Wednesday's featured films at the Embassy include 16 Acres (12:30-2:30pm), Spring Eddy (3:00-5:00pm), My Father and the Man in Black (7:00-9:00pm) and Broken Glass (9:15-11:00pm).
16 Acres director Mike Marucci from New York tells the story of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, as told by the key players who have shaped the site.
Austin, Texas director George Anson's Spring Eddy is an offbeat comedy with a cast of uncommon characters running from, into and away from each other.
My Father and the Man in Black, directed by Jonathan Holiff from Canada, is an intense personal adventure with universal themes of the untold personal story of Johnny Cash.
Broken Glass, directed by Daniel Chavez from Valencia, California, is a dramatic thriller that revolves around a man who must sort through his mind's tricks to unlock a mystery of his past.
Wednesday's featured films at Northwest 14 include Uprising (12:30-2:30pm), Shorts1: Synchrony, Crosshairs, Winter Storm, Pipelines, The World Outside, Beatrice Coron's Daily Battles, Escape Act, and Just Grate (3:00-5:00pm, Wet Behind The Ears (7:00-9:00pm) and Lucy and Jake (9:15-11:00pm).
Uprising directed by Fredrik Stanton tells the inside story of the Egyptian Revolution from the perspective of its organizers and leaders, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees.
Shorts 1: Synchrony directed by Kacey Morrow shows two tourists travelling alone but having an inescapable connection. Crosshairs tells the story of a boy being introduced to manhood in a hunting trip with his father and the strange prey lurking in the woods. Winter Storm documents the morning of a father and his son's first hunting trip together. Pipelines by Maciej Pasynkiewicz presents the story of an abused young man and the impact it had on his life. The World Outside shows a parolee with a lying habit and risks losing his job or going back to prison. Beatrice Coron's Daily Battles directed by James Stewart is a 3D short presenting the works of Beatrice Coron. In Escape Act, an aspiring escape artist tries to gain fame through escaping physical and mental binds, following a history of child abuse. Just Grate directed by Wendy Keeling is a comedy about a girl finding her first love in a family gathering.
Wet Behind The Ears directed by Sloan Copeland follows a college graduate's job seeking attempts that resonate with the underemployed generation.
Prisoner of the Collective directed by Michael Berrier from San Antonio tells the story of a young woman with rheumatoid arthritis who opens a vintage clothes store.
Wednesday's featured films at the Palladium include Brasslands (12:30-2:30pm), Dave (3:00-5:00pm), Story of Luke (7:00-9:00pm) and Delusions of Grandeur (9:15-11:00pm).
Brasslands, directed by Adam Pogoff, examines the ways in which music shapes us and our societies, bridging cultural gaps and bringing people together.
Directed by Eric Gealdermann, Dave tells the story of troubled teen Dave Stirling and the coach who refused to give up on him, Adam Donyes, as they help eachother reconcile issues with their respective fathers while bonding over basketball.
Alonso Mayor's The Story of Luke, follows a young man with autism who leaves the shelter of his overprotective grandparents, determined to forge a life of his own and find his place in the world.
Delusions of Grandeur, directed by Iris Almaraz, features three girls struggling to find themselves in the fast-paced, wild ride of a city that is San Francisco, California.
The Alamo Drafthouse's Action Pack goes back to the Summer of '83 with National Lampoon's Vacation. Chevy Chase stars in this classic comedy about a family who embarks on a three day roadtrip.
The Santikos Free Summer Movie Series is back! Parents, caregivers, and children are invited to a screening of Rise Of The Guardians, a charming film about five heroes who must save the world from the evil spirit Pitch Black. Join Santa Claus, Jack Frost, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman as they fight to save the innocence of children all over the world.
Although his film Lucy and Jake is about sex in the art scene, director and producer Michael Berrier says that’s really just “a backdrop for simply covering the art scene, and more importantly setting up the story.” Similar to Berrier’s previous film SA Nude, about a photographer who falls unexpectedly in love while shooting for an exhibition, Lucy and Jake explores the concept of art imitating life. Starring hairstylist Melody Cuellar as Lucy (a reporter for the weekly magazine SA ReMix) and recent college grad Chris Collins as Jake (Lucy’s co-worker and live-in boyfriend), the 80-minute feature employs familiar faces (including Mike Casey, Bill FitzGibbons, Andy Benavidez, James Lifschutz, and Jo Sawalha) and places (Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Pedro Park, La Tuna, the River Walk) to tell a tale of love and betrayal in Southtown.
