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March 27th, 2009
The Weekend: Cars, guitars, horses, wise guys

Brandon Jenkins is nominated for best songwriter in the Lone Star Music Awards.

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The Three Stooges appear to be one of those cultural rites of passage for all men. When they are young boys, they meet the Stooges and before long they are repeating “Why I oughta…” and “Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk” Years ago, the Stooges were charged with the same complaints that are currently levied against video games and were at one time used against cartoons, that their violence was setting a bad example for children.

Of course, there were legions of dads and grandfathers watching the Stooges as well, which always makes one wonder just who was firing these salvos at Larry, Moe, Curly, Shemp, and Joe. It would not be a stretch to suggest it was a woman who started the outcry. The Stooges have a distinctively male following.

An amusing sidelight to the Stooges, whom one would never confuse with rocket scientists, is that most of the actors used their given names in the show. Larry was the actor Larry Fine, Moe was Moe Howard. The Horowitz boys, Shemp and Curly changed their last name to Howard. But their first names were the names used to address them when they were lads. One would be hard pressed to mention one other production that featured any of the actors who were Stooges.

It is this purity of casting that makes the Stooges seem like they were more than actors, they were The Stooges. The Marx brothers were accomplished intellects and musicians in their off-screen lives. The Stooges, while they surely had private lives and interests, always just seemed like, well, Stooges.

Last week would have been Shemp Howard’s 104th birthday and we think we heard him turning over when it was announced that a Three Stooges movie was in the works and would star Sean Penn as Larry, Jim Carrey as Curly and Benicio Del Torro as Moe. No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. It was reported in major newspapers all across the country including the New York Times. To this news, one can only respond “Wise guys, eh?”

Luckily, we don’t have to watch that movie or even think about it when there are such wonderful diversions here in Hays County. Here are just a few of them.

Friday, March 27

There are plenty of good baseball games to watch tonight as Texas State begin its three game series against Stephen F Austin at 6:30 p.m. at fabulous Bobcat Field.  At 7 p.m., Hays faces Seguin at home and Lehman plays host to Del Valle.

Music, as we all know, is abundant in San Marcos and the usual panoply of choices obtains tonight. The 6 p.m. early show at the Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) features the talents of Rabb Rodriguez y los Killa’ Hogs. At the same hour, you could be listening to Slip Stream at Wake the Dead Coffee House (1432 RR 12).

Andrea Marie and the Magnolia band will grace Riley’s tonight. She’s got an innocent clarity in her wisdom and a blend of Patsy Cline and Miley Cyrus. Her biographical songs are charming.

At the Cheatham Street, Brandon Jenkins, nominee for best songwriter in the first annual Lone Star Music Awards, will be appearing. He has a rich and comforting voice and writes a song with both toughness and tenderness.

Winter Dance Party is a band. Don’t go to the Triple Crown in your red velvet gown and tiara expecting the Snowflake Cotillion. If Winter Dance Party were a cookie, it would be a rockabilly crunch cookie with punk and country chips. This particular cookie would have to be washed down with a Lone Star beer, though. They’ll be appearing tonight with The Organics.

Saturday, March 28

If you are a even a semi-professional yard-saler, it will be no great inconvenience for you to get up early to be at the Presbyterian Parent Cooperative Preschool Annual Multi-Family Yard Sale taking place from 7 a.m. till noon. They’ll be set up on Mary Street across from the Blue Goat. Don’t forget to bring ones and quarters. Seems like they’re always welcome at these sales.

The second Texas State baseball game against Stephen F. Austin starts today at 2 p.m. Since we got all the rain out of the way earlier this week, it should be a beautiful day for the game at Bobcat Field.

The Hays County Civic Center is host to the 4-H Horse show starting at 8 a.m. and continuing all throughout the day. The 4-H-ers will be riding for points to qualify them for a district show, which will then hopefully lead to the state show. It’s fun to see these young people gain confidence and skills, and you’re bound to see some fine horses and horsemanship/horsewomanship.

