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Kids Culinary Camp
Tried and True Family Fun by Carole Miller
Sweet Sounds of Summer by Susan Yerkes
Arts & Entertainment
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A Day at the Museum by Denise Richter
18 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
by Dawn Robinette
14 KIDS & FAMILY
Food & Drink
Make Shopping History at La Villita
by Johnnie De La Garza
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Shops at Rivercenter
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Megan John is a summer intern with the Paseo del Rio Association and an amateur photographer. She enjoys landscape photography the most. Her cover image beautifully captures the patriotic themed luminarias (bags) lining the banks of the River Walk during Bud Light Stars, Stripes & Lights held June 30th-July 4th. RIO Magazine is the official publication of the Paseo Del Rio Association. All expressions of opinions and statements of supposed facts are published on the authority of the writer and cannot be regarded as expressing the views of the Paseo Del Rio Association or its Publisher. Advertisements do not imply sponsorship or endorsement by the Paseo Del Rio Association or its Publisher.
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CULINARY CAMP By Johnnie De La Garza
Cooking is one of the hottest learning activities for kids during summer vacation. It is of interest to all age groups, but now more than ever, it has become popular for young adults. As with any other class, when teaching children to cook, it is always best to keep things simple, educational and entertaining. The goal isn’t to teach the child to cook restaurant-worthy cuisine, however who doesn’t want the next Emeril in their family? The primary objective is building their self-esteem and inspiring independence. Parents are fast realizing that cooking will enhance their child’s life forever and what parent doesn’t want that?
Central Market Cooking School
San Antonio is fortunate to have several opportunities available for teaching kids to cook. One is the Central Market Cooking School. Their “Kid’s Camp” series is always popular. These cooking classes are broken down by age group, 8-11 & 11-15 years old and each session is tailored specifically for the age
ranges listed. These are all one day classes from 11 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. Classes begin with students touring the aisles of the store to pick out ingredients to create their recipes. A bonus of these classes is the child will be shown how to shop for groceries based on a certain recipe as well as learn about foods they may not be familiar with. In the Southern Influences class, participants will be inspired by dishes from our neighbors in the South. Examples of items they will create are; Veggie Mac & Cheese, Southern Smothered Chicken and Cornmeal Biscuit Shortcakes with Peaches & Cream. The Rolling in Dough class teaches the art of making pizza in addition to Kolache Dough with Cheese & Fruit Fillings. Every kid will want to attend THIS class, so book as early as possible because classes do fill up fast. RIO Magazine
Food & Drink Sur la Table
Another place to find cooking classes in addition to teaching culinary skills is at Sur la Table. Here they offer 3 or 5 day “camps” and these handson classes last for two hours each day. Sur la table also breaks classes down by age group; kids 8-12 and teens 13-17 years old. These young chefs will enjoy delicious samples of each dish they create. They also get recipe cards to take with them so they can recreate the dish at home. An example of their curriculum is the 3-day or 5-day Confident Cooking Class which teaches essential kitchen skills and the fundamentals of cooking. Day 1 teaches knife skills, as mastering the art of cooking starts with good knife techniques. Day 2 deals with measuring & baking. Kids can put their math talent to work by learning the importance of precise measuring, cooking temperatures and proper ingredient ratios. Day 3 is all about sauté & sauces. Students learn the importance of sauce and its ability to bring a dish together, intensify its flavor and achieving its proper complexity. Day 4 is for pasta making. Imagine your child creating fresh fettuccini from scratch. Day 5 polishes things off with restaurants skills professional chefs use to create beautifully plated dishes. How about Corn Soup with Basil Foam for starters? On the last day of camp, students get an apron to take home and a Sur la table coupon to be used toward future purchases in the store. Teaching young adults to cook is more than just learning to make pizza. It also presents the opportunity to talk to kids about other cultures, nutrition, family history, gardening, and hunger. Each lesson is a chance to delve deeper into broader issues surrounding food, something Ex Chef Joshua Schwencke at the Gastronomy Company is passionate about. Starting in 2003 with a wine tasting and catering focus, Joshua soon realized we, as a community, needed to rebuild how we perceive food and cooking. He felt the best place to start was to focus on children and early culinary development. So maybe for your next birthday party, think cooking classes instead of clowns. Let kids be entertained with a delicious, hands-on culinary class instead of balloon animals. Chef Schwencke’s classes also give students a chance to learn about food and culture through regional cuisines like Thai, Moroccan and Fruit Sushi. These two-hour classes teach techniques students can emulate later. Gastronomy also offers a Gastronomy Boot Camp to develop culinary life skills in young people. This three-part series takes place in 3, 4 and 6-day classes in the client’s home and covers an array of cooking skills. All that’s needed is a working stove and ample counter space for young chefs to work. Joshua supplies everything else. Kids even get a diploma at the end of the class. Joshua now takes his culinary knowledge to local schools teaching classes K-12. Some topics include “Seed to Feed,” “The Science of Food,” and “From Soil to Fork” Integrating Your Garden into Your Diet”. Each of these classes offers local solutions to food system problems as well as a fun and entertaining cooking demo and sample for the students to enjoy.
Johnnie De La Garza has been a writer and restaurant reviewer in the San Antonio area for over 11 years. A world traveler & foodie, she enjoys sharing her adventures and latest finds where ever the road takes her. Check out her blog at flicksandfood.com
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Kids & Family
TRIED AND TRUE FAMILY FUN In days of yore, had a cowboy been contemplating a family trip with the kids, he would have NEVER given the rough-and-tumble, one-horse town of San Antonio a second thought. By Carole Miller
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Generations later, parents realize family fun and educational experiences are plentiful in the Alamo City. So corral those caterwaulin’ kiddos, and git to having fun! YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER Start the young’uns out with some pure fun in the sun. After all, that’s just one of the many summer joys of childhood. Just a three-minute drive northeast of downtown at the local waterin’ hole known as Splashtown, there are more than 50 rides and attractions. Blissfully float down the Siesta del Rio, or ride wildly down The Hydra Plunge. Blindly slide down Starflight, a dark tube with only stars for lights. Most amenities are included with the price of admission including 26 water slides for kids and 14 large tower rides for “bigger” kids. And if their heroes ain’t cowboys, well kick back in the Wave Pool for Splashtown’s Dive-In movies after sunset for Marvel Super Hero weekend with Spiderman and Captain America showing the first weekend of July. Dive-In movies continue all summer long with a different movie every Friday night. If you reckon the little ones would prefer to stay dry while enjoying rides, head on over to Kiddie Park, San Antonio’s oldest and dearest amusement park built to scale for kids. Established in 1925, kiddos can ride the famous hand-carved Herschell Spillman carousel, an old-fashioned ferris wheel and other classic rides. On July 4th, all the little whippersnappers wearing red, white and blue receive $4 off an unlimited ride band and everyone can feast on hot dogs along with red, white, and blue snow cones for just $1.
Super Hero Weekend at Splashtown
Kiddie Park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Every Wednesday is Bargain Wednesday, where prices are discounted. Thursdays during the summer are also Military Thursdays and all active and retired military with ID receive a discount on unlimited ride bands as well as 20 percent off all purchases at the Kiddie Park Snack Bar.
