5 Things You Have to Do This Week

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Tue 2/25

Kids’ World Music Festival

MBAW

In the past year, Musical Bridges Around the World (a nonprofit founded by Russian-born pianist Anya Grokhovski in 1998) celebrated the grand opening of a new office/gallery space and announced plans for the inaugural Music Without Borders: a festival with a mission of “bonding different cultures together and promoting world peace, diversity and understanding.” An expansion of its educational outreach program Kids to Concerts, MBAW's first ever Kids’ World Music Festival (an official part of Music Without Borders) takes over Trinity's Laurie Auditorium on Tuesday morning with an eclectic program featuring "engaging interactive performances" encompassing Russian folk music (courtesy of the Flying Balalaika Brothers, pictured), Spanish flamenco and American jazz. Free, 9:30-11:30am Tuesday, Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University, One Trinity, (210) 464-1534, musicalbridges.org. —Bryan Rindfuss

Tue 2/25

PechaKucha San Antonio Volume 13

PK13

Launched in Tokyo in 2003, PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is an intriguing event format (in which creative professionals share ideas and projects via timed PowerPoint presentations) that’s caught on in more than 700 cities around the world. Emceed by Emmy-winning WOAI news anchor Randy Beamer, the local chapter’s 13th edition features presentations by Elequia co-founder Ryan Beltrán (whose start-up is currently focused on reducing the cost of drinking water in Mexico), reuse specialist and Spare Parts founder Mary Elizabeth Cantú, impeccably dressed “urban pioneer” Mike Casey, photographer Angela Michelle, artist Alex Rubio (aka “El Diablito”), graphic designer Doris Palmeros, painter Mark Schlesinger and emergency veterinarian Danette Schweers. $5 donation, happy hour at 6:30pm, presentations at 7:30pm Tuesday, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, pechakucha.org/cities/san-antonio. —BR

CineFestival: Las Marthas

Las Marthas

Although it has done a fair amount of globetrotting in the past, don’t assume this year’s 36th annual CineFestival will include films from Latin or South America. It’s a conscious decision curator Jim Mendiola made when he joined the team in 2010. He wanted to provide the nation’s longest-running Latino film festival with a primary function. By continuing to scale back the festival’s global reach and focus more on projects made by American-born Latinos, Mendiola envisions CineFestival becoming a bigger player in the festival circuit for films that have a “significant relevance” to the Latino experience in the U.S.

Las Marthas

To call the month-long, Fiesta-like celebration of U.S. President George Washington that takes place every year in Laredo “bizarre” is an understatement. In the well-crafted documentary Las Marthas, which won the Special Jury Award at this year’s festival, director Cristina Ibarra explores the rich tradition sponsored by the elite Society of Martha Washington in which young women, mostly Mexican-American, are presented in extravagant gowns (some worth up to $30,000) at a colonial ball that is the center of the festivities. For most of the film, Ibarra follows two debutants as they prepare for the event’s finale. Give Ibarra credit, however, when she is brave enough to challenge some of the ideals behind the celebration instead of simply praising it for its longevity. Las Marthas, which KLRN screened as part of their Community Cinema series, is a unique look at social classism in South Texas and Mexico that asks some valid questions about family lineage. A Q&A with Ibarra follows this screening of the Director's Cut. $6-$8, 9pm Tuesday, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe, (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org. —Kiko Martinez

For more CineFestival highlights, click here to read Kiko Martinez's full story.

Tue 2/25 - Wed 2/26

The Vagina Monologues

V-Day

In partnership with P.E.A.C.E. Initiative and Family Violence Prevention Services, the Rape Crisis Center presents SA’s seventh annual V-Day production of playwright/performer/feminist/activist Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Launched in 1998 by Ensler, producer Willa Shalit and others, V-Day—a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls—has raised upwards of $75 million for women's anti-violence groups via productions of the award-wining play. $12.50-$15, 7pm Tuesday (in Spanish), 7pm Wednesday (in English), Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg, (210) 738-1117, eventbrite.com. —BR

Wed 2/26

CineFestival: Rezeta

Rezeta

There is a purity to first-time feature writer/director Fernando Frias’ love story Rezeta that makes the film emotionally palpable and sincere. Winner of the Best Narrative Jury Prize at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, the romantic dramedy stars Rezeta Veliu as her namesake, a professional Albanian model working in Mexico City until she flies off to wherever her next gig takes her. When she falls for Alex (Roger Mendoza), a punk-rock drummer, Rezeta must decide if a relationship is enough to keep her grounded. As fancy free as its main character, the film manages to capture a litany of sensations a new relationship might produce, especially with Veliu and Mendoza, both non-actors, freestyling off each other’s dialogue with ease. Well-paced, although real time doesn’t seem to fit into Frias’ storytelling structure, Rezeta isn’t necessarily breaking new ground from a narrative perspective, but it’s at its best when the boy-meets-girl storyline refuses to get bogged down by cliché. $6-$8, 9pm Wednesday, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe, (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org. —KM

For more CineFestival highlights, click here to read Kiko Martinez's full story.

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