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FAMILY FUN There’s no Place Like Home When You’re College-Bound by Carole Miller

CULTURE & COMMUNITY Hemisfair ’68 put San Antonio on the World’s Map by Denise Richter

RECREATION One-Hour Drive to Lavender & Wine Paradise by Drew Henry

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SIP & SAVOUR Cocktail Culture by Edmund Tinjerina GREAT FINDS Mini-Me Dressing by Dawn Robinette

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IN EVERY ISSUE FEATURES 10 14 18 22 26 30 34

Sip & Savor Family Fun Be Entertained Great Finds Culture & Community Recreation 24/48/72 Hours

GUIDES 38 Food & Drink 40 Arts & Entertainment 42 Shopping

MAPS 44 River Walk 45 Museum Reach & King William 48 Shops at Rivercenter 50 Downtown 56 Greater San Antonio

SPOTLIGHT 55 Acenar HotMex CoolBar 60 On the Bend Oyster Bar and Lounge COUPONS 58 Coupons

ON THE COVER Every birthday should have cake, and a city turning 300-years old is no exception! Chef and pastry instructor Melissa Fritz of The Culinary Institute of America San Antonio, located in The Pearl, spent 30 hours to craft the ultimate BIG 3-0-0 cake for San Antonio. It features fondant frosting and edible flowers, along with edible confection tiles of iconic San Antonio symbols. Kudos to Joe Chidgey who managed to photograph the creation without nibbling on the frosting.

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RIO Magazine is the official publication of the San Antonio River Walk 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 San Antonio River Walk Association or its Publisher. Advertisements do not imply sponsorship or endorsement by the San Antonio River Walk Association or its Publisher.


2018 San Antonio River Walk Association

The San Antonio River Walk Association’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve the River Walk. This is done through special events, public education, social media, and RIO Magazine. The association also serves as an advocate for member businesses. For more information, call 210-227-4262.

PRESIDENT Laurence Seiterle Zurich Properties PRESIDENT-ELECT Maria Martinez Marriott Plaza San Antonio TREASURER Kevin Latone Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk SECRETARY Mae Escobar aMAEzing Marketing Group MEMBER AT LARGE John Carbajal Jazz, TX CHAIR, OPERATORS COMMITTEE Andreas Esparza Boudro’s EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Maggie Thompson San Antonio River Walk Association EX-OFFICIOS Jim Mery Center City Development and Operations Department Gloria Rodriguez San Antonio River Authority Eddie Romero Centro San Antonio

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bob Buchanan The Original Mexican Restaurant

Shanon Miller Office of Historic Preservation, COSA

Kevin Donohue Donohue Media

Ric Morales Silver Eagle Distributors

Michael Dudek The Westin Riverwalk

Brad Parscale Giles-Parscale

Jodie Gish Morton’s The Steakhouse

Ryan Wood MadDogs Group

Jesse Holguin Pepsico

Michael Woody Visit San Antonio

James Kinney Splashtown

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The Official Magazine of the River Walk

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THE RIVER WALK MAY NOT BE MAGIC, BUT IT IS MAGICAL. Nothing beats an early morning walk on her banks to feel the stress melt away. There’s something about the water, the towering cypress and the sound of nature that quiets the noise in my brain. The same holds for a good meal and a cocktail on a riverside patio. My blood pressure lowers. And after a boat ride and a little shopping, well, I can honestly say I’ve spent a magical day. As San Antonio celebrates 300 years this month, our city’s Tricentennial, that magical feeling permeates the entire city. The warmth of the people, the cultural vibrancy, the acceptance and celebration of individuality, and the feeling that anything is possible. Our city has the wisdom of age and the vitality and optimism of youth—and that IS magic.

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So how is it that San Antonio has become a regional epicenter of cocktails and cocktail culture? Part of the credit goes to the San Antonio Cocktail Conference, which has taken place here for nearly a decade.

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Every January, cocktail professionals and enthusiasts come together for seminars, tastings, cocktail parties and grand events. Even better, the event raises money to support children’s charities. A couple of places in town even have connections with James Beard nominations, so you know this is a town that is serious about its cocktails. Work your way through this alphabetical listing of establishments when you’re ready for a place that offers flavorful and well-balanced cocktails. BAR 1919 Owner Don Marsh draws upon his encyclopedic knowledge of libations to offer creative takes on classic cocktails and a smooth, unobtrusive level of service that’s not too chummy and definitely not stiff. With more than 600 bottles of premium spirits, dozens of wine varieties and more than 100 imported and American craft beer options in bottles and on tap, it’s a place for some serious spirits enjoyment.

BLUE BOX Owner Steve Mahoney offers a stylish yet accessible cocktail spot in the heart of the trendy Pearl Brewery.

On the third Thursday of every month, Marsh shares some of his knowledge with a tasting seminar that covers items such as the history, flavor profile, proper nosing and tasting techniques among a vast selection of essential spirits, cocktails, and beer.

He’s a bar impresario whose other projects include gastropub Francis Bogside in the Southtown neighborhood, the Asian-inspired Hanzo in Alamo Heights and craft cocktail haven George’s Keep in the Éilan shopping development. The name, by the way, comes from the days when Pearl was a brewery and workers were allowed to drink a few beers while on the job. An unmarked blue cooler, known as the Blue Box, kept beer for the third-shift workers.

And make sure to check the website for the house rules. Rules like: “Please, speak-easy,” “Do NOT ask for a Cosmo, Long Island Ice Tea, Jager anything or ‘socalled drinks’ of this kind, especially energy drinks,” and “If you wouldn’t introduce them to your mom, then don’t bring them here. We are NOT that kind of bar.” In other words, respect the bar, respect the craft and respect yourself. Not bad rules to follow inside and outside a bar.

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young and young-ish professionals. But because this is also San Antonio, it’s still friendly and welcoming. It’s a great place to stop before or after dinner at one of The Pearl’s noted restaurants, or just chill for a while. Downstairs

DOWNSTAIRS Since 2016, Downstairs has offered a refined space that pairs incredibly creative crafted cocktails with a thoughtful selection of Champagne, natural wines, sherry, cider, rare spirits and bottle-conditioned beer. For culinary offerings, Chef Brooke Smith offers a simple menu of fresh oysters, charcuterie (much of it cured in-house) and an intriguing selection of cheeses.

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Downstairs is the younger sibling to the Esquire Tavern, perhaps the best-known bar in San Antonio among national cocktail lovers. The Esquire received a James Beard nomination as Best Bar Program in 2012. Its history traces back to the end of Prohibition in 1933. It closed from 2006 to 2011 and reopened as a swanky, upscale destination that paid respect to its grimy past. Whether you stay on the street level at the Esquire, make your way down a stairway, or walk in from river level, be ready for a memorable experience. JUNIPER TAR In Spain, the combination of Coke and red wine is called kalimotxo, and that concoction is an ingredient in one of the clever and tasty cocktails from the general manager and beverage director Benjamin Krick. Krick’s library of bottles includes more than 900 bottled spirits that he has chosen personally, and they come to life in cocktails that include other exotic ingredients such as oloroso and fino sherries, Armagnac, byrrh, white port, housemade lime cordial and Madiera.

