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September 25th, 2009
The Weekend: A time for reflection

John Arthur Martinez will play Saturday night at Cheatham Street Warehouse.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

Last weekend, in addition to Talk Like A Pirate Day, it was Rosh Hashanah, which is the beginning of the spiritual new year in the Jewish church. It would have been difficult, however, although not impossible, to celebrate both holidays at the same time.

The writer, Jackson Griffith, recently said that he thought the Jews had a good idea in starting the new year at this time because it just feels like one is starting over in September.

He’s right. It does feel like we’re beginning anew in September. This is more than likely because, no matter how many years it has been since we’ve seen the inside of a classroom, we still remember the start of school.

Honestly, it would be a little weird to start the new year as the landscape around us begins the process of hibernation. But the idea of a “spiritual” new year is a very good one.

Maybe we should just take the first day of every season for reflection, re-direction and appreciation. It could be a day when we all say to each other, “Yeah, I may disagree with you but isn’t it great to be on this lovely planet at the start of this season?” We could call it “Seasonal Contemplation Day.”

It’s just an idea. We’ll point out, also, that our last idea for a holiday was to call the day after Easter, “I Ate So Many Chocolate Bunnies That I Threw Up On My Brother Day.” No one seemed to care for that one much.

“Seasonal Contemplation Day” has its merits, though. We could even designate a pie for every season. So, you’d get pie too. Are you buying this yet?

You will have to spend some time contemplating what to do this weekend. There are a lot of options. Here are just a few suggestions.

Friday, September 25

No matter how twisted life can get, you need to stay calm and happy. You probably know that one of the ways to help achieve this is through yoga. If only there was a place you could go, right in town, for your yogic needs. It would have to be free, of course, you’re not made of money. Ah! The San Marcos Public Library (625 East Hopkins Street), in addition to being a stronghold of the written word, has a free yoga class today at 5 p.m. with a certified Sivananda Yoga instructor. Wear loose clothing, bring a towel or blanket to sit on and prepare to breathe deeply.

Mark Jungers comes into town fresh off the Americana Songwriter Showcase he’s been hosting at Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe this month on Thursdays. He’s a talented singer songwriter who knows how to farm. Oddly enough, this makes a very good combination and you get to harvest the benefits. He’ll be at the early gig at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) today at 6 p.m.

A psychologist from the University of Southampton’s Centre for Visual Cognition has linked bingo with increased mental agility. Of course, most people play it for fun. Big bingo fun can be had at the Wimberley VFW Post (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) Bingo Night, which begins at 7 p.m. tonight. There are prizes, unusual game configurations and concessions sold by the always-charming Ladies Auxiliary.

The Texas State women’s soccer team will play Prairie View A&M tonight in the Bobcat Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. The Bobcats won their last game earlier this week against Houston Baptist in a 2-0 decision, and they will try to keep up that momentum. Tickets are only $5 for general admission and $3 for youth admission.

It’s Parent Nights for the Lehmen Lobos at Bob Shelton Stadium (4800 Jack C. Hays Trail) as they face the Gonzales Apaches. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. and the Lobos are on a roll right now.

San Marcos Baptist Academy will be in San Antonio to play St. Gerard tonight, but Wimberely will be home facing Burnet at 7:30 p.m. The mighty San Marcos Rattlers will take on the Cibolo Steele Knights tonight at Bobcat Stadium. The gridiron action starts at 7:30 p.m.

Fish Fry Bingo is a study in what you can appropriate to make good new-fashioned Hillbilly Bluegrass. They use washboards, pots and pans, harmonicas, train whistles, rattles and the occasional stomp of a boot as deftly as they play fiddle and guitar. They are a delight to eye and ear, and will be at Tantra Coffeehouse (217 West Hopkins Street) tonight at 8 p.m. with the equally enjoyable Crystal Creek Boys.

Horse Opera plays a mighty lively honky-tonk brand of country, due in no small part to the singing and song writing skills of front man Jimmy Deveney. Burton Lee on the pedal steel don’t hurt none neither. You’ll be in for a wagonload of toe-tappin’ if you head to Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) tonight around 8 p.m. to hear the band.

