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September/October 2012

Fall Stages Jeff Foresman Signature Chefs Dinosaur Stampede Estampas de la Raza Cappy & Suzy Lawton Mummies of the World Plus 8 Additional Articles September-October 2012 | On The Town 1


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Features Fall Sizzles With Sensational Entertainment

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Lang Lang, Lang-Lessing, Brahms and More 14 San Antonio Symphony Season Brims With Highlights

Overtime Theater Gets a New Start With New Leaders, Company Moves to a New Home

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March of Dimes 24th Annual Signature Chefs 74 Auction® Brings Together San Antonio’s Top Chefs

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Fall in Love with Art!

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Second Saturday Art & Wine in Boerne A Bonafide Arts Destination

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Estampas de la Raza Sheds Light on Country’s Latino Experience

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Mummies of the World Hit Texas

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2012 Showcase Dinner with Chef Jon Bonell Taking Texas Cuisine to New Heights

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Cappy’s and La Fonda on Main Reach Milestones Cappy and Suzy Lawton Have Reasons to Celebrate!

Spotlight Shines on Chef Jeff Foresman of Zocca

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San Antonio Cellar Classic Returns Bigger and Better for Year Two

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Dinosaurs Loose in the Garden Lost World Studios Exhibit Returns to the San Antonio Botanical Garden

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Junior League of San Antonio’s 94 Holiday Ole Market A Tradition of Shopping and Fun to Help the Community

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September-October 2012 Events Calendar

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Book Talk: David Liss, Novelist

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Out and About with Greg Harrison

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ndoubtedly, fall is my favorite time of the year because the weather cools as the entertainment scene heats up. What could be better? Things in and around San Antonio are going to be extremely exciting over the next few months. Proof begins with the appearance of superstar pianist Lang Lang on Oct. 16 at the Majestic, presented in recital by the San Antonio Symphony. The symphony actually gets its season underway prior to this on Oct. 5-6 when guest conductor Ramon Tebar leads the orchestra in a program titled Rach 3 with pianist Katherine Chi performing Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Music director Sebastian Lang-Lessing returns to the podium for Symphonie Fantastique on Oct. 19-20 featuring violinist Baiba Skride. Keeping it classical for the moment, Musical Bridges Around The World enters its 15th season with Fusions of the Worlds at McAllister Auditorium on the campus of San Antonio College. This Sunday afternoon performance on Oct. 7 brings together Cristina Pato on bagpipes, Victor Prieto on accordion, Kathryn Lockwood on viola and Yousif Sheronick on eastern percussions for a trip around the musical world.

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Musical Bridges also offers Judy and Jefferson Crabb Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral. They are free and open to the public. First up is Romantic Piano on Sept. 23 with Oleg Polanski. Of historic significance is the inaugural concert by Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio. Guest conductor Carlos Izcaray has been selected to lead the orchestra through five centuries of music, six composers and seven artistic movements all in one celebratory evening in what is being called The Perennial Contest. The performance takes place at Pearl Stable on Oct. 26. Be there and be a part of history. Additional classical opportunities of note are available to you when Camerata San Antonio begins its season with a program of French Masters in Kerrville, Boerne and San Antonio from Sept. 2730. Following this, Tuesday Musical Club presents violinist Philippe Quint on Oct. 9 at Laurel Heights United Methodist, and San Antonio Chamber Music Society begins its 70th season by bringing Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, with pianist James Dick, to the city for a performance at Temple Beth-El on Oct. 14.


There’s more for the classical music aficionados. Mid-Texas Symphony, under the direction of David Mairs, kicks off the new season with Rach Three on Sept. 9 at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin. The performance features Alexander Kobrin, 2005 Cliburn Gold Medal Winner. A program of Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, appropriately dubbed The Russians Are Coming, is next for the orchestra on Oct. 21 at the Brauntex Theatre in New Braunfels. Up the road a bit in Kerrville, Symphony of the Hills performs Bach to Rock at the Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater under the baton of Dr. Jay Dunnahoo on Oct. 4. Violinist Long Zhou is featured. Also at the Cailloux, Mary C. Rohe Classical Music Series brings pianist Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa of Southwestern University to the stage on Sept. 9, accompanied by members of the university’s music faculty.

Coker on Sept. 30 at Coker United Methodist in San Antonio. Looking forward to early November, worldfamous violinist Joshua Bell comes to the Scottish Rite Auditorium for a concert on the eighth day of that month for Texas Performing Arts Society. In other genres of music, the big house on Houston Street leads the way with performances by the iconic Tony Bennett, ZZ Top, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs and Olivia Newton- John. The ultimate Beatles look-alike-sound-alike-band, 1964: The Tribute, also plays the Majestic in the coming days. Check the events calendar in this issue for details.

If country music is your pleasure, peruse the events calendar for performances by Clint Black, Asleep at the Wheel, Willie Nelson, Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan, Tracy Lawrence, Pat Green, Dwight Yoakam, Rounding out the classical discussion are Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band, Reckless Fredericksburg Music Club’s performances by pianist Kelly, Roger Creager, Two Tons of Steel, the Almost Yakov Kasman on Sept. 16 and flutist Marianne Patsy Cline Band and more. Many great evenings Gedigian on Oct. 21 at Fredericksburg United are on tap at history-rich C&W venues like John T. Methodist and the appearance of soprano Laura Floore Country Store, Gruene Hall and Luckenbach Claycomb with pianist Keith Weber for the Arts at Dancehall, to name a few.

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I would like to single out a few more musical performances that I know will be super, starting with the legendary Rita Moreno. Enjoy dinner with Rita and her performance of My Life with Words & Music, on Sept. 22 at Marriott Rivercenter, presented by Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Esperanza Spalding follows on October 13 at Lila Cockrell for Carver Community Cultural Center’s Cavalcade of Stars. Also of particular interest to me are a couple of out-of-towners: Rocky Mountain High – A Tribute to John Denver at the Cailloux in Kerrville on Sept. 22 and The International Tenors at the Brauntex in downtown New Braunfels on Oct. 27. Catch them if you can. Catch Me If You Can rolls into town as the first musical in the Cadillac Broadway in San Antonio at the Majestic Theatre series. See this one from October 23-28. Others in the 2012-13 season offering include Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, The Addams Family and Flashdance.

9 to 5 at the Woodlawn, Legends of Las Vegas at Harlequin Dinner Theatre, A Hitman’s Guide to Surviving Life at The Overtime, The 09ers: 4 Real-Real at Rose Theater Company, The Odd Couple at Circle Arts in New Braunfels, Dearly Beloved at Boerne Community Theatre and Crimes of the Heart by Playhouse 2000 in Kerrville. October brings Greater Tuna to The Playhouse San Antonio, The 39 Steps to The Vex, Interruptions to S.T.A.G.E in Bulverde, The Rocky Horror Show to the Woodlawn, Wait until Dark to Fredericksburg Theater Company and The Mousetrap to Playhouse 2000. There’s so much to see.

Opera and dance complete this writing. Don Pasquale from Opera Piccola of San Antonio can be seen at the Josephine Theatre with performances Oct. 8-9, 13 and 15-16. On the big screen, see live performances from The Metropolitan Opera of L’Elisir d’Amore on Oct. 13 and Othello on Oct. 27. Cielo Vista 18, Huebner 14 and McCreeles Cinema At community theaters, September highlights carry these broadcasts. Santikos Opera Series include August: Osage County at the Sheldon Vexler, offers Katia Kabanova on Sept. 19 and La Fille du

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Regiment on Oct. 24. Both are at Bijou Cinema Bistro. Viva Mi Cultura, featuring Guadalupe Dance Company, leads off the dance category with a performance on Oct. 4 at the Guadalupe Theatre. Arts San Antonio is next with Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. Don’t miss this colorful presentation at Lila Cockrell for two performances Oct. 20-21. Ballet San Antonio concludes my story with Dracula from Oct. 26-28, also at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. I almost forgot, The Shaolin Warriors, the Kung Fu masters of China, take center stage at the Majestic on Oct. 30. Wow. There is so much to see in San Antonio and the surrounding area.

Get some tickets and go!

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Esperanza Spalding Photo by Johann Sauty Lyle Lovett Courtesy Majestic Theatre

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Catch Me If You Can National Tour Courtesy of Troika

Vince Gill Photo by Kevin Winter

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Carlos Izcaray Courtesy carlosizcaray.com

Joshua Bell Photo by Bill Phelps Olivia Newton-John Courtesy Majestic Theatre Ballet San Antonio’s Dracula Ian Morris and Sarah Aujon Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico Courtesy Arts San Antonio Philippe Quint Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Tony Bennett Courtesy Majestic Theatre

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Lang Lang, Lang-Lessing, Brahms and More! San Antonio Symphony Season Brims With Highlights By Jack Fishman

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he San Antonio Symphony’s 2012-13 season begins in October, with one of the most exciting guest artists appearing very near the beginning of the season. On Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, superstar pianist Lang Lang returns to San Antonio in a solo piano recital. As the symphony did in his last appearance in 2010, the image of his hands will be projected on a screen high over the piano during the concert, so you’ll see his dazzling technique from every seat in the Majestic Theatre. Lang Lang will play Mozart Piano Sonatas Nos. 4, 5 and 8 and all four Chopin Ballades.

January and early February. The symphony will partner with KLRN-TV to produce a Brahms Festival show that will air in January.

One of the differences from the highly successful Beethoven Festival this past season is the introduction of three wonderful guest artists. The symphony will be joined by pianist Kirill Gerstein, violinist Vadim Gluzman and cellist Jian Wang. Gerstein is an unusual superstar pianist, in that he started as a jazz artist! In 2010 he won the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, and also in 2010 he was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Gerstein and Gluzman also will join other Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music symphony musicians in chamber music presented by planet” by The New York Times, Lang Lang has played Camerata San Antonio. The symphony is inviting back sold-out recitals and concerts in every major city in the guest concertmaster Jun-Yi Ma from the Beethoven world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by Festival to perform in the Brahms Festival. the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras. Another new festival feature will be two DISCOVER concerts. Both will be on Sunday afternoons in the The Classics series will feature music director Sebastian Majestic Theatre and will feature just one Brahms Lang-Lessing’s third festival. This time it’s a Brahms Symphony for each concert. The concerts will last Festival in February. The Brahms Festival will utilize the about 70 minutes without an intermission. For the same format as the Tchaikovsky Festival did in Maestro first part of the concert, Lang-Lessing will talk about Lang-Lessing’s first season — four subscription the symphony, and the orchestra will play excerpts concerts in just 10 days. The symphony will perform demonstrating various highlights. Video projections all four Brahms symphonies, both piano concertos, of close-ups of the musicians will be projected over the violin concerto and the double concerto for violin the orchestra. The DISCOVER concert concludes with and cello. A wide variety of artistic partners also will be a complete performance of the symphony. The level of producing Brahms Festival recitals and concerts in late presentation will be detailed and designed for adults September-October 2012 | On The Town 15


who want to experience the music with a deeper level tribute to the music of Paul McCartney. of understanding. Continuing its holiday tradition, on Thanksgiving 2013 will mark big anniversaries for Verdi and Wagner. weekend and the first weekend in December, the That means one of the highlights of the season will symphony will partner with Ballet San Antonio for be the great Verdi Requiem with the San Antonio eight performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Symphony Mastersingers and four fabulous solo singers. For Wagner, there will be an orchestra-only For more information, visit sasymphony.org. version of highlights from Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Other highlights include Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Mozart’s Jupiter symphony and Mahler’s towering Symphony No. 3. Photo Credits: One of the greatest American symphonies will be featured in January: Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2, led Page 14 by guest conductor Karen Kamensek. Perhaps the most popular concerto of the season will be Vivaldi’s The Four Lang Lang Seasons played by violinist Cho-Liang Lin in March. The Photo by Detlef Schneider 2012-13 season also will include a new series: a Baroque Courtesy San Antonio Symphony Series of three concerts at the San Fernando Cathedral on Sunday evenings, conducted by assistant conductor Page 16 (L-R) Akiko Fujimoto. Several symphony musicians will be featured as soloists in the Baroque Series. Cho-Liang Lin Photo by J. Henry Fair The Symphony POPS will feature some great Courtesty San Antonio Symphony conductors. Akiko Fujimoto will lead the Holiday Pops and the Fiesta Pops. Steven Reineke, who is the Sebastian Lang-Lessing Principal Pops of the National Symphony and the New Photo by Marks Moore York Pops, will kick off the season with two Broadway Courtesy San Antonio Symphony stars from Wicked. Carl Topilow from the Cleveland Pops will offer a movie-themed concert, and Michael Karen Gomyo Krajewski will be back to salute the sounds of Simon Photo by Gabrielle Revere and Garfunkel. The final concert will be Tony Kishman’s Courtesy karengomyo.com