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WHEN NATURE CALLS Some great exercise, communing with nature and perhaps a wildlife experience or two can be experienced on the Cibolo Nature Trails at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, located about 40 minutes north of downtown in Boerne (pronounced BURN-ee). The Nature Center’s Kid’s Club meets every weekend for new family adventures. On July 1, take a guided walk through one of Texas’ four ecosystems (marsh, prairie, creek and woodlands) during “Family Hiking” and learn about Texas’ native plants and animals. On July 8, explore the amazing rocks that make up the Hill Country, decorate some and even take some home as pets. Or combine nature with arts and crafts for “Nature Crafts” on July 15. After that, develop a “Thirst for Nature” on July 27 and join Swooping Sangria for a presentation about the birds of prey in our area followed by a night hike where y’all can catch a glimpse of the birds of prey you just learned about flying over your heads. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, drinks, eats, kids, grandparents and friendly dogs (on leashes) and mosey on down for an evening of live music, dancing and fun at the “Moondance Concert,” a good, oldfashioned outdoor jamboree, on Saturday, July 8. Jazz Blues and Diamonds, the best variety band in Texas, provides the perfect tunes with a repertoire featuring everything from swing, Rat Pack, Michael Buble, Louie Prima, 50s, Motown, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, disco and country. And feast from the chuckwagons while you’re there ‘cuz the Firehouse Fare and Kelani Yogurt food trucks offer up some mighty fine eats sure to make you and your family feel full as ticks. Get a wiggle on every Wednesday morning in July when Little Explorers (a program for preschoolers and their parents) learn about all those brown and green bugs hopping around during “Crazy Crickets and Grasshoppers.” They will listen to stories, sing songs, play games, explore the outdoors, make crafts to take home and hunt for critters in the Cibolo Nature Trail’s
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Braken Bat Cave. Photo credit: Bat Conservation International
Y’all can be there as millions of free-tailed bats spiral out of Bracken Cave and take to the skies.
tall grass prairie. The third Wednesday each month, join special guest hostess Mother Nature for a special story time. Got a hankerin’ for more nature? Experience the wonder of Natural Bridge Caverns along with the Bracken Bat Flight; two very different but equally awe-inspiring reminders of just how amazing nature can be. Every summer, the largest bat colony in the world forms at Bracken Cave just 30 minutes from downtown San Antonio. And every evening they alight into the Texas sky in a remarkable display that is a wonder to behold, as they form a massive, pirouetting cloud that may be the largest single gathering of mammals on earth. Y’all can be there as millions of free-tailed bats spiral out of Bracken Cave and take to the skies on their nightly hunt for insects. Natural Bridge Caverns is located 30 minutes north of downtown San Antonio (or one hour by horseback)
and offers several packages for families to enjoy the sights. The Discovery Tour and Bracken Bat Flight Package lasts about five hours. The Canopy Challenge and Bracken Bat Flight Package also goes for about five hours. Or go for broke and take the Discovery Tour, Canopy Challenge and Bracken Bat Flight Package for six hours of total fun. Packages are first-come-first-served and, in July, they take place on July 1, 2, 4 and 30. Finally, it’s hard not to recommend a visit to the famous Alamo and a dose of its rich history that is engraved in every Texan’s soul, young and old. Have a nice visit and y’all come back real soon, ya hear? Carole Miller is a freelance cowgirl, writer and mother of three (Sydney, 26; Nick, 21; and Faith, 18). She has been a solid citizen of the Alamo City for several decades and believes if you haven’t fallen off a horse, then you ain’t been ridin’ long enough.
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Balcones Heights Jazz Fest
Sweet Sounds of Summer By Susan Yerkes
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It’s summer in San Antonio, and as the song goes, “the time is here for dancin’ in the street.” Not just the street, but the dance floors, performance halls, cozy clubs, parks, plazas and even pools come alive with the music of colorful cultures that harmonize in this cool city’s lively vibe.
of the Americas Mall. Jazz aficionados from all over Texas throng to the breezy amphitheater with its’ cascading waters and central reflecting pool to hear top performers in diverse fields of jazz work their sonic magic. Trumpeter Ric Braun, keyboardists Oli Silk, sax gurus Phillip “Doc” Martin and Chase Huna and guitarists Paul Jackson, Jr., Strunz & Farah, Steve Oliver and Ruben V are among the highlighted stars of this year’s festival. Go early to stake out the best space, pack a blanket and a picnic, and prepare to chill out in the warm night air.
RED WHITE AND BLUESY Start with a patriotic flourish on the Fourth of July, and two great free family events featuring hot sounds, picnics and plenty of fun. The historic Pearl Brewery complex brews up barrels of fun with a water park dance contest, hula hoop demos and the Red, White, and Blues concert, Friday nights, the free music also featuring artists such as Jackie flows downtown at the landmark Vensen, Nakia and the Blues Tower of the Americas, with Grifters, and Will Owen Gage. their Party on the Plaza. Listen to Downtown, the Market Square live music from top local bands hosts a Freedom Fest, with featuring rock, jazz, and swing plenty of music livening up the with the 750-foot tower as your shopping and dining experience backdrop. While the special events in the historic setting. There’s are a blast, all you need is a short more free family fun all day stroll along the lush, tree-lined and into the night at the city’s River Walk to take in many of the official July 4th Celebration on July4th Celebration at sweet sounds of San Antonio. Hear the grassy shores of Woodlawn Woodlawn Lake the hot sounds rolling from Barriba Lake. DJ music plays all day Cantina, the sweet harmony of followed by an afternoon concert by the Dirty River Dixie Band and capped mariachis at Rita’s on the River or Café’ Ole; the off with stirring music by the Air Force Band of the piano-pounding sing-along at Howl at the Moon, or West. A lollapalooza of a fireworks show over the lake the lively sing-alongs at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub. completes the celebration. PEARL JAMS At Sea World San Antonio, enjoy reserved seating and Up the River Walk along the Museum Reach, the an all you can eat picnic while you watch the fireworks Pearl is the fastest-growing entertainment district in by the Steel Eel for the ultimate experience. Fiesta Texas, and the beat goes on all summer long. Relax in Texas, has their “Lights of Liberty” celebration which the casual outdoor environment as you listen to live is a three-day affair, from July 2-4, with live music and music by the hot new Jazz Texas club pulsing with dancing in the theme park streets and super-duper cool rhythms. Wednesday nights, the Sound Cream Airstream, a traveling bar and lounge, turns the Pearl’s fireworks spectaculars each night. outdoor plazas into spontaneous dance parties with the hottest DJ’s from New York City to Mexico City. In ALL THAT JAZZ Check out one of the hottest free summer jazz July, the dance party beat will be tropical, so prepare festivals in Texas, the Balcones Heights Jazz to kick off your shoes! Festival, every Friday night in July at Wonderland
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July 28, a special free Canciones de Tejas concert at Pearl Park features three of San Antonio’s hottest singers – Tish Hinojosa, Rosie Flores, and Nina Diaz. FINDING FRIDA For a “Puro San Antonio” experience of art and stirring song, check out the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center’s two-day celebration of Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo’s 110th birthday. Noche Azul concerts, July 15 and 16th will feature a festive, colorful atmosphere and an incredible musical, multi-media experience, with tangos and original songs by Aaron Prado and Azul Barrientos. DANCE ON! Get in the swing of the dance floor at Sam’s Burger Joint, where weekends feature great entertainment line-ups, and the Monday night Swing sessions pack the dance floor. Aspiring dancers, arrive early for the free swing dance lessons from 7 to 8 p.m., and prepare to kick up your heels. If you’d rather sit in air-conditioned luxury and watch someone else dance, downtown’s gloriously restored Majestic Theater is the place to be. On July 15, ABC’s touring production, Dancing with the Stars: Live! - Hot Summer Nights, brings the best ballroom dancers in the biz to the stage. Warning – you might just have to find a place to try your dance moves after this show. DIVE IN! July is swimsuit weather, and for some super-family friendly musical fun, you can dive right into the cool pools at Splashtown, where DJ Cruz rocks the beat on Wave Pool Wednesday afternoons. Another cool summer Splashtown special. July 1 and 2, Superhero Weekend, Captain America and Spiderman will be on hand. And how cool is this? Splashtown’s Friday night Dive In Movies, with Captain America Civil War, Moana, Finding Dory and more.
