Summer Cocktail Menu and Happy Hour at Jazz, TX

The Troubadour is just one of the cocktails on the Summer Cocktail Menu at Jazz, TX. Photo: Hilmy, used with permission.

Jazz, TX is getting ready for the summer months by revealing an exciting Summer Cocktail Menu. This new menu includes refreshing traditional cocktails with a twist such as “The Troubadour” – a seasonal old fashioned favorite and creative unique blends like the “Cape Town Smoke” – a cocktail of smoke and savory citrus flavors. (Jazz, TX, 2017)

Other offerings include:

  • Checkmate in Waterloo – Modern take on a classic Hoffman House
  • The Rattle and the Rhythm – Latin style daiquiri
  • Ensemble #2 – Boozy Hill Country favorite
  • Summer Swig – It’s your daddy’s boozy cocktail
  • For Grit and Glory – Fizz meets foam in this San Antonio Collins
  • Basement Blues – Doc’s take on a champagne classic
  • Port of NOLA – Bold flavors meet a refreshing kick
  • Not the Watson – Polynesian-inspired sour

Aside from the new cocktail menu, Jazz, TX also has a Summer Happy Hour menu starting on Thursday June 1 and available throughout the summer. This limited menu will feature a gourmet Chorizo Queso appetizer and the “Five O’Clock Somewhere” tequila cocktail. Menu items will be $5 each and available Tuesday through Saturday from 5p.m. to 7p.m.

Jazz, TX is the Pearl’s newest upscale music venue owned and operated by renowned musician Brent “Doc” Watkins. It is in the cellar of the Bottling House and hosts musical acts ranging from jazz to blues, big band, Texas swing, salsa, conjunto and Americana including Doc Watkins. Business hours are Tuesday through Saturday and aside from music, guests can enjoy a wider variety of food, beverages, wine and spirits.

Jazz, TX
312 Pearl Parkway, Building 6 Suite 6001
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 332-9386


Movie adaptation: Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

The movie adaptation of the children’s book series Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey opens in theaters on Friday June 2, 2017.  Photo: Barnes & Noble

David Murray “Dav” Pilkey Jr is an American author and illustrator of children’s literature. He is best known for the children’s book series Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies. His first book “World War Won” won a national competition for student authors and was published in 1987. He is considered one of the most popular contemporary authors for elementary school aged students and a subtle moralist because even underneath some of the most outrageous stories, the good guy always wins and his philosophy emphasizes friendship, tolerance and generosity. Dav Pilkey created the Captain Underpants character while still in elementary school. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is the animated movie based on the children’s novel series of the same name and opens in theaters on Friday June 2, 2017. It stars the voices of Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal.

According to Wikipedia, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is set in Ohio where George Beard and Harold Hutchins are fourth-grade friends and the school’s biggest pranksters. Their pranking days are over when they mess with the toilet invention of Melvin the school nerd and Principal Krupp decides to separate them and end their friendship. To get back at him they decide to hypnotize him using a 3D Hypno Ring they got from a cereal box and make him believe he is Captain Underpants. When a new teacher, Professor P, becomes determined to get rid of laughter in the school, he schemes with Melvin to turn all the students to zombies. George and Harold set out to stop him by feeding Captain Underpants, who has no real powers, mutated food from the cafeteria that give him superpowers and allows him to defeat Professor P.

‘9 Circles’ at The Classic Theatre of San Antonio

‘9 Circles’ by Bill Cain opens on Thursday June 15 at The Classic Theatre of San Antonio. Photo:  The Surround Project, used with permission.

