Considering this event is billed as “An Evening of Music and Conversation,” we spent an inordinate amount of time attempting to avoid a bad joke imploring Ms. Khan to “Tell Me Something Good.” An effort we felt unnecessary after seeing a few of the actual products the singer/entrepreneur has been hawking as of late, including gourmet Chakalates and the scented Khana Sutra candle. Between that goofy sense of humor, her humanitarian efforts and her storied history in the music business beginning with ’70s funk heavy hitters Rufus, this might well be the rare one of these “Evening withs” where the conversation is at least as enjoyable as hearing Khan perform hits like “I’m Every Woman” and Prince cover “I Feel for You.” $68.50-$220.50, 8pm Thu, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.— Jeremy Martin
Thu 1/28 - Sun 1/31 Kinky Boots
With lyrics and score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and a book by Harvey Fierstein, the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots tells the story of an embattled shoe factory owner, Charlie Price, whose chance meeting with a drag queen, Lola, takes the two characters down unexpected paths. Actor J. Harrison Ghee leads the cast (as Lola/Simon) of the touring Broadway production. $35-$100, 7:30pm Thu, 8pm Fri, 2pm & 8pm Sat, 2pm & 7:30pm Sun, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com. — Marco Aquino
Thu 1/28 Harlem Globetrotters
Hoops fans said farewell to the Clown Prince of Basketball last month when Harlem Globetrotters icon Meadowlark Lemon passed away at age 83. Lemon’s no-look passes and signature halfcourt hook shots delighted basketball fans through the 1970’s, when he retired. As for the Globetrotters, they are currently celebrating 90 years of hardwood hijinks and basketball entertainment set to the tune of “Sweet Georgia Brown.” This generation of Globetrotters offers the slick ballhandling, hoops themed comedy, and incredible trick shots that fans have come to expect, along with a healthy dose of elevation. The welcome addition of female ballers TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu ensures that everyone in the audience has someone to root for. $15.25-$155.25, 7pm Thu, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center, (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com.— M. Solis
Fri 1/29 - Sun 1/31
It’s a stereotype video game enthusiasts have been trying to quash for decades — the image of an unemployed, single, 35-year-old slob sitting in his parents’ basement, wearing a Doritos-stained Atari shirt and headset, virtually killing aliens or zombies or terrorists with his Xbox controller in hand and yelling upstairs at his mom to ask when dinner will be ready.
Truth be told, 42 percent of the U.S. population plays video games regularly (at least three hours per week) and chances are not all of them like Doritos. According to statistics released by the Entertainment Software Association, these 155 million Americans pay into a gaming industry that racked up $22.4 billion in 2014.
Finding a comfortable nook in this ever-growing money-making industry is Penny Arcade, a webcomic that debuted online in 1998 and has since developed into a company that includes a podcast, episodic video games, an online reality show and a charity. In 2004, Penny Arcade founders Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik launched a series of gaming conventions known as PAX (Penny Arcade Expo). Since the inaugural event took place in Bellevue, Washington, PAX has splintered into five different annual expos (PAX Prime and PAX Dev in Seattle, PAX East in Boston, PAX Aus in Melbourne and its newest, PAX South in San Antonio).
PAX South debuted in January 2015 and, according to IGN, a games and entertainment media company, broke the attendance record for a first-year PAX convention. A spokesperson for PAX South told the San Antonio Current that although they “don’t release specific numbers” on turnout, attendees last year were “well into the tens of thousands.”
