1. "All School Exhibition"
Among the biggest and widest-ranging annual group shows in SA, the Southwest School of Art’s “All School Exhibition” takes over the Navarro campus galleries with a juried showcase encompassing recent works created by students and studio artists attending SSA workshops, classes, and programs. Offering a rounded picture of the school’s collective creative class, “All School” also highlights invited faculty, graduating certificate students Sally Astleford, Barbara Felix, Kit Fontaine, Beth McMahon, and Mark Rue, and the teen artists of “Bee Nation.” Across the way in the Ursuline Hall Gallery (300 Augusta), adjunct faculty member Vincent Colvin unveils “Simultaneous Passage,” a solo show promising to blur “the lines of process, media and viewing.” Incorporating drawing, printmaking, painting and encaustic techniques, the Austin-based artist’s dream-like vistas mesh landscapes and seascapes while referencing moments that “take place within our collective memory.” Free, 5-8pm Thursday, Southwest School of Art, 1201 Navarro, (210) 224-1848, swschool.org.
2. Cesar Millan Live!
Born in Sinaloa, Mexico, Cesar Millan reportedly arrived in the U.S. with $100 in his pocket and a dream of becoming the world’s best dog trainer. Prescribing a regimen of exercise, discipline, and love, Millan graduated from dog walker to owner of the Dog Psychology Center of Los Angeles, amassing an A-list clientele along the way. A 2002 profile in The Los Angeles Times opened doors that led to his Emmy-nominated series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan and its follow-up Leader of the Pack. The 43-year-old is also founder of a nonprofit that supports no-kill shelters and other organizations committed to relocating misunderstood dogs. Millan’s live show promises to “reveal the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions.” This event was rescheduled from its original date of May 29. $47.50-$74.50, 7-8:30pm Thursday, Lila Cockrell Theatre, 200 E Market, (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
3. Jazzed on Tap
Since its formation, the Third Coast Rhythm Project has evolved from a single performance to a four-day celebration of tap dance and percussive arts. While the “buffet of internationally and nationally acclaimed rhythm masters” presents hoofers with workshops, classes and screenings, spectators need look no further than Jazzed on Tap. Now in its 16th season, the one-night-only showcase features performances by 10 scene stealers—including big names like Dianne Walker and Max Pollak—set to live music by Jai Roots and The Mark Rubinstein Trio. Hailed as America’s First Lady of Tap, Walker boasts a career that encompasses Broadway, film and television. A native of Austria, Pollak is the creator of RumbaTap, a genre fusing elements of American tap, Afro-Cuban jazz and body percussion. $27.50, 8pm Friday, Jo Long Theatre, 226 N Hackberry, (210) 207-2234, thirdcoastrhythm.squarespace.com.
4. Friday Night Films in the Park: Fandango
Alamo Drafthouse’s “The Great American Road” series at the Pearl continues with Kevin Reynolds’ Fandango, a 1985 film surrounding the Groovers, a University of Texas clique that takes one last road trip between graduation and the real world circa 1971. Free, 8pm Friday; Pearl Brewery, 200 E Grayson, San Antonio, (210) 212-7260, atpearl.com.
When Janie Sauceda describes her psychedelic experience of biting into “the best barbacoa taco ever” with grease-dripping-down-the-sides-of-your-mouth detail in her play Sunday, the thump-thumping of an actress just scratching the surface of her solo artistry is hard to ignore. Wrapped in a corn tortilla’d backdrop of conjunto, guacamole and sizzlin’ barbacoa, the 20-year theater veteran returns to Jump-Start with personal recollections of growing up on SA’s West Side and the Sunday breakfast rituals with her once tight-knit familia. Similar to the structure of stand-up, Sauceda’s Tex-Mex dialogue is quick-paced, giving non-Spanish-speaking theatergoers mere minutes of ear adjusting before launching full-speed-ahead into a dialect reminiscent of a younger, rawer Ruby Nelda Perez. “Instead of more words I added more moments,” she says of the show’s evolution, which doesn’t lack in Big Red references. “Without memories, we wouldn’t have anything to talk about.” $12-$15 (pay what you can on Sun, July 21), 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, The Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start, 1420 S Alamo, (210) 227-5867, jump-start.org. The closing reception ($25, 3pm Sun, July 28) includes live music, drinks and barbacoa.
