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Susan Naylor Alana Coates Arts SA 2017-18 Season Culinaria Restaurant Week

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Features Cont.

Summer in the City and Surrounding Area Brings With it Great Entertainment Opportunities


August Culinaria Restaurant Week offers Fine Dining for a Good Cause



Experience the Shock of the New in this Summer’s Exhibits


Arts San Antonio Celebrates San Antonio’s 16 Tricentennial

Linda Pace Foundation: Groundbreaking Marks Beginning of New Cultural Campus in San Antonio


Blissful Heaven and Horrific Hell at SAMA


UTSA’s Daydreams and Other Monsters Exhibit Curated by Alana Coates


Mozart Festival Texas Sizzles for Seventh Season

Opera San Antonio Presents Verdi’s Macbeth 20 Frank Villani: Making Magic Happen at The 22 Magik Theatre Mauro Villanueva: Coming Full Circle at Joffrey Texas


Susan Naylor: Healing Through Helping


It’s My Sushi Life – Yummi Sushi’s Deuk Bok Cha


Dorćol Distilling Co.: Urban, Boutique and a First in Texas


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Departments Events Calendar


Book Talk: Agnieszka Czeblakow Rare Books Librarian UTSA


Out & About With Greg Harrison


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Thomas Duhon

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he local performing arts world in July and August is loaded with absolutely great entertainment opportunities. Let me start with the 21st season of Cactus Pear Music Festival. Under the direction of Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, the festival offers nine outstanding chamber music performances shared between San Antonio, Boerne, New Braunfels and Wimberley. Festival dates are July 6-9 and 13-16. Seventeen classical musicians join Sant’Ambrogio this year.

four Friday evenings in July. I am speaking of the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival held annually at the amphitheater at Wonderland of the Americas. Featured performers include Rick Braun, Steve Oliver, Strunz and Farah, Oli Silk, Paul Jackson Jr., Melina, Ruben V. and Phillip “Doc” Martin.

Sticking with music, but turning to individual performances, highlights include Roger Waters at the AT&T Center July 1, Asleep at the Wheel in New Braunfels at the Brauntex July 3, Santana and Diana Ross at the Majestic July 4 and 5 respectively and Hall & Oates with Another festival of note takes place over the course of the Tears for Fears July 13 at the AT&T. The remainder of July July/August 2017 | On The Town 9

brings The Righteous Brothers to town July 21 at the Tobin’s H-E-B Performance Hall and Shawn Mendes with his Illuminate the World Tour taking the stage at the AT&T Center the same evening. The very next night, Earth, Wind & Fire plays the AT&T. Closing the month, Idina Menzel, of Wicked and Frozen fame, appears at Tobin’s big hall July 28.

Wilkerson, Adam Hood, Ryland Edwards, Bri Bagwell and The Powell Brothers. It’s music for a cause on Thursday nights. Just make a food donation at the door.

Another favorite of mine is the Rockbox Theater in Fredericksburg. In July and August see Michael Hix: American Proud July 1, Donny Edwards Elvis Tribute July 21-22, Beach Boys Tribute Aug. 4 and Elton John August gets kick-started when John Mayer brings his Tribute Aug 12. The Search for Everything Tour to the AT&T Center Aug. 3 followed closely by Miranda Lambert at Whitewater Other summertime favorite haunts include John Amphitheater in New Braunfels Aug. 4-5. The legendary T. Floore Country Store, Gruene Hall, Luckenbach Loretta Lynn is next at the Majestic Aug. 5, then Tommy Dancehall, The Roundup in Boerne and Cowboys James and the Shondells team up with Herman’s Hermits Dancehall. There are far too many performances at starring Peter Noone for a nolstalgic evening of 60s these venues to cover here. Check the Events Calendar music at the Tobin Aug. 18. Closing out the month are in this magazine for a lineup of shows. Ed Sheeran at the AT&T Aug. 22, Lyle Lovett and His Big Band on the Majestic stage Aug. 25, 1964 The Tribute at Comedy is next up in the discussion, starting with Chris the Majestic Aug. 26 and Clint Black at the Tobin Aug. 27. Fleming at the Tobin’s Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater July 14. A few days later, Anjelah Johnson begins a four-day Also in the music field, I want to point out a few of my stint at the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club. Her dates favorites in the city and surrounding area starting with are July 20-23. On August 8-11, take advantage of the the Ancira Music Series at County Line BBQ which opportunity to see Carlos Mencia, also at the LOL. Tons benefits the San Antonio Food Bank. Performers in more comedy is available to you at both Laugh Out Loud July and August include Whitney Rose, Slaid Cleves, Zac and The Improv Rivercenter. Check their websites.

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Community theater always takes center stage in the summertime, and this year is no exception. See such shows as The Little Mermaid at the Roxie, Shrek The Musical at the Woodlawn, Hairspray at The Playhouse San Antonio, Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Sheldon Vexler, Guys & Dolls at the Fredericksburg Theatre Company, Carousel by Playhouse 2000 in Kerrville Big River at the Circle Arts in New Braunfels, Cabaret by Wimberley Players and Clear to Partly Crazy with Jaston Williams at The Classic Theatre San Antonio.

Photo Credits: Page 8: Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio Photo by Liz Garza Williams Page 9 (L-R) The Righteous Brothers Courtesy Tobin Center

Touring shows include Fun Home on the big stage at the Tobin Aug. 9-10 and Dixie’s Tupperware Party Aug.17-19 at Loretta Lynn Courtesy the Tobin’s Carlos Alvarez. In closing, here are more performances you might like to see this summer on the big screen at selected theaters around town from Fathom Events. The list includes the Carole King Tapestry concert, The Met summer encores of Nabucco and Carmen, NT Live’s Angels In America, Disney’s Newsies The Musical and a couple of iconic movies – Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Bonnie and Clyde. There is so much to see. Get some tickets and go!!

Pages 10-11 (L-R) Idina Menzel Courtesy Tobin Center 1964 The Tribute Photo by Steven Gardner Anjelah Johnson Courtesy

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Mozart Festival Texas Sizzles for Seventh Season By Michele Krier Photography courtesy Mozart Festival Texas


hether you call him Wolfgang, Wolfie, or Wolfgang Amade, as he referred to himself, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has reigned as one of the world’s most cherished classical composers for more than 250 years.

Festival’s brilliant principal bassoonist, William Lewis, performs the most popular work in the bassoon repertoire.

Internationally recognized pianist Rick Rowley is playing all the Mozart piano sonatas during the Mozart The prestigious Mozart Festival Texas  returns, in Festival Texas over a five-year period. The Artisan String his honor, each summer to the University of the Quartet, in residence at UIW, participates each summer. Incarnate Word for four exciting concerts. And what a summer treat!  The festival orchestra is composed of “This year they will perform the Schubert Quartetprofessional musicians from across South Texas who tsatz  movement which is a very dramatic opera have performed with symphonies and are, each in their without words,” said maestro Terence Frazor, who held own right, nationally recognized world-class soloists.   the position of assistant conductor to the legendary Leopold Stokowski. Naoko Takao, stellar Gold Medalist of the 2000 San Antonio International Piano Competition, returns to the “Joining the quartet is internationally recognized Mozart Festival to play the concerto Mozart composed pianist Toby Blumenthal who  performs throughout and played in 1790 for the coronation of Leopold Europe. Our fourth concert is a flute and harp concerto, II. Scholars believe Mozart composed five concerti and it is the most famous work of the entire flute and for bassoon, but only one has survived. The Mozart harp repertoire,” Frazor said. 12 On The Town | July/August 2017

“The Mozart Festival and all the musicians who participate are actually a coming together of a group of good friends who happen to also be professional musicians. They all know and respect each other, and bring a family feeling to the concerts.”   Recently Renee Fleming, the renowned opera singer, was quoted in The Guardian about selecting a favorite piece, “I could never choose just one Mozart piece, but Idomeneo would be near the top,” said. “I remember snagging a standing room ticket to hear Anthony Rolfe Johnson in this opera. I heard humanity incarnate in that music: leadership, goodness, and the meaning and use of power; all wrought by Mozart, aged only 24.  As a Juilliard student, the  Da Ponte trilogy  at the Metropolitan Opera with the great singers of the day left an indelible impression on me. Those works showed me what opera could be – encompassing the full spectrum of human existence ... “ Frazor, a graduate of the Mannes College of Music in New York and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, has led operatic performances and symphony orchestras in Europe, Central and South America, as well as throughout Mexico, Canada and the United States. Among the many orchestras with which he has appeared as guest conductor are the Sao Paulo State Symphony (Brazil), the UNAM Philharmonic (Mexico

City), Symphony Orchestra of Zurich (Switzerland), the Brooklyn Philharmonia (New York), and the National Orchestra of El Salvador. Founder of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra (Texas), Frazor also served as music director and conductor of that ensemble for 22 years. He is currently a member of the music faculty of University of the Incarnate Word and conductor of UIW’s Orchestra of the Incarnate Word. In 2011, Frazor founded the Mozart Festival Texas, comprising some of South Texas’ most distinguished musicians as well as a fully professional orchestra. The Mozart Festival Texas performs each summer in San Antonio and is in residence at University of the Incarnate Word.  Frazor held the position of assistant conductor to the American Symphony Orchestra, and assistant conductor to Julius Rudel at the Caramoor Festival (New York). He also served as music director of New York City’s Bel Canto Opera Company, where he conducted many operas from the standard repertoire.  In addition to several highly successful concert tours with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta throughout the south of England, Frazor has conducted that orchestra on several recordings which include the music of Mozart, Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo and Mexican composer Eduardo Angulo.  July/August 2017 | On The Town 13

MOZART FESTIVAL TEXAS 2017 8 P.M. SATURDAY, JULY 29 William Lewis, bassoonist Naoko Takao, pianist  Mozart Festival Orchestra Terence Frazor, conductor Mozart Bassoon Concerto in B-Flat, K.191 Mozart Piano Concerto No. 19 in F, K.459 Second Coronation Concerto Mozart Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat, K.543 3 P.M. SUNDAY, JULY 30  Rick Rowley, Pianist Mozart Piano Sonatas Sonata in C, K.309 Sonata in D, K.576 Sonata in B-Flat, K.570 Sonata in D, K.311 8 P.M. SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Toby Blumenthal, pianist Artisan Quartet Schubert Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, QuartettsatzV Dvorak Piano Quintet No. 2 in A, op.81 Debussy Quartet 14 On The Town | July/August 2017

3 P.M. SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 Megan Meisenbach, flautist Elaine Barber, harpist Mozart Festival Orchestra Terence Frazor, conductor Mozart Symphony No. 25, K.183, Little G Minor Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto in C, K.299 Haydn, Symphony No. 98 in F-Fla All performances in the University of the Incarnate Word Concert Hall. For tickets and info, go to or call the box office at 210-829-3852.

