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May 29th, 2009
The Weekend: Baffled with one spear of grass

San Marcos High School’s Diamond Line dance team.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

May 31 is Walt Whitman’s birthday. It’s hard to think of someone more uniquely American than Whitman. His revolutionary free-versed poetry is still a form used by thousands of published and aspiring poets.

He also proclaimed our national sport with the epithet it has had for generations, “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.”

It was Whitman who said, “If you done it, it ain’t bragging.” Yet, Whitman was thought to be an unruly genius at best and he had a hard time selling poetry during his lifetime.

His Leaves of Grass is now one of the best selling poetry books of our last two centuries. Sadly, this isn’t saying that much. The best selling poets of all time are Shakespeare, Lao Tzu and Kahlil Gibran. Only one of those guys originally wrote in English, and America was just a gleam in the eyes of manifest destiny when he was writing. People don’t buy much poetry, even though it is the poets who always have the last word about their culture.

Let’s give Whitman the last word here: ”Bring all the art and science of the world and baffle and humble it with one spear of grass.”

While enjoying some Whitman this weekend, you may want to take a break from poetry. Here are a few wonderful diversions for your enjoyment.

Friday, May 29

There is good music to be enjoyed in San Marcos every evening, but if you want a little bit of music right away after work to start your weekend off right, you can’t go wrong with Halleyanna at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) at 5:30 p.m. or Mark Jungers at the Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) at 6 p.m. Both of these musicians will help you forget about the cares of the week as you drift away on their awesome melodies.

It’s Friday Night Bingo at the Wimberley VFW Post (Veteran’s Park on Jacob’s Well road) at 6:30 p.m. The Bingo action is hot and heavy with interesting games, contests and prizes. The Ladies Auxiliary serves up some mighty fine concessions, too.

The San Marcos Diamond Line Dance Team has the first of two weekend performances tonight at the San Marcos High Auditorium at 7 p.m. They are tripping the light fantastic to the theme of “Dances Through the Decades,” and the show promises to be a real treat. Tickets are only $8 to see this award winning team in action.

Music abounds tonight with Bel Stuart at Wake the Dead Coffee House (1432 RR 12) at 9 p.m. and those Honky-Tonkin’ rockers Sean Castillo & the Hubcaps at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102).

Hailing from Red Dirt country, Brandon Jenkins will be playing his beautifully written songs at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight. It’s not just his song writing you’ll fall in love with; his voice has an amazing tone and clarity.

Local favorite pop-funk-jazz-meisters Funkotron will be keepin’ it smooth and funky at the Triple Crown tonight. They are joined by LFDC Funk, so the joint will be jumping.

Saturday, May 30

Tantra Coffeehouse (217 West Hopkins Street) has a small farmer’s market at high noon today. The folks at Cascabel Farms plan on bringing greens, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, Italian parsley, basil, tomatillos and celery. All these yummy veggies are good for you, and good for local farmers, as well.

The kitchen at CasiNada (600 Caliche Road) in Wimberley will be redolent with the fragrance of garlic and herbs as they hold a “CasiNada Cooks!” cooking class on ravioli making at 3:30 p.m. They will both demonstrate the techniques of making pasta and give you hands-on experience for your own ravioli making at home. The class is 55$ per person and includes the pleasure of eating your handiwork. Call (512) 847-3779 for reservations and more information.

At 6:30 p.m. the 25th Annual Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center Auction kicks off at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom on the campus at Texas State. The auction’s theme is “Soaring to New Heights.” The event costs $25 per person and includes a meal. There will also be a cash bar and free parking. All proceeds from the auction go to local victims of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The auction is for a very good cause and the evening should prove to be lovely.

If you missed the award winning San Marcos High School Diamond Line Dance Team’s performance last night, you can still see them tonight at the San Marcos High Auditorium. “Dances Through the Decades” is their theme and the tickets are a mere $8. Don’t miss these talented young people’s extraordinary organized terpsichore.

The Organics claim their influences run the gamut from King Crimson to the Stray Cats to the Smiths to Johnny Cash to the Mars Volta to My Morning Jacket and, as gamuts go, that’s an eclectic one. They’ll be at the Triple Crown tonight along with Turbo 350 and Chicken Shift.

The Austin Space Heaters will be at Wake the Dead at 7 p.m.  There are a lot of bands that call themselves the “space heaters” in the U.S. but it’s our opinion that it means something a little more when a space heater is all you need in the winter in Texas.

Joel Hoffman Band is the house band at Riley’s although they often play other gigs around the state. It’s good to see them on their home turf and they’ll be at Texas’ first tavern after prohibition (Riley’s of course) tonight.

Sunday, May 31

Wake the Dead has a small fruit and veggie stand at 10 a.m. on Sundays, and it’s a fun thing to stop and get a little produce on your way home from church. It always adds a little something special to Sunday dinner.

The Wine Cellar (corner of Hopkins Street and LBJ Drive) has another exciting Reader’s Theater offering today, and this one is a doozy. They will be reading Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “Talley’s Folly” from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Wilson may be familiar to some as the author of “The Hot L Baltimore,” which, in addition to winning the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, was made into a remarkable television show by director Norman Lear.

“Talley’s Folly”, one of Wilson’s most positive and affirming plays, is read at the Wine Cellar in conjunction with Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance. The play is traditionally done without intermission, so try to arrive on time.

This is a free event. However, because of limited seating, reservations are required. Call (512) 805-9463. It’s not a bad idea to make dinner reservations at the Wine Cellar for after the play. This sounds like a great way to spend your Sunday!

Bob Stiene, at Wake the Dead Coffee House, works his magic on your tension with his chair massage from 4-8 p.m. They make a fine cup of Joe there, too.

The mics are open at Riley’s and the Triple Crown tonight. You may be a star in the making, but first you have to make it here.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is on ABC Family at 7 p.m., for those who prefer to stay home and relax. Those movies are always fun to see again.

And Adult Swim fans should tune in for the season finale of Aqua Teen Hunger Force at 10:45 p.m. It’s a live action episode with rapper T-Pain as Frylock, H. Jon Benjamin as Master Shake and an online contest winner as Carl. It has been reported that the part of Meatwad will be played by an exercise ball. You just can’t make this stuff up, folks.  It’s all so weird one feels compelled to watch. And even if you hate it, you can’t help but sing along with the great Schooly D theme song.

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