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September 24th, 2010
The Weekend: Pet Fest, Green Fest and the rest

The Wimberley Players will perform the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers this weekend.

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Our mother used to say, when she felt particularly tired and bedraggled, that she felt like “the last rose of summer.” There’s a beauty in that word picture as we think on saying a fond farewell, officially, to the summer. You know the rose to which she alludes — that over-blown, almost blowsy rose with the sagging petals that are curled and dropping off the stem.

A good poem to read in the autumn is Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “Spring and Fall” that starts out, “Margaret are you grieving/ Over goldengrove unleaving?” His sprung rhythms are perfect for the poem and the conclusion of the poem sums up that “last rose of summer” sadness.

Luckily for San Marcos, autumn is a time of festivals and music, bearing little resemblance to our Midwestern gray Septembers or Hopkins’ cold and dreary England. In fact, there are a couple of those festivals this weekend. There’s music, too. Here are just a few suggestions to cheer up your autumn blues, if you’ve got ’em.

Friday, September 24

It’s Discover Texas State and parent’s weekend at the university this weekend, so there will be lots of nice new folks wandering around our lovely city.

Mark Jungers plays an ear-pleasing rockin’ pop. He will be at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street) for the early gig at 6 p.m.

Grab your earplugs and head over to Gruene Hall to hear the lowdown, loud, proud Texas blues rock of Van Wilks. Winner of the Austin Chronicle South by Southwest award for Best Electric Guitarist, Van Wilks and company will blow the dust off your shoes.

People have been saying that the game of bingo is for old folks for the last fifty years. Wonder if it dawns on them that the “old folks” have been long gone and bingo is still going strong. It’s not a rite of passage into old age. It’s a fun game. You can experience the fun for yourself at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) at 7 p.m. tonight. The tasty snacks sold by the patient hands of the Ladies Auxiliary in support of their veteran’s programs don’t hurt none, neither.

It’s a full high school football schedule with San Marcos High playing away from home at Corpus Christi Carol and Hays High School playing Lehman High at Bob Shelton Stadium. San Marcos Academy plays at home versus Louise, Dripping Springs plays at home against Lake Travis and Wimberley High travels to meet up with Sealy. It’s a great night to root for the home team, eat a Frito pie and listen to a great marching band. All games start at 7:30 p.m.

The Opening Door Dance Theatre at Texas State will celebrate its 26th anniversary with a performance in Evans Auditorium on the campus tonight at 7:30 p.m. The event is chock-full of amusing and thought provoking pieces from a half dozen different choreographers. The performance will be riveting. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Cash only.

You might be surprised, especially after seeing it, that the rollicking musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is based on Steven Vincent Benet’s story “The Sobbin’ Women,” which, in turn, was based on the ancient Roman legend of the Rape of the Sabine Women. Such a pedigree for a musical about mountain men! The Wimberley Players will recreate the musical tale tonight at 8 p.m. at the Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road). In spite of its serious roots, it’s a rip-roaring, amusing and tuneful romp through the Pacific Northwest. Tickets are $18.

Milhouse has all the stuff you want in a band — driving guitars, slamming drums, a gifted lead vocalist and a lot of energy. The band will be at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12). No cover.

In “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” a woman tames the men, but in “Taming of the Shrew,” at the EmilyAnn Theatre (1101 FM 2325), it’s a man who tries to do the taming. Petruchio has his hands full with Katherina and the audience reaps the rewards of his work with strange antics and his Shakespearian witty wildness. Tickets are $15 general admission, $19 for students.

The authentic rockin’ roadhouse style of Mark Monaco and his band will grace the stage at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102). Monaco is a versatile artist who can write songs, play music and produce it. The floorboards will get a workout from the dancin’ and the toe tappin’.

The enormously popular Texas Renegade will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight at 9 p.m. These Texas boys have great songs and a good vibe and are always fun to hear.

Triple Crown features the new world reggae sounds of Grimy Styles tonight. Also on the bill is Equals, a band that almost sculpts sounds into music. Should be a very mellow and tuneful night

Saturday, September 25

We look forward with delight each year to Prevent a Litter (PALs) of Central Texas’ annual Petfest, and we hope the day will be a nice one for all the great stuff planned for the day.

The eighth annual Pet Fest starts out early with the 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. and a fun run at 9 a.m. for those who want to begin the day with some exercise. Then there will be the traditional blessing of the pets at 10:25 a.m. at City Park (behind the Lions Club Tube Rental 170 Charles Austin Drive). Then, all sorts of events are planned.

Some of the charming features of the day include face painting, train rides, a moon jump, dog washing and free goodies from the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. But wait, there’s more. There will be music from San Marcos local treasures Holly Aiken, Molly Hayes and Robbie Doyen. The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) will put on a demonstration with its K-9 division at 12:15 p.m. You can also see HiHo Silver the miniature dancing horse, a parade of pets, pet agility demonstrations, human and animal costume contests and weenie and chihuahua races.

Pet Fest also features adoptable pets from shelters and rescues, food booths and vendors. Admission is just a donation of dry pet food and, when you do donate, think of what you feed your own dog, because these rescued pets deserve a good meal. Well mannered pets, by the way, are welcome to attend the event with you. The whole day benefits PAL’s spay and neuter programs, too. The festivities will go on until 6 p.m.

It’s also Green Fest at Texas State today from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Held in conjunction with the university’s Common Experience theme of “Sustainability,” the mall area between the LBJ Student Center and the Alkek Library will be loaded with educational booths about conservation, give-aways and student music entertainment. Local vendors will be there, as well. There will be free parking at the LBJ Student Center, and admission to the event is free.

