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Fun Things to Do in San Antonio This Week (12/6-12/12) 

The colder weather is just one reason to see what SA has to offer now that you won't sweat every time you leave the house. We've rounded up the best of what to do, including live music, holiday-themed shows, comedy and visual art.
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Wed 12/6
Candlebox

Formed in 1990, Candlebox started playing in clubs all over Seattle in ’91, put out an EP, and signed with Maverick Records (Alanis Morissette, Deftones, The Prodigy) not too long after. If you were alive to remember radio in ’90s, Candlebox made some pretty hefty rotation alongside bands like, you know, Soundgarden, Semisonic, Nirvana, and pretty much all the big alternative and grunge bands that came out in that era. While their latest sound hasn’t been received quite as well as their earlier work (to be fair, it was a different world back then), there’s something to be said about having an album that certified platinum four times, which they did with their self-titled ’93 LP. $23.50, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – Chris Conde
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Thu 12/7
Gabriel Iglesias

After cancelling a chunk of his 2017 tour earlier this year to focus on some “health and emotional issues,” stand-up comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, 41, is taking center stage again, this time at the AT&T Center for his FluffyMania World Tour to celebrate 20 years in comedy. Although he still considers stand-up his passion, Fluffy has also become one of the most sought-after voice actors in the animated film industry over the last few years. Back in 2013, when the Current interviewed him for his role in Disney’s Planes, his first-ever voiceover gig for an animated feature, he said he was “not trying to chase a film career” and considered any opportunities he was offered aside from stand-up “frosting on the cake.” To put his popularity in context, a week after his stop in San Antonio, Fluffy will have three animated movies playing in theaters at the same time (Coco, The Star and the upcoming Ferdinand where he voices a hedgehog named Cuatro). Fluffy might not be staking out a claim for an Oscar anytime soon, but that sure is a hell of a lot of buttercream on that Bundt. $37-$77, 8pm, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com. — Kiko Martinez
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Thu 12/7
Walker Lukens

If you pay attention to the Austin music scene, the surprisingly bland landscape that exists just beyond the veneer created by a storied history and a constant barrage of great touring shows, then you have likely heard of Walker Lukens. The talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist turned indie-pop delight has dropped two excellent albums and a swell EP since 2013. He, along with his trusty backing band The Side Arms, has killed SXSW, toured extensively, and garnered a shitload of glowing national press. But, all that aside, there are two reasons why you’ll wanna make sure to catch Lukens and company on Thursday night. First, Lukens and his band are truly magnetic performers, with swag-filled stage presence for miles. Secondly, Lukens’ latest release, the recently out Tell it to the Judge LP (which was produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno) is a masterful album that takes itself just the right amount of seriously, rewardingly melding indie-pop, soul, electronic and (even) hip-hop, with a rock ’n’ roll base that falls somewhere between arena-rock and classic rock. $8-$15, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – James Courtney
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Thu 12/7
Dylan Earl

If you don’t really dig country music, I’m of the opinion that you just haven’t found the right artist yet. I actually was like this for a long time, until someone showed me “Jolene” from Dolly Parton (I know, I’m basic) and introduced me to Dwight Yoakam’s catalog. While these folks are great places to start, Arkansas’ Dylan Earl has managed to tap into a rustic vintage country sound while putting a contemporary edge on it. It’s sort of the perfect mix of old meets new, and I’m pretty convinced that this guy might have what it takes to make anyone a believer in the genre. Free, 8pm, Lowcountry, 318 Martinez St., (210) 560-2224. – CC
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Thu 12/7
Icon Talks: T.I.