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ARTS SAN ANTONIO Celebrates San Antonio’s Tricentennial By Lisa Cruz Photography courtesy Arts San Antonio


ollowing its 25th season in 2016-17, ARTS San Antonio aims to draw on its unique heritage to serve as a mirror reflecting the uniqueness and diversity of San Antonio in its upcoming 201718 season.

artistic talent from India to Argentina and every place in between.

“One of our fundamental philosophies has always been that programming should reflect the diversity of our population,” said ARTS San Antonio President One can’t help but notice the international and Executive Director John Toohey. “We always composition of the 2017-18 season, featuring ask whether this new experience will add to the

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Nadhi is being presented in partnership with Anuja SA, a local nonprofit that aims to promote the sister Whether that diversity is cultural, socioeconomic city relationship between San Antonio and Chennai. or in the type of art forms showcased, ARTS San In addition to the performance, the company has Antonio has a full season presenting music, dance, agreed to offer master classes to local students in private study, as well as local high school students. theater and even a new movie experience. breadth of the cultural experience of the city.”

“By staying in active communication with our “This is a great example of the uniqueness in the audiences and supporters, we curate programming level of engagement with our artists,” Toohey said. that satisfies the needs here,” Toohey said. ARTS SA will welcome the debut per formance of Kicking off the season Sept. 15 is the debut the 2017 Swiss Cultural Tour by Aesch Accordion performance of Nadhi ( The River): Love and Longing Orchestra and Schlossbrünneli Yodeling Club by Leela Samson and Spanda Dance Company. on Sept. 26, treating audiences to a varied Hailing from Chennai, India, which is one of San reper toire of Swiss folk , pop, rock and classical Antonio’s sister cities, the Spanda Dance Company accordion music. will perform in the traditional classical Indian dance of Bharatanatyam. Nadhi is an interpretative From Gershwin to flamenco to Ballet Folklorico to presentation of six poems from six Indian languages. The Nutcracker, remaining performances in 2017 provide a wide artistic menu from which to tempt True to one of ARTS SA’s core values of collaboration, the musical and dance palates of audiences. July/August 2017 | On The Town 17

Tango Fire, a dance troupe from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will ring in the new year with a Jan. 25 performance at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, bringing with them what several reviewers have described as breathtaking, sensual and passionate dance.

Oscar for Best Picture in 2015, and Antonio Sanchez is the Grammy award-winning composer and jazz musician who scored the film. He will perform alongside and in time with a showing of the film for a rare visual and auditory experience.

“Unique to the soundtrack is essentially one man February brings the Hot Sardines in Concert playing the drums,” Toohey said. “We will show the from New York City on Feb. 2, and You & Me by feature-length film as Antonio Sanchez performs his Mummenschanz: The Musicians of Silence closes soundtrack. The sound is much like the heartbeat February with a unique performance relying on the and breathe of the character.” art of pantomime. ARTS SA will close the season April 21 with Arturo “Mummenschanz is one of the most colorful, bizarre Sandoval, Trumpet and his Sextet. and crazy performances,” Toohey said. “Full-body costumes and abstract shapes take up the stage, “We presented Arturo Sandoval a few years ago, and the audiences’ reaction provides the sound. I but there is not a trumpet player who has done more for jazz music,” Toohey said. In addition to his am really excited about this performance.” performance, Sandoval will provide a clinic for high Another unique presentation is Antonio Sanchez: school band students with North Side Independent Birdman Live on April 13. Birdman received the School District.

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ARTS SA will continue its tradition of the Floating Photo Credits: Feastival fundraiser along the San Antonio River in early May to help subsidize its education program Page 16 that provides for master classes and special performances for area students. American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook Patrons may notice the season will feature a few less performances. ARTS SA reduced the number of events in the upcoming season to “achieve a more regular rhythm of programming” and make their full subscription programming more affordable, Toohey said. “We want to present a regular, sustainable diet that supports the cultural life of our community.”

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Presents Verdi’s Macbeth By Inga Cotton Photography Karli Cadel


i u s e p p e Ve rd i ’s M a c b e t h , p re s e n t e d b y O p e r a S a n A n t o n i o a t t h e To b i n Ce n t e r ’s H - E - B Pe r fo r m a n c e H a l l on September 8 and 10, aims to please opera connoisseurs and new audiences by c o n t i n u i n g t h e c o m p a ny ’s m i s s i o n t o p r o d u c e a n d p r e s e n t w o r l d - c l a s s o p e r a . Macbeth is the first production that Enrique Carreón-Robledo, General and Artistic Director of Opera San Antonio, has fully planned. CarreónRobledo is celebrating his second season with the company bringing this popular piece to the San Antonio art community.  From the time the Maestro was interviewing for the job, he and chairman-founder Mel Weingart discussed the

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reper toire for the 2017-18 season. Opera has a long tradition in San Antonio, and Opera San Antonio’s founding coincides with the 2014 opening of the Tobin Center. “ There is a master plan for growing Opera San Antonio’s audience: choosing works from the canon of great operas, and presenting them with high ar tistic standards,” says Carreón-Robledo. Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s play, is a masterpiece among Verdi’s works, but is performed less often than stalwarts like Rigoletto  and Aïda because of the vocal and dramatic challenges of the main roles.  Carreón-Robledo felt confident staging Macbeth because, in its first three seasons, Opera San Antonio established a reputation that is

attracting top talent from around the world. Greer Grimsley as Macbeth and Nadja Michael as Lady Macbeth are familiar with the roles and have the voice and acting power to bring the characters to life. Carreón-Robledo also says he “scored gold” by securing director Crystal Manich; she will be working with sets, costumes, and other design elements from the Glimmerglass Festival.

he hopes to build a reverse flow of opera fans visiting San Antonio. Continuing to present highquality opera at the Tobin Center as the city leads into its Tricentennial in 2018 will build loyalty and establish the company among San Antonio’s great arts institutions, including our museums, the San Antonio Symphony, and Ballet San Antonio.

The quality of the music is foundational to Opera San Antonio’s mission of presenting world-class opera. Verdi and Giacomo Puccini (composer of La Bohème, the other production of the 2017-18 season) are famous composers, and these familiar names may help bring in curious new listeners and expose them to the art form of opera. Sebastian Lang-Lessing, also music director of the San Antonio Symphony, will bring his experience with opera to the task of conducting Macbeth.

Macbeth is a story of high drama, with elements of magic, prophecy, fate, assassination, guilt, and revenge. The opera will be sung in Italian, with English supertitles projected above the stage. Carreón-Robledo advises audiences to prepare by having a familiarity with the outline of the play; it’s less important to hear the score beforehand because there is value in the “freshness” of the music. With Verdi’s rich music to support the drama of the story, Macbeth is sure to be a memorable experience for audiences.

The Tobin Center is a beautiful place to hear opera, both acoustically and visually. CarreónRobledo knows that opera lovers from San Antonio have been traveling to Houston, Santa Fe, and elsewhere to hear world-class productions;

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Frank Villani:

Making Magic Happen at the Magik Theatre By Rudy Arispe Photography Greg Harrison


hile pursuing a criminal law degree in New York, Brooklyn native Frank Villani never imagined he would enjoy an exciting career in the entertainment industry. After all, he had plans to work for his family’s law firm after college graduation.

getting off to go inside. Afterward, they’re excited about going back and reading the books of what they just saw. The core of what we do is literacy based. We want to bring books alive on stage.”

Additionally, the nonprofit Magik Theatre, Villani adds, enhances the lives of children with But that’s where serendipity took him, first to Beverly disabilities and at-risk youth through its community Hills at a sports and entertainment management accessibility, education and outreach programs. firm, and then to Canada at a marketing consulting agency for nonprofit, performing arts organizations. “A long time ago, (founder) Richard Rosen came up with the idea of not turning any kid away, which is “During my last year of law school, I did an why fundraising is so important,” Villani said. “With internship in entertainment law, and that hooked (managing artistic director) Frances Limoncelli here, me on the field because back then it was a field we’re expanding the profile of what we offer. For really beginning to take off,” Villani said. “It was new instance, we have sensory-friendly performances and interesting. For me, it was a nice morphing of for kids on the autism spectrum.” law and entertainment.” Indeed, raising revenue, so that the Magik Theatre With a vast degree of experience in the can continue to delight both young and older entertainment and nonprofit arenas, Villani is audiences with wonderful performances that bring a perfect fit in his role, not on stage, but behind out the kid in all of us, is a main responsibility for the scenes, so to speak, as chief executive officer the executive director. “My job is to oversee the of the Magik Theatre, whose mission is to nurture daily finances, fundraising, and going out and young people’s love and understanding of theater working with city contacts,” he said. and literature by providing affordable, professional theater and arts education experiences. Prior to joining Magik, Villani held leadership roles with ARTS San Antonio and later as cultural affairs And it’s watching the loads of giddy school kids, administrator with the City of San Antonio, which excited and energized after seeing a show, that is how he was introduced to the Magik Theatre in reaffirms Villani’s notion that he made a wise the first place. decision in 2014 to accept the position. “When I left the city, I came here because Richard “One thing you can’t put a financial value on is the was thinking about retiring, and there was a plan smile on a child’s face,” the CEO said. “You come to bring in an artistic director,” he said. “Richard here in the morning and see school buses and kids had been running the theater as founding artistic July/August 2017 | On The Town 23

director and administrative head. So, he asked me For all his years in the entertainment industry, one to come consult. The board (of directors) agreed wonders if Villani ever fancied the idea of being on this would be a good time to come in on the stage himself. administrative side. It was a nice transition.” Not quite. His years spent with the city, he said, prepared him well for managing the theater’s finances. “It gave me a good “If I could have done anything, I would have been profile of how you oversee money and what are the a singer. But that’s one of God’s cruel jokes. I know capabilities here,” Villani said. “City funding comes from every song in the world, but I can’t hit a note,” he hotel-motel tax. A lot of times, what you’re looking at is said with a laugh. “That’s why I truly appreciate you’re doing good things for the community, but you talented people.” have to think of other ways to raise funds.” 24 On The Town | July/August 2017

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Coming Full Circle at Joffrey Texas By Julie Catalano Photography courtesy Joffrey Texas


s the new director of the Joffrey Texas workshop in San Antonio, a unique summer dance intensive celebrating its 39th year from June 25-July 15, Mauro Villanueva says it best on the workshop’s web site: “As a student of the workshop myself this is truly a full-circle moment. It was because of this workshop and the guidance of (co-founders and former directors) Buddy and Susan Trevino that I was inspired to and was able to achieve a career as a dancer.”

company’s most revered works: Confetti, Giselle (Albrecht), The Green Table, Romeo and Juliet, Suite Saint Saëns, Viva Vivaldi, A Wedding Bouquet, and many more.

