch has brought people together whether after church with the fam to break fast or after a crazy night out with friends to relive the evening’s debauchery. And while there’s a plethora of brunches to discover in San Antonio (find a pretty solid

the evening’s debauchery. The concept of brunch — breakfast meets lunch — has inspired many a think piece, with reasons why gay brunch matters, to its history, to why brunch is the absolute worst. And while there are a plethora of brunches to discover in the city (find a pretty solid starter list on page TK), there are ways to brunch at home without breaking a sweat. Don’t let this stop you from venturing out in search of the city’s best hollandaise or crispiest bacon or sweetest French toast. But

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International burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese has proven time and time again that she’s more than just a pretty face with a tiny waist. Working in the worlds of fashion, beauty, books and music, the darkhaired vixen has turned her extravagant stage productions into a multi-faceted brand. Von Teese recently teamed up with Absolut Elyx vodka for the Copper Coupe tour, which lands at the Aztec on June 7. The touring spectacle will include a variety of special guest performers, including burlesque icon Dirty Martini, Texas native Ginger Valentine, boylesque star Jett Adore, Australian sensation Zelia Rose and Playboy model-turned showgirl Gia Genevieve. Comedian, “gay pimp” and host of the LGBTQ web series Hey Qween, Jonny McGovern will emcee the evening alongside Von Teese’s stylish and sexy “Vontourage.” The Current asked Pastie Pops Burlesque ringleader Jasper St. James to interview the queen of the tease in anticipation of her second visit to the Alamo City. They chatted about the history of burlesque, the diversity of her cast and audiences, unconventional beauty and, of course, tacos. First and foremost, congratulations on your [self-titled] debut album. It’s fantastic. What was the album process like for you?

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I never expected to make an album ... Although I’ve recorded music for my shows — like Technicolor musical soundtracks to go with my performances — I’m not a singer ... I was approached by Sébastien Tellier, who’s an artist I’ve long admired. I kind of felt like I should preface [our conversation] by saying, “You know I can’t really sing, right?” How does Dita Von Teese define burlesque? To describe a burlesque show, I tell people what it was historically: a variety show that was very popular in the 1930s and ’40s and kind of died out in the ’50s. It was a spinoff of vaudeville and the stars of the burlesque show were usually strippers. So, it was kind of like a working man’s entertainment, and definitely something that was predominantly for men. And for men to see a woman in different stages of déshabiller — taking off her clothes ... But what’s interesting about the modern burlesque revival is that it’s become something symbolic of an alternative type of sensuality that’s come to inspire people. Because some of the very, very best performers in burlesque, certainly the people that I choose to employ, represent different facets of beauty and different body shapes, different ethnicities, gender fluidity. I always look for performers who are changing people’s minds about what it is to be a burlesque performer. I choose not to present the show full of little 20-something pinup girls. I really feel like what’s great about the modern burlesque revival is the meaning it has for people. And I always bring it back to the meaning it had for me when I first decided to be a burlesque performer and a pinup girl. I didn’t have any modern standards of beauty that I could relate to as a mediocre dishwater blonde from a farming plantation. I wanted to be glamorous and I had to create myself.

How important is it for you to keep your shows diverse and inclusive, especially in importance to the LGBTQ community? I think about making the best show possible — what I think is amazing and good ... If I just worry about what makes everyone else happy, it’s going to be an epic failure — because that’s how it goes. I just think about when I see an act that I’m like, “That is hilarious, amazing, clever, and is something that everyone else is going to want to derive their burlesque shows from.” I can make light of it and say, “It’s the feathers, it’s the rhinestones, it’s the makeup, it’s the eyelashes.” [But] not all the gays love that stuff. I think there are different reasons for different people, but we definitely have a space where you can let you freak flag fly. People show up in full drag, they show up tied up, they show up doing whatever they want, and they can feel like they’re in an inclusive space. It’s not just about the show – our audience is amazing. So I gotta ask, since San Antonio is known for its Mexican food, does Dita Von Teese like her tacos? Oh, I’m a huge taco fan. I love tacos. I was just in Mexico City and I was in Tulum, too. And I was like, where’s the Mexican food in all these resorts? They were serving American cuisine, which I found frustrating ... One of the reasons I left Paris — I have to tell you — I was living in Paris for three years and you can’t get a taco to save your life. Now that’s a problem. That is a severe problem. We’ll definitely have to hook you up with a barbacoa taco and a Big Red when you’re here. … [And] maybe a dirty martini with blue cheese-stuffed olives. I’m an instructor and a manager here at the Sexology Institute and

