First opened on Repeal Day (December 5, 1933), the Esquire Tavern will celebrate its 80th birthday and "the reinstatement of booze back into our culture" with a "Riverwalk Empire"-themed party. Bar Manager Houston Eaves will be serving up Repeal Day Punch throughout the evening (along with an 80th birthday cocktail menu and a Champagne toast at 8pm), Chef Brooke Smith will supply guests with complimentary passed appetizers, local jazz favorite Brent Watkins will perform from 7-11pm and those who dress in '20s and '30s attire "will be kindly rewarded by the barstaff."
You may have seen Joe Walmsley performing at Waxy O'Connor's on the River Walk. If not, you have a chance to meet the pop-rock-folk singer-songwriter/guitarist from Liverpool, England, when he presents his third album Live at La Villita, which includes mostly originals from his 2007 debut Believe and a few new tracks. He'll be accompanied in guitar by Greg Galindo. Check Walmsley's website to download all his albums.
Don't miss Grammy-nominated, Texas singer-songwriter Pat Green at Gruene Hall! Pat is a Texas inspiration and a mainstream country artist who can rock arena and stadium stages with the likes of Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney. He's appeared on such national TV shows as Austin City Limits, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Show With David Letterman. He's been hailed by Billboard, USA Today, Esquire, People and Country Weekly. Two shows tonight: 7pm and 10pm.
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.
The San Antonio bred rock group has toured with the likes of Flyleaf, Saving Abel, and Black Stone Cherry after their first opening show at the Freeman Coliseum in 2009.
Up-and-coming group performs traditional country with a modern edge. The constant touring of venues throughout Texas and Nashville gives the teenaged group experience well beyond their years. Don't miss this show and bring your dancing boots!
Boasting a résumé that includes both Bonnaroo and Obama’s inaugural ball, Black Violin can no longer claim to be “the biggest independent group that no one has ever heard of.” Formed by violist/vocalist Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and violinist Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, the Florida duo crafts a signature hybrid of hip-hop, rock, R&B, bluegrass and classical music. With only two albums—a self-titled 2007 debut and 2012’s Classically Trained—Baptiste and Sylvester have also emerged as in-demand collaborators, working with the likes of Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Kanye West, Aerosmith and Aretha Franklin. In addition to playing 200 shows per year with their support band—turntablist DJTK, drummer Beatdown and cellist Joe Cello—Black Violin performs at schools, encouraging kids to think creatively while stressing the importance of arts education.
Performing with Topaz & The Golden Dawn Arkestra the easygoing Bayou rockers from New Orleans play to find a sweet spot between funk, jazz, and rock 'n roll.
Mexico’s Natalia Lafourcade is one of the most talented singer-songwriters in the Latin alternative music world, and she comes to San Antonio days after winning two Latin Grammy awards (making it a career total of three, though technically one goes to the director of the long-form video of Mujer Bonita, her superb tribute to the music of Agustín Lara). She started as Natalia and La Forquetina (the name of her band), and then continued reinventing herself as a solo artist and producer of Carla Morrison, a two-time Latin Grammy winner herself. Lafourcade is a versatile performer who embodies the best of Latin alternative music: its ability to organically fuse regional sounds with rock and pop to achieve near-mainstream status without sacrificing integrity.
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.
This venue is one of many studios participating in the East Austin Studio Tour. Visit eastaustinstudiotour.com for a complete list.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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 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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Known for her work in Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre, Gosford Park, Howards End and Sherlock Holmes, costume designer Jenny Beavan discusses her career, beginning with producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, her many Academy Award nominations including an Oscar for A Room With a View, and her costumes featured in “Cut! Costume and the Cinema.”
In collaboration with Jeff Keithline, Elizabeth Keithline exhibits an installation of full-scale woven wire trees and human figures.
Based on travels along the length of the U.S./Mexico border and encounters with residents, fence contractors, border patrol officers and journalists, New York artist Blane De St. Croix’s “Broken Landscape III” reconstructs a selection of the border as a “monumental miniaturized section” that divides the gallery space.
Part of a multi-site project devoted to the exploration of the relationships between science and religion, local artist Chris Sauter’s “Faith and Reason” consists of photographs of words written on airplane windows during flight.
Presenting the bracelet as “a symbol of encircling beauty,” Kathleen Sommers’ 5th Annual Bracelet Show features more than 100 original designs created by 60 artists, with 10 percent of proceeds benefiting the Scholarship Fund at the Southwest School of Art.
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