Thursday's featured films at the Embassy include Last Paradise (12:30-2:30pm), Where the Trail Ends (3:00-5:00pm) , Sick Mick and the Boys (7:00-9:00pm) and Blood Cousins (9:15-11:00pm).
Last Paradise presents director/producer Clive Neeson's lifetime project of 45 years worth of footage of extreme sports and adrenaline seeking adventures.
Where the Trail Ends, directed by Jeremy Grant, follows some of the world's top freeride mountain bikers as they search for all the roads not taken and recreate the definition of freeride biking.
Despite Mike Charlton's criminal record, he and his band of brothers set out to create a jet-powered motorcycle. Sick Mick and the Boys tells Charlton's story of redemption, recovery, and rebranding himself.
Blood Cousins shares the experience of four cousins that travel through Texas on the anniversary of their grandmother's death to pay respects and visit distant relatives. What starts out as an innocent roadtrip quickly turns into a haunting culmination of family history set on revenge.
Thursday's featured films at Northwest 14 include GMO OMG (12:30-2:30pm), Shorts 3: Stryngz, The Return of the PRI, Granny Baby, Tinker, and To Be Gray (3:00-5:00pm), Shorts 4: Faisal Goes West, The Whirl is Not Enough, The Midwife's Husband, and Genesis (7:00-9:00pm) and Missing Piece.
GMO OMG presents the consequences we face by unknowingly eating genetically modified food through a father's discovery and concern for his children.
Shorts 3: Stryngz is a tale of life and death as seen through the eyes of Ambrosio The Great, a dying puppeteer. The Return of the PRI directed by Patricio Salinas illustrates the Mexican Presidential election of 2012. In Granny Baby, while Jack is waiting with his dad in the hospital to see his new baby sister he sees an ignored, confused Granny and wants to help her. Tinker, directed by Martin Strauss, shows a repair shop owner trying to repair himself when a romance with a customer goes wrong. In To Be Gray, a glass artist hides his sexuality by dating his best friend, but his secret is in danger once he tries to seek acceptance in a world of black and white.
Shorts 4: In Faisal Goes West directed by Bentley Brown, Faisal abandons his dreams of going to an American University to work in a chicken farm. The Whirl is Not Enough presents the 4 members of the Linz Footbag Association Gravity Fighters as they travel through Vienna to meet with the reigning world champion Honza Weber. The Midwife's Husband directed by Deja Bernhardt sets the stage for conflict when a midwife is caught cheating by her husband, but is later faced with a life threatening pregnancy. Genesis is a 3 minute short directed by Isaac Kerlow that shows that harmony is short lived.
Missing Piece directed by Joe Medeiros explains one of the greatest art heists in history involving the Mona Lisa
Thursday's featured films at the Palladium include Shorts 2 (12:30-2:30pm), Black and White and Dead All Over (3:00-5:00pm), Savannah (7:00-9:00pm) and Shorts 5 (9:15-11:00pm).
Shorts 2 comprises Three Secrets For Success (Arturo Casares Cortino), The Happy Couple (Kevin Welch), Machinehead (Micah Gallagher), Red (Channing Godfrey), Foxed! (James Stewart), The Devil's Luck (Scott Milder), Shoelace(John Paul Fischbach), and A.B.S. (Brighid Fleming).
Chris Foster's documentary, Black and White and Dead All Over, tells the story of the dying news-paper industry, following editors and publishers in their struggle to keep their sinking ship afloat as more and more readers abandon print in favor of digital information.
Directed by Annette Haywood-Carter, Savannah tells the true story of the life of Ward Allen, an adventurous and charismatic man who abandons high society for a life on the fringe.