That he did, beyond his wildest dreams. After finishing his studies at Connecticut’s Nutmeg Conservatory, Villanueva joined the famed Joffrey Ballet Chicago in 2000, performing in some of the

MV: It is both exciting and humbling. As a young person the workshop changed my life because it exposed me to other students who had the same commitment to dance as I did. To see that

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We talked to Villanueva about his most challenging role yet: JC: From workshop student to director — what is that like?

same passion in our students today inspires me to own. Los Angeles-trained contemporary educator share with them what I’ve learned throughout my Kenneth Borchard will create a new work, as will years as a professional artist. Bailey Anglin who teaches a Horton-inspired modern class. We are grateful to the North Side Independent JC: As a former member of Joffrey Ballet Chicago, School District for working with us to provide how will you continue Robert Joffrey’s legacy of successful performances over the last 11 years. excellence in teaching? JC: What’s next for Joffrey Texas? MV: Joffrey Texas currently employs educators who worked directly with Mr. Joffrey and Mr. (Gerald) MV: Next year, 2018, is the 40th anniversary of Arpino, such as Diane Orio, who taught alongside Joffrey Texas. I won’t give it all away but here is some Robert Joffrey at the first Joffrey Texas workshop. of what we are working on: We will be producing Our special guest educator, Deborah Wingert an exhibition by San Antonio photographer Donald (former lead dancer of the New York City Ballet), Ewers from his extensive collection of more than will be teaching choreography from the very 25 years of Joffrey Texas workshops. The Gerald challenging George Balanchine repertoire.   Arpino Foundation is planning a year of events in celebration of the choreography and legacies JC: Tell us about the workshop performance this of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino. For now, the year at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at John Paul Stevens workshop is once again a great chance for students High School in San Antonio. to be exposed to artists who are currently working and thriving in the field of dance. It’s going to be a MV: The program will include ballets by former wonderful and exciting summer! Joffrey ballerina Trinette Singleton, Oklahoma City University professor Tye Love and a new work of my For more info: July/August 2017 | On The Town 27

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Events Calendar


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July/August 2017 Events Calendar Music Notes

Mingo Fishtrap 7/1, Sat @ 10pm Sam’s Burger Joint

Michael Hix: American Proud 7/1, Sat @ 4pm Rockbox Theater Fredericksburg

Ryan Bingham 7/1-2, Sat-Sun @ 7:30pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels

Roger Waters: Us + Them 7/1, Sat @ 8pm AT&T Center Smoke Wagon 7/1, Sat @ 8pm The Roundup Boerne Dale Watson Wayne Hancock 7/1, Sat @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Jack Ingram and Jamie Lin Wilson 7/1, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Mario Flores and the Soda Creek Band 7/1, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store

Flatland Calvary 7/2, Sun @ 8pm Gruene Hall Ryan Ross Band 7/2, Sun @ 8pm The Roundup Boerne Asleep at the Wheel 7/3, Mon @ 8pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels Bush 7/3, Mon @ 8pm Aztec Theatre Santana 7/4, Tue @ 8pm Majestic Theatre Two Ton Tuesday Two Tons of Steel 7/4, 11, 18, 25 8/1, 8, 15 Tue @ 8:30pm Gruene Hall

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Diana Ross In The Name of Love Tour 7/5, Wed @ 8pm Majestic Theatre Ancira Music Series Whitney Rose 7/6, Thu @ 7:30pm County Line BBQ – IH10 Cactus Pear Music Festival Letter Perfect B’s: Beethoven, Brahms, Beach and Bonis 7/6, Thu @ 7pm Chapel in the Hills Wimberley 7/7, Fri @ 7:30pm Concordia Lutheran San Antonio 100% Guaranteed: Mystery And Romance 7/8, Sat @ 7:30pm Concordia Lutheran 7/9, Sun @ 3pm First United Methodist Boerne Seductive Saxophones 7/9, Sun @ 7pm First United Methodist Boerne

Combo Special: Winds, With Strings Attached 7/14, Fri @ 7:30pm Concordia Lutheran San Antonio Handcrafted…in Far and Distant Lands 7/13, Thu @ 7pm First United Methodist New Braunfels 7/15, Sat @ 7:30pm Concordia Lutheran San Antonio 7/16, Sun @ 3pm First United Methodist Boerne Dirty River Boys 7/6,13,20 & 27 Thu @ 8pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunnfels Balcones Heights Jazz Festival 7/7,14,21 & 28 Fri @ 7:30pm Amphitheater at Wonderland of The Americas The Merles 7/7, Fri @ 8pm The Roundup Boerne

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Wagon Aces 7/7, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Stoney Larue 7/7-8, Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall John Baumann 7/7, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store The Reed Brothers 7/7, Fri @ 9pm Sam’s Burger Joint Tracy Lawrence 7/8, Sat @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys Dance Hall The Molly Ringwalds 7/8, Sat @ 8pm Aztec Theatre Landon Dodd 7/8, Sat @ 8pm Kendalia Halle Three Chord Rodeo 7/8, Sat @ 8pm The Roundup Boerne LC Rocks 7/8, Sat @ 8pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels Dalton Domino 7/8, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store

Eclipse-A Tribute to Journey Trick Shot 7/8, Sat @ 9pm Sam’s Burger Joint One OK Rock 7/10, Mon @ 6pm Aztec Theatre Daryl Hall & John Oates with Tears For Fears 7/13, Thu @ 7pm AT&T Center Ancira Music Series Slaid Cleaves 7/13, Thu @ 7:30pm County Line BBQ – IH10 Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton 7/14, Fri @ 8pm Aztec Theatre Whiskey Myers 7/14, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Reckless Kelly 7/14-15, Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Koe Wetzel 7/14, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Eric Tessmer Band 7/14, Fri @ 9pm Sam’s Burger Joint

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The 80’s Throw Back Music Festival 7/15, Sat @ 1pm Rosedale Park

Margarita La Diosa De La Cumbia 7/16, Sun @ 8pm Aztec Theatre

Jake Ward 7/15, Sat @ 7pm The Roundup Boerne

Roger Creager’s Birthday Show 7/19-22, Wed-Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 9pm Gruen e Hall

Ghostland Observatory 7/15, Sat @ 7:30pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels L&M Kings 7/15, Sat @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Eric Stanley Live 7/15, Sat @ 8pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center Jason Boland and the Stragglers 7/15, Sat @ 8pm Bluebonnet Palace Night Bird: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks 7/15, Sat @ 9pm Sam’s Burger Joint

Ancira Music Series Zac Wilkerson 7/20, Thu @ 7:30pm County Line BBQ – IH10 John Conlee 7/21, Fri @ 7pm The Roundup Boerne The Righteous Brothers 7/21, Fri @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center Shawn Mendes: Illuminate the World Tour 7/21, Fri @ 7:30pm AT&T Center John Conlee 7/21, Fri @ 7pm The Roundup Boerne

Midnight River Choir 7/15, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store

The Merles 7/21, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall

Video Games Live with YOSA 7/15-16, Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center

Donny Edwards: Elvis Tribute 7/21-22, Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 4pm Rockbox Theater Fredericksburg

Jon Wolfe 7/21, Fri @ 8:30pm John T. Floore Country Store

Earth, Wind & Fire with CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers 7/22, Sat @ 7pm AT&T Center

Skyrocket! 7/21, Fri @ 9pm Sam’s Burger Joint

Turnpike Troubadours 7/22, Sat @ 7:30pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels

TJ’s 2017 Birthday Bash 7/22, Sat @ 3pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville

Adolph Hofner Birthday Celebrating 101 Years The New Pearl Wranglers and The Circle C Band 7/22, Sat @7:30pm John T. Floore Country Store

Tex-Mex Honky Tonk Fest Pat Green and David Lee Garza 7/22, Sat @ 8pm The Roundup Boerne Patricia Vonne Joe King Carrasco 7/22, Sat @ 9pm Sam’s Burger Joint Khalid: The American Teen Tour 7/26, Wed @ 7pm Aztec Theatre

August Alsina: Don’t Matter Tour 7/27, Thu @ 7pm Aztec Theatre Sounds of Summer: Slightly Stoopid 7/27, Fri @ 6pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels Ancira Music Series Adam Hood 7/27, Thu @ 7:30pm County Line BBQ – IH10

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Idina Menzel 2017 World Tour 7/28, Fri @ 8pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center Ray Wylie Hubbard 7/28, Fri @ 8pm Gruene Hall Hot Texas Swing Band 7/28, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Jesse Stratton Band 7/28, Fri @ 8pm The Roundup Boerne Small Town Habit 7/28, Fri @ 8:30pmpm John T. Floore Country Store Ruben V 7/28, Fri @ 9pm Sam’s Burger Joint Vans Warped Tour ‘17 7/29, Sat @ 11am AT&T Center Sounds of Summer SLIGHLY STOOPID 7/28, Fri @ 6:30pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels Aaron Watson 7/29, Sat @ 7:30pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels

La Villita Heritage Society Presents: An Evening of Sophisticated Sounds of Soul with Will Downing, Shante Moore and Marion Meadons 7/29, Sat @ 8pm Majestic Theatre

Wagon Aces 8/4, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall

Bob Schneider 8/11, Fri @ 8pm Gruene Hall

Miranda Lambert 8/4-5, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels

The Warhorses 8/11, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall

Thomas Michael Riley 7/29, Sat @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall

Sean McConnell 8/4, Fri @ 8pm (solo acoustic) 8/5, Sat @ 9pm (full band) Gruene Hall

Strangelove: A Tribute to Depeche Mode 7/29, Sat @ 8pm Aztec Theatre Joe Ely 7/29, Sat @ 8pm Sam’s Burger Joint Bruce Robinson 7/29, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store John Mayer: The Search For Everything Tour 8/3, Thu @ 7pm AT&T Center Ancira Music Series Ryland Edwards 8/3, Thu @ 7:30pm County Line BBQ – IH10 Los Lonely Boys 8/3, Thu @ 8pm Aztec Theatre Beach Boys Tribute 8/4, Fri @ 8pm Rockbox Theater Fredericksburg

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Loretta Lynn 8/5, Sat @ 8pm Majestic Theatre Marcia Ball 8/5, Sat @ 9pm Sam’s Burger Joint 311 Unity Tour 2017 8/6, Sun @ 6pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels Cristian Castro: U.S. Tour 2017 8/6, Sun @ 8pm Majestic Theatre Ancira Music Series Bri Bagwell 8/10, Thu @ 7:30pm County Line BBQ – IH10 Tobin Studio Sessions Livingston Taylor 8/11, Fri @ 8pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center

