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Holiday Cheers for The Lion King, 8 Nutcrackers and a Whole Lot More! November and December are Super-Loaded with Incredible Live Performances
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November and December are Super-Lo By Sara Salengo
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..hen looking at the performing arts calendar for the 2014 holiday season, the thought immediately occurs that there are so many performances and so little time to enjoy them. The 61 days in November and December aren’t enough to squeeze in every show on my personal wish list. From ballets to Broadway, symphonies to opera, and singing superstars to comedy greats, the abundance of incredible entertainment available in and around San Antonio in this two-month period is really quite impressive.
The Tobin Center offers its Signature Series of Broadway productions as well with Cirque Dreams – Holidaze taking the H-E-B Performance Hall stage Dec. 11-14. Humorist David Sedaris is on their schedule, too, with a Sunday afternoon performance Nov. 9.
Also in the Broadway genre is Broadway @ Woodlawn Theatre, a celebrity series of note. The folks at the Woodlawn have teamed up with Seth Rudetsky from Sirius XM Radio’s On Broadway channel to bring big-name Broadway stars to San Antonio. First up is Ana Gasteyer of Wicked and Saturday Night Live fame on Nov. 8. Rudetsky Let’s talk Broadway first. Dirty Dancing at the Majestic will serve as host and pianist for the evening. After that, from Nov. 4-9 is a must-see. I think I’m safe in saying it’s Megan Mullally from Will and Grace in March and that everyone has seen the movie a thousand times Christine Ebersole from Grey Gardens in May. and that I personally can’t wait to see it live on stage to watch Johnny and Baby dance again. It’s an eight- On the boards at community theaters, Carrie: The Musical performance run from Tuesday to Sunday, so pick a runs through Nov. 9 at the Woodlawn, and The Trojan day, time and go. Following this at the Majestic is The Women continues at the Sheldon Vexler through the Color Purple for one performance only Nov. 21. The Lion middle of the month. Start-ups include Ghosts at The King is next. This amazing musical from Disney takes up Classic Theatre of San Antonio Nov. 7 and The Great residency at the Majestic from Dec. 12 through Jan. 4. If American Trailer Park Musical at the Cameo Nov. 8. A you’ve seen it, go again. If you have not, run don’t walk, few days later, Attic Rep’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf to the box office. Don’t let this opportunity get away! opens at the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater in the Tobin
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Center. Other highlights include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Woodlawn and Las Nuevas Tamaleras at the Guadalupe Theater, both starting on Thanksgiving weekend, plus Fiddler on the Roof at The Playhouse San Antonio debuting Dec. 5 followed the next day by the opening of The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at the Cameo. Check the events calendar in this magazine for more information on these and many other shows, including those in neighboring towns. It would be an understatement to say that Tchaikovsky’s beloved The Nutcracker is a very popular event this time of year. Ballet San Antonio, in conjunction with the San Antonio Symphony and the Tobin Center, presents 11 performances of the ballet over the course of two weekends starting on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker offers three performances the same weekend on Saturday and Sunday at the Majestic. Arts San Antonio presents its Nutcracker with Mejia International Ballet joining forces with San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet at the Lila Cockrell Dec. 19-21, while Alamo City Dance Company dances its adaptation of this classic on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend at McAllister Auditorium. Up the road to
the north, Ballet New Braunfels has three performances scheduled Dec. 12-13 at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre. In all, you have 24 chances to be a face in a Nutcracker crowd. The music category is jam-packed in the last two months of the year. San Antonio Symphony leads the way with three classical concerts: Tchaikovsky 4 (Kirill Gerstien, piano; Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor), Grieg Concerto (Jon Kimura Parker, piano; Lang-Lessing, conductor) and West Side Story (Julie Albers, cello; Teddy Abrams, conductor), in addition to the annual Holiday Pops with Akiko Fujimoto conducting. Symphony musicians also will accompany Jackie Evancho at the Tobin in early November. On the subject of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, their musical lineup in November and December shines with the likes of Don Williams, Lyle Lovett, Blind Boys of Alabama with Mavis Staples, Little River Band, Robert Earl Keen, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Other big-time music artists who are performing in the
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area during this time are Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson at the Majestic, Leon Russell and Michael Martin Murphey at the Aztec, Roseanne Cash and Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo at Gruene Hall, Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the AT&T, and Gregory Porter at the Carver Community Cultural Center’s Jo Long Theatre. Comedy kicks off with Jay Mohr at the Empire Nov. 8, followed by Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood at the Tobin Nov. 13, and Lewis Black Nov. 15 at the big theater on Houston Street. Other outstanding comedy offerings include Last Comic Standing at the Tobin Nov. 21, Margaret Cho at Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Dec. 5-6, and D.L. Hughley at Laurie Dec. 6. Fun times.
a few more performances on my wish list, starting with Musical Bridges Around the World’s presentation of Under the Tuscan Sun at San Fernando Cathedral and Arts San Antonio’s presentation of An Irish Christmas at the Tobin, Nov. 9 and 23, respectively. There’s so much to see this holiday season. Get some tickets and go!
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Jackie Evancho Courtesy Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Louis Black Courtesy Majestic Theatre
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Eight Things You Didn’t Know About The Nutcracker By Julie Catalano
.....t’s never too early to have visions of sugarplums. For millions, The Nutcracker is the only ballet they will see all year; for children, it’s their usual introduction to the art. The timeless story of young Clara and her beloved toy nutcracker, an epic battle of mice and men, food that dances, flowers that waltz —this beloved spectacle has it all and then some. But how much do you know about the world’s most popular ballet? Check it out:
actually well received when Tchaikovsky debuted his Nutcracker Suite earlier that same year; the ballet, not so much. Petipa claimed that the music was too complicated to choreograph. Sadly, Tchaikovsky died in 1893 at age 53, never imagining that this once-misbegotten ballet would become the most popular on Earth.
The leap from production pariah to beloved ballet is largely due to George Balanchine, legendary director The Nutcracker debuted at the Maryinsky Theatre in of the New York City Ballet. Creating new choreography Russia in December 1892, and was hated by critics inspired by Petipa, Balanchine elevated the work to and audiences alike. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was new heights — his 1954 version still stands as the most commissioned by famous choreographer Marius Petipa famous U.S. production (although William Christensen’s — via Russian Imperial Theater director Alexandrovitch 1944 version by the San Francisco Ballet was the first Vsevolojsky — to compose the score for E.T.A. Hoffman’s company to perform the full-length work in the United story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The music was States). It’s still one of the hottest tickets in town, with the 14 On The Town | November/December 2014
NYCB presenting about 50 performances.
Fairy, personified by a 19th century French musical instrument called the celesta (sometimes pronounced chelesta). It’s actually a member of the keyboard family, resembling a small upright piano. Although it is most well-known for its small but iconic role in Tchaikovsky’s score, it’s also featured in works by Mahler, Puccini, Ravel, Louis Armstrong, Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys, to name a few. Listen for it in the soundtrack of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
For the past seven years, Ovation TV’s Battle of the Nutcrackers has introduced a whimsical competitive angle, complete with “color” commentators in sportscaster style. Audiences vote for their favorite from six international companies. Former contenders include Covent Garden’s Royal Ballet, Belgium’s Casse Noisette Circus, Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet, Mark Morris’ Hard Nut (a repeat winner), and Bejart’s Nutcracker. In 2013, San Francisco Ballet took the top spot. Probably the biggest mainstream exposure to The Nutcracker music came in the form of another masterpiece: Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! by his London-based Walt Disney’s Fantasia. The 1940 film made full use of the company New Adventures is definitely not your melodious suite, featuring frolicking flowers (“Dance of grandfather’s Nutcracker. Replacing the opening scenes the Flutes/Marzipan”), lively mushrooms (“Chinese Dance/ of an upper-crust Victorian Christmas party with the Tea”), graceful fish (“Arabian Dance/Coffee”) and more. dark surroundings of a Dickensian orphanage, Bourne’s Nutcracker-free, the segment depicts the changing of avant-garde take is witty, unpredictable, and introduces the seasons, ending with autumn where fairies transform a colorful cast of campy characters portraying tasty the leaves to fall colors. An interesting tidbit is that the delights in Sweetieland (Kingdom of the Sweets in the film was released at a time when no American companies original). For anyone bored to tears by the traditional were performing the ballet — William Christensen’s San interpretation, this one is for you. Francisco Ballet 1944 premiere was still four years away. Hear that familiar tinkling sound? It’s the Sugar Plum
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young daughter is Marie, who receives the nutcracker doll that turns into a prince. In most ballets, her name is Clara, a young innocent protected by her steadfast “soldier.” Some versions make her older and a fantasy love interest for the doll-turned-prince. Sometimes Clara is also the Sugar Plum Fairy; in others, SPF is a separate character who rules the Kingdom of the Sweets in Act II. Confused? Don’t worry, there’s always a program. Enjoy! …………………………………………………………… Where to see it: Ballet San Antonio November 28-30, December 4-7 H.E.B Performance Hall @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts www.balletsanantonio.org Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker November 29-30 Majestic Theatre www.majesticempire.com Ballet New Braunfels December 12-13 Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre www.balletnewbraunfels.com 16 On The Town | November/December 2014
Arts San Antonio Presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet Mejia International with San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet December 19-21 Lila Cockrell Theater www.artssa.org Alamo City Dance Company December 20-21 McAllister Auditorium @ San Antonio College www.saspa.org
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ARTS CHAMPION CHANNELS STEINWAY DAUGHTER INTO UNIQUE MUSIC CAREER By Lisa Cruz Photography Greg Harrison
he Steinway Piano Gallery located at the intersection of Northeast Loop 410 and U.S. Highway 281 North seems rather unremarkable from its yellow-washed exterior. But stepping inside to the sights of upright, baby grand and grand pianos peppered throughout the impressive wareroom reminds one immediately of being surrounded by music history.
music sales on Sept. 9, 1971, and remained with Alamo Music for 21 years, managing the North Star Mall location for 17 of those years.
It is a history that has become the life’s work of one woman whose name is synonymous with piano music in San Antonio. For more than 40 years, Deborah Moore has dedicated herself to a life of service and a career fulfilling the dreams of many wishing to play the piano.
For Moore, her job has always been more than simply selling pianos.
“We had just moved back to Texas from back east, and I was 18 and ready to start a real job,” Moore said. “I learned that Methodist Hospital had a preliminary nursing program, but when I applied, classes had already started, so I needed to wait for the next round.”
When Alamo Music closed its North Star Mall location in 1992, Moore was given an opportunity to travel with the Baldwin Piano Co., and provide training and event sales assistance for piano and organ dealers in the United States and Canada.
In the meantime, Moore’s mom kept suggesting she apply at a music store, in which Moore had no interest. She was going to become a nurse. To appease her mother, she called Alamo Music Center and learned they were in fact hiring.
In 1996, the Steinway & Sons dealership in Austin was looking to open a San Antonio gallery. Moore helped them launch the San Antonio Steinway & Sons gallery in November 1996 and has been with them ever since.
“My two sons were raised at the mall,” Moore said. “From the time they were infants, and I had a port-a-crib in my office, music was a part of their lives.”
“For a lot of people who come in to purchase a piano, they are fulfilling a lifelong dream,” Moore said. “I tell parents who are enrolling their children in piano lessons “My dad became a minister when I was about six years that what they are doing is not just teaching their child an old,” Moore said. “He was a business owner and gave in to instrument, they are establishing and building profound his calling of being a minister, so I was raised in a life of memories.” service to others.” Moore celebrates her Sept. 9 anniversary every year and That service began as her father’s assistant, organist and said being involved in bringing music to life for people is soloist in the church; however, at 18, Moore decided she what has been the most fascinating and rewarding part wanted to get a paying gig and become a nurse. of her career and has kept her in it for 43 years.
