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TABLE OF CONTENTS Issue 13_26 / June 26–July 2, 2013
17 News Newsmonger Anti-abortion bills gain traction; City Council run-off winners talk priorities
Our top picks for the week
27 SUMMER Day Trips 2013 Five ways to get outta SA this summer, if only for a day (Rest of) Summer Movies There’s still plenty of blockbusters and solid indie picks (hopefully) headed our way Manilow or Middle Finger Salute That’s the question when it comes to upcoming summer concerts
Banking on Change Gauging the power of SA’s “gay dollar” in business and politics A Story and a Study of Queer Realities Books by William Jack Sibley and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera Pride Eats A revamped Luther’s provides quality eats on the Strip
70 ARTS Holy Hell Sharon Kopriva’s soulful artwork penetrates her Catholic faith
Aguas Frescas 101 DIY tips for making your own quencher
Holy Dust Worship Club / Holy Back Worship Club The second in a series of work by Artpace international artist-in-residence Pak Sheung Chuen
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Bard on the 405 Director Joss Whedon moves Much Ado About Nothing to L.A.
44 FASHION Out, Loud and Proud Buck summer’s all-white trend with a rainbow of warm-weather wear and gear
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77 FOOD Just Ducky Minnie’s Tavern pays homage to French bistro fare
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Texas House Approves Anti-Abortion Bill Despite Hundreds of Protestors “Are you against science?” asked Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Forth Worth), encapsulating Sunday evening’s Texas House debate over a bill that would eviscerate abortion access in the state. As of press time, the House preliminarily passed the legislation 97-33. The bill is expected to move back to the Senate and be met with a filibuster from Democrats. The special session ends June 26, but the governor can call an unlimited number of those sessions. A packed gallery of pro-choice advocates, dressed in orange to show solidarity, looked on below to the House floor where a fight between scientific fact and political ideology waged on into the night. The legislation outlaws abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization, imposes restrictions on abortion doctors and abortion-related drugs, and forces clinics to comply with standards of ambulatory surgical centers, a requirement that would shutter all but five clinics in the state. But the bill isn’t supported by leading experts who argue the measures are unnecessary, unfounded and detrimental to women’s health. After buying nearly six hours of time with procedural delays, Democrats began to painstakingly highlight the legislation’s dearth of peer-reviewed evidence and lack of support from the medical community, asking bill author Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker) to produce any and all factual data to back up her claims. Laubenberg mumbled out two studies, while House Democrats pointed to a major medical consensus which would seem to oppose the bill, including The Journal of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Hospital Association and The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Brushing the entirety of the medical community’s recommendations aside, Laubenberg — who oftentimes seemed hazy about the contents of her own bill — continued to make the case that the legislation somehow improves “quality of care” for women.
But that’s not the real intention, Democrats and pro-choice advocates argue. “The truth is that these bills aren’t about women’s health and they aren’t about the will of the people — they are about winning Republican primaries,” said Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) to thunderous applause from gallery seats. “Texas women deserve better than to be used as a tool in partisan politics.” Seeking to ram abortion restrictions in at the last minute, Texas Gov. Rick Perry added the draconian measures to the special session agenda, but as Farrar noted, “Nothing about these bills is an emergency. Surely the expansive public opposition to the bills demonstrates that.” In an effort coordinated by reproductive rights groups including NARAL ProChoice Texas, Whole Women’s Health, and Planned Parenthood, more than 1,000 men and women showed up at the Capitol on Sunday, lining the rotunda and stairs outside the chamber to protest the onerous legislation. While some presence by the blue-clad anti-abortion lobby was felt, they were overwhelmingly outnumbered. Fueled by their frustration and disbelief in the conservative Republican-led crusade to end abortion access, many traveled far and stayed late to oppose the restrictions. Mary Hiller from San Antonio camped out in the Capitol annex with fellow protestors throughout the evening. She said she was one of the hundreds who got shut out of a House State Affairs Committee hearing last week after testimony was cut short by the GOPaffiliated committee chairman. “People are outraged,” said a tearyeyed Hiller. “What the Republicans are doing is disgusting. It’s going to hurt low-income, minority women the most and they don’t care. Women are going to pay the price and many are going to die. We did this 40 years ago [with Roe vs. Wade], I shouldn’t have to fight the same battle at 69 years old.” Check back for updates and an expanded version at sacurrent.com.
New Kids on the Dais With the drama of campaigning and pomp of swearing-in ceremonies over, San Antonio’s newest City Council members officially took their seats last week. We get down to the nuts-and-bolts of what to expect from your District 5 and District 8 runoff election winners: District 5 Rush Limbaugh does not endorse Shirley Gonzales. In fact, he’d be downright horrified if he found himself in the same room with the pro-labor/ LGBT-community supported/backed-byDemocrats local politician. But that’s one of the several aggressive attacks the new councilmember had to fend off from opponent David Medina, “They were just reaching for something and I guess that’s what they came up with,” says Gonzales. “It was very strange.” After beating out the incumbent challenger in the June 15 runoff elections, Gonzales says she can finally breathe. Sitting at her desk in the pawnshop her family has owned for more than 50 years, you’d wonder why Gonzales would add anything to her plate. The answer actually goes back to Medina. From poor lighting to flooding to the abundance of stray animals, Gonzales says she saw her community’s problems continually go unaddressed. So, she thought she’d do a better job. Now, with the mud-slinging behind her, what issues will we see the political newcomer champion? Born and raised in San Antonio, and now living and working in the southwest district she oversees, Gonzales told the Current her priority will be focusing on community safety. Condensed hightraffic areas, insufficient sidewalks, and poor infrastructure create hazards for pedestrians, she says. A proponent of SA2020, Gonzales heavily advocates a pedestrian-friendly, high-density city center. Ahead of private transportation, she’ll prioritize walkability, cycling, and public transportation and promote the use of the infill development zone and commercial retrofit. As a shop owner, she’s looking to boost small business growth. Part of that solution, says Gonzales, is updating old land use and zoning codes that aren’t conducive to development. She points to her home turf, Prospect Hill, as an example. Without a master
plan, zoning can’t be enforced and you’ll end up with a slipshod neighborhood, she says. “If we don’t implement a master plan, then in five and even 50 years from now, we won’t have the kind of community we really want — we’ll have a district full of cheap strip malls and parking lots.” District 8 Ron Nirenberg had two key realizations while heading the Annenberg Center for Public Policy. One: civic engagement is really important. Two: citizens are really disengaged. After working firsthand with local communities to educate and include residents in the political process, Nirenberg decided he could help engage his own community as a city councilmember. Ousting competition in the runoff election, the general manager of KRTU is setting his sights on managing growth in the area he represents. District 8 needs a major infrastructure improvement — its population is expanding twice as fast as the rest of the city and it doesn’t have the roadways to accommodate the growth, says Nirenberg. On that note, he remains critical of the streetcar project, saying the decision-making wasn’t conducted with transparency and he isn’t totally sold on its necessity. “We have a dramatic need for transportation here,” he says. “We should focus on those basics before we invest in anything else. “Would I love to ride a streetcar downtown? Absolutely. But not at the expense of community needs.” Nirenberg, who says he’s cautious about development, heavily supports placing the Edwards Aquifer Protection Initiative on the ballot again in 2015. The plan protects the region’s main source of drinking water by acquiring and preserving land across the recharge zone, “We need to be vigilant about what the Texas Legislature and other communities are doing to threaten the Aquifer,” he told the Current. As for education, he’s backing stringent accountability standards and reporting metrics for PRE-K 4 SA and will request monthly or bi-monthly public updates on those results. “It can be a real game changer for San Antonio,” says Nirenberg about the taxpayer-funded education project. “But if it fails, it could be a terrible ‘I told you so’ moment. I believe it’s going to work, but we need all hands on deck.” – Mary Tuma sacurrent.com • June 26 – July 2, 2013 • CURRENT 17
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Following on the footsteps of Lonely Horse, Piñata Protest and a growing list of local touring bands, Heather Go Psycho is ready to explore strange lands. Power singer-guitarist Jacklyn Alexandra, Cristal Anette (bass, vocals) and Diana Marie (drums, vocals) are a fun pop-punk trio that knows how to have fun while rocking, and their mini-tour will take them to Ohio, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania, before coming back in July to finish their first full-length and tentatively release it in late August or early September. “We have a shitload more songs that are even better than [2011’s Favorite Record],” Alexandra told the Current in December 2012. We’ll see about that, but at least I know they’ve grown tremendously as musicians and am looking forward to this show. With Langton Drive, The Sky Divided, and Last Nighters. $5, 8pm, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com. — Enrique Lopetegui
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Portugal. The Man
PORTUGAL. THE MAN MUSIC
Social media has proven a valuable tool for Portugal. The Man, a chameleonic rock band with a name designed to “create a demi-mythic entity bigger than the individual members.” Rising from the flames of the emo outfit Anatomy of a Ghost, the Portland-based group used MySpace and PureVolume to build a fanbase that’s remained faithful despite transitions in lineup and style. Co-founded by falsettovoiced frontman John Gourley and guitarist Zach Carothers, both natives of Wasilla, Alaska, the band thanked Twitter, Facebook, and bloggers in 2011 for assisting in the retrieval of stolen gear after playing Lollapalooza. To hype up this year’s Pink Floyd-inspired, Danger Mouse-produced LP Evil Friends, the quintet released its title on Instagram, its lead single on YouTube, and its artwork as a Tweet to Reveal mosaic. $22-$25, doors at 6pm, Josabi’s, 17200 Hwy 16 N, Helotes, (210) 372-9100, josabis.com. — Bryan Rindfuss
NOTHING MORE MUSIC
Texan/Louisianan progressive-rock band Nothing More is a unique force amid the occasionally numbing predictability of the genre. Fresh off their first national tour, the band is picking up momentum thanks to brutal yet hopeful lyrics, sophisticated percussion arrangements, and a singularly arresting live assault. Fronted by SA’s own Johnny Hawkins, the quartet incorporates intelligent lyrical critiques of our current collective cataclysm with a sound that is as hard as it is heady. Hawkins, who sings and adds expert auxiliary percussion on stage, is a charismatic performer with a knack for conveying a stark sense of immediacy while maintaining melody. Nothing More is, deservedly, a band about to blow up and their show at Sam’s is part of a three-state celebration of the release of their self-titled album. $10-$13, 9pm, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. — James Courtney
WHEN PIGS FLY THEATER
Individuality trumps conformity in When Pigs Fly, an Off-Broadway hit bedazzled with sappy torch songs, political lampoons, and an unlikely show tune about a hunky centaur hankering for a roll in the hay. While it nods to irreverent revues of the 1950s, the musical grab bag — conceived by Howard Crabtree and Mark Waldrop — deals with gay life in the 1990s. Crabtree, who died of AIDS just six days after completing the play, was also a celebrated mad scientist of costume design. His knack for high-concept camp is undeniable in the numbers “Light in the Loafers,” which incorporates illuminated footwear, and “Wear Your Vanity with Pride,” a Restoration-era sketch that repurposes dressing tables as skirts. Chris Rodriguez directs an all-male cast of five at the Woodlawn. $15-$23, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2:30pm Sun, Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg, (210) 267-8388, woodlawntheatre.com. — BR