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One of the best-known cocktails, the Silver and Black, is a nod to the local NBA team, the Spurs. The drink is a mezcal sour that adds lemon, simple syrup, charcoal and an egg white to the featured spirit, topped with the team logo etched into the foam top. So whether you want to nerd out with all kinds of obscure spirits, learn something new or sip on a cold, familiar beer, there’s a place for you at this bar. WRITER BIO Edmund Tijerina is an award-winning food writer and author of “San Antonio’s Best Restaurants.” He prefers corn over flour tortillas and likes IPA, reposado tequila, and a beautifully seared steak, but not all together. Check out his site at SanAntoniosBestRestaurants.com.

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Who says you have to go to college somewhere over the rainbow when there are so many great choices right here in the Alamo City? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out there’s no place like home when it comes to higher education options. Don’t know where to start? Just follow the yellow brick road to success. ALAMO COLLEGES DISTRICT The first stop on the San Antonio college tour is Alamo Colleges District which includes five independently accredited colleges: San Antonio College, St. Philip’s College, Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College, and Northeast Lakeview College. More than 80,000 students enroll annually in academic courses for transfer to a four-year university or occupational/technical courses. Admission is “open” by state law, which means anyone with a high school diploma or GED can attend. A few great benefits to the Alamo Colleges District is students can take their first two years of requirements for a bachelor’s degree for much less than they would pay if they began as a freshman at a four-year institution. And students who transfer to universities generally do better than students who began at the university as freshmen. Full-time tuition per semester (12 hours) is only $1,032. Student activities include intramural sports such as basketball and soccer. There is also a wide range of student support services including services for veterans, disabled students, non-traditional students, childcare, and tutoring.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO Ease on down the road to UTSA and join nearly 31,000 students on this vibrant, public university campus that offers all the benefits of a large school with the personalized attention of a private school. UTSA students have access to 160 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs and are ranked among the top four universities in the nation under 50 years old. Areas of research excellence include advanced materials and manufacturing; cloud, cybersecurity, computing, analytics and data sciences; integrated biomedicine: neurosciences/ .

brain health, regenerative and molecular medicine and infectious diseases; social and educational policy and innovation; and sustainable communities and critical infrastructure. Tuition and fees per semester for full-time (15 hours) undergraduate students is $4,886. The 2017 acceptance rate for all UTSA students is 81 percent. There are more than 350 registered student organizations including student government, academic clubs, social and professional organizations, 16 fraternities and 14 sororities, cultural groups and service groups. The UTSA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 17 sports at the NCAA Division I level and UTSA students receive free admission to all home Roadrunner events. More than 4,000 students make themselves at home on the UTSA Main Campus. About 2,300 students live in one of three residence halls. There are also many different meal plans for students to use at oncampus dining facilities. ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY As the Tin Man would say, life could be a ding-aderry if you only choose St. Mary’s University. St. Mary’s has a tradition of academic excellence including programs like the Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program where qualified students are invited to pursue their J.D. after completing their third year of undergraduate study at St. Mary’s. And the Industrial Engineering program, established in 1960, is the only program of its kind in San Antonio. The undergraduate acceptance rate for St. Mary’s University is 80 percent. The semester cost for undergraduate study at St. Mary’s is $14,855 per semester—far below the national average for private schools. There is a two-year residency requirement for undergraduate students with 13 residential facilities and services offered. (But students from RIO Magazine

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Bexar County are exempt from living on campus if they chose to live at home with a parent or grandparent.) Students who live on campus are required to have a meal plan, and the University offers many flexible options. St. Mary’s is home to 13 fraternities and sororities along with the NCAA Division II Rattlers competing in baseball, men’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis and volleyball. TRINITY UNIVERSITY Click your heels together three times, and you will find Trinity University, a private liberal arts institution known for its Entrepreneur program, experiential learning and pre-professional programs such as education and business, STEM fields, communication, computer science, modern languages, and literature. The student/faculty ratio is 9:1. For the 2017-18 year (two semesters), the tuition cost is $40,728, and the acceptance rate was 38 percent.

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Trinity is described as having “dorms like palaces” and has a three-year residency requirement, meaning all students must live on campus through their junior year. Trinity offers many extracurricular leadership positions in 75 clubs and volunteer groups ranging from the Student Government Association to the Chess Club to inclusive religious student groups. Trinity has six fraternities, and seven sororities and about 24 percent of Trinity students pledge while on campus. Many students belong to organizations such as the

Trinity Bee Alliance or participate in the annual Chocolate Festival. Trinity is an NCAA Division III school with 18 sports plus robust club, intramural sports, and outdoor recreation programs. About 65 percent of students participate in some form of athletics while at Trinity. UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD Wish upon a star, and you could be a student on the beautiful main campus of University of the Incarnate Word located in the heart of San Antonio’s Alamo Heights. With locations throughout the city, South and Central Texas, two campuses in Mexico and international sister schools, UIW is truly a global institution. Small class sizes offer personal attention in more than 90 academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional levels. The healthcare programs in nursing, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy and osteopathic medicine are some of the most comprehensive among private universities in Texas. Annual tuition for the 2015/2016 academic year was $27,000.  At UIW, you’ll find NCAA Division I sports and more than 90 student organizations including 23 teams representing 14 different sports and an active campus life that includes Greek life, service organizations, special-interest groups, intramurals and intercollegiate athletics. WRITER BIO: Carole Miller is a well-known, local freelance writer. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia’s prestigious Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She is the mother of three children: Sydney, Faith and Nick, who currently serves as president of the National Society of Leadership and Success at San Antonio College.

