Founders of TheMinimalist.com, Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus engage the audience in Q&A about their recent book and devotion to a minimalist lifestyle. Topics range from "Keeping up with the Joneses: why 'keeping up' is a myth," to tips on throwing your own packing party. Ryan and Josh use their own journies as minimalists to help you free your lfe of the clutter. The Minimalists will also do a short reading from their new book and provide an optional book signing.
Local author and poet Natalia Trevino will read from and sign copies of her book of poetry "Lavando La Dirty Laundry."
Join Sam Coffman and Thomas Easley for 2 free classes and book signing for Thomas Easley's new book, Modern Herbal Medicine. Classes include a medicinal plant walk with Sam Coffman (author and Human Path School founder and facilitator) and tasting of different herbal preparations by author and herbalist Thomas Easley.
Join us for two free classes and book signing for Thomas Easley's new book, “Modern Herbal Medicine.”
Enjoy entertaining stories about the Celtic Irish McDonnell clan and their subsequent descendants, the rich history of Ireland, and the timeless themes of passionate love, family bonds, valor and honor, revenge and political intrigue.
Join Austin and San Antonio poets for the Spring 2014 KinCity Reading at the Twig Book Shop. Come hear Carmen Tafolla, the first Poet Laureate, and other poets, Linda Marie Cossa, Stacy Christie, Amaris Diaz, Cyra Dumitru, Wade Martin, Desiree Morales, and Trey Moody.
When Other Press published Jan-Philipp Sendker’s The Art of Hearing Heartbeats last year, it received rave reviews from booksellers and reviewers alike; was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month, an Indie Next Pick, a Target Book Club Pick, and a 2013 Indie Choice Honor Book of the Year (Adult Fiction). Readers everywhere can now travel back to Burma in the much anticipated sequel, A Well-Tempered Heart.
Whether writing a short story, screenplay, or novel, your life is one of the richest sources of material at your disposal. Through a series of short assignments and class exercises, each writer will take a memory from his or her own life and transform it into a scene, chapter or short story. Emphasis will be placed on revealing character through dialogue and action, heightening conflict and story structure. Instructor: Billy Taylor.
Jonathan Marcantoni will also have a guest author at the event, S.D. Tolson. The event will be bi-lingual. They will be reading excerpts from both the English and Spanish versions Marcantoni's The Feast of San Sebastian.
Jonathan Marcantoni and guests will present an innovative and bi-lingual reading/signing that will incorporate audience participation, in depth analysis, and discussion of both the novel “The Feast of San Sebastian” and the need for a unified Latino literary culture that strives for Latino nationalism over assimilation.
S.D. Tolson was born and raised in a land of ample sea horizons and high mountains and presently, after having lived in several diverse U.S. regions, resides in San Antonio, Texas, evoking the absent mountains and the distant sea. Literature has been S. D. Tolson’s life avocation.
In conjunction with the 7th Annaul On & Off Fredericksburg Road exhibit at Bihl Haus Arts, we are pleased to present Fred Reads, a poetry reading by Bihl Haus GO! arts creative writing teachers Jim LaVilla and Amanda Flores and their students, the Goldens.
Founded in 2010, the GO! Arts Creative Writing Program is currently being offered to seniors at three locations: Bihl Haus Arts, Alicia López Treviño Senior Center and Granada Homes.
It is designed to help the Goldens write down their memories in prose and poetry. Emphasis is on telling their own stories in the most interesting way possible and organizing their stories into a whole picture. We consider dreams, photographs, poems, and letters that they may have stored, and that will enrich their story, which is unique, original and vital to the readers of today and the future.
Mo H Saidi will read from his book Between A and Z, a Wings Press publication.
Acclaimed cartoonist and novelist Lynda Barry will be giving a reading and a talk about her work. Currently, she teaches a class called the Unthinkable Mind, which combines neuroscience and doodling, at the institute for discovery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
An inspiring event showcasing the Women and Girls Development Fund’s mission of enabling women and girls to reach their full potential. San Antonio community leaders will pair up with young ladies from the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio to enter into a poetry slam, or spoken-word poetry competition. With the support and stability of the San Antonio Area Foundation, staff and volunteers will work to expand involvement and charitable giving for the fund. The keynote speaker this year is San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla.
Authors Tom Kayser and David King will be on hand for a signing of their new book "The Texas League Baseball Almanac." This new book delivers day by day record-breaking events in the League's history.
Texas native Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle visits the Twig in support of his new novel House of Purple Cedar. The book follows Rose Goode's story of her growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma. Skullyville, a once-thriving Choctaw community, was destroyed by land-grabbers, culminating in the arson on New Year's Eve, 1896, of New Hope Academy for Girls.
Meet Dr. Urquijo-Ruiz and listen to a passage from her book Wild Tongues: Transnational Mexican Popular Culture. Wild Tongues examines the cultural production of Mexico, Los Angeles, and San Antonio and discusses the identity of women in Mexican and Chicano culture.
