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December 10th, 2010
The Weekend: Holiday lights, holiday theater, more great music

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Charlie Hurtin and the Hecklers will rockabilly your socks off at the Gray Horse Saloon Saturday night.

BY HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

One of our favorite Christmas movie musicals is “White Christmas” with Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Vera Ellen and the wonderful Rosemary Clooney. It was mom’s favorite, and so it was ours.

But always when we watched the movie we had a certain amount of frustration. The characters have a real communication problem. One feels like yelling at the television as the movie progresses. “Rosemary! Just tell Bing why you’re angry, for heaven’s sake!” Dr. Phil would have a field day with these people.

Of course, if Rosemary’s character had some healthy communication with Bing, there would be no conflict in the movie. It would just be a tale of musicians and soldiers putting on a show to benefit their old commanding general.  Rosy wouldn’t get to sing that fabulous “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me” song. Or wear that rockin’ evening gown with the glittery gloves.

We guess it’s just another in a long line of reasons of why we don’t work in Hollywood.

We’re more than happy to be here, where the communication is much better and there are plenty of fun things to do. Here are just a few suggestions.

Friday, December 10

The music starts off tonight at 6 p.m. with Bill Jerram at the Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street). His regular gigs are always a great listening pleasure.

The EmilyAnn Theatre’s (1101 RR 2325) Trail of Lights illuminates tonight at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but they can always use a donation to help with the electrical bills. There are eight acres of lighted displays to roam, as well as hot dogs and hot chocolate. You’ll feel warm all over.

First Baptist Church (RR 12 and Winter Mills Parkway) will present “Four Tickets to Christmas,” the holiday show featuring community talent. Admission is free and childcare is provided.

The Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) hosts a weekly Bingo game that’s been goin’ strong for as long as anyone can remember. It’s the only place to be if you want to play bingo. The cage starts rolling at 7 p.m. There are loads of tasty snacks sold by the efficient hands of the Ladies Auxiliary in support of their many veterans programs, too.

The Circle Arts Theatre (124 Elizabeth Street, New Braunfels) is presenting “Always, Patsy Cline” for the next two weekends. In addition to the familiar Patsy Cline music everyone knows and loves, the show has an interesting plot. Based on correspondences between Cline and her friend, Houston housewife Louise Seger, the play has both humor and poignancy. Tickets are $25. The show serves as a fundraiser for the Circle Arts Theatre’s seating and lobby renovations.

The Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road) is reprising its production of “Pinocchio,” that tale of good, selfishness and nasal problems tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. The play is fine holiday fare for the kids and you.

The Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) will feature the Halleyanna Band and Union Specific tonight. Halleyanna has a strong, clear voice which she uses effectively to deepen the lyrics of a song. The music starts up around 9 p.m.

You’ll never regret heading out to Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) to see the Joel Hoffman Band. The band is full of energy and may be just what you need to recharge your batteries.

The Triple Crown will showcase the talents of Hendrikz McLeod tonight. McLeod’s band is rather like a musical experience with twisting, sometimes psychedelic aural soundscapes. Film-maker Richard Linklater hired McLeod to record a score for his documentary on the University of Texas baseball team, “Inning by Inning: Portrait of a Coach.” The band can pour a groove. Joining McLeod tonight is Squinto.

Saturday, December 11

The 18th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk will take place in the Gruene historic district, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. and the run starting at 9 a.m. Registrants on the day of the race will pay $30 for entry. There will be awards for each age grouping. The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Running Club.

If you are planning to spend a bit of time shopping in Gruene, there will be a gift center set up where kids will be able to make presents while mom and dad shop, eat and enjoy the sites. Cowboy Kringle Kid’s Workshop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and benefits Communities in Schools.

It’s fun to see all the Christmas lights around town, and it’s equally fun to see the many displays of lights on the EmilyAnn Theatre’s Trail of Lights. Hot cocoa, marshmallows and lots of displays to enjoy make this a truly family-friendly outing.

“Four Tickets to Christmas,” the free holiday show at Wimberley’s First Baptist Church, will reprise at 7:30 p.m. Child care is provided. The show is loaded with fine local talent.

“Always, Patsy Cline,” the show at the Circle Arts Theatre in New Braunfels, features the awesome tunes of Patsy Cline, as well as the touching and amusing story of the friendship of two women. The curtain rises at 8 p.m.

A great treat for the kids is the Saturday night production of the Wimberley Players’ “Pinocchio.” The production features songs, colorful costumes and a wooden kid with problem telling the truth. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Charlie Hurtin and the Hecklers ought to get an award for a great and colorful band name, but their name is only a small part of their charm. The band is a solid sender with a rockabilly Americana sound that will truly charm you. They won’t be local sensations for long with explosive proficiency like this. Charlie and his likable hecklin’ crew will be at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight with the rockin’ Whiptails. It’s a stand-out gig.

Tonight, the Cheatham Street Warehouse will host Midnight River Choir. The choir’s popularity is well-deserved.

The Triple Crown features a little something for everyone tonight with a line-up chock full of musicians. Say Say Say, Zlam Dunk, Devil in the Drink, Equals, Buzz n’ Bangs and the Cartographers should map out a bit of holiday cheer for the audience.

Omar and the Howlers will make with the roadhouse rock and keeping boots a ‘tapping’ at Riley’s Tavern tonight.

Sunday, December 12

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Road) is featuring an awesome Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist Holiday Edition from 10 a.m.-noon. Catered by the Gristmill River Restaurant, the brunch features loads of tasty treats and the added plus of some great gospel music.

While you’re in Gruene shopping for the holidays, don’t forget you can let the kids have some crafting fun at Cowboy Kringle’s Kids Workshop from noon-5 p.m.

The Wimberley Players will reprise “Pinocchio” today at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18. The play is fun for both children and adults.

The Cheatham Street Warehouse will feature a benefit for Toys For Tots today with various artists. Remember to bring an unwrapped toy for a child when you go.

Le San Michele (219 High Road in Buda) is hosting a book release party for Texas author Marshall Kuykendall’s latest book, Not Enough Bullets. His past books have focused mostly on ranch life, hunting and the Texas Wilderness. He will be there for a question and answer session. Admission is free.

Wimberley’s First Baptist Church will present “Four Tickets to Christmas” tonight at 6 p.m. The production is free and child care is provided.

Tonight might be a fine evening to check out the sights on the EmilyAnn Theatre’s Trail of Lights, which is open today from 6-9 p.m.

Your singing career awaits you, and if you would like to polish up your skills before you get that Caesar’s Palace offer in Vegas, both the Triple Crown and Riley’s have you covered with open mic nights.

It’s actually a great night to stay home and watch sports and movies.

The Eagles play the Cowboys on NBC tonight. Should be interesting.

The SyFy channel features “The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian,” which is full of special effects, at 7 p.m. AMC is showing the slightly dysfunctional but still appealing aforementioned “White Christmas” at 7 p.m.

The charming Clifton Webb vehicle “Mr. Belvedere goes to College,” and its sequel “Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell,” on are on TCM. On USA, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” will have an aging Harrison Ford fight the good fight for archeology at 8 p.m.

Ovation, at 7 p.m., has a documentary on the members of a senior citizens chorus who perform rock songs by the Clash and Cold Play. They are nothing if not charming. And while members of the Clash are now in their fifties, these seniors have them beat by 20 years.

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