SAY Sí's signature program "Wings to Fly" gives members the ALAS Youth Theatre Company eight weeks to interpret, direct, and produce new and unique plays. This year's program includes Alexander Valdez's Four Angry Horsemen, Jimmy Blackmon's Fire and Rain (both selected from recently published anthologies by the New York City based Alliance for Young Artists & Writers) and Siouxi Silva Veracruz's Naufragio (Shipwrecked), a witty take on the trials and tribulations of Cabeza de Vaca.
Set in Berlin in 1931, Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), a bohemian performer, wrestles with life and love during the times of the Nazi Party. Along with Minnelli's passion and bold spirit, Carabet explores sexual identity and the shifting culture of 1930's Germany. Mimosas will be available in the brunch menu.
Based on Robert Harling's 1987 play, Steel Magnolias reflects Harling's experience with the death of his diabetic sister Susan Harling Robinson. The film marks Julia Roberts' first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and first Golden Globe Award. Roberts plays Shelby, a young bride with diabetes who has a child and later dies of kidney failure.
Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger star as mother and daughter with a classic love/hate relationship. After going about their lives seperately for years and having unstable relationships, the two come together when Emma (Winger) learns she has malignancy and won't survive her illness.
Meryl Streep and Robert Redford shine in this multiple award-winning film about a Danish plantation owner settling in British East Africa. Reservations are available, as well as a season pass for all 11 of Cinema Tuesday's showings for $80. Call 614-8977 or 1-800-622-8977 to make reservations or go to http://tprcinematuesdays.bpt.me/ for season passes.
The arrival of a hunky hobo gets the townsfolk hot and bothered in William Inge’s Picnic, a Pulitzer-winning drama that introduced Paul Newman to the stage in 1953 and went on to inspire the 1955 Oscar winner of the same name starring William Holden and Kim Novak. Set between two back porches in a dusty Kansas town, the play hones in on a group of women as they prepare for a Labor Day picnic in the distracting presence of Hal Carter, a ripped and shirtless drifter who blew into town looking for work. Pegged by The New York Times as a “classic cock-in-a-henhouse play,” Picnic serves up a lusty slice of American life while exploring repression, aging, and the complexities of physical beauty. Tony Ciaravino directs Rodman Bolek and Kari Anne Randol (above) in the Playhouse’s production.
A man and a woman fall in love and find happiness. Another man and woman fall in love, and don’t. It’s a setup used countless times, but we still find the patience to hear it again. What we don’t often find, however, is the process of writing the love story, stuck in the middle of it all. That improbable twist brings Will Eno’s The Flu Season into the tradition of art looking at itself, a self-conscious exercise that baffles some, but is a peculiar delight for others. With Eno, called “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation,” by The New York Times, it’s the humor he pulls from this double-vision that makes the play a haunting look at human desire, rather than a mere display of technique. Directed by Aaron Aguilar, The Flu Season received the 2004 Oppenheimer Award for best New York debut by an American playwright. $10-$25, 8pm Thu-Sat, The Overtime Theater, 1203 Camden, (210) 807-8646, proxytheatre.org. Through June 1.
In Hellcab, playwright Will Kern explores the thrilling randomness of the whole taxi experience. Originally performed as the unlikely holiday offering Hellcab Does Christmas, the dark comedy introduces all walks (obnoxious sports fans, drunks, druggies, and born-again Christians included) in roughly two dozen vignettes as a Chicago cabby struggles through an endless shift. Revived last year for its 20th anniversary, Kern’s script is a young underdog among iconic Chicago plays such as A Raisin in the Sun and American Buffalo. Stacey Connelly directs Keith Berry, Nico Bonacci, Elizabeth Anne Cave, Kareem Dahab, Taylor Mobley, E.J. Roberts, and Gloria Sanchez-Molina in the AtticRep production, which features strong language, adult situations, and production design by Artpace alum Andrea Caillouet.