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An enlightening counterpart to the exhibition “Pasión Popular,” SAMA’s Folk Art Film Festival rounds up a trio of films bound by Latin American and Spanish influences. On Friday, curator Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado offers an introductory talk before the ethnographic doc Canícula. Named in honor of the 40 dog days of summer, the film studies the crafts and rituals of a group preserving the Danza de los Voladores in Veracruz. Promising to “playfully mock its viewers,” Saturday’s feature La Ofrenda: Days of the Dead explores mortality and tradition in Mexico as well as San Francisco’s Mission District. Closing out the festival on Sunday, Trópico de Cáncer tells a tale of survival as a poor family hunts and sells wild beasts under the scorching sun of San Luis Potosí. $5-$10, 7:30pm Fri, 3pm Sat-Sun, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org. — BR
Ghostpizza Vs. Texas Is Funny
GHOSTPIZZA VS. TEXAS IS FUNNY MUSIC
Continuing a rivalry that began last year as a project of Good Job Texas, the indie label Texas is Funny Records squares off against Ghostpizza (a “hype team” for rappers, DJs, and producers from all over the Lone Star State) in a “basketball showdown.” Those who wake up before the crack of noon are invited to watch Ghostpizza attempt to recoup their 2012 loss (free, 11am, Alamo Heights Junior School, 7607 N New Braunfels). To cap that off, the camps join forces for a joint showcase at Hi-Tones. While Ghostpizza presents the local DJ Soloserve and Houston-based rapper Levii Ru$$el, who’s building a buzz with the track “Mastermind,” TIFR brings the noise with the Austin’s “devil music” makers Young///Savage and Vetter Kids, a ’90s throwback trio comprising current and former members of Pswingset, Sohns, and Brother/Ghost. $3, 9pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E Dewey. — BR
PRIDE BIGGER THAN TEXAS PRIDE MONTH
In it’s first decade, Pride San Antonio has risen to its motto of “Pride Bigger Than Texas” by championing the local LGBTQ community and hosting national leaders such as NOH8 Campaign founder Adam Bouska and GLAAD Media Awardwinning youth activist Will Phillips. The nonprofit’s 10th-annual parade (9pm) honors Esperanza Peace and Justice Center founder Graciela Sanchez and Miss Fiesta San Antonio Victoria Flores as Grand Marshals and Sadie Croft as Youth Grand Marshal. In response to Obama’s inaugural address, Croft wrote a resonant essay about challenges she and other transgender kids face on a daily basis. Headlined by gender-bending American Idol alum J’DA (6:45pm), the daylong block party also includes a wrestling match (5pm), a 1K Rainbow Dash (8pm), and a high-heel race (8:30pm). $7, noon-9pm, Crockett Park, 1300 N Main, pridesanantonio.org. — BR
The fact that California hardcorepunk outfit D.I. (which reportedly once stood for Drug Ideology) is touring the U.S. currently, on the heels of their 2012 EP United We Slam, is admittedly a product more of their heritage than of their lasting greatness. Formed in 1982 by former Social Distortion/Adolescents drummer Casey Royer, the group’s rotating lineup has included members of both of those seminal bands, as well as other noteworthy players in the hardcore and skate-punk genres. If you’re a diehard, I don’t need to tell you that this is a perfect opportunity to get your nostalgia fix. For the curious and the younger punk initiates, D.I. will take you back to a purer and less affected time in the genre, before the likes of Green Day, when punk bands really knew how to not give a fuck properly. Trust me, it’ll be a party. $5-$10, 8pm, The Korova, 107 E Martin, (210) 995-7229, ticketfly.com. — JC
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Before the age of cinema began in the 1880s with the invention of the first movie camera, images glowed in the dark from magic lanterns, a precursor to the slide projector that was developed in the late 17th century. A concave mirror in front of a candle or oil lamp gathers the light and projects it through a slide with an image. Passing through a lens, the enlarged image is then cast onto a wall or screen. Magic lanterns, also called laterna magica, were used as teaching and storytelling devices until the early 1900s. The Jack Judson Magic Lantern Castle Collection holds the finest assembly of these delightful devices from a bygone era; a selection of the most interesting are on view at the Witte, replete with magic lantern shows and information on their making and use. $7-$10, 10am-5pm Mon, Weds-Sat, 10am-8pm Tue, 12-5pm Sun, Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, (210) 357-1900, wittemuseum.org. Through Jan. 1 — Scott Andrews
Anya Gallaccio Scottish artist Anya Gallaccio returns to Artpace with a new project inspired by Texas geology. Free, noon-5pm Wednesday-Sunday; Artpace, 445 N Main, San Antonio, (210) 212-4900. Closing reception: “Surfacings” Artists Sabra Booth, Lucia LaVilla-Havelin, and Susan Oaks present new works in conjunction with the 17th International Surface Design Association Conference. Free, 5:30-7:30pm Thursday; Jo Long Theatre, Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N Hackberry, San Antonio, (210) 207-2234. “Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera” The McNay offers a frame-by-frame view of Norman Rockwell’s artistic process via paintings, drawings, tear sheets, magazine covers, and prints of study photographs. $10-$15, 10am-4pm Wednesday, 10am-9pm Thursday, 10am4pm Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday, noon-5pm Sunday, 10am-4pm Tuesday; McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, San Antonio, (210) 824-5368. Texas Mesquite Art Show and Sale The Texas Mesquite Artisans Association’s inaugural show and sale unites 30+ vendors offering mesqiute wood furniture, home decor, gifts, and more. Free, 1-7pm Friday, 9am-7pm Saturday, 9am-3pm Sunday; Alzafar Shrine Auditorium, 901 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, (210) 496-1625. “The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition” “The Jameel Prize” comprises architectural models and paper constructions inspired by Persian carpets and Whirling Dervishes, modern interpretations of talismanic garments, and fashionable collages that challenge preconceived notions of Islam. $5-$10, 10am-5pm WednesdayThursday, 10am-9pm Friday-Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday, 10am-9pm Tuesday; San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, San Antonio, (210) 978-8100.
All Shook Up Based on Shakespeare’s 1602 play Twelfth Night, Joe Di Pietro’s jukebox musical All Shook Up employs Elvis hits to tell a tale of romance and rebellion in a small Midwestern town. $15-$33, 8pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday; Cameo Theatre, 1123 E Commerce, San Antonio, (210) 212-5454. Port Cove Billed as a “supernatural soap opera,” the Overtime’s Port Cove plays out in a small New England
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town plagued by mysterious murders. Theater-goers can take in a single episode for $5 or soak up the entire series for $30. $5-$30, 8pm & 9pm Friday-Saturday; The Little Overtime Theater, 1203 Camden, (210) 557-7562. The Adventures of Captain Cortez and the Tri-Lamda Brigade: The Movie (The Play) The final installment of the Chronicles of Nerdology series strives to be the “greatest sci-fi steam punk action comedy love story horror play ever presented on stage.” $10-$14, 8pm FridaySaturday; The Gregg Barrios Theater at the Overtime, 1203 Camden, San Antonio, (210) 557-7562.
GET REEL Film: Pauline at the Beach Set in Normandy, Éric Rohmer’s romantic comedy of errors Pauline at the Beach focuses on a teen’s relationship with her adult cousin. Free, 6:30pm Thursday; McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, San Antonio, (210) 824-5368. Great American Film Festival: The Last Picture Show The McNay pays homage to Norman Rockwell’s Post-World War II America with a screening of Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s semi-autobiographical novel The Last Picture Show. Set in McMurtry’s north Texas hometown of Archer City (renamed Anarene in the film), the multi-Oscar winner tells a coming of age tale with an all-star cast featuring Cybill Shepherd in her bigscreen debut. Arrive early for a tour of “Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera” (1pm) and classic American snacks (1:30pm). $10-$15, 2pm Sunday; McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, San Antonio, (210) 824-5368. Munch: Munch 150 Fathom Events and BY Experience celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863-1944), a modern art giant known best for his iconic painting The Scream (which set a public art auction record of $120 million). Filmed in Norway, Munch: Munch 150 provides an in-depth biography of the artist as well as a behind the scenes look at preparations for a retrospective exhibition. $9.50-$12.50, 7:30pm Thursday; AMC Huebner Oaks 24, 11075 I-10 W, San Antonio, (210) 558-3490. Cinemark McCreless Market, 4224 S New Braunfels, San Antonio, (210) 532-4459; fathomevents.com. TPR Cinema Tuesdays: The Flowers of St. Francis In a series of simple and joyous vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and co-writer Federico Fellini lovingly convey
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An acronym for Young Americans Challenging High Technology, YACHT is “a band, belief system, and business conducted by Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans.” From 2002 to 2008, the outfit existed as a solo project for Bechtolt, hailed by Vibe as “indie rock’s Timbaland.” A science writer and artist who recently co-authored the book NA/SA: New Art/Science Affinities, Evans emerged from L.A.’s underground noise scene and joined YACHT after sharing a “mystical experience” with Bechtolt in the West Texas desert. Based in Los Angeles with roots in Portland, the dynamic duo considers Marfa its spiritual home, a sentiment reflected in the 2009 album See Mystery Lights. Dubbed “DFA’s weirdest band,” YACHT’s most recent offerings are the utopia-inspired gem Shangri-La, an electro-pop cover of the surrealist revolutionary song “Le Goudron,” and the infectious new single “Second Summer.” While they’ve graduated from laptop wizardry with the addition of the Straight Gaze (Robert “Bobby Birdman” Kieswetter, Jeffrey “Jerusalem” Brodsky, and Katy Davidson), YACHT return to the decks as special guests at Industry’s Thursgayz featuring VJ Glitoris. $5, doors at 10pm, Industry, 8021 Pinebrook, feelgoodfridays.com. — BR
the universal teachings of the People’s Saint: humility, compassion, faith, and sacrifice. Photographed to evoke medieval paintings and cast with monks from the Nocera Inferiore Monastery, The Flowers of St. Francis is a timeless portrait of the search for spiritual enlightenment. $10-$12, 7:30pm Tuesday; Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg, San Antonio, (210) 734-4552.
Gina Brillon Among the new faces of the Latino comedy scene, Gina Brillon lives up to her reputation as a Bronx bombshell by delivering razor-sharp material with a deceptively sweet smile. Joe Caliz features and Lane Krarup hosts the show. $15, 8:30pm WednesdayThursday, 8:30pm & 10:30pm Friday-Saturday, 8:30pm Sunday; Rivercenter Comedy Club, 849 E Commerce, San Antonio, (210) 229-1420. Darren Carter In the stand-up business for more than two decades, Los Angeles-based comic and self-styled “medium-sized star” Darren Carter is possibly known best for his 2010 Showtime special That Ginger’s Crazy. Andy Beningo features and Jay Whitecotton opens the show. $15, 8pm Thursday, 8pm & 10:15pm FridaySaturday, 8pm Sunday; Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, (210) 541-8805.
of the American West, The Briscoe Western Art Museum invites the public to beat the heat at its Summer Sol Fest, a free event with food trucks and live music by Austin’s award-winning Latin funk orchestra Brownout. Free, 5-9pm Thursday; Briscoe Western Art Museum, Jack Guenther Pavilion, 210 W Market, San Antonio, (210) 299-4499.
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Business & Billards Come ready to mingle, exchange business connections, and shoot pool with the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce at their first Business & Billiards event of the year. Free, 6-8pm Thursday; Slick Willie’s Family Pool Hall, 6436 NW Loop 410, (210) 7069595, San Antonio. Emerald Kiss Sponsored by Statue of Design and Arugula Catering, the official Pride weekend kick-off party and Grand Marshal meet and greet includes gourmet treats, signature cocktails, take-home swag, and appearances by J’DA, Victoria Flores, and Sadie Croft. $20 per person, $35 per couple, 6-9pm Friday, Heat Nightclub, 1500 N Main, San Antonio, (210) 227-2600. Safe Sex in The City In observance of National HIV Testing Day (June 27), BEAT AIDS hosts its inaugural Safe Sex in the City event, offering three evenings of live entertainment with prizes and free food, condoms, and HIV tests.
