In association with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, ATENEO, and others, the San Antonio Film Festival presents the premier of director/producer Bill Millet's Texas Before the Alamo, a film about the founding of the Lone Star State and the Spanish who established its missions, presidios, and trails. Emceed by Sonny Meledrez, the event features a musical performance by Eve Wallace accompanied by Louis-Mari Fardet and a multimedia historical presentation by Senator Leticia Van de Putte. Free, 7:15pm Monday, HemisFair Park, 306 S Alamo, San Antonio, (210) 885-5888, safilm.com.
The philosophy behind the trippy art-rock quartet IMPORT/EXPORT "is to release and perform multimedia experiences." Comprised of Chris Cullman (bass and vocals), Arsen Gogeshvili (keyboards, guitar, and sampling), Jeff Meigs (drums), and Vince Tafoya (keyboards), the Seattle-based outfit is currently on tour in support of their new double LP Dayglow Whore, which is available on 180 gram multi-colored vinyl as well as a generative art iPhone/iPad app. Reportedly, the iPad app generates "over 92 million morphing images of fine art by Katrina Yakovich and photos taken by each band member that would take over 43 years to view." Free, 9pm Monday, Boneshakers Tap House and Pizzeria, 306 Austin, (210) 319-8155, boneshakersonline.com.
3. Pat Benatar & Neil Girlado
If love is a battlefield, the American pop music business is a guerrilla-infested jungle. Few know this as well as singer/songwriter Pat Benatar, who released her first pop-rock single back in 1974 and has both enjoyed public adoration and endured going out of style. From 1979-84 she released six platinum and multi-platinum albums, but in the nearly 30 years since, she’s only released six more, none of which achieved better than gold sales. Touring with husband and longtime collaborator Neil Giraldo behind the release of her recent Icons compilation, Benatar is a long way from her days of rocking purple zebra leotards and assaulting the pop charts with her rock-n-roll sound. But some things never change and on Tuesday you can expect an energetic romp through this legend’s absolute best. $35-$75, 7:30pm Tuesday, Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E Houston, attcenter.com.
4. Texas Public Radio Cinema Tuesdays: King Kong
In 1926, W. Douglas Burden — a New Yorker with “sporting tastes and a real interest in natural history” — ventured to Indonesia in search of “a primeval monster in a primeval setting.” Once referred to as “land crocodiles,” the enormous Komodo dragons he found (and named) there inspired the Pre-Code Hollywood classic King Kong. Originally billed as “the mighty monarch of all melodramas,” the wild, weird, and wonderful 1933 film combines a timeless beauty-and-beast storyline, elaborate orchestration, and groundbreaking effects meshing live action and stop-motion animation. Texas Public Radio screens the gem that saved RKO from bankruptcy as part of its Cinema Tuesdays series. $10-$12, 7:30pm Tuesday, Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg, (210) 614-8977, tpr.org.
5. Flashdance the Musical
As street-tough Pittsburgh teen Alex Owens, Jennifer Beals made sweatshirts sexy — among other improbable feats — in Adrian Lyne’s 1983 film Flashdance. Thanks to a theatrical adaptation by Tom Hedley (who co-wrote the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas) and Robert Carey, Owens is back in leg warmers and dancing like a maniac in Flashdance the Musical. A blue-collar Cinderella story fueled by the liberating power of dance, the musical mixes hits from the film’s Grammy-winning soundtrack (including the Oscar-winning title track “Flashdance
What a Feeling”) with 16 original songs written by Robbie Roth. While it’s yet to debut on Broadway, previous productions, including a 16-week run in London, have reminded audiences of the lovable Billy Elliot. The national tour lands at the Majestic for an eight-show run. $35-$100, 8pm Tuesday-Friday, 2pm & 8pm Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm Sunday, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.