The Wimberley players have started out their 30th anniversary season with a steamy production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” which they will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
By HAP MANSFIELD
Edgar A. Walz got a patent on a device for the car in 1925 that never really took off, at least, until his patent expired. Then, the auto companies jumped right on it. It’s a crying shame that the turn signal, Walz’s invention, does not come standard on SUVs and cars anymore.
Shoot, we have a 1996 Neon that came with turn signals. Apparently they are a luxury.
I say this because in the past few years I have noticed that many vehicles do not use turn signals when entering the freeway or turning a corner, and since signaling what you are intending to do on the road while you are driving is required by law, the vehicles must not have them. It’s vexing, to say the least.
How else can one explain such dangerous rudeness? Perhaps they are honoring the memory of Walz, who never made a penny from his invention. We believe that is what we will now think when see such irritating behavior. This makes the non-signalers seem jaunty and dedicated to the inventive man. Kinda.
But we’d still prefer it if folks used the turn signals. The life they save could be their own.
The weekend ahead signals a lot of great music and theater. Here are just a few suggestions for your weekend enjoyment.
Friday, August 13
San Marcos favorite Mark Jungers plays the early gig at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street) tonight at 6 p.m. He will be joined by Canadian musician Roger Marin, who will sit in on the gig before appearing at Riley’s Tavern tonight. Should be a honey and salt experience for those lucky enough to catch Jungers and Marin.
“Bingo,” the musical play written by Ilene Reid, David Holcenberg and Michael Heitzman, has been hailed as splashy, zippy fun by critics and theater-goers. It’s one of those “off Broadway” musicals, i.e.one of those plays that make the local dinner theater route around the country. It’s not half as much zippy fun as the regular Friday night bingo game at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park at Jacobs Well Road) at 7 p.m. If you want it to be a musical, sing a little while you’re there. An added plus is the tasty snacks sold by the lovely gals of the Ladies Auxiliary. An even nicer plus is that the proceeds go to the VFW’s veteran’s programs.
It’s Max Stalling’s CD release party at Gruene Hall this evening for his newest offering, “Home to You.” Stalling has a master’s degree in food science and originally worked for Frito-Lay before making tasty songs. The world probably doesn’t need a salty snack food nearly as much as it needs his song writing skills. Opening for Stalling is the spirited and delightful blacktopGYPSY. Tickets are $10. The show starts at 8 p.m.
The Wimberley Players will take you to 1950’s Mississippi with their rendition of Tennessee William’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” art 8 p.m. tonight at the Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road). The adult-themed play deals with death, desire and, of course, mendacity. Tickets are $18.
Canadian singer-songwriter Roger Marin will rock the house at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) tonight at 8 p.m.
The wonderful HalleyAnna Finlay will be a the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street), along with her band. She charmed the attendees at the LBJ Museum’s 60s Night last week, and she’ll charm you, too.
Whip out you earplugs tonight if you are catching the death metal bands at Triple Crown. Indisgust, Paegan and Impulse to Devour will play their spins on death, destruction and mayhem tonight starting at 9:30 p.m. While the bands all have their “Cookie Monster” moments, they also all have experimental moments well worth hearing, if you are a fan of the genre.
Mike and the Moonpies swing it country-style. There’s an almost Elvis (early, skinny, young Elvis) quality to the voice of lead singer Mark Harmier, and we think it’s because the country they play is blended with straight-up barroom blues rock. The band will be at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight (1904 RR 12), and its infectious tunes will have you tappin’ your toes and feeling good.
Saturday, August 14
Check out Market on the Square this morning in downtown San Marcos on the San Antonio Street side of the courthouse square. Fresh produce, art, music and fun will be proferred from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Wimberley Adoption Group (WAG), a non-profit dog rescue program, will sell homemade goodies for both people and dogs at Brookshire Brothers (14100 RR 12). The proceeds from the bake sale go to their rescue efforts, so stop by for a cupcake or a pup cake to help them out.
When we were in junior high school, our mother purchased used clothes for us from a woman whose daughter was 14 in the late 1950s. While our classmates wore mini-skirts and hip clothes, we trundled to school in dirndl skirts, sailor tops and shirtwaists. Luckily, our nose was too buried in books to notice every snicker we got from our classmates. Kids today understand the cool qualities of vintage clothes, and you are not truly rock and roll if you haven’t shopped at a thrift shop for attire. With that in mind, head over to the CommUnity Resale shop’s (1024 West San Antonio Street in New Braunfels) Back to School Fashion Show at 10:15 a.m. If you stop by before noon, you’ll get a $5 coupon to be used towards school clothes. All proceeds support communities in the schools of South Central Texas.