Shorts 5 includes Cavedigger (Jeffrey Karoff), Crisalida (Alejandro Enmanuel Alonso Estrella, Esther de Rothschild, Rosanna Mendez Gonzalez, and Laura Costa Cantal), Harvest (Ayda Erbal), Ghocial (Travis Lippert), and Born To Dance This Way (Jerell Rosales Moreno).
The night gets girly in the Alamo Drafthouse's special screening of the quintessential chick flick, Clueless. Audiences are encouraged to display their depth of knowledge on all things "Duh!" by quoting along with the movie. Because nothing says "I'm cool" quite like admitting that you watch Clueless often enough to know all the lines.
In celebration of the newest addition to their Signature Wine collection, the Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting a special screening of The Silence of the Lambs. The film will accompany a five course meal, each dish paired with a different wine. The main courses will feature the Drafthouse's new signature wines, "The Cannibal Chianti" and "Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio."
Sofia Coppola transforms Emma Watson from Hogwarts' own Hermoine Granger to a Los Angeles thief that raids the homes of several celebrities.
Friday's featured films at the embassy inlcude Gorging (12:30-2:30pm), Shorts 7: What is the Price?, New Era, Mr. Bellpond, The Mission, A Perfect Day and Book "The Spaces Between" (3:00-5:00pm), Tales From Organ Trade (7:00-9:00pm) and Virgin Alexander (9:15-11:00pm).
Gorging follows a Los Angeles recreatonalist as his passion for thrill seeking grows through canyoneering, the sport of exploring canyons through hiking, swimming, climbing, and rappelling.
Shorts 7: What is the Price? directed by Sergio Yunta is an 8 minute thriller that explores human morals and behavior when trying to find what brings happiness. New Era, directed by Erica Silverman and Zachary Taylor, celebrates finding yourself and following your own path through stepping out of your comfort zone. Mr. Bellpond, directed by A. Todd Smith illustrates the successful playwright's biggest challenge when forced by a blackmailer to compose a masterpiece in exchange for Bellpond's missing wife's whereabouts. The Mission is a 10 minute short by Denver filmmaker Nate Watkin about two vulgar mormons going through suburbia to complete ther mission. A Perfect Day directed by Adam Rubin shows a meeting by fate as a teen on the morning of his "going Columbine" is being confronted by the only stranger that can stop him. Book "The Spaces Between" by San Antonio director Brad Milne follows David, an average kid with obesity, and examines his relationship with his parents, sister, therapist, and bullies. "The Spaces Between" was nominated for best dramatic pilot in the International Pilots Competition at the 2012 Banff World Media Festival.
Tales from Organ Trade directed by Ric Esther Bienstock looks at the moral and ethical issues involved in the black market organ trafficking.
In Virgin Alexander, the 26 year old scrap hauler and virgin turns his house into a brothel in a last minute effort to save himself from eviction.
Friday's featured films at Northwest 14 include You'll Be a Man (12:30-2:30pm), Shorts 8: Somebody, Cool Shades, Baggage, Mail (Male) Order, The Fabled Fable, King Lion, and Curse of the Sunset Starlet (3-:00-5:00pm), Shorts 9: Right There, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Potosi, Desert Road Kill and Late Night Coffee (7:00-9:00pm) and Horizon Sky (9:15-11:00pm).
You'll Be a Man directed by Benoit Cohen presents a young man on the brink of manhood's encounter with a 10 year old boy who becomes his best friend and helps him face his responsibilities.
Shorts 8: Somebody directed by Doug Van Bebber shows a young marine and a first time prostitute's discovery that they were both looking for somebody. In Cool Shades Craig copes with a breakup by cherishing a pair of ugly sunglasses given to him by his ex, which aren't as unique as they appear to be. Baggage: In a special baggage counter where people check their emotional issues, a young man tries to reclaim his lost luggage. In Mail (Male) Order by Caroline Banks, an old woman waiting for her sexy night with her mail (male) order, which doesn't work-luckily the delivery man has a solution, The Fabled Fable is a love story between a girl named Fable and a boy named Jack, but Fable has something odd about her besides her name. King Lion directed by Taylor James Johnson: First came Hamlet, then the Lion King-Taylor James Johnson now presents to you King Lion. In Curse of the Sunset Starlet, a struggling artist and mother is visited by her horror actress mother that abandoned her.
