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Catching Fire

Wildlife is an impressive and intimate directorial debut by actor Paul Dano

S.A. a Tech Hotspot?

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‘Boy’ Interrupted

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Trip the Light Fantastic Dazzling installations, roving performers, live tattooing and the ghosts of Hemisfair’s past converge at Luminaria’s Tricentennial edition

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What to expect from the music of Luminaria

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is easily comedian Melissa McCarthy’s best performance of her career Harmful effects of gay conversion therapy exposed in complex comingof-age drama

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SA Noise Continues

Experimental noise artist Fierce Deity releases new EP

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Poems for the Tricentennial

A Poetic Legacy

This exhibition combines poetry with graphic design to commemorate the more than 300 year history of San Antonio from the Pre-Columbian era to the Present Day. It features the winning poems submitted by San Antonio poets in honor of the Tricentennial. The poems were interpreted by visual and graphic artists and transformed into two-dimensional vinyl works of art.

Opening Reception Mariana Aitches

Lucas Jacob

Dario Beniquez

Seres Jaime Magaña

Diane Bertrand

Pablo Miguel Martínez

Ariana Brown

Robert McGowan

Jacinto Cardona

Regina Moya

Carolyn Chatham

Maya Obregon

Irene Chavez

Kamala Platt

Joyce Henefield Coleman

Anjela Ratliff

Aaron Deutsch

Bárbara Renaud González

Cyra Dumitru

Ravi Shankar

Cassandra Farrin

Linda Simone

Fernando Esteban Flores

Burgin Streetman

Sofia Fortuna

John Tribble

John Fry

Eduardo Vega

Lisha Adela García

Mobi Warren

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Thursday, November 15, 2018 • 6:00pm – 9:00pm Isabel Ann Castro

Erin McAndrew

Paloma Cortez

John Medina

Danielle Cunningham

Sharon Milford

Coral Diaz

Regina Morales

Kazim Fahim

Rolando Murillo

Adriana Garcia

AnaBellePepper

Ron Garcia

Moe Profane

Rigoberto Luna

Ray Tattooed Boy

Gilbert Martinez

Frank Trejo

Martha Martinez

Exhibition on view through April 25, 2019

Free and Open to the Public

Culture Commons Gallery • 115 Plaza de Armas • San Antonio, TX 78205 Monday – Friday • 8:00am – 5:00pm #GETCREATIVESA | GETCREATIVESANANTONIO.COM | 210-206-ARTS |

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n May 1997, Esequiel Hernandez Jr., an 18-year-old U.S. citizen, was herding his family’s goats along the Rio Grande when he heard a noise in the scrub and raised a rifle he carried for protection against coyotes. One of four Marines patrolling nearby for drug smugglers fired on Hernandez, killing him. In the investigation that followed, federal officials claimed the South Texas high schooler shot first, but that did little to still the uproar. In the end, the tragic embarrassment of Hernandez’s death forced the government to scale back military deployments along he U.S.-Mexico border. Until now. Last week, ahead of the contentious midterms, Donald Trump announced he’d send up to 15,000 soldiers to the border to hold back a caravan of Central American migrants seeking asylum here. The order marked the largest domestic deployment of active-duty military in modern American history and could set dangerous precedents about the use of combat troops inside the United States, national security experts warn. “What you really need down there are people trained in refugee and asylum-seeker operations,” said Bishop Garrison, a West Point graduate and army vet who serves as interim director of the Truman National Security Project. “Instead, you’re sending in something that looks like an occupying force.” Trump’s promised deployment is more than the total number of U.S. military personnel mopping up the remnants of ISIS in Iraq and

Syria, Garrison points out. What’s more, the troops join 2,000 National Guardsmen the president already deployed to the border — many reportedly engaged in menial tasks because there’s not enough work. There’s no official count of how many Central American migrants make up the caravan — published reports range from 3,600 to 15,000 – but it’s clear that the migrants are primarily women and children and still weeks from reaching the border. “Given this group of migrants is over a thousand miles away, this is a tactic used to instill fear among the American people, undermines the readiness of the military, and is a waste of federal resources as the National Guard is already deployed to the border,” said U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio.

Hardening the Border Other presidents have deployed the military to harden the border. George W. Bush and Barack Obama both dispatched guardsmen to South Texas. But what troubles experts this time is both the use of active-duty personnel and the president’s increasingly incendiary rhetoric. As the midterms loomed, the former reality-show star worked to whip the Republican base into an anti-immigrant lather, pledging to singlehandedly strike down the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship and launching an anti-Democrat campaign ad that critics call the most racist in decades. “This caravan isn’t a national security issue,” said Will Fischer, 8 6

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Times reported that deploying commanders were told to prep for threats including armed vigilantes and protesters intent on stoking violence. “They’re just laughing in our face,” Texas Minutemen president Shannon McGauley told the AP. “It’s a free-for-all in America.” Giving credence to the threat, the border patrol last week cautioned landowners to expect “possible armed civilians” to venture onto their property. The concerns of vigilante activity come as the deeply divided country is already on edge from mail bomb attacks against prominent Trump critics and a mass slaughter at a Pittsburgh synagogue. “I’m concerned about how the energy down there could play out,” said Renelinda Arana Bressler, a sociology professor at Our Lady of the Lake University who tracks immigration issues. “I’m fearful that the rhetoric could have an effect on mentally unstable people looking to act on their anger.”

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ment. Since that statute can be suspended in event of a national emergency, Trump’s increasingly pitched warnings seems to set the stage for such a declaration. “One of the things I’d watch for in particular is whether the military stays out of the patrolling business,” said Mark F. Cancian, senior adviser for international security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “They’re highly trained at what they do, but troops are very bad at dealing with civilians.”

Mobilizing Militias But the shit show doesn’t end at Trump’s virulent rhetoric. Goaded on by the talk of a border crisis, members of armed right-wing militias recently announced plans to show up at the border with firearms in tow, according to the Associated Press. And the Military

Even if calm heads prevail, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, worries the deployment could be another black eye for a region trying to convince the rest of the country it’s not a boiling cauldron of violence. In almost every case, crime rates in U.S. border counties are lower than the average for similarly sized inland counties, according to an analysis by the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute. Cuellar warns that many Mexicans are likely to view the military escalation as the strongest warning sign yet that they’re not wanted in the U.S. Since Trump took office, border crossings by Mexican citizens have dwindled, as have the dollars they spend at businesses in the congressman’s district. Some, he added, have seen sales drop by half. “They’re afraid to come over right now,” Cuellar said. “Some just say, ‘What the heck? Why am I giving money to a country that doesn’t respect me?’” Beyond that, critics charge, the massive deployment may not just be an attempt to intimidate border crossers but established Hispanic communities in South Texas and beyond. From the beginning of his campaign, Trump has stoked the fires of nativism and surrounded himself with nationalists including former advisor Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, the main engineer of the president’s immigration policy. Deploying armed personnel into South Texas sends a not-so-subtle signal. “Since before the presidential election, Trump has tried to make it plain to the country that he thinks there’s one American identity and that some people have a more legitimate claim to it than others,” said Stephanie Martin, a communications professor at Southern Methodist University who tracks public discourses of conservative movements. She also cautions that standard conventions about what a president can do with deployed troops may not hold true in this case. Trump has repeatedly shown his willingness to breach long-established expectations. “My biggest concern is that we forget the norms of being in a functional democracy,” she said.


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S.A. a Tech Hotspot?

