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March 26th, 2010
The Weekend: Spring is springing baseball, books, music and much more

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Texas State’s Opera Theater will present Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here is Bernstein working on musical score in 1955.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

Next weekend will be Easter already. After that, summer temperatures start their climb. So, without further ado, we present a full docket of suggested weekend activities. We will let you peruse them and then get out into that magical spring air before the heat wave hits.

We all know it’s coming.

Friday, March 26

Ah, the first charming signs of spring! The San Marcos Public Library Spring Book Sale starts today at 10 a.m. at the VFW on Hunter Road, and runs through Sunday. The prices today are not the lowest of the sale, though they are still very inexpensive at $2 for a hardback and $1 for a paperback. But your choices on the first day are more thrilling. The sale goes today until 6 p.m., so maybe you can check out of work a tiny bit early to get there. It benefits the library, so it’s a mighty good cause.

The very entertaining Bill Jerram starts out the weekend’s music at 6 p.m. at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street). Jerram’s band is comfortable with power pop rock, which is just the sound to start the weekend off right.

Tonight, Texas State squares off against Lamar in the first of a three-game baseball series at 6 p.m. Should be an interesting game. Tickets are a mere $6.

The flute is a fascinating instrument. The poet Rumi revered it. Socrates found its music too exciting and emotional. Mozart hated it. It is mentioned in the Bible as an instrument of calm beauty. Goethe loved it. At the Music Building Recital Hall on the campus of Texas State this evening (6 p.m.), you will find Brianna Dunn and Carly Boeselt performing a joint flute recital. Admission is free. Nathaniel Hawthorne, by the way, made up the word “flautist” to describe a flute player. Whether you say “flutist” or “flautist,” you’ll probably enjoy the music.

Flingo is a beach game in which stretchy triangular cloth pieces are used to pass a ball back and forth. Stingo is slang for old, bitter beer. Wingo is the name of a car in the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars.” But you can forget all that lingo tonight when you go to the VFW in Wimberley (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road), where the only word that really counts is bingo. The game starts at 7 p.m. and is also graced by the fine women of the Ladies Auxiliary, who sell concessions to both refresh the peckish and benefit their veterans programs.

The San Marcos High School Rattlers baseball team will be Manor at home tonight (7 p.m.). Should be a nice night for a ball game.

The PSH Studio at the Theatre Center at Texas State, along with the Department of Theatre and Dance, will feature the musical review, “Beautiful, Beautiful World.” The show is a tribute to writers Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, whose most famous work is the blockbuster “Fiddler on the Roof.” They wrote many other beautiful songs, as well. As a matter of fact, worked with Texas State’s Kaitlin Hopkins on this very show. The music starts at 7: 30 p.m., but get there early for the cabaret show in the lobby.

In 1953, author Lillian Hellman approached Leonard Bernstein about writing a musical version of Voltaire’s famously biting and popular work, “Candide.” So begins the very long saga of “Candide,” which is replete with revolving famous lyricists, a multiplicity of versions and constant starts and stops. Suffice it to say it didn’t even make it to the stage until 1957, and that wasn’t the end of the revisions, deletions and additions. What it all works out to now is one of the most extraordinary and literate musicals/operettas ever written.

The Texas State Opera Theatre will present “Candide” tonight at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Samuel Mungo, the show will take place in Evans Auditorium. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. We guarantee a stimulating evening of gorgeous music and fabulous words. It’s a don’t miss event.

Perhaps you are not easily assimilated into musical theater. Fear not, there is always the spicy and energetic sound of Salsa Del Rio on the campus of Texas State at George’s on the first floor of the LBJ Student Center. The event is free and the music is muy caliente.

Ben Morris and the Great American Boxcar Chorus has a name as big as their talent. They’ll be at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM1102) tonight. Rip Lorick has a voice almost as thick and sweet as spun honey, and also a very nice touch on the guitar. He’ll be at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) tonight at 9:30 p.m.

The popular jammers Funkotron will have a CD release party at Triple Crown this evening. If you love the spirited Dr. G and the Mudcats at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street), make sure you get down there to see them tonight. Word is, they’re taking a break for a while after this gig. You won’t want to miss it. Doctor’s orders.

Saturday, March 27

A “Celebrity Car Wash” will take place today at Conley Car Wash & Express Lube, 1200 Thorpe Lane, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is done as a benefit for the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC), featuring a variety of local celebs available to wash your car. The celebrities run the gamut from local political office holders to familiar business owners, and their tips go directly to the HCWC fund. Fifteen percent of the cost of every car wash and full service oil change also will be donated. It’s a good day to get a car wash, what with spring here and all, and your car will always drive better after an oil change. It’s a win-win for everyone.