With music by Duncan Sheik (best remembered for his 1996 single “Barely Breathing”), this provocative musical combines a sexy book with even sexier, alt-rock based songs like “The Bitch of Living,” “Touch Me,” and “Totally Fucked.” Unlike a lot of musical theater, this isn’t a safe bet for a first date or a matinee with mom. The story follows a group of Teutonic teens frustrated by their 19th-century village’s refusal to acknowledge S-E-X. Left to their own devices, they explore masturbation and sexual fantasies, but shit gets real, fast, and sadomasochism, an act of ambiguous consent, and physical and sexual abuse all occur before intermission. The second act grows darker still. The powerful message and the rollicking soundtrack propelled Spring Awakening to a 2007 Tony Award sweep.
Robert Harling's classic Steel Magnolias takes the stage at The Rose Theatre during the month of May. Set in a beauty salon, the play focuses on the bond between a group of southern women facing adversities together.
Michael D. Burger directs Rob Barron’s Henchmen, the second installment of the Chronicles of Nerdology. Set in a warehouse, the play focuses on a captive superhero while an epic battle rages outside.
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Kicking off with an opening ceremony at the Arneson River Theatre, America’s Armed Forces River Parade features 25 floats representing veterans, support groups, and all branches of the military. Reserved seating at the Arneson is sold out; view the parade for free from the banks of the River Walk.
The creative brainchild of guitarist Ricardo Diaz, Travesuras (Mischevious Pranks) unites flamenco artists from Malaga, Paris, New Mexico, San Francisco, and San Antonio. Featured performers include Cristo Cortes, Vicente Griego, Antonio Arrebola, and Tamara Saj. The San Antonio leg of the touring collaboration culminates Sunday with a matinee presentation of Dibujos de Travesuras (Sketches of Mischief), a series of choreographic vignettes exploring the range of emotions we encounter in daily life. Showtimes: 8:30pm and 10pm Friday at Carmens de la Calle Café; 8pm Saturday at España Bar de Tapas; 4pm Sunday at Raices de Arte Espanol Tablao.
Austin-based Bamako Airlines has just released their self-titled EP —an engaging collection of mostly solid AfroPop covers from Algeria, Madagascar, Ethiopia, and Mali. What I’m really looking forward to is their next album, which reportedly will be more centered on their promising originals (listen to Bamako Airlines’ “Desséché” for clues). Singer Meera Chandy, trumpeter Brian Carr, guitarists Chris Vestre and Michael Goldsmith, drummer David Justh, Sexto Sol bassist Greg Goodman, plus guest Eddie Lehwald on trombone (cross your fingers that they can also bring Guinea percussionist Aboubacar Sylla, who recorded on the album) are at their best in a live setting, and cozy Carmens is perfect for them — you could do a lot worse than having a sangría while Bamako Airlines is all over your ass.
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents the 32nd Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival at the historic Guadalupe Theater (May 15-16) and nearby Rosedale Park (May 17-19). Highlights of the festival include star-studded performances by Conjunto Music Hall of Famers Mingo Saldivar, Eva Ybarra, Flaco Jimenez, and Los Dos Gilbertos, as well as a special “New Directions in Conjunto Music” concert on Thursday night featuring Los Fabulocos (Pomona, CA), Juanito Castillo and The Psycho Trip Band (San Antonio), Thoze Guyz (Roscoe) and Los Nahuatlatos (San Antonio). Other highlights of the festival include a free Seniors Conjunto Dance, student showcase and accordion and bajo sexto workshops. For more information on the Tejano Conjunto Festival, call (210) 271-3151, or visit www.guadalupeculturalarts.org for the full schedule of performers.
Founded in Austin eight years ago by Chris Gross, FrankenBike promotes cycling to the masses while connecting cyclists looking to buy, sell or trade bicycles and bicycle related gear or parts. The free free monthly swap meet that has since spread to include San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Waco, and Bryan-College Station, and is set to expand coast to coast. On Saturday, the local chapter celebrates its third anniversary with a party at Alamo Street Eat Bar with music by Merge 98FM and Independence Brew on tap. For details, visit sanantonio.frankenbike.net.
Lovely and talented young women compete in interview, physical fitness, and evening gown categories with special guest performances by Trilogy Dance Center.
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