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April 23rd, 2010
The Weekend: A whole messtival of festivals, and a good bit else, besides


The talented Jeremy Steding will be at Riley’s Tavern on Saturday.

Scene Editor

Here is a little seasonal verse to sum up the weekend.

Spring has sprung,
the lawn is a messtival,
I’m skipping the yard work
to go to a festival.

Yes, we know messtival isn’t a word, but the sentiment is valid. There is a whole lot going on this weekend, from the renowned wiener dog races in Buda to the Earth Day celebration at the Aquarena Center. The music this weekend, where ever you may roam, is exceptional. Here are just a few suggestions for your weekend merriment

Friday, April 23

Since it’s going to be a long weekend packed with a plethora of fun activities, you may need to find some balance for the event-laden days ahead. What better way than to let certified Sivananda yoga instructor Tina Baumgartner lead you in a pleasant hour of stretching and meditation at the San Marcos Public Library (625 East Hopkins Street) at 5 p.m. today? Wear your comfy clothes and bring a towel or blanket to sit upon. Breathe deeply.

Bill Jerram starts out the weekend’s music at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street). Jerram’s pop sensibilities are tempered with an ’80s rock tone that is appealing. Ask him to play “Back To You,” and you’ll hear this beguiling mix. He starts at 6 p.m.

At A&E Signs and Graphics (100 Houston Street in Buda), the Buda Show and Shine Car Show will show off some shiny restored cars starting at 6 p.m. It’s a great chance to see what the gearheads of Buda Car Club can do while perusing the merchants in downtown Buda before the Wiener Madness starts tomorrow.

The Texas State Bobcats baseball team will face the diamond crew of Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. at Bobcat Field. The Bobcats have done best on their home field, winning their last six home games pretty handily. The game tonight should be a good one.

Kelly’s eye, Dr. Who, cup of tea, on the floor, Jack’s alive, Tom Mix, all dogs, garden gate, doctor’s orders and Uncle Ben. You know what we mean? Perhaps you would if you played enough bingo, as the phrases all stand for the first ten numbers in sequence. Not all bingo callers use these phrases. Some have their own, and others don’t use them at all. Bingo has a lot more personality than you may think. Find out for yourself at the long-standing  Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) bingo game at 7 p.m. Bingo has been around in one form or another for at least 400 years, but even if, in thirty years, it turns into Rock Band or Guitar Hero, the ladies auxiliary will still be selling tasty snacks to support their veterans programs.

Carlo Goldoni may have been channeling the great commedia del’arte performers when he wrote “The Servant of Two Masters,” but you’ll swear it’s Shakespeare mixed with the Marx Brothers. On the main stage at the Theatre Center at Texas State, the Department of Theatre and Dance is presenting Goldoni’s comedy of errors, “The Servant of Two Masters,” at 7:30 p.m. Will poor Truffalino ever get enough to eat, or is he hungry for something else? You’ll enjoy finding out.

Meanwhile, the Wimberley Players are presenting “Virtual Devotion,” a contemporary satire depicting a day in the life of a family trying to find its way in modern life with comedic and sometimes disastrous results. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. at the Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road).

You’ll go a long way before you  hear another band that understands the heartache and the beauty of the Texas country music genre as well as the Lost Immigrants, appearing at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) tonight. Never fear, they know how to rock, as well.

Dead Phonetics is not a book by Noam Chomsky. It’s the new name of local band Earle Brown, and, we must say, it’s a change for the better. It’s not that a tribute to the expressionist composer was a bad thing, it just wasn’t their style and these guys do have a sound all their own. Evan Styles’ vocals, whether languid or lightning-charged, streak through the music with lonesome heartache and fury. The expressive and often spare backup music does not waste a note. The band will be at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) tonight. We think you’ll dig them.

The rock/ jazz/funk/jam stylings of local favorites Funkotron will fill the Triple Crown tonight. If you haven’t heard Funkotron, you should, they’re good.