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San Antonio’s San Antonio’s ethnic diversity has infused the city’s food, architecture, and music. And this Tricentennial year is the perfect time to experience the musical playlist of cultures that call San Antonio home. By Susan Yerkes The Native Americans who traveled to live by San Antonio’s gushing springs and quiet creeks made music that celebrated nature – the clear sky, clouds and rushing waters. Those same features attracted explorers, missionaries, and pioneers to pitch their tents and build forts, missions, and ranches here. Fields irrigated by Spanish acequias drew waves of permanent settlers, each with their musical traditions. Today their musical heritage resonates through plazas, neighborhoods and gathering places. Listen, and you’ll hear echoes of the Spanish flamenco or the Mexican corrida. European immigrants brought their traditions, from accordion to pipes and drums to guitar and dulcimer. The old musicians were the kings of crossover, adapting familiar airs to the fiddle or banjo, creating new sounds in this new country. You can hear them all in San Antonio, from the stages of downtown’s historic theaters to cozy neighborhood spots to the lively cafes that line the River Walk. The Mexican connection is alive and thriving in San Antonio’s musical scene. If you’re in town for Cinco de Mayo, a lively holiday, let yourself be swept up in the celebrations along the river and throughout town. Enjoy the lively rhythm of mariachis – Mexico’s dramatically costumed street musicians, who entertain at several River Walk and Market Square cafes, strolling through the tables and pausing to serenade visitors. (Remember, if they serenade you with a song, a tip is almost always de rigueur – and well worth it.) Treat yourself to an incredibly different musical experience on sacred ground, at a Mariachi Mass. Two of the four magnificent old Spanish missions in the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites offer church services accompanied by mariachi choirs on Sundays at noon. Concepción, the closest mission to downtown on the Mission Trail, and San José, 18 RIO Magazine

the “Queen of the Missions” with its gorgeously restored buildings and grounds, are worth seeing for their historical beauty. But to experience the soulful, soaring harmonies in these high-arched stone chapels is a lifetime memory. There’s plenty to explore at both missions, so arrive early – 10:30 at the latest, if you want a seat since these masses are as popular with locals as they are with visitors. San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest continuously open church in Texas, rivals the rococo cathedrals of Mexico and Spain and offers its own Mariachi Mass, sung by a purely vocal choir, at 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoons. Take a break for supper at a River Walk café, Texas Dulcimers and return to San Fernando and Main Plaza for the stunning, free sound and light show, “San Antonio: The Saga, “at 9, 9:30 or 10 p.m. Conjunto music is, to some, the quintessential “Tex-Mex” sound’ – a tuneful, accordion-driven amalgam of borderland rhythms, the perfect sound for dancing a sprightly cumbia or polka. That’s what the crowd will be doing at the historic Guadalupe Theatre’s 37th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival, with events from May 15 to 20. This is “Puro San Antonio,” straight from local neighborhoods, starting with the May 15th Accordion Wars competition at Sam’s Burger Joint, a mile north of downtown on the urban hip Broadway corridor. You don’t have to be AARP-age to get your Latin groove on at the free Seniors Conjunto dance at the restored Guadalupe Theater from 10 am to noon on May 16. Conjunto caters to an ageless population, and some of these dancing seniors leave their younger neighbors eating virtual sawdust on the dance floor! The central festival, featuring a 30-plus-act line-up of conjunto stars including multiple Grammy-winner Flaco Jimenez, bajo sexto-playing legend Max Baca and “Queen of the Accordion” Eva Ybarra will fill the West Side Rosedale Park with fans May 18th-20th. thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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Mexico is commonly associated with San Antonio, but many are surprised to learn how deep the city’s German roots run. In the mid1800s, great waves of German immigrant carried their culture to Central Texas and the fertile lands of the Hill Country, leaving lasting impressions that still flourish today. In fact, in 1876, German-speaking citizens outnumbered English-speaking Anglos or Hispanics in this growing town. While that’s no longer the case, many of the clubs, institutions, and traditions these German immigrants brought from the Old Country are still among the city’s delights. The German Casino Association built the domed, landmark Casino Building on the River Walk in 1856, and it’s members put on some of the first formal dramas, concerts, and dances in the city. La Villita became a largely German neighborhood known as “Little Rhein.” An upscale steakhouse in a historical La Villita building commemorates the name. German beer halls and music halls abounded. Today, the 1895 Beethoven Mannerchor, the headquarters

of a traditional German men’s choir founded in 1867, keeps traditions alive with its buildings and beer garden in the heart of Southtown. The choir celebrated 150 years, and it’s still going strong, – joined by traditional German bands and a women’s Damenchor. On First Fridays, when Southtown’s trendy boutiques and cozy galleries host a massive monthly art walk, the Mannerchor is the place for all kinds of music, merriment and mouth-watering German food, from pretzels to spaetzle, sausage and sauerkraut – washed down with plenty of beer. This year the Mannerchor is celebrating the city’s 300th birthday with a special German Maifest May 15, featuring a 50-piece concert band, the Beethoven big band and more, so you can oompah the night away, and dance around a Maypole, old-world style. Scots and Irish pioneers flocked to Texas, too. The San Antonio Pipes and Drums and other groups of musicians in kilts are frequently featured at

events and festivals. For a rollicking good Irish time, check out Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub on the River Walk at the Hilton Palacio del Rio hotel, where it’s always St. Patrick’s Day and the Piano Man never runs out of Irish tunes. If you’re in town May 9, you may still be able to score a hot ticket to Celtic Woman’s “Homecoming” concert at the richly restored Majestic Theater. With its incredibly rich musical confluence of cultures, you might say almost any ethnic musician could consider a San Antonio stop a homecoming of sorts. You can live here for years and never have time to experience each section of the city’s multi-ethnic symphony. But don’t let that keep you from diving into the sound pool. There’s music here for all ears.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Yerkes is a San Antonio-based travel writer and journalist. You’ll find her doing the polka, the cumbia, the two-step and even, under the right circumstances, an occasional Chicken Dance, wherever wonderful music is played.

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Thanks to the number of stores that offer both adult and children’s lines, you can find coordinating looks at spots like the Gap or Old Navy, or you can go with matching colors thanks to stores such as the Children’s Place or Gymboree, all of which have multiple San Antonio locations. But if you want to kick your matching game up a notch, why not give it true San Antonio flare from some home-grown options that are sure to turn heads? With a dedicated “Mommy and Me” collection, San Antoniobased Snippykit offers true matching looks that are comfortable, affordable and ridiculously cute. Snippykit’s fun name says it all, though you may need to peek at your thesaurus to understand. The founders wanted the clothing line to be affordable— i.e., a “snip” of your money—and “kit” is another word for an outfit. Once you see their darling looks, know that Snippykit will become a favorite shopping destination. Your go-to local boutique for matching your mini bestie, with chic matching mother and daughter outfits, dresses and tees, Snippykit offers trendy, soft clothes in all sizes that make women look and feel great for a reasonable price. You’ll also find matching accessories so your mini can sport a purse just like mom’s.

