“Inspecting Carol” will be at the Wimberley Playhouse this weekend.
By HAP MANSFIELD
We are going to take a very controversial stance on a much debated argument. It may offend you and if it does, we apologize, but it must be said. Okay. Here goes. We believe in Santa Claus.
We don’t believe that it’s just the spirit of Jolly Old St. Nick that permeates Christmas. We believe he’s a real person. Not only is he a real person but you may have seen him. He may have been in a red suit, he may have been in a hoodie and a pair of Nikes, he may have been in a business suit. But he’s real.
What is our proof? Well, for one thing, kids always believe in him and kids are notoriously smart people. You know they are. They have a sense of true happiness and we don’t trust people who don’t understand that happiness is already inside of you, it’s not something you buy.
Here’s another proof. You want to believe in him, too. Don’t deny it. Just look at the dozens and dozens of movies that try to “explain” Santa or give scenarios for his existence. You don’t see people making movies like this about the Loch Ness Monster or the tooth fairy.
But here’s our real proof. There are evil, greedy people in the world. We’ve seen them in action in our lifetime. People who are unbelievably awful. Newton’s third law says for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So what we think is, if there is no Santa Claus, either Newton was wrong or we’re in a lot of trouble.
Ho. Ho. Ho.
You don’t have to believe in Newton or Santa to believe that great things are happening this weekend. Here is a sampling.
Friday, November 27
The Wimberley Glass Works (6469 RR 12) is showing more than 50 new lighting pieces tonight with an evening of music, hors d’oeuvres and wine from 5-8 p.m. The beautiful works of glass art make a spectacular, heirloom quality Christmas present. There will be glass blowing demonstrations, as well. Glass has always fascinated with its beauty, and the artists who create it make wonderful use of it. It’s a joy to just go appreciate it. Dress for the evening is “cocktail casual.”
The always-entertaining Mark Jungers plays the early gig at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary). He’ll sing his original take on roots rock tonight at 6 p.m. A talented singer and songwriter, he’s like a salted caramel, sweet with a nice dash of savory.
At 6:30 p.m. tonight is the First Annual “Let the Lights Shine in Wimberley Texas” parade. They will be going down RR 12 through the square. Santa will be on the porch at the Wimberley Cafe, 101-1 on the Square, hosted by the Wimberley Chamber of Commerce. Santa will be available for pictures with the kids, and there is the promise of candy, as well. This would be the perfect photo for the Christmas Cards, or e-cards as the case may be.
Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) is serving its famous chili tonight at 8 p.m. A bowl of the hot “red” is free tonight at Texas’ first tavern after prohibition.
The Wimberley Players mount their production of “Inspecting Carol” at the Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road) at 8 p.m. tonight. It’s a fun way to get the holidays started with the seasonal tale of a Christmas Carol gone terribly wrong, and funny. Tickets are $18.
TJM presents another in its series of local Texas artists with Swan at Wake the Dead tonight at 8 p.m.
Triple Crown does its usual ear-pleasing job of putting together three great local bands that complement each other. The Organics, with their progressive Mars-Volta like buzz, has a thread or two of Anderson and Abrahams (from Jethro Tull) weaving through the sound. Falcon Buddies are genuine progressive rock with side-trips into strange bluesy riffs and Asian tones. The Lotus Effect has extraordinary rhythms, compelling vocals and outstanding guitar work. They are just experimental enough to be refreshing without being too self-indulgently freaky. The music starts cookin’ around 10 p.m., and it’s a mighty good line-up.
Saturday, November 28
If you haven’t seen the “Seven Directions” exhibit at the Walkers Gallery in the San Marcos Activity Center (501 East Hopkins Street), today might be a nice day to walk through the free exhibit of Native American works and give your poor, tired, shopped-out eyes something to look at that you don’t have to buy, find an adaptor for or check to see if the batteries are included. The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
At 1 p.m., the LBJ Museum (131 Guadalupe Street) has a very special opening for the exhibition of the photographs of long-time newspaper man Norman Dietel. It is also museum director Scott Jordan’s last day of work. Go in and see the great photos and give Scott a big hug. He done good there.
The 12th Annual Trail of Lights at the EmilyAnn Theatre (1101 FM 2325) has its opening ceremonies tonight. Santa will be there at 5 p.m., the tree lighting will be at 5:30 p.m. and the Sons of Adam start the music at 6 p.m. The Trail of Lights will be on display until Dec. 31 and each night will have special features, campfires, hot dogs and hot chocolate with marshmallows. New exhibits and seven acres of lights make this a stand-out trip for the holidays.
If you are in the mood for some good Texas music, Michael “Effin” Wren will be at Riley’s Tavern tonight and TJM Music Services present Texas Smith at Wake The Dead Coffee House. Both gigs start at 8 p.m.
The Wimberley Players will delight audiences with “Inspecting Carol” tonight at 8 p.m. So you could theoretically go see the Trail of Lights tree-lighted and then go the Wimberley Playhouse and get delighted. (Get it? De- lighted? Okay, not all that funny.)
If bands were weapons, the three bands featured at Triple Crown tonight would be sawed-off shotguns. Beans and Rice have a bluesy rock twang, Dying for More has an experimental edge and Shotgun Hustler is in your face, straight with no chaser rock. Good gig, but bring the earplugs.
Forest Wayne Allen plays a country-flavored, riding with the top down, rock that can be as bracing as a nice cold breeze after eating a big turkey dinner. You know how good it feels when you take a breath of fresh air before you go in for seconds? It’s like that. He’s at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight.
Douglas Kent will be at the Gray Horse Saloon (Crestwood Center next to D’Blazio’s Pizza) and his rocking country sound is pleasing whether he’s plugged in or acoustic. The music starts at 10 p.m.
Sunday, November 29
Well, if you are shopped out, stuffed full of leftovers and long for a nice morning with some music and a hot cup of java, you are in luck. Just head over to Wake the Dead Coffee House, kick back and listen to Day Jazz from noon to 1:30 p.m. Then the Sarinda String Quartet plays for more pleasant listening. Stick around and get a chair massage from Bob Steine from 4-7 p.m. Bliss.
Sunday matinees are fun because you get all the thrills of live theatre and you can still get home in time for a turkey sandwich and a nice nap in front of a good movie on the telly. “Inspecting Carol” at the Wimberley Playhouse starts at 2:30 p.m. You could stay in Wimberley and see the Trail of Lights after the play, or just get home to that sandwich. It’s a great Sunday plan either way you cut it. (And diagonally is the only way to cut a sandwich. Can we get a witness?)
David Pino will give a clarinet recital today at the Music Building Recital Hall on Texas State’s campus at 8 p.m. The event is free. The clarinet is so expressive, it can handle Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and George Gershwin and still keep up with Rimsky-Korsakov, Mozart and Saint Saens.
Your public awaits at the open mic nights of Riley’s and Triple Crown. The Karaoke machine awaits at the Gray Horse. Either way, you get to sing and everybody ought to sing once in a while, don’t you think? Good for the soul, if not for the audience’s ears.
If you are looking for some hard-hitting action tonight, the Steelers play the Ravens on NBC at 7 p.m. The definitive movie based on an Oscar Wilde play may be 1952’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” with Michael Redgrave. Edith Evans, before she was given the title “Dame,” is, without a doubt, the most perfect Lady Bracknell that ever was or will be. It’s on at 8 p.m. on TCM.