As director of institutional sales, Moore is responsible for “My mom was waiting in the lobby for me when I went for piano sales in the region from San Marcos to Brownsville my two-hour interview, so when we were finished, and and from San Angelo to just outside Houston. I was offered the job, I had to take my mom home and then come back to the store to start work,” Moore said. Moore manages the sales and care of pianos at more than 27 colleges and universities in the region, as well as all Despite her initial hesitation, Moore began her career in private and public pre-K through 12th grade schools, and November/December 2014 | On The Town 19
all performing arts and government entities that have or wish to purchase Steinway pianos. “I may have a subliminal connection to Doretta Steinway (the daughter of Henry Engelhard Steinway who created the Steinway piano),” Moore said. “While he and his sons built the pianos, it was his daughter Doretta who sold the pianos in their wareroom from the beginning.” Being a woman in the music sales industry is gratifying, she said. “There were very few women in sales in the music industry as a whole (in the 1970s-‘80s),” Moore said. “When I would go to national trade shows, I had very few colleagues, but that has changed for the good, and now there are even more music store owners and manufacturers led by women.” While Moore expressed deep gratitude for her distinguished career, she said it’s her commitment to the community she values most. “Besides faith and family, I am most proud of the volunteerism I have done,” which is thanks in large part to her career, she said. Moore has served on the San Antonio Symphony board of trustees, is a past president of both the San Antonio Music Teachers Association and the San Antonio Symphony League, and is currently on the boards of the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Tuesday Musical Club and the Cactus Pear Music Festival advisory, among many others. “If you feel passionately about something, at some point, you have to step up,” Moore said. “I want everyone to have access to the arts. It all goes to our ability to inspire and stretch our minds. I can’t imagine being in a community all your life and not being a part of it.” Moore sees a bright future for San Antonio and its arts industry, as she pointed to its growth with the building of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and a “rich community of artists.” She said that while she has opened the door to music for many in San Antonio, music has opened doors for her, as well. “I feel blessed that this is something I can do until the day I die,” Moore said. “It’s about leaving a music legacy.” 20 On The Town | November/December 2014
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Tamales steaming on an open fire, Masa flying off the stage… By Marilu A. Reyna Photography courtesy www.tamaleras.com
n this part of the country, the lyrics of the holiday classic, The Christmas Song, don’t really fit San Antonio. There are no chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and Jack Frost is typically not nipping at your nose until February - maybe! No, to kick off the holidays in San Antonio, you have traditions like the hilarious one-act play, Las Nuevas Tamaleras. For over 20 years Alicia Mena’s heartfelt and comical theatrical production has opened the day after Thanksgiving to sold out audiences, many of whom come back year after year to share the experience with family, co-workers, and friends! It is not unusual to pass by the Guadalupe Theater to see
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ticket holders line up around the building to secure the best seats in the house, what is also known as “the masa splash-zone.” These are the seats in the front row where the actors on stage depict just how much hard work goes in to preparing the masa for the tamales… as you can imagine, the masa doesn’t always stay in the bowl. The play’s premise is a look at three Latinas holding their inaugural tamalada and attempting to make tamales for their very first time. What the ladies don’t realize is that St. Peter has allowed two angels in heaven, who have expressed how much
they missed this beloved holiday tradition, to come down and invisibly guide them through the process. The gathering tests their friendship, their recipes, their techniques, but in the end brings them all together for what you envision will be a long time tradition of three friends coming together for an annual tamalada.
Spanish. The role of the three friends will be played by: Melissa Saucedo, as the serious and no-frills character Sylvia; Kinya Cano returns as Patsy, the leopard-clad party girl with tall hair and stilettos; and Sonia Rodriguez, whose boisterous character Josie pops open a beer on stage and draws constant laughter from the audience is back in full force!
This year, audiences will enjoy the return of Ruby Nelda Perez, the actress who originally portrayed Doña Juanita when they play premiered over 20 years ago. Ruby will return to the cast on December 5 and the weekend of December 12-14 for a total of 4 performances: a real treat for audience goers. Alicia Mena, the writer and director, will also star in the play on several occasions in the role of Doña Mercedes. And when these two veteran actors are on stage, the chemistry is evident and they don’t skip a beat. Other local actors taking the stage are Rita Duggan and Lorraine Pulido, both of whom have wowed audiences over the past few years with their banter and comical wit in English and
Written as a tribute to her mother, and all the women from generations past that carried on the holiday tradition of the tamalada, Alicia Mena’s Las Nuevas Tamaleras does that and so much more… it brings live theater to multiple generations, that will without a doubt, see their mother, their grandmother, their tias or maybe themselves up there on stage making tamales! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Las Nuevas Tamaleras –Guadalupe Theater, November 28 – December 14. Performances FridaysSaturdays @ 8pm, Sunday matinees @ 3pm except Sunday, December 14 @ 2pm. November/December 2014 | On The Town 23
Small Cities. By Angela Rabke
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utumn months in South Texas bring a welcome shift in the weather that encourages open windows and road trips. San Antonio’s dance card is full with exciting acts at local venues, but those with a sense of adventure will be delighted by the many live entertainment opportunities in neighboring smaller cities. As you plan your weekends during the festive holiday season, look beyond Loop 1604 for a few unexpected surprises. When it comes to live music, Luckenbach is probably the most famous watering hole in Texas. Open acoustic jam sessions take place almost nightly, and country music fans will most certainly enjoy the Gary P. Nunn Christmas Ball, Texas Tornados and Joe King Carrasco plus so many more great C&W acts throughout the holiday season. Gruene Hall (www.gruenehall.com), a straight shot up I-35, draws big-name Americana artists to perform in the relatively intimate dancehall. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rosanne Cash, Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo, Hayes Carll and Jerry Jeff Walker all will grace the stage before Christmas, and those who aren’t lucky enough to secure tickets can still enjoy the sounds of the show from the 26 On The Town | November/December 2014
courtyard of the Gristmill restaurant next door. Helotes also attracts well-known artists, who light up the stage at the John T. Floore Country Store (www. firstname.lastname@example.org). Texas favorites Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Robison, Reckless Kelly and Cory Morrow will play gigs in November, with Cody Canada and Gary P. Nunn performing there in December. Floore’s also has a family night and a free dance several Sundays each month. San Antonio’s neighboring communities offer more than just country music. While it’s hardly fair to consider Boerne “out of town,” it feels like a getaway with a compact Main Street and a variety of shopping and dining options, and is a lovely place to spend the day before enjoying a performance at either the Champions Theater (home of Boerne Performing Arts) or the Boerne Community Theater. Boerne Performing Arts (www.boerneperformingarts.com) offers several shows in the new year, including the Canadian Brass, the New Shanghai Circus and Neil Berg’s 102 Years of Broadway. The Boerne Community Theater (www.boernetheatre.org) offers an entire year of performances that appeal to a broad audience.
In Kerrville, check out the Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater (www.caillouxtheater.com) for performances ranging from Vocal Trash (think Glee meets Stomp) to the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra this spring. Fans of fivetime Grammy Award-winner Sandi Patty will delight in A Sandi Patty Christmas, part of the TexMo Concert Series (www.texmoentertainment.com ). The same theater is home to the Symphony of the Hills (www. symphonyofthehitlls.org) and the Hill Country Youth Orchestra (www.hcyo.org), with both offering an interesting range of performances in the upcoming months.
artists around. If your tastes lean toward classical composition, try the Fredericksburg Music Club (www.fredericksburgmusicclub), which began in a private living room many years ago and has grown into an organization of international acclaim, hosting impressive artists such as Doug Montgomery (piano), the Texas Guitar Trio and the Roco Brass Quintet. Concerts are free and are funded through donations.
Head northeast, and before long you’ll find yourself in Seguin, where the Mid-Texas Symphony (www. mtsymphony.org) offers many performances, including a Christmas Bells special. Theater patrons Ingram is home to the Hill Country Arts Foundation can enjoy shows at both the Texas Theater (www. (www.hcaf.org), which offers lessons, shows thetexas.org) and the Palace Theatre (www. and exhibits. During the holiday season, enjoy a palacetheatretx.com), both of which have a variety of performance of The Christmas Foundling, and don’t live shows throughout the year. miss out on the beautiful artwork on display in the nearby galleries. New Braunfels, halfway between San Antonio and Austin, offers a full suite of entertainment Fredericksburg, famous for its peaches, presents options, from ballet to live music to theater. The charming shops, numerous restaurants and the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre (www.brauntex. Rockbox Theater (www.rockboxtheater.com). The org) is a charming theater located in the heart Rockbox offers the George and Friends Variety Show of New Braunfels’ downtown, and presents live every weekend, featuring some of the best tribute entertainment from all genres including classic November/December 2014 | On The Town 27
country acts such as Hal Ketchum and the Oakridge Page 26 (L-R) Boys along with classical performances such as Ballet New Braunfels’ The Nutcracker. The Circle Arts Theatre New Orleans Blue Serenaders (www.circleartstheatre.org) is another Hill Country Courtesy Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater arts gem, and offers a full season of shows featuring actors from New Braunfels and beyond. Roseanne Cash Photo by Clay Patrick McBride The quaint town of Wimberley is only a little further north, and in addition to beautiful natural scenery, visitors can enjoy performances by the Wimberly Page 27 (L-R) Players (www.wimberlyplayers.org), who offer a full season of community theater. They will perform The Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo Odd Couple Nov. 24-Dec. 7. Photo by Travis Shinn There are enough options around San Antonio to let that New Shanghai Circus autumn breeze blow you in any direction to enjoy an Courtesy Boerne Performing Arts abundance of cultural without getting too far from home.
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November/December 2014 Events Calendar Music Notes Gil Gutierrez & Charlie Bisharat Quartet with vocalist Yesenia McNett 11/1, Sat @ 7:30pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels
Aaron Lewis 11/2, Sun @ 1pm John T. Floore Country Store Slipknot: The Prepare for Hell Tour with special guest Korn 11/2, Sun @ 7pm AT&T Center
San Antonio Symphony Valero Classics Series Tchaikovsky 4 11/1-2, Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Kirill Gerstein, piano Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
UT Rio Grande Valley Trio 11/2, Sun @ 7:30pm Recital Hall â€“ UTSA
Jack Ingram 11/1, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall
Jackie Evancho with members of the SA Symphony 11/5, Wed @ 8pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Mario Flores & The Soda Creek Band 11/1, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Daryl Dodd & Cody Jinks 11/1, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dance Hall
Kalin & Myles: Chase Dreams Tour 11/5, Wed @ 7:30pm River Walk Plaza Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
The Psychedelic Furs with Lemonheads 11/5, Wed @ 8pm Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
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Don Williams with special guest Colm Kirwan 11/6, Thu @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo 11/6, Thu @ 8pm Gruene Hall Dwight Yoakam 11/6, Thu @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store San Antonio Symphony Valero Classics Series Grieg Piano Concerto 11/7-8, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Jon Kimura Parker, piano H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Fred Eaglesmith 11/7, Fri @ 8pm John T. Floore Country Store
Todd Snider (Acoustic) 11/7-8, Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Broadway @ Woodlawn Theatre Celebrity Series: Ana Gasteyer with Host & Pianist Seth Rudetsky 11/8, Sat @ 7:30pm Woodlawn Theatre Wagon Aces 11/8, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dance Hall Doug Moreland 11/8, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Mark McKinney & Phil Hamilton 11/9, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dance Hall Under the Tuscan Sun Musical Bridges Around the World 11/9, Sun @ 6:30pm Alessandro Deljavan, piano Pureum Jo, soprano San Fernando Cathedral
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R. Prasanna 11/10, Mon @ 7:30pm Recital Hall – UTSA
Pepper 11/13, Thu @ 8pm Aztec Theatre
Merle Haggard 11/10, Mon @ 8pm Majestic Theatre
Ray Wylie Hubbard Birthday Bash 11/13, Thu @ 8pm Gruene Hall
Tuesday Musical Club Artist Series Christopher Houlihan, organ 11/11, Tue @ 7:30pm Parker Chapel – Trinity University Lyle Lovett and his acoustic group 11/11, Tue @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts A Diva & A Dude: Joan Bryson and Ryan Bonn 11/12, Thu @ 7:30pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville Cody Johnson & Kyle Park (Acoustic Show) 11/12, Wed @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus Concert 11/13, Thu @ 7pm Laurie Auditorium Trinity University
