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November 6th, 2009
The Weekend: Parades, music, marketplaces

The enchanting Kristy Kruger will be at Tantra on Saturday night.

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If you want to really see how the culture has changed, let us point out that Friday is Sadie Hawkins Day. This used to be a rollickin’ topsy turvy day when girls chased after guys, asked them out on dates for dancing or dinner or a movie. Wacky, huh? Some junior highs and high schools used to have a Sadie Hawkins dance where the girls got to ask the boys to the dance. Whoa! That’s just plain crazy, isn’t it?

Sadie Hawkins Day is a made-up holiday based on a day in Al Capp’s Li’l Abner comic strip in 1939. Poor Sadie, she was 35 and unmarried, so she was practically an old maid (We’ll pause so you can laugh at how silly that seems now). In 1952, 40,000 places in America had Sadie Hawkins Day festivals or dances or events.

Perhaps it does some good to remember that it wasn’t all that long ago when a woman would not ever ask a man out on a date or even for a dance unless she were Rita Hayworth or Lauren Bacall in some Hollywood movie. Even they were considered “fast.”

We are all for the empowerment that comes along with being able to ask a fella out on a date, but it does seem like the pendulum has swung a bit wide when one considers the very public lives of “real housewives” or those ubiquitous ads for “Girls Gone Wild” videos. Especially considering that those housewives are hardly “real.” We’d like to see just one of them last as a cashier at a Walmart for a year. And the girls “gone wild”? Well, that title only works if wild is now a euphemism for tacky.

There’s just no getting around the fact that, repressed as it was in many ways, life was a tad more genteel back when Sadie Hawkins Day was such a hit. We aren’t suggesting we turn back the clock, but we are suggesting that perhaps every desire we have does not have to be acted upon and every thought we have does not need to be spoken.

Opening a door for a lady or buying her dinner or a drink should entitle a man to a pleasant smile and a “thank you.” That’s about it. Nothing more. He should get respect, not “favors,” certainly but not snide comments. When a gentleman acts like one, he should be treated with grace, not disdain.

We don’t need Sadie Hawkins Day and the antiquated ways women were treated like happy housefraus or objects of desire only. But maybe we need a politeness day instead. We could call it Please and Thank You Day. Couldn’t hurt.

You can thank your lucky stars for all the great stuff there is to do this weekend. Here are few suggestions.

Friday, November 6

Singer/songwriter Eric Hisaw is one of those 50/50 artists. He’s fifty percent Waylon Jennings and fifty percent Elvis Costello. The mix means he writes a great song, has a good voice and has much better diction than Costello. You can hear him for yourself at 6 p.m. at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary). You won’t be disappointed.

Bingo is so popular in Japan that Eleeno, the Japanese timepiece company, made a Bingo style watch. It looks sort of confusing to use but the folks who regularly go to Friday night bingo at the Wimberley VFW at 7 p.m. (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) would have no trouble figuring it out. The watch does not come with delicious snacks and concessions or the lovely women of the Ladies Auxiliary who sell them, though. The VFW game is way more fun, too.

High school football-wise, Wimberley is in Fredericksburg, but everybody else is playing a home game tonight. San Marcos Baptist Academy is playing Hyde Park at home and it’s Senior Night, too. San Marcos High is at Bobcat playing Seguin for their Senior Night. The Hays Rebels are squaring off against the Lehman Lobos on their shared home field, Bob Shelton Stadium. All the games begin at 7:30 p.m. Should be a great night to cheer on your team of choice. Wear a sweater, though. It’s getting nippy.

Weldon Henson is tailor made for Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102). He’s got a voice full of heartbreaking honky tonk and huge repertoire on which to use it. His vocals are a breath of sweet country air, filled with new mown hay and freshly cut grass. You’ll be lucky to see him tonight at 8 p.m. If you can’t two-step to Henson, it’s only because his voice is mesmerizingly perfect for his genre and you had to just sit and listen.

