San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

October 23rd, 2008
Great shows this weekend in San Marcos

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

Another weekend is coming to the oldest civilized location in North America, and ever since way back then, they’ve been waiting for the weekend. Following are some highlights for the coming weekend.

Friday, October 24

When you are deciding what to do for lunch on Friday, consider stopping by Bobcat Stadium for some barbecue – you won’t even have to get out of your car.

The Staff Council at Texas State is holding a barbecue fundraiser at Bobcat Stadium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of the Staff Council Scholarship Fund. Barbecue plates to go will be served to drive-through customers on the east side of Bobcat Stadium at the bus stop pavilion.

Plates cost $6 each, with barbecue supplied by Fuschak’s Pit Barbecue. Plates will consist of brisket and sausage, beans, potato salad, pickles, onion and a canned drink – a really great deal for lunch. All proceeds will go to support the Texas State Staff Council scholarship fund. The Staff Council Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial support to current employees of Texas State who are taking university courses.

If you are a fan of Sondheim, or if you just love a good musical, be sure to catch the Texas State production of “Company” at the outdoor Glade Theatre on the west side of the Texas State campus just off Moore Street.

Steven Sondheim was in danger of winning so many awards for this gritty look at middle class love and marriage that for the first and only time the Tony awards split the music and lyrics category into two separate awards. Sondheim won them both.

Lest you think the plot of a confused 35-year-old guy looking for love is dated – and if you do, then which world are you living in? – stay for the end. It’s a surprise.  Productions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public and $7 for students with a Texas State ID. For information, call (512) 245-8548.

For an amazing treat on Friday, try not to miss the many talents of Austin-based singer songwriter Nathan Hamilton, who blew up a small but powerful musical tornado with the 2007 release of his CD, “Six Black Birds,” and who justifiably earns the disparate categories in online music stores of both “Americana” and “Modern Rock.”  He’ll be at the Triple Crown for an early show at 6 p.m.

For those who cannot stomach the truly scary, “Saw V – The Final Yawn” or  “The Haunting of Yet Another Cute Young Starlet-Wannabe” will be showing at some movie theater somewhere. For those who can handle genuine terror, there is the Texas State production of Benjamin Britten’s opera based on Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” at Texas State’s Performing Arts Center.

This story gave new dimensions to the term “dark ugly secret” and Britten’s opera is both forebodingly dramatic and mathematically quirky. Productions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. Admission prices are $10 for the general public and $5 for Texas State students. Tickets may be purchased in person at the School of Music offices, or reserved by phone at (512) 245-2651.

Saturday, October 25

San Marcos City Park will feature the family-friendly Farmer Fred’s Fall Harvest Carnival starting at 6 p.m. The carnival will feature carnival games, a barrel train ride, a haunted house, a haunted hayride and gobs of candy and prizes.

Kids can dress up in costume and register between 6-6:45 p.m. for a costume contest. Most family-friendly of all, admission, carnival games and the costume contest are free. Concessions and some attractions will have a small fee. Should be loads of fun for all.

At the Price Center on Saturday, the World Dance Festival will be presenting dances from around the world including Flamenco, Irish, Tahitian, Turkish Gypsy, Persian, Salsa, Indian, African and many more. Admission is $5 and the proceeds will be donated to three local charities. Attendees get to vote for which three. The show starts at 7 p.m. and promises to be a very exciting display of terpsichorean talent.

Sunday, October 26

Residents of San Marcos are used to the pleasures of Kent Finlay’s musical offerings every Sunday afternoon at the Cheatham Street Warehouse, but this Sunday is a real doozy. Wade Bowen, Kyle Park, Texas Sapphires, Dr. G and The Mudcats, Texas FX, South Texas Destroyers and a few Finlay musical surprises will all be featured starting at 2 p.m. in an all day throw-down Benefit for the Coast for those devastated by Hurricane Ike.

For a full listing of all the bands and times check the San Marcos Mercury calendar. Admission is only $10 and the music will be going on until midnight. Finlay has even considered that some football fans cannot be parted with their Sunday habit and donations can be made without attending. For more information, call the Cheatham Street at (512) 353-3777.

If you dig jazz – and who doesn’t? – you can groove to the totally smooth sounds of the Texas State Jazz Orchestra concert Sunday at 8 p.m. They’ll be swingin’ and syncopatin’ at Evans Auditorium. Tickets: $5 general/$3 student & seniors. Contact the Texas State University School of Music office at (512) 245-2651 for more info.

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