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July 23rd, 2010
The Weekend: A road opens, art beckons and bands, as always, play on


The always- entertaining Beaumonts will be at Triple Crown Saturday.

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We have friends who, upon getting the latest ice cream maker, have become obsessional weird ice cream foodies. The ice cream making machine has come a long way since Nancy Johnson invented the first humble hand-crank ice cream maker in 1843. The machines now run the price gamut from $50 to a whopping $1,200. Nancy wouldn’t believe what folks were putting into ice cream now.

Our friends regale us with tales of inventing new flavors like bacon and cherry kirsch and bemoan the expense of saffron for their saffron, bacon and shrimp frozen custard puree.

Now, we know that bacon is the new fruit and that folks are constantly coming up with recipes for chocolate covered bacon, bacon whiskey ice cream and bacon maple cupcakes, but we say “enough already” with the bacon.

Just because you can make any flavor of ice cream doesn’t mean that you should. Bacon is delicious, but not particularly healthy to eat. Matching this with the artery clogging properties of creamy home made ice cream is unconscionable, not to mention more than a little decadent. And, we notice, nobody is rushing to make haggis or sardine or liverwurst ice cream. Just leave the bacon alone for a while. Please.

How about a good BLT that isn’t made into bacon tomato semifreddo or custard. What’s wrong with just plain old bacon with a couple of fried eggs, a mess of hash browns and some buttered toast? (Don’t answer that, we know. And please don’t make it into ice cream.)

The foodie culture is sort of charming, because those people get excited by new flavor combinations and we are for anything that is tackled with enthusiasm. And, let’s face it, it’s easier to invent ice cream flavors than a way to clean the Gulf or fix the economy.

But our beloved ice cream seems to be getting polluted with fish, garlic, wasabi and bacon. We like those things, but our taste buds crave sweet ice creams like banana, strawberry, cherry and chocolate.

If foodies are going to experiment with ice cream, how about licorice ice cream or marshmallow ice cream or even grape ice cream?

There may be bacon in your weekend, hopefully in breakfast form, and you’ll need the energy what with all the stuff going on. Here are just a few suggestions.

Friday, July 23

The pleasing pop tones of Bill Jerram start out the weekend’s music at  Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street) tonight at 6 p.m. These early gigs are a great way to get in some good live music and still be fed and in bed by the time the nightly news hits the airwaves.

If your name is Joe or Margaret, you’ll most definitely want to be at the Wimberley VFW’s (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) bingo game tonight at 7 p.m. According to, men named Joe and women named Margaret statistically win more often than any other male and female named players. We know that the average Joe just likes to play at the Wimberley VFW, where snacks are sold by the fine women of the Ladies Auxiliary with proceeds going to programs that benefit G.I. Joes and Josephines.

Buda’s Tunes and Toons features Tejano night in City Park on Main Street at 7 p.m. There will be Tejano bands and hopefully, a lovely Texas night in which to enjoy them.

Kyle’s Movies in the Park features the animated delight, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” at around 9 p.m. tonight. Bring your lawn chairs, snacks and blankets to Gregg-Clarke Park (1180 West Center Street) and enjoy a charming movie in the somewhat cooler evening air.

The ever-popular and quirky Hayes Carll plays at Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Road in New Braunfels) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Carll is a delight. He’s got a huge contingent of fans in the area, and we would number among them.

Tres Womack will regale the crowd at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) tonight with his signature brand of alt-country music. He’ll start up around 9 p.m.

Texas State has been the proving ground for many a musician and Brian Burke, playing at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street), is a part of that contingent. He’s got a knock-out voice and some good songwriting skills. Also on the bill is the Tyler-based Whiskey Myers. The band plays a riveting set. Great night at the Cheatham Street for fans of country rock.

The Gray Horse Saloon (19094 RR 12) features the blues country rock amalgam that is Cari Hutson and Good Company. Hutson’s lilting, clear, strong voice is just different enough to make the band’s music both comfortingly familiar and sharply defined. You’ll be amazed at their proficiency.

Later tonight, Triple Crown features a duo of local bands that are two of our favorites. Chasca, a band dripping with attitude, glam and more than its share of chutzpah, will rivet the audience with its always entertaining interpretations of modern rock. Robbie and the Robots, with a fresh, new music video under their belts, will charm the crowd with their creative power-pop driven style. This, for us, is a real stand-out gig. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll have a great time.

Saturday, July 24

The day starts out early with the Run2Purgatory five-kilometer fun run and walk at the opening ceremony for the Wonder World Drive extension. Registration starts at 7 a.m. The first 250 participants will receive free commemorative t-shirts. The event starts at 7:30 a.m., with participants traveling west on the extension over the Purgatory Creek Bridge. The San Marcos Runners Club designed the course. The extension of Wonder World Drive will run from Hunter Road to RR 12.

Market on the Square starts at 9 a.m. Fresh produce, music and a variety of items await your perusal, but don’t wait too long, as the event closes up at 1 p.m.

Wake the Dead Coffeehouse (1432 RR 12) in association with the San Marcos River Foundation, has a full day and night of music and artwork starting at 10 a.m. The event features the music of Molly Hayes, Slim Glover, Ben Patterson, Ryan McGillicuddy, The Weenies, Roger Sellers and Wargasm. The night closes out with Chief and the Doomsday Device from 9 p.m. until, as they so aptly put it, “the dead of night.” There will be art for sale, food, beverages and coffee, natch. Local artists featured include Eric Jentsch, Kiki Whatley and Sarah Stevens, among others.

