Michael Wayne: "Scotch on Glass"
In his artist’s statement, painter Michael Wayne writes, “I gained an interest in art as a child due to my dyslexia. The schools I attended focused on individual expression, which inspired me to reach within myself and create a world that defines and captures my feelings on canvas.” While this might seem like an unlikely turning point, dyslexia and creativity go way back (Tesla, Einstein, da Vinci, Picasso, Rodin and Warhol all suffered from it) and a 2010 study conducted by London’s Middlesex University suggests the “link between dyslexia and improved ability to judge space” might give dyslexics certain artistic advantages. Heightened “visuospatial” abilities or not, Wayne paints intuitively, channeling broad themes like creation and movement into swirling abstractions reminiscent of both outer space and deep seascapes. A reference to personal injuries (including one that ended his pro cycling career) and his poison of choice, “Scotch on Glass: Self Medicating Through Pain” sees Wayne taking a break from oil on silk and canvas to experiment with slick automotive paints on plexiglass. Free, 6-8pm Thu, AnArte Gallery, 7959 Broadway, (210) 826-5674, anartegallery09.com. —Bryan Rindfuss
I’m not done praising Crown, the trio of Josh Borchardt (pictured, bass and vocals), Venezuelan Carlos Zubillaga (guitar and vocals) and Mexican Oscar Webber (drums). While Webber keeps it solid, Zubillaga and Borchardt engage in a space blues feast, then switch instruments for more fireworks. The band is groovy and powerful, and the occasional harmonies add color to a drastic, dark mood. The support is not as explosive, but just as juicy: music starts at 9 p.m. with the Flower Jesus Quintet (which I always felt was a band to be better appreciated in a live setting, and yes, I’m still trying to figure out, or at least swim through, the monumental “Massive Cave” single); instrumental galactic cowboys Mount Sherpa follow at 10 p.m. and Creatura, one of the most promising new bands of 2013, starts at 11 p.m. (Emma Díaz is still tentative with the whispers, but when she wails she’s unstoppable). A great bill, but Crown’s the one you can’t miss. $7-$10, midnight Thu, Jack’s Bar, 3030 Thousand Oaks, (210) 494-2309, jacksbarsa.com.
Fri 1/10 - Sat 1/11
Presented by the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and DreamVoice, DreamWeek (Jan 10-21) seeks to promote “an exchange of ideas on diversity, tolerance and equality advancing Dr. King’s vision: to lay the foundation of tolerance, by creating dialog across cultures and communities.” Kicking off Friday and culminating with one of the country’s largest MLK marches, the second-annual summit (which is dedicated to Nelson Mandela’s legacy) comprises 12 days of speaking engagements, mixers and celebrations revolving around 12 key themes: city, health, youth, environment, technology, education, arts, spirit, justice, business, sports and cuisine. This weekend’s highlights include the SA Ivy Educational Fund Dinner featuring Michael Eric Dyson, author of April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death and How it Changed America ($85, 6-10 p.m. Fri, the Rosenberg Sky Room, University of the Incarnate Word, 847 E Hildebrand); an Art Party at SAMA with live music by the 4th Quarter Band and cocktails from the Esquire Tavern ($5-$10, 6-8 p.m. Fri, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones); an evening of soulful spoken-word poetry hosted by Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson of 2nd Verse (free, 9 p.m.-midnight Fri, Continental Cafe, 6390 Fairdale); and an MLK Oratorial Contest with junior-high and high-school students presenting speeches exploring “Why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Believed Education Excellence Affects One’s Future Freedoms” (free, 10 a.m. Sat, Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N Hackberry). For a full schedule of DreamWeek events, visit dreamweek.org. —BR
The Lost Project
Formed in 2010 by brothers Jason and Nick Valdez, the Lost Project is one of the most promising multi-genre trios in town. Jumping from energetic ska/punk to groovy alternative sounds, the band has released two EPs and a demo (you can hear them at soundcloud.com/thelostproject). After the departure of original bassist D.J. Aleman, Juancho Luna took over half the rhythm section and offers extra pan-Latin options. The band plans to release a 7-inch vinyl in April, and beside the simple fact that they’re a fun group of musicians, what I like about them most is their above-average songwriting skills. “The Lost Project simply wants to ‘play it all,’” said the band on its Facebook page. “The band is dedicated to being the most dynamic, universal group who can have at least one song in their set that each person can identify with.” Free, 9pm Fri, The Mix, 2423 N St. Mary’s, (210) 735-1313. —EL
Thrills, Chills and Danger
Le Strange Sideshow presents Texas’ first all-female sideshow revue full of bone-chilling tricks that will make your skin crawl. Starring Gaige, Aliska Wolfbane, Lux LaRoux, Lilith Black and Chamile Leon, the classic circus-inspired spectacle features fire, insect eating, a human pincushion and dartboard, a bed of nails and more. First these ladies will dazzle you with their stunts, and then they will soothe you with their voices with music by The Big Bad Banjo Band and Alyson Alonzo. Special guests Comedy Queen Kiki Maroon and Justin F. Credible, winner of the Best Duo and Most Erotic Awards at the Hollywood Burlesque Festival 2013, will also be performing. Thrills, Chills and Danger will leave you amazed and shocked long after you leave the show. $5-$7, 8pm Fri, Fitzgerald’s Bar and Live Music, 437 McCarty, (210) 629-5141, fitzgeraldsbar.com.
