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SIP & SAVOR Party of 20 or More? By Kimberly A, Suta

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FAMILY FUN LEGO and Have Fun! By Carole Miller

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GREAT FINDS La Villita By Dan R. Goddard

24 GREAT FINDS Lastin Memories Come from Experiences, Not Things By Dawn Robinette

IN EVERY ISSUE FEATURES 12 16 20 24

Sip & Savor Family Fun Be Entertained Great Finds

28 Culture & Community 32 Recreation 36 24/48/72 Hours

GUIDES 40 Food & Drink 42 Arts & Entertainment 44 Shopping

MAPS 46 River Walk 47 Museum Reach & King William 52 Downtown 58 Greater San Antonio

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ON THE COVER The Armed Forces River Parade is dedicated to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. This televised event features 26 patriotically-decorated floats carrying all branches of military personnel with music and costumed float riders. The free parade is held on May 18 beginning at 6:00 PM and can be viewed anywhere along the 2 ½ mile route downtown on the River Walk. The parade is sponsored by Budweiser and Visit San Antonio. For more details visit TheSanAntonioRIverWalk.com

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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.


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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 Maria Martinez Marriott Plaza San Antonio PRESIDENT-ELECT John Carbajal Keller Williams PAST-PRESIDENT Laurence Seiterle Zurich Properties TREASURER Ryan Wood On the Bend SECRETARY Michael Woody Visit San Antonio CHAIR, OPERATORS COMMITTEE Andreas Esparza Boudro’s EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Maggie Thompson San Antonio River Walk Association EX-OFFICIOS Veronica Garcia Center City Development and Operations Department Marissa Korth San Antonio River Authority Eddie Romero Centro San Antonio Will Grinnan San Antonio Restaurant Association Marco Barros San Antonio Tourism Council BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bob Buchanan The Original Mexican Restaurant Ashley Ciomperlik Wyndham Garden Riverwalk Terry Corless Mad Dogs Group Mike de Luna Paesanos Restaurant Group Kevin Donohue Donohue Media Michael Dudek The Westin Riverwalk Jesse Holguin PepsiCo

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The Official Magazine of the River Walk

PUBLISHER Kayaking on the Mission Reach section of the River Walk.

Louis Doucette louis@travelingblender.com EDITOR

EXPERIENCES THAT LEAVE YOU SPEECHLESS TURN YOU INTO A STORYTELLER.

Paula Schechter paula@riverwalksa.org GUEST EDITOR

Close your eyes, wait, leave them open as you read, then close your eyes as you imagine an experience that fills your heart and mind with happiness.

Leroy Adams

Would you be attending a concert with one-hundred-thousand other adoring fans? Are you in the stands witnessing a game-winning shot at the buzzer or a grand slam at the bottom of the ninth? Are you enjoying an early morning kayak ride along the peaceful River Walk? Is your family gathered around the table to celebrate a special occasion—or nothing at all?

Vicki Schroder vicki@travelingblender.com

Moments, little and big ones, ordinary and extraordinary, provide lasting memories. Experiences are what we all crave, not things. In this issue of RIO Magazine, we share countless experience opportunities waiting for you to make them your own. This month’s RIO Magazine will have you going to Sunday brunch, enjoying a spa day, listening to vinyl records, attending a concert, going dancing, hiking through a nature center, discovering dinosaur tracks, drinking cocktails with friends, soaring through the air, and partaking in a virtual snowball fight. You want experiences, and it’s our job to make sure you can easily find and create your own. Now get out there and experience San Antonio.

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Are you searching for the perfect venue to host a party of 20 or more? Downtown San Antonio has you covered with several superb restaurants with private dining options that are ready and able to facilitate large groups with excellent menus, service, and style. Whether you’re in need of space for a small business meeting or a large reception, they’ve got you covered, including full buyouts of the restaurants. On top of that, these restaurants will happily accommodate requests on short notice. So, who’s ready to party?! BOUDRO’S TEXAS BISTRO Boudro’s has diverse and stunning event spaces located at their sister store, Zinc’s Bistro and Bar, a 10-minute walk southwest of Boudro’s. They have five options of varied sizes, including Firewheel, The Vault, Volume II, The Boardroom, 12 RIO Magazine

and the most unique option-Wine Cellar. Each location is woven into the historic fabric of San Antonio. The Vault, for example, is located at the Commerce Building which was formerly the Old Alamo National Bank Building built in 1902. The name is quite literal, as there are still functional vaults in this private room, a clever choice for business functions. Each room is unique with its own special assets. The Boardroom features incredible colored glass chandeliers made in Italy, while Charles Court is a perfect location for an outdoor cocktail

party with a New Orleans-style ambiance. All the above are catered by Boudro’s, which offers event menus to choose from showcasing their renowned American Southwest Steaks and Seafood. You can mix and match or they are happy to create a custom menu for you. Be sure to order a round of their famous Prickly Pear Margaritas. Whatever you want, they’ll make it happen. For something truly special for your guests, hop on their exclusive River Walk boat for private dining, cocktail mixer or simply dessert. thesanantonioriverwalk.com


For something truly special for your guests, hop on their exclusive River Walk boat for private dining, cocktail mixer or simply dessert.

PAESANOS Paesanos has a rich history in San Antonio and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Known for their consistently exceptional contemporary Italian fare, such as their legendary Shrimp Paesano dish of spaghetti served with succulent sautéed crispy shrimp in a lemon garlic butter sauce that is so delicious you’ll want to lick your plate. Other favorites include their rustic oven-roasted Osso Bucco with pancetta gnocchi and asparagus and the Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breast served with capers and lemon butter garlic, served over linguini and spinach. The menu options vary depending upon the size of your group, or you might opt for the buffet so your guests can enjoy a little taste of everything. Private dining options include two rooms (which can be made into one) above Rio Rio Cantina that overlooks the River Walk, an ideal spot for a reception or Fiesta party. The event staff makes a concerted effort to get to know you and understand your needs so that guests receive the value they’re expecting. Executed to perfection with impeccable precision is something Paesanos stands behind, and one of the reasons why they have been a staple in the Alamo City for half a century. FOGO DE CHAO BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE If you’re familiar with a traditional churrasco, or Brazilian steakhouse, then you can expect the same kind of parade of grilled meats for your party as well as access to their classic sides and market table smorgasbord of seasonal salads, fresh veggies, imported charcuterie, artisan bread and so much more. The restaurant, situated at the base of the Shops at Rivercenter, has four private rooms available for rent, including their circular glass room called the River Room, which faces the River Walk and seats up to 22 people. One of the perks of private dining at Fogo de Chao is the complimentary audio and visual equipment such as a screen, projector, and microphone-equipped in each room. An added bonus of the luscious Brazilian eats that has made Fogo de Chao one of the preeminent Brazilian steakhouses.

