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What do Bowling for Soup, Meat Loaf, Norah Jones and the guy who wrote the Schoolhouse Rock theme have in common? That’s right, they all hold the Denton connection. Certainly the small North Texas town has pumped out a disproportionality high number of musical icons (can’t forget Sly Stone and Don Henley), but it’s also packaged its own distinct sound. Led by the likes of Midlake, Sarah Jaffe and Centro-matic, it’s a style rich with thickly layered harmonies, Americana-friendly melodies and folksy instrumentation (i.e. lots of banjo). Seryn fits squarely into this tradition, with all five members contributing vocals and multi-instrumental skills to weave their richly textured sound. They also pack enough four-on-the-floor kick drum punch and shout-along choruses (Hey!) to endear them to the Mumford and Lumineers faithful. Still touring behind their 2011 debut This Is Where We Are, the band plays Sam’s with support from Austin-based indie-rockers Quiet Company.
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In collaboration with Jeff Keithline, Elizabeth Keithline exhibits an installation of full-scale woven wire trees and human figures.
Based on travels along the length of the U.S./Mexico border and encounters with residents, fence contractors, border patrol officers and journalists, New York artist Blane De St. Croix’s “Broken Landscape III” reconstructs a selection of the border as a “monumental miniaturized section” that divides the gallery space.
Part of a multi-site project devoted to the exploration of the relationships between science and religion, local artist Chris Sauter’s “Faith and Reason” consists of photographs of words written on airplane windows during flight.
Presenting the bracelet as “a symbol of encircling beauty,” Kathleen Sommers’ 5th Annual Bracelet Show features more than 100 original designs created by 60 artists, with 10 percent of proceeds benefiting the Scholarship Fund at the Southwest School of Art.
First opened on Repeal Day (December 5, 1933), the Esquire Tavern will celebrate its 80th birthday and "the reinstatement of booze back into our culture" with a "Riverwalk Empire"-themed party. Bar Manager Houston Eaves will be serving up Repeal Day Punch throughout the evening (along with an 80th birthday cocktail menu and a Champagne toast at 8pm), Chef Brooke Smith will supply guests with complimentary passed appetizers, local jazz favorite Brent Watkins will perform from 7-11pm and those who dress in '20s and '30s attire "will be kindly rewarded by the barstaff."
Local art scenesters are perhaps more likely to recognize Ed Saavedra as the “senior creative co-conspirator” at Fl!ght Gallery than for his own artwork—which spans from drawings and assemblages to “occasional performance outbursts.” In a review of his exhibition “Things Have Gone to Pieces,” Art Lies noted Saavedra’s “mastery for creating levels of meaning beyond immediately appealing craftsmanship.” The Houston native’s first local solo show since “Requiem for an English Major” (which referenced both Thomas Gainsborough’s painting The Blue Boy and Harlan McVea’s suicide in Bexar County Jail), “Paintings for a Razed Hotel” comprises works created over the past few weeks. According to Saavedra, the project isn’t about a specific property but “the proverbial razed hotel.”
Small world Jazz is comprised of San Antonio's hardest working Jazz Players. The Areas most knowledgeable and successful Jazz musicians show up to hone their skills and throw down with their pals. Come join the players or simply enjoy the versatility of this organic group.
First friday of the month a guided tour through the SA Botanical Garden's Watersaver Gardens. For more information visit: www.SABOT.org
A gritty new addition to SA’s evolving River Walk scene, the former Ruta Maya is back from the dead with a hardcore case of the punks. Other than a comfy white couch here and there, there are no coffeehouse remnants. High-octane live music attracts a mixed alternative crowd on certain nights, but it was a DJ spinning vintage New Order that made us want to know more. For a true taste of the SA underground, hang downstairs, where we were (accidentally) stomped on by a boot-clad mosher.
Justly famous for its fish tacos, the Cove is also a good location for locavores and vegetarians thanks to owner Lisa Asvestas’s commitment to sustainable food sources (she can tell you where to find raw milk, too). Beer and wine tastings, plus live music and the adjacent laundromat make it a one-stop lifestyle shop without the Austin attitude.
Live music venue with possibly the best acoustics in town and an impressive beer menu and nightly drink specials. Best use: Anytime live music is onstage; typically no cover during the week, while weekend covers stay under $10.
San Antonio, TX 78215
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