We’re not so sure, but that’s what Inc. Magazine says BY SARAH MARTINEZ

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ustin may be considered the Silicon Valley of Texas, but San Antonio has a lot to offer to the tech industry, too. In its November 2018 issue, Inc. Magazine argued just that, saying that the Alamo City is a “tech hotspot.”  The magazine writes that San Antonio dominates cybersecurity, and has since 1985. That year, the Air Force consolidated its electronic security mission to Military City USA. That move brought defense contractors and eventually a National Security Agency outpost. Today, there’s plenty of cybersecurity startups popping up throughout San Antonio. So why isn’t the 2-1-0 getting recognition for its place in the tech industry? Inc. writes that the big companies here “work in the shadows.” Companies like ThreatGuard, SecureLogix, Silotech and Innové do important work that you might hear about on the news, but they›re just not household names.  Higher education across the city is helping propel San Antonio’s place in the industry. UTSA has three cybersecurity centers, one of them being the nation’s topranked program. The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition brings student experts together to the city to train and learn more about a growing industry.  Inc. predicts the demand for cybersecurity will benefit San Antonio as global cybersecurity spending is expected to hit $1 trillion within the next five years. 

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The magazine’s spotlight on San Antonio comes a few months after the Alamo City was named the best city for software developers in the entire country, based on job availability, average income and cost of living.

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an Antonio will for the first time regulate the short-term rental of homes through services like Airbnb, requiring owners to pay taxes and limiting how many properties used strictly for rental can operate in neighborhoods. On Thursday, city council voted 8-2 to approve the new rules, which would require owners of properties listed on Airbnb, HomeAway and other online sites to register with the city and face penalties for rules violations.  With the advent of the online “sharing economy,” travelers have used such rental properties — from guest rooms to entire houses — as a way to avoid pricey hotel stays and experience cities at a neighborhood level.  But some homeowners want to put brakes on the practice, pointing to traffic and safety issues. Others are worried about maintaining the character of their neighborhoods, especially as investors snatch up multiple rental properties.  San Antonio’s new rules are largely regarded as a compromise between concerned neighbors and rental services like Airbnb and HomeAway, both of which backed the final vote. 


Second Friday Happy Hour San Antonio Museum of Art November 9 | 6:00–8:00 p.m. Art: All that glitters isn't gold....what is "gold" to you? Highlights of the permanent collection. Gallery tours: 5:30, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. (space is limited) Music: The Foreign Arm Bar: The Esquire Tavern Food: Snack boxes for purchase from Tre

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A new month sees another swell exhibition opening at Clamp Light. For this exhibit, artists Jose Balli and Naomi Wanjiku will share new works that, while quite different in composition and style, all focus loosely on the concept of cycles — in the natural world, in society and in the realm of the personal. Both artists tease out contemplation on “rebirth, fertility, rejuvenation, spirituality and the cyclical nature of identity.” Wanjiku, a Kenyan artist with deep ties to historical empowerment movements in that country, will present huge galvanized metal pieces known in Swahili as mabati. In mimicking the effects of weather in her process with these giant sheets, Wanjiku alludes to nature’s cycles while simultaneously making reference to the Mabati Women’s Group of the 1960s, which saw women burdened with all manner of homestead work while men traveled for work. Balli, for his part, will show mixed-media work that uses shed rattlesnake skin and looks to “juxtapose the delicate rattlesnake skin against the historical Catholic iconographic figure [of the Virgen de Guadalupe] and its pre-Columbian ori12

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It’s been nearly 10 months since allegations against comedian Aziz Ansari surfaced from an anonymous woman who said she felt “pressured” to engage in sexual activity with him during a date last fall. Ansari has called the sexual activity “completely consensual” while the woman said she was “giving off cues that [she] wasn’t interested.” Since the accusations, opinions on the matter have been polarizing. Feminist author Jessica Valenti tweeted that “what the culture considers normal sexual encounters are … oftentimes harmful.” Female New York Times opinion columnist Bari Weiss called the claims “arguably the worst thing that has happened to the #MeToo movement since it began.” The Atlantic writer Caitlin Flanagan wrote that there seems to be “a whole country full of young women who don’t know how to call a cab.” So, where does this leave Ansari and his career? Will fans embrace him on what is essentially a comeback tour? Netflix announced in June that they would like to work with him on a new season of Master of None, so maybe he’s using these stand-up performances to test the waters. There really are only two things he can do: sink or swim. $42.50-$68.50, 7pm & 9:30pm, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.– Kiko Martinez gin.” Free, 7-10pm, Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery, 1704 Blanco Road, Suite 104, (512) 569-8134, clamplightsa.com. . — James Courtney

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After the so-called “Latin explosion” of 1999, a marketing ploy spearheaded by Sony Music that brought Jennifer Lopez to global stardom and saw the “crossover” careers of Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony, few Latinos would find success on English-language (mainstream) radio. Failed by the promise of the “Latin explosion,” many artists reverted to the sidelines and even mega-stars Thalia and Paulina Rubio couldn’t command the spotlight with underwhelming “cross-over” attempts in the early 2000s. But nearly two decades later, Latin pop is all the rage again with Latinos dominating You-

Tube views and everyone from Justin Bieber to Drake and Beyoncé clamoring to record Spanish-language singles. On Friday, one of the original hit-makers, the salsa and pop singer Marc Anthony, will perform at the AT&T Center as part of the artist’s Legacy Tour. With his albums Todo a Su Tiempo and Contra La Coriente, Anthony established himself as the biggest-selling salsa artist of all time. His 1999 self-titled English-language album cemented his status as a global icon and included the hits “I Need to Know” and “You Sang to Me.” Born Marco Antonio Muñíz, he would become known as Marc Anthony to avoid confusion with the famous Mexican balladeer of the same name. As he once recounted to The New York Times, the singer draws from influences as far-ranging as Marvin Gaye, salsa musician Ray Barretto and the Bee Gees (a reflection of his upbringing in East Harlem in the 1970s) to create his unique brand of genre-defying, cross-cultural, bilingual anthems. In recent years, Anthony has collaborated with emerging artists like Maluma, Bad Bunny and Gente de


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Founded by Michael Ibrahim as a student ensemble at the University of Michigan in 2009, the National Arab Orchestra soon rose to become the “nation’s leading organization for Arab music.” Synthesizing the Western and Arab traditions, the NAO is comprised of an orchestral complement of violin, cello and double bass accompanied by traditional Arab instruments that include the oud, nay and qanun. As it has grown, the NAO has promoted diversity and educational initiatives as part of its mission, including a visit to San Antonio in January by the NAO’s smaller Takht Ensemble, which performed with YOSA during this year’s DreamWeek celebration. Now the full ensemble brings its latest program to San Antonio: “On the Courtesy of National Arab Orchestra Shoulders of Giants: Arab Women in Music.” The performance, which premiered in Detroit earlier this year, features prominent female Arab vocalists and artists and commemorates the contributions of women to Arab music and culture across millennia. $25-$50, 7:30pm, Trinity University, Laurie Auditorium, One Trinity Pl., (210) 999-8117, araborchestra.org. — Kelly Merka Nelson

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Zona, tapping into the current youth culture and symbolically passing the torch to a younger generation of artists. The video for “La Gozadera,” his 2015 hit alongside Gente de Zona, has amassed over one billion views on YouTube. Unlike the “Latin explosion” that introduced Anthony to English-speaking audiences, today’s Latin music resurgence is fueled not by industry heads but by changing U.S. demographics (Latinos are now the second-largest ethnic group in the U.S.) and the emergence of reggaetón as a global phenomenon. From the recently released “Está Rico” featuring Will Smith and Latin trap star Bad Bunny to his best-selling salsa records in the 1990s and beyond (including the excellent 2007 El Cantante soundtrack), Anthony’s catalog of hit records is a lesson in Latin pop music. $63-$1,500, 8pm, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com. — Marco Aquino


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DeRozan to continue to flourish as a closer. $32$2,106, 7:30pm, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com. — M. Solis

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After coming one Chris Paul hamstring injury away from making their first NBA Final appearance since 1995, the Houston Rockets entered the season with plenty of question marks. With defense-minded wings Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute both departing for greener financial pastures, the Rockets

have taken a step back on the defensive end where replacements Carmelo Anthony and Michael Carter-Williams have struggled early on. A nagging injury to league MVP James Harden has not helped Houston, which will receive no sympathy from Spurs faithful. The last time the two teams took the court, San Antonio lost starting point guard Dejounte Murray, presumably for the season. DeMar DeRozan has been masterful in Murray’s absence, particularly in crunch time where his play has sealed a pair of recent victories versus Western Conference rivals. Look for