The self-proclaimed King of the South touches down at the Tobin Center on Thursday night when Icon Talks honors Tip “T.I.” Harris and Spurs Sports and Entertainment Minority Owner Cassandra Carr with their Visionary Awards. Billed as “an upscale evening of empowerment, inspiration and entertainment,” the event promises a candid conversation with the three-time Grammy Award winner, followed by a 45-minute set of his chart-topping hits. Boasting a nine-album catalog, including three consecutive No. 1 records, T.I.’s path from trap house to hip-hop elder statesman has traversed its fair share of peaks and valleys. Although his best days in the vocal booth are likely behind him, as an actor, artist and philanthropist, T.I. still radiates “the spirit of a hustler and the swagger of a college kid.” $44.50-$100, 7:30pm, Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org. — M. Solis
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Fri 12/8
Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a New Orleans treasure. The Dixieland jazz group, which is currently a septet, has, like the city it reps and the aural artform it plies, undergone evolutions aplenty throughout its 50-year history, masterfully toeing the line between honoring the past and inventing the future. In the live setting, the inventive crew doesn’t play a song the same way twice, always pushing themselves to make new connections to the music and the audience. This weekend, the band, a beacon of history and classic American song, presents its Creole Christmas, a special set bursting with all the magic of the holidays in the Crescent City. Featuring both faithful and updated takes on old favorites, as well as originals and rare treats, the show promises to be just the ticket to kickstart your holiday season. $29-$99, 7:30pm, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 226-5700, artssa.org. — James Courtney
Spurs Sports and Entertainment
Fri 12/8
Spurs vs. Celtics

The longest winning streak of the young NBA season belongs to Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics, who recently reeled off an astounding 16 straight victories after starting their season with a pair of losses. With All-Star Gordon Hayward likely sidelined indefinitely due to injury, Irving has been masterful for the Celtics, toying with defenders and taking over crunch time in multiple come-from-behind wins. Dominican baller Al Horford has been key to Boston’s early success, providing flow to the Celtics’ offensive game with his underrated passing, while former Spur Aron Baynes has added formidable muscle on the boards. As six-time All-Star Tony Parker settles back into his starting role, San Antonio takes another step closer to the on-court continuity that has heralded the Spurs’ success. Parker remarkably looks as spry as ever which, along with the addition of his “corporate knowledge,” bodes well for the Spurs against the standout team in the East. $51-$843, 8:30pm, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com. — MS
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Fri 12/8
Josh Turner

With the lowest of basses and a smile that could melt the coldest of hearts, Josh Turner takes '90s sounding contemporary country to a newer and more modern edge for am endearing blend of straight-forward country and pop-rock. The country heartthrob rocked the Rodeo earlier this year, so if you missed him here’s your chance to get up close and personal with one of the best acts the genre has to offer. $20-$40, 7pm, Cowboys Dancehall, 3030 NE 410 Loop, (210) 646-9378, cowboysdancehall.com. – CC
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Fri 12/8
Chulita Vinyl Club Tejana Xmas Party

Returning to San Anto for their three year anniversary party, Texas favorites the Chulita Vinyl Club are hosting a special Tejana Xmas party! Now a national network, CVC has been making waves all over the states with affiliations up and down the West coast and throughout Texas. Support for the club has come from all over including National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times, and Texas Monthly. And rightfully so. Known well for representing a diverse range of sounds from cumbias and rancheras to Chicano soul and disco, the all-female DJ collective have done their part to ensure the sweeter and rarer side of these musics are kept alive. Trust that CVC will bring the musical heat back to San Anto where true fans of their mission have stood by their side since day one. Expect the music to play until closing time (without interruption). $3, 10pm, Betty’s Battalion, 1524 E. Grayson St., (210) 227-9255. – JJ Lopez
Lindsey Byrnes
Fri 12/8
Dance Gavin Dance