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Overtime Theater Gets a New Start With New Leaders, the Company Moves to a New Home, Grows Story and Photos by Jasmina Wellinghoff 20 On The Town | September-October 2012


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o far, 2012 has been a year of change for the Over time Theater. Forced to move out of the Blue Star Complex due to remodeling plans, the young thespian company turned necessity into an oppor tunity to expand and give itself a fresh new star t. The search for a new home was long and hard but in July we visited the Overtime’s new premises just as the group was getting ready to open its first show there, Gregg Barrios’ I-DJ. For new artistic director Kyle Gillette the scouting for potential venues served as an introduction to the job. “I now know more about real estate than I ever wanted to know,” he quipped while giving us a tour. “ We needed three things: a place we could afford, a cool location, and a space that can be adapted into two theaters.” They found all three at 1203 Camden St. in a 4,400 square -foot building that previously housed a medical supply firm. It ’s only a shor t distance from the Pearl Brewer y, with ample parking available in an adjacent lot. By mid-July, the two theaters were already in place, with raked seating in the larger, 65-seat auditorium named after Barrios who donated $7,500 for the relocation and renovation of the building. There’s also a nice size lobby- galler y that will be showing works by local ar tists, a dressing/ storage room and a studio for actor Andrew Thornton’s acting classes. The latter can also ser ve as a second box office when two shows are playing simultaneously.

Like all staff and board members, Gillette is a volunteer who currently spends 30-40 hours a week at the theater that ’s named Over time for a reason. It ’s a labor of love for people who make a living elsewhere. Gillette’s job is to hire directors, super vise the ar tistic side of the operation and choose the programming for the season, though he hasn’t yet had the chance to do so because the season was already in place when he came on board. In addition, the ar tistic director has to read and evaluate new scripts that the Over time solicits from local and other Texas playwrights. Here, too, he looks for innovative but “accessible” material that has something to say about the world we live in from a specific point of view. “ Theater is a lab for exploring what it is to be human and it ’s wonder ful for all of us to have this laborator y,” he noted. His wife, Rachel Joseph, who lends a hand as literar y manager, helps with the selection. This fall, Gillette will personally direct Rick Stemm’s Open Sesame! A Bollywood Pantomime, a musical that he describes as a retelling of Ali Baba and the For ty Thieves in the English pantomime tradition combined with Indian Bollywood sensibilities. ( The action takes place in India) The original score is composed by Jaime Ramirez and Marcus Rubio. For the holidays, the company will present To Hell and Back, the 4th installment of playwright and technical director Scott McDowell’s popular Stage Noir series.

Gillette is not the only new face at the top. Michael Burger is the new executive director, videographer Brian Ortiz has been named social “Altogether, it ’s 30 percent bigger than our old media director and Belinda Harolds has taken the space. We couldn’t be happier,” said Gillette. newly established job of communication director. Harlequin Dinner Theater ’s longtime stalwart An assistant professor of theater at Trinity, William Chris Champlin runs the box office. Gillette assumed the leadership of the Over time last December after James Har tz stepped down For a company that largely depended on ticket to pursue other interests. What attracted him was sales in the past, a new horizon has opened the theater ’s mission to produce only original up recently with the ability to apply for grants work or “unconventional adaptations” of classics. as a legit non-profit, said Burger. Effor ts are “I believe in what they are doing,” he explained. under way to get suppor t from the city and “It ’s been my dream to tr y more provocative and par tner with other organizations and businesses experimental things. I admire the other ar tists in mutually beneficial ways. Burger has also involved and I enjoyed the experience I had last floated the idea of a “theater gold card” that summer when I directed Ugly People here. It just would give the card buyer the oppor tunity to has an exciting atmosphere!” sample thespian offerings from all San Antonio September-October 2012 | On The Town 21


playhouses, including the Over time. Meanwhile, the larger facility should make it easier to expand both audiences and revenue. The smaller, 45-seat theater, nicknamed Little OT, will be used for cabaret performances and will also host regular Friday night late shows by a group called the Aesthetic of Waste. Its current offering We Stole This bills itself as “ Thirty plays in an hour,” and Burger describes it as “rapid-fire sketch comedy,” with some serious segments. In addition, Little OT will be periodically rented by the recently formed Proxy Theater for its own shows. Back on the artistic front, Gillette is cooking up more changes. He would like to start a longerrange incubator program to develop promising ideas into plays, as well as “devise not-text-based per formances,” which would depend on a collage of elements and media to convey their content. In a world where most playhouses here and elsewhere shy away from new and untried scripts, the Over time’s modest but solid success proves that staking one’s sur vival on original and fresh fare may be risky but it can also open up new possibilities. “It ’s risky but it ’s awesome,” gushed Gillette. “ True, we can’t rely on people having heard of our plays but we have the oppor tunity to create new works that go on to have a life of their own. For instance, Ugly People has been per formed in Dallas and even in Berlin. The Happy Couple was done in Austin. We offer something unique. It takes a bit of a gambler mentality to do that but it ’s wor th it.” For more information about upcoming shows go to www.theover timetheater.org

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September-October 2012 Events Calendar Music Notes Dia de los Toadies Presented by Dos Equis 9/1, Sat @ 2pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels Corey Smith 9/1, Sat @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys of San Antonio TJ Smith 9/1, Sat @ 7pm Fredericksburg Theater Company Steve W. Shepherd Theater Clint Taft and The Buck Wild Band 9/1, Sat @ 8:15pm Leon Springs Dance Hall Nick Lawrence Band 9/1, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Jason Boland & The Stragglers 9/1, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dancehall

Buckshot 9/1, Sat @ 9pm Twin Sisters Dancehall People En Espanol Festival Presented by Target 9/1-2, Sat-Sun @ 6:30pm Alamodome Charlie Robison 9/1-2, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Gruene Hall Rockbox Theater Fredericksburg 9/1-10/28, Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 4:30 & 8pm, Sun @ 2pm KJ-97 Twango Tango 2012 Colt Ford, Tyler Farr Florida State Line 9/2, Sun @ 7pm Blue Bonnett Palace Randy Rogers Band 9/2, Sun @ 7:30pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels Micky & The Motorcars 9/2, Sun @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall

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Lyle Lovett and His Large Band 9/3, Mon @ 7:30pm Majestic Theatre Thomas Rhett 9/7, Fri @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys of San Antonio Kick-A-Boot Band 9/7, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Almost Patsy Cline Band 9/7, Fri @ 8:15pm Leon Springs Dancehall Johnny Lee & The Urban Cowboy Band 9/7, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Tracy Lawrence 9/8, Sat @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys of San Antonio Landon Dodd and the Dancehall Drifters 9/8, Sat @ 8pm Kendalia Halle

Weldon Henson 9/8, Sat @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Gigante Tour: Marc Anthony,Chayanne and Marco A. Solis 9/8, Sat @ 8pm AT&T Center Roger Creager & Aaron Watson 9/8, Sat @ 8pm John T. Floore Country Store Tony Harrison Band 9/8, Sat @ 8:15pm Leon Springs Dancehall Micky & The Motorcars 9/8, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Cory Morrow 9/8, Sat @ 9pm Texas Music Theater San Marcos Mary C. Rohe Classical Music Series Kyoshi Tamagawa, piano 9/9, Sun @ 3pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville


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Mid-Texas Symphony Rach Three! 9/9, Sun @ 4pm Alexander Kobrin, piano David Mairs, conductor Jackson Auditorium Seguin Sunday Jazz at the Witte John Migaldi & Primetime Jazz Orchestra 9/9, Sun @ 4pm Witte Museum Paul Oakenfold 9/9, Sun @ 8pm Cowboys of San Antonio Tony Bennett 9/13, Thu @ 8pm Majestic Theatre pARTy at SAMA David Villanueva & DV Jazz 9/14, Fri @ 6pm San Antonio Musuem of Art Jason Cassidy 9/14, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Bring Your Friends! Sorne, Sphynx, Kabomba Henry & The Invisibles 9/14, Fri @ 8:30pm Texas Music Theater San Marcos Josh Abbott Band 9/14, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store

Rick Springfield 9/15, Sat @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys of San Antonio Jerrod Neimann 9/15, Sat @ 8pm Blue Bonnett Palace Grupo Fantasma 9/15, Sat @ 8pm ATT Center Vince Gill 9/15, Sat @ 8pm Majestic Theater Jody Nix 9/15, Sat @ 8pm Anhalt Hall

Fredericksburg Music Club Yakov Kasman, piano 9/16, Sun @ 3pm Fredericksburg United Methodist Train with Mat Kearney 9/16, Sun @ 7:30pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels Olmos Ensemble Three New Musical Stars 9/17, Mon @ 7:30pm Martha Long, flute Mark Ackerman, oboe Jennifer Berg, English horn Ilya Shterneberg, clarinet Daniel Anastasio, piano First Unitarian Universalist

Jamie Richards 9/15, Sat @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall

Hillsong Live: Cornerstone Tour 9/21, Fri @ 7pm Freeman Coliseum

Huey Mack 9/15, Sat @ 8pm Texas Music Theater San Marcos

Josh Thompson 9/21, Fri @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys of San Antonio

Billy Mata & Texas Tradition 9/15, Sat @ 8pm Leon Springs Dancehall

Melodyfest 2012 9/21, Fri @ 7:30pm AT&T Center

Los Lonely Boys 9/15, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Blackberry Smoke 9/15, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store

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Beverly Crawford 9/21, Fri @ 8pm Laurie Auditorium @ Trinity University Wade Bowen & Bleu Edmondson 9/21, Fri @ 8pm John T. Floore Country Store

Josh Peek 9/21, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Mario Flores & The Soda Creek Band 9/21, Fri @ 8:15pm Leon Springs Dancehall Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Presents Dinner with Rita Moreno: My Life with Words & Music 9/22, Fri @ 6pm Marriott Rivercenter Lee Cadena Live in Concert 9/22, Sat @ 7pm Little Carver Theatre Rocky Mountain High: A Tribute to the Music of John Denver 9/22, Sat @ 7:30pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville “1964”…The Tribute: the #1 Beatles Show 9/22, Sat @ 8pm Majestic Theatre Cedarsqueezers 9/22, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Bob Schneider 9/22, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall John Wall Band 9/22, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dancehall


Jazz’SALive 9/22-23, Sat-Sun @ 12pm Travis Park – Downtown Musical Bridges Around The World Romantic Piano 9/23, Sun @ 6:30pm Oleg Polanski, piano Judy and Jefferson Crabb Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral The Cloverleaf Quintet Sacred Harmonies: Music for the Soul 9/23, Sun @ 3pm Chapel of the Incarnate Word John Prine with Special Guest Alejandro Escovedo 9/24, Mon @ 8pm Lila Cockrell Theater Camerata San Antonio French Masters Anastasia Storer, Matthew Zerweck, violin Emily Freudigman, viola Kenneth Freudigman, cello Vivienne Spy, piano 9/27, Thu @ 7:30pm Kerrville First Presbyterian 9/28, Fri @ 7:30pm Boerne First Methodist 9/30, Sun @ 3pm Christ Episcopal Church San Antonio Reckless Kelly 9/27-28, Thu-Fri @ 8pm Gruene Hall

