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    Even if you can’t dance salsa, Arjon’s will make you want to try. Live music Thursday-Sunday (with free salsa lessons Sundays from 7:30-9pm) sets the stage for seasoned professionals and protégées to cut some serious rug. Cocktail waitresses charge only slightly more if you’re lucky enough to score a table _ otherwise it’s dancing-room only. If you overdose on cumbia and merengue, hit the back patio, where you’re likely to find couples refueling over plates of mini tacos.

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    You’ve gotta walk over to the restaurant next door to get them, but Sam’s burgers are a damn sight better than standard bar food. Carry one back to the bar and stuff your face while you watch one of the large variety of bands, from alt rock to country to cumbia, that commandeer the mid-size stage, but expect to pay extra for a booth reservation if you want to set that sandwich on a table when a nationally known act like Joe Ely or Kinky Friedman comes to town.

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  • San Antone Cafe & Concerts

    God won’t return our calls (and we’re not so sure about all the fellas who claim to be his spokespeople), so we can only speculate how he feels about you guzzling hooch in his former home. We can tell you, though, that as of press time, the musicians who’ve played there — Bett Butler & Joël Dilley, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rosie Flores — remain largely un-lightning-struck. Maybe the monthly visitation he gets during the popular Sunday Gospel Brunch is enough to stay his wrath.

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  • Scout Bar

    Take a lesson from the Boy Scouts of America (not the one about discriminating against gay people) and be prepared when you visit this hybrid live music venue and dance club. Be prepared for a 20-minute drive up 281 if you live downtown. Be prepared to tip the bathroom attendant if you’re the hand-washing kind. Be prepared to see local bands (often for free) on a kick-ass stage that’s hosted the Toadies, Dropkick Murphies, and Billy Bob “Not an Actor” Thornton. And on Big Ass Beer nights, bring along a straight-edge friend or be prepared to call a cab.

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  • The Korova

    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.

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  • The Mix

    Linger too long on the St. Mary’s strip and the crowd will probably push you into the Mix whether you were planning to go or not. This mainstay often ends up the de-facto place to be when you have no particular place to be, but free shows by high-caliber local bands make it a destination spot on the weekends. When an established act’s on the bill, check your claustrophobia at the door and BYO shoehorn.

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     Stuck in a dilapidated building stuck between SAMA and the VFW, this small room hosting local and visiting bands defines the scene to many indie fans. Thirsty? Go for the changing beer selection, which trends towards Texas micro-brews.

  • The White Rabbit

    The Jefferson Airplane song of the same name might fool you into thinking this place is a hippie joint, but usually what you’ll find waiting down this rabbit hole is a big old-fashioned mosh pit. Bands compete on the indoor and outdoor stages to see whose music is louder and most violent, so odds are you won’t even hear what that damn dormouse said, but most of the pitting is admirably polite, and the pizza place next door is a viable option should all the shoving give you an urge to feed your head.

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    Gemini Ink presents nationally recognized author Helena Maria Viramontes, who’ll read from Their Dogs Came With Them, a novel dealing with her childhood in East LA and the formation of Chicano youth gangs.

    Category: Words, Book reading
  • Demi Lovato
    Demi Lovato 9/19 7:30PM

    Of the current generation of post-Disney super starlets, Demi Lovato has stayed closest to the squeaky image of the Mickey Mouse ears. It appears that the 180-degree image change of Spring Breakers or twerk-appropriation isn’t necessary for the 22-year-old singer to lead a procession of multi-platinum bubblegum hits. In fact, Lovato doubled-down on her Disney investment last year, covering Idina Menzel’s Oscar-winning “Let It Go” from Frozen, ear-worming her voice into the next generation of Disney audiences. And with her booming set of mezzo-soprano pipes, Lovato isn’t letting go anytime soon.

    Place: AT&T Center
    Category: Music, Rock/Pop
  • Art to the Power of Ten
    Art to the Power of Ten 9/19 7:00PM

    In addition to art for sale from 10 Texas galleries, cocktails by Bohanan’s and appetizers courtesy of Gaucho Gourmet, this fourth annual fundraiser welcomes student artists from SAY Sí and models in full body makeup inspired by works of art in the McNay’s collection

    Category: Art, Exhibits
  • Starlight Movies in the Garden: An Affair to Remember

    Two strangers fall in love on a cruise and decide to meet atop the Empire State Building in six months time. Of course, the universe sometimes interferes with love’s sweetest intentions. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr tug on every heartstring in 1957’s An Affair to Remember. Called one of the greatest love stories of all time by the American Film Institute, this timeless tale has inspired droves of modern-day romancers; just think, without it, there would be no Sleepless in Seattle. The Botanical Garden screens the classic—bring the blankets, bring your sweetie and revel in the romance.

    Category: Film, Classic, Romance
  • Leighton W. Couture:

    The Gothic era of the Catholic Church, overt sexuality and female power are among the themes informing “Salvation,” the spring 2015 collection from local designer Leighton Whittington’s new fashion line Leighton W. Couture. Flowy and revealing, yet toughened up with hard-edged styling and a rebellious spirit, the debut collection makes its statement almost entirely in black and gold (an on-trend color palette if you ask Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen). Blurring lines between exhibition opening and fashion show, “Salvation” highlights more than 20 original looks (worn by models and local personalities) enhanced with a sound installation, visual art by James Raska and a confessional area with wearable prizes based on the best Facebook and Instagram posts tagged #salvation2015. According to Whittington, “The time has come for a fashion salvation and resurrection.”

    Category: Visual art, Fashion, Art
  • Tejano Music Awards
    Tejano Music Awards 9/20 7:00PM

    Launched in 1980 by the local nonprofit Texas Talent Musicians Association, the Tejano Music Awards is dedicated to providing “a better understanding and greater appreciation for Tejano music,” as well as a public forum for the genre’s songwriters, performers and musicians. Most recently celebrated for his satirical CD ¡La Migra Gone Wild!, Corpus Christi-based vocal impressionist and magician Happy the Comedian hosts the 34th annual event—which kicks off with a red carpet ceremony before swinging into full gear with an awards extravaganza featuring performances by more than a dozen influential acts, including Elida Reyna y Avante, Ruben Ramos, Stefani Montiel (left), Los DesperadoZ, Stephanie Lynn, Dwayne Verheyden and Tortilla Factory.

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