Shorts 9: Right There directed by Florence Buchanan was shot on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at an elementary school 3 blocks from the World Trade Center, with the students from 2001 returning to their classrooms. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells of Sir Gawain's victory over the Green Knight in King Arthur's court and his journey to face the Green Knight's ghost. Potosi directed by Lisa Rhoden Boyd shows the Sons of Thunder bike bang minister to death row inmates. In Desert Road Kill a family picks up a hitchhiker with surprising results. Late Night Coffee by Christian Hawx shows a hired gunman waiting at a diner for a target he doesn't know.
Friday's featured films at the Palladium include Shorts 6 (12:30-2:30pm), A.K.A Doc Pomus (3:00-5:00pm), Sanitarium (7:00-9:00pm) and Leave It on the Track (9:15-11:00pm).
Shorts 6 includes A House, A Home (Daniel Fickle), Broken (Wolfgang Bodison), Music Video (Ari Gold), About Time (Joseph Megel), The Upside of Down (Brett Webster), Wholehearted (Christopher Leps), and Silent Wave (Sudeep Kanwal).
Directed by William Hechter and Peter Miller, A.K.A Doc Pomus chronicles Doc Pomus's journey from a polio stricken little boy from Brooklyn, to a rock & roll icon.
Sanitarium, directed by Bryan Ortiz, Kerry Valderram, and Bryan Ramirez, is a film composed of three tales, each telling the story of a different patient at a mental institution, and all centered around their attending physician, Dr. Stenson. Featuring the music of Pop Pistol
Benjamin Pascoe's Leave It on the Track follows two fierce Roller Derby teams as they compete in one of the most awe inspiring championship bouts ever witnessed in the sport.
The most recent rendition of Shakespeare's play but the plot remains the same: two couples try to find happiness with circumstances and Don John against them. For tickets and more showing times go to http://www.santikos.com
Sarah Moss, former FBI agent, starts her new career at an intelligence firm by going undercover and infiltrating the anarchist collective The East. After blending in and connecting with the collective, Sarah is torn between the two worlds and her personal life. For more showtimes go to http://www.santikos.com
Saturday's featured films at Northwest 14 include Out of Print (12:30-2:30pm), High School Shorts: Speak Slow, Lost Tales of a Senor, Recipe for Love, The Exterminator, Powder, Patch, Ball, Craft and Courtship, Killer App, A Quest for Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions, Forever Yours, The Guardian, Feeling the Drift, Mixed Signals, What I've Done, Chocolate, Firestarter and Marty (3:00-5:00pm), Thursday's Speaker (7:00-9:00pm) and Deputized (9:15-11:00pm).
Out of Print directed by Vivienne Roumani explores the book's journey through the digital revolution.
High School Shorts: Speak Slow by Amanda N Garza shows the troubles a young man experiences when asking a girl to prom. In Lost Tales of a Senor by Matt Stanasolovich a college student questions how far he would go for a friend. Recipe for Love by Gwyneth Christoffel shows the challenged a lonely cupcake faces when trying to make a companion. In The Exterminator by Nicholas Rodriguez an arrogant exterminator takes on an infestation in a high school. Powder, Patch, Ball by Logan Puente displays antique firearms through the White Smoke Brigade. Craft and Courtship by Max Montoya is the story of a second grade girl's bad choice for show and tell. Killer App by Elizabeth Herrick shows problems faced by a young girl when her father asks her to do some gardening. A Quest for Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions is director Matthew Evans' analysis of violence among religions. Forever Yours by Anna Clark is inspired by the Day of the Dead. The Guardian by Adrian Garcia presents a man that protects a girl who was kidnapped by thugs. Feeling the Drift by Daniel Panchevre is a short documentary about car drifting. Mixed Signals by Steven Martinez is the story of a young boy who meets the love of his life at a fance. What I've Done by Joshua Perez is his interpretation of the Linkin Park song. Chocolate by Ruben Garcia shows a competition for selling chocolate between rivals. In Firestarter by Coral & Mia Mendez one girl's emotions get the best of her after being stood up. Marty by Geoffrey James shows a 70's obsessed guy that changes entirely when meeting a girl.