Looks like there’s more competition in the local comic con ranks. Two weeks after Alamo City Comic Con ended, a brand-new production company, PMX Events, has thrown its hat onto the convention floor and lassoed in a few of its own celebrities to take part in its inaugural Celebrity Fan Fest this weekend. The three biggest celebrities on the guest list are all from the DC Comics world: actor and Oscar-winning writer and producer Ben Affleck (Batman), actor Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and actor Jason Momoa (Aquaman). Also scheduled to attend: actors Joe Flanigan and Jewel Staite from the SyFy series Stargate: Atlantis and actors David Anders and Aly Michalka from the CW series iZombie. According to PMX, CFF is only a small taste of what they have planned for the future. Its 2019 calendar includes a Celebrity Movie Con next fall. Since it seems like PMX is a fan of DC Comics, here’s a quick note to PMX president Bob Willis: Joker hits theaters October 4, 2019, so we expect to see actor Joaquin Phoenix in San Antonio for your very-first CMC. Thanks in advance. $10-$425, 9am-9pm Sat, 10am-7pm Sun, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Pkwy., (210) 2762500, pmxevents.com. – KM

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HEALTHY KIDS NEEDED FOR A STUDY ON BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

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We are conducting a study on brain development, using MRI to study the structure and function of the brain. There is NO radiation in MRI. To be in the study, the child should: Be between the ages of 8-17 years old, have not received a psychiatric diagnosis & have a parent without a psychiatric diagnosis.

Children will be: - Given pictures of their brain - Given a certificate from the University acknowledging their successful time volunteering in research - Given the gratification of knowing their participation may help other kids who are seriously ill - Paid for their participation

If you are interested in participating in this research, Please Call (210) 450-8362 OR BDstudySA@uthscsa.edu

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Everyone’s first brush with body painting was probably at a children’s birthday party, when simplistic kitty whiskers and rainbows ruled. But now, with the popularity of body paint competition reality show Skin Wars, the art form is gaining legitimacy and expanding into complex creations covering a model — often nude — from head to toe. with the newfound acceptance in the art scene and progressive edge, body painters can be found at events turning their models into living paintings. To expand body-painting culture to new audiences and give a platform to undiscovered talent, San Antonio-based organization Beyond the Canvas is holding their annual Texas Body Paint Competition, now in its 11th year, at the Guadalupe Theater. At the growing event, 30 body painters and live canvases from Texas and beyond, will compete to win the coveted first-place trophy. The special guest judge will be renowned body-paint master Craig Tracy, who was notably a judge on Skin Wars. Along with the body-paint competition, there will be live performances from the electric (literally) Flowbotics Hoop Troupe and Afro-Brazilian performance group Capoeira Luanda, and a set by DJ Sephi Hakubi. Beyond the Canvas was founded by San Antonio promoter Tomas Vasquez, who has since expanded his organization to hold events across the United States. But despite growing, his mission remains the same, focused on shining a spotlight on the community’s rising artists. In the words of Vasquez, BTC’s purpose is “working together for the benefit of the art community, creating opportunities within our city; providing mentors, fostering teamwork, cultivating a professional networking group and enabling artistic expression.” Tickets range from general admission for $30, to premium seating for $60. Big spenders can indulge in the VIP experience for $500, which includes a private table, bottle service and food. Watching paint dry has never been so fascinating. $30-$500, 5pm-1am, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St., (210) 271-3151, beyondthecanvas.org. — Shannon Sweet


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Continuing with the fourth season of its commendable and popular series Worth Repeating, TPR will host a night of purposeful sharing, centered loosely on the theme of “Trapped.” For those unfamiliar with the series, the concept is refreshingly simple: for each session, community members are invited to tell their own personal stories and insights centered on a particular chosen theme (which changes with every session). Seven storytellers, folks from all walks of life, each have seven minutes with which to enlighten their audience and unburden their hearts. From funny to heartbreaking, and everything in between, the stories these events have featured run the gamut of human experience, all through a local lens. This session will feature Joel Rivas, John Bloodsworth, Emily Collins, Denise Irizarry, Cindy Trevino and more. For more information about this recurring series, including how to potentially participate, visit the website listed below. $7, 7-9pm, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, tpr.org/programs/worth-repeating. — JC

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Trip the Light Fantastic Dazzling installations, roving performers, live tattooing and the ghosts of Hemisfair’s past converge at Luminaria’s Tricentennial edition BY BRYAN RINDFUSS

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aunched in 2008 by then-Mayor Phil Hardberger and under the direction of curator Kathy Armstrong since 2015, Luminaria has shifted shapes, hopped locations and fielded inevitable curve balls since its inception. In certain ways mirroring the growth of San Antonio itself, the ambitious endeavor has admirably sought to outdo itself each year while staying true to its germinating seed as a multimedia nighttime arts festival sewn together in part by a common thread of light. From its use to spotlight wide-ranging performances to its appearance in dazzling projections and sculptural installations, light factors into some, but not all, aspects of this year’s Luminaria, a two-day affair at Hemisfair that spins creative inspiration from San Antonio’s Tricentennial into projects that celebrate light’s bendable beauty and explore timely topics such as immigration, oppression, gentrification and equality. In an effort to unpack Luminaria 2018, we sat down with Armstrong for a chat about what’s new and noteworthy, along with a couple of slightly geeky ways to make the most of the festival.

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laying out “organizational partnerships” with the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), Contemporary Art Month (CAM), the Mexican Consulate and the Southern Fried Poetry Slam. Speaking about these partnerships, Armstrong explained that “NALAC and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio both have their own separate process for evaluating and granting artist projects, and they give major grants in some cases. So the Artist Foundation gives $15,000 to four different artists in four categories (visual arts, performing arts, literary arts and a people’s choice award determined by online voting). And then NALAC gives many, many grants to artists, especially Latino, Latina and Latinx artists. We specifically looked at their art funding for artists living in San Antonio. So the artists whose

Getting There, Getting Around Getting to Luminaria won’t be any harder than getting into Hemisfair — which isn’t all that easy. While you’re unlikely to score a parking meter nearby, you can cruise Southtown, Lavaca or King William for street parking or, better yet, take advantage of Via’s extended hours (until 12:30am on VIVA Culture Route 11 and VIVA Centro Route 301) or hail a discounted Lyft by using the promotional code LUMINARIA18. Once you’ve reached Hemisfair, all four of the park’s major entry points will be equipped with information booths offering free maps and programs along with Luminaira merch including the festival catalog ($10).

New Blood, New Collaborations In response to the predictable question “What’s new this year?” Armstrong began

Works by Luminaria featured artists Patty Ortiz (above) and Justin Eastman (top).

projects [those organizations] funded in San Antonio, we sent them invitations [telling them] that we would be happy to promote and produce their work at Luminaria.” While the majority of the artists contacted came on board for the festival, some felt their projects wouldn’t translate successfully. “It was the artists’ choice,” Armstrong said. “Because not everybody’s work could translate. In fact, Bonny Cisneros, who wrote the essay that’s at the beginning of our catalog, [was] one of the people who said, ‘I love this idea, but my project is more education-based.’ But most of the artists did take us up and they are contributing.” Spread throughout the footprint and encompassing varied disciplines (from live conjunto to time-lapse video), contributing grant winners include Fernando Andrade, Jesse J. Ruiz, Juan and Armando Tejeda, Suzy Gonzalez, Nan Cuba, Nathan Felix, Riley Robinson and Aaron Prado. As for the other three crossovers, CAM brings local artist David Alcantar to Hemisfair’s historic Schultze House for a live tattooing performance tied directly to a group exhibition featuring local artists; the Mexican Consulate selected Mexico City-based artists UNEG and Atentamente Una Fresa to create a collaborative mural on panels erected smack in the middle of the park; and the Southern Fried Poetry Slam imports award-winning word-slinger RADI for a one-off performance at UNAM-San Antonio. Speaking about this influx of award-winning talent, Armstrong summarized Luminaria’s recent outreach as an opportunity to “bring a new audience.” In addition to these creative partnerships, this year’s Luminaria came together with input from a newly reconfigured Curatorial Committee comprised of fashion designer/activist/DJ Agosto Cuellar, Alamo Music Center Vice President Adriana Flores, UTSA New Media program director Mark McCoin, curator Alana Coates, spoken-word artist/hip-hop vocalist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson and filmmaker Guillermina Zabala. 22 6

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Clockwise from far left: works by Rosa Nussbaum, Fernando Andrade, Jose Villalobos and Matthew Steinke. of German, Polish, Mexican and African-American residents who were displaced when the city bought the neighborhood using eminent domain in order to make way for the 1968 World’s Fair.

