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October 8th, 2010
The Weekend: Gospel music, wine and 5,000 days at the Triple Crown


Two Tons of Steel will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse Saturday.

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Recently a friend of ours posted a message on Facebook saying that he was probably going to quit the social networking site because he said, “I don’t like who I become when I’m on it.” The response to his wise, adult words was a thread that ran into the hundreds as his friends all agreed with his assessment as it applied to themselves.

There is something about Facebook that makes us feel like a ghost at a strange cocktail party. One never feels genuinely connected to all the random tweets and instant messages and misspelled half-thoughts that float by on clouds of who-gives-a-darn.

Yet, most of his responses were pleadings from his friends not to give up on the site. Oddly enough, we all bonded socially in our flustered frustration with the site, and its pluses and minuses, as we all had contemplated pulling the plug on it. Of course, we are all still on the site which, admittedly, was created with the college student, not us, in mind.

Internet society will never replace real people, for those of us who genuinely like them. And for those that don’t, we feel sorrow. They certainly will have their hands full ignoring seven billion real people.

You won’t have that problem this weekend, because there are all sorts of things to do where you will run into some mighty fine folks as you are out and about. Here is where to find just a few of them.

Friday, October 8

Today at 5 p.m., the 31st Annual Wimberley Gospel Music Festival opens. The festival takes place at 8400 FM 32 in Fischer, just across the street from the new Canyon Lake High School. Tonight’s musical guests include Jim Henderson, the Bailey Family, Blue Creek and Paul’s Journey. Campers are welcome, but there are no electrical hook-ups, so prepare accordingly. Parking and admission are free but an offering will be taken to help defray the expenses of the musicians who traveled to be there. Concessions will be sold from 5-7:30 p.m. if you are hungry for more than gospel, country and bluegrass music. The event is hosted by Cowboys For Jesus.

Jeff and Don Glatz are brothers who may have discovered the perfect blend of rock geography. Coming from Pittsburgh and ending up in the Hill Country has given their band, Peacefield, a solid pop and rock tastiness that puts one in mind of the best work of the Meat Puppets in the early ’90s. Makes sense, since Cris and Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets are brothers also. Must be something about the sibling vibe. Peacefield will play the early gig at the Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street) today at 6 p.m., and that vibe is well worth catching.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote “The world is so full of a number of things/I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” We don’t know about royal happiness, but we do know you can see theater tonight or gospel music or watch high school football or see a musical, all in our own area. If that is not enough of a number of things, you could play the numbers at bingo at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) tonight at 7 p.m. You get tasty concessions sold by the lovely women of the Ladies Auxiliary, too, your highness.

Texas State’s women’s soccer team takes on Central Arkansas at Bobcat Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students.

San Marcos High School will play in New Braunfels tonight and Lehman High will be at Smithson Valley. Bob Shelton Stadium will host the Hays High game versus Schertz Clemens. Dripping Springs has its homecoming game facing Vista Ridge. San Marcos Academy’s (SMA) homecoming game versus the Texas Military Institute Panthers begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. in what has become an 80-plus year rivalry. Get to SMA by 7 p.m. if you’d like to see the Parent Weekend pre-game program.

Most of the plays of ancient Greece make most contemporary video games look like, well, kids games. “Electra,” appearing on Texas State’s main stage at the Theatre Center at 7:30 p.m., is the grandmother of them all, so to speak. Murder, betrayal, obsession, revenge, and more murder might be the cheerier highlights of the dark play. Texas State’s production drags the play into the 21st century. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students.

It would seem that the farthest thing from a Greek tragedy might be a rollicking, rowdy musical about Pacific Northwest woodsmen. Not so. “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” the musical offering of the Wimberley Players, is roughly based on the classic ancient Roman tale of the abduction of the Sabine women. Of course, the Roman version didn’t have near as much spirited singing and dancing. The curtain rises at the Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18.

John Owings, Division Chair of Piano Studies at Texas Christian University, was the gold medalist in the very first Casadesus International Piano Competition in 1975. Since then, he has performed in recitals around the world. He will exhibit those skills in a concert tonight at Evans Auditorium on the campus of Texas State. General admission is $5. Seniors and students pay $3.

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102) features the talents of the Joel Hoffman Band tonight. The Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) features the Jeff Vaughn and Mike Ducey Show. The popular Whiskey Myers will shake the rafters at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street.) Robbie and the Robots will be at the Tobacco Haus (651 Business Interstate-35) in New Braunfels. Great shows, all.