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With summer-like weather now, check out the fun summer print maxis and midis, as well as tops, dresses, accessories and more. Be on the lookout for matching leggings in the fall and a “Daddy and Me” collection is also on the horizon. Don’t see what you want? Don’t despair; Snippykit will search to find a particular item for you. You can find them online or the first Saturday of each month at the Helotes Market just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown San Antonio. If you’re looking to dress alike from head to toe, San Antoniobased Fiesta Feet has the toe part more than covered with fabulously fashionable shoes that are 100 percent leather and off-the-chart cute. Cult followers know you can count on the shoes being both stylish and comfortable, making them a win for moms and kiddos on the go. The shoes easily dress up any outfit with a pop of color, and now even the littlest fashionistas can look just like mom with the line’s “mini Gatsby,” an all gold option, and “mini Unicorn,” a color and metallic combination that truly shines. The children’s sizes run from 3 Toddler to 10 Kids. In addition to cute shoes, Fiesta Feet gives back to kids, too. Ten percent of the proceeds benefit Casa Kamami, an all-girls home in Guadalajara. Fiesta Feet are available online and at a variety of stores, so get you and your mini pairs to march through summer in matching style.

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Another matching option custommade for summer is guayaberas from Dos Carolinas. Dos Carolinas is the go-to for exquisite, custommade guayaberas, and that includes for the younger set. Not familiar with guayaberas? Pure San Antonio fashion for men and boys, they feature comfort, style, and fashion rolled into one fantastic shirt that rivals the best dress shirts in custom fit, drape and feel. Each shirt—and dress, so moms can get a custom look to match their little-ones no matter what their gender—can be made with your choice of fabric and stitching for the perfect San Antonio-chic look. Dos Carolinas features natural, breathable fabrics in every color or pattern you can think of, paired with your choice of thread for custom embroidery in 36 different type of stitches. The options are as endless as the customer service you’ll enjoy when you step into the Dos Carolinas store/ fitting area/workroom at Pearl. If that sounds odd, it’s not. Yes, there are shirts on racks, including miniature guayaberas for the stylish little boys in your life, but when you can custom create the perfect look, why buy off the rack? Pick out fabric, select your stitching and let the talented team at Dos Carolinas make oneof-a-kind wardrobe pieces just for you and your minis.

If casual matching with a touch of San Antonio attitude sounds like the perfect fit for you, BarbacoApparel fits your matching needs to a tee. Yes, “tee” as in matching tees and even onesies for the minis in your life. The locally-based, independent clothing line offers unique designs that capture San Antonio and so much more, such as your favorite breakfast taco order. Each idea, which highlights local folklore and different aspects of Hispanic culture, is developed, designed, and printed locally by the team. For a pure San Antonio look, you can go with complete matching options that include “Calavera” (the fantastic sugar skulls we love), “Piñata” or “Come and Take It.” You can also proudly proclaim your taco love with matching “Bean & Cheese” shirts, or a definite conversation starter, “Phases of the Tortilla.” Thanks to the style behind the designs, you can even outfit your family in different BarbacoApparel tees and still maintain that coordinated look as you each sport your favorite taco order. You can BarbacoApparel online, or shop them at fantastic local stores like Leighelena at Pearl and Feliz Modern, both of which should be on everyone’s shopping radar.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR An award-winning writer, communications expert and military spouse who enjoys finding discoveries and revisiting old favorites 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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¡Feliz Cumpleaños San Antonio

By Denise Barkis Richter

300 YEARS YOUNG!

For a city that pre-dates the Declaration of Independence, San Antonio is by any measure a mature metropolis, but it has the heart of a young hamlet. And like all youngsters, it would like to invite everyone to its 300th birthday party! Founded in 1718 by Spanish missionaries, San Antonio is celebrating its Tricentennial all year long, but the first week in May will pay special tribute to all those who’ve made the Alamo City one of America’s unique and well-loved municipalities. Download the free SA 300 app to stay in the loop.

“San Antonio is 300 years old, but so much history is happening right now that people can be a part of,” said Laura Elizabeth Mayes with the City of San Antonio’s Government and Public Affairs Department. Here’s the day-by-day scoop on SA 300’s Commemorative Week:

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Tuesday, May 1:

Day of Reflection Founded as a mission, San Antonio is on land that had been occupied by native people for thousands of years. The Day of Reflection is an opportunity for faith-based communities to set their intentions for the next 300 years during a candlelight vigil. Attendees will have the opportunity to write their hopes and prayers on ribbons that will be on display throughout the week. At 8:18 p.m. (20:18), church bells will ring throughout the city. A commemorative flame will symbolize San Antonio’s unity while leaders of 21 religious groups will offer minute-long blessings. The evening will wrap up with a video/ art projection of San Antonio | The Saga on San Fernando Cathedral. 26 RIO Magazine

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Wednesday, May 2:

Thursday, May 3:

History and Education San Antonio’s residents and visitors will have the opportunity to engage in the city’s 300 years of history in every city council district at all 28 public libraries with hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities. VIA Metropolitan Transit will also host a mobile Confluence and Culture learning lab. The City of San Antonio’s Parks and Recreation Department will plant 300 trees at higher education institutions throughout the city, and Trinity University Press will release a commemorative book available for purchase on its website.

Founders Day

This day will celebrate San Antonio’s founding as a municipality in 1731. A ticketed fundraiser/gala will take place at the Henry B. González Convention Center, but free celebrations will occur all around town.

The Texas A&M, University-San Antonio celebration, will focus on Native American and Latino contributions to San Antonio. The University of Texas at San Antonio will host a mini-Folklife Festival that highlights San Antonio’s cultural diversity. St. Philip’s will showcase the life of its founder, Artemisia Bowden, in a play, and it will present a curated exhibit of 22 local African-American artists. Our Lady of the Lake University will feature the West Side’s contributions to San Antonio, including walking/biking tours of its large-scale murals. Morgan’s Wonderland will offer free admission to the entire community, highlighting San Antonio’s inclusiveness to people of all abilities.

Photo courtesy City of San Antonio Government and Public Affairs

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Friday’s events will feature art celebrations throughout the city and at local museums. At 8:30 a.m., Mexico’s Tricentennial gift to San Antonio, “Alas de la Cuidad” by artist Jorge Marin, will be dedicated at the Tower of the Americas’ courtyard. Admission at area museums– Blue Star Contemporary, the DoSeum, the Witte, SAY Sí, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Linda Pace Foundation and more–will be free from 3 p.m.

to 6 p.m. A Musical Bridges Concert is slated for the Carver Center. Free dance and choir performances will take place at public spaces along with free tours of public art. Also, Bexar County will host a 5-mile long celebration at Mission San Juan, Mission Concepción and Mission County Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that will end with a giant display of fireworks over the Mission Reach.

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San Pedro Creek view looking south from Travis Street

Saturday, May 5:

Legacy Day

The Tricentennial Celebration is not just a party. It’s also an opportunity for current citizens to leave behind something significant, a legacy, for future generations to enjoy. Thanks to the vision and planning of Bexar County’s leaders, the San Pedro Creek Project, Phase I, a linear park, will officially open near Columbus Park. Mariachis, food trucks,

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a Nacimiento performance by the Canary Islanders and more will take place from noon until 9 p.m. It’s also a day to honor the contributions of the missions in San Antonio, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas and one of only 23 in the United States.