Fri 1/10 - Sat 1/11
Clowntime Is Over
Packed with 15 original plays, the Overtime’s 2014 season involves a heartbroken narcoleptic, Adam and Eve, an incompetent illusionist, creepy suitors, shrinks, freaks, the Wicked Witch, the Red Queen and an adaptation of Ed Wood’s 1953 exploitation flick Glen or Glenda (original title: I Changed My Sex!). But before any of those theatrical shenanigans: Send in the clowns! Written by Joe Green and directed by Edward Wise, the season opener Clowntime Is Over (quite possibly named after Elvis Costello’s song from 1980) stars Chris Kelly as a television clown named Max P. Twinkle. Billed as “a surreal comedy suffused with dread,” the play finds its exhausted hero “trapped in a room with a bitter llama, a loveless bunny rabbit and a fitfully hungry serpent that may destroy them all.” $10-$14, 8pm Fri-Sat, the Overtime Theater, 1203 Camden, (210) 557-7562, theovertimetheater.org. —BR
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Performance Party 29: "Wrecking Ball"
Having moved their fixtures to a new space on Fredericksburg, Jump-Start Performance Co. bids a snarky adieu to its home of 20 years in Blue Star with a “Wrecking Ball”-themed performance party. Promising a mix of theater, dance, music, circus, video and “assorted presentations not so easy to fit into a category,” the troupe’s farewell fête features performances by Urban-15, Buttercup, Mike Ryan & Coyote Dreams, Los Nahuatlatos, Mitch Webb & the Swindles, Lisa Suarez, Dino Foxx, Hyperbubble, Jesse Borrego, Zombie Bazaar, S.T. Shimi, Doyle Avant, Mellissa Marlowe, Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, Janie Sauceda, Kitty Williams and many more. From the invite: “Come and party with us before the demolition crews shoulder their way in and turn this place into some ghastly bistro or boutique.” $10, 7-10pm Sat, the Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start, 108 Blue Star, (210) 227-5867, jump-start.org. —BR
“Print Provocateur: Works from the Serie Project”
Gravelmouth hosts a closing reception for an exhibition based on serigraphy (screen printing) and its ability to reach massive audiences, promote cultural diversity and achieve social change. Dealing with issues of identity, immigration, violence and sexuality, the group show features works by Miguel Aragon, Ruth Buentello, Adriana Corral, Carlos Donjuan, Joey Fauerso, Nahum Flores, Scherezade Garcia, Manuel Guerra, John Hernandez, Benito Huerta, Alma Lopez, Oscar Magallanes, Paloma Mayorga, Michael Menchaca, Stephanie Mercado, Rosemary Mesa, Juan Mora, Robbie Ortiz, Poly Perez, Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Matthew Rodriguez and Ernesto Yerena. Free, 7pm Sat, Gravelmouth Gallery, 1906 S Flores, San Antonio, (210) 367-2528, gravelmouthgallery.com. —BR
At the height of the Latin alternative explosion in the mid-’90s, Houston’s Los Skarnales (“carnal” is Mexican slang for “brother”) was one of the few U.S.-based bands good enough to share big stages with the best Mexican (Maldita Vecindad), Argentine (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs) and Spanish bands (heck, they even opened for the Specials at one point). Fast-forward to 2014, and even though the eight-piece hasn’t recorded any albums that blew my mind, few bands in any genre put on better live shows. The bros return to SA with a full horn section long after outgrowing ska and ready to offer a visceral mix of rockabilly, reggae, swing, mambo, punk, cumbia and danzones, accompanied by some of the most original local bands. With the Hares, Los Nahuatlatos and Nada Más Basura. $10, 8:30pm Sat, Fitgerald’s Bar & Live Music, 437 McCarty, Ste. 101, (210) 629-5141, fitzgeraldsbar.com. —EL
“Wolves Break into Wong’s Grocery”
After years of “high-security office utilization,” the Wong Grocery Company Building reopens its doors with an exhibition and sale featuring video projections, paintings, collages and drawings by visual artists Guy Hundere, Brent Widen and Rachel Ziegler. Free, 7-11pm Sat, the Wong Grocery Company Building, 1502 S Flores. —BR