The Weekend: Batter up, break a leg, and all that
The Wimberley Players have one last weekend of performances left for “1940′s Radio Hour.”
By HAP MANSFIELD
Well, it sometimes seems as though the world is full of disasters and hunger and stray dogs and cats, doesn’t it? There are so many problems that one is tempted to just throw up the hands and say, “I give up.”
You don’t really have to change the world, though. Just make a difference in your little part of it. There are lots of opportunities here in San Marcos to volunteer to make a difference.
The San Marcos River Foundation always can use an extra hand clearing out invasive plants, the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance builds trails with volunteer efforts, and there are plenty of volunteer hours to fill with the school districts and parks and recreation. The Hays County Animal Shelter can always use a hand or two.
The Hays County Food Bank will have volunteer orientation classes on Mondays and Thursdays in March from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call (512) 392-8300 if you are interested.
Let’s say that time is something you haven’t got much of, and, just in theory, let’s say money is tight, too. Just in theory.
You know what else you can do that will help the world? Smile a little more. Really. It helps you, and it helps everyone who sees it. You never can tell when a stranger’s smile could change a life.
Here’s what we can tell you. There are lots of things to do this weekend in San Marcos. Here are just a few suggestions.
Friday, March 5
Noted criminologist and president of the American Society of Criminology Richard Rosenfeld will give a lecture at Texas State today, “Violent Crime, Property Crime and the Economy: a Unified Explanation,” from 6-7 p.m. in the Alkek Teaching Theatre. His theories on the roots of crime are somewhat controversial and have stimulated a good deal of productive discussion. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.
The bluesy funky jams of Pepper’s Blues start out the night at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) at 6 p.m. It’s a nice, laid back way to start out the weekend.
Bobcat Field will see the Texas State Bobcat baseball team take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 6:30 p.m. in the first of a three-game series this weekend. These games are fun to watch and the Texas State team is isn’t going to waste your time. Tickets are only $5.
When something is right, you may say, “Bingo!” Don’t do that at the Wimberley VFW Friday night bingo game unless you actually have a bingo on your card, though, or you could cause some trouble. If you ask if this is the bingo game that has the concessions served by the lovely hands of the ladies auxiliary, we would say, bingo! But not too loud.
The rockin’ country western swing of Bo Porter should have you putting on your dancin’ shoes and heading out to Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) tonight. Porter’s got a rich voice perfect for the genre, and the band will get your toes to tappin’.
The Wimberley Players will perform “1940′s Radio Hour” tonight at the Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road) at 8 p.m. It’s a nostalgic musical that reprises a Christmas radio show during World War II. Loads of heart and great old tunes abound.
Local singer songwriter Foscoe Jones opens the bill tonight at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) at 9 p.m. He has a conversational singing style that will charm you. He may be the perfect opener to Guy Forsyth, appearing later. Forsyth is an amalgam of rock, roots, folk, country and swing. There’s nobody really like him, but he’s kind of got a Jay Farrar-Jeff Tweedy thing goin’ with a sprinkle of Southern goth rockabilly. Great stuff.
If Mark Bolan (from T Rex) would come back from the dead and start a new band, he would first have to listen to the thirty years worth of music that went on after he expired and get a bit of it into his sound. Or he could just join Chasca, in whose glam rock stylings he would feel right at home. You can see Chasca tonight at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12).
Triple Crown features the popular River Hymn, whose often haunting sounds are a perfect match for Ashleigh Stone, also appearing tonight. Stone has a voice somewhat reminiscent of Cleo Laine if the jazz diva had sung Texas Americana. This is a great don’t miss gig.
Saturday, March 6
Where does the time go? It’s already time for Wimberley Market Days (601 FM 2325), which will get going bright and early this morning at 7 a.m. If you’ve never been, you’re in for a treat with more than 475 booths filled with everything you never knew you needed. There’s food and music, and it goes on until 4 p.m. Admission is free, but it’ll cost you $3 to park. Not a bad deal at all.
If you’d rather sleep in, you can still catch the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rio Vista Neighborhood improvement project at 9 a.m. at the San Marcos Nature Center (430 Riverside Drive). San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz will formally begin the project with various city council members and neighborhood leaders. It’s not exactly as earthshaking as the Golden Spike but, then, we aren’t building a railroad, either.