Robb Baird 9/28, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Bordertown Bootleggers 9/28, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Henry Brun In Live! Presented by The Culinary Institute of America 9/29, Sat @ 4pm Pearl Park An Evening of Spiritual Harmony 9/29, Sat @ 5:30pm Northside Church of Christ Red Hot Chili Peppers 9/29, Sat @ 7:30pm AT&T Center Blue October: A Quiet Mind Tour 9/29, Sat @ 8pm Texas Music Theater San Marcos Jake Hooker & The Outsiders 9/29, Sat @ 8pm Kendalia Halle Radney Foster 9/29, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall The Arts at Coker Laura Claycomb, soprano Keith Weber, piano 9/30, Sun @ 3pm Coker United Methodist September-October 2012 | On The Town 29


Symphony of the Hills Bach to Rock Long Zhou, violin Dr. Jay Dunnahoo, conductor 10/4, Thu @ 7:30pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville Clint Black 10/4, Thu @ 8pm Gruene Hall Almost Patsy Cline Band 10/5, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Pat Green 10/5, Fri @ 8pm Gruene Hall The Gourds 10/5, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store San Antonio Symphony Rach 3 10/5-6, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Katherine Chi, piano SA Symphony Mastersingers Ramon Tebar, conductor Majestic Theatre Asleep at the Wheel 10/6, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Brandon Rhyder 10/6, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store

Chris Wall Band 10/6, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dancehall

Almost Patsy Cline Band 10/12, Fri @ 8:15pm Leon Springs Dancehall

Musical Bridges Around The World Fusion of the Worlds 10/7, Sun @ 3pm Cristina Pato, bagpipes Kathryn Lockwood, viola Yousif Sheronick, percussion McAllister Auditorium San Antonio College

Rocky King Band 10/13, Sat @ 8pm Kendalia Halle

Year of Jazz: KRTU’s Grand Finale Concert 10/7, 4pm Trinity University 99.5 Kiss Fall Fest featuring Three Days Grace 10/7, Sun @ 4:25pm Sunken Gardens Theater Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder 10/7, Sun @ 7pm Majestic Theatre Tuesday Musical Club Philippe Quint, violin 10/9, Tue @ 2pm Laurel Heights United Methodist Willie Nelson & Family 10/11, Thu @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Bordertown Bootleggers 10/12, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall

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Jay Eric & Blieder’s Creek 10/13, Sat @ 8:15pm Leon Springs Dancehall Esperanza Spalding Carver Community Cultural Center 2012 Cavalcade of the Stars 10/13, Sat @ 8:30pm Lila Cockrell Theater Mingo Fishtrap 10/13, Sat @ 8:30pm Texas Music Theater San Marcos Bob Schneider’s Texas Blue Grass Massacre 10/13, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dancehall Dwight Yoakam 10/13, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Two Tons of Steel 10/13, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall San Antonio Chamber Music Society Orchestra Kremlin with Pianist James Dick 10/14, Sun @ 3:15pm Temple Beth-El

San Antonio Symphony Presents Lang Lang in Recital 10/16, Tue @ 7:30pm Majestic Theatre Voci di Sorelle Travelin’ On: American Hymns & Spirituals 10/16, 23 & 30, Tue @ 6:30pm American Gallery at San Antonio Museum of Art Chris Young 10/19, Fri @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys of San Antonio San Antonio Chamber Choir Blessings, Prayers and Snakes: The Chorale Music of Andrew Rindfleisch 10/19, Fri @ 8pm Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church Jason Cassidy 10/19, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Mario Flores & The Soda Creek Band 10/19, Fri @ 8:15pm Leon Springs Dancehall San Antonio Symphony Symphonie Fantastique 10/19-20, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Baiba Skride, violin Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Majestic Theatre


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Brantley Gilbert 10/20, Sat @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys of San Antonio

Josh Peek 10/26, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall

Fredericksburg Music Club Marianne Gedigian, flute 10/21, Sun @ 3pm Fredericksburg United Methodist

Aaron Watson 10/26, Fri @ 8pm Gruene Hall

Alamo Metro Chorus of Sweet Adelienes Go The Distance 10/21, Sun @ 3pm McArthur HS Auditorium Mid-Texas Symphony The Russians are Coming 10/21, Sun @ 4pm David Mairs, conductor Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels Oktoberfest 2012 Tommy Hooker Band 10/21, Sun @ 6pm Anhalt Hall ZZ Top 10/21, Sun @ 7:30pm Majestic Theatre Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan Presented by State Farm 10/25, Thu @ 7:30pm AT&T Center Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio The Perennial Contest Inaugural Concert 10/26, Fri @ 7:30pm Carlos Izcaray, conductor Pearl Stable

The Countrymen 10/26, Fri @ 8:15pm Leon Springs Dancehall International Tenors 10/27, Sat @ 7:30pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels Vicente Fernandes 10/27, Sat @ 8pm AT&T Center Darrell McCall 10/27, Sat @ 8pm Kendalia Halle Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band 10/27, Sat @ 8pm Jo Long Theatre at The Carver Larry Joe Taylor with Tejas Bros. 10/27, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dancehall San Antonio Symphony Halloween Spooktacular 10/28, Sun @ 2:30pm Laurie Auditorium @ Trinity University

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Sunday Jazz at the Witte Ken Slavin 10/28, Sun @ 3pm Witte Museum Music from St. Mark’s Choral Evensong 10/28, Sun @ 4pm Parker Chapel @ Trinity University

On Stage What’s Up With the Revolution, Dude? 9/1, Sat @ 7pm Josephine Theatre Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 9/1, Sat @ 7:30pm Jo Long Theatre @ The Carver Cameo Theatre – Zumbro Lounge An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein 9/1, Sat @ 8pm

Sheldon Vexler Theatre August: Osage County 9/1, 8 & 15, Sat @ 8pm 9/2 & 16, Sun @ 2:30pm 9/9, Sun @ 7:30pm 9/6 & 13, Thu @ 8pm Barshop JCC Woodlawn Theatre 9 to 5 9/1-16, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 3pm Harlequin Dinner Theatre Legends of Las Vegas 9/1-29, Thu-Sat @ 8pm (Dinner @ 6:15pm) Centennial Celebration 9/6, Thu @ 6:30pm The Playhouse San Antonio Playhouse 2000 Crimes of the Heart 9/7-22, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun (9/16 only) @ 2pm VK Garage Theater Kerrville Rose Theater Company The 09ers: 4 Real-Real 9/7-29, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm

Attic Rep: In Residence at Trinity University Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 9/1, Sat @ 8pm

The Ballad of Emmett Till 9/13, Thu @ 6:30pm 9/16, Sun @ 3pm Leeper Auditorium @ McNay Art Museum

The Overtime Theater A Hitman’s Guide to Surviving Life 9/1-8, Thu-Sat @ 8pm

Circle Arts Theatre New Braunfels The Odd Couple 9/13-10/7, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm


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Boerne Community Theatre Dearly Beloved 9/14-29, Thu @ 7:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 2:30pm Jump-Start Performance Co. CARPA! A New Play by Billy Munoz 9/14-29, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sterling Houston Theatre @ Blue Star Theatre ASAP Presented by San Antonio Theatre Coalition 9/22, Sat @ 8pm Woodlawn Theatre Trinity University Department of Theatre A Bright Room Called Day 9/28-10/6, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm Wed & Thu @ 7pm Stieren Theatre UIW Theatre Department The Last 5 Years 9/28-10/13, Fri-Sat @ 8pm 10/5-6, Fri-Sat @ 10/14, Sun @ 2pm Coates Theatre Hill Country Arts Foundation Collective Dating 9/28-10/20, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun (9/30 only) @ 2pm Elizabeth Huth Coates Theatre Ingram

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San Antonio College Fine Arts Our Town 10/4-14, Thu-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2:30pm McCreless Theatre Woodlawn Theatre Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show 10/4, 11, 18 & 25, Thu @ 8pm 10/5, Fri @ 7:30pm & 10:45pm 10/12, 19 & 26, Fri @ 10pm 10/13, 20 & 27, Sat @ 10pm (No Show on 10/6) The Playhouse San Antonio Greater Tuna 10/5-28, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm Russell Hill Rogers Theater S.T.A.G.E – Bulverde Interruptions 10/11-28, Thu-Sat @ 8pm (Dinner optional @ 6:30pm) Sun @ 4pm on 10/14 Sun @ 2:30pm on 10/21 & 28 (Lunch optional @ 1pm on the last two Sundays) Kraus Haus Fredericksburg Theater Company Wait Until Dark 10/12-28, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 2pm Steve W. Shepherd Theater


Rose Theater Company Dark Side of the Rainbow 10/12-11/3, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sheldon Vexler Theatre The 39 Steps 10/18-11/11, Thu & Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm (No shows on Friday or on Sun, 11/10) Barshop JCC Playhouse 2000 The Mousetrap 10/19-11/3, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun (10/28 only) @ 2pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville Cadillac Broadway in San Antonio Catch Me If You Can 10/23-28, Tue-Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Sun @ 2pm & 7:30pm Majestic Theatre The Playhouse San Antonio November 10/26-11/18, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm Cellar Theater Arts San Antonio The Shaolin Warriors 10/30, Tue @ 7:30pm Majestic Theatre

Opera Opera Piccola of San Antonio Don Pasquale 9/8-9, & 9/15-16, Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2pm 9/13, Thu @ 7:30pm Josephine Theatre Opera Piccola of San Antonio / Texas Hill Country Opera and Arts Opera on the Ranch 10/6, Sat @ 6:30pm The Knibbe Ranch Spring Branch UTSA Lyric Theatre H.M.S. Pinafore 10/12 & 19, Fri @ 7:30pm 10/14 & 21, Sun @ 3pm Buena Vista Theatre UTSA Downtown Campus The Metropolitan Opera Series Live On Screen: L’Elisir d’Amore 10/13, Sat @ 11:55am Cielo Vista 18, Huebner 14 & McCreeles Cinema Othello 10/27, Sat @ 11:55am Cielo Vista 18, Huebner 14 & McCreeles Cinema September-October March-April 2011 2012 | On The Town 35


Santikos Opera Series: Katia Kabanova 9/19, Wed @ 7pm Bijou Cinema Bistro La Fille du Regiment 10/24, Wed @ 7pm Bijou Cinema Bistro

Dance Gudalupe Culural Arts Center Viva Mi Cultura featuring the Guadalupe Dance Company 10/4, Thu @ 6:30pm Guadalupe Theatre Arts San Antonio Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez 10/20-21, Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2pm Lila Cockrell Theater Ballet San Antonio Dracula 10/26-28, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2:30pm Lila Cockrell Theatre

Children’s The Magik Theater Disney’s Aladdin 9/1, Sat @ 7pm 9/5, Wed @ 10:30am 9/7-22, Tues-Thu @ 9:45am & 11:30am, Fri @ 9:45am, 11:30am & 7pm Sat @ 2pm

Palace Theatre-Seguin Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland 9/14-15 & 9/21-22, Fri-Sat @ 7pm 9/16 & 23, Sun @ 2:30pm 9/18 & 20, Tue & Thu @ 9:30am & 12pm Children’s Fine Arts Series The Man Who Planted Trees by State Puppet Theater of Scotland 10/4, Thu @ 9:45am, 11:45am & 6:30pm Charline McCombes Empire Theatre The Magik Theater The Kid Who Ran for President 10/5-11/3, Tues-Thu @ 9:45am & 11:30am, Fri @ 9:45am, 11:30am & 7pm Sat @ 2pm Theatre Tots Children’s Theatre Hansel and Gretel 10/10-26, Wed-Thu @ 10am Rose Theatre

