10 Free Events Happening This Week 10/14-10/20

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1.) Bret Graham

Monday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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Equip with his guitar and harmonica, Bret Graham graces the stage at Gruene Hall with his stage presence and country charm. If you want to listen to great songs that tell a story and tap your feet to a great tune, then this is the show for you!

Location: Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd. New Braunfels, TX)

2.) Cycle-In Cinema presents Ghostbusters

Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.

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In the 50s we had Drive-Ins and sarsaparilla; today we have Cycle-Ins and cold brew from Blue Star Ice House! Cycle-In Cinema gives you the same concept of the old 50s Drive-Ins but with a new twist, pedal on down to the Cycle-In grab a cold drink, some food, and volunteer some of your pedal power to power the generator that plays the movie! This event is a great way to enjoy a movie, spend some time outside, and exercise at the same time.

This week Cycle-In Cinema presents, “Ghostbusters.” For those of you who do not know, Ghostbusters is about scientists that get kicked out of their positions at a university in New York City. They decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters. The begin trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money. They come across a gateway to another dimension, and some a crazy adventure ensues.

Location: Main Plaza (115 N Main Ave)

3.) City Dark Screening

Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.

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Have you looked outside at night and wondered why you can’t really see the stars? Filmmaker Ian Cheney has peered out of his window scavenging the sky for stars and has come to the realization that the city lights blind us from seeing all the stars our night sky has to offer. This Thursday the San Antonio Chapter of the AIA Committee on the Environment continues its documentary series with “City Dark.” In “City Dark,” Cheney journeys across the country to the most lit up and dimly lit cities looking for the stars and seeking out other information about our relationship to the stars

Location: Cleary Zimmermann Engineers (1344 S Flores St #101)

4.) An Evening with Rita Moreno

Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.

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Rita Moreno, best known as Anita in West Side Story, and also the first Latina actress to be win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress is making her way to San Antonio College for one night only! San Antonio College presents An Evening with Rita Moreno as part of the Fine Arts & Cultural Events Series (FACES). Moreno, who has received an Emmy, Oscar, Tony, Grammy and who is a future recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, will be gracing San Antonio College with her experience and insight into the entertainment industry.

Location: San Antonio College (1300 San Pedro Ave, McAllister Auditorium)

5.) The Shops at La Cantera Art Festival

Friday Oct. 18 – Sunday Oct. 20

Friday 5 p.m. – 9p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sunday noon – 6 p.m.

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Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping at The Shops of La Cantera Art Festival! The Shops of La Cantera Art Festival showcases the works of 75 different artists including hand-made ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal works, paintings, sculptures, photography, wood, textiles and more. Enjoy a stroll outdoors, look at interesting creations, and find those one-of-a-kind gifts for all the people you care about!

Location: The Shops at La Cantera (15900 La Cantera Pkwy)

6.) Solar Fest

Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Raindrops keep falling on my head, but that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red. You are not experiencing déjà-vu, the Solar Fest has been rescheduled for this weekend! The usually sunny event has been rescheduled due to rain, so we’re hoping the sun will stay out this Saturday so the Solar Fest can commence! For those of you who don’t happen to remember what Solar Fest is all about, it’s a day to enjoy solar demonstrations, great food, and fun! It provides insightful information about renewable energy technologies, the impact of sustainable living, and green building techniques. Make sure to grab your sunglasses before you head to Solar Fest!

Location: Maverick Park (1000 Broadway)

7.) George Beddingfield Signing

Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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HUSH, BOY, the third book of a trilogy about Dr. Jonathan Harding, thoracic surgeon and hospital accreditation surveyor, is actually a prequel to the other two books of the series. This book is actually the tale of young Jonathan, a boy growing up in the deep South, who longs to be older, like all the people in his life, and he searches for ways to make his grandfather love him. Jonathan being the curious boy that he is, asks many questions and always gets the same answer, "Hush, boy, we don't talk about that." Jonathan grows up, goes to medical school, and finally finds some of the answers to his yearning questions.

You can meet the author of HUSH, BOY, George Beddingfield during his book signing at the Twig Book Shop this Saturday!

Location: Twig Book Shop (306 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 106)

8.) Coolcat Charlie

Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

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Hey cool cats, if you are into Blues inspired by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Magic Sam, and more then Coolcat Charlie is the band you need to see! They will be playing at Barriba Cantina this Saturday; it’s the perfect chance to eat some food with a side of the blues.

Location: Barriba Cantina (111 W. Crockett St. #214)

9.) Madwagon

Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

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Madwagon is a mad awesome rock cover band. They cover music from AC/DC to Sponge. If you want to listen to awesome songs on the ‘Highway to Hell’ then head on by Retox!

Location: Retox Bar (1031 Patricia #105)

10.) Artist Talk: Alice Leora Briggs and Rigoberto A. Gonzalez

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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A witness to drug wars, asylums, rehab centers, cartel death houses and the Juarez morgue, Lubbock-based Alice Leora Briggs translates disturbing realities into woodcuts and sgraffito drawings (above). Rigoberto A. Gonzalez’ large-scale paintings combine a dramatic, baroque painting style with the stories of violence told in corridos (Mexican folk ballads), including challenges affecting life on the border and the brutality associated with drug cartels and illegal immigration (below). In conjunction with the parallel solo exhibitions "La Linea" and "Baroque on the Border," the Southwest School of Art hosts a discussion and Q&A with Briggs and Gonzalez, moderated by Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies.

Location: Russell Hill Rogers Lecture Hall, Southwest School of Art (1201 Navarro)

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