Scriabin described his “Mysterium” as “a grandiose religious synthesis of all arts which would herald the birth of a new world.” Unfortunately, or fortunately, as the case may be, he never finished it. Instead of lamenting this loss, why not head over to the Music Building Recital Hall on the campus of Texas State and hear “Mysterium for Modern Music” directed by Richard Hall. It’s free, it begins at 8 p.m. and the only new worlds it’s going to be birthin’ will be in your own imagination.

Paul Eason is a talented song writer who will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) at 9:30 p.m. His band is quite good, but we think what you’ll notice most is the beautiful tone and expressiveness of Eason’s easy-flowing voice. He went to Houston’s High School for Performing Arts, as did Beyonce’ Knowles, but Beyonce’ gets Kanye to stir up controversy for “Sasha Fierce.” Maybe Paul just needs a kickin’ nickname like “Pleasin’ Eason” or “Paul the Destroyer” to get him talked about on ET. Okay, maybe not.

We’re not exactly sure how Hector Ward and the Big Time is going to fit into Triple Crown with its nine pieces, which includes a rockin’ horn section. That isn’t the only thing big about them, though, as their sound is bright, rhythmic and huge. They hit a groove that we didn’t even know existed, somewhere between Latin, Funk, Ska and Texas. You’ll be completely energized by their verve if you hit Triple Crown tonight at 10 p.m. They will be joined by the popular Kallisti Gold.

The Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) hosts Jesse Felder and the Bus to Brooklyn tonight at 10 p.m. Now, we don’t want to go flinging the name Dave Matthews around but let us fling it this far, anyway. Felder is as mesmerizing as Matthews. The only difference is that you can understand Felder when he sings, he isn’t wearing Abercrombie and Fitch, and he’s really good. Other than that, just like Dave. Seriously, Felder and the Bus can conjure a musical spell or two.

Saturday, September 26

If you are always looking for an excuse to buy a few books, we’ve got a good one. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. you could go to the Half-Price Books (900 Bugg Lane) with a bag (or a can or a pouch) of dog or cat food to donate to the Prevent A Litter (PAL) Pet Food Pantry representatives who will be there collecting for economically stressed families with pets. You’ll be doing a service to animals who may end up in over-burdened shelters and, at the same time, you can browse for a few books. Everybody wins.

At 11 a.m. the Christian Federation of Police Officers-Christian Athletics Youth League (CFPO-PAL) will dedicate new fields at The Village (East of Hunter Road on Reimer Avenue), and you are invited to attend. The three new lighted football fields with scoreboards include team benches and bleachers. The fields will be dedicated to founding board member, Gil Peyton.

It’s time once again for the Claiborne Kyle Log House (2400 South Old Stagecoach Road in Kyle) Annual Fried Chicken Dinner. There will be great food, good music and fun from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. at this much beloved event. Claiborne and Lucy Bugg Kyle would be proud.

The Texas State women’s volleyball team will be at Strahan Coliseum taking on Texas-San Antonio (UTSA). It’s all part of the Interstate-35 Rivalry and Legacy Weekend at Texas State. The Bobcats had a great victory this week when they faced A&M-Corpus Christi and won three sets of four with some heart-stopping action. Tickets are only $5 for general admission.

Texas State student Kari Klier will give a percussion recital today at 3 p.m. the Music Building Recital Hall on the campus. While the human voice is usually thought to be the first musical instrument, anthropologists speculate that percussion instruments were the first musical devices ever created. Humans have been entranced by percussion for thousands of years. Tickets are $3 for students, and $5 for adults, to hear why.

Wimberley United Methodist Church (County Road 1492 and RR 12) is having a free carnival from 4-7 p.m. today. The event is hosted by the Children’s Ministry Department and features carnival games and prizes, face painting, snow cones, a petting zoo, train rides and the ever popular bounce houses. Who doesn’t like a good bouncy house? For more information call (512) 847-3109.

The Texas State Bobcats will face Texas Southern tonight at 6 p.m. in fabulous Bobcat Stadium. The football team will look to eradicate the sting of defeat that Texas Christian left them last week, so the game should have some energy. Tickets are $13 for general admission.

You never quite know what Madam and the Teapot Atheists are going to do, or wear, in addition to playing their distinctive experimental rock. There will be masked musicians, and Candice Thornesberry will probably paint a picture while the music plays. There may be a distinctive chapeau or two. There might even be a spontaneous outburst of new riffs in a song. One thing is certain. They are never dull. They’ll be at Wake the Dead Coffeehouse (1432 RR) at 5 p.m. today. Expect the unexpected.

