Thursday, March 26, 2015

Weekend Shows in San Antonio March 26-29

The weekend is almost here, which makes it the perfect time to enjoy some live music in the San Antonio-area. Unfortunately, the concert series at The Shops at Dos Lagos hasn't started just yet, but there are plenty of options to fit a wide variety of musical tastes, from hip-hop to rock. San Antonio Current gives us a glimpse into some of the weekend's concerts:

Thursday, March 26
Freetail Piñata Protest Release

Freetail Brewery celebrates the release of the Piñata Protest Red Wit beer with a performance by the self-described “mojado punks,” FEA, and the Bolzen Beer Band. Active since ’09, Piñata Protest released their best effort yet in 2013 with the El Valiente EP, containing 19 minutes of fierce punk and two-step accordion rhythms. Uproarious trio FEA began from the cooled ashes of Girl In A Coma, with Jenn Alva and Phanie Diaz taking the hiatus as an opportunity to put out vicious Chicana punk. From Lincoln, Nebraska, the Bolzen Beer Band lives for party-friendly polka punk. Like a distant Germanic cousin to Piñata Protest, the Bolzen Beer Band rides the backbone of the oompah polka rhythm, bringing irreverent glee to their musical heritage on songs like “Smuggler’s Polka.” RSVP only, 8pm, Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary's, (210) 226-5700

Friday, March 27
We Leave at Midnight, Chris Maddin

Recently signed to SA label Texas Is Funny, We Leave at Midnight’s self-titled 2012 debut is an exercise in clean-cut rock ‘n’ roll and Brian Wilson harmonies projected through a sepia lens. Chris Maddin — operator of Filmstrips, Tiago Splitters and Blowing Trees — seems to recreate his songwriting approach every few years, honing in with each successive project. With Walker Lukens. $5, 9pm, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125

Friday, March 27
45 Friday

Jason Chronis, of Austin bands Voxtrot and Tele Novella, joins DJs Rae D. Cabello and Travis Buffkin for Faust’s bi-weekly exploration of soul and Texas music. In addition to his indie rock cred, Chronis boasts a choice collection of Texas soul, garage and R&B. 10pm, Faust, 517 E. Woodlawn, (210) 257-0628

Friday, March 27
Blithe, Moths

SA punk quintet Blithe borrows its name from a lovely and overlooked adjective that Merriam-Webster defines as “of a happy lighthearted character or disposition.” This must be an instance where the band name sounds better than its meaning, ’cause there’s little about Blithe’s EP False Sense of Entitlement that feels lighthearted or carefree. The inaugural release reeks of anxiety, pounding over flickering dance-punk rhythms and tightly-wound guitar riffs. Houston’s Moths creates beautiful and longform expositions in droning rock and thrash metal, casually stepping between genres. With Collective Dreams, Pinko. Free, 10pm, Bottom Bracket Social Club,1609 N. Colorado, (210) 267-9160

Friday, March 27
Future Museums

With Tapestry of Time and Terrain, Austin’s Future Museums cut an EP of lovely, underwater textures. But like many submerged sounds, it’s difficult to figuring out the source. Their guitars, keys and computers blend together with gestaltic beauty. With Pussywillows, Hypersleep. $3, 9pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary's

Friday, March 27
Shamon Cassette

New York rapper Shamon Cassette throws back to the boom-bap era, but keeps his rhymes interesting with lifelike imagery, flexing a mind “everlasting like a Levi rivet.” With Chisme, Nag Champa, Galacticat, Pleasurefaces. $3, 9pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey, (210) 573-6220

Saturday, March 28
Joe Ely

With an adjunct gig singing backup for The Clash and his tenure with Los Super Seven, cowboy rock ‘n’ roller Joe Ely already has an unrivaled resume among Texas Music Hall of Famers. With his 1982 recording B4 84, Ely separated himself from his Lone Star peers with a musical and technological anomaly: an album made on the Apple II computer, recorded over a decade before the idea of personal computers took off. $20, 9pm, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene, (830) 606-1281

