Looking to fill the post-holiday void with live local music, Transmission Events founder Graham Williams launched Austin’s Free Week back in 2003. Since then, the annual event has grown to encompass hundreds of bands playing at more than 25 locations across the city. In response, the folks at the Korova and Limelight propose “Why let our neighbors keep having all the fun up in ATX? It's time for a free week of live music right here in SA!” Highlights from the first few days of the Alamo City’s inaugural Free Week (Jan 5-11) include a Throwback Edition of Add it Up featuring sets from DJs Just Angel and Pulp and live art by Eddy Rios and Comp at the Korova (doors at 9pm Mon); Hip-Hop 101 with beats by DJ Packman and live art by Soupe and John Eric at Limelight (doors at 9pm Mon); Channel 99’s showcases featuring Smooth Villians, Langton Drive, the Mecca Drive, Octahedron and At War with Dust at the Korova (doors at 8pm Tue) and Physio Lesser, Cursus, American Swine, Kill Liberal and the Inf at Limelight (doors at 8pm Tue); In Her Own Words and Seasons of Change on the Korova’s main stage (presented by Thee Musaic, doors at 7pm Wed); Brave Coast, Days of Struggle, Fortunes, Contentment, Brain Dead and Bloodhound Frontage in the Korova’s basement (presented by 1771, doors at 7pm Wed); and Slick Dickens, Given a Chance, Tex Flowers and Soul Defenders Sound System at Limelight (doors at 9pm Wed). Click here to visit the Facebook event page for the full schedule. All shows are free for 21 and up and $5 for minors.
The Korova 107 E Martin, (210) 995-7229, facebook.com/KorovaSA
Limelight 2718 N St. Mary’s, thelimelightsa.com
"Seeking a New America: Abolitionists and Their Vision"
SAMA hosts this free discussion with Dr. Carey H. Latimore in conjunction with DreamWeek, Black History Month, Created Equal and the exhibition “Eldzier Cortor: Master Printmaker.” An associate professor of history at Trinity University, Latimore will shed light on the Abolitionist movement in 19th-century America. A recommended companion to the lecture, Rob Rapley's 2013 film The Abolitionists can be viewed in its entirety here. Free, 6:30-7:30pm Tue, San Antonio Museum of Art - Auditorium, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.
Black Box Lunch: Chris Sauter
In conjunction with his exhibition “Faith and Reason” (which explores the intersection of spirituality and science via photographs of words written on airplane windows during flight and is part of a series of interrelated shows designed to inspired a "pilgrimage" connecting four venues), local artist Chris Sauter delivers an intimate lunchtime chat at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. Box lunches from SIP will be available for $8 (members) and $10 (non-members). Space is limited: RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. $8-$10, noon Wed, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 116 Blue Star, San Antonio, (210) 227-6960, bluestarart.org.
New Beginnings 2014
Rey Vela and DJ Chris Cards co-host a night of hip-hop featuring live performances by Breeze, Dee the General, AC the Rapper and Troy Cakeman (above). The free event also doubles as a release party for Cakeman's new album After the Tone 2. Free (dress code enforced), 9pm Wed, The Falls, 226 W Bitters, (210) 490-5553, troycakeman.com.
Growing Up Wild: “Living in a Tree”
Geared for kids between the ages of 3 and 7, this enlightening outing is perfect for the little animal lover in your life. Part of Phil Hardberger Park’s Growing Up Wild series, “Living in a Tree” uses hands-on activities, a kid-friendly craft and a walk in the park to teach attendees about “what wildlife lives in a tree.” Space is limited; reserve by calling (210) 207-3106 or emailing Susan.Campbell@sanantonio.gov. $3-$5 suggested donation, 10-11:30pm Wed, Phil Hardberger Park East, Salado Creek Classroom, 13203 Blanco, philhardbergerpark.org.