Color Me Rad 5K & After Rad Party Each section of the Color Me Rad 5K delivers explosions of non-toxic, nonrash-inducing colored corn starch “Color Bombs” that leave runners looking like a kindergarten art class gone wrong. Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House, the After Rad Party ($10, 9am-6pm) features live music by The Spazmatics, Piñata Protest, Wild Party, KP and the BOOM BOOM, Villela, and The Swindles, plus DJs Abe Novy and Hypno5is. Register for the 5K by June 27 at colormerad.com. $55, 8am Sunday; Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E Houston, (210) 226-1177, San Antonio. Give Belly Dance a Chance 2013 Karavan’s annual recital celebrates the mastery and mystery of Middle Eastern dance. The Houston-based Byblos Band accompanies Sunday’s performance. $15, 8pm Friday-Saturday, 6pm Sunday; The Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start, 108 Blue Star, San Antonio, (210) 227-JUMP. Summer Sol Fest A new River Walk destination dedicated to preserving and interpreting the art, history, and culture
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1. Krause Springs and Hamilton Pool: Krause Springs Krause Springs (Spicewood) (830) 693-4181 krausesprings.net Opie’s BBQ 9504 Hwy 71 E (Spicewood) (830) 693-8660 opiesbarbecue.com Hamilton Pool Preserve 24300 Hamilton Pool (Dripping Springs) parks.traviscountytx.gov/find-a-park/ hamilton-pool When the temperature gauge starts sweating bullets and the world begins to slowly melt around you, a cool way to beat the heat is by heading 90 miles north to one of the most treasured swimming holes in Texas — Krause Springs. The gin-clear waters, just down the road from Willie Nelson’s rancho deluxe, provide the perfect place to reconnect with nature, make some new (old) hippie friends, and float around in the not-so-hot water. In fact, the spring holds constant at about 68 degrees Fahrenheit. In other words? Heaven on a
hot Texas summer day. If you want to make it a two-for-one day trip, about 30 miles down the road (we suggest stopping at Opie’s BBQ on your way out of Krause Springs) lies another Texas swimming hole gem, Hamilton Pool. A hidden grotto once revered by Native Americans, the pool sports a 50-foot waterfall and plentiful shade. Price: $6 admission Krause Springs $10 vehicle permit Hamilton pool $20 lunch at Opie’s
2. Castroville: castroville.com Affectionately known as “The Little Alsace of Texas,” Castroville is a quaint romantic getaway. It’s like being transported to the French countryside without the hassle of, well, stepping through metal detectors and flying halfway across the world. A village that time has nearly forgotten, and not overrun with tourists sporting “authentic German beer mugs” (names need not be mentioned), Castroville is a lovely place for a leisurely day full of history, nature, and antiquing. Alsatian-style cottages and architecture can be seen throughout the town creating a historic and romantic vibe. You can take self-guided tours to view more than 60 classic dwellings, including the famous Steinbach house, a 17th-century building brought over from Wahlbach, France as a gift from the Alsace people. You might even consider bringing a picnic basket and dining next to the rustic Medina River — Bon appétit! Price: $30 picnic. Might we suggest including some cheese and wine in your basket? (caveat: Castroville regional park does not allow alcohol). Self guided tours are free What to Pack: • Walkin’ shoes • Picnic blanket and basket • Beret Miles Round Trip: 50 miles Threat Level: 1. There’s always that chance you can get stung by a bee?
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(Rest of) Summer Movie Preview 2013 ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI
Matinees in a cool, dark room have never appealed more Summer is a grim reminder of San Antonio’s arbitrary — and unfair — status as a “secondary market:” some of these films won’t open here on their official release date. In case we get lucky, here’s my quick, personal, subjective take on the films to watch in the summer. See the complete opening list (with trailers) at sacurrent.com.
June 28 A Band Called Death, a documentary about Death, the forgotten 1971 Detroit garage/proto-punk band that experienced a 2009 renaissance a la Rodriguez. The only confirmed confirmed SA opening on this day: The Heat, with FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and tough and crazy partner Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy). July 3 THE LONE RANGER One of the most awaited movies of the year will open in SA. Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp (!) as Tonto in this (we hope) updated, politically correct version of the Old West characters. Disney announced proceeds from ticket sales of the June 22 special world premiere in Anaheim, Ca., would go to the American Indian College Fund. About freaking time. July 3 Dirty Wars, a doc on the U.S. covert and not-socovert drone attacks in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. July 12 FRUITVALE STATION This Sundance and Cannes winner is a nerve-wracking thriller about the real Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Oakland man involved in a well-publicized shooting on New Year’s Eve 2009. But the biggest and baddest movie opening on this day may be Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth). July 19 ONLY GOD FORGIVES Ryan Gosling reunites with his Drive team for the story of Julian, an American drug smuggler living the life in Thailand until his mother pays him a visit and demands revenge after his brother is murdered. Nominated for a Palm D’Or at Cannes.
July 26 BLUE JASMINE The yearly Woody Allen film is always cause for celebration, at least for us Woody maniacs. This time, the setting is San Francisco, where Cate Blanchett goes to recover after losing everything by marrying the wrong guy (Alec Baldwin). Any movie that has Allen directing Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay is definitely worth a look.
Also opening: David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche, with Emile Hirsche and Paul Rudd, filmed in and around Austin.
Aug. 2 I’M SO EXCITED (pictured above) Pedro Almodóvar’s first pure comedy since Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) reunites him with Penélope Cruz, Cecilia Roth and Antonio Banderas. But the movie is stolen by three azafatos (male flight attendants) who promise to make your trip “as pleasurable as possible.”
Aug. 30 CLOSED CIRCUIT Rebecca Hall and Eric Bana are two lawyers and ex-lovers involved in a terrorist trial, where their every move is observed by the powers that be. It takes place in England, because in the U.S., obviously, we’ve never had to worry about the government monitoring citizens.
Also recommended: 2 Guns Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two undercover cops stealing money from the mob while being set up by it. Cockneys vs. Zombies (from the Shaun of the Dead team). Aug. 9 WE’RE THE MILLERS Jennifer Aniston is at her sexiest and funniest as a stripper-turned-“mom” in a fake family led by a drug dealer (Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis). Aug. 16 THE BUTLER The amazing true story of Cecil Gaines, an AfricanAmerican who served as White House butler 1952-1986. Arguably, Forest Whitaker’s most important role since Bird and The Last King of Scotland.
Aug. 23 SHORT TERM 12 This drama set inside a foster care facility swept both Jury and Audience awards at this year’s South by Southwest.
Sep. 6 SALINGER Is this the year’s best documentary? A look at the life of the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye. Sep. 13 MACHETE KILLS Danny Trejo. Robert Rodríguez. “Carlos Esteves” as The President. Lady Gaga as “La Camaleón.” Machete 2. Need I say more? Sep. 20 THE FAMILY Robert De Niro is the head of the Manzoni family, and the movie’s executive producer is named Martin Scorsese. Before you say, “Again?” keep in mind this is a comedy directed by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) and Michelle Pfeiffer is the crazy one here. For metalheads: Metallica: Through the Never, a surreal 3-D movie taking place in the middle of the band’s show. sacurrent.com • June 26 – July 2, 2013 • CURRENT 31
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July 14 // PETER FRAMPTON AND KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD Laugh all you want, but Peter Frampton (who will play his Frampton Comes Alive classics plus new songs) still plays better and makes more money than you. Kenny Wayne Shepherd is no longer the precocious bluesman of yesteryear but he still can outplay most. The Majestic will be packed, so hurry. $35-$75, 7:30pm, Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (800) 745-3000, majesticempire.com. July 20 // CSS Our critic J.D. Swerzenski hated Planta, CSS’ new album, and I’m not too crazy about it either. But the Brazilian girls still put on a good show. Besides, if former producer Adriano Cintra is right (they’re “musically incompetent” and, without him, they’ll be lost), this could be the last time we see them in town. I hope he’s wrong. $18-$20, 8pm, White Rabbit, 2410 N St. Mary’s, (210) 737-2221, sawhiterabbit.com.
Aug. 31-Sep. 1 // PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL FESTIVAL The 2013 music lineup is strong and the Mexicans few but picosos: Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Fernández, Wisin & Yandel, The Chris Pérez Project, 3BALLMTY and others. Please save People the embarrassment of last year’s debut fest and buy a ticket this time. Free all-day events at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Sat and Sun. Paid events at the Alamodome Sat and Sun starting at 6pm: $40.03$286.58, ticketmaster.com.
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Aug. 3 // VANS WARPED TOUR More than 50 bands on one all-day event. Check the Current’s preview in our July 31 edition. $23.50-$45, starts at 11:30am, AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center, (800) 745-3000, attcenter.com.
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Aguas Frescas 101 Summer drinks aren't all about the booze Darian Mendez
Unbearable heat, droughts, and suffocating humidity — yes, San Antonio summer is finally upon us. This time, why drag yourself out and fight the mosquitos for ice cream, soda, or Kool-Aid mix when you can skip the pain and enjoy a healthy alternative to those artificially flavored summer treats? Aguas frescas, translated in English as ‘fresh water,’ are a Mexican classic served over ice to make us forget, if for a moment, the sweltering Texas heat. While you can find aguas frescas from downtown vendors and in practically every taquería, they’re easier to make than you think. Essentially, using any fruit you have in the fridge, peel/chop/seed it, puree it in the blender, strain it over a pitcher, add cold water, ice and sugar, and enjoy your non-caffeinated and fruity concoction. Some of the most popular recipes are agua de fresa (strawberry), jamaica (hibiscus flower), horchata (rice with cinnamon), sandía (watermelon), tamarindo (tamarind), and limón (lemon). Because of its simplicity, it’s easy to experiment with aguas frescas recipes and come up with something that challenges the beverage norm. Daniel Gutiérrez, a chef at the Sonterra Country Club, shared this recipe with a bit of advice: “The key to making aguas frescas is really preference. Like if you want yours less pulpy, add more water. If you want it sweeter, add more sugar. If you want no pulp, then strain it. It’s really up to you.”
The cucumber fresca doesn’t sound so appealing despite cucumber’s delicious aroma and taste when drenched in chili powder, but once you try you’ll know why it exists. Ingredients: • 1 to 2 cucumbers • water • sugar After you peel and chop the cucumbers, toss them in the blender until they’re pureed. Add water and sugar to what’s left of the cucumbers and voila, a sweet tasting agua de pepino. One of the more interesting recipes I found on haztevegetariano.com was the Agua de Alfalfa, Limón y Piña (alfalfa, lemon, and pineapple). Similar to agua de pepino, you just need to mix all of these in a blender and put it on ice. Ingredients: • 2 cups alfalfa • 3 lemons • 4 slices pineapple • 2 tablespoons corn syrup • 1 cup ice • ½ cup water Mint was optional in the recipe I found, so following Gutiérrez’s advice, you can add more or less of what suits your preference. If you want to play it safe, SA native Bertha Coronado’s Strawberry Watermelon agua 36 CURRENT • June 26 – July 2, 2013 • sacurrent.com
fresca uses more familiar summer ingredients. Ingredients: • 2 cups seedless watermelon • 2 cups strawberries • ¼ cup sugar • crushed ice Put the mix of pureed strawberries, watermelon, and sugar over crushed ice to enjoy. Coronado insists on not using water in this recipe because it waters down the flavor, but if you must, use about half as much of what the mixture amounts to. Sans water will leave you with an Icee-like fresca.
My mom and I decided to take a crack at it and see how long it takes for beginners to make an agua fresca using a mango we haven’t gotten around to eating yet. Including prep time it took about 20 minutes because we didn’t add enough water, making it harder to get the mixture through the strainer. Ingredients: • 1 mango • 3 cups water • ½ teaspoon of honey or agave nectar The end result was a refreshing water-based beverage with a hint of mango, a drink fitting of the name agua fresca. My mom included a shot of coconut rum in hers, which she said made all the difference. I wouldn’t know.
