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A neighborhood bar that’s LGBT-friendly (and friendly in general), and a great place to unwinding after a long workweek before getting your groove on.
Live music venue with possibly the best acoustics in town and an impressive beer menu and nightly drink specials. Best use: Anytime live music is onstage; typically no cover during the week, while weekend covers stay under $10.
AMF Wonder Lanes & Legends Bar
1948 Austin Hwy.
Vibe Silent, smoky nostalgia trip with a full bar, optional snacks, and a nameless bartender we secretly love
Best use Smoking between games, lame attempts at making the nameless bartender smile, guerilla-style iPod DJ parties, $1 games and $1 shoes on Monday nights till 11 p.m.
Prices Wells: $3.50; domestic bottles: $3; import bottles: $4; domestic drafts: $3; premium drafts: $4; pitchers: $8.50-$12
Even if you can’t dance salsa, Arjon’s will make you want to try. Live music Thursday-Sunday (with free salsa lessons Sundays from 7:30-9pm) sets the stage for seasoned professionals and protégées to cut some serious rug. Cocktail waitresses charge only slightly more if you’re lucky enough to score a table _ otherwise it’s dancing-room only. If you overdose on cumbia and merengue, hit the back patio, where you’re likely to find couples refueling over plates of mini tacos.
The Art-of-Java is dedicated to the beauty of art and coffee and supporting local artists of all forms and mediums.
Artpace is San Antonio’s most contemporary arts institution; a combination art lab and community center where something unusual and creative is almost always going on. Founded by the late artist-philanthropist Linda Pace in 1995, Artpace provides residency fellowships for Texas, out-of-state, and international art stars, exhibits hot contemporary work, and performs community outreach and education. Check out its kid-friendly fests such as October’s annual Chalk it Up (wherein artists and regular folk make original chalk drawings on downtown sidewalks), outstanding film series and lectures, and social events such as rooftop concerts and potluck dinners.
Texas State seniors Alexandra Galley, Amanda Lukacs, Ashley French Kontnier, Brenda Trevizo, Chloe Dehmer, Estefania Marquez, K. Botter-El Lababedi, Mackenzie Vaclav Petter, Mary Katherine Riley, Nathaniel Record,Taylor Waldt and Whitley Stratton explore and critique various topics (including gender identity, mental illness, meditation and subcultures) via painting, photography, mixed media and ceramics. The opening reception takes place in the University Galleries at the Joann Cole Mitte Building.
In conjunction with National Poetry Month, 2014-2016 San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero discusses the art and craft of poetry and reads from her collection A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying.
That director Ishiro Honda had Katsumi Tezuka don that suffocating radioactive-reptile suit to stomp a scale-model of Tokyo in 1954’s Gojira rather than, say, Washington, D.C., might indicate something about Nihonjinron versus Toby Keith’s boot in yer ass, but we’ve come to praise Godzilla, not to write an ill-informed undergrad thesis about him/her. Subsequent films saw history’s most kickass nuclear-holocaust metaphor save mankind from such varied threats as Mechagodzilla, Godzillasaurus and Space Godzilla, but 1985’s The Return of Godzilla is a relapse into malevolence that’s never been released on DVD in the US. In anticipation of yet another reboot to be released next month, Cult Movie TV Danger Zone is screening Return (aka Godzilla 1985). Tickets, which must be purchased online, are $2—less than they would’ve cost 20 years ago. Plus it’s the Japanese version with English subtitles, so it counts as an artsy foreign film.
Kevin Prince, aka Mr. Composition, is one of the hardest workers in SA music. The 23-year-old has released at least one LP or mixtape every year since he was 18 (much of this material is available at mrcomposition.bandcamp.com). Last year’s release, Running Red Lights Through Life, was one of my favorite local albums of 2013. It laid bare the rapper’s growth from a curious and earnest wordsmith to a master of his craft, gifted at melding personal narrative with commentary on universal concerns. Graffiti the Mind, out on May 2, sees the emcee truly coming into his own. Produced by San Anto native Ruler Why, Graffiti the Mind features beats that enhance the meaning of individual songs. Prince rhymes with entertaining, engaging lyrics, delivered with a unique flare in diverse styles. As Prince told the Current, he has long used rap as “a means of expressing [himself] and [his] experiences and frustrations.” As Prince has grown as an artist, he’s expanded his scope, concerned now with broader societal issues. Most impressively, these aren’t just raps; these are songs. Graffiti, anchored by the anthemic posse cut “Believe” and thought-provoking extended metaphor “Graffiti Lenz,” is a joy to bump and communicates an unstoppably positive message: Be patient, work your ass off, ask questions and give of yourself if you want to receive anything in return. Don’t miss the chance to see Graffiti done live at Fitzgerald’s on April 25
Devised during the hacienda system as a method to prepare horses and riders for war and formally institutionalized in the post-revolutionary period, charrería is the national sport of Mexico. For the last six decades, the Asociación de Charros de San Antonio has championed charrería (often described as Mexican rodeo), competing throughout the year and attracting a diverse crowd each April with its beloved Fiesta charreada A Day in Old Mexico. Of the 10 official suertes (competitive roping and riding events performed in period costumes), the all-female escaramuza easily stands out as a fan favorite. Created during the 1950s and officially added to the charreada mix in 1992, the choreographed skirmish showcases a team of young ladies demonstrating precision skills (some inspired by the soldaderas who fought alongside men in the Mexican Revolution) while riding sidesaddle in colorful dresses named after Pancho Villa’s legendary companion Adelita.
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