In Thursday's Speaker directed by Gary Herbert, a lying inspirational speaker struggles to live an honest life.
Deputized by Susan Hagedorn explores the environment aggressive teens target undocumented Latinos in the sport of "beaner-hopping" and questions the source of aggression in society.
Saturday's featured films at the Palladium include Champion (12:30-2:30pm), Comedy Warriors (3:00-5:00pm), The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (7:00-9:00pm) and Suburbia (9:15-11:00pm).
Champion, co-directed by Kevin Nations and Robin Nations,tells the heartwarming tale of a rancher and his estranged granddaughter, as they are forced to spend the summer together and subsequently find kindred spirits in one another.
Directed by John Wager, Comedy Warriors is a documentary featuring five wounded service members from the Afghanistan/Iraq wars as they embark on a journey to heal through laughter by becoming stand up comedians.
Penelope Spheeris's The Decline of Western Civilization Part III follows Evan, a troubled young boy who runs away from home and forges new bonds with a band of orphans.
Suburbia, a documentary film directed by Penelope Spheeris, examines the phenomenon of "gutter punks," teenagers who cling to they anti-establishment lifestyle preached by the "harcore punk" scene, living their lives as homeless drifters.
Saturday's featured films at the Embassy include Shorts 10: The Bagel Chronicles, The Condition, The Secret Keeper, Martha!, The Associate, Goldtooth, and The Shooting Star Salesman (3:00-5:00pm), Shorts 11: Franky and the Ant, Root, Ojala, Pilo y Gloria, Arose the Coward, and Strange Luck (7:00-9:00pm) and Symphony of Silence (9:15-11:00pm).
Shorts 10: The Bagel Chronicles directed by Arielle Solomon follows the beginning and end of a rocky relationship and the pastries involved. In The Condition, Martin finds help through an inanimate object after having imagined altercations with everyone around him. In an alternate future The Secret Keeper gives clients the opportunity to seal their secrets away for good, but who keeps the Secret Keeper's secrets? Martha!, directed by Haley Anderson tells the story of a 10th grade catholic schoolgirl who gets in trouble for listening to rock n' roll. In The Associate directed by Shane Leal-Willett from San Antonio, a rancher is confronted by a mysterious salesman who presents him with an offer that could mean life or death. Lauren Brinkman's Goldtooth is a twisted fairytale for 8 year old Debbie, who wishes for a fairy godmother but gets a pimp instead. The Shooting Star Salesman, set in modern time, tells the story of a 19th century Salesman that can sell shooting stars to indivuduals to wish on. Because of his magic, he outlives his family and starts to bring back the shooting star business in a society with little faith in the stars.
Shorts 11: Franky and the Ant is a crime thriller fueled by Franky the professional killer's craving for vengeance. In Root, directed by Caleb Johnson, a woman's affair leaves her with a dreadful mark, and all attempts to get rid of it make it worse. Ojala is the story of a mother and daughter coming to terms with each other despite their distant relationship. Pilo y Gloria shows the friendship between Gloria, a once rich woman now living with her daughter, and Pilo, her maid who has stood by her side throughout her financial decline. In Arose the Coward an antisocial teen breaks his mundane routine when he finds his crush, Rose. Strange Luck, directed by Daniel Maldonado of San Antonio, shows a father with a criminal record trying to follow the right path and not resort to his old ways when things don't go his way.
Symphony of Silence directed by San Antonio's Cedric Smith tells of a 17 year old writer's struggle to survive with harsh high school tormentors, one of them being his older brother.
Outdoor movie. Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets.
Sunday's featured films at the Embassy include Shorts 12: The Man with all the Marbles, Crossings, The Favorite, Breakdown, and La Marqueta Barber Shop (12:30-2:30pm) and Shorts 13: Unorthodox, Crossing the River, Juaritos, Freedom Deal, Profile, No One Knows, and Death By Chinese Junk (3:00-5:00pm).