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The Dos and Don’ts of Your Dosha
Beat the heat with cooling Ayurvedic foods Marc A. Smith
If you are anything like me, having grown up in the hellish conditions of summers in South Texas, you are probably thinking something along the lines of “the weather this summer has been great!” But I was recently reminded that summer didn’t actually begin till June 21. Bummer. July and August are still to come, and whether it’s a river weekend, an agua fresca (see pp. 36), or a homemade wet towel/box fan air conditioner, everyone in San Antonio has their own way to handle the heat during the dog days. Why not add some 6,000-year-old wisdom to your repertoire? In the Indian system of metaphysics known as Ayurveda, the energy of the physical universe is expressed as five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether (or space). These elements represent not only physical materials, but their related energies and functions as well. For example, the earth element refers to the physical substances that give the body mass, and also to the psychological sense of being stable and grounded. Similarly, the fire element is expressed as the “fire” of the digestive processes as well as the “fire” and determination of the will. In the human organism, these five elements combine in various ways to produce various body and personality types. There are three main types (doshas) which are combinations of the five elements: Kapha dosha (earth and water), Pitta dosha (water and fire), and Vata dosha (air and ether). There are then 10 subtypes representing various combinations of the three main doshas. In addition, any food or substance that we may consume has its own dosha properties that affect each body type in different ways. This may all seem very
confusing and intricate, and it is. Fortunately there are many free online questionnaires and quizzes to help you determine your dosha type. Whatever practices, foods, or therapies you may pursue will be dependent on your particular dosha. Generally people of the Pitta dosha type, which I am, are the people who most often experience an excess of heat in the body. When I asked Patricia Wickman of Radiant Living Yoga and Ayurveda what kinds of foods Ayurveda recommends to help cool the body, she first pointed out the difference between thermogenic cooling and energetic cooling. Thermogenic cooling describes the action of raspas, iced drinks, smoothies, and the like. Energetic cooling, with which Ayurveda is concerned, is when the liver’s pH is alkalized by eating and drinking things that are above a seven on the pH scale. Some of the foods she suggested for raising pH include bitter greens such as cooked spinach, beet greens, Swiss chard, and collard greens. Citrus fruits are acidic in nature, but lime has the unique quality of neutralizing pH, so squeezing lime over your food or drink is helpful in general in the summertime regardless of your dosha. Milk, and sweet, non-citrus fruits (including avocado) are also said to be good Pitta-reducing foods. Now for the bad news — a list of foods and behaviors that generally aggravate energetic heat: fatty foods, medications, citrus fruits, tomatoes, spicy foods, coffee, tea, soda, peppermint, onions, garlic, alcohol, smoking, and psychological stress. Double bummer. If you are anything like me, despite your best intentions, you will be sweating profusely this summer – again. Thank the universe for the raspa man. C
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Tencha La Jefa, a liberated landmark of SA’s LGBT landscape
With Lipstick and Lashes for All Drag's new dawn in SA At first, it’s the bone structure that tips me off. Then, the thick, full lips. But ultimately, it’s the way he walks with unmistakable precision through Lulu’s crowded restaurant on Main that finally confirms that this man in a Spurs t-shirt could be none other than the singular Tencha La Jefa. When he joins our table and orders a cup of coffee, his suave carriage grossly contradicts his outlandish showbiz persona as one of San Antonio’s preeminent drag luminaries. 46 CURRENT • June 26 – July 2, 2013 • sacurrent.com
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Fasten your seat belts because there’s only two things to remember on this ride: Pronouns are increasingly interchangeable — and drag, in all its diverse forms, is making a big comeback. When Tencha, now 44, haphazardly began her drag career to make good on a dare for a fundraising event over a decade ago, she set in motion a public life dedicated to community service that would reward her over time with local notoriety. The dare was, however, on his terms. “I was like ‘I don’t want to come
out pretty,’” he recalls. “I want to come out doing something funny.” How he came up with the name for his dentallychallenged brainchild goes back to his wonder years. “I remember there was this lady that was at my aunt’s house. Her name was Tencha. She always had rollers in her head,” he says, chuckling. And La Jefa, a last name of sorts, came from someone at a fundraiser she was running who called her “La Jefa” in passing — it stuck. Monolingual fans have sometimes mistaken the last name as “La Heffer.” “I know I’m fat — but, no. It means ‘the boss,” he says. When he smiles, I am surprised to see a full set of teeth. A few days later, up the street on what is commonly known as the Strip, Michael Rodriguez, assistant general manager of the Pegasus Show Bar leads me to his office and shuts the door behind him. He tells me how the previous owner of the Saint — Raphael Ruiz de Velasco — spent a lot of effort going around the country in search of the best drag performers of the day. Ruiz de Velasco passed away in 2002, but he planted a seed. “He would book girls like crazy,” Rodriguez remembers. “The Saint kind of became the drag mecca. When he passed away, the family took over and they weren’t making an effort to basically bring the talent over and no one really focused on the shows.” Eventually, the entertainers began to go their separate ways, ushering in a dark age of drag. Rodriguez, now 31, managed the Saint for six years before coming to the Pegasus in February. He introduces me to Gabriel Dominguez, the Peg’s general manager, who was also one of Ruiz de Velasco’s employees. “He really fell for his legacy and what he had going on,” says Rodriguez of his GM. Dominguez also fell for Ruiz de Velasco, a man roughly 30 years his senior, and for a time, they were an item. “We would talk all day long about business...about drag,” Dominguez recollects. He is impish and soft-spoken. “He would always tell me, ‘Listen closely to everything that I’m telling you because one day you’re going to need it.’ Ten years later, I’m using everything he taught me.” Rodriguez still dreams of getting the Saint’s late ’90s gang back together again. “Shady Lady, Erica Andrews, Layla LaRue, Tersa Mathews, Kourtney
Devereaux, Jenny McCall, Sweet Savage...Zori Zanell. Those are like the main show cast members at the time back when every night was just busy. We haven’t got them all. We’re still working on some,” he says intently. “The trick is getting the girls that people want to see,” says Rodriguez. “The crowd’s really different now. It’s a lot of younger kids, the 18 to 21 year olds, that don’t know the drag scene — the way it used to be.” He’s seen nights when the throngs who prefer Selena Gomez over Selena Quintanilla simply weren’t responding to the art form. Rodriguez took this as a challenge. “We are trying to bring it back up by bringing in girls that the older crowds will like for their accomplishments and the younger crowds will like for their performances.” When the phone rings, Rodriguez glances at the caller ID. “That’s Shady, right there,” he says as he silences his phone and places it back down on his desk. Just like that, one of San Antonio’s most celebrated drag legends, Shady Lady, goes directly to voicemail. One star, however, will not be able to join the soiree. In March, Erica Andrews passed away of a complicated lung infection according to reports. (See “Erica Andrews: SA’s Brightest LGBT Star is Gone,” March 20, 2013). Legend has it that last year, the most famous drag queen San Antonio has ever called her own popped out many “children” all at once at a competition at the Pegasus. Instead of crowning just one, the aphroditic somebody passed her gilded Andrews name on to all 25 surprised contestants to mixed responses. “That was her...knowing what was going on with her,” says Rodriguez. “She wanted to give everybody a chance to be part of that family. If you have that name it opens up a lot of doors.” The drag cognoscenti would agree that the name Andrews carries with it a Kennedy-like distinction. The name was given to Erica by her “drag mother,” the equally exquisite Tandi Andrews, who once appeared on Sally Jessy Raphael to discuss her transgenderism. Could any other drag performer in town potentially rise to an Erica Andrewstype royalty? Rodriguez produces two names. “Toni Raven [Andrews]. I think she’s going to be a big deal. She’s still technically
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caliber of girl. They are entertainers,” Rodriguez says. ••• Back at the Saint, promoter Rey Lopez of Rey Lopez Entertainment has found notable success in his Thursday night production, which runs 90 minutes or more without an intermission. “The owner of the Saint (Ruiz de Velasco), he made drag important,” says Lopez who brings a weekly parade of RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants to town. “I was told that I was the next him... by doing everything that I’m doing.” Lopez says his only form of marketing is Facebook. “I just started using Twitter like a month ago,” he says when asked how he packs the club. He has an emcee, Tencha, and three first cast showgirls who are known as the RLE Girls. Tencha opens the Thursday night show, dressed to the nines and lipsynching “Fuck Me,” a parody of torch standard “Get Here” by Oleta Adams. Swirling, colorful lights above highlight her amazingly intricate eye makeup. The semi-circle of mirrors behind her look like they were borrowed from the non-equity tour of A Chorus Line. The headliner tonight is the mesmerizing Jade Jolie who breathlessly grabs the mic after her second number and wishes everyone a wonderful sexual experience before the night is through – but not with her because she’s married. Last year, Lopez flew in a dozen RuPaul girls for his birthday bash in the ballroom of the Bonham Exchange, which had 1,200 fans in attendance, inadvertently setting a record. “I was the first person in the U.S. to have that many girls come to a show. There hasn’t been a club or a person that has been able to get that many [RuPaul] girls in one room. People flew in from Hong Kong, New Mexico all over,” he says. “I was very proud of that.” Due to Lopez’s consistency with his guests, San Antonio is once again on the map among national headliners in the drag industry. Like a local drag Ziegfeld, Lopez soon had every queen in town asking for a guest spot in his show. Tired of saying no and coming off as callous, he came up with an idea. He created a Wednesday night competition at the Saint called Drag
Me to Fame. “So you want to be in my Thursday night? Win Wednesday,” he says with an arch of his brow. “He has a certain eye,” says Tencha about Lopez. “He knows who the good ones are going to be and who needs work.” Toni Raven Andrews (aka Toni R. Andrews), one of the stars of his show, says “He’s a drag queen at heart.” Performing next to visiting headliners must put the pressure on the locals. Instead, however, Andrews finds rather thrilling. “We are always upping our game because that’s what we have to do,” she says with a bop of her head. SA drag superiority isn’t a secret, or exclusive to the Saint and the Pegasus. Local drag performers have a particular reputation to live up to when they travel around the country. “To me, this is the drag capital,” Former Mr. Gay USofA Dakota Whitney, who specializes in boy drag, explains. “We like to compete within…to make sure we are on top of each other...it’s a playful competition but we are always practicing to compete.” Rodriguez thinks calling SA the drag capital of the world is a bit of a stretch. At least for now. “It was...for a very long time and we’re getting there [again],” he says thoughtfully. “I’ve been to cities where there’s no drag scene at all. Just a lot of cruisey bars and a lot of bears and stuff like that...you hear about that fullbeard campy drag...and you go to San Francisco that’s all you find...you don’t realize what you’ve got here.” Rodriguez says there are Texas cities where drag never fell below standard, like Dallas and Houston. He explains the reasons why this recent golden era of drag broke a heel. “Here I think it stopped because we didn’t pay attention to it. We kind of let it go. We got cheap,” he says. “The quality of our shows fell off.” To Tencha and others, San Antonio still sets a certain standard, and there’s only one way to really get noticed. “It’s harder for you to make it here... the drag capital,” Tencha says. “You can’t get a club booking without a state or national pageant title.”
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together. Rodriguez hopes one of them will win. “Pageant drag is a whole other level,” he explains, “It’s like my super bowl,” he says with a Chris Duel-type enthusiasm. “That’s when you bring out the best of the best. You are judged on every movement and every stitch of what you are wearing.” In the evening gown competition one can lose points for having minor strayaways in the hair. “Any tears in the panty hose, zippers on the dress, scuffs on the shoes?” He shakes his head disapprovingly. “You’ll see girls at these pageants being sewn into their dresses just so there’s no seams. The seamstress is just there sewing them up, taped and pushed up and everything.” Not all pageant systems are created equal, however. At the SA Country Saloon earlier in June, as the three contestants line up for the Mr. and Miss Gay San Antonio for Life, emcee Jasmine Blake makes an announcement. The crowns did not arrive. “The sashes are not ready either,” she adds as the organizer shrugs his shoulders and theatrically gestures with his open palms from the stage. “Stupid sash maker.” If the Strip is Broadway, this is feeling a little like White Plains, New York. So close, yet so far away. ••• Winning isn’t everything, of course. Plenty of queens honed their acts in the clubs before hitting the pageant circuit. Take Toni R. Andrews, one of the hotter local names, for instance. Andrews took her first last name from her drag mother Odyssey Raven. “They call them drag mothers but for other audiences to understand they’re like mentors,” she explains. “Like Asians will have their senseis...people to train you to be certain ways...people to look up to.” Andrews snuck into a “Super Sunday” show at the Saint at the age of 16. “I was a horrible, horrible crossdresser mess,” she says with a shake of the head. She entered her first pageant three years later. “I was just a little amateur queen trying to find my place in this business,” she says. “Little did I know that eight years later I would be one of the premiere girls of this city.” Most drag queens need to be able
to do crowd work on the mic between numbers. Andrews shares one of the secrets of a great emcee. “Pop culture,” she says banging the table with the palm of her hand. “We emulate celebrities or make fun of celebrities,” she says. “Celebrity lifestyles are what we base some of our characteristics on. Right now everyone is making fun of Amanda Bynes. In my day, everyone made fun of Britney Spears because she was crazy.” Even in a post-politically correct world, it still seems important to ask how someone would like to be labeled in print. Andrews prefers “drag queen.” Tencha prefers “entertainer.” “Because that’s what it is,” says Andrews. “When most people think of a drag queen they think of RuPaul — a man trying to look like a woman. I just say crossdressers, queens with wigs, chicks with dicks...” She palpably tries to control her passion. “I don’t really care, I mean I use the term drag queen but you can call me fag, or this or...at the end of the day I go home and wash it off and I’m still a male. We all are going to be put down one way or another and if you can’t have your own sense of humor with it you’re never going to get over it,” she says. But doesn’t it bother you when someone calls you a “fag?” I ask. “No. I make fun of it,” she says. “I brought myself up never to be hurt by words. I’m proud of what God has made me inside. If you don’t have selfrespect for yourself you won’t be able to make it in this business. Period.” ••• When Tencha was just starting out at the turn of this century, the dominant metaphor was that you’d made it big if you performed at the Saint. Now, you’ve made it big if you perform at the Pegasus. Tencha isn’t surprised when I tell her that the word out on the street is that the Pegasus is the new hub of drag in town. “I can see why they would say that. A lot of the big names are there. Shady... and Layla...” And he sees Dominguez as he sees Lopez — “very much the same.” “They appreciate the art that we do,” he says. “They appreciate the art of drag. They appreciate the art of female impersonation... They appreciate the
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The drag revival on and off the Strip is abetted by the straight world finally getting hip to gay culture. Even RuPaul’s harshest critics must admit that putting drag queens on the small screen have in at least some part contributed to this drag renaissance. “I performed at a quinceanera in Uvalde and I took a nonstop amount of pictures with children. More than adults,” Andrews says adjusting her glasses. “I respect RuPaul’s Drag Race...they are allowing families to understand the heart that goes into becoming who we are,” says Andrews.
