The inaugural Kidcation Week (August 12-18) turns SA into a citywide playground with more than 60 deals and events for kids and families. During the days, enjoy free fitness and exercise classes in parks, pools and facilities throughout the city. On Monday evening, take in Slab Cinema's free outdoor screening of Despicable Me (8:30pm) in Hemisfair Park or a production of the one-act ballet Peitra y El Lobo (8pm Monday-Wednesday) at the Arneson River Theatre. "Cheer till you're horse" on Tuesday evening during Slab's screening of Racing Stripes (8:30pm Tuesday) in HemisFair Park. Wednesday, don’t miss the cowboy docent-led readings and activities of the Institute of Texan Cultures’ Vaquerocation (10am-3pm), SAMA’s activity-filled “Under the Sea” Playdate (10am-3pm) or Slab’s screening of Zookeeper in Hemisfair Park (8:30pm). Thursday’s highlights include the Witte’s special program It’s All About Dinos! (10am-noon), 50 cent rides at Kiddie Park (10am-7pm Thursday-Friday), Debra Benditz Art Studios’ Decorate Your Own Bookmark workshop in La Villita (1-3pm), and Slab’s screening of Back to the Future in Hemisfair Park (8:30pm). On Friday, Morgan’s Wonderland invites kids to color, read, explore or take part in a YMCA Youth Wellness activity during Mom’s Coffee and Conversation (9am) and Slab screens Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in Hemisfair Park along with West African music provided by the Carver (music at 7:30pm, film at 8:30pm). GET OUT AND PLAY on Saturday by visiting a San Antonio park or recreation center, taking advantage of free admission and programming at the San Antonio Children’s Museum (1:30-6pm) or attending a reading at the Twig with kid-centric activities throughout the Pearl Farmer’s Market (9am-1pm). Main Plaza hosts the LET’S READ! Kids Back to School Fest Kidcation Finale on Sunday, offering make-and-take arts and crafts, airbrushing and hair styling, musical performances, storytelling, book giveaways, an instrument petting zoo and much more (9am-noon). For details about Kidcation Week programs, locations and deals, visit kidcationweek.com.
2. Film Slam!
Alternating bi-weekly with the raunchy poets of To the Hilt: Balls Deep Poetry and Shit, Nightrocker Live's new Film Slam! invites area filmmakers to bring a short film, music video, commercial or creative work in progress to share with like-minded folks in a boozy atmosphere. Films must be 15 minutes or shorter to be considered. Free ($10 for minors), 7:30pm Monday, Nightrocker Live, 605 San Pedro, (210) 265-3573, nightrockerlive.net.
3. Ralphie May
Larger than life Last Comic Standing alum Ralphie May has recorded the Comedy Central specials Girth of a Nation, Prime Cut and Austin-tatious, wearing his brazen political incorrectness with a shameless sense of pride. $22.50, 7:30pm Monday-Tuesday; Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, (210) 541-8805, lolsanantonio.com.
4. Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013
NCM Fathom Events and Crossroad Concerts LLC present the ultimate guitar concert, featuring the best performances from this year’s legendary Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013. Pre-recorded over two nights at Madison Square Garden in April, the one-night-only broadcast features performances by the Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill and Warren Haynes. $15, 7:30pm Tuesday, Regal Cinemas Huebner Oaks Stadium 14 RPX Movie Theater, 11075 Interstate Highway 10, (210) 558-0427; Santikos Rialto, 2938 NE Loop 410, (210) 656-8261, fathomevents.com.
4. Film Night at Blue Star featuring Gretchen Stoeltje
In conjunction with the all-female exhibition “Texas Tough,” Blue Star screens author/filmmaker Gretchen Stoeltje’s films Bionic Beauty Salon and Venom in a Jar, A Kiss from the Queen. A native Texan, Stoeltje learned to make films in California, finishing undergraduate and graduate work at UC Santa Cruz. From San Francisco, she made three films before earning a law degree from Santa Clara University. She has also published several articles addressing issues of law, technology, film, food miles, smart growth and intelligent transportation systems. According to Houston-born film director and screenwriter Richard Linklater, Stoeltje’s Venom in a Jar, A Kiss from the Queen “has it all: big hair, tiaras, boots, snakes, and teenaged Texas beauty queens.
If you’ve ever had your biggest dreams thwarted by forces outside your control, this film is for you.” RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. $5-$10, wine and beer reception at 6pm, films at 6:30pm Wednesday; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 116 Blue Star, San Antonio, (210) 227-6960. bluestarart.org.