Shorts 12: In The Man with all the Marbles, directed by Hans Montelius, two brothers in constant competition decide to settle things with a game of marbles. Crossings, shot on location in Singapore and Malaysia, involved two travelers and one ticket-can they both make it to their destinations? Instead of a typical film about sibling rivalry for competition, The Favorite shows Katherine's resentment towards her mother's dog, who receives all the attention. Breakdown, directed by Brayden Yoder, tells of an American fleeing a fatal accident in India, and later meeting a hustler and tamasha dancer who force him to confront the karmic results. In La Marqueta Barber Shop, longtime barber Daniel Reyes retires, and his protege Jose wonders if the shop will survive in a struggling economy.
Shorts 13: Unorthodox: After Yankel's brother runs away from a fight with his father, Yankel decides to seek revenge after learning that fathers are punished for their childrens sins before their Bar Mitzvahs. Crossing the River directed by Emilie McDonald is inspired by a true story of a young white boy being influenced to commit a hate crime against a biracial friend. In Juaritos, a reclusive blogger that documents the violence in his hometown Juarez, Mexico confronts those responsible and makes a lifechanging decision. Freedom Deal, taking place during the Vietnam War, follows a Cambodian youth Samnang anda traveling musician as they travel through the conflict. Profile, directed by John Swansiger, shows Ben Jacobs' detachment from reality in favor of social networking. No One Knows: After a 12 year old boy looks inside the neighbor's window, he learns he's not the only one being abused. Death By Chinese Junk explores the consequences of buying products made in China.
Sunday's featured films at Northwest 14 include From Queens to Cairo (12:30-2:30pm) and Rufus (3:00-5:00pm).
From Queens to Cairo directed by Sherif Sadek, Sadek takes his family to Cairo to participate in the attempt to get rid of autocracy in Egypt and discusses the country's future and struggles.
Rufus directed by Dave Schultz tells the story of a suspicious, never-aging boy with a thirst for blood and his refusal to move towns after the vampire hunters come searching for him because he likes the girl next door.
Sunday's featured films at the Palladium include Dream Team (12:30-2:30pm), Medora (3:00-5:00pm), Life According to Sam (7:00-9:00pm) and Audience Awards (9:15-11:00pm).
Directed by Aigars Grauba, Dream Team takes place in 1935 Europe, where America has introduced the sport of basketball in an effort to foster more unified relations between the countries.
Medora, directed by Davy Rothbart and Andre Cohn, is a documentary that features a dwindling community as they struggle to keep their small town alive through basketball, against all odds.
Life According to Sam follows Sam Berns, a young boy stricken with accelerated aging, as doctors race to discover what is causing his rare condition and, in the process, learn more about the aging process in all humans.
In Brazilian director Eduardo Nunes’ dreamlike film from 2011, a young woman named Clarice gives birth on her deathbed to a baby girl also christened Clarice by a bruxa (witch) attending the nearly simultaneous moments of death and birth.
To pay homage to Norman Rockwell's Post-World War II America the McNay presents The Best Years of Our Lives, a story of three United States servicemen trying to ease back into daily life after the war. The Best Years of Our Lives won seven Academy Awards and features Best Supporting Actor Harold Russell, a real veteran injured during service. Classic American snacks will be provided before the film.
HemisFair Park presents The Ant Bully, the classic story of a boy gone bully to hero in a microscopic adventure alongside ants. Preshow entertainment at 7:30pm.
Spinal Tap's musical mockumentary shows the fictional band's progress from childhood to overseas tours, complete with tragic gardening accidents and explosions.
The Santikos Free Summer Movie Series is back! Parents, caregivers, and children are invited to a screening of Despicable Me, starring Steve Carrell. The film follows a criminal mastermind as he tries to use three orphans as pawns for his next great scheme, only to find that their love has changed for the better.
While it's missing Steven Spielberg, the Jaws 3-D sequel knows how to ring in summer with waterpark fun and flying guts and limbs.
