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September/October 2009

Damien Watel Fall Art Festivals Marise McDermott Saturdays in the Parks Pearl Brewery Update The Art of Jesse Trevi単o Jack Fishman - SA Symphony Plus 17 Additional Articles

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Features New Performing Arts Season Begins


Fall Art Festivals


Jack Fishman Cooks up Savory Sounds for San Antonio Music Lovers


Food & Wine x 4



Wurstfest: The 49th Annual Salute to Sausage

Broadway Bound: From San Pedro Playhouse to NYC

September-October 2009 Events Calendar Marise McDermott: Deep In the Art of Texas At a Museum or Art Center Near You





Front Cover Photo: Courtney Perry courtesy Dallas Morning News / Performing Arts Cover Photo: Š Mkm3 | Visual Arts Cover Photo: Greg Harrison Urban Cover Photo: Gerry Lair

Big Bugs at San Antonio Botanical Garden


Pearl Brewery Update


Damien Watel: Artiste Culinaire


Festivals & Celebrations Cover Photo: Lefty Ray Chapa

Pinch Pennies and Dine Well Spend $2. Get $25!


Eclectics Cover Page Photo: Š Carole Gomez

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Departments Box Office: Opera, Ballet, Broadway & More


More Performing Arts: Classical Sundays (Tuesdays Too)


Portfolio: The Art of Jesse Treviño


More Visual Arts: Chalk It Up!


More Culinary Arts: Texas Hill Country Wine Trail


Book Talk: Jay Brandon –Attorney and Mystery Novelist


More Literary Arts: October Brings Literary Opportunities


Accolades: Saturdays in the Parks


In The Hills: Raising the Curtain on Community Theaters


Picture This: Faces of Wurstfest by K. Jessie Slaten


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Performing Arts 10-42

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New Performing Arts Season Begins By Sara Selango

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o me, one of the best things about the beginning of fall is that the performing arts season is totally in front of me, in the future. At this point, I haven’t missed a thing. I like to pick and choose the shows I want to attend, figure out finances, and get my personal agenda organized. In some cases I buy season tickets; in other instances I select individual performances. Regardless, this process gets me fired up for coming attractions.

ance of pianist Misha Dichter Oct. 16-17 with conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni. The pops series gets started Oct. 30-31 with Three Phantoms in Concert.

Two area symphonies have upcoming performances, as well. Mid-Texas Symphony, directed by David Mairs, opens its season Sept. 13 at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin and continues with a performance Oct. 18 in New Braunfels at the Civic Center. Symphony of the Hills, under the baton of Dr. Jay Dunnahoo, takes the For example, the San Antonio Symphony is featuring stage at the Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater in Kerrville Carmina Burana in a one-night-only performance at the Oct. 15 and 18. Majestic Sept. 19. It’s definitely on my list. I’m looking forward to witnessing a chorus of 400 singers on stage Arts San Antonio adds to the classical excellence of fall at one time with the full symphony orchestra, all being with a solo recital by Yeol Eum Son, silver medal winner led by resident conductor Ken-David Masur. The added of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competivalue at this special kick-off performance of the sym- tion, at Ruth Taylor Recital Hall on the Trinity University phony’s 70th season comes in the person of renowned campus. Mark Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. on your calendar. violinist Gil Shaham, who will play Barber’s Violin Concerto. A week later, Sept. 25-26, the symphony subscrip- More outstanding classical music is forthcoming from Musition series begins with opening-night performances cal Bridges Around the World, San Antonio Chamber Music featuring cellist Alisa Weilerstein and conductor Rossen Society, Tuesday Musical Club and Camerata San Antonio Milanov. Alondra de la Parra leads the orchestra Oct. during this time period. For a description of their offerings, 9-10 with violinist Jennifer Koh, followed by the appear- refer to the More Performing Arts article on page 40.

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Before leaving the music category, let me mention a few other shows that merit your attention. James Taylor plays the Majestic Sept. 9, the multi-talented Jamie Foxx comes to the AT&T Center Sept. 27, and Sweet Honey in the Rock opens the Carver season at Jo Long Theatre Oct. 9. In out-of-town shows, Yamato Drummers of Japan performs twice at the Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater in Kerrville, Oct. 21-22, and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings appear at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in New Braunfels Oct. 24. As to the country genre, notables include Robert Earl Keen, Clay Walker, Asleep at the Wheel and Pat Green at WhiteWater Amphitheater, Cowboys San Antonio, John T. Floore Country Store and Gruene Hall, respectively. For dates and times, check the events calendar in this magazine. Broadway is next. Mamma Mia inaugurates the 200910 Broadway Across America series at the Majestic. The curtain rises eight times during the limited engagement of this super-energetic, feel-good, mega-musical featuring the music of Abba, Sept. 29-Oct. 4. If you’ve seen it, go again. If you haven’t seen it, go for sure. Next up in the series is Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, Oct. 2025, also with eight performances at the Majestic.

In local theater, September through October highlights include Run for Your Wife and Orphans at Sheldon Vexler Theatre, Evita and The History Boys at San Pedro Playhouse, plus Ruthless: The Musical Comedy, Psycho Beach Party and five performances only of Three Blonde Moms at the Cameo. The moms are Debi Gutierrez (original host of PBS’ A Place of Our Own and current host of Clean House on TLC), Beaumont Bacon from the movie Jerry McGuire and Joanie Fagan from ABC’s Drew Carey Show. Also on the boards are The Owl and the Pussycat at the Harlequin, The 09ers at Rose Theatre Company, Sweeny Todd at the Woodlawn, Lend Me a Tenor at Boerne Community Theatre and Out of Order at Circle Arts Theatre in New Braunfels. The summary of great entertainment available in and around San Antonio wouldn’t be complete without mentioning that Madame Butterfly is being presented by San Antonio Opera Sept. 11-13 at Municipal Auditorium, and that Arts San Antonio brings the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company to the same venue Oct. 3. And finally, Bill Cosby promises to make you laugh at the Majestic for two shows Oct. 11.

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Enjoy the world of performing arts. Get your tickets and go. Photo Credits: Pages 10-11 Yamato Drummers of Japan Photo by Lucienne van der Mijle

Gil Shaham Photo by Christian Steiner Courtesy Opus 3 Artists

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Jennifer Koh Photo by Fran Kaufman Courtesy Opus 3 Artists

Bill Cosby Photo courtesy Majestic Theatre

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Alisa Weilerstein Photo by Christian Steiner Courtesy Opus 3 Artists James Taylor Photo courtesy Majestic Theatre Alondra de la Parra Photo by Abby Ross Courtesy IMG Artists

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Michelle Dawson Mamma Mia National Tour 2009 Photo by Carol Rosegg Ken-David Masur Photo by Greg Harrison Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles Photo by Joan Marcus

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Jack Fishman Cooks up Savory Sounds for San Antonio Music Lovers By Lisa Cruz Photography Greg Harrison


.hile not big in stature but with infectious energy and enthusiasm, Jack Fishman commands a room, especially when discussing classical music or food. When given the opportunity, as president of the San Antonio Symphony, Fishman can talk continually about his vision and strategy for moving the city’s musical heart forward. 18 On The Town | September-October 2009

“The San Antonio Symphony is already a vital community asset, but it can be a much more effective asset, serving more people and with a higher profile,” Fishman said. “My vision for the symphony is one that has the symphony recognized for serving the widest portion of our community with both comprehensive music-education programs and high quality concerts.”

lots of people – board members, donors, subscribers, single-ticket buyers, students, staff, musicians, guest artists, etc. So if you don’t enjoy this kind of social interaction you can’t enjoy leading a symphony. I have felt so generously welcomed by so many people in San Antonio. So I’d say that what I’ve enjoyed most is getting to know all these fine people in San Antonio.”

Listening to the symphony this past season switch between the romantic-era style of Tchaikovsky’s 5th, the Hungarian folk-like style of Bela Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, and the eclectic style of Pink Martini, it’s a wonder anyone couldn’t be transformed by the versatility and beauty of classical music. Fishman hopes to encourage that diversity and accessibility of classical music throughout San Antonio.

“There are lots of great projects that I get to work on here,” Fishman said. “We are in the middle of a music director search and that is especially fascinating work.” The symphony will celebrate its 70th anniversary during the 2009-10 season and feature many guest conductors currently under consideration as the San Antonio Symphony’s next music director. Fishman said he expects a director to be chosen by the end of the ‘09-10 season.

“I believe experiencing live symphonic music can be transformative and is a spiritually rewarding experience,” While the 2009-10 season will be demanding, Fishman Fishman said. “Music expresses what words cannot. It is turns to food and baseball for respite. abstract, but enormously powerful.” “The Blanco Cafe is just a few blocks from our offices,” Fishman’s love of music began at a very early age. In Fishman said when asked what he likes about San Anpre-school, Fishman’s parents exposed him to the Orff tonio. “Seriously, I’ve enjoyed the food here very much. Method of music education, designed by Carl Orff, who I love to cook, and the quality of produce and all sorts composed Carmina Burana. The Orff Method is de- of ethnic food was very high when I lived in Southern scribed as a way of introducing children to music that California. I was worried about getting high quality and taps into a child’s sense of play through song, dance, a wide variety of foods. But I’ve fallen in love with HEB. movement and intuitive play. Fishman also took private There is a new one near my home in Stone Oak, and and group piano lessons starting in pre-school. the quality is fantastic. It makes cooking a delight, and cooking is my most relaxing hobby.” “Fourth grade found me interested in playing trombone in the school band,” Fishman said. “In middle school, I While food and music have both been shown to enhance started to play electric bass in a rock band and that led a person’s disposition, sports and music have both been to an interest in jazz. In high school, my interest in jazz shown to increase a person’s overall educational experiled me to play the double bass. That led me to orches- ence, so it’s no surprise that the characteristics and skills tras. By the time I reached the end of high school, I knew of a symphony leader, including management, dynaI’d spend my life in classical music.” mism, dogged determination, sociability, perceptiveness and understanding, are all similar to those of an Fishman received a bachelor of music degree in 1979 athletic coach or leader. and a master of music degree in 1980 from the Juilliard School. He began his career as a professional musician “My father grew up living walking distance from Yanas principal bass with the Puerto Rico Symphony during kee Stadium and saw Babe Ruth play as a child. So I was the 1981-82 season. He got a taste of management as brought up to be a Yankee fan,” Fishman said. “I don’t the operations and personnel manager for the Bedford have much time to watch games, but I read the box Springs Festival from 1983 to 1988, while also perform- scores every night.” ing with the orchestra, and in 1990 became the orchestra manager for the Jacksonville Symphony. Before join- Fishman’s leadership has helped the symphony ing the San Antonio Symphony, Fishman was executive through a rough year, and the organization has many director of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. changes ahead, but he knows that in the end, it’s all about the music. He added, “Sharing this great music Describing the job of a symphony president, Fishman with as many kids and adults can make San Antonio a said, “Leading a symphony is a job that entails meeting better place for everyone.” September-October 2009 | On The Town 19


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an Pedro Playhouse to NYC By Michele Krier Photography Dana Fossett

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ake a good long look at the actors when you’re enjoying a play at the San Pedro Playhouse. The next time you see them, they  might just be in a Broadway show!  Di Ann Sneed, executive director of the San Pedro Playhouse, and Frank Latson, artistic director, have seen many of their young local actors land work in New York.   A halfdozen or more have appeared in on- and off-Broadway productions, to the delight and, in large part, credit of the San Pedro Playhouse theater staff.    The recent production of The Sound of Music brought it all full circle for Sneed, who says she left her successful law practice after 20 years as a trial attorney about a decade ago to “run away with the circus” and found herself making the magic happen on stage at the longest-running live theater in San Antonio.  “The Sound of Music reminds me again of how successful we are,” she says, pointing out the skills her young actors learn in putting a production together:  confidence, team work, communication and technical skills.  “We train children who want to pursue careers in theater or film.  They learn what to do for competition, and they find opportunities through us for theater and commercial work.”  Sneed herself was bitten by the acting bug at the age of three when she was cast as the little boy in Madame Butterfly.   Playhouse graduate Andy Richardson,  who played a mouse in Cinderella here, went on to several major roles on Broadway.  He played Chip in Beauty and the Beast, the newsboy in Gypsy with Patti LuPone and had a role in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  “He learned the tools of how to present himself here at the Playhouse which gave him an advantage at open auditions on Broadway,” said Sneed. Andy’s Broadway success hasn’t changed his commitment to the Playhouse.  “Andy came back to us and worked on the stage crew for The Sound of Music,” said Sneed, pointing out that he’s willing to pitch in where he’s needed, even if it’s backstage.  That’s a philosophy she and Latson encourage all of their actors to embrace.

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Coming soon to a movie theater near you is Mandie Manis, who began her association with the Playhouse as a shy young girl. She recently landed a speaking role in The Final Quarter, a movie with veteran actress Andi MacDowell, due for release soon.  She started her career with the San Pedro Playhouse and plans to concentrate on directing after studying at the North Carolina School of Arts.

