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November 19th, 2010
The Weekend: Pinocchio, lights, dance and big wheels keep on turnin'


The joint will be jumpin’ at the Cheatham Street on Sunday thanks to the appearance of the legendary Greazy Wheels.

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We would be amiss if we did not take this opportunity to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We offer our condolences to those who will be doing the dishes.

At our house, there were always a few dishes at the Thanksgiving table for which we were not particularly grateful. Our dad’s famous (or infamous) oyster stuffing might be one of those dishes. He insisted on it every year, although we never saw anyone eat it with any pleasure but him.

We once dined at a friend’s house that had all the traditional Thanksgiving foods, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, the ubiquitous green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and the like. Their meal always included a bowl of Spaghetti-os. Why, we are not sure, but there you have it. Each family has its own little quirks.

We’ve never eaten a Thanksgiving meal where the quirks were too many kinds of pie or boxes of chocolates. We live in hope.

In the meantime, there are lots of wonderful things to do this weekend to keep your mind and body occupied before the big feast. Here are just a few suggestions.

Friday, November 19

One can actually almost hear the Christmas season gathering momentum as the days pass. One of the first glimmers of the holidays happens tonight in downtown New Braunfels as they light the Christmas tree at around 6 p.m. It will be on in all its shimmering glory, with more than 100,000 lights adorning San Antonio Street until 9 p.m.

The music of the weekend starts off with the popular pop/rock stylings of Mark Jungers tonight at 6 p.m. at the Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary Street.)

If bingo is your game you won’t want to miss the regular Friday night bingo game at the Wimberley VFW (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road), where the basket starts turning at 7 p.m. The tasty snacks sold by the Ladies Auxiliary are much needed bingo fuel and the proceeds go to their many veterans programs.

Texas State’s FashioNation is hosting a Go Green Trashion Show tonight at 7 p.m. at One141 (141 East Hopkins Street.) This delightful and unusual event will debut one-of-a-kind designs made by Texas State students created from donated and recycled clothing. There will be giveaways worth more than $100. It will be an evening of both flash and substance, proving that fashion is more than just a high price tag. It’s really all about style. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $5, or $3 with the donation of two clothing items. All the clothing collected and featured at the show will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Marcos.

On the main stage of the Theatre Center at Texas State, the musical play “All Shook Up” will blend Shakespeare with motorcycling boyfriends and the music of Elvis Presley. Zounds! The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission and $7 for Texas State students.

At 7:30 p.m., in Studio 178 of the Jowers Center on the campus, Texas State’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present a Choreographer’s Showcase featuring work from advanced choreography students. Admission will be $5 at the door, cash only.

At 8 p.m., it is the opening night of the Wimberley Players “Pinocchio” at 8 p.m. with a reception at 7 p.m. Opening night tickets are $25. The story of a little wooden puppet who wanted to be a real boy could be a metaphor for lots of other things, but, first and foremost, it’s a charming story. It takes place tonight at the Wimberley Playhouse (450 Old Kyle Road.)

The Texas State Symphony Orchestra will perform Shubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” at Evans Auditorium tonight under the baton of guest conductor and lecturer Rob Kapilow. He will provide amusing and informative commentary on the features of the symphony and will probably explain how an orchestra can play a work that is called “unfinished.” It’s not like it stops in the middle or anything. You should go to find out what the deal is. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 general and $3 for students and senior citizens.

The evening music also includes the popular Firewater Sermon at the Gray Horse Saloon (1904 RR 12) and the always-toe-tappin’ Joel Hoffman Band at Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102.)

The Triple Crown features the ultra-hip Latin funk of Brownout! The place will hum with positive vibes from their beefy infectious beats and smooth brass section. Sharing the bill is Chevere.

The Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) will feature the always-enjoyable Texas Renegade. Now, we just want to say, don’t get too spoiled with our local talent. These fellas are world class and we’re lucky they’re in our neck of the woods.

Saturday, November 20

It’s Old Gruene Market Days in Gruene Historic District, where nearly 100 vendors are selling uniquely crafted items, collectibles and packaged Texas foods. This week the kids, or you, if you like, can get a picture taken with Cowboy Kringle, one of Santa’s more Western personalities. We’re willing to bet that your mom would still love a picture of you with Cowboy Kringle, no matter what your age is.

The Hays County Historical Commission will show its latest documentary on Texas Artist Buck Winn, “Larger than Life,” at Buda Elementary School (300 North San Marcos Street, Buda) today at 4 p.m. The documentary features footage of all existing murals, bas relief sculptures, building decoration, inventions and architecture of the Texas art powerhouse that is Winn.

Shakespeare may have said, “Tread not on my azure leather pantofles,” but only Elvis gave the concept clarity with his words, “Don’t you step on my blue suede shoes!”  You can hear over 20 songs of the King in Texas State’s production of “All Shook Up,” the musical play based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The curtain rises at 8 p.m.