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Military Appreciation Last but not least, Sunday will celebrate San Antonio’s long and illustrious military history and its current active duty military who serve at Joint Base San Antonio. After all, Military City USA, San Antonio’s nickname, is registered trademark. Ft. Sam Houston will be open to the public for hourly tours and demonstrations from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will close out with a big musical act and fireworks. To prepare for the week’s events, don’t miss “Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History,” a Tricentennial exhibition at the Witte Museum through Jan. 6, 2019. Visitors will gain a better understanding of the people–Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Tejanos, German, African American, military and more–who have made and continue to make San Antonio the exceptional city that it is. The interactive/ immersive experience costs $5 plus museum admission.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Confluence and Culture reanactor at the Witte Museum.

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Denise Barkis Richter, Ph.D., author of “100 Things To Do in San Antonio Before You Die,” has been blogging about San Antonio since June of 2010. Follow her at facebook.com/SanAntonioTourist. Her love affair with the Alamo City began at Hemisfair in 1968. As a full-time resident of the Alamo City since 1979, she could not be more in love with her adopted city. thesanantonioriverwalk.com


Explore the Art, History, and Heritage of the American West

Located on the River Walk, the Briscoe Western Art Museum houses nine galleries of painting, sculpture, photography, and historical artifacts. Highlights include Pancho Villa’s saddle, a diorama of the Alamo conflict, an authentic Chuck Wagon, and Santa Anna’s sword. 210 W. Market Street | San Antonio, TX 78205 BriscoeMuseum.org | 210.299.4499

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— Sam Houston

Had Sam Houston and General Santa Anna sat at a Boudro’s riverside table to share a Blackened Prime Rib and a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, things may have turned out more amicably. So, if you want to write some Texas history for yourself, join us for lunch or dinner. 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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RECREATION

A One-hour Drive to

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By Drew Henry

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Paradise

April brought San Antonio showers of cascarones at Fiesta, and May is bringing in blooms of lavender flowers throughout the Texas Hill Country. Becker Vineyards, a short day-trip or weekend getaway from Downtown San Antonio, not only brings gorgeous blooms of lavender, but a glass or two of wine with the view! Richard and Bunny Becker originally went looking to buy a Hill Country cabin, and they came away with a full vineyard. The pair got to work and planted the grapes in 1992 and opened in 1996. But they didn’t stop there. After a trip to Provence in 1998, they were inspired to fill the rest of their land with lavender, which makes for the ultimate Springtime retreat. THE WINERY: All wines are made on site from the grapes grown in the vineyard, and the best part is that you can experience a Texas wine tasting and a tour of the winery from grape to bottle. The tour even showcases their

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underground wine cellar. The tasting may even leave you feeling presidential, as Becker wines have been served in three presidential administrations and multiple White House dinners. The vineyard has also won multiple international wine competitions. Most popular white: Viognier Reserve, which is the Becker’s favorite. It won the 2017 Lone Star International Wine Competition and contains notes of lemon, peach, and vanilla. Most popular red: Raven, this is a dry blend of Malbec and Petit Verdot with notes of vanilla, spice, and raspberry.

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RECREATION

THE LAVENDER FIELDS: Becker Vineyards is home to over three acres of Spanish lavender. While the concept was French inspired, the Beckers found that Spanish lavender was better suited for the Hill Country climate. This year, the vineyard is celebrating its 20th Annual Lavender Fest the weekend of May 5th through 6th. This festival is always gardening centric and features famed Hill Country Lavender Luncheons. The festivities also include local lavender vendors, presentations, cooking demos, music, and of course wine. THE LAVENDER SHOP: After you fall in love with the fresh lavender scented Hill Country air, you can take a little piece of it home for yourself. The vineyard sells products fresh from the farm including potpourri, soaps, lotions, shower gels, herbs de Provence, and dried lavender for cooking. WHILE IN HILL COUNTRY: Make sure to check out other lavender farms and attractions like: Hill Country Lavender, Enchanted Rock, August E’s, and the charming downtown shops of Fredericksburg.

Beckers Exterior

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Drew Henry is the founder of the Design Dudes blog. During the week he’s blogging about the coolest style, and on the weekends he is getting active! Instagram: design_dudes, Facebook: @heydesigndudes, Twitter: @heydesigndudes

click on this: BECKER VINEYARDS: www.beckervineyards.com 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, Texas 78671 (830) 644-2681 info@beckerwines.com

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Day one: May is a great time to

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get outdoors before the South Texas summer heat ramps up. If you only have one day to spend, then consider connecting with the “spirit” of the great outdoors. San Antonio is home to a plethora of places that supply the state with booze along with an elevated and educated experience.

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DOWNTOWN VIBE: If you’re not ready to stray too far from downtown and plan to imbibe, it’s imperative you fill your breakfast tank. Grab a breakfast taco or treat yourself to the medialuna con Jamon at Dorrego’s —the restaurant inside the beautiful Hotel Valencia. After breakfast head over to see the new additions at San Pedro Creek Culture Park. This one-of-a-kind concept combines public art, architectural design and historic preservation with urban needs like flood control, ecosystem restoration and native landscapes. Phase one will officially open on May 5 for Bexar County’s 300th anniversary, with food trucks, live music, children’s activities, historical presentations, and an evening

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Tucker’s Kozy Korner

illumination ceremony with fireworks. The total construction will add more than 60,000 linear feet of new walls, replace eight street bridges, and add four miles of walking trails.

the science behind the distilling process, and aside from bourbon and whiskey, they also produce and sell vodka and rum. So your daily souvenir shopping is a no-brainer.

After a nice stroll around the creek, grab a late lunch at one of San Antonio’s oldest and most beloved local hangouts, Tucker’s Kozy Korner. From the outside, this unassuming little bar appears plain. But the food inside will absolutely rock you. Chef Jeff White is whipping up culinary bombshells like pulled pork grilled cheese, fried catfish po boy and three cheese bacon green onion mac and cheese. With your belly full, head down the road to Alamo Distilling Company. On Friday and Saturday afternoons, the crew at this bourbon distillery give free public tours and tastings that showcase one of only five bourbons made in Texas. The founder is a professional chemist who is happy to share his knowledge and passion for

Feeling peckish after your tour? Head over to Cherry Street’s newest feel-good watering hole, Cherrity Bar for ramen and a nightcap. Continue your love of all things Texas with their Lone Star State beer, wine, and spirits and then cast your vote for your favorite cause. Each month, three charities compete for votes from bar

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San Antonio is recognized as a top vacation destination thanks to the beautiful contrast of a historically focused and culturally rich downtown area surrounded by the quiet beauty of the Texas Hill Country. Millions of visitors flock each year to experience a taste of the River City. The possibilities are endless, but if you’ve only got a day or two or three in San Antonio this month, check out a can’t miss bucket list.