Post-hardcore has started to become a bit of a stale genre. Like, the same ‘ol screams, breakdowns, clean singing parts and desperate lyrics about relationships, or Jesus or whatever, have become so paint-by-number, that a lot of the shit’s just painfully boring (a reason why the genre is dying out). Dance Gavin Dance, however, have managed to stay just ahead of the curve with their tight instrumentation, solid songwriting and unique math-rock guitar melodies. Also on the bill is Polyphia, who write songs that sound like they could be playing in the background during the flying level in every video game ever. Distorted, poppy, jazzy, metal guitar riffs accompany technical drumming to produce a sound that is half hilarious, half awe-inspiring and 100 percent goofy. Still considered part of the “djent” movement, even though the band isn’t quite as heavy as groups like Periphery or Born Of Osiris, Polyphia explore the outlying realms of jazz and metal for a unique brand of technical prog-rock that’s been fascinating listeners since 2010. Hailing from Dallas, this young trio are proving that prog-rock isn’t necessarily for dads in Rush T-shirts anymore. $23-$25, 7pm, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E. Houston St., alamocitymusichall.com. – CC
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Cirque Dreams
Fri 12/8 - Sat 12/9
Holidaze

Back in 2010, hard-to-please Current theater critic Thomas Jenkins surprised readers with a favorable review of the Cirque Dreams production Illumination, in which an international cast of tumblers, clowns and acrobats performed imaginative routines built around a downed power line on an urban street. Under the artistic direction of founder Neil Goldberg, the Florida-based troupe has reportedly performed in front of 50 million people since its inception in 1993 and now boasts 15 original shows, including the seasonal signature Holidaze. Hailed by the New York Daily News as a “delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload,” the two-hour spectacle packs in 300 costumes, original music and 20 acts brought to life on stage by “snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and, of course, Santa.” $38.50-$89.50, 7:30pm Fri, 2pm & 7:30pm Sat, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org. — Bryan Rindfuss
Classic Theatre of San Antonio
Fri 12/8 - Sun 12/10
The Santaland Diaries

Imagine working as an elf dressed in a green velvet outfit at Macy’s department store. That’s the idea behind The Santaland Diaries, a one-man show returning to the stage courtesy of The Classic Theater of San Antonio. Based on the essay by David Sedaris (originally read on NPR’S Morning Edition in 1992), The Santaland Diaries recounts Sedaris’ real-life experiences as his alter ego, the disgruntled Crumpet the Elf, one unfortunate holiday season. Bart Roush directs John Stillwagon (as Crumpet the Elf) in The Classic’s production. $25, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun (through Dec. 17), The Classic Theatre of San Antonio, 1924 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 468-3900, classictheatre.orgg. — Marco Aquino
Simon Wolak
Sat 12/9
Prayers

Founded by Rafael Reyes and Dave Parley, Prayers is a Chicano electronic rock duo based in Los Angeles. Since 2013, the group have been credited with coining the term cholo-goth to describe the genre that they play which is sort of a mix of ’80s synth pop and darkwave and have lyrics that explore gang and street life. Perfect for a dance party in a graveyard on the Eastside, Prayers has a vibe that honestly sounds like it came straight out of San Antonio. $15-$17, 7pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – CC
Raul Gonzalez
Sat 12/9
‘Doing Werk’

“Werk. Hustle. Sleep. Repeat.” That’s the motto of artist Raul Gonzalez, whose drawings, prints and dance performances often center on the idea of work and physical labor. First exhibited at Austin’s grayDUCK Gallery in November, Gonzalez’s solo show “Doing Werk” comes to Freight Gallery for Second Saturday. In this latest series, Gonzalez draws from his experiences as a stay-at-home father as well as working constructions jobs with his own father. Included in this show are the artist’s paintings on concrete fragments (taken from actual construction sites) depicting workers in action. In the accompanying exhibition catalog, Gonzalez explains, “No one walks up to these workers and says ‘Thank you for the road,’ or for the basic infrastructure that keeps the nation safe and mobile.” Challenging preconceived notions about what it means to be an artist and the son of Mexican immigrants, Gonzalez’s work is also an homage to the overworked and underpaid everyman. Free, 7-11pm (performance at 8pm), Freight Gallery and Studios, 1913 S. Flores St., (210) 331-4382. — MA
Dan Payton
Sat 12/9 - Sun 12/10
Tamal-filled Weekend