You could make a great morning of it after the groundbreaking by heading over to Herbert’s Taco Hut (it’s just across the street from the Nature Center) for a breakfast taco, then go back to the Nature Center, which opens at 10 a.m. and enjoy the “wildscapes.” The kids will dig the snakes, even if you don’t.
If you’d like a bit of sports in your Saturday, you are in the chips. The Texas State softball team plays Sam Houston State today at 1 p.m. at Bobcat Field. At 2 p.m. the Texas State men’s basketball team plays league leading Sam Houston State at Strahan Coliseum, closing out the regular season before going to the Southland Conference Tournament next weekend. Then, at 4 p.m., the Texas State baseball team squares up against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for the second of the three game series. How’s that for giving you some sports?
First Baptist Church in Wimberley (15951 Winter’s Mill Parkway) will host the Starlight Symphony Orchestra, the regional community orchestra, tonight at 7:30 p.m. In the first of two spring concerts, tonight will feature two young soloists, Sarah Crowell on clarinet and Alec Denslow on piano. The symphony will perform Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 (the “clock” symphony), as well as the overture to Beethoven’s Egmont, which he wrote based on the heroic play by Goethe. Amazingly, the concert is free and open to the public. If you can’t make it tonight, the concert will be reprised Sunday at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center.
When you name your band after a Waylon Jennings song, you are serious about outlaw country music, and the Slow Rollin’ Lows, at Riley’s Tavern tonight, are dad gum serious. They are rootsy and gutsy and do Waylon proud.
The Wimberley Players are in their final weekend of “1940′s Radio Hour,” the musical play written by Walton Jones and based on a WW II radio broadcast. The play shows how a radio broadcast gets put together as the cast sings “Ain’t She Sweet?”, “Blue Moon” and other nostalgic hits. The boogie woogie bugle boy starts blowin’ at 8:00 p.m.
The rumors that Zack Walther and the Cronkites are no more were slightly exaggerated. There are now some new Cronkites, but they are occupying the same space as the old Cronkites and they sound bigger and better than ever. You can hear them for yourself tonight at the Cheatham Street Warehouse. We know you’ll leave convinced of their greatness.
The buzzing, bluesy rock of Rooster Suicide will fill up the Gray Horse Saloon tonight. Rooster Suicide is joined by the buzzing straight-up rock of Shotgun Hustler. You’d best bee there (get it? Buzzing? Bees? Okay, not that great.).
It’s an assemblage, a collage, a musical Joseph Cornell, if you will, of words and beats tonight at the Triple Crown with Word Association, Icon the Mic King, The Write Brothers, Rockbox and Chief.
Sunday, March 7
It might be a nice day to take in a softball or baseball game. What are we saying? When is it not a good day for the national pastime? At any rate, the Texas State softball team plays Sam Houston State at noon today and the Bobcat baseball team will play its third game versus A&M-Corpus Christi at 1 p.m.
At 2:30 p.m., the Wimberley Playhouse will host the final performance of “1940′s Radio Hour.” It’s a really fun show with elements of Prairie Home Companion, the Andrews Sisters and Fred Allen’s Texaco Star Theater. It’s a show where audience actually “plays” the audience. Fun.
Klassic Kountry Gold will play at the VFW Sunday afternoon dance in beautiful downtown Geronimo (5805 North SH 123) today from 3-6 p.m. The Auxiliary will sell a barbecue sausage plate for $4.50 also. All proceeds go to the VFW veterans and military programs. Klassic Kountry Gold is donating the time and the sausage. All you have to do is put on your red dress or your bolo tie (or both; we’re not here to judge) and head on over to the Geronimo VFW.
The Starlight Symphony will give its second spring concert today at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center (979 Kohler’s Krossing) at 4 p.m. The performances include the two young soloists, Sarah Crowell on clarinet and Alec Denslow on piano, as well as Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 (the “clock” symphony) and the overture to Beethoven’s Egmont. The event is free and open to the public.
The mics are open tonight at Triple Crown and Riley’s, and there is karaoke for those who can’t remember the words. If you want to sing, you’ve got a place to go.
Well, the Oscars are on tonight, and while most movies are made with green screens, computers and special effects galore, it will be the stars that will be on display. Pop up some popcorn and give them a gander as screen actors may soon be as out-dated as elevator operators and telegraph machines.