You can’t be from Texas and not know who Earle Poole Ball is. You may know him from Heybale!, you may know him from the dozens of famous artists he’s played with over the years (Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Mickey Gilley etc. etc.). You may just know him as “Mr. Honky-Tonk Piano.” The one thing you really should know is that you don’t want to miss him. Earle Poole Ball and the Cosmic Americans will be at Riley’s tonight at 8 p.m.

At the Music Building Recital Hall on the campus of Texas State, you could opt to hear a student voice recital given by Brigitte Bellini at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 general admission and $3 for students. It’s a revelation to see the talent that pervades the music and theater arts at Texas State.

Kent Finlay and the Cheatham Street Warehouse are world famous for incubating and nurturing fledgling song writers. John Arthur Martinez, appearing there tonight at 9 p.m., is a graduate of both Texas State and Kent Finlay’s “school” of song writing. Martinez is a Texas poet who writes gorgeous lyrics. His voice, which is not always the case with songwriters, matches almost flawlessly with his music. His long awaited CD, “Purgatory Road” is finally out, and this gig is a release party, so get there early to hear every note. The irrepressible Dr. G and the Mudcats join the evening.

Tantra Coffeehouse (217 West Hopkins) hosts Roger Sellers, the one man band, at 9 p.m. tonight. Sellers paints dreamscapes with music and if you even just walk by Tantra when he’s singing, you’ll think you’ve been transported to Atlantis. He’s amazing.

If you like rockabilly (what’s not to like?), the Gray Horse has a dynamic duo of two, count ’em, two, awesome purveyors of the genuine stuff. The Skeletons are one of the best of the genre, and they open for The Moonhowlers, who may actually be the best you’ve ever heard. They manage to convey the jittery spirit of rockabilly while adding the sexy spice necessary to make it addictive. No cover tonight either, so go, cat, go!

The ska-swing sounds of the popular Organics will energize Triple Crown tonight. They pretty much bring the party with them wherever they play. Tonight, the party also includes the blues rock fusion of Beans and Rice. It turns into a triple threat evening with the addition of the Blind Pets, who have a slight touch of Drive Like Jehu in their fuzzy guitars and unusual lyrics. They are quite simply awesome.

Sunday, September 26

Ah, Sunday morning, a time of reflection, rest and a big delicious cup of coffee. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a bit of music to go along with it? Fear not. At Wake the Dead Coffeehouse, you can get the beverage and music with Scotty and Friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you hang around until 4 p.m., Bob Steine will work his magic with chair massage until 7 p.m.

The Wine Cellar (corner of LBJ Drive and Hopkins Street) features another of its Reader’s Theaters today at 4 p.m. The play, written by San Antonio playwright Alice Mena, is the funny and much loved, “Las Nuevas Tamaleras.” The story revolves around three contemporary Hispanic women making tamales for the first time. When the spirits of Dona Juanita and Dona Mercedes appear, giving them advice, the play is both poignant and amusing.

The Readers Theater event is free, but you’d best make the required reservations soon, as the space fills up fast. Call (512) 805-9463 to reserve your spot. Light hors’d’ ouevres will be served at the reading. The Wine Cellar is open for dinner after the reading, as well. Call (512) 805-9463 for reservations or more information.

The Wimberley United Methodist Carnival continues today from 4-7 p.m., so you can still get in a quick bounce, a snow cone and a few games.

Wake the Dead Coffeehouse features the last day to view Ryan Theis’s artwork tonight. The art “closing” will go from 8-9 p.m.

The mics are open at Triple Crown and Riley’s, while the Gray Horse tries to lure you to a microphone with karaoke. It’s all good, so don’t be afraid to sing out.

The Indianapolis Colts are playing the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football, but if you have a taste for natural beauty, you won’t want to miss the first episode of Ken Burn’s new series of documentaries on the National Parks system. Called “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” it features the usual well-researched Ken Burns footage which, in this case, means looking at the splendor of America’s natural beauty. If you really want to watch the football game, don’t forget to DVR the documentary at either 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. tonight on KLRU.

And think about that pie holiday, won’t you?

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