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November 12th, 2010
The Weekend: A sign of November? Elvis meets Shakespeare


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Shakespeare meets Elvis in Texas State’s production of “All Shook Up” this weekend.

HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

The gorgeous days of a Texas autumn are upon us, and the sun’s rays are more golden and beautiful than any other time of year, to our way of thinking.

It’s a great time to get out, walk around and take in the beauty that surrounds us.

The birds are turning, the leaves are singing and the squirrels are gathering cupcakes for the long winter. Or something like that.

There are lots of wonderful things to do this weekend, too. Here are a few suggestions.

Friday, November 12

This is a great weekend for events that will showcase unique and thoughtful holiday gifts. The Wimberley Valley Art League’s “Art — A Gift for All Seasons,” being held this weekend at the Wimberley Community Center (14068 RR 12), is one such event. Today is the first day of the event and an artist’s reception, where you can meet some of the artists and see the work on sale, will go from 5-8 p.m.

The music of the weekend starts off at the Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) with Bill Jerram. We always hope that folks aren’t so worried about how it looks to enter a “college” venue that they miss out on some mighty great music. Bill Jerram is one of those artists who cast a wide net for snagging fans of all ages. You’ll like his sweet and salty mix of rock and pop, we think. The music starts up at 6 p.m.

The basket will start turning at 7 p.m. at the Friday night bingo game at the Wimberley VFW. This long standing game has reached the point of being an area classic, and the prizes and fun don’t hurt it none, either. On top of it are the tasty snacks sold by the Ladies Auxiliary benefitting their many veterans projects. If this is the way you want to salute Veterans Day, you could do worse.

When Shakespeare says, in Henry V, “There’s no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune,” he might have, had he been Elvis Presley, wailed, “You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog!”  While the bard and the King might seem a strange mix, you’ll delight in the pairing at Texas State’s production of “All Shook Up.” The Tony Award winning musical play by Joe DiPietro roughly follows along the plot line of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” accompanied by the music of Elvis Presley. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of the Theatre Center on campus. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for Texas State students.

It’s a Spaghetti Western Thanksgiving at the Gray Horse Saloon(1904 RR 12) tonight at 8 p.m. Will there be spaghetti? Italian Westerns? That, we don’t know, but what we do know is the outlaw rocking red dirt country of Eric Larson and Peacemaker will  shoot some mighty fine music through the place. The band’s song “Locked and Loaded” is certainly worthy of a few shots of whiskey, and maybe you’ll start feeling a little like Clint Eastwood in the bargain.

The Aaron Einhouse Band has a real genuine Western Swing song with a contemporary twist, “The Cougar Song,” that you just have to hear. The band will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) tonight around 9 p.m. Also on the bill is Texas State alum Ben Danaher. Great night of music, as always, at the old cotton warehouse by the tracks.

Buck Jones and the Haggards will be at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) tonight, making with country music and setting toes to tapping. Back in town, the jams of Fatty Lumpkin will fill the Triple Crown to the rafters. Fatty will be joined by Holding Space, a band whose name causes the kind of confusion the band Free Beer used to cause (although less expensive and irritating for the bar).

Saturday, November 13

The Wimberley Adoption Group (WAG) is holding a garage sale staring at 8 a.m. this morning at Lions Field Pavilion on FM 2325. WAG is the temporary guardian for rescued dogs and proceeds from the sale benefit their endeavors. There will be a little bit of everything at the sale from small appliances to artwork to toys and books. The sale goes on until 5 p.m. but all garage salers know that the earlier you get there, the better.

The gates open at 9 a.m. for the Sixth Dam Chili Cook-Off taking place right by the old cotton mill in downtown Martindale. In addition to chili (like you need more incentive than that), there will be live music, more foods and crafts. The proceeds from the day’s event will go to support the San Marcos Youth Service Bureau. Live music will go from noon until 9 p.m. There is a $1 donation fee at the door.

The Wimberley Valley Art League’s “Art — A Gift for All Seasons” will get going around 10 a.m. The event features local artists and their latest works for sale. It’s both a great opportunity to see some fine art and a lovely gift idea for the holidays. The event goes until 5 p.m.

Riley’s Tavern will hold a benefit for the Kevin L. Shimek Memorial Scholarship Fund starting at noon. The event features a poker run, a raffle, an auction, live music, karaoke and more fun activities throughout the day. Bands featured include Crossing Tyler, Grant Mazak, No Vacancy and Robb Rodriguez and the Killa Hoggs. Barbecue plates will be served from 1-3 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Shimek was a much loved student at Texas State, a member of the water ski team whose life was cut short by a car accident.

