In case you were wondering, here’s exactly how awesome Jimi Hendrix is: The online directory tribute-band.com lists 55 pages of acts covering everyone from the Beatles to Nightwish to Michael Bublé, but a million in unpaid royalties says none of them boasts a lineup featuring the likes of Zakk Wylde, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang and Buddy effing Guy. To get that kind of talent to come together to pretend to be you, you gotta be the kind of wizard who’s being literal when he talks about putting the elements of earth and air into his solos, the kind of deity who threatens to chop down a mountain, then does it, leaving behind generations of would-be disciples to try to recreate the miracle. $46.50-$89.50, 7:30pm Tue, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 115 Auditorium Circle (210) 223-3333, tobincenter.org
The Bad Plus
Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and Dave King of The Bad Plus
For over 14 years and 12 albums, pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King have redefined the expectations of the jazz trio. Their sophomore release, These Are the Vistas, broke onto the scene in 2003 with technically deep, whimsically played Aphex Twin, Nirvana and Blondie covers intermeshed with equally enthralling originals that poked at conventions and shook up more adventurous listeners. Now, in support of this year’s Inevitable Western, The Bad Plus is set to play San Antonio for the first time. Read our profile of the ever-evolving trio. $29 and up, 7:30pm Tue, Aztec Theater, 201 E Commerce, (210) 226-2891, artssa.org/the_badplus
The Ultimate Willie Wonka Experience
Enter a world full of bubbles and candy at this enhanced screening of the original Willy Wonka (1971) featuring appearances by original cast members Paris Themmen (Mike TeeVee) and Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt). Alamo Drafthouse hosts a full Q&A after the screening, so audience members can ask Mike TeeVee what it was like to be so tiny and find out what happened to Veruca after she got dumped down the Bad Egg shoot. Each member of the audience also receives a special edition Wonka poster signed by Paris and Julie. $27, 7pm Tue, Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak, 22806 U.S. Hwy. 281 N., (210) 677-8500, drafthouse.com/stoneoak
Tue 9/30 - Sun 10/5
Beauty and the Beast
In Beauty and the Beast we learn there’s no greater lesson than to love and be loved in return. The Majestic hosts the touring musical that follows Belle, our beauty, and a cast of singing household items as they attempt to break the curse that plagues the Beast. Featuring the Disney film’s Oscar-winning score, this tour marks the reunion of the Broadway production’s creators. In the 20 years since its premiere, over 35 million theatergoers worldwide have watched the classic romance. Mrs. Teapot is spot on when she croons that it’s a “tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme.” $30-100, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com
Fri 10/3 - Sat 10/4
The Manhattan Short Film Festival
Founded by Nicholas Mason in 1998, the Manhattan Short Film Festival has grown from a humble presentation screened on the side of a truck to a far-reaching global affair encompassing upwards of 250 cinemas spread across six continents. With alums who have gone on to earn Oscar nods, Manhattan Short is now billed as a “breeding ground for the next big thing in film.” An interactive draw for opinionated cinephiles, the top awards (Best Film and Best Actor) are determined by audience votes collected at screenings around the world. Narrowed down from 589 entries representing 47 countries and ranging in length from eight to 17 minutes, the fest’s 17th annual program comprises Ben Brand’s 97% (Netherlands), Alix Lambert and Sam Chou’s Crime: The Animated Series (U.S.), Elena Fuller’s On the Bridge (UK), James Croke’s Shift (Australia), Andreas Thaulow’s The Fall (Norway), Thierry Lorenzi’s On/Off (France), Josh Soskin’s La Carnada (Mexico), Bexie Bush’s Mend and Make Do (UK), Monn Molson’s The Bravest, The Boldest (U.S.) and Erik Schmitt’s Rhino Full Throttle (Germany). $5-$10, 8pm Fri-Sat, URBAN-15 Studios, 2500 S Presa, (210) 736-1500, manhattanshort.com. —Bryan Rindfuss
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