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10 Free Events Happening This Week


Music: John Wiese with Felix Et Fur, SSBT and Blacknail 8pm, Friday, April 4


At the top of the bill, sound artist and former member of Bastard Noise and Sunn O))) John Wiese will haunt the Dorcol Distilling Co. with his studies in feedback and digital manipulation. As Sissy Spacek, Wiese released multiple and madly varying recordings by re-splicing the same 20 minutes of material, a think-piece on sound’s mutability. Read Matt Stieb's full write-up Beautiful Noise: John Wiese’s sound art will freak you out. Location: Dor?ol Distilling Company, 1902 S Flores Art Opening: Adrian Landon Brooks, "Repurposed Artifacts" 7-10pm Friday, April 4
Hello Studio unveils works by Austin-based mixed-media artist Adrian Landon Brooks, whose recent “war paint” series involves antique photos adorned with ink and paint. Location: Hello Studio, 1420 S Alamo Literary: Tribute to Jorge Luis Borges 6pm, Friday, April 4
Just the name Borges is enough to send shivers down the spines of the intellectually curious. The world-renowned Argentine author and poet’s early works appeared in dialogue with Surrealism and Existentialism. But even those heady genres could not contain all of Borges’ innovations and theories; he’s best known for short stories that seem to fold back in on themselves, and indeed one of his favorite themes was the labyrinth. Predating Magical Realism, Borges inspired that Latin American movement, especially in considering the fantastic and folkloric. For this event, his companion and president of the J.L. Borges International Foundation María Kodama (they were officially married shortly before his death in 1986) will speak and answer questions about his life, which included a considerable amount of time spent lecturing at the University of Texas. Location: St. Mary's University, One Camino Santa Maria Special Event: Clogged Caps 9 3pm-2am Friday, noon-1:30am Saturday, noon-7pm Sunday, April 4-6
While local hip-hop entities like Power 106 and the Prhymemates have faded into distant memory, San Antonio’s original aerosol art festival, Clogged Caps, soldiers on. For its ninth edition the mural fest promises more than 70 artists (including familiar names like Supher, Duo and Soupé) covering 14,000-plus square feet of walls with fresh pieces. United under the theme “Graffiti Jazz,” the collection of artists also includes names like BEKIT, Hostel and Mez. On the music front, Mad One takes center stage on Friday night, and DJs abound throughout the weekend, with sets by San Anto stalwarts Donnie D and Tech-Neek and a slew of others. New for this year is the Art & Fashion Fête ($15, 6:30-11 p.m. Thu) that kicks off the festival and showcases young designers including Joey Ramirez, LaToya Chenelle, Christina Xu, Lauren San Miguel and Brandon Madrid. –M. Solis Location: Appliance Liquidation Outlet, 500 Carolina, Music: Échale! Latino Music Estyles’ Presents Brown Sabbath 7pm Friday, April 4  If last year’s beautifully bizarre pairing of the Smiths/Morrissey tribute Sweet and Tender Hooligans and the Beatles-interpreting Mariachi Mystery Tour didn’t convince you of the Pearl’s ability to book killer cover bands, the two remaining installments of Échale! Latino Music Estyles’ spring series just might. An “alter-ego” of Austin-based “hardcore Latin funk” octet Brownout—which is both “offspring and germinating seed” to the Prince-approved, Grammy-winning orchestra Grupo Fantasma—Brown Sabbath is a funkified (and amusingly costumed) homage to heavy metal godfathers Black Sabbath. A decade strong, San Anto’s barrio big band Bombasta joins for support. Save the date for the season closer on May 9, which unites Mexico’s Sonido San Francisco, Brooklyn-based Chicha Libre and Colombia’s DMK—a Depeche Mode tribute comprised of Dicken Schrader and his two young children Milah and Korben. —Bryan Rindfuss Location: Pearl Park Amphitheater, 100 E Grayson, (210) 212-7260, Dance: Ballet in the Park 7pm Friday and Saturday, April 4-5   Freshly unveiled after a three-month, $500,000 facelift (involving electrical upgrades, landscaping, a B-Cycle station, kiosk, dog park and other amenities), historic Travis Park is aiming to attract a slightly different crowd with programming like the recent Twilight on the Plaza (a ticketed dinner with live jazz) and Tobin Center-bound Ballet San Antonio’s new family-friendly production Ballet in the Park. Choreographed by BSA Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche, the free series combines contemporary works and excerpts from Marius Petipa’s 19th-century ballet Don Quixote. Although based on a focused (and romantical) portion of Cervantes’ epic tale of delusional knight-errantry, Petipa’s adaptation famously crams a wide range of visuals—matadors, fairies, gypsies and gnomes—into vibrant scenes ideal for an outdoor setting. Beverages from the St. Anthony Hotel and food truck fare will be available for purchase onsite. —BR Location: Travis Park, 301 E Travis, (210) 207-7275, Special Event: Slinging Ink Tattoo Expo 3-10pm Friday, noon-10pm Saturday, noon-8pm Sunday, April 4-6
Get ready for a serious buzz! San Antonio’s favorite body art extravaganza returns for its 11th year and this time, it’s absolutely free. Bigger and bolder than ever, this year’s expo boasts over 100 exceptional artists representing 10 states—including Florida (Atomic Tattoo’s Rick Rosas), New York (award-winning “Freestyle Alex”), Nevada (Tee Celistino from Hart and Huntington) and New Mexico (Darrio Medrano from La La Bomb)—and top-shelf entertainment from female-fronted Italian metal band Lacuna Coil, their touring mates Cilver, New York rockers Eve to Adam and LA-based stoner metal outfit Kyng. Also, as a special treat this year, the eye candy from the H2Ocean calendar will be in attendance. As always, for those looking to win some scratch, there will be contests and prizes throughout the weekend, including the fan favorite “Worst Tattoo.” —Dustin Dooling Location: Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg, San Antonio, (210) 785-3500, Literary Event: San Antonio Book Festival 10am-8pm Saturday, April 5
Armed with practical expertise from founding partner the Texas Book Festival, valuable resources from the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, 300 dedicated volunteers, partnerships with the Southwest School of Art, the Las Casas Foundation and others, the San Antonio Book Festival is upping the ante of its inaugural run last year. Boasting 90 authors, a wide range of engaging panels, a giant literary marketplace, food trucks, kids’ activities, live music, tapings for C-SPAN and a presentation by Jane Pauley, the packed, one-day fest is flexing some serious literary muscle to get the Alamo City inspired and reading. SABF Director Katy Flato (former managing editor of Texas Monthly) spoke to the Current about festival highlights. Click here to read the interview along with author Q&As and the Current’s top picks for the festival. —BR Location: Central Library (600 Soledad), Southwest School of Art (300 Augusta) Fiesta Mariachi Mass 8-9am, Sunday, April 6
Now in its 18th year, the annual Mariachi Mass blesses all Fiesta royalty, commissioners and participants as they embark on their various commitments during Fiesta. The mass is nationally televised from the historic San Fernando Cathedral. Location: San Fernando Cathedral, 15 Main Plaza Art Exhibit: Brandon Nepote, "Tipping Point April 5-27, Thursdays, noon-8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, Sundays, noon-6 p.m.
Local sculptor Brandon Nepote explores language and conversation with a new body of work rendered in wood and steel. According to the artist, the works offer a discourse on interactions he “translates” into three dimensional, sculptural forms. Location: Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 116 Blue Star


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