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BARRIBA CANTINA Located in the Southbank, next door to Hard Rock Café, Barriba Cantina, too, gives you the option to rent out the entire restaurant or their private room which seats up to 130 people. They have an indoor space and covered patio that overlooks the River Walk and a gorgeous view of the San Antonio skyline. Their event menu consists of both Mexican street food and slow-smoked barbecue. Guests might choose the fajita and enchilada combo with churros for dessert or their Cadillac barbecue menu which includes brisket, sausage, chicken and more, along with some homemade bread and peach cobbler. Appetizers for a cocktail party or reception could include their classic queso and signature Mexican deviled eggs topped with jalapeño bacon. thesanantonioriverwalk.com

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A great choice for a more casual event, the restaurant’s décor is quirky and fun, with live music six nights a week, from blues and jazz to a little bit of classic rock. The private room showcases Western décor, such as antlers and cowhide table cloths, a must for guests looking for some Texas flair. Barriba Cantina also has a private boat where guests can enjoy margaritas and appetizers while cruising the River Walk, before docking at the restaurant for dinner. ZOCCA CUISINE D’ITALIA Located along a quiet and private section of the River Walk, Zocca has three semi-private rooms for large groups, as well as the patio, or the option for a full buyout. Being that this part of the Cypresstree River Walk is more secluded, it’s an ideal place for a cocktail party of up to 70 people. Guests can watch the boats and ducks float by in this tranquil setting that truly showcases the best of San Antonio’s River Walk experience.

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You can expect some favorite Northern Italian comfort food here such as their Pappardelle and jumbo lump crab or their spaghetti with oversized meatballs, one of the signature dishes of the restaurant. The antipasto is popular for parties and features an array of imported cheeses, meats, pickled veggies, and wine jellies. All items on the menu can be prepared for large parties, although the restaurant is happy to accommodate off-menu requests as well. Either way, it’s guaranteed no one will go home hungry. Regardless of which restaurant you choose for your party or event, you can bet you and your guests will have an unforgettable time and be counting down the days until your next!

WRITER’S BIO Kimberly A. Suta of Sutapants Productions is a local and national food writer and filmmaker. She’s also the Co-Creator of Homegrown Chef (homegrowncheftv.com), a culinary series featuring our city’s best chefs and delicious eats.


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LEGOLAND Discovery Center is, in a word, an enormous, humungous, gigantic, stupendous, abundant, abounding, astonishing, astounding, wondrous world for kids ages 2-12. If you believe all the news, it was designed by engineers, architects, and scientists with fancy-schmancy degrees. But anyone who has ever been a child knows it was designed purely by magic (and, perhaps, a bit of pixie dust). The moment you enter the colorful doors, you get a glimpse into Lego nirvana. Even though it was conceived and designed from a child’s perspective all the entertainment experts agree—LEGOLAND Discovery Center offers fun for everyone.

‘Have fun’ is my message. Be silly. You’re allowed to be silly. There’s nothing wrong with it. –Jimmy Fallon

Take a cue from one of our beloved late-night comedians and become a giant kid for a day in Miniland San Antonio, a tiny replica of the city constructed out of more than 1.5 million Lego bricks. Explore and play with  interactive  models of beloved San Antonioarea landmarks like the 30-story Tower Life Building, The Alamo, and the Alamodome. Watch  an exciting boat race or see the towers glow as day turns to night. Miniland is also home to some mischievous Minifigures who love to play hide-and-seek so be on the lookout for the little pranksters.  16 RIO Magazine

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Experience the thrill and become the hero of two Medieval-themed rides. Hop aboard your chariot in the laser ride, Kingdom Quest. Zap all the lurking trolls and sneaky skeletons and save the princess from their evil clutches. Or become the next apprentice to a magical wizard on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride. Pedal the enchanted cart in his magical potion chamber faster and faster to conjure the sorcerer’s spell and hang on to your pointed hats as you soar into the sky.

"You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things” -The LEGO Movie

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relax (or, perhaps, build their own Lego masterpieces). Join the loveable characters made out of Lego blocks and have some fun in Heartlake City building unique models while making new Lego friends. Little builders aged 2-5 can let their imaginations loose in the animal-themed Duplo Village where they can build a lively Lego animal, play peek-a-boo in the enchanted cottage and revel among the special, soft blocks. And the Duplo Farm is the perfect place for future farmers to plant some handmade vegetables in the garden and play in the barn with the barnyard cow.

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As far as Lego-building skills are concerned, anyone can become a Lego wizard with a little help from their Lego Fairy Godperson. Master Model Builder Kevin Hintz is a true Lego magician who can create anything of out of Legos conjured from your imagination. He shares insider tips and super tricks during master classes and workshops transforming kids into Lego Master Builders at the wonderful and magical Creative Workshop. Create an ultra-fast Lego car at the Build and Test Zone, race your vehicle on the test track and compete to see which family member finishes with the quickest time. Or build the tallest tower and test its strength at the challenging Earthquake Tables.

“Everything is awesome.” - The LEGO Movie The Lego 4D cinema experience takes movies to a whole new level and allows you to completely

immerse yourself in the excitement and thrills of a 3D film with the added effects of actual wind, rain, and snow. Watch “The Lego Movie 4D: A New Adventure,” “Legends of Chima” or “Nexo Knights Book of Creativity” come to life and become a part of the non-stop action.

“May the Legos always be with you” –Anonymous After spending a fun day together, bring home the fun with all the latest Lego products including Marvel Super Heroes, Star Wars  and Ninjago as well as some exclusive limited-edition items from the Lego Store. In fact, Lego fans can come at any time because you don’t need a Legoland Discovery Center ticket to visit the store. And you can continue the fun all year long with an annual pass. Annual Pass holders receive 12 months of unlimited access to the attractions and invitations to special events throughout the year.

“Eat, Drink, Play” -Dave & Buster If having so much fun causes your family to “build up” an appetite for something delicious, take a break at Dave & Buster’s, watch some sports and eat Asian chicken wonton nachos, sweet and spicy Kobe meatball sliders, Mexican street corn quesadillas or fresh-baked Bavarian pretzels. And adult family members can wash everything down with a choice of more than two dozen beers (or maybe a little butterscotch ripple). Make your way to the Million Dollar Midway located on the San Antonio River Walk and play all the classic games like Pop-A-Shot, Pac-Man and Skee-Ball, the newest virtual reality games like Zombie Snatcher.

