San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

August 27th, 2010
The Weekend: Dogs, Shakespeare, music and plenty of football


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Nathan Jenkins of the Penfold Theatre Company in “The Complete Works of Shakespeare-Abridged” which will be at the EmilyAnn Theatre on Saturday night.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

It’s football season again, and it’s time for us to admit that we have never had a Frito pie. Growing up in the Midwest does not excuse us anymore, because we’ve been in Texas for several years. We honestly want to try a Frito pie. We think. We adore Fritos.

We were told that traditionally a Frito Pie is made in the Frito bag itself with Wolf brand chili. Aye, and there’s the rub. We are not all that crazy about Wolf brand chili. It’s a regional thing.

Just like our British pals love Spam and our pals from the Carolinas love those vacuum packed Hormel Vienna Sausages and our friends from Atlanta love the boiled peanuts in a can, the Wolf brand chili seems to be a local and acquired taste. Sort of like Lone Star beer, which we are also not quite used to yet.

I’m sure we grew up with foods of which you’d be wary. Tater Tot casserole, maybe, which we adore. We have some friends from Australia who told us that peanut butter was the most vile thing they’d ever tasted. Like they can talk. Have you ever had Vegemite, the Australian vegetable spread? Yuk.

Now don’t get us wrong, Texas is chock-full to the edges with wonderful and delicious food. There’s no place that can beat it for tasty, tell you what. We almost tried a Frito pie at a Hays High School football game a couple of years back, except that the half-time show was so great we forgot to get up and get one.

We suppose we could just make one of our own at home, but there’s something about Frito pies and football games that seem to be tied inextricably together.

This year, we are going to eat a Frito pie no matter what kind of chili with which it is served and no matter whether it is served in a bag, a bowl or a football helmet.

There are plenty of opportunities to see high school football tonight (and get a Frito pie), and a plethora of things to do this weekend. Here are just a few suggestions.

Friday, August 27

Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street) starts out the music of the weekend at 6 p.m. with the talents of RC Banks. These early gigs are tailor made for folks who’d like to hear a bit of great music after work,  then go home, kick off their shoes, eat a handful of popcorn and fall asleep early. It’s been a tough week, cut yourself some slack. You can still hear some great music and wear that gray flannel suit, if you must.

If you prefer your numbers literally called out, rather than sung, then you are a prime candidate for a rousing bingo game. One of the longest standing local bingo games just happens to have great prizes and a crew who knows the game. The Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) has served up a 7 p.m. Friday night bingo game as long as anybody can remember, although part of the game’s charm is the tasty concessions sold by the lovely women of the Ladies Auxiliary. All proceeds go towards the post’s veterans programs, so you are doing good while having fun.

Speaking of Frito pie, high school football begins afresh with the San Marcos High School Rattlers taking on Marble Falls at Bobcat Stadium tonight. Lehman High School Lobos will face St. Michael’s at Bob Shelton Stadium. The Hays Rebels versus Austin Akins will be at Burger Stadium in Austin. Dripping Springs will play at home against Austin Crockett. The Wimberley Texans will be at Cuero and San Marcos Academy will open their season at Medina. All games start at 7:30 p.m. Go local teams!

The award winning Grand Ole Opry member Hal Ketchum and his “Runnin’ and Gunnin” tour has already been to England and Ireland this year and recently played the Opry. The band is headed to California after its gig at Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Road) tonight, so if you need a fix of Ketchum, you’d best get goin’. He is joined by legendary Nashville super-picker Johnny Hiland. Tickets are $20.

Freshly back to Texas State and with a new release, “Cultivate  Your Mind” in hand, God and the Devil will be at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) tonight. Joining them on the bill are Shotgun Hustler. The rich vocal tones of Ty Boaze are well worth hearing, and the rest of the hustlers keep the deep rock vibe going. A splendid night at the Gray Horse.

Any band that lists Split Lip Rayfield, Oingo Boingo, Ween and Nirvana as influences gets our vote for intriguing. Playing fast and loose with all genres, Sicks Pack is a group of Austin musicians who mashed up a lot of styles from country to ragtime to metal to bluegrass, let it ferment, and now purveys its own strange brand of musical white lightnin’. You can taste this heady brew for yourself at Triple Crown tonight.

Rodney Parker and 50 Peso Reward play a splashy alt country rock that is sure to get your feet to moving. The Denton based band has a devoted following. You can hear why at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight at 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 28

You don’t have to be an optimist to get up at 7 a.m. in the morning on a Saturday, but you do have get up that early to get the good stuff at the San Marcos Optimist Club Garage Sale at Ernie’s Paint and Body Shop (6808 South Interstate- 345). The sale will go until 11 a.m., and the proceeds help support the Optimist’s community youth programs.

As long as you’re up, head over to Market on the Square on the San Antonio Street side of courthouse square. Fresh produce, music, arts and crafts and plenty of family fun goes today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At Harrison Ranch Park in Dripping Springs (29401 Ranch Road 12), the Dog Days of Summer second annual Dog Fair will have dog agility demonstrations, grooming technique seminars and more. Dogs and their owners are invited to attend, and admission is free. The fair goes from 9 a.m. until noon, featuring cooling pools for any of the over-heated four-legged pals in attendance. Dogs also will be available for adoption. The fair supports rescue organizations.