Mike Blakely Trio 11/14, Fri @ 7pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville Donnie Edwards: The Ultimate Tribute to the King 11/14, Fri @ 7:30pm Brauntex Theatre for the Performing Arts New Braunfels Friday Night Jazz An Army Entertainment Production Nick Colionne, guitar Mindi Abair, saxophone 11/14, Fri @ 8pm Fort Sam Houston Theater (This event is open to authorized DOD ID card holders and guests) The Subdudes: Tribute to Johnny Ray Allen 11/14, Sat @ 8pm Gruene Hall Josh Abbot Band 11/14, Fri @ 8pm John T. Floore Country Store
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Courtney Patton & Charlie Shafter 11/14, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dance Hall San Antonio Symphony Valero Classics Series West Side Story 11/14-16, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Terry Abrams, conductor Julie Albers, cello H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Salim-Sulaiman 11/14, Fri @ 8:45pm Laurie Auditorium Trinity University Charlie Robison 11/15, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store William Clark Green 11/15, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Micky & The Motorcars 11/15, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dance Hall Texas Guitar Quartet Fredericksburg Music Club 11/16, Sun @ 3pm Fredericksburg United Methodist Quartetto di Cremona San Antonio Chamber Music Society 11/16, Sun @ 3:15pm Temple Beth-El
Switchfoot with Gungor 11/16, Sun @ 8pm Aztec Theatre An Evening with Primus & The Chocolate Factory 11/17, Mon @ 8pm Majestic Theatre Grayson Street Jazz 11/20, Thu @ 7pm Lambermont House Phantom 46: Tribute To Foreigner 11/20, Thu @ 7:30pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels Turnpike Troubadours 11/20-21, Thu-Fri @ 8pm Gruene Hall Camerata San Antonio Clarinet & Strings Ilya Shterenberg, clarinet 11/20, Thu @ 7:30pm Kerrville First Presbyterian 11/21, Fri @ 7:30pm Boerne First United Methodise 11/23, Sun @ 3pm San Antonio Christ Episcopal Kick A Boot Band 11/21, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dance Hall Wayne Hancock 11/21, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store
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Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan 11/22, Sat @ 7:30pm Lila Cockrell Theater Craig Morgan 11/22, Sat @ 8pm Aztec Theatre Little River Band KONO 101.1 Presentation (Big Night Out – Dave Rios’ 20th Anniversary Party) 11/22, Sat @ 8pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Dirty River Boys 11/22, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Paul Thorn Band & Dan Dyer 11/22, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dance Hall Heart of Texas Concert Band Saint-Saens Organ Symphony 11/23, Sun @ 3pm Cheryl Cellon Lindquist, organ Mark Rogers, conductor Trinity Baptist Leon Russell 11/23, Sun @ 8pm Aztec Theatre Willie Nelson 11/23, Sun @ 7:30pm Majestic Theatre
Wade Bowen 11/26, Wed @ 8pm Gruene Hall
Thomas Michael Riley 11/29, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dance Hall
A Braun Family Thanksgiving with Reckless Kelly 11/26, Wed @ 8:30pm John T. Floore Country Store
Corey Smith 11/29, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store
South Texas Jazz Presents: Holiday Swing 11/28, Fri @ 7:30pm Charline McCombs Empire Theatre Hayes Carll 11/28, Fri @ 8pm Gruene Hall Almost Patsy Cline Band 11/28, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dance Hall
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 11/29, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Copperleaf Quintet at The McNay: Belle Voix 11/30, Sun @ 2pm McNay Art Musuem Down 12/1, Mon @ 8:30pm Aztec Theatre
San Antonio Choral Society Handel’s Messiah Community Sing 11/29, Sat @ 7pm Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
SOLI Chamber Ensemble Hear 12/1, Mon @ 7:30pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 12/2, Tue @ 7:30pm Ruth Taylor Recital HallTrinity University
Marquinn Middleton and The Miracle Chorale: The Gospel According to the Truth Tour 11/29, Sat @ 7pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Musical Offerings Presents Gems of Impressionism – Works by Faure, Ibert, Debussy and more 12/2, Tue @7pm Laurel Heights United Methodist
Cory Morrow 11/28, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store
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Pat Donohue, guitar Encore Series at Texas State 12/3, Wed @ 7:30pm Price Senior Center San Marcos Symphony of the Hills Joy! Christmas Favorites 12/4, Thu @ 7:30pm Dr. Jay Dunnahoo, conductor Kathleen C. Cailloux Theatre Kerrville Music by Pedrito Martinez Carver Community Cultural Center Presentation 12/5, Fri @ 8pm Jo Long Theatre John Hiatt Solo 12/5, Fri @ 8pm Aztec Theatre Jason Boland & The Stragglers 12/5, Fri @ 8pm Gruene Hall Wagon Aces 12/5, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dance Shinyribs 12/5, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Rosanne Cash: The River & The Thread in Concert 12/6, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall
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Texas Tornados & Joe King Carrasco 12/6, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dance Hall The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio: Rejoice and Sing 12/7, Sun @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Robert Earl Keen Merry Christmas for the Fam-O-Lee with special guest Terri Hendrix 12/9, Tue @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Wynton Marsalis & Cecile McLorin Salvant Arts San Antonio Presentation 12/10, Wed @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Fiesta Navidad Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano Arts San Antonio Presentation 12/11, Thu @ 7:30pm Aztec Theatre Michael Martin Murphey Cowboy Christmas 12/12, Fri @ 8pm Aztec Theatre
Jerry Jeff Walker 12/12-13, Fri-Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Christmas at First 12/13-14, Sat @ 5pm Sun @ 5:30pm & 7:15pm First Baptist Church Christmas with the San Antonio Chamber Choir 12/13, Sat @ 7:30pm Immaculate Conception Chapel Oblate School of Theology 12/14, Sun @ 3pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Alex Clare-Three Hearts 12/13, Sat @ 9pm Aztec Theatre Cody Canada & The Departed 12/13, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Christmas with Voci di Sorelle: A Farewell Performance 12/14, Sun @ 3pm Chapel of the Incarnate Word Camerata San Antonio Camerata Recital Martha Long, flute Diannne Frazier, piano 12/14, Sun @ 3pm San Antonio Christ Episcopal
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Mid-Texas Symphony Christmas Bells 12/14, Sun @ 4pm David Mairs, conductor River City Ringers, MTS Chorus And Children’s Chorus Jackson Auditorium Texas Lutheran University Seguin Christmas with Sandi Patty TexMo Entertainment Star Concert Series 12/15, Mon @ 7pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville Blind Boys of Alabama & Mavis Staples 12/16, Tue @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Stewart Mann & The Statesboro Revue: Tribute to the Rolling Stones 12/18, Thu @ 7:30pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels An Intimate Evening with Hal Ketchum 12/19, Fri @ 7:30pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels Bruce & Kelly’s Holiday Shindig 12/19, Fri @ 8pm Aztec Theatre
Mike and the Moonpies 12/19, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dance Casey Donahew Band 12/19, Fri @ 8pm Gruene Hall San Antonio Symphony Pops Holiday Pops 12/19-21, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Akiko Fujimoto, conductor Children’s Chorus of San Antonio H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts JB and the Moonshine Band 12/19, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Hallmark Channel Presents Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2014 12/20, Sat @ 3pm & 8pm AT&T Center Snow Globe: Christmas with The 4 Proches 12/20, Sat @ 7:30pm Steve W. Shepherd Theater Fredericksburg Gregory Porter Carver Community Cultural Center Presentation 12/20, Sat @ 8pm Jo Long Theatre
Cody Canada & Family Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas 12/20. Sat @ 8pm Brauntex Theatre for the Performing Arts New Braunfels Gary P. Nunn Christmas 12/20, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dance Hall Bob Schneider 12/20, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Stoney LaRue 12/26, Fri @ 8pm Gruene Hall Dale Watson 12/26, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dance Hall Gary P. Nunn 12/26, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store
San Antonio Symphony and Opera San Antonio Patricia Racette Diva on Detour 12/31, Wed @ 8pm H-E-B Performance Hall @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Charlie Robison with Theiving Birds 12/31, Wed @ 8pm Gruene Hall Thomas Michael Riley 12/31, Wed @ 8pm Luckenbach Dance Hall The Spazmatics New Year’s Eve Party 12/31, Wed @ 9pm Aztec Theatre
JB and the Moonshine Band & The O’s 12/27, Sat @ 9pm Luckenbach Dance Hall
Raisin’ Cane Jasmine Guy & Avery Sharpe Trio Encore Series at Texas State 11/1, Sat @ 7:30pm Evans Auditorium Texas State University San Marcos
Aaron Watson 12/27, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall
The Rocky Horror Show 11/1, Sat @ 8pm Cameo Theatre
Roger Creager 12/28, Sun @ 8pm Gruene Hall
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A Perfect Sized Lie: The Finale 11/1-2, Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 4:30pm Jo Long Theatre @ The Carver Blithe Spirit Fredericksburg Theater Company 11/1-2, Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm Steve W. Shepherd Theater Fredericksburg The Wizard of Oz 11/1-2, Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Russell Hill Rogers Theater The Playhouse San Antonio End of the Rainbow 11/1-2, Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Cellar Theatre @ Playhouse San Antonio
The Trojan Women 11/1-15, Thu @ 7:30pm Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 2:30pm (no shows on Friday) Sheldon Vexler Theatre @ Barshop Jewish Community Center The Beasts of Braverly Grove 11/1-15, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 7pm The Overtime Theater Dirty Dancing (touring) North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio 11/4-9, Tue-Thu @ 7:30pm Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Sun @ 2pm & 7:30pm Majestic Theatre Carpet Bag Theatre’s Speed Killed My Cousin 11/6-8, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Little Carver Theatre
The Game’s Afoot 11/1, Sat @ 7:30pm 11/2, Sun@ 2:30pm 11/7-8, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Playhouse 2000 @ Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville
Fddler on the Wurst 11/7-9, Fri @ 7:30pm Sat @ 4pm & 7:30pm Sun @ 4pm 11/10-16, Mon-Fri @ 7:30pm Sat @ 4pm & 7:30pm Sun @ 4pm Circle Arts Theatre New Braunfels
Carrie, The Musical 11/1-9, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 3pm (No performance Sat, 11/8) Woodlawn Theatre
A Southern Exposure 11/7-22, Thu @ 7:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm Boerne Community Theatre
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Trek Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself 11/7-22, Fri-Sat @ 8pm The Rose Theatre Company Ghosts 11/7-23, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm The Classic Theatre of San Antonio The Great American Trailer Park Musical 11/8-12/6, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 4pm (special added Saturday matinee, 12/6 @ 2:30pm) Cameo Theatre David Sedaris 11/9, Sun @ 3pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Attic Rep 11/12-23, Wed-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theatre Tobin Center for the Performing Arts The Odd Couple 11/14-12/7, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2:30pm The Wimberley Players
Las Nuevas Tamaleras Encore Series at Texas State 11/16, Sun @ 7:30pm Evans Auditorium Texas State University San Marcos The Color Purple (touring) 11/21, Fri @ 8pm Majestic Theatre Las Nuevas Tamaleras 11/28-12/7, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm 12/12-14, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm Guadalupe Theater Murder at the Chateau le Shadow 11/28-12/27, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 7pm The Overtime Theater Irving Berlin’s White Christmas 11/28-12/28, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 3pm (except Sun, 12/7 which is at 7:30pm) Woodlawn Theatre Sweater Curse Classic Presents Series 12/4-7, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm The Classic Theatre of San Antonio
Christmas at Broken Pine 12/5-14, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2:30pm Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theater Kerrville Sanders Family Christmas 12/5-14, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm Circle Arts Theatre New Braunfels Holy Holidays B@tman! 12/5-20, Fri-Sat @ 8pm The Rose Theatre Company Fiddler on the Roof 12/5-22, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Russell Hill Rogers Theater The Playhouse San Antonio The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical 12/6-1/1, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 4pm (special New Year’s Eve show Wednesday, 12/31 @ 8pm and New Year’s Day show Thursday, 1/1 @ 2:30pm) Cameo Theatre Disney Presents The Lion King (touring) North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio 12/10-12/14, Wed @ 7:30pm Thu @ 2pm & 7:30pm
Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Sun @ 1pm & 6:30pm 12/16-21, Tue-Thu @ 7:30pm Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Sun @ 1pm & 6:30pm 12/23, Tue @ 7:30pm 12/25-28, Thu @ 7:30pm Fri-Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Sun @ 1pm & 6:30pm 12/30-12/31, Tue @ 7:30pm Wed @ 2pm & 6:30pm 1/2-4, Fri-Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Sun @ 1pm Majestic Theatre Cirque Dreams – Holidaze Tobin Center Signature Series 12/11-14, Thu @ 7:30pm Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Sun 2pm & 7pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Holiday Show featuring The Sentimental Journey Orchestra 12/11-14, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm Steve W. Shepherd Theater Fredericksburg November/December 2014 | On The Town 41
Alamo Vaudeville Prestented by Courvier Productions 12/13, Sat @ 8pm Carlos Alvarez Theater Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Opera Opera Piccola of San Antonio Trouble in Tahiti 11/1-2, Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