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Tencha, who’s been listening intently, adds “they see us more as people.” Many young audiences are unaware that the sexy, celebrity impersonationdriven drag they see today wasn’t always the standard. Seasoned queens like CoCo Yepes who received a lifetime achievement award from the Texas for Life Pageant system earlier this month is outspoken on the subject when she directly approaches me by the pool table at the pageant’s location at SA Country Saloon. “Old drag is about the transformation,” she says balancing a cyclopean crown on her head. “Today it’s about the stripping. It’s like barlesque.” Andrews has a slightly different take. “Now people just want to be sexy and pretty. We forgot what drag was at one point, which was camp drag. We lost all that,” she says. “I can admit that I’ve gotten kind of lost trying to be sexy.” In the late ’90s, I recall Shady Lady walking around the Saint collecting dollar bills. When she got the amount that satisfied her, she’d roll around on the floor. “She’s still doing it!” Tencha and Andrews say in unison. “That’s what drag was!” Andrews says with a downward point of her finger. “Now we have to do Jennifer Lopez. We have to do Madonna. We have to do what those kids know.” Tencha adds, “Back then...the queens had to make up their own big show,” says Tencha. “And it was done. They weren’t just coming to sell sex.” But the current pop-culture focus does help create a common denominator for audiences, straight or gay. “The straight community appreciates what we’re doing more than the homosexual community.” says Andrews. “A lot of people come to our shows,” says Tencha of her weekly gig at the Saint. “You see a lot of regular people and you see a lot of straight people. Some of them would never have come here if it wasn’t for the RuPaul show.” “And straight people...” He takes a deep breath and ponders for a moment. “I’m glad they’re there,” he says. “They get to see our world. We have to see their world all the time.” And then he takes a sip of his coffee with those famous lips. “I love that I get to be a part of that.” C
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Better Late than Never? San Antonio's glacial progress on LGBT rights MARY TUMA
One by one, activists, family members, and allies of LGBT San Antonians stood before their councilmembers, demanding the gay community be treated as more than secondclass citizens. Recounting emotional, first-person stories of victimization and intolerance, testifiers urged council to pass a measure that codifies their societal equity by granting them the same protections as their counterparts. Take Julie Pousson, who had her life thrown into jeopardy as a result of discrimination. When rushed to Northeast Baptist Hospital in 2011 after severe heart complications, Pousson says her nurse stopped, left the room, and prayed after finding a rainbow tattoo on the patient’s skin, “For six minutes I nearly died for being who I was,” said Pousson. Recently diagnosed with kidney failure, Pousson admits she likely has a limited life span. “I don’t want to die unequal. You have the chance to make our San Antonio equal, for me, for my children, for my grandchildren.” While pro-LGBT rights speakers, many with the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA), far eclipsed the handful of dissenters during a mid-June Citizens to be Heard meeting that stretched well into the evening, the passion of the religious conservative opposition – most notably right-wing Pastor Gerald Ripley’s slide presentation that included a photo of transgender ‘separate but equal restrooms’ – reveals just how steep the climb to social justice is for gay activists in San Antonio. To them, the battle to gain parity is nothing new and neither is the overt bigotry. Now, for the first time, activists have a dedicated champion at City Hall, which has historically been less than amendable to the LGBT community. District 1 councilmember Diego Bernal is attempting to reverse the trend with a human rights ordinance that promises LGBT equality – and drawing heat from the city’s social conservative base while he’s at it. The proposed ordinance spearheaded by Bernal shields gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender residents from discrimination in hiring and firing, public accommodations, fair housing, city employment, contracts, and appointments of board and commission members by adding sexual orientation and
gender identity (as well as veteran status) to part of the city’s non-discrimination code. Today, no protections for LGBT residents exist in the municipal books. That fact doesn’t rest well with CAUSA and the LGBT community, who’ve fought for years to bring San Antonio up to speed with most major metropolitan cities in the U.S. and Texas, like Austin, El Paso and Dallas, which had a similar ordinance in place since 2002. Now, thanks to Bernal, activists have a tangible draft to rally around and push for passage. They don’t want to stop there, either. They say the “next battle” lies in forming a Human Rights Commission to investigate claims of discrimination and try to rectify them. (The commission isn’t front and center for Bernal at the moment, and may not even be necessary in his opinion; the same mechanics could be achieved through an assigned point person or a few lawyers in the city attorney’s office, he says.) While the non-discrimination plan makes its way to the council’s agenda this August, some still feel the process is moving glacially, a product of local government’s long-standing failure to fully include and engage the LGBT community. Not everyone at City Hall has seen eyeto-eye on the ordinance’s necessity, says Bernal. “In my mind, we [candidates and elected officials] had been thinking about it and talking about it for a long time… I was wrong in that assumption, let’s just put it that way.” The ordinance’s progress – or lack thereof – is perhaps a microcosm of the city’s own evolution as an LGBT-friendly environment. With a progressive mayor at the helm, outspoken about marriage equality, and a councilmember serving as a receptive conduit to the gay community, San Antonio may finally be making the headway activists have long hoped for – albeit incremental and overdue. “I feel like being safe to come out [as gay, lesbian, or transgendered] here is a very recent development,” says Bernal. “Forget the ordinance and politics, I think the atmosphere has evolved at a slow but steady rate. We’re at a point now where everyone knows someone that’s part of this community and so the issue has become personal for many people.”
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Dan Graney with Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio remembers when a moment like this felt far out of reach. In 1998, the City attempted to protect municipal employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, but swiftly retreated following condemnation from a vocal and organized opposition. “The religious right came out as a mob and slammed it as immoral,” says Graney. “The council got intimidated and pulled it from the agenda.” CAUSA revived their call for the non-discrimination ordinance about two years ago but the City’s move to pass domestic partner benefits, strictly for city employees, temporarily drowned them out. Today, gay rights activists refuse to sit quietly by, showing up to council meetings in droves and usually outnumbering the other side – a feat once unimaginable. “What’s happening now would not have happened 15 years ago. At the time, our community only had three or four speakers, we didn’t have anywhere close to the numbers we have now… We’ve
come a long way,” Graney says. Graney attributes the marked shift to “courageous” new local leadership (chiefly Mayor Julián Castro and Bernal) as well as the appointment of an LGBT liaison to SAPD and more recently, in city hall. Shortly after the sting of a below-average 2012 municipal equality index (MEI) ranking by the Human Rights Campaign, the mayor’s office named senior policy advisor Adam Greenup as the go-to for the LGBT community at the start of this year. Coming in behind any other major city in Texas, San Antonio scored 48 out of 100 when evaluated for LGBT inclusion in municipal law. For a city whose mayor gained national notoriety for championing gay rights, including marriage equality, the failing grade startled City Hall. “The low score was a real eye opener for us,” said Greenup. “But the good thing about those indicators is that they provide us with the opportunity to be reflective and take stock of how the city is relating to the LGBT community.” sacurrent.com • June 26 – July 2, 2013 • CURRENT 57
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protections because a lot people just don’t survive – literally do not survive.” Despite a direct line to local government and a council that’s more supportive than in years past, some activists agree that overall, the City has been slow to the table and sometimes unresponsive in meeting their needs. “When protections are added, it begins to change attitudes of the city as well. But right now, part of this city and some of the council feel that if you’re not normal, by their standards, you shouldn’t be here. Some of the council won’t even meet with us or talk with us,” says Farris, who is inviting city figures to engage with the transgender community. Likewise, Graney and colleagues are working diligently to arrange faceto-face meetings with city officials to educate them on the issues, “It’s a communication problem. We feel like [the city is] not reaching out to us, and they say we’re not reaching out to them. It’s a two-way street,” he says. Activists are also critical of the ordinance’s timeline, which they see as unnecessary elongated. Bernal sympathizes, noting that when it comes to civil rights you “shouldn’t have to ask anyone to wait,” but with the same breath, stresses the reality of the bureaucratic process, in which something as asinine as summer vacation can push back important issues until August or beyond. “A lot of people have read quite a bit into why we’re going to take it up in August, but it’s really a very simple and procedural thing,” said Bernal. “Even if it takes a little bit longer, we’re eventually going to get there and that’s what matters.” But Bernal’s real critics are the city’s religious-right, who view the ordinance as either granting “special rights” to the LGBT community (false, the ordinance gives them the same rights as everyone else) and/or a blasphemous attack on socalled “traditional” values. Bernal is well aware of the potential political costs the ordinance’s passage may result in for him. Eyeing the thunderstorm raging outside his council office, Bernal reflects on the controversial storm erupting because of his – apparently – wildeyed idea that all San Antonians should be protected against discrimination. Mulling the personal and professional risks involved as the chorus against him mounts, the civil rights attorney concludes, “I don’t value my political career so much that it would keep me from doing what’s right.” C
Greenup’s job is keeping Castro updated on what concerns that community most, anything from day-today logistical issues to heavy, policyrelated items. The liaison anticipates the progress made – including the formation of Pride Center, a grassroots LGBT community project, and the nondiscrimination ordinance proposal – will be reflected through a significantly increased MEI score next year. “For too long the LGBT community had no outlet to turn to and there was a feeling they were being left out of policy discussions,” said Greenup. Adding to the transformation are dramatic changes in state and national attitudes that typically end up seeping into city consciousness. According to a 2013 Equality Texas poll, 75.8 percent of voters support prohibiting employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and 69.7 support the same for transgender citizens – impressive figures for a state as conservative as Texas. Still, the ordinance is far from set in stone and while runoff election results seem to help the odds of its passage, equality activists say they’ve waited too long for the “no-brainer” policy to be enacted. So the question remains: why such a lag in the River City? Fired on the job while transitioning genders, professional photographer Antonia Padilla has felt the sting of workplace discrimination and believes the ordinance is vital to her community. Padilla threw herself into activism as a legislative lobbyist for Equality Texas, a member of Stonewall, San Antonio Gender Association (SAGA) and CAUSA and a delegate for Hilary Clinton. The San Antonio native points to the city’s cultural heritage: “This is a Mexican town and a Catholic town; when you combine those two things you get an incredible system of shame and guilt that can be conceived.” Reinforcing those deep roots is a small yet influential group of local social conservatives, says Lauryn Farris, president of SAGA and Transgender Education Network of Texas-Alamo Region board member. “There is a vocal minority here that blocks progress on a lot of different issues,” says Farris, who was shunned from her evangelical church while transitioning genders. The transgender mother of two said “I’ve seen too many people struggle, commit suicide. We really need these
