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September 18th, 2009
The Weekend: Music, art, the river

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis play at the opening ceremony Sunday for the Seton Hospital in Kyle.

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Aaarg, Mateys! We would just like to point out that one of our favorite holidays is coming up. You don’t need to buy anything for it (although you probably could) and there is no particular food associated with it. It has persisted for the last 14 years or so and has thrived since Dave Barry mentioned it in a column seven years ago.

We are talking, of course, about Sept. 19, Talk Like A Pirate Day. It’s the only holiday we know in which you may wear an eye patch, eat with your hands and say “Avast , there ye scurvy dogs!” or “Arrr! I be in want of some grog!” You can call everybody you see either “Me hearty!” or “Me Beauty.” There is no point to the day, really. It’s just fun.

You can tell pirate jokes too, like, why didn’t the 18-year-old get to see the pirate movie? Because it was rated “Arrrrr!” There’s nothing like a good joke, is there? And that was nothing like a good joke. You get the idea though.

If you want to make a party out of it, serve root beer or heated up Dr. Pepper (it’s delicious) and turkey legs. You can watch all those pirate movies starring Johnny Depp. You could bury some treasure in the back yard and dig it up next year for Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Of course, there may be some who would rather not talk like a pirate. If such a thing does not shiver yer timbers then we be havin’ a treasure trove full of good things fer ya matey.

Here are just a few suggestions.

Friday, September 18

Zydeco Blanco is a charming bouillabaisse of a band with an eccentric Hill Country twist. The Zydeco-meets- Texas tunes are sure to elevate your mood for the weekend, if you are lucky enough to catch the band at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) for the early gig tonight at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Bingo is the name-o at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road). Prizes, fun and the delicious concessions are sold, and sometimes made, by the efficient and lovely hands of the Ladies Auxiliary.

The Texas State women’s soccer team returns to the Bobcat Soccer Complex tonight after being away for the last six games. The Bobcats face Grambling State tonight at 7 p.m. There will also be a pre-game ceremony honoring the 2008 women’s soccer team. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for youth.

In high school football, the Hays Rebels will be away playing McCallum. Wimberley is at home, squaring off against Bandera at 7:30 p.m. It’s Homecoming for Lehman High, so the Lobos will be at Bob Shelton Stadium (4800 Jack C. Hays Trail) to battle Lanier at 7:30 p.m.

Students and professionals in the dramatic arts have been at Texas State all this week for the 7th Annual Black and Latino Playwrights Conference. Tonight, one of the chosen submissions, Judy Tate’s “Slashes of Light,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. as a directed reading at the Theatre Center on the campus. This coming of age play was one of the only two selected from submissions gathered from all over the country. It promises to be a very special evening of theater. Tickets are $3. For more information on the event, call (512) 245-2147.

Music choices are particularly good tonight and, in San Marcos, that is saying something. One of the don’t-miss artists of the night would have to be the bluegrass finger zinging of Tony Kamel, appearing at Wake the Dead Coffeehouse (1432 RR 12). He’s not just good, he’s extraordinary.

Joel Hoffman will play a home gig on his own turf tonight at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102). He’s a solid sender and is always a pleasure to hear.

The Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) plays host to the creative singer/songwriter Bruce Robison at 9:30 p.m. Even though his songs have been covered with great success by others (Tim McGraw “Angry All the Time;” The Dixie Chicks “Travelin’ Soldier;” and George Strait “Wrapped,” just to name a few that hit No. 1 on the charts), nobody does Robison better than Robison. He’s got a song in the new Mike Judge movie, “Extract,” too. He’s simply great.

You can hear the rootsy rock stylings of Firewater Sermon at the Gray Horse Saloon (Crestwood Center next to D’Blazio’s Pizza) tonight. Firewater has a devoted local following for good reason.

As if that isn’t enough good music for a whole night, Triple Crown is featuring the inimitable tsunami of punk honky-tonk blues Scott Biram at 10 p.m. You’ll go a long way before you hear a guy more possessed by music demons than Biram. The word original gets misused a lot, but, in this case, it’s right on the money.

Saturday, September 19

At 9 a.m., the new tennis courts at Rio Vista Park (555 Cheatham Street) will have a dedication ceremony. You could stop by to enjoy it before you head over to the Grant Harris Jr. Building (401 East Hopkins Street) at 10 a.m. to register as a volunteer for the Annual Fall River Clean-up. The folks there will set you up with a trash bag, instructions, a delicious breakfast taco and cup of coffee before you start. After the work is done, around 1 p.m., Woody’s BBQ will serve up some lunch.

The river clean-up is sponsored by the Lions Club and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. They’ll take good care of you with a little breakfast and some lunch while you take good care of that lovely San Marcos river.

It’s the second day of the Wimberley Valley Art League’s Annual Artist’s Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the Wimberly Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center, $15 for adults and $7 for students. In addition to this, there are nine art galleries that will have extended hours, until 7 p.m. as a “Gallery Hop” to coincide with this event.