Dance Les Ballets Trocadero Arts San Antonio Presentation 11/13, Thu @ 7:30pm Majestic Theatre Ballet Magnificat: The Most Incredible Christmas 11/22, Sat @ 7:20pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville An Irish Christmas Arts San Antonio Presentation 11/23, Sun @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Ballet San Antonio The Nutcracker 11/28-30, Fri-Sun @ 2pm & 7pm 12/4-7, Thu-Fri @ 7pm Sat @ 2pm & 7pm Sun @ 2pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Moscow Balletâ€™s Great Russian Nutcracker 11/29-30, Sat @ 3pm & 7pm Sun @ 1pm Majestic Theatre Ballet New Braunfels The Nutcracker 12/12-13, Fri @ 7pm Sat @ 1pm & 7pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels The Nutcracker Arts San Antonio Presentation 12/19-21, Fri @ 7:30pm Sat @ 2pm & 7:30pm Sun @2pm Lila Cockrell Theater Alamo City Dance Company The Nutcracker 12/20-21, Sat @ 2pm & 6pm Sun @ 1pm McAllister Auditorium San Antonio College
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Comedy Andy Gross 11/1-2, Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Sean Donnelly 11/1, Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Patrick Melton 11/5, Wed @ 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Carmen Lynch 11/5-9, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Ralph Harris 11/6-9, Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
Scott White 11/12-13, Wed-Thu @ 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Jon Reep 11/14-16, Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Michael Mack 11/12-16, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood 11/13, Thu @ 8pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Lewis Black: The Rant is Due Tour 11/15, Sat @ 8pm Majestic Theatre
Jay Mohr 11/8, Sat @ 8pm Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
Drew Fraser 11/19-23, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club
Comedy Under The Stars with Brad Garrett, Bobby Henline, Raul Sanchez and Joe Kashnow 11/9, Sun @ 8:30pm John T. Floore Country Store
Jamie Lee 11/20-23, Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
Last Comic Standing 11/21, Fri @ 8pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Mike E. Windfield 11/28-30, Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Sam Demaris 11/28-30, Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Sun @ 8:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Greg Vaccariello 12/3-7, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Margaret Cho 12/5-6, Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club D.L. Hughley A Night of Laughter 12/6, Sat @ 8pm Laurie Auditorium Trinity University Shayla Rivera 12/10-14, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club
Jo Koy 12/12-14, Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 7pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Patti Vasquez 12/17-21, Wed-Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Marc Theobold 12/17-21, Wed, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Chris Fonseca 12/25-28 Thu & Sun @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Patrick Melton 12/25-28, Thu & Sun @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm & 10:30pm Rivercenter Comedy Club Alex Reymundo 12/31, 8pm & 10:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Kristin Key 12/31, Wed @ 8pm & 10:15pm Rivercenter Comedy Club
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Children’s Miss Nelson is Missing 11/1-8, Tue-Thu @ 9:45am & 11:30am Fri @ 9:45am, 11:30am & 7pm Sat @ 2pm The Magik Theatre Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend 11/4, Tue @ 3pm & 6pm Lila Cockrell Theater Frogz Imago Theatre Arts San Antonio 11/7, Fri @ 7:30pm Charline McCombs Empire Theatre Theater Tots Children’s Theater Littlest Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving 11/12-26, Wed-Thu & Sat @ 10am Rose Theatre Company Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells 11/21-23, Fri @ 11:30am & 7pm Sat @ 2pm & 6pm Sun @ 2pm 11/25-26, Tue-Wed @ 9:45am & 11:30am 11/29-30, Sat @ 2pm & 6pm Sun @ 2pm 12/2-7, Tue-Wed @ 9:45am & 11:30am Fri @ 9:45am, 11:30am
& 7pm Sat @ 2pm & 6pm Sun @ 2pm 12/9-14, Tue-Thu @ 9:45am & 11:30am Fri @ 11:30am & 7pm Sat @ 2pm & 6pm Sun @ 2pm 12/16-21, Tue-Thu @ 9:45am & 11:30am Fri @ 11:30am & 7pm Sat @ 10:30am & 2pm Sun @ 2pm 12/22-28, Tue-Wed @ 9:45am & 11:30am Sat @ 10:30am & 2pm Sun @ 2pm The Fresh Beat Band 11/25, Tue @ 6:30pm Majestic Theatre Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Music Is Awesome! 11/29, Sat @ 2pm & 5pm Laurie Auditorium – Trinity University The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Children’s Fine Arts Series Presentation 12/15, Mon @ 11am & 6:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Theater Tots Children’s Theater Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 12/17-23, Wed-Thu & Sat @ 10am Rose Theatre Company
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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical 12/22-24, Mon @ 7pm Tue @ 2pm & 7pm Thu @ 2pm H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Dark and Lovely Jennifer Datchuk Now thru 11/9 Emergence Catherine Lee Now thru 11/9 Loading… Tommy Gregory Now thru 11/9
Spatial Planes Featuring Valerie Arber, Fall 2014 International Jeffery Dell, Haylee Artist-In-Residence Ebersole, Angela Fox, Takashi Arai Tokyo, Japan Mari LaCure, Monika Meler, Adam Helms Brooklyn, Gary Nichols, Samantha New York Parker Salazar, Elvia Perrin Anna Krachey Austin, Texas & Kate Shepherd Mika Yoshitake, curator 12/4-2/15 In Residence – now thru 11/17 Tierra y Libertad Exhibition – 11/13-1/11 Featuring Fernando Andrade Hudson Showroom 12/4-2/15 Invasive Species: Landscapes by Justin Boyd, Adriana Corral and Joey Fauerso Now thru 1/4 Window Works Jimmy James Canales Now thru 1/4 BLUE STAR CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM Code-Mixing Caroline Santa Now thru 11/9
Northern Triangle Featuring Adriana Corral, Joey Fauerso, Mark Menjivar, Jason Reed, Noah Sadowski, Vincent Valdez, Jennifer Whitney & Ricky Yanas 12/4-2/15 BIHL HAUS ARTS Some Kind of Primitive: A Solo Exhibition by Antonio Serna Now thru 12/13
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BRISCOE WESTERN ART MUSEUM Voices of the West Distinguished Lecture Series S.C. Gwynne 11//6, Thu @ 6:30pm Dolores Huerta 12/4, Thu @ 6:30pm Jack Guenther Pavilion GUADALUPE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER Museo Gaudalupe Coyotes y Conejos Works by Rick Armendariz Now thru 11/10 INSTITUTE OF TEXAN CULTURES Texas Art Quilts and Modern Masterpieces Now thru 1/11 Distinguished Artist Veterans 11/1-1/4 LINDA PACE FOUNDATION Parallax by Shahzia Sikander Thru 3/7 SPACE:The Linda Pace Foundation Gallery Now thru 9/13
Adam (Public Artwork) By Arturo Herrera 25’ h x 98’ w, Frost Bank Garage Commerce at Main Now thru 12/2016 McNAY ART MUSEUM American Masters from the Collection of Janet and Joe Westheimer Now thru 12/14 Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art Now thru 1/4 Manet to Gauguin Now thru 1/4 School at Sunset Hills Now thru 1/4 Artists Take the Stage Now thru 1/25 Villinski Now thru 7/26 Fait Accompli 12/17-5/10 SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN Art in the Garden 2014 (In conjunction with Blue Star Contemporary Art Center) Now thru 1/31/15 November/December 2014 | On The Town 47
Nature Conects: Art with Lego ® Bricks Now thru 1/4
Greg Kinney: Forty Years of Color Now thru 11/9
SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART
Intense & Fragile 11/20-1/25
Diego Rivera in San Antonio: A Small Focus Exhibition (On Display at Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art at SAMA)
Liz Rodda: Plateau 11/20-1/23
Legacy of Beauty: An Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics in Honor of Walter F. Brown Now thru 1/4 Raices Americanas: Recent Acquistions of Pre-Columbian Art Now thru February 2915 Nelson Rockefeller’s Picassos: Tapestries Commissioned for Kykuit 12/20-3/8 SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART Altering Space Now thru 11/9 Kate Ritson: Corona: Now thru 11/9 Timothy McCoy: Long, Long Journey to the Sea Now thru 11/7
TEXAS A&M EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL ART CENTER Besos de la Muerte: Photographs from Mexico City by Ruben C. Cordova Now thru 2/1 Children of the Revolucion… Los Antepasados – Altar inspired By the Cortez family Now thru 2/1 WITTE MUSEUM Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body Now thru 11/3 Two Women Look West: Photographs of King Ranch by Helen C. Kleberg and Toni Frissell Now thru 1/4 H-E-B Body Adventure Now Open
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Miscellaneous Tejas Rodeo Thru 11/29, Sat @ 7:30pm Tejas Rodeo Company Arena Zootennial Thru 12/31 San Antonio Zoo San Antonio-The Saga Thru 12/31, Tue, Fri, Sat & Sun @ 9pm Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights 11/1, Sat @ 5pm Alamo Plaza Dia de los Muertos Celebration 11/1-2 Market Square-El Mercado Pearl Farmer’s Market 11/1-12/27, Sat / 9am-1pm Pearl Brewery Complex Luminaria 2014 Between North & South 11/7-8, Fri-Sat / 6pm-12am River North (area between Tobin Center and San Antonio Museum of Art) Wurstfest 11/7-16, Mon-Wed / 5pm9:30pm Thu-Fri / 5pm-11:30pm Sat / 11am-12:30pm Sun / 11am-9:30pm Landa Park New Braunfels
Texas Tractor Pull Extravaganza 11/14-15, Fri-Sat @ 7pm Freeman Coliseum Top Rank Boxing 11/15, Sat @ 7pm Illusions Theater @ The Alamodome Light The Way 2014 11/22-1/6 University of the Incarnate Word Human Space Flight 11/23, Sun @ 3pm Featuring Chris Kraft – The Father of Mission Control and additional guests Sun @ 3pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony 11/28, Fri @ 7:30pm River Walk Dickens on Main 11/28-29, Fri-Sat / 10am10:30pm Downtown Boerne Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias 12/5-21 – Fri-Sun / 7pm10pm River Walk 5th Annual Tamales! Holiday Festival 12/6, Sat / 12pm-6pm Pearl Complex
Dog Days 12/6-7, Sat-Sun San Antonio Botanical Garden La Gran Posada 12/21, Sun @ 6pm San Fernando Cathedral Celebrate San Antonio New Year’s Eve Festival 12/31, Wed Alamo Street between Market and Cesar Chavez
Coming Soon Valero Alamo Bowl 1/2 – Alamodome
Opera San Antonio: Salome 1/8, 1/11 – H-E-B Performance Hall @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
ZZ Top 1/17-19 - Majestic Theatre
Kathleen Madigan 1/9 – H-E-B Performance Hall @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
The Oak Ridge Boys 1/23 – Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels
Nancy Zhou 1/11 – Coker United Methodist
Wilson Phillips 1/24 – Victoria Fine Arts Center Victoria
Vocal Trash 1/11 – Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville
In The Mood 1/19 – Lila Cockrell Theater
Canadian Brass 1/30 – Champions Auditorium Boerne Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story 2/3 – H-E-B Performance Hall @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Elvis Lives! 2/4 – Majestic Theatre
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai Chicago: The Musical 1/27-2/1 – Majestic Theatre 2/4-8 – Freeman Coliseum
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Itzhak Perlman 2/8 – H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Billy Strayhorn Centennial Concert 2/8 – Jo Long Theatre Night in New Orleans 2/8 – Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville Paul Taylor Dance Company 2/10 – Majestic Theatre Alice Cooper 2/11 – Majestic Theatre Johnny Mathis 2/12 – Majestic Theatre Ballet San Antonio: Romeo & Juliet 2/12-15 – H-E-B Performance Hall @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo 2/12-28 – AT&T Center The Very Best of Celtic Thunder 2/13 – Majestic Theatre
3 Redneck Tenors 2/14 – Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels
New Shanghai Circus 2/26 – Champion Auditorium Boerne
Ana Gasteyer Courtesy Woodlawn Theatre
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles 2/14-15 – Majestic Theatre
Peking Acrobats 2/27 – H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
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Christopher Houlihan Photo by Ali Winberry
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Lyle Lovett Courtesy Majestic Theatre
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 2/16 – Majestic Theatre San Antonio Symphony Strauss Festival Requiem – 1/16-17 Don Juah – 1/23-24 La Valse – 1/30-31 Heldenleben – 2/6-7 H-E-B Performance Hall @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Jekyll & Hyde 2/17-19, H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Kodo 2/20 – H-E-B Performance Hall Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Complexion Contemporary Ballet 2/21 – Jo Long Theatre 50 Shades: The Musical 2/24-3/1 – Carlos Alvarez Studio Theatre Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
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Sebastian Lang-Lessing Photo by Marks Moore Kirill Gerstein Photo by Marco Borggreve Mario Flores Courtesy liveatfloores.com Jackie Evancho Courtesy jackieevancho. com Page 34 (L-R) Don Williams Courtesy Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Dwight Yoakam Courtesy dwightyoakam. com Jon Kimura Parker Photo by Tara McMullen
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TEJAS RODEO COMPANY:
rodeo, steaks and more By Olivier J. Bourgoin, a.k.a. Olivier the Wine Guy Photography Greg Harrison
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ith fall weather having descended upon us, football season is in full swing. According to Wikipedia, the official sport of Texas is not football, it’s rodeo. Although the rodeo season will be coming to a close soon (it runs for nine months out of the year, from March through the end of November), there still is time to enjoy some evenings of action-packed fun and tumble. During the season, the Tejas Rodeo Company features an hour and a half of full-speed action, with a variety of competitive events every Saturday night. But that’s not ” all. A slew of other activities also are featured each week, including concerts as well as an award-winning chefmanaged steakhouse.
variety of greens, as well as some melons, cantaloupes, watermelons, etc. Of course, we still have to buy some produce to supplement, but we are starting to grow a good amount as well as pretty much all of the herbs we need, rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, chives and green onions.” Apparently all the hard work is paying off. “We have been receiving all kinds of good press recently,” Horstmann said. “We have been listed as the best steakhouse and more recently as best barbecue in Texas in a travel blog written by an author who has been crisscrossing the country in search of the best barbecue joints in America. And of course, the USA Today article in their travel section which mentioned us as the best area destination restaurant in the San Antonio region didn’t hurt either.”
