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November 5th, 2010
The Weekend: The dark end of daylight savings

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The Veterans Day celebration on Saturday will include a parade and a free biscuit and gravy breakfast at Courthouse Square.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

We hate to be the bearer of dark tidings but on Sunday at 2 a.m., Daylight Saving Time ends in the United States. We won’t get to “spring forward” again until next March 13.

While the newly darker evening is not such a tragedy in a temperate place like Texas, in the Midwest, the “falling back” of the clock marks a time of dark roads in both the morning and the evening, and well-below freezing temperatures. Here’s, the winter isn’t cold, so much as it is dark.

If you lived in Kyrgyzstan or Iceland, you’d be in the only countries that observe year-round Daylight Saving Time. If you lived in Arizona, you’d just ignore what the rest of the country did and refuse to follow along with the longer days in the summer.

All of this just makes us pleased to be Texans, even if the Rangers clutched and the Cowboys faded. The weather is still very pleasant and there are loads of fun and interesting things to do.

Like this weekend, for example. Here are just a few suggestions.

Friday, November 5

The rockin’ sounds of the Callous Taoboys start off the music this weekend at the Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street.) The Taoboys are Texans with a little dab or two of rowdy in ’em, so the music will shake the rafters starting at 6 p.m.

With the cooler weather setting in, it’s a good time to find a good time inside. We might suggest the Wimberley VFW’s (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) Friday night bingo game, which comes replete with prizes and delicious concessions sold by the charming women of the Ladies Auxiliary. All proceeds benefit the VFW’s many veterans programs.

High school football season is winding to a close tonight, so it’s your last chance to go cheer for the home team. Unfortunately that would mean a road trip since San Marcos High is at Cibolo Steele, Wimberley is at Boerne, San Marcos Academy is at Hyde Park. Hays is playing the only game that matters in district play at Smithson Valley. Lehman High is out of the hunt, but could pull out of the bottom of the pile, anyway, with a victory against Lockhart at Bob Shelton Stadium in the only game being played locally. Go on out and howl for the Lobos tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. An added plus is the band-a-mania, half-time show which should be stirring.

If you have yet to see two of the exceptional bands in the area, Chasca and the StandOuts, tonight is your lucky night, as they will both play at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) starting around 8 p.m. Both of these bands have styles that set them apart from the pack. The bands are loaded with charisma and, tonight, Chasca may have a few surprises. There’s no cover at the Gray Horse, so you are getting an early Christmas gift with this set.

If you wander over to the Texas State’s Music Building Recital Hall tonight at 8 p.m., you can catch a free clarinet studio recital with Vanguel Tangarov. The name clarinet means “little trumpet,” but it is a woodwind first invented in Germany in the late 1600s. Since that time, it has graced the music of every composer from Beethoven to Stravinsky to Gershwin to Goodman to Artie Shaw.

The sounds of the Mark Allen Atwood Band’s Texas outlaw swing will set toes to tappin’ at Riley’s Tavern tonight at 9 p.m. Atwood’s got a compelling voice, and you’ll be torn between just listening to it and getting up to cut a rug or two.

The goth punk Belgraves will speed like they are on fire through a set at the Triple Crown tonight. They are joined by San Antonio’s goth-a-billies the Sandworms and T.A.K.O.

Lubbock’s William Clark Green will play his distinctive heart-felt tunes tonight at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street). He will be joined by special guest Charlie Shafter, who will take time out from ant farming for a quick set with his band. We don’t think he really has an ant farm like his bio says, but then, we could be wrong. You’ll have to ask him when you go tonight.

Saturday, November 6

Wimberley Market Days start out bright and early and a bit chilly at 7 a.m. today in Lions Park. You might need to wear a sweater if you are out that early to catch some bargains at the 475-plus booths. Food, music and the usual fun rigmarole that goes with it. Should be a nice sunny day for it, too.

At 8:30 in downtown San Marcos’ Courthouse Square, the Main Street Program and Cafe on the Square will start serving up the traditional free biscuits and gravy breakfast before the Veterans Day Parade. The parade will move down Hopkins Street from Riverside Drive to the downtown square starting at 10 a.m.

The San Marcos Kiwanis Club will help kids decorate their bicycles from 9-10 a.m. by the courthouse, and their “bicycle brigade” will join the parade downtown.