It’s a “shredding day,” and we don’t mean on your skateboard, although we suppose you could do that, too. The City of San Marcos and Marshall Shredding Company of Schertz are offering residents an opportunity to have sensitive or confidential documents shredded for no charge. The paper shredding will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on the west side of the City Hall parking lot at 630 East Hopkins Street.

Meanwhile, the San Marcos city clerk’s office will hold a passport fair in recognition of Passport Day in the USA. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to provide passport information and accept passport applications. A passport is also an extremely classy form of ID, so it’s fun just to get one, even if you never plan on leaving the country. There’s something about a passport that conjures visions of romantic locations in Italy or that trip to Paris you always wanted that gives it a certain élan.

The Friends of the Library used book sale continues at the VFW Hall on Hunter Road from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Today, hard cover books are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. Such a bargain. Who doesn’t love perusing books? Your perusal and ultimate purchase aids the library, too.

The Wimberley Institute of Culture has a photo exhibit, “Then and Now; A Photo Essay of the Wimberley Square,” displayed at Winters-Wimberley House (RR 12 next to the Visitor Center) The exhibit is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s enlightening to see the way this area has changed through the years.

Texas State plays its second game of a three game series against Lamar at 2 p.m. in beautiful Bobcat Field. What’s a good springtime Saturday without a little baseball? Temperatures are expected to hit the low 80s today, so it should be an awesome day to get some of that fabulous Texas sunshine at the ballpark.

The Music Building Recital Hall at Texas State will feature three student recitals today. At 2 p.m., Bethany Raynes performs her senior violin recital. At 4 p.m., Jared Garrison will give his senior saxophone recital. Finally, at 6 p.m., is the senior flute recital for Theresa Cutler. All the concerts are free. A musician always plays better to a full audience, so your presence would be appreciated.

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State will present “Beautiful, Beautiful World” at 7:30 p.m. at the PSH Foundation Studio at the Theatre Center on campus. The show is a musical review with some original staging by the Texas State cast. The colorful review also features a pre-show cabaret in the lobby. Music, dancing, show tunes, what’s not to like? Tickets are available at the Texas State box office.

A lot of genuine geniuses worked on “Candide,” from Lillian Hellman to Leonard Bernstein to poet Richard Wilbur to Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim to novelist James Agee to the tartly witty Dorothy Parker. All this talent made a mighty incredible work sing. You can hear it for yourself at Evans Auditorium on the campus of Texas State as the Opera Theater members perform it tonight at 7:30 p.m. This is the second of only three precious performances of the work, so don’t tarry if you’d like to see it.

Riley’s Tavern features the folk-country stylings of Michael Wren tonight. The Cheatham Street Warehouse features the popular Radney Foster playing an acoustic set. The Organics, Chicken Shift and Pepper Lane will rock the Triple Crown.

The Gray Horse will host the StandOuts, who genuinely are what their name proclaims. Equally comfortable with blues, funk and sparkly power pop, the StandOuts are always a pleasure to hear.

Sunday, March 28

It’s the last day of the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale at the VFW on Hunter Road from 1-5 p.m. Today, they pull out all the stops, and you can buy a bag full of books for $5. This is a great way to stock up books for your summer reading pleasure. You just never know what delightful treasures you will find at the sale.

If you are itchin’ to watch some baseball, the Texas State Bobcats finish out their three-game series against Lamar at 1 p.m. at beautiful Bobcat Field.

At 2 p.m., you can catch a matinee of Texas State Opera Theater’s performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” at Evans Auditorium. Or, you could watch a reprisal of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of the musical review “Beautiful, Beautiful World,” also at 2 p.m.

The VFW in beautiful downtown Geronimo is hosting Austin’s Hayden James Band for the Sunday afternoon dance from 3-6:30 p.m. The band has a boot-scootin’ country dance groove that is simply classic. The kitchen opens at 2 p.m., if you want a little nosh before startin’ in dancin’. There’s a $7 donation at the door, and the proceeds go towards making life a little easier for our veterans.

At 4 p.m., the Bill Hearne Trio will make sweet music at the Cheatham Street Warehouse until 8 p.m.

At 6 p.m., at the Music Building Recital Hall on the campus of Texas State, J.J. Wren will play his senior percussion recital. Admission is free and the beat will go on.

San Marcos is over-brimming with musical talent, and it needs a place to practice. If you are one of those gifted individuals, Riley’s and Triple Crown have open mics tonight. The Gray Horse features karaoke, for those wanting to take it a little slower.

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