The Triple Crown has a music smorgasbord tonight with the rockabilly vibe of Turbo 350, the garage punk twang of the Jungle Rockers and the punky Bluegrass stylings of the Crystal Creek Boys.

Saturday, October 9

The public is invited to join the Fall River Clean Up today beginning at 10 a.m. at San Marcos Plaza Park. Volunteers will meet at the Grant Harris Building, 401 East Hopkins Street, to register, pick up trash bags and munch on a tasty breakfast taco before tackling the work. Half the group will focus on the Wonder World Drive Trail with the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance. The other half will focus on the river.

Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department.

Uniendo Nuestras Organizaciones (UNO) is sponsoring its first annual Community Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 McCarty Lane, Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The event features music and food. Performances will be given by Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generación and Grupo Folclórico Ocotochtli and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will speak on “Latinos in Politics.”

Seeking Opportunities, Achieving Results (SOAR) will present its third annual San Marcos Education Fair in conjunction with the UNO festivities. The SOAR fair will feature booths and activity stations that provide information on early childhood development, elementary, middle and high schools in the area, college admission and continuing education opportunities.

The City of San Marcos will dedicate the new nine-story airport tower Saturday in a ceremony at 10 a.m. at San Marcos Municipal Airport, 2100 Airport Drive in San Marcos. Lots of politicians and government folk will be there. The public is invited to attend.

The Second Annual Mashed Potato Cook Off and Peace Festival will take place at Unity Church (455 White Wings Road in Wimberley). Live music, food, an art sale and a silent auction are featured. Plus, there will be lots of cook-off entries featuring what is arguably America’s favorite comfort food, the mashed spud. This year’s festival is dedicated to — brace yourself, boomers — what would be John Lennon’s 70th birthday. Admission is $5.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the Bent Tree Gallery (101 & 103 Henson, Wimberley) will host a Wimberley Adoption Group (WAG) adoption day. There will be dogs and cats up for adoption, or you can just make a donation to WAG. Stop by to see the fine art at the gallery and get a free hot dog and lemonade from noon-2 p.m.

The 31st Annual Wimberley Gospel Music Festival continues today, starting at 11 a.m. There will be barbecue plates sold throughout the day and there are plenty of shaded picnic tables at which to enjoy them, as well as the great gospel, bluegrass and country music. For a full listing of the musicians and more information on the event, visit The event is sponsored by the Cowboys for Jesus Christian Fellowship.

The Wimberley Merchants Association presents the first Pumpkin Patch (110 Old Kyle Road) activity day starting at 11 a.m. The day features pumpkin painting, face painting, train rides, a petting zoo, food booths and our favorite — a jumping castle. Should be a beautiful fall day to get out, enjoy the weather and take home a pumpkin.

The Gruene Wine and Music Festival starts out today with wine tastings at the Grapevine (1612 Hunter Road, New Braunfels). Samples of Texas foods, along with a representation of more than 30 Texas vintners, will highlight the day. Somebody’s Darling and the Texas Sapphires will keep toes tapping with performances. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for minors (aged six-20 years). Kids younger than six are admitted free.

The City of San Marcos Animal Shelter (750 River Road) will have a rabies clinic today from 1-4 p.m. Rabies vaccinations are $5. You can get your dog a license for $5 or choose to have him microchipped for $10.

Wrapping up both the Homecoming week and Parents Weekend, San Marcos Academy’s (2801 RR 12) Players theatre troupe will present a performance of “Arsenic and Old Lace” in the Robinson Christian Center on campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

The Texas State Bobcats volleyball team will play Northwestern State University Lady Demons at 2 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for youths.

Wimberley Glassworks (6469 RR12) will celebrate its blown glass tropical bamboo collection today from 4-8 p.m. with live music, food and drink. It’s always a pleasure to see what the artists there have created from glass.

It was C.G. Jung who came up with the phrase “Electra complex.” Freud preferred the term “negative Oedipus complex.” Freud never was that big of a hit with the ladies. We guess when your mom kills your dad so she can marry another guy it can make a girl a tad cranky. And vengeful and murderous and plotting. Texas State’s production of “Electra” brings it up to date in its performance on the main stage of the Theatre Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students.

What can you do tonight that features singing, dancing and fighting? Outside of a family reunion, we’d say attending the Wimberley Players’ production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” would be a good bet. The spirited musical at the Wimberley Playhouse will lift your spirits, too. Tickets are $18.

Texas State’s Student Recital Series features Oi Kee Ho’s graduate piano recital tonight at 8 p.m. at the Music Building Recital Hall on campus. Admission is free.