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“I’m a huge taco fan. I love tacos.” we carry your Art of the Tease book. When I see our customers looking at your book, the first thing that comes out their mouths is how beautiful you are and how glamorous you look. And then it is always followed up with how they wish they could look like you. What advice would you give to someone, specifically women who are kind of struggling to unlock that inner glam goddess that’s within them? The book is really about that, and I was really intent on trying to show people what I think — glamour evangelist speaking here — that beauty and glamour and what you create and this vintage style looks good on women of every age, on every skin tone ... So the book is really about telling people, if they want it, here’s how I do it, and here’s all my shortcuts, and also my philosophies that I hope will inspire other people that maybe felt like I did ... like a little dishwater blonde who felt overlooked ... trying to find my confidence and find my way, which I did through the creation of glamour and beauty, and embracing artifice.

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If you’ve been paying attention to the local music scene the last few years, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the local radio show Live and Local, part of Trinity University’s KRTU 91.7 FM’s Indie Overnight segment. For six years, local musician, promoter and band manager Jeannette Muñiz has hosted the program, which features local musicians performing live, with Muñiz interviewing the bands between songs, giving them the opportunity to promote their new record or show. For up-and-coming bands like indie dream-poppers Booty Feet to seasoned vets like indie alt-rock dudes Buttercup, this platform has been a much needed asset in pushing the scene forward. For most local bands, PR, management and label help is out of their reach. But Muñiz is ready to move on to the next chapter of her life, which is taking her north to Austin for a new marketing gig and to focus on recording her new album. Born in California, she moved to Schertz as a child

after her mother got a posting at Randolph Air Force Base. Muñiz graduated from Samuel Clemens High School in ‘03 and shortly after discovered the St. Mary’s St. venue Limelight. Watching the now-defunct band Big Soy and Druggist (who actually is still releasing music), Muñiz began making Myspace flyers for the bands and opened for them with her own acoustic singersongwriter jams. In 2011, after gigging around the St. Mary’s strip for a few years at places like the now-closed Saluté and Ruta Maya, she was invited to the KRTU-HD2 station, the second Internet radio sub-channel of KRTU 91.7 FM, to perform her music live. “I went there and I ended up talking about local music for an hour or so,” Muñiz said. “The next day, they offered me a job hosting their local show called Now Playing, part of the Good Job Texas programming. The program was three hours long, and so many people would come through it and play that it was like a doctor’s office – just constant rotation.” Good Job Texas eventually lost funding, and Now Playing folded with it. However, six months later, KRTU reached out again to Muñiz and asked her if she wanted to host Live and Local. Her last broadcast was Thursday, May 17. “It was kind of like raising 50 children,” Muñiz said with a laugh. “I felt very, very attached to every single

one of those bands. Everybody I interviewed was my favorite band.” A lot of the musicians she talked with were at the start of their careers. While it was frustrating at times answering the same questions over and over from green artists, she said, contributing to the music community and watching bands grow has been a real joy. “I’m excited for the next DJ to come through and get a fresh perspective and [work with] bands that I may have overlooked.” Muñiz says her record should be out next spring, with a tour to immediately follow. With her years of working with new artists, we asked her for some breadcrumbs of advice for the next up-andcoming San Antonio band that wants to make a career out of their music. “Go to your favorite bands’ concerts – whoever it is that is inspiring your sound right now – go see them live,” she said. “Write down everything that they’re doing. Get there early, watch them unload the truck, talk to the sound guy, talk to the manager, get to the very front and see what pedals they’re using, see how their stage presence is holding your attention. There are so many things that you can learn from something that you’re already obsessed with. And once you put yourself on that level, before you know it, you’re opening for your favorite bands.”