“Mandie really blossomed here,” says Sneed, who is proud of the child actors they have helped shepherd through Playhouse summer programs and on-going workshops. Curtis Holbrook, now in his late 20s, had a leading role in All Shook Up on Broadway. Although the San Pedro Playhouse experience made a significant impact on his success, some credit is certainly due to his genes:  his mom is a choreographer. The theater marks its 79th season this fall, thanks to the generosity of theater patrons and contributors. The Greek Revival-style building with its 1920s ambiance underwent a complete renovation in 2000 which significantly upgraded the theater, adding new seats and much-needed technical improvements. The 2009-10 season offers a variety of shows and a great opportunity to catch some of San Antonio’s rising stars who themselves may soon be Broadway bound. The San Pedro Playhouse Russell Hill Rogers Theater (the main auditorium) presents Evita, Sept. 25-Oct. 25; A Christmas Carol:  The Musical, Nov. 28-Dec. 27; Beehive, Jan. 22Feb. 21; Curtains, March 26-April 25; Boeing Boeing, May 21-June 20; and The Music Man, July 23-August 22. The intimate Cellar Theater, known for smaller experimental productions, presents The History Boys, Aug. 28-Sept. 27; Almost, Maine, Nov. 6-Dec. 6; SAT Playwrights PlayFest, Jan. 8-Jan. 31; Betrayed, March 5-April 13; and Mourning Dove, June 18-July 11.  Call the box office at 733-7258 for tickets and more information.  The San Pedro Playhouse is located at 800 W. Ashby Place, at the intersection of San Pedro and Ashby, in San Pedro Park, across from San Antonio College.  Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Photo Credits Pages 20-21: (Left-Right) Sophia Rendon-Lopez, Bella Miracle, Bree Miracle, Seis Steves, Alyx Gonzales, Tory Ramirez and Kate Miller as the Von Trapp children Page 22: (Above) Heather Kelley as Maria and William McCrary as Captain Von Trapp (Below) Bella Miracle as Marta Von Trapp Page 23: (Above) Heather Kelley (Below) William McCrary

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September-October 2009 Events Calendar Music Notes Max Stalling County Line Free Music Series 9/2, Wed @ 6:30pm (doors open) County Line BBQ – IH-10 Chris Knight 9/4, Fri @ 8pm Gruene Hall Josh Abbott Band 9/4, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store San Antonio Rose Live 9/4-10/31, Fri @ 7pm Sat @ 2pm & 7pm Sun & Mon @ 7pm Aztec Theatre Pedal to the Metal Tour: Mudvayne, Black Label Society And Static X 9/5, Sat @ 5:30pm Sunken Gardens Theatre Robert Earl Keen Cross Canadian Ragweed 9/5, Sat @ 6:30pm (doors open) WhiteWater Amphitheater New Braunfels

Billy Currington 9/5, Sat @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys San Antonio Kyle Park 9/5, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Charlie Robison 9/5-6, Sat @ 9pm Sun @ 8pm Gruene Hall Emory Quinn County Line Free Music Series 9/9, Wed @ 6:30pm (doors open) County Line BBQ – IH-10 James Taylor 9/9, Wed @ 8pm Majestic Theatre Clay Walker 9/11, Fri @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys San Antonio Randy Rogers Band 9/11, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store The Gourds 9/12, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall

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Mid-Texas Symphony David Mairs, conductor 9/13, Sun @ 4pm Jackson Auditorium – Seguin Sunday Jazz at the Witte: Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats 9/13, 4pm Witte Museum Django Walker County Line Free Music Series 9/16, Wed @ 6:30pm (doors open) County Line BBQ – IH-10 Yeol Eum Son, piano Arts San Antonio Presentation 9/17, Thu @ 7:30pm Ruth Taylor Recital Hall – Trinity New Oddyssey 9/17, Thu @ 7:30pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre – New Braunfels

Carmina Burana / Gil Shaham San Antonio Symphony 9/19, Sat @ 8pm Ken David-Masur, conductor Gil Shaham, violin Majestic Theatre The Mars Volta 10/19, Sat @ 8pm Municipal Auditorium Hal Ketchum’s 7th Annual Gruene Reunion with special guests 9/19, Sat @ 8pm Gruene Hall Darren Kozelsky 9/19, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Chickenfoot 9/20, Sun @ 7pm Lone Star Pavilion at Sunset Station

Roger Creager 9/18, Fri @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys San Antonio

Kyle Park County Line Free Music Series 9/23, Wed @ 6:30pm (doors open) County Line BBQ – IH-10

Asleep at the Wheel 9/18, Fri @ 8:30pm John T. Floore Country Store

Creed with special guest Staind 9/24, Thu @ 7:30pm AT&T Center

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Monte Montgomery 9/25, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Brahms First San Antonio Symphony 9/25-26, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Rossen Milanov, conductor Alisa Weilerstein, cello Majestic Theatre Gardens by Moonlight 9/26, Sat @ 7pm San Antonio Botanical Garden Blue Edmondson 9/26, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Jamie Foxx 9/27, Sun @ 7:30pm AT&T Center Metallica 9/28, Mon @ 7pm AT&T Center Eleven Hundred Springs County Line Free Music Series 9/30, Wed @ 6:30pm (doors open) County Line BBQ – IH-10 Aaron Watson 10/2, Fri @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys San Antonio Two Tons of Steel 10/2, Fri @ 9:30pm John T. Floore Country Store

Vincente Fernandez 10/3, Sat @ 8pm AT&T Center Brandon Rhyder 10/3, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Lark Quartet with Yousif Sheronick, world percussionist San Antonio Chamber Music Society Presentation 10/4, Sun @ 3:15pm Temple Beth-El Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral Musical Bridges Around the World Presentation 10/4, Sun @ 6pm San Fernando Cathedral – Main Plaza

Shinedown 10/7, Wed @ 6pm Lone Star Pavilion at Sunset Station Zach Walther & The Cronkites County Line Free Music Series 10/7, Wed @ 6:30pm (doors open) County Line BBQ – IH-10 Cory Morrow County Line Free Music Series 10/7, Wed @ 6:30pm (doors open) County Line BBQ – IH-10 Jason Boland & the Stragglers 10/9, Fri @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys San Antonio

Musical Theatre Geniuses: Pat Green Irving Berlin / 10/9, Fri @ 8pm George Gershwin Gruene Hall 10/5, Mon @ 7:30pm Josephine Theatre Sweet Honey in the Rock Paul Jacobs Organist Carver Community Tuesday Musical Club Cultural Center Presentation Presentation 10/6, Tue @ 7:30pm 10/9, Fri @ 8pm Laurel Heights United Jo Long Theatre Methodist Church Beethoven 7 San Antonio Symphony Jim Cullum Jazz Band 10/9-10, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Riverwalk Jazz 20th Alondra de la Parra, Anniversary conductor National Radio Show Jennifer Koh, violin Tapings Majestic Theatre 10/7, Wed @ 5:45 (broadcast one), Joe Ely 8pm (broadcast two), 10/10, Sat @ 8pm 9:45 (jam show) Gruene Hall Pearl Stable

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Carnival of the Animals Musical Bridges Around the World Presentation 10/11, Sun @ 3pm Francoise Choveaux, composer-pianist Anya GrokhovskiMichaelson, pianist Cuarteto de Bellas Artes String Quartet McAllister Auditórium SAC Sunday Jazz at the Witte: Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz 10/11, 4pm Witte Museum Mylie Cyrus 10/15, Thu @ 7pm AT&T Center Three B’s and Then Some Symphony of the Hills Dr. Jay Dunnahoo, conductor 10/15 & 18, Thu @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2:30pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater – Kerrville Misha Plays Beethoven San Antonio Symphony 10/16-17, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor Misha Dichter, piano Majestic Theatre Hollywood Undead & Atreyu 10/17, Sat @ 6:30pm Lone Star Pavilion at Sunset Station

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Mid Texas Symphony David Mairs, conductor 10/18, Sun @ 4pm New Braunfels Civic Center Yamato Drummers of Japan Kerrville Performing Arts Society Presentation 10/21-22, Wed-Thu @ 7:30pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater 99.5 Kiss Bone Bash featuring Alice in Chains 10/22, Thu @ 6pm AT&T Center German Romantics: Mendelssohn, Juon, Schumann Camerata San Antonio Presentation 10/22, Thu @ 7:30pm First Presbyterian Church Kerrville 10/23, Fri @ 7:30pm First United Methodist Church New Braunfels 10/25, Sun @ 3pm Travis Park United Methodist Church San Antonio

Manhattan Rhythm Kings 10/24, Sat @ 7:30pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre – New Braunfels Ken Slavin Carver Community Cultural Center Presentation 10/24, Sat @ 8pm Little Carver Civic Center Ray Price 10/24, Sat @ 8pm John T. Floore Country Store All Time Low with We the Kings, Hey Monday & Friday Night Boys 10/29, Thu @ 7pm Lone Star Pavilion at Sunset Station Three Phantoms in Concert San Antonio Symphony Pops 10/30-31, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Ken-David Masur, conductor Majestic Theatre

On Stage

Hang’em High in the Selma Sky Cross Canadian Ragweed Steven Stoli Comedy/ Mystery Dinner Show 10/23, Fri @ 9pm 9/3, 17 & 10/1, John T. Floore Thu @ 6:30pm Country Store Milano Ristorante – Nacogdoches Rd. Lone Star Indie Bash 9/10, 23 & 10/8, at the Brewery Thu @ 6:30pm 9/24, Sat (nine bands) Milano Ristorante – Lone Star Brewery Grounds Wurzbach Rd.

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Run For Your Wife 9/3-13, Thu @ 7:30pm Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm (No show on Friday) Sheldon Vexler Theatre Action Philosophers 9/4-19, Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 9pm The Overtime Theater Psycho Beach Party 9/4-19, Fri-Sat @ 10:15pm Zumbo Lounge @ Cameo Center

The History Boys 9/4-27, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm Cellar Theater San Pedro Playhouse Nunsense II Fredericksburg Theater Company 9/9-25, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2pm Steven W. Shepard Theater The 09ers 9/9-26, Wed @ 7:30pm (09/09/09 only) Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm The Rose Theatre Company

Schoolhouse Rock Playhouse 2000 Presentation 9/10-26, Thu-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater - Kerrville Out of Order 9/10-10/4, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm Circle Arts Theatre – New Braunfels The Owl & The Pussycat 9/10-10/17, Thu-Sat @ 6:15pm (Dinner), 8pm (Show) Harlequin Dinner Theatre

Play It Again Sam The Company Theatre Presentation 9/11-13, Fri-Sun @ 6:30 (Dinner), 7:30pm (Show) The Big Apple Room – Little Italy Restaurant

The Dawnview Crew Sketch Comedy Show Episode 7 9/11-18, Fri-Sat @ 8pm The Rose Theatre Company

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Lend Me a Tenor 9/11-26, Thu @ 7:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm Boerne Community Theatre Hi Yello Rose 9/11-27, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Jump Start Performance Co. Blue Star Complex Country Music Tribute to Eddie Arnold, Jim Reeves and Conway Twitty 9/12-13, Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm S.T.A.G.E., Inc. – Spotlight Theatre & Arts Group, Etc. Krause House – Bulverde He Loves Me, He Loves Me Knot 9/12-13, Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 4:30pm Jo Long Theatre 3 Blonde Moms 9/24-27, Thu-Sat @ 7:30pm Sat-Sun @ 4pm Cameo Theatre Timeless Tunes 9/25-27, Fri-Sat @ 7pm Sun @ 6pm Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre - Ingram Evita 9/25-10/25, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm Russell Hill Rogers Theatre San Pedro Playhouse

Mamma Mia Broadway Across America Presentation 9/29-10/4, Tue-Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Sun @ 2pm & 7:30pm Majestic Theatre

Fashionably Late 10/8-25, Thu-Sat @ 6:30 (Dinner), 8pm (Show) Sun @ 2:30pm S.T.A.G.E. Spotlight Theatre Arts Group Etc. Krause House - Bulverde

Bratwurst 10/30-11/8, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm Circle Arts Theatre – New Braunfels

The Real Inspector Hound 10/2-10, Wed-Thu @ 7pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm Jane and Arthur Stieren Theatre - Trinity

She Stoops to Conquer The Classic Theatre San Antonio Presentation 10/15-11/1, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Jump-Start Performance Theatre @ Blue Star

Madame Butterfly San Antonio Opera Presentation 9/11-13, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm Municipal Auditorium

Mary’s Wedding 10/2-11, Thu @ 7pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm Coates Theatre @ UIW

OneAct Series: XIV Trick or Treat Renaissance Guild Presentation 10/16-17, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Little Carver Civic Center

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die – A New Musical 10/2-31, Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 8pm Selected Thursdays @ 8pm The Overtime Theater Sweeney Todd: The Deamon Barber of Fleet Street 10/3-11/8, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 3pm Woodlawn Theatre Ruthless: The Musical Comedy 10/3-11/1, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Cameo Theatre

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Nightmare in Elm Creek: San Antonio Scary Stories 10/16-31, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Thu @ 7:30pm (10/29 only) The Rose Theatre Company Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles Broadway Across America Presentation 10/21-25, Tue-Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Sun @ 2pm & 7:30pm Majestic Theatre Orphans 10/22-11/15, Thu @ 7:30pm Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm (No show on Friday) Sheldon Vexler Theatre

At The Opera

The Dance Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company Arts San Antonio Presentation 10/3, Sat @ 7:30pm Municipal Auditorium Cinderella San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet Presentation 10/30-31, Fri @ 7pm Sat @ 1:30pm Municipal Auditorium

Standup Ron Feingold 9/2-6, Wed-Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:45pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Rich Ramirez 9/9-13, Wed-Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:45pm Rivercenter Comedy Club

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Wali Collins 9/16-20, Wed-Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:45pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Harry Basil 9/23-27, Wed-Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:45pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Bill Cosby 10/11, Sun @ 2pm & 5pm Majestic Theatre

For The Kids Willy Wonka 9/4-26, Tue-Thu @ 9:45am & 11:30am Fri @ 9:45am, 11:30am & 7pm Sat @ 2pm The Weather Theatre Tots Presentation 10/3-31, Sat @ 2pm The Rose Theatre Company Miss Nelson Is Missing 10/6-11/7, Tue-Thu @ 9:45am & 11:30am Fri @ 9:45am, 11:30am & 7pm Sat @ 2pm Bark, George The Daddy Mountain A Double Feature by Paul Mesner Puppets 10/30, Fri @ 9:45am, 11:45am, 6:30pm Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

Miscellaneous Alzafar Shrine Circus 9/10-13, Thu @ 4:30pm & 7:30pm Fri @ 4:30pm & 8:15pm Sat-Sun @ 10am, 3pm, 7:30pm Joe Freeman Coliseum NCAA Football Notre Dame vs. Washington State 10/31 Alamodome

On Exhibit ARTPACE Hudson (Show)Room Jonathan Monk: Rew-Shay Hood Project Part II Thru 9/6 International ArtistIn-Residence New Works: 09.2 Anne Collier Charlie Morris Silke Otto-Knapp Kitty Scott – Curator Thru 9/13 Hudson (Show)Room Jeffrey Wisniewski: The Battle of the Buddha 9/24-1/3/10 BIHL HAUS ARTS Objective Space: Works by David Almaguer, Rex Hausmann and Russell Stephenson 9/4-26

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RX Art: Take Your Medicine 10/16-11/14

Berthold Steinhibler – Germany Ghost Towns


Nuevo León - Imágenes de Nuestra Memoria Michael Mehl - Curator

Ron Binks: Black Sites 1 9/3-26 The History of the Future: Michael Berman and Julian Cardona Nancy Sutor – Curator 9/3-11/13 Jason Willome: Extensions 9/3-11/13 INSTITUTO CULTURAL de MEXICO FotoSeptiembre 2009 Exhibits Below: 9/5-10/25 The Mexico of Leo Matiz Luis-Martin Lozano Curator The Mini Series II Michael Mehl – Curator Fernanda Chemale – Brazil: ElefanteCidadeSerpente Tom Drahos – France: Jaina Alastair Magnaldo – France: Hautes Coutures

Say Si Students and Alumni: The Way I Si It Guillermina Zabala Curator McNAY ART MUSEUM Tom Slick: International Art Collector Thru 9/13 Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey Thru 9/13 Onstage in Amsterdam: Prints from the Schouwburg Theatre 9/9-1/17 The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper 9/23-1/23/10 Reclaimed: Paintings From the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker 10/7-1/10/10

