Broadway Sings The Playhouse at the Empire Theater

Broadway Sings The Playhouse at the Empire Theater on Saturday August 26, 2017.  Photo design: Jeremy Whittington, used with permission.

On Saturday August 26, The Playhouse San Antonio is hosting an evening of music at the Empire Theater as part of  ‘Broadway Sings The Playhouse.’ Some of Broadway’s biggest stars will be singing from The Playhouse’s upcoming season as part of the New Gala and Founders Awards/Preview Show. The night will consist of dinner, drinks, Broadway songs and a special After-Glow Party at Hotel Valencia for guests who attend the dinner. Tickets for the dinner and awards ceremony and the season showcase afterwards are available online. (The Playhouse San Antonio, 2017)

Dinner will be from 6p.m. to 7:30p.m. courtesy of Absolutely Delicious Catering & Events. The Playhouse’s Annual Founder’s Awards will include artists singing selections from their favorite Broadway credits. At 8p.m. guests will be able to hear Broadway guests sing songs from the upcoming season including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, All Is Calm, Assassins, If/Then, The Bridges of Madison County and Mamma Mia! The lineup includes: Tommaso Antico (Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Altar Boyz, Cabaret), Sarah Uriarte Berry (Drama Desk Nominee- The Light In the Piazza, Beauty and the Beast, Next to Normal, Les Miserables ), Charl Brown (2013 Tony Nominee-Motown, Jersey Boys, Sister Act, Hair), Crystal Kellogg (Finding Neverland, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Pajama Game), Carrie St. Louis (Wicked, Rock of Ages, Something Good), Kate Rockwell (Bring it On- The Musical, Legally Blonde, Rock of Ages, Hair) and Christeena Riggs (Les Miserables, Wicked, Cinderella, Jane Erye).

Empire Theater
226 N St Mary’s St
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 226-5700


Cover 3 special anniversary promotion

Cover 3 is having a promotion on Wednesday June 28 to celebrate their 4th anniversary. Photo: Cover 3, used with permission.

Four years ago, Cover 3 opened their San Antonio location and to celebrate this anniversary, they are running a special day long promotion tomorrow, Wednesday, June 28. Cover 3 in San Antonio will offer $4 Frozen ‘Ritas and $4 Chipotle Ranch Fried Pickles all day long. (Cover 3, 2017)

Cover 3
1806 N Loop 1604 W
San Antonio, TX 78248
(210) 479-9700

Traditional beer-stein holding competitions at Krause’s Café

Krause’s Café is hosting traditional beer stein-holding competitions. Photo: Krause’s Café, used with permission.

Krause’s Café & Biergarten in New Braunfels has been hosting traditional beer stein-holding competitions every Friday this month. Officially called Masskrugstemmen competitions, they are Bavarian strongman/strongwoman tests that have their roots in Germany where participants hold a liter of German beer by the handle, straight out in front of their bodies for as long as they can. The last person still holding his or her liter of beer correctly wins. The Krause’s Masskrugstemmen competitions are sponsored and sanctioned by Hofbrau beer. Anyone can enter and contestants get to keep the liter stein. Entrance fee is $20. The winner of each weekly round will be offered the opportunity to return for the grand finale on Friday July 14 to compete for a chance to go to Las Vegas to participate in the Masskrugstemmen at the Hofbrauhas Vegas. (Krause’s Café & Biergarten, 2017)

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 & Biergarten
186 S Castell Ave
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 625-2807

New book release: ‘Camino Island’ by John Grisham

‘Camino Island’ is the new release by best-selling author John Grisham. Photo: Barnes & Noble

John Grisham is an American author, attorney, politician and activist best known for his best-selling legal thrillers. He has written short stories, non-fiction books and stand-alone novels that have been published worldwide in more than 42 languages. His past works include “The Firm,” “A Time to Kill” and “The Client” which have been adapted into popular feature films. “Camino Island,” his most recent novel, was released this month and tells the story of a young woman who goes undercover in the literary world.

According to Amazon, in “Camino Island,” a gang of thieves break into a secure vault below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. They manage to escape with an extensive loot that has been insured for twenty-five million dollars. Bruce Cable lives in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He owns the local bookstore but makes most of his money in the black market dealing in stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann, a young novelist, is hired by an elegant, mysterious woman to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends to get close to him and learn his secrets. Everything goes according to plan until Mercer gets too close and learns too much.