WRITER’S BIO San Antonio-based freelance writer Carole Miller is married to the biggest Lego fan in the entire universe. She is also the mother of three Lego experts, Sydney, Nick and Faith. She suffers from a mild case of PTSD after stepping on so many Legos while barefoot in the dark. thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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groovy spots in SA. VINYL GROOVE Today, vinyl is hot – in part, because it’s so cool. Just ask the guys at Southtown Vinyl. Owners Gabe Garza, Gabe Mendez and Paul Perez, all professional DJs, who have made their hip little shop in the laid-back Southtown neighborhood a musical mecca for vinyl lovers. From fellow DJs to collectors and old-school record lovers to a younger set just discovering vinyl. It’s a hot spot for folks who love album art, liner notes and owning a tangible recording along with hanging out in a very hip space with other music enthusiasts. “We’re more than a record store,” Gabe Mendez said, “We’re a destination for vinyl.” The store specializes in equipment from turntables and needles and has an on-site record player service station. The main attraction is the incredible, specialized selection of music. “We cater to DJ sub-genres – all kinds of dance music,” Mendez explained. That’s a long list, from acid house to witch house, with funky house, hard bass, night groove, Kwaito, Jersey Club, funky house Balearic beat and dozens of other variations in between. You can talk about them, sample sounds, and start or grow your collection at Southtown Vinyl. And with DJs at the helm and a full range of music and equipment, the store also organizes DJ services for special events. DANCE GROOVE Merkaba is the new kid on the block opening in October of last year. But you wouldn’t know by the line that forms outside. A DJ spins Thursday through Sunday starting at 11 p.m. A light projection show, and glowing specialty cocktails enhance the vibe. Merkaba is a place to go and be seen. For 34 years DJ Pete Rendon has been holding court at The Republic of Texas Restaurant. He is, without doubt, the master grandaddy of DJs on the River 20 RIO Magazine

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LIVE PERFORMANCE GROOVE The classic Aztec Theater is spectacular downtown spot re-purposed to cater to a modern crowd. Back in 1926 when it opened as a movie palace, the overthe-top Aztec-inspired design and decoration wowed the town. The massive murals, columns, and plasterwork make a unique setting for LiveNation’s shows. Some of this month’s grooviest groups will have you dancing in the aisles or moshing on the floor, from Animals As Leaders (May 1) and Gunna (May 7) to Violent Femmes & X (May 13). The vibe is laid way, way back at Sam’s Burger Joint, but the music rocks just as hard. This much–beloved live music spot has hosted the top names in many musical genres, from blues to indie rock, Americana, country, funk, and swing. The intimate space is just right for soaking in the sounds and the café and bar next door serve up classic Texas food, brews, and booze. There’s something new and cool nightly. Two-steppers will love the Monday night Hayride Hops. The Old 97s with guests the Bottle Rockets are on the line-up May 12, Jackopierce headlines May 25, and James McMurtry closes out the month on May 31. Check out Howl at the Moon for its iconic dueling pianos. The live music keeps playing all night with the audience either singing or dancing along. Howl’s regular house musicians play up a storm, and the fun is infectious. Song requests and singing along is encouraged If you’re in town for Cinco de Mayo weekend, check out the big fiesta—and the margaritas. WRITER’S BIO

Susan Yerkes is an award-winning journalist and travel writer based in San Antonio, where the music is cool, and the beats go on. Bonham Exchange

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GREAT FINDS

Majestic Theatre

Lasting Memories

Come From Experiences Not Things By Dawn Robinette

Experiences, not things, are the curators of lasting memories. Remember your first concert surrounded by fellow-raucous fans screaming in unison the tunes of your favorite band? I’ll bet you don’t recall the first 45, eight-track, cassette, CD or LP you bought? Experiences are what we crave because they grant instant rights to amazing lifelong storytelling. San Antonio is a city filled with experiential opportunities galore; memories made and stories to be told. May in SA will fill your memory bank—and social media feed—with enduring moments. Whether it’s sports, music, theater or the perfect bite or beverage to go with it, enjoy these great “finds” that will leave you smiling, dancing and cheering.

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A night at the theater is always extraordinary, but in San Antonio, it’s also historic, especially when it involves seeing the Broadway smash hit, Hamilton, at the Majestic Theatre. The juggernaut that turned the story of one of our founding fathers into a must-see show featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway. The show takes the stage for three weeks in May.

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The Majestic Theatre, built in 1929, is a show itself, with a ceiling that features the night sky sparkling above Spanish Mediterranean style building facades. The Majestic is one of the finest examples of atmospheric theaters ever built, receiving National Historic Landmark status in 1993. And if Broadway smash hits aren’t your thing, it also hosts top concerts and comedians. If you’d like to see behind the scenes, including a backstage tour highlighting murals with autographs from everyone who has performed at the theater, the Majestic hosts happy hour tours that benefit the Las Casas Foundation-the nonprofit who restored the theater. The Majestic is nestled in the heart of downtown and steps away from an array of restaurants, making it a perfect excuse to enjoy drinks and a nosh before or after a show. If you’re hitting a Sunday matinee, pair your outing with champagne brunch at Las Canarias inside the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel where dinner is also served. Drop in for drinks at El Colegio bar before or after an evening show. Enjoy a casually sophisticated meal with a river view on the patio of the celebrity chef, Jason Dady’s restaurant, Range. Meals finish with a fanciful tower of Hamilton

MAY 6

CARRIE UNDERWOOD The Cry Pretty Tour

MAY 17

ARIANA GRANDE Sweetener World Tour

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JENNIFER LOPEZ It’s My Party

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blue cotton candy. Dorrego’s at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk offers an exquisite Argentinian meal with river views just steps away from the Majestic and Bella on Houston is right next door to the theater and offers mouthwatering dishes in an intimate setting-but reservations are a must.