At the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight, the sisters are doin’ it for themselves. The Trishas are future superstars already, mostly because they honed their skills separately in different bands and got together as a one-time deal only. That one time made magic and you’ll hear it when you see them tonight at 9 p.m. Jamie Wilson, you might remember, started out with the Gougers, a band with an eclectic mix of influences. She’s got a powerful voice and it blends beautifully in the harmonies of the Trishas, of whom she is a member. She’ll play some solo work tonight and she really gets to spread her considerable wings alone. Do try to get the Trishas to cover Willie Dixon’s “Spoonful.” The classic gets a whole new patina.

Van Sanchez may be experimental rock, but mostly they’re just fun to hear. Pop progressive? Experimental Bubblegum? They have no category but you’ll dig their vibe at Triple Crown tonight. They are joined on the bill by Clubs and Buzz and Bangs. If you were going to make a movie about the decade and you wanted an upbeat yet slightly surly soundtrack, you’d go straight to Buzz and Bangs. The POGS on their MySpace page are cool, too.

The Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) has double-barreled shotgun of good music tonight with the strong country sound of Douglas Kent and the always awesome Robbie and the Robots. This is a gig that illustrates the local musical treasures we often take for granted. You’ll never be sorry you saw Kent or Robbie.

Saturday, November 7

Wimberley Market Days (601 RR 2325) gets started early, so if you are looking for some great deals, you probably should get up and get goin’. It’s one of the oldest and largest markets in Texas and, with the size of our state, that is truly saying something. There are usually 470 booths or more plus food and music going on from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go early, though. You don’t want to miss the parade.

The Veterans Day parade in San Marcos is shaping up to be quite an event with more than 78 entries for the parade. It all starts out at the courthouse square with the traditional free biscuits and gravy at 8:30 a.m. The first 200 kids to spot Uncle Sam get a free patriotic prize. The weather is supposed to be great for a parade, too.

Take your time eating the biscuits, get a cup of coffee at the Coffee Pot or Tantra or run down to Dixie Cream and get a donut and wait for the parade, which will pass by the courthouse on the Hopkins Street side. The parade starts at 10 a.m. Don’t forget that Hopkins Street will be closed from Charles Austin Drive to Fredericksburg Road during the parade, also.

In Kyle City Square Park, their market day will start at 9 a.m. Food, arts, crafts and music will keep on going until 2 p.m. This week the awesome Texas FX will play the early set (that’ll wake you up!) at 9 a.m. Mary Welch Y Los Curandero play at noon. They will heal what ails you.

You could get your fingers moving with Fabulous Fabric Origami Boxes with Pam Farley from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Collective Art Studio and Gallery (411 River Road in Wimberley). The class fee is $45 and the two-hour class will teach you how to make beautiful fabric boxes with lids, using traditional origami folds. Artists of all ages and abilities from novice to advanced are welcome. Call the Collective at (512) 847-9991 or email to reserve your place. The boxes would make charming gifts for Christmas, too!

The Texas State women’s volleyball team is on a seven, count ’em, seven-game winning streak. The Bobcats will be at Strahan Coliseum at 4 p.m. taking on Sam Houston State. It should be a good game, and the Bobcats are hot right now.

Crooked Still, the eclectic purveyors of modern bluegrass, will play a free concert tonight on the campus of Texas State at 8 p.m. at the Glade outdoor theatre. Crooked Still’s music has been prominently featured on the Emmy-Award-winning HBO series, True Blood. Admission is free. If it rains, the alternative concert site will be Evans Auditorium. Should be a nice night, though, but, again, don’t forget that sweater.

Dale Watson is one of those country musicians that make you want to be a trucker so you can sit in a big rig, watch the beautiful countryside roll by, eat jerky and listen to country western radio. He’s the meatloaf, mashed potatoes and parker house roll dinner you’ve been craving, waiting for you at the truck stop. He’s at Riley’s tonight at 8 p.m.

James McMurtry really needs no introduction or more accolades but we will add to the considerable pile he already owns. McMurtry is more than just a poet of the people, a rockin’ version of Woody Gutherie, and he’s more than a really great guitarist. He manages to get the grit off the bottom of his shoe from the road he just walked into his voice and words. He does more than entertain you, he moves you, makes you think, gets down into your heart of hearts. He’ll be at the Cheatham Street tonight at 8:30 p.m. and we don’t have to sell this. He’s golden.