‘Shrek, The Musical’ at the Woodlawn Theatre

‘Shrek, The Musical’ opens on Friday June 30 at the Woodlawn Theatre. Photo: Woodlawn Theatre, used with permission.

The next production at the Woodlawn Theatre is ‘Shrek, The Musical.’ It opens on Friday June 30 and runs until Sunday July 30, 2017. This family friendly musical is based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks Animation film and contains music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It stars Morgan Clyde as Princess Fiona, Alejandro Pesina as Donkey and Joshua Goldberg as Shrek and has Mark McCarver as director, Alonzo Corona as choreographer and Darrin Newhardt as musical director. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30p.m. and Sunday at 3p.m. Tickets are now on sale online or by calling the box office at (210) 267-8388. Prices are $18 for students and children, $24 for seniors and military and $29 for adults. There is a $3 service fee for tickets. Groups of ten or more receive a 20% discount. (Woodlawn Theatre, 2017)

‘Shrek, The Musical’ brings the beloved characters from the movie to life onstage for a musical about an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess. Other characters include a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale characters who were exiled from the Kingdom of Duloc by the evil Lord Farquaad for being different. Shrek decides to travel to see Farquaad and try to regain his swamp after he was chased out of his parent’s house to live on his own.

On July 8, the cast of Shrek, The Musical will perform musical favorites from 9a.m to 11a.m. at Whole Foods Market located at The Vineyards at 18403 Blanco Rd. During the July 22 performance, the Woodlawn Theatre will host an ASL (American Sign Language) night.

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

Drag Brunch at Paramour kicks off Pride Week

Paramour kicks off Pride Week with another Drag Brunch this Sunday June 25, 2017. Photo: Paramour, used with permission.

In honor of Pride Month, this Sunday June 25 from 11a.m. to 4p.m. Paramour is presenting its eighth drag brunch along with a Pride San Antonio kick-off party. Pride San Antonio highlights the city’s LGBTQ community and Paramour is proudly hosting a celebration of this diversity. Guests are invited to this very colorful edition of Drag Brunch that serves as a kick-off to Pride Week. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Event host will be Kristi Waters, show director and hostess of Babio’s Eat Drink Dance and winner of Most Original at 2016 San Antonio Burlesque Festival. It will feature theme-inspired cocktails, breakfast pastries and breakfast tacos. The event is free and open to the public with drinks and food for purchase. Guests have an option to make a reservation in the main lounge with the purchase of mimosa champagne service. (Paramour, 2017)

102 9th St, Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 340-9880

Television adaptation: The Mist by Stephen King

The most recent adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist premieres on Spike TV on June 22, 2017.

Stephen King is the world-wide best-selling author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold millions of copies and many have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows and comic books. The most recent one, The Mist, is a short story first published in the horror anthology ‘Dark Forces’ in 1980 and a slightly edited version was included in the short story collection ‘Skeleton Crew’ in 1985. It was adapted into a feature film in 2007 and this month a television series of the same will air on Spike TV starting on Thursday June 22 for a total of ten episodes.

According to Wikipedia, the original story takes place after a violent thunderstorm hits the small town of Bridgton, Maine. A thick mist spreads across town reducing visibility to zero and concealing bizarre monsters that kill anyone caught outside. As a result, a large group of people become trapped in a supermarket while taking shelter, including a commercial artist named David Drayton, his son Billy and their neighbor Brent Norton. After some of them are killed off by these creatures, David and Ollie, the store’s manager, attempt to lead the survivors out of the supermarket but only a handful make it. They leave town driving for hours through the mist and monster-filled New England into an uncertain future but still hoping for the best.

Tickets now on sale for Park & Palate in Dallas

Tickets for the third annual Park & Palate culinary event in Dallas are now on sale.

Tickets are now on sale for the third annual Park & Palate in Dallas. This is one of the hottest culinary fundraising events of the year and it is taking place on Friday October 13 and Saturday October 14, 2017. Klyde Warren Park will be hosting the fundraiser, themed “Pillars and Protégés, and it is a celebration of notable chefs, master sommeliers, wineries, breweries and spirits. It will highlight well-known and up-and-coming chefs from Texas and around the country. Scheduled events include a Grand Taste, an evening concert and Down to the Roots, an exclusive fundraising night for sponsors, underwriters and donors. Tickets to the Grand Taste, which is open to the public, are now on sale online at an early bird price of $60. Regular price for these tickets will be $75. (Park & Palate, 2017)

