Fun Things to Do in San Antonio This Week (1/30/18-2/6/18) 

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January is finally coming to a close and there's plenty of fun stuff to do to kick off February. Though you always have the option of First Friday, here's some other cool stuff to consider this week. Make sure you keep up with the Current.
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Wed 1/31
Barry Manilow

With a career that speaks for itself – one that includes selling more than 85 million albums and securing 50 Top 40 hits – the legendary Barry Manilow doesn’t need much introduction. On tour with his latest album This is My Town: Songs of New York (released back in April), the “Copacabana” and “Mandy” singer’s appearance in San Antonio is sort of perfect since we’ve recovered from all those holiday bills. Well, at least, mostly recovered. Either way, Manilow is that legend that you don’t want to miss. $99-$249, 7:30pm, Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-5700, – Chris Conde
Zoloo Brown
Wed 1/31
Ceschi + Sammus

If you’re a connoisseur of fine hip-hop (as opposed to the bullshit that sometimes passes) and you haven’t heard of Connecticut’s Ceschi, you’re gonna want to remedy that immediately. Born Julio Francisco Ramos, Ceschi has been a staple in the underground community since the early aughts. Blending elements of indie rock and folk music, Ramos’ unique singer-songwriter-producer work features plenty of acoustic guitar and folksy instruments for a combination that’s unlike any other rapper we can recall. Fans of Sage Francis, MewithoutYou, and The Mountain Goats will dig it. Also on the stacked, outsider hip-hop bill is an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with in hip-hop, Sammus (pictured), a female rapper, former educator, and academic from Ithaca, NY with woke bars and a flow that demands listeners’ attention. Seriously, turn off Lil Pump or whatever wack-ass rapper you’ve got going on in your headphones and peep some real shit from Sammus. Alson on the bill are indie rappers Factor Chandelier, hERON, and local hip-hop folks Chisme, and Chris Conde (full disclosure: Conde is a staff writer for the Current). 8:30pm, $6, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., – James Courtney
Spurs Sports and Entertainment
Thu 2/1
Spurs vs. Rockets

For Spurs loyalists, the pinnacle of the 2016-17 NBA campaign came in the Western Conference Semifinals when Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili exorcised playoff demons from San Antonio’s past by defeating the Houston Rockets in a stirring six-game series. Over the summer, Houston countered by adding mercurial point guard Chris Paul to their roster, a move that has propelled the Rockets to overtake the Spurs in this season’s standings. A subpar record on the road has hampered San Antonio’s momentum, as injuries remain a recurring theme. With Tony Parker unceremoniously turning over the keys of the offense to Dejounte Murray, and Leonard on the mend indefinitely, the team remains in transition. A showdown with Paul and the Rockets at home could set the tone for the Spurs as they lock in for their annual Rodeo Road Trip, which tips off next week. $32-$1,790, 7pm, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, — M. Solis
Jessica Sherr
Thu 2/1-Sat 2/3
Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies

Hitting the Tobin’s Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater for a three-night run, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies is a one-woman show written by and starring Jessica Sherr. Drawing from the real life of the iconic actress, the play takes place in 1940, just as the Los Angeles Times has leaked the list of Oscar winners ahead of the ceremony, showing Davis (Dark Victory) losing Best Actress to Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind). Angry and dejected, Davis sits in her dressing room and banters with the audience about her life in Hollywood. Sherr, who hails from El Cajon, California, developed a one-act version of her play in 2010 as part of an Off-Broadway show called The Redheads which explored the lives of Davis, Lucille Ball and Shirley MacLaine. Sherr went on to develop a full-length version of the show, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has received widespread acclaim. In a recent review in Stage and Cinema, writer Lawrence Bommer said, “With flashing eyes and clipped delivery, Sherr incarnates the rebel with a cause who defied Warner Brothers to demand script control and better billing. In phone calls to her over-protective mother Ruthie, we see Bette as a proud daughter of the theater who holds Hollywood’s dream factories in proper disregard even as she feeds its fantasies.” $36.50, 7:30pm Thu, 8pm Fri-Sat, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, — Sam Sanchez
Briscoe Western Art Museum
Thu 2/1-Tue 2/6
Pony Express Love Letters

