The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center is proud to announce open auditions for the June 2014 production of Jesus Alonzo’s critically acclaimed play Jotos del Barrio. Directed by Maria Ibarra, Jotos del Barrio returns to San Antonio after a twelve year absence to celebrate the publishing of Alonzo’s original play by Kórima Press. Through dance, music and performance, San Antonio playwright Jesus Alonzo explores the lives of characters confronted by racism, homophobia and the complexities of Queer life. For this production, director Maria A. Ibarra will be casting four multi-talented men and one extraordinary transgender individual. For additional information contact the Esperanza Center at (210) 228-0201.
Registered Yoga Teacher and studio owner, Jane Goldstein, conducts this workshop for new or experienced yoga students and/or teachers. The theme is "Breath of Life: Pranayama and Mindfulness Yoga." This is a gentle class and beginners are welcome. A suggested donation of $15 goes to support the scholarship fund for Esther Vexler Yoga School applicants.
The URBAN-15 Group announces a Call for Entries for the 2014 Josiah Media Festival. All submitting filmmakers should be born on or after June 1, 1992 or must have been 21 or younger when the film was made. The Submission Deadline is June 1, 2014. Films should be no longer than 20 minutes total. Categories include: Narrative, Documentary, Animation and Experimental. Entries must be mailed to: Josiah Media Festival (use URBAN-15 address) Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the URBAN-15 website, www.urban15.org.
The basis of any great piece of writing is a source of inspiration. This class will be a week of wonders as you open your senses to the richness that surrounds you. Using themed walks, exercises in your Look Book, and group activities, you'll expand your ability to observe and tell stories. Drawing from nature and the city's buildings, you will map, write, walk, look and question. On Saturday, your family can join in a celebration of your creativity. Instructor: Jim LaVilla-Havelin. Ages 8-12.
All kids will have the opportunity to run model trains at this event. New features for 2013 include a large US Army model garden (G) scale and Lego building
Children can visit the steam engine, caboose, dining car, and box car, as well as take part in oher train-related activities.
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International Women’s Day (IWD) started in the early 1900s at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen at the suggestion of Clara Zetkin. She proposed that women from every country should campaign for their rights annually to help end discrimination. More than 100 women from 17 countries attended the event and agreed with Zetkin. This year marks San Antonio’s 24th annual IWD March, where supporters will celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of all women while continuing to fight against social injustices. This year’s theme is “Nos tienen miedo porque no tenemos miedo (They fear us because we have no fear).” The march concludes with a rally featuring guest speakers, artisans and children’s activities. The march starts at the corner of S St. Mary’s and E Cesar Chavez (former Univision Building) and ends at HemisFair Park.
Do It Together Fest (DIT) is a one-day festival put together by labels from across the region. Showcasing more than 30 emerging bands from New Orleans, Denton, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, DIT is designed to give show-goers the best of what’s next in rock music. Along with the swell visiting bands (All People, Woozy and Caddywhompus, to name a few) the bill features a slew of promising local acts including Búho, Vetter Kids, Bright Like the Sun, Ghost Police and Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin & the Bad Breath. Organizer and Texas is Funny Records founder Scott Andreu told the Current, “DIT is our way of reaching out to the other ‘players’ in our region to start the dialog needed to encourage growth in audience and for people outside the region to take our area of the woods more seriously. We feel you can get much more done doing things together.” Here’s to a day of great music and the spirit of collaboration.
With First Friday and Second Saturday cosmically aligned for Contemporary Art Month, the weekend ahead presents a wealth of opportunities for the art crowd. Pending our collective recovery from the CAM kick-off Party and Blue Star’s trio of openings (see page 25), there’s a slew of happenings to keep on the radar for Saturday. A little pricey but benefiting a worthy cause, the Artist Foundation of San Antonio’s second annual Moveable Art Party wraps visual art, film, theater, music, poetry and aerial performance into a roving celebration with cocktails and a silent auction ($125, 6-11:45 p.m., begins and ends at Blue Star Theatre, 108 Blue Star). The South Flores Arts District rises to the occasion with receptions for the Aesthetic of Waste’s performance-based installation Waste Machine, involving a dirty jukebox in the basement of the Wong Grocery Building (7-11 p.m., 1502 S Flores); an eight-person show at Gallista (6-9 p.m., 1913 S Flores); a collection of surreal, ethereal, rasquache and retrospective “Short Stories” presented by the Spare Parts Mini Art Museum at Lady Base Gallery (7-10 p.m., 1913 S Flores); Clamp Light’s resident artists displaying “projections, lace, ceramics and naughty men” at FL!GHT (7-10 p.m., 1906 S Flores); and Gravelmouth’s selfie-inspired “Shoot Yourself,” featuring camera-ready backdrops created by Louie Chavez, Nik Soupé, Sixto-Juan Zavala and Shek Vega (7:30-11 p.m., 1906 S Flores). Just a hop, skip and a jump away at Epitome Institute, Dr. Chassis Gertrude Gaytan (aka Ann-Michèle Morales) curates “5 for 5: Revisiting the Senses,” an intriguing look at the “potentially wild world of synesthesia” (6-9 p.m., 222 Roosevelt). For details, visit contemporaryartmonth.com.
Where were you when Willy Wonka first scared the piss out of you and ruined your life? When mankind’s best and purest creation, candy, became a golden ticket to a nightmare world of pure imagination and melted chocolate—the means by which a purple-suited deviant transported a little-person-slave-powered riverboatload of preteens through the video from The Ring and into the seventh circle of steampunk kiddie hell. Children, as punishment for being children, are lured into Rube Goldberg deathtraps and subjected to David Cronenberg body horrors while their “guardians” look on in impotent terror. And our hero’s reward for surviving? Keep your mouth shut, Charlie, and someday all of this will be yours. Welcome to the world, kids. SAMA and Slab Cinema team up to screen the 1971 classic as part of the outdoor Family Flicks series. Pack a picnic.
DMX didn’t end up fighting George Zimmerman, but he’s coming to Backstage Live Saturday, March 8. Everyone’s favorite barking and growling emcee has seen better days. He’s only released two albums in the past 10 years and he has yet to match the fierce passion and skillful descriptiveness of his best work in the late 1990s. Nonetheless, dude’s still got the same skills that made him such a big deal in the first place. So come on out and show some love for what was and what still could be—I’m sure he’ll play “Party Up (Up in Here)” for you.
Over the course of three LPs, the Brooklyn-based indie-pop outfit Miniature Tigers has experimented with myriad sub-genres, effectively defying reviews peppered with descriptors like “catchy, disco-on-the-cheap,” “bedroom-psych-pop” and “tropical, Caucasian doo wop.” Regardless of stylistic shifts, the band—formed in MySpace-era Arizona by falsetto-inclined vocalist Charlie Brand and keyboardist/drummer Rick Schaier—maintains a playful sense of humor that reached new heights with 2012’s Mia Pharoah, a danceable romp driven by tracks (namely “Sex on the Regular” and “Female Doctor”) Rolling Stone summed up as “horndog electro-disco fantasies.” En route to play a string of shows at SXSW, the notoriously amusing quartet plays 502 in support of the forthcoming Cruel Runnings, which features songs about swimming pools and “lovers meeting at discotheques.”
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