Even after the rodeo season ends, the restaurant stays busy. It is a popular destination for holiday corporate Although Horstmann considers San Antonio home, events and for private rodeo events. Located in Bulverde, growing up in a military family presented certain a few miles north from Loop 1604, Tejas Rodeo should be challenges, he said. a “must visit” on everyone’s wish list. He lived in Charleston, S.C., for a short while and also Business partners and co-owners Trey Martin and in North Texas. “I attended nine different schools over a Yancey James have been managing this place for over 10-year period,” he said. Eventually Horstmann attended a decade. Martin is the majority owner as well as the Trinity University, where he studied political science and real estate developer while James is in charge of the psychology. Then he started making the proverbial rounds of the San Antonio culinary scene. “I have been blessed rodeo operations. to meet so many great people,” he said. “I remember Although some things have changed over the years (a shucking oysters with Jeret Peña (famed mixologist and full-fledged smokehouse was added in 2007), the basic owner of the Brooklynite Bar) at restaurant Pesca at the premise is still the same: “To serve good food in a fun and original Watermark Hotel on the River Walk. We learned with each other and from each other.” festive environment.” The third member of the management triumvirate is general manager Tom Ozene. More recently the group acquired a fourth member with the addition of talented chef Tyler Hortsmann. The energetic young chef rules the kitchen and has been instrumental in successfully sustaining a surge in business growth while steadily improving the fare offered to patrons.
While working at La Mansion Del Rio with chef Scott Cohen, Horstmann also met Luciano Ciorciari (co-owner of Gaucho Gourmet). Horstmann also worked briefly at the Westin La Cantera before helping Chef Cohen open Brasserie Pavil, where he met sommelier Adam Spencer.
“Adam, Luciano, Jeret, we all came up the ranks at the same time. We used to commiserate and complain about One of his passions is locally grown products. “During people always talking about Austin and ‘dissing’ San this past summer, we served a Texas Peach Gelato,” Antonio’s (food scene), but it’s really happening here Horstmann said. “We grew the peaches in our orchard, now, and I’m excited to have been a small part of it,” then macerated them in brandy and bourbon. Finally, we Horstmann said. gave them to James Whitson (of Brindles Awesome Ice Creams) for him to do his thing. It was the first time using “After Pavil, I moved to Watermark Grill. We did some great things there, including an exclusive wine dinner something from our own garden. It was awesome!“ with (famed winemaker) Merry Edwards. I loved my Currently, “We are making some changes to our brunch job, and the money was good. I had a vision to create a and dinner menus,” he said. “We are in our first season menu using locally sourced and sustainable products, of using garden vegetables from our own garden. We and at first the owner said he agreed but then he hired a are growing tomatoes, okra, banana peppers and a consulting firm to review all of our systems. November/December 2014 | On The Town 55
They recommended to stop using sustainable products. They said people ‘didn’t care’ about that stuff. That went completely against my philosophy, so I resigned. In the end, I don’t regret my decision at all. It was all for the best, and I am proud of the fact that I didn’t compromise my principles. I was 26 years old, and I left a good-paying job but I took my stand on principles and I walked away,” Horstmann said.
only because I can seethe potential of this place. I call it ‘creative frustration’ because it drives me. The product we offer is truly a fantastic value. It’s true and authentic, and I’m also doing what I always wanted to do. Nothing fatty during the past year; I took 90 percent of the fried food off the menu. The beef we offer is locally raised and grassfed. We also serve duck and rabbit from the Texas Hill Country. As much as I can, I buy local and Texas-raised product. Most of our seafood is sustainable. We get most As is often the case, when a door closes, another one of it from Groomer’s. Our catfish comes from a family opens. After leaving the Watermark Grill, Horstmann took catfish farm, and our salmon is raised in open waters.” some time off to travel -- part work, part pleasure. “I went to Mexico and to France and met some fantastic people With a brief sigh, he adds: “I do miss my friends. We all and worked in some great kitchens,” he said. work long hours. I miss the days when we would meet for a drink downtown after work and talk about our day and “It’s crazy how things work out, but when I was in Paris, I share our experiences, picking each others’ brains about literally bumped into a friend of mine at the Eiffel Tower foodie stuff, like how to infuse this or that flavor into a and in a roundabout way, that’s what led me to this dish. Now? Last night I didn’t get home from work until 3 position here at Tejas Rodeo, where on a typical Saturday a.m., and I was back here at nine, but my life is blessed. I we serve 600 to 700 people plus another 200 to 300 at was raised by good parents with good work ethics.” the smokehouse. All our food comes out in record time and at the perfect temperature. Our steaks are ‘Heart Tejas Rodeo Company: 401 Obst Road in Bulverde Brand’ prime meat from Beeman Family Ranch. They take (830) 980-2226 | www.TejasRodeo.com extreme care of their meat, and we serve it for about half Steakhouse Hours : Thursday 5-10pm, the price of the top steakhouses in town.” Friday & Saturday 11-11pm, The chef is on a roll and his excitement is contagious. Sunday 11am-9pm (Brunch 11am-2pm) “I love what I’m doing here,” Horstmann said. “I’m in the * Portions of this article were previously published in driver’s, seat and I truly feel blessed. I’m frustrated but The San Antonian, May ‘14 56 On The Town | September/October November/December2014 2014
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San Antonio Cocktail Conference Mixes It Up Parties, classes, tastings combine for a perfect event By Bonny Osterhage
rafting the perfect, quality cocktail relies on assembling just the right ingredients and meticulously blending them in such a way that something special is created. The same can be said of crafting the San Antonio Cocktail Conference (SACC). The four-day Cocktail Conference extravaganza assembles all the right ingredients, combining equal amounts of education and expertise, fun and philanthropy, and blends them together to create what Fodor’s Travel has deemed the third-best cocktail festival in the country. This year’s event takes place Jan. 15-18 and once again will bring cocktail experts, top bartenders, sponsors and cocktail aficionados to the Alamo City for drinking and dining. As has been the tradition since its inception four years ago, 100 percent of the SACC proceeds are donated to local children’s charities.
we are most proud of and that sets us apart.” CELEBRATING COCKTAIL CULTURE The San Antonio Cocktail Conference is about more than just libations. It’s about the entire cocktail culture, which encompasses art, music and fine dining. The SACC celebrates that lifestyle through seminars, tastings, competitions and, of course, parties. “We recognize that food and music are part of the culture of cocktails, and the parties are designed to reflect the full cocktail experience,” Siegel said.
No detail has been overlooked in the planning of the 2015 SACC parties, which are being held in some of the most beautiful and historic venues in downtown San Antonio. The stunning Majestic Theatre, with its starry sky ceiling, will be transformed with flooring over the seats to accommodate guests for the kickoff “Over the past three years, we have given more than party Jan. 15. Featuring live music, delicious food $240,000 to benefit local children’s charities,” said Cathy and specialty cocktails, the party will be bigger and Siegel, executive director of Houston Street Charities, the more elaborate than in previous years, setting the organization behind the event. “It’s one of the things that tone for the entire event. 58 On The Town | November/December 2014
The historic St. Anthony Hotel will be home to “Waldorf on the Prairie” Jan. 16. The elegant venue is the perfect blend of New York Edwardian-era décor and romance, reminiscent of the Waldorf Astoria, combined with old Texas charm.
can learn the art of mixing, while mingling with other like-minded cocktail enthusiasts at any of the dozens of seminars and classes that will take place Jan. 16 and 17 throughout both days.
Held at the Sheraton Gunther Hotel and downtown hot “I am so excited about the addition of this venue,” Siegel spots, the seminars give everyone from the novice to the said. “I remember the St. Anthony as I was growing up, and industry expert an opportunity to learn something new, it was this beautiful grande dame hotel. It is so exciting to try something different, or hone their craft. have venue partners with such a rich history in our city.” It may be learning to throw your own killer cocktail party, On Jan. 17, guests will be treated to the sounds of a live or exploring ways to enhance the flavor of your favorite 16-piece orchestra as they take A Stroll on Houston Street. drink with specialty herbs, or it may be a Parties will take place all along the route, bookended by seminar designed for small bar owners with big dreams Bohanan’s Restaurant & Bar and Lüke River Walk. to grow their business. The 2015 SACC wraps up Jan. 18 with brunch at the “What makes us unique is that everyone can benefit from Sheraton Gunther Hotel, and the Original Cocktail Contest the classes and seminars,” Siegel said. “Both the aficionado and closing party at the Aztec Theater. and the novice become more confident in the language of the cocktail, while industry pros can pick up new tricks “We’ve taken advantage of every beautiful location in of the trade.” town to hold all of these events,” Siegel said. “These environments perfectly compliment and capture the feel For a complete listing of events and seminars, visit www. of what SACC is all about. “ sanantoniococktailconference.com and reserve space early as tickets sell quickly. MIXING AND MINGLING SACC parties are not the only opportunities to mix and “It’s an all-around good time and all for a good cause,” mingle during the four-day festivities. In fact, guests Siegel said. “We are pulling out all the stops.” November/December 2014 | On The Town 59
GRAPE CREEK, a long-established Texas vineyard and winery, just keeps getting bigger and better. By: Olivier J. Bourgoin, aka. Olivier the Wine Guy 60 On The Town | November/December 2014
orn and raised in Phoenix, Ariz., Grape Creek Winery owner Brian Heath graduated with an engineering degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. After a career which culminated in the world of finance as president of U.S distribution with Ameriprise Financial, Heath bought Grape Creek Vineyards from the heirs of its founder, Ned Simes, after Simes’ death. In doing so, Heath acquired a good foundation on which to build.
Simes as a very personable individual with whom, oddly enough, I shared a love for ice hockey. Simes said he played hockey during his youth in Houston in the 1940s and ’50s.
Simes planted the original vineyard in the 1980s. He started producing wine commercially in the late ’80s, but soon after, a vineyard blight destroyed many Texas vineyards, including Grape Creek. All the vines had to be ripped out of the ground and I had the good fortune to meet Ned Simes in the everything had to be replanted from scratch. mid-1990s. At the time, I owned a specialty wine shop near Alamo Plaza called Blum Street Cellars. Since those early days, production has increased Wines from Grape Creek winery were frequently from 2,500 to 3,000 cases per year at the time Heath featured on our tasting bar back then. I remember acquired the property, to almost 40,000 cases today. November/December 2014 | On The Town 61
“ The first thing we did when we bought it was to make some impor tant improvements to the real estate,” Heath said. “At the time, there was just one house on the proper ty, which was Ned’s original home, in an oak grove. We renovated the home and added a new building, and we also added a brand-new winer y facility. We went from under 4,000 square feet of space and six production tanks to about 25,000 square feet of space and 25 tanks.” What else is new at Grape Creek Winery? “First of all, our wine club has grown dramatically,” Heath said. “At some point, we may have to tap it. We also have two fun projects on the boards. First, we are about to break ground on a trattoria. Jason Stout of Stout’s Pizza will be the operator. We plan on serving pasta dishes, charcuterie plates and, of course, the stone-baked pizza Stout is famous for.”
“But the second fun project we are getting involved in and which we are very excited about is something brand- new. In fact, we just closed on the deal today,” Heath said. “Every year, we take our staff on a wine-centric company trip. This year, we went to Paso Robles, and we just happened upon a small winery that was for sale. We had not planned at all on buying another winery, especially not one in California, but we fell in love with the place, and the more we talked about it, the more it started to make sense.”
The winery, located near Saxum Winery, is a rare gem, he said, “the kind of property you just don’t normally find available for sale: 15 acres of mountainside, producing amazing, ultra-premium fruit. It was a rarely unusual find, and it will give us some additional insight into some varietals that are just not too well suited to be grown here in Texas. Our plan is to crush out there and make the Heath said he also is planting some grapes that wine here. I like to say that we are ‘liberating the are better suited to the Texas climate. “Today we grapes from California and bringing them to the are growing some Alianico, Montepulciano, some Republic of Texas.’ We plan on using the juice from Chenin for sparkling, and next spring we’ll plant that vineyard to make some limited-edition wines some Albariño,” he said. to be released only to the special members of our
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wine club. This will be a club within a club, with a Competition. We are fortunate to have great, special type of membership like an ‘Owner’s Club talented employees. Our winemaker, Jason Englert, Designated Vineyard’ membership.” may be the most awarded winemaker in Texas.” Heath added: “But that does not mean that we’re not committed to Texas fruit. That is just simply not true. Eighty percent of the grapes we use are grown in Texas, and we are getting ready to contract some additional acreage, which will give us 140 acres within Texas. You have to contract at the time it is being planted so it involves a lot of planning.” He said his business also gets some grapes from Deming, N.M., -primarily Cab Franc and Sangiovese -- and a few more from California, as needed.
What made Heath decide to get into the business? “It was moment of insanity,” he said with a laugh. “I have a hard time answering that question. Don’t get me wrong, I like the wine business, I like being creative, and a vineyard is like a canvas. People can see everything. Two years ago, we backed out of the distribution mode and now we only sell our wines through direct sales at the tasting room or through our wine club, as well as a limited amount to local restaurants. In fact, I can say that I absolutely love this business. My daughter, who is a senior in college, jokes with me because I was supposed to retire but I’m working harder than ever. I find that in this business, everybody is pretty much in a good mood. When you come from where I came from (the finance business), not everyone is in a good mood.”