Philip Scholz Ritterman – California Light Drawing


Erwin Staiheli – Switzerland Passages

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music Thru 9/25

Frida Kahlo Through The Lens of Nickolas Muray Thru 12/6 Jesse Treviño: Mi Vida, the First Retrospective 10/21-2/28/10 SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN John Henry: Art In The Garden Bill FitzGibbon – Curator Thru 6/1/10 David Rogers’ Big Bugs 9/5-12/6

SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART Music in Medieval China Thru 10/18 Culinary Delights 9/5-2/21/10 The Art of the Missions of Northern New Spain 10/17-1/3/10 SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART & CRAFT Gregory Allen Johnson Solo Exhibition Thru -9/6


Texas Draws Thru 9/6

Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door 9/17 -11/08

Touching the Lives of Texans: AIDS Quilt Thru 9/20 Texas Contemporary Artist Series: Leigh Anne Lester Thru 10/25

Kim Borst: Solo Exhibition 9/17-11/8 Cynthia Jones Miller: Solo Exhibition 9/17 -11/08

Tusks! Ice Age Mammoths and Mastodons 9/12-1/3/10

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Military Aviation Comes of Age in San Antonio 10/17-7/4/10 WITTE MUSEUM Queens and Crowns: Fiesta’s Royal Traditions Thru 9/7 Playing With Time Thru 9/27 FotoSeptiembre 2009 Small Texas Towns: Photographs by Dr. Ricardo Romo Thru 10/4 Don Yena: Painting the South Texas Story 10/17-1/10/10 Circus Folk: Secrets Behind The Big Top 10/24-2/14/10

Festivals & Celebrations

28th Annual 16 de Septiembre Parade & Festival 9/16 Aveninda Guadalupe

Oktoberfest San Antonio 10/2-10/10 Beethoven Halle and Garten

La Imagen de San Antonio 9/4-6, Fri-Sun, 7pm & 8:30pm Arneson River Theatre

Diez y Seis Celebration 9/16 Market Square

River Art Group 62nd Annual Juried Show and Competition 10/3-4 La Villita Assembly Hall

First Friday Art Walk 9/4 & 10/2, Fri / 6-9pm Southtown / Blue Star / King William

Jazz’SAlive 9/19-20, Sat / 12pm-11pm Sun 12pm-10pm Travis Park Downtown

Fashion Week 10/6-10 Various Locations

FotoSeptiembre 2009 City-wide (Signature Exhibits at Instituto Cultural de Mexico) 9/5-10/25

Houston Street Fair & Market 9/26, Sat / 12pm-6pm Animal Kingdom

International Accordion Festival 10/9, Moonlight Concert Arneson River Theatre 10/10-11 Maverick Plaza / La Villita

Dos Equis Pachanga del Rio 9/10 River Walk

Teatro Fest 10/1-31 Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

23rd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest 10/9-11 Gruene Hall

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33rd Annual Taste of San Antonio - Expo 10/10-11 Market Square Una Noche de la Gloria – Contemporary Art in the Cultural Zone 10/10, Sat / 6pm-Mid Avenida Plaza Guadalupe National Veterans Creative Arts Show 10/11, Sun / 12:15pm5pm Municipal Auditorium March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs 10/18, Sun @ 6pm The Vista at Valero Energy 33rd Annual Taste of San Antonio – Showcase Dinner 10/22, Thu @ 6pm Pearl Stable

Professional Sports San Antonio Silver Stars vs. Minnesota Lynx 9/1, Tue @ 7pm AT&T Center San Antonio Silver Stars vs. Los Angeles Sparks 9/5, Sat @ 7pm AT&T Center San Antonio Missions vs. Opponent TBD Texas League Playoffs 9/9-10, Wed-Thu @ 7:05pm Nelson W. Wolff Stadium San Antonio Silver Stars vs. Seattle Storm 9/12, Sat @ 7pm AT&T Center San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets 10/6, Tue @ 7:30pm AT&T Center

San Antonio Founder’s Day 10/24 The Alamo

San Antonio Spurs vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 10/9, Fri @ 7:30pm AT&T Center

Artesanos del Pueblo – A Celebration of Folk Art 10/24-25 Mission San Jose

San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers 10/14, Wed @ 7:30pm AT&T Center

Wurstfest 10/30-11/8 Landa Park New Braunfels

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On Screen La Boheme 9/24 & 27, Thu @ 7pm Sun @ 3pm Embassy Theatre Tosca – Live from Metropolitan Opera 10/10, Sat @ 12pm Cielo Vista 18 Theatre McCreeles Mall Theatre Fiesta 16 Theatre Il Puritani 10/15 & 18, Thu @ 7pm Sun @ 3pm Embassy Theatre Aida – Live from Metropolitan Opera 10/24, Sat @ 12pm Cielo Vista 18 Theatre McCreeles Mall Theatre Fiesta 16 Theatre Tosca – Encore from Metropolitan Opera 10/28, Wed @ 6:30pm Cielo Vista 18 Theatre McCreeles Mall Theatre Fiesta 16 Theatre Swan Lake 10/29 & 11/1, Thu @ 7pm Sun @ 3pm Embassy Theatre Page 24

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Robert Earl Keen Photo courtesy

Pat Green Photo courtesy

Billy Currington Photo courtesy

Alondra de la Parra Photo by Dario Acosta

Clay Walker Photo courtesy OP Photo Page 26 Randy Rogers Band Photo courtesy Yeol Eum Son Photo by Altré Media Roger Creager Photo courtesy Gil Shaham Photo by J. Henry Fair

Page 30 Jennifer Koh Photo by Janet Beckman Courtesy Opus 3 Artists Anya GrokhovskiMichaelson Photo by Liz Garza Williams Symphony of the Hills Photo by Chuck Talpey Yamato Drummers of Japan Photo by Lucienne van der Mijle

Page 33 Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles Photo by Joan Marcus Madame Butterfly Photo courtesy San Antonio Opera Virsky Ukranian National Dance Company Photo courtesy Rich Ramirez Photo courtesy Page 35 Wali Collins Photo courtesy Audrey Michelle - Shrine Circus Ring Master Photo courtesy Shrine Circus Page 36

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Rossen Milanov Photo by Anthony Sinagoga

Frida Kahlo Photo by Nickolas Muray

Manhatan Rhythm Kings Photo

Alisa Weilerstein Photo by Christian Steiner

Ken Slavin Photo by Oscar Williams

John Henry Featured sculptor Art in the Garden San Antonio Botanical Garden

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The History Boys Photo courtesy San Pedro Playhouse Michelle Dawson Mamma Mia National Tour 2009-08-28 Photo by Carol Rosegg

Assassin Bug Photo courtesy Georgia O’Keefe Sun Water Maine, 1922 Pastel on paper Collection of the Slick Family McNay Art Museum

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Opera, Ballet, Broadway and More! By Blair Russell

The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Boheme and Il Puritani photos courtesy of Emerging Pictures and Santikos Theatres


he movie theater as we once knew it is history. No longer is it just a place to see a film. In many of today’s theaters you can dine, savor a cup of your favorite coffee or even enjoy an adult beverage. Others have stadium seating, gigantic screens and super sound systems that shake the very foundation of the building. Change has occurred in movie palaces everywhere, going way beyond the basic seats and screen configuration of the past. Physical changes like these assist in marketing the theater product to a public that is not wired to accept the status quo. Now, still another transformation is taking place, but this time it’s on screen. Come to a movie theater and see opera from around the world. Come to a movie theater and see ballet performed by the planet’s premiere dance companies. Come to a movie theatre and see Broadway.

Italy, on Oct. 15 and 18. Eugene Onegin is next on Nov. 12 and 15 from the stage of L’Opera de Paris. The fourth opera in the series is the ever-popular Carmen, presented live from Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, on Dec. 7. Cosi Fan Tutte comes to the big screen from the Salzburg Festival in Austria on Dec. 17 and 27. In between these dates, Il Trovatore will be presented live from Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, on Dec. 22. As to ballet, Swan Lake, danced by Mariinsky Ballet (formerly Kirov) of St. Petersberg, Russia, is scheduled for Oct. 29 and Nov. 1. The Nutcracker, also by Mariinsky, follows on Nov. 19 and 22.

Another company presenting opera is Fathom Events. Go to their Web site to find dates, times and theaters presenting the Met from New York City in live and encore performances. The same company also recently One of the companies involved in providing opera and made the 20th anniversary show of Forever Plaid from ballet on the big screen is Emerging Pictures. Along NYC available for live big-screen viewing. with Santikos’ Embassy Theatre at 281 and Bitters, they will offer six operas and two ballets between Sept. 24 The Hot Ticket from Sony is also beginning to present and Dec. 27. programming through movie theaters. In the very recent past it aired the final evening of Rent on Broadway live The first opera, La Boheme, is actually presented in movie across America. form. It’s scheduled for Sept. 24 and 27. Following this, Il Puritani will be shown from Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Movie theaters have changed. And I like it. September-October 2009 | On The Town 39


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e are fortunate to have wonderful classical music organizations in San Antonio such as Musical Bridges Around the World, San Antonio Chamber Music Society, Camerata San Antonio and Tuesday Musical Club. That’s my opinion, but I feel sure everyone will agree. Every year, these organizations introduce us to incredible musicians and music from around the world. Take their offerings in October, for example.

His concert is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church. Carnival of the Animals follows Oct. 11 with pianist Anya Grokhovski-Michaelson, composerpianist Francoise Choveaux and Cuarteto de Bellas Artes (a string quartet) taking the stage at McAllister Auditorium on the campus of San Antonio College at 3 p.m.

Camerata San Antonio adds its performance of German Romantics: Mendelssohn, Juon, Schumann to the mix at 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at Travis Park United Methodist Church. I fully intend to be in my seat for the first note played Prior to this, the program will be performed in Kerrville by the Lark Quartet Oct. 4 at Temple Beth-El. This mid- and Boerne. Players are Sayaka Okada and Matthew afternoon concert is a presentation of San Antonio Zerweck, violins; Emily Freudigman, viola; Kenneth Chamber Music Society and also will feature the talents Freudigman, cello, and Vivienne Spy, piano. of world percussionist Yousif Sheronick. Later that day, around 6 p.m., I will venture downtown for a Musical For more information about the full seasons offered Evening at San Fernando Cathedral, a free concert from by these organizations, visit their Web sites: www. Musical Bridges Around the World., (for San Antonio Chamber Music Society and Tuesday Musical Club), Organist Paul Jacobs, chairman of the organ department at Juilliard, appears on behalf of the Tuesday Musical Club. 40 On The Town | July-August September-October 2009 2009

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The Art of Jesse Trevi単o By Paloma Cortez Photo of Jesse Trevino by Dana Fossett

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orking from his home and studio that sit among Guadalupe Street’s enclave of multicolored houses and local grocery stores, San Antonio artist Jesse Treviño thrives and reflects amidst the city’s unique West Side tapestry. Inside his studio, a congregation of his works fills the room while carefully placed saint figurines and holy candles stand on their designated altars, providing a somewhat divine protection over the artist at work. Born in 1946 in Monterrey, Mexico, Treviño moved to San Antonio at the age of four. As one of 12 children, Treviño’s deep interest in art was first sparked by his older sister, Eva, who bought him his first art supplies and would often take him to museums and walks through San Antonio’s downtown. It was in the first grade, after winning an art competition sponsored by the Witte Museum with a sketch of two doves, that Treviño undoubtedly knew he wanted to be an artist for life.

this for the rest of my life, I would be so happy,” said Treviño. Continuing to win art competitions throughout high school, Treviño was selected for a scholarship to study at the Art Students League in New York City. In 1967, only one year later, he was drafted into the armed services and sent to Vietnam. Three months after his arrival, while scouting for snipers in the Mekong Delta, Treviño lost his right arm to a booby trap and spent two years in recovery. “I was very upset because I wanted to paint... the fact that I couldn’t paint, I felt helpless.”

Encouraged by his mother to attend art classes at San Antonio College and later Our Lady of the Lake University, Treviño decided to pursue a career as an art teacher. He mastered painting with his left hand and began to focus his work on the daily life he had experienced while growing up in his West Side neighborhood. Scenes and “When I went up to the podium and everyone was images of everyday life are amplified by his specific style clapping, I felt so good, and I thought if I could do for detail. His painting The Raspa Man forces the viewer

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The Spirit of Healing, on the south-facing exterior of Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, is one of the largest murals in North America and is made up of 150,000 pieces of hand-cut tile from Germany and stands more than 90 feet tall. The image is of an angel with a broken wing as it surrounds a young boy (inspired by Treviño’s own son, “I had to experience all of that. I wanted people to Jesse Jr.) who gently holds a white dove. appreciate these scenes by painting them and doing them this way, otherwise they would never get it... I “It is a great representation of how important it is guess it is some kind of loyalty that I have from where I to have someone that can guide you. The dove is come from that I believe there is still a lot to be learned something fragile; you can get hurt and just like that your life can change.” by our society.” to pause and focus on someone often passed by many on the streets of downtown San Antonio, while in some of his other works Treviño reflects on his experiences in the war, such as in Mi Vida, which he painted on the wall of his home.

Included among his well-known works are ceramic tile and mosaic murals that have become some off the city’s most popular attractions. Facing Guadalupe Street from the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is the Veladora, a 40foot tile mural that showcases a three-dimensional Virgin of Guadalupe candleholder. Treviño dedicated it to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Throughout his career, Treviño has continued to receive international recognition for his work as a Chicano artist from well-known figures such as former First Lady Hillary Clinton and Britain’s Prince Charles. Currently a look at his work, Jesse Treviño: Mi Vida, the First Retrospective, will be exhibited at the Museo Alameda beginning Oct. 21 and running through Feb. 28, 2010.