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If rockin’ arena shows featuring the hottest acts are your idea of a must experience, set your course for the AT&T Center this month, where the chart-filling sensation Ariana Grande is taking the stage this month. Recently breaking a chart record set by the Beatles, the young star’s show is one of the most anticipated tour stops this year. And of course, the AT&T Center is home to the 5-time NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs. Catch a game with San Antonio’s diehard fan base. For a terrific experience, be sure to arrive early and enjoy the best eats of the AT&T Center, including a Texas brisket burger, elote corn dog and nitrogen ice cream. As you roam and enjoy the palate-pleasing options, be sure to check out the 200-plus collection of art on display. Found in unlikely places throughout the arena, which acts as a different kind of art museum, the

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exhibits include curated pieces, interactive exhibits, and engaging photo ops sure to up your Instagram game. For local flavors and more Instagram-worthy bites, don’t miss La Gloria and Burgerteca. Chef Johnny Hernandez’s local spots have locations inside the AT&T Center, along with a specialty tequila bar, on the center’s balcony level. Enjoy street food and Mexican-inspired burgers while watching the show from standing-roomonly areas overlooking the arena. You can also enjoy Rock & Brews, opened by KISS legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who will be packing the AT&T Center on their final tour this fall. Just outside Rock & Brews is the Bud Light Courtyard, where you can enjoy pregame and postgame concerts from top bands, adding another layer of fun to a night with the Spurs. If spring has you humming “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” you can catch a game with the San Antonio Missions a Minor League Triple-A baseball team. The 118th season of baseball in San Antonio is in full swing, with the Missions amid a 70-game slate at Wolff Stadium. In addition to the fun of America’s favorite pastime, the season is filled

with giveaways, fireworks, and a postgame concert in May by country star Kevin Fowler. This month features the return of the “Flying Chanclas de San Antonio,” The Missions alter-ego name for all Thursday home games as well as on Sunday, May 5 for the Cinco de Mayo celebration. The fun name is part of Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión (Fun Cup). No matter what game you enjoy, there’s something almost every night to add to your experience: Sunday Fun Day, Monday Family Night, Three Dollar Tuesday, Thursday Dollar Night, and fireworks light up the sky after every Saturday home game. If all of that isn’t enough to make you say, “Play ball!”, there are also military appreciation nights, Bobblehead giveaways, jersey giveaways and more throughout the 2019 season. With all that fun, a Missions game is a home-run full of memories. WRITER’S BIO An award-winning writer, communications expert and military spouse who enjoys unearthing discoveries and revisiting old favorites 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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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 connict, an authentic Chuck Wagon, and Santa Anna’s sword. 210 W. Market Street | San Antonio, TX 78205 BriscoeMuseum.org | 210.299.4499


CULTURE & COMMUNITY

La Villita By Dan R. Goddard

South of the San Antonio River Walk, La Villita or “Little Village” is considered the city’s first neighborhood. Coahuiltecan Indians occupied the site in 1718 when the Spaniards founded Mission San Antonio de Valero, best known as the Alamo. Families of soldiers attached to the presidio defending the missions probably built the first primitive huts around 1722. More Spanish settlers began arriving by 1768 and, after a devastating 1819 flood showed La Villita was on high ground, they were joined by Germans, beginning in the 1840s, and Swiss, English, Irish and French immigrants throughout the 19th century, which gives today’s bustling collection of galleries, shops and restaurants a quaint European flair. The variety of architectural styles preserved by the La Villita Historic Arts Village, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972, reflects the evolution of San Antonio. One such style is a jacal, a hut that was home for many early residents, made of closely-spaced cedar posts filled in with limestone and caliche block, topped by a thatched roof. Other styles present include adobe brick – made with mud, straw and horsehair and later structures include fancy Victorian brick houses and clean-lined Texas limestone buildings. As you wander La Villita’s cobblestone streets, look for commemorative markers to learn more about each building’s history. 28 RIO Magazine thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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The oldest building, the Cos House on Villita Street, dates from 1819 and, by tradition, is where Mexican Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos surrendered to Texan commander Gen. Edward Burleson ending the five-day Siege of Bexar on Dec. 10, 1835. Gen. Santa Anna’s ill-fated brother-in-law had been sent to quell rebellious sentiments, but Texas settlers led by Stephen F. Austin forced Cos to sign Articles of Capitulation at the house owned by four-time alcalde José María Salinas.

architect O'Neil Ford guided the project to restore nearly 30 Spanish Colonial and Mission Revival structures. They also constructed the Arneson River Theatre, an 800-seat amphitheater.

Of course, that didn’t stop Santa Anna from invading the city the next year and setting up his cannons in La Villita to bombard the doomed garrison holding the Alamo.

La Villita Historic Arts Village was adapted into a center for teaching regional arts and crafts and to serve as an artists’ market, though during World War II it was used as a Red Cross Center. After the war it returned to preserving

By the late 1870s, La Villita was a thriving neighborhood home to stonecutters, watchmakers, telegraph operators, cabinetmakers and lawyers. Boardinghouse and saloon keepers, dressmakers, doctors and shoemakers all had storefronts in the village, which was also home to San Antonio's business leaders, bankers and educators. But La Villita went into decline by the early 20th century and gradually became the city’s skid row.

Centered on an octagonal fountain, Mayor Maury Maverick Plaza is the largest of three plazas where outdoor events are held. The sunken Plaza Juarez features an adobe well. The smallest is Plaza Nacional.

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As ground broke on River Walk development in 1939, Mayor Maury Maverick acted to preserve La Villita by city ordinance on Oct. 12, 1939, dedicating the project to “peace, friendship and justice” in the Western Hemisphere. The ordinance stipulated La Villita should not be “a ghost village for the mincing walk and dusty ways of scholars,” but should appeal to the general public. The streets, houses and plazas were all renamed to commemorate Pan-American heroes like Mexican president Benito Juarez and Simón Bolivar, the South American liberator. The National Youth Administration assisted in the twoyear restoration, during which 1,800 youths, each paid $15 a week, were trained in arts and crafts. San Antonio

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early Texas and Spanish culture and fostering arts and crafts. Artists and master craftsmen taught apprentices in some 15 shops in the village in 1948. The circular Villita Assembly building, also designed by Ford, was completed in 1958 just west of the amphitheater. Ford’s firm, Ford, Powell & Carson, in association with Saldana, Williams & Schubert, added red-clay tiled pathways and low stone walls throughout the neighborhood in 1981. Today, nearly 30 shops – such as Angelita, Bird & Pear, and Capistrano Soap Company ­— and galleries — Little Studio Gallery, River Art Group, Starving Artist and Villita Stained Glass — offer distinct handcrafted items by artists from San Antonio and surrounding areas. You'll find paintings, folk art, textiles, sculptures, copper wares, jewelry and more. Enjoy a savory culinary experience at the little village’s restaurants — Fig Tree Restaurant, Little Rhein Steak House, La Villita Café and Guadalajara Grill. La Villita is the site of Fiesta’s annual Night in Old San Antonio celebration in April, as well as numerous other meetings, fairs and festivals, such as the Cinco de Mayo celebration May 3-4 and the Turkish Festival May 5. WRITER’S BIO Dan R. Goddard is a longtime arts writer who likes La Villita’s out-of-the-ordinary festivals such as Dia de los Muertos following Halloween and the Festival of India in February.