Splish, splash – sing a summer song! Susan Yerkes is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who traveled the world and settled in San Antonio, where you’ll find her keeping time to all kinds of music. Find more from her Photos (from top left): Dancing with the Stars; Balcones Heights Jazz Fest; Pearl Summer Dance Hall, photo credit: Nick Simonite; Splashtown Wednesdays Wavepool DJ.
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Make Shopping History
By Dawn Robinette
La Villita, a tree-shaded trove of shops, restaurants and fun just off of the River Walk, is a secret all shoppers should happily share with others who enjoy an array of quality, fun finds.
Historic La Villita
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The area’s present harkens to its past: the artisans and craftspeople who fill La Villita have electricity and modern comforts, but they’re selling their crafts the same way that shop owners and tenants did in the late 1800s. Once home to watch, cabinet, dress and shoemakers, La Villita’s current artisans
are continuing that tradition. You’ll find massproduced goods, but they are all carefully curated, making the product mix unlike anything you’ll find in San Antonio. If shopping isn’t your thing (horror!), La Villita is also suited for history buffs. Just thesanantonioriverwalk.com
off Maverick Plaza, there’s an exhibit that offers a dose of history to enhance your shopping experience. Did you know that La Villita was San Antonio’s first neighborhood? And in 1836, it was the site of General Santa Ana’s cannon line in the Battle of the Alamo. You can learn more at the exhibit and pick up a map of La Villita’s historic buildings so you can step back in time while you roam the treecovered walkways.
Named for Mission San Juan Capistrano, the shop’s history goes back three generations, when Capistrano’s founder’s grandfather made and sold soaps outside Mission San Juan. Reformulating his heirloom recipes to create modern products that respect the past, the shop features Acequia, a bath and body collection named for the aqueducts that brought crystal clear water to the city’s early settlements. A favorite find: Capistrano’s line
The shops nestled in La Villita are a virtual kaleidoscope of the color, artistry, culture and flair. With clothing, jewelry, artwork, décor and more, La Villita offers something for everyone, but especially for those who seek quality, unique goods to make a statement all their own. The right statement pieces never fail to illicit compliments, especially when they are beautifully crafted. B & C Leather Designs and Unique Finds features a fantastic array of jewelry and leather goods, most of which are handcrafted by Bobby and Claudia Brown. Working together, the talented couple create gorgeous pieces onsite. They also feature goods from other artists they know, carefully curating a collection of products that make it hard to choose which items you should take home. But with a selection this fantastic, why limit yourself, especially when Bobby and Claudia can customize pieces for you? If you like what you see in B & C, don’t miss Villa Tesoros, the Brown’s gorgeous shop filled with fabulous clothes, accessories and gifts. With an inventory that’s constantly changing, the shop offers a mix of fashion, décor and fun in a beautifully decorated space. Locally crafted items share space with unique imports and carefully curated goods to create a mix that suits any style. There’s definitely an art to La Villita and the area features a number of galleries. River Art Group’s unique history and variety make it a favorite. A fine art gallery operated by a cooperative of 160 active artists all located within a 75mile radius of San Antonio, River Art Group features works in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pen and ink, pastel, photography, clay, glass, metal, wood and more. The gallery is memberstaffed, so on any given day, you can meet one of the artists behind the fabulous works available. With a wide selection of San Antonio-inspired pieces, an array of medium on display and a variety of price points suited for any budget, you can spend hours admiring the works and deciding which will make the perfect addition to your home. You may not think of bath products and candles as art, but a visit to Capistrano Soap Company will change your mind. Body care luxuries, blissful butters and fresh signature fragrances, all natural and manufactured locally, draw you into the light, airy shop that makes you feel pampered the minute you step through the door. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com
of candles named for San Antonio’s missions: Espada, San Jose, San Juan and Valero, a nod to the formal name of what most people know as the Alamo. The Valero candle features fresh citrus, herbs and tobacco to create a mesmerizing scent.
Photos (clockwise from top): B&C Leather Designs & Unique Finds; Villa Tesoros, photo credit, Limelight San Antonio; River Art group, photo credit, Limelight San Antonio; capistrano
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visiting a friend with impeccable taste and a fondness for color. Or perhaps addiction is a better description: the little house is bursting with an explosion of festive hues. You can’t help but smile and feel brighter as you’re drawn into the rainbow of serape-inspired pillows, embroidered fabrics and pom-pom fringes. Owner Liz Leatherbury started Bird and Pear after coming across a stash of old embroidered Mexican dresses at an estate sale. Entranced by the handwork and colors, she purchased them and began crafting. From jewelry unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else to carry-all pouches, eye-popping pillows and koozies you’ll covet more for how they look than what they hold, Bird and Pear is a must. The koozies are handcrafted from Mexican serapes and Puebla dresses, as are the snap cuffs that give every outfit a pop of color. The shop also features a fabulous children’s section with unique games and books, as well as locally-made candles from Bear and Roo Candle Company. The hand-poured, all natural soy candles feature unique and addicting
scents, like Sangria, a current limited-edition candle that smells like San Antonio. Fabrics and clothing are wearable art, especially at Angelita. Offering pure fabrics, linen, wools, succulent leathers, natural dyes, jewelry and more, it’s collection provides stylish comfort that will make you stand out. Most of what you’ll find in La Villita is true artistry. Whether you call it handcrafted, handmade or locally produced, La Villita is a showcase of San Antonio artisans and craftspeople. Some of the shops feature a deep history, while others are blazing new trails in San Antonio’s eclectic artistic mix, but they’re terrific finds for any shopper. An award-winning writer, communications expert and military spouse who loves playing tourist in her adopted hometown, Dawn Robinette loves to tell stories. You can read more of her work at Alamo City Moms Blog.
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History & Culture
Battle for Texas
By Denise Richter
A Day at the Museum
Below: Plate 28. Mah-ToToh-Pah, the Mandan Chief at the Briscoe Museum.
