Sample the 30+ local artisan brews from the booths at the second annual San Antonio Coffee Festival. Attend hands on on workshops by café afioconados while live entertainement plays on the stage of the historical art village of La Villita. Most importantly, you'll be able take your favorite selection home with you to brew every morning, college essay cram session, or late work night.
A celebration of coffee open to all coffee-lovers! Taste amazing fresh, locally roasted coffee from all over the world. The Coffee Tasting Flights are the hallmark of the San Antonio Coffee Festival. Learn all about coffee at free workshops - participate on hands-in demonstrations. Meet local coffee artisans who artfully brew 30+ coffees. Enjoy Live music and entertainment. Eat some good food. Kid's activities. Visit with friends. Soak in the history of La Villita Historic Arts Village; take the walking tour. Stroll through the galleries and shops - jewelry, pottery, metal art, sculptures, copper, oil paintings, water-colors, stained glass, folk art, and more. Share the fabulous selection of freshly roasted coffees. Take home a pound of the coffee you like most. Perfect holiday gift-giving idea: family, friends, colleagues ... plus you can show them how to brew the ever-elusive perfect cup of coffee. For information call (210) 207-8614. Sponsored by Department for Culture and Creative Development.
This uniqe holiday art, music, and comedy fest will be Co-headlined by Use of Time and Disco Wasteland. The rafiki project,
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, and Stella lost will also be performing as musical guests. Chistopher chavez Sr, Bryan powell
, and Josh pullin will grace the stage with their comedic stylings while live art will be created by Beyond the Canvas.
Fire crackers, Lion Dancers, martial artists and more herald the coming of the Year of the Horse. The Institute of Texan Cultures will present its annual Asian Festival, with traditional music, dance, food, martial arts demonstrations and more. The family-friendly event features music and cultural performances on multiple stages. Guests can enjoy authentic Asian-American food, with Japanese, Korean, Thai, Laotian, Philippine and other delectable cuisines. Also, the event includes cooking demonstrations, henna painting and palm reading; and craft sales including clothing, artworks, dolls, silk items and other gifts.
The second annual San Antonio Book Festival, San Antonio’s focal point for the literary arts, is a free, daylong family-friendly event held in downtown San Antonio. Over 70 acclaimed national and regional authors, representing some of the best new books that publishers have to offer, will entertain, educate and inspire book lovers of all ages and interests while discussing their latest work and signing books. In addition to author presentations, participants will enjoy book sales and signings, a literary marketplace, recipe demonstrations from cookbook authors, food truck fare, live music and interactive educational/art activities for families and children. Educational non-profits, book sellers, publishers and community groups are encouraged to sponsor booths in the exhibitor tent to promote their services. The event will take place between the Central Library and Southwest School of Art in downtown San Antonio.
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is pleased to announce the addition of new artists to the 2014 entertainment lineup, featuring over two and a half weeks of award-winning artists from a variety of genres of music! The 2014 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will be held February 6-23 at the AT&T Center/Freeman Coliseum Grounds.
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Penned in 1816 by German author E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King formed the fantastical springboard for the Tchaikovsky-scored two-act ballet The Nutcracker. Premiered in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the holiday mainstay has inspired an eclectic array of adaptations—from B. Bumble and the Stingers’ boogie-woogie hit “Nut Rocker” to the burlesque satire The Slutcracker. Choreographed by Gabriel Zertuche and conducted by Akiko Fujimoto, this local production unites Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony for dancing around the Christmas tree, a war between gingerbread soldiers and menacing mice, and an enchanting voyage in a dolphin-powered boat to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Land of Sweets.
Lady Gaga may be trying to shove “art pop” down our throats, but critics increasingly recognize Kanye West as the king of the avant-garde/radio top 40 hybrid. New York magazine’s art critic Jerry Saltz credited the rapper’s insane “Bound 2” video with creating “a collective cultural fracturing … that I call the New Uncanny.” None other than the late Lou Reed reviewed West’s Yeezus, a deeply polarizing album that dropped this summer (“lookout, this guy is making connections,” wrote Reed about West’s ability to merge hip-hop with other “high art” pursuits). Now, reviews of his Yeezus Tour describe the effort as “an energetic, artistically ambitious and at times majestic ‘concept’ concert.” The spectacle includes cultish back-up dancers, a jeweled facemask, two mountains, White Jesus, snow and more. Take that, Gaga. Kendrick Lamar opens.
The book Tamales, Comadres and the Meaning of Civilization reminds that tamales have served as “one of the keys to the survival of humans for the last 7,000 years in the Americas.” Deceptively simple in appearance, these holiday staples can prove quite challenging to make, which is the premise behind Alicia Mena’s Las Nuevas Tamaleras. Since its 1993 debut, the production has emerged as a favorite fans consider “as much a tradition with the San Antonio community as The Nutcracker.” Touching on the hard work, bonding and mishaps intrinsic to Yuletide tamaladas, Mena’s one-act comedy stars Kinya Cano, Melissa Silva and Sonia Rodriguez as first-time tamaleras who get an unexpected assist from the ghosts of tamal experts Doña Juanita (Rita Duggan) and Doña Mercedes (Lorraine Pulido).
December 8 marks the 33rd anniversary of the murder of John Lennon at the hands (gun) of an idiot whose name I don’t want to remember. Lifelong Beatles/John fan Jenny Luna started the Lennon Lives celebration with a mixed bag last year. Dozens of local artists did their best to cover Lennon’s songs and, as is usually the case at events like this, some succeeded and some didn’t. This year, those paying tribute to John include the Rosedale Highs, Tera Ferna, lovelettertypewriter, Jeremiah Bredvad, Christina Quick and more. But this is more than just about music: the tribute fest is free, and all you need to get in is non-perishable food, a blanket, warm clothing and/or toys to benefit the needy, and stay until the end for the candle vigil. I didn’t know the man personally, but something tells me John would be OK with that.
When it comes to blues piano, nine-time Blues Music Awards-winner Marcia Ball is the full package: an exhilarating combination of Texas roots and Louisiana blues, a terrific song selection (as of late, mostly written or co-written by her) and solid albums (the latest of which, Roadside Attractions, earned her a fifth Grammy nomination). Born in Orange, TX, she grew up in Vinton, La., but moved to Austin by accident in 1970, when her car broke down on her way to San Francisco and she fell in love with the Lone Star capital. She’s at her best in a live setting and Sam’s is the perfect-sounding venue for her, so get close to the stage and bring your dancing shoes and your partner—the Queen of Boogie-Woogie can sing heart-melting ballads too. With Austin-based soul, pop and R&B diva Lauren Silva.
On display will be three of Gassiot’s sculptural video installations: Empty Crib, Every Bath, and Circadian Rhythm. Brooke Gassiot is a Texas native, currently based in Austin. Her work has recently been featured in the East Austin Studio Tour, and at the Art Car Museum (Houston, TX) and Red Arrow Contemporary (Dallas, TX). That same evening The Lullwood Studios will host a small works sale in honor of the holiday season—a great opportunity to pick up unique gifts and support your local art community.
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