PATTY ORTIZ: WWKY: I AM HERE

San Antonio artist and curator Patty Ortiz continues her Work Won’t Kill You series with a duration performance addressing the “painful quandary of involuntary childhood immigrants who thought they had qualified for a path to citizenship through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).”

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DAVID ALCANTAR: ‘SKIN IN THE GAME: ACT 3’

An extension of his well-received solo show/social experiment at FL!GHT Gallery, David Alcantar’s Luminaria contribution takes over the Schultze House with an exhibition featuring works by himself and local artists Joe Harjo, Ethel Shipton, Sarah Fox and Luis Valderas. Blurring boundaries between his work as a tattoo artist and his fine-art practice, the wow factor here will easily be the thrill of Alacantar live tattooing flash versions of the featured works on participants he lined up in advance. “If you’re in the audience, you can’t come to get this done,” Armstrong explained. “But we will have are temporary tattoos of those five artworks that you can come away with. He really is interested in the intersection of the two art worlds, the visual art world through academia and gallery practice versus the tattoo parlor.”

MATTHEW STEINKE: DELIRIUM

An Austin-based artist and composer who works with robotics, animation, sculpture and “sonic narratives,” Matthew Steinke is set to transform the gallery at UNAM with his multimedia installation Delirium. “His installations are really all-immersive,” Armstrong said. “So he uses found objects and light and creates sculptures, but he also [uses] sound — so it’s sound, light and visual art. I’m really interested in seeing how the gallery at UNAM translates with his work.”

PROYECTO DIASPORA: NEAR STRANGERS

Sprung from the Electronic Arts program at the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Proyecto Diáspora is the collaborative brainchild of artists Constanza Casamadrid (Mexico) and Juan Camilo León (Colombia). Diving directly into the Tricentennial, Casamadrid conducted research at the San Antonio Public Library and the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures to facilitate Near Strangers, a digitally mapped portrait series that puts a high-tech spin on historical narratives. 22

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“You’ll be able to touch one person’s portrait and see how it electrically connects to other people on the map,” Armstrong said. “It’s a whole new interactive art form.”

FERNANDO ANDRADE: PAREDES

Known for exacting line work and photorealistic drawings that tackle socio-political themes, fast-rising San Antonio artist Fernando Andrade offers a compelling glimpse into his studio practice with Paredes, a time-lapse video documenting the creation of a new series of large-scale drawings to be unveiled at Central Library in February 2019. “It’s just a gorgeous film about the artistic process,” Armstrong said. “A lot of the artists this year have visual projections, so we were very careful to feature each of them independently throughout the night.”

ROSA NUSSBAUM, KEVIN CHOI, TRENT TUNKS AND MAKAYLA RUTT: THE GHOST OF GERMANTOWN

Excavating some of the skeletons in Hemisfair’s closet, this collaboration between Austin artists takes shape in a “traveling caravan” conjuring the spirits of Germantown — a once-thriving community

Billed as a complementary version of a previous exhibition based on ideas presented in the cookbook Decolonize Your Diet: Mexican-American PlantBased Recipes on Health and Healing, this group show curated by Suzy Gonzalez brings together artists Santa Barraza, Veronica Castillo, Jenelle Esparza, Audrya Flores, Naxieli Gomez, Arlene Mejorado, Mary Agnes Rodriguez, Alán Serna, Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez and Liliana Wilson for a creative exploration of “ancestral knowledge in relation to food, healing, spirituality and the land.”

JOSE VILLALOBOS: LA CARGA DE LA TRADICIÓN

Often exploring gender norms, gay identity and homophobia via installations and performance art, El Paso-born San Antonio artist Jose Villalobos will be activating the Luminaria footprint with La Carga de la Tradición, a roving piece Armstrong notes is “a little heavier and literally heavier” than some of the other projects on display. “He is looking at South Texas Latino culture and masculinity and will be dragging some cowboy boots full of concrete.”

PUBLIC ART SAN ANTONIO: ‘ART//CRAFT’

Housed in a discarded shipping container tricked out with a mural by local street artist Scotch!, the group show “ART//craft” revisits some of the highlights of the Tricentennial exhibition series “Common Currents” as selected by curator Mónica del Arenal.

JUSTIN EASTMAN: DE DAR A LUZ

Destined to be a favorite spot for selfies at Luminaria, the rainbow-hued light dome de Dar a Luz is a shining example of the colorful work of Justin Eastman, a Colorado-based software engineer who fuses elements of contemporary art and computer science.

XAVIER GILMORE: REPRISE

A UTSA grad recently highlighted by the Southwest School of Art, artist Xavier Gilmore uses collage, video, text and sound to investigate identity and perception. His anticipated Luminaria performance Reprise pays tribute to Bongo Joe, a late street performer who was embedded in the social fabric of downtown San Antonio from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. 25 6


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6 22 Interactive Opportunities If you’re one of those jaded, beenthere/done-that types who’s had enough of the whole festival experience, Luminaria boasts three ways for visitors to venture out of the box and assume a more active role. Premiered last year, the Light Up the Night contest tempts guests to get dolled up in artsy (and preferably illuminated) outfits for a chance to score a swag bag packed with Luminaria goodies. Ideal for the scavenger hunters in the crowd, the returning Art Quest program presents a unique challenge to experience some of the potentially greatest hits of Luminaria 2018. After picking up a free Art Quest booklet from one of the information booths in the park, participants will set off for six destinations — Fernando Andrade’s Paredes, Matthew Steinke’s Deliriums, David Alcantar’s “Skin in the Game: Act 3,” Patty Ortiz’s WWKY: I Am Here, Laura D. Schultz’s Sea Glow and a performance by Azul Barrientos, Joel Adrian and Jay Wile — where they’ll write responses to the work and get their “passport” stamped by an educator from creative reuse organization Spare Parts. Once completed, the Art Quest can be returned at any information booth and entered for a chance to win a $100 H-E-B gift card or, better yet, free Whataburger for an entire year. Easily the most conceptual way to navigate Luminaria, New York-based Improv Everywhere invites the adventurous to download their MP3 Experiment app, which begins a countdown to Luminaria. Come Saturday at 9pm, the app will prompt users to move to various points in Hemisfair at specific times. “You will have a secret set of instructions to follow to be part of this improv piece,” Armstrong explained. “And I can’t really tell you what they are because we don’t want people to know what they are. It’s going to be super-fun to see.”

experience. We’ve asked some of our featured artists to do a demonstration — we’ll have a glass demonstration (co-led by San Antonio’s own Justin Parr and Adam Smolensky) and two paper workshops this year (on paper-cutting techniques and creating paper lanterns from recycled materials). And then we also have a Brunch Series where you can sit down at a small table [in one of the historic houses] and talk to featured artists about the issues in their work.” Pairing featured artists “whose work is thematically connected” for conversations facilitated by members of the Curatorial Committee, this year’s brunches take shape in three intimate events ($35 per person) mining the subjects of “Migration” (with artists Patty Ortiz, Proyecto Diáspora and Ramin Samandari and curator Guillermina Zabala), “Legacy” (with artists Juan Tejeda and Jaime Umberto Mejia, and curator Adriana Flores) and “True Stories” (with author Nan Cuba, artists Susi Lopera and Xavier Gilmore, and curator Mark McCoin). Rounding out the Sunday programming is a new Artist Market stocked with works for purchase from Luminaria participants. Summing up her hopes for Sunday’s Community Arts Day, Armstrong said, “I think because we’re at the same location [both days] at Hemisfair, it’s going to be wildly successful.”