Musical choices abound tonight with Slimbawb and Gatorbait cranking up the roadhouse tunes at Riley’s Tavern and the legendary Tanya Tucker at Gruene Hall for the Gruene Wine and Music Festival. Tickets for Tucker are $39.50.

The popular Two Tons of Steel will keep the Cheatham Street Warehouse warm tonight with hot guitar licks. You’ve just got to hear their Texas country-billy take on the Ramones, “I Wanna Be Sedated.” Christy Hays and Her Sunday Best will be at the Gray Horse tonight, as will the Whiptails.

The Triple Crown features its usual triple threat Saturday with Disfigured, Indisgust and Beyond Gods and Empires. The music starts up around 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 10

At 10:30 this morning, Gruene Hall features a Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist, where a variety of delicious buffet items catered by the Gristmill Restaurant meets gospel music. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children aged 2-10 years.

Today at 1 p.m., the Triple Crown will celebrate a staggering 5,000th consecutive day of live music at the venue. This remarkable accomplishment is thanks to the Triple Crown’s music savvy staff and the area’s plethora of talented musicians. The celebration features barbecue, t-shirt giveaways and, natch, live music. Bands that will play all throughout the day and into the night include Debatron, Mark Jungers, R.C. Banks, Wasted Youth, Wailing Walls, Hognose, Devil in the Drink, Wargasm and the Jocks. It’s a landmark celebration you won’t want to miss.

The Gruene Wine and Music Festival winds down today at the Grapevine with a big screen presentation of the Cowboys game, beer tasting and music featuring the John Evans Band and the Paula Nelson Band. There will be vendors and food. A $30 ticket will get you into this event and the day’s music at Gruene Hall featuring Randy Rogers, Reckless Kelly, the Trishas and a mysterious “very special guest.”

The Texas State soccer team will take on Northwestern State University at 1 p.m. at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. It’s Kids Day at the game and the youngsters can enjoy face painting, a bouncy house (yay!) and more. Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 for youth.

If you thought the Sopranos were a family at “war”, then you really need to see “Electra,” playing on the main stage at the Theatre Center at Texas State. The updated version plays a matinee today at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students.

Artistic Director of the Hill Country Youth Chorus Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer, Texas State Musical Theatre Director Kaitlin Hopkins and Coordinator of Multicultural Music and Director of Mariachi Infantil John Lopez will conduct a discussion on “Sustaining Community Through the Arts” today at 2 p.m. at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins Street. They will share their stories about developing community arts programs in San Marcos and discuss the role and power of arts in the community. The event is free and open to the public. The discussion series is sponsored by the Center for Community Arts at Texas State.

The Wimberley Players will reprise their production of “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” in a matinee today at 2:30 p.m. Directed by Lee Colee with musical direction by Linda Sriro and choreography by Pam Shultz, the rousing musical will lift your spirits. Tickets are $18.

The Texas State Orchestra, directed by Howard Hudiburg, will perform at 3 p.m. at Evans Auditorium on the campus. General admission is $5 and students or seniors pay $3.

The dulcet harmonies of the Ash Family will beguile you this afternoon at the Cheatham Street Warehouse from 4-8 p.m. It’s a lovely way to spend an early Sunday evening in the gorgeous autumn of Texas.

It’s the Berzerkers versus the Hotdogs in the Unicycle Football League today at the San Marcos Farmer’s Market parking lot (204 South Edward Gary Street.) Should be a lovely day to watch the game, and, afterwards, you are only a hop, skip and a jump away from the Triple Crown, where you can drop by and celebrate the milestone event. Unicycle football and music on the same street? San Marcos has everything!

The mics are open tonight at Riley’s if you want to sing out, and there is always karaoke at the Gray Horse Saloon, for those who’d rather sing along.

At 6 p.m. on Ovation, Tracy Ullman and Carol Burnett (who originated the Ullman role on Broadway) have fun in the musical “Once Upon a Mattress.” The retelling of the story of “The Princess and the Pea” also features Tom Smothers.

The Philadelphia Eagles play the San Francisco 49ers on NBC at 7 p.m. tonight.

At 7 p.m., TCM will show “The Sweet Smell of Success,” which rings bitterly true even fifty some years later. An all-star cast features Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster, who rips it up in an unforgettable performance as J. J. Hunsecker. Acrid and poignant, this is the real ’50s Mad Men.

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4 thoughts on “The Weekend: Gospel music, wine and 5,000 days at the Triple Crown

  1. Got ten tickets for Two Tons! (already spoken for) This s a *great* band at a very cool venue. You should definitely check them out.

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