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Instilling a sense of adventure in young children is one of the greatest gifts’ parents can bestow on children. Allow me to help your family defy gravity, get the adrenaline pumping, and find new adventures. So, pack up the kids of all ages, and let’s get going. There is much to explore!

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URBAN AIR & TRAMPOLINE PARK First stop, the ultimate indoor amusement park: Urban Air Adventure Park located a short 15-minute drive north from downtown. If you have rambunctious kiddos, this is your new BFF destination. Urban Air is known for its trampolines, but other fun attractions include go-karts, indoor skydiving, sky rider coaster, climbing walls, laser tag, bowling, and a ropes course. We recommend getting the Platinum Attractions Pass for $29.99, which includes all the park has to offer. Parent passes are only $5.99, and kids five and under are $8.99. First up, a new reality courtesy of two virtual reality games-- snowball fight (finally, snow in San Antonio!) in Cold Clash and dodge snowballs hurled by your opponents as you maneuver your hovercraft on a frozen lake to collect golden coins that powers-up your snowball shooting. Want to take your virtual reality game up a notch? Take up arms in Simurai Futurist Battle. The ultimate futuristic family bonding experience as you team up to fend off waves of thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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menacing alien-mech spiders, robots, giant Sumo Bots, and Dragon-Boss. Next, Mount Everest! Ok, not really, BUT you can strap on your harness and become a real rock climber as you build muscles and ascend to the top of the climbing walls. We’re not done yet, gear up and become a ninja warrior in the Warrior Course. No alliances here —face off with your friends in a battle of balance and strength, last warrior standing wins. Finally, the main attraction: trampolines! Calling all acrobats, stuntmen, and daredevils: take a leap into the ProZone Performance Trampolines and experience weightlessness as you bounce into the air-defying gravity or get competitive as you take up your foamy sword in the Battle Beam or fly in the sky like Jordan as you dunk a basket in the Slam Dunk Zone! There’s so much to do, so jump in! CIBOLO NATURE CENTER & FARM More of an outdoorsy person? Then let’s head to Cibolo Nature Center & Farm. Located in Boerne, Cibolo is about a 45-minute drive north from downtown. thesanantonioriverwalk.com

The perfect experience for the family who loves to explore and connect with nature

This is a perfect experience for the family who loves to explore and connect with nature. The park was founded by Carolyn Chipman Evans in 1990 and sits on more than 100 acres adjacent to Cibolo Creek. The park and trails are open 365 days a year from 8:00 AM to dusk. For the trail enthusiast, miles of beautiful landscapes and clear waters filled with turtles, bass, catfish, and more water animals await. Explore the dino tracks of the Acrocanthosaurus (Yea, I had a hard time pronouncing that one too) uncovered in 1997 after a big flood at the Boerne Lake Spillway these tracks are roughly 100 million years old. Your kiddo will have a blast pretending to track down dinosaurs as they explore the trails. You can even explore the marsh wetlands without getting your feet wet! The boardwalk covers the area allowing you a close and wet-less view of the animal life below. The wildlife doesn’t stop there. We are taking the search to the skies. You can birdwatch and help monitor the population by picking up a Birder’s Checklist at the visitor center. Drop it off on your way out and share all that you discovered! RIO Magazine

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workshops for kids, families, and adults. Classes range in price and are offered throughout the year. Some topics include the farm and nature classroom, gardening workshops, and wildlife workshops. There is even a farmer’s market on a historic 1850s pioneer farm! The market is open every Saturday from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM from March through December. Take this opportunity to explore the history of the site and to sample fresh Texas produce!

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BOWL & BARREL Finally, we’ve reached our last and final destination where we experience a new kind of bowling at Bowl and Barrel. Located at The RIM by La Cantera, Bowl & Barrel is a 25-minute drive north from downtown. This upscale experience isn’t your average bowling alley and it offers something for everyone in the family. For the grownups, you will be greeted by experienced mixologists and the smells of hand cut fries, meatballs, specialty pizzas, and charcuterie boards. No fast food at this bowling

alley! There are even shareable craft cocktails for your lane, including The Velvet Mule, Kinsman Sangria, or the Barrel Margarita. We know you want a cocktail after a long day of rounding up the kids! For the kiddos, we know it’s all about the bowl. So, let’s get to business. Each lane can accommodate 8 members of your family, and they offer plush seating. You can rent lanes by the half-hour Monday through Thursday for $15 and Friday through Sunday for $20. You and your kids will have a great adventrue whether you get a strike or a gutterball.

WRITER’S BIO 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: @designdudeslife, Twitter: @designdudeslife, Web: designdudeslife.com

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If the mothers in your life are into creating more than just human beings, we’ve designed a special day to satisfy her crafty spirit.

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DAY ONE: CREATIVITY IN BLOOM TEA FOR TWO – Dads might think they’ve cornered the market on craft brews and tee times. But inside Craftiques Mall located eight miles north of downtown is a world of tea times and hand-crafted goods. Start your day in the Garden Tea Lounge inside Craftiques. This beautiful little nook is the perfect spot to enjoy a selection of more than 40 organic teas from around the world. Nibble on paninis, salads, a fruit plate or scones served on a beautiful jumble of mismatched china. Or try one of the vegan pastries from Sweet Nebula. This passion project is a tea-lightful celebration of all the brewed leaves, and they offer teaware like teapots, matcha bowls, infusers, and bombillas from around the world. TREASURE HUNT – Craftiques is a treasure trove of antiques, custom artwork, gifts, and handcrafted furniture. More than 300 dealers will entertain mom. Don’t let her miss this shop.

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MERLOT MASTERPIECE – Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a glass of fermented grapes. Help mama unwind with a glass of pinot and a blank canvas at Painting with a Twist, experience not required. These guided art classes are foolproof, and the more she sips, the better she’ll get. Go together as a group, bring a bottle of wine with some snacks, and prepare to surprise yourself with your masterpiece. BATH BOMB – If she’s more of a sip and soaks kind of gal, try a bath bomb class at Organically Bath and Beauty. This locally owned shop has a beautiful location on Broadway minutes from downtown, but one of the best-kept secrets is the VIP night at the Helotes location inside Lenette’s Shop and Sip Boutique. The VIP night includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a bottle of wine from Wine 101, and a personalized style session with Lenette. Add a bath bomb option, and you’ve got the ultimate crafty girls’ night out.