When I asked Santa Anna if it was his silk underwear that gave him away after the Battle of San Jacinto, he said it was actually his soldiers saluting him that did him in. Yes, I know that Generalissimo Antonio López de Santa Anna was defeated on April 21, 1836, and died in Mexico in 1876, but thanks to Battle for Texas: The Experience, you may speak to Santa Anna, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett–or rather the actors who portray these men–to get the inside scoop on the Alamo’s 13-day siege. The Battle for Texas, located on the basement level of The Shops at Rivercenter below the retail shop H&M, is a 22,000-square foot interactive museum that brings the Battle of the Alamo to life. The actors are avowed Alamo junkies who know the history of this world-renowned conflict backwards and forwards, and the museum displays cases of authentic items from this era, like Sam Houston’s boots and spurs, Davy Crockett’s long knife, Santa Anna’s presidential sword and scabbard, Juan Seguin’s holster and an actual set of doors from the Alamo. The actors love sharing the culture and perspective of the Alamo defenders and making their guests 26 RIO Magazine
feel as though they were present at the battle. The smell of gunpowder only adds to the experience, as do the sounds of Texas, created by composer and San Antonio native, David Kneupper. Battle for Texas is appropriate for all ages. Tickets cost $19.50 for adults; $17.50 for seniors, military ID and college ID; $14.50 for kids ages 6-12; and free admission for children five and under. Around the same period–from 1832 to 1837– American artist and ethnographer George Catlin lived with the Plains Indians during the summer months and sketched some of the 19th century’s most important and prolific images depicting their way of life. The Briscoe Western Art Museum will have Catlin’s impressive North American Indian Portfolio on display through Sept. 4, 2017. Catlin documented more than 140 tribes–painting nearly 600 highly detailed and powerful portraits of Indians, carefully recording their dress, culture, and way of life–thereby rescuing this time period
from oblivion. According to the Smithsonian’s American Art website on Catlin, his artwork was displayed at the Louvre thanks to a request by King Louis-Philippe. The Briscoe’s Women of the West Film series continues this month with “Meek’s Cutoff,” a 2010 film starring Michelle Williams that’s about the hardships of settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845. The movie begins at 6:30 p.m. with free beer and popcorn and an on-site food truck. The museum remains open late every Tuesday, with free admission from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., so be sure to peruse the Briscoe’s collection both before and after the screening. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com
History & Culture Buddha at the SAMA
Whales Giants of the Deep at the Witte Museum
This summer, when it can at times feel hotter than you-know-what, the San Antonio Museum of Art will explore “Heaven and Hell” in a special exhibition that brings Pure Land Buddhism, the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in East Asia, to life. Curated by Emily Sano, Ph.D., the Coates-CowdenBrown senior advisor for Asian Art, “Heaven and Hell” is drawn from 20 private collections and institutions from across the country. Almost 70 paintings, sculptures and decorative objects will contrast Pure Land Buddhism’s distinct visions of heaven and hell. Buddhism holds that individuals liberated from ignorance and self-attachment will find peace. Amitabha, the Buddha of the Western Paradise, promised that anyone who called his name would reach nirvana, a place of perfect peace, like heaven. This was a lower bar than the one previously set by Theravada Buddhism, which required devout study and meditation to reach nirvana, the Pure Land. The SAMA exhibition will include works from India, Southeast Asia, China, Tibet, Korea and Japan. On Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m., Sherry Fowler, professor of Japanese Art at The University of Kansas and specialist in Japanese Buddhist Art, and D. Max Moerman, chair and professor of the 28 RIO Magazine
Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University, will lecture on the different aspects of the Pure Land faith. Last but not least, The Witte Museum brings “Whales: Giants of the Deep” to San Antonio this summer. The exhibition was originally developed by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the land of whale riders. The Gulf of Mexico has 25 of the more than 80 whale species found on Earth in its waters, and the Witte will provide the scoop you need to understand whales’ evolution and biology in their interactive galleries. The exhibit will contain a life-sized replica of a Blue Whale heart, which is the size of a small car. No wonder. The Blue Whale, the largest animal on the planet, can measure up to 90 feet long and weigh 330,000 pounds, the equivalent of 24 elephants, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website. Full skeletons of both male and female Sperm Whales will be on display. Some whales live for up to 200 years. Whales are warm-blooded mammals who breathe air and nurse their young. The Witte’s Sound Chamber will broadcast the voices of eight different whale species for you to hear. Whales use their voices to communicate with each other and to call their mates.
This summer, the Witte will also feature “Wild Weather” through September 4, revealing how scientists are working to better forecast these weather events and help reduce the weather’s impact on communities, infrastructure, and lives. Patrons will experience extreme weather patterns from the safety of the exhibition hall and discover climate change’s impact around the globe. Learn how to weather the storm! Denise Barkis Richter, Ph.D., author of “100 Things To Do in San Antonio Before You Die,” has been blogging about San Antonio at sanantoniotourist. net since June of 2010. Her love affair with the Alamo City began at HemisFair in 1968. Denise was born and raised in Liberty, Texas, just 32 miles from the San Jacinto Battleground.
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Health & Recreation
San Antonio Missions
Beach Ball Play at Hemisfair
CONCACAF Gold Cup
THROW IT, CATCH IT, KICK IT By Michele Stanush
THIS IS AN ODE TO THE BALL.
JULY IS A GREAT MONTH
Growing up as a shy – and sedentary – bookworm, I rarely experienced the joys of playing ball. But my younger twin sisters did.
TO ENJOY TALENTED
Because our San Antonio house was on the rocky, brushy remnants of an old ranch, games at home could be a challenge. Once, a ball bounced onto the horn of our pet goat Lazarus, upon which it promptly deflated. Still, my sisters loved all sorts of ball games, from casual family football to soccer and basketball.
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In a culture increasingly dominated by high-tech screens we hold passively in our hands – there’s much joy to be had from a spherical orb we call a ball, simply because it makes us stand up and move. Roll it. Throw it. Catch it. Dribble it. Bounce it. Pass it. Kick it. Bat it. And – in the sweetest of moments – feel the rush of connecting with the ball. In San Antonio, there are countless places to play ball. A good spot downtown for casual games is Hemisfair, an evolving urban oasis with a 4-acre play area, Yanaguana Garden. For little ones, bring a big beach ball for the Splash Pad. Or try out the ping-pong tables or bocce ball court. Bring equipment or borrow from the Hemisfair staff. And never underestimate the bliss – and bonding potential – of a good, old-fashioned game of catch. Hemisfair’s green space is perfect for that. For other ideas, including free fields and courts, use the link below for the City of San Antonio’s Parks & Recreation Department.
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San Antonio Football Club Photo credit: San Antonio FC/Darren Abate
GOOOOOAAAAAL! Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 16th and get ready for a large, high-energy crowd cheering on gifted soccer players from North and South America and the Caribbean. For the first time, San Antonio is one of 13 host cities for the 2017 CONCACAF GOLD CUP, the official national team soccer championship of the region. The soccer doubleheader will be at the 65,000-seat Alamodome. At 5 p.m., Jamaica will play El Salvador, and at 7 p.m., Curacao will play Mexico. Pre-game activities include an interactive festival featuring music, food, and sponsor giveaways. From late March through late October each year sports fans can take in the seconddivision professional San Antonio FC (Football Club) launched last year by Spurs Sports & Entertainment as the 30th United Soccer League franchise. With 3.5 billion soccer fans around the world, local officials hope Major League Soccer will come to the city in the future. But in the meantime, our local San Antonio FC games are played at the world-class $21 million, 8,300 seat Toyota Field, a soccer-specific stadium 20 minutes northeast of downtown. It is touted as the best stadium in lower division soccer in the country. CONCACAF Gold Cup
This month, there are two home matches: Friday, July 14, against OKC Energy FC; and Saturday, July 22, against Real Monarchs SLC. Expect the atmosphere to be revved up by Mission City 118, the club’s official supporter’s group – with chanting, singing and drumming. While many minor league sports teams engage gimmicks in attracting an audience, the San Antonio FC keeps it soccer authentic, with the focus on the field during the game. The SAFC is an affiliate team of the New York City FC. The player quality is high with at least a half-dozen players who could easily play major league soccer. At the time of press, the team is in first place and remains undefeated in 11 games. They are on a record pace for team soccer wins in only their second season. thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Hundreds show up two hours before kick-off for Fan Fiesta the pre-game organic tailgate party on the northside of the stadium. While the action varies from game to game, it typically includes sponsor giveaways, food trucks, live or DJ music, and an inflatable soccer goal for a little blacktop soccer. But the best part is getting up close and personal with the players after each game. Nearly the entire team emerge from the locker rooms to sign autographs and take photos with the fans. Tickets range in price from $10-$30. Since 1888 (no, that’s not a typo) San Antonio has been home to a minor league baseball team, a charter member of the Texas League, with only a few gaps and several different names. The present-day San Antonio Missions team is a
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Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium, about 20 minutes southwest of downtown. Opened in 1994, the park seats more than 6,200 with grass berms for another 3,000. The Missions have perfected fan participation with involvement by schools, bands, and dance groups. Antics include a tricycle race around the warning track, and a race between the team mascot, Puffy Taco, and a youth of about six-years-old. The goal is for the child to catch and tackle Puffy Taco followed by a Puffy Taco dance. Post-Friday and Sunday games allow for kids to run the bases. Everyone loves the smell of hot dogs at a ballpark. At a Mission’s game, you will also be tempted by the aroma of Augie’s BBQ, after all this is Texas Y’all. Snow-cones and Bahama Buck’s frozen drinks are a welcome choice during the summer heat. There’s a lot going on in July, including a Military Appreciation Night on Wednesday, July 19 and a special Star Wars Night on Saturday, July 29 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Fridays are usually a giveaway night; Saturdays have post-game fireworks. Still a bookworm, I stumbled upon something interesting while researching this story. It’s a 400-page book -- The Ball: Discovering the Object of the Game -- written by an anthropologist named John Fox. One day, during a game of catch, Fox’s seven-year-old son asked him a simple question, “Why do we play ball?” That innocent query propelled Fox to travel the world and dig a couple of million years into the past. I won’t give away much more; this book would make great summer reading. But here’s the quote that kicks it off, a wise – and timeless -- observation by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, 5th century B.C.:
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“Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” Michele Stanush is a free-lance San Antonio writer with a special interest in how human health is affected by factors that have nothing to do with a pharmacy prescription, including movement, breathing, touch, food, water, nature, music, laughter – even friendship and love. 32 RIO Magazine
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— Jim Bowie
Had Boudro’s been serving on the River Walk back then, Jim Bowie could have carved his Center Cut Top Sirloin with a butter knife. Prime steaks, Gulf Coast seafood and the best Margaritas around have made Boudro’s one of the Alamo City’s most loved restaurants. Frommers says “Everybody loves this old standby on the River Walk.” Join us riverside, inside or (with reservations) on a barge dinner cruise.