Shooter Jennings 8/11, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store Elton John Tribute 8/12, Sat @ 3pm & 8pm Rockbox Theater Fredericksburg Uncle Lucius 8/12, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Tobin Studio Sessions Edwin McCain 8/13, Sun @ 7pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center Tommy James and the Shondels Herman’s Hermit’s starring Peter Noone 8/18, Fri @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center Jason Boland & The Stragglers 8/18, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Micky & The Motorcars 8/18, Fri @ 8pm Gruene Hall

Wood & Wire 8/18, Fri @ 9pm Sam’s Burger Joint

Ed Sheeran: North American Tour 8/22, Tue @ 7pm AT&T Center

The Avett Brothers 8/19, Sat @ 7:30pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels

Linkin Park 8/23, Wed @ 7:30pm AT&T Center

Seether 8/19, Sat @ 7:30pm Aztec Theatre

The Piano Guys 8/24, Thu @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center

Anthony Wright Band 8/19, Sat @ 8pm Bluebonnet Palace John Reeves and the Brew 8/19, Sat @ 8pm Anhalt Hall Greg Howe: Wheelhouse Tour 8/19, Sat @ 9pm Sam’s Burger Joint Gary P. Nunn 8/19, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall The Australian Pink Floyd Show Best Side of the Moon 8/20, Sun @ 7pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center Outcry: Summer Tour 2017 8/21, Mon @ 7pm Freeman Coliseum

Ancira Music Series The Powell Brothers 8/24, Thu @ 7:30pm County Line BBQ – IH10 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band 8/25, Fri @ 8pm Majestic Theatre MattyB Live! 8/25, Fri @ 8pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center Bobby Rush 8/25, Fri @ 8pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center Hayes Carll 8/25-26, Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Shinyribs 8/25, Fri @9pm Sam’s Burger Joint

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Gary Allan 8/26, Sat @ 7:30pm Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels 1964 The Tribute 8/26, Sat @ 8pm Majestic Theatre James McMurtry 8/26, Sat @ 9pm Sam’s Burger Joint City and Colour: USA Tour 2017 8/26, Sat @ 9pm Aztec Theatre Clint Black 8/27, Sun @ 8pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip 8/31, Thu @ 8pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center

Live Theater Smith-Ritch Point Theatre Doublewide, Texas 7/1, Sat @ 8:30pm Ingram Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (touring) 7/1-2, Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 3pm & 7Pm Carlos Alverez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center

Fredericksburg Theater Company Guys and Dolls 7/1-2, Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2pm Steve W. Shepherd Theater Playhouse 2000 Carousel 7/1-15, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2:30pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville Harlequin Theatre at Fort Sam Houston Oh What A Night 7/1-15, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Circle Arts Theatre New Braunfels Big River 7/1-23, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2pm

The Playhouse San Antonio Hairspray 7/7-8/6, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Russell Hill Rogers Theater The Wimberley Players Cabaret 7/7-30, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2:30pm (also 2 Thurs shows, 7/20 & 27) Wimberley Playhouse STAGE Bulverde Wait Until Dark 7/13-15, Thu-Sat @ 8pm (dinner served @ 6:30pm) 7/20-30, Thu-Sat @ 8pm (dinner served @ 6:30pm Sun @ 2:30pm (lunch served @ 1pm) Krause House

Woodlawn Theatre Shrek The Musical 7/1-30, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 3pm

Boerne Community Theatree Don’t Cry For Me, Margaret Mitchell 7/14-29, Thu @ 7:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm

Roxie Theatre The Little Mermaid 7/1-8/6 Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3:30pm (no shows 7/22-23)

Performing Arts San Antonio Jekyll & Hyde 7/14-30, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Carol B. Conway Theatre

The Classic Theatre San Antonio Burning Patience 7/6-16, Thu-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm

The Overtime Theater Cthulhu Too: The Stranger in Yellow 7/21-22, Fri-Sat @ 8pm 7/28-30, Fri-Sat @ 8pm

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Sun @ 3pm 8/4-6, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 7pm 8/11-12, Fri-St @ 8pm Greg Barrios Theater The Classic Theatre San Antonio Clear to Partly Crazy 7/27-30, Thu-Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 3pm & 8pm Sun @ 3pm Shadow at the Alter 7/29-30, Sat @ 7pm Sun @ 4pm Jo Long Theatre at The Carver Harlequin Theatre at Fort Sam Houston Doublewide, Texas 8/4-26, Thu-Sat @ 8pm BMW of San Antonio Signature Series Fun Home (touring) 8/9-10, Wed-Thu @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center Fredericksburg Theater Company The Marvelous Wonderettes 8/11-20, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2pm Steve W. Shepherd Theater Elizabeth Huth Coates Indoor Theater Baskerville 8/11-26, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2:30pmTobin’s Edge Series Ingram

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Dixie’s Tupperware Party 8/17-19, Thu @ 7:30pm, Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center

Bring It Live! 8/6, Sun @ 7pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center

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Don’t Dress For Dinner 8/17-9/10, Thu @ 7:30pm Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm No show Sat, 6/1 No show on Fridays Sheldon Vexler Theatre

The Princess Bride An Evening with Cary Elwes (screening and follow-up discussion) 8/26, Sat @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center

The Classic Theatre San Antonio Lorca 8/18-27, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Woodlawn Theatre How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying 8/25-9/17, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 3pm

Dance Dancing With The Stars Live! Hot Summer Nights 7/15, Sat @ 8pm Majestic Theatre Give Belly Dance A Chance 7/21-23, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 6pm Josephine Theater

Fathom Events Carole King: Tapestry 7/11 The Met Summer Encore Nabucco 7/12 Discovery’s Shark Week at the Movies 7/18 The Met Summer Encore Carmen 7/19 NT Live: Angels in America 7/20 & 27 Fast Times at Ridgemont High 7/30 & 8/2 Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical 8/5 & 9 Bonnie and Clyde 8/13 & 16 Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars 8/21

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Hypnotist Don Barnhart 7/1-2, Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 8pm Improv Comedy Club Rivercenter Mo Mandel 7/1-2, Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 7pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Bill Boronkay 7/5, Wed @ 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Jen Kober 7/6-9, Thu @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 7pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Aries Spears 7/6-9, Thu @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 8pm Improv Comedy Club Rivercenter

Jams and Jokes featuring Bill Bellamy and Friends 7/9, Sun @ 6:30pm Aztec Theatre Nick Griffin 7/12-14, Wed-Fri @ 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Jerry Rocha 7/13-16, Thu @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 8pm Improv Comedy Club Rivercenter Chris Fleming 7/14, Fri @ 8pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center Joe Devito 7/19-23 Wed-Thu @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 8pm Improv Comedy Club Rivercenter Anjelah Johnson 7/20-23, Thu @ 8pm Fri- @ 7:30pm & 10pm Sat @ 7pm & 9:15pm Sun @ 7pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Joe Caliz 7/26. Wed @ 8:30pm Improve Comedy Club Rivercenter

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#IMOMSOHARD Mom’s Night Out: Summer Break Tour 7/27, Thu @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall At the Tobin Center Shang 7/27-30, Thu @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 8pm Improv Comedy Club Rivercenter John Morgan 8/2-6, Wed-Thu @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 7pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Red Grant 8/3-6, Thu @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 8pm Improv Comedy Club Rivercenter Steve McGrew 8/9-13, Wed-Thu @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 8pm Improv Comedy Club Rivercenter Carlos Mencia 8/11-13, Fri @ 7:30pm & 10:15pm Sat @ 7pm, 9:15pm & 11:30pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Tommy Blaze 8/16-20 Wed-Thu @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 7pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Shayla Rivera 8/16-20, Wed-Thu @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 8pm Improv Comedy Club Rivercenter Rodney Laney 8/23-27 Wed-Thu @ 8:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm Sun @ 8pm Improv Comedy Club Rivercenter Rod Man 8/24-26, Thu @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 7pm & 9:15pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Steve O 8/31, Thu @ 8:30pm Improv Comedy Club Rivercenter

Children’s The Magik Theatre’s Junie B. Jones The Musical 8/1-13 for exact days and times

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George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio Thru 9/4

Summer 2017 International Artists in Residence Exhibit Rolando Lopez Kang Seung Lee Christie Blizard 7/13-9/3 Hudson Showroom Sabine Senft Thru 8/27

National Day of the Cowboy 7/22 GUADALUPE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

Main Space Doerte Weber Thru 8/27

Mi Museo está en la calle: An abbreviated Retrospective of work by Victoria Suescum Thru 8/5



Insurrection Thru 9/3

Texans One and All Ongoing

Echo and Narcissus Thru 9/3

Texas Missions and Churches of Roberto Cardinale Thru 8/20

Augmented Reality Thru 9/3 BIHL HAUS ARTS Cuerpo Cubano / Cuban Body Thru 7/1 WORK 8/27-9/23

Little Texas, Big World Thru 9/29 The Other Side of the Eagle Ford Shale Thru 10/1 Texas in the First World War Thru 3/11/18

LINDA PACE FOUNDATION Secondary Stories Thru 7/29 McNAY ART MUSEUM The Legend Lives: Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection Ongoing Leigh Anne Lester: A Variety of Forms Recovering from Transubstantiated Clarity Thru 7/30

California Dreaming: Works by Ruscha, Hockney and Others Thru 8/6 To See Is to Have: Navigating Today’s Art Ecosystem Thru 8/6 Juan Mora: Culture Clash Thru 8/13 Groovy: A Psychedelic Summer Thru 8/27

SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN Art In The Garden: Steel Sculptures of George Tobolowsky Thru 12/17 SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART Carlos Merida: Selections from the Permanent Collection Thru 8/17

The Magic of Clay and Fire: Japanese Contemporary Ceramics Thru Fall 2017 Heaven and Hell: Salvation and Retribution in Pure Land Buddhism Thru 9/10 SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART Elvia Perrin: Clean Cut Thru 7/16

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Victor Perez-Rul: The Odds Thru 7/16 Esteban Delgado: Plural Forms Thru 7/16 Tom Turner: Color Atomic Thru 8/27 Jack McGilvray: The Lakehouse 7/27-8/27 Kristy Perez: The Giving Distance 7/27-8/27 Kristy Deetz: Through The Veil 7/27-11/12 WITTE MUSEUM Natural Beauty: Fiesta of Land, Water and Sky Thru 8/13 Whales: Giants of the Deep Thru 9/4 Wild Weather Thru 9/4

Miscellaneous Fiesta Noche del Rio 7/1-8/12, Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm Arneson River Theatre River Walk