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Everything’s Coming Up Mothers­—one day isn’t enough to celebrate the mamas in your life, so we’ve got you covered with three days of Mamacita magic in the River City this month.

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DAY TWO: FLOWERS AND PEARLS

Everything’s coming up roses for mamas on the second day of our city tour. BREWS AND BLOOMS - This year the San Antonio Botanical Garden will host their annual Brews and Blooms on May 25. This adult only event is a chance to relax with food trucks, live music, lawn games and from more than 40 craft brews to choose. It’s a beautiful beer garden made especially for her. They’ve also got in-depth relaxation yoga classes, botanical-infused soap making classes, home gardening workshops and flower and foodie events throughout May. So, there are plenty of mama-centric things in bloom all month long. SHOP, SIP & SOAK - If you can’t make it to the garden, opt for a day at the Pearl. Start with an indulgent brunch at Southerleigh, then let dad take the kids for a walk and ice cream at Lick, while mom takes a much-deserved thesanantonioriverwalk.com

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break at the Hiatus Spa. After a relaxing rub down and a rejuvenating rainfall Vichy shower, mom can stroll and shop, or join dad and the kids at the splash pad with a glass of prickly pear sangria from The Bar at the Bottling Department. PRO TIP: The Vintage Bouquet Bar at the Pearl offers free delivery on Pearl grounds. So, surprise Mom with an armful of fragrant floral magic while she’s sipping sangria at the splash pad. WINE DOWN - Wine down your day with the neighborhood sommeliers at High Street Winery. This local wine bar and shop is proud to sample bottles from around the globe in a relaxing and welcoming environment. The wines at High Street represent 18 different countries, and they’ve got more than 250 selections. Treat mom to a build-your-own charcuterie board and a glass of red to round out her day. RIO Magazine

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DAY THREE: WILD WOMAN

One of the best things about being a parent is how it often brings out the kid in you. Today we’ll spend time making memories together. CAVE OF WONDERS - Just 30 minutes north of downtown San Antonio is a cave of wonders called Natural Bridge Caverns. Explore hidden passages underground or soar through the treetops on the canopy zip lines at this adventure park. With a 5,000 square-foot outdoor maze, a ropes course, the mining company and the trading post, you could spend all day exploring as a family. SCALE BACK - You don’t have to speak parse tongue to appreciate all the creatures at Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo. In addition to having one of the most diverse collections of snakes in the country, this conservation station on I-35 in New Braunfels is home to

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fluffier critters like lemurs, otters and the precious little Fennec fox. Snap a selfie with a goat in the petting zoo and spend the day among the animals. GAME ON - When you’re ready to party like an animal, head out for a wild dinner at Dave & Buster’s Rivercenter. Take a ride on the Typhoon virtual roller coaster, or challenge mom to a Skee-ball tournament. With happy hour specials, and eat and play combos, mom can have kid-level fun while sipping an adult beverage.

WRITER’S BIO 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 on Twitter @chenrywrites.

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SAN ANTONIO FOOD & DRINK AMERICAN BOUDRO’S TEXAS BISTRO 421 East Commerce St. boudros.com p44, 16 BIGA ON THE BANKS 203 S. St. Mary’s Street biga.com Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 406 Navarro bubbagump.com

TEX’S RIVER WALK AND SPORTS BAR 200 S. Alamo texssportsbar.com p44, 27

IRISH DURTY NELLY’S IRISH PUB 200 S. Alamo St. durtynellyspub.com p44, 80

BBQ COUNTY LINE BARBEQUE SPORTS BAR 111 W. Crockett St. countyline.com BBQ - p44, 7

ITALIAN FIG TREE 515 Villita dine.figtreerestaurant.com

CHILI’S ON THE RIVERWALK 849 East Commerce St. Chilis.com

BRAZILIAN FOGO DE CHAO 849 E. Commerce St. fogodechao.com

DAVE & BUSTER’S 849 E. Commerce St. daveandbusters.com

TEXAS DE BRAZIL 313 E. Houston St. texasdebrazil.com

DICK’S LAST RESORT 223 Losoya St. dickslastresort.com p44, 18

BRITISH MAD DOGS 123 Losoya St. maddogs.net p44, 11

EL TROPICANO HOTEL 110 Lexington Avenue. eltropicanohotel.com HARD ROCK CAFÉ 110 E. Crockett hardrock.com HOWL AT THE MOON 111 West Crockett St. #201 howlatthemoon.com IHOP 849 E. Commerce 210-444-1201 JAZZ, TX 312 Pearl Parkway #6001 JazzTX.com LAS CANARIAS 112 College Street omnihotels.com LONESTAR CAFE 237 Losoya lonestarcafe.us

DELI SCHILO’S 424 E. Commerce St. schilos.com p50, 26 GERMAN BIER GARTEN 124-150 Losoya St. alamobiergarten.com p44, 36 ICE CREAM JUSTIN’S ICE CREAM 245 E Commerce St. mercadoritas.com KILWINS 109 Alamo Plaza Kilwins.com

GUILLERMO’S 618 McCullough St. guillermosdowntown.com LITTLE RHEIN STEAKHOUSE 231 S. Alamo St. dine.littlerheinsteakhouse.com MICHELINO’S 521 Riverwalk michelinos.us. PAESANOS 111 W. Crockett #100 www.paesanosriverwalk.com p44, 54 PIZZARITAS 245 E. Commerce pizzaritas.com ZOCCA 420 W. Market zoccariverwalk.com MEXICAN ACENAR 146 E. Houston acenar.com p44, 2 SEAFOOD CHART HOUSE Tower of the Americas, 739 East Cesar E. Chavez toweroftheamericas.com

JOE’S CRAB SHACK 212 College Street Ste 10 joescrabshack.com LANDRY’S SEAFOOD HOUSE 517 N. Presa landrysseafood.com ON THE BEND 123 Losoya St. onthebendsa.com p44, 96 SALTGRASS STEAK HOUSE 502 River Walk saltgrass.com p44,53 53 TEX-MEX CAFÉ OLE 430 E. Commerce St. cafeole.us CASA RIO 430 E. Commerce St. casa-rio.com p44, 61 IRON CACTUS 200 River Walk ironcactus.com p44, 4 THE ORIGINAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT 528 River Walk originalmexican.com p44, 14 RIO RIO CANTINA 421 E. Commerce St. rioriocantina.com p44, 13 RITA’S ON THE RIVER 245 E. Commerce, Suite 100 ritasontheriver.com

