‘Beauty and the Beast’ at The Playhouse San Antonio

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ opens Friday September 30 at The Playhouse San Antonio.  Photo by Daniel D Baumer, used with permission. 

Good news for anyone who cannot get enough of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Tomorrow, Friday September 30 is opening night of the local production of the beloved tale at The Playhouse San Antonio. This family friendly production will run through Sunday October 30 in the Russell Hill Rogers Theater with show times on Friday and Saturday at 8p.m. and Sunday at 3p.m. Tickets prices range from $12 to $42 and are available online or by calling the box office at (210) 733-7258. Cast includes Carlye Gossen as Belle and Jeff Jeffers as Beast. (The Playhouse San Antonio, 2016)

According to Wikipedia, Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a musical based on the 1991 movie of the same name with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. It is the story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel ways and the young woman he keeps captive in his castle. When an old beggar woman comes to the prince’s castle asking for refuge from the cold he cruelly turns her away. The woman then transforms into a beautiful enchantress and turns the prince into a beast and his servants into household items. She gives him a rose in an hour glass and tells him that the only way to break the spell is to learn to love another and earn her love before the last petal falls. Years later, Belle, a young beautiful woman from a small town, wanders into the woods looking for her lost father. She finds him imprisoned in a castle’s dungeon and strikes a deal with Beast that allows him to go free but she must remain behind. Soon they become friends and eventually break the spell when they fall in love and Beast is returned to his human form. Musical performances include audience favorites ‘Be Our Guest’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

The Playhouse San Antonio
800 West Ashby Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 733-7258


Zumbida: Aguas frescas with a twist

Zumbida is a refreshing new twist on traditional Mexican aguas frescas. Photo courtesy of Zumbida, used with permission. 

Aguas frescas are traditional non-alcoholic Mexican drinks made with natural fruits, flowers or seeds and blended with sugar and water. Inspired by these drinks, MillerCoors has released Zumbida, aguas frescas with a kick, or toque de piquet. Zumbida has a fruit flavor characteristic of these Mexican drinks with a little extra. Zumbida Mango is the first flavor released and combines a sweet flavor with a hint of carbonation and a touch of alcohol. The result is a crisp, clean finish with a 4.2 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) which makes it the perfect drink for any social occasion. Since the taste is similar to wine coolers, anyone can enjoy this drink, even if they are not familiar with aguas frescas. It comes in 6-pack 12 ounce bottles and is now available in select markets in California, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Denver and Texas, including San Antonio. (Zumbida, 2016)

MillerCoors has created a wide selection of high quality beers and flavored malt beverages and ciders. As a combination of Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company they offer domestic favorites like Coors Light, Coors Banquet, Miller Lite and Miller High Life. In their quest to become America’s best beer company, they offer an uncompromising promise of quality, a keen focus on innovation and a commitment to sustainability.

Houston Art Fair

Billy Schenck – Lake Woebegone, Photo courtesy of Blue Rain Gallery, used with permission. 

The Houston Art Fair is one of the country’s biggest fair and features modern and contemporary art in a variety of media. It is taking place this week from Thursday September 29 through Sunday October 2, 2016 at Silver Street Event Space. Now under the direction of Urban Expositions, this year’s event will showcase more than thirty galleries featuring works from emerging and established artists, exclusive VIP home tours, panel discussions and food and drink options from local area vendors. Tickets are still available and may be purchased online. Prices are $20 for general admission ($25 at the door), $75 for two tickets which includes return admission all weekend and $100 for two tickets which includes return admission all weekend. Event hours are Thursday from 6p.m. to 10p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11a.m. to 7p.m. and Sunday from 11a.m. to 6p.m. VIP ticket holders can take advantage of early admission Friday and Saturday from 10a.m. to 11a.m. (Houston Art Fair, 2016)