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CHECK THIS OUT! July in the Alamo City celebrates the simple pleasures of summer life with fireworks, carnivals, a visit to the zoo, and a fun and light summer read.. Slather on the sunscreen, slip on your chanclas (that’s Tex-Mex slang for flip-flops) and get out there and have some fun!
FOURTH OF JULY AT WOODLAWN LAKE
July 4, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Celebrate Independence Day with friends and family at daylong festivities which include a parade, carnival rides, food trucks, and music. Finish off the night by relaxing in your lawn chair as you take in the spectacular fireworks display of over 25, 000 fireworks. Woodlawn Lake is located just 15-minutes west of downtown. SAparksFoundation.org
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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION, Sunday, July 2
ANNUAL RUN & RIDE, Saturday, July 8 Traders Village Take part in an Independence Day Celebration on July 2nd filled with mechanical bull rides, chalk painting, and magicians. The 4th Annual Honor Run and Ride on July 8th features a 5k walk/run and a motorcycle and car show to honor and benefit our veterans. If you are a fan of flea markets, don’t miss 100-acres worth of shopping with over 1,000 vendors while you’re there. TradersVillage.com
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JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS
RIVER CITY DEAD
Through September 1, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Award-winning novelist Nancy G. West pens a new mystery. Set against the backdrop of San Antonio’s vibrant Fiesta Week, and takes place on the River Walk. Pick up this fun summer read at The Twig and Barnes and Noble or order on-line
San Antonio Zoo Get wild on Friday nights for the San Antonio Zoo’s Jungle Boogie Nights! As the sun goes down, the zoo remains open late to enjoy cooler evening temperatures. Guests enjoy a different live band each week, food and beverages from some of San Antonio’s most popular food trucks, and games. Animal exhibits are also open to enjoy. SAzoo.org
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DAVID BLAINE Majestic Theater
Blaine’s one-man show brings his unique brand of entertainment, pro mising to be an unforgettable interactive experience that both shocks and amuses. Having revolutionized modern magic and mesmerized audiences unlike any performer in history, Blaine continues to push the limits by attempting new feats LIVE in front of his audiences so no two shows are exactly the same. David Blaine
BUG MANIA! San Antonio Zoo
A swarm of larger than life insects have nested at San Antonio Zoo! Bug Mania showcases larger-than-life animatronic bugs brought to life with movement and sound. The eye-popping replicas include a Mexican redknee tarantula, emperor scorpion, orb-web spider, bombardier beetle, and devil’s flower mantis. Learn fascinating facts about insects and even see and interact with real live bugs.
Through 8/12 @ 8:30 p.m. Idina Menzel
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Arneson River Theatre Stage at La Villita
7/28 @ 8 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Idina’s voice can be heard as Elsa in Disney’s “Frozen.” She earned her first Tony nomination as Maureen in “Rent,” and won the award for her performance as Elphaba in “Wicked.” Other notable roles include Rachel Berry’s mother, Shelby Corcoran, on the hit television show “Glee” as well as starring opposite Susan Sarandon and Amy Adams in Disney’s “Enchanted.”
Every Friday and Saturday night enjoy vibrant music and dance under the stars in the oldest outdoor dance performance of its kind in the United States. Spanish for “Party Night on the River,” the annual performance series benefits the Alamo Kiwanis Club Charities, and has raised more than $2.75 million for needy children in San Antonio. fiestanochesa.com.
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FESTIVALS & events FOURTH OF JULY ARTISAN SHOW June 30 – July 3, Opening day, 11am– 11pm, Middle days 10am–11pm, Final day, 10am–8pm River Walk Extension (close to Shops at Rivercenter). Vendors display and sell beautiful handmade merchandise along the San Antonio River Walk. Artisans are different for each show but usually include pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork and more. No admission.
BUD LIGHT STARS, STRIPES & LIGHTS June 30-July 4, (sunset at 8:38pm) 2 ½ mile downtown area of the River Walk Luminarias (lights in bags) will shimmer on display in patriotic themed bags containing lights along the banks of the River Walk. Free to enjoy!
