Free Jazz concert at La Cantera Resort & Spa on Thursday

Acclaimed smooth jazz saxophonist will be performing at the annual tree lighting ceremony at La Cantera Resort & Spa this Thursday. Courtesy photo, used with permission. 

The holidays are in full swing and La Cantera Resort & Spa, part of Destination Hotels luxury collection, is getting into the holiday spirit. This Thursday December 1 the luxury resort is hosting a free Jazz concert featuring acclaimed smooth jazz saxophonist Paul Taylor who will perform before the annual tree lighting celebration. Guests will be able to enjoy holiday treats and photos with Santa with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio. (La Cantera Resort & Spa, 2016)

Guests are encouraged to bring a toy for the Boys & Girls Club and in return will receive a bag of La Cantera freshly baked holiday cookies. The evening’s event will take place from 6p.m. to 9p.m. with Santa lighting the tree at 7:15p.m.

La Cantera Resort & Spa
Plaza San Saba, just off the main lobby
16641 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78256
(210) 558-6500


Standing Rock Supply Drive

Standing Rock Supply Drive taking place now. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

Local business owners Daniel Northcutt of Frank, Blayne Tucker of The Mix and local artist Cruz Ortiz of Snake Hawk Press are joining forces with local Assiniboine/Sioux activist Jennifer K Falcon for a supply drive for the Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters. The Mix and Frank will be accepting cold weather donations through Saturday after which they will be delivered to the Standing Rock camps with a banner designed by Cruz Ortiz Art that reads “San Antonio Stands with Standing Rock.”  Cruz Ortiz Art will also be selling original merchandise and all funds collected will be donated to the camp.  To date, $3,000 has already been raised. (Frank, 2016)

Donations can be made online or dropped off at: The Mix 2423 N St Mary’s St in San Antonio  from 3p.m. to 2a.m. today through Wednesday and at both Frank locations:  1150 S Alamo St in San Antonio from 11a.m. to midnight today through Wednesday and 407 Colorado St in Austin from 11a.m to midnight today through Wednesday as well as at Mohawk in Austin from 5p.m. to 8p.m. today through Wednesday.  On Tuesday November 29 from 7p.m. to 10p.m. there will be a fundraiser along with the supply drive at the San Antonio Frank location featuring DJ Ernest Gonzales and live Silk Screening by Cruz Ortiz.

A list of needed supplies includes: firewood (preferably oak, maple and ash), wool blankets, emergency blankets, wool socks, wool thermal underwear (no cotton), safety goggles, trauma kits, straw bales, wall tents with wood stoves and poles, sleeping bags for subzero temperatures (including military style), battery packs for charging phones, carts and wheelbarrows for hauling wood, fire extinguishers, propane, fur blankets, Tesoro gas cards, gas generators, unflavored milk of magnesia, gift cards, propane heaters, snow mobiles, snow tires and more.

Television adaptation: Letty Dobesh Chronicles by Blake Crouch

‘Good Behavior’ is the television adaptation of the Letty Dobesh Chronicles on TNT by Blake Crouch. Photo:

Blake Crouch is the best-selling author of suspense novels most notably the international bestselling series Wayward Pines. It was adapted into a television series for FOX with M. Night Shyamalan as executive producer. He has also written several novellas including the Letty Dobesh ones which include ‘The Pain of Others,’ ‘Sunset Key’ and ‘Grab.’  These have now been developed for TNT for the series ‘Good Behavior’ starring Michelle Dockery and it premiered earlier this month.

According to Amazon, Letty Dobesh is a thief who has just been released from jail early for good behavior but she is back to her old tricks again.  While burglarizing a luxury suite she overhears a man hiring a hit man to kill his wife. She may not be perfect but she still wants to do the right thing.  Since she cannot go to the police she tries to derail the hit herself but instead ends up putting herself in danger.  The first episode sets up the series by having Letty spend the night with Javier the hit man so she can get more information about the victim.  She wakes up the next morning and hurriedly tries to beat him to the victim’s house and successfully convinces her that she is in danger.  Unfortunately things do not work out as well as Letty expected and she ends up back in her room where she gets high.  Javier storms in and demands answers and ends up blackmailing her into working for him.  Hopefully the rest of the season is just as suspenseful and the characters continue to grow.

