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February 20th, 2009
The weekend: There went President's Day

The Lucky Tombin Band is playing Saturday night at Cheatham Street Warehouse.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

President’s Day has come and gone. Some of us get a little confused.

There used to be two days we celebrated, Feb.12 for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and Feb. 22 for George Washington’s. These were much anticipated school holidays replete with tales of Abe using a coal shovel as a writing slate and George admitting he chopped down the apocryphal cherry tree. Then, in the 1980’s, these days got squooshed together to make one three-day-weekend in February.

So now we don’t celebrate any specific president’s actual birthday, we just celebrate presidents in general, but in specific, Lincoln and Washington. Huh? We suppose we should just be grateful it wasn’t named Washingham Day or Abrageorge Weekend. This Sunday is George Washington’s actual birthday, and if you want to celebrate it, we suggest cherry pie. Or, you could just do some of the great activities offered in San Marcos this weekend.

Friday, February 20

Texas State’s Department of Theatre and Dance will stage two performances of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” one tonight and one Saturday, both at 8 p.m. on the main stage of the Theatre Center on campus. “Chalk Circle” is a play within a play, as well as a parable about a girl who steals a baby but becomes a better mother than its natural parents.

Brecht’s play is one of his most famous and it is a fitting to start to preface a week in which Texas State will host the 2009 Region VI College Theatre Festival, since the very first performance of this work was done at a college. It debuted for the world in 1948 at Carleton College in Minnesota.

As famous as Brecht is for writing German Modernist plays, he is probably most famous, in this country anyway, for writing the lyrics to the oft-sung “Mack the Knife,” a song he wrote with Kurt Weill for The Three Penny Opera.

For more information, tickets and directions to the theatre call the box office at (512) 245-2204.

At 6 p.m., the Triple Crown (206 N Edward Gary) features Mark Jungers, who comes here fresh from hosting the Americana Songwriter Showcase at Patsy’s Cowgirl Café in Austin. Jungers was raised on a Bird Island, MN, farm before moving to Texas, but when you listen to him you’ll swear he grew up in the heart of cowboy country. Stay a little later and groove to the fat chunky funk of Spank at 9 p.m..

A joint concert featuring Texas State’s Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble will be at Evans Auditorium (North LBJ on the Quad). Dr. Caroline Beatty and Dr. Rod Schueller are conducting. The concert starts at 8 p.m., highlighting the works of award-winning guest composer Stephen Bryant. Tickets will be available at the door and are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens.

The Slow Rollin’ Lows take their name from a great Billy Jo Shaver song and they manage do it justice by putting on a highly entertaining show. You can hear them at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) tonight.

The Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) hosts Nakia and His Southern Cousins, who will surely appeal to you if you like Southern rock with a bluesy groove and a surprisingly upbeat tempo. Nakia’s voice has a rich tone with a quality that seems mysteriously familiar, as if his voice was the one you have always been waiting to hear but just didn’t know it until you heard him. You’ll be an instant fan.

Saturday, February 21

This morning, the San Marcos high school baseball team is holding its annual Alumni Game and BBQ fundraiser at San Marcos High School baseball field. There will be two seven-inning games and a long ball competition. The first game begins at 11 a.m. If interested in playing, contact Eli Sepulveda at (512) 557-1010. BBQ plates will be sold for 6$, service begins at 11 a.m.

At 4 p.m., the Texas State men’s basketball team takes on Nicholls at Strahan Coliseum. After their win over Lamar in Beaumont, they may just be starting a winning streak. Ticket are $8 for adults and $6 for youth. The Basketball Band will be out in full force, as well, and they’re always worth hearing.

If you are longing for a little bluesy Motown to spark up your Saturday, look no further than Wake the Dead Coffee House (1432 Ranch Road 12), which is presenting Texas Blind Salamander at 8 p.m. This is a group of three talented guys who can really cook. Gary Flynn and Hector Molina provide thrumming guitars and some vocals, while Barney Sledge’s deliciously bluesy voice threads it all together and illustrates why Blind Salamander is as rare a creature as its namesake.

The Triple Crown has a triple threat of bands with Driver F, Old Cayote and the funky punk of Zlam Dunk. It must be going on one full year since Zlam Dunk were a bunch of musicians sitting in a dorm room making plans, and this seven piece band has done a lot since then with loads of gigs and an EP under their belts.

You’ll have the usual hard time deciding whether to see the Western swingin’ Lucky Tomblin Band with their all star line-up at the Cheatham Street Warehouse or the smart and snappy Jeff Hughes and Chaparral at Riley’s in Hunter, TX. If you go to Lucky Tomblin, prepare for your foot to swell up on Sunday what with all the tapping it will be doing. If you choose Jeff Hughes and Chaparral, request their cover of the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” It just may be the best version of all time.

Grupo Fantasma, fine purveyors of salsa-cumbia-latin funk, were nominated for a Grammy this year for their release Sonidos Gold. They will be playing an all ages show at Bar 141 (you know, Lucy’s, 141 Hopkins) at 9 p.m.. This event is sponsored by Study Breaks Magazine. By the way, they didn’t win the Grammy but, frankly, they wuz robbed,

Tantra Coffeehouse has its own triple threat tonight with the Ali Wagner Band, The Art of Giving Up and They Mean Us all playing between 8-11 p.m.. Tantra is a great place to soak up the grooves, vibes and caffeine.

Sunday, February 22

Today might be a good day to wander down to Three Dudes Winery (125 Old Martindale Road) to see three Texas fellows who love wine, beer, their dog and winemaking. They make a crisp Chenin Blanc, as well as a Merlot, a Cabernet, a Zinfandel and a Texas White. You can sit on a porch swing and taste a little wine as you gaze out at the gorgeous San Marcos River. They’re open from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t forget to pet the three dudes’ adorable Brittany Spaniel, Fideaux (get it? Fido? Only French. Okay, they’re not great comedians, but they’re great wine makers.)

The Texas State Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra are presenting a concert with Texas State faculty soloists and winners of the Aria and Concerto Competitions. Howard Hudiburg will conduct a program that features Beethoven, Verdi and Debussy. The concert starts at 3 p.m. at Evans Auditorium.

Gallery I at the Joanne Cole Mitte building is currently honoring the retirement of Professor Neal Wilson with the exhibition, “Silent Dialogue”, a retrospective of his work made during his 36 years of teaching and service at Texas State University. Admission is free.

A relaxing Sunday afternoon could find you from 4-8 p.m., at the Cheatham Street Warehouse listening to the dulcet tones of the Ash Family  or getting a stress-reducing Chair massage at Wake the Dead Coffee House. If you timed it well, you could even do both.

The Academy Awards are on ABC at 7:30 p.m. and what better way to face a new week than to be at home watching it all in your comfy clothes on your couch and not be there where you have to get dressed up in something uncomfortable and too tight and go home from parties the same way? Hugh Jackman hosts and Meryl Streep is nominated for a record 15th time. Water-cooler talk will center around the clothes and the speeches, and if you are a movie fan, you’ll be popping the corn and finishing your ballot as the red carpet rolls out. Whether you know the history of the Oscars or you just think they are little golden statues of Vin Diesel, good dirt will be dished tonight.

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