San Antonio’s Xicana superstars Mari Chingas (Marisela Barrera) and Sweet Jane (Jane Madrigal) will host a Super Xicana Power Hour monthly on Corpus Christi Community Radio. Barrera is a performance artist whose work embodies a hybrid of cultural performance including story sharing, public experiments and mixed media. Madrigal is an artist, muralist and cultural arts educator whose work with the community can be seen on the streets of the East and West sides. Their radio show will feature live music, interviews and uncensored opinions. Each broadcast will be recorded in front of a live audience beginning with “Hispanic Heritage Month” at the newly established Center for Mexican-American Studies at Palo Alto College. The premiere episode will include guests Rosie Castro and Eva Ybarra. Free, 1-2pm Thursday, Palo Alto College Performing Arts Center, 1400 W Villaret, (210) 316-3980, cccomradio.com.
2. Manhattan Short Film Festival
Manhattan Short is a cool idea: a global film festival of shorts taking place simultaneously at more than 250 venues across six continents. You get to vote for your favorite film and actor, and the winner will be announced on Sunday, October 6 in New York. This year, the organizers chose 10 films out of 628 submissions and we identified three or four strong candidates. To give you an idea of the quality of Manhattan Short: French animator Bastien Dubois (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) didn’t even win at Manhattan Short but went on to a well-deserved Oscar nomination. He’s back this year with Faces From Places, but he won’t have it easy. Our personal favorite is England’s Kizmet Diner, a charming story of love, music and compassion, but there are others good enough to take it all: England’s Friday is a gripping story of revenge after a terrorist bombing in London (with youngster Reece Noi a strong contender for Best Actor); Jacob Sillman’s period piece Pale of Settlement (in Russian with English subtitles) is a powerful drama based on the true story of child recruitment by the Russian army during the Crimean War of 1853-56; Ireland’s Irish Folk Furniture is a warmhearted, unique animated documentary on furniture repair and recycling; and Black Metal (above), by Kat Candler (a film lecturer at UT-Austin), is a gorgeous-looking, open-ended take on whether “the Devil’s music” can be held responsible for people taking their own life (it’s a long shot, but we wouldn’t be upset if it wins). The rest of the program is worth watching—there’s not a single bad film, and the new screen at URBAN-15 Studio will make for an enhanced experience. A must for indie film fans and filmmakers. For the full list of films (and to watch last year’s winner), visit urban15.org; the program also screens on October 4 and 5. $5-$10, 8pm Friday-Saturday, URBAN-15 Studio, 2500 S Presa, (210) 736-1500, urban15.org.
3. 4th Latino Punk Fest
Latinos around the world embraced punk with perhaps even more intensity than that of its founding fathers. The genre’s FU attitude was ideal for us, a naturally temperamental bunch, and the new generation of U.S.-based punketos is still making noise. After two editions in Chicago and one in Los Angeles, the Latino Punk Fest comes to SA for its fourth edition, to be held in two venues: Friday at Hi-Tones with R-Tronika (New York), Los De Esta Noche (SA), Colonia (SA) and Alimañas (Houston); and Saturday with 11 bands including Criaturas (Austin), Las Hijas de la Chingada (SA) and Communion of Thieves (El Paso). All proceeds go to San Anto Cultural Arts and everyone is welcome, unless you’re into racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism or ableism. And if you’re a Neo-Nazi, the organizers have a message for you: “Fuck off!” $3, 10pm Friday, Hi-Tones, 621 E Dewey; $12, 5pm Saturday, The Ten Eleven, 1011 Avenue B, brownpapertickets.com.
4. San Antonio Music Awards Showcases
Prepare to get loud: The Current’s first-ever San Antonio Music Awards Showcase events are set to take over seven venues with 35 local bands, hip-hop performers and DJs—all on one night. With indie pop and rock at 502 Bar, electronic and hip-hop at the Aztec Theatre, Latin alternative at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, ska, reggae and punk at Nightrocker Live, Americana and folk at Leon 1883, heavy and experimental at Boneshakers and rockabilly, Texas twang and rock at the Mix, there’s something for practically every musical taste and the wristband (available here for $5) grants guests access to all seven venues. Click on the venue names above for details about each individual showcase, or view the full lineup here. $5 in advance, $8 at the door, 9pm-2am Saturday (Guadalupe showcase runs from 7-11pm), click here for venue details.
5. Wanda Jackson
Her roots are in country, but 75-year-old singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist Wanda Jackson is the undisputed Queen of Rockabilly—a title she credits to mentor and onetime boyfriend Elvis Presley. After some coaxing from Presley, Jackson crossed over into rockier territory with singles like the sassy, taunting “Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad” and the Japanese chart-topping firecracker “Fujiyama Mama,” scoring her first bona fide hit with 1960’s “Let’s Have a Party” (which Presley recorded for the 1957 film Loving You). Decked out in sexy fringed getups designed by her mother and brandishing a big voice The Wall Street Journal likened to a “twangy cap-gun,” Jackson carved out her own niche while releasing records with country on one side and rock on the other. In 2009, producer Jack White pushed Jackson into the 21st century with The Party Ain’t Over, a covers album fueled by a killer version of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good.” When the album dropped in 2011, Jackson played 86 shows, including dates opening for Adele, performing with White and at Rachael Ray’s Feedback party during SXSW. According to White, the Oklahoma native is “influential to every modern female singer, whether they know about her or not.” The living legend plays Floore’s in support the Justin Townes Earle-produced Unfinished Business, her 31st studio album. $17.50-$23, doors at 7pm, Bo Porter at 8:30pm, Wanda Jackson at 10pm Saturday, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera (Helotes), (210) 695-8827, liveatfloores.com.