Small Business Saturday at Frank

Frank Maker’s Market will be this Saturday November 26 in celebration of Small Business Saturday. Photo courtesy of Frank, used with permission.

Small Business Saturday began in 2010 as way to encourage people across the country to support small businesses in their community. According to American Express, last year more than 88 million people turned out to show their support. It takes place every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and this year it falls on November 26, 2016. In celebration of Small Business Saturday Frank, in Southtown, is hosting a Maker’s Market from 1p.m. to 8p.m.

Frank is located in the heart of Southtown and is the place to go for homemade sausages, sides and cocktails all served in a refurnished church. Local small business owners, makers and vendors will be getting together at Frank to offer guests a unique option for holiday shopping. Products on sale will include one of a kind ceramic pieces by Guten Co., natural, organic non-toxic bath and body products from Boyd’s, Texas-inspired apparel from Alamo Outdoor Co and many more. Music will be provided by Southtown Vinyl with food and cocktails specials created by Frank.

1150 S Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78210
(210) 265-5292

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at the Woodlawn Theatre

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ opens at the Woodlawn Theatre on Friday November 25, 2016. Photo courtesy of Woodlawn Theatre, used with permission. 

The Woodlawn Theatre is wrapping up its current season with the local production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.’ It being their holiday show, it opens this Friday November 25 and runs through Friday December 23, 2016. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30p.m. and Sunday at 3p.m. Additional show dates are on Wednesday December 21 and Thursday December 22 at 7:30p.m. Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at (210) 267-8388. Prices are $17 for students and children, $23 for seniors and military and $26 for adults with an additional $3 service fee. Groups of ten or more receive a 20% discount. (Woodlawn Theatre, 2016)

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is based on the “coat of many colors” biblical story of Joseph and is completely sung through with limited spoken dialogue. This musical journey is a mixture of high energy music and dancing with a family friendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music. It stars Travis Eades as Joseph with Michelle Pietri as choreographer and William McGrary as music director. Musical styles range from country-western to calypso, bubble-gum pop and rock and roll. Classic songs include “Any Dream Will Do,” “Benjamin Calypso” and the unforgettable “Go, Go, Go Joseph.”

Woodlawn Theatre
1920 Fredericksburg Rd
San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 267-8388

Holiday cooking classes at The Culinary Institute of America

The Culinary Institute of America – San Antonio is offering holiday cooking and baking classes. Photo courtesy of The Culinary Institute of America, used with permission.

The holiday season is officially here and The Culinary Institute of America San Antonio at the Pearl is offering holiday themed Food Enthusiast classes. These classes are open to the public as part of their Food Enthusiast program. Attendees will receive instruction and guidance from expert CIA chefs and an official CIA apron and chef’s hat. More information about the classes is available online. (The Culinary Institute of America San Antonio, 2016)

Holiday baking and cooking classes include:
November 21 – Holiday Pies – This class focuses on making tender, flaky pies and including the fruit-filled and latticed kinds and especially all the season’s favorites. Attendees will learn everything from dough mixing, rolling, blind baking, and techniques like decorative borders and lattice work.
December 10 – CIA Holiday Favorites – This class tackles the biggest holiday challenge yet: an entire meal from scratch. It includes classic dishes like roast turkey with gravy to non-traditional items such as sautéed duck with Pinot Noir sauce as well as appetizers, sides, entrées and desserts. Attendees will learn professional techniques for carving meats, making home-style pan gravy and presenting food that is as attractive as it is flavorful.
December 14 – Holiday Cookies – Holiday cookies take center stage in this class with a chef-instructor, equipment, ingredients and all the recipes needed to make delicious cookies. Cookie types will include cutouts, piped cookies and the slice-and-bake varieties. Attendees will be making chocolate mint cookies, rugelach and sugar cookies which they will be able to take them home to share with family and friends.

