Come be a part of 20 days of giving. Donate a toy to Operation Blue Santa. Bring the kids to visit with Santa and get your pictures taken. Stroll through the Holiday lanes and visit with local vendors for last minute gift giving ideas. There will also free holiday cookies and treats that you can enjoy while you relax and have a bit of holiday cheer.
210 Local Music Podcast is throwing a Toys for Tots charity show at the 502 Bar. Music provided by Jimmy Dasher, Matt Charles (Tera Ferna), Punk Soda, Matt Adler, Bekah Kelso, Laura Marie, Ila Minori, Langton Drive, and The Black Market Club. $7 cover, $5 (with toy donation), free (with multiple toys donated). All donations must be unwrapped, unopened and new.
Forget about your suit and tie, get out your tux and tennies at the Annual Tux 'n Tennies Gala! This event, hosted by the San Antonio Spurs, is the preimier fundraiser for Silver & Black Give Back's youth programs. It's a unique and fun opportunity to join the entire Spurs Family for dinner, live entertainment and one-of-a-kind silent and live auctions.
Join hundreds in the fight against blindness at the San Antonio/Austin VisionWalk, the national fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. People are invited to form teams or walk independently at the free, family-friendly event, which will also include children’s activities, a bounce house, refreshments, breakfast and lunch snacks, entertainment by several local mascots and much more.
Indulge on free wine and snacks, as you browse a unique selection of items, including art work by WRR animal artists'. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.
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Venice, Calif., crossover thrash titans Suicidal Tendencies always stood apart. Even after the release of its now-acclaimed, deeply influential self-titled 1983 debut, punks didn’t know what to do with this gangsta-looking bunch of skaters who didn’t sound or dress like anyone else. “All these people told us we needed the proper ‘etiquette’ for the massive punk rock goal being an individual,” founder (and sole remaining original member) Mike Muir quipped in Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. “I always thought that was a little strange.” Now Muir is back with the first ST album in 13 years, aptly titled 13 (sorry, Ozzy), and still thrashing while no one dares to argue. With Terror, Trash Talk and the Inspector Cluzo.
Penned by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes at the height of the civil rights movement, Black Nativity employs a predominantly (if not entirely) black cast to the reframe the birth of Christ with poetry, dance, gospel songs and folk spirituals. An expression of Hughes’ late-in-life interest in the oral traditions of the African-American church, the musical debuted in 1961 and is now a holiday tradition for roughly a quarter-million annual viewers. Directed by Danielle King, the Renaissance Guild’s 4th annual production offers theater-goers a unique opportunity to experience Black Nativity in its original form before (or after) heading out to see Kasi Lemmon’s modernized new film starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Tyrese.
Created in the vein of rock operas like Jesus Christ Superstar, Green Day’s 2004 concept album American Idiot follows fed-up Jesus of Suburbia out of Jingletown and into a gritty city in search of meaning in the post-September 11 era. Thanks to a collaboration between the SoCal punk trio (led by Billie Joe Armstrong) and Spring Awakening director Michael Mayer, American Idiot is now a loud and irreverent Broadway musical, the touring version of which lands at the Majestic this week. Anchored by a theme of rage versus love, the 2010 Tony winner employs all its namesake album’s tracks (plus minimal dialogue and other Green Day hits) to paint what The New York Times described as “a pulsating portrait of wasted youth ... bring on the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, please!”
Resident DJs Eddie and Danny-D welcome freestyle recording artist Noel in a concert featuring the hit "Silent Morning."
Jason Stout’s latest collection of drawings and paintings explores the American landscape, both politically and literally. “Through the guise of hypothetical narratives and scenarios, the work investigates the multiple ideas and definitions of both terms, past, current and future, negotiating their way through a shale rock formed environment.”
The Wood Brothers band plays blues/Americana as you’ve never heard it before. Brothers Chris (upright bass) and Oliver (guitar), with the recent addition of multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, are a three-part vocal harmony feast for the ears. The group just released The Muse, its fourth studio album and first as a trio and Nashville-based band. For the first time, they all sang their parts around the same mic, leaving in mistakes and all, which tells you a lot about their aesthetic approach—this is good but muddy stuff. Rix is a show apart: he plays the so-called “shuitar” (pronounced “shitar,” get it?), an old, beat-up guitar turned into a unique drum set. Some classify the Wood Brothers’ music as blues, Americana, folk, etc.; as far as I’m concerned, it’s a top-notch, hip rock ’n’ roll band. Come early to catch Austin bluesman Seth Walker, a master of rootsy subtlety.
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