Studio 178 of the Jowers Center on the campus of Texas State plays host to a Choreographer’s Showcase at 7 p.m. The event will feature work done with dance students in their performance workshop classes. Admission is $5, cash only, at the door.

San Antonio’s T.K. and her Sweetfire Band will make with the great country music tonight at the Geronimo VFW (6808 Highway 123). The hall opens at 7 p.m. This is a $5 benefit dance with proceeds to go towards the VFW’s military and veterans programs. Should be a good night to do a little good old country stompin.’

All the comments we can think of to be clever about the Wimberley Player’s performance of “Pinocchio” are a tad off-color. So, let us just say that the boy made of wood wants to be a real boy but, first, he must prove he is brave, truthful and unselfish, which is quite a task at any age. The curtain rises at the Wimberley Playhouse at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18.

Chicken Shift takes the musical night shift at the Gray Horse Saloon at 8 p.m. The charming country honey of the Slow Rollin’ Lows will sweeten the evening at Riley’s Tavern. The Billy Bright Trio and Whistle and Fish will keep the Triple Crown humming.

Speaking of honey, Stonehoney will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight, and sweeter harmonies you’ll not hear anywhere. There’s some sort of magical thing that happens when the members of this band blend their voices that we really think you should hear for yourself. The magic starts up around 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 21

It is a little known fact that when Carlo Collodi first came up with the story of “Pinocchio,” which means “eye of pine” in Italian, he wanted the puppet to be made of oak, but he felt that Oakyocchio sounded too silly. Our nose is not growing but the boy of pine’s would be for that last sentence. The Wimberley Players version of Pinocchio will have a matinee today at 2 p.m. at the Wimberley Playhouse. Tickets are $18. You’ll like the play. No lie.

“Something Shakespeare never said is ‘you’ve got to be kidding,'” says a Robyn Hitchcock song, but Shakespeare might have treated his plays a bit differently under the influence of Elvis. The musical play “All Shook Up” explores this possibility at a matinee today at 2 p.m. on the main stage of the Theatre Center at Texas State.

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present a reprise of its Choreographer’s Showcase at 2 p.m. today in Studio 178 at the Jowers Center on the campus of Texas State. It’s always such a joy to see the talent attending school here.

Meanwhile, at Evans Auditorium at 3 p.m., the Texas State University Wind Ensemble will present a preview concert of its upcoming performance for the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and Clinic in February. Highlighting the program are two contemporary works by young composers as well as some other amazing original works and a performance of The Battle of Shiloh by C.L. Barnhouse. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students.

The Cheatham Street Warehouse will feature an extra special musical treat today with a performance by Greazy Wheels. The band is legendary for its regular participation at the world famous Armadillo World Headquarters, playing alongside the likes of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Lee Lewis and Alvin Crow. Sweet Mary is notorious for kicking out the jam sessions with Frank Zappa, Jerry Garcia, Jean Luc Ponty, Leon Russell, Doug Sahm and many, many more.

Founding members Cleve, Lissa and Sweet Mary Hattersley still lead the band with the addition of Penny Jo Pullus on back-up vocals, John Jordan on bass and John Bush on drums. The all-star line-up has a new release due out early next year, and we’re here to tell you they’ve still got the sweet stuff. Harmonies and jams will flow like hot fudge today. (We hope that sounds as delicious as we wanted it to sound.) Opening for Greazy Wheels will be Miracle Waters. The magical mysteries that are the Wheels start at 4 p.m.

If that weren’t enough already, there’s one more wheel today, and only one. The Unicycle Football League’s HotDogs will face Hell on Wheel today at the San Marcos Farmer’s Market parking lot (204 South Edward Gary Street).

At 6 p.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (3039 RR 12) will feature a Texas State Chorale Concert directed by Daniel Arrendondo. Admission is free.

The Wimberley Playhouse will be the site of a showing of the Hays County Historical Commission’s new documentary on the life of Texas Artist Buck Winn today at 6:30 p.m. Directed by Richard Kidd and produced by Kate Johnson, the film documents much of the artistic output of the local artist.

If the holiday spirit has taken hold of you making you giddy with song, there’s a place to get some of that singing out tonight at open mics at Riley’s and the Triple Crown. You could sing a bit of karaoke with host Amanda Timm at the Gray Horse, too.

Tonight the New York football Giants take on the Philadelphia Eagles on NBC at 7 p.m. Michael Vick is on fire right now, so the game should be a barn burner.

“Shrek” and “Shrek 2″ are on TBS for the five people who haven’t seen them. FX features the lamentable and sometimes funny Adam Sandler vehicle “Don’t Mess with the Zohan.” We worked with an Israeli counter-insurgent commando a few years back and he was actually stranger and tougher than the Zohan.

If you get a chance check out the three episodes of the Great Migrations series tonight on the National Geographic channel. The film footage is amazing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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