Enigmatic, unpredictable and accomplished are but a few of the words that come to mind when considering Jesse Amado, a San Antonio artist who’s represented in collections stretching from the McNay to the Smithsonian. A former firefighter, Amado’s been known to turn everything from dangling crystals to yards of fringe into conceptual works exploring themes of seduction, beauty and romance. Drawing from his personal experience with illness, Amado’s latest body of work employs richly colored virgin wool felt cuttings to address “the gamut of ways that pharmaceuticals inflect our daily lives.” Ranging from orderly grids of pill-inspired shapes (Nine Tablets, above) to draped arrangements of felt scraps (Consequences #1, below), “30 Day Rx” marks the 70th exhibition arranged by Ruiz-Healy Art, an Olmos Park gallery specializing in “contemporary and modern art with an emphasis on Latin American and Texas-connected artists.” Free, 6-8pm Thu, Ruiz-Healy Art, 201-A E. Olmos Dr., (210) 804-2219, ruizhealyart.com. Through June 6. — Bryan Rindfuss
As National Poetry Month comes to a close, the good folks of the URBAN-15 performance group invite you to partake in Mega Corazon. The poetry-centric event will feature a diverse group of 15 poets, including the Alamo City’s inaugural poet laureate Carmen Tafolla, over the course of six hours. Taken as a whole, this special reading showcases “San Antonio’s rhythmic and pulsated voice, its rainbow of life,” in the richest possible way. And if you find yourself still a bit hungover from Fiesta and unable to attend, fret not — the whole thing will be live-streamed at urban15.org. Free, 4-10pm Thu, URBAN-15 Studio, 2500 S. Presa St., (210) 736-1500, megacorazon.com. — James Courtney
Fri 5/1 - Sat 5/2 The Journeymen and Womyn with a Y
Written by Mike Wirsch and directed by Liz Vermeulen, the Overtime’s latest dystopian drama brings together an absurd cast of characters (Satan, SuperPope, members of a suicide cult and “the most uninteresting man in the world”) for a Russian Roulette tournament. $10-$14, 8pm Fri-Sat, The Overtime Theater, 1203 Camden St., (210) 557-7562, theovertimetheater.org. Through May 30. — BR
Fri 5/1 - Sun 5/3 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
PHOTO BY SIGGI RAGNAR
John Stillwaggon, John O'Neill, Emily Spicer and Anna Gangai co-star in the Classic Theatre's production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Two single siblings inside their dead parents’ house, one movie star, a grove of nine cherry trees, and one freakishly handsome lover named Spike: This is not an Anton Chekhov play. Christopher Durang hijacks characters and themes from the famed Russian playwright and forces them into a house in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania in his comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Following the siblings as they hash out their ancestral home’s uncertain future, the play may lack some of the absurdity that Durang is most famous for, but it certainly promises belly-busting laughter over love, heartache, and sibling rivalry. Familiarity with Chekhov not required. $10-$25, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Classic Theatre of San Antonio, 1924 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 589-8450, classictheatre.org. Through May 17. — Murphi Cook
6th Annual Paseo por el Westside
The Esperanza’s cultural preservation-minded Paseo por el Westside features walking tours led by Westside Preservation Alliance members, old-school children’s games, informative workshops (covering everything from medicinal plants and genealogy to making tortillas and pan dulce) and live music from Las Tesoros de San Antonio with Mariachi Durango, Son Semillas, Rodolfo Lopez with Conjunto Taller and Bene Medina with Conjunto Aguila. Free, 9am-3pm Sat, Rinconcito de Esperanza, 816 Colorado St., (210) 228-0201, esperanzacenter.org.— BR
Fredstock Music Festival
Each year, students and faculty of San Antonio College’s Music Business program put on the Fredstock Music Festival. Named after longtime program director Fred Weiss, the fest is part on-the-job training for students, part fundraiser and all fun. This year’s lineup is steeped in the traditions of the blues and roots rock, featuring performances from SA legends Los #3 Dinners, Jimmy Spacek and the Westside Horns, Ruben V, Granvil Poynter and more. The free event will also feature food trucks/booths and vendors of various types. Free, noon-6pm Sat, Longwith Radio Television Film Building (Courtland Pl. at N. Main Ave.), San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro Ave., (210) 486-1380, fredstocksatx.com. — JC
Perhaps the brightest young star in a genre that feels like it could really use them, Texas’ own Kacey Musgraves rightfully garnered glowing praise, inside and outside the country music community, with her stellar 2013 album Same Trailer Different Park. Now, she’s got a cute but snarky new single out, “Biscuits,” and she’s slowly ramping up to the yet-to-be-announced release of her highly-anticipated follow-up. Our advice is to catch this brilliant and defiant young performer while you still can — soon enough it’ll be all arena shows and big stages for Musgraves. $23-$28, 9pm Sat, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd., (210) 695-8827, Helotes, liveatfloores.com. — JC
Along with all the flowers made possible by those April showers, the month of May brings a wild array of lowriders to the Deco District. A San Antonio signature since 1982, Centro Cultural Aztlan’s Lowrider Festival debunks stereotypes while celebrating tricked-out rides as “mobile works of art” showcased in a family-friendly environment. Much more than a gathering, the 33rd annual event features festival fare, arts and crafts vendors, live music and a competition awarding cash and trophies to winners in more than 30 categories — including Best Lowrider Bike and Best Bomb. $7, 10am-7pm Sun, Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 432-1896, centroaztlan.org.— BR
Sun 5/3 Dance Kaleidoscope
San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet brings its annual spring performance to the Majestic for a whirlwind tour of classical and contemporary dance. Officially endorsed by SA2020, Dance Kaleidoscope offers a ticket to Vienna with its opening one-act ballet Graduation Ball (a toe-tapping good time in an 1840s all-girls finishing school), a tour of the history of Japanese theater and dance with Denise Oustalet’s Asian Fusion and new contemporary works by Karin Heiden. Guest artists include local chamber group Musical Offerings and married ballet duo Joseph and Laura Villalobos. $13-$33, 2:30pm Sun, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-333, sametballet.org. — MC
Barbacoa & Big Red Festival
Driven home by Randy Garibay’s classic album Barbacoa Blues and Hacienda’s contemporary offering Big Red & Barbacoa, the Alamo City is the epicenter of the distinctly Texan combo of barbacoa and Big Red. Why slow-cooked beef head and bubble-gummy soda marry so well clearly lies in the mouth of the beholder. Five years strong, the Barbacoa & Big Red Festival celebrates the unlikely union with an all-ages event combining food trucks, beer and live music by Ernie Garibay & Cats Don’t Sleep, Network For Young Artists, Felix Truvere and Los Aguilares. $5-$10, 11am-7pm Sun, R&J Music Pavilion, 18086 Pleasanton Rd., (210) 628-6200, barbacoabigredfest.wix.com/bbrfest.— BR
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