The Surround Project is a new San Antonio theater company created by theater artists Eva Laporte and Zach Lewis and it focuses on producing contemporary work new to the city. Their work will be innovative in the sense that they plan to “surround” a play with a context for themes and issues within a story. Producer Eva Laporte has worked with community agencies and individuals to give theater guests a rich and dynamic experience. In partnership with The Classic Theatre of San Antonio, The Surround Project will produce its first play, ‘9 Circles,’ from June 15 through June 25 as part of their Classic Presents Series. (The Surround Project, 2017)

‘9 Circles’ is a play by Bill Cain and is a fictional story based on the real military career and subsequent civilian trial of Steven Dale Green. The title is a reference to Dante Alighieri’s ‘Inferno’ in which Dante descends into the “nine circles of hell.” Green is charged with unspeakable crimes and like Dante, passes through a surreal labyrinth ranging from his discharge from the Army to various judicial and administrative procedures. The play is structured so that other cast members can return to play multiple characters, each at a different circle. It is directed by Eva Laporte and stars Zach Lewis, Makenzie Jene, Torence B White and Andrew Thornton.

There will be only eight performances of ‘9 Circles’ with show times Thursday through Saturday at 8p.m. and Sunday at 3p.m. at The Classic Theatre of San Antonio. General admission tickets are $20 and are available online or at the box office by calling (210) 589-8450. Guests will check in and will receive a seating arrangement the day of the performance. Seating begins 45 minutes before curtain time and no late seating or re-entry will be allowed. This play is for adults aged 17 and older and contains nudity, explicit language and descriptions of war and sexual violence.  There will be pre-show information and resources about military trauma and PTSD and in partnership with community agencies, The Surround Project will bring panels, forums, exhibits and resources to the theater.

Classic Theatre of San Antonio
1924 Fredericksburg Rd
San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 589-8450

Evenings on the Edge at Topaz

Evenings on the Edge at Topaz adult pool parties are back at La Cantera Resort & Spa.  Courtesy photo, used with permission.

The series of popular sunset adult pool parties is back this summer at La Cantera Resort & Spa beginning on June 1 and running through August 10 from 7p.m. to 11p.m. Evenings on the Edge at Topaz are Thursday night events that benefit local charities and feature live entertainment. Guests must be 21 and over and ID is required. (La Cantera Resort & Spa, 2017)

Tickets are $25 and available online and if purchased in advance it includes valet parking. Valet parking at the door is $10. Ticket includes a summer-inspired cocktail, live performances and/or DJ, pop up min spa sessions and Moet Chandon toast at sundown. In the event of inclement weather, ticket will be honored at a future event based on availability; tickets are non-refundable. Ten private cabañas also are available for rent and require 24-hour cancellation. A portion of ticket sales and cabaña rentals benefit local charities. A Topaz Sunset Pass is available for $450 and includes, among other benefits, two tickets to each event, two-day spa passes, valet parking and a welcome cocktail. Detailed information on cabaña rentals and Topaz Sunset Passes is available online.

  • Thursday, June 1 – Leukemia Lymphoma Society; Live performance by Finding Friday
  • Thursday, June 8 – Teed Off at Cancer
  • Thursday, June 15 – Culinaria
  • Thursday, June 22 – Houston Street Charities; Live performance by The Mighty Orq
  • Thursday, June 29 – Les Dames d’escoffier San Antonio
  • Thursday, July 6 – Heart Gift
  • Thursday, July 13 – Child in Need
  • Thursday, July 20 – TBD
  • Thursday, July 27 – Chamber Orchestra; Live performance by Passing Strangers
  • Thursday, August 3 – Fashion Group International
  • Thursday, August 10 – Viola’s Huge Heart

La Cantera Resort & Spa
16641 La Cantera Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78256
(210) 558-6500

Summer exhibitions open this week at Artpace

The Summer 2017 Hudson (Show)Room and Main Space Exhibitions open this Thursday May 25 with a public viewing.  Photo: Artpace, used with permission.