The Culinary Institute of America was founded in 1946 as is the world’s premiere culinary college. It is an independent, not for profit facility that offers associates degrees in the culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. Students can also earn bachelor’s degrees in management, culinary science and applied food studies. With campuses in New York, California, Texas and Singapore it trains thousands of students that are bound for the food service and hospitality industry.

The Culinary Institute of America – San Antonio
312 Pearl Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 554-6400

Theater review: ‘School for Scandal’ at The Classic Theatre of San Antonio

‘School for Scandal’ is now playing at The Classic Theatre of San Antonio.  Photo courtesy of The Classic Theatre, used with permission.

Gossip and malicious intent never go out of style and such is the case in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s ‘School for Scandal.’ This 1777 comedy of manners stars John O’Neill and Christi Eanes and is now taking center stage at The Classic Theatre of San Antonio. This updated version is set in contemporary London where the cast of characters carry cell phones and love dishing out and spreading rumors regardless of who it affects.

‘School for Scandal’ opens in Lady Sneerwell’s house where she has gathered with friends to get all the newest gossip. They are a group of wealthy bored socialites who delight in making fun of people and spreading rumors and gossip. Then there is the older gentleman Sir Peter who is married to a much young woman and they constantly argue but seem to enjoy every minute of every fight. When Sir Oliver, who is Joseph and Charles’ long lost uncle, returns home he does so in disguise with the intent of finding out what is really going on. He soon finds himself in the middle of all the scheming and gossiping and what ensues is nothing short of hilarious.

Even though the setting and clothing are contemporary the language of the original play still stands so sometimes it is difficult to follow the action. Despite that, it is an amusing play and the cast works well together and appear to be having a ball with their characters. Some of the funniest scenes are in the second act. One is in Joseph Surface’s library when Lady Teazel, Sir Peter’s young wife, visits him and she has to hide when Sir Peter arrives. It is physical comedy gold and Zach Lewis’ performance is top notch and reminiscent of Jim Carrey in the movie ‘Liar, Liar.’ Another is when Charles Surface tries to sell the family’s portraits to Sir Oliver and they hold empty picture frames in front of various audience members while they haggle for the price.

‘School for Scandal’ is such fun to watch and it is a must see for anyone who enjoys a smart play with plenty of laughter. It runs until Sunday November 27 at The Classic Theatre of San Antonio.  Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the box office at (210) 589-8450 with rates starting at $10.

Last Rooftop Jazz Concert of the Year

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The last Rooftop Jazz Concert of the year is this Friday November 18 at Artpace. Photo courtesy of Artpace, used with permission. 

Artpace is a contemporary art space located in downtown San Antonio created to support artists with residences, exhibitions and educational programs to foster the creative process. In a combined effort with local jazz station KRTU Jazz 91.7, Artpace is bringing the final installment of their Members Only Rooftop Jazz Concert Series this week. This series aims to bring together members of Artpace and KRTU to celebrate art and jazz. These concerts highlight a particular jazz theme celebrating historical figures and styles performed by local and regional artists. Guests are able to mingle while enjoying a night of jazz and drinks.

This week’s concert will take place on Friday November 18 from 8p.m. to 11p.m.  In a night of Jazz Meets Motown, there will be a live soul and jazz performance by Bill King Quintet featuring vocalist Michelle Garibay of PM Soul.  They will perform classics by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight & the Pips. Food and drinks will be provided by Alamo Beer, Pedernales Cellars and Pinch Crawfish Kitchen.  Art performers will include video projectionist Chris Jackson and DJ Chris Galvan will provide the background music for dancing the night away. The event is open and free to KRTU and Artpace members only.  Various levels of memberships are available starting at $35.  More information on memberships is available online.  (Artpace, 2016)

Since it opened in 1995 Artpace has housed more than 200 artists through the International Artist-in-Residence program. Every year they host three residencies that include a Texas-based artist, one national artist and one international artist who are each chosen by a guest curator. After an eight week residency the artists will have their exhibits on site for two months. The purpose of these residencies is to give artists every opportunity to grow by giving them the resources they need.

