10 Things You Have To Do This Weekend

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Thu 5/21 - Sun 5/24
"Viva Zapata!"

 
DIEGO RIVERA, ZAPATA (DETAIL), 1932
  • Diego Rivera, Zapata (detail), 1932

An advocate of early 20th-century agrarian reform, Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata famously used ancient title deeds to fight for the rights of peasants. Drawn from the McMay’s collection of Mexican modernist prints, “Viva Zapata!” explores the icon through the eyes of famed Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. “Part history lesson and part survey,” the exhibit runs concurrently with “Voices of Suffering,” a selection prints by José Clemente Orozco and Käthe Kollwitz. $5-$10, 10am-9pm Thu, 10am-4pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, McNay Art Museum, 5000 N. New Braunfels Dr., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. Through August 16. — Bryan Rindfuss


Thu 5/21
"Dulce"

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In the last few years, Houston transplant Raul Gonzalez has proven an energetic presence on the local art scene, using his body as a medium in videos, painting road signs suggesting we “Werk Harder” and even engaging in artistic combat via War Paint — a live battle that employed paintings as weapons. Contemplative by comparison, “Dulce” combines two bodies of work Gonzalez created over the last five years. While one waxes nostalgic with poppy paintings of Mexican candies, the other takes shape in abstractions inspired by “the joys and challenges of being a new father.” Free, 7-9pm Thu, Guadalupe Theater Gallery, 1301 Guadalupe St., (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org. Through July 22. — BR


Fri 5/21
Family Flicks: Eleanor’s Secret

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SAMA and Slab Cinema’s kid-friendly outdoor film series returns with a screening of Oscar-nominated French-American director Dominique Monféry’s rollicking animated adventure about a magical library where characters from classic fairy tales (including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan and Puss in Boots) come to life. Free (lawn chairs, blankets and picnics welcome), 8:30-10pm Fri, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones St., (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org. — BR


Fri 5/21
Silver Screen Classics in the Garden: His Girl Friday

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Villa Finale hosts an outdoor screening of Howard Hawks’ 1940 screwball comedy starring Cary Grant as an unscrupulous newspaper editor determined to sabotage his ex-wife’s plans to remarry. Food from select Southtown eateries will be available for purchase through Getly Delivery. Free (lawn chairs, blankets, pets on leashes and small coolers welcome), gates at 7pm, film at 8:15pm Fri, Villa Finale, 401 King William St., (210) 223-9800, villafinale.org. — BR


Fri 5/22
“Nature on the Edge: Mutation and Hybridity in 21st Century Art”

LLOYD WALSH, UNTITLED
  • Lloyd Walsh, Untitled

Are we still standing on the precipice? Is there time to step back from the edge, to retool, retrofit and save the environment? Curated by David S. Rubin, Bihl Haus Arts’ new group show “Nature on the Edge” explores these concerns via works by 17 established and emerging artists, including Lloyd Walsh, Joey Fauerso, James Cobb, Kati Hibri and Leigh Anne Lester. Free, 5:30-8:30pm Fri, Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 383-9723, bihlhausarts.org. Through July 25. — BR

JAMES COBB, INLAND SEA
  • James Cobb, Inland Sea

Fri 5/22
Loosen the Bible Belt: A Tour for Humanity

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Put a small cross by this one: might be church. Stand-up comic Kristen Becker (founder of the Dykes of Hazard comedy tour, which should give you some indication of her style and subject matter) and evangelical Christian Pastor Jay Bakker (pictured) are touring together as a double bill. Bakker is the son of the infamous televangelists/tabloid fodder Jim and Tammy Faye, but like Tammy Faye later in life, Jay is an advocate for LGBT rights and acceptance in Christianity so this won’t be a debate or a pray-the-gay-away bait-and-switch. Whether it will wax more toward a “raucous and rowdy” comedy show or an admirably big-tent revival will cost you $10 to determine. None of the proceeds are earmarked for Jesus-themed waterparks, at least. $10, 10pm Fri, The Blind Tiger Comedy Club (inside Magic Time Machine), 902 NE Loop 410, (210) 828-1470, blindtigercomedy.com. — Jeremy Martin

Sat 5/23
Ludacris & Girl Talk

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 For all those times you were relaxing by the river and thought you could use some bass in your life, rapper Ludacris and mash-up master Girl Talk have got you covered. While it may seem that both artists are past their cultural moment, Luda and Girl Talk’s Gregg Gillis have each remained musically active over the past five years. Girl Talk dropped a solid collaboration with Freeway in 2014 and Luda recently released his first album in five years. Will they play the hits though? Rest assured, with a pairing like this, the focus will fall squarely on crowd pleasers. $40-$1,020, doors at 7pm Sat, WhiteWater Amphitheater, 11860 FM 306, New Braunfels, whitewaterrocks.com. — James Courtney



Sat 5/23
Ciara

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“Body Party,” the career standout from Ciara’s self-titled fifth record, is a bedroom tune to induce heavy breathing/petting from all parties involved. Written by Ciara and then-boyfriend and move-that-doper Future, the gold single revolves around a perfect turn of the tongue (“My body is your party”) and an oscillating Mike WiLL groove. Fast-forward to 2015 and the tune’s a little different, due to Future’s extramarital sampling. On the new single “I Bet,” Ciara claims the status as tastemaker in the relationship — “You actin’ like you upgrading me, I upgraded you / You and me at fashion week in Paris, I put you onto that new.” Jackie, the new album named after Ciara’s mom, largely focuses on Ciara’s new motherhood. On the cover in not-your-average-pair of mom jeans, the 29-year-old Austin native boasts of her greatest accomplishment yet: “Man, I just delivered a nine-pound, 10-ounce baby. I’m a bad motherfucker,” she beams on “Jackie (B.M.F.).” $20-$45, 7pm Sat, Aztec Theatre, 201 E. Commerce, (210) 760-2196, theaztectheatre.com. — Matt Stieb


Sat 5/23 - Sun 5/24
"Discover the Ice Age"

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Step back 2.5 million years into a world that was anything but sweltering with “Discover the Ice Age,” a traveling exhibition enhanced with animatronic models and life-sized skeletons. Visitors can channel their inner cave people alongside a woolly mammoth, a saber-toothed cat, and a gigantic “terror bird” while exploring extinction and whether our planet might see another ice age. In the words of Witte curator Thomas Adams, “It’s a great opportunity for people of all ages to explore and learn about megafauna that roamed here in our backyard.” $11-$15, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, (210) 357-1900, wittemuseum.org. — Murphi Cook

Sun 5/24
River City Rockfest

 
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As the anticipation for summer mounts, you can almost feel the pent-up testosterone of the masculine masses just begging to be released. Enter the timely and therapeutic River City Rockfest. An annual one-day bash, the fest has a reputation for serving up the sweatiest, angriest bill around. This year’s rager will feature metal mainstays Anthrax, nu-metal, TRL-era darlings Papa Roach, alt-rap-rock forerunners Linkin Park, Taylor Momsen-fronted rock outfit The Pretty Reckless (pictured), local hard-rock group Lynnwood King and the Revival, Danish metal/psychobilly crew Volbeat and many more. $65-$220, noon-11pm Sun, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, rivercityrockfest.com. — JC




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