While it is somewhat ancient history that Nathan McEuen’s dad is part of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, it’s worth noting sheerly for the amount of music he was exposed to as a roadie for the band when he was younger. His individual slant on pop/American is fresh and interesting. Other folks must think so, too, as he has opened for Kenny Loggins, Dwight Yoakum, Dave Mason, and a whole slew of others. You can see him today at 1 p.m. at Gruene Hall. No cover.
The San Marcos Public Library (625 East Hopkins Street) is open today, as it always is on Saturdays, excepting holidays, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The library is open on Sunday from 1-6 p.m. The library has a plethora of good picks for your reading enjoyment. Visit www.hank.sanmarcostx.gov/Docs/Bookletters/splash.htm to see the staff’s picks and new titles available. If you desire to keep up with the times and the culture, you won’t go wrong reading the Caldecott and Newberry Award winning books to see what kids are reading. The library has audio books for check out, too. Reading a new book makes you feel like a new book yourself, especially if you are beginning to feel a bit like an old tome.
On your way home from the library, why not stop by the Walker’s Gallery at the San Marcos Activity Center (501 East Hopkins Street) just one door down. The “What’s So Funny” exhibit will be at the center until Aug. 28, and it’s well worth seeing the work of local cartoonists Ros Hill and Chad Hopper. Hill is the author of the whimsical and clever Shamoo — A Whale of a Cow.The activity center is open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Organics are all over the musical map, playing, one assumes, exactly what they feel like playing. While for some bands this could be a recipe for disaster, the Organics pull it off with determined style and proficiency. They will be at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight with Austin’s Flatcar Rattlers, a band with a hint of punk in their bluegrass meanderings. What the bands have in common is the ability to interpret music they like and make it their own.
It’s the 30th anniversary of the Wimberley Players this season, and they have started it out with a smolder. Big Daddy will howl against mendacity, Brick will drink and Maggie the Cat will hiss in the Wimberley Player’s production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Wimberley Playhouse at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for the adult-themed production.
If your spirit could use an infusion of musical energy, look no further than Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight. Forest Wayne Allen has energy to spare. Allen’s band will lift the droopiest spirit with its positive vibes and verve. Allen, originally from Virginia, is now our local treasure. He is joined by Court Nance, who will debut with his full band. Should be a really fun night.
Tommy Alverson is a proud Texas musician who plays a pastiche of everything the state has come to be recognized for the world over, including Western Swing, Tex-Mex, honky-tonk and Western-style Country. He will mesmerize the audience at Gruene Hall tonight with talented special guest Django Walker.
The popular Van Sanchez will churn up Triple Crown tonight. Van Sanchez is joined by Eagle Claw and the Monk. Now, kids, seriously. Get a pair of earplugs. Even Lars Ulrich from Metallica wears them. We one time stood close to the speakers at a Soul Asylum/Arcwelder gig and got tear-inducing tinnitus for three days. Once you get it, you’ll get the plugs. You’ll need ’em tonight.
Sunday, August 15
Might be a good day for a Sunday drive. Do people still do that? We’re not sure. When the car was a thrilling luxury, folks used to just drive around for a while, maybe get an ice cream, check out the scenery and roll the windows down for a fresh breeze in the hot summer. Maybe folks don’t do that anymore, what with air-conditioned cars and homes (and no turn signals). Would we go back to those good ol’ days without A/C? Not on your tintype, son.
The Wimberley Players will create their own kind of heat today at their matinee of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The curtain rises at 2:30 p.m. at the Wimberley Playhouse. Tickets are $18.
The talented Guy Forsyth will be at Gruene Hall today from 5-9 p.m. No cover. We urge you to check out his website at www.guyforsyth.com/. It’s so clever, it’ll make you actually giggle. Giggling is a very under-rated and joyful thing to do.
From 8-9 p.m., the Wimberley Playhouse will host the extraordinary Divisi String Quartet. The repertoire is mind-expanding. The quartet plays the classics, but it also plays Michael Jackson’s “Beat it” like you’ve never heard before. Tickets are $15, and the performance benefits the Wimberley Players. You’d best reserve your ticket at (512) 847-0575.
The mics are open tonight at Riley’s and Triple Crown, if you feel like starting a singing career. There is karaoke at the Gray Horse Saloon, too.
At 7 p.m. on ESPN, the Philadelphia Phillies play the New York Mets tonight. Should be a good game.
At 8 p.m. tonight, the National Geographic Channel will re-run 2009’s “Journey to the Edge of the Universe.” The computer generated images are based on pictures from Hubble telescope and the single, unbroken shot taking the viewer from earth to the edge of the universe will leave you agog. Sit your kids down with you tonight for this and prepare to be awed. If you have a big screened high-def television, you’ll need to decompress from the journey.