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                          • PACfest
                            PACfest 4/24 9:00AM
                             

                            PACfest is an official Fiesta San Antonio event. This family-friendly event is alcohol-free and features music, food booths, entertainment and activities for children. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

                          •  Merry Monet Paint and Wine Tasting

                            Fiesta is coming to San Antonio's finest winery. Paint a festive composition of cascarones, confetti and wine while sipping on a few glasses of exotic wines. Artist Livia Istrate will guide you step-by-step to complete this masterpiece in two hours. Ticket includes all art supplies. Register today because tickets sell fast.

                          • Step Aside
                            Step Aside 4/24 9:00PM
                             

                            Place: Bar Louie
                            Category: Music, Blues
                          • Shatner's World
                            Shatner's World 4/24 7:30PM
                             

                            “We Just Live in It” is the inevitable subtitle of William Shatner’s one-man show, which debuted on Broadway in 2012, and of all the solipsists to stake that claim, the one true Captain Kirk probably has the most shut-ins calling him god. If that’s you, dust off the doughnut pillow to watch and enjoy the filmed version, screened for a single night in theaters, regardless of how many times you saw it live on tour. Cheek-licking fans of Shatner’s “Rocket Man,” will hoot at the 83-year-old fitted with a flesh-tone wireless mic for the stereotypical black-box solo-show, but fans of both Shatner and good storytelling hoping for the sort of insight evident on Has Been (his pretty great collaboration with Ben Folds) might take encouragement from this: We haven’t seen Shatner’s World, but we did see Shatner last year, outside a Laurie Anderson show.

                            Category: Film, Concert
                          • Wayne Static
                            Wayne Static 4/24 8:00PM
                             

                          • Korey and Dana
                          • DV8
                          • Senior Fiesta
                            Senior Fiesta 4/24 9:00AM
                             

                            Viva Fiesta at the only official Fiesta event for people 55 years and older. This event will have live entertainment, special guest appearances, door prizes, dancing and dozens of vendors providing free promotional items and information on topics such as retirement planning and living, home improvement, health and wellness, leisure and senior services and much more. This year we'll be holding the first annual Fiesta hat contest at the event. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners. For more than a decade, RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) has been bringing high-quality entertainment and vendors to this senior-focused Fiesta event.

                          •  Culturefest and Rib Cook-off

                            The fun-filled CultureFest and Rib Cook-off features live music ranging from Gospel, rhythm and blues to Tejano and country-western. The arts and crafts offer something for everyone, demonstrating the diverse community. Judge who has the best ribs in the city  The opening ceremony will feature Fiesta royalty and dancers.

                          • Palo Alto College PACFest
                            Palo Alto College PACFest 4/24 11:00AM
                             

                             PACfest, an annual event, takes place the Thursday before the Battle of Flowers parade. Festivities include lively musical entertainment, children's games and activities, food and novelty booths.

                          • Battle of Flowers Band Festival

                            The 76th anniversary Battle of Flowers® Band Festival, “The Magic of Make Believe,” features students from more than 30 high school bands from San Antonio and surrounding areas joining forces to present an entertaining musical evening that is undoubtedly one of Fiesta®’s most popular events. Highlights include Herald Trumpets saluting Fiesta® Royalty, parades of high stepping bands with colorful flags and twirlers and specially chosen feature bands performing their award-winning UIL shows for the crowd. At the end of the evening, all 3,000 musicians perform together in a spectacular crowd-pleasing finale.

                          • Tai Chi Classes
                            Tai Chi Classes 4/24 3:00PM
                             

                            Tai Chi classes presented by Gentle Wellness are for beginners and are taught by Mary Martha McNeel.

                            Category: Talks plus, Class
                          • Golden Theatre
                            Golden Theatre 4/24 2:00PM
                             

                            Join The Playhouse San Antonio as we present our newest education partnership with Bihl Haus Arts in Golden Theatre. Students of Bihl Haus have been working each week for six weeks to prepare and present a selection of scenes to be presented on The Playhouse stage.