Jason Bednorz sounds more than a little like Gerry Beckley (lead singer for the band America), but his music is pure Texas. Although, now that we think on it, Beckley was born in Fort Worth. We could wax poetic about how the Texas air kisses the vocal chords of a singer and makes them great, but we’ll stop now, even though it may be true. At any rate, Bednorz writes an appealing and honest song. He opens at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) for the extraordinarily gifted East Texas-born Whiskey Myers. The band has a fresh sounding country rock band that blends well with Bednorz, making for a great night of music at the Cheatham Street.

Saturday, April 24

The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance (SMGA) is sponsoring an Earth Day hike at Spring Lake Preserve this morning. Hikers should meet up with the SMGA folks in the River Systems Institute parking lot  (951 Aquarena Springs Drive) at 9 a.m.

The Buda Lions Club’s 13th Annual Wiener Dog Races start today with a parade at 9 a.m. through downtown Buda. The event has a theme every year, and this year’s is a take off on a children’s classic, “The Wiener of Oz.”  Our favorite is still “Lord of the Wiens,” but this one makes you giggle, too. Check out the clever poster when you get there. Today, there will be qualifying races as well as craft booths, music by the Ben Tyler Johnson Band, bean/chili/brisket/ribs cook-offs, and, in the evening, entertainment by Mike Bourland, the African Drum Group and Blue Dog Band.

The Annual Earth Day celebration at the Aquarena Center starts at 10 a.m. with food, music, booths full of earth-friendly information and glass bottom boat and kayak tours. Speakers at the event include keynote speaker U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin), as well as State Representative Patrick Rose (D-San Marcos), Hays County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley) and San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz. Local musicians and youth folklorico dancers will entertain. The springs will be blessed in a multi-denominational ceremony. Should be a lovely day.

Two festivals aren’t enough for you? Fine, we’ll give you another. It’s the Wimberley Art Fair taking place on the square in downtown Wimberley starting at 10 a.m. Be warned, there is no parking on the square today, thus making room for the kids activities and the art demonstrations. In addition, 67 artists will exhibit everything from sculpture to photos to jewelry and more. Music will be provided by Jon Dee Graham, Kevin Willis with Fats Kaplin and Billy Crockett and Friends. The Wimberley Players will be strolling thespians on the square and the Starlight Symphony Orchestra will play an afternoon concert behind the Cypress Creek Cafe.

The Texas State College Democrats are hosting their fourth annual barbecue picnic at the Hays County Courthouse starting at 11 a.m. The ubiquitous and hard workin’ Doggett will be there, as will many on the Democratic ticket currently running for election. Lest you think it’s all speeches, let us quickly observe that there will be free barbecued brisket, games for the kids and the golden voiced Halleyanna Finlay to entertain you. Maybe we should repeat the part about the free brisket? Yum. What a painless way to learn a little about the candidates.

At 2 p.m. the Texas State baseball team will face Northwestern State for the second game of their three-game series. The Bobcats are good, and there’s nothing like baseball at beautiful Bobcat Field on a pleasant spring day. Hope the weather holds out.

At 7:30 p.m., the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance will again present “The Servant of Two Masters” on the main stage of the Theatre Center. Did Truffalino really eat Beatrice’s cat? Will Clarice find Silvio? You’ll have to see the very amusing play for the answers.

The Texas State Chorale will perform a concert in Evans Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. As you already know, Texas State is loaded with talented young people, and this concert will prove it once again. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens. The chorale is under the direction of Joey Martin.

Tantra Coffeehouse is featuring an Earth Day dance starting at 8 p.m. Whistle and Fish will start out the evening with their tender folk music. They are followed by the rollicking bluegrass of one of our favorites in the area, Fish Fry Bingo. These folks will make your toes start to tinglin’ and a’tappin’. Your body will start moving along with your toes and, the next thing you, know you’ll be dancing with bluegrass joy. You’ll get a great cup of Joe there, too, and the setting is delightfully charming.

The Wimberley Players are the hardest working actors in the area today, having already been strolling thespians at the Wimberley Art Fair and now, at 8 p.m., performing in “Virtual Devotion.” Their devotion to their craft is admirable. The play is a satire on contemporary life, and is both amusing and thought provoking.