Saturday, March 28
Satalights, The Purtells

Austin’s Satalights create psych pop with overlapping melodies and deep textures. The Purtells muse through a vocoder, bringing an android excitement to indie pop in San Antonio. With Empire Machine. 9pm, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125

Saturday, March 28
Sir Mix-A-Lot

“Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix-A-Lot’s ’92 platinum single, tapped into a zeitgeist moment of ass worship, with entire generations of women memorizing the tune (or at least its first verse). Unfortunately for Mix-A-Lot, he couldn't keep the moment going, falling into the cultural detritus of VH1 nostalgia hours. $20, 9pm, Industry, 8021 Pinebrook, (210) 366-3229

Sunday, March 29
Troller, Marie Davidson

Troller’s self-titled, 2013 release on Holodeck Records is an astonishing example of drone, noise and pop. Montreal-based Marie Davidson performs in a sing-song Québécois reminiscent of Serge Gainsbourg. With Ssleeperhold, Calico Club. $3, 9pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary's

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This Saturday kicks off San Antonio Beer Week, which runs through Sunday, March 29! The goal of Beer Week is to promote local and independent craft breweries in our area, and to grow the greater San Antonio beer community. Complete with a kick-off party and closing ceremony, each day of the week offers different events, from tastings to brunch! Which Beer Week events should definitely be on your agenda? San Antonio Current recommends the following:

Saturday, March 21: Take a stroll to Main Plaza for the San Antonio Beer Week Kickoff Party. Blue Star Ice House will stage a tap takeover with no remorse for your liver or wallet. San Antonio's own Cryin' D.T. Buffkin & the Bad Breath will start the festivities with powerful drinking songs driven by smoky vocals. The party will conclude with "San Antonio | The Saga" at 9 p.m., pairing eclectic visuals with your buzz. Free admission, 4:30-9pm, 115 S. Main Plaza,

Sunday, March 22: Get your grub on at Alamo Beer Company as they host Lüke's John Russ for a crawfish boil. The crawfish will be sold by the pound in the new brewery's spacious beer garden. Free admission, 1-6pm, 202 Lamar St.,

Monday, March 23: Busted Sandal Brewing calls Knife and Fork Gastropub home for this beer pairing dinner. Owner/chef Javier Orozco will match Busted Sandal's Fire Pit Wit, 210 Ale, Slippery Rock IPA, El Robusto Porter and a randall-ized beer infusion to be named later with five courses. $65, 7-10pm, 20626 Stone Oak Pkwy. #103,

Friday, March 27: Do you find the craft beer scene too intimidating? Don't know where to start? The Hangar will be hosting a special beer tasting for only $5, a chance to get die-hard Bud Light drinkers up to speed on the best local breweries. Taste-test 10 beers from around South Texas, with light snacks provided and entry into a raffle ticket drawing. You'll be a believer in craft beer by night's end.$5, 7-9pm, 8203 Broadway,

Saturday, March 28: Now that you've been converted into a craft beer believer, take a tour of one of San Antonio's finest breweries, Branchline Brewing. They will be holding a special version of their monthly tour and tasting with several batches of limited beers made available for the occasion. Admission gets you four pours of Branchline Brewing Co.'s best brews, after which you'll walk (or stumble) away with a SABW T-shirt. $15, noon-6pm, 3363 Metro Pkwy.,

Sunday, March 29: SABW's closing ceremonies will test your willpower like nothing else during the week. South Texas' elite brewers will bring their most creative beers in a festival-like setting at the Pearl Brewery. There will be live music and a variety of food from local gastropubs, filling your ears and belly. Admission grants you six 4-ounce sample tickets and a snazzy SABW 2015 tasting cup.$30-$35, 3-7pm, 303 Pearl Pkwy.,

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Culinaria 5K Wine and Beer Run