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Banking On Change Can SA's 'gay dollar' make an impact? Jeffrey Wright Money talks, but does it make a sound if no one is listening? San Antonio LGBT consumers pack enough buying power to bankroll the entire city budget for a year and a half. Yet in many cases here, they’re still fighting for full citizenship in both the workplace and public policy. Washington D.C.-based Witeck Communications reports the total buying power of the U.S. adult LGBT population at a whopping $790 billion in 2012. The adult population of San Antonio city proper represents roughly 0.4 percent of the U.S. adult population, and so Alamo LGBTs wield an estimated aggregate disposable personal income of $3.3 billion. That sum equals 144 percent of the City of San Antonio’s entire expenditure budget for fiscal year 2013. Studies have shown that the LGBT community overwhelmingly prefers to spend on products from companies that are LGBT-friendly in their workplace policies and which advertise in gay media. They also favor living in and traveling to places with fair and inclusive public policies. In the press release accompanying the 2012 estimate, Witeck Communications observes: “Buying power projections may be seen as an accepted business measure for companies and policy decision-makers.” Nevertheless, that buying power does not appear to have translated into LGBT economic or political muscle in River City. On the 2012 Municipal Equality Index, an LGBT-rights report card for U.S. cities published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF), San Antonio scored a mere 42 out of 100 — ranking below five cities in Texas and beating only Arlington. (Austin led the state with a score of 91.) Following the HRCF release, chagrined Mayor Julián Castro promptly appointed advisor Adam Greenup as his LGBT liaison. The move was widely applauded — but that doesn’t erase the lack of progress in policies advancing LGBT civil rights. (See “Better Late than Never?,” pp. 57) On a separate index produced by the HRCF, the 2013 Corporate Equality Index, LGBT influence also appears feeble in San Antonio’s unenlightened business sphere. In this widely disseminated report, companies are graded according to such workplace policies as prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or legal recognition of same-sex couples. Nationally, 110 of the Fortune 500-ranked businesses achieved a perfect 100; the average score across all companies now stands at 81. Companies headquartered locally? A meager 27 average index score. The city’s two largest private employers, H-E-B and USAA, achieved 40 points and 0 points, respectively. According to H-E-
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B’s Dya Campos, the company does not participate in any surveys. USAA spokesperson Roger Wildermuth said “As a well-known and highly regarded organization, we receive numerous requests to participate in various types of surveys every year and unfortunately, it’s not possible to participate in all surveys. We generally focus on benchmarking surveys that help us serve our members better.” As Witeck Communications President Bob Witeck notes, “DPI, or disposable personal income, does not translate directly into economic or political clout ordinarily, unless the community is very visible, active in the community, and has some context and engagement.” A Move To Main Street In U.S. cities with prominent LGBT communities, the oldest LGBT-related parades, business chambers, and community centers date back for decades and have become woven into a diverse urban fabric. Here, in contrast, as recently as 2007 hostile homophobes stormed City Hall to protest Police Chief William McManus’ decision to serve as grand marshal of the Pride Parade. “It has been a struggle,” says Pride San Antonio Board Secretary James Poindexter. “San Antonio is a very, very conservative city, with a long-time military presence, a strong religious presence. We’ve had to work within that type of social environment for many years.” The good news is that the San Antonio LGBT
community has been increasingly visible and active in the proximate past, raising pocketbook power potential. The community organization Pride Center, founded in 2010, expects to find a home before year-end. Pride San Antonio officially incorporated in 2011 and has seen parade entrants skyrocket; for the June 29 Pride Parade, Miss Fiesta 2013 Victoria Flores will serve as grand marshal. The San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce, celebrating five years since its foundation, has evolved from a modest networking association to a fast-growing organization with 140 members and outreach goals threading across the city. The Chamber is also working with Greenup to organize the first Main Street Music Festival in October. The festival forms part of the chamber’s longer-range vision for recasting the North Main Street gay bar strip as part of a more integral identity neighborhood in Tobin Hill. With the city’s pledged logistical support, organizers hope to draw out-of-town visitors to the festival and swell crowds to as many as 6,000 attendees. The goal of attracting LGBT tourism dollars on top of local LGBTspending attests to the community’s comprehensive vision of economic relevance. “If you go on Google and search for ‘LGBT travel’ I doubt that San Antonio is going to be high ranking,” says Robert Salcido, vice president of the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “That is something that we are striving to change.” C sacurrent.com • June 26 – July 2, 2013 • CURRENT 63
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Holy Hell A Catholic artist's struggle with her faith DAN R. GODDARD
Influenced by two millennia of Catholic guilt and the ancient mummies of Peru, Houston artist Sharon Kopriva’s ghastly figures — wretched priests, beastly bishops, conniving cardinals, naughty nuns, and masochistic worshippers — are made with animal bones, teeth, fabric, clay, wood, and papier-mâché. Maybe it’s a typo, but another ingredient listed for her Stations of the Cross piece is “pain.” Educated in a Catholic school before the Second Vatican Council, Kopriva says her earliest impressions of the Church were “darkness, fear, penance.” As an artist, her career-making revelation occurred during a 1982 trip to the ancient Nazca burial sites in Peru where she became fascinated by the mummies, usually buried in a fetal position, similar in appearance to the small child swaddled in a basket in her Ancestral Footprint. Rather 70 CURRENT • June 26 – July 2, 2013 • sacurrent.com
than seeing dried-up dead people, Kopriva The Confessional is Kopriva’s Stations of reveled in encountering the 500-yearthe Cross series that substitutes a dead old remains. The earthen umbers and flower for the Christ figure. dusky reds of the mummies, created by Kopriva exposes the pedophilic sins the naturally dry environment, color her of the priesthood in Prey for Us (2005), sculptures although most of her skeletal an altar boy looking at the words of the figures go about their daily lives much like title written in blood red on the wall with Day of the Dead calaveras. crayons spilled on the floor. Looming over The most impressive installation in him, engulfing the vulnerable child, is the “From Terra to Verde,” a 30-year survey ominous shadow of a clergyman cast by at the Blue Star Contemporary Art a projector. Museum, is based on the confessional The Cardinal (1994) is a smug red toad where Kopriva received the sacrament of a man as overstuffed as the chair he of penance as a youth. It’s also the overflows. A desiccated pope, a threeresult of a residency she had in the early dimensional caricature of Velasquez’s Pope 1990s sponsored by artists Edward and Innocent X, is confined to a wheelchair in Nancy Reddin Kienholz, known for their From Dust Thou Art (1997). But referring elaborate tableaus of modern life. to the biggest heresy of all, the shriveled More like a theatrical set than the rest pope has a monkey in his lap and he’s of her work, Kopriva’s The Confessional holding a copy of Darwin’s Origin of the (1992) is lit from within, and Species. A chilling, con artist through the curtains you can see priest presides over Extreme Sharon Kopriva: a grinning priest wearing a black Unction, with a body laid out, From Terra to Verde robe and purple scarf sitting in candles placed on a cross $5 a chamber between kneeling, resting on its chest and a female Noon-6 pm Tues-Sat, wizened female supplicants. mourner who remains attached Noon-8 pm Thurs Blue Star Contemporary Though the scene is shrouded in to the dying by living vines. Art Museum secrecy, it’s hard not to snicker Despite the scathing satire, 116 Blue Star when you notice the priest’s Kopriva’s work is not intended (210) 227-6960 bluestartart.org crummy black shoes poking out as anti-Catholic. Instead, Through Aug. 24 from under the curtain. Flanking it reflects the anguish of a
Catholic artist who can’t believe the ethical and moral failings of the church. Perhaps no contemporary artist comes closer to making viewers feel the suffering of martyrs than Kopriva does with her three crucified saints. Sebastian is lashed to a tree trunk, his body pierced by arrows. Peter is nailed to a traditional cross, but it’s upside down with his rib cage exposed in horrifying detail. Andrew is tied to the X-shaped cross that the Romans probably used for most executions. Kopriva usually attaches threedimensional objects to her paintings, such as the hundreds of tiny skeletons rising into the sky toward the Madonna of Heaven and Earth. In her most recent paintings, such as the enormous Cathedral Green (2012), forests become cathedrals, reminiscent of Thorncrown Chapel near Eureka Springs in Arkansas. Using photographs of the interiors of Europe’s greatest cathedrals in paintings of forests, Kopriva has branches, moss, and rocks tumbling out of her romantic landscapes. But Kopriva’s sunny spirituality may stray too far into Thomas Kinkade sentimentality, perhaps an overreaction to the oppressive darkness of her earlier work, which is enervating, yet impossible to forget. C
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Bard on the 405 'Much Ado About Nothing' moves to L.A. JefF MEYERS
Is it an attempt to force some culture onto the Comic-Con nerds? William Shakespeare did, after all, invent the notion of meeting-cute. And who better to appreciate Beatrice and Benedick’s smart-alecky badinage than Joss Whedon? Shot over 12 days at his Santa Monica mansion, The Avengers director’s let’sput-on-a-show Shakespearean house party is stocked with so many regulars from his television series (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse), it’s hard not to view Much Ado About Nothing as a weekend acting retreat for veterans of geek TV. The no-frills camera work, black and white palette, and easy camaraderie between cast members makes for an intimate and infectiously good time. Kenneth Branagh’s sun-drenched film adaptation set in a Tuscan villa still sits atop the heap, but Whedon’s charming ensemble acquits itself respectably, finding the comic heart of male vanity and female assertiveness, as well as a few dark grace notes along the way. Set in the present, Whedon kicks things off with a wordless and ill-advised prologue that suggests that the center pair had a drunken one-night stand, after which Benedick snuck away, thus stoking Beatrice’s sharp-tongued anger. This conflict is set against a masquerade ball wherein Leonato (Clark Gregg) is celebrating the arrival of Don Pedro (Reed Diamond). The two patriarchs encourage their children, Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Hero (Jillian Morgese) to be married,
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and the lovestruck kids are all too happy to comply. Unfortunately, Don Pedro’s brother Don John (Sean Maher) decides to undermine the impending nuptials by convincing Claudio that his betrothed is a promiscuous hussy. Confusions and complications, as they say, ensue. Much Ado is a smart choice for Whedon to wet his Shakespearean whistle on, as the story offers up competing agendas, witty exchanges, and slapsticky situations all under a single roof. There are no great battles or exotic locales to recreate, just the ever-shifting allegiances of lovers, family members, and interlopers. Though his upper-middle class suburban setting sometimes feels a bit cramped, Whedon makes good use of the space at hand. His staging is clever yet modest, providing just enough comic possibilities for his dedicated cast. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof tackle the key roles of Beatrice and Benedick,
the hot-blooded couple whose insults and arguments mask their true feelings for one another. (What would rom-coms today be without Willy S’s comedic template?) Given the actors’ past collaborations, the two should be a good match, but only Acker truly shines, masterfully balancing Beatrice’s feminine doubts with a wicked wit. Denisof (a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company) is a bit too stiff and understated to capture Benedick’s prickley bravado, never generating the sparks necessary to ignite the infatuation that hides behind the couple’s stated hatreds. The rest of the cast gives confident and conscientious performances, with Gregg standing out as Hero’s father and Nathan Fillion delivering a memorably comical turn as the dim-witted Constable Dogberry. What’s mostly missing from this entertaining cinematic doodle is Whedon’s personal connection to the
material. While he does a wonderful job of pruning the Bard’s plot entanglements and highlighting the play’s effervescent exchanges, the beloved filmmaker doesn’t bring anything revelatory to the table. That’s odd considering his television shows’ deft handling of gender politics. One would think that Much Ado’s subversive attacks on masculine pride would prove fertile ground for Whedon’s trademark dismantling of male-female archetypes. This incongruity becomes especially clear when Hero’s wedding is undone by a bunch of angry men accusing her of being a whore. I can’t think of a woman in the entire Buffy-verse who would put up with that shit for a minute. C Much Ado About Nothing Dir. Joss Whedon; writ. William Shakespeare, Joss Whedon; feat. Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz (PG-13) At Santikos Bijou
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Minnie's Tavern is a welcome homage to French brasseries SCOTT ANDREWS
Andrew Weissman achieved national acclaim with Le Rêve, and the shock of its closing in 2009 after an 11-year run is, I am told, still rattling some local foodies. Now, three months after opening The Luxury next to San Antonio Museum of Art, the James Beard Award-nominated chef continues to expand his empire from its base at the Pearl (Il Sogno, Sandbar) with a new French-inspired concept, Minnie’s Tavern and Rye Bar. Located in the famously tilted Boehler House, once home to the Liberty Bar (and more recently, an indifferent effort named after the building), it’s just Minnie’s, for now. An out building on the East Josephine property will be transformed into a whiskey-themed room sometime in the future. At the moment, no one seems to be missing cocktails. A half-dozen waiters in aprons and white shirts flit about the two freshly painted rooms delivering plates and bottles to white-clothed tables. Except for a beer sign and an antique portrait of a woman (Minnie?) above the long bar, the walls are bare. It’s the very image of a classic brasserie: one-step above a bistro, elegant, but casual, with a historical focus on beer. No mandatory jackets for men or ornately plated improvisations here, the menu features straightforward dishes inspired by France’s unfussy taverns.
