Percy Jackson's Birthday Party
Barnes & Nobles celebrates fictional demigod Percy Jackson’s birthday in conjunction with the publication of author/creator Rick Riordan’s new illustrated collection Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. Free, 6pm Tuesday, Barnes & Noble (La Cantera), 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 558-3903.
Bekah Kelso is holding down August for the Liberty Bar’s awesome monthly residency. This SA singer-songwriter (and Solo Artist of the Year) nimbly shifts between genres, unable to be pinned down. Collaborating with special guests each week, Kelso shares the stage with Laura Maire and Lucas Jack this. Free, 7:30pm Tuesday, Liberty Bar at the Convent, 1111 S. Alamo, liberty-bar.com.
Expressions in Modern Jazz
With frequent live appearances, DJ Shabbytiger’s weekly Expressions in Modern Jazz vinyl celebration removes jazz from its suit-and-tie connotations and takes it to the dive bar. Free, 10pm Tuesday, Bottom Bracket Social Club, 1603 N. Colorado, (210) 267-9160, facebook.com/BottomBracketSocialClub.
Two Tons of Steel
Fans of Reverend Horton Heat, Old 97's, Hank 3 and Gruene Hall surely know the country punk outfit Two Tons of Steel. Bar-B-Q joint County Line is hosting a free concert with the band to bring in canned good donations for the San Antonio Food Bank. Free, 7pm Wednesday, County Line, 10101 I-10 W., (210) 641-1998.
Lone Star Live Summer Concert Series
The free Lone Star Live concert series continues through August with performances by SA artists Curtis Grimes, Mitch Webb and the Swindles and Garrett T. Capps and the Only Hipsters. Find free parking at nearby parking garages at downtownsanantonio.org/park.
Tribute to Octavio Paz
UTSA Mexico Center and La Casa de Espana present, “Tribute to Octavio Paz.” Octavio Paz is a Mexican writer who is known as one of the greatest Hispanic poets and intellectuals of all time. The program will be in Spanish and will highlight the life and work of Paz. Free, 7pm Friday, UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. Durango Blvd, (210) 458-2400.
This original, Disney animation made its debut back in November. Considered one of the highest grossing animated films of all time, Frozen has captured the hearts and lungs of fans young and old, belting out “Let it Go.” You’ll just melt with Olaf the snowman when he dreams of life “In Summer.” Projected by Slab Cinema, two back-to-back outdoor movie screenings occur this weekend: Friday (8/22) at Alamo Heights Nature Trail Park (next to Heights Pool) and Saturday (8/23) at the Mission Drive-in. Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets. Film rolls at dusk, around 8:30.
Valerie Massey Goree
Throughout her travels from Zimbabwe to San Antonio, Valerie Massey Goree definitely has seen her fair share of racial prejudice. In Colors of Deceit, her latest novel, she tells an intriguing story with a frank treatment on the issue of multi-ethnic marriage and heritage in a wealthy south Texas family. Goree is an American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner. She has served as a missionary in Zimbabwe and worked in the public school system for many years focusing on students with special needs. Free, 11am Saturday, the Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Ste 106, (210) 826-6411, thetwig.indiebound.com.
One doesn’t usually associate Americana singer-songwriters with being gear nerds, but Austin Forrest can spar with the gnarliest of roadies. Using a looping pedal, Forrest lays down the rhythm section on the bongo and cajón, the song’s bones on the rhythm guitar, then shreds lead on top. Forrest loops three part harmonies to complement his tunes, challenging the role of the barside/restaurant patio crooner. Free, 7pm Saturday, Tycoon Flats, 2926 N. St. Mary's, (210) 320-0819, tycoonflats.net.