10 Free Events Happening in San Antonio This Week: 9/17 – 9/22

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1.) Wonder Worlds: Carnival Night

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Rides, lights, music, food, and fun are all elements that make up a carnival. San Antonio artist Rebecca Dietz reminds us the carnivals and fairs of our childhood with her new photo series “Wonder Worlds.” This series will be shown at the Southwest School of Art’s Carnival Night, a special event for Fotoseptiembre. Gaze at the amazing photos taken by Dietz at various boardwalks across the Mid-Atlantic coast while eating some of your favorite fair food from various vendors.

Location- Southwest School of Art’s Ursuline Hall gallery (300 Augusta)

2.) Villela Band

Tuesday, Sept. 17 9 p.m.

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Come out to Barriba Cantina to hear the Soul, R&B, and Latin Rock song-styling of Villela. Villela, from right here in San Antonio, is made up of Samuel Villela, JP Leal, Travis Vela, and Edward Mendoza. Their various musical influences include Otis, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye.

Location-Barriba Cantina (111 W Crockett St #214)

3.) Chubby Knuckle Choir

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

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The Chubby Knuckle Choir, recently featured on the syndicated TV Show "Texas Music Scene" hosted by Ray Benson as well as the Gibson Austin Backroom Bootleg Series, originates right from Bastrop Texas. They are a group of singers/songwriters that combine their talents to create an electric mix of music. Their songs are influenced from various genres such as Rock, Country, Americana, Swamp Rock/Swamp Blues and R&B/Soul. These guys are all about giving you a toe-tapping, head-bobbing, good time!

Location- Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, Texas)

4.) Moonstruck

Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.

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Make your night a movie night, by going to the Arneson River Theatre’s last outdoor movie of the summer, “Moonstruck,” the 1987 romantic comedy starring Cher and Nicolas Cage. What can make this night even better? Food! That’s right, there will be Italian food and moon pies for dessert. So take your friends and family to dinner and a show at the Arneson River Theatre’s showing of “Moonstruck.” Sponsored by the City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development.

Location- Arneson River Theatre (418 Villita St)

5.) Lané Pittard

Friday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

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You look through the viewfinder, set your light meter, and click your shutter release button; you have officially taken a picture. Now with technology being as advanced as it is, sometimes people forget about cameras, especially film cameras. Well, Lané Pittard has yet to abandon the ways of film photography. Pittard uses medium-format, 120 mm film, all manual camera and a hand-held light meter to make her works of art. She will be exhibiting some of her work with live music by Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin & the Bad Breath on Friday, Sept. 20 at Mercury Project.

Location- Mercury Project (538 Roosevelt)

6.) Katie Pell: Charming Are Your Uninformed Wishes

Friday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. -10 p.m.

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Charm bracelets have always been viewed by society as a popular fashion accessory; to Katie Pell a charm bracelet is far more than an accessory, it’s a piece of art. San Antonio based artist Katie Pell has created a large sculptural charm bracelet out of reclaimed wood, large enough to fill a gallery. This piece is an extension of Pell’s ongoing interest in self-creation, the prison created by self-description. This massive bracelet is also accompanied with her large collection of her ongoing-comparison collages; two images, presented with handwritten text. Selected from her collection are pieces that address the unformed wishes that trail her everywhere. You can see her wooden bracelet and collection of uninformed wishes from Sept. 20-Nov. 2 at the Unit B Gallery.

Location- Unit B Gallery (500 Stieren Street)

7.) The Dead Barons with Los SuperAvengers

Friday, Sept. 20, 9 p.m.

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Want to rock and roll all night? Local band, the Dead Barons and Austin based, Los SuperAvengers, are going to rock your socks off! They will be performing at The Mix starting at 9 p.m. and will leave you rocking for the rest of the night (or at least until The Mix closes)!

Location- The Mix (2423 N St Mary's St)

8.) Ruda Phat: Family Day

Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Chicana Arts Collective Mas Rudas, Artpace and Girls, Inc. are proud to present, “Ruda Phat,” at the Institute of Texan Cultures. “Ruda Phat,” allows girls to explore contemporary art and a positive self-image by challenging mainstream society’s representation of women’s bodies. This exhibit encourages viewers to take a moment to rethink their perspective on the female body and young girls to find comfort in their own skin. This event is free for girls 17 and under.

Location- Institute of Texan Cultures

9.) Breathing Canvas: Re-framing Light

Saturday, Sept. 21 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

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Dolores Valles and Adela Arellano strive to redefine the meaning of beauty and a woman’s self acceptance with their photo collection, “Breathing Canvas: Re-framing the Idea of Beauty” or “Replantear La Idea De Belleza.” They aim to show women in a natural light and break the mold and stereotypical ideas that women must have perfect skin, flawless bodies, and small dress sizes. This collection is one of the many shows of Fotoseptiembre.

Location-Casa De Alebrijes (1601Guadalupe St.)

10.) Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Dance Academy Performance

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m.

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Looks like Barnes and Noble is not just selling books about dance anymore, they’re going to bust a move! Join Barnes and Noble and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Dance Academy in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by busting out a few dance moves. Members of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Dance Academy will be performing at the Barnes and Noble at La Cantera. If you decide to join this party, make sure you don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!

Location- Barnes and Noble located at The Shops at La Cantera (15900 La Cantera Parkway Bldg 27)

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