                            Category: Theater
                          • Puddle of Mudd & Wayne Static
                          • The Leftovers
                            The Leftovers 4/24 5:00PM
                             

                            Category: Music, Rock/Pop
                          • Matt The Cat Trio
                            Matt The Cat Trio 4/24 6:00PM
                             

                            Place: Gruene Hall
                          • Cage The Elephant
                            Cage The Elephant 4/24 7:00PM
                             

                            If you know one Cage the Elephant track, it’s probably “No Rest for the Wicked.” To refresh, it’s the one that sounds suspiciously like a re-write of Beck’s “Loser,” only with a more dangerously catchy chorus. If the rest of the Kentucky band’s catalog didn’t bear the Beck resemblance in sound, it certainly did in style. The quartet’s few albums gleefully sported a “why the fuck not?” spirit, jumping from Cheap Trick’s power-pop, the Arctic Monkeys’ dance-floor alt-rock and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ blue-eyed funk, with no look given to the rearview. Cage the Elephant has settled a bit since those early records, with 2013’s Melophobia leaning in a more streamlined indie-rock direction. However, this approach has yet to dim the group’s electric live show, powered primarily by energetic frontman Matt Shultz. With Cleveland roots-rock combo J Roddy Walston & the Business in the opening slot, expect no rest for the wicked or otherwise.

                            Category: Music, Rock/Pop
                          • King Pelican
                            King Pelican 4/24 8:30PM
                             

                            Place: The Cove
                            Category: Music, Rock/Pop
                          • Seth James & Bobby Mack
                          • Dead the Poets
                            Dead the Poets 4/24 9:00PM
                             

                            Dead the Poets, a collaboration between San Anto natives Kizer and Law, is throwing a positively ill party to celebrate the release of its second album, Korean Mardi Gras. The album itself, which is already available in more or less finished form at kizersoze.bandcamp.com, excels on the strength of Kizer’s sultry yet bangin’ production (which features tons of delightfully brassy samples) and the rappers’ wittily profane flows. But the expansive 21-track behemoth of an album has something for all types of hip-hop lovers—from sassy social commentary to inventive if cringe-worthy similes, from sunny day jaunts to thumping club tracks. Like the album, the show in its honor features some of our best local hip-hop talent, including Chisme’s REL, MAD-ONE and Current-lauded emcee Mr. Composition, among many others. But that’s not all. This unique party will also feature a producer showcase, burlesque dancers and live painting.

                            Place: The Falls
                            Category: Music, Urban, Hip-hop/Rap
                          • Nick Lawrence
                            Nick Lawrence 4/24 10:00PM
                             

                            Category: Music, Country
                          • Ready Revolution
                            Ready Revolution 4/24 10:30PM
                             

                            Category: Music, Rock/Pop
                          • Ashes of Babylon
                            Ashes of Babylon 4/24 11:00PM
                             

                            Place: Jack’s Bar
                            Category: Music, Rock/Pop
                          • Fiesta Cornyation
                            Fiesta Cornyation 4/24 7:30PM
                             

                            Billed as the “raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta,” Cornyation spoofs current events, local politics and pop culture and this year welcomes guests into The Court of Festive Fêtes and Frivolous Faux Pas, to be ruled by King and Queen Anchovy Steve and Jody Newman. “Not just a bunch of queens,” Fiesta Cornyation is a permanently committed nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of San Antonians with HIV or affected by HIV. To date, the organization has donated more than $1.5 million to local charities, including SAAF (San Antonio AIDS Foundation), Beat AIDS (Black Effort Against the Threat of AIDS) and HAC (Help, Action, Care).

                            Category: Comedy, Skits, Theater, Improv
                          • Fiesta Cornyation
                            Fiesta Cornyation 4/24 10:00PM
                             

                            Billed as the “raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta,” Cornyation spoofs current events, local politics and pop culture and this year welcomes guests into The Court of Festive Fêtes and Frivolous Faux Pas, to be ruled by King and Queen Anchovy Steve and Jody Newman. “Not just a bunch of queens,” Fiesta Cornyation is a permanently committed nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of San Antonians with HIV or affected by HIV. To date, the organization has donated more than $1.5 million to local charities, including SAAF (San Antonio AIDS Foundation), Beat AIDS (Black Effort Against the Threat of AIDS) and HAC (Help, Action, Care).

                            Category: Comedy, Skits, Theater, Improv
                          • COPA Wine Bar Wine & Dine
                            COPA Wine Bar Wine & Dine 4/24 7:00PM
                             

                            This month COPA Wine Bar offers a Greco-Roman feast, with four courses of Greek dishes, each paired with its own Italian wine and beer. Call to reserve a seat.