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SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS Through 7/3 @ 11 a.m. Fourth of July Artisan River Walk Show River Walk Through 7/4 Bud Light Stars, Stripes & Lights River Walk 7/1-29 @ 9:45 PM July Fireworks every Saturday Sea World 7/1 @ 11 a.m. “Pride Bigger Than Texas” Pride Parade and Festival Crockett Park 7/1, 2 & 4 Bracken Bat Flight Natural Bridge Caverns 7/4 @ 8 a.m. San Antonio’s Official July Fourth Celebration Woodlawn Lake
7/9 @ 6:30 p.m. Jams and Jokes featuring Bill Bellamy and Friends Aztec Theatre 7/12 @ 8 p.m. Laugh Your Heart Out Comedy Tour The Improv Comedy Club 7/13-16 Jerry Rocha The Improv Comedy Club
7/3 @ 8 p.m. Bush Aztec Theatre
7/27-30 Shang The Improv Comedy Club
7/4 @ 8 p.m. Santana Majestic Theater
KID’S & FAMILY 7/5 @ 10 a.m. Playdates: Tropical Breezes San Antonio Museum of Art
7/9 @ 1 p.m. Free Family Day summer Block Party McNay Art Museum
7/16 @ 12:30 p.m. Summer Jazz Concert & Lunch: Henry Brun and the Latin Jazz Trio McNay Art Museum
7/10 @ 10 a.m. Summer Camp: Museum Fashionistas San Antonio Museum of Art
7/30 Bracken Bat Flight Natural Bridge Caverns Through 8/12 @ 8:30 p.m. Fiesta Noche del Rio Arneson River Theatre
COMEDY 7/1-2 Hypnotist Don Barnhart The Improv Comedy Club 7/6-9 Aries Spears The Improv Comedy Club
7/26 @ 8:30 p.m. Joe Caliz The Improv Comedy Club
7/15 @ 12 p.m. Frida Fest 2017 Wonderland of the Americas
7/28-30 @ 11 a.m. Summer Artisan River Walk Show River Walk
Through 9/5 Summer of Tech The DoSeum
7/1 @ 8 p.m. Roger Waters Us + Them AT&T Center
7/7 @ 10 a.m. Art Stroll: Messy/Clean McNay Art Museum
7/23 @ 2 p.m. Tobin Center Open House Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Through 9/4 Wild Weather Witte Museum
7/19-23 Joe Devito The Improv Comedy Club
7/6-20 @ 7 p.m. BRAVO! An Evening of Song and Dance La Villita
7/22 @ 2 p.m. Drum Corps International Southwestern Championship Alamodome
Through 8/13 Junie B. Jones, The Musical Magik Theatre
7/12 @ 10 a.m. Playdates: Things That Go! San Antonio Museum of Art 7/14 @ 6 p.m. Art Party: Red, White & Blue San Antonio Museum of Art 7/17 @ 10 a.m. Summer Camp: Paint & Clay San Antonio Museum of Art 7/19 @ 10 a.m. Playdates: Ferdinand the Bull San Antonio Museum of Art 7/21 @ 10:30 a.m. Toddler Art Play: Music Makers McNay Art Museum
7/5 @ 8 p.m. Diana Ross Majestic Theater 7/5-8/30 Summer Dance Hall Series every Wednesday Pearl Stable 7/8 @ 8 p.m. The Molly Ringwalds Aztec Theatre 7/10 @ 6 p.m. One OK Rock Aztec Theatre 7/13 @ 6:30 p.m. USAF Band of the West: Sky Country McNay Art Museum 7/13 @ 7 p.m. Daryl Hall and John Oates and Tears for Fears AT&T Center
7/29 @ 8 p.m. An Evening of Sophisticated Soul Majestic Theater
7/12 @ 12 p.m. Artfull Wednesday One-onOne featuring Ed Ruscha McNay Art Museum
7/29 @ 8 p.m. Strangelove-A Tribute to Depeche Mode Aztec Theatre
Through 7/16 Elvia Perrin | Clean Cut Southwest School of Art
PERFORMING ARTS 7/7-8/6 Hairspray! The Playhouse Theater 7/15 @ 8 p.m. Dancing with the Stars LiveHot Summer Nights Majestic Theater Through 7/28 Crimes of the Heart The Playhouse Theater Through 8/14 @ 5 p.m. The Magicians Agency Magic and Illusion Show Frank San Antonio
SPORTS & FITNESS 7/5 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Stars vs. Connecticut Sun AT&T Center 7/7 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Stars vs. Phoenix Mercury AT&T Center 7/11 @ 7 p.m. WWE SmackDown Live AT&T Center 7/16 CONCACAF Gold Cup 2017 Alamodome 7/20 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Stars vs. Indiana Fever AT&T Center
Through 7/16 Victor Perez-Rul The Odds Southwest School of Art Through 7/16 Esteban Delgado Plural Forms Southwest School of Art 7/18 @ 6:30 p.m. Summer Women of the West Film Series featuring “Meek’s Cutoff” Briscoe Western Art Museum 7/19 @ 12 p.m. Artfull Wednesday Food for Thought with Paletas McNay Art Museum 7/20 @ 6:30 p.m. Mash-up Series: Community in Conversation McNay Art Museum 7/26 @ 12 p.m. Art-making for Adults Pinhole Photos McNay Art Museum 7/27 @ 6 p.m. Exhibition Talk: Juan Mora Culture Clash McNay Art Museum 7/27 @ 7 p.m. Get Reel Film Series: 3 Women McNay Art Museum 7/29 @ 10:30 a.m. Workshop: As You See It! McNay Art Museum
7/22 The Ultimate Wine Run 5k La Villita
Through 8/6 California Dreaming works by Ruscha, Hockney and Others McNay Art Museum
7/16 @ 8 p.m. Margarita la Diosa de la Cumbia Aztec Theatre
7/25 @ 11:30 a.m. San Antonio Stars vs. Washington Mystics AT&T Center
Through 8/27 Groovy: A Psychedelic Summer McNay Art Museum
7/21 @ 7:30 p.m. Shawn Mendes AT&T Center
7/28 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Stars vs. Los Angeles Sparks AT&T Center
Through 8/13 Natural Beauty: Fiesta of Land, Water and Sky Witte Museum
7/14 @ 8 p.m. Jimmie Vaughan featuring Lou Ann Barton Aztec Theatre
7/24 @ 10 a.m. Summer Camp: Dragons, Heroes and Monsters San Antonio Museum of Art
7/22 @ 7 p.m. Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC AT&T Center
7/26 @ 10 a.m. Playdates: Big Blue San Antonio Museum of Art
7/26 @ 8 p.m. Khalid: The American Teen Tour Aztec Theatre
Through 8/4 Friday Night Dive-In Movies Splashtown
7/29 @ 11 a.m. 2017 Vans Warped Tour AT&T Center
VISUAL ARTS 7/5 @ 12 p.m. Artfull Wednesday with Kirstin Valdez Quade’s “The Five Wounds” McNay Art Museum 7/11-13 @ 9 a.m. Summer Teacher Institute: Artists of Color McNay Art Museum
Through 8/13 Juan Mora: Culture Clash McNay Art Museum Through 8/13 Natural Beauty: Fiesta of Land, Water and Sky Witte Museum Through 8/20 The Texas Missions and Churches of Robert Cardinale Institute of Texan Cultures RIO Magazine
SHOPPING ALAMO PLAZA SHIRTS 325 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-2347 Shirts ALAMO QUARRY MARKET 255 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-8885 www.quarrymarket.com Shopping Center THE ALLEY ON BITTERS 555 W. Bitters Rd. San Antonio, TX 78206 (210) 494-3226 www.TheAlleyOnBitters.com Unique collection of shops and artists BONITA RITA’S 245 E. Commerce, #100 San Antonio, TX 78205 CALIENTE HARLEY DAVIDSON 7230 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78245 (210) 681-2254 www.calienteharley.com Harley Davidson Rentals CASA SALAZAR 216 E. Houston San Antonio, 78205 210-472-2272 themajestic.com/casa Fine Mexican Imports THE COLLECTION 7959 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-3130 thecollectionsanantonio.com Shopping Center CLASSIC OLD TIME PHOTOS 123 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-475-9899 Photos DEL SOL OF SAN ANTONIO 321 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-231-0900 www.delsol.com Clothing DOS CAROLINAS 303 Pearl parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 224-7000 www.doscarolinas.com Custom Handmade Guayaberas EL MERCADO 514 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78207 210-207-8600 www.sanantonio.gov/marketsquare Traditional Mexican Market FIESTA ON MAIN 2025 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 738-1188 www.alamofiesta.com Mexican cultural gifts, pinatas 42 RIO Magazine
THE FIESTA STORE 2611 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78215 210-227-5191 www.fiesta-sa.org FIVE & DIME GENERAL STORE 101 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-233-0166 fiveanddimegs.com General Merchandise GALLERY VETRO CREATIVE ARTGLASS 250 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 210-354-0001 Glass Art, Jewelry, Gifts GARCIA ART GLASS 715 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-1400 www.garciaartglass Hand Blown Glass
NORTH STAR MALL 7400 San Pedro San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 340-6627 www.northstarmall.com Shopping MalL
HUEBNER OAKS 11745 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 shophuebneroaks.com Shopping Center
PARIS HATTERS 119 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-3453 www.parishatters.com Cowboy Hats - p50 6
KATHLEEN SOMMERS 2417 North Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 732-8437 kathleensommers.com Local Fashions & Jewelry
PENNERS DOWNTOWN 311 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-2487 www.pennersinc.com Iconic Men’s Clothing Store
KENDRA SCOTT 310 East Basse Rd. #101 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 591-7180 www.kendrascott.com Jewelry LOS PATIOS 2015 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 655-6171 www.lospatios.com Unique local shops LUCCHESE BOOT COMPANY 255 East Basse Rd #800 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9419 www.lucchese.com Custom Boots and Western wear MELISSA GUERRA 303 Pearl Parkway#104 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 293-3983 melissaguerra.com Latin Kitchen Market MERCADORITA’S 245 E. Commerce & Bonita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-286-7432
