Thu, Oct 10 - Sat Nov 2
Mmhmm. You read that right, girlfriend. There’s not one, but two concurrent live theater productions of Rocky Horror this season (see item #8 for deets on Cameo’s version.) While the sweet transvestite takeover of local theater may have some vowing never to do the Time Warp again, others will gladly bust out their bustiers and fishnets twice, especially in antici
pation of Alaska Thunderfuck (of Ru-Paul’s Drag Race fame, above) playing Dr. Frank N. Furter. Fellow Ru-Paul alumnas Willam and Michelle Visage take on roles as well. This audience participation-driven musical is pure camp about a creepy transvestite from Transylvania, holed up in a house full of even creepier freaks, who gets some unexpected company from uptight All-Americans Brad and Janet. From there, it’s just a jump to the left into all-out lunacy and absolute pleasure. $35-$75, 8pm Thursday, 11pm Friday-Saturday through Nov.2, Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg, (210) 267-8388, woodlawntheatre.org.
2. Oktoberfest San Antonio
Fri, Oct 11 - Sat, Oct 12
Beethoven Maennerchor celebrates Oktoberfest the only way they know how: with tons of bratwurst, hot potato salad and beer (duh). The event runs Friday and Saturday and in addition to sloshing steins, you can get down to live music by house choirs and acts such as Fred Lytle, German VolksTanz, Hermann Sons Polkateers and the Air Force Band of the West. $3-$5, 5pm-midnight Friday-Saturday, Beethoven Halle und Garten, 422 Pereida, (210) 222-1521, beethovenmaennerchor.com.
3. 4th Annual Flamenco Fest
Fri, Oct 11 & Sun, Oct 13
What the Guadalupe Dance Company did with Spanish guest star Lidón Patiño in August was to send a loud message: local flamenco is serious stuff. In addition to GDC, the fourth annual Flamenco Fest will feature new works by the SA Parks and Recreation Flamenco Dance Program, the Fandango troupe (choreographed and instructed by “La Sonya”), Ambiente, Los Flamencos de La Chispa and other local and regional guests, including prose by playwright/performer José Rubén De León. If music and dance is not enough, keep in mind some of the dresses were designed by Kyndra Vigil, the recipient of the 2012 Tobin Award for Costume Design from the Artist Foundation. $15-$25, 8pm Friday (Parks & Rec company), 3pm Sunday (GDC and Los Flamencos de La Chispa), Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe, (210) 440-2753, lacolectiva.org.
4. Chalk It Up
Sat, Oct 12
Houston Street turns into a giant driveway during Artpace’s 10th annual Chalk It Up, billed as “where the sidewalk ends and art begins.” Artists of all ages can get a coating of colorful chalk dust in the freestyle area or get their craft on at designated kidzones. Those who prefer not to get their hands dirty can visit featured artists and watch their one-of-a-kind creations develop in real time. This year’s creative slate includes Kevin Rayhons with his ethereal Japanese and garden-tinged works; abstract painter Antonia Richardson; Tommy Hopkins, visual art director at SAY Si; Hello Studio owner Amada Claire Miller; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum preparator Pedro Luera; Jackie of all trades Jessica Garcia; artist and curator Lili Dyer; clever illustrator Jordan Henry; Artoparts founder Matthew Eric Mendez; and artist couple Hanna & Nemo. Free, 10am-4pm Saturday, Houston between Jefferson and Main, (210) 212-4900, artpace.org/chalk-it-up.
5. Una Noche en La Gloria
Sat, Oct 12
Visual art, music, performance, poetry and fashion converge at Una Noche en la Gloria: Contemporary Art in the Cultural Zone—a professional development strategy that plays out as a puro San Antonio block party. Blocking off streets and taking over multiple venues and outdoor stages, the event makes for a wild stroll through the heart of the West Side. The happening’s hands-down highlight, Runway En La Calle (11:30pm) parades over-the-top fashions (created by the likes of Elizabeth Hernandez, Mary Alice Medina and Agosto Cuellar) down an 80-foot catwalk. Free, 6pm-midnight Saturday, corner of Brazos and Guadalupe, lagloriaarts.com.