STEEL CITY POPS 812 S. Alamo, Suite 101 steelcitypops.com

MARGARITAVILLE 849 E. Commerce St. margaritavillesanantonio.com RAINFOREST CAFÉ 110 E. Crockett rainforestcafe.com p44, 17 RUTH CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 600 E. Market St. ruthschris.com THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS 526 Riverwalk therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com THE RIVER’S EDGE CAFÉ AND PATIO BAR 200 S. Alamo St. riversedgecafesa.com Paesanos River Walk

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS

5/7 @ 6 p.m. Arts San Antonio 37th Annual Floating Feastival Join ARTS San Antonio for a tasty and fun-filled cruise on the beautiful River walk. You’ll enjoy delicious food from outstanding restaurants and great entertainment. River Walk 5/15 -19 Tejano Conjunto Festival Rosedale Park 5/18 @ 10 a.m. Holiday Market Enjoy monthly Zumba, interactive cooking demos and a local sourced mobile farmer’s market.  Also featuring: interactive workshops, handcrafted works and wares by more than 20 artisans and popup vendors, and live entertainment. Mission Marquee Plaza 5/18 @ 6 p.m. Armed Forces River Parade This free, patriotic parade dedicated to the men and women who serve in all branches of the Armed Forces features 25 star-spangled floats carrying representatives of all five branches of the military.   Make a reservation at your favorite River Walk patio or bring folding chairs and sit along the parade route. River Walk

Through 5/19 Yellow Ribbon Project Yellow Ribbon Project is a thoughtful way to honor those who serve! Yellow ribbons are hung on trees along the River Walk as a highlight of the annual Armed Forces River Parade and honorees names will instantly appear on the River Walk website and remain on display through parade day. Proceeds from yellow ribbon sales are used to underwrite the Armed Forces River Parade, which is free and open to the public. River Walk 5/24 -27 @ 11 a.m. Memorial Day Artisan Show All items in artisan show are handmade merchandise. Whether its jewelry, pottery or fine art you are interested in, you are sure to find what you’re looking for! River Walk

FAMILY FUN

5/1 @ 10 a.m. Playdates: Delightful Dragons San Antonio Museum of Art 5/3 -26 The Little Foxes The Classic Theatre of San Antonio

Through 5/27 Seven Seas Food Festival

Set sail on a celebration of flavors, cuisines and cultures during our 5th annual Seven Seas Food Festival every Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Memorial Day. Taste and toast your way around the world, from the Pacific Rim to the sun-kissed Mediterranean. Explore dishes from the exotic to the classics at specially themed festival locations throughout the park, along with a global collection of unique wines, craft cocktails and imported beers. Plus, enjoy other foodie events, live music and more, all in a festival-style atmosphere. Sea World San Antonio

5/16 @ 8:30 p.m. Outdoor Movie Series: Musical--Mary Poppins Returns Mission Marquee Plaza 5/18 @ 8:30 p.m. Outdoor Movie Series:  Aquaman Mission Marquee Plaza

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5/2 @ 7:30 p.m. Johnny Mathis The Voice of Romance Tour Majestic Theatre

5/4 @ 7:30 p.m. Steeven Sandoval Empire Theatre 5/6 @ 7 p.m. Carrie Underwood The Cry Pretty Tour AT&T Center 5/10 @ 8 p.m. The Dirty River Boys Part & Parcel Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall

5/23 @ 7:30 p.m. Pentatonix The World Tour with special guest Rachel Platten AT&T Center 5/31 @ 8 p.m. Alamo City Jazz Series Empire Theatre

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5/2 @ 6 p.m. Dance Your He(ART) Out Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum

5/15 @ 7 p.m. Tyler Hilton Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall

5/3 -6/8 Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Magik Theatre 5/4 @ 7 p.m. Darci Lynne and Friends Fresh Out of the Box Live Majestic Theatre 5/4 @ 8:30 p.m. Outdoor Movie Series: Ralph Breaks the Internet Mission Marquee Plaza

5/23 @ 7 p.m. Zoo La-La! San Antonio Zoo Family Day See + Do: Greece and Rome San Antonio Museum of Art 5/9 @ 10 a.m. Art Crawl: The Wonder of Nature San Antonio Museum of Art 42

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5/3 @ 8 p.m. Q the Music of Queen featuring Mothership Join Mothership and Q for a night of classic rock starting with Led Zeppelin IV in its entirety, followed by Q playing a 90-minute set of the greatest hits of Queen.Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall

5/16 @ 7:30 p.m. New Kids on the Block with very special guests SaltN-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty By Nature AT&T Center 5/18 @ 8 p.m. Boys Don’t Cry--A Tribute to The Cure Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall

5/3 @ 8 p.m. C.S. Lewis Onstage The Most Reluctant Convert Majestic Theatre 5/31 @ 8 p.m. Penn & Teller Majestic Theatre


5/7 -26 Hamilton Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, this smash-hit tells the story of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Majestic Theatre 5/17 @ 8 p.m. Ariana Grande Sweetener World Tour AT&T Center

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5/3 -6 San Antonio Missions vs. Round Rock Express Nelson Wolff Stadium 5/7 -10 San Antonio Missions vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes Nelson Wolff Stadium 5/16 -20 San Antonio Missions vs. Memphis Redbirds Join the San Antonio Missions for Fireworks Night on May 18. After every Saturday home game, watch fireworks light up the San Antonio skyline. Nelson Wolff Stadium 5/18 @ 9 a.m. YMCA Zumba Mission Marquee Plaza 5/30 -6/2 San Antonio Missions vs. Omaha Storm Chasers Nelson Wolff Stadium

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5/3 -4 The Conference on Texas Witte Museum 5/4 The Art of Texas: 250 Years Witte Museum Through 5/5 Fiesta Passion, Fiesta Fashion UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Through 5/5 Contemporary Art Month Perennial Blue Star Contemporary Art Through 5/5 Effort Economy Blue Star Contemporary Art Through 5/5 Night of Artists Exhibition Briscoe Western Art Museum

5/18 Joe McBride & the Texas Rhythm Club Not even blindness can stop vocalist/keyboardist Joe McBride. His status as one of today’s most popular contemporary jazz musicians is rooted in a solid foundation of talent. Carver Community Cultural Center

Through 5/5 Estampas Chicanas McNay Art Museum Through 5/5 Van Gogh to Munch: Seduction and Anxiety McNay Art Museum Through 5/12 Capturing the Moment San Antonio Museum of Art Through 5/12 Auto Show McNay Art Museum

Through 5/19 American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings McNay Art Museum 5/22 -9/1 Into a New West Briscoe Western Art Museum Through 5/25 Survival: The Exhibition Witte Museum