This 11-day event offers a charming detour from your usual Valentine’s Day exchanges of chocolates, flowers and teddy bears. Celebrating the beauty of words, the Briscoe encourages sweethearts and friends to put down their devices and correspond the old-fashioned way as part of its annual Pony Express Love Letters tradition. Named after America’s first transcontinental horseback mailing service, the completely free initiative invites museum guests to get creative in writing stations outfitted with vintage typewriters, writing materials and inspiring books of poetry. Members of the San Antonio Calligraphers’ Guild will be on hand to artfully address letters, which can be hand-delivered to recipients in the downtown area by “Pony Express” riders (volunteers from SATX Social Ride) or mailed elsewhere via the U.S. Postal Service — complete with a special Pony Express stamp. Free, 10am-9pm Tue, 10am-5pm Wed-Sun (through February 11), Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W Market St., (210) 299-4499, — Lori Salazar
Luca Venter
Fri 2/2

Dance-y, poppy, indie and hip, Denver duo Tennis are, dare I say, the perfect indie pop band. Combining sounds from 1950s doo-wop to ’60s folk with ’80s drum sounds, husband-and-wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore have been taking the indie music world by storm since their 2011 debut album Cape Dory, which NPR called “retro-pop,” which is actually a dead-on description. On “In the Morning I’ll Be Better,” the swaying 6/8 track opens with Moore’s harmonizing falsetto and keyboard strokes before drums come in and pull the listener through a track that sounds like it could’ve been performed by ’60s female pop groups like the Supremes or Martha and the Vandellas. $16, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., – CC
IMG Artists
Fri 2/2
The Hot Sardines

For fans of hot jazz (or Dixieland, if you prefer), New York-based neo-traditionalist jazz outfit The Hot Sardines needs no introduction. Straddling jazz sub-genres from swing to ragtime to the rootsy New Orleans stylings at their core, the ensemble has, since its start in 2007, been a beacon of jazz tradition done right, of old ideas made new again. Led by Elizabeth Bougerol and Evan “Bibs” Palazzo, the band has steamrolled through these past few years, winning international acclaim for its joyous celebration of classic jazz and the consummate professionalism of its live shows. Don’t get much chance to go to major jazz fests like the Newport Jazz Festival or the Montreal Jazz Festival? Not a problem: The Hot Sardines will come to you this weekend, courtesy of ARTS San Antonio. Expect the crew to run through classics and favorite originals, especially from its highly-lauded 2016 release French Fries + Champagne. $21-$69, 7:30pm, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 226-5700, — James Courtney
Miramax Films
Fri 2/2
Foodie Cinema

Tongue-in-cheek movies don’t get any steamier than 2000’s Chocolat. With a slew of A-List actors including Dame Judi Dench, Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp (arguably at his most enticing sans pirate dreads, Sweeney makeup or Willy Wonka prosthetics), the film follows Binoche as a single mother who moves to rural France, opens a chocolate shop days before Lent and transforms the sleepy town. Foodie Cinema, the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s latest food-driven endeavor, welcomes cinefiles and chocolate-lovers to the culinary garden for a screening of Chocolat enhanced with demos, sample recipes and wines inspired by the movie. Chef Dave Terrazas hosts this perfect date night. Reserve your spot by January 31. $31.50-$35, 6-8:30pm, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl.., (210) 536-1400, — Jessica Elizarraras
Courtesy of Bruce Robinson
Fri 2/2
Bruce Robinson + Charlie Robison + Jack Ingram