Comedy Cleto Rodriguez Comedy Fiesta 9/1-2, Sat @ 4pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm & 11:55pm Sun @ 5:30pm & 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

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Chris Mata 9/1-2, Sat-Sun @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Nick Griffin 9/5-9, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Skip Clark 9/5-9, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club

Glenn Beck 9/20, Thu @ 7pm Majestic Theatre Robert Kelly 9/20-23, Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Lewis Black 9/21, Fri @ 8pm Majestic Theatre Slade Ham 9/26, Wed @ 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Mike Britt 9/12-16, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Nate Bargatze 9/26-30, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club

Pat DeGuire 9/12-16, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club

Ali Wong 9/27-30, Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

David Beck 9/19, Wed @ 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Juan Villareal 9/19-23, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club

Kyle Grooms 10/3-7, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Mitch Fatel 10/4-7, Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club


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Veronica Mosey 10/10-14, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Paul Bond 10/10-14, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Steve Burr 10/17-21, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Chris Strait 10/17-21, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Gary Delena 10/24-28, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

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On Exhibit ARTPACE Hudson (Show) Room: New Works Now Alex de Leon, Katrina Moorhead, Katie Pell, Juan Miguel Ramos, Lordy Rodriguez Thru 9/9 Window Works Thomas Cummins Thru 9/9 International ArtistIn-Resident New Works: 12.2 Leslie Hewitt Jacco Olivier Mike Osborne Sarah Lewis, curator Thru 9/23 Hudson (Show) Room: The Dikeou Collection 9/20-12/30 Window Works Mas Rudas 9/20-12/30

Sonya White 10/24-28, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club

BIHL HAUS ARTS

Pete Lee 10/31, Wed @ 8:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club

BLUE STAR CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER

Bodies and Babies By Kari Roberts-Sackmann Thru 9/8


San Antonio Painters II Bryson Brooks, Ana Fernndez, Megan Harrison, Chris Sauter, Corbin Spring, Cornelia White Swann & Jason Pearce Willome Genome Jessica Battes 9/6-11/17 George Tobolowsky: “found objects” 9/6-11/17

George Tobolowsky: “found objects” 9/6-11/17 INSTITUTE OF TEXAN CULTURES Texas Contemporary Artists Series: Franco Mondini Ruiz Thru 9/2

Bantu Eyez: Somali Bantu of Texas Photography by Cristina J. Sanchez Thru 3/3 Texas Contemporary Artist Series: Ana Fernandez 9/10-1/20

Made in Texas Thru 9/29

IndiVisible: African-Native Lives in the Americas 9/15-11/25

Timeless Texas Toys Thru 12/31

INSTITUTO CULTURAL de MEXICO

Mixed Meaphors: Curated by Michael Mehl Shen Chao-Liang, Gabriel Figueroa FloresChristian Lichtenberg, Lori Nix, Alex & Felix, Susan Burnstine, Sprecher & Salinas 9/1-10/24 McNAY ART MUSEUM Songs of Social Significance: Designs from the Tobin Collection 9/5-12/2

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For Jerry: Masterpieces Love in Three Capitals from the Lawson Bequest 9/7-11/11 9/12-1/13 Aphrodite and the Gods of Love Prints of the People: The Taller de Grafica Popular 9/15-2/17 9/19-1/20

Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection 9/25-1/27

Rostros de Maria: The Virgin as Archetype and Inspiration Thru 2/20 SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART

America’s Finest: Recent Works by Vincent Valdez 9/25-1/27

Peter Finch: Connecting Moments 9/65-11/25

MUSEO ALAMEDA

Interplay: Mechanical Objects 9/6-11/25

Guanajuato Through Resendiz’ Art Thru 11/11 SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN Art in the Garden 2012 (In conjunction with Blue Star Contemporary Art Center) Thru 3/1 Dinosaur Stampede 9/1-12/31 SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART Adad Hannah: Intimate Encounters 9/1-12/30

If The River Could Talk: 12,000 Years of Life on the San Antonio River Ongoing Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at The Witte Museum Now Open Texas Performers Under the Big Top 9/1-1/13 Artists on the Texas Frontier 9/22-5/27 Mummies of the World 9/29-1/27

Mary Jo Adams & Bruce Barshop: San Antonio Snapshots 9/6-11/25

Threads of South America: 2,000 Years of Textiles 10/13-3/31

Dia de Los Muertos: La Ofrenda Lorena Angulo, Lead Artist 10/30-11/3

Miscellaneous

WITTE MUSEUM

FotoSeptiembre USA Month of September at galleries citywide

Darwin: How One Man’s Theory Turned the World on its Head Thru 9/3

Jazz at the Falls Series: Vince Ingala 9/1, Sat @ 6:30pm Main Street - The Shops at La Cantera

Witte Through Time: 85 Years and Still Growing Thru 8/13/13

Tejas Rodeo – Bulverde Open Pro Rodeo & Dance 9/1-10/27, Sat @ 7:30pm

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Fashion’s Night Out 9/6, Thu@ 6pm Shops at La Cantera Alzafar Shrine Circus 9/6-9, Thu @ 7:15pm Fri @ 10am & 8:15pm Sat @ 10:30am, 3pm & 8:15pm Sun @ 10:30am, 3pm & 7:15pm Freeman Coliseum Disney’s Phineas and Ferb Live: The Best Live Tour Ever! 9/7, Fri @ 4pm & 7pm Lila Cockrell Theater First Friday Art Walk 9/7, 10/5 Southtown Portraits To The Past: San Antonio Museums Before and After Restoration FotoSeptiembre Exhibit by Denise Barron 9/7-30 Artistic Endeavors Gallery PBR: Touring Pro Division 9/14, Fri @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys San Antonio 16 de Septiembre Parade & Festival 9/15, Sat 8am-7pm Avenida Guadalupe


Hungarian Rhapsody Queen Live in Budapest Re-Mastered in HD 9/20 & 27, Thu @ 7:30pm 9/22, Sat @ 2pm Palladium IMAX and Bijou Cinema Bistro San Antonio Botanical Garden Starlight Movies in the Garden Rebel Without A Cause 9/21, Fri @ dusk Roman Holiday 9/28, Fri @ dusk

San Antonio Restaurant Association’s 2012 Showcase Dinner 10/4, Thu @ 6pm Pearl Stable

5th Annual Eva Longoria’s Celebrity Casino Night 10/6, Sat @ 4pm JW Marriott Hill Country Resort

Shops at La Cantera Art Festival 10/19-21, Fri-Sat / 10am-9pm Sun, 12pm-6pm

Gruene Music and Wine Fest 10/4-7 Gruene, Texas

Second Annual San Antonio Cellar Classic 10/12, Fri @6:30pm Max’s Wine Dive 10/13, Sat @ 1pm Pearl Stable

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction 10/24 Eilan Hotel

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastic Champions 10/5, Fri @ 7pm AT&T Center

San Antonio Botanical Garden Gardens by Moonlight 10/13, Sat @ 7pm

AT&T Championship: PGA Champions Tour 10/26-28 TPC San Antonio

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Junior League of San Antonio Holiday Ole Market 10/24-27 Alzafar Shrine Auditorium San Antonio Beer Festival 10/27, Sat @ 1pm HemisFair Park – Arch Plaza Allstars of Magic 10/27, Sat @ 3pm & 7:30pm Josephine Theatre San Antonio Botanical Garden BOOtanica 10/28, Sun @ 10am 35th Annual Taste of San Antonio 10/28, 12pm-5pm Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall

Photo Credits: Page 26 (L-R) Charlie Robison Courtesy charlierobison. com Rock Box Theater Courtesy rockboxtheater. com

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Randy Rogers Band Courtesy randyrogersband.com Johnny Lee and The Urban Cowboy Band Courtesy liveatfloores.com Page 28 (L-R) Tracy Lawrence Courtesy tracylawrence. com Roger Creager Courtesy liveatfloores.com Kyoshi Tamagawa Photo by Christian Steiner Jason Cassidy Courtesy liveatfloores.com Page 29 (L-R) Josh Abbott Band Courtesy liveatfloores.com Rick Springfield Courtesy rickspringfield. com Page 30 (L-R) Vince Gill Photo by Kevin Winter Yakov Kasman Courtesy yakovkasman. com


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Mark Ackerman Courtesy olmosensemble. com Mario Flores and the Soda Creek Band Courtesy liveatfloores.com

Page 36 (L-R) Ramon Tebar Courtesy imbartists.com Asleep at the Wheel Courtesy sonicbird.com

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Brandon Rhyder Courtesy liveatfloores.com

Rita Moreno Courtesy Guadalupe Cultural Center

Ricky Skaggs Courtesy Majestic Theatre

Ted Vigil Courtesy tedvigil.com

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Reckless Kelly Courtesy recklesskelly.com Red Hot Chili Peppers Photo by Ellen von Unwerth

Willie Nelson Courtesy liveatfloores.com Esperanza Spalding Photo by Johan Sauty Page 39 (L-R)

Page 34 (L-R) Radney Foster Courtesy radneyfoster.com Laura Claycomb Photo by Gaetan Caputo Page 35 (L-R) Clint Black Courtesy clintblack.com Katherine Chi Photo by Chris Sanchez

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Dwight Yoakam Courtesy liveatfloores.com Two Tons of Steel Courtesy twotons.com James Dick Courtesy Fredericksburg Music Club Chamber Orchestra Kremlin Courtesy San Antonio Chamber Music Society


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Voci di Sorelle Courtesy benissimomusic. org

Carlos Izcaray Courtesy carlosizcaray.com

Shaolin Warriors Courtesy Arts San Antonio

Sebastian Lang-Lessing Photo by Marks Moore Baiba Skride Courtesy artsmg.com David Mairs Courtesy Mid-Texas Symphony

The International Tenors Courtesy theinternationaltenors.com Vicente Fernandez Courtesy chente.com The Trishas Courtesy thetrishas.com

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Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez Courtesy Arts San Antonio Page 44 (L-R) Pat DeGuire Courtesy patrickdeguire. com Glenn Beck Courtesy Majestic Theatre

Lewis Black Courtesy Majestic Theatre Nate Bargatze Courtesy natebargatze. com Chris Strait Courtesy loudonclear.com Vincent Ingala Courtesy Shops at La Cantera

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Fall in Love with Art! by Cassandra Yardeni chool is back in session, the morning air has begun to cool, and plastic witches and bags of candy corn line the shelves at your local convenience store. These familiar happenings are undeniable proof that Fall has arrived. When it comes to arts and culture, the new season promises a slew of new artists, art and exhibits and this September is no exception. From mummies to Greek gods to gems from local artists, the San Antonio art scene is brimming with exciting things to see and see again.

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The exhibition presents a never before seen collection of rare mummies from across the world including South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Egypt that spans eons of time and transcends history.

