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Even some of its adoring regulars refer to the 2015 as a dive, but the somewhat tattered old school decor gives it a welcoming well-worn feel, and the pool tables and decent drink pours draw a consistent, LGBT-friendly crowd.
Atomix is a multi-faceted venue, combining dance-club elements, undergound niche DJs, and live music steered toward the indie and rock crowds. Varied nights bring varied patrons, though the clientele favors academic punks in black T-shirts and glasses.
Azuca's Bar Latino is not the place for quiet conversation, but with Latin rhythms, neon-fueled decor, and frequent live dancing, it does make for a hot pickup and get-to-know-you-better-over-a-caipirinha-or-pisco-sours-spot.
Just a laid-back, friendly, South Texas ice house in the King William neighborhood. -- Lyle Rosdahl (10/08)
A staple for the college crowd, drinks and shots flow liberally, whle Friday and Saturday nights guarantee a wall-to-wall crowd. Fifty-gallon fish tanks line the back of the bar, illuminating the hot bar staff and rows of liquor.
Baker Street is a bloody cool bar just outside the Medical Center area, known for its distinct atmosphere and friendly staff. The $2.50 specials daily are also really rather generous.
Locals love the long-lived Bananas, which offers an array of diversions for its low-key hipster clientele, from pool to poker, plus food for those drink-induced snack cravings.
The word “Bedlam” is posted above the doorway, and while chaos hasn’t broken out in Bar America for a while, its smoky barfly beauty is punctuated every blue moon by a diminutive brawl. This unpretentious landmark’s charms include cheap, cold cerveza (including 6-packs to go), and a jukebox pumping out a steady stream of San Antonio
Sophisticated contemporary setting overlooking a quieter corner of the River Walk, just off the ostentatious Grand Hyatt lobby. -- Mark Jones (02/09)
Beeman's Wine Spirits Gourmet is a finely fiished palace of wine, beer, liquor, gourmet products, and precooked entrees. Even more impressive than the gourmet food and wine selection is the copper fountain at the center of the store, which is not only an extravagant decoration but also an extremely effective bottle chiller, capable of cooling a bottle of sauvignon blanc to drinking temperature in five minutes.
The Club Room is open to the public, even on Tuesday member night, when happy-hour prices are in effect and the choirs practice. In quintessential German-American-social-club-style, the place feels Milwaukee, circa 1950. An array of German beers and wines are served by the barkeep along with domestic and non-German imports.
Similar to the actual Bermuda Triangle, people seem to mysteriously
disappear inside San Antonio’s premiere lesbian bar. According to their disclaimer,
BT’s “is not responsible for stolen girlfriends.”
Located in the Blue Star Arts Complex, Blue Star combines basic Americana roadhouse food and decor with the city's best selection of house-brewed beer, occasional live music and film screenings, and a patio that's cooled with misters during the eternal summer.
An elegant, old-school steakhouse that offers adventure in the form of wild game and a hot new downstairs bar.
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The local chapter of RAW Natural Born Artists showcases visual art by Christina Barboza, daphid art, Mzroyalec, Larry Castilleja, Prerna Suyal, James Seufert, Justin, Mind Potency, Violet Serpentine, Dani Cruz, Jordan Nerison, Rock SALT, Shellee Laurent, Megan Solis, and Jacinda Jackson; photography by John.John, Taj Marie, Gregory Stack, Collette Orquiz, B. Alvidrez, Katie Red, Vispanius, Sherrie Scherer, PaperMoon, Don Walthrop, and Roland; fashion design by NDG Sci-Fest (pictured); film by Jack Webb; performing art by Mary Annette and Aliska Wolfbane; makeup artistry by Beautiful Creatures, Dominique, and Lisa Boston; and live music by Christina Murphy, Nevermind, and The Black Market Club. Joshua Cabaza emcees the show set to beats by DJ Cogswell. Cocktail attire requested.
Foreign film buffs might know Chile’s Sebastián Silva from his Sundance Film Festival hits The Maid (which took home two World Cinema Jury Prizes in 2009) and this year’s Crystal Fairy (starring indie fave Michael Cera opposite Gaby Hoffmann). True fans, however, will tell you to start at the beginning. Released in 2007, Silva’s Life Kills Me deftly combines the ironic melancholia of The Smiths, the dark comedy of Harold and Maude, and a bizarre film within a film into a morbid sleeper suggesting death might be smarter to embrace than to fear. Shot almost entirely in black and white, the openly gay director, screenwriter, painter, and musician’s cinematic debut screens at SAMA in conjunction with Global Lens 2013, a touring series launched by the Global Film Initiative in 2003.
Regarded as one of the architects of contemporary R&B, 10-time Grammy winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds brings heartfelt and impeccable music for grown folks to the Lila Cockrell stage on Friday. After writing and producing hits for Bobby Brown in the late ’80s, Edmonds joined former bandmate Antonio “L.A.” Reid to create LaFace Records, propelling acts like TLC, Toni Braxton, and Usher into the public consciousness. By the end of the ’90s the young producer was responsible for 42 No. 1 R&B hits and 51 Top 10 Pop hits. A gifted performer in his own right, fans can expect plenty of material from his 11 solo albums, including classics like “Whip Appeal” and “For the Cool in You,” which recall an era of R&B when records didn’t necessarily require 16 bars to make it on the radio.
G. Tomas V presents the sixth edition of SA's "only body art competition." Hosted by Anthony "The Poet" Flores, "Fairytales & Fantasy" features 30 artists (including special guests Oscar Galvan Jr. and Raul Castellanos) creating live art on 30 models, plus music by DJ Techneek (10pm-2am), a live visual performance by Matari Productions (10:30pm), and a photo shoot (11pm-midnight) followed by the presentation of contestants at midnight. Rewarding first, second, and third places with trophies and other prizes, the contest also guarantees winners a spot in the 2014 Beyond the Canvas calendar.
After going through two drummers, two guitarists, and four bass players, Piñata Protest has perfected its sound with El Valiente, the band's latest album. Going back to its norteño and punk-rock roots, Piñata celebrates the two cultures by transforming favorites like "Volver, Volver" and "La Cucaracha" into punk tracks and creating music that depicts life on the border, living biculturally, and finding yourself in between.
Students between the ages of 6 and 18 present drawings, illustrations, paintings, and sculptures depicting positive role models for Aztlan's 22nd annual "Superhero" contest and exhibit.
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