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patrons. And 100 percent of the profits go to charity, with the winning charity each month receiving the lion’s share. GET OUT OF TOWN: Looking to venture out of downtown? Hitch a ride to San Antonio’s wine country with Cottonwood Wine Tours. Book a party of two to twelve and Cottonwood will send a wine-enthusiast to pick you up and drive you to the Hill Country for a grape time. They are proud to offer pickup from any hotel, and with 60 plus wineries within about an hour of downtown, there are plenty of tour options. Guests are treated to a behind-the-scenes look and talk for an in-depth wine-making experience. Tours typically last all day, so grab a hearty breakfast before you leave. Cottonwood owner Brandy Garcia suggests the 1851 platter at the Guenther House because Carl Guenther actually settled on the 1851 Vineyards, one of their featured tour stops. Tours include stops along the way at little towns like Luckenbach and Fredericksburg for lunch and sightseeing. Locals enjoy the tours because it’s an easy way to experience the wine trail without worrying about who’s driving or directions. San Pedro Creek

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Natural Bridge Caverns

DOWNTOWN VIBE: Spend day two downtown with brunch and bicycles. Sleep in and get a late start at Halcyon in the Blue Star Arts Complex. On Saturdays and Sundays, nosh on fried chicken and waffles with a little bourbon maple syrup as a friendly reminder of yesterday’s boozy fun. The wide-range of eggs benedicts pair great with a bacon bloody mary or treat yourself to $1 mimosas with the purchase of a brunch entree. Then it’s time to bike your way around the King William district. SWell Cycle (formerly Bcycle) rents bicycles from stations throughout the downtown area. You can buy a pass at the kiosk and hop on a bike near Blue Star, or drive over to the station on Flores and Alamo. This location gives you access to the Villa Finale and Steves Homestead, two of the historic homes in the district offering a selfguided tour of the property includes the interior rooms and three buildings outside. Villa Finale was the last home of Walter Nold Mathis, a key player in the revitalization of King William. The grounds are free to visit and modest house access and tour. The home

boasts a 12,500-piece collection of historical pieces including European furniture, Bell silver, Texas furniture and decorative arts. Round out your bicycle tour through King William with a scenic ride through the small wooden cottages and large 1800s historic mansions. Stop by the Guenther House museum, and don’t miss the Commander’s House Park and King William Park. Then grab a nightcap at the history-laden Liberty Bar. GET OUT OF TOWN: If you want to retreat from the city, try a day trip out to Natural Bridge Caverns. The caverns feature a 60-foot limestone bridge, and the experience is one of the most popular attractions in Texas. The Discovery Tour is a great introduction to the incredible formations, while the Hidden Passages Tour is a bit more mysterious. You can spend an entire day exploring the site, and there are activities for everyone from adrenaline junkies to easy riders. After a long day at the caverns, treat yourself to a scoop at Justin’s Ice Cream downtown and call it a day.

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DOWNTOWN VIBE: On your last day, eat like a celebrity at, Magnolia Pancake Haus of Food Network fame. The restaurant gets crowded on the weekend, so visit weekday, get there early or play miniature golf next door while waiting. Some diners have tried checking in on Yelp when they’re within five miles of the restaurant to reduce their wait time. The authentic apfel pfannekuchen (apple pancake) is incredible. After breakfast head back to the river for a day of touristy fun. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Is right across from the Alamo, so anyone in need of a real tourist fix can grab quick selfie in front of this Texas history icon before checking out the oddities across the street.

Battle for Texas

Ripley’s features three attractions. Louis Tussaud’s WaxWorks is about a half hour to 45-minute walk through more than 200 wax figures. The kids can check out the classic fairy tales room or the superhero display, while Texas history buffs can bask in the glory of the Alamo battle heroes. Other famous faces include Marilyn Monroe, Oprah and Michael Jackson in three stages of his life. Go Rio Boat Cruise

The Odditorium features historical oddities like 3,500 pounds of the Berlin Wall. And the 4D Moving Theater offers two short films with special effects. If the Alamo and Ripley’s left you hungry for history, try the Battle for Texas Museum right down the street. On May 4 they’ll have a live Fandango celebration where guests are transported back to 1836 to join the Texas Revolution. Treat the family to dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. On a hot summer night, nothing feels better than the cool mist of the rainforest. The animals come to life, and the thunderstorms roll in while you chow down. Finish off your final day with a relaxing guided tour aboard GO RIO Cruises on the River Walk where locals, seniors, children, and military receive discount admission.

GET OUT OF TOWN: A fifteen-minute drive north of downtown takes you to Top Golf. This towering tee box is home to more than a hundred climatecontrolled bays. The bays are priced by the hour, not by the person, so groups of one to six people can enjoy sporty time together. The facility features a full-service restaurant and bar, a rooftop terrace with a fire pit and free Wi-Fi. After your scratch golf game, head back down to the river for some tableside guac and a prickly pear margarita at Boudro’s Texas Bistro for the ultimate Lone Star send-off.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crystal Henry is a loyal Texan, and an award-winning author, writer, and columnist. She is fluent in both sarcasm and English, and evidence of those bilingual writing talents can be found at crystalhenrywrites. com. Or follow her on FB + IG @crystalhenrywrites and Twitter @chenrywrites.

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THE CHERRITY BAR cherritybar.com

GUENTHER HOUSE guentherhouse.com

MAGNOLIA PANCAKE HAUS magnoliapancakehaus.com

GO RIO CRUISES goriocruises.com

SWELL CYCLE sanantonio.bcycle.com

VILLA FINALE villafinale.org/Home.html

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ripleys.com/sanantonio/

TOP GOLF topgolf.com/us/san-antonio

EDWARD STEVES HOESTEAD MUSEUM saconservation.org/whatwe-do/tours/edward-steveshomestead-museum

LIBERTY BAR liberty-bar.com

BATTLE FOR TEXAS MUSEUM battlefortexas.com

BOUDRO’S TEXAS BISTRO boudros.com

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS 5/1-6 Tricentennial San Antonio Commemorative Week Downtown 5/5 @ 11:30 a.m. Mini-Mini Con 2018 Wonderland of the Americas

5/6 Síclovía Downtown Síclovía is a free event that turns major city streets into a safe place for people to exercise and play. The streets become temporarily carfree for about 5 hours on Sundays for families to run, ride bikes, take exercise classes and enjoy their city streets. 

