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October 31st, 2008
Halloween, and other oddities, to mark the weekend

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By this time Monday, another weekend will be in the books. Make the best of it, while you can. Following are a few fun times to help make it happen.

Friday, October 31

Well, it’s Halloween, and there’s no place to escape the costumes tonight. Riley’s is having a costume contest, The Triple Crown has Texas Rockabilly kings, The Beaumonts, Lucy’s features its usual Halloween mayhem, and you can rattle your bones with Foscoe Jones at the Cheatham Street Warehouse.

If you have always thought of writing a novel, midnight tonight starts another round of National Novel Writing Month. Nanowrimo, as it is acronymically known, is a month devoted to getting out a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. has loads of pep talks and inspiring stories to help you get through this coffee-fueled nightmare of a project and, at the end of the month, if you make the word count, you get a certificate to prove it. It’s all done on the honors system, so if you cheat you are just cheating yourself. You don’t have to finish, you don’t have to make the word count, but if you want to be a writer, it’s a good place to hone your craft. Young writers (under 13) have a chance to do likewise with a smaller word count and their own website Go to the websites to register, get info and be inspired.

Saturday, November 1

If you’ve had enough candy, maybe it’s time for some tamales. Las Nuevas Tamaleras (“The New Tamale Makers”) is a comedic look at three modern day Chicanas trying to make tamales for the first time.

San Antonio playwright Alicia Mena wrote this play celebrating struggles and joys of family traditions, and it has been a box-office hit since 1993 wherever it plays. This favorite one-act play is at Evans Auditorium on the Texas State campus at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Encore Series of events. The play is bilingual, but if you speak no Spanish, fear not. There will always be someone around to help you. Whether your family has Tamaleros (tamale making parties) or not, if you’ve got a family that argues over the fine points of tradition, this play will tickle your funny bone. Tickets are $15 for reserved VIP, $10 general admission and $5 for students.  For more information, call (512) 245-3501.

At 2 a.m. (actually Sunday morning), it’s time to “fall back.” Don’t forget to set your clock back an hour for the start of daylight savings, or your cable box will be the only reliable timepiece in the house.

Sunday, November 2

For an afternoon of good music and good company, the Cheatham Street offers Texas FX, a band of young fellas from Hays High who can sure play Hill Country-style Texas music. They’ll be playing from 4-8 p.m.

Of course, you probably already have the cookies or the cookie making ingredients at home for Cookie Monster’s birthday on Sunday. You may want to brush up on your Cookie-Monster-ese, practicing the expression, “Me want cookie,” in your best growly rumble. Wow your kids by telling them that Cookie Monster’s name, before he started eating cookies, was Sid. It’s true.

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