A canine homage to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the 1931 film it inspired, Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated feature Frankenweenie (2012) is an expanded remake of a live-action short that got him fired from Disney back in 1984. Set in New Holland (a symbol for the suburb Burton grew up in), the Oscar-nominated horror-comedy follows Victor Frankenstein, a young filmmaker/scientist who reanimates his beloved dog Sparky with a lightning-based process that leads to the accidental creation of a wererat, a vampire cat and a colony of humanoid Sea-Monkeys. Slab Cinema and the McNay join forces for an outdoor screening of the film preceded by tours of the exhibition “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (comprising characters, sets and props from Burton’s 1993 classic) and Halloween treats. Free, 7-9pm Thursday, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. —Bryan Rindfuss
2. Thu, Oct 31 - Fri, Nov 1
Angela Fox: “Cribs and Crews”
University of the Incarnate Word graduate Angela Fox, armed with an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, now teaches art courses at her alma mater and San Antonio College. She’s also establishing a beguiling mixed-media aesthetic that rewards close viewing. Fox peppers her paper works with colorful drawn members of what she describes as tribes, some nomadic, others more urban, most outfitted in intricately detailed and brightly patterned layers involving kerchiefs, parkas and blankets. These mysterious figures busy themselves by carousing, cooking and setting up equally vivid camps, but it’s up to the viewer to determine what brings these tribes together and, in some cases, drives them away. Free, 7-10pm Thursday-Friday, Hello Studio, Blue Star Arts Complex, 1420 S Alamo, Bldg B, (210) 291-8640, hellostudiosa.com. By appointment through Dec 1. —Callie Enlow
3. Thu, Oct 31 - Sun, Nov 3
The Amazing Acro-Cats: Spooky Cat Show
The Halloween edition of Samantha Martin’s touring cat circus features special thrills and chills (including kitties leaping through skeleton wreaths, rolling pumpkins, jumping over tombstones and more) and a special appearance by the Rock-Cats (performing as the Skele-Cats), a feline band comprising Oz (on guitar), Dakota (on drums), Nue (on keyboards), Sookie (on chimes) and Gregory Peck—a chicken who can really peck a tambourine. $17-$19 (with a portion of proceeds benefiting the San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition), 7pm Thursday-Friday, 4pm & 7pm Saturday, 1pm & 4pm Sunday, Josephine Theatre, 339 W Josephine, San Antonio, (210) 734-4646, circuscats.com. —BR
4. Fri, Nov 1
Inked Magazine presents Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour
Championing the inked and pierced ideal of beauty since 2001, the online “sorority of badass bombshells and geek goddesses” known as Suicide Girls is reviving its Blackheart Burlesque show after a six-year hiatus. Choreographed by Manwe Sauls-Addison and hosted by Katherine Suicide, the alt-extravaganza showcases dancers Bambu, Bricksie, Maxxy, Priddy and Razzi in stripteases and performances “poking fun at Kill Bill, Game of Thrones, The Big Lebowski, Planet of the Apes, Dr. Who and more.” $21, ages 18 and up only, doors at 8pm Friday, The White Rabbit, 2410 N St. Mary's, (210) 737-2221, twinproductions.frontgatetickets.com. —BR
5. Fri, Nov 1 - Sat, Nov 2
Día de los Muertos Celebration
Two strong headliners (Texas Tornados, 9:30 p.m. Fri, and La Santa Cecilia, 9:45 p.m. Sat) are the backbone of this dynamite two-day concert at Arneson. Other highlights include Blackbird Sing (6:15 p.m. Fri), the Krayolas (1:45 p.m. Sat), Bombasta (6:45 p.m. Sat), Los Texmaniacs (8 p.m. Sat) and a DJ set by Neon Indian (8:15 p.m. Fri), the acclaimed electronic project of former SA resident Alan Palomo. For the first time, La Santa Cecilia will play in SA without original guitarist Gloria Estrada. She’s replaced by Marco Sandoval, and so far he seems to be filling in admirably. While tickets are required for the concerts, there’s plenty of free ways to celebrate in La Villita, too, like a massive living altar contest, a puppet-filled procession and other live performances. $13-$28, public events 3-9pm Fri, noon-6pm Sat, concerts 6-11pm Fri-Sat, 418 Villita, (210) 207-8614, muertosfest.com. —Enrique Lopetegui
6. Fri, Nov 1
When classically trained brothers Rene (violin), Jaime (guitar) and Abe Villanueva (piano) moved to Boerne, their high school had no orchestra—so they turned to rock, with Rene switching to guitar, and Jaime to drums. No singing experience? No problem. “It was all practice, practice, practice,” Rene told the Current at the band’s rehearsal space, an actual hacienda in the middle of nowhere (Boerne, technically). Now their two- and three-part harmonies are one of Hacienda’s most highly praised features, a testament to their devotion to the Beatles, Beach Boys, doo wop and ’60s vocal groups. When cousin Dante Schwebel left the band after three albums, instead of freaking out, the brothers decided to change their sound and become a guitar-less trio. That philosophy of making lemonade out of life’s lemons has suited the band well so far. Shakedown (2012), their third album (again produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach), took them all the way to a live appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman and solidified their status as one of the top—and busiest—San Antonio bands. Also on the bill: The Dig and Lonely Horse. $8-$10, doors at 8pm Friday, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com. —EL
Read Enrique Lopetegui’s full story here.