COMEDY

5/2-6 Sara Contreras Improv Comedy Club 5/5 @ 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Michael Wolff of the Fire and Fury Book Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 5/9-13 Larry Garza Improv Comedy Club 5/12 @ 8 p.m. The Every Woman Comedy Tour Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater 5/16-12/7 Andy Beningo Improv Comedy Club 5/18 @ 8 p.m. Cowboy Bill Martin Living in the Middle Comedy Tour Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 5/22 @ 8 p.m. WWE Legend Honky Tonk Man’s “Shake, Rattle & Roll Comedy Show” Improv Comedy Club 5/30 -6/3 Gabriel Rutledge Improv Comedy Club

FAMILY FUN

5/5 @ noon Doggy Day Mitchell Lake Audubon Center 5/6-19 Yellow Ribbon Project River Walk 5/11-8/11 @ 8:30 p.m. Fiesta Noche Del Rio Arneson Theatre

5/6 @ 8:30 a.m. Family Flower Walk Mitchell Lake Audubon Center 5/17-20 Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream Alamodome

5/3-5 One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater In this irreverent parody and homage to the Dark Knight Trilogy, two-faced supernerd Charles Ross lovingly tears Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece a new one. No costumes, no sets, no Batmobiles, Ross takes you on a one-hour comedic joyride, from Batman’s origins to his epic battles against Gotham’s super-villains. Hold onto your utility belt!

5/19   Sesame Street Party Parade SeaWorld San Antonio The iconic brand expands out of the Sesame Street Bay of Play and on to the pathways with the addition of a neighborhood street party parade. This daily event features everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends, 10 themed floats, contemporary tunes including Sesame Street favorites and two show-stopping performances along the parade route.

Through 5/19 The Ants Go Marching Magik Performing Arts Center

5/17-20 Culinaria Festival La Cantera Resort & Spa

5/5 @ 7 p.m. Built to Spill and the Afghan Whigs Aztec Theatre 5/6 @ 8 p.m. A Joyful Noise – Yosa: Gold Series 3 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Center for the Performing Arts

5/6 @ 7 p.m. Juanes Mon Laferte Amarte Tour Freeman Coliseum

5/1 @ 8 p.m. Judas Priest Firepower Tour Freeman Coliseum

5/8 @ 7:30 p.m. Fleet Foxes Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

5/1 @ 7 p.m. Oh Wonder Aztec Theatre

5/11 @ 8 p.m. What Moves You: Lil Buch & Mihai Marica Carver Community Cultural Center

5/2 @ 7:30 p.m. Toots and the Maytals Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 5/19 @ 5:00 p.m. Armed Forces River Parade River Walk

5/3 @ 6:30 p.m. Sum 41: Does This Look Infected 15th Anniversary Tour Aztec Theatre 5/4 @ 8 p.m. Led Zeppelin 2—T he Live Experience Aztec Theatre

5/2 @ 6 p.m. Hollywood Undead Aztec Theatre

5/25 @ 11:00 a.m. Memorial Day Artisan Show River Walk

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5/1 @ 8 p.m. Jason Isbell and the 400 Count Tobin

5/26 @ 9 a.m. Family Friendly Cross Training Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

5/16-20 Tejano Conjunto Festival La Villita

Through 5/28 Mardi Gras Festival Six Flags Fiesta Texas Through 5/28 Seven Seas Food Festival SeaWorld San Antonio

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5/3-5 One Man Dark Knight Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater

5/13 @ 2 p.m. Grease Sing-A-Long Aztec Theatre 5/15 @ 7 p.m. Natalia Lafourcade Aztec Theatre 5/16 @ 8 p.m. Gipsy Kings Majestic Theater


Cool ! 5/17 @ 8 p.m. Tom Jones Live Majestic Theater

5/9 @ 7 p.m. Celtic Woman: Homecoming Majestic Theater

5/18 @ 8 p.m. Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang Majestic Theater

5/9 @ 6:30 p.m. Todrick Hall Aztec Theatre

5/19 @ 8 p.m. Karla Bonoff Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater

5/17-19 @ 7:30 p.m. La Boheme Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

5/20 @ 6 p.m. Yosapalooza with Youth Orchestras of SA Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 5/21 @ 7:30 p.m. Kat Edmonson Empire Theatre 5/25 @ 8 p.m. Patriotic Pops SA Symphony Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 5/26 -27 @ 8 p.m. Joe Bonamassa Majestic Theater 5/27 Depeche Mode Global Spirit Tour AT&T Center 5/11 -12 @ 7:30 p.m. SA Symphony: Disney in Concert--Pirates of the Caribbean Majestic Theater

PERFORMING ARTS 5/1-6 The Book of Mormon Majestic Theater

5/6 @ 2:30 p.m. Create—Our Creative World Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Through 5/6 Manifest Blue Star Contemporary Art

5/12 @ 9 a.m.

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Through 5/6 30 Americans: Rubell Family Collection McNay Art Museum Through 5/6 Something to Say: 10 Years of African-American Art McNay Art Museum

Through 10/18 Brewing Up Texas Institute of Texan Cultures

a festival filled with bird-themed games, crafts, nature-based presentations about our feathered friends. Start the day with a kids’ fun run then stroll through the Native Plant and Seed Sale at this Official Tricentennial partner event.

Through 5/6 Night of Artists Public Exhibition Briscoe Western Art Museum Through 6/10 Spain to San Antonio: Through 10/18 Brewing Up Texas Institute of Texan Cultures Through 5/13 San Antonio 1718: A Tricentennial Exhibition of Art from Biceregal Mexico San Antonio Museum of Art Through 6/10 Spain to San Antonio: Hispanic Culture on Stage McNay Art Museum

Through 12/31 Viva! Institute of Texan Cultures

Through 5/7 Common Currents: 300 Years - 300 Artists In celebration of San Antonio’s Tricentennial year, six downtown artist-centric organizations will partner to present an exhibition that will illuminate the 300 years of their hometown’s history. Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Carver Community Cultural Center, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and the Southwest School of Art

5/7 @ 8 p.m. Gordon Lightfoot The Legend Lives on Tobin Center for the Performing Arts After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, this tour features his well-known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fanatics all woven together with some of Lightfoot’s own behind-the-scenes stories and personal anecdotes about his historic musical career.

