When last we checked in with Wild Party, the quartet was on a serious roll, having just come off a slew of national tour dates, building buzz from a hot EP (All Nighter), and courting interest from labels and fans alike. Things have been relatively quiet for the indie-pop outfit these past few months, leading to some speculation that the band might be decamping to cut a full-length debut. Whatever the case, they appear to be gearing up again, kicking off a Texas tour Friday at the White Rabbit. Expect hits “When I Get Older” and “Out Right,” possibly alongside some new material. But set list aside, it’ll be great having one of SA’s most electric up-and-coming acts back in action. Joining Wild Party are the party-hardy The Hawks (of Holy Rosary), mini indie orchestra Deer Vibes, soul-side indie rockers Terra Ferna and post-punk outfit Donella Drive. $11, 9pm Friday, The White Rabbit, 2410 N St. Mary’s, twinproductionstexas.com. —J.D. Swerzenski
Gin Blossoms Unplugged
Arizona’s jangle-pop rockers the Gin Blossoms lifted their moniker from a caption below a photograph of boozy comic, actor, juggler and writer W.C. Fields—whose splotchy complexion had more to do with rosacea than it did gin. Formed in ’80s-era Tempe, the band arrived on airwaves and MTV with 1992’s crowd-friendly New Miserable Experience. Offering a cleaner, softer alternative to the grunge fare of the era, the record eventually reached multi-platinum status thanks to singles like “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You.” Dissolved in 1997, resigned to A&M in 2005, and currently working on a follow-up to 2010’s No Chocolate Cake, the band landed in the news last week with a New York City concert benefiting Typhoon Haiyan victims via the Philippine Red Cross. Also on the bill: vocalist and guitarist Miles Zuniga of Austin’s Fastball. $40-$45, 9pm Friday, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com. —Bryan Rindfuss
Ford Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (which attracts in excess of 3.5 million to the streets of NY while another 50 million watch on NBC) it ain’t. And thank God. In picturesque River City, there’s no danger of getting showered with debris falling from dangerously-large likenesses of Dudley the Dragon (1995), the Cat in the Hat (1997) or kamikaze M&M’s (2005). Instead, SA’s colorful kickoff to the holiday season boasts 122,000 twinkling lights that form a “magical canopy” for tricked-out floats carrying bands, local celebs and plenty of cheer. With the San Antonio River Walk offices now closed for the holiday, remaining tickets will be sold on parade day at La Villita starting at 10 a.m. $15-$30, 7-10pm Friday, Arneson River Theatre (418 Villita) and The San Antonio River Walk (see map below), (210) 227-4262, thesanantonioriverwalk.com.
Fri 11/29 – Sat 11/30
Mercado de Paz/International Peace Market
Maybe as feel-good as consumerism gets, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center gathers 100 vendors in this massive display of fair trade and indigenous craft, complete with live music, food and, this being Esperanza after all, a community-wide dialogue titled “Mujer Artesana: The Spirit of Creativity.” This year the Market welcomes 18 Mexican artisans from as far away as Chiapas to add to the array of exquisite, traditionally crafted rugs, pottery, textiles, clothing, paintings and jewelry. We’ve seen their 20-page catalog, and we’re impressed. Free, 10am-6pm Fri-Sat, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro, (210) 228-0201, esperanzacenter.org.
