Twenty years into the game of providing tuition-free arts education to area youths, SAY Sí has racked up some impressive numbers. Launched in 1994 with a modest group of 12 students, the nonprofit now boasts an enrollment of 200-plus and an outreach umbrella benefiting more than 3,000. Equally impressive is the fact that the full-time “creative youth development organization” sees 100 percent of its seniors graduate high school and pursue college. While it functions as a showcase of SAY Sí’s latest success stories, the senior thesis exhibition presents college-bound students with a final “benchmark” entailing such art-world practicalities as gallery layout and raising a budget for refreshments. Titled “Future Pending...,” this year’s group show runs the gamut from sculpture and film to experimental processes and original performances presented by the ALAS Youth Theatre Company. Free, 6-9pm Friday, SAY Sí, 1518 S Alamo, (210) 212-8666, saysi.org. —Bryan Rindfuss
‘YES (the river knows)’
Given recent developments in SA’s incredible shrinking art scene, one might describe FL!GHT’s departure from 1906 South Flores and arrival in the Blue Star Arts Complex as an example of a reverse trend. But the elephants among us will remind that before FL!GHT ignited the Second Saturday scene it operated from the Blue Star Art Silos, making the most of First Friday traffic to fuel “viral T-shirt and sticker campaigns.” To inaugurate the new digs (a multi-use space adjacent to Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum), founding director Justin Parr and “senior creative co-conspirator” Ed Saavedra rally the troops for a 15-person exhibition featuring works by Alex Rubio, Andy Benavides, Calen Barnum, Ethel Shipton, J.J. Vanlandingham, Jake Zollie Harper, James Cobb, Jayne Lawrence, Jeremiah Teutsch, Justin B. Schneider, Lloyd Walsh, Megan Harrison, Raygun Johns, Tommy Gregory and Vincent Valdez. Free, 6-10pm Friday, FL!GHT, 134 Blue Star, (210) 872-2586, turnitoff.tv. —BR
Mother Falcon, the beloved orchestral pop outfit from Austin, is truly an odd bird. This unique project is comprised of 21 people and manages to make music that is cohesive, polished and just plain delightful to experience. Even in all the intricacy of the band’s songs, there is a light and refreshing wind that blows through them. With simple lyrics and moving (often tempestuous) arrangements, Mother Falcon is singularly adept at extracting precise emotions and at sweeping them all away. While the band sounds pretty darn great on record (you can stream sophomore LP You Knew at motherfalconmusic.bandcamp.com), its songs really come to life in the live setting. Particularly with 502 Bar’s excellent acoustics, seeing Mother Falcon live promises to be riveting. Chris Maddin and Bright like the Sun will open. $10, 9pm Friday, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com. —James Courtney
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Stylish, mysterious and wild, the impeccably dressed mistress of reinvention known as Holly Golightly is Truman Capote’s most iconic gift to pop culture. Born Lulamae Barnes in Texas, Golightly’s easy to sum up (The Hollywood Reporter once pegged her as an “amoral socialite gold digger who charms and seduces everyone around her”) but Capote’s 1958 novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s skirts the topic of her profession. Sparked by a London play from 2009, The Telegraph asked: “Was Holly Golightly Really a Prostitute?” In response to the story, The New Yorker dug into Playboy’s archives and reprinted excerpts from a 1968 interview with Capote, who likened her to an “American geisha.” The Botanical Garden and Slab Cinema partner to screen Blake Edwards’ 1961 adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn as the Givenchy-clad gamine who popularized the term “little black dress.” Free, 7:30pm Friday, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, (210) 207-3250, sabot.org. —BR
Blue Star Family Day: Discover Printmaking!
Blue Star invites kids of all ages to discover printmaking through an array of artist-led creation stations including “Art from Repurposed Materials” with Mary Elizabeth Cantu and Spare Parts; “Ways of Seeing” with Mark Menjivar and Jason Reed; “Block Prints” with David Almaguer; “Silkscreen Tote Bags” with Andy and Yvette Benavides of SMART; “Shoe Print Monsters” with Kim Bishop; “Clay Animals” with Laurel Gibson; “Shadow Puppets” with Murphi Cook and Zach Dorn of Miniature Curiosa; and “Japanese Kite Making” with Stuart Allen. Free, 11am-3pm Saturday, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, bluestarart.org. —BR
FredStock Music Festival
Named in honor of the late radio/TV/film professor Fred Weiss, San Antonio College’s annual FredStock Music Festival provides Music Business students with hands-on experience while offering the public an afternoon of free live music along with beer and food truck fare available for purchase. This year’s student-produced showcase features performances by Los #3 Dinners, Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin and the Bad Breath, the S.A. Blues Cats, Cool Cat Charlie and Gman Blues Band. Free, noon-6pm Saturday, Parking Lot 7 (corner of N Main and Courtland), San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro, (210) 486-0000, fredstocksatx.com. —BR
‘The Ballad of Polynices’
Since its grand opening last September, Beacon Hill’s French & Michigan Gallery has generated promise for San Antonio’s commercial art scene along with controversy over a publicized zoning conflict. Although a meeting in January showed the majority of neighborhood residents support the proposed gallery, proprietor/designer Billy Lambert soon thereafter filed to postpone his application to rezone 115 Michigan Avenue in order to focus on running his multidisciplinary design studio. Taking these speed bumps in stride, French & Michigan opens its latest chapter as a pop-up at The Warehouse, which proved an ideal venue for Three Walls during Contemporary Art Month. Curated by F&M’s own Celeste Wackenhut, “The Ballad of Polynices” showcases painter-turned-collage artist Shannon Crider, who was one of only six artists representing San Antonio in the 2013 Texas Biennial. Inspired by Sophocles’ death-filled tragedy Antigone (orbiting around a fearless girl determined to give her slain brother Polynices a proper burial), the solo show transports the ancient Greek legend into a distinctly modern dimension while highlighting Crider’s intriguing method of building figurative scenes with found bits of paper. Free, 2-5pm Saturday, The Warehouse, 1119 S St. Mary’s, (210) 378-0961, frenchandmichigan.com. On view by appointment through May 31. —BR
Nothing spells summer quite like the coming onslaught of festivals. And after a couple weeks’ downtime following SXSW and Maverick, the season gets rolling again with JMBLYA, the vowel-averse fest happening this weekend up the road at New Braunfels’ Whitewater Amphitheater. Taking a hard right from the usual Texas country acts that color the White Water stage, JMBLYA is all summer fun, its bill loaded with DJs and rappers who will no doubt bring the party with plenty of strobes, bass drops and air horns.
