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May 21st, 2010
The Weekend: Music, butterflies, baseball and burgers

05191020ccA 20th Century Celebration, a show celebrating the music of the last century, will be at the Price Seniors Center Friday and Saturday.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

Perhaps you are unfamiliar with a certain Dr. Salisbury, an American doctor who was said to prescribe the eating of hamburger for health. You may know the gravy he created, as we call the dish he made with hamburger Salisbury steak.

May is National Hamburger month, and it’s not hard to celebrate, seeing that Americans consume 14 billion of them per year. Whether you grew up in Australia eating them with a slice of beet and a fried egg along with it on the bun, or you just eat a regular fast food slider almost everybody, has had, at the very least, one.

Of course, nothing is without its controversy. For as many folks as we find who laud the tasty burger, there are folks who hate them for their fat content,  the cruel way we slaughter cows and the artery clogging side effects of a diet based around the tasty things.

We agree with all the protests as we, in an almost zombie-like trance, adore the beef burger and its many trimmings. The veggie burgers one can buy at the grocery store in the freezer section are almost as good and they are not too big of a compromise. But there’s hardly anything as wonderful as a big, unhealthy, greasy burger loaded with onions and smothered in melted cheddar cheese.

However, you don’t have to compromise to find a big beefy weekend full of fun activities. Here are just a few suggestions.

Friday, May 21

The music of the weekend starts out with Mark Jungers at 6 p.m. at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street). His country folk stylings are tied to the land and other things that matter to regular folks. He’s a joy to hear.

Texas State’s baseball team plays Texas-Arlington tonight (6:30 p.m.) in the second game of their season-ending series. They are wrapping up a good season and the night should be perfect for a ball game at beautiful Bobcat field.

In the Frankie (Avalon) and Annette (Funicello) movie “Beach Blanket Bingo” you’ll see skydiving, singing, Paul Lynde, Don Rickles, a lot of silliness and even Linda Evans. What you won’t see is the game of bingo, which is what you will see at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) tonight at 7 p.m. The Ladies Auxiliary sells a few snacks for your enjoyment in support of their veterans programs, too, and you won’t have to put up with Eric Von Zipper.

The Price Seniors Center (222 West San Antonio Streert) hosts 20th Century Celebration tonight at 7:30 p.m. It’s a musical celebration of the songs of the last century during the first act. Songs featured run the gamut from Glenn Miller’s hit “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” to M.C. Hammer’s “U Cant Touch This.” Tickets are $15 at the door.

Hunter McKithan and the Offenders will play their solid southern rock at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) tonight at 8:30 p.m. Their country flavor is enhanced by the beguiling gravel-and-honey voice of McKithan.

The Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) features the talents of Firewater Sermon. The band plays a catchy blend of blues and rock.

Kristin Kelly and the Modern Day Drifters, appearing at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street), play music with a taste of sweet country and the salt of the blues. Added to Kelly’s compelling voice are the extraordinary talents of Derrick Dutton on guitar. The music starts making its magic at 9:30 p.m.

There is no doubt about it, Scott Biram makes music like a one-man demolition crew, a neutron bomb, a blast of thunder and a crack of lightening. There is nobody like him and, in this day, it’s hard to find a genuine original. Look no further for said original tonight at Triple Crown at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 22

If you wake up this morning and ambitiously decide to clean out the garage or the shed or the basement, but find you don’t know what to do with all those old cleaning supplies and bug sprays and cans of brake fluid, today is your lucky day. It’s a drive-through hazardous waste disposal day at San Marcos City Hall from 8 a.m. to noon. You’ll need proof of residency to drop off the stuff. Go to www.sanmarcostx.gov/index.html for a full listing of what is acceptable. It’s a great way to get rid of old household batteries, too, if you decide to cut yourself some slack and just clean out the junk drawer.

It might be a good day to go to the San Marcos Nature Center (430 Riverside Drive) and check out the brand-spankin’ new butterfly house, just opened on May 20. Funded by the Mitchell Foundation, the house provides plants, nectar sources and habitat for nine local species of butterflies. The center also has two ponds, many theme gardens and has an outdoor wildscape of native plants and animals. The Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and you’ll be amazed at the wildlife that abounds.

