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September 17th, 2010
The Weekend: Singing, dancing, a shrew, a Nunn


The one and only Gary P. Nunn will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse on Saturday.

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We have no particular quarrel with the popularity of Lady Gaga. We don’t think it’s wrong that Derek Jeter faked getting hit by a baseball. It’s part of the game. We have no bone to pick with reality television. It’s a bit disconcerting that “news show” hosts have legions of political followers or that a woman seeking political office runs her life like a television drama, though.


Seems like everything in life is an overblown performance or game. Some performances are better than others, of course. Life has quite literally become that stage where we poor players “strut and fret our hour upon the stage.” We believe Shakespeare called us “walking shadows.”

When Vladimir Nabokov said that the word “reality” should always be written with quotation marks, he didn’t even know the half of it.

So, when all these shadows and performers become too much we would like to suggest that you go out and take a good long look at the Texas sunset. Kind of makes everything feel real again.

There are very real and fun things to do this weekend. Here are just a few suggestions.

Friday, September 17

The weekend’s music starts out with local favorite Joel Hoffman Band tonight at 6 p.m. at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street). Hoffman’s band plays a rockin’ country with plenty of pepper. Great way to start off the weekend.

Austin-based Belleville Outfit is getting ready to tour the Southeast, but before they do they’ll be at Gruene Hall tonight at 7 p.m. Bellville plays a pleasant pastiche of gypsy, American and country blues. No cover.

It was once reported in a bingo newsletter that for every one person who enters a casino, ten go into a bingo hall. Bingo’s popularity is world-wide. It is called “le lotto” in France and “housie” in New Zealand. We just call it fun if you are playing it tonight at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) at 7 p.m. Nicer, still, are the snacks you can purchase from the lovely gals of the Ladies Auxiliary.

The Texas State soccer team lines up against Prairie View A&M tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. Bobcat forward Britney Curry was named Southland Conference Player of the Week. Should be a good game. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children.

The PSH Foundation Theatre on the campus of Texas State features a staged reading of a new play from the university’s annual Black and Latino Playwrights Conference. “Into the Pines,” tonight’s selection, by Beto O’Byme, is the story of a son’s return to his east Texas home, where he confronts his past while deciding his future. Tickets are $3.

High school football finds Hays battling the Hippos in Hutto while Dripping Springs plays in Lockhart and Wimberley plays in La Vernia. Lehman High plays its homecoming game versus San Antonio Jefferson at Bob Shelton Stadium. San Marcos Academy, wearing pink jerseys in support of Central Texas Medical Center’s cancer support services, plays the Texas School for the Deaf. It’s “Little Rattler” night at Bobcat Stadium, where San Marcos takes on Bastrop.

The EmilyAnn Theatre (1101 FM 2325) features the struggles of Katherina and Petruchio as they fight for dominance in their relationship in “Taming of the Shrew.” The sarcasm comes thick and fast as only Shakespeare could phrase it. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.

Wake the Dead Coffee House (1432 RR 12) features an acoustic show with the mighty Chasca, the extraordinary Caravan Go and a few other musical guests tonight from 8 p.m. until midnight. Should be a lovely night to sit outside, enjoy the music and have a nice cup of joe.

One of the most charming things about singer-songwriter Max Stalling, appearing at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight, is that LBJ-style Stetson “Open Road” hat he often wears. We love that hat (one of which you can see, by the way, at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos). But Stalling is not all hat and no talent. He’s got heaps of the stuff and writes a compelling song. The doors open at 8 p.m.

The popular Firewater Sermon will be at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight (1904 Ranch Road 12) to set your toes to tappin.’ No cover.

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) features the talents of the Slow Rollin’ Lows tonight at 9 p.m. They keep that Texas spirit alive in their music.

Triple Crown puts on its usual triple threat Friday night with American Graveyard, Lonesome Heroes and local treasures the Crystal Creek Boys. The roof  will raise tonight with all the great music.

Saturday, September 18

When the weather cools off and autumn is in the air, one sometimes has the urge to clean out the garage and the shed before the winter hits. Whenever we feel like working that hard, we sit down until the urge passes. But really, it’s a great Saturday morning task. Today from 8 a.m. until noon, you can get rid of those old paints and pesticides from the garage at the hazardous waste collection day at the traffic yard at San Marcos City Hall (630 East Hopkins Street).

It’s Old Gruene Market Days (1601 Hunter Road, New Braunfels) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with close to 100 vendors offering hand-crafted items, Texas foods and more. Admission is free.

Seton Medical Center Hays is celebrating one year in Hays county with a health fair today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free medical testing for blood glucose, carpal tunnel, blood pressure and more will be featured. There will also be kid’s activities and educational information available. We urge you to take advantage of free testing when it is offered. It’s always better to know what, if anything, you are up against. And a clean bill of health is liberating.