The parade’s grand marshal this years is retired U.S. Navy Captain Bettye Nagy, flanked by an honor guard of grand marshal nominees in this year’s parade, which is themed “Honoring All Who Served.”

Kyle Market Days (located on the city square between Center Street, Main Street , Burleson Road and Miller Street) will start up for its final day this year at 9 a.m. Music featured today will be by Conjunto Romo and Jeff and the Jumptones. Food and family fun will be there, along with art, crafts and local produce.

The Texas State volleyball team will take on Southeastern Louisiana University at Strahan Coliseum at 11 a.m. The team can always use a few more cheers from the crowd.

Starting at noon at the San Marcos Activity Center (501 East Hopkins), the Know Thyself Expo will offer a day of exhibits and demonstrations for a healthier lifestyle. Admission is $10.  Sponsored by the Know Thyself Center, the day promises to be one of self-discovery. Of particular note to veterans, who will be admitted free, might be speaker Bob Deschner’s insights on military post-traumatic stress disorder.

Just after the Kyle Market Days crew have finished at 2 p.m., another event will get underway at the same site with Kyle’s third annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival. There will be altar displays, a memorial flower wall and performances by the Chapa and Wallace Middle Schools mariachi bands. Also featured will be more food, face painting, live music and Ballet Folklorico Tonantzin. Perhaps ironically, it should be a mighty lively event.

The Texas State football team faces up against Central Arkansas starting at 2 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium. After last week’s heart-pounding victory, the Bobcats still have a chance in the Southland Conference.

The mighty popular Tom Teboe Band will be at the Geronimo VFW Post (6806 North SH 123) at 8 p.m. for their Saturday night country dance. The dance is smoke free and opened to everyone. A $7 donation benefits VFW Auxiliary veterans and military programs.

Rio Specter and Sidereal will play at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight, the Love Liberation Army will light up the Cheatham Street Warehouse, and Austin’s western swing masters JWW and the Prospectors will be at Riley’s Tavern.

If there are bands in the running to replace the kings of hit and run punk the Dead Milkmen, our vote would be cast for the Johnny Five, playing tonight at the Triple Crown. While the name is reminiscent of the robot in the movie “Short Circuit,” the music thrashes like real punk people. With songs like “Chupacabra Ate My Chihuahua”, five is as fun to follow lyrically as it is musically. Closet Drama and Young Savage also are on the bill.

Sunday, November 7

The annual Katherine Anne Porter School’s Java Jive will take place today at the Lions Market Day Pavilion on FM 2325 in Wimberley. The school fundraiser will feature a silent auction, live music, great food and fun activities. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Musicians featured will be Chrissy Flatt, Shelley King, Nathan Hamilton, Mark Utter, Andres Cantisani and Peacefield. And, of course, there will be delicious coffee.

The Kyle Wayne Kutscher Band will play a Sunday afternoon country show at the Cheatham Street Warehouse today from 4-8 p.m.

At the Music Building Recital Hall on the campus at Texas State, you have an opportunity to see a handful of free recitals. At 2 p.m. will be a senior trumpet recital, at 4 p.m. a senior flute recital, at 6 p.m. another trumpet recital and at 8 p.m. will be the trombone studio recital. One could just hang around the Music Building Recital Hall all day and get a wonderful Sunday full of music.

You say you wanna be a rock ‘n’ roll star? Well, you have to start somewhere. Might we suggest the open mics available at the Triple Crown or Riley’s Tavern? For a karaoke experience with host Amanda Timm, check out the Gray Horse Saloon.

Tonight, the Dallas Cowboys, or what’s left of them, take on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on NBC. At this point, Wade Phillips could probably bring the grounds crew from Cowboy Stadium to get more touchdowns, but we’ll still root for the Cowboys.

“Kung Fu Panda” will be on FX and “The Muppets Take Manhattan” on HUB. The SYFY Chanel figured. rather than merely jumping the shark, they would pair it with an octopus in the ridiculous “Sharktopus.” It’s a good movie to practice your best Mystery Science Theater lines on, though.

Fritz Lang’s startlingly fresh 1927 silent film, “Metropolis,” will be on TCM tonight at 8 p.m. in the world television premiere of the extensively restored movie. The movie is a classic and post-film fare on TCM includes an hour-long documentary about the discovery of the new footage added to the movie.

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