Zadie Smith once said, “That’s all people want from fiction, right? The feeling of it being necessary. Most of the things we read feel so fundamentally unnecessary.” Smith brings these ideas and her own vital writing to San Antonio for “An Evening with Zadie Smith, a Reading with Commentary.” Since her literary debut at age 22 with White Teeth, the British novelist has achieved international recognition for provocative prose that intersects race, class and identity. A professor of creative writing at New York University, Smith speaks at Trinity in conjunction with the Stieren Arts Enrichment Series. Free, 8pm Monday, Trinity University, One Trinity (210) 999-7516, trinity.edu
Hidden Talents Pop Up Art Show
A carefully curated space of emerging and undiscovered artists pops up in Sunset Ridge October 14-17. The viewing will be open everyday 10:30-5pm, with a Meet the Artists Reception on the opening evening of the 14th from 5:30 to 9pm. Enjoy spirits, lite fare and artful discovery. Free, 5pm-7pm Tuesday, Sunset Ridge, 501 W Durango, tracywilliamscontemporary.com
History of the Eagles Tour
The History of the Eagles tour lands in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the AT&T Center. The band will perform classics spanning their career, including some that have never been performed live, as well as songs featured in History of the Eagles, the band’s acclaimed documentary. $60-$210, 8pm Wednesday, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center, (800) 745-3000, attcenter.com
6th Annual Mole Throwdown
The 6th Annual Mole Throwdown is a culinary, art-filled experience that blends together efforts to promote Chicano/Latino Art and Culture in San Antonio. This is an innovative and creative way that benefits Centro Cultural Aztlan’s year-long programming in a venue that truly supports the Chicano, Latino and Indigenous traditions such as Dia de Los Muertos, Virgen de Guadalupe Exhibit and the Lowrider Festival. Mole will be prepared and generously donated by local restaurants such as La Gloria, Los Laureles, Se?or Cancun and local chefs for your delicate palate that is sure to ignite your taste buds. Patrons will be asked to taste vote for their favorite, and a new winner will be announced. $20, 6pm-10pm Thursday, Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg, (210) 432-1896, centroaztlan.org
Thursday 10/16 - Sunday 10/19
Ballet San Antonio reprises its original adaptation of “the most blood-curdling novel of the paralyzed century.” With a “haunting” score by Philip Feeney and choreography by artistic director Gabriel Zertuche, Dracula conjures terror from Transylvania to London with Sarah Pautz as levelheaded Mina Murray, Yanaylet Lopez as the irresistible Lucy Westenra and Ian Morris as the nocturnal hypnotist Dracula. Amy Fote provides fresh direction in the production that opens Ballet San Antonio’s inaugural season as the Tobin’s resident ballet company. $23.10-$98, 8pm Thu-Sat, 2pm Sun, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, balletsanantonio.org —Murphi Cook
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