Texas native son Clay McClinton has a new release, “Livin’ Out Loud.” He will sing from it and other songs today at Gruene Hall at 1 p.m. Son of Delbert McClinton, Clay has has his own set of deft songwriting tools. You can hear that today for no cover.

At the PSH Foundation Studio on the campus at Texas State, a staged reading of Reginald Edmund’s play “Southbridge” will take place at 2 p.m. The play centers around a man sitting in jail reflecting on the choices he made in the past. The play is from Texas State’s annual Black and Latino Playwright’s Conference. Tickets are $3. If you cannot make it this afternoon, the performance will reprise at 7:30 p.m. at the same venue.

The “Texas and México: Bailes, Platicas and Talleres” symposium on dance will feature a free performance at the Evans Liberal Arts Building on the campus of Texas State at 5 p.m.. Featured will be Grupo Folklorico Mexicapan, Grupo Folklorico Ochtochtli of Texas State, Ballet Folklorico de Guadalajara of Mexico and our favorite, the San Marcos Elementary Folklorico Group. Nothing lifts the spirit like watching these dancers.

At 6 p.m., the Texas State Bobcats take on the Cal Poly Mustangs at Bobcat Stadium. Freshman quarterback Tyler Arndt is expected to start the game tonight, so you should go to see what all the fuss is about with this young player. Tickets are $15 for general admission.

The EmilyAnn Theatre features “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare tonight at 8 p.m. It’s a funny, acrid and often charming look at the war between the sexes, among other things. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. It promises to be  a delightful evening for the charming outdoor theater.

There is a lot of stand-out music tonight. Chuck’s Wagon is a country outfit based in Sydney, Australia, that plays a pretty mean roadhouse tune tonight at Riley’s. At the Tobacco Haus (651 North Business Interstate-35) in New Braunfels, the inimitable Robbie and the Robots take the stage at 9 p.m. The popular Reckless Kelly will be at Gruene Hall. Triple Crown features I.S.S. Megafaun and Debatron. At the Gray Horse, Scott Wood and the Kyle Project will take the stage. Lots of great choices.

Gary P. Nunn will make his musical magic at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight. He’s always been the ambassador to the world for Texas throughout his long career. He’s always worth the price of admission.

Sunday, September 19

If you missed the staged reading of Beto O’Byme’s “Into the Pines” on Friday, you can see it today at the PSH Foundation Studio Theatre on the campus of Texas State. Tickets are $3.

The Cheatham Street Warehouse is hosting a benefit for Alfredo B. Sanchez, who is running for Hays County district clerk, from noon until 4 p.m. There will be $7 fajita plates with all the trimmings and music supplied by Jimmy Brettell, Texas Saints and MOJO+VIBE.

Students who took the “Acting Intensives for Opera” workshop with actor John DeLancie will demonstrate what they’ve learned in a performance in the Music Building on campus in Room 216. Admission is free. (We’ve always thought DeLancie, who played “Q” on the Star Trek series, should write a biography entitled “I, Q.” Okay, maybe not.)

The Leroy Rybak Orchestra will play traditional polka, waltz and country music at the Sunday afternoon country dance at the Geronimo VFW in beautiful downtown Geronimo (6808 North SH  123). A $7 donation is taken at the door to support the post’s many veterans programs.

There are two unicycle football games today in the parking lot of the San Marcos Farmer’s Market (204 North Edward Gary Street). First, the Hot Dogs battle the ILL Eagles at 3 p.m. Then, the Narwhals take the wheel versus Hell on Wheel at 5 p.m. Bring a camera to show your facebook friends how hard it is.

Like Jimi Hendrix, Shake Russel is a left-handed guitarist. While his music is not Hendrix-like, his fame almost is. He has written songs made famous by Clint Black, Waylon Jennings, Ricky Skaggs and Jessi Colter, just to name a few. The Shake Russell Trio will be a Gruene Hall with special guest Mike Hearne tonight. No cover.

Perhaps you have a hankering for the spotlight yourself. If so, you’ll need to polish your chops. Triple Crown and Riley’s have open mics tonight where you can do so. Or, you could just use someone else’s chops at the Gray Horse Saloon’s karaoke.

The New York football Giants play the Indianapolis Colts tonight on NBC at 7 p.m. Turner Classic Movies features a night of scary mysteries with “Wait Until Dark” with Audrey Hepburn and Hitchcock’s delicious chiller, “Dial M for Murder.”

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0 thoughts on “The Weekend: Singing, dancing, a shrew, a Nunn

  1. Correction to the UFL schedule: The Gnarwhals vs. Hell on Wheel game will be played at 6pm in Austin in the Ozone Bikes parking lot, 3202 Guadalupe St.

    The Hot Dogs vs. Ill Eagles game is still on at 3 at the Farmers’ Market parking lot.

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