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HUEBNER OAKS 11745 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 shophuebneroaks.com

SAN ANTONIO VISITORS CENTER 317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-6871 www.visitsan antonio.com

KATHLEEN SOMMERS 2417 North Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 732-8437 kathleensommers.com

SHOPS OF LA CANTERA 15900 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com

KENDRA SCOTT 310 East Basse Rd. #101 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 591-7180 www.kendrascott.com

SHOPS AT RIVER CENTER 849 E. Commerce shoprivercenter.com

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77T’S SOUVENIRS & T-SHIRTS 207 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-549-1279 www.77tshirts.com TEXAS ACCENT GENERAL STORE 803 S. Zarzamora San Antonio, TX 78207 210-435-2446 TIENDA LA GARZA 110 Broadway, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2133

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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

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Restaurateur Lisa Wong was born and raised in San Antonio of Mexican and Chinese descent to Isabel Sanchez and Samuel Wong. Lisa embraced the best of both cultures, inheriting Grandpa Wong’s entrepreneurial spirit. As a restaurateur, he prepared the finest Chinese and American food in the kitchen of Sung Lee Café while her abuelita (grandma) Mama Luisa prepared incredible Mexican food in her kitchen for the family every Sunday afternoon. The memories created in these two kitchens from two distinct cultures produced a young visionary whose character and drive have been the cornerstone in building a successful restaurant career that spans more than three decades. “Ácenar is a dream come true,” said Lisa. “As a child, I would come downtown with my family and loved the River Walk. I never imagined I would one day own a part of what makes San Antonio so unique, attracting visitors from all over the world.” Guests enjoy a modern take on Texas regional Mexican dishes inspired by the history and thesanantonioriverwalk.com

heritage of these two cultures delivering a culinary explosion of bold Latin-infused flavors. Menu selections include Gulf fish, crab, and shrimp, piping-hot San Antonio style enchiladas, savory chiles re llenos, sizzling parrilladas, asadas, and cabrito — all made to order. A spacious multi-level restaurant features floor, balcony and outdoor seating. The interior and exterior reflect colors and designs influenced by Lisa’s Mexican and Asian heritage, an impressive mural in the main dining room, a molcajete wall feature, and pagoda-style patio. After dinner lingering is encouraged on the Balcony Lounge or in the popular Átomar Bar while enjoying delicious Latino-style cocktails, signature margaritas, and over 30 selections of premium tequilas —platas, reposados, and añejos.

Átomar Bar is easily accessible from Houston street with daily happy hour specials like $5 cocktails and small plates menu. These delicious platitos include Shrimp Nachos, Mini Flautas, Oysters, Beef Alambres and Chili Con Queso. The Specialty Cocktails menu includes Ácenar’s Mexican Martini, Ácenar’s Red Sangria, Pucker-Up Sour Apple Martini and Hand Made Mojito. Ácenar also features Downtown Tuesday specials from 3:007:00 p.m. to include half–off appetizers from the dinner menu with the purchase of an entrée, and $2 tacos at the bar. Popular signature drinks on the Downtown Tuesday special menu include Ácenar’s Hand Shaken Margarita, Tuna Margarita, Raspita, Mojito, Melon Mojito, Ácenar’s Blood Orange Mojito, 10 Cane Mojito, Coconut Margarita, Kahlua Colada and the Ácenar Sangria Cocktail.

Ácenar HotMex CoolBar 146 E. Houston St. Call 210-222-2362 Acenar.com Facebook.com/acenarSA Twitter.com/acenarSA Instagram.com/acenarhotmex Executive Chef Richard Sánchez Keith Ludwick, Director of Operations Juan Saldaña, General Manager Hours: Sun-Thurs, 11am-10pm Fri & Sat, 11am-11pm

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On The Bend Oyster Bar and Lounge On The Bend is an upscale yet casual full-raw bar of fresh seafood dining spot on the River Walk. It combines fresh, contemporary ambiance for lunch, dinner, as well as late-night hot spot appeal. Situated at River level on an attractive bend of the famous San Antonio River Walk, within the atrium of The Hyatt Regency Hotel, On the Bend has a two-tier patio which allows for breathtaking views of the passing boats. Comfortably positioned behind tropical palms and lush landscaping, and boasts the only open-air river level bar on the River Walk. The upper deck is perfect for private parties and river parade viewing events. It’s also an is an ideal location for wedding parties. The lounge and lower decks are suitably smoke-free, while the upper deck is an area where you can enjoy your favorite cigar. A wide selection of fine hand-rolled panatelas are sold. Inside you’ll find crisp, clean retro décor offering all day options from the full raw bar of fresh seafood, as well as a full-service coffee and hot beverage cafe (with to go options) and hi-speed Wi-Fi. For sports fans, On the Bend offers a spectacular video wall with numerous HD screens, making it the unrivaled venue of choice for all live sports 60 RIO Magazine

viewing. It’s all complemented by a spectacular mezzanine level offering VIP viewing for the big game, making us the River Walk’s premium sports venue. The second-floor mezzanine lounge is also a perfect location for morning meetings, private parties, and group bookings. In the evening as the traffic on the River Walk recedes, On The Bend becomes a sophisticated, upscale lounge. As the lights dim, the sound of blues, jazz, and classics hits provide entertainment for a sophisticated, upscale latenight crowd.

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The intimately lit bar boasts a range of signature, hand-crafted cocktails, cold brews, and an impressive display of top-shelf liquors & whiskeys. If you’re hungry, small seafood plates are offered to satisfy and bring the perfect ending to an evening on the world-famous San Antonio River Walk.

Hours: Sunday- Thursday 12 pm to 12 am Friday – Saturday 12 pm – 2 am

Your visit to the Riverwalk won’t be complete without a visit to On The Bend Oyster Bar and Lounge!

Join us at our two-sister restaurants on the River Walk, Mad Dogs British Pub, and Bier Garten, a fun-loving, German-themed venue, where every day is Oktoberfest.

For Group Events: Ryan Wood - ryan@maddogs.net

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362

DINING/RESTAURANTS

The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951

Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499

Improv Comedy Club www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com 210-229-1400

Barriba Cantina www.barribacantina.com 210-228-9876

Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000

Culinaria Wine & Food Festival www.culinariasa.org

Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484

Pizzaritas www.pizzaritas.com 210-293-7842

The DoSeum www.thedoseum.org 210-212-4453

Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300

San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924

Casa Rio & Schilo’s www.casario.com 210-225-6718 www.schilos.com 210-223-6692 Chart House www.toweroftheamericas.com 210-223-3101 The County Line www.countyline.com 210-229-1941 Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600 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 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 Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262 La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140

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The Republic of Texas therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com 210-226-6256 Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060 Rio Rio Cantina www.riorioriverwalk.com 210-226-8462 Rita’s on the River www.ritasontheriver.com 210-227-RITA Texas de Brazil www.texasdebrazil.com 210-299-1600

SHOPPING

MUSEUM

ATTRACTIONS

Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080 City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687

NIGHTLIFE

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

GO RIO River Cruises www.goriocruises.com 210-227-4746

Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462

Mirror Maze 210-224-2288 Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101

B & C Leather Designs & Unique Finds 210-724-8521; 210-464-1126

Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828

Cowboys Alamo City Harley Davidson on the RiverWalk www.cowboysalamocityharley.com 210-212-4461

FESTIVALS

Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600

Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362

Market Square www.marketsquaresa.com 210-207-8600

COMEDY CLUB

HOTELS

Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com

CASINO

Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino www.luckyeagletexas.com

Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299 Armed Forces River Parade, May 19th. Details on TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com

La Villita Historic Village www.lavillitasanantonio.com 210-207-8614 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 Villa Tesoros 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126

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