Minnie’s is no brewpub, but has an extensive wine list (75 bottles, all French, with 12 selections by the glass) and ample imported and local craft beers on tap and bottled, but the food’s the thing. The thing is, though, strictly for carnivores — except for salads and desserts, vegetarians are clean out of luck. Those who eschew red meat, but do indulge in fish and seafood, are, however, in for a treat (or several). Fruits de mer — crab, shrimp, and lobster at market price, oysters at $3 each, are offered as starters. On the entrée list, Truite Arc-en-Ciel ($19), rainbow trout with crushed potatoes drizzled with vinaigrette, is delivered flaky in the fresh state Sandbar has taught patrons to expect; we look forward to trying the Ray a la Grenobloise ($18), fillets of skate wing dredged in flour and herbs and pan-fried in butter. If the skate receives the attentions of the Confit de Canard ($19), duck confit, it should be more than serviceable. Confit is a traditional technique that slow cooks goose or duck in its own rendered fat; stored in same, it was originally devised to prevent spoilage. I’m not sure how long the joined leg and thigh had been swimming, but the lightly crunchy skin and moist, fall-off-the bone flesh was possibly as good as I’ve had — and I’ve consumed a flock, or two, by now. The Steak Frites ($24) have arrived from the Sandbar menu, no surprises there, which is a good thing. Also available at The Luxury, the fries are superb. The menu, which also includes Croque Madame ($14), a ham and cheese sandwich with fried egg and Mornay sauce, seemed to be fixed when we visited, though the Boudin Noir ($18) listed was not available. But if the main plate you choose is missing that day, don’t despair. Given
Duck dynasty: Minnie’s Confit de Canard lives up to its French legacy
the collection of hors d’oeuvres, it’s more than easy to bypass the entrées altogether. Unable to decide between the Pâté de Campagne ($10), Foie Gras ($15) and chicken liver mousse ($7), the charcuterie plate ($14) was ordered. Except for one of the salumis, all was made in house, including the pickles and whole-grain mustard. Of special note, the shredded, smoked duck breast and long strips of lardo (with flows of red
meat, more like bacon) were especially fine. Just as impressive, however, is the butter, incredibly rich and served as an extra-large pat with the house rolls. Asked where it was sourced, our server replied that it, too, was house-made. Of the typical deserts, the clafoutis — a French custard cake with fresh fruit — stands out. Cherries are in season now. If you order the duck, this is the perfect riposte. C
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The landscape changed markets tend to get fleas.” two weeks ago when the “That’s the kiss of death!” says Lent. Southtown Farmers and “Having studied farmers markets, many Ranchers Market debuted at Blue Star don’t have a lot of staying power. They Arts Complex. With scads of chefhave a lot of problems getting food driven restaurants about, Southtown vendors, so to supplement their income, isn’t exactly a food desert, but there’s they get people who make things out of been a shortage of opportunities to popsicle sticks. Our policy is we don’t purchase nourishment in the raw. take on anybody who doesn’t fit the bill Operated by Heather Hunter and — we hold our ground.” David Lent, founders of the Sunday Also missing are third-party vendors. farmers market at the Quarry, the new “Farm stands?” asks Hunter. “The Saturday market opened at 9 a.m. under guy selling Fredericksburg peaches storm-threatening skies with 15 vendors off North New Braunfels? Guess selling local produce, fresh eggs, what? Most of these stands are selling boutique delicacies, as well as one of our produce they pick up. That’s why we favorite food trucks, Cheeks and Chops. are diligent and curate who sells at Over 300 shoppers and curious our market. About eight out of 10 who onlookers strolled about the parking lot apply, don’t get in.” of the Blue Star Arts Complex, taking To sell at the Southtown or Quarry a gander at the tables filled with fresh markets, Lent and Hunter check each zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, producer or maker personally. “We visit and tomatoes offered by Bikkurim everybody’s farm, we verify they are Organic, Engel, 3G, and 9-1 Farms. growing what they say they are growing,” Revolución Coffee and Juice offered says Lent. “We make sure that if they are cold, quenching respite and Bakery making something we know what their Lorraine’s pastries and fresh loaves flew ingredients are. We’re pretty strict — but off the racks. Even dogs were provided we also think that’s the key to success.” for, with homemade canine treats from The pros are impressed. Javier Flores, Katie’s Jar. chef/proprietor of Cheeks and Chops Not a bad showing for the inaugural and soon-to-open Baracca restaurant day; Hunter and Lent plan to grow the at the Blue Star Arts Complex, told the list of sellers to 20 in the next few weeks, Current he plans on buying his produce with hopes of matching or from market farms, and will surpassing the 30 regular be sourcing his chickens Southtown Farmers sellers at the Quarry. and eggs from Parker Creek and Ranchers Market Conspicuous in their Ranch, the sole rancher Free absence are the trinkets, currently selling on Saturday. 9am-1pm Sat crafts, and cheap “It’s a bit more expensive, but Blue Star Arts Complex 116 Blue Star sunglasses sold at many not much,” says Flores, “and (210) 722-5077 weekly markets, which looking to make high-quality facebook.com/Southtownrecalls the saying: “Farmers food, it’s worth it.” C FarmersMarket
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Summer goes BBQ, gluten-free, & Ripe I used to think gluten-free foods were like fat-free cheese: why would you eat something that’s had its very essence removed? But for those who suffer from gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, gluten-free is the only way to roll. Jason Dady’s Tre Trattoria on Broadway is offering a variety of gluten-free pastas, like the signature Bolognese, wild mushroom and thyme, and butter with cracked pepper. GF pasta doesn’t grow on trees, so ask if it’s still available before ordering. Summer South Texas staple Alamo Beer is teaming up with another summer mainstay: Kiolbassa Sausage. You and 20 friends could win a backyard barbecue full of beer, sausage, Alamo Golden Ale T-shirts, pint glasses, a grill kit, and more. The contest runs through August 2. Enter at alamobeer.com. Happy grilling! It’s summer – farmers markets abound. The Southtown Farmers & Ranchers Market opened just a couple weeks ago, and now there’s another market on the horizon. It’s literally on the horizon if you’re in Southtown, because it’s outside 1604 North. Ripe at the Éilan Hotel & Spa is hosting a series of preview days this summer, in preparation for their official weekly market offerings in September. On the third Sunday of July and August, Ripe will offer cheeses, eggs, breads and more on the Promenade at Éilan. The market will be curated by chef Stephan Pyles (of Éilan’s Sustenio restaurant)
and cookbook author Paula Disbrowe. Given the opulent surroundings, this farmer’s market will have plenty of bells and whistles. Sustenio will host a market dinner featuring visiting chefs on the Saturday preceding the Sunday market in July and August. In addition to food and live music, there will also be a food truck rodeo. Perhaps you’ll be able to wrassle up some organic greens there. The market will switch to a weekly schedule on Sunday, September 8. We all know that SA food trucks are pretty badass, but it’s always good to get some outside affirmation. Food blog thedailymeal.com recently posted their top 101 food trucks in the country, and Rickshaw Stop made the Top 10. Number 7, in fact. The Pakistaniinspired truck serves kebabs, paratha bread, and samosas. Truck owners Meagan and Sameer Siddiqui work with Sameer’s family to get every recipe perfect. As a result, the marinated and seasoned meat is some of the best you’ll ever taste. Check their schedule at risckshawstop-sa.com to find out where you can get some kebabs. And this isn’t new, but everyone should check it out at some point – NAO at the Pearl serves up late night fare for the night owls. Every Saturday night, the restaurant is open until 2 a.m. with cocktails, beer, wine, and small bites. Recent food specials have included a beef rib salad, chili and waffles, and a Dominican burger. – Lauren W. Madrid
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SA Country Saloon promises a gay old time SA Country Saloon can be the drink orders. summed up by its most striking Well drinks — fairly cheap to begin with feature: a boot-shaped disco —plummet to $2.25 during happy hour, ball, which spins on a floor alternately as do domestic beers. Fancier brews used for line dancing and drag shows. might set you back $3.50. My group’s Housed in what used to be Bermuda end of the evening tab, accrued during Triangle, the Saloon outwardly blends in Monday’s all-day happy hour, totaled $11 with its corporate blah surroundings just for two mixed drinks, one Shiner, and one off San Pedro Avenue’s northern-most Red Bull. The bartenders are so quick reach. Open the oversized wooden doors with the drink orders, in fact, that I didn’t though, and you’ve entered hunky honkyhave time to request a premium vodka, tonk territory. but surprisingly, the well variety did not Debuting last fall after an extensive suck, even with a sizeable single pour. renovation to create a squeaky clean, If you’re craving a more complicated countrified atmosphere, the Saloon caters concoction, you’ll find it in the specialty to an older crowd more appreciative of a shot selection here. Northside neighborhood gay bar rather As a straight female, I’m not qualified than a hotbed of club activity. That’s not to dish on the hookup vibe, but I noticed to say the Saloon doesn’t have it goin’ on: lots of friendly, middle-aged guys, there’s plenty to keep patrons amused both in groups and flying solo, a few from karaoke on Monday and Thursday lesbian couples by the pool tables, and to Sunday fundays with free pool and even some heteros who were, like me, 50-cent beers to a country DJ on the attracted to the main event that Monday weekends and live music on Tuesday. It’s evening: the Mr. and Miss Gay San also a local hub for members of the Texas Antonio for Life pageant. Gay Rodeo Association, who occasionally Despite being far away from the Strip, host fundraising barbecues there. the Saloon is balls deep in the local gay While it isn’t a rainbow-colored scene, and that means that drag queens wonderland, the Saloon doesn’t keep and kings grace the stage (under that anything in the closet either. From the mirrored boot) frequently. The pageant I bartenders to the free food buffet, caught attracted a lively scene, and unlike everything says classic gay bar, but more scripted shows or more stringent doesn’t scream it, necessarily. My pageants, this one had a bubbly, amateur favorite bartender looked like a brawny atmosphere. Contestants changed bear but pirouetted like a prima donna. costumes behind a sheet, and although After the evening’s emcee threatened to tipping was “not allowed” even the “pull [a birthday girl] up on stage by her judges did it. The event also included pussy hairs,” bar-bear stage whispered a tear-jerking lifetime achievement to me, “Oh my goodness! presentation to Miss CoCo, She kisses her mother who gave a command SA Country Saloon with that mouth!” Like his performance despite having 4pm-2am, daily two colleagues behind the been hospitalized just days 10127 Coachlight well-staffed bar, he was before. Like many of the (210) 525-0915 facebook.com/SACountrySaloon superfast and attentive with contestants, Miss CoCo
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Saloon delivers. Many of the folks I met during my visit hadn’t been there before, negating the regulars-only feel that often accompanies the corner gay bar. Country fan or not, this spotless, friendly joint ups the ante for local watering holes catering to the LGBT community, or anyone, for that matter. C
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Roots in the Sand Band on the rise Dirty River Boys burst the El Paso bubble JEREMY MARTIN
Science of Flight — the 2012 sophomore release from El Pasobred, Austin-based quartet the Dirty River Boys — is constructed from just about every type of music made in America on an acoustic guitar before the Vietnam War. Folk, blues, bluegrass, country, and gospel (not to mention Dixieland jazz, traditional Mexican, and Roma music, plus a baby rattlesnake) all make appearances, but the music never sounds like anything other than a product of the internet age. The press photos depicting four 20-something dudes made up like miscast Deadwood extras, are expected, if not mandatory, but the Boys aren’t exactly the Sons of Mumford. “Marco [Gutiérrez: guitar, vocals, mandolin, and harmonica] grew up listening to punk rock,” says Nino Cooper (vocals and multi-instrumentalist). “I grew up playing blues guitar and playing folk songs with my dad, a few old Mexican folk songs with Spanish guitar. CJ [Colton James] our bass player, his all-time favorites are like Hank Williams and George Jones, and Travis [Stearns, who mostly plays the cajón, a Peruvian percussion instrument also used in flamenco] kind of grew up touring in the metal scene.” Sounds like they’ll fit in perfectly in South Texas, but Cooper says the Boys’ music is pure Far West Texas, specifically the miles of inhospitable desert separating it from the rest of the civilized world. “I think we’ve just remained who we
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an electric country rock band to an allopportunity to experiment with new ideas. acoustic outfit isn’t an attempt to chase “We barely rehearse,” Cooper said. “I a trend but the solution to an uncool think we’ve rehearsed two times in our reality of working as a full-time band: history. So when we write a new song playing at moderate volume in the corner and try it out, usually the first time we at restaurants that can’t or don’t want to play it live is really the first time we’ve accommodate amps and drum kits. ever played it. Sometimes, it’s a train “It basically came out of necessity, man,” wreck on the first time or the first two Cooper said, “out of playing these smaller times, but by the third time we’ll have rooms, playing everything from Sunday a good grasp on it, start evolving, start brunches to taco bars to three-hour shows experimenting with different harmonies in hotel lobbies. That whole and that kind of thing.” acoustic instrumentation just So the Boys’ show at The became part of who we were … County Line will either be a The Dirty River Boys the sound we evolved into.” good opportunity to see an feat. Crooks The countless café gigs also on-the-rise band for free (with Free with canned good 6:30pm Wed, June 26 allowed the Boys to shape a canned good to donate to the The County Line their songs in a low-pressure San Antonio Food Bank), or if 10101 I-10 W environment. Slow nights at it’s a slow night, you might just (210) 641-1998 countyline.com restaurants are the perfect get to watch a train wreck. C