San Antonio’s Official 4th of July Celebration 7/4, Tue @ 7:30pm Woodlawn Lake Chad Calek Presents Sir Noface Lives Tour 8/3-4, Thu –Fri @ 8pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center Ford Canoe Challenge 8/5, Sat @ 7am River Walk

Photo Credits Page 30 (L-R) Dale Watson Courtesy Mario Flores Courtesy Flatland Calvary Courtesy Ancira Music Series Two Tons of Steel Courtesy Page 32 (L-R) Whitney Rose Courtesy Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio Photo by Liz GarzaWilliams Ilya Shterenberg Courtesy Cactus Pear Music Festival Sandy Tamamoto Courtesy Cactus Pear Music Festival

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Dmitri Pogorelov Courtesy Cactus Pear Music Festival Beth Rapier Courtesy Cactus Pear Music Festival Tracy Lawrence Courtesy Landon Dodd Courtesy

Tommy James Courtesy Tobin Center Peter Noone Courtesy Tobin Center Gary P. Nunn Courtesy James McMurtry Courtesy

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Clint Black Courtesy Tobin Center Bri Bagwell Courtesy Jamie Lin Wilson Courtesy Modern Trade Brandon Rhyder Courtesy

Reckless Kelly Courtesy The Righteous Brothers Courtesy Tobin Center Donny Edwards Courtesy Rockbox Theater Jon Wolfe Courtesy Page 35 (L-R) 1964 The Tribute Photo by Steve Gardner Patricia Vonne Courtesy patriciavonne. com Page 36 (L-R) Idina Menzel Courtesy Tobin Center Ray Wylie Hubbbad Photo by Courtney Chavanell Los Lonely Boys Courtesy loslonelyboys. com Cory Morrow Courtesy

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SUSAN NAYLOR: Healing through Helping By Julie Catalano Photography Greg Harrison

“ There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘ Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sor t of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that ’s our real disaster.” – Dalai Lama XIV If anyone would have reason to lose hope, it ’s San Antonio philanthropist Susan Naylor, having lost two young sons in the past ten years—Will Smith, 8, and Charlie Moulton, 28. But miraculously, these unimaginable tragedies have guided Naylor ’s path of giving to numerous organizations, bringing hope to children by doing ever ything from building a school in Togo, West Africa; creating an “awesome” playground in Comfor t, Texas; helping family ser vices organizations in Hawaii; investing in the brand new accessible water park at Morgan’s Wonderland, donating generously to the Tobin Center for the Per forming Ar ts, and so much more.

Here are just a few. On founding the Will Smith Foundation. “ Will passed on June 3, 2007 [in a car crash on Maui] and I marched right home to my attorney and asked what do I need to do. He said you need three board members and a mission statement. We came up with ‘to provide positive life experiences for children.’ That way I can do whatever I want—ar ts, spor ts, education, health care. Will was ver y compassionate, big hear ted. Af ter he passed, [his school] gave me his journal that the students had been keeping that year. He wrote, ‘I have a dream that the people in Africa have more things.’ That ’s what the foundation really came out of.” On being the single largest donor to the Witte Museum. “I t was not on purpose. We’d done so many things at the Witte already, little bits at a time.” (For the record, the Witte has the Naylor Family Dinosaur Galler y, B. Naylor Mor ton Research and Collec tions Center, Charles Naylor Moulton Serenity Floor, Will Smith Amphitheater and the new Susan Naylor Center. Witte president and CEO Marise McDermott added, “I feel that Susan’s DNA is almost how we operate. She’s a powerhouse, so unusual, so focused and so disciplined in her philanthropy. We are indebted to her but we are also joyous that she is par t of our lives.”)

Sitting in an Alamo Heights eater y on a sunny spring day, Naylor talks about her life, coping with unspeak able loss, and most impor tantly, the ar t of giving—a journey she will be on for the rest of her life, to keep the memor y of her sons alive, and mostly (she said) for herself, as an integral par t of healing. Sof t spoken and modest with no trace of self-pity and a wr y sense of humor, Naylor ack nowledged that “truly giving is when you’re anonymous. But when you’re anonymous you don’t have a On having her name on the Susan Naylor Center. chance to speak your piece, and I have some “They told me a long time ago I should do something pieces to speak .” [at the Witte] for myself and I said nah, when I’m July/August 2017 | On The Town 47

gone you can name things after me. The donation was to have the right not to have the building named, just have nothing up there. They insisted. I said, ‘Okay, my [Rhodesian Ridgeback] dog’s name is Leeu, which means lion in Afrikaans. I want to name the building Leeuland.’ Marise did not laugh [Naylor laughed heartily]. I’m really not upset about it, but it will be the only building with my name on it. Ever. You can quote me on that. Seriously.” On philanthropy. “It’s beyond writing a check. It’s also connecting one person with another person. To me that’s what it’s all about. Networking is such a businesslike word, but it’s just putting people together and making things happen. I like to find nonprofits that work with each other. If you look at our web site [] there’s a full list. Some of them you hear about out there, some of them you don’t. What I look for in nonprofits is ‘show me, don’t tell me.’” On healing. “I look for things that have meaning, and think more about what I have than what I don’t have. I’m very spiritual, and very attracted to water. It’s very healing. I do yoga, spend time out in the country, hiking, getting back on my horses. Horses are good for my soul. My sons were both very goodhearted, kind, gentle souls, old souls you might say. [Will and I] happened to be that car on a Sunday morning, just driving along like any other tourist. It could have been anyone. Charlie passed away on November 9, 2016, and he had made decisions that affected his life. I didn’t understand a lot about addiction. Now I do.” On the future. “I’m working on spending more time with myself, trying to slow down a little bit. For a while I was doing six months [in Hawaii] and six months here. Now I’m spending more time here. I feel like this is home. This year was the last gala for the Will Smith Foundation, and I’m not doing any events in Hawaii this year. That’s why I’m being very reflective now. What am I supposed to do next? How do I honor Charlie? I try to find people I can learn from and then I listen from the inside. I think what both of my boys would want me to do now is take care of myself.” For more info,

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‘IT’S MY SUSHI LIFE.’ YUMMI SUSHI’S OWNER PLANS TO OPEN 10 RESTAURANTS BY THE TIME HE’S 40 By Olivier J. Bourgoin, aka “Olivier, the Wine Guy” Photography Greg Harrison


hoices for quality sushi in San Antonio once were quite limited. A few venerable restaurants, such as Niki’s Tokyo Inn on West Hildebrand Avenue, did a commendable job providing decent sushi to aficionados but those venues were few and far between. More recently, the rising popularity of sushi has brought with it myriad new and talented itamaes (Japanese for sushi chefs). Although one doesn’t have to be Japanese to be called an itamae, it’s a title that must be earned. Personally, I like to refer to them as sushi magicians. What fun it is to sit at a sushi bar and watch the super-sharp, thinbladed knives work their magic in the hands of skilled practitioners. There are now excellent sushi restaurants in several areas of town. Enter Deuk Bok Cha and his wife, Hyo Sun Lee Cha, the energetic pair behind Yummi Sushi and Grill on Bitters Road. This is the second location for the young entrepreneurs. Their first location, Yummi Japanese Restaurant, 24165 I-10, provided the financial springboard for the opening of the Bitters Road eatery.

becoming frustrated by the language barrier, Cha returned to Korea, He came back when he was still a teenager and went to work for Hon Machi Sushi and Teppanyaki at Loop 1604 and Highway 281 North. There he began to hone his skills as a sushi chef. Later, Cha was offered an opportunity to prepare and sell sushi through H.E.B. “It was a good opportunity, and I was able to save some money and buy my first restaurant from my friend Johnny whom I had met when working at Hon Machi,” Cha said. “I love preparing food. This adventure has become what I call ‘My Sushi Life.’ My wife and I have three children (ages 9, 7 and 4), and I always knew l wanted to make a lot of money but I didn’t know how,” Cha said.

“Going to school didn’t seem like the path for me but it was only after working at Hon Machi and then with H.E.B, only then that I knew that sushi would be my destiny. I decided the best way to reach my goals would be to own my own business. Between the two locations, we now employ about 40 people but like I said, I want to have 10 restaurants before “I set a goal for myself that I wanted to own 10 I’m 40. I’ve worked hard to get to where we are, restaurants by the time I am 40 years old,” the since I was 19 years old, but we’re going to keep 33-year-old Deuk Bok Cha said recently. expanding.” “I was born and raised in South Korea, in the city of Iksan, and I moved to Texas when I was 15 years old,” he said. “My wife is from the same town I’m from, and we’ve known each other since we were teenagers.” After attending Judson High School briefly and

An affinity for food preparation runs in the family. Cha’s aunt once owned Kiku Garden Korean BBQ on Rittiman Road, and it is still a family business. “As we grow, now it’s not just about making sushi. My wife takes care of the payroll, scheduling, supplies July/August 2017 | On The Town 53

and purchasing, and of course, she also takes care of our three children. Her brother Okseok Lee works with us, too,” Cha said. “I still prepare sushi as I look for and train new sushi chefs. I also inspect the quality of the product which is very important to me. I am strict on serving only top-quality fish. And of course, I’m always looking to the next step. For our third location, I’m looking at potential spots in the Alamo Ranch area and hoping to open that in 2018, but for my next location after that I have a long-term plan which involves me going to work for one of the top and best high-end sushi houses, like either Uchi in Austin or Nobu in Dallas or maybe even Sushisamba in Las Vegas, for about six months, to learn everything there is to learn about running a top-quality sushi restaurant like those. There is not one like that in San Antonio yet, and I think this city is ready for it. I’m thinking I’ll open it downtown,” he said. In addition to sushi, Yummi Sushi and Grill also offers sashimi (raw fish like sushi but without the rice) and nigiri (a slightly different form of sushi), as well as tempura, grilled teriyaki, honey miso chicken, katsu pork and other dishes. With seating for about 120 people including a handful of semi-private booths and the obligatory and welcome sushi bar, and with an additional halfdozen wrought-iron tables on the patio, Yummi Sushi and Grill welcomes guests with sake, including one from the Texas Sake Company made in Austin by a Japanese-trained toji (sake maker). Beer and a nice selection of wines also are available. For red, try a glass of Queen of Hearts Pinot Noir which goes really well with sushi. If you prefer white wine, Paladin Pinot Grigio is a good choice, or if you like something with a hint of sweetness, ask for Ballet of Angels, a nice white blend which pairs well with spicy food. Yummi Sushi and Grill 300 W Bitters Road, San Antonio, Texas 78216 210-403-2113

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URBAN, BOUTIQUE - AND A FIRST IN TEXAS By Olivier J. Bourgoin, aka “Olivier, the Wine Guy” Photography courtesy Dorćol Distilling Co.


hen in its infinite wisdom, the Texas Legislature passed a long-overdue law that allowed distillers in Texas to sell their own products for retail or by the glass direct to the public, two college friends, Boyan Kalusevic and Chris Mobley, were equally elated and eager to move ahead with a project that had been distilling in their minds for over a decade.

backyard stills for personal use and family celebrations. “Wine and spirits were a big part of my family’s heritage for several generations.” Mobley, originally from the Lubbock area, met Kalusevic at the University of Texas in Austin.

