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February 13th, 2009
Weekend: The unlucky and the lucky

Monte Montgomery is playing Saturday night at Cheatham Street Warehouse.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

Today is Friday the 13th, and if you are unfortunate enough to suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th), rejoice that you do not suffer from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), where the odds are even more against you.

The numerous reasons for why Friday the 13th is unlucky are apocryphal at best. It appears to have about the same validity as Valentine’s Day, coming up this Saturday. The upside of Friday the 13th is that the insurance industry reports that people are more cautious on this day and because of this, fewer accidents occur. The upside of Valentine’s Day? Plenty of markdown candy on the 15th.

There’s loads of stuff to do this weekend with or without a Valentine, and there’s the added bonus of President’s Day on Monday to recuperate while thinking about George and Abe.

Friday, February 13

Ease away the troubles of the week and center your consciousness with Certified Sivananda Yoga Instructor, Tina Baumgartner, at the San Marcos Public Library (625 E. Hopkins) tonight at 5 p.m. The class is free and all are welcome. Wear a comfortable outfit and bring a towel or blanket to sit on as you stretch away your stress.

“Dancers in Flight,” the exciting yearly dance production of Texas State’s dance organization, Orchesis, will be at Evans Auditorium (North LBJ on the Quad) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are 5$ at the door.

If you meander over to the Alkek Library (behind the LBJ Student Center) on the Texas State Campus, the first floor exhibit case features the outfits of Woodrow F. Call (Tommy Lee Jones) and Augustus “Gus” McCrae” (Robert Duvall) from the CBS mini-series “Lonesome Dove.” Props, costumes, set designs, sketches and more are from the Witliff Collections Larry McMurtry/Lonesome Dove archive. The library is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays.

The Triple Crown (206 N. Edward Gary) features rock/pop masters The Bill Jerram band at 6 p.m. Jerram’s crystal clear voice blends pleasantly with the solid keyboard, drums and guitars, and you’ll be glad you stopped by for a listen. If you stay a little later, you can take part in the Triple Crown’s Winter Dance Party with Izzy Cox, who describes her music as Voodoobilly Jazz. Part old Western Swing radio, part contemporary Americana, Cox definitely swings with her own style.

Hayes Carll’s “Trouble In Mind” has the distinction of being the most played Americana release of 2008, getting more radio airplay than any of his peers. If you go to the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham St.) tonight, you’ll see why his distinctive style is so addictive, he’ll be playing there tonight at 9 p.m.

HeyBale! that infamous gang of pluckers, noodlers and country song masters, will be at Riley’s (8894 FM 1102) tonight at 9 p.m. When you get there, make sure you congratulate Hays County resident and all around fret-wizard, Redd Volkaert on his recent Grammy win for his participation on the Brad Paisley release “Play” (RCA) on the jammin’ tune “Cluster Pluck.” You’d better wear your most comfortable sturdy shoes tonight, because if you aren’t dancing, you may just wear your shoe leather away with foot taping.

Saturday, February 14

This is a very good day to be kind to your heart and the Texas State women’s soccer club is holding its annual Valentine’s Day “Run Your Heart Out” 5K to help keep your heart healthy. The race begins and ends on the university grounds at the west campus athletic fields next to the Bobcat Soccer Complex (off Sessoms Drive on Academy Street). Online registration is closed, but you can register at the field. The fee is $12.50.

If you loved watching the Westminster Dog Show on USA network this past week, then don’t miss the Guadalupe Valley Dog Fanciers AKC licensed conformation dog show today and Sunday at the Hays County Civic Center. Breed judging will begin 8 a.m. Best in Show will be around 5 p.m. each day. More than 150 breeds of dogs will be competing for championship points. There will be a food concession stand, plus vendors selling toys and treats for your canine pals. Dogs that are not entered to compete are not permitted on the show grounds, though, so take pictures to show Rover the day’s events. Admission is free to the public. For more information, call (51….

The Texas State women’s basketball team and Susan G. Komen For The Cure team up today for the Women’s Basketball Association’s second annual Pink Zone initiative in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness as the Bobcats face the Lamar Cardinals at 2 p.m. inside Strahan Coliseum (Aquarena Springs Drive). Mayor Susan will be on hand for a half-time presentation and a special drawing for pink basketballs will be held then, as well.

In addition to getting to see a great basketball game, T-shirts and informational material will be given as door prizes. Fans wearing pink to the game will get a discounted $2 ticket.

If you think love is a delicious, delightful, mysterious tune, just wait until you hear Monte Montgomery’s at the Cheatham Street tonight at 9:15 p.m. Montgomery is not your average guitar wielding hotdog. His extraordinary, innate, unusual gift for the sound of the instrument is one of the reasons why every year some guitar magazine votes him as one of the top 100 guitarists in the country. Whether the heart you bring with you is sweet, broken or aching, Montgomery’s music is guaranteed to take you out of yourself and into a new realm.

If you want to do a bit of steppin’ with your Valentine, Riley’s will have Lil’ Bit and the Customatics to lilt your swing, while the Triple Crown features the Oganics, Flatcar Rattlers and the Cyrstal Creek boys.

Sunday, February 15

Sunday afternoon might be a good time to hit the Joan Cole Mitte Gallery (601 University Drive) on the Texas State campus, which currently has a site-specific (i.e done with that space in mind) installation of paintings and sculptures by Sylvia Benitez, titled “Where Meets The Sea.” A slow-moving underlying soundscape was composed by Charles Ditto, which runs along in the background and melds the images to sounds. The exhibit continues until March 5.

The San Marcos Public Library (625 East Hopkins) will be closed for Presidents Day, so it might be a good idea to get a few books there this afternoon. The Sunday hours are 1-6 p.m. Library cards are free to all residents of Hays County, as well as to all children who reside in the San Marcos School District. While you’re there, why not pick up one of their snappy economical tote bags? All proceeds go to the library, which is arguably one of the best in Hill Country.

Tonight, the Cheatham Street is having its Festival Showcase, featuring Wimberley’s Ray Wylie Hubbard, often referred to as the “elder statesman of the Texas music,” at 5 p.m. Hubbard’s diversity has often left him searching for an audience, but contemporary audiences will immediately see his genius. Dr. G and the Mudcats, local favorites, will take the stage at 9 p.m. Brigitte London’s rootsy, soulful country sound will finish up the evening at 10 p.m. This is a great gig to end your Sunday.

If you’re staying at home, check out the San Marcos Activity Center’s Spring Calendar at ci.san-marcos.tx. You can now register for classes and activities online, including everything from kickball to scrap booking.

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