Fri 11/29 - Sat 11/30
Cruz Ortiz Pop-Up
San Anto art star and Échale series artist Cruz Oritz celebrates Black Friday with a pop-up shop across from Arcade Midtown Kitchen at Pearl. During the day, guests can shop for original new paintings, screenprints, letterpress prints, drawings, "sculpture y mas." Later that evening, the pop-up becomes a "Friday Nite Mixto" with music by DJ Sneakylesneak (6-9pm). The sale continues Saturday as well. Free, 10am-9pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, Pearl Brewery, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Ste 110, (210) 212-7260, atpearl.com. —BR
Fri 11/29 - Sat 11/30
Texas Is Funny Records Fall Showcase
Three-year-old imprint Texas Is Funny Records hosts a two-night, two-venue showcase spanning from post-grunge and nu-gaze to emo math-rock and instrumental drone metal. Friday's lineup (at the Ten Eleven) features sets from The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, Vetter Kids, Young /// Savage, Massiver and M. Sharp. The second night (Saturday at Hi-Tones) highlights the “lighter side” of the roster: Deer Vibes, Glish, Diving and non-label guests Bright Like The Sun. To learn more about the label, the bands and the showcase, check out J.D. Swerzenski's story for this week's Current here. $5 per night, 9pm Friday-Saturday, The Ten Eleven (1011 Avenue B) and Hi-Tones (621 E Dewey), texasisfunny.com. —BR
Fri 11/29 - Sun 12/1
Penned in 1816 by German author E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King formed the fantastical springboard for the Tchaikovsky-scored two-act ballet The Nutcracker. Premiered in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the holiday mainstay has inspired an eclectic array of adaptations—from B. Bumble and the Stingers’ boogie-woogie hit “Nut Rocker” to the burlesque satire The Slutcracker. Choreographed by Gabriel Zertuche and conducted by Akiko Fujimoto, this local production unites Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony for dancing around the Christmas tree, a war between gingerbread soldiers and menacing mice, and an enchanting voyage in a dolphin-powered boat to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Land of Sweets. $19-$69, 7pm Friday, 2pm & 7pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com. Through December 8.
Fri 11/29 – Sun 12/1
Las Nuevas Tamaleras
The book Tamales, Comadres and the Meaning of Civilization reminds that tamales have served as “one of the keys to the survival of humans for the last 7,000 years in the Americas.” Deceptively simple in appearance, these holiday staples can prove quite challenging to make, which is the premise behind Alicia Mena’s Las Nuevas Tamaleras. Since its 1993 debut, the production has emerged as a favorite fans consider “as much a tradition with the San Antonio community as The Nutcracker.” Touching on the hard work, bonding and mishaps intrinsic to Yuletide tamaladas, Mena’s one-act comedy stars Kinya Cano, Melissa Silva and Sonia Rodriguez as first-time tamaleras who get an unexpected assist from the ghosts of tamal experts Doña Juanita (Rita Duggan) and Doña Mercedes (Lorraine Pulido). Saturday's Reception Night ($45) includes dinner and live music by El Trio Taller (Rodolfo Lopez, Bene Medina and Tony Cortez). $12-$25, 8pm Friday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe, (210) 223-2009, tamaleras.com. Through December 15. —BR
Help save lives impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, which as of this writing has already taken 5,200 lives in the Philippines. This concert will raise urgently needed funds to provide food, water, fuel and other supplies. The suggested donation is $8, but every bit helps and will be accepted for entry. Funds raised will go directly to Oxfam America, which was among the first to put workers on the ground in the disaster area and has set up an EMERGENCY: Philippines webpage for direct remittance to be used only for this relief effort. For the Presidents, the headlining band, it’s a personal matter: drummer Ray Jaceldo, keyboardist Ted Jaceldo and percussionist Caesar Jaceldo are from the province of Leyte, the hardest-hit island in this unprecedented calamity, and they have family who are in the midst of the suffering. $8, 8pm Saturday, The Reggae Bar, 2016 Austin Hwy. View the Facebook event page here. —Enrique Lopetegui
Flamenco Flash Mob
In the last few years, flamenco has found its footing in flash mobs. While a famous example at the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla involved dancers performing simultaneously in Seville, Rome, Budapest, London and Milan, others have been staged in protest of Spain’s financial system. Carmens de la Calle Café invites you to “dust off your Sevillana” and experience “the beauty and energy of flamenco against the backdrop of the iconic Alamo Plaza.” Free, 5:30-5:45pm Saturday, Alamo Plaza, 300 Alamo Plaza. View the Facebook event page here. —BR