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Fans of sweaty, bluesy garage rock with a punk soul and an Americana heart will have plenty to rejoice in with this show. Hailing from Whitney, Texas, Lincoln Durham is an ace fiddler, a fine blues guitarist and a one-man-band/singersongwriter who conjures a furious and explosive blues rock sound—like a Jack White but with more darkness and deadpan, less cheek and bluster. He’s an absolute treat to experience live. For a good intro to Durham’s work, check out his most recent album, released in March, And Into Heaven Came the Night. ATX’s the Ghost Wolves, with a generous and far-flung sound that incorporates Americana, blues, and garage-rock into an overall pop-punk vibe, pairs well with Durham. Both acts harness the propulsive nature of blues rock in different ways and to different effect. $12-15, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – James Courtney WED

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With Trump in the White House, many of us are tempted to punch a wall on a daily basis. Safer but just as cathartic might be watching these two storied purveyors of ‘80s hardcore punk vent their bile onstage. Headliners Millions of Dead Cops (formed in Texas as the Stains before relocating to San Fran) cranked out some of the era’s most scathing critiques of social ills, from police brutality to the fast-food industry. Their anthems “Violent Rednecks,” “John Wayne Was a Nazi” and “Born to Die” embody the anti-authoritarian rage that defines the best punk of that (or any) era. For its part, D.O.A. put Canadian hardcore on the map with a distinctive blend of humor, radical politics and tough-as-nails riffing. Outspoken Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra even collaborated with the band in 1990 to create the nihilistic masterpiece Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors. Yeah, Trump will still be president after the show lets out, but just like in the ‘80s, there will be something reaffirming about knowing a whole hall full of people in your town also hate his fucking guts. 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – Sanford Nowlin FRI

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The Last Bandoleros The Last Bandoleros is a strange and wild beast. And the band, a four-piece that features brothers Diego and Emilio Navaira, sons of late Tejano legend Emilio Navaira, is having its moment. Since the outfit’s debut in 2016, the Last Bandoleros have caught the attention of fans of country, rock and pop alike. The band’s infectious sound blends 1960s and 1990s rock ’n’ roll elements with Tex-Mex and country flourishes and pop harmonies, with the result being a singular sound that is full of energy and bravado. Rolling Stone recently hailed the Last Bandoleros as “The Year’s Most Important New Country Band,” owing to the group’s potential to bring some diversity to a depressingly homogenous genre. In a live setting, especially at a venue like Floore’s, the band lets loose on its wild side, rocking out with abandon and bringing home the rowdy side of each of the genres it synthesizes so successfully. $1215, 9pm, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd, Helotes, liveatfloores.com. – JC FRI

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Naga Little Mazaran Little Mazaran writes the kind of music that hits you like a soft cloud or a bunch of falling feathers. Light and ethereal, the music incorporates single, reverberating banjo notes, violins and other folk instruments that envelop listeners in indie folk whispers. Born Lindsey Verril, her project sounds like it could appear on a playlist with artists such as Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom and Mirah. Also on the bill is Aisha Burns, a singer-songwriter folk artist whose voice might be one of the most unique in the entire genre. Round, airy, yet full, without being too overpowering, Burns’ vocals float over her melancholy folk tunes like soft light reflecting off a creek bed. Yes, it’s that chill. Free, 8pm, Lowcountry, 318 Martinez St., (210) 560-2224. – Chris Conde SAT

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Dayeater Two of Austin’s finest under-the-radar psychedelic rock acts are coming to town for a searing séance of a show this Saturday. Naga Brujo, for starters, is a four-piece that boasts an expansive psychedelic purview, spanning the full range of psych-rock niches from yelping and stomping freakouts to plodding breakdowns, from meandering and groovy grooves to droning moments of serenity. Dayeater, for its part, is a three-piece with a tighter focus. Dayeater’s sound, as you can dig for yourself at dayeater.bandcamp.com, is fast, frantic and fuzzy — and even a little bit funky. The band plays loud and loose, and its punk intensity makes it a welcome outlier in the dream/haze-dominated, contemporary psych-rock milieu. $3, 9:45pm, La Botanica, 2911 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 716-0702, vivalabotanica.com. – JC SAT

