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Inspired by the success of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), the Academy of American Poets brought together librarians, publishers and literary organizations to claim April as National Poetry Month—an observance solidified by a proclamation President Bill Clinton issued in 1996. Kicked off in late March and stretching into May, the local incarnation comprises readings, slams, open mics, workshops, the competition La Voz de San Antonio and unique events like Poetry in the Park. Spotlighting the new youth initiative the Playhouse Tribe, the outdoorsy outing kicks off with a short program of classic and modern poems, original works, spoken word and Shakespearean sonnets in San Pedro Park (2:30 p.m.) before setting off to deliver encore presentations at Travis Park (3:15 p.m.) and HemisFair (4 p.m.). Open to all high-school and college students, the Tribe promotes “artistic expression in the community and fosters San Antonio’s next generation of creative leaders.”
The McNay’s Full Steam Ahead includes a tour of Robert Indiana’s symbolic portrait series “Hartley Elegies” and a demonstration with printmakers Michael Imbimbo and Glenn Faulk, who use a steamroller to create large woodcut prints made by San Antonio artists.
Along with King William Fair and Cornyation, the Southwest School of Art’s Fiesta Arts Fair tops the creative set’s short list of not-to-be-missed Fiesta events. An annual tradition since 1973, the two-day fair orbits around an outdoor marketplace filled with ceramics, jewelry, paintings, photography and wearable works from more than 100 national and regional artists (along with local favorites like Diana Kersey, Laura Quinoñes, Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Ryan Takaba). Much more than an art sale, FAF features appearances by Fiesta royalty, an Easter egg hunt on Sunday, tasty treats available for purchase (from La Gloria, The Fruteria, the Institute of Chili, Chocollazo and others) and live music on two stages. Highlights include “uke-centric” roots duo The Love Leighs (12:30 p.m. Sat), The Voice alum/CeeLo Green collaborator Nakia (4 p.m. Sat), Austin-based swamp rockers Chubby Knuckle Choir (1 p.m. Sun) and Latin fusion outfit Del Castillo (2:30 p.m. Sun). In addition to its Children’s Art Garden with face-painting and hands-on activities, FAF’s new Young Masters Project invites kids to create works inspired by Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet and Frida Kahlo and even dress up as the artist of their choice for a photo op.
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The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa hosts an open flowboarding competition (which involves a curved surface and a powerful wave simulator) boasting some of the world’s top flowboarders and $5,000 in prizes.
In addition to her work with New York’s “Sistas Doing Comedy” and the LA-based “Hot & Spicy Tamales,” “former Brooklyn project girl” Sara Contreras was showcased by Showtime’s Alma-nominated The Original Latin Divas of Comedy and counts Law & Order: SVU and Third Watch among her acting credits.
In conjunction with its inaugural exhibition “Pace Gems,” the Linda Pace Foundation’s new gallery SPACE hosts a panel discussion and Q&A with featured artists Andrea Bowers, Daniel Joseph Martinez and Donald Moffett.
Enjoy an evening of free Fiesta fun and meet members of the new royal court as Jimmy Green accepts the crown and title of “the People’s King,” El Rey Feo LXVI.
Dorćol Distilling Company and SATX Music co-host this “blockpARTy” fundraiser for Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum and Ernest Gonzales’ program San Antonio Music Production Lab (SAMPL). Music will be provided on two outdoor stages by notable electronic artists such as Donnie Dee, District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal, Mexicans With Guns, Rise, Sonora, Lizarazo, ALR, Tefnyk, Ooh Yeah, Brave Microwave, Terpsi, El Robotico, Abe Novy, members of the Ghostpizza collective, Rivera and FILMSTRIPS. Additionally, South Flores and Lachapelle streets will be filled with visual art exhibits, vendors peddling arts, crafts and handmade goods, multiple food trucks and a laser-light show. Dorćol will be serving rakia-infused cocktails inside and at pop-up bars within the blockpARTy.
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.
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.
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.
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