With its astounding collection of 150 specimens and objects, Mummies of the World is the largest exhibition of real human and animal mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. Through modern science and engaging interactive and multi-media exhibits, the exhibition reveals Makings its sixth US stop at the Witte Museum, the how the scientific study of mummies provides a window highly anticipated Mummies of the World exhibition into the lives of ancient people, offering unprecedented opens Sept. 29. This astonishing collection of mummies insights into past cultures and civilizations. It also and related artifacts includes a 6,420-year-old child demonstrates that mummification – both through natural mummy from Peru, dating 3,000 years before King Tut. processes and intentional practices – has taken place all 48 On The Town | September-October 2012


over the globe, from the hot desert sands of South America The McNay presents several feasts for the senses with to remote European bogs. four exquisite exhibits opening during the month of September. Songs of Social Significance: Designs from Step right up and see for yourself the Witte’s own Texas the Tobin Collection features intricate scene and costume Performers Under the Big Top exhibit, on display beginning designs from Enemy of the People (1882), Amen Corner Sept.1. Drawing from the world-renowned Hertzberg (1954), Threepenny Opera (1928), Pins and Needles Circus Collection, which makes up the country’s oldest (1937) and other stars of the stage. Beginning Sept. 12, public collection of circus historical artifacts, the For Jerry: Masterpieces from the Lawson Bequest showcases exhibition showcases top performers in Wild West shows thirty works from the collection of esteemed pilot, and circuses started Texas. businessperson and rancher, Jerry Lawson. Lawson was an avid art collector whose generous 1993 bequest to From San Antonio’s Esquivel Brothers and Buffalo Bill to El the McNay included landmark pieces by Winslow Horner, Paso’s Jack Earl the Giant, circus troupes have flocked to Pablo Picasso, Jasper Johns and Francisco Goya, among the Lone Star State since before the Civil War and continue others. Prints of the People: The Taller de Grafica Popular to come today. Additionally, some top performers and features prints from Taller de Grafica Popular, an artist’s circuses such as the Daily Brothers Circus and the Christy collective founded in Mexico in 1937 that was primarily Brothers Circus, spent the off-season in Texas. Texas concerned with using art to advance revolutionary social Performers Under the Big Top goes behind the circus tent causes. The exhibit opens Sept.19. In addition, Estampas to offer an exciting and interactive experience that all de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection ages will enjoy. Discover authentic circus garb and props begins Sept. 25 and runs through Jan. 27. like Jack Earle’s Cowboy Hat, Alfredo Codona’s leotard as well as artifacts used by sideshow performers, trapeze Across cultures and through the ages, love finds expression artists and tight ropers! Other eye-popping additions in its many forms and meanings at the San Antonio Museum include Daisy and Violet Hilton, the San Antonio Siamese of Art this fall. Love is in the air as Aphrodite and the Gods of Twins; a chair covered with teeth and claw marks used by Love opens Sept.15 and brings the loan of antiquities from famed animal trainer Clyde Beatty and clown shows of Italy to San Antonio for the first time, including artifacts the world famous Emmett Kelly. from the ruins of Pompeii. For centuries, gods and mortals September-October 2012 | On The Town 49


alike have been unable to resist Aphrodite. Inspired by this exhibition, the curators conceived smaller exhibitions that echoed the themes of sensuality, sexuality, beauty and love. A new series of photographic/video work by acclaimed Canadian contemporary artist Adad Hannah was produced at SAMA and is on view in Adad Hannah: Intimate Encounters, opening Sept.1. With its bonding of bodies and mash-up of cultural details, Hannah suggests that sensuality is a universal human attribute, common to all cultures, past and present.

present the mundane, the exotic, the dreamy and the everyday of San Antonio in gelatin silver prints in Mary Jo Adams and Bruce Barshop: San Antonio Snapshots. In Peter French’s Connecting Moments, the photographer’s work depict elements of the Texas landscapes with an experimental approach. InterPlay: Mechanical Objects is an exhibition of playful, sculptural objects with which viewers are encouraged to interact. Artists include Alexis Archibald, Steve Brudniak and Benjamin Cowden, among many others.

In the Asian Art wing, visitors will find a small show of Japanese prints from the early eighteenth century by the artist Okumura Masanobu. On display starting September 7 and titled Love in Three Capitals, this exhibit highlights a rare and complete set of twelve prints, which belongs to the shunga genre of erotic imagery. Rostros de Maria: The Virgin as Archetype and Inspiration in the Latin American wing explores the idea of divine love and draws on the Museum’s rich collection of Marian images. The show illustrates the broad variation of the genre across time, place and culture and is on view through Feb. 20, 2013.

In its main gallery from Sept. 8 to Nov. 17, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center presents San Antonio Painters II, an exhibit curated by Barbara MacAdams. Featured artists are Bryson Brooks, Ana Fernandez, Chrys Grummert, Megan Harrison, Chris Sauter, Corbin Spring, Cornelia White Swann and Jack Willome.

Southwest School of Art continues in its grand tradition of showcasing some of the finest talent this side of the San Antonio River. On Sep. 6, three stunning collections open for view. Two accomplished SSA photography students 50 On The Town | September-October 2012

Institute of Texan Cultures welcomes, from the Smithsonian, an important and enlightening exhibition about the intersection of American Indian and African American people and cultures. Beginning Sept. 15, IndiVisible: AfricanNative American Lives in the Americas explores historical and contemporary stories of peoples and communities whose shared histories are woven into the fabric of American identity, but whose presence has long been invisible to many in the U.S. The exhibition sheds light on the dynamics


of race, community, culture and creativity, and addresses the human desire to belong. With compelling text and powerful graphics, the exhibition includes accounts of cultural integration and diffusion as well as the struggle to define and preserve identity. IndiVisible was developed by the National Museum of the American Indian with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

With the new season in full swing and the local arts and culture offerings more exciting and diverse than ever, now is the perfect time to Fall in love with what’s on the town!

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Page 48 InterPlay: Mechanical Objects Also at the ITC is the Texas Contemporary Artists Series, Kevin Curry an exhibition that showcases the talents of some of Courtesy Southwest School of Art Texas’ premier artists. This series focuses on the work of contemporary artists who call Texas home. Common to all Page 49 of their work is the bold vision and unbridled exuberance Connecting Moments that is the quintessence of Texan culture. The Texas Peter French Contemporary Artists Series is curated by Arturo Infante Courtesy Southwest School of Art Almeida, curator for the UTSA art collection. Page 50 Mummies of the World The next artist in the series in Ana Fernandez, a Corpus Courtesy Witte Museum Christi native who currently lives in San Antonio. A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA) and the University Page 51 of California at Los Angeles (MFA), Ana Fernandez has Texas Contemporary Artists Series: exhibited her work nationally. Enchanting and poignant, Image “717” her most recent work examines the stories told by the Ana Fernandez joyous bits and mundane pieces of everyday life in San Courtesy Institute of Texan Cultures Antonio’s neighborhoods. September-October 2012 | On The Town 51


Second Saturday

Art & Wine in Boerne: A Bonafide Arts Destination By Michele Krier Photography Gerry Lair

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oerne has evolved over the past years from a sleepy little hill country village into a bonafide arts destination. Packed houses for the Performing Arts shows at Champion High School and a wellestablished and growing patronage for the fine arts have put Boerne on the cultural map. Long known as a place worth a visit, Boerne has long attracted people who enjoy antiquing, window shopping and wining and dining on the famed “Hauptstrasse” Main St. in the heart of downtown.

outing or an overnight stay.

Now there’s even more of a reason to visit Boerne. Clothing and fashion boutiques, a variety of coffee, bakeries, shops and restaurants, as well as hotels, have made Boerne a perfect place for a day-long

In addition to a fabulous and changing selection of fine art, visitors enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres and a chance to meet and talk with many of the gallery owners and artists. Participating

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Word has traveled fast about Second Saturday Art & Wine in Boerne, a monthly event designed to encourage visitors and locals to explore Boerne’s many fine art galleries. Second Saturday is open to the public free of charge from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is hosted by these five galleries: Carriage House Gallery, Cosas, Davis Art N More, Highland House Gallery and Texas Treasures.


galleries hang banners inviting guests in to browse, Second Saturday is creating an experience that and a free trolley takes guests to each location, many allows visitors to really talk one-on-one with gallery of which are in walking distance. owners and learn about art—everything from water color, pen & ink, oil, and mixed media to acrylic, three Don Darst, a fine artist in his own right known for his dimensional relief and a variety of original art. landscapes, still life work and seascapes, is a director of the Second Saturday Art & Wine in Boerne program. Take advantage of Second Saturday in Boerne. Spend “I’m pleased with the growth and reputation Boerne the evening enjoying the galleries, great conversation has developed for fine arts,” he said, adding that the and the chance to meet the folks who create the art. program attracts avid art collectors as well as people who are new to discovering and enjoying fine art. “Boerne has truly become an arts destination. The visual arts are a very strong part of that. People are Photo Credits: exploring and enjoying a wide variety or art. We’re thrilled with it!” Don added. Page 52-53 (L-R)

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“Second Saturday gives people a chance to talk about and learn about art in a fun, enjoyable setting. It’s really a wonderful time to meet the gallery owners, meet and talk with the artists, and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.” Another bonus—local businesses and restaurants are actually staying open later so that people enjoying the gallery tours are spending more time in Boerne, many of them overnight as part of their Second Saturday experience. “This diverse and unique way of experiencing fine art is also friendly,” said Don, explaining that the casual setting makes people feel comfortable about asking questions about art. “Art takes two types of people— those who do it, and those who appreciate it—it takes both to make it work!” He quipped.

Don Darst Carriage House Gallery Amy Niederhauser and Rebecca Wingler Cosas Mexican Folk Art Danika Perez, Ruby Perez Johnny Rosas Texas Treasures Fine Art Susanne Meyer and Jill Graham Texas Treasures Fine Art Linda Chalberg Carriage House Gallery

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Estampas de la Raza

Sheds Light on Country’s Latino Experience By Mauri Elbel

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stampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection is a visual feast of color that brilliantly captures some of the most poignant moments behind the Latino experience in the United States over the past four decades. Identity, culture, tradition, struggle, memory and icons remain central themes in a vivid collection of more than 60 contemporary prints created by 44 Chicano, Latino and Mexican American artists. From a distinctive and demure depiction of Frida Kahlo to bold political interpretations of cultural icons and events, the richness of a mixed cultural heritage will be unveiled at San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum from Sept. 25 through Jan. 27.

other voices revealing the complex and everchanging directions Latinos choose. Estampas de la Raza, translated as “prints of the people” or “prints of the race,” is a landmark exhibition constituting one of the most abundant print donations in the museum’s history. “ This is really the most comprehensive treatment of Chicano prints to date,” Williams said regarding the exhibit that introduces recent gifts to the McNay from San Antonio collectors Harriett Romo, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Ricardo Romo, UTSA’s president.

The Romos began acquiring art while teaching in Southern California at the height of the Chicano “This will be an introduction for many people movement. The collection, currently encompassing – and one that is visually very exciting,” said 200 of the best Chicano and Latino art produced Lyle Williams, the McNay’s curator of prints and in Southern California and Texas in the last four drawings. “ These prints convey a chapter of the decades, celebrates the couple’s generosity as well American experience that we in the Southwest as the unique character, diversity and richness grew up with that those in other parts of the these images bring to the McNay’s American print country haven’t been exposed to.” collection. Chronicling the onset of the Chicano movement of the 1960s to the confident expressions of the 2000s, the exhibition focuses on key aspects of the Latino experience in the United States: the identity of individuals striving to define themselves; the struggle to achieve economic, political and personal equality; tradition, memory and culture; icons that serve as guideposts; and

“We are extremely excited about the exhibit,” Harriett Romo said. “We have been collecting the work of Mexican American and Chicano artists since we were first married in 1967. It will be really fun to see them all together in the Estampas de la Raza catalog book and at the McNay Museum. The McNay staff have done an exceptional job of organizing events around this show, and they September-October 2012 | On The Town 55


are planning numerous learning activities for teachers, members of the museum, families and the community. We are pleased to make others aware of the exciting work of these artists.” Monumental screenprints, lithographs and largerthan-life works by artists including Rolando Briseño, Sam Coronado, Richard Duardo, Ester Hernandez, Luis A. Jiménez Jr., César A. Martínez, Malaquias Montoya, Sonia Romero, Alex Rubio and Vincent Valdez will decorate the walls of the McNay, bringing awareness to a medium that has in the past remained in the shadows. “ There has been a lot of attention paid to Mexican American and Latino painting, but not a lot of attention given to the prints,” Williams said. “Mickey Muerto,” Artemio Rodriguez’s bold political statement about the country’s post-9/11 foreign policy during the era of George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden, sets up a Wild West scene depicting Disney’s most famous character as a gunslinger. As Williams points out, Rodriguez’s portrayal of the country’s treatment of foreigners on the heels of 9/11 conveyed a sentiment that many throughout the rest of the world could identify with. A stark contrast, Raul Caracoza’s “Young Frida (Pink)” offers a rare portrayal of the Latino icon who remains a role model on both sides of the border. “In most of the portraits we see of Frida Kahlo, her eyes engage the viewer, but in this one, her eyes are averted,” Williams said. “ That makes the viewer concentrate more on her beauty. She seems a bit more vulnerable. We get to see a different side of her personality.” Just as Caracoza’s portrayal reveals another side of the revered painter and champion of indigenous cultures, Estampas de la Raza provides a rare glimpse into a movement that otherwise might not have been seen. “ There is a unique mixing of cultures that is represented by these prints,” Williams said. “It is a visual feast for anyone.”

