Former home of cattleman and Texas patriot José Antonio Navarro (1795–1871), Casa Navarro was saved from demolition in 1960, designated as a Texas State Historic Landmark in 1962 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Although it’s open year-round for tours ($1-$4 per person), the historic site opens its doors Tuesday evening for an informative and tasty Tamalada Publica. Coinciding with the City's Downtown Tuesday initiative (park for free at city-operated parking garages, parking lots and parking meters every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.), the free event invites attendees to “spread masa and fold corn husks while learning about the origins of tamales in Texas.” While guests won’t be able to take the tamales home, Casa Navarro will provide samples along with pan dulce and hot chocolate.” Free, 5-8pm Tuesday, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, 228 South Laredo, (210) 226-4801, visitcasanavarro.com.
Lisa Morales Toys For Tots Benefit
We all know the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program, which every year collects, well, toys for children in need during the holiday season. Lisa Morales (of Sisters Morales fame, now a well-established solo artist and producer, above) has been doing her own TFT event for 12 of the last 13 years, and the next one’s Wednesday at Sam’s Burger Joint. Morales will perform with Robyn Ludwick and Shelley King (Good Girls With Bad Intentions) and “maybe” with her own band. The rest of the lineup includes Augie Meyers, Ruben V, Patricia Vonne and Michael Martin, Ernie Garibay’s Cats Don’t Sleep and more. The event will be dedicated to the memory of the late Barbara Wolfe, who co-owned Casbeers, Casbeers at the Church and the renamed San Antone Café & Concerts until its closing in 2011. $10 or a new unwrapped toy, 6:30pm Wednesday, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band: "Creole Christmas"
When Allan Jaffe and his wife Sandra moved from Pennsylvania to New Orleans in the early ’60s, they didn’t initially come for the music. But they ended up staying for the music after they took over a small, dingy art gallery in the French Quarter and turned it into Preservation Hall, a 100-seat concert venue that became the home of many a New Orleans-style jazz jam session and yielded the touring group, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The venue is still a hot spot in the city known for live music. The touring Preservation Hall Jazz Band will give San Antonians a taste of its 10th annual "Creole Christmas" on December 11 at the Empire Theatre. The group will perform holiday classics and also material from its previous albums. $29-$110, 7:30pm Wednesday, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N St. Mary’s, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.
The Orlando, Fla.-based quartet Trivium (guitarists/vocalists Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu, bassist/vocalist Paolo Gregoletto and drummer Nick Augusto) draws influence from heavyweights like Metallica, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden and creates music that's been pegged as everything from metalcore to melodic death metal. Reminding that the band was "tipped for greatness" upon the surprise success of its 2005 release Ascendancy, only to be "consigned to the metallic dumper after the shambolic dropped clanger of 2006's The Crusade," The Guardian summed up this year's offering Vengeance Falls (produced by Disturbed frontman David Draiman) as a "proud and focused heavy metal album that eschews current trends in favor of great songs, massive grooves, blazing lead breaks and a disarming air of combative euphoria." Also on the bill: DevilDriver, After the Burial and Thy Will Be Done. $21, doors at 7pm Wednesday, The White Rabbit, 2410 N St. Mary’s, (210) 737-2221, twinproductions.frontgatetickets.com.
Andrea Pomerantz Lustig: How to Look Expensive
If you read her "official bio," you'll learn that New York-based Andrea Pomerantz Lustig is "known around the offices of Glamour as the “Beauty Sleuth,” thanks to the wildly popular beauty advice column and articles she wrote for the magazine for the last decade," and that she's "cherished by Glamour readers for her fresh, original beauty tips, ideas and solutions." A look at her "unofficial bio" reveals that when she's not appearing on shows like Good Morning America, Today and Entertainment Tonight, the University of Pennsylvania grad is likely juggling her "write-from-home career, three kids, a husband who's more organized and demanding than Martha Stewart and an at-home beauty stash that takes up two rooms." In support of her book How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor's Secrets to Getting Gorgeous Without Breaking the Bank, Pomerantz Lustig visits the Barshop Jewish Community Center for a signing, meet-and-greet and presentation enhanced with "mini makeovers, snacks and sips, and a selection of unique items available for purchase from local favorite boutiques and jewelry designers." $10, shopping, snacks and sips at 6pm, presentation at 7pm Wednesday, Barshop Jewish Community Center, Holzman Auditorium, 12500 NW Military Hwy, (210) 302-6820, jccsanantonio.org.