Storm Shadow is a fierce mic master, Dusty Grin has a touch of the poet and Grim Nasty is actually, neither especially grim nor nasty, but he is inventive. It’s words mixing with beats in a tornado of sounds and sound effects tonight at Triple Crown. Also on the bill are Word Association and Equal People. The alphabet turns into painted word pictures tonight at the Triple Crown starting at 9 p.m.

Kristy Kruger, appearing at Tantra Coffeehouse (217 West Hopkins Street) tonight, studied jazz at the Dallas Arts Magnet, as did Edie Brickell, Norah Jones and Erykah Badu. Even more amazing is the fact that the Texas Music Teachers Association gave her an award for winning more musical awards than any other high school senior in the state of Texas. Texas is full of talented kids who are musicians, so that is really like winning 10 Grammy Awards. While she doesn’t exactly sound like Brickell, she does leave the listener bewilderedly enchanted like Edie could. She plays at 10 p.m.

The Gray Horse Saloon hosts Opie Hendrix tonight at 10 p.m. Hendrix is a cross between Jimmy Buffet and Merle Haggard, i.e., he sounds a little like coastal Texas. He’s got a lot nerve and spirit and he’s awfully fun to hear.

Sunday, November 8

Wake the Dead Coffeehouse has a Sunday full of activities and music starting with Day Jazz between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Then there’s Tarot Church with LaVonne at 1 p.m. S.M.A.R.T. String Quartet will be serenading patrons outside at 1:30 p.m. Then, of course, don’t forget that awesome chair massage with Bob Steine from 4-7 p.m. You could end up going in for a cup of coffee and end up staying the whole day.

At noon, the Collective has another origami class with Margaret Adie. She will teach you to make origami cranes with Japanese paper and show you how to string your cranes with beads to make ornaments. Origami cranes are legendary for their therapeutic and mythic properties. Remember how Tony Leung made an origami crane for every guy he killed in Hard Boiled? Okay, maybe you aren’t into Hong Kong Bloodshed movies like we are. How about the saying, “Fold a thousand cranes and your heart’s desire will come true”? The fee for the class is $35. Call (512) 847-9991 to reserve a place in the class.

The Katherine Anne Porter School’s annual fundraiser, Java Jive, starts today at 2 p.m. There will be music and food and activities for the kids and it all takes place at the Wimberley Lions Club Market Days Pavilion (FM 2325). The musical guests include Wasted Youth, blues musician Doyle Bramhall, Sr., Kings, Queens and Lovers, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines and zydeco master Ponty Bone.

The food and coffees will entice you with their delicious aromas, too. There will be roast pig and slow smoked brisket and red chili marinated smoked chicken, sausage on a stick and much more. All that and you’re helping out the school. everybody wins! Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. They can be purchased at the door of the pavilion.

The “First Family of Hill Country Music,” the Ash Family, will blend gorgeous harmonies from 4-8 at the Cheatham Street Warehouse today. The Ashes always seem to be a natural part of each season, but they are particularly perfect for fall and harvest time.

The Music Building Recital Hall on the campus at Texas State will host “Romantic String Sextets” tonight at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for students and seniors. There’s nothing quite like the almost human tone of stringed instruments for bringing out the elegant beauty or the sad screeching in a piece of music.

If you’ve a mind to, you can sing tonight at 8 p.m. at the open mics provided by Riley’s and Triple Crown or at the Karaoke at the Gray Horse Saloon. You can sing tonight at home, of course, but you probably won’t get as much applause.

The Cowboys are playing the Eagles tonight on NBC at around 7 p.m. We hope Tony Romo is wearing his thinking cap. Come on, Tony, you can do it!

On the Disney Channel at 8 p.m., you can watch “Hoot”, the movie based on the delightful “tweens” book by Carl Hiassen. Luke Wilson is so charming that he holds the movie up when it drags a tiny bit.

Oh, and thank you very much for reading this.

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