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Works by Atentamente Una Fresa (above) and Proyecto Diáspora (top).

An Enlightening Day After

As Armstrong reminds, the Saturday-night portion of Luminaria “has always been a showcase event – it hasn’t been a sales event.” In the last couple of years, the festival has rolled out creative workshops and artist brunches that are designed to complement the festival but have never been hosted inside the festival’s footprint. “The festival itself is meant to inspire, it’s meant to pique your interest, expose you to new art, get you interested,” she said. “But the Sunday events [are designed] to deepen your

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Wrapping up on a thoughtful note, Luminaria’s Closing Performance at Mission San José showcases Agarita, a local chamber ensemble that employs violin, viola, cello and piano as a means to “take classical music out of its ivory tower.” Representing collaborations with the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the National Park Service and the Western National Parks Association, the one-hour performance nods to Texas’ complex history via compositions based on Native American, Spanish, French and Mexican sounds, to be enhanced with a lighting installation created by audio/visual artist Chuck Drew. “The most amazing thing about this program is that the artists [have been given] access to interpret history in a historical site,” Armstrong said. Although seating in San José’s historic Granary is limited to 100 people, Agarita’s performance will be screened outside on the lawn, where guests can spread out blankets and enjoy the show under the evening sky. sacurrent.com | November 7-13, 2018 | CURRENT

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Felix recently won an Artist Foundation of San Antonio People’s Choice Award.

DEER VIBES

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Deer Vibes, masterminded by gifted local singer-songwriter Michael Carrillo, doesn’t play live nearly as much as it should these days. But ever since the band’s inception in 2008, it has remained one of the best-loved acts around. Therefore, any chance to catch this orchestral, cinematic-sounding indie-rock group do its thing is a can’tmiss. Plus, with three years past since the release of Deer Vibes’ last album, the excellent The Nature Of, we’re hoping to catch some new material.

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What to expect from the music of Luminaria BY JAMES COURTNEY

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ver the years, Luminaria has consistently improved its musical offerings, working with local musicians to curate diverse lineups that represent San Antonio’s expanding horizons as well as its complex history. This year, the festival’s Curatorial Committee includes local poet, rapper, singer, songwriter and activist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson as well as performance/sound/installation artist and educator Mark McCoin. The resulting lineup is easily one of Luminaria’s best ever. Below, we selected the seven performances we’re most excited to catch. See luminariasa.org for a full listing of performers and set times.

BUTTERCUP 5 7pm Sat, Main Stage

No stranger to the Luminaria stage, beloved San Antonio act Buttercup — a veteran art-rock/odd-pop band, for the uninitiated — has always brought aspects of the visual and performing arts to its ever-unpredictable, ever-uplifting live show. Longtime devotees of the band know that this stalwart three-piece is always quick with the surprises, those tiny miraculous bits of wonder and sharp on the execution of its emotive music. For this special performance, Buttercup will present a characteristically over-the-top performance, replete with projections, lights and confetti.

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In the past few months, composer, guerilla choir director and performance visionary Nathan Felix has been more visable in the Alamo City than ever. The Austin native has garnered international attention for his use of non-traditional performance spaces and general ability to push the typically staid and/or academic boundaries of contemporary classical music. For Luminaria, Felix and his gang of co-conspirators will present The War Bride: An Interactive Headphone Opera, an ambitious project for which

9pm Sat, UNAM Stage

Having dedicated countless hours to preserving and enlivening the traditions of conjunto and tejano music via his tireless work on the Tejano Conjunto Festival (which will be in its 38th year in 2019), Juan Tejada is also a gifted songwriter and accordionist himself. For Luminaria, he’ll take the stage with his brother Armando, who plays a mean bajo sexto, to play tracks off the pair’s upcoming release Raiz XicanX, which both showcases the versatility and honors the indigenous roots of the genre.

CADILLAC MUSIK \ 10pm Sat, Main Stage

This local band has been wowing audiences since 2007 with its eclectic and high-energy fusion of soul, funk, hiphop and pop. While the quartet channels influences from Outkast to George Clinton, from The Beatles to James Brown, and from Jimi Hendrix to Earth Wind and Fire, its style has, through the crucible of long hours spent honing its craft, become distinctly its own.

MR. COMPOSITION L 10:30pm Sat, UNAM Stage

A standout talent on the San Antonio rap scene for years, Kevin Prince, stage name Mr. Composition, has recently been busy writing and promoting his first novel and putting together all-arts showcases. A special treat for Luminaria, Prince will take the stage to do what he does best: paint pictures, tell stories and challenge the audience with his penetrating flows.

VOLCÁN

11pm Sat, Main Stage

The live experience of Volcán, a nuevo orquesta Latina that blends in bold psych-rock elements, is as kinetic as it is emotionally engaging. With 13 official members, the band always seems to be overflowing, bursting from the stage as big as its impossible sound. Not only does this explosive young act perfectly represent the cultural fusion of San Anto, but Volcán is probably the best local band doing it, in any genre, at the moment. sacurrent.com | November 7-13, 2018 | CURRENT

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Wildlife is an impressive and intimate directorial debut by actor Paul Dano BY KIKO MARTINEZ

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ver his 18-year career, actor Paul Dano has become one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets — a talented performer whose roles in mostly dramas and dark comedies are usually eclipsed by headlining movie stars or flashier characters or, in the case of last year’s Swiss Army Man, a farting Harry Potter. In a sense, some of Dano’s roles are tonally linked by seemingly reclusive characters who gradually break out of their shells to uncover another distinctive part of their personality. He does this with ease in Oscar-winning films like 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine and 2007’s There Will Be Blood. Dano takes this idea of a smoldering character and uses it to define the atmosphere of his directorial debut Wildlife — an intimate, low-key family affair that slowly gives way to a narrative where aggravation, pain and

resentment simmer beneath the landscape ready to flare up. All in all, it’s one of the best first independently produced features by an actor-turned-director since Tom McCarthy’s 2003 debut film The Station Agent. Set in the 1960s, the film, much like 2008’s Revolutionary Road, depicts the dissolution of a marriage and family. In this instance, it’s the Brinsons — Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal), his wife Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) and their teenage son Joe (Ed Oxenbould), who serves as the main spectator of the domestic drama. Making a life for themselves in a peaceful Montana town, Jerry stays busy working as a caddy at a local golf course. The family dynamic shifts greatly when he is abruptly fired from his job. Stuck in a rut and looking for something meaningful to do, he decides to leave town to become a modestly paid

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firefighter and battle the blazes destroying the state’s forests. With Jeanette at home upset with Jerry’s choice of employment, she finds solace in the arms of wealthy car dealership owner Warren Miller (Bill Camp). Subtle in its storytelling, screenwriters Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) and Dano offer a delicate approach to the subject matter as Joe attempts to understand what his mother is doing and how his fear of uncertainty is shaping his childhood. His awareness and concern for his family’s survival is palpable as Jeanette embroils herself into a

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? is easily comedian Melissa McCarthy’s best performance of her career

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hen she’s not trying to act like the female version of Kevin James by using physical comedy as a crutch, actress Melissa McCarthy has made some satisfying inroads as a comedian in flicks like 2015’s Spy and her Academy Award-nominated turn in 2011’s Bridesmaids. This year, unfortunately, she struck out big with The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party, so it’s a welcomed career move to see McCarthy change things up a bit in the film Can You Ever Forgive Me?, her most dramatic role to date — and her most remarkable. The character is well-matched to McCarthy’s self-deprecating wit and ability to make the flaws and vulnerabilities she brings to the role seem sympathetic, spirited and funny. In Forgive Me?, McCarthy plays late New York