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As street-tough Pittsburgh teen Alex Owens, Jennifer Beals made sweatshirts sexy — among other improbable feats — in Adrian Lyne’s 1983 film Flashdance. Thanks to a theatrical adaptation by Tom Hedley (who co-wrote the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas) and Robert Carey, Owens is back in leg warmers and dancing like a maniac in Flashdance the Musical. A blue-collar Cinderella story fueled by the liberating power of dance, the musical mixes hits from the film’s Grammy-winning soundtrack (including the Oscar-winning title track “Flashdance…What a Feeling”) with 16 original songs written by Robbie Roth. While it’s yet to debut on Broadway, previous productions, including a 16-week run in London, have reminded audiences of the lovable Billy Elliot. The national tour lands at the Majestic for an eight-show run.
Although she doesn’t consider herself a lesbian comic, Jessica Kirson is raising a daughter with her female partner and has been known to dart across Manhattan to squeeze six gigs into one night. Kirson digs into her Jewish roots in New Jersey, stoner culture, and life as a plus-size woman. On her YouTube channel, the Last Comic Standing alum funnels elements of candid camera and improvisational comedy into The Jessy K Show, a “reality talk show” featuring celebrity guests (including stepbrother Zach Braff) and recurring segments like the Rachel Feinstein collaboration “Yentes.” Kirson kicks off a five-show run at Laugh Out Loud with a performance benefiting Pride Center San Antonio, a nonprofit dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for the LGBT community.
Buildings, chairs, and hallway mirrors may look artful in appearance, but are generally thought of as examples of design, not fine art. Why? By hoary convention, art may function as a social marker (whether graffiti or Warhol painting, its possession declares membership in one club of cool kids or another), but when a made thing functions in ways that don’t take a social scientist to describe, well — that’s design. This Thursday, Mike Addkison of ADAPTEResponder Designs will unveil a pair of benches commissioned for the Epitome Institute that cross categories. Focusing on two iconic works of art that reference sitting — Rodin’s The Thinker and Ingres’ La Grande Odalisque — Addkison designed the benches as reversibles. In one position, the profile of one famous artwork is seen. Flip the bench, and the other piece’s profile jumps to view. “My intent,” says Addkison, “was to blur the line between art and design and create functional seating for the gallery with the kind of conceptual intent often found in art, but rarely found in architecture or industrial design.” Free, 6:30-8:30pm Thursday, Epitome Institute, 222 Roosevelt, (210) 535-0918, epitomeinstitute.com.
Austin’s Grupo Fantasma is a high-octane nine-piece group that creates a fusion of diverse styles in their music. Listen closely and you’ll be blown away by the disparate Latino-afro (and other) influences they embrace, from calypso and cumbia to funk and rock. Grupo Fantasma incorporates elements from a seemingly endless number of inspirations, making some of the most uniquely independent and culturally universal music heard today. Widely considered one of the best live acts around, these guys play with an intensity that is truly impressive, especially considering their grueling touring schedule. Formed in 2000, GF has since released five albums, been all over the world, won a Grammy, and fine-tuned their virtuoso live set into something you don’t want to miss.
Hamlet is said to be William Shakespeare’s most popular play, a walloping five-acts of betrayal, revenge, double-crossing, and murder. Death by poison, suicide, stabbing, and decree slaughters the cast, while Hamlet, son of slain King Hamlet of Denmark (now a ghost), ponders what to do next. Hamlet Jr.’s mad, pissed off, but maybe crazy-mad, too. The Classic Theatre of San Antonio and experimental theater virtuosos Jump-Start Performance Company have teamed up to perform Method & Madness: Hamlet 2013, an adaptation by Laurie Rae Dietrich in steam punk dress that slices the original down to a 90-minute ride through intrigue. Don’t expect a simple synopsis of the venerable work; the radically different styles of both companies (classic, experimental) will both be in play, and pairings abound. Diane Malone and Jump-Start’s S.T. Shimi co-direct, Billy Muñoz and Rick Malone share lighting design, and Hamlet’s split personalities are performed by Muñoz and Linda Ford. With Christie Beckham, Erik Bosse, Dietrich, Dino Foxx, Pamela Dean Kenny, Robert Rehm, Joseph Urick and Kitty Williams. $15-$20, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, The Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start, 108 Blue Star, (210) 227-5867, jump-start.org. Through June 23.
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