Artpace announces the opening of the Summer 2017 Hudson (Show)Room and Main Space Exhibitions.  These upcoming exhibitions explore the global issues of migration and geopolitical borders. German-born, San Antonio artists Sabine Senft and Doerte Weber drew on their experiences living in divided Germany to examine the current issues of global migration and border control. The official opening is on May 25 from 6p.m. to 8:30p.m. This event is free and open to the public and guests will be able to enjoy complimentary refreshments. Doors open at 6p.m. with a talk featuring both artists at 7p.m.  Both exhibitions will be on display from Thursday May 25 through Sunday August 27, 2017. (Artpace, 2017)

Sabine Senft will showcase her work in the Hudson Showroom. It is produced through a grant from the Artists Foundation of San Antonio. According to the artist, the exhibition, ‘Borderline Reality’ comes from a place of personal reflection. She uses everyday material like candy to evoke the often-overlooked realities of division.

In Main Space, Doerte Weber will unveil ‘Checkpoint,’ a series of large tapestry panels that echo the dimensions and imposing nature of the border wall between the United States and Mexico. The pieces evoke memories of passing between West and East Germany for Weber, who describes the level of scrutiny as like being in a zoo.

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. Since it opened in 1995 Artpace has housed more than 200 artists through the International Artist-in-Residence program. Every year the program hosts 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 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

Executive Chef Laurent Rea and General Manager Patrick Bean appointed to Signature Restaurant

Executive Chef Laurent Rea and General Manager Patrick Bean are new to Signature restaurant.  Photo: Signature, used with experience.

La Cantera Resort & Spa recently announced the appointment of new Executive Chef Laurent Rea and General Manager Patrick Bean to Signature restaurant. A world class concept, Signature is inspired by Chef Andrew Weismann and Chef Rea and Patrick Bean hope to expand on his unique vision for the resort’s freestanding restaurant and bar. Part of the vision includes creating a gracious, timeless and relaxed Hill Country experience for guests looking for non-traditional alternatives to upscale dining. Weismann began his career in Europe and now back in San Antonio, he has opened seven popular and critically acclaimed restaurants including La Rêve, which was recognized by The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine magazine and other renowned publications. Signature is open from 6p.m. to 10p.m. for dinner and reservations are recommended but not required. (Signature, 2017)

Executive Chef Laurent Rea was featured in Best Chefs in American in 2013 and has previously worked in Venice, Italy; Strasbourg, France; Great Britain, New Mexico and Texas. General Manager Patrick Bean is a Texas native who uses classic techniques and Texas touches. The menu includes some of the world’s best ingredients, such as lavender, rosemary and prickly pears picked from Signature’s own backyard. A staff beekeeper cultivates La Canter’s own signature Texas honey and even though the local and organic ingredients may change with the season, quality, flavor and artistry are always a priority in the kitchen.

16401 La Cantera Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78256
(210) 247-0176

Movie adaptation: ‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon

The movie adaptation of ‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon opens in theaters on Friday May 19. Photo: Barnes & Noble

Nicola Yoon is The New York Times best-selling author of “Everything, Everything” and “The Sun is Also a Star,” a Michael L Printz Honor book and a National Book Award finalist. “Everything, Everything” is her debut novel for young adults and the movie adaptation will open in theaters on Friday May 19, 2017. It stars Amanda Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly and is the story of 17-year-old Madeline Whittier, who has “bubble baby disease.”

According to Wikipedia, in “Everything, Everything,” Madeline is a girl who suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and cannot leave her house or interact with anyone who has not been “sanitized.” The only people she interacts with are her mother and Carla, the nurse who takes care of her. After a new family moves in next door, she meets and befriends their son Olly. They decide to go to Hawaii together because Maddy claims it was the last place she believes she had a ‘normal’ family. Once there she ends up getting sick and is taken to the hospital after which her mother shows up and takes her back home. Eventually, the truth comes out that her mother lied about her being sick because after her father and brother died, Maddy became seriously ill and she was afraid of losing her too. Olly, his mother and sister move out but he and Maddy reunite in New York.

