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April 16th, 2010
The Weekend: Rain, rain go away — we've got struttin' to do and see

041610clayClay McClinton will prove he’s more than just Delbert’s boy at Riley’s on Saturday.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

As much as we like the pattering of rain against the window, and as much as we know Texas needs the rain, we kind of hope it will let up a little for the weekend.

For one thing, we just got the lawn cut last week and you can hardly tell we bothered as it is. Another good soaking and it will start to resemble a rain forest.

For another thing, there are some pretty fun outdoor activities planned for this weekend, and we hate to see all the work that gets put into these events go down the drain, so to speak.

On the other hand, as our grandpa (and probably yours) used to say, “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it.”

Besides, there are oodles of things to do indoors this weekend, including theater and great music. Here are a few suggestions.

Friday, April 16

Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) features the Callous Taoboys, a band that is certainly a tribute to Spoonerisms, if not football. They start the weekend off at 6 p.m.

Speaking of literary devices, there is such a thing as “Figure of Speech Bingo,” in which words are listed like allegory, aphorism, comedy, and malapropism. The players must figure out which has been used by the caller, then mark it on their cards. It might be educational, but it certainly cannot be any more fun that the regular Friday night bingo game at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road.) The lovely women of the Ladies Auxiliary sell concessions, too, which, while not literary devices, are as good as gold if you are hungry. The cage starts turning at 7 p.m.

Strahan Coliseum, on the campus of Texas State, will be dramatically bedecked with curtains and high-tech lighting to create a draped amphitheater tonight as the Texas State University Strutters present an evening of music and dance to rival a Broadway show. The routines from the award winning Strutters will range from jazz to high kick to hip hop to lyrical. Tickets are $10 for general admission. The struttin’ starts at 7 p.m.

It’s the opening night for the Wimberley Players as they perform “Virtual Devotion,” a satiric comedy by Eric Coble. The play depicts a strange day in the life of a shattered family trying desperately to find something to believe in. It’s funnier than it sounds. You’ll just have to trust us. You can see for yourself at the Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road) at 8 p.m. Opening night tickets are $25, with a reception to start at 7 p.m.

The popular local band Firewater Sermon will be at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) tonight playing its signature blend of country and blues.

If you think honky-tonk music cannot sound fresh and inspiring, you really need to get to Riley’s Tavern ( 8894 FM 1102 ) and hear Weldon Henson. His crisp vocals and ultra-cool delivery will convert you, brother. He possesses the genuine Texas music goods that will remind you of the classic singers of the genre without ever sounding stale or rote. His work is pure listening pleasure.

It seems like the phrase “tickling the ivories” was invented to describe the piano playing of the saucy Marcia Ball, appearing at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight. The keys of a piano rarely get as sweet a workout as she gives them. She’s rambunctious, funny and sings like a sassy swamp bird. She starts her stuff at 9 p.m.

Prayer For Animals calls itself “the Berenstain Bears of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and we’re not exactly sure what that means, but it’s certainly amusing. The band will be at the Triple Crown tonight for a CD presale gig, which is kind of like a release party without the formal release. Prayer is distinctive and fun to hear. Also at Triple Crown are the Money Blue Honeys and Austin alt-country songbird Clay Nightingale.

Saturday, April 17

The San Marcos Nature Center (430 Riverside Drive) has a lovely day planned with native trees for sale, plants, booths, food and crafts for kids. It’s planned to go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a great way to see the charming Nature Center and find some excellent plants for your garden, as well.

Texas State and the City of San Marcos are putting on an electronic waste collection drive-through event today, rain or shine, at the Bobcat Stadium parking lot (Aquarena Springs Drive and Post Road) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you’ve got an old cell phone, or if you want to get that old fax machine or printer out of the garage, now’s your chance. For a list of what will be accepted, visit http://recycling.facilities.txstate.edu/eventsandprojects/ewaste.html.

The annual Mutt Strutt will get going at 9 a.m. today at River Ridge Park (Interstate-35, exit 207 neat Butler Manufacturing and Grande Communications). Registration for the event is $20, and you’ll get live music, door prizes, a silent auction, t-shirts, goodie bags, and more. In addition to the one-mile walk with man’s best friend at your side will be the opportunity to show off your canine pal with a best bark contest, a best dressed contest and even a best owner-dog look-a-like contest. It’s more fun than a fire hydrant and a rawhide bone. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and make sure your dog and your child have nice manners at this event. All proceeds benefit the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter.

We certainly hope the weather will not be as wet as the forecasters predict for all of the fun events today, but our hope is most fervent for the 13th Annual Butterfly Festival at the EmilyAnn Theatre (1101 FM 2325) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You don’t have to be a lepidopterist to know that butterflies don’t much care for raindrops, which can hit them like giant buckets of water.

There are supposed to be butterflies released on the hour at the festival. And there certainly are many more activities that will not be harmed by a little water, like the EmilyAnn Theatre’s drama classes performing Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” There will be a Japanese tea ceremony and Smokey the Bear, and cloggers, too. Hopefully, the butterflies will be willing and able to flutter by. No matter what, it’s  a wonderful and lovely festival.