“When a museum invites you to share your history of art, Jesse Treviño Images: when you get to that, it’s not luck, it means you made it. To have the first retrospective at this museum (Museo Page 44 Jesse Treviño in front Alameda) is a dream.” of the Veladora at For more information, visit the Museo Alameda Web site Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center at or call 299-4300. Photo by Dana Fossett

“When a museum invites you to share your history of art, when you get to that, it’s not luck, it means you made it. To have the first retrospective at this museum (Museo Alameda) is a dream.” - Jesse Treviño artist

Page 45 La Raspa Acrylic on canvas 66” x 48”

Page 46, Bottom Left La Panaderia Acrylic on canvas 78” x 54” Page 46, Top Right Liria’s Acrylic on canvas 66” x 48” Page 46, Bottom Right Mis Hermanos Acrylic on canvas 66” x 48”

Page 46, Top Left Senora Dolores Trevino Acrylic on canvas 52” x 84” inches

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Marise McDermott: DEEP IN THE ART OF TEXAS By Julie Catalano Photography Cynthia Clark


itte Museum president and CEO Marise Mc- sense of place which is along the river,” she explains. “It’s Dermott is proof that you can go home again, a very legendary space, South Texas is. It’s a touchstone, even if home isn’t where you were born and a very exciting and vibrant environment.” raised, but where your heart – and your dream job – is. Nonetheless, she’s aware that with age comes a perA native New Yorker, you would never know it. In her ception of sameness, and to that end the museum’s impressive office with seemingly mile-high ceilings, capital campaign (dubbed “It’s About Time”) is poised towering built-ins packed with books, and tasteful so- to change all that – a prospect that McDermott is exfas where we sit, McDermott waxes poetic about all cited about. Make that bursting at the seams. things Texan, particularly the venerable institution that she describes as “the mother ship of arts organizations, “This is what we’ve done so far,” she says proudly, fliphere for 83 years, and not just here, but a force here.” ping through a notebook with a report and artist’s renderings of an expansion/renovation that will literally McDermott is something of a force herself – lively and change the face of the Witte when completed – right animated, periodically jumping up in search of some- down to historic archways and impressive columns thing to show a guest, or arms waving rapidly in time that will give the grande dame of San Antonio musewith her speech. A slender brunette dressed in a pale ums a much-needed facelift. “Right now we’re focusing gray pantsuit with white shell and distinctive silver in Phase I, quietly raising money.” The campaign goal is jewelry, the dynamic McDermott explains that the mu- $50 million. seum’s visitors – particularly the 160,000 school-age children that attend every year – are “inspiring to me, With the mention of money, McDermott’s effervescent because it means that museum culture is something mood darkens only slightly, acknowledging “it’s very hard. It’s so hard to raise money right now. I think the three of that people feel they want to be a part of.” us [the Witte, the McNay and the San Antonio Museum of Known as “the people’s museum” since its inception, Art] are doing really well considering the economic situa“people still come here and still love it because they want tion.” She adds guardedly, “We’re holding our own. But it’s to be in touch with their story, their narrative, and their tough out there. Everybody is still disoriented.” September-October 2009 | On The Town 49

Despite the bleak times, McDermott says she is “more enthralled with the arts scene in San Antonio now than I have been since the ‘80s.” It’s a scene she has always followed while enjoying a long and successful career as a respected and award-winning journalist (The Texas Humanist, Austin American-Statesman, The Texas Observer), author (“Parent’s Guide to San Antonio”), playwright (“Ancient Infant”), and lecturer (Texas Association of Museums, Iowa State Historical Association). “I was always involved in the arts and humanities,” she says. But to have a museum? “No,” she says, laughing, “that wasn’t in the plan. But I love it. I’m so grateful for this opportunity.” McDermott’s first stint at the Witte was from 1989 to 1996 as director of the Humanities and Science Center. When her husband – former investigative reporter Hollis Grizzard – had a chance at his own dream job in Iowa, McDermott packed up the family and moved with him, landing a position as executive director of the History Center in Cedar Rapids. When Jim McNutt, then-president of the Witte, asked McDermott to come back as vice president of research and planning in 2002, it was Grizzard’s turn to follow his wife. “He was so sweet,” she says. “He brought me back, even though it was hard for him to leave.” McDermott stepped into the president’s shoes in 2004 when McNutt left, and it’s been basically a whirlwind ever since. She works “a lot of hours. Meetings. Lots of meetings with our wonderful staff. And then all the night stuff.” Not to mention positions on community boards such as the Tourism Council, the San Antonio River Oversight Committee, and two years as chair and co-chair, respectively, of Luminaria, the annual citywide arts event. Her rare moments of relaxation find her with her large and extended family. “My hobby is having my kids and Hollis’ kids over and cooking for them. That’s kind of boring, but that’s what it is.” For their 30th anniversary next year, she and Grizzard are planning a trip to Europe. But simple jaunts around the state also hold a special place in her heart. “Whenever I get blue, I just take road trips,” she says, citing again her love of the land, the people and the spirit of her beloved adopted state. “Even though I’m from New York,” she says with a twinkle in her eye and a broad and dimpled smile, “I am a completely entranced Texan.”

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At a Museum or Art Center Near You


rom Frida Kahlo and Jesse Treviño to Tom Thumb and the Big Top Circus, from African-American art to an entire collection of works once stolen by the Nazis, they’re all here, along with much more, this fall. The city’s museums and art centers are brimming with exceptional exhibits. There is no better time than now to immerse yourself in these incredible visual-arts offerings.

Artpace This fall at Artpace promises to be an eventful one — from New Works: 09.3 with international artists-inresidence Adrian Esparza (El Paso), Adriana Lara (Mexico City) and Mario Ybarra Jr. (Los Angeles) to Jeffrey Wisniewski in the Hudson (Show)Room, to Chalk It Up, the upcoming season offers a variety of stunning art and entertaining events. Amidst all the seasonal change remain the favorite fixtures in the Artpace community calendar: Brown Bag Lunches, Potlucks, Artist and Teacher workshops, and dialogues. Esparza creates artworks from low-cost recycled materials such as T-shirts, serapes and posters, and transforms them through disassembly and reconstruction into new, expressive patterns. Lara de-emphasizes objectmaking and instead, with an eclectic and occasionally humorous methodology, focuses on the concept of artistic production and exhibition space. Ybarra draws inspiration for his large-scale multimedia installations from southern California’s Mexican-American history, street scenes and popular culture. These three artists will be living and working at Artpace throughout the fall, and will introduce themselves to the San Antonio community at a community potluck dinner Oct. 1. Oct. 22 is the opening reception and ArtTalks with Hudson (Show)Room artist Wisniewski, who was most recently art director for the 2011 Dream Works film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. His Artpace September-October 2009 | On The Town 53

installation, Battle of the Buddha, will feature both sculptures and a contrasting animated short film. And, of course, October also brings Chalk It Up, the citywide festival celebrating both community and creativity downtown on Houston Street. Artpace’s most popular educational event, Chalk It Up occurs midway through a season packed with opportunities to see, create and appreciate spectacular art! Visit for a complete calendar of fall events.

Bihl Haus Arts In September, artists David Almaguer, Rex Hausmann and Russell Stephenson, three members of the artists collective “Texas Cannons of Proportion,” commandeer the entire Bihl Haus space — real and imagined, positive and negative — in their joint exhibit Objective Space. Their individual works take over the windows, the fireplace and the trap door, and even spill outside in a collaborative installation. They find inspiration in the historic building’s physical and intellectual proportions. Almaguer’s graffiti stencil paintings act as a counterpoint to the vandalism that once enveloped the exterior of Bihl Haus before its transformation. Hausmann brings attention to the building’s overlooked negative spaces and openings. Nothing too small (cupcakes) or too ungainly (foreman tools) should be discounted. Stephenson’s series of images investigate macrocosmic and microcosmic spaces. His elegant, deeply spiritual sculpted paintings refer as much to the dynamism of natural forces as they testify of the objective space found in private, though no less real, transformations. The trio of artists will discuss, debate and deconstruct their individual and collaborative work Sept. 19 at Bihl Haus Arts.  The exhibit runs through Sept. 25. Bihl Haus Arts and Health and Healing Consortium present Rx Art: Take Your Medicine in October,  a series of exhibits and art therapy workshops that use the arts as a vehicle for healing.  This exhibition features works by health professionals who are also artists. The artisthealers involved address how their particular artwork aids in self-care and healing and helps them in their work with clients and patients.  The opening reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Bihl Haus Arts is free and open to the public. 54 2009 2009 54 On On The The Town Town || July-August September-October

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Blue Star Contemporary Art Center In this year’s FotoseptiembreUSA exhibit, The History of the Future, hosted by Blue Star Contemporary Art Center and the Lannan Foundation, Nancy Sutor has curated works gathered from Michael Berman and Julian Cardona. The art is a complex collection of photographs and stories from seven years past on the topic of the border wild lands of the United States and Mexcio. Berman’s images of the land in the Arizona, New Mexico and Northern Mexico region contain the mysterious bleak beauty of that fragile place. His photographs are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum and the Museum of New Mexico, among others. He is a 2008 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. To his art, Berman brings an awareness of the complexity of the biological world; to the political and social dialogue of the West, he brings his art as a catalyst to renew and heighten our perception of the land.

American experience of the mid-20th century, while more contemporary artists include Robert Colescott and Alison Saar. In all, more than 50 artists are represented by works in this exhibition, which was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles. Next is Reclaimed: Paintings From the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker, which tells an extraordinary story of art stolen by the Nazis in World War II. The exhibit opens Oct. 7 and runs through Jan. 10.   Goudstikker (1897–1940) was a pre-eminent Amsterdam art dealer who specialized in Dutch masterworks. Goudstikker, his wife, and young son, who were Jewish, left Amsterdam by sea just ahead of the Nazi invasion in May 1940, leaving behind his gallery’s inventory, which subsequently was looted by the Nazis. In February 2006, the Dutch government agreed to restitute 200 of the looted paintings to Ms. von Saher, Goudstikker’s sole heir. This exhibition gives San Antonio a rare opportunity to learn about one of the greatest restitution stories of our time, in addition to seeing a particularly fine collection of primarily Dutch “Golden Age” paintings of the 17th century and a fine group of Renaissance paintings that parallel the McNay’s own Oppenheimer Collection.

Cardona was born in Zacateca, Mexico, and lives in For more information, go to Juarez. He is a self-taught photographer who has published work in the newspapers El Fronterizo and El Dario de Juarez. His black-and-white photographs tell many stories. True to a documentary tradition, they record social and political situations with the aim of American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music continues transmitting information — and more. its run at Museo Alameda through Sept. 25. Curated by Shannon Dudley and Marisol Berríos-Miranda from the The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 3 through Nov. University of Washington’s School of Music and Latin 13. For more information, visit American Studies, and Michelle Habell-Pallàn from University of Washington’s School of American Ethnic Studies, this exhibition is the first to tell the story of the profound influence of post-World War II U.S. Latino The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African musicians on American popular music. This interactive American Art: Works on Paper is the first of two incredible exhibition focuses on five major production centers exhibits to open at the McNay in September and October. of Latino music: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and San Antonio. This exhibition was organized by It will be on display from Sept. 23 through Jan. 3. the Experience Music Project of Seattle. The Kelleys, of San Antonio, began collecting African American art in the 1980s, filling their home with On exhibit through Dec. 6 is Frida Kahlo: Through the paintings, drawings and prints from the late 19th century Lens of Nikolas Muray. This rare exhibition features 50 to the present. This exhibition features nearly 100 prints, photographic portraits of Kahlo, dating from 1937 to drawings and watercolors, a remarkable survey of more 1941, taken by Hungarian-born photographer Muray. The than a century of American art. Works by Romare Bearden, portraits explore Muray’s unique perspective as Kahlo’s Elizabeth Catlett and Jacob Lawrence focus on the African friend, lover and confidant. These stunning images, from

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the collection of the Nikolas Muray Archives, utilize the Florida. Nearly all of these Franciscan and Jesuit missions were richly decorated with paintings, sculpture, furniture, early color techniques of the period. liturgical objects and liturgical vestments which have Coming on Oct. 21 is Jesse Treviño: Mi Vida, The First received little critical public attention.  Retrospective. This Museo Alameda original exhibition, curated by Ruben Cordova, Ph.D., is the first-ever The exhibition includes approximately 125 objects from retrospective of nationally recognized Latino artist collections in Mexico, the United States and Europe, Treviño, a Vietnam War veteran and native San Antonian. including many from the missions themselves, most of Since beginning his career in the 1960s, he has become which have never left their original locations.  a seminal figure in the Chicano art movement and the first Latino artist to have his work acquired by the Visit for additional information. Smithsonian collection. The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 28.

Southwest School of Art & Craft

For more information, the Museo Alameda Web site is Abelardo Morell, one of the country’s most prolific, collected – and fascinating – photographic provocateurs will be exhibiting at San Antonio’s Southwest School of Art & Craft during FotoseptiembreUSA, showing works from throughout his distinguished career. Saturday, Sept. 5, brings with it the opening of Culinary Delights, featuring the photographs of nationally Morell’s preoccupation with reality and illusion has acclaimed photographer David Halliday. Halliday moved taken him from exotic locales around the world to his from Glen Cove, N.Y., to New Orleans in the early 1990s to current work as the artist-in-residence at the Texastake a job as a chef. His keen eye for formal relationships based Alturas Foundation. steered him in a different direction, however, and since 1992, he has been exhibiting photographs of people, Morell is known for using photographs to transform places and things. Halliday’s early photographs are in how we see everyday objects, sometimes by casting a traditional format, mostly sepia-toned gelatin silver them into magical, surprising perspectives that call prints.  More recently, he has been exploring digital color into question our understanding of size and distance.  photography. Although he has produced many landscape Perhaps his most celebrated and ambitious series and portrait images, this exhibition focuses on his still life are his “camera obscura” images shown worldwide in compositions using food, an appropriate subject for an 2002, Abelardo Morell and the Camera Eye, and widely reproduced in books (including   Abelardo Morell, artist who began his career as a chef. published by Phaidon Press). Culinary Delights: Photographs by David Halliday is being presented in conjunction with FotoseptiembreUSA.  It has The SSAC exhibit, entitled The Universe Next Door, opens been organized by David S. Rubin, the Brown Foundation Sept. 17.  On Oct. 8, Morell will join film director and producer Allie Humenuk to discuss her documentary Curator of Contemporary Art. on his life and work, Shadow of the House (2007), which October features the opening of The Art of the Missions will be screened that night and on three other occasions of Northern New Spain, the first exhibition to explore during the exhibition.  the rich artistic legacy of the Franciscan and Jesuit mission churches in northern Mexico and the American Cuban-born Morell is a giant in the fine art photographic Southwest.  An integral part of Spain’s colonization of community, having been awarded a Guggenheim the New World, the missionary enterprise was integral Fellowship and the Rappaport Foundation Prize.  Morell to the crown’s effort.  Prior to Mexico’s independence photographs are included in nearly 100 public collections, from Spain in 1821, hundreds of missions were founded including the Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum, by the Franciscans and Jesuits in northern reaches of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan the Viceroyalty, in the present-day states of Durango, Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Chihuahua, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa and Sonora, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the Museum of Modern Mexico, and California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the

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Whitney Museum of American Art.