6. Urban Coyotes
While technically a part of Wreck the Decks—a week-long local event celebrating turntablists and electronic music-makers—Urban Coyotes stands out as important on its own. Presented by the S.O.U.L. Family, who have been promoting and booking house music shows and parties in SA since the 1990s, this show at the Korova brings us two prolific and talented house DJs, Hugh Cleal and Bryan Jones. Known together as Golf Clap, this Detroit duo has a well-honed sound that mesmerizingly fuses Chicago and Detroit deep house. If you like house music or if you’re just looking for a veritable party in sonic form, this is your place to be on Saturday. Other reasons to attend include cheap drinks and an accompanying high-quality visual barrage courtesy of Colorwave Lighting and Droid Beams. $12-$18, 8pm Saturday, The Korova, 107 Martin, (210) 995-7229, soulfamilysa.com.
7. The MoMo Experience
Upon returning home to San Antonio after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Moises Mota teamed up with family and friends to produce MoMofest, a celebration with live music, comedy, artists and vendors. Though the 2011 homecoming bash and its sequel were well received, Mota decided against chapter three—until a group of artists encouraged him to keep the ball rolling. Rebranded the MoMo Experience, the third-annual happening features 20 visual artists, live local music by Pop Pistol, Heather Go Psycho, the Hares, Sugar Skulls and many more, a “futuristic fashion show” by Agosto Cuellar, live “magic” body painting by Raul Castellanos (above), burlesque by Chola Magnolia, Robyn Roulette, Martini Chevelle, Lady Adonis and Gaige, a side show by Aliska Wolfbane and performances by Zombie Bazaar Bellydance. $7, 3pm-2am Saturday, Revolution Room, 8123 Broadway, (210) 320-4567, momoexperience.com.
8. Ernest Hemingway's Birthday Celebration
Baby versions of Janet Reno, Robin Williams, Cat Stevens and Don Knotts all bounced into the world on July 21, but its exclusively Ernest Hemingway’s birthday at Hotel Havana. The Nobel Prize-winning author of classics The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms and The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway learned the power of the “simple declarative sentence” writing for the Kansas City Star, drove an Italian ambulance during WWI, became a key figure in Gertrude Stein’s ’20s-era Parisian literary clan the “Lost Generation,” and later lived in Key West, Fla., and Havana, Cuba. Hosted by Ocho and supporting the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the Havana’s boozy benefit features $5 Hemingway Daiquiris, food specials, and live music by award-winning salsa band Colaó. Free, 7-11:30pm Saturday, Hotel Havana, 1015 Navarro, (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com.
When CSS (“Cansei de Ser Sexy,” Portuguese for “tired of being sexy,” supposedly something Beyoncé once told the press) set out to record Planta, their fourth album, the electro-pop band was at a crossroads. “Yes, it was a challenge [to record it] and there were pressures, but mainly internal pressures,” guitarist/bassist and keyboardist Luiza Sá told the Current from New York. “The pressure of doing something new and refreshing, something that would satisfy us.” But after the success of Cansei de Ser Sexy (2005), Donkey (2008) and, to lesser acclaim, La Liberación (2011), producer, guitarist and main songwriter Adriano Cintra split with the band in 2011 and later described CSS as “musically incompetent.” The band is now singer Lovefoxxx, Sá (who took over as guitarist but also plays bass an keyboards), Ana Rezende (keyboard, guitar) and Carolina Parra (guitar, bass, keybpard). For Planta, the band recruited TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek (Beady Eye), and the response was mixed at best. While Pitchfork called it a “one-trick sameness” and Rolling Stone gave it only two stars, others were more enthusiastic. TheQuietus.com called it the best Sitek-produced album this year and Time magazine described it as “catchy, smart electro-pop that manages to stay true to their indie dance roots, while exploring new ground.” Most online comments suggest their legions of fans are happy with the record, while it failed to impress their less avid followers. “It’s funny, because some critics love the record and said, ‘Great, Adriano left and it sounds better,’ and others would go, ‘Oh, Adriano left and now it sounds terrible!’” laughed Sá. “But there are so many more facts to liking a record or not. The producer is an important fact, but it’s not all the facts. Of course [Planta] was a big change. Adriano was the producer and the main writer, so [recording it] was challenging but also refreshing and fun.” The one thing everyone agrees on is that, in a live setting, CSS hasn’t lost any of its charm—if Brazilians know anything, it’s how to throw a party. Believe it or not, if it’s in Texas, all the better. “Texas is a polarizing subject,” Sá said. “Some people have the idea that, besides Austin, [Texas is] very square. But every time we go, [it] is really a lot of fun and I don’t feel bad at all in Texas, ever.” $19-$21, 8pm Saturday, The White Rabbit, 2410 N St. Mary’s, (888) 512-SHOW, twinproductions.frontgatetickets.com.