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Photo Credits: Page 54 Ignacio Gomez, El Pachuco, 2002. Screenprint. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo. Page 56 (Above) Ángel Rodríguez-Díaz, Stepping into the Light—Quinceñeara, 2008. Screenprint. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo. (Below) Lalo Alcaraz, Che, 1997. Screenprint. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo. Page 57 (Above) Raul Caracoza, Young Frida (Pink), 2006. Screenprint. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo. (Below) Lawrence Colación, Veterano, 1995. Screenprint. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo.

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Mummies of the World Hit Texas By Shannon Huntington Standley

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n September 29, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is making its exclusive Texas stop at the our Witte Museum. San Antonio marks the sixth stop of the exhibition’s exclusive sevencity tour in the United States.

modern science and engaging interactive and multi-media interactives, the exhibition reveals how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. It also demonstrates that This is the largest collection of real mummies mummification – both through natural processes ever assembled. Including includes a 6,420-year- and intentional practices – has taken place all old child mummy from Peru, dating 3,000 years over the globe, from the hot desert sands of before King Tut, Mummies of the World is the first South America to remote European bogs. exhibition of its kind to be showcased at the Witte. The exhibition presents a never-before- “Mummies of the World will change visitors’ seen-collection of rare mummies from across understanding of what mummies are and what can the world including South America, Europe, Asia, be learned from them,” said Marise McDermott, Oceania and Egypt that spans eons of time and President and CEO of the Witte Museum. “ The transcends history. mummies in this exhibition have been studied using cutting edge, non-intrusive technology to With its astounding collection of 150 specimens provide insights into lives and cultures of long and objects, Mummies of the World is the largest ago. Modern science truly can shed new light exhibition of real human and animal mummies on very old ideas and the Witte is honored to and related artifacts ever assembled. Through offer such a perception-changing and thoughtSeptember-October 2012 | On The Town 61


provoking collection to the region.� Most perceptions are that mummies come from Egypt and are wrapped. In fact, mummies c o m e f r o m a r o u n d t h e wo r l d a n d f r o m a v a r i e t y o f c u l t u r e s. In addition to the Detmold Child, the rare and ancient objects presented in Mummies of the World include the Vac Mummies, a mummified family from Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis; the Baron von Holz, a German nobleman found tucked away in the family crypt of a 14th century castle wearing his best leather boots; an ancient Peruvian woman naturally mummified in the warm desert air, with mysterious tattoos on her face and chest, and long black hair intact; and a howler monkey from Argentina, with its fierce expression and adorned with a feather skirt and headdress. The concept for the exhibition began with the rediscovery of 21 specimens within the ReissEngelhorn Museums of Mannheim, Germany in 2004. A consortium of mummy researchers, known as the German Mummy Project, used DNA analysis, magnetic resonance imaging, computer tomography, radiocarbon dating and mass spectrometry to learn more, and engaged the cooperation of 21 world-renowned museums, organizations and collections in seven countries to make this innovative exhibition possible. The Witte has planned several activities in conjunction with the exhibition, geared towards audiences ranging from adults to children. An intriguing lecture is scheduled for November 7, Emails from the Dead and Burials in Space: The Quest for Immortality in the Modern Age; Mummy Secrets Family Day is November 17; and Cocktails & Culture: Mummy Masquerade (21 and up only) is October 25. Mummies of the World will be on view for a limited engagement, and can only be seen through January 27, 2013. So mark your fall calendar to visit the Witte, and while family is in town for the holidays it is a great time to bring your mummy!

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2012 Showcase Dinner with Chef Jon Bonnell: Taking Texas Cuisine to New Heights By Keela Young Photography San Antonio Restaurant Association 66 On The Town courtesy | September-October 2012


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ith his charming personality and professional passion for Texas-sourced ingredients, it’s no wonder Fort Worthbased chef Jon Bonnell is quickly becoming a national media darling representing the farm-totable movement in the Lone Star State’s cusine.

Texas. Whether it’s something I’ve developed using quail legs from my friends down at Diamond H Ranch in Bandera or discussing wine pairings, the great thing about cooking is sharing ideas and enthusiasm. And I can’t wait to share some of those secrets with San Antonio.”

“My goal is to make sure every dish I prepare includes something that’s uniquely Texas, whether it’s venison or quail raised on a local ranch or the produce that’s grown on a Texas farm – those are the elements I like to celebrate,” Bonnell said.

During the dinner’s reception, passed appetizers will be served, along with complementary wine and cocktails. At 7 p.m., guests will be greeted by emcee Tanji Patton, producer of the website Good Taste with Tanji, and seated for the multicourse dinner, whose recipes will be demonstrated by Bonnell on stage simultaneously. Wines accompany the meal as well, and during service breaks guests are encouraged to ask the chef questions and make comments about their experience. Afterwards, Bonnell will sign copies of his two cookbooks available to guests for purchase.

Guests at the San Antonio Restaurant Association’s 2012 Showcase Dinner will experience Bonnell’s culinary creations firsthand during the annual event, Oct. 4 at the Pearl Stable. The dinner, which begins at 6 p.m., features a menu of wild game from Texas ranches, as well as other ingredients indigenous to the state, including: Rabbit Corn Dogs with Rosemary Dijon, Crispy Quail Legs with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing, Rocky Mountain Elk Tacos, White Gazpacho with Blue Crab, Venison Carpaccio, Buffalo Tenderloin in Puff Pastry with Cognac Sauce, and Blueberries Flambé.

For information or tickets, visit www. showcasedinner.com or contact the San Antonio Restaurant Association at 210-734-7663 or sara@ sarametro.com.

Bonnell, whose namesake Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine consistently is rated by Zagat as one of the top restaurants in Texas, uses only the finest beef, wild game and seafood in his creative dishes. His fare is influenced by Southwestern, Creole and Mexican flavors, and his menu frequently is praised by regional and national magazines, including Taste of the South and American Cowboy, to name a few. Bonnell also has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, and Food Network’s BBQ with Bobby Flay and Meat & Potatoes. It’s his traditional Texas upbringing, however, that has been Bonnell’s primary inspiration in all things personal and professional. In fact, at the beginning of his culinary career, Bonnell adopted a no-secrets approach to sharing recipes. After years of handwriting recipes for satisfied patrons, the numerous requests led to the publication of two cookbooks: Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine and Bonnell’s Texas Favorites. “As a native Texan, I can’t wait to share a technique or recipe,” Bonnell said. “It’s just what we do in September-October 2012 | On The Town 67


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Cappy’s and La Fonda on Main Reach Milestones Cappy and Suzy Lawton Have Reasons to Celebrate! By Chris Dunn Exterior Photographs by Wilson Parish Group Photographs by Katie Clementson

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or decades, Cappy and Suzy Lawton have been associated with some of San Antonio’s most popular and enduring eateries. This year not only marks the 35th anniversary of award-winning Cappy’s Restaurant, but also the 80th anniversary of La Fonda on Main, the longest continuously operating Mexican food restaurant in San Antonio.

with the vision of turning it into a mixed-use development.

He approached Lawton with the idea. “George thought a popular restaurant would ensure the success of the rest of the center,” Lawton said, but the restaurateur, who already had opened four restaurants, was skeptical. “It was too old, too small “Restaurants are a lot like dogs,” Cappy Lawton said and couldn’t be seen from Broadway,” he said, adding with a knowing smile. “You have to multiply times “The bank assigned no value to the building.” seven to determine their real age.” Undaunted, Geis persevered and finally persuaded At whatever age, Cappy’s Restaurant wears its Lawton. Working with architect Glen Sparks and years well, with charming exposed brick walls, designer Glen Williams, as well as relying on his reclaimed wood elements and interesting antique own background in airplane interior design, Lawton touches. It was originally built by Ernie Scrivener transformed the building, and Cappy’s opened in in the late 1930s out of broken bricks and leftover 1977. materials that his father, an English-born builder, had salvaged from homes he had built in Alamo “Initially, it was small,” Lawton said. “For the first Heights. seven years, we had a verbal menu at lunch with only three menu items — two hot and one cold.” The front of the building housed a hardware store, He said dinner was a fixed bill of fare that changed and lumber was stored in the back; later, it was seasonally and emphasized locally sourced turned into a warehouse. In 1970, local real estate products — revolutionary concepts at the time. entrepreneur George Geis acquired the property September-October 2012 | On The Town 71


Lawton said the constantly changing menu was inspired by “whatever tasted good, was interesting and exciting.” The entire staff contributed favorite family recipes ranging from Greek Moussaka to Mexican Enchiladas Verdes, Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs, and German Rouladen. “The hardest question people used to ask is, ‘What kind of restaurant is this?’ “ Lawton said.

La Fonda on Main’s history began as a food-togo business started by Virginia Berry and Nannie Randall in 1930. When the house across the street became available, the ladies bought it, and La Fonda on Main opened in 1932. It was located on what was then the northern edge of town.

Over the decades, La Fonda became a San Antonio landmark and was visited by dignitaries such as Today, Cappy’s is renowned for its casual fine dining, Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, winning the 2011 Express-News Critics’ Choice Generals Eisenhower and MacArthur, and many for Longtime Favorite Restaurant in San Antonio. Hollywood stars, including John Wayne, Gary Under the direction of executive chef Gabriel Cooper, and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Ibarra, the menu features New American cuisine, such as Rack of Lamb with Mint Pea Risotto, Potato In 1997, the Lawtons acquired La Fonda on Main Crusted Alaskan Halibut with Citrus Beurre Blanc, after being inspired by visits to several iconic Jumbo Diver Scallops served on seared Foie Gras, restaurants in Paris “that had been restored to their Akaushi beef “Heights Burger” and Allan Brothers former splendor.” Lawton said he told his wife, Suzy, steaks, as well as daily specials. “Let’s pretend it’s 1932, and we’re going to build this restaurant — but with a little larger budget.” Over the years, the Lawtons also have supported the art community by featuring rotating art exhibits in The Lawtons meticulously refurbished the building the restaurant. To date, more than 600 area artists and grounds, spending thousands of dollars just have participated. “I like to think of it as an art to save the magnificent oak that shades the patio. gallery and a restaurant,” Lawton said. They also added a party room at the back of the 72 On The Town | September-October 2012


property that could accommodate up to 150 Cappy’s, general manager Tina Kent has worked people. “People said, ‘You didn’t change anything,’ with the Lawtons for 16 years, Rob Flores, 22 “ Lawton said, smiling. “The truth is, we changed years, and controller Lisa Gaiennie, 30 years. everything.” Lawton said his greatest asset is his wife, Suzy, Diners still can order many of the menu classics, who gave up a successful career in banking and such as the “Old No. 7” chalupa and enchilada real estate to work with him. She oversees the plate, but over the years, the Lawtons have added training program for servers and is in charge of many interior Mexican dishes “that are more wine selection for all of their restaurants. “Suzy interesting, more complex and more healthy than spends hours every week on the wine menu,” a lot of typical Tex-Mex,” Lawton said. Cappy said, adding that her contribution to the family business doesn’t stop there. “She’s worked Executive chef Victor Maldonado and his staff every single position in the restaurant,” he said. “If create different specials for lunch and dinner each Suzy sees something that needs to be done, she week, new appetizers every two weeks and new does it.” desserts every month. “Many of our regular menu items came from being very popular specials,” Their son, Trevor, also works in both restaurants, Lawton said. giving San Antonians hope that these landmark eateries will continue for many decades to come. He credits much of the success of both restaurants “I love what restaurants do for a community,” to “the tenure and commitment of the people Lawton said. “It’s not just a place to go to eat; it’s who work there,” mentioning Alicia Guadiana, a place where people go to meet.” who has worked at La Fonda on Main for 47 years, Maria Tamez, who has worked there 14 years, and general manager Ceasar Zepeda, for eight. At September-October 2012 | On The Town 73


March of Dimes 24th Annual ® Signature Chefs Auction Brings Together San Antonio’s Top Chefs By Mariah Arispe Photography by Brenda Santos

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o you enjoy decadent and mouthwatering cuisine? What about bidding on live-auction packages that can take you from San Antonio to the most beautiful and breath-taking mountains of New Mexico? What if all this was for a great and heart-warming cause — would you say yes? If so, Signature Chefs is per fect for you!

with a live auction and an opportunity for guests to help increase awareness of the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of all babies.