green screen, strobe lights and high-speed cameras. On Oct. 24, the Witte is bringing back the famous Hertzberg For more information, visit Circus Collection with Circus Folk: Secrets Behind the Big Top. They came from every corner of the world — some were born into it, others ran away to join it — but no matter the reason, they became circus folk, a family Tusks! Ice Age Mammoths and Mastodons, opening Sept. 12, creating magic in a traveling tent show. Come one, come delves into the world of prehistoric elephants and other all, and discover the secrets that took place behind the animals that inhabited Texas 12,000  years ago. On loan scenes, from promoters to performers to roustabouts. from the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Categorized into four sections — Life in a Traveling Tusks! features 80 fossil specimens, replicas and artifacts Village, the Circus Family, Getting Physical and Rules of organized to show scientific processes, from discovery to the Ring -- this exhibit takes visitors through every aspect research and exhibition. Tusks! includes graphic panels, of creating these traveling spectacles. murals and “hands-on” components.  Lectures and an archaeology lab explore Texas connections to these More information can be found at www.wittemuseum. extinct, prehistoric creatures.  The exhibit will continue org. through Jan. 3. Note: Leigh Baldwin, James Benavides, Caitlin Brady, Cathy   Military Aviation Comes of Age in San Antonio  opens Brillson, Darby Ivins, Kellen McIntyre, Daniela Oliver, Ken Oct. 7 and celebrates military flight in San Antonio and Slavin and Shannon Huntington Standley contributed to commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first flight this article. at Fort Sam Houston.  The exhibit features artifacts and images from the official collection of the U.S. Air Force and private collectors, including Flights of Fancy, a collection Photo Credits of folk art model airplanes by Sherry Kafka Wagner; photos of Alexander Calder’s airplanes painted for Braniff Page 54 Page 52 Airlines; and 16 photos from Texas aviation photographer (Above) Frida on White Bench, Jay Miller.  Also, San Antonio: Military City USA, features Gentry Bros. Circus Wagon New York commentary on the significance of the military in San 1939, carbon process print from Circus Folks: Secrets Antonio as shared by community leaders. Accompanying Behind the Big Top By Nickolas Muray images document aviation in San Antonio from World Photo courtesy Witte Photo courtesy Museo War I through World War II, continuing from the Cold War Museum Alameda through the Space Age and the 21st century.  Its eight month run ends May 16. (Middle) Page 53   Ron Adams (born 1934), (Above) Touching the Lives of Texans: The AIDS Memorial Quilt Blackburn, 2002, Jesse Trevino comes to San Antonio, a display of 12 blocks of the AIDS Lithograph, Edition no.: El Alameda, 1980 Memorial Quilt and Texas Contemporary Artists Series: Acrylic on canvas 55/80, Image: 25 x 35 in. Leigh Anne Lester, an art installation exploring genetic Photo courtesy McNay Art 84 x 54 inches modification and introducing new species, continue at Ernest W. Bromley, Bromley Museum the institute through Sept. 20 and 25, respectively. Communications, LLC   (Bottom) Photo courtesy Museo For additional information, go to Piedad-Chihuahua Alameda Photo courtesy San Antonio (Below) Museum of Art Tusks! Ice Age Mammoths Time is in your hands at the Witte. Playing with Time, on and Mastodons view through Sept. 27, lets visitors speed up, slow down Photo courtesy of UTSA’s and freeze time to see the changes of the universe that Institute of Texan Cultures happen too quickly or too slowly for the eye to perceive. Visitors get the chance to use high-tech tools such as a

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Big Bugs

at San Antonio Botanical Garden T

hey’re big, really big, and they’re crawling around the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

By Kyla McGlynn

structures have been created by Dave Rogers, a sculptor and craftsman who specializes in rustic construction.

From Labor Day weekend through Dec. 6, the San Antonio Ten of Rogers’ creations are displayed in various areas of Botanical Garden is home to a remarkable exhibition of the Botanical Garden. These massive bugs entirely dwarf giant insect sculptures called Big Bugs. These impressive humans, creating a role reversal of both dimension and

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perception. The praying mantis, which stands nearly 25 feet tall, may be the grandest sculpture. Other bug sculptures are just as impressive. Imagine three 25-footlong ants crawling across the garden’s Concert Lawn or a 17-foot-long dragonfly hovering over the East Texas Lake. A giant ladybug rests in the Old Fashioned Garden, while a spider awaits visitors on his 12-foot web by the eastern side of the East Texas Lake. The final insects in the exhibit include a damselfly, an assassin bug and a grasshopper. Each inhabits the Conservatory pond, the Shade Garden and the Hill Country area of the Texas Nature Trail, respectively.

This remarkable exhibit is designed to introduce visitors to the lives of insects and their role in nature. Many may not realize it, but there are 1 million bugs for each human that exists on Earth. Some think of insects only as pests, but the reality is that bugs live and work together in communal groups. In these groups, the insects will take on different jobs that range from hunters and gatherers to engineers and soldiers.

Fittingly, Rogers only uses natural materials, such as trees, fallen branches and other forest materials to create his sculptures. Fallen trees, dry branches and green saplings compose the massive bodies of a wide range Constructing the bugs in this extraordinary size of bugs. Each bug has a beautiful, smooth finish and the symbolizes these creatures’ important and integral ideal amount of wood color variation. The use of entirely role in the nature; it is one that many take for granted. natural materials further emphasizes a bug’s important Seeing these large insects is a learning experience as role in the life cycle of plants. The Botanical Garden is an well as an entertaining activity for families. Along with ideal place to exhibit these unique sculptures because it the gargantuan bugs, the Botanical Garden features is an area where real insects naturally live. educational activities to supplement the exhibit. There are discovery wagons with hands-on learning stations Rogers has been crafting structures from a range of about insect identification in addition to available materials since he was a teenager. He created his first, guides for educators, which include pre- and post-visit large-scale sculpture solely from forest materials in 1990: He shaped a dinosaur solely out of tree branches. lessons, activities and research.

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From there, he dreamt up the idea of creating largescale bugs out of forest materials. A few years later, Rogers had completed Big Bugs, which made its debut at the Dallas Arboretum and has since traveled all over the country, including Chicago, New York and Orlando.

Children’s craft activities, including kite making, will be geared to the insects. Discovery wagons will provide hands-on learning stations about insect identification, adaptations, habitats and more. San Antonio Public Library volunteers will be on hand to offer new library cards.

Get your first glimpse of Big Bugs during opening weekend Sept. 5-7 and enjoy these special family The San Antonio Botanical Garden is a 33-acre property located at 555 Funston Place and is operated under the activities: auspices of the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation The Austin Bike Zoo Human Powered Puppetry will Department. For more information, call 210-829-5100 bring their bugs on wheels to welcome the Big Bugs or visit exhibit to the Botanical Garden. These works of art are designed by the collaborative efforts of artists, bicycle builders and teachers. Garden guests will be able to Photo Credits see a 12-foot praying mantis being peddled down the Page 61 path! Volunteers will help families create bug decor for Page 58 Lady Bug their own bikes. Spider and Web Bike World will be on hand with displays and safety tips. Dan Sundberg will be up all night catching new bugs to add to his collection of hundreds of colorful beetles, spiders and more on display opening weekend.

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VA Visual Arts

Chalk It Up!

October 10, 10am-5pm Houston Street Downtown By Caitlin Brady

Photos courtesy Artpace


n masses they come, from all parts of San Antonio, to Houston Street to leave their mark on the cement in broad daylight, without shame. But the only thing illegal about this mass gathering for midday graffiti is the occasional bad parking job and resultant traffic ticket. This is Chalk It Up—one of San Antonio’s largest events devoted to the public creation and enjoyment of art. Before the bad rap of “vandalism” or “defacement,” the first definition of graffiti was “street art.” Chalk It Up, held by Artpace San Antonio, is an event not only about celebrating art, but also about the community’s ability to produce and enjoy a collaborative, positive change to downtown streets. Thus Chalk It Up is likely the friendliest, and most scenic, graffiti you could ever hope to see. For the annual fall event, groups of families, friends and students form teams and create large chalk drawings on the sidewalks, working alongside professional showcase and feature artists like Luis Valderas, Johnny Villareal,

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Joey Fauerso, and others who each create 15 x 20 foot murals for the public. “Kidzone” and a “Freestyle” section are other designated spaces inviting artists of all ages to participate in the creative fun. Founded by Artpace San Antonio in 2004 as a small arts festival, Chalk It Up has since enjoyed increasing support and popularity, with 12,500 attendees this past October. Artpace itself is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the awareness, education, and ultimately, the appreciation of contemporary art. The generous support of several corporate and community sponsors, ranging from Target and the City of San Antonio’s Office of Cultural Affairs to art supply stores, local hotels, and restaurants, assist with refreshments and art supplies, as well as the free admission for an afternoon of music, food, and your own (temporary) masterpiece. With so many chances to chalk and so much art to see, there’s bound to be some graffiti at this festival to write home about.

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Pearl Brewery Update By Mary Uhlig Photography Greg Harrison


hile recent months have seen a number of high-profile developments at Pearl, the historic San Antonio brewery being transformed into a culinary and cultural destination, a less-visible change has been under way, according to the team redeveloping the local landmark. “Pearl is becoming a gathering place for people from all parts of the city,” says Darryl Byrd, director of Pearl operations. “We will always welcome tourists, but Pearl is really being developed for the local community.” “We like to say Pearl is becoming a gathering place where you can eat, live, learn and play on the banks of the San Antonio River – a place where everyone feels welcome,” Byrd says. On the culinary front, the crowds at the popular Pearl Farmers Market that opened earlier this year are finding more than just fresh produce, meats and seafood to keep drawing them back every Saturday morning. “People are enjoying the sense of community,” says Tatum Evans, Pearl farmers market manager. Evans says some come to find new ideas for using produce at demonstrations by local chefs, others to listen to the Texas musicians who perform each week. “And some people come just to sit in the shade with a cup of fresh-roasted coffee and a pastry and enjoy the setting,” she adds. “People appreciate the social September-October 2009 | On The Town 67

environment here, especially now that the River Walk reaches to Pearl, and we’re connected to other sites along the river.” One example of that social environment is a littleknown gem at Pearl: the Mes Alegre (joyful table) chef’s table offered at 11 a.m. every Saturday by chef Johnny Hernandez, owner of True Flavors catering. The al fresco meal is served at tables overlooking the river, with tents providing shade and misting fans ensuring a pleasant breeze. Hernandez works with Pearl Farmers Market vendors to select produce and meats to develop a theme and menu that change weekly, “representing what is seasonal and regional in our cuisine,” he says. Hernandez serves lunch family-style to a limited number of diners, discussing the menu and farmers who produced each ingredient. The dining scene at Pearl is heating up, with chef Andrew Weissman working to move his Sandbar Fish House and Market to the Full Goods Building, now that il Sogno osteria, the casual Italian restaurant he opened in early August, is serving a steady stream of diners for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The new restaurants join one of the first pioneers at Pearl, Brian and Elise Montgomery’s Texas Farm-to-Table Café, located in the Aveda Institute building. The restaurants encourage a lively social scene, with the opportunity to linger on the Texas Farm-to-Table patio, or in the case of il Sogno, at a communal breakfast table, “arranged to encourage the relaxed dining experience found in European café society,” Weissman says. A major attraction to Pearl for Weissman, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, is the growing campus of the CIA-San Antonio, where work has begun on a new building to provide the additional classroom, kitchen and conference space needed to serve more students. “Even before the expansion, we’ve added continuing education programs for professional chefs and also more culinary enthusiasts classes, which are attracting all types of people who share a passion for food to Pearl,” says Shelley Grieshaber, director of education at the CIA San Antonio. “We’re also working on our second annual ‘Latin Flavors, American Kitchens’ symposium, which brings together native cooks from across Latin America with culinary professionals from throughout the U.S.,” 68 On The Town | September-October 2009

Grieshaber says. The CIA conference in October “places San Antonio and Pearl at the center of the discussion about and exploration of Latin American cuisines.” At about the time the CIA expansion is completed next year, a new 1,000-seat amphitheater will be built directly behind the new building, providing yet another opportunity for San Antonians to gather at Pearl, says Paul Beard, former managing director of the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, who for the past year has been developing community-based programming at Pearl. “The amphitheater will be built into the banks of the river and will use the river barge loading dock as a stage,” says Beard. Beard also notes the opening this September of the new Pearl Studio in the Full Goods Building, an expansive, 2,700-square-foot venue that accommodates about 200 people to complement the larger Pearl Stable. With its polished concrete floors and exposed steel trusses spanning the ceiling, Pearl Studio provides a sophisticated, industrial setting for events and meetings. It offers engineered acoustics, wireless communication, a Webcasting system, as well as a state-of-the-art sound, video and theatrical lighting system. Both Pearl Studio and Pearl Stable are managed by the CE Group, which is housed at Pearl and is part of the team developing programming at the site. Even with these new developments, Pearl is far from complete. “With only a few of its 22 acres redeveloped, Pearl is an emerging place with much more to come,” says Byrd. “As always, our goal at Pearl will be to create a place that brings San Antonio together.” For more information, visit Photo Credits Page 66 - Historic Pearl Brewhouse Page 67 - (L-R) Darryl Byrd, director of operations and Paul Beard, managing director Page 68 - (Above) Shelley Grieshaber, director of education Culinary Institute of America San Antonio (Below) Brewery train on Pearl grounds Page 69 - (Above) Newly restored symbol of Pearl Pride (Below) Pearl Stable September-October 2009 | On The Town 69

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Damien Watel:

Artiste Culinaire By Chris Dunn Photography Greg Harrison


amien Watel — chef, restaurant entrepreneur and artist ­— is equally at home with a palette of paint or a palette of flavors. His creative touch is seen in every aspect of his restaurants, from the art on the walls to the artistically rendered food on the plates, from the design of the menus to the interior and exterior designs, as well.

Watel said he avoids the kind of overcomplicated dishes that are often associated with upscale restaurants. “I like things to be fairly simple and straight-forward. If you cook a piece of fish, it has to be cooked properly, and the sauce has to be matched without overwhelming it.” His approach to food at Bistro Vatel could be described as the country French equivalent of American comfort food. “That’s why they call it comfort food,” he said, He credits his keen interest in architecture and decorative “because it comforts your mind -- your mind and your elements, in addition to the culinary arts, to his father, stomach.” who was an architect, world traveler and gourmet. “I grew up in the thick of that,” he said, “where everything The closure of a laundromat adjoining Bistro Vatel matters … it may not make sense to others, but it does inspired another successful Watel venture, Ciao to me.” Lavanderia (“Goodbye Laundry” in Italian). Watel drew upon his experience working in Italian restaurants in Watel grew up in Lille, France, an industrial town near Paris and Lille to develop the diverse menu. “It’s just Belgium, and began cooking at an early age. “I have giving people a different option,” he said. “Over here [at this scar on my hand to remind me,” he said. “I was 11, Bistro Vatel], it’s more formal, and over there [at Ciao making some caramels for crème brulees.” Lavanderia], it’s more casual.” After attending the Prom Hote cooking school in Paris, Watel worked in Paris and Lille, then moved to Dallas in his early twenties to work at his uncle’s newly opened restaurant, Café de Paris. After a stint at his own successful restaurant in Dallas, Watel moved to San Antonio in 1993 to become part owner of Café Soleil on Broadway (where Paloma Blanca is located now).

