“Texas Draws III”
Inaugurated in 2009, the Southwest School of Art’s “Texas Draws” series functions as a biennial survey of “eloquent, expressive drawn works that reveal the power of a simple line or mark and the complexity of the drawn surface.” In its first two installments, the exhibition has highlighted local favorites (Jayne Lawrence, Katie Pell, Judith Cottrell, Alex Rubio and the late Regis Shephard, to name a few) alongside regional artists and such wild-card elements as a performance by the collective Electric Dirt and a Collaborative Continuous Drawing Project that invited gallery-goers to contribute to a 33-foot-long work of art. Embracing both the reverent (Mark Hogensen’s ink drawing Vice & Virtue (office) depicts a desk with architectural clarity) and the whimsical (Jeff F. Wheeler’s Wish You Were Here, above, presents a postcard-inspired mashup rendered in mixed media), “Texas Draws III” unites works by the likes of Jorge Alegría, Kim Bishop, Sara Frantz, Tina Fuentes, Marshall K. Harris, Katie Maratta, Kermit Oliver and Robert Pruitt. Free, 6-8pm Thu, Southwest School of Art, Navarro Campus, 300 Augusta, (210) 224-1848, swschool.org. —Bryan Rindfuss
Together Forever Freestyle Dance Fundraiser
Typically showcasing visual artists under 35, Young Latino Artists (YLA) is among the signature exhibitions of Austin’s Mexic-Arte Museum, which is designated as “the Official Mexican and Mexican American Fine Art Museum of Texas.” Since its launch in 1996, YLA has explored a variety of themes including graffiti’s influence on contemporary art (“Grafficanos”) and the importance of collaboration (“Con/Juntos”). Anticipating their roles as curators of YLA’s 19th annual edition, the members of SA’s own Más Rudas (a multimedia Chicana art collective comprised of Ruth Buentello, Kristin Gamez, Mari Hernandez and Sarah Castillo) are hosting an ’80s-inspired freestyle dance party to raise funds to assist selected artists with travel expenses. In addition to tunes spun by DJ Sneaky le Sneak, the pre-Valentine’s Day bash features guest sets by collective members Gamez and Buentello. $5 suggested donation, 10pm-2am, Hi-Tones, 621 E Dewey. —BR
If you google “Heart” the first search result is the official website of the beloved 1970s sister-led rock group. That’s right, these bad bitches are more popular than the most vital bodily organ on this planet. Maybe it’s due to the euphoria elicited by the sexy guitar solo and menacing bass (not to mention magical chimes!) opening 1976’s mega-hit “Magic Man,” or the unbelievable vocal showboating on 1977’s “Barracuda.” By the way, an incensed Ann Wilson wrote “Barracuda” after a reporter suggested that she and her sister/band mate Nancy were lovers. Because back then, two hot ladies leading a heavy metal band just had to be super fucked-up for it to make sense to conventional society. While they first rocked the music world with their 1976 debut, Heart released 12 more albums over the next three decades and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year. Plus, Heart. Valentine’s Day. C’mon. $12-$200, 7:30pm Fri, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center, ticketmaster.com. —Callie Enlow
Fri 2/14-Sat 2/15
Ballet, with its airy lifts, soaring leaps and delicate landings, lends itself to bird stories, particularly the popular productions of Swan Lake and The Firebird. While you’ve likely heard of the former, the latter was also a raging success upon its premiere by the Ballets Russes in 1910. It had a major revival by George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet in 1949, with sets and costumes by Marc Chagall and starring the legendary Maria Tallchief as the magical red bird that helps a prince conquer an immortal villain via dancing him to near-death. While that’s not the exact version you’ll see with Ballet San Antonio—theirs is competently choreographed by Huntsville Ballet Company’s Phillip Otto—it still features Igor Stravinsky’s breakthrough composition. None other than Leonard Bernstein called the musical masterpiece “marvelous,” glorious” and containing “one of the most magical moments in all music.” A series of original, contemporary ballets will precede The Firebird. $38-$50, 7:30pm, Jo Long Theater, 226 N Hackberry, (210) 404-9641, ticketmaster.com. —CE
Fri 2/14 - Sat 2/15
The 13th Floor website warns that the Bear Butcher—a tuxedoed and teddy-faced, knife-wielding psychopath whose trademark is a bloody X carved into his victims’ foreheads—is on the loose. But the real horror experienced by many this Valentine’s Day will be more subtle: new couples with vaguely defined relationships who still feel obligated to spend the evening together, or supposedly platonic friends beginning to suspect each other’s real intentions. For them, the adrenaline rush of a seasonally inappropriate haunted house featuring a killer whose outfit is duplicatable enough that he may have been replaced by an actual wacko from off the street, for all anybody knows, might be a welcome escape from the societal pressures imposed by this Hallmark holiday. And if it just so happens that survival makes you all hot and bothered, that’s nobody’s business but the bear’s. $26.89-$34.46, 7:30-10:30pm Fri-Sat, 13th Floor Haunted House, 1203 E Commerce, (210) 338-0382, 13thfloorsanantonio.com. —Jeremy Martin