Asked about the most popular wines produced at Grape Creek, Heath replied: “Our flagship is called Bellissimo. It’s a super-Tuscan style (or Super Texan, as some people like to call them). It’s made with 50 percent Sangiovese plus some Merlot and Cab. We also are recognized for our Viognier, which is our most popular white. We are also very Grape Creek Vineyards: 10587 E. U.S. Highway proud of our Cab/Syrah which recently won Double 290, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624. (830) 644-2710. Gold at the 2014 San Francisco International Wine http://www.grapecreek.com
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Culinaria Adds Second Restaurant Week: January 19-24 By Ginger McAneer-Rob inson Photography Veronica Luna
he end of one year and the beginning of a new one typically lends itself to a time of selfreflection, which often leads to those New Year’s resolutions. If eating healthy, on a budget or exploring more of San Antonio are on that list of resolutions, then Culinaria just might have the assistance needed. With the success of San Antonio Restaurant Week in August, Culinaria has decided to double the fun by adding another week, Jan. 19-24, to start off the new year by awakening taste buds to new flavors and memorable experiences.
Participating restaurants will be offering a prix-fixe, three-course menu for lunch and dinner at prices of $15 and $35, respectively, for tier one, and $10 and $25, respectively, for tier two. Reservations are encouraged and should be made directly with the restaurant itself – but hurry! Reservations fill up fast!
Restaurant Week is designed to help celebrate and promote local restaurants and businesses. For patrons, it provides an opportunity to try the huge variety the city offers. The menus created by the chefs range from decadent and extravagant to fresh and simple with a unique twist. It’s a chance San Antonio Restaurant Week is the ultimate chance to visit an old favorite restaurant or be daring and to broaden culinary horizons and perhaps find a new spontaneous and try a new one. favorite restaurant. Restaurant Week is a celebration of San Antonio’s culinary community, with each San Antonio Restaurant Week is the most anticipated participating restaurant preparing to take guests’ and talked-about event of the year as far as local taste buds on the culinary adventure of a lifetime. restaurants are concerned. Suzanne Taranto64 On The Town | November/December 2014
Etheredge, Culinaria President/CEO, said: “Restaurant Week is such a big event for San Antonio that we always have people asking us to add another week because they love it so much. So, we’ve listened to the chefs, restaurants and guests, and we’re answering with an additional week in January. ” The most recent Restaurant Week featured more than 80 San Antonio restaurants, and many favorites will return.
Events throughout the year will continue to provide guests a chance to support the San Antonio culinary community while also assisting with funding the causes that Culinaria supports. Next on the organization’s schedule is the 5K Wine and Beer Run on March 21, which is a 3.1-mile run around the Shops at La Cantera, featuring a wine, beer, food and fun after-party.
Need more reason to dine out than delicious food at budget-friendly prices? San Antonio Restaurant Week benefits Culinaria. With each meal purchased from Restaurant Week menus, restaurants will donate $1 for lunch and $2 for dinner to Culinaria and the programs it supports.
Next up will be Culinaria Festival Week, May 1317. Come out to one event or many to taste some of the most delectable wine and food that the San Antonio area has to offer. Featuring local, regional and international chefs, food trucks, and wine, spirits and beer galore, Culinaria Festival Week is filled with events for everybody and every taste.
Culinaria is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to benefiting the San Antonio community and promoting San Antonio as an ideal wine and food destination. By way of providing culinary scholarships and aid to San Antonio’s chefs enduring personal hardships, Culinaria has long promoted its support of the community. The organization also has plans for the Culinaria Urban Farm that will hone in on true nutritional values and education to promote a farm-to-table diet. Currently, Culinaria is in the capital campaign phase of the Urban Farm plans.
For more information on San Antonio Restaurant Week and its participating restaurants with menus posted as they become available, visit www. culinariasa.org. For questions, comments or concerns about San Antonio Restaurant Week or any other Culinaria events, contact Culinaria at 210-822-9555 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Culinaria on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (Culinaria San Antonio and @CulinariaSA). November/December 2014 | On The Town 65
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Rene Paul Barilleaux, chief curator,McNay Art Museum By Dan R. Goddard Photography Dana Fossett
n his nine years at the McNay Art Museum, Rene Paul Barilleaux, chief curator and curator of art after 1945, has organized major exhibits such as Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting and Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune while expanding the contemporary art collection to include photobased work and installation art. Overseeing an annual budget of about $2.7 million, he leads a staff of five and works closely with director William Chiego to coordinate the overall artistic vision for the McNay, celebrating its 60 th anniversary this year.
with essays by Barilleaux, Lilly Wei and Stephen Westfall published by the McNay and produced by Seattle’s Marquand Books, explores the critically unfashionable realm of painting that aspires to be beautiful rather than profound, often employing some form of collage and layering in works that are easily accessible and a pleasure to see.
“The feedback was across the board and varied widely among curators, critics and artists, but I wanted to challenge the notion that serious art can’t be beautiful,” Barilleaux said. “I let the art speak to Currently, Barilleaux is working on two major me, rather than coming up with an idea and then exhibits: Lesley Dill: Performance as Art, set for June 3 looking for artists who fit my concept.” to Sept. 6, focusing on the “performance garments” of the nationally acclaimed New York artist; and In organizing his exhibits, Barilleaux looks for Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography, connections between things he sees and then scheduled for fall 2016. Meanwhile, Beauty compiles a long list of artists. He has his interns Reigns, which filled the McNay’s Stieren Center for assemble binders of background information on Exhibitions last summer with lushly sensuous, eye- each artist, and then gradually winnows the list to a popping abstract paintings by 13 emerging and manageable number for an exhibit. mid-career artists, will be on view Jan. 24 to May 3 at the Akron Art Museum in Ohio. This is the approach he is taking with Telling Tales, which will begin with the ground-breaking “The McNay has always been known for the core photographers who emerged during the 1970s and collection of French paintings left by founder ‘80s, such as Tina Barney, Nan Goldin and PhilipMarion Koogler McNay, but I have worked to Lorca diCorcia along with succeeding generations develop the museum’s reputation and audience including Gregory Crewdson, Anna Gaskell and for contemporary art,” Barilleaux said. “Mrs. McNay Justine Kurland, as well as the Texas-based duo of collected contemporary art along with the French Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler. Barilleaux masters. With the opening of the Stieren Center, says his interest in narrative photography was we’ve become a much more exhibit-driven museum, spurred by the exhibit Norman Rockwell: Behind and I think we’re developing a national reputation the Camera, which revealed the popular narrative as a presenter and organizer of modern and painter as a pioneering conceptualist. contemporary exhibits.” “While many contemporary artists explore Beauty Reigns, which features a splendid catalog photographic imagery as it is filtered through November/December 2014 | On The Town 69
and mediated by technology and the Internet, others exploit photography’s ability to present a momentary, frozen narrative,” Barilleaux said. “These images might be staged for the camera or highly manipulated through digital processes, but they often resemble a casual snapshot or movie still. Primarily in color and frequently large scale, these photographs reference everything from classical painting to avant-garde cinema to science fiction illustration to Alfred Hitchcock.” Next summer’s Lesley Dill exhibit is partly inspired by the extravagant costumes found in the Tobin Theatre Arts Collection, although Barilleaux was instrumental in adding a work by Dill to the McNay’s permanent collection. A painter, printmaker, sculptor, photographer and performance artist, Dill makes elaborate, sculptural costumes that often unfurl during a performance to reveal lines of poetry and sometimes shocking text. “I can’t really call them costumes because they are so integral to the performance,” Barilleaux said. “Dill explores the relationship between the written word and human figure in nearly every medium and technique imaginable. She focuses on clothing as a visual metaphor for language’s veiling and unveiling of the human soul.” As part of the exhibit, Dill will present a live performance of Drunk with the Starry Void, a collection of songs by vocalist and composer Pamela Ordoñez in collaboration with Dill that debuted in New York at the George Adams Gallery in May 2012. Costumes, artworks, ephemera, photographs and video from more than two decades of performances will make up the exhibit accompanied by an illustrated catalog with essays by Barilleaux and Jody Blake, Tobin curator, who will write about the history of experimental costume design. “We try to present exhibits that provide context for the McNay’s collection, and Dill’s work builds on the traditions represented by the Tobin collection, especially the avant-garde happenings staged in the early 20 th century,” Barilleaux said. “We’ll also be showing collage and assemblage works. The Lesley Dill exhibit will not only present art as theater, but theater as art.”
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Alamo Kiwanis Club Rounds Up Top Western and Heritage Artists for Art Show and Sale to Benefit Children’s Charities By John Bloodsworth
reat art for a great cause beckons western art aficionados to the Alamo Kiwanis 52nd Western & Heritage Art Show and Sale to be held in the Lonesome Dove Room of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center on Friday, January 16, 2015.
Basso, Lee Alban, G. W. Anz, and Bro. Cletus Behlmann, a Marianist religious brother whose iconic scenes of San Antonio celebrations are vibrant depictions of everyday life masterfully rendered in vivid color.
Husband and wife artists Finis and Edith Collins often More than 300 pieces of original Southwestern art travel together capturing flights of waterfowl in brilliant executed by 40 noted painters and 4 western heritage plumage to tranquil scenes of missions, waterways and sculptors will be available for purchase, for one night only, landscapes expertly captured in watercolor and acrylic. with a portion of each sale benefitting children’s charities Seth Camm, Donald Darst, Ric Dentinger, Beth Eidelberg, in the community. The artwork includes oils, watercolors, Kim Felts, Barbara Fowler, Pamela Gardner, Louis A. etchings, sculpture and other mediums of artwork. Garcia, Omar Garza, Al Glann and Niki Gulley will also join the artistic ranks of 2015 creative talent. The first Alamo Kiwanis Club Western & Heritage Art Show and Sale was set up in part of the cow barns Raul Gutierrez works are in the collection of Texas nobility on the grounds of the 1964 Livestock Exposition. The George Strait, and Texas political legends including the barn walls were draped with blue velvet and hung with late President Lyndon B. Johnson and Texas Governor 272 paintings, valued from $20 to $4,000, featuring 97 John Connally. Artists Robin Hegemeir, Deborah guest artists. Five thousand visitors paid fifty cents to Harrington, Jay Hester, Mike Hinkle, Armando Hinojosa, view the artwork. A special exhibit of nine Remington Oliver Holden, Becky Joy, Kraig Kiedrowski, Daniel bronzes, on loan from the Amon Carter Museum in Maldonado, Bonnie Mann-Eddleton and John Martinez Fort Worth, highlighted the inaugural event. It was so with works for sale, will join him. well received that the club members decided to make it an annual event. With a love of color and an exuberance of expression, watercolorist Edith Maskey brilliantly captures Mexican For the 2015 show, a group of featured artists have been village scenes and the beauty of the Southwest. Her selected to showcase a limited number of works that are works will hang with fellow artists John Maskey, Clay being offered prior to the sale. Artist Lee Alban is featured McGaughy, Teri Jo McReynolds, Jim Phipps, Johnny H. with two pieces, Moore County Sunset and Lake View Quiroz, Lee Ricks, Thom Ricks, Becky Rogers, Pat Safir, Gusher. Original watercolors by Beth Eidelberg include Bill Scheidt, George Schwegmann, Sidney Sinclair and In The Pink and Hill Country Spring. Nationally recognized Donald Yena. wildlife and plein air artist Clay McGaughy’s works are Encounter and Bedtime. And oil paintings by Hill Country For full biographies on each artist and a preview of their artist Becky Rogers are Early Riser and Seeing Eye To Eye. works to be featured at the 2015 Alamo Kiwanis Western All featured works are available for purchase now and & Heritage Art Show and Sale go to www.kiwanisartshow. may be viewed by going to www.kiwanisartshow.com com and click on 2015 Artists. and clicking on Featured Artist Pre-Sale. Guests will dine on Texas culinary creations provided Artists from throughout the United States whose work by The RK Group and boot scoot to the tunes of The will be shown and available for purchase the evening of Countrymen. A “Hill Country” Casino will tempt those the gala event include Mark Edward Adams, Jorge Aguila with an inclination for spinning the wheel of fortune with November/December 2014 | On The Town 73
gaming tables at the ready in the Lonesome Dove Grotto. Sure betters will have the chance to turn their night at the table winnings in for an array of fantastic prizes. A raffle for tempting sports and destination packages will also be offered will proceeds benefitting children’s charities. Funds raised through the volunteer efforts of the Alamo Kiwanis Club members, including the Western & Heritage Art Show and Fiesta Noche del Rio, have always been designated for local children’s charities in the San Antonio region. From its first profit of $3,000 in 1966, the Western & Heritage Art Show has now awarded over $200,000 to children’s charities over the past two years as a result of this Texas-sized fandango. To date, over $2.5 million has been awarded to deserving children’s charities. Alamo Kiwanians encourage guests to arrive early to acquire the painting of their choice. Artworks often go quickly with buyers snatching up quality works for their private or corporate collections. Tickets are now on sale at $150 per person. VIP tickets are available at $500 per couple, allowing VlP guests one-hour exclusive access to view and purchase artworks beginning at 6:30PM, before other art patrons gain entry. Valet parking will be available on Convention Way, located on the north side of the convention center. For more information contact the Alamo Kiwanis Club Charities at 210-226-4651 or visit their website at www.alamo-kiwanis.org.
