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May 22nd, 2009
The Weekend: A time for remembering

Band of Heathens plays Friday night at Cheatham Street Warehouse.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

If Memorial Day were on April 15, perhaps it would remind taxpayers that a lot of those taxes go to support a standing army. Nobody in this country can ignore the sacrifices that our armed forces have made in service to their country in this war and all those previous. Memorial Day has been set aside to honor all those who perished in an attempt to bring peace and decency to the world.

We get a three-day weekend to picnic and go to movies and generally relax. Memorial Day is often the kick-starter to the summer. All the things we do on these three days are possible because of those men and women who served in the armed forces. They did this so you could have a good and free life. We think this is worth more than a few tax dollars.

So the Clinton Administration, aware that the purpose of the day often gets lost in the shuffle of activities, passed a resolution in 2000 calling for a “National Moment of Remembrance” asking Americans “to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to “Taps’” at 3 p.m. in their time zone on Memorial Day.

Pacifist, protestor, Hawk or Dove, the one thing that unites us is that a patriot is one who feels strongly enough about her country to have a point of view and is allowed to express it and fight for it. This is made possible, in no small part, by our armed forces. A moment during a day devoted to them is a small price to pay for our freedom to disagree with each other in a civilized manner. Try to remember that one moment next Monday. Your country’s fallen veterans, at the very least, deserve that much.

There are plenty of wonderful things going on this long weekend for which to be additionally grateful. Here are just a few of them. Don’t forget during this first weekend of the 2 a.m. bar closing to drink responsibly. There’s a lot of beer in the world. You don’t have to drink it all in one sitting.

Friday, May 22

When you get off work head to the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) to hear Halleyanna who will start the weekend out right with her lovely voice and fine guitar work at 5:30 p.m. If you’re feeling a litter rowdier, local favorites Rab Rodriguez y lost Killa Hogs will be at the Triple Crown at 6 p.m.

Friday Night Bingo at the Wimberley VFW post (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road, approximately 3-miles North of Wimberley on Ranch Road 12) starts at 6:30 p.m. loaded great prizes, delicious concessions and fun. Get out there and have some bingo fun B4 it’s too late! (Little bingo joke, there. Very little.)

The Price Center (222 West San Antonio Street) features dinner theatre with the Second Act Troupe tonight. This is the last performance of the 2009-2010 season. The troupe will return in September, at the start of the new theatrical season. Tonight’s bill features “A Little Something for the Ducks”, “After the Ball” and  “An Infinite Deal of Nothing.” If you want a delicious dinner before the event, make sure you have reservations. Dinner will be served in the Price Center Tea Room at 6:45 p.m., with coffee and desserts during intermission. Tickets for the show plus dinner are $22. Show only tickets cost $12.  Call (512) 618-3355 for reservations.

Music continues to thrill tonight with Van Sanchez and the Unsurpassed Profit at Wake the Dead Coffee House (1432 Ranch Road) at 8 p.m.

Later, at the Cheatham Street Warehouse, the band that won Best New Band of 2007 at the Austin Music Awards of that year, Band of Heathens, will play its signature blend of Country-Rock. Band of Heathens is well worth catching.

Meanwhile the Triple Crown plays host to Goth Punk masters, The Belgraves. Do not fear the Goth in The Belgraves. They don’t emulate the oft-ridiculed “pale-kids-pretending-to-be-Rob Zombie-with-Cookie Monster-vocals” style and, instead, are both punky and original. They are joined by The Horrifics and Saturday Night Shockers.

Saturday, May 23

Rubber Duckies will be battling it out this morning starting at 10 a.m. in Wimberley at the Annual Rubber Duck races. A fundraiser for Wimberley Emergency Medical Services, the event takes place at the Blue Hole Recreation Area on Old Kyle road.

Nothing can quite compare to the sight of 2,000 rubber ducks thrown into Cypress Creek, racing for the big prize. It is sure to quack you up. Each duck has a number on the bottom and tickets are sold corresponding to those numbers. The holder of the ticket that matches the number of the first place duck will win $2,000. The second place duck wins $1,000, third place is $500, and fourth place wins $250, a lot of crackers for a quacker!

In addition to this exciting race, there will be games and activities for the kids so it’s a day of fun for the whole family. Go on out to race a duck, play some games, and help raise funds for Emergency Medical Services.

For more information, call Caroline or Ken at the Wimberley EMS, (512) 847-2526.

Tantra Coffee House (217  West Hopkins Street) now has its Farmer’s Market open every Saturday starting at noon. This week Cascabel Farm plans to sell greens, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, Italian parsley, basil, tomatillos and celery, while Chad/Judith will be selling eggs and loofah.  This is such a tasty way to support local agriculture while treating yourself to organic produce!

If you missed thee Second Act Troupe’s Dinner Theatre at the Price center last night, the troupe is reprising the event tonight. Call (512) 618-3355 for reservations.

Of course, if you have always wanted to be like one of the cast in the film Giant, there’s nothing like the Hays County Cattle Baron’s Ball to help you feel that way. Dressed in your Texas-chic finest, i.e. boots, hats, bolo-tie/red satin dress, you can dance the night away to the music of the Joel Hoffman band at Texas Old Town in Kyle. The event goes from 7 p.m.- midnight and the theme this year, “Wild for a Cause, Game for a Cure,” emphasizes charitable involvement with the American Cancer Society. Maybe you won’t look like Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor or James Dean, but you’ll surely feel like a “giant” for contributing to this great cause.

Buster Jiggs, a band formed in Taft, TX, by Scott Muennick, features his wife Kristin’s stellar voice and their tuneful lyrical take on country rock. They will play at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight. It’s Kristin’s birthday tonight, so be sure and wish her many happy returns of the day.

Mr. Honkey Tonk Piano, Earle Poole Ball will be at Riley’s (8894 FM 1102) tonight with the Rockabilly Blues. Ball has played with a literal who’s who of country music stars such as Merle Haggard, Glenn Campbell, Gram Parsons, Linda Ronstadt, Buck Owens, Marty Robbins, Mickey Gilley and the man in black, Johnny Cash. You’d best believe he held his own with this stellar group, so get down to Riley’s for a real Honky Tonk trip.

The Triple Crown features two bands that defy categorization. The Beaumonts are sort of country-rockabilly-cowpunk-psychobilly with a twist of Oingo Boingo. That could also describe Mr. Lewis and the Funeral  Five, if you substitute Oingo Boingo with They Might Be Giants. The band has been described as “punk rock with a dash of tango.” All of which means you need to see these bands and make up your own mind.

Sunday, May 24

On your way home from church, why not stop by the produce stand at Wake the Dead Coffee House, this morning? It opens at 10 a.m. and features local produce. Stop by again at 4 p.m. and get a relaxing chair massage from the magic fingers of Bob Stiene.

The first family of Hill Country Music, the Ash Family, will harmonize at the Cheatham Street Warehouse this afternoon from 4-8 p.m. Their lovely music will soothe your soul and please your ears.

The mics are once again open tonight at the Triple Crown and Riley’s, if you care to hone your singer/songwriter craft.

If you aren’t running out to see Night At The Museum II, today you may want to tune into KLRU-TV for the National Memorial Day Concert, a musical event honoring America’s servicemen and women with hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna. Guests include Colin Powell, Dianne Wiest, Katharine McPhee, Colm Wilkinson, Denyce Graves and Robert McDuffie. KLRU-TV is running the show at 7 p.m., with a repeat at 8:30.

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