San Antonio artist Jesse Amado presents his latest solo show, “Becoming,” smack dab in the middle of Contemporary Art Month. Continuing in the widely celebrated vein of his recent work, this new collection finds the consistently innovative and whimsically confounding artist playing with concepts as divergent as materiality, design, religion, politics and the social construction of meaning and beauty. Amado, who recently returned from Blue Star Contemporary’s Berlin Residency in partnership with Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Germany, is indefatigable — but also quite playful — in his creative pursuit of metaphysical meaning and astute artistic commentary. Free, 6-8pm Thu, Ruiz-Healy Art, 201 E. Olmos Drive, (210) 804-2219, ruizhealyart.com.
— James Courtney
Jesse Amado, Fashionable Beuys
International Artist-in-Residence Exhibitions
In addition to organizing the curiously titled group show “Did You Ever See Such a Thing as a Drawing of a Muchness?” (on view in the Hudson Showroom through April 30) Wisconsin-born Michelle Grabner acted as guest curator for the Spring 2017 edition of Artpace’s esteemed International Artist-in-Residence program, selecting the trio of Robert Hodge (Houston), Nicholas Frank (Milwaukee) and Kate Newby (New Zealand). An eclectic yet entirely approachable crew bound by thoughtful methods and conceptual sensibilities, Hodge, Frank and Newby spent the last two months living and working at Artpace and are set to unveil their solo exhibitions on March 16. Free, 6-9pm Thu, Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave., (210) 212-4900, artpace.org.
— Bryan Rindfuss
Click here for our full preview of Artpace’s Spring 2017 International Artist-in-Residence Exhibitions.
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
With the proliferation of movie/video-game-themed orchestral performances touring the world, Game of Thrones
composer Ramin Djawadi has taken the opportunity to proverbially “turn it up to 11.” In addition to the live orchestra and choir, the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
(try saying that five times fast) weaves in effects more akin to a rock concert than a night at the symphony. In this vein, the concert similarly eschews the typical orchestral venue, opting instead to install 360-degree stages on which performers rove below suspended monitors that display key moments from the show’s six seasons. The tour arrives at the AT&T Center approximately when the show would normally be gearing back up, so it serves as a timely way to top up on Westeros-related content during the maddening wait for the seventh season. $39.50-99.50, 8pm Thu, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5140, attcenter.com. — Kelly Merka Nelson
Thu 3/16 - Sun 3/19
In an interview with New York Magazine
’s entertainment website Vulture.com about the changing nature of political humor, former Daily Show
writer-producer Rory Albanese said, “Comedy’s role under Trump should be the same as it’s always been: a heady mix of truth to power and fart jokes.” Albanese’s recent multi-hat role on the now-canceled Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
gave him the opportunity to test that formula, satirizing the increasingly scary state of the union while playing a creepy bathroom bounty hunter hanging out in a high school girls’ room, a skeezy “backdoor expert” advising the government on the best way to get Apple to open up their iPhones, and the bloody-eared owner of a Flint, Michigan, waterpark. Jokes about farts might not lessen the stench, but they help pass the time waiting for the air to clear. $16, 8pm Thu, 8pm & 10:15pm Fri-Sat, 7pm Sun, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 541-8805, lolsanantonio.com.
— Jeremy Martin
Fri 3/17 - Sun 3/19
Luis Legaspi (as Abe) and Suhail Arastu (as Amir) in The Playhouse's production of Disgraced
If timing is everything then the Playhouse is about to make a point with its production of Disgraced
, a thorny drama that earned politically inclined Pakistani American actor/author/playwright Ayad Akhtar a Pulitzer Prize in 2013. Widely produced across the nation in 2016, the 90-minute play zooms in on the complicated life of Amir Kapoor, a successful Manhattan attorney who’s all but divorced himself from his Muslim heritage yet becomes entangled in the court case of an imam charged with crimes agains the state. Fearlessly tackling identity, religion, race, xenophobia and terrorism, Disgraced
comes to a head during an explosive dinner party Amir and his wife Emily (a white artist who draws creative inspiration from Islam) host for a couple comprised of a curator and a lawyer. David Rinear directs Suhail Arastu (as Amir) and Kate Glasheen (as Emily) in the San Antonio premiere of what The Washington Post
once described as “a tough-minded inquiry that finds urgent dramatic connections in things that divide us.” $10-$40, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, The Playhouse, 800 W. Ashby Pl., (210) 733-7258, theplayhousesa.org. — Bryan Rindfuss
Fri 3/17 - Sun 3/19
That’s Not Fair!/¡No Es Justo!
