9 Free Events Happening This Week

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Mon 6/30

Act OUT

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Among the San Antonio Public Library’s efforts to highlight the Alamo City’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community, the collaborative LGBT Pride Month offering Act OUT features excerpts from the Playhouse’s 2013-2014 season presented in an up-close and personal format. Free, 6-8pm Monday, 600 Soledad, Auditorium, (210) 207-2500, mysapl.org.

 Tues 7/1

Toy Story 2

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Slab Cinema’s free outdoor Movies by Moonlight series in Travis Park continues this week with Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 2, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks (as Sheriff Woody) and Tim Allen (as Buzz Lightyear). A sequel to 1995’s Toy Story, the computer-animated adventure takes shape when Woody (a valuable collectable based on a TV show) is stolen by the owner of Al's Toy Barn. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Free, 8:30pm Tuesday, 301 E Travis, 210-212-9373, slabcinema.com. 

Tues 7/1 & Wed 7/2

The Croods

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Santikos' free Summer Movies Series continues with DreamWorks Animation's prehistoric comedy adventure The Croods. Featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone, the 2013 film follows the world’s first family as they're forced to venture out into the world after their cave is destroyed. The Croods will be screened at the Silverado 16, Embassy 14, Northwest, and Mayan Palace theaters. Free tickets can be obtained three days in advance. Free, 10am Tuesday-Wednesday, Santikos Theaters, santikos.com.

Wed 7/2

Muralismo de San Anto

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Cultivating artistic talent is a top priority for San Anto Cultural Arts, a Westside nonprofit distinguished by its prolific community mural and public art program. Since its formation in 1993, the organization has unveiled nearly 50 murals celebrating everything from heavy metal to Martin Luther King Jr. Presented in collaboration with the Westside Development Corporation, SACA’s “Muralismo de San Anto” puts a collection of “mini murals” up for auction in an effort to “pair interested parties, be it wall owners or those interested in Westside real estate.” While it showcases nine emerging artists (Evan Wagoner, Matt Ritchie, Philip Luna, Alberto Ramirez Jr., Blair Wilson, Ashley Mireles, Cecilia Santos, Robin Arthur and Adriana Abundis), the public event also features light refreshments and a rare peek inside the 1930s-era Escobedo Creamery. $5 suggested donation, 6:30-8:30pm, Escobedo Creamery, 2211 W Salinas, (210) 226-7466, sananto.org.

 Wed 7/2

Jenelle Esparza: “Ancestral Archetypes”

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Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum unveils “Ancestral Archetypes,” an exhibit by Corpus Christi native Jenelle Esparza. Primarily a photographer, Esparza also works in multimedia installation and constructs photo-based pieces. Her latest project comprises "silhouetted figures of real people paired with the gardens, plants and natural surroundings." Free, 6-8pm Wednesday-Thursday, 116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, bluestarart.org. On view through August 3.

 Thurs 7/3

Free Craft Beer Tasting

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Conroy’s Irish Pub will be hosting a complimentary craft beer tasting open to guests 21 and up. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample 10 different craft beers from five different breweries. All guests will receive a raffle ticket upon entry and light snacks will be served. Free, 7-9pm Thursday, 9091 Fair Oaks Pkwy, (210) 698-7310, craftbeer.com.

 Fri 7/4

Cody Jinks

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Native Texan Cody Jinks continues his regional tour with a free concert at Gruene Hall, where he'll light up the stage with original country tunes like “Alone” and “The Fast Lane.” Free, 8pm Friday, 1281 Gruene (New Braunfels), (830) 606-1281, gruenehall.com.

 Fri 7/4

Heart of Texas Concert Band: “Let Freedom Ring”

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In honor of Independence Day, The Heart of Texas Concert Band will be performing a live concert in front of The Alamo. The purpose of “Let Freedom Ring” is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner,” which will be performed along with other patriotic favorites like “Armed Forces Salute,” "America the Beautiful" and “My Country 'Tis of Thee.” Free, 1:30pm Friday, 300 Alamo Plaza, heartoftexasconcertband.org.

 Fri 7/4

4th of July Celebration 

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The San Antonio Parks Foundation and the City of San Antonio join forces for a kid-friendly 4th of July celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park. The Red, White & Blue Children and Community Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from the Woodlawn Gym (patriotic costumes encouraged). The day will be filled with games, food and musical entertainment and culminates with the H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza. Free, 8:30am-11pm Friday, 1103 Cincinnati, (210) 212-8423, saparksfoundation.org.

 Sat 7/5

“As a Manner of Fact ... Graffiti for Civilized Tranquility”

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REM Art Gallery hosts an opening reception for “As a Manner of Fact... Graffiti for Civilized Tranquility,” an exhibit by locally based Japanese artist Hiromi Tsuji Stringer. Inspired by miscommunication and the "possibility of language," Tsuji Stringer's latest series comprises mixed-media drawings layered with pages from the book Miss Manner's Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior. Free, 6-9pm Saturday, 219 E Park, (210) 224-1227, remgallery.com.

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