The Texas Sapphires will be at Cheatham Street Warehouse Saturday night.
By HAP MANSFIELD
If we ruled the television airwaves, entertainment would have a whole different look. We’d have more documentaries, more theater, more opera and lots of cartoons. There would be a nightly show devoted to poetry, both old and new. We’d have lots of book review programs. “Survivor” would be about farmers and the important work they do.
Never fear, there would still be baseball and soccer and football and all the other sports you need to watch. But there would be no “talent” shows or “reality” shows. Instead, we’d replace them all with nature shows, particularly about urban wildlife. There are quite a few creatures who manage to live in the wake of a city, rabbits and raccoons and squirrels and the like.
We’d bring back a lot of old MGM cartoons and older Bugs Bunny shows. We’d re-run Beany and Cecil. We’d bring back Sam and Max. Clutch Cargo would decidedly not be brought back, however. Do you remember it? The cartoon with the superimposed real mouths talking? It was spooky looking.
We would keep all the movie channels just as they are. One can’t get too dictatorial. But gone would be pointless meandering daily talk shows. We wish there were shows that let us get to know people we should be talking to like congressmen and senators rather than celebrities who needed to publicize some movie.
You can see that we have no hopes of ever getting hired by a network with these kinds of ideas for programming. Television is such a remarkable communication medium. It’s just a shame that what usually gets communicated has more to do with instilling fear and selling products.
Luckily you don’t have to rely on my or any network’s programming for your entertainment needs. You can do things here in San Marcos and never have to look at the tube all weekend. Here are just a few suggestions.
Friday, August 6
Pepper’s Blues starts out the weekend’s music at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) at 6 p.m. The bluesy tones will get your weekend started out with a good song.
Carl Leffler, a mathematics professor at Columbia University, was asked to come up with 6,000 bingo cars with non-repeating number groups when Edwin Lowe, founder of the American game, was perfecting the game. Leffler was paid on a card-by-card basis. As the cards became more difficult, Leffler charged more per card. When the task was finished, Lowe had his 6,000 cards and Leffler went insane. Working on bingo cards was just a little too stressful. It’s not stressful to play the game at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) at 7 p.m. tonight. You’ll go crazy for the snacks sold by the Ladies Auxiliary, too.
The LBJ Museum of San Marcos (131 North Guadalupe Street) features their ’60s Night at the Museum from 7-9:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best 1960s garb and compete in trivia contests about the era. Music, literature, films and television from the decade also will be featured. Tickets are $25, and you may still be able to get tickets at Sundance Records (202 University Drive) or Wake the Dead Coffee House (1432 RR 12). Last year, attendees had a real hoot or hootenanny, if you want to get all 1960s.
Two characters from Shakespeare get Tom Stoppard’s wit mixed with philosophy in his play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” being performed by Forum Productions at the Price Seniors Center (222 West San Antonio Street). Tickets are $15 and are available at the door.
The course of true love never did run smoothly, as Shakespeare says in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a play written around the same time as “Romeo and Juliet” and being performed by the Shakespeare Under the Stars program at the EmilyAnn Theatre (1101 FM 2325). The cast is students ranging in age from 12-18 and the play is set in 1810, just for a change of romantic period pace. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
The Wimberley Players will answer the question “What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?” as they treat their audience to a performance of Tennessee William’s sultry southern scorcher, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” tonight at 8 p.m. at the Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road). Remember that the play has adult themes that will most likely confuse children. Tickets are $18.
Ray Wylie Hubbard is up for three American Music Association awards right now. He’s been nominated for artist of the year, album of the year and song of the year for “Drunken Poet’s Dream,” written with Hayes Carll. Hubbard more than deserves an award for his award-nominated album title, “A: Enlightenment B: Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C).” His bluesy, plain-spoken country style is sincerely his own. He’ll be at Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Road) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15
Each performance of Chasca is a theatrical rock production all its own. Chasca masters modern rock of the glam variety. You’ll never see another band quite like it. Chasca is at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) tonight at 9 p.m. No cover.
Foscoe Jones has a charming conversational style of singing and he writes a clever lyric. He’s a real treat to hear, and he’ll be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight at 9 p.m.
Triple Crown features the talents of Clubs, Zlam Dunk and Driver F tonight. Zlam Dunk is the kind of funky punk fit for dancing. Driver F has mastered the art of up-tempo power pop/punk. The evening will be full of energy, and you’ll enjoy the charge.
Saturday, August 7
It’s certainly a morning for those who like to shop, with three market days available for perusal. Starting the earliest in the morning at 7 a.m.. is Wimberley Market Days at Lions Park. With well more than 400 booths, food and music, it’s a shopper’s heaven. Admission is free. Parking is $3.
Kyle Market Days in city square (bordered by Center Street, Main Street, Burleson Road and Miller Street) is full of handmade items, produce and fun. Musical guests today include Ranch Road 12 and Blake and Fallon. The market starts up at 9 a.m..
Last, but certainly not least, is Market on the Square in downtown San Marcos on the courthouse square. Fresh produce, all manner of goods and music are always there. The market goes from 9 a.m.. to 1 p.m. The market is close to great local coffee shops and restaurants, too. It’s a great way to have fun and help the local economy.