Fri 2/14 - Sun 2/16
Into the Woods
Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lupine, the Tony-winning musical Into the Woods lifts liberally from Brothers Grimm fairy tales to weave key characters (Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and others) into an original fable about a baker and his wife. In hopes of reversing a curse, the childless couple accepts a witch’s challenge to collect coveted items (“the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn and the slipper as pure as gold”) in a forest filled with menacing trees. Exemplified by the ballad “No One Is Alone,” Into the Woods transcends fantasy to deal with serious issues—including parent-child relationships and bonding during times of crisis. See it live before the film version, starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, is released. Greg Hinojosa directs at the Woodlawn. $10-$23, 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg, (210) 267-8388, woodlawntheatre.com. —BR
Tribute to Weezer
For any ’90s kid looking to soundtrack their teenage angst, there were no shortage of options: Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Rage Against the Machine—take your pick. But for Chris Etheredge, there was just one that mattered. “Weezer is the only band I want to do something like this for,” says the guitarist. “There’s something about their kind of music, it just holds up. There are a lot of bands I listened to back then that I don’t give a rat’s ass about now. But with Weezer, the songwriting is so great that it still sounds as good as the day I first heard it.” Etheredge has channeled his love for all things Weezer into “A Tribute to Your Teenage Angst,” pulling together a five-band salute to Rivers Cuomo and crew. The bill includes garage-pop upstarts Islands and Tigers, emo outfit lovelettertypewriter, dream-pop four-piece Diving, noise-rock enthusiasts The Freebies and Chris’ own band, post-rock stylists Bright Like the Sun. Each band will be allotted 30 minutes to profess their Weezer love during the Saturday show at Limelight. $5, 9pm Sat, Limelight, 2718 N St. Mary’s, (210) 995-7229, thelimelightsa.com.
Click here to read J.D. Swerzenski’s full story “Weezer Fever.”
It’s common knowledge that the “voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?” refrain from LaBelle’s signature hit “Lady Marmalade” translates to “Do you want to sleep with me tonight?” As a come-on from a Creole prostitute, that may not fit your definition of a romantic sentiment for V-Day weekend, but it’s a less-well-known fact (soon to be deleted from Wikipedia,) that “Mocha choke alofta ya ya,” translates to, roughly, “But even if love’s lost, the love that one has known, leaves a taste of honey .” If you don’t believe that, you can still spend the evening bathing in the oxytocin haze of LaBelle’s countless beautiful ballads requiring no translation: “Come What May,” “Don’t Make Your Angel Cry,” “You Turn Me On,” etc. The bill also features comedian (and freaking Oscar winner) Mo’Nique and Monica, Miss Thang herself. $32.50-$97, 7:30pm, Illusions Theater at the Alamodome, 100 Montana, (210) 207-3663, alamodome.com. —JM
You’ll have to excuse me, but even though the Grammy-nominated hard-rock giants Stone Sour headline this tour, opener Stolen Babies is the reason to attend. In 2012, the experimental trio of Dominique Lenore Persi (vocals and accordion), Rani Sharone (bass, guitar, upright bass and vocals) and brother Gil Sharone (drums and percussion), released Naught, their second (and darkest) full-length. It was yet another surprise turn by the California band that fuses elements of pop, punk, dance, death and progressive metal, but also a confirmation that its stirring live shows are what they’ll be best remembered for. And get ready: At every stop of the tour, the band is posting an announcement related to that particular show; the first person to respond gets two complimentary tickets. With Stone Sour and Pop Evil. $30, doors at 7pm Sat, Backstage Live, 1305 E Houston, (210) 698-2856, backstagelivesa.com. —EL
Sat 2/15-Sun 2/16
Bastien and Bastienne & La Curandera
Mozart composed Bastien and Bastienne when he was 12. The one-act comic opera, which follows the misadventures of the titular young lovers and a conniving magician, certainly isn’t among Wolfgang’s finest. But hey, what lasting works of art did you create before you hit puberty? Beyond showcasing the talents of a precocious boy genius, Opera Piccola of San Antonio’s program for this weekend aims to contrast the piece with one of a decidedly more modern and local flavor. La Curandera, composed by SA-born composer Robert Rodriguez (not the Machete guy), is a re-working of Mozart’s Bastien. Holding true to the comic opera format, Rodriguez’s piece trades in the German countryside for the present-day Southwest, the magician for the mystic witch La Curandera and the European classicism for arrangements built around Mexican folk styles. $15-$60, 8pm Sat, 2:30pm Sun, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N St. Mary’s, (210) 226-3333, operapiccolasa.com. —J.D. Swerzenski
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