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August 7th, 2009
The Weekend: The play's the thing

Patrons at the Emily Ann Theater before showtime. Photo by the Emily Ann Theater.

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Of course, this weekend marks one of our most revered summer holidays, the always-important official National Sneak Some Zucchini on to Your Neighbor’s Porch Night.

We know some of you have been doing this already with eggplants, southern peas and squash. Even in this drought, the okra and kale persist in abundance. We know you gardeners can’t use it all. Now’s the time to donate to your neighbors, whether they want some or not.

Think of it as though you are your neighbor’s mom and you want to make sure they eat that okra or those peas because you care about their nutrition. Well, that, and you’re tired of stuffed okra, boiled okra, okra and tomato and okra stew.

Don’t bother giving them any kale, though. You can give them that all winter long.

If your thumb is even less green than your lawn this year, you can always hope someone will give you a basket of veggies. In the meantime, no matter how your garden grows, you have a wealth of activities to occupy your time this weekend.

Here are just a few.

Friday, August 7

The music kicks off this weekend with Bill Jerram at 6 p.m. for the early gig at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary). Jerram’s band plays a catchy powerpop with keyboard work that would sound equally at home in the ’70s or ’80s. His voice is compelling and the band does a good job of making traditional classic rock sound shiny and new.

The weekly bingo game at the Wimberley VFW (Lions Park on Jacobs Well Road) is loaded with fun and prizes. The cage starts percolating the numbered spheres at 6:30 p.m. Concessions are sold by the lovely gals of the Ladies Auxiliary.

Time to break out that Nehru jacket, those Beatle boots and your love beads for the ’60s Night Fundraiser starting at 7 p.m. at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos (131 North Guadalupe Street).

In addition to historical and cultural discussions, there will be a ’60s trivia contest, music, wine and brownies. The brownies are probably not the kind eaten in the ’60s but attendees are encouraged to dress in their ’60s garb, so it’ll look and feel like you ate the “happy” brownies, anyway.

Tickets are $25 at the door. The proceeds will help the museum meet the Texas Pioneer Foundation’s $25,000 matching grant. So, it’s, like, good karma, man.

The Wimberley Players will delight audiences tonight with their rendition of the musical “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off” at 8 p.m. at the Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road). Tickets are $15 and the play answers the musical question “What Kind of Fool Am I?”

Shakespeare always sounds better under the stars, and the EmilyAnn Theatre (1101 FM 2325) presents “A Winter’s Tale” with that in mind. Middle and high school drama students will wax poetic with the words of the bard starting at 8:15 p.m. The day’s heat will have cooled off, but the play’s action is hot and heavy. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.

When Forest Wayne Allen got his degree in environmental science, we don’t suppose the folks at Virginia Tech thought he was going to improve the environment with music. He fooled them, because that’s just what he does. You can hear his environmental improvements at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight at 9:30 p.m. He’ll play there with the young alt-country bucks, Texas FX, so the evening is destined to be environmentally rockin’.

Triple Crown features a night of ancient civilization head-cuttin’ with the reggae funk of the Kallisti Gold at 10 p.m. Kallisti was inscribed on the Golden Apple of Dischord by Eris. If that doesn’t ring a bell, just know that it was the fruit that started the Trojan War. Kallisti Gold will be joined by Ashes of Babylon, the reggae band with 50 percent more Mesopotamian in their name. Should be a fun show, but don’t take any wooden horses.

Saturday, August 8

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102), Texas’ first tavern after prohibition, is throwing its third annual Hawaiian Luau today starting at 5 p.m. Music will be provided by Island Texas, the only band we can think of that plays Texas music with a Caribbean twist. There will be free roasted pig and Hawaiian food served at 6 p.m. and the drink specials will continue throughout the Luau. Riley’s wants you to feel free to wear your tropical splendor, so get out the sarong and that panama hat.

If you’d rather swing Western style, then don your cowboy boots or your petticoats and head on over to the Geronimo VFW (6806 SH 123) in beautiful downtown Geronimo. The Saturday Night Dance starts at 8 p.m. and features the country sounds of San Antonio’s Texas Weather Band. The VFW hall is smoke-free and open to everyone.

If you haven’t seen the Wimberley Players in “Stop the World I Want to Get Off,” tonight may be a good night to see them in this famous ’60s musical. The world stopping takes place at the Wimberley Playhouse at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Rather than watch a boring new chick flick, horror movie or crime show, why not see a play that’s the grand-daddy of ’em all, Shakespeare’s “A Winter Tale,” at the EmilyAnn Theatre? Middle and high school kids, an outdoor theater, the gorgeous Texas sky and Shakespeare: that’s entertainment! Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

Everyone from Mojo to Billboard to USA Today praises Chris Knight’s sharp, distinctive songs and lonesome voice. He’s come a long way from the coal mines in Kentucky. You’ll hear every step of that voyage in his songs. He’ll be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight at 9:30 p.m.

The Triple Crown features a night of hardware starting with Hammer, a band that does just that. Hammer is joined by Within White Shadows, who paint loud tales about life. The ominously named By Any Means Necessary, also on the bill, is equally loud. The construction noises begin at 10 p.m. Come prepared with earplugs and dramamine. It’s going to be a bumpy night.

Sunday, Aug. 9

Start off a leisurely Sunday morning with a good cup of coffee and some smooth music. You can find both at Wake the Dead Coffee House (1432 RR 12) today at 11 a.m., which presents Day Jazz with Scotty and Ike. Listening to music is always a nice way to start out the day.

The Wimberley Players continue to delight today with the singing, the world stopping and the acting at the Wimberley Playhouse matinee of “Stop the World I Want to Get Off.” You can see all the drama today at 2:30 p.m.

Bob Steine is giving out the chair massages at Wake the Dead today from 4-7 pm. Don’t expect him to to what John Redcorn does for Nancy Gribble on “King of The Hill,” but you will feel a heck of a lot better after a massage.

The gentle tones of the “First Family of Hill Country Music”, the Ash Family, will lilt through the Cheatham Street Warehouse today from 4-8 p.m.

Shakespeare is still waiting for you at the EmilyAnn Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. He’ll be there under the stars with a talented group of acting students who will reprise “A Winter’s Tale.” You may not see Bill Shakespeare in the crowd, but you’ll feel him in every line of dialog.

The mics are open at Riley’s and the Triple Crown tonight, so you can perfect your act before you hit the big time.

Of course, diehard fans will be glued to the tube for the pre-season football game with Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans on NBC at 7 p.m.

Turner Classic Movies will salute Cary Grant with his movies all day. TCM will show the Hitchcock thriller, “Notorious” with Grant and Ingrid Bergman at 7 p.m.

It is said that Grant wanted Sophia Loren for Eva Marie Saint’s part in Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest,” because Cary was smitten with the Italian bombshell. You’ll see the sparks fly at 9 p.m. in TCM’s second offering of the night, “Houseboat,” with Loren playing Grant’s maid.

Or, you make some fried okra. Yum!

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0 thoughts on “The Weekend: The play's the thing

  1. You’ve got to see Chris Knight at the Cheatham Street Warehouse! This guy is incredible! He’ll make you cheer. He’ll make you cry. He’s a master of storytelling in his songs. There are too many to mention, but here are some favorites. “If I were you,” “It Ain’t Easy Being Me,” “Enough Rope,” “Down the River” You’re guaranteed to have a fantastic time, if you see Chris Knight tonight!

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