Texas State plays its last regular season baseball game today versus UTA at 1 p.m. The team is a good one, and it’s your last chance to check it out for this season.

The matinee performance of 20th Century Celebration will start at 3 p.m. at the Price Seniors Center. Tunes from a century of both popular music and Broadway musicals will be performed to most surely brighten your day.

The Leo Club in Wimberley will sponsor the Unquestionable Music Festival today at the Emily Ann Theatre (1101 FM 2325), featuring high school musicians, from 4-7 p.m. The event is a fundraiser to support the Red Cross and relief to Haiti. Good cause and good kids.

The Hays Caldwell Women’s Center 26th Annual Auction will be at the City of San Marcos Conference Center (1001 McCarty Lane), at 6 p.m. The theme is “V-Day…Victory Over Abuse Hollywood Canteen,” featuring a silent and a live auction with loads of awesome goods. Tickets are $25. Call (512) 396-3404 for more information.

It’s your last chance to see 20th Century Celebration at the Price Seniors Center tonight at 7:30 p.m. The musical extravaganza is chock-full of hits from the last century, outstanding singing and staging, and Broadway musical tunes. It’s a cornucopia of musical history, and it’s only $15 at the door.

Every Sunday night for the last nine years, audiences at the Continental Club in Austin have tapped their toes to the classic country music of the supergroup Heybale! The work of Earle Poole Ball, Kevin Smith, Gary Claxton, Tom Lewis, Buzz Evans and the indefatigable Redd Volkaert have thrilled audiences the world over. The band will be at Riley’s Tavern tonight, and it never, ever disappoints.

The clear toned Allan Goodman will play his acoustic folk rock at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight. The soulful Southern rock of Uncle Lucius will follow. The music starts up at 9 p.m.

Perhaps you want to scare the old blue devils or the doldrums out of your head tonight. If so, head over to Triple Crown, where the music will be fast, loud, hardcore and did we mention loud? Corpus Christi’s Darker Days is on the bill, as are CactusRash, Wargasm and Rooster Suicide, which sounds just a little like Howlin’ Wolf fronting for Foghat or Cheap Trick.

The Gray Horse Saloon may have the late night standout gig with the aptly named StandOuts. You may call the music funky power pop or bluesy rock, but, whatever you call it, we call it exceptional. The music starts at 10 p.m., and it’s worth noting that there is never a cover at the Gray Horse.

Sunday, May 23

If there’s one thing we need on Sunday, it’s a nice cup of coffee in the morning, preferably made by someone else, and hopefully with a muffin or a cookie. Now, San Marcos is fully loaded with locally owned and run coffee shops, and today might be a good day to give them some business. There’s Joe to Go (312 University Drive, Suite B), or Tantra (217 West Hopkins Street) or the Coffee Pot (129 East Hopkins) or Wake the Dead (1431 RR 12), just to name a few. They all have great atmosphere, often feature local art and musicians, and, of course, offer delicious coffees and beverages.

The very popular Tom Teboe Band will play its country Western Swing at the Geronimo VFW ( 6808 North Highway 123) in beautiful downtown Geronimo. It’s only $7 at the door to dance your red shoes silly. The money goes to the many veterans programs of the post.

If your throat feels like singing as much as your heart does, the mics are open at Triple Crown and Riley’s Tavern tonight. There is karaoke at the Gray Horse Saloon, if you’d rather have taped professional accompaniment– just like the pros.

CBS will air “Brooks & Dunn — The Last Rodeo,” a tribute concert honoring Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn at 7 p.m. It will feature the talents of Kenny Chesney, Rascall Flatts, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

Also at 7 p.m. BBC America will show the Luc Jacquet, now classic, “March of the Penguins.” The footage of emperor penguins making their long journey across the Antarctic is both whimiscal and heart-rending.

Even old movie buffs may have never seen Sir Carol Reed’s magical “A Kid For Two Farthings” on TCM tonight at 7 p.m. It’s a moving charmer of a film.

You could throw a few burgers on the grill tonight in celebration of National Hamburger Month. You were probably going to grill one, anyway, national month or no.

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2 thoughts on “The Weekend: Music, butterflies, baseball and burgers

  1. The 20th Century Celebration at the Price Center was lively and a wonderful treat for those who got a chance to see the show. Cheers to those who worked hard on the production!

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