10 Free Events Happening This Week

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Tues 7/8

Cars 2

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Travis Park and the city of San Antonio will be hosting Movies by Moonlight with this week’s presentation of Disney and Pixar’s 2011 flick Cars 2 featuring voices of Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy. The champion racecar Lightning McQueen is back as he and his pal Mater journey overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race in Europe. Guests are always welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Free, 8:30, Tuesday, 301 E Travis, (210) 207-3677, sanantonio.gov/parksandrec.

Tues 7/8 & Wed 7/9

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

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Director Peter Lord’s 2012 animated comedy The Pirates! Band of Misfits is Santikos Theaters’ next feature presentation for the summer movie series. Featuring the voices of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Hugh Grant and others, the film follows a pirate captain and his crew on an adventurous race against his rowdy rivals for the treasured pirate of the year award. The film will be presented at Santikos’ Silverado 16, Northwest 14, Rialto and Mayan Palace theaters. Free tickets are available three days before each screening. Free, 10am, Tuesday-Wednesday, Santikos Theaters, santikos.com.

Wed 7/9

Summer Dance Hall Series

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The Pearl presents its Summer Dance Hall Series, at the historic Pearl Stable, with a lineup of music representing the rich history of South Texas dance hall music. San Antonio jazz legend Doc Watkins will curate the series, which highlights a variety of genres (from South Texas swing to Polka) and kicks off Wednesday with a performance by The Lone Star Swingbillies. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited. Free, 5:30, Wednesday, 200 E Grayson, 303 Pearl Pkwy #300, (210) 212-7260, atpearl.com.

Wed 7/9 & Thurs 7/10

¡BRAVO! An Evening of Song and Dance

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The Parks and Recreation Department’s cultural arts program presents a great escapes-themed event featuring music and performances inspired by exotic vacation destinations (including Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean), accompanied by the City’s Youth Band. Free (donations appreciated), 8pm Wednesday-Thursday, Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita, (210) 207-3132, sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/dance_bravo.aspx.

Wed 7/9

The Damn Quails w/ Kyle Reed Band

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The County Line presents the Ancira Music Series with this week’s performance by The Damn Quails with Kyle Reed Band performing original songs like “Down the Hatch” and “Me and the Whiskey.” Proceeds benefit the San Antonio Food Bank and donations are appreciated. Free (donations welcome), 7pm-10pm, Wednesday, 10101 I-10 W, (210) 641-1998, countyline.com.

Fri 7/11

Balcones Heights Jazz Festival: Cindy Bradley & Steve Oliver

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Wonderland of the Americas hosts the 21st annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival presenting performances by jazz musicians Cindy Bradley and Steve Oliver. This event will continue through the summer and will feature contemporary jazz performers like Steve Cole and Roman Street. Food and beverages will be available for purchase onsite. Free, 7-10:30pm Friday, 4522 Fredericksburg, (210) 785-3500, wonderlandamericas.com.

Sat 7/12

Nancy Oakes Book Signing

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The Twig Book Shop presents a book signing and discussion with author and columnist Nancy Oakes in support of her latest work Return of Sophia, Mother of the Universe. Oakes’ nonfiction novel is dedicated to the remembrance of the creatress (Sophia, mother of the Universe) and urges humanity to discover the “intention of life.” Her work also explores diversity in humanity and how love and passion can help humanity find “oneness.” Free, 3-5pm Saturday, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Ste 106, (210) 826-6411, thetwig.indiebound.com.

Sat 7/12

“Rights of Mother Earth”

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Esperanza Peace and Justice Center hosts a presentation by Maria de la Torre entitled “La Mujer, Continuadora de los Tiempos/Women, Keepers of Time.” De la Torre is a Kichwa elder from Ecuador and will discuss the “rights of mother earth” with a focus on the feminine world and roles as the keepers of time according to Andean philosophies. Translators for both Spanish and English will be available for guests. Free, 7pm Saturday, 922 San Pedro, (210) 228-0201, esperanzacenter.org.

Sat 7/12

“Glass”

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3rd Space Art Gallery presents an exhibit by artist C.J. Duron titled “Glass” which features a visual work using glass to produce serene visuals. Duron’s exhibit comprises works that evoke a sense of peace via lit glass engravings. Free, 7-10pm, Saturday, 141Cassiano, arttothethirdpower.com.

Sun 7/13

Travel Journal and Corkboard Event

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Michaels at the Quarry hosts a free event inviting crafters to create travel journals and corkboards. Participants will make their own travel-themed, mixed-media journals and corkboards while being led by an instructor. Free (supplies not included), 1-4pm, Sunday, 225 E Basse #120, (210) 804-1966, michaels.com.

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