Acting Up and Getting Down celebrates the new book in the Wittliff's literary series with UT Press. One of the few anthologies of its kind, Acting Up and Getting Down brings together seven compelling plays by African American Texans, spanning turning points in history, addressing intergenerational struggles and marking cultural triumphs while exploring the complexity of African American life from an array of perspectives. Edited by Texas State faculty members Sandra Mayo and Elvin Holt, Acting Up and Getting Down showcases often-overlooked literary talents to bring to life inspiring facets of black theatre history. This exhibition springs from the theatre archives donated to the Wittliff Collections by Sandra Mayo. Join us for a Thursday afternoon exhibition reception, a discussion and book signing with the editors of the new Wittliff literary series book: Sandra Mayo and Elvin Holt Sandra Mayo is Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Theatre and Dance and Associate Professor of Theatre at Texas State. Elvin Holt is Professor of English at Texas State. Mayo has edited several scholarly books, and both authors have published numerous essays in the field. The anthology will be for sale at the event. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Though a novel is a mysterious work of the imagination and a work of art unscathed by commercial consideration, it doesnt hurt to have a plan, This course will give you innovative and practical strategies for writing a novel, including developing a plot synopsis. You will learn an approach to use both as a guide for your writing and a tool to attract agents and editors. This workshop is open to anyone at the beginning or advanced stages of writing a novel. Instructor: Amber Dermont.
The Wittliff Collections are proud to present Texas State Distinguished Alumnus Tino Villanueva, Houston poet, memoirist, and editor Sarah Cortez, and filmmaker, playwright, and writer Severo Perez. Co-sponsored by Texas States Center for the Study of the Southwest, College of Applied Arts, College of Education, Department of Modern Languages, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Department of English. Book signing to follow; books for sale courtesy of the University Bookstore.
Sherman Alexie the author of, most recently, War Dances, a collection of stories and poems from Grove Press, and Face, a book of poetry from Hanging Loose Press. He is the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the 2001 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and a Special Citation for the 1994 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction. Smoke Signals, the film he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. He lives with his family in Seattle. This Lindsey Literary Series event is sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation and Texas States Wittliff Collections, Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, and Department of English. Sherman Alexie will also read at Texas State's Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle. This event will include a book signing.
Hoping to introduce San Antonio audience members to the process of scripted television, Windell Middlebrooks, star of NBC's upcoming comedy Mason Twins and former series regular on ABC's hit crime drama Body of Proof, is lending his talents to San Antonio nonprofit Theatre for Change, which is producing a live reading of the television pilot entitled Region 8. The pilot is based on the true stories collected from hundreds of interviews from one of Texas' most afflicted foster regions. Region 8 is a powerful look into the lives of three people who are brave enough to endure the heartbreak, and rejoice in the triumphs of working as an advocate, a foster parent, and a CPS investigator in a system that is seemingly broken from the inside out. Coinciding with National Child Abuse Awareness Month, Middlebrooks will share the stage with several local actors, including Assistant District Attorney Catherine Babbitt, to perform a live reading of the pilot script that will include elements of multimedia and an original score.
The second annual San Antonio Book Festival, San Antonio’s focal point for the literary arts, is a free, daylong family-friendly event held in downtown San Antonio. Over 70 acclaimed national and regional authors, representing some of the best new books that publishers have to offer, will entertain, educate and inspire book lovers of all ages and interests while discussing their latest work and signing books. In addition to author presentations, participants will enjoy book sales and signings, a literary marketplace, recipe demonstrations from cookbook authors, food truck fare, live music and interactive educational/art activities for families and children. Educational non-profits, book sellers, publishers and community groups are encouraged to sponsor booths in the exhibitor tent to promote their services. The event will take place between the Central Library and Southwest School of Art in downtown San Antonio.
The Literary Death Match is focused on the written word with four high profile authors performing their most electric works in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of all-star judges. As with pop culture programming “American Idol”, a panel of three high profile judges, take turns providing pointed, poignant and oftentimes hysterical commentary, as each match progresses to a positively absurd and comical climax to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown. Taking place in cities across the country, Literary Death Match has been called “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the Los Angeles Times.
Throughout history, some poets have been outspoken in their opposition to war, genocide, racism, corporate greed, ecological destruction, human right's abuses and injustices. We will use, as models, poems from Sherman Alexie, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Sandra Cisneros, Natalie Diaz, Martin Espada, Carolyn Forche, Allen Ginsberg, Joy Harjo, Pablo Neruda, Patricia Smith, Gary Snyder, Wislava Szymborska and others, who have spoken out against injustice. Participants will be given writing exercises to generate poems of witness/social concern on topics of their choosing. Class fee includes a free signed copy of Pamela Uschuk's Crazy Love (Wings Press). Instructor: Pamela Uschuk.
