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October 16th, 2009
The Weekend: More fun than a balloon of monkeys

Sisters Morales, appearing at the Cheatham Street Warehouse, are just one of the many great musical offerings this weekend.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

The “Balloon Boy” crisis of the last week brings up some interesting things about life, children, parents and the media.

For those of you just arriving from Mars, let us recap quickly. Amateur storm chaser Richard Heene made a weather balloon with a small compartment at the bottom. The story was told that his son, six-year-old Falcon, had climbed into the balloon’s compartment and the balloon drifted off. This set off a two-hour media frenzy, finding the balloon in the sky and following its course, while millions of viewers sat chewing their nails with worry. Turns out, when the balloon landed, it was empty.

Falcon said he was in the attic. The father said they found him in the garage. Point is, he was home the whole time. The Heenes, it must be added, had appeared twice on the ABC reality series “Wife Swap.”

The first question that must be asked is, when your son is missing, why is the whole house not thoroughly checked? The family said they called his name and he didn’t answer. We don’t know about your experiences with children, but in our experience, not answering does not mean they are missing. Not hardly.

And wouldn’t you hope against hope that the kid was somewhere in the house and search it frantically from top to bottom before you called the authorities? And why does that kid think he was in the attic when the father clearly stated he was in the garage? It may be that they are addicted to petty fame, it may be that they park their car in the attic, it may be that Falcon will start a whole new spin-off called “Parent Swap.” We don’t know.

But, we think this whole story stinks on ice.

We are reminded of what Vladimir Nabokov once wrote: “Reality is one of the few words which mean nothing without quotes.” Seems like the Heenes have a whole different “reality” than most parents.

Here’s some really good reality programming — the events unfolding this weekend for your delight, edification and pleasure. Here are some suggestions.

Friday, October 16

After putting on a fair for about a hundred years, a city can really get the hang of doing it right. So it is with Kyle, where the Kyle Fair and Music Festival starts today at 5 p.m. at Gregg-Clark Park. The carnival opens at 6 p.m., as the Texas Blind Salamanders will be regaling the first folks at the fair with their bluesy syncopations.

Later on will be fajita judging and bean judging to kick off the cook-off. Other musical guests tonight include the LA Blues Band and Ram Herrera. There are lots of new things at this year’s fair, like a genuine poker tournament.

Wake the Dead Coffeehouse (1432 RR 12) has Andy Hartsock playing the popular Music for Chilren series at 6 p.m. Also at 6 p.m., Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) features The Fajita Brothers. That same hour, Reena Berger will play a piano recital at the Music Building Recital Hall on the Texas State campus. Tickets for Reena are $5.

The word “bing” can conjure up a lot of images. It’s a search engine, a singer, a cherry. The word “bingo” conjures up those numbered balls and the great prizes that can be found at the Wimberley VFW Post’s (Veteran’s Park on Jacobs Well Road) traditional Friday night bingo game. The lovely gals of the Ladies Auxiliary conjure up the snacks. The cage starts turning at 7 p.m.

If you want to watch the Hays Rebels play tonight (7:30 p.m.), you’ll have to roll on down to Lockhart. San Marcos Baptist Academy will be at Victoria St. Joseph. The mighty Lehman Lobos will be at Bob Shelton Stadium taking on Elgin. Good night for football if the weather holds. And the San Marcos Rattlers are playing football at Alamo Heights in San Antonio.

If you have wondered about the state of contemporary poetry, well, it’s doing just fine, thanks in no small part to poets like Tony Hoagland. The award winning poet will read tonight at 7 p.m. at the Katherine Ann Porter House, 508 Center Street in Kyle. His poetry is like a good fall apple, tart, sweet, juicy, amusing, satisfying. What’s even more amazing is that this event is free.

One of the lesser known exploits of Jack C. Hays is the time he and the Rangers had to ride up to Poteet to take possession of a giant strawberry that some of the local people had started to worship. They had it on a pedestal in the middle of the square. When he and the Rangers rode into town, the folks there were excited to see new fans of the giant fruit. Hays shook his head and said, “We’ve come to seize your berry, not to praise it.” Okay, that was a long, silly, fictional way of getting to the fact that the EmilyAnn Theatre is presenting Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar tonight at 8 p.m. If you didn’t get the joke, you really need to see the play.

