Among the recurring features of Alamo Drafthouse's Summer of '83 celebration, the Totally '80s Sing-Along is an interactive guilty pleasure that's fun to watch even if you're too cool to dork out and sing. As if two hours of back-to-back music videos starring Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Whitney Houston, the Eurythmics, New Kids on the Block, Def Leppard, and Donna Summer (to name but a few) isn't enough, the folks at the Drafthouse's playful Action Pack series thoughtfully transcribed all the lyrics to each song (taking time to translate every whimper and screech uttered in "When Doves Cry") should you decide to chime in — and the ticket price includes balloons to bat around and glowing plastic accessories to get you into the groove. $10, 7pm Tuesday, Alamo Drafthouse Park North, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 677-8500, drafthouse.com.
2. Texas Public Radio Cinema Tuesdays: The Flowers of St. Francis
In a series of simple and joyous vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and co-writer Federico Fellini lovingly convey the universal teachings of the People’s Saint: humility, compassion, faith, and sacrifice. Photographed to evoke medieval paintings and cast with monks from the Nocera Inferiore Monastery, The Flowers of St. Francis is a timeless portrait of the search for spiritual enlightenment. Criticized for its "lack of realism" and elements of "false reality," the 1950 film zeroes in on St. Francis' whimsy, an aspect of his personality that led Rossellini to describe his subject as "The Jester of God." $10-$12, 7:30pm Tuesday, Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg, San Antonio, (210) 734-4552, tpr.org.
3. Ken Little: “Plumbing West Texas”
Following in the recent footsteps of local favorites Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes, accomplished visual artist, singer/songwriter, and Texas Panhandle native Ken Little kicks off a five-week residency at Liberty Bar in support of his CD Simple America. Titled "Plumbing West Texas," Little's series adopts a sub-theme each week, covering the topics "Love and Relationships" (July 2), "Roads and Places" (July 9), "Disasters" (July 16), "Just Folks" (July 23), and "All the Above" (July 30). In addition to songs from the CD, the programs include related country, Western swing, rock ‘n’ roll, and Americana covers, reinforced by fiddle player and raconteur Hank Harrison. Free, 7:30-9:30pm, Liberty Bar at the Convent, 1111 S Alamo, (210) 227-1187, liberty-bar.com.
4. An Aphrodite from the East
The San Antonio Museum of Art is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman art in the southern United States. On Tuesday, curator Jessica Powers sheds light on one of SAMA's latest acquisitions: a bronze Statuette of Aphrodite (above) from the Roman province of Syria, dated between the first and third century A.D. Take advantage of free admission (4-9pm every Tuesday) and extended museum hours by catching up on SAMA's current exhibitions: "Pasión Popular: Spanish and Latin American Folk Art from the Cecere Collection," "Rostros de Maria: The Virgin as Archetype and Inspiration," and "The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition." Or treat your favorite young artist to Family Day: World Cultures (5-7pm in the Great Hall), a hands-on journey through the creative traditions of Greece, Egypt, Latin America, and beyond. Free, 6-6:25pm Tuesday, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.
5. Marcus Rubio, Slomo Drags, FILMSTRIPS, Grand Marais
On Wednesday, 502 Bar hosts a reunion of sorts, welcoming back two local music scene leaders who've flown the coop. Currently based in Los Angeles, composer and “bitter-pop” wunderkind Marcus Rubio (above) will perform a number of songs inspired in part by the California suburb of Santa Clarita. Formerly the driving force behind the indie-rock group Cartographers, Austin-based Jackson Albracht brings Saytown a sample of the new sounds he's making with his band Slomo Drags (below). Also on the bill are Chris Maddin (of Blowing Trees), performing electronic solo songs as FILMSTRIPS, and Grand Marais — the more folky and harmony-heavy vehicle of Buttercup members Erik Sanden, Joe Reyes, and Odie. Free, 9pm Wednesday, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com.
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