Jorge A. Ramirez, guitarist and singer, plays the music of several decades with special emphasis on the sixties and seventies. The long-time troubadour performed as half of the bilingual duo Rene and Rene in the 70s and headed his Rio Rami Band for years before launching into solo work in the jazz and dinner music arena. Hear him solo and live on jazz standards, bossa nova, folk favorites and Beatles favorites.
Come out this First Friday as Villela returns to Taco Haven Southtown for their signature style of classic soul & R&B. Enjoy Taco Haven's delicious Tex-Mex menu items, great drink specials and as always no cover. All ages welcome so come early and enjoy the artwalk festivities. Make your dinner plans and stay for the music of Villela.
Chicago's own Emperors and Elephants is a hard driving, modern, heavy rock band in the vein of Alice in Chains, Shinedown, and Seether. Formed in 2010, they have been gathering great momentum in Chicago and its surrounding area. The tour is in continued support of their record “Devil in the Lake” that was released earlier this year via Pavement Entertainment. The show will also feature music from My Madness, Kin of Cane and Haze.
Tomorrow! March 7, 7-9pm, IAMA Coffee House and the Henry Ford Academy present open mic night! More than a coffee house, IAMA is a premier destination for music education.
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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