The legendary Lucky Tomblin Band will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse Saturday night.
By HAP MANSFIELD
This weekend is sort of the calm before the Halloween storm, so to speak. There are still plenty of things to do, but when Halloween hits, the activities become legion.
It might be a good time to discuss what you are going to wear for Halloween this year.
The Wiccan tradition states that what you wear projects what you would like to be in the coming year. While we don’t particularly follow such traditions, it’s probably best to stay away from Freddy Krueger costumes, anyway. We suppose in that costume one is projecting how powerless she feels in a confusing world. That, or how many striped sweaters one owns.
A favorite adult costume of ours has always been Arthur Dent from “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” For this costume all you have to do is wear pajamas and a bathrobe and carry a towel over your arm. You could get fancy and print out a sign that said “Don’t Panic,” and tape it to your laptop, then carry that around, but it’s not really required.
You could get a “Moe Howard” wig or style your hair like that, wear a striped t-shirt and go as Justin Bieber. Your co-workers won’t get it and it will disgust your children, so it’s kind of a double whammy costume.
You could wear a baby bonnet and lots of eye make-up and go as “Lady Goo Goo.” Your kids probably won’t appreciate this, either.
When you really think about it, we’re all wearing costumes already, aren’t we? We often use our clothing to express what we want the world to see (and not see). Just don’t take this theory to extremes and not wear a costume, then tell people you are dressed as the enigma of who you are. Nobody swallows that kind of excuse.
You won’t need a costume this weekend to enjoy all the fun activities there are around the area. Here are just a few suggestions.
Friday, October 22
The popular Mark Jungers starts out the weekend’s music at The Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) at 6 p.m. Jungers will kick start your weekend with a bit of rock, a bit of pop and a healthy dose of Americana.
It would be a nice night for a drive over to the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) for a bit of the old bingo. The bingo game there is practically an institution and the prizes and games are fun. The lovely gals of the Ladies Auxiliary sell a mighty tasty snack for your mid-bingo enjoyment. The cage starts turning at 7 p.m.
Texas State’s women’s soccer team takes on Nicholls State at 7 p.m. tonight at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. Texas State freshman goalie Natalie Gardini was name Goalie of the Week by the Southland Conference this week. Texas State enters the match having three had three shutouts in its last four games. However, Nicholls State forward Katy Mattson is one of the best players in the country, ranking seventh in the nation in goals per game. The action should be riveting. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students.
The Texas State Ensemble Chorale will sing a free concert tonight at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3039 RR 12, tonight at 7 p.m. The concert will feature “Vespro della Beata Vergine” by Monteverdi and will be directed by Dr. Joey Martin.
Football action can be had tonight. San Marcos High School will play at Seguin and Wimberley High School will square off away from home in Fredericksburg. Dripping Springs will try to clinch a playoff spot tonight when it meets Marble falls at home, and Lehman High will play Alamo Heights tonight at Bob Shelton Stadium. All games start at 7:30. Don’t forget to take a sweater, as it’s getting deliciously cool in the evening lately.
The Gray Horse Saloon will feature the talents of Mike and the Moonpies. Vocalist Mike Harmier has got a tangy twang and the band plays real heart-stopping road house country. Just like their name, they are a treat.
“Viola!” our mother used to say, parodying the French term “voila!” This time she could say it literally as Aurelien Petillot, founder and artistic director of Viola by Choice, will give a concert tonight at 8 p.m. at Texas State’s Music Building Recital Hall. Viola by Choice is a nonprofit chamber ensemble that promotes the viola and its repertoire. General admission is $5. For students, it’s $3.
The Nate Lange Band will raise the roof at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) tonight around 9 p.m., and the Triple Crown features a full bill with Electric Courage Machine, Prayer For Animals, Mira Loma and Buho.
The Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) will have a rally for Democratic candidate for Governor Bill White tonight from 9 p.m.-10 p.m. with Robert Earl Keen. Later on in the evening, the venue features HalleyAnna, Paul Mark Cauthen and David Beck.
Saturday, October 23
Get up early this morning and head over to Brookshire Brothers (14100 Rand Road 12 in Wimberley) for the Angels for Elders Bake Sale, which will be held in the parking lot there from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. You can pick up a sweet treat while helping a good cause. All proceeds from the sale go to the Alzheimer’s Association.
