5 Things to Do This Week

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Monday, December 14
Lalo Alcaraz

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Creator of Pocho magazine and La Cucaracha (the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip), controversial cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz visits the Guadalupe to deliver a “comic plática” (via a multimedia slideshow on La Cucaracha) and sign calendars and prints. Free, 7pm, Mon., Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 1301 Guadalupe, (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org.


Tuesday, December 15
Robert Earl Keen 

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On the “Merry Christmas from the Fam-o-lee Tour,” Keen brings his classic Texas music to town, with some holiday faves thrown in. $111-$306, 7:30pm, Tue., Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle,  (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.


Tuesday, December 15
The Book of Mormon

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Just ask Mountain Dew or any number of energy drink providers and they’ll tell you that South Park’s demographic is one that you want on your team. So when Trey Parker and Matt Stone mobilized their audience to leave the basement and hit the theater for The Book of Mormon, it was almost predetermined that the musical would break sales records. But it was a surprise when the deliciously offensive production swept the critical establishment. After premiering on Broadway in 2011, The Book of Mormon won nine Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. (Thankfully, Parker and Stone didn’t drop acid and wear evening gowns to the awards ceremony, as they did at the 1999 Oscars.) Teaming with composer Robert Lopez (the EGOT winner responsible for the Frozen soundtrack), Stone and Parker penned a story about two Mormon missionaries trying to share Joseph Smith’s teachings in Uganda. Elder Kevin Price (Billy Harrigan Tighe) dreams of a deployment in Orlando, while Elder Cunningham (A.J. Holmes) improvises his teaching with Star Wars dogma, having never read Smith’s scriptures. $49-$164, 7:30pm, Tue., Dec. 15, Wed., Dec. 16 and Thu., Dec. 17, 8pm, Fri., Dec. 18 and Sat., Dec. 19, 7:30pm, Sun., Dec. 20, Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.


Tuesday, December 15
Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny

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Remember when you were a kid and you first started to question the Santa Claus mythos: whether it was really plausible that one man could deliver all those toys in one night, or live year-round at the North Pole, or whether, if Santa's sleigh got stuck in the sand on a Florida beach and he were abandoned by his flying reindeer, he could actually summon a magical fire engine piloted by the Ice Cream Bunny to help him out? Relive that insane holiday tradition shared by only you and filmmaker R. Winer in the only appropriate way – accompanied by the live sarcastic commentary of the RiffTrax crew (featuring who else but former members of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 ensemble), who'll be adding an additional layer of commentary on top of that already offered in the film by Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. (Did we mention this film is insane?) Visit fathomevents.com for a complete list of participating theaters. $12.50, Tue., Santikos Palladium IMAX, 17703 W IH-10, fathomevents.com.

Thursday, December 17 - Sunday, December 20
A Tuna Christmas

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Nicki Roberson & Gary Sartor team up to recreate all of the denizens from Tuna, Texas in A TUNA CHRISTMAS. The iconic characters created by Joe Sears and Jaston Williams are embroiled in the annual Tuna Christmas yard display contest. Town matriarch, Vera Crump’s fourteen year strangle hold on the top prize is threatened by Tuna’s mysterious Christmas Phantom. Meanwhile the rest of the town struggles with stray cats, failing pageants, and UFO’s – all that you would expect from this San Antonio theatrical classic with some Christmas sentimentality stirred in for good measure. $12-$20, 8pm, Thu., Dec. 17, Fri., Dec. 18 and Sat., Dec. 19, 2pm, Sun., Dec. 20, Josephine Theatre, 339 W. Josephine St.,  (210) 734-4646, josephinethreatre.org.


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