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June 4th, 2010
The Weekend: June cometh to San Marcos

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Charla Corn will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse on Satuday.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

Always at the beginning of June, we think of the words of “Fireside Poet” James Russell Lowell:

There is no price set on the lavish summer,
 And June may be had by the poorest comer.
And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.

It’s true that Lowell’s poetry is often what the British refer to as “twee,” i.e. overly sweet. It’s also true that the poem that the verses we quote come from, “The Vision of Sir Launfal,” is a tad long and flowery. But we feel bound to say that regardless of these criticisms, Lowell, often forgotten along side his splashier peer and friend Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, has something yet to say.

A few of his thoughts:

“Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.”

“Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.”

“The eye is the notebook of the poet.”

“Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.”

He has much more to say than this. We suggest reading just a bit of him. You’ll find a plethora of his quotations and poetry online. Lowell was a good thinker in spite of his some of his overly lacy phrases and his thoughts were well worth recording.

In point of fact, we stand for the merits of poetry. It’s a dry life for those who do not peruse a few volumes of poetry. A poet condenses each moment and puts it in amber for your perusal. She may shout it like Gregory Corso or whisper it like Emily Dickenson. Everyone should have a favorite poet, which implies reading more than one. Summer afternoons are perfect for a classic volume like Palgrave’s Golden Treasury, one of our first, and most loved, collections.

There is poetry in music and in the theater and even on a carnival ride. That poetry, however, is also available to you this weekend, and here are a few suggestions on how to find it.

Friday, June 4

Word of Life Church (400 Old Post Road in Kyle) is holding a big summer carnival with more than 20 carnival rides, food and entertainment this evening. The event is in support of the church’s building and outreach programs. Today is the first in the three days of the carnival, which will be held on the church’s sports field.

Pepper’s Blues starts out the music for the weekend at Triple Crown, (206 North Edward Gary Street). Paul Wilson, Ace Pepper, Scott Wade and Jimmy McFeeley do an outstanding job of bringing a crisp rock edge to the blues. Listening to their music is a great way to start out the weekend.

Club Bing is an online gaming site where you can win prizes, if you don’t mind giving out a little personal information (which we do, by the way). You don’t have to give out much of any personal information to win prizes if you, instead, play a little bingo at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road). The cage starts turning at 7 p.m., and you won’t have make up a “user name” to play the game. Nicer still, snacks are available at the VFW, proffered by the kindly women of the Ladies Auxiliary in support of their veterans programs. That’s the trouble with virtual gaming — how can you eat virtual snacks?

At the Price Seniors Center (222 West San Antonio Street), the always amazing Second Act Troupe will present three one-act comedies about unusual secrets in “Three Acts Of Deception.” You can get tickets for dinner with the plays for $22, or just see the play for a mere $12. If you have never seen the Second Act Troupe, you owe yourself the treat. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and the play starts at 7:30 p.m. For reservations or more information, call (512) 618-3355 anytime.

Local favorites Mickey and the Motorcars will be at Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Road in New Braunfels), with Back Porch Mary opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

When we were in junior high, there were two “cool cliques,” although we were never cool enough to be in them. One clique was the “baldies.” The baldy guys had crew cuts, wore Madras plaid shirts and khaki slacks. Then there were the long haired “Greasers,” who wore black t-shirts, black pants (jeans were not allowed in school way back then) and sometimes, if they could afford them, leather jackets. The “greasers” of our youth were the ends of the original contingent of the greasers originally written about in the musical “Grease,” which is being presented tonight by the EmilyAnn Theatre)1101 FM 2325) at 8 p.m. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Beau Hinze and the Back Porch Shufflers are a delicious amalgam of Texas Roadhouse music and pure uncut Bluegrass. Their new release, “Undertow,” will have you tapping your toes and weeping into your beer. They’ll be a Riley’s Tavern tonight (8894 FM 1102), and you’ll be hard-pressed to hear sweeter music than their harmonies.

The Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) features the talents of Adam Carroll and the man himself, Cheatham Street proprietor/songwriter Kent Finlay, in an acoustic songswap at 9:30 p.m. Magic will be made tonight.

What would a band sound like with the sensibilities of John Waters and the humor of Tim Burton? We’re not sure, but we know that Mr. Lewis and the Funeral Five come close. They’ll be at Triple Crown, along with Jungle Rockers and Turbo 350 tonight for a rollickin’, sometimes slightly bizarre show.

Where would a fella or gal go to hear music that was an unusual but refreshing change of genre in Texas? Well, we’d tell the searcher to look no further that the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) this evening’s band,  Chaska. This band has got some serious glam chops that ain’t, as we used to say, “just lamb chops,” i.e. they’ve got some substance. The music starts around 10 p.m., and there is never a cover charge at the Gray Horse. So you get all that 21st century boys rock just for walking in the door. Lucky.

Saturday, June 5

It’s time to get up early and hit Wimberley Market Days at Lions Park before the sun gets a bit too relentless. At the very least, make sure to take a hat and wear some sunscreen as you gaze at the gazillion gee-gaws presented for your shopping pleasure. Music, barbecue and cornucopia of items await upon your arrival. It’s always fun, and it goes from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking will cost you $3, but it goes towards the Lions Club’s charitable endeavors, so you are contributing to the good while you browse.