Read Enrique Lopetegui's full story "The Liberation of CSS" here.
Grasshopperpalooza aims to invigorate and unify SA's strangest, loudest music with a two-day festival at the Ten Eleven. Here’s organizer (and occasional Current contributor) James Woodard’s take on the fest’s bands. You can hear for yourselves on a mixtape, also courtesy of Woodard, here. Boyfrndz: Austin’s prog-pop darlings (with San Antonio roots). Killer, dense and intense songwriting that stays heady while delivering the catchy goods. New album is just out, featuring production and performance by The Mars Volta’s Ikey Owens. The Rich Hands: From being voted “Most Underrated Band’ in town to a group of garage-rock road warriors in just a couple years, the boys in The Rich Hands have proven themselves to be one of SA’s premier working bands. And they kick major ass too. Ghost Police: Like Black Flag getting into a fistfight with Oxbow, Ghost Police is a musical kick-in-the-teeth. Intense, spastic, groove-laden and enthralling live set. Lonely Horse: San Antonio’s new favorite band, Lonely Horse takes their tried-and-true ’70s rock roots and gives it a modern/lo-fi rock revival shot in the ass. Slo-Poke: Worshipping at the altar of ’70s fuzz gods, Slo-Poke take you on a smoke-filled journey of Hot Rock in the back seat of their Caprice Classic. Trip The Light: Current-lauded one-man electronic act; lo-fi trips to otherworldly atmospheres where pretty girls play Nintendo in pillows of cotton candy. Murdered Out: That feeling you get when the guy in the shadows with the knife is closing in on that buxom teenage girl in that weird slasher movie in Dad’s tape collection. But music. Búho: Reverb-drenched, shoegazey introversion blossoms into pummeling rock ’n’ roll madness. Búho presents interesting juxtapositions of texture, songcraft, and approach to Hot Rock. Discretions: Local DIY emotive punk/skramz heroes. Like getting bloody elbows from face-planting in front of the cute girl because you were trying to impress her with a skateboard trick you had no business trying. But music. Modern Monarchs: Heartfelt songs and fat grooves presented with a cool-drunk-uncle-with-the-killer-record-collection vibe. George Strait meets Dinosaur Jr. Signalman: Fairly new to the scene, these dudes have been getting a lot of hype from their raw sound and live performances; think equal parts Chavez, Slint and Sunny Day Real Estate. Heat of the Sun: Father, son and friend assemble to become a Mopar V8 of blues-laden classic rock with some Queens of the Stone Age overtones and a wall-of-sound, well, sound. The Zukinis: Scream-tinged party punk with a big bite. Think Guided By Voices meets a less scary Stooges. Jared Harville: Awesome singer-songwriter jams; playful but melancholy, and lush but provincial. Like if R. Stevie Moore lived next door to Pete and Pete. Mount Sherpa: Someone put LSD in the PBR. Dylan Carlson’s illegitimate Mexican children create psychoholic textures with a fat hit of Southern rock. $5, doors at 5:30pm Saturday-Sunday, The Ten Eleven, 1011 Avenue B, (210) 320-9080, theteneleven.com.