Initially dismissed as “farfetched nonsense” (The New Yorker) and “another Hitchcock-and-bull story” (Time magazine), Vertigo is now counted among the greatest films of all time. Set in San Francisco, the 1958 psychological thriller stars James Stewart as an acrophobic ex-detective who becomes obsessed with a mysterious blonde (Kim Novak) after rescuing her from the waters below the Golden Gate Bridge. Texas Public Radio screens the classic as part of its Cinema Tuesdays series. $10-$15, 7:30pm Tuesday, Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg, (210) 614-8977, tpr.org.
Brent Watkins and the Big Band
South Texas Jazz presents SA's own Dr. Brent "Doc" Watkins and his 18-piece orchestra (comprising piano, bass, drums, vocals, trumpets, trombones and saxophones) in a swingin’ program of big band music. Joined by guest singers Rick Cavender and Pierre Poree, Watkins and company will highlight classics of the swing era (including works by Neal Hefti, Count Basie, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington) along with new standards by Lyle Lovett. $30-$50, 7:30pm Tuesday, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N St. Mary's, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.
Movies by Moonlight: Frozen Sing-Along
Slab Cinema's kid-friendly Movies by Moonlight series broke in its new Travis Park digs last Tuesday and continues this week with a sing-along screening of Frozen, which won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for "Let It Go," performed by Idina Menzel) and topped the list of highest-grossing films of 2013. Built around Hans Christian Andersen's frigid fairytale The Snow Queen, the Disney blockbuster follows a fearless princess who embarks on an epic journey (with a mountain man, a reindeer and a snowman in tow) to find her estranged sister, whose cryokinetic powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Free (picnics, lawn chairs and blankets welcome), pre-show entertainment at 7:30pm, film at 8:45pm, Travis Park, 301 E Travis, (210) 207-3677, slabcinema.com.
Salud! Culinary Nights: “Farm to Table Flavors”
One of a trio of interactive culinary events to be held in conjunction with the Witte's new H-E-B Body Adventure, “Farm to Table Flavors” offers food fans an opportunity to learn about the farm-to-table movement while watching chefs Stephen Paprocki (NuStar Energy), Chris Cook (Farm2Fork Catering Company) and Jeff White (Boiler House) whip up savory bites. Each chef will be paired with a farmer (either Mitch Hagney of Local Sprouts, Pedro Schambon Jr. of My Fathers Farm or Doug Havemann of Mesquite Field Farms) to create a small dish for each guest. To sweeten he deal, Becker Vineyards will be on hand with wine pairings. Salud! Culinary Nights continue on July 9 (“Local Bites and Brews”) and August 13 (“Fresh Cool Flavors to Beat the Heat”). $45-$50 (includes a souvenir wine glass), 6:30-8:30pm, Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, (210) 357-1910, wittemuseum.org.
If Kurt Cobain lived past '94 and sea-changed over to alt-country, he’d sound almost identical to Lucero singer Ben Nichols. Active since '98, the Memphis-based quintet have an impressive 10 albums under their belts and an appearance on the soundtrack to the 2012 Matthew McConaughey vehicle Mud. $20, 8:30pm Wednesday, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.frontgatetickets.com.
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