If you want a market that’s a little smaller, but still filled with oodles of crafts, jams, jellies, honeys, locally grown produce, music and more, head over to Kyle Market Days from 9 a.m.-2p.m. The free concerts features the Spencer Thomas Band in the a.m. and Jimi Lee in the afternoon. Kyle Market Days is in historic City Square Park between Center Street, Main Street, Burleson Street and Miller Street.

At 9 a.m., the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance is sponsoring a photo hike at Ringtail Ridge in honor of National Trails Day. Clint King and other photographers will conduct a guided hike and teach a bit about nature photography techniques. Bring your camera and get some great photos of the Oak groves, flowering meadows, cactus stands, and persimmon thickets and the other indigenous natural wonders of the area. Your photos will be just in time to submit to the Naturescapes contest.

At Gruene Hall, the Danny Brooks Band will play throughout the afternoon from 1-5 p.m. There’s no cover and the music will be awesome.

It’s the second day of the Word of Life Church’s summer carnival. It’s a fun way to kick off the summer with rides, food and entertainment. The carnival goes from 5-11 p.m.

The Second Act Troupe will delight audiences with its set of comedy one-act plays, “Three Acts of Deception,” tonight at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the sturdy acting talents of the cast, you will also be treated to meeting some of the friendliest folks in the area while having coffee at intermission. The plays are charmingly executed and we highly recommend your attendance.

If you are in the mood for a high-spirited musical, you couldn’t ask for much more than the EmilyAnn Theatre’s romp through the 1950s with their production of “Grease.” You’ll see Danny Zuko and Sandy, worry with Rizzo and Kenickie and do it all in a beautiful outdoor location. The curtain rises at 8 pm. and ends when the stars at night are big and bright.

Musician Michael Wren, aka “Flaco,” is having his annual birthday bash, Flacopalooza, at Riley’s Tavern tonight. That means lots of music and rollicking fun. Slim Bawh and Gator Bait, Luke Adair and the Big Balls are just some of the big country-rock action planned for the evening. The joint starts jumpin’ at 9 p.m.

Larry Joe Taylor with special guests the Tejas Brothers will let the bon temps roulez at Gruene Hall tonight. Tickets are $10. Wear your shoes with the thickest soles so that you won’t wear a hole in ’em what with all the foot stompin’ and toe tappin’ you’ll be doing.

There is a storm brewing at the Triple Crown tonight as a blizzard of word wizards take the stage tonight with Word Association, Phranchyze 1, Lejend, Stormshadow and Chief. Electric Mayhem will make with the dancey jams, too.

Charla Corn may sing “She Ain’t Always Been an Angel” but she sure looks like one. Fort Worth’s Corn will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight, wowing the audience with her formidable talent. She has certainly gotten a lot of press over the last few years with her ejection from the television show “Nashville Star” and her status as a Country Music Television correspondent, but the real news about her is that the girl can really sing it.

Scott Wood and the Kyle Project are not a committee looking into the plans for a new library. They are a band, and if you go see them at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight, you’ll never forget that again. Wood’s rich voice is complimented by a rockin’ set of musicians. They are a top pick for the night. They’ll start up ’round about 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 6

Rod Picott and Amanda Shires will be at Gruene Hall today at 12:30 p.m. It’s a no cover day at Gruene Hall and, later in the day, Texas Music Award winner John Arthur Martinez will play starting at 5 p.m.

Klassic Kountry Gold will play at the Geronimo VFW’s (6808 North Highway 123) Sunday afternoon dance today in beautiful downtown Geronimo from 3-6:30 p.m. It’s a $5 benefit dance and Klassic Kountry Gold is donating 100 percent of its proceeds to the VFW’s veterans programs. The kitchen opens at 2 p.m., if you want a nosh before dancing.

A delightful addition to the Second Act Troupe’s evening performances is the Sunday afternoon tea performance today at 3 p.m. at the Price Seniors Center. The event is quite fitting with, the George Bernard Shaw play, “How He Lied To Her Husband” as one of the three one-act plays to be performed. The traditional afternoon tea will be served at intermission. Tickets for the tea and the plays is $18, or $12 for the plays alone. What an elegant and beguiling way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

The Word of Life Church summer carnival will turn on the rides for one more night today at 5 p.m. Food and entertainment will be there, as well. A carnival is a wonderful way to start off the summer’s fun.

The EmilyAnn Theatre will present “Grease” tonight at 8 p.m. in the outdoor performance venue. There will be rockin’, rollin’ and ’50s slang will be slung.

The mics are open tonight at Riley’s Tavern and Triple Crown, so you can polish up your skills before hitting “American Idol” or that family barbecue you are always threatening to entertain at. Your public awaits.

There are NBA basketball playoffs on ABC tonight and NHL hockey playoffs on NBC tonight. TCM features the classic tear-inducing animal films “Old Yeller” at 6 p.m. and “The Yearling” at 9 p.m.

Or you could read some poetry. Just a thought.

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One thought on “The Weekend: June cometh to San Marcos

  1. Thanks for these updates–and don’t forget the San Marcos Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We need to support this much needed effort to make sure it continues.

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