‘Matilda the Musical’ at the Majestic Theatre

‘Matilda the Musical’ opens at the Majestic Theatre on Tuesday June 6, 2017. Photo: Joan Marcus, used with permission.

The next performance at the Majestic Theatre is ‘Matilda the Musical,’ a part of the North Park Lexus Broadway In San Antonio season. It is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers and will play for eight performances only from Tuesday June 6 through Sunday June 11, 2017.  Tickets begin at $30 and are available at the theatre box office, online, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Box office hours are 10a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday hours vary. Performances are 7:30p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8p.m. on Friday, 2p.m. and 8p.m. on Saturday and 2p.m. and 7:30p.m. on Sunday. (North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio, 2017)

‘Matilda the Musical’ is a musical based on the novel of the same name by best-selling author Roald Dahl. It is the story a Matilda, a precocious five-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school and helps her teacher reclaim her life. She dreams of a better life and armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind she dares to take a stand and changer her own destiny. Winner of four Tony Awards, it is directed by Matthew Warchus with a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.

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

Japanese inspired bar Hanzo opens this week

Hanzo, a new Japanese inspired bar opens its doors in San Antonio this week.  Photo: Jacqueline Fierro/Giant Noise, used with permission.

There is a new Japanese-inspired bar in the neighborhood. Opening in San Antonio on May 18 is Hanzo, a new bar concept developed by Steve Mahoney. It is inspired by the idea of an izakaya, a type of informal Japanese gastro pub, and it is set to be a casual neighborhood spot for after work happy hours, weekend and late night drinks and light bites. Business hours will be Monday through Sunday from 3p.m. to 2a.m. (Hanzo, 2017)

Hanzo’s lead bartender Nick Kenna, previously from Dorćol Distillery and Blue Box, has developed a cocktail menu that features a wide variety of Japanese ingredients such as matcha, miso and a selection of Japanese beers and sake. Cocktails include The Yuzual Suspect – yuzu sake, yuzu-ginger syrup, lime, Topo Chico, the Miso Hungry – sake/soju, miso simple syrup, lime, ponzu/angostura reduction misting, and the Matcha Matcha Man – Kinsman Rakia, gin, matcha, honey and more.

The food menu was developed by local Chef Justin Richardson of Francis Bogside and focuses on Japanese cuisine. It includes items such as lotus root chips with wasabi, edamame and avocado puree; Hamachi sashimi with ginger soy dressing and scallions; house made pork dumplings and gyoza sauce and more.

7701 Broadway St., Suite 124
San Antonio, TX 78209

Krause’s Café’s new breakfast menu and first annual Maifest

Krause’s Café is now open with a full menu that includes breakfast.  Photo: Krause’s Café, used with permission.

Krause’s Café recently announced its grand reopening that includes a full menu, a new biergarten and a live music schedule. The menu reflects New Braunfel’s German heritage with items like a Reuben sandwich and sausage sampler plate with four traditional mustard options and South Texas favorites like house made biscuits and pork chops. Also new is the breakfast menu ranging from omelets and French toast to German-style dishes like pork schnitzel with eggs. Breakfast hours are from 7a.m. to 11a.m. (Krause’s Café, 2017)

The event season will kick off this month with its annual Maifest celebration, the German tradition of celebrating the arrival of Spring. On May 25, 26 and 27, nationally acclaimed musician, performer, bandleader and all around active ambassador of polka music Alex Meixner will perform at Krause’s Café. A limited number of $15 general admission tickets are available by calling the restaurant at (830) 625-2807 to reserve a spot.

Krause’s Café is a New Braunfels historic restaurant that opened in 1938 and ran successfully until 1995. Recently it reopened and while keeping true to the original traditions, it now has a ‘biergarten,’ live music and more. The menu reflects its German heritage and South Texas flavors while offering over 70 beers that include local, regional and international options as well as cocktails and wines on tap.

Krause’s Café
148 S Castell Ave
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 652-2807