Imagine a display of the very best food, wine and spirits in one place and we call it The Grand Tasting. This night of elegance will prove itself once you walk through the door. The limited access to the event will give you the opportunity to personally engage with some of the very best local chefs. The chefs will provide the classics with a new spin that will complement the trend oriented fare to perfection. A breath-taking evening will have you feeling as if you've left reality for the night. Amazing food, dazzling wine, and great company is to be expected from this famed event.
Texans pride in a lot of different things such as music, sports and, most importantly, knowing how to fire up the grill. Culinaria recognizes this talent and wants you to witness what some of San Antonio's top chefs can prepare. Each chef will prepare their own grilled specialty that will be sure to say "howdy" to your hunger. Be sure to wear your stretchy pants because remember, in Texas, bigger is better, including the food! Bring your family and friends out to celebrate the last event of the festival and the perfect end to your weekend.
Get Up Community Center announces their First Annual “Jazz at The Get Up Community Center” Fundraiser. This event will be held Saturday, June 1 from 6-10pm, and admission is $15. Proceeds benefit the newly opened Senior Activity Center, their ongoing Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math afterschool and summer programs, and Food Pantry. Guests can enjoy BBQ and jazz music by local bands John Magaldi and Johnny P & The Wise Guys. The Get Up Community Center was formed in 2009 as a summer and after school outreach program for children up to age 12. They also feed more than 350 families per month as a partner with San Antonio Food Bank, including many senior and military service members. BBQ plates including brisket, chicken, beans, coleslaw, or potato salad is available, as well as beer and wine. “It is our responsibility to impact the lives of those who need it most in our community,” explains CEO and Founder Robert Cockfield. Last year the center held a summer program focused on academic mentoring and educational advancement for youth with great success, and will begin this year’s STREAM camp on June 10. Many people within the community rely on the services GUCC provides and events like these help keep them going. This annual fundraiser is also perfectly timed for the grand opening of the Senior Activity Center where adults ages 50 and above can enjoy a hot meal on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 11:30am-1pm. They can also socialize, play games, and get involved in all that is going on at GUCC. Ticket sales are limited and can be purchased online at getupcommunity.org or by contacting the center at (210) 637-0155.
Ranger Creek, Alamo Beer, Freetail, and other brewing enthusiasts join forces for San Antonio Beer Week (May 12-21), nine days dedicated to “celebrating beer and the community that enjoys it.” Comprising brewery visits, beer dinners, pub crawls, tastings, and a brewing competition, the event kicks off with a trio of hoppy options including a Hill Country getaway aboard the Blue Star Bus. After a “sneak peek taste” of The Lobito at Pedernales Brewing Co., the tour continues over lunch at Fredericksburg Brewing Co. ($30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). On Monday, Branchline Brewing hosts the Opening Ceremonies with “special SABW collaboration beer” (free, 6-8 p.m.). Homebrewers take center stage on Tuesday, when Alamo Beer rounds up local brew clubs and food trucks to celebrate “The Golden Age of Homebrewing” (free, 5-9 p.m.). For a full schedule of events, visit sanantoniobeerweek.com.
The longest-running outdoor revue of its kind is back. The Alamo Kiwanis Club Charities announces the 57th season of Fiesta Noche del Rio. All shows are performed every Friday and Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. from May 10 through August 10 at the Arneson River Theatre. (Note: No performance on Saturday, May 18th– Armed Forces Day Parade). Tickets may be purchased at the gate on the night of each performance, online at www.fiestanocheSA.com, or by calling (210) 226-4651. Prices are $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens; and $5 for children ages 6-14. Group and military discounts are also available.
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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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