During their college days, Kalusevic often spoke about With quiet determination, the friendly duo proceeded his dream of opening a distillery. During a visit back to purchase the land, build a facility and, in barely a home, the idea stuck, and the two agreed to become year’s time, open an urban distillery in San Antonio in business partners. December 2013. The initial offering from Dorćol (pronounced “doorKalusevic, who was born in Belgrade, Serbia, said his tchol”) is a small-batch, handcrafted and double-distilled grandfather was a distiller and winemaker, like many Texas apricot brandy, Rakia, labeled under the Kinsman other families in the region who make spirits from brand. Each bottle is topped and sealed with a bright-red, 56 On The Town | July/August 2017

hand-dipped wax cap. ”We currently have the capacity to nearby, and on the second Saturday of every month, produce about 40,000 bottles per year but right now we there is a well-attended neighborhood art-walk. are making about 10,000,” Kalusevic said. Kinsman Rakia is making a name for itself in the craft Kinsman is made on premises in a 400-liter hand- cocktail world, winning several prestigious awards such as hammered copper still that was custom ordered and Best of Category, 2016 Gold Medal at the LA International shipped from Serbia. The company name, Dorćol, Spirits Competition with 92 points, and a gold medal at refers to the bustling Belgrade neighborhood where the 2014 Chicago World Spirits Championships with Kalusevic grew up until he and his family moved here 90 points and rated as “Exceptional -- Highest rated American brandy of 2014.” when he was 10 years old. In addition to their flagship Kinsman Rakia, the entrepreneurial pair also launched a craft beer brand under the High Wheel Beerworks label. Five beers are available on tap for on-site consumption at the SoFlo/ Lone Star Art District (South of Downtown) Dorćol Following distillation, the premium Texas brandy is aged tasting room. They include a rotating seasonal brew in French oak barrels. The result? A crystal clear, smooth- alongside some regular offerings. tasting, award-winning apricot Rakia “eau-de-vie,” that can be sipped neat or expertly blended into one of the Kinsman Rakia is available for buying or sipping in many many custom craft cocktails available and made on liquor stores, bars and restaurants around the state. demand in the tasting room. Dorćol Distilling Co. Directly in front of the tasting room is a welcoming, open 1902 S. Flores St., San Antonio courtyard leading to an open roll-top door, providing 210-229-0607 views of the gorgeous copper still. A food truck is usually “Dorćol was an old Roman trading post,” he said. “The apricots we use in the production of our Kinsman Rakia are grown in orchards owned by a long-time family friend. They are planted near the Danube River.”

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August Culinaria Restaurant Week offers fine dining for a good cause By Ginger McAnear Robinson Photography courtesy Culinaria


ach year, we find ourselves looking forward to momentous occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. Of course, local events may be considered, too, and it seems that more people every year add San Antonio Restaurant Weeks to their lists.

offers patrons the opportunity to visit a favorite restaurant and enjoy a new one. San Antonio Restaurant Weeks take a bit of the guesswork out of dining through their menu offerings. Culinaria posts the participating restaurants along with the menus on their website. The restaurants offer one of two tiers for pricing options. Tier 1 is a $15 lunch and/or $35 dinner, while Tier 2 is a $10 lunch and/or $25 dinner. All offerings must include three courses, but the menus are up to the individual restaurants.

What started as a week of local dining in August to promote restaurants has grown into four weeks of opportunity throughout the year to support and visit restaurants. Culinaria, the host organization behind San Antonio Restaurant Weeks, works with more For chefs, this is an opportunity to introduce new than 100 participating restaurants and is growing items, and often the success leads to a permanent into the Boerne and New Braunfels markets as well. spot on the menu. In addition to the lunch and dinner options, a few restaurants also add The delicious dining takes place Aug. 12-26 and breakfast to the mix. 58 On The Town | July/August 2017

“San Antonio Restaurant Weeks really allow the chefs and restaurants to get creative with menus and have fun,” said Suzanne Taranto-Etheredge, president/CEO of Culinaria. “The ones who are most successful are the ones who find the balance of adding new menu items along with fan favorites.” Now in its eighth year, San Antonio Restaurant Weeks continue to expand on the beverage side of dining as well. Restaurants often have added an optional wine or cocktail pairing to the menu, and this time guests most likely will see a few Chilean wine options as Culinaria partners with another nonprofit, the Wines of Chile, for a bit of cross-promotion.

San Antonio Restaurant Weeks, $1 from each lunch purchased and $2 from each dinner purchased is donated to The Farm. In addition to San Antonio Restaurant Weeks in August and January and The Farm, Culinaria hosts several large events during the year including a 5K Wine and Beer Run in March, the Festival in May, a rosé wine-tasting at Becker Vineyards in August, and the most exclusive event of the year for the group, Chefs and Cellars at the Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, in September. Plans are in the works for an additional event this fall with more details to be announced soon.

With the fun just around the corner, the best advice As tasty as everything is, all of the dining also is to make a plan. Culinaria will add the menus from supports the mission of Culinaria, a nonprofit participating restaurants as they become available, organization that promotes San Antonio as a which is typically mid to late July. culinary destination while also supporting the culinary and hospitality industries. The group is Participating restaurants are at currently working on the construction of The Farm, Updates will be on social media: an epicenter of culinary education that will feature Facebook: CulinariaSanAntonio up and coming technology and will include school Instagram CulinariaSA tours, seminars and chef-led cooking classes. During Twitter:/CulinariaSA July/August 2017 | On The Town 59

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giant cascarón, ends a year-long run July 29 at SPACE. Along with screenings of her videos, her room-size, immersive installation inspired by Brazil’s Carnival features a translucent ceiling filled with fan-blown, plate -sized, colored paper circles, which occasionally flutter leaf-like to Construction is expected to continue through the floor. late 2018, but the opening won’t be until spring 2019, timed to coincide with San Antonio’s 300th Contemporary Art Month has moved to March, but birthday celebration. (See related story, page 68.) summer may still be the best time to experience the shock of the new in San Antonio. Ruby City also will be the new home for the foundation’s offices, anchoring the block-long Artpace, which Linda Pace founded in 1993, campus off South Flores Street that includes tackles headline-making issues -- global migration CHRISpark and the foundation’s galler y, SPACE. and border control -- in two evocative exhibits by Brazilian ar tist Rivane Neuenschwander ’s German-born, San Antonio-based artists Sabine “Secondar y Stories,” almost like walk ing under a Senft and Doerte Weber on view through Aug. he Linda Pace Foundation officially broke ground for the $16 million Ruby City, a 14,000-square-foot exhibition space designed to house the extensive collection of the late San Antonio contemporary art patron.

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Inspired by a family retreat built by her grandfather, Jack McGilvray, exhibitions and programs manager for Blue Star Contemporary, documents the changing landscape and its effects on three generations in “ The Lakehouse” at the Southwest School of Art July 27-Aug. 27. San Antonio artist Kristy Perez created a semi-autobiographical, mixed-media installation inspired by her own Mexican ar tist Betsabeé Romero reflects on poems for “ The Giving Distance” in the school’s Mexican immigrants and the things they carr y in Russell Hill Rogers Galleries. installations using culturally symbolic objects such as papel picado, skulls and corn in “El Vuelo “A Woman’s Place Is …” celebrates 15 San y su Semilla/The Flight and I ts Seed” through Antonio-based Latina ar tists ranging in age from Aug. 27 at the Mexican Cultural Institute in 20 to 80 at Centro de Ar tes in Market Square through Aug. 20. Curated by K athy Vargas of HemisFair Park. the University of the Incarnate Word, the ar tists In the age of “alternative facts,” Chris Sauter, include Cat Cisneros, Diana Rodriguez Gil, interim chair of painting and drawing at the Elizabeth Rodriguez, Anita Valencia and Carla Southwest School of Art, created “loudspeaker Veliz. San Antonio painter Victoria Suescum’s reliefs” influenced by posters he saw during his “abbreviated retrospective” runs through Aug. 5 Berlin residency for “Echo and Narcissus” through at the Guadalupe Cultural Ar ts Center. Sept. 3 at Blue Star Contemporary. In the Main Gallery, “Augmented Reality” highlights six artists Eleven San Antonio artists influenced by Dada and examining the impact of the digital landscape on Pop Art are showcased in “MetaDADA: High Art for our three-dimensional reality, while British artist the POPulace” presented by the city’s department Marcus Haydock’s “Insurrection” explores the of arts and culture through Aug. 4 at the Plaza de emotional responses evoked by images. Armas in downtown San Antonio, including a film 27. Senft’s “Borderline Reality” in the Hudson Showroom uses everyday materials like candy to examine the overlooked realities of division, while Weber’s “Checkpoint” in the Main Space (formerly Window Works), features large tapestry panels echoing the imposing nature of the border wall between the United States and Mexico.

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The Br iscoe Wester n Ar t M us e u m o n t h e R iver Walk p resent s a rare d elu xe i s s u e o f t he 31- color-p late ed it ion of “G e o rg e Cat l i n’s Nor t h Am er ic an I nd ian Por t folio,” a l a n dma r k 19t h- cent ur y ser ies of p r int s d oc u me nt i n g t h e “Daydreams and Other Monsters” spotlights nat ive p op ulat ion of t he Great Pla i n s, t h ro u g h the outrageous influence of Texas artist Peter S ep t. 4. Saul, often associated with the Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists, on San Antonio artists “ Wild Weat her,” revealing how s c i e nt i s t s John Hernandez, Megan Solis and Louie Chavez are wor k ing to b et ter forec as t to r n a do e s, through Aug. 4 at the University of Texas at San hur r ic anes, heat waves, t hund e r s to r ms a n d Antonio Main Gallery. (See related story, page 74.) severe winter stor ms, is anot he r fa s c i n at i n g ex hib it at t he Wit te M useum , al o n g w i t h t h e Fledgling contemporary art collectors seeking b loc k b uster “ Whales: Giant s of th e D e e p,” a n guidance need look no further than “To See Is to am azing look at t he wor ld ’s larg e s t ma r i n e Have: Navigating Today’s Art Ecosystem” through c reat ures from t he M useum of Ne w Ze a l a n d Te Aug. 6 at the McNay Art Museum, featuring works Pap a Tongarewa. B ot h r un t hroug h S e p t. 4 . collected by members of the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum. Laredo-raised Juan de Dios Wit h it s ap p eal of easy salvat io n , Pu re L a n d Mora creates intricately carved linoleum-block Bud d hism has sp read t hrough o u t I n di a , prints illustrating the clash of cultures along the S out heast Asia, C hina, Tib et, Kore a a n d Ja p a n , U.S./Mexico border through Aug. 13. “California insp ir ing p aint ings, sc ulp t ure an d de co rat i ve Dreaming” through Aug. 6 highlights contemporary ob jec t s showc ased in “Heave n a n d H e l l : prints by West Coast artists such as David Hockney S alvat ion and R et r ib ut ion in Pure Bu ddh i s m” and Ed Ruscha, while “Groovy: A Psychedelic t hrough S ep t. 10 at t he S an Anto n i o M u s e u m Summer” through Aug. 27 looks back at color and of Ar t. (S e e re late d stor y, page 70. ) pattern in art before PCs. screening of art in pop culture July 19, a zine popup shop on July 24 and a panel with the artists Aug. 4. They include David Almaguer, Jason Ibarra, Kelly O’Connor, Rainey and David “Shek” Vega.