Watel also added an intimate bar, Ciao Vino, between Bistro Vatel and Ciao Lavanderia. It offers a full bar and extensive wine list, and customers can order off the menus of both Bistro Vatel and Ciao.

For his next venture, Watel turned to Southtown where he opened La Frite Belgian Bistro on South Alamo Street. La Frite is aptly named -- Belgium is where french In 1999, he opened the critically acclaimed Bistro Vatel fries were invented, and La Frite serves “frites” (fries) in the heart of Olmos Park. The combination of classic in abundance with dishes such as the Moules Frites French bistro fare served in an intimate, neighborhood (mussels) and Onglet avec Frites (hanger steak). The setting was an immediate hit and created a loyal generous servings and excellence of the food embody following. Its 10-year anniversary will be noted Dec. 15. the popular description of Belgian cuisine as having “the “Eighty percent of our customers are regulars,” he said. quantity of Germany and the quality of France.” “We have lots of diners who come several times a week.” The menu features classics such as Foie Gras et Pain Perdu Watel looked to the north of town for his biggest and Dover Sole Meuniere, as well as an extensive, ever- undertaking to date, Plaza Ciel, which includes a changing list of Plats du Jour (blackboard specials). complex of shops, two restaurants (Ciao2 and Ciel), and September-October September-October 2009 | On The Town 73

the Green Lantern Bar. Special events can also be booked at the Plaza for up to 800 people. Ciao2 (pronounced “doo-ay”), described as the “natural evolution” of its namesake, Ciao Lavanderia, features Italian specialties, pizza and house-made charcuterie. It shares a kitchen with its sister restaurant, Ciel, which currently offers upscale French cuisine in a sleek, modern setting. Watel said he is exploring new directions for Ciel. With so many restaurants, there was a need for more baked goods and a place to produce them; therefore, Watel acquired space across the street from Bistro Vatel in the charming building that previously housed the Yarn Barn. This proved to be the perfect setting for a Parisianstyle bakery in San Antonio -- The Bistro Bakery. Watel’s mother, Lucile, who has worked with Damien in all of his restaurants, oversees it. The bakery offers a variety of baguettes, breads, sweet rolls, croissants, tarts, quiches and coffee, as well as a constantly changing menu of takeout entrees, such as duck pâte, chicken mushroom vol-au-vent, and beef Wellington. There are a few tables where customers can sit and enjoy a little bit of Paris on El Prado Drive. In spite of his ever-growing responsibilities, Watel still finds time to personally cook in all of his restaurants and remains enthusiastic about the process of envisioning and developing more projects. “Yeah, I still love it,” he said. “Would I open 10 new places? You bet.” For more information on Vatel Restaurant Group, please go to www. 74 On The Town | July-August September-October 2009 2009

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Pinch Pennies and Dine Well Spend $2. Get $25! By Marlo Mason-Marie


f I said you could buy a $25 gift certificate to an upscale restaurant for $2, would you believe me or would you think I was a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic? Probably the latter, but it’s true. I want to spend the words in this column telling you about, an incredible service for folks who love great food and squeak when they walk. I am one of those people, and I’m proud of my thrifty ways. About seven or eight years ago, I bumped into on the internet. I was noodling for discount dining deals one evening and their Web site popped up. I was shocked when I saw what they were offering. The site included $25 gift certificates to restaurants all over America for the asking price of only $10 each. I was flabbergasted, so I bought one and printed it out immediately on my own little Lexmark at home. And that’s when the real fun began. Once I had made a purchase and given my e-mail address, they began to send me “sale” offers. Their justifications for reducing prices are humorous, like “It’s Only 21 Days Until Fall Sale” and the code word is “Fall.” But who cares when the price of a $25 gift certificate drops to $2. Once you’ve completed the transaction, you are up $23 and destined for some delicious dining.

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How do they do this? Restaurants involved give a certain amount of certificates per month at no cost (I think) in exchange for the publicity they garner by being on the service. Also, restaurant owners are banking on the fact that when you come in to eat you will spend more than the certificate value so they can recuperate their costs and make a small profit from your visit. In some cases, gift certificates come with stipulations like you must spend $35 to get the $25 off and it’s valid at dinner only on a dine-in basis. Again, who cares, you are still up $23 and you were most likely going to spend $35 or more anyway. Here’s more good news. Currently, San Antonio is well represented on the service. At the time of this writing, some good examples include Bin 555, Citrus at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, Houston Street Bistro, Oro at Emily Morgan Hotel, La Fonda Oak Hills, the Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, Melting Pot, Paloma Riverwalk and Ounce Steakhouse. There are usually from 30 to 40 eateries in San Antonio listed on at all times. Austin is all over Super upscale Jeffrey’s leads the way. In addition, wonderful places like Shoreline Grill, Louie’s 106, FINO, Asti Trattoria, Sandra Bullock’s Bess Bistro on Pecan, Romeo’s, Aquarelle, Imperia Modern Asian Dining, 219 West, Paggi House, Wink and Zoot are regulars on the service. Down south in Corpus Christi, check out Katz 21 Steak and Spirits and Vietnam Restaurant in the downtown sector near the bay. No matter where you go nationwide, is there. Not only is the price right at, so is the service. One of the things I like best is the fact that if you own a certificate from a restaurant that either goes out of business or decides to exit the program, will give you an even exchange for another restaurant. You can’t loose. And, the fact that you print out the certificates immediately after purchase saves shipping costs and offers instant gratification. Buy it. Print it. Go. I know I sound like a cheerleader for these guys, and I am. A deal this good doesn’t come along every day. Spend $2. Get $25. It’s like free money! © Zdravkob |

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CA Culinary Arts

Texas Hill Country Wine Trail By Alexis Gunderson

Becker Vineyards Syrah Grapevine Photo courtesy Becker Vineyard Flat Creek Estate Events Center Photo by Robert Anschutz


wo of the greatest “I Love Lucy� episodes of all time centered on Lucy working at a chocolate factory and Lucy stomping grapes in a big vat at a vineyard. Most of us will never replicate her chocolate factory debacle, but we can all stomp grapes. No joke.

of grapes at this event.

Whether you stomp or not, festivities like these serve as welcoming introductions to the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail, a collection of 24 wineries that dot the countryside near Comfort, Fredericksburg, Stonewall, Johnson City, On the first weekend in September, three Hill Country Tow, Marble Falls, New Braunfels, Driftwood and others. wineries offer visitors the opportunity to stomp a Together they have earned the distinction of being the few grapes. First up are the La Rioja Grape Stomp second fastest-growing wine destination in the United at Perdenales Cellars and the Chisholm Trail Winery States, second only to Napa Valley. Annual Grape Stomp on Saturday, Sept. 5. Becker Vineyards gets into the act on the same day with their For complete information on area wineries, visit www. 13th Annual Grape Stomp which continues through This informative site includes winery descriptions and photographs, plus a map Sunday, Sept. 6. showing their locations. On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Second Annual Texas Hill Country Wine Trail Championship Great Grape Stomp Another good reason to visit is Texas Wine Month in takes place at Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard off Highway October. Holiday Wine Trail will be observed the first 46 near New Braunfels. More than 100 teams will three weeks in December. Stay tuned to the Web site compete and promise to crush more than 1,000 pounds for details. Cheers! 78 On The Town | September-October July-August 2009 2009

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Jay Brandon Attorney and Mystery Novelist Story and Photo by Jasmina Wellinghoff


an Antonio lawyer and novelist Jay Brandon has won national recognition as the writer of 14 tightly plotted legal thrillers such as Fade the Heat, Local Rules, After-Image and Running With the Dead. Most are set in Texas and since 1998 in San Antonio, where fictional District Attorney Chris Sinclair wrestles with one complicated and page-turning situation after another. Publisher’s Weekly described Brandon as “among the best in the legal thriller business at catching the real atmosphere of a trial.” That’s probably because the author worked in a real-life DA’s office for several years. Following the success of his early novels, Brandon took a seven-year break from practicing law to write and spend time with his three children. He is currently a family law attorney in private practice. On the non-fiction front, Brandon authored Law and Liberty, a meticulously researched history of the legal profession in San Antonio commissioned by the San Antonio Bar Association. Many San Antonians also will remember his novel Milagro Lane, which was serialized in the San Antonio Express-News in 2001. After some revisions, it was published in book form by Wings Press a few months ago. JW: Are you a lawyer first and a writer second, or the other way around? JB: I am a writer first. I’ve been writing since elementary school. I got a B.A. in English because I wanted to write. After college I spent three years writing while taking a variety of odd jobs. Then I got a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins. I wrote my first novel during that time, and I even got an agent but he wasn’t able to sell it. So I decided to write a suspense story because I had heard that it was easier to get published if your book was in a specific genre. My agent praised it but he couldn’t sell the manuscript. Same thing with the next one. By that time, I was in my late 20s and thought I needed a new game plan. A lawyer had hired me to write a book on one of his clients and (while rubbing elbows with attorneys) I noticed that they were making a lot more money than I was. That’s when I decided to go to law school.

JW: How did you finally get published? JB: I split with that agent and got a new one. Her name was Virginia Barber; she was very well established in New York, and she sold those books to the first publisher she took them to. Those first novels were Deadbolt (1985) and Tripwire (1987). There are still people who tell me that Tripwire is their favorite of my books. But had those books sold when I first wrote them, I probably would have never gone to law school. JW: Would you say that it’s crucial for a writer to get the right agent? JB: Absolutely. Most publishers today won’t even read manuscripts that don’t come from agents. JW: In retrospect, are you glad you went to law school since your legal experience provided you with a lot of material? JB: Oh, yes, I am. My first three books were suspense novels. Then I got an idea while I was working at the Fourth Court of Appeals in Austin, right after law school. It was an idea about a district attorney of San Antonio whose son gets arrested. Shortly after, I got hired as an assistant district attorney in Bexar County. So I was working in the courthouse, writing about a fictional DA working in that same courthouse, literally living the research, which made the book so much deeper and richer because I knew what it was like behind the scenes. That book became “Fade the Heat,” the first of my courtroom dramas which sold much better than my previous three put together and was nominated for the Edgar Award… It ended up being published in 13 or 14 foreign countries. (He pulls out the Japanese edition for us to see.) JW: In that book, you introduced your first fictional DA, Mark Blackwell, who was later replaced by Chris Sinclair. Is either one anything like you? JB: When I wrote my first courtroom drama, I created Mark Blackwell, who was older than I was, very experiSeptember-October 2009 | On The Town 83

enced and kind of cynical. He also appeared in my next book. When I later decided to write again about a prosecutor, I created Chris Sinclair, who was younger than I was and more idealistic. As I got older, I think I’ve become less cynical than I had been when I first started, so Chris Sinclair is a little more like me. He does what he thinks is right rather than always follow the technical aspects of the law. Of course, he always gets more personally involved than lawyers do in real life. Although I’ve been practicing law now for more than 20 years, and I find it hard not to get emotional about some cases. JW: How much of your fictional material is drawn from real cases?

a speech that Mark Blackwell gives in Fade the Heat that begins with “I hate juries.” A lot of lawyers won’t admit to that but would if they were being truthful. JW: Do characters sometimes surprise you? JB: Yes, they do. I used to outline my books very carefully but (the finished story) never followed the outline. The characters would decide otherwise. In one instance, the person I had picked out to be the murderer refused to become a murderer. In another case, I invented a character just to relay information to the main character but she became a major character herself. When I teach writing I always tell the students, if your characters don’t do what you want them to do, they are not good characters.

JB: I’ve never gotten a plot from real life. What I get from real cases is procedure, how things really work in a legal JW: Tell me about Milagro Lane, which is quite different case; I use real locations. When I write about a trial, I make from your courtroom dramas. Why did you agree to write sure that I know exactly in my mind in which courtroom it in installments for the Express-News? of the Bexar County Courthouse it is taking place. JB: It was (Express-News editor) Bob Rivard’s idea. A couAfter I had written three legal thrillers, I began to feel ple of other newspapers had done that. The San Francisco confined by the genre. So I wrote Local Rules, a novel Chronicle had published a serialized novel which was very that had a love story in it which I really enjoyed writing. I popular several years earlier. Rivard spoke to me first in Derealized then that I could write about anything that I was cember of 2000 and the serialization was going to start in interested in at the moment as long as I put it in the con- March of 2001. So I had a couple of months to come up with text of a legal thriller. An example is After-Image. I want- ideas. A lot of people thought that the installments were ed to explore how the past shapes us and how people excerpts from an existing novel. But they weren’t. I would take different directions in lives. It was kind of personal write a chapter. and it would appear a week later. Events in to me. The premise (in the book) is that Chris Sinclair San Antonio made their way into the novel as I was writing knew Jean (the other main character) in college where it. Also, readers would send me e-mails with suggestions, inthey both flirted with illegal behavior, mainly marijuana. cluding locations around town. I did use a lot of those locaIt occurred to me that I knew people who had done that tions. I wanted it to be a very San Antonio story. in high school and college but have gone on to become successful adults. Yet, for some it could have gone the JW: You included real people as minor characters. Has other way; they could have gone deeper into criminal anyone objected? behavior and that’s what happened to Jean. JB: A San Antonio writer I would rather not name, who JW: Does every mystery have to revolve around a murder? was briefly mentioned in the first chapter, wrote a nasty letter to the paper about what a waste of space this was. JB: I have always rebelled against that. Courtroom dra- Everybody else liked it. mas tend to be the same: there is the crime, usually murder; then there is an investigation, then the trial. In my JW: One last question. Are real-life criminals as clever novels, the trial hardly ever resolves the case. There’s al- and resourceful as the fictional ones? ways something else that happens. I try to do something different. But, yes, there is always a death eventually. JB: The ingenious master criminal is really a creation of fiction. JW: Do real-life trials resolve most cases in a just way? Mr. Brandon’s comments have been slightly edited. To see a JB: That’s one thing I have learned from practicing law list of his novels or order a book visit the author’s Web site, - juries don’t always come to the right conclusion. I have 84 On The Town | September-October 2009

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Literary Arts

October Brings Literary Opportunities By Claudia Maceo-Sharp Photos (L-R) Michael Connelly Photo by Michael Azmitia Ethan Canin Photo by Fred Gerr


an Antonio is a major destination in the book world during the month of October. The Express-News sponsors two events that will feature many notable authors to support noble causes, and Gemini-Ink will once again host its popular Autograph Series.