At the San Marcos Public Library (625 East Hopkins Street), the final lecture in its Indigenous Identity series will start at 10 a.m. Dr. Mario Garza will explore the social and historical factors that influenced American Hispanics to give up their Native American heritage. After the lecture, genealogist Xoxi Nayapiltzin will present a workshop on tracing indigenous ancestry from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

The Wimberley Community Center (14068 RR 12) will play host to the Wimberley Wedding Expo today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brides-to-be can see a variety of dress, catering companies, event planners, invitations, flowers and more. It’s almost like having David Tutera there to organize your wedding.

Gary Claxton, Erik Hokkanen and Friends, that roving  group of Heybale! musicians, will play at Gruene Hall today from 1-5 p.m. You’ll never regret a Saturday afternoon spent in their company. No cover.

The StandOuts will play at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight starting at 8 p.m. If you have never seen them, you’ll be delighted by their music and proficiency. If you have seen them, you’re probably going back to see them tonight with enthusiasm.

The Emily Ann Theatre (1101 FM 2325) presents a wonderfully funny diversion tonight. Austin’s Penfold Theatre Company will perform the Monty Pythonesque “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare — Abridged.” This is a one-performance only event. The play is a hilariously distilled joy with rapid-fire dialog that sort of goes through Shakespeare’s works as it turns the bard into rap, a cooking show, a football game and other remarkable parodies. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. This is a don’t-miss theatrical event that will tickle Shakespeare fans and convert those that don’t understand him.

Fans of the rock music that made AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd into household names will love the sound of Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights appearing at Gruene Hall tonight at 9 p.m. The Dallas-based band has a real talent for raw rock and soul. Tickets are $8.

You can tell that the Texas State students are back in town, as Triple Crown showcases two college favorites, Spank and Funkotron. The jams will be kicked out, the cake will be cut and that funky music will be played starting at 9:30 p.m.

Speaking of the students back in town, there’s the So Long Summer Dance Party at Tantra Coffeehouse (217 East Hopkins Street) tonight to usher out the season and welcome back the students. Marty Pusic, Loofa, Madd Mike, Skillit and Android Genius will provide the music. Tantra will provide the perfect ambience for a summer evening soiree.

“You can’t outdrink the truth,” John Arthur Martinez observes in a song revealing his deeply introspective soul in the bargain. An award winning musician, Martinez is more than just a Texas born singer songwriter (although, frankly, that’s almost enough, ain’t it?). He’s a poet and a thinking man. His voice is golden, and so are his songs. You can hear him tonight at the Cheatham Street Warehouse. You will treasure the experience.

Sunday, August 29

Gruene Hall features the Ruby Jane Show today from 12:30-4 p.m. The 15-year-old fiddle prodigy can bring it proper. She’s got an entertaining stage show that could give your Justin Bieberized kids a fresh perspective on music. Just as an aside, it’s a pleasure to hear her Texas-by-way-of-Mississippi accent, too. She’s a musical powerhouse. No cover.

The Hot Dogs will take on the Unicychos at 4 p.m. in the San Marcos Farmer’s Market parking lot (204 South Edward Gary Street). That’s right, it’s unicycle football season, too. The Hot Dogs are the defending Unicycle Football League champions, by the by, having won the Stupor Bowl last spring. The Unicycle Football League was founded right here in San Marcos in 2008 and is in its fifth season. You really need to see these intrepid folks play football the hard way. It makes other football look downright, uh, pedestrian.

At Texas Old Town (1205 Roland Road in Kyle) is the Taste of Hays County Boot Scootin’ Foodie event benefiting the United Way of Hays County. The event goes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature samples from 16 area restaurants providing their culinary skills for the tasting. The setting for the event is gorgeous. The awesome talents of the Crystal Creek Boys and Texas Renegade will provide the music. Tickets are $30 at the door.

The talents of Shawn Pittman are gloriously subtle and nuanced. He can slowly back you into a corner with the blues, and then drag you out of it to dance in the street. He’ll be at Gruene Hall tonight from 5-9 p.m. No cover.

If you’d like to air out that song you wrote when you broke up with your girlfriend in 1996, there are mics open for the oxygen tonight at Riley’s Tavern and the Triple Crown. You could keep the song in mothballs and just sing a bit of karaoke at the Gray Horse Saloon, too.

On Fox, the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Denver Broncos at 7 p.m. in a pre season NFL game.

The 62nd Prime Time Emmy Awards are on NBC at 8 p.m., if you like watching people you’ve never heard of get awards for shows you’ve never seen. Jimmy Fallon hosts. We jest not when we tell you that George Clooney will receive the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the ceremony.

At 9 p.m. on, TCM director Sidney Lumet can still teach us lessons about jumping to conclusions in the pivotal “Twelve Angry Men.” The all-star cast includes Henry Fonda, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Lee J. Cobb and Jack Klugman. You’ll swear the 1957 film could have been made yesterday, if you pay attention to contemporary news broadcasts.

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