Praise is perhaps the oldest function of poetry, but how can a writer/poet praise without sounding overly sweet or predictable? In this class, we will discuss the praise poems of Neruda, Whitman and other contemporary praise poets. Using the form and spirit as inspiration, we will write one or more odes of our own, crafting praise poetry with an edge. The class will include opportunities for revision. Class fee includes a free signed copy of William Pitt Root's Sublime Blue: Selected Early Odes of Pablo Neruda (Wings Press). Instructor: William Pitt Root. Suggested reading: Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes (ed. Ryan Van Cleave, C & R Publishers), Song of Myself by Walt Whitman, and any collection of translated odes by Pablo Neruda currently available including those by Hass, Peden, Jaccetti, Krabenhoff and Root.
Hoping to introduce San Antonio audience members to the process of scripted television, Windell Middlebrooks, star of NBC's upcoming comedy Mason Twins and former series regular on ABC's hit crime drama Body of Proof, is lending his talents to San Antonio nonprofit Theatre for Change which is producing a live reading of the television pilot entitled Region 8. The pilot is based on the true stories collected from hundreds of interviews from one of Texas' most afflicted foster regions. Region 8 is a powerful look into the lives of three people who are brave enough to endure the heartbreak, and rejoice in the triumphs of working as an advocate, a foster parent, and a CPS investigator in a system that is seemingly broken from the inside out. Coinciding with National Child Abuse Awareness Month, Middlebrooks will share the stage with several local actors, including Assistant District Attorney Catherine Babbitt, to perform a live reading of the pilot script that will include elements of multimedia and an original score.
Jorie Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including the Forward Prize-winning and T.S. Eliot Prize-nominated PLACE (Ecco, 2012), Sea Change (2008), Overlord (HarperCollins, 2005); Never (HarperCollins, 2002); Swarm (2000); The Errancy (1997); The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Materialism (1993); Region of Unlikeness (1991); The End of Beauty (1987); Erosion (1983); and Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts (1980). She has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language (1996) and The Best American Poetry 1990. This Lindsey Literary Series event is sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation and Texas States Wittliff Collections, Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, and Department of English. Following the book signing will be a formal Q&A at 5:00 p.m. Books will be for sale at the event courtesy of the University Bookstore. Jorie Graham will also read at Texas State's Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle.
Jorie Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including the Forward Prize-winning and T.S. Eliot Prize-nominated PLACE (Ecco, 2012), Sea Change (2008), Overlord (HarperCollins, 2005); Never (HarperCollins, 2002); Swarm (2000); The Errancy (1997); The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Materialism (1993); Region of Unlikeness (1991); The End of Beauty (1987); Erosion (1983); and Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts (1980). She has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language (1996) and The Best American Poetry 1990.
This Lindsey Literary Series event is sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation and Texas State’s Wittliff Collections, Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, and Department of English.
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.
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In addition to its 20th anniversary, Southtown’s own SAY Sí has a lot to celebrate. Launched in 1994 under the King William Neighborhood Association’s umbrella, the nonprofit has evolved from a modest operation serving 12 students to a full-time “creative youth development organization” with an enrollment of 200, community outreach benefiting upwards of 3,000 and a new game design program in the works. Not surprisingly, SAY Sí’s signature fundraiser Small Scale Works for a Larger Cause has followed this growth curve, expanding from an auction with 26 participants to a full-blown affair gathering works by 200-plus local, regional and national artists. While the main event doesn’t take place until March 21, avid collectors can jump the gun with the “buy it now” option at Thursday’s private preview and awards ceremony or First Friday’s free reception. Promising “a spectrum of one-of-a-kind art pieces ranging from abstract sculptures to hyper-realistic portraits and photography,” this year’s Small Scale features contributions from Diana Kersey, Hannah Dreiss, Kent Rush, Vikki Fields, Susan Budge, Steven Daluz and Nemo, to name but a few.
Pegged by the entertainment website Nerdly as “a love film sans love and a gangster film without gangsters,” the bleak British dramedy Everyone’s Going to Die premiered at SXSW in 2013 and went on to become one of the breakout stars of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Written and directed by the duo Jones, the film follows Melanie, a young woman bored by her drab existence on the English seaside, and Ray, a recently divorced gangster in town on shady business. With its deadpan approach, dry humor and odd surprises—including roller-skating beavers and a man allegedly reincarnated as a cat—the film and its hopeful pairing of lonely souls has reminded critics of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. As an extension of its partnership with the Manhattan Short Film Festival, URBAN-15 hosts two screenings of Everyone’s Going to Die in conjunction with Contemporary Art Month.
Among Contemporary Art Month’s more cryptic offerings, Melinda Martinez Studio’s “Be Bloody, Bold, and Resolute” pairs Albert Alvarez and Alejandro Augustine Padilla—kindred spirits who treat deep issues (from mental illness and anxiety to religion and war) with a dark and heady dose of surrealism. Although bound by often-troubling themes and subject matter, Alvarez (a Rhode Island School of Design alum) and Padilla (founder of Beacon Hill’s Studio Fantomas) approach painting and drawing with starkly different styles and techniques. With little more of a teaser than a “checklist” of clues (butcher paper, black ink and “bloody red pen”) and a drawing of a balding clown licking a bleeding bird, the duo’s latest comes cloaked in the same ominous cloud of mystery as past collaborations, namely the recurring show “Blood Work.”
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.
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