Negley Elementary School in Kyle (5940 McNaughton) is throwing its carnival from 3-7 p.m. and there will be game booths, entertainment, food and something that strikes a note of pleasure in any kid under 15 — bounce houses!  Whoo-hoo!

Tonight you can hear the music of Boonesboro and friends at Wake the Dead Coffee House or throb to the rockin’ music of The Beaumonts and Turbo 350 at the Triple Crown. But wait, there’s more.

Perhaps you remember Dale Watson’s award winning video on CMT (Country Music Television), “Hollywood Hillbilly.”  This amusing video both starred and was directed by one of John Waters’ favorite actors, Johnny Knoxville. Watson is strictly classic country and he’ll be using that deep rich voice to charm the patrons at Riley’s tonight. Ask him to sing that hillbilly song again. It’s a keeper.

At 9:30 tonight at the Cheatham Street Warehouse, Paula Nelson, daughter of outlaw music’s favorite son Willie Nelson, will take the stage. Paula does have a supreme musical pedigree but you will be delighted by her sweet-as-honey vocals and her own distinctive musical style. No offense to Willie, but she’s more than just a mite prettier than dear old dad, as well.

Sunday, March 29

Motorheads will be arising as early as their yard-saler wives did yesterday to get to the all-day custom car show at the Hays County Civic Center, which will be gearing up around 8 a.m. The daylight will really show off that new roof with the translucent panels at the Civic Center although we suppose most fellas will be looking at the cars.

If you prefer your cars to be moving, loud, and fast then head over to Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle. The gates open at 5 p.m. so you can watch the qualifying heats and get a little taste of the roaring excitement ahead. General admission is $10 and kids under 12 get in free, so the whole family can enjoy the drama.

Sunday at 1 p.m., the Texas State baseball team will play its final game in the series against Stephen F Austin at fabulous Bobcat Field. Spring in Texas and baseball, what could be better?

Texas Old Town in Kyle plays host, starting at 2 p.m., to “Hats Off For Hospice,” a charity event that helps Central Texas Medical Center Hospice Care raise money for their “Dream a Dream” wish-granting program for hospice patients. There will be barbecue (supplied by Fuschak’s), kid entertainment and music by the award-winning, Austin-based band, Reckless Kelly. Tickets are $20 at the door and $40 with food included.

The live and silent auctions will feature many one of a kind items including autographed items from Grammy Award winning artists such as Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire and George Strait and signed sports items from Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Troy Aikman, Craig Biggio, Magic Johnson, Jerry Rice, Larry Bird, Terrell Owens, Tony Romo, Tom Brady and more. Sounds like good future Christmas gifts to us.

The country sounds of the Two Way Street Band will be making with the dance beats for the Sunday afternoon dance at the Geronimo VFW (6808 North SH 123). These Sunday afternoon dances go from 3-6:30 p.m. and they’re always a lot of fun. The kitchen opens at 2 p.m. if you’re hungry.

Today might be a good day to wander over to the Joann Cole-Mitte Gallery and take a gander “What Isn’t, Is.” It’s a mixed media art show that explores identity, among other things and features three talented artists, Mimi Cato, Allyson Fox and Misako Inaoka. The gallery is open until 9 p.m. tonight.

The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance (SMGBA) is having their annual meeting today at the Price Center (222 West San Antonio Street) from 3-5 p.m. You can hear about their exciting projects both past and present, and don’t forget that the SMGBA annual photo contest is starting soon (April 1), so get out your camera, get ready and ask a few questions about what kind of photos they’re looking for while you’re there.

The Bicycle Safety Course at the Center for Cycling Education at Texas State isn’t until April 2, but you need to register now. The course consists of practical tips and strategies as well as on-bike training. No matter how old you are, you know your mom would want you to take this class. And moms are practically always right. The $79 course cost includes a 33-page Smart Cycling manual from the League of American Bicyclists. Call (512) 667-6033 for more details.

If you still can’t get the taste of that Three Stooges re-make out of your head, it might be a good day to rent a few Stooges movies or television episodes. That’ll teach ya! Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk!

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