KLRN hosts a panel discussion and screening of a program featuring talks from educator Sal Khan, who examines the impact of online teaching, Victor Rios, who takes a deep dive into the problems of the school-to-prison pipeline, and Principal Nadia Lopez, whose middle school is in the most dangerous borough in New York. Free but RSVP required at klrn.org, 7-9pm Wed, The Playhouse, 800 W. Ashby Pl., (210) 270-9000, klrn.org.
McNay Second Thursdays
Courtesy of The Dirty River Dixie Band
Drawing inspiration from the traveling exhibition "Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008," the McNay offers free admission for a family-friendly Second Thursday event with tours of the galleries (6:30pm & 7:30pm), food truck fare and beer available for purchase as well as live jazz courtesy of Seguin-based outfit The Dirty River Dixie Band. Free, 6-9pm Thu, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824- 5638, mcnayart.org.
Fitness in the Park: Thai Chi Easy
In conjunction with the City of San Antonio's Fitness in the Park Program, Pan American Library invites guests of all experience levels to partake in a free class designed to make Tai Chi easy, beneficial and fun. Free, 11am-noon Fri, Pan American Library, 1122 W. Pyron Ave, (210) 207- 9150, mysapl.org.
“Evaporándome Lentamente” & “El Color de la Obra”
Courtesy of Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Galería Guadalupe showcases an installation of repurposed materials embroidered with Spanish-language sayings (Daniela Cavazos Madrigal’s “Evaporándome Lentamente”) and a series of photographs and sculptures referencing the history of cotton manufacturing along the U.S.-Mexico border (Jenelle Esparza’s “El Color de la Obra”). Free, 6-9pm Fri, Galería Guadalupe, 723 S. Brazos St., (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org.
“Dancing with Shadows”
An accomplished artist represented in the personal collections of Luis Echeverría and President Jimmy Carter, Gilbert Tarin presents a series of surrealist paintings and mixed-media works dealing with the conflicts and turmoil of the Vietnam War. Free, 6-9pm Fri, Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 432-1896, centroaztlan.org.
An 1850s adobe and limestone home once inhabited by Texas patriot José Antonio Navarro, the Texas State Historic Landmark Casa Navarro teams up with San Juan Farm Coordinator Torin Metz for a morning of planting activities and gardening tips on growing corn, beans, squash, tomatoes and peppers in the coming fall months. Free, 9-11am Sat, Casa Navarro State Historical Site, 228 S. Laredo St., (210) 226- 4801, casanavarro.org.
Sat 8/13 “Momento”
Provenance Gallery hosts a Second Saturday exhibition of new works by Andrea Reyes, an abstract artist working in mixed media to create three-dimensional paintings rich in texture, tonality and color. Free, 7-10pm Sat, Provenance Gallery, 1906 S. Flores St.,artandprovenance.blogspot.com.
Sat 8/13 Zootopia
Slab Cinema hosts a free outdoor screening of Disney's 2016 animated feature Zootopia. Set in a metropolis where talking animals of all walks manage to co-exist civilly, the film follows Judy Hopps, a determined rabbit (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) who joins the police force to help solve a mysterious kidnapping that shocks the community. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a sly fox who makes her tough job even harder. Picnics, lawn chairs and blankets welcome. Free, 8pm Sat, Lou Kardon Memorial Park, 6161 Gibbs Sprawl Road, (210) 207- 7275, slabcinema.com
Sioux & Fox EP Release
Courtesy of Sioux & Fox
Part of the appeal of listening to young bands is to tap into the feelings and perspective of that seminal age. For Sioux & Fox, composed of San Antonio musicians hanging ’round about the drinking age, that doe-eyed and hopeful emotion dominates, without sounding too sappy — to pull an example, stars are “diamond eyes” looking down from the sky. On this live-recorded EP, the quartet attends the school of indie rock that draws from Afro-beat polyrhythm, and spends a great deal of time with barbershop harmonies and “ooh-ahh” choruses. With Ramparts, The Foreign Arm. Free, 7pm Sat, Rosella Coffee, 203 E. Jones Ave. #101, (210) 277-8574, rosellacoffee.com.
Sun 8/14 Jasmine Melvin: The Adventures of Jazzy and Bobby
Courtesy of The Twig
Known for her "can-do" attitude and belief that anything is possible, 7-year-old author and big dreamer Jasmine Melvin visits The Twig for a kid-centric signing of The Adventures of Jazzy and Bobby, an endearing book focusing on the morning routine she shares with her younger brother. Free, 11am Sun, The Twig, 306 Pearl ParkWay, Suite 106, (210) 826 -6411,thetwig.com.