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Band can rock the house with high energy, or slow it down with story songs from their life experiences. With Zack Walther on lead guitar, harmonica, and vocals, and Matthew Briggs’ unique stand-up performance on drums and piano, and Shawn Hart on bass and vocals, they can entertain any crowd. $10. Gruene Hall, 8pm. SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Doc Watkins and His Orchestra South Texas jazz musician Brent “Doc” Watkins and his orchestra perform live. $30. Jazz, TX, 8:30-11:30pm. Eddie Saenz Rio Grande Valley native Eddie grew up influenced by the likes of Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, and Waylon Jennings, and chart toppers such as George Strait and Dwight Yoakam. Free. The Rustic, 9:30-11pm. Kiss Alike - A Tribute to Kiss Seasoned musicians make up this Houston-based tribute band dedicated to making it sound and look as authentic as possible to give fans an unforgettable KISS experience. Aztec Theatre, 8pm. Kyle Park Born and raised outside of Austin, Kyle Park started playing country venues when he was 15 years old. Since then, he’s had ten singles on the Texas Music Chart’s Top 10, including two #1 singles. His Fall EP peaked at No. 1 in 2010 on the Billboard Heatseekers South Central list. $15. Gruene Hall, 8pm. Shy Boys American indie-pop band from Kansas City, Missouri. The line-up consists of brothers Collin Rausch and Kyle Rausch, and Konnor Ervin. Paper Tiger, 8pm. SUNDAY, JUNE 10 BillyRay Sheppard’s Second Sunday Smooth Jazz: Juneteenth Edition Join BillyRay Sheppard and some of San Antonio’s finest musicians at the Juneteenth installment of Second Sunday Smooth Jazz. This month’s celebration features southern comfort food, good company and great music steps from the Alamodome. Bring your graduates to celebrate the end of the school year, the beginning of summer and life while grooving to the sounds of smooth jazz and R & B. This month’s charity partner is the Boy’s and Girl’s Club Eastside. $15. Tony G’s Soul Food, 6:30-9:30pm. The Gibbonses Since making the move to Dallas in early 2015, the couple’s unique blend of Southern Soul, Americana and Rhythm & Blues has been well-received by music fans throughout Texas. Free. The Rustic, 12:30-2pm.