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Times-bestselling author Lee Israel, known early in her career in the 1960s and ’70s as a magazine writer and celebrity biographer. Years later, Lee finds herself on the skids — living a lonely, drunken life with her cat, struggling to pay bills and getting the cold shoulder from her literary agent Marjorie (Jane Curtin), who thinks she’s past her prime. Lee’s opportunity to resolve her problems, however, comes to her unintentionally when she discovers her talent for forgery. Utilizing her writing ability, she begins to pen fake, personal letters by deceased writers and actors (including their counterfeit signatures) and sells the correspondences to collectors and book stores around the New York City area. Later, she recruits a drinking buddy, Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant), to help her operate the small, illegal

situation she knows is wrong, but one that might bring her some kind of simulated happiness. The coming-of-age parallels between Joe growing into a man while his father is away and the emotional disarray his mother causes while setting off on her own direction are effective. Mulligan is nothing short of mesmerizing as she struggles internally with life-altering decisions that will ultimately lead to the destruction of something that was once beloved.

enterprise inside her apartment. Directed by Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and adapted from Lee’s own 2008 memoir by screenwriters Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said) and playwright Jeff Whitty, Forgive Me? uses a cynical and clever combination of dark comedy and drama that builds on the narrative’s stranger-than-fiction premise with a pitch-perfect tone. As misanthropic partners in crime, Lee and Jack are incredible together as they create a peculiar platonic relationship with one another (both are gay) on a foundation of cheap Scotch, criminal activity and a sarcastic sense of humor. If there is a cinematic god, both McCarthy and Grant should earn Oscar nominations for their memorable performances, as should Holofcener and Whitty for their smart script. Whether that occurs, Forgive Me? — as entertaining as she was in Bridesmaids or playing former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live — is the type of work McCarthy will hopefully search out as she expands her range. In Forgive Me?, she proves that it’s easy to shed the goofball brand if you have the talent — and the desire. — KIKO MARTINEZ

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ustralian actor-turned-director Joel Edgerton (The Gift) steps behind the camera for only the second time in his career with Boy Erased, a compassionate and, at times, upsetting account of a young man’s forced participation in a conversion-therapy program at the hands of his Baptist pastor father and devout mother. It’s a crucially important coming-of-age drama that will hopefully serve as a cautionary tale for those who believe that pseudoscientific treatment or spiritual intervention can actually “pray the gay away.” Based on author Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name, the film stars Academy Award-nominated actor Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) as Jared Eamons, a high-school teen from Arkansas who begins to question his sexuality. This is followed by a series of traumatic experiences — without the thoughtful and empathetic responses most would want from their family. When his conservative father Marshall (Russell Crowe) confronts Jared about a rumor, he denies it at first before admitting to having an attraction to men. Turning to the counsel of “wiser” elders in his congregation, the consensus is that Jared should be sent to reparative therapy where he can be cured of his homosexuality, an idea he agrees to if only to placate his parents, including his mother Nancy (Nicole Kidman), who sits quietly to the side as her son is urged to renounce what the church believes is an immoral lifestyle. Once in therapy and surrounded by young men and women also struggling with their sexuality, Jared starts to recognize that nothing justifies the cruelty he and the others are suffering through. While he doesn’t receive much pity from his dad, Boy Erased takes a turn toward a more inspiring narrative when his mom realizes the program is causing more harm than good. Kidman is brilliant as she transforms from an initially complicit woman who defers to her husband and the men of the church to someone who chooses to accept her son for who he is, despite the consequences that come with that decision. Taking on double duty as director and supporting actor is Edgerton, who portrays Victor Sykes, the resolved leader of the therapy sessions. Like The Miseducation of Cameron Post, another gay-conversion drama that debuted earlier this year starring Chloë Grace Moretz (Let Me In), Boy Erased doesn’t simplify its characters into heroes and villains. It wants audiences to understand the complexities of the relationships, even though, occasionally, it feels like Edgerton keeps the viewer at arm’s length on an emotional level. Nevertheless, Boy Erased is critical viewing, especially for those bigots out there who still think a person’s sexual orientation is a choice. It’s all worth it if Boy Erased is able to affect a few minds.

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options include truffle potato skins for $7, crispy cauliflower for $8, a choice of either three-cheese or a three-meat charcuterie board for $15 and the hearty Signature Burger for $9. Cocktails and wine are available for $7 and beer for $5. The feature runs Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Signature Hour is available in the bar area, on the patio or in the mezzanine, all of which feature breathtaking splendor in the decor and structure of the space, and a gorgeous view. Go here if you’re looking to impress clients or a date. Word of caution: this isn’t the most budget-friendly happy hour — you’d be lucky walking away with a $14 tab after buying one cocktail and some food — but it is an opportunity to try one of the more elegant spaces in San Antonio. On my most recent visit I opted for the Signature burger, which came decked out with cheese, egg and bacon — a very filling meal

that would be perfect for an early dinner. The Signature Hour drink menu is filled with slight variations on classic cocktails. I decided to go for Ol’ Reliable, a combination of pecan-infused Buffalo Trace, banana liqueur, Disaronno and walnut Bitters, which was expertly prepared. It cost $7, which is half the price of the cocktails on their standard menu, i.e. a steal, and it paired quite well with the burger. The crowd at Signature’s happy hour is an older one, ranging from those visiting from the hotel, groups that are in the area for business and a few parties were made up of a slightly more mature crowd that just met to catch up and enjoy a meal and drinks. It would be a great happy hour to impress a first date, start off a special evening or to just stop at to get a taste of Signature’s phenomenal menu. 16401 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 247-0176.

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attended my first noise show in a Baltimore warehouse in 2008 before I moved to Texas later that year. Seeing the artists and the genres within the noise and

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was a noise scene of our own right here in SA. Though small, it is burgeoning. Over the last 10 years, we’ve discovered more artists who express themselves through unconventional, anti-pop mediums, and have added to San Antonio’s already rich and diverse music scene. These are artists who paint the atmosphere of a room with tones and textures instead of straight-forward chord progressions – performers like Grant Carfer, who performs as Fierce Deity, and who has been active in the scene since 2011. Though I met Carfer when I found the noise community a year and a half ago, I didn’t catch his live set until mid-2017 at a show where folks like industrial act Mvtant were performing. There were also local acts such as Echo Curse and Bob Dole Shows Up Late For His Matinee, who have been credited with keeping the scene alive and organized in San Antonio. Huddled into the small living room of a West Side home, twenty or so attendees squeezed close together to watch Carfer perform. Using a combination of mixers, guitar pedals, loop stations and a contact mic, Carfer launched into his six-minute set, tearing the molecules of air in half with his soundscapes. Moments of regurgitating rumbles took a backseat as high-pitched shrieks bounced off the walls of the living room before falling into glitching static. It was all-together loud, abrasive and yet controlled. “I kind of like the idea of making something out of nothing,” Carfer told the Current last week. “Really, just with a contact mic, you’re scraping something and distorting the living shit out of it – so I kind of feel like you’re taking minimal input from [a sound] and maximizing it to its ultimate degree.” Carfer said even though he strives to make every performance unique, he still practices at home with his setup until the sound he’s creating is what he wants to duplicate live. “Some people think, ‘Oh, anybody can do that,’ and it’s true, but I always kind of say, ‘Noise is easy to get into but hard to be good at,’” Carfer said. “Like anyone can pick up a guitar and strum it, but to be good at it, takes practice.” Carfer released his eponymously named EP Fierce Deity this past Friday. For more information and to purchase the EP visit fiercedeity1.bandcamp.com/album/fierce-deity-ep or ctcrecords.com.