The time of year has come for Culinaria's 5K Wine and Beer Run! For the second year, the start line will be right here at The Residences at La Cantera. There are a plenty of places in our area to run a 5K, so what makes this one different? Not only is there your typical 5K race, but the race is followed up with beer, wine and local culinary delights! In other words, it's a blast! The race takes place next Saturday, March 21, so if you haven't registered yet, do so soon! Here are more details on the event, courtesy of Culinaria

Photo courtesy
The Residences of LaCantera Facebook page
RUN. WINE. BEER. CHEFS. FUN. Okay, there’s more to it than that. Come enjoy the race in a beautiful setting geared for your senses and your taste buds. Gather your friends for a team or meet new ones at the race. There’s a race expo to get you equipped for all your race day needs and a race reception like none other. Run. Drink. Give at the tastiest run in town.

Culinaria is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to benefiting the San Antonio community and promoting San Antonio as an ideal wine and food destination.  The Race benefits Culinaria’s Hope for Hospitality umbrella of programs such as, Chefs 4 Chefs and The Urban Farm.

The Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78256

The Residences at La Cantera
6215 Via La Cantera
San Antonio, TX 78256

New this year – a race expo on March 20-21! For two days, vendors will offer samples, showcase fun merchandise (including the latest in race gear) and so much more. Of course, you’ll also have the chance to shop at the Expo! The Expo is a must for registered participants in the Culinaria 5k – as that is where you will pick up your bib with timing chip, goodie bag and t-shirt. Anyone who is not registered or running is also welcome to visit the Expo as it is free and open to the public. Attendees who would like to register for the race will also be able to do so.

The Residences at La Cantera
6215 Via La Cantera
San Antonio, TX 78256
March 20: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
March 21: 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Registration opens December 8, 2014. Early Bird pricing is available up until January 1, 2015.

$35 Per Person (Early bird until Jan. 1, 2015).
$45 Per Person (January 1, 2015 – March 14, 2015).
$55 Per Person (March 14, 2015 – March 21, 2015 or Sell out).

Culinaria welcomes any and all kinds of runners to the 5K Wine & Beer Run.  This race highlights all of the components of Culinaria. The food, the drinks, the atmosphere and promotion of healthy living are an excellent combination for a run.

$30 Per Person (Early bird until Jan. 1, 2015).
$40 Per Person (January 1, 2015 – March 14, 2015).
$50 Per Person (March 14, 2015 – March 21, 2015 or Sell out).

Teams must consist of at least ten (10) runners.  We do not have a maximum number for team members.  After all, the more the merrier, right?  Each team will need to designate a team captain. All team members must complete a waiver to participate.

Remember, it is not a team if there aren’t ten runners.

For Online Registration:
Click here

For Mail-in Registration, download, print and fill-out the following forms: Individual or Team.

Individual Registration Form

Team Registration Form

Friends, family members and visitors are able to enjoy our Race Day Reception by purchasing a Race Reception Ticket. Tickets are $20 for ages 5+ to take part in the after party and enjoy the food, wine and beer after the conclusion of the race.

Race Reception tickets will be available for purchase at our Race Expo on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm with a valid driver’s license and on Race Day prior to the Race Start. You also can visit our registration site and purchase your ticket online here

Spectator badges must be picked up at Race Expo or on Race Day at the Culinaria Booth. Individuals who do not have proof of purchase or an I.D. will not be able to collect their badge and will not be served at the Reception. Individuals who solely would like to come out and support their loved ones during the race may do so free of charge.

The Culinaria 5K Wine and Beer Run isn’t just for fun – your donation efforts go directly toward Culinaria and the programs it supports.

Please consider making a donation in support of our causes.  You may also create a fundraiser page via our online registration where your friends and family can additionally help support our efforts. Any amount is greatly appreciated! Thank you for your help, and we hope you enjoy the race!

Rewards for the top 3 individual fundraisers and the top fundraising team will be presented on Race Day.