Judy Tate’s play “Slashes of Light,” will have a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. at the Theatre Center on the campus of Texas State. Tate’s play was selected for the 7th Annual Black and Latino Playwrights conference. This event is sponsored by the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance and the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies. Tickets are $3.

Another delicious CasiNada Cooks! culinary experience awaits those who are lucky enough to sign up for today’s “Soups and Stews” cooking class/dinner. They’ll be creating chicken and sausage gumbo and pork stew, just to name a couple of offerings. Reservations are required and the cost is $60 per person. It all heats up at CasiNada Cooks! (600 Caliche Road) from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

The Wimberley Valley Art League will be closing out its weekend art events with a reception for artists and the public in the Art League Gallery at the Wimberley Community Center (14068 Ranch Road 12) from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (512) 847-1205.

The Theatre Center, on the campus at Texas State, will put on the second of the two plays selected for the 7th Annual Black and Latino Playwrights Conference. Amparo Garcia-Crow’s “The Bonobos” will have a directed reading in the center at 7:30 p.m. Crow’s play asks questions about sexual mores and family values. It was chosen from the many plays entered for consideration for the conference. Tickets are $3.

The Lost Immigrants describe themselves as “progressive country-flavored ragamuffins,” but these Dallas-based country-rockers are particularly gifted at understatement. Two extraordinary vocalists, James Dunning and Sean Isbell, lead the music into decidedly un-raggedy, professional and beautiful territory. The Lost Immigrants are a band you could easily find yourself getting lost in. They are at Riley’s tonight at 9 p.m. A don’t-miss if there ever were one.

Glafiro & Solid Ghost, appearing at Wake the Dead Coffeehouse at 9 p.m. play a soulful and intelligent rock. You’ll be impressed with their sound.

Houston Marchman may be the most charming musical storyteller in Texas, and that is not an easy title to hold. He will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight at 9:30 p.m. for his CD release party. Marchman also participated with the throng of Texas guitarists at who broke the world record in Luckenbach. He’s a complete joy to hear.

Carlton Pride and Zion are reggae jammers with verve. They won’t harsh your mellow, but don’t expect to be lulled to sleep with the bland same-old, same-old. They’ve got spark. They are at the Gray Horse Saloon tonight at 10 p.m.

Triple Crown really should think about marketing earplugs. The joint could make a fortune on nights like this. Raditude, the hyper-intelligent experimental rockers Enemy of Mankind and the boisterously loud 1836 will cause tinnitus and excitement tonight starting at 10 p.m.

Sunday, September 20

It’s always nice to start out the day with a good cuppa joe and some great music. Wake the Dead Coffeehouse can provide both with their fine coffees and Scotty and Friends, who appear from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today.

If you missed the directed reading of Amparo Garcia-Crow’s play “The Bonobos,” selected for the 7th Annual Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, you can catch the matinee today. The cutting-edge play will be at the Theatre Center on the Texas State Campus. Tickets are $3.

The Texas State women’s soccer team will take on Texas-El Paso (UTEP) today at 1 p.m. at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. Tickets are a mere $5 and you won’t have to put up with any obnoxious riots after the game. Texas soccer fans are polite.

Tired? Tense? Shoulders cramped? Bob Steine can work wonders with a chair massage. He can’t solve your problems, but he can work out a few kinks. He’s at Wake the Dead Coffeehouse today from 4-7 p.m. If you’re tired, after you get a good cup of coffee and a massage, how ’bout a delightful pre-dinner nap in that cushy chair at home? Couldn’t hurt.

Today the Seton Medical Center (corner of I-35 and Kyle Parkway) will have an opening celebration, starting at 5 p.m. with a blessing ceremony. There will be tours of the new facility, and kids activities sponsored by Stepping Stone school. At 6:30 p.m., Two Tons of Steel will play a concert, followed by Bruce Robison and wife Kelly Willis at 7:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., there will be a fireworks finale.

You can still see a couple of films before the Corral Theatre (100 Flite Acres Road), the outdoor walk-in theater, closes up for the winter. This weekend the movie is “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” The film starts at “dark thirty.” Bring your lawn chair and a sweater, as it is getting delightfully cool-ish at night. Tickets are $5 per person and those younger than four or older than 85 get in free.

There are open mics tonight at Triple Crown and Riley’s, and there’s Karaoke at the Gray Horse, so if you feel like singing, you’re covered.

You could always start drawing up a treasure map for next year’s Talk Like A Pirate Day. There’s nothing like the weekend for revitalizing and getting that much needed R& Arrrrrg!

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0 thoughts on “The Weekend: Music, art, the river

  1. I HAVE been to both Wal*Mart and HEB. They’re not for sissies, but I survived it! (No emotional scars)

  2. Hap, thanks for the kinds words. Mark Feb. 19 on your calendar; we’ll be back to Riley’s then. If you can make it, come out so we can buy you a beer.

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