Houston Art Fair kicks off on Thursday with and opening night preview benefitting FotoFest International. FotoFest is an international non-profit photographic arts and education organization and will be presenting a video installation on the show floor. Executive Director Steven Evans will lead a panel discussion at the Houston Art Fair Lecture Series and there will also be a tour of the facility. Local artist collective Alabama Song will have a unique installation at the entrance to the fair. Some of the exhibitors for this fair include Blue Rain Gallery from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Deborah Colton Gallery from Houston, Texas, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery from Stamford, Connecticut and Palette Contemporary Art and Craft from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards Street
Houston, TX 77007

Next SíClovía this Sunday

The next SiClovia in San Antonio is this Sunday September 25 along Broadway. Photo: google.com

Sunday September 25 is the next SíClovía from 10a.m. to 3p.m. along Broadway Street. SíClovía is San Antonio’s version of CiClovía, an event that originated in Bógota, Columbia more than 30 years ago.  It is a free event that involves making a section of downtown streets available for residents to walk, run, ride a bicycle or do anything that gets them moving and therefore physically active.  The streets become temporarily car free five hours and the route will connect city parks with many Reclovía areas along the way where people can join in activities such as exercise classes and other activities for children. Water will be available at every Reclovía and there will be beverages for sale along the way. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash and owners need to pick up after them.

There will also be a 5K Run and a 5K Walk along with other activities.  Early bird entry fees are $25 for the walk/run and $10 for ages 14 and under.  Those who wish to participate can still do so by registering the day of the race for $30 from 6a.m. to 7:45a.m. at the race site.  Packets may be picked up at the YMCA at TriPoint on St Mary’s Street or at the race site from 7a.m. to 7:55a.m.  Awards will be given to the top two male and female in each age group and top two male and female overall and masters.  They will be handed out immediately after the race in Alamo Plaza.  Age groups include 14 and under, 15 – 19, 20-69 in ten year increments and 70 plus.

Jesse Dayton at Sam’s Burger Joint

Jesse Dayton will be performing at Sam’s Burger Joint on Thursday September 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of Blue Elan Records, used with permission. 

There are plenty of excellent shows coming up at Sam’s Burger Joint but one of them stands out because the musician is from Texas. Jesse Dayton is a country-blues-punk guitarist from Beaumont and he will be performing next Thursday September 22, 2016. Tickets to the show start at $15 and may be purchased online. Doors open at 7p.m. and the show begins at 8p.m. The Texas guitarist and singer/songwriter is also releasing his new album The Revealer on September 16 through his new record deal with Blue Elan Records. (Mad Ink PR, 2016)

Jesse Dayton has been building a cult following with his guitar shredding, country-infused Americana sound. His first record through Justice Records, Raisin’ Cain, was released in 1995 and gained critical acclaim. This led to him being hired to play lead guitar by country legends Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell. He formed his own label in 2002 and has also acted in movies and music videos and produced several records for other artists. He has written two screenplays and wrote and directed “Zombex,” a new horror movie starring Malcolm McDowell. Currently on tour with X’s John Doe, he will do several solo shows before heading out with the Supersuckers and The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band on a US tour.

Sam’s Burger Joint
330 E Grayson St
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 223-2830

Theater review: ‘The Sound of Music’ at the Majestic Theatre

‘The Sound of Music’ is now playing at the Majestic Theatre until Sunday.  Photo by Sandra Cruz

Now playing at the Majestic Theatre is ‘The Sound of Music’ and last night’s opening performance played to a full house. The show is the story of Maria, a postulant who is sent to work as a governess to a large family when she begins to second guess her decision to become a nun. Eventually she falls in love with the children and their widowed father Captain von Trapp. The Captain opposes the Nazis so when he is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy he and Maria flee Austria with the children.

