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February 5th, 2010
The Weekend: Super ideas … and a really big game


Emory Quinn will play at the Cheatham Street Warehouse on Saturday.

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There is actually an organization dedicated to making Super Bowl Monday a national holiday. Well, actually, Super Bowl Sunday would be the national holiday and the Monday following the Super Bowl would be the observed holiday.

A website,, offers a national petition pressing the matter, as well as direct links to congressional websites so citizens can write about it to their representatives. The publishers suggest that the name of the Super Bowl holiday could be Super Monday, American Sports Day, National Football Day, Day of Champions, All American Holiday and even Lombardi Day.

They call the Super Bowl a “shared national event.” There is some small truth in that. We’re used also to holidays getting over commercialized, weary as we may be of that. So, why not go all the way? Why not just take our most extravagant ritual of hyper-commercialized sell-a-thoning as a starting point and morph it into a holiday? We’re a consumer society. Let’s have a holiday to celebrate our essence as a people.

That said, we don’t even have a nationally recognized ice cream holiday or candy holiday yet. Where are our priorities?

Along with the Super Bowl and the ensuing heartburn from eating a little too much salsa, there are other activities in San Marcos this weekend. Here are a few suggestions.

Friday, February 5

Shand Walton and the All Amigos Club, appearing at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary) at 6 p.m., play with a charming country lilt that will keep your feet tapping. They are 21st century troubadours, as they have taken the anonymous 17th century verse “The Twa Corbies” and turned it, Texas-style, into “The Two Grackles,” a rootsy rock song. One can imagine them as traveling musicians telling the tale with country music, much as it had been with lute and lyre several hundred years ago. The band is well worth catching.

The Hays CISD District musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” will be at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center (PAC), 979 Kohler’s Krossing in Kyle, at 7 p.m. However, audience members are asked to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. so as not to miss the traditional “surprise.” What is it? You’ll have to see for yourself. Tickets are $10 and available by calling (512) 268-8443, or by going to the PAC office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

While it’s true that “Bingo” is a rap song by Gucci Mane, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone at the weekly bingo game at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) who will feel like singing it once the wheel starts turning at 7 p.m. Even the lovely women of the Ladies Auxiliary won’t be singing it, as they have snacks and concessions to sell. It’s not a very good song, anyway. The bingo game is fun, though.

The Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration, remembering the life and music of the native San Marcian guitarist, will be at Evans Auditorium tonight at 7 p.m. The event features Texas State student ensembles and a special guest, legendary trumpeter Joe Wilder. The event is free, swingin’ and open to the public.

The EmilyAnn Theatre (1101 FM 2325) will present “The Elephant Man” at 7:30 p.m. This moving play has a limited amount of seats for each performance, so be sure to get your tickets ahead of time either online or by calling (512) 847-6969.

Aaron Navarro and the Brewster McKracken Band will be at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) at 8 p.m. Lead singer Navarro’s native Texas twang resonates beautifully throughout his music. He writes an exceptionally good song, as well. The music is a hybrid of rootsy and alt country with refreshingly contemporary lyrics.

Texas State’s Student Recital Series tonight is a senior violin concert with Alejandra Cardenas. The concert is at the Music Building Recital Hall, free and open to the public. It’s always a pleasure to hear those talented students.

Bar One41 (141 East Hopkins Street) features the original and funky Latin orchestra, Grupo Fantasma at 9 p.m. This 10-piece band plays Latin jazz mixed with funk, and strains of Columbian folkdances with a touch of rumba. The effect is magical. Grupo is a don’t miss for the weekend. Tickets are $12 and available at Sundance records or at the door.

The contemporary glam-pop of Chasca is featured at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12). In many ways, Chasca’s take on music is a truly stimulating change of Texas pace. The lead singer has a dramatic touch of Shudder To Think’s Craig Wedren in his voice. All in all, the band marches to the beat of a different drummer who may sometimes wear a little glitter and some velvet. Why not?

Paul Eason may seriously be the next George Strait. It’s not that he looks like him or even sounds like him, but he has that quality that makes his songs stick with you, resonate with you. His voice and his lyrics are a perfect blend. He’s at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street), and if you have never seen him, now’s the time. He’s only going to get more famous.

Triple Crown has its triple threat Friday thing going with the punka-billy (yes, we’re making up a genre) of Turbo 350 and Jungle Rockers. The musical action will be decidedly rockin’. Mr. Lewis and the Funeral Five, appearing on the bill with them, defy categorization. We can’t even think of a term that means witty, punky, ragtime, rock, but if there were one, that would come fairly close to describing them. A stellar night at Triple Crown.

