How good is Cheap Trick live? Consider the live audience at Budokan arena in Tokyo, recorded for the gold-selling single “I Want You to Want Me,” who not only lose it big-time over a song that wouldn't successfully burn itself into the public consciousness until the release of the very recording they're being captured screaming on, but also sing backup for it. The enthusiasm that met Cheap Trick on their first tour of Japan in 1978 (as opposed to the relative indifference the band had received so far in its native U.S.) was famously compared to Beatlemania in the States. But where the screaming masses eventually led the Beatles to quit touring altogether, Cheap Trick turned their boisterous Budokan gig into the best-selling album of their careers. Their recent well-received touring of 1979's excellent followup Dream Police in its entirety shows Cheap Trick is still committed to giving their fans the world over exactly what they want, which isn't really a cheap trick at all. $39.50-$59.50, 8pm Fri, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com. — Jeremy Martin
Buy Nothing Day
Buy Nothing Day was founded in 1992 in Canada and spread by Adbusters — an anti-consumerist group started by Calle Lasn (author of Culture Jam) — to coincide with Black Friday. The idea is simple: Protest the vast insanity of consumerism, on its biggest day, by buying nothing and encouraging others to do the same. For this year’s Buy Nothing Day, you’re invited to celebrate your free will to abstain from a mindless frenzy of purchasing with musical acts Kevin Sanchez (At War with Dust) and Antique Sunlight — though I’m sure J&O’s would like you to at least break your noble resolve for a few margaritas. Free, 8pm Fri, J&O’s Cantina, 1014 S. Presa St. — James Courtney
Ford Holiday River Parade (Canceled)
Former San Antonio Mayor and current United States Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro serves as grand marshal for this spectacular parade following a nostalgic theme of “Holiday Memories.” After Mayor Ivy Taylor flips the switch illuminating more than 80,000 twinkling lights, 28 festively decorated floats will drift along the River Walk. Those lucky enough to score seats at the Arneson River Theatre (418 Villita St.) will be treated to a Christmas concert presented by Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. $25-$30, 7-9pm Fri, San Antonio River Walk, (210) 227-4262, thesanantonioriverwalk.com. — Canceled due to weather.
Fri 11/27 - Sat 11/28
International Peace Market
“Hidden treasures and contemporary art forms abound” at the Esperanza’s International Peace Market (Mercado de Paz), a holiday mainstay that brings together upward of 100 artists and artisans from Texas, Mexico and Latin America. Dedicated to “combining the arts with economic sustainability, international exchange and social consciousness,” the 26th annual Black Friday alternative promises to tempt shoppers with everything from Yuletide favorites (jewelry, candles and decor) to specialty finds, including Mazahuan dolls, Oaxacan pottery and Zapotec rugs. Free, 10am-6pm Fri-Sat, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave., (210) 228-0201, esperanzacenter.org.— Bryan Rindfuss
Fri 11/27 - Sat 11/28 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Counted among the worst films of all time, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians could have slipped into obscurity following its 1964 release had it not been for Mystery Science Theater 3000. After spoofing the film in an episode, the ’90s-era favorite successfully resuscitated the cautionary tale of what happens when Martians decide to kidnap Santa, thus inspiring countless decades of Martian mongers to come. The Overtime Theater explores this cult oddity in a new collection of shorts filled with green men, cardboard robots, half-Martian reindeer and a Santa dance-off. $10-$14, 8pm Fri-Sat, The Overtime Theater, 1203 Camden St., (210) 557-7562, theovertimetheater.org. — Murphi Cook
Fri 11/27 - Sun 11/29
Looking at a photo of standup Lisa Landry beside her resume – which includes a gig as a commentator on Country Music Television's 20 Greatest Redneck Moments and an appearance on Nickelodeon's NickMom Night Out – it seems like a case of mistaken identity. Landry looks more like the third member of Garfunkel & Oates than one of Brett Butler's Southern Belles of Comedy, but when she starts talking, the Harvey, Louisiana-native's accent is unmistakable. Just as unmistakable: When she starts talking about her kid, Landry adopts that hardened 1,000-yard stare familiar to fans of Louis C.K. and common to all veterans of the Parent Wars, and you can tell just by looking that her hilarious war stories are all her own. $16, 8pm & 10:15pm Fri-Sat, 8pm Sun, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 541-8805, lolsanantonio.com.— JM
Fri 11/27 - Sun 11/29 Las Nuevas Tamaleras
For playwright Alicia Mena, who penned this holiday comedy in 1993, Las Nuevas Tamaleras acts as a window for audiences to see themselves in the ritual of tamaladas. Mena and several of the original cast members will reprise roles they originated in the early ’90s. As Doña Mercedes, Mena plays a no-nonsense master tamalera who coaches a novice along with the spirit of Doña Juanita (played by veteran actor Ruby Nelda Perez) — hilarity ensues. The Yuletide favorite will host its reception night at 8 p.m. on Saturday with a buffet and drinks ($45, table seating only). $12-$45, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St., (210) 223-2009, tamaleras.com. Through December 13. — Jessica Elizarraras
Fri 11/27 - Sun 11/29 Peter Pan
Following the boy who would not grow up and the children he lures to Neverland, Peter Pan brings high-flying antics and adventure to the Woodlawn. Based on J.M Barrie’s classic tale, made famous by the Walt Disney cartoon, and later mocked across Twitter thanks to NBC’s live version, the story’s undergone facelifts over the decades, but one thing remains the same: Peter must fly. Director Greg Hinojosa partners with ZFX Flying Effects Equipment to bring the magic of flight to Peter (Carlye Gossen) and his ensemble of lost boys, pirates, Indians and Darlings. $17-$26, 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 267-8388, woodlawntheatre.org. Through December 23. — MC
Spurs vs. Hawks
With Coach Mike Budenholzer at the helm and Tiago Splitter in the paint, the Atlanta Hawks have fully embraced their identity as Spurs East. Splitter, the first Brazilian to win an NBA title, was an integral part of San Antonio’s back-to-back Finals appearances, before gravity and injuries stifled his game. Trading Tiago to Atlanta enabled the arrival of LaMarcus Aldridge in the Alamo City, so to finicky Spurs fans all is forgiven. After some initial adjustments, Aldridge appears to grow more comfortable with his new team with each contest, which is a scary thought for the rest of the Western Conference. At their current pace, the Spurs are chasing only Stephen Curry and the red-hot Golden State Warriors in the West. $47-$750, 7:30pm Sat, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com. — M. Solis
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, as if it wasn’t clear from his name alone, operates in the illustrious tradition of folk music. His work, lifestyle and persona have influenced everyone from Bob Dylan to Jerry Jeff Walker, from Johnny Cash to The Grateful Dead, from Bruce Springsteen to Beck. Dude dropped the first of his 18 studio albums in 1955, when Bob Dylan, his most important friend, successor and champion, was just 14 years old. As such, it wouldn’t be inappropriate to see him as a bridge between Woody Guthrie and Dylan. All of Elliott’s impeccable work is hallmarked by open-hearted wanderlust, Americana romanticism and the man’s organic, pleasantly nasal, everyman crooning. Still ramblin’ at the ripe old age of 84, Elliott is a Grammy-winning National Medal of the Arts recipient who has faithfully and exuberantly carried the American folk tradition into the new millennium. His most recent release, 2009’s A Stranger Here, finds our hero with dusty boots still obstinately planted on the soil of timeworn folk and blues. To say that Sunday’s set at Sam’s will be something of a throwback would be an understatement. $20-$70, 7pm Sun, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com.— JC
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