Cinema Tuesdays: Oscar Shorts
A wide-ranging and easily digested component of Texas Public Radio’s Cinema Tuesdays series, Oscar Shorts rounds up all 10 short films nominated in the 86th Academy Awards. Likened by Variety to a “global sampler” crafted by “the next generation of feature directors,” the live-action program deals with a number of heavy issues including terminal illness (Anders Walter’s Oscar-winning tearjerker Helium, above), escaping an abusive marriage (Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras’ Just Before Losing Everything) and child soldiers in Africa (Esteban Crespo’s That Wasn’t Me). Providing a welcome dose of comic relief, the animated shorts drop in on an obsessive-compulsive hermit and his robot dog (Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares’ Oscar-winner Mr. Hublot), iconic Disney characters on a musical hayride (Lauren MacMullan’s Get a Horse!), a dilapidated shrine inhabited by goblin spirits (Shuhei Morita’s Possessions) and a high-flying witch and her cat (Max Lang and Jan Lachauer’s Room on the Broom). $10-$15, 7:30pm Tuesday, Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg, (210) 614-8977, tpr.org. —Bryan Rindfuss
Black Box Lunch with Gabriel Dawe
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum hosts an intimate lunchtime chat with Mexico City-born, Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe, whose intricate installation Plexus no.26 (on view in the Project Space through August 3) creates a mesmerizing visual effect with sewing thread that plays with the viewer’s perception. Space is limited (RSVP to email@example.com) and box lunches are available for $10 to non-members and $8 to members. $10, noon-1pm Tuesday, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 116 Blue Star, San Antonio, (210) 227-6960, bluestarart.org. —BR
The Dear Hunter
Love it or hate it, but prog-rock is back in full force. At least haters can rejoice that most modern prog is no longer bloated with songs spanning more than 20 minutes at a time. Bands like The Dear Hunter still weave intricate stories of WWI over a span of albums, but the music itself is stripped to an indie rock vibe. But being simplistic compared to bombastic ’70s prog ain’t a bad thing. $15, 7pm Wednesday, The Korova, 107 E Martin, (210) 995-7229, ticketfly.com. —Shannon Sweet
Summer Dance Hall Series
If you’ve ever wanted to catch an event at the lavish, 120-year-old Pearl Stable but don’t have 5,000 clams to rent it out for a private Saturday evening, you’re in luck. The Lone Star Swingbillies tip off the Pearl’s free Summer Dance Hall Series, occurring at the Pearl Stable each Wednesday through August 27. Curated by SA jazz pianist and organist Brent Watkins, the new summer series features some notable dance hall and juke joint contributions from South Texas, including conjunto, polka, bolero and Hill Country singer-songwriters. With Mary Ann Cornelius on upright bass, Hank Harrison on mandolin and Ken Little on guitar and singing, The Lone Star Swingbillies bring barn-stompin’, all-string burners to the inaugural gig. Free, 6pm Wednesday, Pearl Stable, 303 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 212-7260, atpearl.com. —Matt Stieb
Ian Moore & The Lossy Coils
Armed with a guitar, good looks and a voice with enough soul to bring back the dead, Ian Moore artfully seams together blues-rock and power-pop. Spawned from the ’90s roots rock scene in Austin, Moore’s won seven Austin Music Awards and opened up stages across North America for the Stones, Bob Dylan and fellow Texans ZZ Top. With five Billboard hits in the Top 10 and eight albums to his name, Moore’s proving his status as a mid-tier icon in South Texas music. $15-$60, 8:30pm Wednesday, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.frontgatetickets.com. —SS
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