                          • SIIINES
                            SIIINES 4/25
                             

                            Place: 502 Bar
                            Category: Music, Rock/Pop
                          • Seek Irony
                            Seek Irony 4/25
                             

                            Place: Josabi’s
                            Category: Music, Rock/Pop
                          • The Jazz Protagonists

                            Category: Music, Jazz
                           

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                          • Shatner's World
                            Shatner's World 4/24 7:30PM
                             

                            “We Just Live in It” is the inevitable subtitle of William Shatner’s one-man show, which debuted on Broadway in 2012, and of all the solipsists to stake that claim, the one true Captain Kirk probably has the most shut-ins calling him god. If that’s you, dust off the doughnut pillow to watch and enjoy the filmed version, screened for a single night in theaters, regardless of how many times you saw it live on tour. Cheek-licking fans of Shatner’s “Rocket Man,” will hoot at the 83-year-old fitted with a flesh-tone wireless mic for the stereotypical black-box solo-show, but fans of both Shatner and good storytelling hoping for the sort of insight evident on Has Been (his pretty great collaboration with Ben Folds) might take encouragement from this: We haven’t seen Shatner’s World, but we did see Shatner last year, outside a Laurie Anderson show.

                            Category: Film, Concert
                          • Cage The Elephant
                            Cage The Elephant 4/24 7:00PM
                             

                            If you know one Cage the Elephant track, it’s probably “No Rest for the Wicked.” To refresh, it’s the one that sounds suspiciously like a re-write of Beck’s “Loser,” only with a more dangerously catchy chorus. If the rest of the Kentucky band’s catalog didn’t bear the Beck resemblance in sound, it certainly did in style. The quartet’s few albums gleefully sported a “why the fuck not?” spirit, jumping from Cheap Trick’s power-pop, the Arctic Monkeys’ dance-floor alt-rock and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ blue-eyed funk, with no look given to the rearview. Cage the Elephant has settled a bit since those early records, with 2013’s Melophobia leaning in a more streamlined indie-rock direction. However, this approach has yet to dim the group’s electric live show, powered primarily by energetic frontman Matt Shultz. With Cleveland roots-rock combo J Roddy Walston & the Business in the opening slot, expect no rest for the wicked or otherwise.

                            Category: Music, Rock/Pop
                          • Dead the Poets
                            Dead the Poets 4/24 9:00PM
                             

                            Dead the Poets, a collaboration between San Anto natives Kizer and Law, is throwing a positively ill party to celebrate the release of its second album, Korean Mardi Gras. The album itself, which is already available in more or less finished form at kizersoze.bandcamp.com, excels on the strength of Kizer’s sultry yet bangin’ production (which features tons of delightfully brassy samples) and the rappers’ wittily profane flows. But the expansive 21-track behemoth of an album has something for all types of hip-hop lovers—from sassy social commentary to inventive if cringe-worthy similes, from sunny day jaunts to thumping club tracks. Like the album, the show in its honor features some of our best local hip-hop talent, including Chisme’s REL, MAD-ONE and Current-lauded emcee Mr. Composition, among many others. But that’s not all. This unique party will also feature a producer showcase, burlesque dancers and live painting.

                            Place: The Falls
                            Category: Music, Urban, Hip-hop/Rap
                          • Fiesta Cornyation
                            Fiesta Cornyation 4/24 7:30PM
                             

                            Billed as the “raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta,” Cornyation spoofs current events, local politics and pop culture and this year welcomes guests into The Court of Festive Fêtes and Frivolous Faux Pas, to be ruled by King and Queen Anchovy Steve and Jody Newman. “Not just a bunch of queens,” Fiesta Cornyation is a permanently committed nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of San Antonians with HIV or affected by HIV. To date, the organization has donated more than $1.5 million to local charities, including SAAF (San Antonio AIDS Foundation), Beat AIDS (Black Effort Against the Threat of AIDS) and HAC (Help, Action, Care).

                            Category: Comedy, Skits, Theater, Improv
                          • Fiesta Cornyation
                            Fiesta Cornyation 4/24 10:00PM
                             

                            Billed as the “raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta,” Cornyation spoofs current events, local politics and pop culture and this year welcomes guests into The Court of Festive Fêtes and Frivolous Faux Pas, to be ruled by King and Queen Anchovy Steve and Jody Newman. “Not just a bunch of queens,” Fiesta Cornyation is a permanently committed nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of San Antonians with HIV or affected by HIV. To date, the organization has donated more than $1.5 million to local charities, including SAAF (San Antonio AIDS Foundation), Beat AIDS (Black Effort Against the Threat of AIDS) and HAC (Help, Action, Care).

                            Category: Comedy, Skits, Theater, Improv
                          • Mr. Composition CD Release

                            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

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