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Sloppy, sweaty, slackerrific and endlessly catchy, Bass Drum of Death’s music is the simple and satisfying union of noisy garage punk and pop rock. Every bit as accessible to fans of Burger Records’ roster as it is to fans of Wavves or early Cloud Nothings, the act, which began as the solo project of John Barrett, also has real appeal to serious punk lovers. Released back in summer, Bass Drum of Death’s fourth LP, Just Business, finds Barrett pushing his crew to new experimental levels, while never losing its keen ability to invite and reward repeat listens. And for any hardcore fans who might lament the added polish the band has slowly gained with each album – rest assured, in the live setting Barrett and company let it all hang loose. ATX skuzz pop/garage psych outfit Sailor Poon, a local favorite, and SA power pop group Midnight Cleaners will open the show. $12, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. — James Courtney

they have sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide, and played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million fans. Their hit “Run-Around” is the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, and earned them a Grammy for best rock performance. $30.50, $52, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., theaztectheatre.com. – Chris Conde

In death metal, few bands have earned as much lasting influence as Long Island’s Suffocation. Over the course of ten albums, the band led the class in turn-on-a-dime song complexity and production that gave each instrument brutal clarity. If Suffocation doesn’t sound quite as innovative now as it did in the ’90s, that’s because so many other bands followed their path. This tour is the last for vocalist Frank Mullen, who will leave guitarist Terrance Hobbs as the group’s sole original member. Cattle Decapitation — a worthy headliner on its own — heads up support. The band’s machine-gun delivery makes the best of singer Travis Ryan’s almost superhuman ability to switch between gutteral growls and eerie screeches. Krisiun and Visceral Disgorge open. $25-30, Fri Nov. 9, 6pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com – Sanford Nowlin

GOOD CHARLOTTE p Saturday, November 10

Yup, with a new single that just dropped a few months ago, Benji and Joel Madden are headed to San Antonio for a show at the Aztec. At this point, are we really surprised that they’re coming? I mean, everyone loves a good throwback band every once in a while, but San Antonio seems to have a special affinity for them. This Saturday, the LA-based brothers will be sure to sing their hits “Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous,” “Anthem,” and that other one. $38-$53, 7pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., theaztectheatre. com. – Chris Conde

BLUES TRAVELER 5 Friday, November 9

John Popper, Blues Traveler’s frontman, doesn’t need a whole lot of introduction. The dude can rip a harmonica better than most guitar players can shred guitar. He’s that good. Along with Chan Kinchla (guitar), Tad Kinchla (bass), Brendan Hill (drums) and Ben Wilson (keyboard), the band has a proven reputation for their improvisational live shows and tireless touring. With a total of twelve studio albums — four gold, three platinum and one six-times platinum —

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tures 11 tracks balancing some classic covers like “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and “Standing Around Crying” along with some of Billy’s new blues originals. $30$69.50, 7pm, The Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., theaztectheatre.com. – CC

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On the heels of the release of The Big Bad Blues, Billy F Gibbons’ second solo album released just this past September, Gibbons geared up for a tour that hits San Antonio on Sunday. The Big Bad Blues focuses on Gibbons’ lifelong love of the blues and rock ’n’ roll, showcasing the blues-influenced vocals and guitar licks that have served as the foundation for his numerous hits over the past five decades. The album fea-

When you’re landing features on Kanye West albums at 18 years old, ya gotta be doing something right. For Chief Keef, though, this wasn’t exactly an overnight matter. With a couple of mixtapes out that were garnering attention on Chicago’s South Side, and then landing a record deal with Interscope Records, showing up on “Hold My Liquor” from West’s 2013 album Yeezus proved the rapper had certainly been making some positive career moves. From creating a buzz in Chi-town’s underground street rap community to becoming one of the best-known young artists in the game, Chief Keef’s longevity in the business doesn’t look like it’ll be called into question anytime soon. $23.50-$120, 7pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – CC

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After a supercharged set closing out Maverick Music Festival last year, U.K. heartthrobs Bastille are headed back to San Antonio on Monday to drench us in showers of their indie pop goodness. The “Pompeii” singers are gearing up for just three dates in America, one of which will be in the Alamo City for a show at the Majestic Theatre. The other lucky cities are Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Kansas City, which seems sort of random, but hey, they’re coming here and it feels like no one comes here sometimes – we’re looking at you, Beyoncé – so we’ll take it. $39.50$49.50, 7:30PM, Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston St., majesticempire.com. – CC

UNEARTH + FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY p Tuesday, November 13

Ten days before the release of their seventh full-length record, metalcore legends Unearth return to San Antonio for what might be one of the sickest lineups we’ve seen all year, which is saying a lot since we do get a shit ton of metal (of all subgenres) creeping through the city year-round. Unearth is touring with one of the most brutal metal bands to escape the Christian umbrella of Xjesus-coreX, The Agony Scene. With banshee black metal shrieks led by frontman Mike Williams, The Agony Scene channel a sort of darkness in their music that can at moments be downright terrifying. Also on the bill is deathcore bros Fit For An Autopsy, who also manage to add enough dynamic to the non-stop breakdown that deathcore often is. $18-$20, Tue Nov 13, 6pm, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E Houston St., alamocitymusichall.com. – CC

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Melodic hardcore band Stick to Your Guns is secretly inspirational, like a Hallmark card hidden within the Anarchist Cookbook. They layer straightedge and heavily-veiled Christcore lyrics within heavy breakdowns and shout-along choruses, despite denying their church days on the worship team. With Emmure. $20, Alamo City Music Hall, 6pm

MICHALE GRAVES, ARGYLE GOOLSBY

Known best as the lead singer of the ‘90s reincarnation of Misfits – the first after the departure of founder Glenn Danzig – Michale Graves is now touring with his own band, but the similar material that will make you say “I can’t believe it’s not Misfits!” Founding singer/bassist of defunct horror punk band Blitzkid, Argyle Goolsby has also gone solo, but he still knows his way around the bagpipes to add uniqueness to his literal monster jams. $13, Limelight, 8pm

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NASTY SAVAGE

OG thrashers Nasty Savage may not be as canonized as the Saints of Metal (Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth) but their over-the-top Spinal Tap-esque stage antics and face-melting guitar solos make them a worthy relic of the metal Wild West of the 1980s. With Shadowkeep and Militia. $30, The Rock Box, 6pm

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MASTERPIECES OF THE ROMANTIC ERA: WILLIAM WESTNEY

In a solo piano recital, master pianist and professor William Westney will take listeners on a aural journey through the most moving and iconic compositions from the Romantic Era. This classical music period dominated the 1800s and includes some of the most celebrated composers, including Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Wagner. Free, Trinity University: Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, 3pm

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I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about myself and my sexuality and my romantic self. I can log on and easily find someone to fuck. I’m a bear-built top guy. There are ladies in my life who choose to share their beds with me. I can find subs to tie up and torture. (I’m kinky and bi.) What I can’t find is a long-term partner. The problem is that after I fuck/sleep with/ torture someone, my brain stops seeing them as sexual and moves them into the friend category. I have friends that I used to fuck regularly, that now it’s a chore to get it up for. Sure, the sex still feels good, but it’s not passionate. And when it’s all said and done, they’re still in the “friend” category in my brain. Some of them have suggested being more, but I’ve recoiled. There’s nothing wrong with them, but they’re friends, not potential partners. I’m 32, and my siblings are married and having kids, and the people I grew up with are married and having kids. And here I am not able to find a long-term significant other. Am I broken? Should I just accept that, at least for me, sexual partners and domestic/romantic partners will always be separate categories? Always Alone What if you’re not like most everyone else? What if this is just how your sexuality works? What if you’re wired – emotionally, romantically, sexually – for intense but brief sexual connections that blossom into wonderful friendships? And what if you’ve been tricked into thinking you’re broken because the kind of successful long-term relationships your siblings and friends have are celebrated and the kind of successful short-term relationships you have are stigmatized? If your siblings and friends want to have the kinds of relationships they’re having – and it’s possible some do not – they will feel no inner conflict about their choices while simultaneously being showered with praise for their choices. But what are they really doing? They’re doing what they want, they’re doing what makes them happy, they’re doing what works for them romantically, emotionally and sexually. And what are you doing? Maybe you’re doing what you want, AA, maybe you’re