The Wimberley Players are jumping through the many hoops of Neil Simon’s farce, Rumors, tonight at 8 p.m. at the Wimberley Playhouse. We couldn’t possibly give away the plot because you have to see it to keep track of it.

The golden throated Andrea Marie Campise will charm the crowd at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM1102) at 8 p.m. tonight with the Magnolia Band. In addition to her Patsy-Cline-meets-Taylor-Swift voice, she has great back-up with a band that knows its way around a pedal steel and a mandolin. They are a stand-out don’t-miss for the evening.

Kristen Kelly and the Modern Day Drifters won the New Artist of the Year award at the Gruene With Envy Awards this year. They play a deep and soulful country rock that can ignite a few sparks, you can catch all the smoldering at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight at 9:30 p.m.

Amy Rosalyn, playing at Wake the Dead Coffeehouse this evening, is a native Liz Phair with her smooth voice and entrancing lyrics. She’ll charm the patrons there at 9 p.m. She is something special.

Triple Crown, with its traditional triple threat Friday, provides enough energy to power the city tonight. Chief Fuzzer has a dreamy garage groove. The Jocks admit to being comedic, but that belies the fact that they play an adept buzzing punk with or without the humorous lyrics. Think of the Ramones mixed with the Beat Farmers. They are joined on the bill by The Latest. The music should start poppin’ around 9:30 p.m.

We’re going to reach far back in the collective unconscious to exhume Golden Earring, remember them? Hint: “Radar Love.” If you don’t, just go see Firewater Sermon tonight at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) and you’ll get a good idea of what bluesy rock and roll should sound like. They’ll start up around 10 p.m.

Saturday, October 17

The Kyle Fair and Music Festival starts up today at 9 a.m. The parade will be a particularly good one, with more than 50 participants. Miss Kyle and Little Miss Kyle will grace a float. School marching bands will be playing and longtime (92 years!) Kyle resident Mary Lou Wittenburg is the Grand Marshall. The parade starts at 10 a.m.

In addition to the carnival and vendor booths, the day’s activities include school band performances at the pavilion, judging for various barbecue cook-off foods, a big birthday cake shared by all, a raffle drawing and some stellar music. The rockin’ Texas FX plays at noon, followed by Matt Deaton and Front Porch Texas who is followed by Ryan James. Jason Allen, who will play around 4:45 p.m., is a stand-out. Don’t forget that all the music you see today is free!

The evening rounds out with the barbecue awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Then, Kyle Park and Cory Morrow play a free concert. What a day!

It’s Bobcat Day at Texas State, and attendees will be signing in at 9 a.m. Bobcat Day is open to all students and parents wishing to learn more about Texas State. No reservation is required. Tours will be given, faculty will be on hand for information and there will be sessions on admission and financial aid. Sometimes, we forget how fast Texas State is rising in the educational firmament. It is a local treasure.

The Wimberley Pumpkin Patch Fair (110 Old Kyle Road) will feature a costumed pet parade this morning at 10 a.m. There’s plenty of other activities as well, with face painting, a petting zoo and fall food. The good times go until 6 p.m.

While in Wimberley, head over to the Community Center (14068 RR 12) and check out the Wimberley Valley Art League juried exhibition. The exhibit will be open today from 1-5 p.m. and League artists will be there to answer questions and give information.

Tonight marks the grand re-opening of the newly expanded Witliff Collections at the Alkek Library at Texas State. It starts at 7 p.m. with a reception and a showcasing of fall literary and photographic exhibitions. Special guest Keith Carter will sign his two most recent monographs from the University of Texas Press: A Certain Alchemy, the latest in the Witliff’s Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection Book Series, and Fireflies, Carter’s photographs of children. The event is free and open to the public.