Through 6/30 America on Stage McNay Art Museum Through 8/11 Looking for Langston Ruby City Through August Blast from Fiesta Past Witte Museum

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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

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SHOPS AT RIVER CENTER 849 E. Commerce shoprivercenter.com

LOS PATIOS 2015 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 655-6171 www.lospatios.com LUCCHESE BOOT COMPANY 255 East Basse Rd #800 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9419 www.lucchese.com MERCADORITA’S 245 E. Commerce & Bonita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-286-7432

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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The Fourth Time was theC h a r m

Alfred F. Beyers’s street-level downtown appliance store failed to prosper, for the third time. Still not deterred, he devised yet another plan to lure appliance purchasing customers from the popular Joske’s department store located one block away. He excavated the basement of his store to create a restaurant with seating on the river level, shaded umbrellas and boat rides. The fourth time was the charm! Casa Rio opened its doors to the river in 1946 and currently stands as the oldest operating restaurant on the River Walk. Casa Rio folklore has grown into a story of authentic Tex-Mex food, life-long career staff, 54 RIO Magazine

picturesque scenery, tradition over profit, and an unshakeable devotion to families. The restaurant was built on land first granted title in 1777 by the King of Spain; its interior and exterior décor is influenced by the Spanish Colonial period hacienda. The cedar door and window lintels, the fireplace, and thick rock walls are still evident. Expansion has only enhanced the homey ambiance the restaurant delivers. The meeting space now features HD televisions and full bars - perfect for large gatherings and corporate events. With 73 years in the business, Casa Rio prides itself on consistent food quality and taste.

Their signature Green Chicken Enchiladas are topped with Monterey jack cheese, tomatillo sauce, and sour cream served with a side of Mexican rice and refried beans. This dish touches on the restaurant’s mission to “serve the history of San Antonio Mexican food.” The “Regular Plate,” a fan favorite since 1946, serves up cheesy enchiladas, tamale, chili con carne, Mexican rice, and refried beans. While honoring its food traditions, Casa Rio is also committed to what is fresh and new. They’ve added new menu items over the years to remain fresh and current.

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LA VILLITA LA VILLITA 418 Villita Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Collection of Unique Local Shops - p44 38

EQUINOX GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 4 San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.alejandrosifuentes.com 210-281-0706 Jewelry Metal Gallery p44 38

ANGELITA La Villita - Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78205 210- 224-8362 www.lavillita.com Womens Fashions & Jewelry p44 38

LITTLE STUDIO GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 23 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - 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

RIVER ART GROUP La Villita - Bldg. 14 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8752 www.rivergroup.com Art Gallery - p44, p50 38 SCENTCHIPS USA La Villita - Bldg. 21 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.223.2267 www.lavillita.com Candles - p44 38

MUSTANG GREY’S La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.222.1894 www.lavillita.com - p44 38

STARVING ARTIST GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 12 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.226.3593 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38

PLAZA TAXCO La Villita, Bldg.16B San Antonio, TX 78205 210-994-5259 www.plazataxco.com - p44 38

VILLAGE GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 10 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.waltglasspottery.net Art Gallery - p44 38

POPULUX COMMISSARY/ HOUSE PAINT La Villita - Bldg. 3 San Antonio, Texas 78205

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VILLITA STAINED GLASS La Villita - Bldg. 1 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-223-4480 www.sparkleonsa.com Art Gallery - p44 38

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15 Paesanos - Lincoln Heights

1 The Rim

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2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas

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17 K1 Speed

7 Vineyard Shopping Center

18 McNay Art Museum

21 The Alamo

8 Alamo Quarry Market

19 Morgan’s Wonderland

22 Mission Conception

9 Splashtown

20 The DoSeum

23 Mission San José

10 Alamo Helicopter Tours

27 Flipz Trampoline Park

24 Mission San Juan

11 San Antonio Zoo

28 Extreme Escape

25 Mission Espada

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COUPONS Tower of the Americas

210 W Market St. San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 299-4499 BriscoeMuseum.org

$2 OFF

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FREE BASKET OF HAND BATTERED FRIED PICKLES With the purchase of TWO dinner menu entrees.

237 Loyosa, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-9374 www.riverrestaurants.com Limit one coupon per table. Expires 05/31/2019

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Expires 07/31/2019

10% OFF

110 E. Crockett on the Riverwalk 210-277-6300

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With the purchase of an adult entrée.

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10% OFF

Parties of LESS than 8

this La Villita location

FREE FLAUTAS

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with the purchase of 1 entrée Parties of 8 or MORE

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111 W. Crockett Street, Suite 101 (210) 227-2782 paesanosriverwalk.com

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ARMED FORCES RIVER PARADE

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DINING. Villita is home to more than 20 artisan shops, galleries and savory restaurants. Modern artisans, romantic tree-lined walkways and architecture dating back 300 years offer a unique ambiance of a rich past and a vibrant present. Our historic grounds also offer the perfect location for special private and corporate events. Please call (210) 207- 8614 for information on venue rentals. Join us for a day of shopping, a bite to eat, or a celebration at our year-around cultural events.

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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

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

On the Bend Oyster Bar & Lounge www.onthebendsa.com 210-354-3002

BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299

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

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

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

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company www.bubbagump.com 210-224-4867 Chart House www.TowerOfTheAmericas.com 210-223-3101 The County Line www.countyline.com 210-229-1941

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

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

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

Denny’s Riverwalk www.dennys.com 210-223-4321

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

Dick’s Last Resort www.dickslastresort.com 210-224-0026

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

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 MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220 Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262 La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140

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La Villita Historic Village www.lavillitasanantonio.com 210-207-8614

Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080 City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687 Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600 GO RIO River Cruises www.goriocruises.com 210-227-4746 Legoland Discovery Center/San Antonio www.SanAntonioLEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com Mirror Maze 210-224-2288 Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101 Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828 Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299 Sealife San Antonio www.SEALIFE.com/San-Antonio Splashtown San Antonio www.splashtownsa.com 210-227-1400 DISTILLERIES Tito’s Handmade Vodka www.TitosVodka.com

NIGHTLIFE

Plaza Taxco www.plazataxco.com 210-212-6733

Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY

Shops at Rivercenter www.shoprivercenter.com 210-225-000

Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/ Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.PalacioDelRio.Hilton.com 210-224-3368

MUSEUM

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

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

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

Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com

HOTELS

The DoSeum www.thedoseum.org 210-212-4453 San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924

ATTRACTIONS

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The Official Magazine of the River Walk

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The Official Magazine of the River Walk