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November 7th, 2008
The Weekend: Shows and more lead up to Veterans Day

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

This weekend arrives with plays, music, parades and picnics. You know, all the cultural treasures San Marcians have come to expect from a weekend.

Friday, November 7

Friday features the one-character play, “C.S. Lewis on Stage,” featuring actor/director Tom Key in the title role. This production is part of the Texas State Encore Series and will show at the LBJ Student center Teaching Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

You probably know C.S. Lewis as the author of ”The Chronicles of Narnia,” but you may not know what a huge impact he had on the world of theology. Friends with J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis had a varied career as an author, poet and educator. He was an early proponent of Yeats and a fascinating lecturer.

“You don’t have a soul,” Lewis wrote, “You are a soul. You have a body.”

An extremely important figure in the religious world, his death was somewhat upstaged in the press by the assassination of John F. Kennedy which occurred on the same day. Lewis continues to be commemorated on the Episcopal church calendar every Nov. 22.

The play promises to be a vitally entertaining and inspirational experience. Tickets for the event are $10 for the general public and $5 for students.  For more information, call (512) 245-3501.

If Lewis isn’t your cup of tea (Lewis claimed there was no such thing as a cup of tea or book that was too big) There is the fantasy-comedy of ”The Dead Presidents Club” playing at Evans Auditorium on the Texas State Campus. If the author of the play, Larry L. King, sounds familiar, it is not because he is an aging talk show host, but because he is a legendary Texas author who co-wrote “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and whose papers reside in the Witliff collection at Texas State.

The play revolves around Calvin Coolidge, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon, who are being detained in post-existence barracks. Their detainers are a band of prissy, scrutinizing saints charged with determining the presidents’ eternal fate. The production is a lighthearted exploration of the strengths and foibles of each of these diverse national characters.

The play starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10 for the general public and $7 for students with a Texas State ID. Tickets can be purchased at the University Box Office in the Theatre Center, located at the corner of Moon Street and University Drive. If you miss it on Friday, you can catch it on Saturday night or at the Sunday afternoon matinee. Check the Mercury Calendar for details.

Lucy’s will feature the varied and adept talents of local musicians Funkotron. Their musical proficiency is funk-o-licious.

Saturday, November 8

You’ll want to get to the town square early (9 a.m.) if you want a Veterans Day parade breakfast of biscuits and gravy. There will also be free patriotic prizes for the first 200 youngsters to show up to the courthouse and find Uncle Sam.

Kids of all ages are invited to bring their bikes down to the San Marcos Kiwanis Club’s area on the square. Kiwanis Club members will help decorate the bikes for the Kids Bicycle Brigade and will escort the group as they ride in the Veterans Day Parade.

The Veterans Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. Lisa Morris, San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department’s recreation director, reports that there are more than 77 entries for the parade, so it should be quite a sight.

Grand marshals will be U. S. Marine Corps veteran Elston S. Golson, U.S. Army veteran Bob J. Sappington and Navy veteran Charley Williams. You can read lots more about the parade in the Mercury’s calendar listing.

Tonight Lucy’s will be featuring the Bobcat Ball, a once-a-semester throw-down. This semester’s theme is Jocks and Nerds and features Big Star Burlesque. Should be the bee’s knees.

You can enjoy the beautiful Texas twang of Pug Johnson’s wonderful vocals and the band he helped form, the Slow Rollin’ Lows, at Riley’s at 8 p.m.

At the Cheatham Street is Texas Hall of Fame inductee, Gary P. Nunn who, only last year, received the title “The Ambassador of Texas Music ” from Governor Rick Perry. His many accolades are well earned. He’ll be starting up around 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 9

It’s Texas author day at the San Marcos Public Library. Everyone is invited to meet a wide variety of Texas authors from 2-5 p.m. Authors will be there to chat with readers and sign books. There will be some books available for sale by the authors. The library points out, justifiably, that a signed book makes a swell Christmas gift.

First Christian Church in San Marcos will be having a Veterans memorial service and picnic lunch after the 10:30 a.m. service. To accommodate the large crowd, they ask that every participant prepare a side dish or dessert. The main course will be hot dogs, provided by the church. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

What could be a sweeter ending to the weekend than an afternoon of warm harmonies from the Ash Family? They’ll be singing and playing at the Cheatham Street from 4-8 p.m.

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