Park & Palate will be two days of culinary creativity beginning on October 13 with Down to the Roots. The fundraiser will feature culinary pillars Dean Fearing, the night’s host, Kent Rathburn, Hugo Ortega, Jason Dady, Tyson Cole, Jon Bonnell and Becky Mason. Each of them will be paired with a rising chef of their choice, who they have mentored in the past, and will create a dish to be named the favorite by guest judges. The winners will receive a pair of custom Lucchese Bootmaker boots. At previous Park & Palate events, The Grand Taste is a tasting feast that included more than 30 chefs and 30 wineries. The chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and brewers present live cooking demonstrations and cooking tips.  More details on the activities will be available in the coming weeks.

Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Dallas, TX 75201

The Playhouse San Antonio’s 2017- 2018 season

The Playhouse San Antonio’s 2017 – 2018 season. Photo: The Playhouse San Antonio, used with permission.

The Playhouse San Antonio recently announced their 2017 – 2018 Season Cast List. These are the shows playing next season at the Russell Hill Rogers Theater. (The Playhouse San Antonio, 2017)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – September 15 through October 15
Director: George Green, Choreographer: Courtnie Mercer, Quasimodo: Nick Szoeke, Esmeralda: Alyssa Lopez, Dom Claude Frollo: Bob Galindo

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 – November 24 through December 24
Directors: George Green and Bill Gundry, Music director: Nicolas Ponting, Choreographer: Courtnie Mercer

Little Women – January 26 through February 18
Director: Andy Meyers, Choreographer: Briane Green, Jo March: Chloe Voreis, Meg March: Katherine Leidlein, Beth March: Campbell Wilford, Amy March: Rosa Gardner

If/Then – March 16 through April 8
Director: Molly Cox, Choreographer: Courtnie Mercer, Elizabeth: Stephanie Genito, Lucas: Nicolas Ponting, Josh: Grant Bryant

The Bridges of Madison County – May 11 through June 3
Director: J Scott Lapp, Choreographer: Courtnie Mercer, Francesca Johnson: Mary Morrow, Richard “Bud” Johnson: David Blazer, Robert Kincaid: Roy Bumgarner

Mamma Mia! – July 6 through August 5
Director: Ken Urso, Choreographer: Briane Green, Donna Sheridan: Megan DeYoung, Sophie Sheridan: Jessie Little

The Playhouse San Antonio
800 W Ashby Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 733-725

Father’s Day special menus

Krause’s Café is one area restaurant that will be having special Father’s Day menus. Photo: Krause’s Café, used with permission.

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday June 18 and area restaurants and businesses are offering specials to celebrate dad on his special day. Some of these include Boiler House, Hotel Emma, Paramour, Southerleigh, Krause’s Café and Twang. Detailed information is available online. (Giant Noise, 2017)

Boiler House will have a specialty Father’s Day menu and regular brunch items served on Sunday. Entrees include Makers and maple glazed baby backs, Mexican corn, bourbon baked bean for $18, smothered pork chops and biscuits-grilled pork chop on buttermilk biscuits, fried eggs, buttermilk gravy for $19 and lobster pot pie for $21. Dessert includes The Homer Simpson-Warm glazed donut, espresso ice cream, Guinness caramel for $8.
Brunch hours are from 10 a.m. to 3p.m.

Hotel Emma:
Supper will offer a lunch sandwich special of Bratwurst Burger with Burgundy Cabbage, Pickles and Cider Mustard. Brunch hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Larder will offer all fathers a complimentary iced coffee or glass of wine with every purchase. Larder hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Paramour will have a specialty whiskey flight menu, “Hey Daddy Que Paso?!” on Father’s Day from 11a.m. to 3p.m. Dads are welcomed to bring outside cigars so they can smoke them on Paramour’s patio. Reservations:

Southerleigh’s Beer Club makes the perfect Father’s Day gift. A one-year membership valued at $250 includes exclusive access and perks for members.
Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Krause’s Cafè will have a special Father’s Day menu along with the regular menu items. Brunch entrees include Herb Crusted Bone in King’s Cut Prime Rib with fresh ground horseradish with twice baked potato served with hefeweizen aujus and a beer flight for Dad for $36.95 and Steak and eggs Benedict with béarnaise sauce with toasted English muffin topped with seared beef medallions and poached eggs for $14.
Brunch hours are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Twang also has gifts for dad: their Beer Salt, a delicious, citrus-flavored salt product pairs well with a six pack of beer.