The official opening of the Wonder World extension takes place at 10 a.m. today. Ribbons will be cut, speeches will be made and San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz will preside. A variety of city, state, federal and county officials will be on hand as well. But wait, there’s more. Live music, cars from Dick’s Classic Autos, a remote control car race and, deliciously, a barbecue lunch prepared by the capable hands of personnel from City of San Marcos fire and police departments will be featured, as well.

There will be guided tours of the new parkway and the Purgatory Creek Preserve hike and bike trail. Parking for the event will be at the east end of the Wonder World extension at Hunter Road. Police will be there to direct the traffic. Overflow traffic will be located at Hernandez Elementary School on 333 Stagecoach Trail. At 6 p.m. after the festivities, the barricades will come down and the roadway will officially open.

The quilt is a uniquely American art form and, if you haven’t been paying attention to contemporary quilting, you’ve been missing out on some amazing craftsmanship. Most seasoned local quilters need no introduction to the New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild (NBAQG), and their monthly sponsored area quilting bees here in San Marcos, Seguin and New Braunfels. Today, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can see some remarkable quilts at the NBAQG’s Biennial Quilt show at the New Braunfels Civic Center (380 North Seguin Avenue). The theme for the quilts on display is “Holiday Magic.” The event features a raffle quilt, a silent auction, vendors and a snack bar. You’ll be wowed by the skills of the quilters.

The “handcrafted” music of Dana Cooper will charm folks at Gruene Hall today from 1-5 p.m. Cooper is an old soul with a fresh outlook and thirty years of traveling troubadour experience. There is no cover charge to be mesmerized.

A New York tea cocktail party will be at the Looking Glass (316B Main Street) in Buda today from 4-7 p.m. There, you can preview vintage inspired jewelry from New York, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and browse the shop for future Christmas gifts. Attendees are encouraged to wear a favorite hat to the event. Sounds like fun and a great opportunity to wear that fabulous new chapeau.

The honky tonk tones of Ruby Dee and the Snake Handlers will set toes to tappin’ at Riley’s Tavern tonight. Dee’s got a sweet voice and the band really swings.

Blue Broussard plays a very Texas brand of country rock. Spawned in Beaumont, the band plays Broussard’s original material with a smidge of ZZ Top-like flair. You can hear this for yourself at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight. Joined the card is Paul Eason, who sat in at the aforementioned Dana Cooper’s set at Gruene Hall this afternoon. Eason’s smooth vocals and strong songwriting skills are more than pleasing to the ear.

At Triple Crown tonight, the colorful larger-than-life Beaumonts will play  their boot scuffin’ country rock. Their big personalities are matched by their musical skills.They are joined by the jet-propelled rhythms of Turbo 350.

The StandOuts will be at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight. While the band will be sans the horns section, their pop proficiency will be undaunted. They always play a great set, and they say they will debut a few new songs tonight.

Sunday, July 25

After you’ve had your morning coffee and you’ve gone to church, eaten the chicken-fried steak and cleared up the dishes, get yourself down to Gruene Hall and catch the Fireants from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. There’s no cover, and you will thank us for steering you to this gig. These kids can play up a storm. Their skills at bluegrass, gypsy and roots music are awe-inspiring, and they’ve got just enough spit and vinegar to rock and roll with the punches.

The popular Tom Teboe Band will play at the Geronimo VFW (6808 North SH 123), if you’d care to scoot a boot or cut a rug. The doors and the kitchen open at 1:30 p.m. The music and dancing starts up at 3 p.m. A $7 donation is requested. All proceeds go towards the post’s many veterans and military programs.

The Corral Theatre (Flite Acres Road and FM 2337 in Wimberley) will show the animated film, “Despicable Me,” tonight at “dark thirty.” The walk-in outdoor theatre is a perfect setting to end your weekend with a movie.

If you’ve a mind to sing for your supper, you can go to Riley’s or Triple Crown after supper and try a little singing first. The mics are open there tonight for you to hone your grub-garnering skills. The Gray Horse has karaoke for those who like to just sing along.

Tonight at 7 p.m., ESPN features the traditionally heated baseball rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s always a pleasure to watch Albert Pujols strike fear into the heart of a pitcher, even if you are, as we are, Cubs fans.

Kids who have never seen Abbott and Costello in action can get a glimpse of their comic genius with two movies on TCM at 7 p.m., “Buck Privates” and “Ride ’em Cowboy.” It will become immediately obvious why so many comedians who have made movies during the past 20 years owe this vaudeville duo so much.

Decidedly not for children is the Ovation Network’s offering of the evening at 7 p.m., “Titus,” based on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. Titus backs you into a corner with more deaths and gruesome descriptions than you can shake a spear at. It was, not surprisingly, a fairly popular play in Shakespeare’s day, and is considered one of his first and most raw works. You may, after seeing it, agree with T.S. Eliot, who pronounced it “the worst play ever written.” Just a quick rundown would include 14 deaths and seven severed body parts. And you thought your kid’s video games were violent. Titus stars Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange and they, alone, make it worth the watching, if you can stand it.

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