OUT WEST 215 1/2 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, Texas 78205 Phone (210) 224-8804 Clothing & Gift Shop SAN ANGEL FOLK ART 110 Blue Star San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 226-6688 www.sanangelfolkart.com Mexican Cultural Arts SAN ANTONIO VISITORS CENTER 317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-6871 www.visitsan antonio.com SHOPS OF LA CANTERA 15900 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com Shopping Mall 77T’S SOUVENIRS & T-SHIRTS 207 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-549-1279 www.77tshirts.com T-Shirt
TIENDA LA GARZA 110 Broadway, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2133 Mexican Folk Art, Books and Apparel TPJ GIFT SHOP 849 E. Commerce #673 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-9066 TRESOR 310 E. Houston SanAntonio, TX 78205 210-994-5545 www.tresorllc.com p50 52 THE TWIG BOOK SHOP 306 Pearl Parkway #106 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 826-6411 thetwig.indiebound.com Locally Owned Book Store THE UNOFFICIAL BEST OF TEXAS 101 Alamo Plaza, #3 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-0242 THE VINEYARD 1207 North Loop 1604 W San Antonio, TX 78258 thevineyardshoppingcenter.com Shopping Center WYNDHAM SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK 111 E. Pecan Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-489-9768 www.sawyncom THE WESTIN RIVERWALK 420 W. Market Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-413-9731 www.westin.com
TEXAS ACCENT GENERAL STORE 803 S. Zarzamora San Antonio, TX 78207 210-435-2446 General Merchandise thesanantonioriverwalk.com
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28 Little Rhein Steak House
64 Menger Hotel 82 Grand Hyatt 86 Hotel Contessa
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22 The Amazing Mirror Maze
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23 San Antonio General Store
3 Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia
5 Denny’s 18 Francesco’s Gelato 20 Pat O’Brien’s 26 Schilo’s 27 Texas De Brazil 28 Houston Street Bistro 36 Augies Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse 37 Bohanan’s
44 Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen River Walk Downtown
30 Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/ Tomb Rider 3D
31 Guiness World Records Museum 32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not/
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33 The Alamo 35 Tobin Center 38 Angelita’s 40 VFW Post 76 41 Market Square 42 Spanish Governor’s Palace
48 Alta Vista Skate Shop
46 Thai Lao Orchid
50 Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House 51 Biga on the Banks ATTRACTIONS & SHOPPING 38 Plaza Taxco 6 Paris Hatters 7 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum 8 The Pearl 9 The Shps at RiverCenter
29 Aztec Theatre
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HOTELS 12 Wyndham Garden River Walk 15 Crockett Hotel 16 Gunter Hotel 17 Menger Hotel 24 El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel 43 Marriott Plaza San Antonio MISCELLANEOUS
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34 CitySightseeing Double Decker Tour
13 San Antonio Museum of Art
14 Institute of Texan Culture
68 SegCity Segway Tours
18 Yasmin’s Boutique
69 San Antonio Public Library
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LA VILLITA 418 Villita Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Collection of Unique Local Shops - p44 38 ANGELITA La Villita - Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78205 210- 224-8362 www.lavillita.com Womens Fashions & Jewelry - p44 38 B & C LEATHER DESIGNS & UNIQUE FINDS La Villita - Bldg. 24 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-724-8521, 210-464-1126 - p44 38
BES ARTE La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, Texas 78205 Bes Arte-La Villita/Facebook.com 210-232-0661 - p44 38 CASA MANOS ALEGRES La Villita - Bldg. 6 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-313-7293 www.lavillita.com Mexican Cultural Gift - p44 38 COPPER GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 11 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.271.3856 www.thecoppergallery.com Art Collectibles - p44 38
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EQUINOX GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 4 San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.alejandrosifuentes.com 210-281-0706 Jewelry Metal Gallery - p44 38
SCENTCHIPS USA La Villita - Bldg. 21 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.223.2267 www.lavillita.com Candles - p44 38
LITTLE STUDIO GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 23 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38
STARVING ARTIST GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 12 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.226.3593 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38
MUSTANG GREYâ€™S La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.222.1894 www.lavillita.com - p44 38
VILLAGE GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 10 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.waltglasspottery.net Art Gallery - p44 38
PLAZA TAXCO La Villita, Bldg.16B San Antonio, TX 78205 210-994-5259 www.plazataxco.com - p44 38
VILLITA STAINED GLASS La Villita - Bldg. 1 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-223-4480 www.sparkleonsa.com Art Gallery - p44 38
POPULUX COMMISSARY/ HOUSE PAINT La Villita - Bldg. 3 San Antonio, Texas 78205 populuxcommissary/facebook.com 210-883-4259 - p44 38
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26 Augies Barbed Wire
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12 San Antonio Botanical Garden
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17 K1 Speed
21 The Alamo
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18 San Antonio Aquarium
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19 Morgan’s Wonderland
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Segway Like a Local Summer vacation is upon us again! Whether you’ve just arrived in San Antonio for the first time or set foot in Spurs country pretty regularly, the goal is always to experience the best of what the city has to offer. With so many landmarks to see, activities to do and restaurants to try, how does one narrow down the best choices? San Antonio visitors often wish they had some insider tips to know what’s worth checking out. Even with advance planning sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day for the ideal vacation itinerary. If this sounds familiar then starting your vacation off at SegCity Segway Tours might be the perfect fit. Segways top out at 12.5 miles per hour, covering lots of ground in a relatively short time. With a Segway tour there’s the added advantage of local guides who can give you the vacation lowdown you seek. The folks at SegCity have been offering guided tours throughout San Antonio’s historic downtown area since 2005. Weary first time riders have nothing to worry about as Segways are quite user friendly, self-balancing and designed to mimic walking! After a brief demo and oneon-one training session, feel free to add those new mall cop skills to the resume. With 12 departure times and a variety of tours options ranging from 1 hour to 2.5 hours, you’re bound to find something that suits your needs! 56 RIO Magazine
For the history buff, the extensive 2.5 hour Ultimate Tour takes riders throughout downtown, including a scenic ride along the southern River Walk banks. The real highlight is cruising through the historic King William neighborhood, which boasts must-see homes from the late 1800’s. If spooky stories are more up your alley, SegCity offers a 2 hour Ghost tour in the evenings. Just want to ride a Segway but don’t care for a tour? SegCity does offer the “Ride It” tour which focuses more on Segway playtime in open spaces with less history. There’s even a 6 a.m. breakfast tour for the early birds trying to beat the heat, though you definitely need to book this one ahead of time as delicious breakfast is involved. No matter which tour you pick, you’re sure to have a blast riding the Segway! SegCity’s tours are kept small for quality purposes so reservations are always recommended. With advance notice SegCity can accommodate parties of up to 50, as well as do customized private tours. For more information or to book a tour, call 210-224-0773, visit www.segcity.com/ sanantonio or stop by in person at 124 Losoya St. San Antonio, TX 78205. thesanantonioriverwalk.com
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Harley Davidson Dealer T-Shirt Expires 07/31/17
111 West Crockett Street 210-212-4461 cowboysalamocityharley.com
*Short sleeve t-shirts only. Applies to dealer t-shirt wall only. Limit one coupon per person. Full price items only. No additional discounts apply. Expires 07/31/2017
110 E. Crockett on the Riverwalk 210-277-6300 Crockett at Navarro (210) 293-7482 |www.pizzaritas.com
Two big slices!