On October 3rd, the San Antonio Express-News hosts the Children’s Book and Author Celebration at the beautiful Pearl Stable. Elaine Scott, author of When is a Planet Not a Planet?, will one of the writers featured. Others include Diane Stanley (recipient of the Washington Post / Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award and the 2008 Mazza Medallion Award for her body of work), illustrator Roxie Munro (The Inside Outside Book of Texas), author-singer-songwriter Tim McKenzie (Baxter Barret Brown’s Cowboy Band), Ben Saenz (The Dog Who Loved Tortillas), and April Lurie (The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontane). Make reservations now for this non-ticketed event that benefits the San Antonio Library Foundation’s “Born to Read” program. Call 210.225.4728, ext. 11 or email 86 On The Town | September-October 2009

The Express-News also hosts the 18th annual Book and Author Luncheon on Wednesday, October 21st. Michael Connelly, author of the Indie Bound and National Bestseller Scarecrow, will join Doomsday Key’s Jack Rollins, Pastry Queen Rebecca Rather, the Express-News’ own Cary Clack (Clowns and Rats Scare Me), and the mastermind behind Skippy Jon Jones, Judy Schachner for a fun and exciting luncheon of good food and great books – always a successful pairing. This annual affair benefits the Cancer Therapy and Research Center. More than two million dollars have been raised over the past 17 years for their Phase I research program. Further information can be found on the CTRC website. The very next evening, attend a free reading at the San Antonio College McAllister Auditorium. Gemini Ink focuses its literary limelight on Ethan Canin, most recently of America, America fame. The reading will take place Thursday, October 22nd from 7-9 PM and will include a Question and Answer period. Gemini Ink’s Fall 2009 Autograph Series will conclude with a Colloquium Luncheon on the following day, Friday October 23rd from 11:45-2:00 PM, again at the Pearl Stable. Visit Gemini Ink’s website for more details.

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Fall Arts Festivals


an Antonio is widely recognized as a city that avidly celebrates its unique sights, sounds, flavors and traditions. Fall Art Festivals, a collection of events held through November, offers many wonderful opportunities to sample the rich cultural life that drives the heartbeat of this colorful city. Most of these festivals began as grassroots efforts and expressions by individual artists and organizations. They now define the creative, artistic and cultural character of San Antonio. During Fall Art Festivals, photographs, jazz, accordions, calaveras, mariachis, wine and food energize and celebrate the vibrant San Antonio experience.

digital images, photography-based works, photographic installations, funky camera and alternative processes are presented in galleries, museums, art centers and other exhibition spaces in San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country and in the festival’s SAFOTO Web galleries. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Some of the 2009 festival highlights include:

Instituto Cultural de Mexico | • The Mini Series II – Curated by Michael Mehl (Fernanda Chemale - Brazil: ElefanteCidadeSerpente; Tom Drahos - France: Jaina; Alastair Magnaldo - France: Hautes Coutures; Philip Scholz Ritterman - California: Fall Art Festivals is coordinated by the City of San Antonio Light Drawings; Erwin Staeheli - Switzerland: Passages; Office of Cultural Affairs, which assisted in organizing Berthold Steinhilber - Germany: Ghost Towns) this article.

15th Annual FotoSeptiembre USA Aug. 20 – Oct. 8, various locations

San Antonio Museum of Art | • Culinary Delights: Photographs by David Halliday

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For a complete listing of exhibits, visit: or


Sept. 19-20, Travis Park Whether you’re a seasoned jazz aficionado, or someone who just wants to witness a solid jazz performance, Jazz’SAlive is the place to be in September. The San Antonio Parks Foundation and the city of San Antonio present Jazz’SAlive from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Travis Park downtown.   The best in local, regional, national and international talent is showcased at this free, two-day outdoor event. Local and regional groups perform in the afternoons, with national and international acts appearing on the nighttime stage. Jazz’SAlive also hosts The Starlight Salute to Jazz’SAlive Gala and the Jazz’SAlive Sunday Champagne Brunch, both held at the historic St. Anthony Hotel across from the park. For more information, including a complete schedule of performances, visit

9th Annual International Accordion Festival Oct. 9-11, La Villita

Held every year at La Villita in downtown San Antonio, the International Accordion Festival features an extraordinary combination of artists from around the world. Visitors can expect performances, workshops, open mic sessions, accordion jams and invitations to dance to the music.  Friday night, Oct. 9, at the Arneson River Theatre, patrons are invited to enjoy a special tribute to Tejano accordion heroes hosted by Joel Guzman.  Admission is $10 and doors open at 7 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11, admission is free.  More than 15 different ensembles will perform on multiple stages throughout the historic grounds of beautiful La Villita.  This year experience the spectacular artistry of microtonal Arabic accordion performed by Elias Lammam and the Georges Lammam Ensemble, as well as the virtuosity of the Ivan Milev Band, masters of Bulgarian folk music.  Also appearing are master September-October 2009 | On The Town 91

accordionist/composer Guy Klucevsek, the Zydepunks, other events also are planned throughout the year. Argentine bandoneon player Daniel Diaz, Hugh Morrison For a schedule of events, go to and Lone Star Stout, and Jo Miller’s Burly Roughnecks, to 15th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza name a few. Nov. 15-21, Municipal Auditorium / Mission San Jose For a complete list of performances, go to Texas’ largest and longest-running mariachi music event of its kind is preparing for its 2009 festival in San Antonio Nov. 15-21. The 15th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Dia De Los Muertos is a seven-day mariachi music festival that brings together Nov. 2, Centro Cultural Aztlan more than 15,000 mariachi aficionados and 1,000 of the greatest mariachi musicians and vocalists from the Since 1977, Centro Cultural Aztlan has opened its United States and Mexico who perform throughout the doors to residents and visitors of San Antonio with an week in celebration of the beautiful cultural traditions of invitation to take part in the biggest and oldest Dia de Mexico. The event includes a mariachi Mass at the San los Muertos celebration. Jose Mission, mariachi group and vocal competitions at Municipal Auditorium and a mariachi-themed art exhibit. On Nov. 2, Centro Cultural Aztlan will observe this The highlight of the Mariachi Extravaganza is a concert day with lead artist Luis Valderas, along with 30 of featuring the world-renowned Mexico City-based San Antonio’s most talented and credentialed artists. Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán which celebrates 112 years Together they will create a Dia de los Muertos experience of existence this year. unlike any before, exploring the complex yet brief life of the Zempasúchil (marigold) that symbolizes the short For more information, visit nature of our own lives. The scent of the Zempasúchil will guide visitors into Galeria Expresión, where altares Note: Laura Cardenas, Malena Gonzalez-Cid, Pat Jasper, y ofrendas, created by local artists and young people Ginger McAnear, Michael Mehl and Robb Wasielewski from the community, welcome the past once again. This contributed to this article. event illustrates the artistic, cultural and religious facets Photo Credits of this popular pre-Columbian/Mexican tradition. Page 90 A reception for the artists will start at 6 p.m. with a Native Ghost Towns American blessing of the altares y ofrendas. The event Photo by Berthold Steinhibler will also feature a procession by Urban-15 Carnaval de San Anto and the traditional pan de muerto y ponche de Page 91 Hugh Texas Skye frutas that are essential to this celebration. Photo courtesy International The event is free and open to the public. For more Accordion Festival information, go to

New World Wine and Food Festival Nov. 10-15, various locations

The New World Wine and Food Festival features something for everyone, regardless of age or culinary taste. From a black-tie event, a grand tasting, winemaker dinners and a day of family fun, the variety of festival events guarantee that you will find something to please your palate. The NWWFF is a nonprofit organization promoting San Antonio as a premier wine and food destination and supporting local students in culinary arts and food-related aid organizations. In addition to festivities in November, 92 On The Town | September-October 2009

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very year at this time, food aficionados in San Antonio and the surrounding area have the opportunity to sample the finest cuisine the city has to offer at four distinctive culinary extravaganzas. As a part of these extremely tasteful occasions, local and visiting chefs are featured in a myriad of events stretching from early September to mid-November. If you haven’t participated in the past, make up for it this year. Pull up a chair and get involved. Bon appetit to all who attend!

the Taste of San Antonio Expo Oct. 10 and 11, and the Taste of San Antonio Showcase Dinner Oct. 13.

Oct. 10-11, San Antonio Expo at Market Square Oct. 13, Showcase Dinner at Pearl Stable

The expo takes place in downtown’s historic Market Square and features dozens of restaurants from throughout the city and beyond serving an array of favorites, from traditional Mexican fare such as gorditas and tacos, to German, Italian and Creole delicacies. For barbecue lovers, a bounty of fajitas and ribs awaits, as well. Expo participants typically include “foodie” meccas such as Delicious Tamales, Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen, Longhorn Café, Nadler’s Bakery and Deli, Bill Miller BBQ and more.

October is National Restaurant Month, and the San Antonio Restaurant Association highlights local cuisine and chefs each year by presenting Taste of San Antonio (TOSA). Now in its 33rd year, TOSA celebrates the city’s rich culinary history with two distinctive events:

Three stages of live music featuring rock, country and Tejano artists lighten the mood, while restaurant industry and food vendors educate visitors about their products and tools and sell them for use at home. Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, and 10

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a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. TOSA’s Showcase Dinner takes place starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Pearl Stable. Chef Kent Rathbun of Abacus and Jasper’s restaurants will demonstrate the preparation of a multi-course meal from the stage as guests enjoy the same fare during this seated dinner. Complementary wines are served during each course. Rathbun’s culinary style and recipes have been featured in Bon Appetit, Southern Living, Esquire, Better Homes and Gardens and USA Today, and he has appeared on the Food Network’s “Chef du Jour,” “Cooking Live with Sara Moulton” and “Ready Set Cook.” Most recently, Rathbun appeared on the network’s “Iron Chef America” and defeated Bobby Flay. His appearance as celebrity chef will give San Antonians an excellent opportunity to preview what’s in store for 2010, as early next year Rathbun plans to open a Jasper’s location in San Antonio. For more information on Taste of San Antonio, visit, or call the San Antonio Restaurant Association at (210) 734-7663.

Signature Chefs

Oct. 18 at The Vista at Valero Energy Corp. There’s something for everyone at the upcoming Signature Chefs gala, from gourmet cuisine to a taste of celebrity. The annual March of Dimes fundraiser is an opportunity to sample delicious entrees and desserts from the area’s finest chefs.  This year’s culinary celebration includes a special guest appearance by chef Rock Harper, the 2007 winner of the reality show “Hell’s Kitchen.” The March of Dimes’ first national celebrity chef spokesperson is making the rounds at Signature Chefs events across the country. Rock says attendees should come prepared to feast. “Going to all these restaurants would take months and a lot of money, but at Signature Chefs you will be treated to an amazing culmination of talent in one night,” Rock said. Another highlight of the event is the live auction of extraordinary dining packages put together by the signature chefs themselves.  Proceeds go toward the March of Dimes campaign to improve the health of babies. September-October 2009 | On The Town 95

The Signature Chefs gala will be Oct. 18 at The Vista at Valero Energy Corp. Tickets are $150 for individuals and $2,500 for tables.  For more information, contact the March of Dimes at (210) 696-1030.

New World Wine and Food Festival

Nov. 10-15 at various locations A savory dish, a scrumptious wine, and old and new friends alike with the setting of San Antonio as the backdrop create a scene for a culinary experience like no other. Touted as the premier wine and food experience, the San Antonio New World Wine and Food Festival has set the stage for a true celebration of 10 years.   The schedule of events features something for everyone whether your choice is to taste your way through a myriad of foods and wines in an upscale atmosphere with the Grand Tasting event or in a relaxed atmosphere with the Totally Tejas event that is Texas family fun. The chefs, wines and experience of it all play the starring role in six days of events.   The New World Wine and Food Festival starts on Tuesday, Nov. 10, with the Burgers and Beer event at BIN 555 and continues through the week with the Texas Vintner Cruise at Hotel Valencia, the Bubbles event at the Watermark Hotel, Winemaker Dinners across the city (and the addition of both a beer and Maker’s Mark dinner). Starting the weekend are the Black Tie at Omni La Mansion del Rio and the Best of Mexico at the Vault. Seminars and Winemaker Lunches fill the day on Saturday until the Grand Tasting, which takes place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The festival concludes on Sunday, Nov. 15, with brunch at Biga and the Totally Tejas event at Rio Cibolo Ranch.   The NWWFF is a nonprofit organization promoting San Antonio as a premier wine and food destination and supporting local students in culinary arts and food-related aid organizations. For more information on specific events, visit the Web site at, e-mail info@ or contact the festival at (210) 822-9555.  

Rhapsody at Blue Arts and Eats 2009

Nov. 18 at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center Blue Star Contemporary Art Center hosts the 15th annual Arts and Eats fundraiser. This year’s event includes Rhapsody at Blue, a fundraiser that is being 96 On The Town | September-October 2009

brought back to Blue Star Contemporary Art Center to celebrate the finest cuisine, arts and entertainment. The event features live music, an art sale, exclusive silent auction of unique items and vacation destinations, a fine wine and beer tasting, a celebrity VIP host committee and a festive top chef summit. By taking the best of Arts and Eats and bringing it back to a smaller audience at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, six exclusive top chefs from San Antonio will celebrate food with delicacies including caviar, Kobe beef, foie gras and other gourmet ingredients from around the world. More surprising elements will be unveiled at the new extravagance called Rhapsody at Blue Arts and Eats 2009. Blue Star Contemporary Art Center will showcase renowned gourmet dishes from top chefs including Mark Bliss of Silo Elevated Cuisine, Jason Dady of the Lodge Restaurant and BIN 555, and Damien Vatel of Bistro Vatel, among others, for 300 attendees. This year’s co-chairs include Ruth Chang Nadeau, John J. Speegle and Edward Valdespino. Limited-edition prints and original pieces by some of San Antonio’s most acclaimed artists will be available for purchase the night of the event. All proceeds will go toward Blue Star Contemporary Art Center exhibitions and ARTsmart educational programs. For more information on sponsorship and tickets, call (210) 227-6960 or visit Note: Darby Ivins, Ginger McAnear, Jane Porto Turner and Keela Young contributed to this article. Photo Credits Page 94 Chef Ken Rathbun Photo courtesy Taste of San Antonio Page 95 Chef Rock Harper Photo courtesy Signature Chefs Page 96 (Above) Chef Damien Watel Photo Courtesy NWW&FF (Below) Chef Ernie Estrada Photo Courtesy NWW&FF Page 97 Chef Jason Dady Photo Courtesy Signature Chefs September-October 2009 | On The Town 97

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New Braunfel’s 49th Annual Salute to Sausage Contributed by Wurstfest Staff Photography K. Jessie Slaten


eginning Oct. 30 and continuing through Nov. 8, the sounds of Germany will rise from the banks of the Comal River as friends and family, young and old, travel from all over the United States and abroad to Landa Park in New Braunfels to celebrate the 49th Annual Wurstfest. The 10-day unique family festival celebrates German heritage while raising funds for the community.