doing what could make you happy. So why doesn’t it make you happy? Maybe because you’ve been made to feel broken by a culture that holds up one relationship model – the partnered and preferably monogamous pair – and insists that this model is the only healthy and whole option, and that anyone who goes a different way, fucks a different way or relates a different way is broken. Now, it’s possible you are broken, of course, but anyone could be broken. You could be broken, I could be broken, your married siblings and friends could be broken. (Regarding your siblings and friends: Not everyone who marries and has kids wanted marriage and kids. Some no doubt wanted it, AA, but others succumbed to what was expected of them.) But here’s a suggestion for something I want you to try, something that might make you feel better because it could very well be true: Try to accept that, for you, sexual partners and domestic/romantic partners might always be separate, and that doesn’t mean you’re broken. If that self-acceptance makes you feel whole, AA, then you have your answer. I might make a different suggestion if your brief-but-intense sexual encounters left a lot of hurt feelings in their wake. But that’s not the case. You hook up with someone a few times, you share an intense sexual experience, and you feel a brief romantic connection to them. And when those sexual and romantic feelings subside, you’re not left with a string of bitter exes and enemies, but with a large and growing circle of good friends. Which leads me to believe that even if you aren’t doing what everyone else is doing, AA, you’re clearly doing something right. P.S. Another option if you do want to get married someday: a companionate marriage to one of your most intimate friends – someone like you, AA, who also sees potential life partners and potential sex partners as two distinct categories with no overlap – and all the Grindr hookups and BDSM sessions you like with one-offs who become good friends.

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50 “Be kind to animals” org. 53 Braking method in skating that forms a letter shape 55 “Just ___ suspected!” 58 End of the quote 62 Mode or carte preceder 63 Fundamental principle 64 Wheel shafts 65 Animator Avery 66 Where ballots get stuffed 67 Law & Order actor Jeremy

DOWN 1 Blown away 2 “Take Five” pianist Brubeck 3 Farm team 4 Part of ppm 5 Audition 6 Started anew, as a candle 7 Canceled 8 Dungeons & Dragons equipment 9 Key below X, on some keyboards 10 Camping gear retailer 11 “Both Sides Now” singer Mitchell 12 Alternative to Windows 13 Apt to pry 18 Former partners 19 Vote (for) 23 Not half-baked? 24 Lacking height and depth, for short 25 Sidewalk edge

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etc FREE WILL ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZNY ARIES (March 21-April 19): In 1994, Aries pop diva Mariah Carey collaborated with an associate to write the song “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” It took them 15 minutes to finish it. Since then it has generated $60 million in royalties. I wish I could unconditionally predict that you, too, will efficiently spawn a valuable creation sometime soon. Current planetary alignments do indeed suggest that such a development is more possible than usual. But because I tend to be conservative in my prophecies, I won’t guarantee anything close to the $60-million figure. In fact, your reward may be more spiritual in nature than financial. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): An interactive post at Reddit.com asked readers to write about “the most underrated feeling of all time.” One person said, “When you change the sheets on your bed.” Another extolled “the feeling that comes when you pay all your bills and you’ve still got money in the bank.” Others said, “dancing under the rain,” “physical contact like a pat on the back when you’re really touch starved,” and “listening to a song for the first time and it’s so good you just can’t stop smiling.” I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because I suspect that the next two weeks will bring you a flood of these pleasurable underrated feelings. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer,” wrote Gemini author Henry Lawson. Do you have any methods for making yourself feel like you’ve drunk a few beers that don’t involve drinking a few beers? If not, I highly recommend that you find at least one. It will be especially important in the coming weeks for you to have a way to alter, expand, or purify your consciousness without relying on literal intoxicants or drugs. The goal: to leave your groove before it devolves into a rut. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Study the following five failed predictions. 1. “There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.” —Robert Miliham, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1923. 2. “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” —Western Union internal memo, 1876. 3. “Rail travel at high speeds is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.” — Dionysius Lardner, scientist, 1830. 4. “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” —Ken Olson, president of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977. 5. “Most Cancerians will never overcome their tendencies toward hypersensitivity, procrastination, and fear of success.” —Lanira Kentsler, astrologer, 2018. (P.S. What you do in the next 12 months

could go a long way toward permanently refuting the last prediction.) LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): German scientists have created cochlear implants for gerbils that have been genetically modified, enabling the creatures to “listen” to light. The researchers’ work is ultimately dedicated to finding ways to improve the lives of people with hearing impairments. What might be the equivalent of you gaining the power to “hear light”? I understand that you might resist thinking this way. “That makes no sense,” you may protest, or “There’s no practical value in fantasizing about such an impossibility.” But I hope you’ll make the effort anyway. In my view, stretching your imagination past its limits is the healing you need most right now. I also think that doing so will turn out to be unexpectedly practical. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Here’s useful wisdom from the poet Rumi. “Our defects are the ways that glory gets manifested,” he said. “Keep looking at the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.” Playwright Harrison David Rivers interprets Rumi’s words to mean, “Don’t look away from your pain, don’t disengage from it, because that pain is the source of your power.” I think these perspectives are just what you need to meditate on, Virgo. To promote even more

healing in you, I’ll add a further clue from poet Anna Kamienska: “Where your pain is, there your heart lies also.” (P.S. Rumi is translated by Coleman Barks; Kamienska by Clare Cavanagh.) LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Artist David Hockney is proud of how undemanding he is toward his friends and associates. “People tell me they open my e-mails first,” he says, “because they aren’t demands and you don’t need to reply. They’re simply for pleasure.” He also enjoys giving regular small gifts. “I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends so they get fresh blooms.” Hockney seems to share the perspective expressed by author Gail Godwin, who writes, “How easy it was to make people happy, when you didn’t want or need anything from them.” In accordance with astrological omens, Libra, I suggest you have fun employing these approaches in the coming weeks. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I am not currently a wanderer or voyager or entrepreneur or swashbuckler. But at other times in my life, I have had extensive experience with those roles. So I know secrets about how and why to be a wanderer and voyager and entrepreneur and swashbuckler. And it’s clear to me that in the coming weeks you could benefit in unforeseen ways from researching and embodying the roles of

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curious wanderer and brave voyager and savvy entrepreneur and prudent swashbuckler. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “The best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” That brilliant formulation came from poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Does it seem so obvious as to not need mentioning? Bear with me while I draw further meaning from it, and suggest you use it as an inspiring metaphor in the coming weeks. When it rains, Sagittarius, let it rain; don’t waste time and emotional energy complaining about the rain. Don’t indulge in fruitless fantasizing about how you might stop the rain and how you’d love to stop the rain. In fact, please refrain from defining the rain as a negative event, because after all, it is perfectly natural, and is in fact crucial for making the crops grow and replenishing our water supply. (P.S. Your metaphorical “rain” will be equally useful.) CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation,” writes activist and author Elif Shafak. “If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.” I bring this to your attention because you’re in a phase when your close alliances should be activating healing changes in your life. If for some reason your alliances are not yet awash in the exciting emotions of redemption and reinvention, get started on instigating experimental acts of intimacy. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I suspect you will be an especially arousing influence in the coming weeks. You may also be inspiring and disorienting, with unpredictable results. How many transformations will you unleash? How many expectations will you dismantle? How many creative disruptions will you induce in the midst of the daily grind? I hesitate to underestimate the messy beauty you’ll stir up or the rambunctious gossip you’ll provoke. In any case, I plan to be richly amused by your exploits, and I hope everyone else will be, as well. For best results, I will pray to the Goddess of Productive Fun, begging Her to ensure that the commotions and uproars you catalyze will be in service to love and kindness. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson wasn’t always a wild and crazy writer. Early in his career he made an effort to compose respectable, measured prose. When he finally gave up on that project and decided he could “get away with” a more uninhibited style, he described it as being “like falling down an elevator shaft and landing in a pool full of mermaids.” I foresee a metaphorically comparable development in your future, Pisces. sacurrent.com | November 7-13, 2018 | CURRENT

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