Applies to Cheese or Pepperoni slices. Cannot be combined with other offers or coupons. Available for delivery and in-house.
With a purchase of 2 Entrees & 2 Beverage Riverwalk level of the Hyatt Regency Maddogs.net • (210) 222-0220 One Coupon per table per visit. Expires 07/31/17.
FREE CHEF’S APPETIZER OF THE DAY
With the purchase of an adult entrée.
One coupon per table per visit. Offer at Riverwalk location only. Must present coupon. Expires 07/31/17.
...the ultimate souvenir to remind you of good times on the River Walk
Available at TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com OR at these San Antonio Retailers:
Alamo Plaza Shirts 325 Alamo Plaza San Antonio Visitorâ€™s Center 317 Alamo Plaza The Unofficial Best of Texas 101 Alamo Plaza, #3 Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk 111 E. Pecan Street The Westin Riverwalk 420 W. Market Street Mercadorita's 245 E. Commerce & Bonita Bonita Rita's 245 E. Commerce, #100 The Fiesta Store 2611 Broadway
OFFICIALLY LICENSED RIVER WALK MERCHANDISE Distinctive, high-quality merchandise is what defines the River Walk brand. These are styles youâ€™ll want to show off, the ultimate souvenir to remind you of good times on the River Walk. Proceeds from the sale of this merchandise are used to preserve, protect, and promote the River Walk.
SAVE $5 OFF each Adult or Child Admission* Just 3 minutes North of Downtown on IH-35. Free Parking.
www.SplashtownSA.com * Present this coupon at Splashtown and receive $5 OFF each adult and child admission prior to 4:00PM. Offer may not be combined with any other special rates or discounts. Limit 6 guests per coupon.
Offer Expires 09/10/17
On the San Antonio Riverwalk 223 Losoya Street (210) 227-0864
FREE Homemade Potato Chips in a basket served with avocado crèam dipping sauce.*
10% MILITARY DISCOUNT
to those in uniform or with an active duty military ID.**
charliewantsaburger.com Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily. Dog-Friendly Patio, Restaurant & Sports Bar. *With purchase of any entrée. One per table of 4. **Military discount on food only.
ADULT OR CHILD TICKET
301 Alamo Plaza •210-224-9299
an Adult Entrée with this ad Ice Cold Drinks & Good Texas Food 245 E. Commerce River Level at Navarro & Crockett 210-227-RITA • www.ritasontheriver.com Valid only for lunch and Dinner, coupon good for up to 2 entrees at a table
Complimentary House Dessert with order of an entrée. 111 W. Crockett Street, Suite 101 (210) 227-2782 paesanosriverwalk.com Not valid with any other offer or discount. Offer only valid at Paesanos Riverwalk location.
COMPLIMENTARY QUESO BLANCO* Happy Hour Every Day 3pm–6pm Reverse 9pm–11pm:
Located in Rivercenter Mall on 3rd Level 849 East Commerce 210-229-1420 www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com Not valid with any other offer. Good up to six people. Expires 07/31/17 • ©RIPLEY ENTERTAINMENT INC. - RIO MAG
Not valid with special events. Expires 07/31/17
House Wine $4.50 • 12oz Rio Margarita $5 Well Drinks $4 + Beer Specials! *1 coupon per table. Not to be used in conjunction with other coupons.
421 E. Commerce St. on the River Walk 210-226-8462 www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com
Tower of the Americas
Parties of LESS than 8
(seasoned chicken rolled up in a tortilla)
with the purchase of 1 entrée Parties of 8 or MORE
LA PACHANGA APPETIZER (Cup of Queso, beef tacos and flautas)
with the purchase of 2 entrées Coupon not valid with other offers or coupons. Please present coupon to server at time of ordering.
OFF TOWER TICKET
701 Bowie, San Antonio, TX 78205
Toweroftheamericas.com Ticket includes unlimited access to Observation Deck, Flags over Texas & 4-D Theater Ride. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Limit one $2.00 off coupon per person. No cash Value. Expires 07/31/17
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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS DINING/RESTAURANTS
Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362
Barriba www.barribacantina.com 210-228-9876 Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484 Casa Rio & Schilo’s www.casario.com 210-225-6718 www.schilos.com 210-223-6692 Charlie Wants A Burger Sports Bar www.charliewantsaburger.com 210-227-0864 Chart House www.toweroftheamericas.com 210-223-3101 The County Line www.countyline.com 210-229-1941 Denny’s Riverwalk www.dennys.com 210-223-4321 Dick’s Last Resort www.dickslastresort.com 210-224-0026 Ghirardelli www.ghirardelli.com 210-627-6064 Guadalajara Grill www.guadalajaragrill.us 210-222-1992 Iron Cactus www.ironcactus.com 210-224-9835 Joe’s Crabshack www.joescrabshack.com 210-271-9981 Landry’s Saltgrass Steakhouse www.saltgrass.com 210-222-9092 Landry’s Seafood www.landrysseafood.com 210-229-1010 Lonestar Restaurants www.riverrestaurants.com 210-223-9374 Maria Mia www.mariamiamexicanbistro.com 210-272-0403 Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262
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La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140
Tresor www.tresorllc.com 210-994-5545
The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951
Turquoise River Trading Company 210-227-5866
Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782 Pizzaritas www.pizzaritas.com 210-293-7842 Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300
Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000 San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924
The Republic of Texas therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com 210-226-6256
Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080
Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060
Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101
Rio de Gelato www.riodegelato.com 210-223-0800
Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828
Rio Rio Cantina www.riorioriverwalk.com 210-226-8462 Rita’s on the River www.ritasontheriver.com 210-227-RITA
The Magicians Agency www.MagiciansAgency.com 210-290-5502 Mirror Maze 210-224-2288
Texas de Brazil www.texasdebrazil.com 210-299-1600
Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299
Tony Roma’s www.tonyromas.com 210-225-7662
Alamo SegCity Segway Tours www.segcity.com 210-224-0773
Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362 B & C Leather Designs & Unique Finds 210-724-8521; 210-464-1126 Market Square www.marketsquaresa.com 210-207-8600
City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687
Rio San Antonio Cruises www.riosanantonio.com 210-224-5700
Tito’s Vodka www.TitosVodka.com
The BarWalk www.TheBarWalk.com
Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/ Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.palaciodelrio.com 210-224-3368 Howl at the Moon www.howlatthemoon.com 210-212-4770 MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220 BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299 Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462
Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel www.luckyeagletexas.com 1-888-255-8259
Improv Comedy Club www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com 210-229-1400
Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com
Zurich US Properties, Inc. www.zurichproperties.com 210-225-5877
Cowboys Alamo City Harley Davidson on the RiverWalk www.cowboysalamocityharley.com 210-212-4461 Paris Hatters www.parishatters.com 210-223-3453 Plaza Taxco www.plazataxco.com 210-212-6733 Shops at Rivercenter www.shoprivercenter.com 210-225-000
WIN ONE OF FOUR NEW 2017 FORD F-150s!* Grand Prize Drawing Nights: July 9, 16, 23, and 30 starting at 3 p.m.
Begin earning entries on July 1. Earn one FREE entry daily by visiting the Players Club and one additional entry for every 777 points earned. Multiply your chances X 4 Monday - Thursday. Hot Seat drawing each Grand Prize Night. 20 winners will win $100 in Lucky Bucks beginning at 2 p.m. 5 LUCKY guests will be selected as qualifiers each Grand Prize Night. Each qualifier will win cash or a 2017 Ford F-150 4X4. Drum will be emptied following the selection of a weekly grand prize winner.
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