Jeremy Steding has the reputation of being one of the nicest fellas you’d ever want to meet. Shoot, he even calls the radio stations that play his songs and thanks them. He’d better have a really good phone rate, because it won’t be long and and that’s all he’s going to be doing when he’s not at a gig. Steding has got a warm baritone voice that will melt your hard old country heart into a puddle of adoration. He’ll be at Riley’s Tavern tonight, and he is most definitely a don’t miss gig this weekend.

This is one of those nights you’ll wish you were three people so that you could catch all the stellar music in San Marcos. The Cheatham Street Warehouse is featuring that wonder on the squeezebox, Ponty Bone, and you’d be hard pressed to have a better musical time. If you’ve never seen Bone you’d best git on down there, he is a Texas treasure.

Van Sanchez has a hefty collection of fans who will be at Triple Crown tonight celebrating the release of the new CD, “High Class Dirtbag.” You gotta give it up for that name. Joining the original rockers will be the Organics and Beans and Rice. It’s just a very fine night of music at the Triple Crown.

Not to be outdone, the Gray Horse Saloon features the aptly named StandOuts. They have stellar vocals, well written music, deft guitar work and, oh, that awesome horn section! Their mix of funk, rock and blues is simply dynamite. Yet another standout gig.

Sunday, April 25

The writer E.B. White was a fan of the wiener dog and owned one that often appeared in his essays. Wiener dogs are faithful, determined and sometimes a bit stubborn, which led White to say, “I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian club than induce a dachshund to heed my slightest command.” They were the favored dog of Pablo Picasso, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Andy Warhol,  just to name a few. So, it’s not surprising that many wiener dog owners feel their dogs are just a bit more interesting that most dogs. And, sometimes, they race them.

Today are the final races for the wiener dogs in Buda, and now the competition gets a bit edgier. All the dogs that decided to go the opposite direction in yesterday’s preliminary heats have been lovingly dismissed and the cream of the racers are set to go. If you have never been to the races before, you owe yourself the treat. You’ll laugh, you’ll applaud and you’ll be moved by some folks who got their wieners at the pound. It’s a fun day, with awards being given out at 5 p.m. Oh, there’s also food and booths and fun activities. We’re just really partial to the dogs. The best part about the race is that every dog is a wiener.

The last baseball game in the three-game baseball series between Texas State and Northwestern State is at 1 p.m. at beautiful Bobcat Field. It’s supposed to be warm and sunny today, which is perfect weather for a good baseball game.

You’ve only got one more chance to see if Truffalino gets that for which he is truly hungry. Not to mention if Beatrice will find Florindo, and if Clarice will find Silvio. And what of Smeraldina? For the answer to these and even more amusing questions, go to the main stage at the Theatre Center on the campus of Texas State and watch the matinee of “The Servant of Two Masters” at 2 p.m.

On a more contemporary note is the matinee of the Wimberley Players rendition of “Virtual Devotion.” The satire is just as funny in the afternoon, and the matinee starts at 2:30p.m. at the Wimberley Playhouse.

The very popular Tom Teboe Band will make with the country dance music at the Geronimo VFW Post (6808 SH 123) this afternoon at 3 p.m. The kitchen opens at 1:30 p.m., if you need a homemade sandwich before you start cuttin’ a rug. It’s just a $7 donation at the door, which goes towards the post’s veteran’s programs.

The Central Texas Viola Society Members concert will be at the Music Building Recital Hall on the campus of Texas State. Admission is free. Then, at 6 p.m., the hall will be filled with the sound of the piano as Eric Peterson plays his junior recital. Again, the admission is free.

At Evans Auditorium, the impressive Texas State Symphony will perform a concert at 8 p.m. The Symphony is under the direction of Howard Hudiberg. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students and seniors. Those who go are in for a magnificent treat.

Yes, there are mics open, if you want to polish your vocal skills before hittin’ the big time. Both Riley’s and Triple Crown await the blossoming of your talent. You could just get a mojito at the Gray Horse and sing a little Karaoke, if you’d rather.

But you might want to stay home and rest a bit. Next weekend is chock full of fun events, too.

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  1. Come to Aquarena Earth Day today! Free, 12 noon to 6pm, over 55 booths, topics cover food, art, gardening, water, science, ecology, politics, transportation, recycling, energy and more. Several local musicians will perform, too.

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