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SCHOOL AT SUNSET HILLS: San Antonio Institute Artists in the McNay Collection By Dan R. Goddard
ong before Artpace, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum and the Southwest School of Art, the San Antonio Art Institute served as the city’s primary catalyst and incubator for contemporary art. While the city long has been known for traditional “bluebonnet painters,” the Art Institute attracted cutting-edge modernists to teach its classes. Founded in 1927 through a partnership between the Witte Museum and the San Antonio Art League, the Art Institute offered community art classes during the Great Depression. Famed muralist Xavier González was the first instructor, and the Ruiz House on the Witte’s grounds became a respected ceramics center under the leadership of Harding Black. But when World War II forced the school to close in 1942, Witte director Ellen Quillin persuaded Marion Koogler McNay to house the school on her estate, Sunset Hills.
Curator Jackie Edwards, who has written a history of the Art League, examines the period from 1943 to 1953 when the Art Institute was housed in an aviary beside Mrs. McNay’s mansion in School at Sunset Hills: San Antonio Art Institute Artists in the McNay Collection on view through Feb. 15 at the McNay Art Museum. Before her death in 1950, Mrs. McNay assembled one of the best collections of modern French paintings west of New York, including works by Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh that form the core of the permanent collection at the McNay, which opened in 1954 in her mansion as the first private art museum in Texas. She acquired most of her French masters through pioneering Los Angeles art dealer Dalzell Hatfield, who introduced modernism to the West Coast in influential exhibits of European, Latin American and United States artists from the 1920s to the early 1970s. Through Hatfield, Mrs. McNay invited well-known artists, many associated with LA’s Chouinard School of Art, then a hothouse for West Coast art, to teach at the San Antonio Art Institute. Michael Frary, a California native who taught at Chouinard, became one of Texas’ best-known artists. He moved to San Antonio in 1949, when he was 31, to be artist-in-residence and faculty chairman for the Art Institute. With a master’s degree in painting from the University of Southern California, he also studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. After San Antonio, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin from 1970 until he retired in 1986. He’s known for his imaginative flights that give a numinous, surreal look to his distinctive November/December 2014 | On The Town 77
paintings of caves, rock formations and sea coves. In this exhibit, Frary’s watercolor of a seaside Mediterranean village that rises up a mountain in a maze of white walls and red roofs stuns with its complex inventiveness. Frary ’s painting was a gift in honor of John Palmer Leeper, the McNay ’s founding director, and his wife, Blanche, by Amy Freeman Lee, an influential San Antonio artist. She also donated a pair of Hill Country landscapes, probably painted at the Freeman Ranch, by Dean Fausett, who painted murals at Randolph Air Force Base during World War II. Some paintings are from Mrs. McNay’s original bequest, including Girl in Blue (1932) by Cecilia Steinfeldt, known as the “First Lady of Texas Art” for her work with early Texas artists as a curator at the Witte. Edwards says Mrs. McNay purchased the portrait of a seated woman wearing a blue dress for 78 On The Town | November/December 2014
$15 from Steinfeldt at an outdoor art sale held in Travis Park. The money helped Steinfeldt travel to Mexico where she studied with the muralist Carlos Mérida. Steinfeldt, who died in 2013 at age 97, is the author of Art for History’s Sake: The Texas Collection of the Witte Museum and S. Seymour Thomas 18681956: A Texas Genius Rediscovered. Also from Mrs. McNay is Abstraction (1934) by Buckley MacGurrin, a supervisor for the Federal Art Project in Los Angeles County during the 1930s who later accepted a visiting teaching position at the Art Institute. Mrs. McNay also collected Etienne Ret, an American born in France, whose First Son is a poignant portrait of a mother and child. Dan Lutz’s expressionistic Ojai Oak (1947), painted in a thick impasto of green, yellow and black, is perhaps the most impressive work by a Los Angeles artist who was a visiting professor at the Art Institute. But the best-known California artist
is probably Paul Wonner, who was stationed in San Page 77 Antonio during World War II and is aptly represented School at Sunset Hills group photo taken around by a still-life, Tulips in a Milk Carton (1983). 1947 on the Blackburn Patio in the McNay residence. The somber Man Strolling (1961) is by Dan Wingren, Marion Koogler McNay is pictured at center, wearing a nationally acclaimed Dallas artist in the 1950s who a sun hat. served as a director of the Art Institute, and there is a small cubist-influenced Still Life by Chester Toney, the only San Antonio artist.
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Paul Wonner, Tulips in a Milk Carton, 1983. Lithograph. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Robert L.B. Tobin in honor of Blanche and John Palmer Leeper’s 35th wedding anniversary.
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CAROL COFFEE REPOSA,
Poet and Professor Story and Photography by Jasmina Wellinghoff
n his comments on Carol Coffee Reposa’s latest poetry collection Underground Musicians, the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate Larry Thomas said: “Her diction is musical and resplendent. Whether she writes in free verse or within the constraints of a sonnet, she does so with consummate poetic skill and artistic maturity.” We couldn’t agree more. Reposa’s poems roam over a vast range of geography and experience, probing beneath the surfaces of life to bring out a kaleidoscope of insights, revelations and emotional undercurrents that can startle and move the reader. Published by Lamar University Press, Underground Musicians is her fourth poetry book. Reposa received three Pushcart Prize nominations, and also was a candidate for both Texas and San Antonio poet laureate. In addition, she was the recipient of three coveted Fulbright-Hays Fellowships which allowed her to study in Russia, Latin America and England, lands that she subjected to poetic scrutiny with delightful results.
each revealing and concealing/closing, opening/to show another/and another/toward a core/no one can name, a cipher/glowing red, blue, gold.” Underground Musicians also features a “Home” section that focuses on American experiences and personal ties. This final stanza from Family Gathering, the last poem in the book, captures the dreamlike character of memory while paying homage to family bonds: “I want to walk out of this portrait/and its decades floating by/in blurry pageants/but the others pull me back/into their shimmering tableaux/of love/and loss/played through uncertain light./Fade in, Fade out.” After teaching English and creative writing at San Antonio College (SAC) for more than 30 years, Reposa currently serves as poetry editor of Voices de La Luna and remains active in many literary activities in San Antonio and beyond.
JW: It’s been more than 12 years since your last poetry collection. Why such a long pause, and how is Just a few examples: In Elizabeth l on Weaning, the the new book different from the previous three? poet speaks for the queen, remembering how she was snatched from her mother’s embrace. “And now CCR: Shortly after my third book, Facts of Life, came encased in ermine, shining pearl/gold in my hair, an out, I began to travel in the summers, largely thanks island in my hand/surrounded by a swarm of jeweled to the Fulbright Fellowships. The first one was to drones/I still remember thirsting in my bones/and Russia in 1995, which for me was a life-changing going dry, my tears stopped on command/a fierce old experience -- very hard and immensely beautiful. woman hidden in a girl.” I wrote 28 poems while I was there, writing almost a poem a day. It was such a powerful experience. The sight of the ubiquitous Russian Matriochka Though Americans sometimes disparage the Russian nesting dolls generates a rumination on “women ways – infrastructure deficiencies, for instance – by carrying Russia in their bellies/mothers pregnant with the time I went home, I was so imbued with respect the motherland” and later “woman in woman/mother and admiration for how much these people achieve in mother/womb in womb/concentric mysteries/ with so many practical obstacles to overcome. November/December 2014 | On The Town 83
I also started traveling on my own and travel in general changed how I look at the world. My writing became less confessional and more outward looking. I like to think that the poems in Underground Musicians are more seasoned and more mature exactly because I look at the world beyond myself. Another element should be mentioned. During these 12 years, our family suffered a number of sad events, and one of the things that sustained me through those difficult years was gradually discovering that there is beauty, and that there can be redemption, all around us. The metaphor I use in the book is, of course, music, which is beautiful, and it redeems us. And if we would listen to it -- that is, pay attention to what’s positive in our lives -- that music is everywhere. JW: Could you elaborate on this issue of being stimulated by a different milieu? CCR: Travel forces me out of my comfortable ways of looking at the world. If I travel, sooner or later I will be compelled to think some new thoughts. The best part of it is that you can’t be smug about anything. Heaven only knows what may happen on any given day, but it will be something that I would have to consider and, I like to think, would make my understanding of the world grow. JW: How do you select poems for a collection? CCR: By the hardest! (laughs) That’s a saying from East Texas and the South in general, referring to something that’s very, very difficult. Selecting poems for a book is like that. I have my personal favorites but I also want the book to move beyond my personal preferences, so I am trying to select poems which may resonate with more people than, say, my family. It’s always a challenge because each poem is like your child. But you have to send some to the cellar while you send others to the park to play (laughs). Along those lines I remember what a professor once told us. He said that with the exception of the most famous, a poet’s reputation often stands on as few as five or six poems. JW: What drives you to write? CCR: I can answer that very easily. I write for exactly the same reason that lemmings throw themselves over the edges of cliffs. I can’t help it. It’s like an itch that, if I don’t scratch it, is going to drive me crazy. On 84 On The Town | November/December 2014
a less flippant note, when I write I feel more truly alive.
JW: Do you enjoy readings?
JW: How do you see the role of the poet in American society?
CCR: At first I was very nervous but now I generally do enjoy them. When I read, I try to make it a worthwhile experience for the people who come to hear me. CCR: Our culture does not privilege poetry. One Some writers view readings as an opportunity to be of our Russian professors came to San Antonio and the center of attention. But for me, I am likely to give gave a couple of lectures, including a magnificent the best reading if I am not thinking about myself; one at SAC. He began his lecture to our students by if I am thinking, “OK, what do I have in these poems saying, “If a Martian came here, you would probably that might be comforting, or funny, or memorable for say something like, ‘Welcome to the United States of these people who are here.” America, home of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln,’ because your identity is tied to the concepts JW: You taught for many years. How did you explain of civil liberties and political freedom. By contrast, to your students the essential difference between Russia’s identity is tied up with its writers. If that same poetry and prose? Martian came to Moscow, he would be greeted with, ‘Welcome to Russia, land of Pushkin and Tolstoy.’” CCR: I’ll share the definition that I gave my students. When I was in Moscow, I would see people recite In poetry you are making one word do the work poetry to each other. I was just dumbfounded. of four or five prose words. In other words, it’s a concentration and intensification of language. And, On a positive note, a great deal of Shakespeare’s of course, when you do that right, it explodes and poetry has found its way into our everyday speech. that’s the power of poetry --the figurative language, So that gives me hope. The potential to love poetry is the images that explode when you make the words already there; all that may be needed is a little more work that hard. “permission” from the culture. And I go back to what William Carlos Williams said, “It is difficult to get the JW: As the poetry editor of Voices de La Luna, what do news from poems, yet men die miserably every day you think about the state of poetry in San Antonio? for lack of what is found there.” CCR: First, all of us who work for Voices are happy and JW: In your opinion, what’s the best way to experience encouraged by the steady growth of this fledgling little poetry? quarterly. It is San Antonio’s only literary magazine. When we started, the poetry we got was at times quite CCR: For heaven’s sake, read it aloud. Half of the uneven, but as time passed I’ve been seeing a more impact of a poem is the music, the sound of it. In consistent level of language awareness. We no longer ancient Greece, poets were often called singers. So have a wild range of quality from very, very good to read it aloud, memorize it, and then find some other beginner’s work. We hope that trend will continue. people and read it to them, like they do in Russia. JW: Do you think that it was a good move for the city JW: When did you start writing? to establish a poet laureate position? CCR: I wrote my first adult poem in graduate school. My professor liked it and published it in a little literary journal that the Spanish department at UT was running at that time. That was followed by an 11-year period of silence. I wrote nothing. I was working full time, got married and had children. And I was the traditional mother with no help, so there was very little time. And then, suddenly, in 1979, poems just started erupting like some kind of volcano going on in my brain. Sometimes I wrote three a day.
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Fredericka Younger and Raymundo Gonzalez
Magical Realism in Mexico By Leslie Komet Ausburn
..aymundo Gonzalez grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, predisposing him to the European influences that distinctly infuse the colonial city. Laces and fans from Spain, textiles from Italy, exotic foods such as caviar from Russia and sausages from Germany were part of the life of the bustling port, fascinating and fueling the young boy’s imagination and giving him a multitude of subjects for his drawings. 86 On The Town | November/December 2014
His perch was a balcony which afforded an exceptional view as he sketched the hustle and energy of the city in his notebooks. His parents and relatives tried to discourage his obsession because of concern that he could not make a living as a painter. Nothing could persuade Gonzalez to abandon his pencil and sketch book. Unable to ignore his gift for drawing, his parents sent him at age 18 to the state of Morelos to study architecture at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus Morelos.