7. Fri, Nov 1 - Sat, Nov 2
36th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration
When Centro Cultural Aztlan opened its doors back in 1977 with a mission to “support and strengthen Chicano/Latino culture and identity,” the concept of an all-inclusive Día de los Muertos celebration was somewhat new to San Antonio. With the pre-Columbian tradition and its death-mocking imagery now an integral part of our fall fabric, Aztlan boasts the “biggest and oldest Día de los Muertos celebration in San Antonio.” Kicking off Friday (All Saints’ Day) with the opening reception for “Altares y Ofrendas” (an exhibition of more than 20 artist-made altars honoring the dearly departed via photographs, candles, marigolds and cherished items), the grassroots organization’s 36th annual event lights up the Deco District on Saturday (All Souls’ Day) with a variety of festive antics. Throughout the afternoon, guests can view the altars in Galería Expresión (as well as others set up in the trunks of lowriders) or browse for jewelry, arts and crafts at the Avenida de los Muertos Artisan Market. Evening highlights include a procession led by the dancers and drummers of URBAN-15’s Carnaval de los Muertos, live music by singer-songwriter Liza Ybarra and an interactive fashion show celebrating La Calavera Catrina—the iconic female skeleton introduced in the early 20th century by illustrator José Guadalupe Posada. $5 donation, 6-9pm Friday, 3-9pm Saturday, Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg, (210) 432-1896, centroculturalaztlan.50megs.com. —BR
8. Fri, Nov 1 - Sun, Nov 3
Fashion Week San Antonio
Launched in 2009 and modeled after similar happenings in New York, LA and beyond, Fashion Week San Antonio is dedicated to cultivating and broadening the local design community while showcasing “the Alamo City’s brightest and most talented designers and brand houses.” Produced by event-based public relations firm Tony Harris Productions, FWSA 2013 kicks off Friday evening with the Soigné Soiree presented by Cavender Fiat at the Aztec Theatre (201 E Commerce), a red carpet-equipped cocktail party promising more than $5,000 in giveaways (8:30 p.m.). On Saturday, the Kress Building (311 E Houston) gets a fashion infusion with a main stage show highlighting NY-based Ted Kim’s line RVN, a “global lifestyle brand” worn by Texan A-listers Beyonce and Eva Longoria (5 p.m.) and a Moda Next collection by Best of San Antonio 2012 winner Samantha Plasencia (9 p.m.). Formerly Museo Alameda, A&M’s Educational & Cultural Arts Center (101 S Santa Rosa) plays host to a number of FWSA’s most anticipated events—including a Sunday night showcase of the vivid Brazilian fashion label Morena Rosa (9 p.m.) $15-$35 per event; for the full FWSA schedule, visit fashionsa.org. —BR
9. Sat, Nov 2
Coheed and Cambria
For someone whose band only releases conceptual albums (one of which is titled Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness), each taking place in a fictitious universe called Heaven’s Fence and involving the husband-and-wife team of Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon, guitarist Travis Stever turned out to be a pretty down-to-earth dude. “You’re calling from San Antonio?!” he asked the Current last week, all excited. “Yeah! We’re playing there in a couple of weeks! The White Rabbit, right?” Right. This Saturday. It’s a rare occasion when a touring act knows exactly where he’s going to play and who’s on the other line, and cares about it. “We always have fun going [to San Antonio],” said Stever. “There are a few places on our [tour schedule] that we don’t remember, but I always remember coming there. I’ve had great experiences in SA and we’re very excited to ?come back.” The band is touring in support of The Afterman: Descension, which came out in February and is the companion to 2012’s The Afterman: Ascension. $25-$30, doors at 7pm Saturday, The White Rabbit, The White Rabbit, 2410 N St. Mary's, (210) 737-2221, frontgatetickets.com. —EL
Read Enrique Lopetegui's full story here.
10. Sat, Nov 2
Rene Roberts’ Día de los Muertos Ball
Billed as an “adult social dance party,” Rene Roberts’ Día de los Muertos Ball puts a gender-bending spin on the pre-Columbian tradition with outrageous results. Hairdresser to San Anto’s stars, Roberts likens the “very raw” show to “the old days of Cornyation,” noting the request for guests to arrive “in skeleton face” inspires otherwise-recognizable folks to cut loose. With a portion of proceeds benefiting the Metropolitan Community Church food pantry and the Día de los Muertos Scholarship Fund (honoring late drag goddess Erica Andrews), Saturday’s white-themed fête features a cavalcade of queens (Kylie Crawford, Lady Tiffany and Taryn Taylor, to name a few), performances by vocalist/Selena lookalike Kandy Lac R. Savage and Anthony the Poet, plus complimentary food, sangria and Dos Equis. $25, 6-11pm, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe, (210) 324-2662, renerobertshairstudio.com. —BR
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