For more about Una Noche en la Gloria, read Jade Esteban Estrada's story here.
6. Gardens by Moonlight
Sat, Oct 12
Lovers, take note, one of SA’s easiest, cheapest and most special date nights is around the corner. Benefitting the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Gardens by Moonlight brings live music and refreshments to its lovely grounds, usually not open to the public after dark. Soul Track Mind, a groovy Austin-based group specializing in—you guessed it—soul, will light up the night with their high-energy performance. Also lined up are the Jeff Lofton Trio, well known for their be-bop jazz virtuosity, popsters Jess and the Echoes (you may recall singer Jess Kellner from The Voice), old timey folkies Bottom Dollar String Band and Elementos, a local Latin fusion group. Noshes come courtesy of Central Market and that all-natural romance enhancer, alcohol, will be available. Get $5 off door price by purchasing in advance at area Starbucks, Central Market or the Botanical Garden. $20, 7-11pm Saturday, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, (210) 207-3255, sabot.org.
7. “Layering to Reveal”
Sat, Oct 12
Growing up in the Arizona border town of Nogales, Adriana Gallego became acquainted with what she’s described as “the brutal nature of survival and institutional oppression.” Often addressing complex issues surrounding geographical boundaries, she has contributed to numerous group exhibitions including California’s Social Public Art Resource Center’s “Borders, Barriers and Beaners: Attacking the Myths.” In previous bodies of work exploring the U.S./Mexico border’s effects on “the human spirit and psyche,” Gallego has sanded and defaced her layered paintings to represent her subjects’ scars. Now based in San Antonio and acting as Deputy Director for the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, Gallego presents a “global trans-historical account of multiple feminisms engaged in battles” with a series juxtaposing “political, geographical and historical cartographies.” According to the artist, her “Layering to Reveal” is “a meditation on strength and resistance.” Free, 7-10pm Saturday, 3rd Space Art Gallery, 141 Cassiano, arttothethirdpower.com.
8. Evil Dead: The Musical & The Rocky Horror Show
Sat, Oct 12
In 2006 The New York Times suggested, “Evil Dead: The Musical wants to be the next Rocky Horror Show, and it just may succeed.” While those are some big fishnets to fill, Evil Dead has made quite a splash since its 2003 debut in the back room of Toronto’s Tranzac Club. A campy mashup of all three films in Sam Raimi’s horror franchise, Evil Dead even acknowledges its debt to Richard O’Brien’s cult musical from 1973 with a shout-out in “Do the Necronomicon”—a devilish dance number that name-drops “The Time Warp” along with other pop oddities like Henry Winkler and Bell Biv DeVoe. With ghoulish antics currently haunting the local theater scene, the Cameo rises to the occasion with Jonathan Pennington starring as both sex-crazed transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter and chainsaw-wielding demon slayer Ash Williams. Saturdays in October, the theater offers what’s arguably the season’s campiest date night with a double feature complete with optional upgrades like premium seats in Evil Dead’s “splatter zone” and prop bags to join in on Rocky Horror’s interactive shenanigans. $33.60-$52.80, Evil Dead at 7:30pm Saturday, Rocky Horror at 10:30pm Saturday (through Oct 26), Cameo Theatre, 1123 E Commerce, (210) 212-5454, cameocenter.com.
9. Morrissey 25: Live
Sun, Oct 13
Most of what you know about this concert doc is in the title: Morrissey, 25 years after going solo, taking over Hollywood High School for a semi-intimate 19-song set last March. For fans that didn’t nab tickets to Hollywood High—which sold out in 12 seconds—25: Live captures the entire show, a welcome sight for those still mourning Moz’s most recent, but cancelled, U.S. tour. The straightforward, officially sanctioned doc presents the concert in full, cutting away only to highlight some of the former Smiths singer’s die-hard attendees pledging their undying love to him. Insights into England’s gloomiest export, or tension beyond what exists in his verse, aren’t on offer. But paying $12 for a career-spanning Morrissey experience, in which you can even order a hamburger without incurring the wrath of Moz, is a great deal. $12 (18 and up), 7:30pm, Sunday Alamo Drafthouse Park North, 618 NW Loop 410, drafthouse.com.