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compromises and win-win solutions, this couple is doomed, regardless of diapers under the bed.” Now let’s bring in a voice you rarely hear when diaper fetishists are being discussed: an actual diaper fetishist. “The common misconception with ABDL (adult baby diaper lovers) is that they are into inappropriate things — like having an interest in children — and this couldn’t be more wrong,” said Pup Jackson, a twentysomething diaper lover and kink educator. “AB is not always sexual. Sometimes it’s a way for a person to disconnect from their adult life and become someone else. With DLs, they aren’t necessarily into age play — they enjoy diapers and the way they feel, much like people enjoy rubber, Lycra or other materials. To understand her husband, MADDL needs to ask questions about why her husband enjoys diapers and figure out how to deal with it — because a lot of people want/need these kinds of outlets in their life.” Okay, MADDL, now it’s time for me to share my thoughts with you, but — Christ almighty — I hardly know where to begin. “Great guys” can be into diapers; this is not who your husband “chooses to be,” since people don’t choose their kinks any more than they choose their sexual orientation; outing your husband to his mother was unforgivable and could ultimately prove to be a fatal-to-yourmarriage violation of trust; a counselor isn’t going to be able to reach into your husband’s head and yank out his kink. (“I absolutely hate that therapists are seen as sexual enforcers who are supposed to carve away any undesirable sexual interests and make people ‘normal,’” said Dr. Ley.) You’re clearly not interested in understanding your husband’s kink, per Pup Jackson’s advice, nor are you open to working out an accommodation that allows your husband to explore his kink on his own, per Dr. Ley’s advice. Instead you’ve convinced yourself that if you pitch a big enough fit, your First, MADDL, let’s calmly discuss this with husband will choose a spouse who makes him a shrink. feel terrible about himself over a kink that gives “There’s a fair bit of controversy over whether him pleasure. And that’s not how this is going people can suppress fetishistic desires like to play out. this — and whether it’s healthy to ask them to do Your husband told you he was into diapers so,” said Dr. David Ley, a clinical psychologist, before he married you — he laid his kink cards author, and AASECT-certified sex therapist. on the table at five months, long before you “Personally, I believe in some cases, depending scrambled your DNA together — and he on the support of their environment and personal backed down when you freaked out. He may relationships, it is possible, but only when these have thought he could choose you over his desires are relatively mild in intensity.” kink, MADDL, but now he knows what Dr. Ley Your husband’s interest in diapers — which could’ve told you two before the wedding: would seem to go all the way back to at least Suppressing a kink just isn’t possible. So if age 7 — can’t be described as mild. you can’t live with the diaper lover you married “Given the apparent strength and persistence — if you can’t accept his kink, allow him to of her husband’s interest, I think it unlikely that indulge it on his own, and refrain from blowing suppression could ever be successful,” said Dr. up when you stumble onto any evidence — do Ley. “In this case, I think MADDL’s desire for her that diaper-loving husband of yours a favor husband to have sexual desires she agrees with and divorce him. in order for her to be married to him is a form Follow Dr. David Ley on Twitter @DrDavidLey of sexual extortion, i.e., ‘If you love me and want and Pup Jackson on Twitter @pupjacksonbitez. to be with me, you’ll give up this sexual interest that I find disgusting.’ Without empathy, mutual mail@savagelove.net respect, communication, unconditional love, @fakedansavage on Twitter and willingness to negotiate and accommodate ITMFA.org I’ve been married to my husband for two years. Five months into our relationship (before we got married), he confessed that he was an adult baby. I was so grossed out, I was literally ill. (Why would this great guy want to be like this?) I told him he would have to choose: diapers or me. He chose me. I believed him and married him. Shortly before the birth of our child, I found out that he’d been looking at diaper porn online. I lost it. He apologized and said he’d never look at diaper porn again. Once I was free to have sex again after the birth, it was like he wasn’t into it. When I asked what the deal was, he told me he wasn’t into sex because diapers weren’t involved. I broke down, and he agreed to talk to a counselor. But on the day we were supposed to go, he was mad about every little thing I did and then said he wasn’t going! I went crazy and called his mom and told her everything, and she said she found a diaper under his bed when he was 7! After this crisis, he agreed to work things out, but then I found adult-size diapers in the house — and not for the first time! I took a picture and sent it to him, and he told me that he was tired of me controlling him and he is going to do this when he wants. He also said he was mad at me for telling his mom. I told him no, absolutely not, he cannot do this. Then I found adult-size diapers in the house again this morning and freaked out. He says he never wants to discuss diapers with me again, and I’m afraid he might choose them over me! Please give me advice on how to make him understand that this is not him! This is who he chooses to be! And he doesn’t have to be this way! Married A Disgusting Diaper Lover

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY by Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you would be wise to ruffle and revise your relationship with time. It would be healthy for you to gain more freedom from its relentless demands; to declare at least some independence from its oppressive hold on you; to elude its push to impinge on every move you make. Here’s a ritual you could do to spur your imagination: Smash a timepiece. I mean that literally. Go to the store and invest $20 in a hammer and alarm clock. Take them home and vociferously apply the hammer to the clock in a holy gesture of pure, righteous chastisement. Who knows? This bold protest might trigger some novel ideas about how to slip free from the imperatives of time for a few stolen hours each week. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Promise me that you won’t disrespect, demean, or neglect your precious body in the coming weeks. Promise me that you will treat it with tender compassion and thoughtful nurturing. Give it deep breaths, pure water, healthy and delicious food, sweet sleep, enjoyable exercise, and reverential sex. Such veneration is always recommended, of course -- but it’s especially crucial for you to attend to this noble work during the next four weeks. It’s time to renew and revitalize your commitment to your soft warm animal self. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Between 1967 and 1973, NASA used a series of Saturn V rockets to deliver six groups of American astronauts to the moon. Each massive vehicle weighed about 6.5-million pounds. The initial thrust required to launch it was tremendous. Gas mileage was seven inches per gallon. Only later, after the rocket flew farther from the grip of Earth’s gravity, did the fuel economy improve. I’m guessing that in your own life, you may be experiencing something like that seven-inchesper-gallon feeling right now. But I guarantee you won’t have to push this hard for long.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Mars, the planet that rules animal vitality and instinctual enthusiasm, will cruise through your astrological House of Synergy for much of the next five months. That’s why I’ve concluded that between now and mid-November, your experience of togetherness can and should reach peak expression. Do you want intimacy to be robust and intense, sometimes bordering on rambunctious? It will be if you want it to be. Adventures in collaboration will invite you to wander out to the frontiers of your understanding about how relationships work best. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Which astrological sign laughs hardest and longest and most frequently? I’m inclined to speculate that Sagittarius deserves the crown, with Leo and Gemini fighting it out for second place. But having said that, I suspect that in the coming weeks you Leos could rocket to the top of the chart, vaulting past Sagittarians. Not only are you likely to find everything funnier than usual; I bet you will also encounter more than the usual number of authentically humorous and amusing experiences. (P.S.: I hope you won’t cling too fiercely to your dignity, because that would interfere with your full enjoyment of the cathartic cosmic gift.) VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): According to my analysis of the astrological omens, a little extra egotism might be healthy for you right now. A surge of super-confidence would boost your competence; it would also fine-tune your physical well-being and attract an opportunity that might not otherwise find its way to you. So, for example, consider the possibility of renting a billboard on which you put a giant photo of yourself with a tally of your accomplishments and a list of your demands. The cosmos and I won’t have any problem with you bragging more than usual or asking for more goodies than you’re usually content with. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The coming weeks will be a favorable time for happy endings to sad stories, and