Nearly 20 years after the recording of their 2001 live album Unleashed Live, Texas country torch-carriers and pals/brothers Jack Ingram, Charlie Robison and Bruce Robison are getting back together on the same hallowed stage where that contemporary classic record was captured. Though all distinct in temperament and songwriting style, these three longtime collaborators and mutual admirers nevertheless share a love and a knack for traditional Texas honky-tonk music and vibes. The elder statesman of the group, Bruce Robison is an easygoing Hill Country romantic, while his younger brother Charlie is the hellraiser and Ingram the consummate storyteller. Fans can expect the three stars to play from a wide range of their own material and the material of their heroes, sometimes sharing the stage and sometimes solowith backing bands. Looking to hear a report by example on the state of Texas country? Shine up your good boots and meet us at the old dancehall. $30 (sold out), 8pm, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene, New Braunfels, (830) 606-1281, – JC
John Heffron
Fri 2/2-Sat 2/3
John Heffron

When John Heffron beat out the likes of Todd Glass, Kathleen Madigan and Alonzo Bodden to claim the title spot in the 2004 season of Last Comic Standing, he’d been performing stand-up since college and had already released two albums — 1997’s Kid with a Cape and 2003’s Good Kid Bad Adult. He’s since gotten married (detailed in 2006’s The Better Half and 2009’s Middle Class Funny) and raised a teenage step-daughter. In the journey from funny kid to funny dad, he’s gained perspective (catch him complaining about how the damn kids these days wear their hats or explaining to younger audience members how the radio used to work) but he’s still immature enough to delight in anecdotes about Otter Pops or annoying his parents. As for what the next several years have in store, only Heffron — who co-wrote the 2014 advice book I Come To You From The Future: Everything You’ll Need To Know Before You Know It — knows for sure. $20, 8pm & 10:15pm Fri-Sat, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 541-8805, — Jeremy Martin
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Sat 2/3
International Sister City Jazz Ensemble

Thanks to the spectacular and undersung initiatives of Musical Bridges Around the World — a San Antonio non-profit that looks to use performance and visual arts programming as vessels in which audiences can be gently (but effectively) ferried across cultural divides — jazz fans are in for a real treat this weekend. As a part of the larger fifth annual International Music Festival, which your ticket to this event would get you full access to, MBAW will present a unique, cross-cultural dialogue of sorts, in musical form. For the first time, the newly formed Sister City International Jazz Ensemble, comprised of players from all over the world, representing almost all of SA’s 10-plus Sister and Friendship Cities, will perform a one of a kind live set. Free ($95 for reserved seats), 7:30pm, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 226-5700, – JC
Jason Dady
Sat 2/3
Titans of Tailgate

New year, new food event foodies will want to pencil in their calendars if they’re into A) tailgating B) Jason Dady or C) chill vibez. The Iron Chef-testant and owner of Range, The Bin, Shuck Shack, Tre Trettoria, Tre Enoteca and Two Bros. BBQ Market, shared the news of the first-ever Titans of Tailgate Throwdown and Food Festival, an event the Dadys have been planning for the past six months. “I wanted to do an event my way,” Dady said. “It’s still a food festival with chefs, wine, food, beer, but we wanted to knock it down a notch and make it more casual, chill and fun.” The setup is reminiscent of late food writer Josh Ozersky’s brainchild Meatopia, with chefs from across San Antonio and the nation bringing their talents to the Alamo City. Dady’s inviting chef friends he’s made at various food events around the globe including fellow Iron Cheftestant Shota Nakajima of Seattle. The complete list of chefs includes Dean Fearing (Fearing’s, Dallas), RJ Cooper (Henley, Nashville), Tim Hollinsworth (Otium, Los Angeles), Matt McCallister (FT33, Dallas), Rebecca Masson (Fluff Bake Bar, Houston), Robbie Nowlin (B&N Kitchen, Dallas), Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie, Austin), Phillip Speer (Bonhomie, Austin). Hometown tailgaters include Johnny Hernandez (La Gloria, Burgerteca, Fruteria), Steve McHugh (Cured), Jeff Balfour (Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery), Chad Carey (Hot Joy), Diego Galicia and Rico Torres (Mixtli), Peter Sypesteyn (Bud’s Rotisserie, The Cookhouse, NOLA Brunch & Beignets) and Mark Weaver (Periphery). The chef shared the tailgate theme will echo throughout Sunken Garden with cornhole, lawn chairs, Giant Jenga and perhaps a flag football area. Dady and co. are also looking to add live fire demos for home cooks and barbecue nerds to enjoy. “We just want it to be fun. One of my favorite events is Culinaria’s Burgers, BBQ & Beer, where you enjoy beer, you don’t have to get dressed up,” Dady said. “We want to add one more notch to San Antonio’s belt as a food destination.” $75-$125, 1-5pm, Sunken Garden Theater, 3875 N. St. Mary’s St., — JE
Steven Bush
Sat 2/3
Josh Halverson