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Mission San Antonio de Valero by Roberto Cardinale. Image courtesy Roberto Cardinale. Institute of Texan Cultures

Mariko Mori, (Japanese, born 1967) Nirvana, 1996–97 Video, Six minutes, six seconds The Mori Art Collection, Tokyo © Mariko Mori

George Catlin. Plate 1. North American Indians from Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio. (London: Chatto & Windus. Vincent, Brooks, lithographer, ca. 1875). Courtesy of Jack and Valerie Guenther. Briscoe Western Art Museum. Page 63 (L-R) Kristy Perez, Self-Portrait The Giving Distance Exhibit Southwest School of Art Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara (Gwaneum bosal) Korea, Joseon dynasty, 1600–1700 Hanging scroll; ink and colors on linen, image: 69 1/2 x 29 in. Courtesy of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection, B65D44 Photography © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Louie Chavez, Lone Lyfe Daydreams and Other Monsters Exhibit UTSA Main Gallery Page 65 (L-R) Jack McGilvray, Prime Real Estate The Lakehouse Exhibit Southwest School of Art Van Hoesen- Steve, 1990. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of the E. Mark Adams and Beth van Hoesen Adams Trust

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LINDA PACE FOUNDATION Groundbreaking Marks Beginning of New Cultural Campus in San Antonio By Vivienne Gautraux


fter years of planning, the Linda Pace Foundation has broken ground on its highly anticipated arts exhibition space. The 14,000-square-foot, twostory building was conceived by the late Linda Pace, a dedicated artist and philanthropist, and was designed by preeminent architect Sir David Adjaye.

Plans reveal an ambitious building that gracefully nods to the past, embraces its distinct natural environment and playfully challenges expectations. The exterior of the structure will be clad in deep red panels of precast concrete with glass and mica aggregate that will shimmer in the light. The planes will be punctuated by strategically placed lenses that will overlook CHRISpark The modern, crimson-hued building, a new landmark and a new sculpture garden. for the city, will house the foundation’s growing collection of more than 800 paintings, sculptures, Largely rectangular, the building will feature a dramatic installations and video works by contemporary artists rooftop of sloping angles and skylights that will rise from around the world. The entire $16 million project to varying heights and echo cut-away spaces at the is privately funded by the Linda Pace Foundation. building’s base. The entrance plaza, formed by the Admission will be free. building’s cantilevered structure and the ground-floor 66 On The Town | July/August 2017

lobby, share the vibrant ruby color pattern establishing a dynamic and porous relationship between indoor and outdoor elements. A grand staircase takes visitors to a series of gallery spaces, which feature concrete floors with white walls and ceilings to allow the extensive collection to take center focus.

of an outdoor sculpture garden on the south side of the property, terraced banks leading to San Pedro Creek and an east-facing view of CHRISpark.

The building is slated for completion in late 2018, timed to coincide with a year’s worth of celebrations for San Antonio’s 300th birthday. A public opening and inaugural “We have sought to engage with the wider project,” exhibitions are planned for early 2019. Adjaye writes, “to rehabilitate the area into a vibrant new urban park and cultural campus. So the design In addition to Adjaye Associates as the design architects, for the building is about creating an important civic the local teams working on the building project include movement for the city, and the plaza will be a critical Alamo Architects, executive architect; Norton Co., project management; and Whiting-Turner, general contractor. feature of this narrative.” The building is a part of the growing Linda Pace Foundation contemporary art center, to be known as Ruby City, which extends from South Flores Street to San Pedro Creek. Ruby City also includes CHRISpark, a 1-acre public green space built in 2005 and named in memory of Pace’s son, and SPACE, the Linda Pace Foundation Gallery, which opened to the public in 2014 and presents special exhibitions and programming throughout the year. Visitors will enter the building from the west, facing San Pedro Creek, and enjoy views

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f you tend to see Asian art as exotic and inscrutable, San Antonio Museum of Art curator Emily Sano is offering an easy path to understanding through Pure Land Buddhism, popular throughout China, Tibet, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Beginning in West Asia around the time of Christ, the Buddha of the Western Paradise promised his heavenly paradise to anyone who simply calls his name, Amitābha, inspiring 2,000 years of paintings, sculpture and decorative objects, especially scenes of a blissful Heaven and horrific Hell that would cheer or chill any Christian.

in Pure Land Buddhism” is on view through Sept. 10 at SAMA. The Coates-Cowden-Brown Senior Advisor for Asian Art, Sano began her career at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, and then spent two years at the Dallas Museum of Art before moving to San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, where she served as director from 1995 to 2008.

“I wanted to show people how important and high quality the Asian collections are at the San Antonio Museum of Art,” Sano said. “They are easily bigger and superior to the collections at the Dallas Museum of Art, and there are certainly more pieces than at the Kimbell. I don’t know With more than 70 works drawn from some of the if San Antonio has ever had a show of Buddhist art, but country’s best Asian collections, including New York’s I wanted to show an aspect of Asian art that began with Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine the Christian era and how it developed and changed as it Arts, Boston, “Heaven and Hell: Salvation and Retribution spread across Asia, remaining popular today.” 68 On The Town | July/August 2017

Buddhism has two major schools. Theravada, dominant in Southeast Asia, believes only monks can attain nirvana through study and meditation, but Mahayana Buddhism offers paradise to all through various devotional practices, aided by a vast pantheon of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and other powerful beings illustrated in many of the paintings and sculptures in the exhibit. “Pure Land Buddhism starts with the fundamental belief that everyone exists within the endless cycle of birth, death and reincarnation until, through good deeds or spiritual practice, they gather enough good karma to attain enlightenment and enter paradise,” Sano said. “It’s a process that can continue after death.” In the “Sutra of Infinite Light,” translated into Chinese in the 2nd century, Amitābha is a king who renounces his throne to become a monk and then a Buddha, promising anyone could attain birth into his realm simply by repeating his name. Today in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing or Taipei, you can hear faithful devotees repeating the phrase “Namu Amida-butsu” or “Praise to Amitābha Buddha.” An early 18th-century Tibetan hanging scroll from SAMA’s

collection, “Buddha Amitābha in Western Paradise” shows a splendid vision of heaven with Amitābha under a jeweled canopy in a palatial structure, surrounded by multitudes of enlightened monks, divine attendants and disciples rendered in strong colors on silk. “People may see some parallels to Christian religious art, but there are notable differences,” Sano said. “For example, Hell is not forever to Buddhists. Before Buddhism, the Chinese believed the souls of aristocrats ascended to heaven, while ordinary people went to the underworld. With Buddhism, the Chinese came to accept that anyone could attain the heavenly paradise. But they had to have their karma judged by a set of 10 kings, which mirrored the Chinese judicial system and became an easily grasped vision of the afterlife.” Scenes of the Ten Kings judging souls and punishing sinners can be compared to the horrors of hell depicted by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. In a hanging scroll from Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum, you can see one guilty person being sawn in half. Typically, the king is dressed as a magistrate and seated at a desk, often with a karmic mirror that reflects past deeds, while attendants drag in naked sinners and dole out punishment. July/August 2017 | On The Town 69

In Japan, Hell images took secular forms and spread to literature, theater and games. Popular stories about the “Hell Courtesan,” a fallen woman who found redemption through conversion, inspired prostitutes to wear costumes decorated with Hell designs, such as the woman grandly dressed in a silk brocade decorated with images of horror and suffering in Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s mid-19th century scroll painting from the John C. Weber collection. Dating from the 12th century, a rare copy of the “Jigoku Zōshi (Hell Scroll)” from the Boston museum depicts fantastic creatures, along with gruesome scenes of dismembered bloody bodies and sinners driven toward torture and flames, while the “Gaki Zōhi (Hungry Ghost Scroll)” from Japan’s Kyoto National Museum shows the Hungry Ghosts with emaciated bodies, distended stomachs and wispy hair.

with a jumble of hellish imagery. In her video “Nirvana,” Mariko Mori creates multimedia installations fusing Buddhist elements into visions of mystic enlightenment.

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Thinking Bodhisattva India, Gupta period, 4th–6th century C.E. Afghanistan, Hadda region, Gandharan culture Terracotta, 32 ¾ x 24 ½ x 10 ½ in. Dallas Museum of Art, Wendover Fund, gift of David T. Owsley via the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation, the Cecil and Ida Green Acquisition Fund, and the General Acquisitions Fund, 2010.17 Photo courtesy Dallas Museum of Art

Shrine (Butsudan) Japan, Edo period, ca. 1800 Wood, lacquer, pigment, gilt, and metal, 33 x 16 x 13 inches (closed) Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of In his 2014 painting of “Chaos,” Japanese artist Ryuki Dileep and Martha Mehta, 2000.256a-d Yamamoto paints his own face multiple times mingled Photography by Sean Pathasema “But I don’t want people to think this is old, musty stuff,” Sano said. “Pure Land Buddhism is very much alive today and still influences artists, which is why I included two contemporary pieces.”