For it’s first year in New Braunfels, JMBLYA has assembled an impressive roster of headliners ranging across the DJ and hip-hop spectrum. Arguably at the top of this headliner list is Chance the Rapper. The Chicago-born emcee was still in his teens when he dropped his mixtape Acid Rap, a 13-track headtrip that rightly pushed its way onto many of last year’s “best of” lists. Bestowed with a whiny but endearing flow, Chance couples that idiosyncratic delivery with a complete disregard for what one should or should not talk about in a rap lyric. He’s as likely to talk about Chicago street violence as his grandmama’s kisses, sometimes within the same verse. Chance has been hit with some serious health issues, the severity of which kept him off the Coachella stage a few weeks back. Let’s hope he’s at full-strength; he’s one of JMBLYA’s most captivating oddballs.
On the opposite end of hip-hop’s current young crop is A$AP Ferg, the type of dude who, if his on-record persona is to be believed, has never kissed his grandmother. Ferg came a long way towards emerging from under A$AP Rocky’s shadow on the strength of his sinister debut Trap Lord, a blunt force record that rendered him as Young Jeezy’s weirder, younger brother. How Ferg’s trap-anthems will sound whilst floating down a river drinking Coors may be another matter entirely.
On the DJ tip, Baauer continues his quest to remind everyone he’s done things other than the “Harlem Shake.” For those of you trying to think of something else Baauer has done, it’s probably clear that this quest has been met with mixed success. That said, this Philly producer puts on a fun-as-hell live set.
If there were an outlier to be had on the EDM and hip-hop heavy line-up, the best candidate would have to be Purity Ring. The Canadian act quickly put themselves in the esteemed company of fellow co-ed electro-pop duos Crystal Castles and Phantogram with their 2012 LP Shrines. In keeping with what appears to be JMBLYA’s total aversion to having instruments on stage at any time, Purity Ring will only be performing a DJ set.
Rounding out the JMBLYA lineup are sax-totting Detroit producer Griz, whiz-kid turntablist Cashmere Cat, Brooklyn-based emcees the Underachievers, producer and frequent Weezy collaborator DJ Drama and rising rapper Denzel Curry. Oh, and Riff Raff, still playing his role as hip-hop’s inside joke, also squeezed his way on to
the bill. $45-$149, 4pm-midnight Saturday, WhiteWater Amphitheater, 11860 FM 306, New Braunfels, (830) 964-3800, whitewaterrocks.com.
Let’s get something straight. You might not know who Kool Keith is, but you really fucking should. Without Kool Keith blazing a weirdo trail in the 1980s with Ultramagnetic MCs and in the 1990s with his solo albums (under his name and the alias Dr. Octagon), it is hard to imagine how the rap landscape would look, but it’s fair to say that it would be very different. Keith’s consciously off-kilter (and dark) subject matter and delivery styles paved the way for folks like Eminem, Hopsin and Odd Future. Kool Keith has kept at it ever since his Bronx beginnings and has been more active post-2000 than the vast majority of rappers who came up in the ’80s. His is a well-honed style and an ear tuned to a frequency that just doesn’t come through for many rappers. With support from local duo Chisme, celebrating their release of It’s OK to Dream. $10-$12, 8pm Saturday, The Korova, 107 E Martin, (210) 995-7229, ticketfly.com. —JC
San Antonio Wookie Walk
Studies show taller job applicants are more likely to get hired than shorter ones, and supporting evidence comes straight from the Star Wars universe. Reportedly George Lucas cast 7-foot-2 Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca without a single test-reading/caterwauling. But vertically-challenged cosplayers wanting to celebrate May the Fourth by parading through downtown, take heart: Event organizers encourage you to create your own Wookie, and as that Holiday Special taught us, Wookies come in all shapes and sizes, from Chewy’s dad Itchy to younger brother Lumpy. Mother Malla, meanwhile, is proof that female Wookies aren’t distinguished by smaller stature or sparser body hair but by less stupid-sounding names. Kids’ activities, vendors and live music will be on hand to distract you from the fact that it’s 90-degrees outside and you’re dressed like the floor of an Ozark barbershop. Free, noon-midnight (walk at 7pm) Sunday, Tower of the Americas, 739 E César E. Chávez, sanantoniowookiewalk.com. —Jeremy Martin