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A Lively ‘Funeral’ Ska-reggae-punk seven-piece Bite Lip Bleed present debut EP ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI
I had been hearing a lot about “It took a little while for us to Bite Lip Bleed, and I caught a gradually mash and make the songs glimpse of them at last year’s what they are now,” said Cavazos. Lennon Lives tribute at Boneshakers — I “We started as a garage band and was hooked immediately. progressed over time in a natural way.” To be fair, that was only a trio version The band is now Luna and Cavazos of the septet, but as soon as I heard plus Nick Valdez on bass, Jeremy Jennifer Cavazos nail down a ska version Garza on sax, Gilbert Covarrubias of the Beatles’ “I Should’ve Known on trombone, Laith Garet Fisk on Better,” I knew there should be a fourth trumpet, and former Kevin Goes 2 step on the Great SA Singers podium College drummer Robert Binovi. They of Girl in a Coma’s Nina Díaz, Heather all sing harmonies and they all can play. Go Psycho’s Jacklyn Alexandra, and Drummer Binovi “is clean as fuck, man,” Sugar Skulls’ Alyson Alonzo. Cavazos’ says Luna, and he’s not exaggerating voice is clean, powerful, and as a front — his performance last week at Martini woman she has a charm that makes Ranch opening for Mrs. Howl’s last you move even if you’re not in the show was flawless. And trumpeter mood. About to graduate with a degree Covarrubias doesn’t just play the notes: in communications, she could also he flies over the song, each breath a perfectly host a radio show. surprise. “I’ve been telling her that for ages,” Settle for a Funeral, the band’s debut said guitarist and boyfriend Juancho EP, was produced by the person Luna Luna, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, and replaced in Kevin Goes 2 College: possessor of a solid right hand. “‘You guitarist Jason Valdez, now with The Lost have a fucking radio show voice!’” Project. It’s representative of the band’s They met Palo Alto College. She was range (mostly ska-reggae and garagethe singer for Kevin Goes 2 College, he, punk touches), but their live shows (and the bassist for Silent Minority. Soon after Beatles and Nirvana covers) tell me they he quit SM, they hooked up (“I thought could come up with a wonderful pop he was cute but also talented, which tune at any time. is a lethal combination,” “That’s why we formed Cavazos said) and, when this band — to experiment Bite Lip Bleed CD release Kevin Goes 2 College’s without limits,” Cavazos party feat. Rat King Cole, guitarist left the band, Luna said. “Our previous bands Viet-Ruse, Pop Pistol was asked to play at Kevin’s had a specific style and $3 Doors at 9, Bite Lip Bleed at last gig. It was the start of a you were supposed to 12:45 (night) Fri, June 28 collaboration that gave life follow that. We just want to Hi-Tones to Bite Lip Bleed. play whatever comes out.” C 621 E Dewey
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Changing Seasons Local indie dance rockers Secrets and Irises' debut EP BRIAN PALMER
As Joshua Barrera — the the down-tempo, melancholy keys and current bassist and former reverb-drenched guitars on the first lead singer for Secrets and half of “Clouds with Sharp Corners” Irises — attests, change has defined are synonymous with wintertime the band’s existence. Formed four gloominess. “Twenty-Four,” however, is years ago, the band has had several the most interesting song because its lineup switches: multiple bassists and tone completely shifts within the track, singers, and they went from being a changing from crunchy rock ’n’ roll to a trio to a quintet. beat machine and ethereal synths show But all the roster changes haven’t halfway through. been for naught. Adding Kelsey Novak Regardless of whether the changes (vocals and synths) and Joey González happen during a song or in between (rhythm guitar) has helped the band them, it’s unlikely that any two tunes will develop a more well-rounded sound. sound alike. In fact, embracing variety is Novak, in particular, brings a raw, at the top of the band’s list of priorities. powerhouse vocal element that Barrera “I know people like to have continuity does not possess, and her presence in their music, but I don’t think that’s has had a marked effect on the band’s where we’re going,” Barrera laughs. debut EP, Seasons. “We’ll write a song one way and think, “All the tracks were written when ‘This is too slow,’ so we’ll go in another the band was a three-piece, but she direction. That process is good and bad re-wrote the songs with her own lyrics, because we’ll take longer to write a song, which really added a lot to them,” but when it’s done, it sounds completely Barrera says. “The original songs are different from what we had imagined.” still there, but they’ve evolved.” While their sound may Seasons is an apt title as change as quickly as a San Secrets and Irises the EP features various moods Antonio weather forecast, EP release party and sonic textures which Secrets and Irises maintain $5-$7 9pm Sat, June 29 mirror the changing of the one constant: to keep Jack’s Bar weather. The groovy rock of pushing themselves to 3030 Thousand Oaks “Golden Circles” is perfect create music that defies easy (210) 494-2309 jacksbarsa.com for summer listening, while categorization. C sacurrent.com • June 26 – July 2, 2013 • CURRENT 91
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If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll get to see the great Leon Russell at Gruene Hall on June 28 (sold out). If you’re not, you still could do a lot worse than seeing what’s being dubbed as “Todd Rundgren’s Official State Visit” at the same venue. The concert’s name references his latest album, the electro-heavy State (released in April), in which he played all instruments and he recorded using Propellerhead Reason software instead of ProTools. State is an impressive relevancy statement by the 65-year-old solo artist (1972’s Something/Anything?), bandleader (Utopia) and producer (New York Dolls, XTC, Grandfunk Railroad). But be warned: he may or may not play fan favorites like “Hello It’s Me.” Just show up, pay your respects while refraining from asking for “the hits” and absorb whatever this uncompromising artist and tech pioneer has to offer. $25, 9pm, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene, New Braunfels, (830) 606-1281, gruenehall.thundertix.com. — Enrique Lopetegui
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Signals from Shore Jack’s Bar, 8pm Stand Up and ROCK! Comedy Night with Allie Marie, Thumper D, & Vela Nightrocker Live, 10pm YACHT DJ Set with VJ Glitoris Industry Nightclub, 9pm Zane Williams Gruene Hall, 7-11pm CLUBS/VENUES
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Fall of Idols, Behold Triumph, Byleth Burlesque dancers Aliska Wolfbane, Saterra ShatterdVains, Wicked Leigh Devine, Gaige, Mary Annette, and Allison Sane perform between sets. Zombies, 9:30pm Flat Top Jones Gruene Hall, 1-5pm Ghostpizza Vs. Texas is Funny Hi-Tones, 9pm Gustavo Romero Piano Concert Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, 7:30pm
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY by Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): “To know when to stop is of the same importance as to know when to begin,” said the painter Paul Klee. Take that to heart, Aries! You are pretty adept at getting things launched, but you’ve got more to learn about the art of stopping. Sometimes you finish prematurely. Other times you sort of disappear without officially bringing things to a close. Now would be an excellent time to refine your skills.
all one’s clothes,” said 19th-century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. “In order to aspire to the truth one must undress in a far more inward sense, divest oneself of all one’s inward clothes, of thoughts, conceptions, selfishness, etc., before one is sufficiently naked.” Your assignment in the coming week, Cancerian, is to get au naturel like that. It’s time for you to make yourself available for as much of the raw, pure, wild truth as you can stand.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it’s hard to determine whether or not they are genuine.” So said Joan of Arc back in 1429, right before she helped lead French troops in the battle of Patay. JUST KIDDING! Joan of Arc never had the pleasure of surfing the Web, of course, since it didn’t exist until long after she died. But I was trying to make a point that will be useful for you to keep in mind, Taurus, which is: Be skeptical of both wild claims and mild claims. Stay alert for seemingly interesting leads that are really time-wasting half-truths. Be wary for unreliable gossip that would cause an unnecessary ruckus.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Gertrude Stein was an innovative writer. Many illustrious artists were her friends. But she had an overly elevated conception of her own worth. “Think of the Bible and Homer,” she said, “think of Shakespeare and think of me.” On another occasion, she proclaimed, “Einstein was the creative philosophic mind of the century, and I have been the creative literary mind of the century.” Do you know anyone like Stein, Leo? Here’s the truth, in my opinion: To some degree, we are all like Stein. Every one of us has at least one inflated idea about ourselves -- a conceited self-conception that doesn’t match reality. It was my turn to confront my egotistical delusions a few weeks ago. Now would be an excellent time for you to deal with yours. Don’t be too hard on yourself, though. Just recognize the inflation, laugh about it, and move on.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): French Impressionist painter Claude Monet loved to paint water lilies, and he did so over and over again for many years. Eventually he created about 250 canvases that portrayed these floating flowers. Should we conclude that he repeated himself too much? Should we declare that he was boringly repetitive? Or might we wonder if he kept finding new delights in his comfortable subject? Would we have enough patience to notice that each of the 250 paintings shows the water lilies in a different kind of light, depending on the weather and the season and the time of day? I vote for the latter view, and suggest that you adopt a similar approach to the familiar things in your life during the coming weeks. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “In order to swim one takes off
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): When I close my eyes, I get a psychic vision of you as a kid playing outside on a warm summer day. You’re with friends, immersed in a game that commands your full attention. Suddenly, you hear a jingling tune wafting your way from a distance. It’s the ice cream truck. You stop what you’re doing and run inside your home to beg your mom for some money. A few minutes later, you’re in a state of bliss, communing with your Fudgsicle or ice cream cone or strawberry-lime fruit bar. I have a feeling that you will soon experience an adult version of this scene, Virgo. Metaphorically speaking, either the ice cream man or the ice cream woman will be coming to your neighborhood.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): During the past ten months, you have been unusually adventurous. The last time you summoned so much courage and expansiveness may have been 2001. I’m impressed! Please accept my respect and appreciation. You’ve had a sixth sense about knowing when it’s wise to push beyond your limitations and boundaries. You have also had a seventh sense about intuiting when to be crafty and cautious as you wander through the frontiers. Now here’s one of your assignments for the next 12 months: Distill all you’ve learned out there in the borderlands and decide how you will use your wisdom to build an unshakable power spot back here in the heart of the action. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was one of the most influential scientists in history. He produced major breakthroughs in both chemistry and physics. Have you ever used devices that run on electricity? You can thank him for playing a major role in developing that wonderful convenience. And yet unlike most scientists, he had only the most elementary grasp of mathematics. In fact, his formal education was negligible. I propose that we name him your role model of the week. He’s a striking example of the fact that you can arrive at your chosen goal by many different paths. Keep that in mind if you’re ever tempted to believe that there’s just one right way to fulfill your dreams. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “The only thing that we learn from history,” said the German philosopher Georg Hegel, “is that we never learn anything from history.” I’m urging you to refute that statement in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. I’m pleading with you to search your memory for every possible clue that might help you be brilliant in dealing with your immediate future. What have you done in the past that you shouldn’t do now? What haven’t you done in the past that you should do now? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): According to my analysis of
the astrological omens, now would be a pretty good time to talk about things that are hard to talk about. I don’t necessarily mean that you’ll find it easy to do. But I suspect it would be relatively free of pain and karmic repercussions. There may even be a touch of pleasure once the catharsis kicks in. So try it if you dare, Capricorn. Summon the courage to express truths that have previously been hard to pin down. Articulate feelings that have been murky or hidden. For best results, encourage those you trust to do the same. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Are you familiar with Quidditch? It’s a rough sport played by wizards in the fictional world of Harry Potter. All seven books in the series mention it, so it’s an important element. Author J.K. Rowling says she dreamed up the sport after having a quarrel with her boyfriend. “In my deepest, darkest soul,” she reports, “I would quite like to see him hit by a bludger.” (In Quidditch, a bludger is a big black ball made of iron.) I bring this up, Aquarius, because I suspect that you, too, are in position to use anger in a creative and constructive way. Take advantage of your raw emotion to make a lasting improvement in your life. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In his erotic poem “Your Sex,” Joe Bolton exults: “My heart simplified, I touch the bud of happiness -- it’s in season. And whatever grief I might have felt before simply dies inside me.” You might want to write that down on a slip of paper and carry it around with you this week, Pisces. According to my understanding of the astrological omens, the bud of happiness is now in season for you. You have good reason to shed the undertones of sadness and fear you carry around with you. I’ll tell you the last lines of Bolton’s poem, because they also apply: “Sometimes I think it’s best just to take pleasure wherever we want and can. Look: the twilight is alive with wild honey.” (The full poem: tinyurl.com/JoeBolton.)
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