10. Pandemonium Tour Vol. 1
Sun, Oct 13
The Pandemonium Tour, stopping in San Antonio Sunday at the Ice Lounge, was supposed to be another unforgettable night honoring Japan’s most androgynous underground music: The Candy Spooky Theater, a horror and Halloween-themed band that combines the beautiful and the macabre, sweet melodies and death rock; DJ SiSeN, a Berlin-based DJ you need to actually watch. His music mixes EBM (electronic body music) and dark wave, but he’s also a model whose shows are legendary in the German club and rave scene; Gothique Prince Ken (GPK), former vocalist of GPKism, moved from the duo’s electro-industrial sound to add elements of EBM and dubstep. The venue for the event was perfect— Ice Lounge, located at the former Clicks Live on 410 near Bandera, is fully remodeled and updated into a Vegas-style lounge full of LED lights and offering signature shots out of unique ice (actual ice) glasses. Then, on September 28, the Candy Spooky Theater broke the news on their Facebook page: “It is with great sadness that we announce that the Candy Spooky Theater will be unable to participate in the Pandemonium Tour due to circumstances beyond our control,” they wrote. “The band members are incredibly heartbroken by this turn of events and apologize deeply to their American fans.” Local promoter Eric Brown, who, since 2006 has brought dozens of Japanese acts to San Antonio (including Blood, Quaff, The Emeralds and GPKism), said the band was turned back to Japan by immigration officials in Seattle. “Because they are Japanese nationals, they need passports and visas,” Brown told the Current. Well, duh. Didn’t you guys know that? (at press time, national tour organizers Tainted Reality declined to comment). Last Thursday, there was still a remote chance the band could resolve the problem and make it to the States for the SA show, but just in case, the Spooky Theater asked their fans to support their colleagues on the tour. “The Pandemonium Tour is not cancelled,” they wrote. “DJ SiSeN and GPK will still be performing at all of their scheduled shows, and not a single show will be rescheduled or cancelled. GPK and SiSeN are both distraught over this turn of events, and need your support. If you planned to come out to the tour, please still do so as [they] still have amazing shows planned throughout the country.” Brown added, “There is a slight chance they still might make the show, but at this point I’m going to book two local acts to fill the slot.” It should still be a dynamite show, but it’s an unexpected setback for Brown, who started bringing Japanese bands to town after being inspired by his best friend, Johnny Yen. “Johnny had single-handedly begun carving out a niche here in SA two years prior to my return [from living in Seattle],” Brown told the Current. “The growing fan base of all things Japanese; cultural, pop-cultural, etc., and the influx of visitors and vendors to events like San Japan have really pulled SA out into the spotlight.” Yen has since moved to Alabama, but remains “passively involved” in the Japan shows, said Brown, who never ceases to be impressed with the quality of the acts that have come here. “Musically and theatrically, they are some of the best shows I’ve ever seen,” Brown said. “There is something to be said about the Japanese devotion to perfection.” In the middle of all this mayhem, DJ SiSeN and GPK had time to send San Antonio tokens of Japanese love. “Hello! I am SiSeN! Please come to see us in San Antonio! It will be a very fun time. I missed all of you! See you soon!” wrote DJ SiSeN on his Facebook page. His tourmate followed suit: “Hello everyone, this is GPK. It has been four years since our last time in San Antonio, and we cannot wait to come back! I will be debuting my solo project, and SiSeN will be DJing for you guys at our Halloween dance club event. Please remember to wear your best because there will be a costume contest with cash prizes! See you in a few days!” So there you have it: two are in for sure. Dress accordingly. For the third one, keep your fingers crossed. $20, 6:30pm Sunday, ICE Lounge, 5545 NW Loop 410, (210) 200-8706, iceloungesa.com.