While in Morelos and the neighboring state of Guerrero, Gonzalez awoke to the heritage of the rich indigenous culture of Mexico. He claimed, “My heart and soul became indigenous.” His studies included visiting archeology sites and the murals of Diego Rivera in Cuernavaca and there he fell in love with “The City of Eternal Sunshine.” He never left.
In his work, subject, form, pattern and color are married to create pictures that joyfully reflect Mexico’s complexities. As Marion Oettinger Jr., curator of Latin American art at the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), points out in the prologue to the new book, Raymundo Gonzalez: Magical Realism in Mexico: “Gonzalez’s work is saturated with folk imagery and motifs. His renderings of flora, fauna, public and Armed with the training of an architect, born with the private architecture, and human forms are drawn from gift of drawing and passion for art, Gonzalez began the basic design elements from Mexican folk art and his career as an artist there. Now, he rightfully takes are used by post-Revolution artists such as Gonzalez his place in the long line of Mexican artists whose to make their art relevant to the past yet establishing a paintings recognize that the complex heritage of new path into the future.” Mexico includes the European and indigenous cultures, contributing equally to contemporary Mexico. Magical realism, normally a literary term today, is November/December 2014 | On The Town 87
Gonzalez’s self-designation of his style. It differs from pure fantasy primarily because it is set in a normal, modern world with authentic descriptions of humans and society. According to critic Angel Flores, magical realism involves the fusion of the real and the fantastic, or as he claims, “an amalgamation of realism and fantasy.” The presence of the supernatural in magical realism is often connected to the primeval or “magical” Indian mentality, which exists in conjunction with European rationality just as Gonzalez’s own life experience and paintings exemplify. Gonzalez’s art also can be described as folk surrealism, in which people fly and mysterious juxtapositions are the norm — cathedrals tilt, carousels are populated with mythical animals, women hold up the church, people hang off buses, skies are filled with floating beds, and shadows look like roosters. Internationally recognized artist Brenda Kingerly states: “Raymundo Gonzales uses a brilliant palette and elaborate compositions in his paintings. The artist becomes a visual storyteller as he paints. The paintings read as pure delight. They are real yet fictional, natural yet pretend, and assertive yet playful. Raymundo is an exciting Mexican Master Artist.” Gonzalez’s brilliant colors alone have attracted international buyers from Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands as well as the United States, and publication of the new book Raymundo Gonzalez: Magical Realism in Mexico by San Antonio publisher Material Media will introduce many others to the delights of his world. The book is primarily a collection of his acrylics, watercolors, gouaches and drawings. Wendy Atwell, a frequent commentator on the art scene, contributed an insightful essay; there is an interview with Gonzalez by artist/photographer Mark Menjivar, and some short personal reflections from art collectors who live with his paintings. Gonzalez’s art representative for the Southwest, Fredericka Younger, introduced many to his work through her website and a line of greeting cards using the artist’s designs (www.QueTeLate.com) and made the book possible by her contributions. Andréa Caillouet designed the book. The book, Raymundo Gonzalez: Magical Realism in Mexico, is available at the Twig Bookstore, Viva Bookstore, SAMA gift shop or at www.MaterialMedia. net. Gonzalez’s paintings can be seen at Cosas in Boerne or by appointment with Fredericka Younger, ChicaYounger@gmail.com 88 On The Town | November/December 2014
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Woodlawn Broadway Celebrity Series, Scobee & The Majestic By Vivienne Gautraux
’ve gotta hand it to the folks at the Woodlawn Theatre on Fredericksburg Road. They literally poured heart and soul into renovating and reviving the John Eberson-designed 40s movie palace where John Wayne’s The Alamo premiered in 1960. After successfully turning the cinema house into a wonder ful live per formance venue, they’ve presented seasons of plays and musicals enjoyed by thousands and thousands of theatergoers, including me on many occasions.
R adio fans for his work on their On Broadway channel, is bringing friends to San Antonio in the nex t few months to appear with him at the theater. Ana Gasteyer from Saturday N ight Live and Wicked is set for November 8, followed by Megan Mullally of Will and Grace on March 21 and Christine Ebersole of Grey Gardens on May 9. Plaudits go to the Woodlawn once again. Read more about Seth and the series on the Woodlawn Theatre website.
Now, they ’ve added a new dimension to their enter tainment mix. I n conjunc tion with Mark Cor tale, the theater is offering Broadway @ Woodlawn Celebrity Series with host Seth Rudetsk y. Rudetsk y, familiar to Sirius XM
In other news, The Scobee Education Center has opened at San Antonio College. This 22,000 square foot state - of-the -ar t facility combines the Scobee Planetarium with the Challenger Learning Center.
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The project, which broke ground in May of 2012, includes extensive remodeling and expansion of the 50+ year old Scobee Planetarium and Observatory and the creation of the Challenger Learning Center with its interactive computerized simulator which features a Mission Control room and an orbiting space station. The facility will give students an opportunity to become astronauts and engineers through space simulation and roleplaying. SAC’s Scobee Education Center is named after Francis “Dick” Scobee, flight commander of the Challenger mission. Scobee attended San Antonio College in early 1960s while stationed a Kelly Air Force Base. In keeping with the theme of “random thoughts,” this one occurred to me just the other day. Many people have posed the question, “What is the Majestic Theatre going to do with all those open dates now that the symphony has moved to the new Tobin Center?” Here’s the answer….all kinds of great stuff. Picture this. Here’s one week in February as an example: February 10-16 includes
Paul Taylor Dance Company, Alice Cooper, Johnny Mathis, The Very Best of Celtic Thunder, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Cool, eh? Gotta go.
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Harry Ransom Center’s
The Making of Gone With the Wind By Julie Catalano Photography Courtesy Harry Ransom Center
.rom its enduring images to its sweeping score O. Selznick’s archives, which are permanently housed to its larger-than-life characters and its period at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research setting, Gone With the Wind has been captivating library and museum on the University of Texas campus. audiences since it hit the silver screen in 1939. The center has done a flawless job of bringing to life Now there’s The Making of Gone With the Wind, an exhibition the backstage drama that accompanies the movie celebrating the film’s 75th anniversary that is every bit as masterpiece. It begins with Selznick’s pursuit of the compelling, entertaining and fascinating as the film itself. rights to Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning It is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on book, through the exhaustive search for the perfect the film, taken entirely from Hollywood producer David Scarlett O’Hara, a change in directors, controversies over November/December 2014 | On The Town 95
the portrayal of slavery and the Civil War, all the way to the 1940 Oscar ceremony where Selznick International Pictures’ Gone With the Wind won 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
the highlights of the exhibition, revealing the occasional frustration by DOS (as Selznick often signed his missives) regarding any number of issues: casting, production and handling actors’ quirks. In a 1938 memo to then-director George Cukor (later replaced by Victor Fleming), DOS The 300 items in the exhibition are “barely the tip of writes: “I am informed by MGM that Clark Gable refuses the iceberg,” said Steve Wilson, HRC’s film curator. “We under any circumstances to have any kind of a southern went through 40,000 pages of documents and at least accent. I am very anxious to talk to you generally about 10,000 photographs. We took quick digital photos and this entire accent problem...” Cathy Henderson, associate rearranged them in chronological order so that we could director of exhibitions, said the items “allow visitors to read through it and watch it unfold as it was happening.” eavesdrop on those conversations.” It quickly became clear that this was the best way to take visitors through the creation of the movie “in real time.” A stunning contribution is a series of concept paintings The result is the ultimate behind-the-scenes trip. by film designer William Cameron Menzies and artist Dorothea Holt, which were done to make the transition The years-long correspondence — memos, letters, from script to movie, Wilson said. script drafts, telegrams — among producer, director(s), crew and more flew as fast and furious as it could in the “They needed some way to visualize things and be able 1930s. Hundreds of documents chronicle the sometimes to talk to each other in visual terms,” he said. “I’ve never maddening, always fascinating journey from book to film. seen another film [with concept paintings] at this level. Often funny and frank, these communiques are one of Now they’re done by computer.” 96 On The Town | November/December 2014
It wasn’t all mint juleps and magnolias, however. The film was mired in controversy primarily focused on how African Americans would be portrayed in a film where slavery and the Civil War were ever-present backdrops. Concerned about media pressure and repercussions, Selznick wisely removed the N-word and a Ku Klux Klan sequence from the film. To this day, the film is still divisive. While millions are drawn to the film, it “remains a source of consternation and creativity, especially for African American artists like Malcom X, Alice Randall and others, all of whom have used Gone With the Wind as a text against which to define their own, more progressive art,” said Coleman Hutchison, associate chair and associate professor, department of English at UT-Austin. “People love, and love to hate, Gone With the Wind.”
dressing gown, and one of the most famous costumes in film history: the “drapes dress,” complete with drapery cord belt. The other two are replicas — Scarlett’s wedding gown and the blue dressing gown. The HRC is thoroughly engaging the community and GWTW fans (known as “Windys”) with related programming that runs the gamut from cooking classes to lecture series. On Nov. 19, film critic and author Molly Haskell will discuss her book Frankly My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited.
Speaking of books, a great holiday gift for “Windys” is the ultimate coffee table tome, The Making of Gone With the Wind (University of Texas Press, $50) by HRC curator Steve Wilson, with a foreword by Turner Classic Movies’ Then there are those dresses -- petite and perfectly Robert Osbourne. Beautifully illustrated, chronologically fitted to Vivien Leigh’s wasp-waisted frame — on display arranged, and chock full of behind-the-scenes action, it’s together for the first time in 25 years. Three of the gowns a real page-turner. are original — the burgundy ball gown, the green velvet November/December 2014 | On The Town 97
Through Jan. 4: The Making of Gone With the Wind Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St., Austin. 512-471-8944. Open daily; free admission. www.hrc.utexas.edu
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Concept art of Scarlett at the Butler House by Dorothea Holt. Image courtesy Harry Ransom Center.
Movie poster for the original release of the American film classic Gone With The Wind. 1939. Image courtesy Harry Ransom Center
Concept art of the Butler House exterior by Mac Johnson. Image courtesy Harry Ransom Center.
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The conserved green curtain dress and hat worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind. Photo by Pete Smith. Image courtesy Harry Ransom Center.
Inter-office communication from Selznick International Pictures encouraging the casting of new stars for the roles of Scarlett and Rhett. Image courtesy Harry Ransom Center.
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‘Tis the season for lights, snow and Dickens on Main in Boerne Nov. 28-29 By Laurie Pickei
ecently named one of Family Circle’s top 10 family-friendly towns in the nation, Boerne is the perfect place to ring in the holidays. This year’s Dickens on Main officially kicks off the holiday season Nov. 28-29, spreading tidings of good cheer and merriment galore.
shopping, listen to live music, participate in a Dickens period costume contest, or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, Dickens on Main is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. Kicking off on Nov. 28, Dickens on Main invites you to skip the Black Friday traffic in the city and enjoy the quaint shops along Main Street and Artisans The celebration is one weekend full of more holiday Market which will feature unique handmade crafts festivities than ever before. From a headliner and gifts. The shopping doesn’t end on Black concert featuring Two Tons of Steel to a live ice Friday — it continues on Small Business Saturday sculpting show, the weekend is packed with new as well. What a great way to support local, unique surprises and festivities all along the Hill Country businesses and shops while finding those one-ofMile. Whether you want to finish your holiday a-kind, custom holiday gifts for loved ones. With 100 On The Town | November/December 2014
stores staying open late, even more shopping will be included in this year’s Dickens on Main. Unique holiday shopping isn’t all that the event has to offer. For 15 years, Dickens on Main has delivered the best holiday entertainment and activities for children and adults alike, and this year is guaranteed to continue this tradition. Professional entertainers, ensembles from local schools, community carolers and local singer-songwriters will take the stage both days to share their talents in dance, music and acting, with festive performances that are sure to leave visitors humming along to favorite holiday tunes. Fan favorite Bah Humbug: A One Man Christmas Carol returns, with one actor playing all the roles from Scrooge to Tiny Tim in a magical retelling of the famed holiday classic. Traditional Dickens-era costumes also can be seen throughout the event as people get into character to experience the holiday season. Although not required, Dickens on Main encourages attendees to dress in Dickens-era costumes.
Everyone’s favorite Christmas man, Santa Claus, will visit Boerne for a special appearance to greet children on the sparkly lit grounds of the Little Nature Store. People of all ages are invited to participate in the many family-friendly activities including cookie and ornament decorating, face painting, or a petting zoo.
“Dickens on Main is a time-honored Boerne tradition, and to make this year’s event even more special, we’re keeping the fan favorites while adding a few festive surprises. Dickens on Main 2014 is all about holiday fun — with a twist — one weekend jam-packed with the Christmas magic your whole family will love … no bah-humbugs about it!” - Paul Barwick, special projects director, City of Boerne November/December 2014 | On The Town 101
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