Folk singer-songwriter Josh Halverson, who also appeared on NBC’s televised singing competition The Voice, returns to San Antonio for a gig at Ventura with Michael Carillo’s (Deer Vibes) country-folk side project Michael J. & The Foxes. Halverson recently received the Artist of the Year and Best Folk Recording at the 17th annual Native American Music Awards in October 2017 and was also named the Artist of the Year at the Country Music Awards of Texas in 2018. The artist will be accompanied by The Feel Good, which consists of guitarist Ryan Koronich, bassist Robert Alarcon and drummer Fernando Rafa Sanchez from The Holy Child, and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jondreau. $10, 9pm, Ventura, 1011 Avenue B, (210) 802-6940, – CC
Lesean Harris
Sat 2/3

When Drake decides to sign you to his label, you know you must be doing something right. That’s what happened in February of 2016 to Canadian duo DVSN (pronounced “division”), composed of Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85, born Paul Jeffries, who has worked on huge tracks like “Hotline Bling” and “Truffle Butter.” The group’s sound is incredibly minimal for a band that’s making waves in the genre. With DVSN, there’s no need to layer on tons of reverb and production, their sheer talent stands on its own. On “Mood,” for instance, Daley croons over a simple drum beat with piano echoing in and out of the track. It’s smooth and sexy and definitely worth a listen (or 20). $27-$77, 8pm, The Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, – CC
Courtesy of Sleigh Bells
Mon 2/5
Sleigh Bells

In 2010, the world was shook with the explosive arrival of noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells. And good news, San Antonio fans, they’re in the Alamo City this week. Matching female vocals that range from punk rock yells to lullaby croons with blaring guitars and distorted drum beats, the Brooklynites seem to have an omnipresence about them, showing up and slaying almost every major music festival in recent years. Guitarist Derek Edward Miller (who played guitar in the hardcore outfit Poison The Well) recruited vocalist Alexis Krauss and the duo has released four albums since 2010, plus a new seven-song, mini-album Kid Kruschev which came out in November. $25-$27, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., – CC
Broadway in San Antonio
Tue 2/6
The Color Purple

The Color Purple first made waves in the early ’80s, when Alice Walker, who wrote the devastating, yet ultimately uplifting novel became the first woman of color to win the Pulitzer Prize. In rural Georgia in the early 1900s, Celie suffers abuse at the hands of her father, and then her betrothed. Separated from her sister, she seems utterly alone until she meets Sofia and Shug, and, drawing strength from her connection to these two women, she is eventually able to assert her independence. Scored with jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation — which lands on the Majestic stage for a six-night run courtesy of Broadway in San Antonio — stages Walker’s intimate portrait of Celie in a production that is sure to pull at your heartstrings. $30-$105, 7:30pm (through February 11), The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, — Kelly Merka Nelson
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Wed 1/31
Barry Manilow

With a career that speaks for itself – one that includes selling more than 85 million albums and securing 50 Top 40 hits – the legendary Barry Manilow doesn’t need much introduction. On tour with his latest album This is My Town: Songs of New York (released back in April), the “Copacabana” and “Mandy” singer’s appearance in San Antonio is sort of perfect since we’ve recovered from all those holiday bills. Well, at least, mostly recovered. Either way, Manilow is that legend that you don’t want to miss. $99-$249, 7:30pm, Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-5700, – Chris Conde

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