Gary Claxton, Erik Hokkanen and friends, those infamous Heybale! regulars, will be at Gruene Hall this afternoon at 1 p.m. No cover.

Texas State plays Southern Utah today at Bobcat Stadium at 6 p.m. Go out and support the Bobcats as they battle a team with which they have historically had a few problems. Your support could make all the difference.

Sadly, one of our favorite bands, the StandOuts, are in the process of winding down as a band as the individual players part amicably. If you have never seen them, you only have a few precious gigs left to enjoy their amazing talents. They will be at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight for two sets, and it’s better to see them now than regret that you never did.

The pupils of the Dibly School for Boys put on the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” in a classic Monty Python sketch. They find the seven brides at the Sabine School for girls. “Fetch hither the seven brides,” says the headmaster. Unfortunately, the Dibly School could only locate two girls for the play. It goes downhill from there. You’ll see all seven brides and the seven brothers that go with them at the Wimberley Players rendition of the musical with the brides and brothers. The curtain rises at 8 p.m.

A shrew is a little mammal about the size of a mouse that was thought to have a poisonous bite (it doesn’t). Leave it to the Brits to call a sharp-tongued woman a shrew. During Shakespeare’s time the animal was believed to be purposefully mean-spirited. It’s interesting that both the animal and the shrew Katherina in Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” are both victims of bad PR. The EmilyAnn Theatre will reprise their performance of Shakespeare’s play tonight at 8 p.m. You can make up your own mind about whether Katherina is purposefully, mean or just a victim of the age.

Fred Andrews was born in Victoria, and once you are born in Texas, that musical spirit follows you wherever you go. He attended Texas State and started playing gigs with various bands until he got his final line-up for Honeybrowne, named for a word on a beer coaster. Honeybrowne plays Andrews’ clever songs with an easy pleasant quality that sets your toes a-tappin’. Honeybrowne will be at Gruene Hall tonight. Tickets are $10. Ben Danaher opens. Just as an aside — our parakeet, Ava, who hates pretty much all the music we play (except for Bob Wills), sings happily right along with Honeybrowne, so we figure the band can charm the birds from the trees.

The rockin’ Americana of the Tom Gilliam Band will shake the rafters at Riley’s Tavern tonight. Gilliam’s got a pop sensibility that is more than ear-pleasing. His song, “The Real Thing,” has charted well and will leave you humming the tune.

The diversely talented Emory Quinn is a band that plays with a lot of verve. The fellas met at Texas A&M and an open mic night turned into a regular gig. Their variety of influences from Robert Earl Keen to Josh Ritter to Widespread Panic are all present in their music. You can hear them tonight at the Cheatham Street Warehouse.

The popular local band Firewater Sermon will play at Triple Crown with the Tertians at 9:30 p.m. at the Triple Crown. Mom and dad will be safely ensconced in their hotels, and the students will get to let a little energy out until it’s time to meet them for brunch tomorrow before they drive home after parent’s weekend.

Sunday, September 26

Tommy Elskes has one of the most beautiful velvety voices in country music. You can’t help but be moved by its smooth, rich tones. He’ll be a Gruene Hall today at 1 p.m. No cover.

Those seven brothers who kidnapped the seven girls from town get schooled in how to behave around a woman in the musical romp that is “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at 2:30 p.m. at the Wimberley Playhouse. The Wimberley players always do a great job with a musical, and this time the players were trained by professionals to make the fighting look real. Music and fighting — the perfect combination to get a football fan and her spouse out to the theatre. Tickets are $18.

You might remember the voice of Aaron Allen, a prominent radio personality from New Braunfels who has played music or deejayed on some of Texas’ most  popular radio stations, most particularly in San Antonio. He fell and broke his femur and is in need of some help to pay his medical bills and get back on his feet. Aaron is in the Texas deejay hall of fame and he’s written successful songs for the likes of Willie Nelson. But as Robert Frost so eloquently put it, “No memory of having starred/Atones for later disregard/or keeps the end from being hard.” The Cheatham Street Warehouse is having a benefit for Allen today. If you can’t go out and hear the music, you can still make a contribution to help him out at

The highly regarded Tom Teboe Band will set folks to dancin’ at the Geronimo VFW’s (6806 North Highway 123) Sunday afternoon dance. The kitchen opens at 1:30 so you can get a sandwich before you trip the light country fantastic. A $7 donation is taken at the door for the VFW’s many veterans programs.

The Gnarwhals will face the Unicychos in unicycle football action today at the San Marcos Farmer’s Market parking lot (204 South Edward Gary Street). San Marcos is home to possibly the only organized Unicycle Football League in the world and while they’ll never replace the NFL, we’d like to see Tony Romo try to do what he does perched on a one-wheeled vehicle (although lately, he may as well be doing that.)

The John Evans Band plays a fresh contemporary rockabilly sound that is like no other band of that genre. It will be at Gruene Hall today at 5 p.m. No cover.

The mics are open at the Triple Crown and Riley’s Tavern, if you feel ready to start that singin’ career. Although you could just sing along with the band a the Gray Horse’s karaoke.

The New York Jets take on the Miami Dolphins tonight at 7 p.m. on NBC. Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa are the subjects of the two movies on TCM, “Viva Zapata!” and “Viva Villa!”

We are great fans of the Bollywood movie — the musical movies made in India. If you want to ease into the genre, Ovation features “Bride and Prejudice,” a film with an Indian cast that gives just a taste of what a Bollywood movie musical is like. And, of course, it’s based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice.

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0 thoughts on “The Weekend: Pet Fest, Green Fest and the rest

  1. Hap: Beautiful opening to this piece . . . I love your mother’s saying and will have to re-read that poem now. Sorry I didn’t comment earlier, but just catching up on reading!

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