This year’s chef talent includes Shane Bruns, director of food and beverage at the Omni Houston Hotel, who is the event’s lead chef for the fifth time. He will be joined by David Gilbert of Eilan, Heather Nanez of Bohanan’s, Clark McDaniel of Paesano’s March of Dimes will host its annual Signature 1604, James Moore of Boiler House, Steve Warner Chefs event Oct. 24 at iDancecity inside San of Two Step, and the longest-running participant, Antonio’s new Eilan Hotel. Top San Antonio chefs Mike Bomberg of Spice of Life Catering. Others will provide samples of their finest fare, along will be added before the event.

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At last year’s event, emcees Ernie Zuniga and Monica Taylor of KABB FOX 29 presented the coveted Silver Fork award to chef James Moore of Boiler House. This oversized silver fork will be handed out again this year to the chef receiving the most votes from those in attendance.

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Gary and Valerie Simmons are event chairs this year. Gary is vice president of supply chain optimization at Valero, and Valerie is a speech therapist for Easter Seals. In 1999, Gary and Valerie welcomed twins, Ben and Micah, into the world. The babies were more than three months early, and each weighed slightly more than 1 ½ pounds. In the days before their birth, Valerie received steroid therapy, developed through research funded by March of Dimes, which helped speed the babies’ lung development. Ben and Micah spent 77 days in a newborn intensive care unit before coming home. Today, they are healthy 13-year-olds.

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Heather Nanez Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood Page 75 (L-R) James Moore Max’s Wine Dive Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden Joe Carrejo Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa

Every week, more than 7,700 babies are born in Texas. Of those, more than 1,000 are Eduardo Franco born prematurely, which can lead to lifelong Brio Tuscan Grille complications, devastated families, overwhelming medical bills, and the constant possibility of infant mortality. To purchase a table or for sponsorship information, contact Lisa Shelley at March of Dimes, (210) 5154842 or lshelley@marchofdimes.com.

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Spotlight Shines on Chef Jeff Foresman of Zocca By Sage Tallichet Photography Greg Harrison

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eff Foresman, executive chef at the Westin Riverwalk, tall, blond and athletically built, is getting as comfortable these days in front of the spotlight as he is in the kitchen. Frequent appearances on San Antonio TV stations have given him the opportunity to whip up for thousands of viewers healthy fish entrees, fresh takes on vegetables and delicious desserts, and creating exotic specialty drinks, such as the Night Heron Martini. Chef Jeff was recently honored to represent the State of Texas during the “Go Texan” food celebration week on a morning news show in San Antonio. Relaxing after a photo shoot with On the Town Ezine, he reflected on growing up in the country and the influence that a rural upbringing had on his relationship and interest in food. “My appreciation of food came about because my dad was a horticulturist. We grew up with lots of fresh vegetables –from beans to watermelon. Fruits and vegetables were a big part of our family table.” An added advantage to growing up near Philadelphia meant fresh produce from Amish farms in Lancaster County was readily available, “We weren’t actually vegetarians,” Chef explains, “but we had a diet that was so heavily based on fruits and vegetables, that we could easily have been vegetarians.”

His special touch is letting the flavors sing. “I don’t like to mask flavor with excess butter. I’m a fan of simplicity—fresh herbs, lemon juice, garlic. I always have an herb garden with basil, thyme, and oregano,” he adds. “My family grew up rural. My father taught us respect for the land.” At home his passion is experimenting, “My wife asks, ‘Why can’t we just have plain spaghetti?’ We have a big blended family. Twice a week we sit down to a family meal—we especially like to have a big Sunday brunch at home.” Picking fresh blueberries is another favorite childhood memory. “I got the concept of using the freshest, most wholesome ingredients from my early family life. My mother would make blueberry pancakes from freshly-picked berries.” As Executive Chef for the past three years of Zocca, Westin River walk’s Italian restaurant, Chef Jeff has ample opportunity to put the concept into play. “We try to stay true to the branding of Zocca. And we’re surprisingly price conscious—our menu has items that people know and understand. And expect excellent service, but it’s not stuffy. Come in wearing shorts and you’ll still feel comfortable.” In-room dining and Zocca business in general has doubled, a nice reflection on Chef Jeff and his team September-October 2012 | On The Town 77


both in the kitchen and in the front of the house. Chef Jeff and his team are working on enhancements for the fall menu, incorporating squashes, mushrooms, melons and other fresh vegetables. “These will also find their way into comfort such as soups,” says Chef. “One of our most popular items is our Express Menu, offering pasta with soup or salad--quality food and real service. We’ll get you quickly in an out on your lunch hour for $11.” The Zocca kitchen is known for accommodating special requests and offers a gluten-free menu with a growing list of gluten-free foods for diners. “Customers have become more knowledgeable about the foods they are eating. The smarter consumer is driving menu choices. They want to know where they are sourced and if they’re organic. We’re more health conscious and aware now of nutrition and the importance, as well as the advantages, of using local suppliers,” says Chef. “We visit local fresh farmers markets, including Pearl, and meet with purveyors for honey, oil, cheeses and meats. It’s important to establish relationships with them. As chefs, we continue to learn from them. Foresman added, “Our reputation has given more people an incentive to try us, and local business people are discovering that Zocca is a great lunch and entertainment option.” No doubt that’s a big part of why Trip Advisor named Westin Riverwalk the Best Business Hotel in San Antonio and Zocca was named Best Italian Restaurant. But chef ’s not content to rest on their reputation. He and the team work hard behind the scenes to make the results appear effortless and full-flavored. For reservations, visit www.westin.com/riverwalk

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San Antonio Cellar Classic Returns Bigger and Better for Year Two By Jonathan Horowitz Photography Shane Kyle

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s the culinary scene continues to heat up in San Antonio, so do the enticing opportunities to celebrate. Enter the San Antonio Cellar Classic, where an estimated 1,000 corks will fly this October -- all for the love of wine, food, music and fun. Cellar Classic is not the usual wine and food festival; in fact, it might be the antethisis to the typical wine-tasting event. Presented by MAX’s Wine Dive and Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden, MAX’s sister restaurant scheduled to open later this year, the San Antonio Cellar Classic became a new tradition on the San Antonio food and wine scene when its one-day tasting event debuted in 2011.

to feature a wide range of wines during Cellar Classic, many of which would not be found at other wine and food festivals. The events offer something for everyone, from “comfort wines” that people know and love, to “discoveries and selections” for those who want to taste what the most exciting, up-and-coming wineries are blending. The San Antonio Cellar Classic reserve dinner features an exclusive five-course feast where MAX’s sommeliers and culinary staff will discuss the theories and motivations behind the wine and food pairings. Expect a workout for the senses at the inaugural reserve dinner as the chefs plan to take the menu from hot to cold, savory to sweet, and beyond.

This year’s Cellar Classic offers opportunities to enjoy food and wine in two unique settings: a reserve dinner Oct. 12 at MAX’s Wine Dive in Quarry More than 80 premium wines will be poured from Village and a grand tasting Oct. 13 in the historic around the world during the San Antonio Cellar Stable at Pearl Brewery. Classic grand tasting. The grand tasting fare will be provided by MAX’s Wine Dive, Boiler House, and Cellar Classic is not a pretentious affair, but a coming other excellent local restaurants. The grand tasting together of guests young and old to explore wine presents the first opportunity to sample bites from and food in a laid-back atmosphere. The events Boiler House’s Texas ranch-style, grilling-themed offer the same juxtaposition San Antonioans have menu. Providing the perfect backdrop to the affair, come to expect from MAX’s, which proudly boasts Los No. 3 Dinners will be back by popular demand the mantra, “Fried chicken and Champagne? Why to lend their legendary San Antonio party sound. the hell not!” But make no mistake, this crew is serious about great food and wine. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Junior League of San Antonio, which works MAX’s has one of the most carefully constructed wine tirelessly to support more than 60 San Antonio-area lists in the city, with more than 150 varieties from nonprofits each year. To learn more or purchase around the world. As one of the largest purchasers tickets, visit www.sacellarclassic.com. of wine in Texas, MAX’s has the unique opportunity September-October 2012 | On The Town 81


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David Liss, Novelist Story and photo by Jasmina Wellinghoff

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avid Liss is one of relatively few writers who can actually make a living writing novels.

originally a pulp-fiction hero from the 1930s and ‘40s. He currently is in the process of creating an original comics series which he describes as “a historical fantasy His first, A Conspiracy of Paper, was published in 2000, set in the Medieval period.” and he’s been at it ever since, producing six others: The Coffee Trader, A Spectacle of Corruption, The Whiskey Below are slightly edited excerpts from our recent Rebels, The Devil’s Company, The Ethical Assassin, and the conversation. most recent, The Twelfth Enchantment. JW: I know that you started writing your first novel, A Except for Assassin, all belong to a genre of historical Conspiracy of Paper, while you were working on your thrillers, and several are set in 18th century England. At Ph.D. dissertation in English literature and culture. Were least three feature Liss’ memorable character Benjamin you bored with your academic studies? What made you Weaver, a former “pugilist” (boxer) turned “thieftaker” (a decide to jump into fiction? sort of private investigator). Weaver is a descendant of Portuguese Jews who has distanced himself from tribe DL: I’ve always loved fiction and always wanted to write and family to pursue a rather solitary private eye career fiction. At one point in graduate school, I just decided that gets him into untold complications and trouble as that I wanted to take a shot at writing a novel before he solves crime schemes and deals with an assortment I even decided what to write about. I had done all this of high and low characters. research for my dissertation but there were certain aspects of what I was working on that I was having a Written in a language that to modern ears sounds like hard time proving. So I saw a novel as an opportunity authentic 18th century speech (though it’s really an to make an argument in fictional form about certain adapted version of it), Liss’ books have complex plots and historical trends I was interested in. an abundance of historical detail that easily transport the reader to earlier times. But they also revolve around JW: What was your dissertation about? major real-life upheavals in the world of finance, making them educational and surprisingly relevant to what’s DL: It was about the rise of the (realistic) novel as going on today. Corporate greed, industrial spying, a literary genre in England and how novels related corrupt politicians, the turmoil produced by the nascent to the rise of certain modes of finance in the 18th stock market -- all serve as excellent frameworks for century, especially how people understood their own crime and suspense. relationship to wealth. These two things informed each other. Novels from that time – and even in the 19th With the exception of The Twelfth Enchantment, which century – are always about these sudden acquisitions veered into magic, his novels have garnered high or loss of wealth. And I became interested in why that praise from critics and readers. Reviewing A Spectacle of was and was tracking it to its source. So I worked both Corruption, for instance, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on that and my novel simultaneously for a while and reviewer said, “I became completely dazzled by Liss’ then, as I was closer to finishing the novel, I got more scholarship, his solid story-telling and gritty recreation and more enthusiastic about fiction. Once I sold it, I of life and politics in early 18th century England.” was happy to continue writing fiction (abandoning his dissertation altogether). In the past several years, the novelist has ventured into the new territory of comics and graphic novels centered JW: Your fiction revisits that time period a lot. How did on superheroes such as the Black Panther or the Spider, you go about researching the nitty-gritty of life in the September-October 2012 | On The Town 85


18th century, something that historians and academics modern literature, all fiction was mystery fiction. (Even don’t concern themselves with all that much? without being crime based.) DL: You are right! It’s a different kind of research. I actually wrote the first draft of the story without any of that kind of research, leaving blank spaces to be filled out later. As a graduate student, however, one thing you learn well is how to find out just about anything. So once I finished the novel and knew what I still needed to learn -- details of daily life, what people wore, what they ate, where certain kinds of people would have lived, etc. – I went back to look for that information in primary sources. One great thing about that period, as compared to previous centuries, was the popular press boom that occurred at the beginning of the 1700s and produced books and magazines that talked about fashion and cooking, books designed to help people deal with various aspects of life, like how to be your own lawyer or doctor; there were furniture auction records… I came to worship at the altar of the reference librarian, and I spent a lot of time in library backrooms.