The action begins at the Nonnberg Abbey as the nuns perform ‘Preludium’ and transitions smoothly into one of the audience’s favorite scene that includes Maria singing ‘The Sound of Music.’ As soon as the von Trapp children enter the stage they captivate the audience, especially Gretl, the youngest. Melody Betts, who portrays Mother Abbes, closes out the first act with her amazing rendition of ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain.’ Kerstin Anderson and Ben Davis work well together as Maria and Captain von Trapp and their chemistry makes the show work. Highlights include Maria and the children’s ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and Maria and Mother Abess’ ‘My Favorite Things.’ This family friendly musical appeals to both fans of the show as well as newcomers and is a must see.

‘The Sound of Music’ runs until Sunday September 18, 2016. Upcoming performances are Thursday at 7:30p.m., Friday at 8p.m., Saturday at 2p.m. and 8p.m. and Sunday at 7:30p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are available online, by phone at (800) 982-ARTS (2787) and at all Ticketmaster outlets including the Majestic Theatre box office.

Majestic Theatre
224 E Houston St
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 226-5700

‘Martes es Fiesta’ at Nao Latin Gastro Bar

P1000825Nao Latin Gastro Bar at the Pearl is a student-staffed restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America. Their menu features Latin American dishes rooted in tradition but reinvented using a variety of ingredients and techniques. The menu features seasonal, progressive Latin food. ‘Martes es Fiesta’ continues this month at Nao Latin Gastro Bar with unique weekly dinner specials. These dinners are from 5:30p.m. to 9p.m. and will pay homage to different Latin American regions. They consist of one to two rustic, iconic dishes served family style to provide the true experience of Latin cuisine and service. Past dinners have included the Caribbean and the Andes Region including Ecuador and Colombia. This month the specialty dinners will be from Mexico.

On Tuesday September 13 guests will be able to enjoy Chile Relleno de Carne de Res – ancho peppers stuffed with beer-braised beef and accompanied by shaved cucumber salad and black bean puree. On Tuesday September 20 the dinner will be Tamales de Puerco en Salsa Roja – tamales filled with chile-braised pork and accompanied by napa cabbage slaw with jicama and herbs. Finally, on Tuesday September 27 it will be Pavo en Mole Poblano – roasted turkey in Pueblan mole accompanied by avocado, tomato and pumpkin seed salad and local corn tortillas. Future dinners will consist of El Sur, including Uruguay, Argentina and Chile in October and Central America in November.

Nao – Latin Gastro Bar
312 Pearl Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 554-6484

CANstruction design competition at North Star Mall

Team hard at work building their sculpture. Photo by Sandra Cruz

Orange is the color of hunger awareness and for the month of September North Star Mall is taking part in the San Antonio Food Bank’s SA Goes Orange for Hunger campaign. They are hosting the 11th annual CANstruction® design/build competition that started today and runs until Sunday September 25, 2016. This competition is part of an international campaign to raise awareness and funds for hunger relief. With many in Southwest Texans at risk of going hungry the San Antonio Food Bank is the major supplier of food for the hungry in the area. (North Star Mall, 2016)

Sunday is build day, when ten teams representing the San Antonio chapters of The American Institute of Architects and the Society for Design Administration will be given twelve hours to assemble their sculptures using approximately 30,000 cans of food. Teams will include architects, engineers and contractors from Alamo Architects & Turner Construction, Open Studio Architecture & DBR Engineering Consultants and others as well as students from San Antonio College’s AIAS Chapter. On Monday September 12 the sculptures will be judged by industry professionals and special guests at the CANopener awards ceremony. Categories will include Structural Ingenuity, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Juror’s Favorite, Best Use of the Color Orange and two Honorable Mentions. The sculptures will remain on display until September 25 and then donated to the San Antonio Food Bank at the end of the competition. In the last ten years, the competition has donated more than 425,000 pounds of food for families in need.

North Star Mall
744 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX 78216
(210) 340-6627

September Painting Party

Final painting. Photo by Sandra Cruz

Brenda’s Creations is an art studio located in the Little Shops at Wonderland of the America’s mall on Fredericksburg Rd.  Aside from being an art studio, the proprietor, Brenda, provides art lessons and painting parties.  The painting parties can be for birthdays, showers, office parties or just a time to get together with friends.  There are also monthly themed public painting parties where anyone can attend for a $25 fee with locations subject to change.  Brenda provides all the supplies and all guests have to do is show up, relax and have fun.