The Texas State volleyball team takes on Texas A&M Corpus Christi today at Strahan Coliseum. They face off at 2 p.m. today. It’s also Seniors Day, with Melinda Cave, Shelbi Irvin, Mo Middleton and AJ Watlington to be recognized at their final home game. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for children.

The Comal County Sheriff’s Posse (CCSP) is having a benefit at the CCSP Arena (Solms and Interstate-35) for Abby, a little New Braunfels girl battling cancer. Jason Allen and the Band will play. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., to go with a silent auction and a dance. The price is $10 at the door.

The Texas State Common Experience 12th Annual Lovell Lecture will be given by Dr. Bent Yarnal at the LBJ Center Ballroom on the campus of Texas State at 6 p.m. Yarnal will speak about the ways that local activities contribute to global environmental change, and the consequences these global changes have on people and the places they live. Yarnal has taught climate science and a course on global change at Penn State for 25 years. The lecture is free, but, if it’s too depressing, you could always go and get some ice cream after the lecture. Just a suggestion.

Shakespeare gets the Elvis Presley rock and roll treatment or, maybe, rock and roll gets the Shakespeare treatment in Texas State’s production of “All Shook Up.” The musical play roughly based on the bard’s “Twelfth Night” is directed by Kaitlin Hopkins. Don’t expect to hear lute music and “Green sleeves,” as the play features more than 20 of Presley’s hits, including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” The curtain rises on the main stage of the Theatre Center at 7:30 p.m.

Alicia Mena’s play, “Las Nuevas Tameleras” (The New Tamale Makers), has become something of a holiday tradition around these parts, and its performance will take place tonight at Evans Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Anyone familiar with the traditions of tamale making will be charmed by the play, and almost everyone can identify with the contrasts between the generations in this delightful and incisive play. We are lucky to have Mena, the playwright, directing the performance. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students.

Justin Haigh has a voice tailor made for country ballads. His meltingly mellifluous melodies (try to say that three times fast) will grace the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight.

Local faves the Organics share the stage with Ghosts of Dixie tonight at the Gray Horse Saloon. The Fotoelectric Effect, Are You Crazy? and Vanished Clan will keep the Triple Crown hopping tonight.

Sunday, November 14

The WAG Garage Sale will go from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. It’s always good to go for the bargains on the last day of a sale. The proceeds go to help rescued dogs, too.

You have one more day to check out the art at the Wimberley Valley Art League’s “Art — A Gift for All Seasons” annual holiday show and sale today from noon until 4 p.m. Might be a nice day to check out our talented local artists.

It’s the annual Texas Author Day at the San Marcos Public Library (625 East Hopkins Street), with more than a couple dozen writers there to sign their works and read. The event goes from 2-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Books by the featured authors will be available for sale at the library and from the writers themselves. A signed book would make a mighty nice Christmas present for a loved one or yourself. A wide variety of genres will be featured, including Texana, mystery, romance, memoirs, children’s literature, poetry and fiction.

The Price Seniors Center (222 West San Antonio Street) will host “Sustaining Community Through the Arts: A Public Discussion Series presents Linda Kelsey-Jones, Christopher Hanson, and Beverly Mangham today from 2-4 p.m. The artists will share the stories of their personal journeys, successes, obstacles, and community outreach endeavors. Members of the SMART Orchestra will perform beginning at 2 p.m. This discussion series is sponsored by the Center for Community Arts at Texas State.

The rock and roll musical play “All Shook Up” will reprise at a matinee on the main stage of the Theatre Center at 2 p.m. today. It’s all about a girl and her motorcycling boyfriend — you know, typical Shakespeare stuff.

The Geronimo VFW (6808 North SH 123) will host a Sunday afternoon dance featuring Bimbo and the Borderline Band from 3-6 p.m. The kitchen opens at 2 p.m. if you need a nourishing homemade sandwich before you trip the light fantastic. A $7 donation at the door goes to the post’s many veterans programs.

The dulcet tones of the Ash Family will sooth your Sunday afternoon woes at the Cheatham Street Warehouse today from 4-8 p.m. Even if you have no woes, you’ll still be soothed by their tones.

If you are missing the local football action this weekend, why not roll over to the San Marcos Farmer’s Market parking lot (204 South Edward Gary Street) and watch the Unicycle Football league’s game today? It’s the Berzerkerz versus the Gnarwhals. Football on one wheel? That’s how they roll.

If you’d like to sing out today, you can do it on the stages of both the Triple Crown and Riley’s Tavern at their open mics tonight. You could join host Amanda Timm at the Gray Horse Saloon for a little karaoke, too.

Or you could sit out on the front porch and revel in the grand weather. Just a thought.

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