445 North Main Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 212-4900

A Night at the Pearl with Château Palmer

High Street Wine Company and Hotel Emma will be hosting ‘A Night at the Pearl with Chateau Palmer’ this Thursday November 17, 2016.  Photo by Sandra Cruz

This Thursday November 17 High Street Wine Company and Hotel Emma will be hosting “A Night at the Pearl with Château Palmer” from 6:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. Château Palmer is a winery located in the Margaux appellation d’origine contrôlèe of the Bordeaux region of France and produces some of the best wines in the region. Two of these wines include Château Palmer and Alter Ego, both known for their fineness and deep aromatic complexity. The night will consist of three events at three different locations at the Pearl. It will include Sommelier Scott Ota from High Street Wine Co and Culinary Concierge Hugh Daschbach from Hotel Emma with Jean-Louis Carbonnier, the Director for the Americas at Château Palmer. The cost is $325 per person, all inclusive and RSVPs should be made with Scott Ota at or by calling (210) 908-9144. (Hotel Emma, 2016)

The schedule for the night starts at 6:30p.m. with a Wine & Cheese course at High Street Wine Co, Supper at Hotel Emma. Jean-Louis Carbonnier will provide guests with valuable information about Château Palmer, the vineyard, the region and the history of Bordeaux. At 7:30p.m. guests will be able to enjoy a dinner at Supper American Eatery’s Private Dining Room where chef John Brand will serve a family style meal paired with some of Château Palmer’s best wine offerings. The evening will end with Dessert at Pearl Amphitheatre at 9p.m. There will be dessert and entertainment in the Pearl Amphitheater overlooking the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk.

Hotel Emma is located in the former Pearl Brewery which was built in 1894 and is named in honor of Emma Koehler, the wife of Pearl Brewery founder Otto Koehler. She kept the brewery going during prohibition after her husband passed away and saw it through its most successful years. The hotel was designed by award-winning firm Roman and Williams who are known for mixing historic and modern elements. They had the historic Pearl building as a starting point and created a beautiful structure that blends the old with the new, the industrial with the refined.

303 Pearl Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78715
(210) 212-7260

Military Appreciation Night at Whataburger

Whataburger is hosting a ‘Military Appreciation Night’ on Wednesday November 16. Photo courtesy of Whataburger, used with permission. 

In the past Whataburger has hosted events to help out the community and surrounding schools. These events have ranged from “Oh! Whata Nights” to jalapeno eating contests, drawings and raffles. On Wednesday November 16 from 5p.m. to 7p.m. Whataburger is having a ‘Military Appreciation Night’event to celebrate the men and women of the military. The public is invited to come and show their support and attendees with a military ID will be able to enjoy a free Whataburger with the purchase of a medium order of fries and drink. This event will include the popular Whataburger for a Year drawing where one customer’s name will be drawn to win the ultimate prize-a free Whataburger every week for a year. There will also be a photo booth, a spin wheel with prizes and a balloon artist. (Whataburger, 2016)

Whataburger has been making burgers since 1950 when Harman Dobson opened a humble hamburger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. He wanted customers to take one bite and say “What a burger” so he named his stand on Ayers St “Whataburger.” Since then Whataburger now has over 700 locations across the country and continues to deliver fresh, made to order meals everyday with superior customer service. Community support includes charitable giving and volunteerism to nonprofit organizations that focus on children’s charities, cancer research, hunger assistance, disaster relief and military support.

Whataburger #1026
1134 Pat Booker Rd (near Stonegate Drive)
Universal City, TX 78148
(210) 566-4350