Beginning Friday, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center will present That’s Not Fair!/¡No Es Justo!: Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice
, the center’s spring production. Adapted for theater from poet Carmen Tafolla and attorney Sharyll Teneyuca’s children’s book of the same name, That’s Not Fair!
tells the story of Emma Tenayuca, a union organizer and labor rights leader who led 12,000 people in the pecan shellers strike of 1938. Staged in celebration of Tenayuca’s 100th birthday, this second incarnation of the play will be accompanied by live music and performances by the Guadalupe Dance Company, and sets out to honor the Mexican American activist who’s been recognized as a heroic figure in San Antonio’s history. $10, 7pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St., (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org. — Alejandra Lopez
Fri 3/17 - Sat 3/18
H-E-B Big League Weekend
Major League Baseball returns to San Antonio this weekend when a pair of championship-starved franchises prepare for a season-long journey to change their fortunes. Back in October, the Cleveland Indians fell to the Chicago Cubs in a World Series for the ages, giving up a 3-1 game lead to baseball’s former lovable losers. The Texas Rangers are no strangers to futility in the Fall Classic, coming one strike short of winning it all against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. Perhaps more than any sport, optimism abounds at professional baseball’s Spring Training and with stacked rosters in both dugouts, each fan base has high expectations. Don’t be surprised if outstanding starting pitching dominates the diamond for a few innings, before hitters can take a crack at the Alamodome’s short porch. $10-$77, 7:05pm Fri, 2:05pm Sat, Alamodome, 100 Montana St., (210) 207-3663, alamodome.com. — M. Solis
CAM Open Studios
A favorite among the signatures of Contemporary Art Month, the CAM Open Studios event offers the community an up-close-and-personal view of San Antonio creatives in work spaces as varied as the artists themselves. Presenting something of a Choose Your Own Adventure Sunday, the daylong affair requires a bit of mapping and planning but easily pays off via memorable experiences and interactions. After getting familiar with the likes of photographer Josh Huskin (11am-5pm, 1100 Broadway, Suite 311
), painter and found-object sculptor James Hetherington (noon-4pm, 121 Pierce Ave.
), the molten glass workers of Caliente Hot Glass (noon-4pm, 1411 N. Hackberry St.
), mixed-media master Larry Graeber (noon-4pm, 127 E. Wildwood Drive
), fast-rising drawing star Fernando Andrade (noon-4pm, 15415 Spring Coral, call (210) 584-8176 for gate code
), the artists of gallery/studio Mercury Project (noon-4pm, 538 Roosevelt Ave.), painter Rex Hausmann and others tenants of the eclectic compound known as Hausmann Millworks (noon-4pm, 925 W. Russell Pl.
), Clamp Light resident artists Carol Cunningham, Sarah Fox, Sarah T. Roberts, Jen Frost Smith, Tom Turner and Jose Villalobos, not to mention “honorary astronaut” and American Interterrestrial Society member Christine Zuercher (noon-5pm, 1704 Blanco Road, Suite 104
), guests would be remiss not to wind down the day at Zollie Glass Studio, where local glass authority Jake Zollie Harper annually holds court over a kid-friendly after party complete with glass-blowing demos, DJ music, food truck fare for purchase and complimentary wine and beer. Free, 11am-8pm Sun, contemporaryartmonth.com. — BR
San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings
By recently dealing mercurial forward DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, the lowly Kings began the Buddy Hield era in Sacramento. A 6-foot-4-inch gunner from the Bahamas, Hield captivated college basketball, winning major individual accolades in his four seasons at Oklahoma. Although his game is still adapting to the speed and physicality of the NBA, Hield’s scoring average has jumped by five points since joining the Kings. On the other side of the ball, Kawhi Leonard continues to make a strong push for the league’s MVP award with sensational crunch time plays. Leonard’s overlooked offense has lifted the Spurs to victory in a string of tight contests, while his defense continues to draw comparisons to the all-time greats. If the Spurs overtake the Warriors in the standings, the Maurice Podoloff Trophy should join Leonard’s already impressive collection of NBA hardware. $15-$1,600, 6pm Sun, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com. — MS
Burger Records Hangover Fest
Five years in the making, Burger Records Hangover Fest has and will continue to be a greasy good time for those in search of the best punk and garage bands bursting onto the scene. Set to headline this year’s fest is none other than the former CBGB’s staple Television, a ’70s-era rock band whose music would inspire and shape the landscape of punk rock. Also on the bill: Temples (pictured), Deap Valley, Night Beats, Jjuujjuu, Protex, Thee MVPs, The Paperhead, The Molochs, Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs, Sarah Bethe Nelson, The Memories, Cheetah Chrome of Dead Boys, The Relationship feat. Brian Bell From Weezer, Har Mar Superstar, Cherry Glazerr, Guantanamo Baywatch, Lochness Mobsters, Hundred Visions, Platinum Boys, Sunjammer, The Rich Hands, The Bolos, Las Rosas, Trementina, Roya, White Mystery, Omni, Warbly Jets, Emotional, Tomorrows Tulips, The Sloths, No Joy, Cosmonauts, Fatal Jamz, We Leave at Midnight, Slow Hollows, Surf Curse, Boyo, Whatever?, Babewatch, Plastic Pinks, Post Animal, The Whiffs and Pizza Time. $40-$69, noon-midnight Sun, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersa.com.
— Chris Conde