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February 27th, 2009
The weekend: Texas independence, a little early

Max Stalling is playing Friday night at Cheatham Street Warehouse.

For more about the weekend,turn on with “What’s Happening, Hap?”

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

Monday, March 2, is celebrated as Texas Independence Day, the day when Texans wrote and approved their own constitution, broke with Mexico and became a separate country.

Every other state in America was admitted into the union as a territory but Texas came in as a nation, with its own constitution and laws. The history of these United States and Texas is filled with proud moments as well as shameful ones, but one thing remains clear, Texas stands alone, in a class by itself, when it comes to accepting statehood.

Texas Independence Day justifiably celebrates the short-lived (ten years) and distinctive nation of “Texians.”  The Texas state flag is actually retained from that nation. The Lone Star State truly is “a whole other country” and there’s a lot to celebrate about that. We suggest a big old chocolate Texas sheet cake. And maybe a beer or two. After all, March 1 is supposedly “Beer Day,” although, if you can drink that Lone Star stuff, you really are a Texan, tell you what.

In the meantime, though, here are some choices for your pre-Independence Day amusement.

Friday, February 27

It’s always good to start your weekend with a bit of centering exercise, and what better way than with a 5 p.m. Hatha Yoga class at the San Marcos Public Library (625 E. Hopkins Street)?  Call (512) 393-8200 for more info.

The students at San Marcos Baptist Academy will present a musical retelling of the famous Hans Christian Anderson story, “The Ugly Duckling,” entitled Honk! This award-winning musical has been produced all over the world since 1993, and it continues to charm audiences with its wit and whimsy. It starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday with another performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The production will be held in the Robinson Christian Center on the academy campus (2801 Ranch Road 12). Call (512) 353-2400 for details.

At the Price Senior Center (222 San Antonio Street), noted Wimberley chanteuse, Lee Colee’, will be singing “Songs You Fell in Love To, A Diva’s Night at the Cabaret.”  Ms. Colee’ will perform two shows, one on Friday and one on Saturday. Both start at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $16 in advance. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening and the music is sure to put the romance back into your life. For further info call (512) 847-7934.

Music, as always, is abundant in San Marcos. The early show at 6 p.m. at the Triple Crown (206 N. Edward Gary) features the diverse stylings and comforting melodic rasp of RC Banks. He’s a local treasure. Stay a little later and hear The Couch, Spin Alley and Buzz N’ Bangs as the Triple Crown presents its usual triple threat.

At Riley’s  (8894 FM 1102). Jason Arnold and the Side Steppers will play the kind of Texas dancehall music that will have you side-stepping out for a twirl or two.

You’ll have a hard time believing that a natural singer/songwriter like Max Stalling has his Master’s in Food Science from Texas A&M. He actually worked for Frito-Lay once upon a time, although his music is far more substantial than a salty snack food and it’s twice as satisfying. He’ll be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight. Luke Olson opens.

Saturday, February 28

Get up early today and hit the Key Club Garage Sale at San Marcos High School Cafeteria. It goes from 8a.m. until noon.  For more info call (512) 393-6800.

At the Hays County Civic Center this weekend, the Texas Senior Pro Rodeo Association will be holding their weekend rodeo competition. This is the association’s 31st year of regularly scheduled weekend rodeos from February through October that take place all across Texas and feature the proficiencies of the over-forty set. These guys really know what they’re doing. The competition and the fun starts at 7 a.m. and goes until 7 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Goodnight Girls Athletics Booster Club will be selling delicious carne guisada in front of Owens Goodnight Junior High (1301 SH 123) from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.. What a tasty way to get a good lunch and contribute to the school. You can eat it there or take it home and it’s only $5. For an additional dollar, get a dessert or a soda, or be a big spender and get both. Your stomach will thank you.

The Texas State Bobcats softball team will play a double-header against McNeese state at Bobcat Field on Charles Avenue. Tickets are $5.

At 4 p.m., the Texas State Bobcats men’s basketball team will battle Northwestern State at Strahan Coliseum today at 4 p.m.. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for youth.

Tonight, the Grey Horse Saloon (Crestwood Center next to D’Blazio’s Pizza) will feature the country honky tonk of Glen Collins. The Triple Crown will have the progressive quartet Falcon Buddies, tagged by Newstreamz music reviewer Ashley Cass as “a blender frappe of Guided By Voices, The Flaming Lips and Yeasayer.”  Also on the bill are Prayer For Animals and Trio Del Rio.

Riley’s will be host to rockabilly masters The Moonhowlers at 9 p.m. and the Cheatham Street Warehouse presents the highly praised Rodney Hayden, who has inspired everyone from Billboard magazine to People to USA Today to Entertainment Weekly, all waxing inspired about his dulcet country sound. Go early and catch the silvery-voiced Hallyanna who opens for him around 8:30 p.m..

If you are a child (or at least a teen) of the 1980’s and you’re too tired to go out tonight, you can always watch the Farewell/Reunion Tour of The Police in Buenos Aires on KLRU’s Great Performances tonight at 8:30 p.m..

Sunday, March 1

The San Marcos River Foundation has an exciting opportunity for adventures in volunteering today at 2 p.m. when its members will gather with Texas Cave Management Association members to clear rocks out of what is thought to be a cave opening at a property in Hunter’s Glen on Lime Kiln Road.

There will be rock stacking, digging and much dirt removal, so bring your sturdy work gloves to handle the rocks and be sure to wear long pants and sturdy shoes. If you’ve always wanted to be Indiana Jones, here’s your chance for what could be a really fun and exciting discovery. Call (512) 393-3787 for more specifics.

The Texas State Bobcats softball team has yet another show-down with McNeese State at Bobcat Field today. Tickets are $5, and what a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Jazz lovers take note: At 2 p.m. at the Music Building on the Texas State campus in Recital Hall 236, Nickolas Conte will give his Senior Jazz Recital. Admission is free.

Local faves Texas FX will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse today from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and it’s always a pleasure to spend a Sunday afternoon in the historic and comfy venue.

At Wake the Dead Coffee House, Bob Steine will be available for chair massage from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. today. Bob probably won’t be massaging your chairs, so don’t bring them. You sit in a chair, and he massages you. It’s going to be a long week – you’ll need it.

If you just want to relax at home and you dig the sweet sounds of Celtic Woman, KLRU is showing a two hour program at 7 p.m. highlighting the group’s various performances interspersed with some lovely shots of Ireland.

Oh, also, it’s Beer day. You know what to do. Responsibly, please.

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