Last night’s September painting party was held at Wonderland Mall and it had a fall theme. The group in attendance was small and that provided those in attendance with the extra attention.  Everything was set up as a classroom layout with the teacher’s easel at the front stage with an overhead light to highlight the work in progress.  The atmosphere was light and relaxed and there was little pressure to do a perfect painting.  Fall props, including plastic flowers and leaves were scattered around the table for guests to create their own scenery to paint.  Brenda guided them in a step by step demonstration of each stage of a painting including the first layer that covers the canvas completely to get rid of all the white and create a base.  From there the basic shapes are painted then those shapes are completed with shades, highlights and shadows.  The finished product was different for everyone since, this being art, it is open to the individual’s interpretation.

Overall, the night’s experience was relaxed and entertaining.  As a teacher, Brenda is approachable and patient with those who have little to no painting experience.  She is not patronizing or in any way intimidating and that makes it easy to ask questions or ask for help.  This is an excellent way to get some art therapy and interact with others who have the same interests.  Next month being October the theme is going to be a Halloween based painting and should be interesting.  The details will be posted at the studio and around Wonderland Mall.

Botika announces lunch menu

Botika will now be serving lunch on Saturdays only. Photo courtesy of Botika, used with permission. 

Starting tomorrow Saturday September 10 Botika will now be serving lunch on Saturdays only from 11:30a.m. to 2p.m. followed by happy hour from 2p.m. to 5p.m. New lunch hours will be announced at a later time. The lunch menu is seasonal and includes different specials each Saturday. (Botika, 2016)

Bon Lai Salad ($7) – Cucumber, green papaya, carrots, lime, toasted nuts, Thai basil, mint
Solterito ($7) – Fava beans, choclo, fresh cheese, rocoto dressing, parsley, red onion
Tuna Roll Acevichado ($11) – Nori, tuna salad, cucumber, avocado, crispy noodles, Nikkei tiger’s milk dipping sauce
Ceviche Carretillero ($11) – Restaurant’s selection of seafood, bibb lettuce, choclo and potato causa
Chicken Ginger and Shitake Buns ($10) – Hoisin, green onion, mint, daikon, and carrot pickle
Chicken and Veggies Eggrolls ($7) – Rice glass noodles, ginger-citrus dipping sauce

Beef Yakitori Teriyaki ($11) – Over steamed rice, furikakke and sesame seeds
Tacu Tacu A Lo Pobre ($12) – Red beans and rice “cake,” pork katsu, fried egg, sweet plantain emulsion
Arroz Chaufa Verde ($10) – Crispy tofu, broccoli, bok choy, edamame, kale, green beans
Pulpo Al Olivo ($11) – Baby octopus, Botija olive mayonnaise, fried yucca, tomato and arugula salad
Huancaina Cream Noodles ($10) – Creamy Aji Amarillo sauce, parmesan, sweety drop peppers, sesame seeds salsa criolla

Steamed White Rice with furikakke ($5)
Vegetable Stir Fry with siyao sauce and peanuts ($7)

Sorbets ($6) – chef selection of three Amazonian fruits house made sorbets, mocha rice cakes and ginger lace toile

Botika is one of the newest restaurants at the Pearl and it is described as a Peruvian-Asian restaurant. It features “Chifa,” Chinese-Peruvian and “Nikkei,” Japanese-Peruvian cuisines as well as new takes on traditional dishes from across Asia and Latin America. The bar offers classic cocktails and a wide variety of sakes, rums, piscos and cachaças. The layout includes a sushi-ceviche bar, a cocktail lounge and an outdoor dining space. Business hours are Monday through Thursday from 5p.m. to 10p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday late night from 11p.m. to 2a.m.

303 Pearl Pkwy #111
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 670-7684