Corn husks will line the streets of San Antonio this weekend as masa-fanatics take on three new tamal-centric events. Brooks kicks things off on the Southside with Feliz Tamalidad, which includes live music by Los Texamaniacs, Bombasta, and James Keith and the Moondogs and tamales from area vendors (free, noon-6pm, Sat, Hangar 9, 8081 Inner Circle Drive). You’ll want to save room for Sunday’s dueling tamaladas: La Gran Tamalada will relocate from its usual home at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center to Market Square, where La Familia Cortez will host hands-on workshops on tamal-making, children’s activities and photos with Pancho Claus provided by the San Antonio Public Library (free, 11am-4pm, Historic Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St.). Over on the city’s Eastside, EgCollaborations will host Sunday Masa: A Holiday Tamales Extravaganza with a “Pan Dulce Pavilion,” Made in SA Holiday Market with local craft vendors such as BarbacoApparel, Grey Moon Vintage, and Garcia Art Glass, and a dozen (duh) tamal vendors including Celorio’s Tortillas, Johnny Joe’s, Toña’s Tamales, Tommy’s Barbacoa & Big Red, Carnitas Lonja and Chilito Express, among others (free, 11am-6pm, Alamo Beer Co., 202 Lamar St.). Bring your stretchy pants. — Jessica Elizarraras
Michael Martinez
Sat 12/9
‘Who the #@!? is Michael Martinez?’

After having made some righteous waves in Austin for his provocative contributions to Mexic-Arte’s “YLA 22: ¡Ahora!” group exhibit, San Antonio conceptual artist and cultural worker Mark Anthony Martinez continues to make good stuff happen here at home. This Second Saturday at Flax, Martinez’s curatorial talents will take center stage with an exhibition of works he’s chosen from his brother (and fellow YLA alum) Michael Martinez. The exhibit — entitled “Who the #@!? is Michael Martinez?” — will find Martinez continuing his artistic excavation of his own identity as a gay person of color. Employing heavily connotative text, and textual juxtapositions, the exhibit “dissects gender expectations through the [lens of the] artist’s own given name.” Free, 6-9pm, Flax Studio, 1906 S. Flores St., (909) 518-2245, flaxstudiosa.com. — JC
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Sat 12/9
Virgen de Guadalupe Market & Fideo Cook Off

How many bowls of noodly soup can you consume in a few hours? If you’re like us and you’d sincerely like to find out the answer to that question the hard way, you’ll have a swell opportunity this weekend. The inaugural Virgen de Guadalupe Market & Fideo Cook Off will center on a fideo cook off (wherein the winner will receive a cash prize) and an artisan market. While the event is free to attend in general, and the market free to peruse, the fideo samplings will cost you $2 a pop. Alternately, you could take advantage of the $25 VIP pass, which will get you a taste of all the contestants’ offerings. Free, 7-9pm, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, brickatbluestar.com. — JC
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Sat 12/9
Wye Oak

Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Wye Oak combine the live instrumentation of indie folk rock with danceable rhythms and dreamy pop melodies for a sound that’s atmospheric but tangible. The duo is composed of Andy Stack (drums, keyboards, backup vocals) and Jenn Wasner (vocals, guitars and bass); Wasner sings lead vocals and plays electric or acoustic guitar, while Stack plays both drums and keyboards — at the same time. He plays the drums with his feet and right hand, and the bass line with his left hand. That’s reason enough to catch this show. $12-$15, 8pm, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com. – CC
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Wed 12/6
Candlebox

Formed in 1990, Candlebox started playing in clubs all over Seattle in ’91, put out an EP, and signed with Maverick Records (Alanis Morissette, Deftones, The Prodigy) not too long after. If you were alive to remember radio in ’90s, Candlebox made some pretty hefty rotation alongside bands like, you know, Soundgarden, Semisonic, Nirvana, and pretty much all the big alternative and grunge bands that came out in that era. While their latest sound hasn’t been received quite as well as their earlier work (to be fair, it was a different world back then), there’s something to be said about having an album that certified platinum four times, which they did with their self-titled ’93 LP. $23.50, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com. – Chris Conde
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