Arising from battles between the powerful Minamoto, Taira, Fujiwara and Tachibana clans, samurai warriors played an integral role in feudal Japan, serving under warlords and landowners and following bushido, a code of conduct emphasizing honor, courage and immunity from the fear of death. Contrasting “the deadliness of samurai weapons and the artistic beauty with which they are imbued,” “Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor” illustrates the way of the warrior via 75 objects—including swords, daggers, five suits of armor, and a pair of six-panel screens—dating as far back as the 13th century. Brought to SAMA with support from Lenora and Walter F. Brown, the touring exhibition also features unique works made from repurposed samurai objects. $12-$15, 10am-9pm Tue, Fri, Sat, 10am-5pm Wed, Thu, 10am-6pm Sun, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.
2. Hank 3
Since 1996’s spliced-together family reunion Three Hanks: Men with Broken Hearts, country legend Hank Williams’ hell-raising grandson Shelton Hank Williams (aka Hank Williams III or Hank 3) has recorded a “varied arsenal of music” (including 2006’s Straight to Hell, the first major-label country album to warrant a parental advisory sticker) befitting a third-generation rebel with attention deficit disorder. On September 6, 2011, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist released the trio Ghost to a Ghost / Guttertown (an outlaw country double LP), 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin’ (a 23-track “cattlecore” album) and Attention Deficit Domination (a doom metal offering). In keeping with that trend, he’ll drop Brothers of the 4X4 (a country-fried ode to off-roading) and A Fiendish Threat (a “hardcore punk horror rock” album incorporating stand-up bass, fiddle, and banjo) on October 1—the same night he plays Backstage Live reinforced with his "hellbilly" side project/alter ego Assjack. $16, 9pm Tuesday, Backstage Live, 1305 E Houston, (210) 229-1988, dinproductions.frontgatetickets.com.
3. The Gong Shorts
Comedian/actor/singer/choreographer/Current contributor Jade Esteban Estrada (above left) hosts the fourth edition of Bunny Hat Productions interactive short films competition the Gong Shorts. Up to 20 local shorts (ranging from 3-15 minutes in length) will be screened for a minimum of three minutes each. At the three-minute mark, the audience can call for the dreaded gong and it's on to the next short. The crowd favorite (determined by votes) takes home $100, with the runners-up scoring swag from Rivercenter and Laugh Out Loud Comedy Clubs and Grimaldi's Pizza. $9.50, 7pm Wednesday, Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes, 1255 SW Loop 410,(210) 677-8500, facebook.com/gongshorts.
4. 2013 Texas Wine Month Trail
The 2013 Texas Wine Month Trail kicks off its 14th year with self-guided tours of 36 member wineries throughout the Hill Country. Admission for this month-long event includes up to three complimentary samples at each winery and a 15 percent discount on the purchase of three or more bottles per winery. $25, various locations, (872) 216-9463, texaswinetrail.com.
5. 'CUT! Costume and the Cinema'
With fashion increasingly accepted as a fine art form, the idea of a traveling exhibition of mannequins dressed as movie characters isn’t so far-fetched. Drawn from the archives of the British costumer Cosprop, ‘CUT!’ offers a detailed look at cinematic couture. From the weathered getup donned by Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean to an ornate gown worn by Keira Knightley in The Dutchess, the collection explores 500 years of fashion while representing Oscar-winning costume designers, 30 actors and 27 films. Also on view, “Onstage! Costume Design and the Theatre” reveals how costumes are created, “from the drawing board, to the cutting table, and finally the stage.” $5-$10, 10am-4pm Wed, 10am-9pm Thu, 10am-4pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org.
Image credit: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
18th Century Costume
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow
Costume Design by Penny Rose
Best Costume Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films