The Annual Katherine Anne Porter School (KAPS) Jazz Fest will start jumpin’ at 7 p.m. at the school (515 FM 2325). Tickets are $10 in advance, available at the school and Sundance Records, or $15 at the door. The evening features the Regency Jazz Quintet, Djembabes, and the KAPS Guitar Trio with catering by KAPS Cooking Crew and coffees from Rafiki Coffee. Sounds like jazzy fun.

The Texas State Strutters reprise their precision dance moves in their tenth Annual Strutters Spectacular tonight at Strahan Coliseum (7 p.m.) for those missed it last night and for those who want to see it one more time. The world-famous Strutters are a joy to behold, and you’ll never regret seeing them in action. It’s a Texas version of Broadway without the high ticket price.

The San Marcos Artist’s Retention and Training (SMART) Orchestra will play a side-by-side concert with the Texas State Symphony Orchestra at the San Marcos High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. This free concert may be one of the don’t miss events of the spring. The SMART Orchestra is a path for students to learn to play string instruments. It’s hard to think of an instrument more evocative of human joys and sorrows than a violin or viola, and students who wish to play these instruments have little recourse without SMART This concert shows the community how valuable the orchestral string experience is.

The Wimberley Players will delight audiences again tonight with their performance of the satire “Devotion.” The curtain rises at 8 p.m. at the Wimberley Playhouse.

Texas State’s ensemble series presents Voca Libre, under the direction of Christin Toerner, at 8 p.m. at Evans Auditorium on the campus of Texas State. Admission is free. This a cappella jazz group will amaze you.

Clay McClinton may suffer from a bit of what Julian Lennon suffers, a very famous dad with a recognizable sound. While McClinton may be Delbert’s boy, Clay has a separate style and sound with just a dab of dear old dad in it. Clay’s bluesey, thoughtful take on country music is delightful, and you can hear him tonight at Riley’s. And when he has a son, people will probably say he is modeling Clay (and that was a really long road traveled to get to that pun, we know.)

The smart country rock of Texas Renegade will grace the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight. There’s a lot of Hill Country blues in what these fellas play, and you’ll be charmed by their bright lyrics and rockin’ sound.

Pepper Lane will play at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight, along with the Organics. At the Triple Crown, the ever popular Spank is featured with Fatty Lumkpin. A word about Denton’s Fatty Lumpkin — if you dig the jams, you don’t want to miss them. They are great.

Sunday, April 18

At 2:30 p.m., the Wimberley Players will stage a matinee of their current production of the slightly bizarre and amusingly thought provoking satire, “Devotion.” An afternoon of theater on Sunday is a delightful way to spend that precious time off of work.

At 3 p.m., you may want to strap on your dancing shoes and head for beautiful downtown Geronimo to the Sunday afternoon country dance at the Geronimo VFW (6806 SH 123). Today, the Glenn Collins band out of Austin will fill the room with boot scootin’ traditional country music. It’s only $7 at the door to dance the afternoon away. All proceeds go towards veterans programs. The kitchen opens at 2 p.m. and features home-made sandwiches for an energy boost before you trip the light fantastic.

Evans Auditorium will host the Texas State Men’s and Women’s Chorus and University singers in a concert this afternoon at 3 p.m. The singers are under the direction of Jonathan Babcock and Lynn Brinckmeyer. General admission is $5, and it’s $3 for students and senior citizens.

A regular at the original songwriters’ nights at Cheatham Street, Aaron Allen, with some friends, will play this afternoon at the venerable old cotton warehouse from 4-7 p.m. Good music, the Cheatham Street Warehouse, Sunday afternoon– what’s not to like?

Lauryn Gold will perform a flute recital today at 6 p.m. at the Music Building Recital Hall on the Texas State campus. A recital like this is another really lovely way to end a weekend. Admission is free.

Perhaps you are of a mind to do some singin’ your own self? If you want an audience for your warbling, look no further than Triple Crown or Riley’s Tavern for your American Idol needs. The mics are open there, and the hosts are experienced musicians. If you would rather use a prompter for the words, the Gray Horse Saloon features Island Time Karaoke, which always sounds to us like a cross between a tropical drink and a good time.

If you just want to kick back in front of the tube, KLRU-TV features the absorbing but alarming Nature episode on frogs tonight at 7 p.m. CBS presents the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, for those who like an overly-long self-congratulatory song fest. The music will be good, anyway.

You could watch a night of costumed musicals on TCM, starting with The Desert Song, followed by the technicolor remake of Showboat. Showboat is worth it for Ava Gardner’s performance as Julie. And then there’s  William Warfield swiping the whole show, singing “Old Man River,” one of the most heart-wrenching songs ever written.

We’re going steer clear of it all, make a deep dish pizza and watch the New York Mets play the St. Louis Cardinals. We don’t care much who wins the game, but it’s always fun to watch Albert Pujols.

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