JW: Do you outline the entire story in advance or do you let it develop as you go? Some writers claim that the characters kind of take over and lead the way. DL: Yeah, I am a big believer in outlining. I am more comfortable knowing where I am going, though I reserve the right to change my mind along the way. These writers who say that the characters take over are lying. I actually really hate when people say that. It’s a way of mystifying the craft. If your characters are telling you what to do, you need to see a medical professional right away. JW: How are your books received in England? DL: Actually, England is not my best foreign country. Spain and Portugal are. I do pretty well there; also in France, Germany and Italy. The English don’t like Americans writing about their history.

JW: A Conspiracy of Paper was published by Random House, a big-time publisher. For a new novelist that was JW: Let’s talk about The Ethical Assassin, which is your quite an accomplishment. only contemporary mystery. Since mistreatment of animals is at the center of the story, I assume this is a DL: The publishing industry was doing very well back subject you personally care about. Tell me about the in 1999-2000, had lots of money to throw around, and genesis of that book. they were willing to take chances. But it was still difficult to find an agent. There was, of course, lots of rejection; DL: While I was working on The Coffee Trader, I came people writing back saying, “This book is unsalable, no across a book a former professor of mine had written one will read this,” and all of that. I was still living in New about zoos and the politicizing of zoos. It awoke my York at that time and had some personal contacts. It just interest in animal rights, so I did a lot of research on the so happened that a friend of mine I had gone to college treatment of animals, especially in the food industry. with had just published her first book, and she offered And I started writing a kind of post 9/11 thriller about to show my novel to her agent, who liked it. Then things conspiracy and animal-rights issues, but I soon realized started happening. That’s why I tell writers looking to it was absolutely terrible. Still, I didn’t want to give up on get into print, “You don’t need everyone to love your the subject. I had to find a different approach. (Once he book. You just need the right person.” hit upon a different setup) it all clicked, and I outlined the whole book and wrote it very quickly. JW: Why did you choose the thriller format? JW: Your “ethical assassin” kills people for the sake of DL: Once I decided to write about finance, I knew I had animals. Did you get any blowback on that? to make it interesting and dramatic to people who don’t have my kind of interest in it. It made sense to me to DL: I still get emails from readers who didn’t like it. On (adopt the thriller form) because you are dealing with a the other hand, some became vegetarians after reading subject in which unprecedented amounts of money are it. Frankly, I thought that the voice of my character was on the line and the consequences of actions are huge. so extreme that no one would think that it was my voice. That by itself suggests suspense. And there is another I just wanted readers to think about these issues, but reason. I think that suspense is an inherent part of some people still took it as my position. narrative. I have often argued that until we got to post86 On The Town | September-October 2012


JW: You mentioned that you like to work in coffee shops and libraries. What do you like about those public places? DL: I need a certain amount of distraction to be productive. I’ve been going to the same coffee shop for five years. I can take a break and have a water cooler conversation with others and then go back to work. Writing is such a solitary profession. JW: In your opinion, is the new publishing climate that’s emerged – with fewer and more cautious traditional publishers and a proliferation of Internet opportunities – good or bad for writers? DL: It’s easy to get lost on the Internet. I think there’s value in going through a reputable publisher. More books are published today than even 10 years ago, not counting self-publishing, but it’s hard to rise above the noise. Fiction finds itself in an especially difficult situation. Fewer media outlets pay attention to fiction. In 2000, I had TV, radio and print interviews, not because I am so awesome but because that was normal procedure. By 2003, with the war in Iraq, a lot of media for fiction had disappeared. Journalists wanted to talk to experts. And it’s still that way. New blogs and Internet sites do not compensate for the loss of traditional media. Having my name on the Internet does not sell books. A review in The New York Times does. JW: Yet none of that deters you. You continue to write novels. What’s your current project? DL: The book I am working on right now is about a Portuguese boy whose parents are killed in the Portuguese Inquisition (which flared up after the Spanish version died down) and who is smuggled out of the country and taken to England. There, he’s raised by Benjamin Weaver in his later years. Though Weaver appears in only a few scenes, he is a big part of the boy’s psychology. As a young man, the main character returns to Portugal to seek the people who killed his father. It’s challenging material since a lot of my sources are in Portuguese. I am planning a trip to Lisbon to do physical research. JW: How involved are you in San Antonio’s literary scene? DL: I have taught classes at Gemini Ink from time to time. If I am asked to participate in an event, I usually do it.

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Dinosaurs Loose in the Garden! Lost World Studios Exhibit Returns to the San Antonio Botanical Garden By Tracy Lowe Photography Courtesy Lost World Studios

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et ready to ROAR… with Dinosaurs! Beginning September 1st San Antonio Botanical Garden is home to more than 30 prehistoric inhabitants. From September through December, Guy Darrough’s dinosaur models can be found combined within the Garden’s living exhibits. This is a realistic look at the prehistoric world that fascinates children and adults alike. It’s been seven years since San Antonio Botanical Garden has been host to dinosaurs. “We’ve got an all-new layout for the prehistoric critters,” said Bob Brackman, Executive Director. “They range in size from a 30-foot Parasaurolophus to a 4 foot giant millipede and 12inch cockroaches. Everyone has a favorite dinosaur and there will be so many to see.” Kids especially will want to discover the four new giant dinosaurs in the line-up.

years. His technical and artistic skills in fossil preparation meet the highest museum standards resulting in some of the most realistic models you will ever see. “We have worked actively with fossil materials from around the world for more than 40 years. This experience has given us a special insight into the world of prehistoric animals and their environments,” stated Darrough. Guests to San Antonio Botanical Garden will surely be transported back in time.

Opening Day for Dinosaur Stampede is September 1,10 am – 2 pm, and there are many special activities planned including; a fossil dig, obstacle course, plant and fern rubbings, dino masks, face painting, dino bingo and other fun family activities. Plus a dinosaur expert from Dinosaur Quest will be on hand with fossils What makes this exhibit unique is that the dinosaurs will and ready to answer questions. And for the ultimate be in surprising places all over the Garden, not grouped in dino fun, you don’t want to miss “Dinosaur George” in one location. Guy Darrough, principal of Lost World Blasing at Noon. The self-taught paleontologist and Studios is a self-taught and highly accomplished fossil popular personality will be making an appearance at collector, fossil preparation expert and illustrator who San Antonio Botanical Garden from 12:00 to 12:45 on has worked in paleontology and related areas for many Saturday, September 1st. September-October 2012 | On The Town 91


Prior to opening day the Garden will host Evening for Educators: Dinosaur Stampede Exhibit Preview. On Thursday, August 30th from 6pm to 8pm, educators are invited, at no cost, to a special preview of the new Dinosaur Stampede Exhibit. Dinosaur George will give an overview of Paleontology, discuss new ideas and discoveries and answer questions about dinosaurs and the exhibit. Teachers will want to take advantage of this opportunity to see a large variety of dinosaur bones, skulls, teeth, claws and more! There will be specimens of prehistoric animals that were indigenous to the local area and the chance to learn about environmental change, prehistoric ecosystems and animal behavior. Curricula is available. To RSVP, please contact programregistrar@ sabot.org or Sasha Kodet at sasha.kodet@sanantonio. gov or 210.207.3270.

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The Dinosaur Stampede exhibit will be at San Antonio Botanical Garden through December. Entrance into the exhibit is included with Garden admission and from September through December, San Antonio Public Library cardholders will receive $1 off general admission. Simply show your card when purchasing admission. There will be a number of dinosaur items in the Garden Gate Gift Shop including excavation kits for dino skulls, illustrated dino books, fossils and more. Enjoy a full day at the Garden and stop in for a refreshing beverage or bite to eat at the Carriage House Bistro, open for lunch Tuesday – Friday, 11am to 2pm and Brunch, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm. Dinosaur Stampede is made possible by the generous sponsorship of: • • • • • •

Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation The USAA Foundation Gretchen Swanson Family Foundation, Inc. The Zachry Foundation The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation Ruth Lang Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation • Dan & Gloria Oppenheimer Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation • San Antonio Express-News The San Antonio Botanical Garden is operated under the auspices of the City of San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation and is open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, the public can visit www.sabot.org or call 210-207-3255. 92 On The Town | September-October 2012


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Holiday Olé Market: A Tradition of Shopping and Fun to Help the Community By Dawn Robinette Photography Courtesy Junior League of San Antonio

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s crazy as it seems, the calendar is quickly clicking by, and the holiday season will be here before you know it. What could be better than getting your holiday shopping done in one place, with unique gifts and one-of-akind items, set in a backdrop of fun, food and entertainment—and enjoying all of this while helping the community?

the younger set, Starstruck: A Red Carpet Event will highlight fashions and fun for tween girls on Oct. 26, and Pajamas and Pancakes offers a fun morning for the entire family on Oct. 27.

Net proceeds from Holiday Olé Market benefit the Junior League of San Antonio. Since the event’s inception, Holiday Olé Market has raised $1.6 million to benefit the various projects and Celebrating its 19th year of shopping and fun to programs of the Junior League of San Antonio. benefit the projects and programs of the Junior Through volunteer work and grants to partner League of San Antonio, Holiday Olé Market organizations, the Junior League benefits women, unfolds Oct. 24-27 with something for everyone. children and families citywide. With more than 90 premier merchants offering apparel, jewelry, children’s items, home goods and The Junior League of San Antonio relies on original holiday items, the four-day event features fundraisers such as Holiday Olé Market to provide unique, boutique-like shopping and special events funding to support its efforts. Supporting more designed to make the shopping experience even than 60 San Antonio-area nonprofits each year, the more fun. Merchants featured include vendors Junior League supports agencies and programs from across Texas and around the United States, that work every day to meet the rising needs in each offering special, often one-of-a-kind, high- our community. Contributing more than 10,000 quality items sure to help fill holiday wish lists. volunteer hours annually, project management expertise, and funding, the Junior League is a Along with the wonderful shopping, Holiday Olé valued partner to worthy nonprofits throughout Market features an array of entertainment options the city. with great food, music and more at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, 901 N. Loop 1604, at Blanco Shopping hours, event details and tickets are Road. This year’s entertainment options include a available at www.HolidayOleMarket.com or www. special preview party Oct. 24 to kick off the event jlsa.org. To keep up with all things Holiday Olé with fun and style; Ready, Set, Shop starts the day on Market, become a fan on Facebook at http:// Oct. 25, featuring local catering legend Rosemary www.facebook.com/HolidayOleMarket or follow Kowalski; and Girls Night Out, an evening just for the event on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/ the “girls,” closes out the evening of Oct. 25. For holidayolemrkt. September-October 2012 | On The Town 95


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