But it is so much more. What started in 1961 as a oneday festival honoring a local food has grown into a muchloved event that draws crowds for yearly reunions, get togethers and to make new friends while enjoying a vast variety of German music, food and entertainment. People travel from all over to hear the award-winning September-October 2009 | On The Town 99

Jimmy Sturr Orchestra, a Wurstfest tradition since 1990, as much as they do to take part in the polka and waltz contests. The Wurstfest carnival, which was added to the event several years ago, was another way organizers have crafted the festival into a more family-friendly celebration, and includes a Ferris wheel, giant slide and carousel. It also goes without saying that unless you have a special Oma or Opa in your family, there aren’t many places you can find a kartoffel puffer (potato pancake) or a good plate of bratwurst and sauerkraut. Plus, the adventurous types enjoy visiting Wurstfest so they can enjoy their annual fill of kartoffel krispen, knockwurst, bratwurst, wurst-ntaschen, and the like. This is the one time of the year when festival goers can don their lederhosen and dirndls (German dresses) to enjoy the full experience of Wurstfest. “Every year is exciting,” says executive director Suzanne Herbelin. “I think because the food, the music, the location, and our members and their families in costume provide an atmosphere and environment that is unmatched by any other community event. Once people enjoy the aura of Wurstfest, their fond memories keep bringing them back.” That “aura” has been described as “gemuetlichkeit” – a German word that can’t really be translated, but conveys a meaning of togetherness or being together with good friends. “The 250-plus ‘Opas’ are already planning for this year’s entertainment and events,” says Herb Skoog, director of Wurst Relations. “Returning this year, in addition to the Grammy-winning talent of the Jimmy Sturr Orchestra, are Alex Meixner, Alpenfest, The Sauerkrauts, Terry Cavanagh & The Alpine Express, Master Yodeler Kerry Christensen, The Seven Dutchmen, The Cloverleafs, Die Schlauberger and many more.” A new event this year will be sponsored by the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society. Other Wurstfest-related events will include Circle Arts Melodrama, The Wurstfest Regatta at Canyon Lake, tours and events at 100 On The Town | September-October 2009

local museums, the Tour de Gruene Bicycle Classic, Skat Tournament, Volksmarch (Walkfest) and much more. “It is my honor to invite everyone to come and celebrate sausage during the 49th Wurstfest in New Braunfels. We look forward to seeing you at Wurstfest,” says Bruce Boyer, 2009 Wurstfest president and New Braunfels mayor. The Wurstfest Association of New Braunfels is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to promote the local economy through tourism and promote and preserve the community’s rich German heritage. Proceeds from the event benefit a wide variety of projects. Thirty-five local, non-profit organizations join with the Wurstfest Association of New Braunfels to produce the 10-day celebration. Seventy-six percent of the total dollars spent on the festival grounds during the 10 days is earned by these non-profits who reinvest their earnings in community projects. The Wurstfest Association alone has contributed more than $2 million to community betterment during its 48-year history. “In keeping with economic times, admission prices will remain the same as they have for the past seven years,” Skoog says. Admission to the Wurstfest grounds will be free from 4 to 7 p.m. on opening night, Oct. 30, with opening ceremonies beginning at 5 p.m. in the Wursthalle with the “Biting of the Sausage.” After 7 p.m., admission to the festival is $8 at the gate; and children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free at all times. Group rates, advance discounts and special weekday promotions are available. For information about Wurstfest, call 830/625-9167 or 1-800-221-4369, or visit the Web site at Photo Credits Page 98 - Accordionist Alex Meixner Page 99 - Wurstfest grounds along the Comal River Page 100 - (Above) Cody Hansmann on the carousel (Below) Delicious Wurstfest sausage Page 101 - (Above) Opa Martin Allen with New Braunfels Mayor and Mrs. Bruce Boyer (Below) Hats are an invitation to join the fun. September-October 2009 | On The Town 101

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Saturdays in the Parks By Paige Ramsey-Palmer


aturdays in the Parks – I’m not talking about the Fourth of July but rather sunny Saturdays in September! For the past eight years, teams of volunteers have gathered at dawn’s light on a designated September Saturday to participate in a unique community partnership at a park or public place in Bexar County. The results are colorful, water-wise beautifications that create a lasting tribute to volunteerism. The program continues this year with two work days planned in September.

The projects are examples of public-private partnerships, using donated plants whenever possible and volunteer labor. Consequently, the projects are completed at very low or no cost to the taxpayers. Each year, Texas Public Radio takes the lead, finding out what project the Parks Department would like to have done, and the planning begins.

• Landscape designs, plants, soil, soil amendments, mulch and even irrigation systems are donated by numerous local wholesale growers and retail nurseries, SACU, Texas Public Radio, the San Antonio Water System, landscape architects, irrigation companies and other the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department and knowledgeable professionals. area volunteers donate their time and resources to beautify the city’s public areas, using native plants and xeri- • The strong backs and planting labor come from TPR and scaping techniques. SACU volunteers. 104 On The Town | September-October 2009

• Their volunteer efforts are overseen by area Master light of the planting is a butterfly-hummingbird garden and Gardeners and Master Naturalists who also volunteer a tri-level area that cascades down to the mouth of San Pedro Springs and to the gigantic city pool below. their time. • San Antonio Parks and Recreation employees commit to 2002 - Woodlawn Lake Park providing ongoing maintenance for the plantings. Woodlawn Lake was the dream of real estate developers Today, each of the park renovations is marked with a boul- in the 1880s who wanted to build West End, an exclusive der and a brass plaque, commemorating the date and residential subdivision. The creek was dammed to crename of the project. Park visitors can enjoy the beauty of ate West End Lake (Woodlawn Lake) to attract residents. Electric lights (new at the time) illuminated the lake and these public areas. an outdoor dance pavilion. Boating was popular and later there were movies and vaudeville acts. Improvements 2001 - San Pedro Springs Park San Pedro Springs Park is the second-oldest municipal park included plants, grasses and trees around the well-used in the United States, after the Boston Common. This park has Woodlawn Lake Community Center. seen many firsts – it provided a permanent watering hole from prehistoric times (about 12,000 years ago); it was part of El Camino Real (King’s Highway) for early Spanish explor- 2003 - Madison Square Park ers; and it was used as a gathering place for many genera- Madison Square Park comprises part of a Spanish land tions afterwards. Improvements included several thousand grant that was later set aside with the Upper San Antonio plants, trees and grasses, native when possible. The high- development to be a public square. It was designated as September-October 2009 | On The Town 105

such in 1847, which makes it one of the oldest facilities in the San Antonio Parks and Recreation system and was an integral part of the development of downtown San Antonio. Improvements included grasses and low-water-use plants around the central part of the park.

Comanche Lookout and Semmes Library received waterwise plants, grasses and trees in the planting project. 2006 - Brackenridge Park (Broadway Entrance) Brackenridge Park is located just below the headwaters of the San Antonio River. Another historic location, evidence of its occupation goes back at least 11,000 years. Early settlers used the water source to fill hand-dug ditches that irrigated their lands. George Brackenridge donated the 199 acres to the city to be used as a public park in 1899. Planting was done around the Broadway entrance gates, using plants and grasses that require little water.

2004 - Cortez Library Cortez Library was the first library project undertaken under this program. The facility was named for Raoul A. Cortez, a pioneer in Spanish-language radio and television programming in the United States. His family had undertaken the fundraising for a renovation of the library, which has served the South Side community since 1981. Improvements included water-wise plants and grasses, plus creating a student garden location for nearby ele- 2007 - O.P. Schnabel Park O.P. Schnabel Park is named for a San Antonio insurance mentary school students to plant and tend. man-philanthropist who was widely known for his efforts to “Keep San Antonio clean and beautiful.” He may 2005 - Comanche Lookout/Semmes Library Comanche Lookout is the fourth-highest point in Bexar have contributed to the term “litter bug” because he said, County, and Native Americans used this hill as a lookout for many times, “Be a beauty bug, not a litter bug.” The park hunting and warfare. The Camino Real, or King’s Highway, has been called “the cleanest little park in Texas.” Improveran along the base of the hill. San Antonio located a new ments included trees, plants and grasses that require very library to take advantage of the scenic views and included little water. environmentally friendly water use and natural light. Both 106 On The Town | September-October 2009

2008 - Medina River Natural Area Medina River Natural Area is a 500-acre preserve, with 6 miles of trails and native plant displays. The natural beauty of the area is stunning; hike and bike trails with varying degrees of difficulty and accessibility provide superb viewing. There is an interpretive feature that represents the El Camino Real wagon trail, the route that many settlers followed into South Texas. Improvements included mostly native plants in numerous pockets at the entrance, along the roadways into the park and around the visitors reception area.

As mentioned earlier, the cumulative effort put forth here by organizations, individuals and businesses has created a lasting tribute to volunteerism. Accolades to all involved.

2009 – SACU, Texas Public Radio and San Antonio Water System invite you to dig into history again at their ninth annual park event.

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Voelcker Park – September 26 – A National Public Lands Day event – This is a project in a new park to restore a three-acre native savannah grassland before it opens. Around 100 volunteers will be needed to plant some 50,000 plugs of grass, also beginning around 7:30 a.m. and finishing around noon. expose&Itemid=52

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For more information or to volunteer, call 210-614-8977 or 800-622-8977 if you live outside of the 210 area code.

Photo Credits: Page 104 Brackenridge Park plaque

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In The Hills:

Raising the Curtain on Community Theaters The next time you head into the Hill Country, consider topping off your visit with a night at the theater.

By Anne Keever Cannon

These nonprofit organizations rely on volunteers — men, women and children who love putting on a show. They donate hundreds of hours, and many give financial Community theaters in Comal, Kendall, Kerr and Gillespie support as well. They may not get paid, but these actors, counties offer great family entertainment at affordable stagehands, box office workers and ushers do their best prices. They range from the intimacy of the 85-seat to give their audiences performances that approach Boerne Community Theatre to the grand space of the professional standards. 834-seat Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater, host of Playhouse 2000 in Kerrville. Let’s take a quick tour of these playhouses: 108 On The Town | September-October 2009


Boerne Community Theatre ( BCT, at 809 E. Blanco Road, has been offering “quality community theater in the Hill Country” since 1991, said executive director Patty Loftis. The theater will kick off its 2009-10 season Sept. 12 with Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig. General admission is $17. Seniors, students and some others can get a discount. BCT also has memberships offering season tickets and other benefits. The organization reaches out to youths with a Teen Troupe for middle- and high school students and summer drama camps for children ages 8-14.

New Braunfels

Circle Arts Theatre ( “Professionalism isn’t a category of payment, but an attitude of endeavor,” said assistant executive director Roberta Elliott. The 120seat playhouse mounts four major productions each season. The group also does a melodrama during New Braunfels’ Wurstfest in the fall. Circle Arts has two youth programs. Circle Arts Kids offers classes for children in second through eighth grades. Middle- and high school students of the Inner Circle take their shows to area schools. September-October 2009 | On The Town 109

New Braunfels Theatre Company (newbraunfelstheatreco. org). This community theater is “striving to educate people in this small Texas town about theater,” said Sara Brookes, assistant executive director. The company has been producing three shows per season for seven years. Next up is A Christmas Carol, a holiday tradition. The coming season also includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in March and Godspell in June.

“We’d really love for people who are visiting Fredericksburg to add a night of theater to their weekend,” Hoover said. The organization is getting ready to expand into children’s theater this fall, he said. The new program will have two divisions, one for children in third through fifth grades and another for youths in grades 6 through 12. The students will learn the basics of acting, singing and dancing.

The organization currently mounts its shows in the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre at 290 W. San Antonio Kerr County St. Brookes said the group’s long-range plans include a Playhouse 2000 ( The biggest search for its own site. A membership drive that includes playhouse in the area, Playhouse 2000 calls the Cailloux donor levels is the first step in that direction. Theater, 910 Main St., in Kerrville, its home. The nonprofit group has been entertaining residents and visitors for 11 Fredericksburg years with at least six shows each season. Fredericksburg Theater Company (fredericksburgtheater. org). The company’s next show, Nunsense II, opens in October, “We’re here for the whole family, both on stage and said executive director Jeryl Hoover. The theater focuses on off,” said executive director Heather Cunningham. The musicals. “That’s my area of strength,” Hoover said. schedule usually includes one big musical and one children’s production. Season tickets are available for The 2009-10 season, which opened in June, is the theater’s $90, and the group has 300 season ticket holders. 13th. Shows take place at the 250-seat Steve W. Shepherd Theater on Highway 87. Tickets are $20 each, and there’s Theater lovers are also welcome to take part as volunteers. a Flex Pass system offering six tickets for $100. Many of the theater’s participants come out of local 110 On The Town | September-October 2009

recovery programs “to heal with us,” Cunningham said. The theater has a children’s group, the Playhouse Academy. Youths age 12 to 18 audition to join and “learn every aspect of theater,” she said. Point Theatre ( This company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The organization has two performance spaces at 120 Point Theatre Road South in Ingram. The outdoor theater seats 720, and the indoor auditorium has 150 seats. The open-air theater offers three shows each summer, including one “big musical,” said David Cockerell. He’s the executive director of the Hill Country Arts Foundation, which owns the Point. “We just finished Beauty and the Beast, with a cast of 57,” in late July, he said. Greater Tuna played in August. Season tickets for the summer season include a membership in the foundation, which supports both the visual and the performing arts. The indoor theater has a flexible schedule that usually includes two productions in the fall and two in the spring.


S.T.A.G.E. ( The company in the Krause House Theatre at 1300 Bulverde Road has been producing family-oriented shows for 30 years. Its next production is Fashionably Late, a comedy by Gary Ray Stapp. The show will run Oct. 8-25. S.T.A.G.E. offers tickets either for just the show or for dinner and a show. The down-home meals are cooked by volunteers and include salad, main course, dessert and beverage. The dinner hour comes first, then the curtain goes up. Tickets are available at (830) 438-2339. S.T.A.G.E also offers theater arts classes for children age 8 to 17. By the way, S.T.A.G.E. stands for Spotlight Theatre and Arts Group Etc. Inc. Photo Credits: Page 108 Beauty & The Beast Photo courtesy Point Theatre Page 109 Crossroads Photo courtesy Boerne Community Theatre

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