If you just can’t wait for the Friends of the San Marcos Public Library Fall Book Sale next weekend, you could head over to the Friends of the New Braunfels Public Library annual sale (735 South Castell Avenue) today from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The sale features hardbacks, paperbacks, CDs, DVDs, audio and video tapes, jigsaw puzzles, and even some collectibles. Proceeds benefit the New Braunfels Public Library.
This morning also features the 18th Annual Texas Clay Festival in the Gruene Historic District in New Braunfels from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Potters and sculptures from around Texas will display their wares and demonstrate clay techniques. There will be hands-on activities for the kids, as well.
Before the Texas State Bobcats take on Northwestern State, there will be an open house at 11 a.m. at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. All current Bobcat players and coaches will be on hand as well as former student athletes. Head Coach Kat Conner will give a “State of the Bobcat” program with a slide show recounting the last dozen years of Bobcat soccer.
At 3 p.m., the Texas State football team will take open up Bobcat Stadium for its game against Northwestern State. It’s also homecoming for Texas State, so the half-time show will be a doozy as well, with presentation of the homecoming king and queen. Tailgating will be on the east side of the parking lot at the stadium.
The Starlight Symphony Orchestra, the regional community orchestra for Hill Country, will give a free concert at the First Baptist Church (15951 Winter’s Mill Parkway in Wimberley) tonight at 7:30 p.m. It’s always a joy to hear these dedicated musicians.
If you are feeling just a mite down-hearted with the inevitable sorrow that goes with the joys of autumn, you should head over to the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight for a dose of the Lucky Tomblin Band. The players’ll cure what ails ya and get your toes to tappin’ with their buoyant blend of country and country swing.
The Spencer Thomas Band will get you off your seat and onto the dance floor at Riley’s Tavern tonight. The popular Olive Street and Milhouse will play at the Gray Horse Saloon this evening.
The Triple Crown features the rowdy raucous Devil’s Hollow and a student favorite, The Organics. Roofs will be raised tonight.
Sunday, October 24
Another rousing game of Bobcat Soccer starts up today at 1 p.m. at Bobcat Soccer Complex, where the home team takes on Southeastern Louisiana. The soccer team has been on a roll, and homecoming weekend should kick up that extra jolt of spirited energy.
The Geronimo VFW (6806 North SH 123) in beautiful downtown Geronimo will feature one of its swingin’ country dances today from 3-6 p.m. The kitchen opens at 2 p.m., if you need a bit of fortification before you trip the light fantastic. Klassic Kountry Gold will supply the music and 100 percent of your $5 donation at the door goes to the VFW’s many veterans programs.
The Gnarwhals take on the ILL Eagles in Unicycle Football League action today in the parking lot of the San Marcos Farmers Market (204 South Edward Gary) at 4 p.m. The action is a whole different thing from your run of the mill football game, and you’ll be amazed at the skills of the riders.
Guest artist Michael Dean, Associate Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone at Southeast Missouri State University, will play a clarinet concert at Evans Auditorium on the campus of Texas State at 4 p.m. Dean plans to play the innovative “Half Moon at Checkerboard Mesa” by Philip Kent Bimstein, which uses natural sounds like frogs, cricket and coyotes blended with the music. Bimstein was the lead singer/songwriter for the early ’80s new wave band Phil ‘n’ the Blanks. Dean also will include music by Robert Fruehwald and Jeffrey Hoover. Tickets for the concert are $5 general admission and $3 for students.
If you want to sing out, sing out as Yusaf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) once sang. You may have a million ways to go, but three of them are at the Triple Crown, Riley’s Tavern and the Gray Horse Saloon at their open mic nights. But, you can do what you want.
Tonight on NBC, the Minnesota Vikings take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Should be a good game if the Packers can overcome their loss of personnel due to injury. It can be revelatory of new, exciting players or it could just be a Viking wipe-out.
On Ovation tonight is the movie version of the Who’s rock opera “Tommy “at 7:30 p.m. Tina Turner is a stand-out in it, and Roger Daltrey is mighty cute and young. While it sparked some controversy when it came out in 1975, it will seem pretty wholesome by today’s standards. Well, except for that scene with Ann Margaret and the baked beans. That’s still pretty weird.