EmilyAnn Theatre will be wary of Cassius’ lean and hungry look tonight as Julius Caesar gets mobbed with a bunch of Ginsus. The play answers the familiar question, how many times have you needed a really sharp knife? You can find out tonight at 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Wimberley Players will show you how not to quit smoking by lighting up a cotton swab. It’s even more confusing than it sounds, but it sure is funny. Rumors starts at 8 p.m. at the Wimberley Playhouse.

Bo Porter is a Honky-Tonk baritone who has played music since he was 14 years old. He even had a regular, although somewhat tedious, gig at Dollywood for several years. He flies best on his own and his outlaw country sound will set your toes to tapping. He’s at Riley’s tonight at 8 p.m.

When you have a mom who is a poet, a dad who sings along to opera, Frank Sinatra and mariachi music, you are bound to get more than a touch of the poet and the sparks of music in your life. That is precisely what happened to Lisa and Roberta Morales. Their release, Talking To the River, was produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin, who knew just how to capture the mix of styles for which the sisters are famous. San Antonio’s Sisters Morales will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight at 9:30 p.m. They are a refreshing treat for the ears that should not be missed.

Triple Crown has a stellar show featuring talented bands playing what used to be called “alternative” back in the day when that meant an alternative to the same old, same old. The Columnists are a local band who should not be for long. They are too good to keep to ourselves. Locals, Mankind and Me, sound a little like the Dead Milkmen mixed with REM and that’s good. Austin’s The Canvas Waiting is simply brilliant. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. and you’ll want to hear every note.

Local treasure Earle Brown is a band with a very solid groove. The band is at the Gray Horse tonight at 10 p.m. You’ll be mighty glad you heard them.

Sunday, October 18

The Kyle Fair is still going strong with a 5K run and a poker tournament today. The run starts at 7:30 a.m. The carnival opens at 1 p.m.

Ah, Sunday, a day of rest and contemplation. Head over to Wake the Dead to hear music with Scotty and Friends at 11 a.m. Good day to have a latte and a little down time with melodious accompaniment.

Today at 1 p.m., Thunderhill Raceway features the second annual Crash Fest Sunday. After the Enduro 200, the line-up of events includes a mechanics race, redneck horseshoes, a 10-lap chain race, a creeper race, a 10-lap car-boar race, a frozen T-shirt contest, the Big Talkers’ bus race and a demolition derby. Whoa doggies! Grandstand admission is $10, which sounds cheap at twice the price.

Art is one of the many things that should be required on Sunday, and the Wimberley Valley Art League Juried Exhibition is open today from 1-5 p.m. to supply it. Admission is free, which is more than reasonable. It’s a downright public service.

You could catch the artwork before going to the Wimberley Playhouse to see Rumors. The matinee starts at 2:30 p.m., and you are bound to get your daily requirement of laughter from the play.

That Tom Teboe Band everybody’s talking about will be at the Geronimo VFW (6806 North Highway 123) in beautiful downtown Geronimo. The Sunday afternoon dance goes from 3-6:30 p.m., and the kitchen opens at 2 p.m.

For those who love the bassoon (and who doesn’t?), Ryan Morris and Emma Nichols will give a bassoon recital at the Music Building Recital Hall on the campus of Texas State. Admission is free and the music starts at 3 p.m.

The open mic is a staple today at Riley’s and Triple Crown. Karaoke is the word of the day at the Gray Horse. If you feel like singing in public, they’ve got you covered.

The Bears are playing the Falcons tonight on NBC. If you are feeling nostalgic for phrases like “What is your damage?” and “Get crucial,” you could always watch the 1980’s classic of teen suicide run amuck, Heathers, on the SOAP network. Ah, the good old days when Winona was more than a shoplifter and Christian Slater was a heart throb. If nothing else, it features a high school named for Paul Westerberg. We’d name a high school after him.

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  1. Don’t forget that “Art For Texas” is going on Saturday AND Sunday just outside of town in Fentress on a beautiful private ranch. Artists, Music and Food all day until 10pm or so. Here is a link with more info: http://www.artfortexas.com

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