México’s Poc is an enigma. She somehow got Guns N Roses’ Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal to produce and play on her 2012 debut album Rise Above, which Leonard Pierce described as “pure ’80s peroxide metal,” in the Current. The 23-year-old is an average singer but a relentless performer and self-promoter who co-writes and surrounds herself with badass musicians. She spends her time mostly in Mexico City, New York, Austin and San Antonio, and is currently working on her second album, which reportedly follows the same musical path of the first one although there will be no peroxide in sight: she completely changed her look and now sports her natural reddish hair. She’ll perform with Mac Pérez and Jimmy de Norris on guitar, Austin Valentine on bass and Lorenz Pérez on drums. With Celeste’al Descent and Jessikill of the Dead. $5, 9pm Saturday, Papa Woody’s, 8902 S Presa, (210) 534-6000, papawoodysroadhouse.com.
7. ‘Silver Alchemy’
With a few exceptions, this year’s Fotoseptiembre favored tradition over trickery, providing a refreshing palate cleanser in a Photoshop-riddled playing field. While digital SLRs and smart phones have made decent photographs cheaper and easier to execute, film cameras, dark rooms and light-sensitive papers are championed by purists for a variety of reasons one might parallel with the rise of the slow food movement. In keeping with this sensibility, the festival’s final offering showcases a group (Sharon R. Crutchfield, Carra Garza, Polly Harrison, Tracy Lynch and Charlotte Randolph) unified by a love of black-and-white photography. Referencing the classic silver/gelatin process introduced in 1871, “Silver Alchemy” showcases “hand-made photographs” created by process-oriented artists in a shared darkroom. Free, 5:30-8:30pm Saturday, Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg (inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments), (210) 383-9723, bihlhausarts.org.
Bogotá, Colombia’s influential Ciclovía (“bike path” in Spanish) program has turned busy streets into recreational areas every Sunday since 1976. Expanding in the ’80s and ’90s and inspiring similar events around the world, the weekly event now unites an estimated 2 million on multiple car-free loops spanning more than 70 miles. Launched in 2010, San Antonio’s own Síclovía (organized by the YMCA with H-E-B and the City of San Antonio as key sponsors) is still in its formative years but already a big hit. Kicking off with a 5K fun run (registration required), the health and wellness initiative closes off Broadway between Mulberry and Alamo Plaza for five hours of safe cycling, walking, jogging, skating and more. Along the route, look for fitness demos, pet stations, youth activities and healthy snacks at designated Reclovías. Free, 10am-3pm Sunday, Broadway between Mulberry and Alamo Plaza, siclovia.org.
9. You Me at Six
It’s no secret where the band’s from, as if frontman Josh Franceschi’s thick accent wasn’t clue enough. Or maybe it’s their teasing about American quirks—like our gun laws—with a hint of jest. You Me at Six, a pop punk band whose fifth studio album comes out next year, holds mother country England dear to their hearts, but the lads are ready to conquer the U.S. The group hopped onto any tour they could here for almost three years before headlining a full U.S. tour in 2011 to promote their third studio album, Sinners Never Sleep. Their Blink 182- and Incubus-influenced sound had already garnered fame in the United Kingdom with the 2008 debut album Take Off Your Colors. However, You Me at Six weren’t strangers to the grind of being an up-and-coming band. It took four years of steady gigging before their 2008 singles “Kiss and Tell” and “Finders Keepers” took off on the British charts. That kind of determination, and the help of the fan base gained through being Van’s Warped Tour veterans of two years, helped set the band up for across-the-pond success. You Me at Six’s most recent U.S. tour (last spring, with All Time Low and Pierce the Veil) set the bar. Fans came early to catch their set, even though they were the first of four bands to perform on the tour and it was their first time back since Warped. The group, which had just headlined London’s Wembley arena months before in December 2012, didn’t skimp on account of their opener status, providing fans with the energetic shows that helped get them recognized as British rock mag Kerrang!’s 2011 Band of the Year. Recently, You Me at Six announced that they would be releasing their fifth studio album, Born To Be A Band, in early 2014. Meaning: this fall tour could be the last chance to hear some of your old favorites. But don’t worry too much, while the all-ages event at the White Rabbit will be a final hurrah in SA before their next anticipated album, there’s a good chance fans will get a preview of the new songs, too. $15-$17, doors at 4:30pm Sunday, The White Rabbit, 2410 N St. Mary’s, (210) 737-2221, frontgatetickets.com.
10. Ill Niño
“Perdido en paz”? “Cubrido en madness”? “Eres un perdido en emotional wrath”? Ill Niño’s Spanish-language fuck-ups (and those are from “The Depression” single alone) are the stuff of legend, bad enough to provoke mass suicides in the editorial department of the Spanish Royal Academy. But when they stick to English, the New Jersey boys kick ass. Epidemia, their 2012 release, marked the first time the band went to the studio with a full album in mind, not just a bunch of singles thrown together. The metal masters’ Epidemia Tour comes to San Antonio on the heels of a schedule that sometimes booked 10 straight nights with no rest, so expect a well-oiled machine with plenty of songs from their debut and a few from their newer recordings. With Long Beach, Calif.’s Sunflower Dead and Australia’s IN-CYDE. $16, 8pm Sunday, The Tequila Rock Bar, 1305 E Houston, frontgatetickets.com.