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A writer in the tradition of Juan Rulfo, Jorge Luis Borges and Cesar Aira, Carmen Boullosa shows herself to be at the height of her powers with her latest book. Loosely based on the little-known 1859 Mexican invasion of the United States, Texas: The Great Theft is a richly imagined evocation of the volatile Tex-Mex borderland. Boullosa views the border history through distinctly Mexican eyes, and her sympathetic portrayal of each of her wildly diverse characters—Mexican ranchers and Texas Rangers, Comanches and cowboys, German socialists and runaway slaves, Southern belles and dance hall girls—makes her storytelling tremendously powerful and absorbing. Shedding important historical light on the current battles over the Mexican-American frontier, while telling a gripping story with Boullosa's singular prose and formal innovation, Texas marks the welcome return of a major writer who has previously captivated American audiences and is poised to do so again.
Written by J.R. Helton, The Jugheads follows the Steward family on a rollercoaster ride through America's dark side, encompassing urban grit, suburban sprawl, and unspoiled country. Dragged around by his physically and emotionally hectoring father, Jake and the rest of his family must find a way to live in the shadows cast by their own American gothic.
When your parents are supervillains, it's hard to have a normal life. Joshua Dread tries to keep a low profile—not even his best friend, Milton, knows his secret. Luckily Joshua’s not on anyone’s radar—not like Sophie, a new girl with a mysterious past who's got everyone talking. But weird stuff is happening. Pencils explode in his hand. He leaves scorched butt marks on the carpet. And he can send bullies crashing into lockers. Turns out Joshua has a superpower. But he doesn’t have to use it for evil, right? His parents give him a book to explain things... but nothing can prepare him for when smoke creatures start kidnapping bad guys. Is Joshua's family next?
Lee Bacon is the author of Joshua Dread and its sequels, The Nameless Hero and The Dominion Key, all from Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books. Lee grew up in Texas and currently lives in Brooklyn.
What would you do differently tomorrow if you realized that your life had greater purpose? How much longer could you go through the same daily routine, knowing that you were meant to do something more important and meaningful? Go on a journey to discover a purpose and righteous cause within you by applying a 5 step method developed through T. J. Wagoners cumulative life experience and wisdom. He has helped guide countless individuals along their path toward discovering their Desire. His experience and wisdom has been developed into an engaging and transformative life experience that will help you discover the passion that drives you deep within yourself. T. J. Wagoner is a successful personal and professional coach for business leaders and has facilitated transformational change his entire life. His influences are many individuals of Fortune 500 corporate leaders as well as research and the study of many personal growth teachers/mentors throughout the years. Although his journey has brought him from a line operator on the shop floor to executive management, the most remarkable thing is that he applies those lessons to achieve balance in every aspect of life.
Carolyn Osborn will be reading from her recently published novel Where We Are Now, a collection of stories about family.
One-of-a-Kind Judge: The Honorable Hippo Garcia, is the first biography of the legendary federal judge who worked until the day before he died saying, “Jimmy Carter appointed me for life, and I take him at his word.” He is the first Mexican American ever appointed Federal Judge of the Western District of Texas. Beginning with his grandparents’ escape from the Porfirio Diaz regime, continuing through their resettlement in San Antonio, Hippo Garcia’s early years in San Antonio public schools, the U.S. Army, and St. Mary’s University and St. Mary’s Law School. The second half of the book highlights incidents in his long and productive years in four different courts. The book is written from the point of view of his family members, colleagues, friends and reporters of the time.
Joan Cook Carabin lived next door to Judge Garcia’s brother Henry and sister-in-law Tillie for sixteen years. She has had a life-long, back burner interest in crime-solving but never dreamed of living next door to relatives of one of Texas’ most famous prosecutors.
The Devil's Backbone, the first of a trilogy by Bill Wittliff published by the University of Texas Press, is an engrossing tale of a runaway boys search for his missing Momma across the old-time Southwest badlands. A page-turner packed with colorful characters, folk wit and wisdom, and unexpected twists of events, the story transforms into mythic quest through the magic of Wittliff's imaginative narrative and Jack Unruh's equally wondrous illustrations. Unruh's original drawings will be on view during the event. Attendees are asked to RSVP to email@example.com to receive further information including parking instructions.