PAX South 2016 will take place in San Antonio from January 29-31 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The expo caters to all types of gamers, from those who enjoy MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) to sports-themed games to vintage throwbacks and everything in between. PAX South will also feature video game panels, tournaments, concerts, a game industry expo hall for video game producers and retail companies, autograph sessions, cosplay and meet-up areas where gamers interested in specific platforms like handheld games, PC games and board/card games can convene. $35-$75, 10am-midnight Fri-Sat
10am-6pm Sun, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market St., (210) 207-8500 south.paxsite.com. — Kiko Martínez
With its latest offering, SA theater company The Renaissance Guild is here to lay down some swinging and gliding soul upon which to buoy your bored dreams of spring and all it brings. The new musical revue, Divas of Eastwood, is a celebration of the African-American music and culture surrounding what was called The Chitlin’ Circuit. Comprised of SA establishments the Eastwood Country Club, Keyhole Club and what is now the Carver Community Cultural Center, the Chitlin’ Circuit was a cultural beacon and hosted such notables as Dinah Washington, Etta James and Sarah Vaughn. $24, 8pm Fri-Sat, 4pm Sun, Little Carver Civic Center, 226 N. Hackberry St., (210) 207-7211, therenaissanceguild.org. Through February 6.— James Courtney
Fri 1/29 - Sun 1/31
Unless Jada Pinkett Smith starts a campaign to boycott movies that are less than 40 minutes long (#OscarsSoShort), make plans to get to the local art-house theater to watch the short films that were nominated this year for an Academy Award. There are three programs: Documentary Shorts, Live-Action Shorts and Animated Shorts. Doc shorts include Body Team 12, about Red Cross workers in Liberia whose job it is to collect the dead bodies of Ebola victims in West Africa; and A Girl in the River, a film on honor killings in Pakistan. Live-action shorts include Stutterer, which follows a typographer who must face his lifelong speech impediment; and Day One, about a U.S. Army interpreter whose first day on the job doesn’t go as planned. Animated shorts include Pixar’s Sanjay’s Super Team, where a young Indian boy imagines Hindu gods as superheroes; and World of Tomorrow, a sci-fi story told from the perspective of the director’s 4-year-old niece. $7-$9.50, 11:45am & 6:15pm (Animated); 1:55pm & 8:10pm (Live-Action); 4:05pm & 10:30pm (Documentary) Fri-Sun; Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 734-4552, santikos.com.— Kiko Martínez
Fri 1/29 - Sun 1/31 "Modern Mexican Masterpieces in Wood"
Roberto de la Selva, At the Fair (En la Fería) 1934
The new year brings new opportunities for cultural awareness/perspective via great art at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Opening on Friday and running through June 26 is a small but rich exhibit of brilliant works on wood by Nicaraguan-born Mexico City transplant Roberto de la Selva (1895-1957). The painter’s work is hallmarked by his depiction of the joy and melancholy of rural, indigenous Mexican life and by his use of wood as canvas, which serves to dampen his vibrant color palette and lend an uncanny sense of organic life to his paintings. $5-$10, 10am-9pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat-Sun, 10am-9pm Tue, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org. Through June 26. — JC
Although it may seem like a real noodle-twister as to why anybody’d have a stand-up comedy show at such a peculiar time as 4:20 in the afternoon, those familiar with Doug Benson’s work (Super High Me, The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled, Getting Doug with High) will probably realize that Benson scheduled it that way on purpose. Benson, an obvious fan of Mother Goose nursery rhymes, is making reference to the four and 20 blackbirds in the pie set before the king in “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” Legend has it, those birds – though totally baked – still managed to put on a pretty good show. $20, 4:20pm Sat, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 541-8805, lolsanantonio.com. — Jeremy Martin
TXMPA Film Showcase
Texas filmmakers come together to screen their work and raise money for the Texas Motion Picture Alliance. Founded in 2006, TXMPA serves the film, video, interactive and digital media production industry by advocating for more incentives from the state and educating people about the positive impact media production has on the economy. Scheduled to screen are a handful of short films, including two-time Independent Spirit Award nominee Bryan Poyser’s The Fickle. First created for an online series produced by the USA Network, the short follows the failed love affairs of a modern woman in one continuous take. Told through watercolor paintings and stop-motion animation, director Sai Selvarajan’s Sugarless Tea concerns two brothers separated by thousands of miles. And Squeezebox, directed by award-winning local filmmaker Sam Lerma, follows a legendary accordion player who comes across a mysterious box that changes his life. Also playing: Away with the Fairies, Peppermint, 3 Incredibly Short Films, Breaking the Curse, Peor es Nada and Empty Calories. $5-$10, 4pm Sat, Alamo Drafthouse Park North, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 677-8500, drafthouse.com.— Kiko Martínez
The Olate Dogs
Growing up poor alongside 21 siblings in Santiago, Chile, Richard Olate found his niche for training dogs after adopting a stray off the street. Reinforced with subsequent rescues, he developed a canine circus that toured South America and relocated to the U.S. in 1989. Since earning top honors ($1 million) on America’s Got Talent in 2012, Olate, son Nicholas and their jumping, flipping, rolling, scooter-driving, conga-line-dancing poodle mixes have become touring sensations with starring roles in the #RescueFilm Series produced by Ellen DeGeneres’ holistic pet food company Halo. $35-$75, 2pm & 6pm Sun, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.— BR