When you are out and about on the trails on Ringtail Ridge and Lower Purgatory, be on the lookout for an unfriendly invader, the Yellow Star Thistle. The plant is pretty, like all plants, but its painful to get stuck by and toxic to horses. Go to smgreenbelt.blogspot.com/#smgaevents for more information on this drought resistant invader.
The rootsy blues of Austin’s Christ Ruest Band will be at Gruene Hall today at 1 p.m. If you’ve got a craving for some blues, these guys will serve you up a mess of it. No cover.
Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) is throwing its fourth annual Hawaiian Luau today at 5 p.m. The event includes a pig roasting on the fire, drink specials and music supplied by Island Texas. Attendees are encouraged to wear their island finery, whether it’s a Hawaiian shirt or a sarong. The free roasted pig will be served, along with Hawaiian food, at 6 p.m.
Andrea White, author and wife of gubernatorial candidate Bill White, will speak today at the Wimberley Community Center (14068 RR 12). She will be talking about her latest book, P.S. Passionate Supporter and Political Spouse from 7-8 p.m. The engagement is sponsored by Wimberley Valley for Bill White, so be aware it’s not strictly a literary engagement.
It’s your last chance to see Forum Productions’ presentation of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at the Price Seniors Center at 7 p.m. The music for the play is an original composition of J.T. Martin and Sean Hannon, local musicians with the extraordinary glam band Chasca. The play features all local players and is directed by Texas State theatre graduate Elvis Irwin. Tickets are only $15.
The pure country rockabilly sound of Austin’s Horse Opera will be at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight. It’s nothing if not authentic road house music, starting up around 9 p.m.
What light through yonder window breaks? It is also the last performance of the EmilyAnn Theatre’s Shakespeare Under the Stars production of “Romeo and Juliet” at 8 p.m. Whereforart thou if not there, surrounded by the Texas night and entertained by the young Shakespearians? Get thee hence! Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
“Truth is dreams that don’t come true, and nobody prints your name in the paper ’til you die,” says Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams’ poignant and smokin’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The Wimberley Players will feature their own interpretation of the adult classic at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $18.
The highly critically acclaimed alt-country duo the Texas Sapphires will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight. The fact that they are not a household name is amazing. They have sweet harmonies and often wistful songs. They are, quite simply, great.
Baylor alum Zona Jones sounds just a tad like Randy Travis, and that’s not a bad thing. Zona’s dad was a rodeo cowboy and Zona is named for the state his dad missed a rodeo in the year he was born. Zona is a permutation of Arizona. Zona started out as a lawyer, but you know how that Texas music gets into you if you give it half a chance. His voice and songs are country delightful. He’ll be at Gruene Hall tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Triple Crown features a sextet of rapping and rocking wordsmiths tonight with Word Association, Lejend, Quanstar, Ghani Guatama, Eveready Raw and Vortexas. The joint will be jumpin’. The music starts up around 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 8
Gruene Hall features its sumptuous Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist this morning from 10:30 a.m. until noon. In addition to the many mouthwatering delights like fried apples, Falls City pepper bacon and a variety of roasted meats and sausages, the brunch also features music. Today, the talents of Bret Graham and The Gospel Silvertones will accompany the brunch. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children. Later in the day, the Bret Graham band will play from noon to 4 p.m.
The Wimberley Players will reprise their performance of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” today at 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon theater is always a treat. Then, how about a little ice cream to cool off from that sultry play? There’s got to be a Dairy Queen around there somewhere. This is Texas, isn’t it?
Hayden C. James will be playing today at the Geronimo VFW (6806 North Highway 123) Sunday afternoon country dance today from 3-6 p.m. The kitchen opens at 1:30 p.m., if you’d like a homemade sandwich before you scoot a boot. A $7 donation is requested. All proceeds go towards the VFW’s military and veteran’s programs.
Ah, the dulcet tones of the Ash Family, which can mellow out the harshest afternoon sun with sweet harmonies. The Ashes will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse this afternoon from 4-8 p.m.
Jason Eady will be fresh from his gig at the Frio River Song Festival when he plays at Gruene Hall tonight. His bluesy country rock has garnered him a huge cadre of fans all across the country. No cover.
The mics are open tonight at the Triple Crown and Riley’s, if you’d care to sing tonight. The Gray Horse Saloon offers karaoke.
If you have been chomping at the bit for football, at 7 p.m. NBC is showing the Hall of Fame Game, which may assuage your anxiety. The Dallas Cowboys take on the Cincinnati Bengals as the NFC East champions take on the AFC North Champions.
Bob Hope and Bing Crosby don’t just break the fourth wall, they decimate it in TCM’s offering at 7 p.m. tonight, ” Road to Morroco.” Their ultra-cool patter makes you laugh at some of the worst jokes ever.
Finally, on Ovation at 7 p.m., is 1987’s “Barfly” the Barbet Schroeder-directed, Charles Bukowski-penned movie starring Fay Dunaway and Mickey Roarke. Based roughly on poet Bukowski’s own life, the movie is littered with bon mots and verbal gems. Our favorite may be when the drunken character of Dunaway says “I hate people! Don’t you hate people?” Roarke replies, “No. But, I feel better when they’re not around.”