The San Antonio Public Library has joined with the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and the Holocaust Museum of San Antonio to tell the stories of the victims of the Holocaust, including those who were not Jewish, beginning in April and continuing throughout the month of May. For information about digital exhibits, videos and testimonials from survivors, visit learnandremember.org or mysapl.org. Ana Rado Thur., May 8, 6:00PM at Parman, Rose Williams Mon., May 12, 6PM at Igo, and Susanne Jalnos Thur., May 15, 6PM at Mission.
Be mezmorized by the sounds from the Sun's Poet Society
Get punched in the face with the words of a righteous poet at the Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot. The scandelous J. Alejandro hosts as authors recite thier proudest works.
The sophisticated and soulful 2nd Verse bursts with beautiful spoken word poetry every second Friday of the month. Hosted by Glo and Vocab, 2nd verse is open to all levels of creativity
Soothed by the soft sounds of jazz, you can't help to love Luna
San Antonio's Youth Poetry Organization, Fresh Ink, is back with monthly poetry slams and open mics. Get there early for the poetry workshop!
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Igudesman & Joo market themselves as a cross between West Side Story and The Simpsons, but to my ears, classical music’s Weird Al Yankovic more directly hits the mark. What if Mozart had arranged “I Will Survive?” Or if you turned “La Cucaracha” into a sonata? Sure it takes a bit of classical training to be in on the joke, but Igudesman & Joo’s brilliance lies in the execution, particularly the duo’s incredible musicianship and fine comic timing. Lord knows classical music deserves to have a little fun poked at it and arguably nobody does it with more humor and dedication to the music than these guys.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Altering Space,” the Southwest School of Art’s Photography Department Chair Victor Pagona discusses an evolution in creating and defining the landscape in contemporary art.
Kathy Armstrong curates a promising batch of photographers at the Russell Hill Rogers Gallery at the Southwest School of Art: Matthew Albanese (New York), Kim Keever (New York), Kila & Rusharc (UK), Seokmin Ko (South Korea), Scott Martin (San Antonio), John Pfahl (Buffalo) and Barry Underwood (Cleveland). Their common task was to construct, alter or recreate imaginary or re-invented landscapes, “whether through dioramas, hand-process or technology, and each photograph has a handmade component with visible evidence of that production.” Given the culture-wide preoccupation with meta-landscape, and the possibilities of digital technology, it’ll be difficult for this show not to be fascinating.
"The Evolution of Irrationality: Insights from Monkeys" is presented by Dr. Laurie Santos, as part of the Mind Science Foundation’s 2014 Distinguished Speakers Series. Over the past few years, Santos has examined the roots of human irrationality by studying the way our primate relatives make decisions. Her experiments in "monkeynomics" have shown that monkeys make some of the same silly financial choices as humans do. But her work has also revealed ways in which human choices are uniquely irrational - with monkeys sometimes making smarter choices than we do.
These Brooklyn indie rockers are known to throw the sonic kitchen sink at their compositions and live outings. With hues of jazz, blues, rock and classical music, Landlady (helmed by Adam Schatz) is a surprising glow-fi pop-rock outfit poised to do big things with their malleable and vigorous sound. Schatz is no stranger to the music world, though Landlady has only released two albums to date; he has played in the experimental art-rock band Man Man, co-produced NYC Winter Jazzfest and rocked his saxophone for Vampire Weekend. Come dig these guys as they tour their sophomore album Upright Behavior.
Maybe it’s that opening on-the-nose Jonathan Livingston ambience or maybe it’s frontman Mike Score’s wail, but AFOS’ lead single “I Ran (So Far Away)” has a bet-the-farm Cinescope grandeur only attempted a couple of other times on their self-titled debut LP and with significantly less success. In hindsight, “I Ran” sounds like the Flock knew they wouldn’t be on our radar for long, but they sure left us a single—and, of course, a silly-ass haircut—for the ages. Score has long since shaved his head, but here’s hoping he’s still giving the people half of what they want.
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