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Page 69 (L-R) Amida Buddha with Attending Bodhisattvas Japan, Edo period, late 18th century Wood with gold, pigment, metal, and headstones, 22 x 18 x 9 in. San Antonio Museum of Art, gift of Lenora and Walter F. Brown, 2013.38.262 Photography by Peggy Tenison Bowing Buddha Japan, Edo period, 17th-18th century Gilt wood, 28 x 14 x 9 in. Vanessa and Henry Cornell Collection Photography by Ylva Erevall Photography Page 70 (L-R) Welcoming Descent of Amida Buddha (Raigō) Japan, Kamakura period, ca. 1270-1333 Hanging scroll; ink, color, gold and cut gold on silk, 65 5/16 x 23 ¼ in. The Cleveland Museum of Art Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund, 1993.42 © The Cleveland Museum of Art

Amida Rising Over the Mountains Japan, Edo period, 17th century Hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk 67 x 41 x 2 1/2 in. Vanessa and Henry Cornell Collection Photography by Ylva Erevall Page 71 (L-R) Eighteen Arhats (Iuohans) China, Qing dynasty, Reign of the Qianlong emperor, 1736–1795 Ink and colors on bodhi leaves; eighteen leaves each 11 x 7 in. Courtesy of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco The Avery Brundage Collection, B65D4.1-.18 Photography © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Hungry Ghosts Japan, Edo period, ca. 1800 Hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk, 86 1/8 x 33 ½ in. Private Collection Photography by Peggy Tenison July/August 2017 | On The Town 71

Alana Coates

Beastin’ / Louie Chavez



ith descriptors like “contrarian aesthetic” and “lowbrow imagery,” along with an evocative title, the Daydreams and Other Monsters exhibit at the University of Texas at San Antonio also is a homecoming for its curator.

“Daydreams and Other Monsters was two years in the making partly because exhibitions of this caliber (museum and university) are planned much further in advance, but there is also much rigorous research that goes into exhibitions such as this,” she said.

UTSA graduate Alana Coates is guest curator for the group exhibition at the UTSA Main Gallery. In her day job, Coates is associate director at Ruiz-Healy Art in San Antonio. The gallery, which also has a location in New York, specializes in contemporary art from Latin America and Texas.

“When we refer to these works as counter-culture, we mean that they do not fit within the traditional European art history canon,” Coates said. “Some of the influences on younger artists now might be comic books and internet memes, and some of their works might be outside some people’s comfort zone.”

Coates earned a master’s degree in art history along with a graduate certificate in nonprofit administration The UTSA show features works by Peter Saul, John and leadership, both from UTSA. She has bachelor’s Hernandez, Megan Solis and Louie Chavez and degrees in art history and studio art from the continues through Aug. 4. University of Rhode Island. The four featured artists share similar sensibilities, specifically With more than 60 exhibitions under her belt at different an appreciation of “lowbrow” imagery, critiques of popular galleries, Coates enjoys bringing her own creative vision to culture, and conflicts with the inner self that are presented fulfillment in an academic setting for her independent project. with brash colors and the unexpected, Coates said.  72 On The Town | July/August 2017

Batcycle / John Hernandez

He Cried When He Burnt The Rug / Megan Solis

Peter Saul is an internationally acclaimed artist who rose to fame with a strong counterculture aesthetic and a wild, politically incorrect figurative practice. Although typically associated with the Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin from 1981 to 2000 and was represented at a gallery in San Antonio’s Blue Star Arts Complex in the 1990s. Now in his 80s, Saul has inspired multiple generations of artists, locally and around the world. His work is included in a number of major collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Artist Center in Finland and earned much positive recognition from a solo exhibition at Hello Studio last summer, Christina is a Coward.  Solis has an upcoming exhibition at the McNay Art Museum this fall as part of their Artist-looking-at-Art series.    Louie Chavez is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in performance painting, sculpture, handcrafted toys and light installations. He has had solo exhibitions at Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn, Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin (the inaugural “Changarrito”), and Silkworm Studio in San Antonio. He has been commissioned for mural projects by businesses and organizations across Texas.   John Hernandez, a San Antonio native, came in Coates said the UTSA exhibition was assembled with contact with Saul’s work when it was exhibited here. the assistance of Joe Diaz of San Antonio, who collected Like Saul, Hernandez prefers lurid colors and eccentric, Saul’s artworks during his Texas tenure. sometimes outlandish subjects. He received his MFA   degree from the University of North Texas and was A second exhibit also is keeping Coates busy this an Artpace artist-in-residence in 2000. Hernandez summer. She is guest curator of YLA 22: ¡Ahora!, the has been honored with fellowships from the National 22nd installment of the Mexic-Arte Museum’s annual Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-America Arts emerging Latino artist exhibition. Featuring eight Alliance.  He has exhibited his work throughout the artists from across Texas confronting prominent, United States and Europe. contemporary issues, the show runs July 14 through Aug. 27, with several special events scheduled. Megan Solis, who earned a BFA with a concentration in painting from UTSA, is a multimedia artist with Daydreams and Other Monsters is open through Aug. 4 experience in easel, mural and performance painting, at the UTSA Main Gallery, 1604 Campus Art Building, as well as animation, fashion and sculpture.  She second floor. An artist talk with Solis and Chavez is completed a month-long residency at the Arteles planned for noon July 17. July/August 2017 | On The Town 73

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AGNIESZKA CZEBLAKOW Rare Books Librarian, UTSA Story and Photography by Jasmina Wellinghoff

Agnieszka Czeblakow came to San Antonio two years ago to assume the position of rare books librarian at the John Peace Library at the University of Texas at San Antonio. It was the perfect job for her given her interest in history, Latin American culture and archival materials. Born in Poland, she and her family emigrated to the U.S. when she was 16. Czeblakow holds three academic degrees in history, including a Ph.D. from Emory University, and a master’s in library science from the University of Wisconsin.

author to the owner, or if it bears a signature of the original owner, or some kind of inscription, or notes – those are the things that make it rare. Also, the books that were issued in small editions and are not commonly available. The age of the book doesn’t make it automatically valuable. Of course, if you have the Guttenberg Bible, the Holy Grail of rare books, then, yes, it will be on a pedestal.

Prior to moving to Texas, she worked as the collection manager at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript Archives and Rare Books Library at Emory for five years. While still pursuing her education, she also held several other library jobs at the school. Czeblakow is the recipient of a number of grants and awards that helped her pursue both her education and research, and has taught history at Emory and the Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. In the past two years, she has already made her mark here by introducing new initiatives at UTSA as well as through outreach community events.

AC: Our collection is comprised of about 30,000 books. The majority of them are about Texas and San Antonio history, books either printed in Texas and San Antonio or dealing with this region’s history going back to when this was Spanish colonial territory. We also have one of the largest Mexican cuisine cookbook collections. Our earliest manuscript (hand-written) cookbook is from 1789 and our latest is from 2017. We collect both historical and contemporary cookbooks, published both in the U.S. and Mexico.

JW: How do you define “rare books”? AC: I can tell you what they are not. They don’t necessarily have to be old and they don’t have to be expensive, though many are. Not every old book is a rare book. We are looking for unique books, or books that have elements that are unique. So, it may be a new book but if it was inscribed by the

JW: Tell us about the UTSA Collection that you are in charge of.

Our newest collecting area, which is something I started when I got here, is artist-made (hand-made) books which often challenge the reader’s ideas on how books should be read and handled. They usually have well thought-out concepts but the techniques of putting them together as objects usually work together with the content. They are really art objects that happen to be books… The book can be about anything, but if it is made in an interesting way, I would be interested in looking at it. July/August 2017 | On The Town 77

JW: Some artists at the Southwest School of Art JW: How was the decision made to collect cookbooks? specialize in hand-made books. Have you been in touch with them? AC: I think it was around 2010 that Laurie Gruenberg, a longtime San Antonio resident AC: Yes. Actually, we just got a donation of 30 and cookbook collector, decided to donate her books from Beck Whitehead who was the chair of collection of more than 500 books to UTSA. And the Paper & Book Art Departmnet at SSA. Among once you have that many, you can’t stop. You have those are books she made but also books that she to fill in the gaps in the collection and continue to collected over the years. We are definitely trying to acquire more. get local and Texas artists but we are also keeping it open to others. JW: Any other areas of interest? 78 On The Town | July/August 2017

AC: We also have a substantial Chicano literature collection donated by Bryce Milligan ( Wings Press’ owner). It was his personal collection to which we have been adding as well. In addition, there’s a smaller architecture collection. Actually, we kind of have a little bit of everything but the ones I mentioned are the largest ones.

program for undergraduates here. We bring them in to expose them to rare and archival materials. They rarely get to experience rare books. That’s probably my favorite part of the job, watching the students in the reading room engaging with the materials. They are shy at first, afraid to touch the books, but they eventually relax and get quite excited when they discover something JW: Could you pick a few items from the collection interesting. And the artist-made books are like that you personally consider especially valuable. puzzles sometimes that they have to figure out. AC: There are a few. One example that I find aweinspiring is the second edition of a three-volume work called Monarchia Indiana which is one of the early Spanish-European compilation about New World Indians – who they were, how they ruled themselves, what their customs were. When I saw that we had that book, my heart beat a little faster. It’s a beautiful example of early printed books. The first edition was published in 1615. Ours was published in Madrid in 1723. The other example I would single out is a contemporary one, published in 2015. It’s an artist book shaped like a prison tower. It was made by a prisoner at the San Quentin Prison in California. It consists of linoleum prints and four small volumes which form the sides of the prison guard tower, held together by a removable roof. It’s a book that doesn’t look like a book. It was part of a prison art project led by artist Beth Thielen. Only 30 such books were made. Ours was signed by Henry Frank. The volumes contain the stories written by the inmates, including Frank.

JW: Have any materials been digitized to make them accessible to people who can’t come to UTSA in person to do research? AC: Some of our manuscript cookbooks have been digitized. But copyright protection makes it difficult to digitize a lot of the other books. Also, the content of some older materials can be accessed through other institutions or places such as the Digital Library of America. JW: You have three history degrees, including a Ph.D. How and why did you decide to get yet another one in library science?

AC: It all started with my Ph.D. dissertation research. I spent a year in Quito, Ecuador, working in the national archives researching early colonial, 17th and 18th century, prisons. I fell in love with the old materials I was studying. The whole experience was fascinating. I could see myself doing similar kind of work eight hours a day. It also helped that my first JW: Are you always looking for items to enrich the job as a graduate student was in the conservation collections? and preservation lab at Emory University. I got to work with rare materials, learned how to put books AC: Yes, the search never stops. I am always back together, how to do paper repairs, how to looking through book dealer catalogs or online rebind books. Thanks to these experiences, it just listings. When traveling, I am always going to made sense to me to pursue this career. antiquarian bookstores; I go to flea markets. I get really excited when we get donations at the library JW: What do you read for fun? because I get to go through them to see if there are any rare books. AC: I started getting back into fiction, but I tend to prefer academic history books. I still keep up with JW: What do you enjoy most about your work? colonial history. Currently, I am reading about the methods of execution in early modern England, AC: Digging for books is a lot of fun, and then mostly the 18th century. cataloging them and doing research on books is --------------------------------------------------------------always rewarding because I learn something new Ms. Czeblakow’s comments have been slightly edited every day. I am also in charge of the instruction for publication July/August 2017 | On The Town 79

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