Parking is free and located around The Shops at La Cantera. Arrive early and get a good spot close to the Start Line at The Residences at La Cantera. Carpooling is encouraged, or use Uber!

Uber and Culinaria have partnered up to provide safe and convenient rides for you to fully enjoy all that the 5K Wine and Beer Run has to offer.

What’s Uber? Uber is a technology company that created an app that seamlessly connects users with a personal driver at the tap of a button via their smartphone. Transactions are frictionless, ETAs are transparent, and route tracking is a breeze. Simply download the app and sign up with promo code FNSHLNSA for a free first ride up to $20.

Culinaria race goodie bags are guaranteed to the first 1,000 runners to pick up their packets. T-Shirt sizes are unisex sizes and decided by the size marked on your registration entry.  No trades or exchanges, please.

WAIVER:All participants must present a signed waiver prior to participating.

The Start Line corral system allows for a smooth race start for participants of varying levels. Based on the estimated mile time you provided on your race entry form, we ask you to correspond with the appropriate corral number for the start of the race. If you are running with a baby stroller or jogger, please understand that you must report to the back of the starting line to avoid injury of other runners. Bicycles, skateboards, roller skates or roller blades, and animals are NOT allowed in the race.

In an effort to provide every one of our participants with as comfortable a run as possible, the Wave Start will be incorporated in Culinaria’s 5K Wine and Beer Run Event.

Participants are assigned to an appropriate corral based on their average mile time submitted on their entry form. When the gun fires, the first corral will be released. The rest of the participants will be held at the start line. At pre-determined intervals the next corral will be released. By using this staggered starting method, the pack will be spread out and allow every runner to settle into their racing rhythm from the first step right to the finish line.

1st Overall finisher in each category. The Masters Division is 40 years of age and up.
Age Group awards presented to the top 3 finishers (male and female) in each age group:
14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

**This race is expected to sell out quickly, as it does every year.  We will not accept any registration forms post sell out. NO REFUNDS OR TRANSFERS PERMITTED. This includes registration fees, registration entries and t-shirts.**

Friday, March 6, 2015

25th-Annual San Antonio International Woman's Day March

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 7, marks the 25th annual San Antonio International Woman's Day March and Rally. The event aims to create awareness of the struggles and triumphs of women in the San Antonio-area. The march takes place tomorrow at 10 AM in Milam Park and is an all-ages event! Here are more details, courtesy of Do210:

It's the 25th anniversary of the International Woman's Day March in San Antonio! This is a huge milestone! Mujeres have been coming together to make this march happen for 25 years now! We are making history!

Join us, as we come together, to celebrate this anniversary, to celebrate International Woman's Day, to call awareness to the many issues that women face in our communities everyday! We are women telling our stories! We will continue to march! We will keep marching until we are all free! Bring your friends, family, co-workers, student groups, dogs, bikes, signs, megaphones, drums, noisemakers, and your VOICE!

We, like women and girls all over the world, are the voices of conscience, the roots of change and the leaders of local and global movements. Out of love for our communities, we come together time and time again to envision and create a world in which all people are free from exploitation, oppression and violence.

As women and girls, we have learned the meaning of these injustices. Our work has gone unpaid. Our bodies have been bought and sold. Our desires have been demonized. Our voices have been silenced. And our efforts to come together have been violently repressed by institutions of power like governments, churches, banks, schools, prisons and other spaces in which we have been subjected to oppression.

We have come together to make positive social change and have been the targets of racist, classist, homophobic and sexist attacks. Despite this history of repression, we continue to stand together, unwavering on the issues that are of critical importance to our communities. We seek healthcare, environmental justice, housing, education and fair wages not just as women, but also as people of color, as youth and elders, as immigrants and indigenous people, as lesbian, bisexual, intersex, two-spirit, transgender and queer women, and as poor and working class people. We oppose all forms of violence. We advocate for reproductive choice. We call for an end to war, genocide and occupation.
We claim our own voices and come together to share them in public spaces. We march in solidarity with women and social justice movements around the world. 
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