Saturday, February 6

The San Marcos Public Library (625 East Hopkins Street) is hosting a valentine craft event at 10 a.m. You can make a valentine for your sweetie and, at the same time, make one for the vets at the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital. The Campfire Boys and Girls do this with the library every year, and it’s a mighty thoughtful gesture. Craft supplies will be provided.

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) choral competitions found Goodnight Middle School and Miller Middle School placing a combined 18 students in the All-Region 18 Choir. If you would like to hear these talented kids sing, the regional choir students will perform today at San Marcos High School Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. The event is free and the public is welcomed.

The Texas State men’s basketball team could use your support today at 4 p.m. against McNeese State at Strahan Coliseum. Tickets are only $8. We would like to venture a suggestion that Texas State enlist its talented art students to paint a mural on that white wall in Strahan Coliseum where they couldn’t afford to build seats way back when. A mural of people sitting there watching the game would be perfect. It could be a fundraiser. Pay $100 and get your face painted on one of the people watching the game. Just an idea.

Don’t forget that if you are going tonight to the Hays CISD PAC to see tonight’s performance of the musical comedy “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” you’ll want to get there early so as not to miss the “surprise” at 6:45. Teachers and students alike are featured in the play, and they’ve all worked very hard on this performance.

The actors at the EmilyAnn Theatre will reprise their performance of “The Elephant Man” at 7:30 p.m. Be prepared to be moved by this gripping and sensitive drama. Tickets are $15 and should be obtained in advance due to seating restrictions.

At Evans Auditorium on the campus of Texas State, the Ensemble Series presents the Hill Country Jazz Festival with guest artist, arranger and saxophonist Bob Mintzer. The music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 general admission, and $3 for students and senior citizens.

Tom Gillam has been around the block, and he has the songs that talk about it. His latest release, “Had Enough?” is full of heartache and joys and more than a bit of rock and roll. You can hear him tonight at Riley’s Tavern and see why he is always listed as a favorite in the alt-country standard bearer, No Depression.

San Antonio-based Emory Quinn is another one of those bands that makes one wonder how we got so lucky in San Marcos to be in close company with so many talented musicians. Nathan Rigney and Clint Bracher started the band while they were students at Texas A&M (it’s the coupling of their middle names that titled it). Since then, they have picked up two members and lots of momentum for their blend of alt country and blues. You can hear them tonight at the Cheatham Street Warehouse.

The In and Outlaws are a little bit rockabilly and a little bit country/western and lot of fun to hear. Their music is like a soundtrack for a cowboy surf punk movie, or maybe a surf punk cowboy movie. Either way, they are the soundtrack for a foot stomping good time. They are at the Gray Horse Saloon at 9 p.m.

Tonight, at the Triple Crown, it’s an alphabetician’s dream with so many words, letters and beats that you could write a dictionary with them. Tonight’s lineup includes Word Association, Myka 9, C-Chan, Propaganda, Anonymous, DJ Halo, Jaysin and DJ Notion. One would think there wouldn’t be any room for patrons. Fear not, listeners will be there in droves to hear the popular DJs, musicians and wordsmiths.

Sunday, February 7

When you are picking up chicken wings and tortilla chips for the game today, remember that H-E-B has its “Souper Bowl of Caring” for one last day today. Whether you buy a pre-made bag of groceries or choose to donate at the cash register, it helps the struggling Hays County Food Bank. It won’t take off any of the extra pounds you put on while eating nachos and spicy sausage, but it will make you feel good that you helped out.

At 2 p.m., the EmilyAnn Theatre presents the matinee of their current production, “The Elephant Man.” You could see it and still make it home for the football extravaganza to come.

While the mics are open at Triple Crown and Riley’s for those who choose to sing, we’re betting most bars will have the television on tonight.

At around 5 p.m., you’ll able to hear a pin drop just about everywhere there is no television set. It’s a great time to go get groceries if you don’t care for football. But most of us will be glued to the set watching the Super Bowl. Since Drew Brees is more or less a local boy (leading Westlake to the state championship), one has to at least give him a nod, if not a hearty “Who dat?” today. Oddly enough, it actually is The Who at halftime. This is beginning to sound like an Abbot and Costello routine.

ABC Family is covering the bases today by showing “The Sound of Music,” which, actually does seem like the anti-Super Bowl, if there ever were one. TCM is showing the Fellini films “8 1/2” and “Juliet of the Spirits.” Of course, Animal Planet will show the Puppy Bowl, as well. Come on, it’s always fun to see puppies.

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One thought on “The Weekend: Super ideas … and a really big game

  1. Here’s an idea worth shooting for… how about election day is a national holiday? Any takers?

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