for the emergence of efficient solutions to convoluted riddles. I bet it will also be a phase when you can perform some seemingly clumsy magic that dispatches a batch of awkward karma. Hooray! Hallelujah! Praise Goo! But now listen to my admonition, Libra: The coming weeks won’t be a good time to toss and turn in your bed all night long thinking about what you might have done differently in the month of May. Honor the past by letting it go. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Dear Dr. Astrology: In the past four weeks, I have washed all 18 of my underpants four times. Without exception, every single time, each item has been inside-out at the end of the wash cycle. This is despite the fact that most of them were not insideout when I threw them in the machine. Does this weird anomaly have some astrological explanation? - UpsideDown Scorpio.” Dear Scorpio: Yes. Lately your planetary omens have been rife with reversals, inversions, flip-flops, and switchovers. Your underpants situation is a symptom of the bigger forces at work. Don’t worry about those bigger forces, though. Ultimately, I think you’ll be glad for the renewal that will emerge from the various turnabouts. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): As I sat down to meditate on your horoscope, a hummingbird flew in my open window. Scrambling to herd it safely back outside, I knocked my iPad on the floor, which somehow caused it to open a link to a Youtube video of an episode of the TV game show Wheel of Fortune, where the hostess Vanna White, garbed in a long red gown, revealed that the word puzzle solution was USE IT OR LOSE IT. So what does this omen mean? Maybe this: You’ll be surprised by a more-orless delightful interruption that compels you to realize that you had better start taking greater advantage of a gift or blessing that you’ve been lazy or slow to capitalize on. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’re in a phase when

you’ll be smart to bring more light and liveliness into the work you do. To spur your efforts, I offer the following provocations. 1. “When I work, I relax. Doing nothing makes me tired.” - Pablo Picasso. 2. “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” - Ann Landers. 3. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” - Aristotle. 4. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” - Scott Adams. 5. “Working hard and working smart can sometimes be two different things.” - Byron Dorgan. 6. “Don’t stay in bed unless you can make money in bed.” - George Burns. 7. “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.” - Mark Twain. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “There isn’t enough of anything as long as we live,” said poet and short-story writer Raymond Carver. “But at intervals a sweetness appears and, given a chance, prevails.” My reading of the astrological omens suggests that the current phase of your cycle is one of those intervals, Aquarius. In light of this grace period, I have some advice for you, courtesy of author Anne Lamott: “You weren’t born a person of cringe and contraction. You were born as energy, as life, made of the same stuff as stars, blossoms, breezes. You learned contraction to survive, but that was then.” Surrender to the sweetness, dear Aquarius. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Between you and your potential new power spot is an imaginary ten-foot-high, electrified fence. It’s composed of your least charitable thoughts about yourself and your rigid beliefs about what’s impossible for you to accomplish. Is there anything you can do to deal with this inconvenient illusion? I recommend that you call on Mickey Rat, the cartoon superhero in your dreams who knows the difference between destructive destruction and creative destruction. Maybe as he demonstrates how enjoyable it could be to tear down the fence, you’ll be inspired to join in the fun.

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