Second annual Dia de los Muertos celebration at Pearl

This year’s Dia de los Muertos celebration will be on Thursday November 1 and Friday November 2. Photo: Matt Buikema, used with permission.

The second annual Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Pearl is scheduled for Thursday November 1 and Friday November 2. Pearl honors the rich traditional Mexican holiday that remembers family and friends who have passed away with altars/ofrendas, live music, a procession, art making and more. The event is free and open to the public and costumes and face painting are encouraged. (Pearl, 2018)

Both days will feature traditional altars created by local and regional artists including Emma Tenayuca, Cruz Ortiz, Al Rendon, Cristina Sosa Noriega and students from Bonham Academy, Twain Academy, Hawthorne Academy and Lamar Academy. Visitors are also invited to honor their loved-ones by contributing to Pearl’s community altar. Several restaurants and retailers on the property will also have their own altars.

Mexico City-based artist Karima Muyaes will also be creating an altar and will be Pearl’s artist-in-residence for Dia de los Muertos. Muyaes’ artwork will be showcased and available for purchase from November 1 through November 11. As an internationally renowned artist and printmaker, Muyaes creates artwork with iconic imagery and characteristic style. Large format paintings, prints, paper skulls, and vintage Mexican masks will be available for sale. Muyaes’ altar/ofrenda in honor of the 43 Mexican male students who disappeared in 2014 will also be on view.

Pearl will have a special La Catrina, a skeletal woman figure adorned in a fine dress and hat, often referred to as Mexico’s Grand Dame of Death, from Mexico City – Estela Williams. Williams is a Mexico, Canada and UK-based actress and performer and will be performing as La Catrina during the event.

Schedule for this event:
November 1 from 4p.m. to 9 p.m. (all at Pearl Park):
• 5p.m. to 5:45p.m.  – Live music by Tallercito de Son
• 5:50p.m. to 6p.m. – Ambassador Reyna Torres Mendívil of the Consulado General de México en San Antonio to give remarks
• 5:30p.m. to 7p.m. – Sugar Skull Demo at Hotel Emma.
• 6p.m. to 6:15p.m. – Erica Prosper Nirenberg children’s reading
• 6:15p.m. to 7p.m. – Procession which will include Southwest School of Art children, Matachines, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Calavera stilt walkers, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Cabezudos, Las Monas, Selena doll, Frida dolls
• 7p.m. to 7:45p.m. – Live music by Conjunto Heritage Taller
• 8p.m. to 9p.m. – Live music by Volcán

November 2 from 5p.m. to 9p.m. (all at Pearl Park):
• 5p.m. to 5:15p.m. – Dr. Reyes children’s reading
• 5:30p.m. to 6:15p.m. – Live music by Conjunto Heritage Taller
• 5:30p.m. to 7p.m. – Sugar Skull Demo at Hotel Emma.
• 6:30p.m. to 7:15p.m. – Live music by San Antonio Mariachi Academy
• 7:30p.m. to 9p.m. – Live music by Azul Barrientos and Band

Pearl Brewery
303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 300
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 212-7260


Amanda Miguel and Diego Verdaguer at the Aztec Theatre

Amanda Miguel and Diego Verdaguer, along with their daughter Ana Victoria will be performing at the Aztec Theatre this Friday November 2. Photo: Diam Music, used with permission. 

Internationally renowned husband and wife duo Amanda Miguel and Diego Verdaguer successfully launched their ‘Siempre Juntos U.S. Tour 2018’ recently at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. The tour features their daughter, Latin ®Grammy nominated artist Ana Victoria only on select dates. They will be making a stop in San Antonio on Friday November 2 at 8p.m. when they perform at the Aztec Theatre with Ana Victoria. Tickets start at $49.50 and are available online. Other Texas dates include November 3 at the Houston House of Blues and November 4 at the Dallas House of Blues, both will include Ana Victoria as well. (Vesper Public Relations, 2018)

The highly anticipated concert with the acclaimed Argentinean-Mexican musical couple attracted an inter-generational crowd who passionately sang along for nearly two hours to songs that made them cry and laugh, emotions that re-appear each time the couple performs on stages throughout the world. Their daughter Ana Victoria accompanied them on stage and proved that she is also a talented singer with her own style. After the Los Angeles show, Amanda and Diego traveled to Sacramento and San Francisco, where they drew strong crowds of diehard fans who came to listen and sing along to the music that makes them remember and relive their passions.

Amanda Miguel has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide during her 35 plus year career. With 12 studio albums and multiple awards from around the globe, she is considered one of the most representative Latin American artists since the early 1980s for songs such as “Él Me Mintió,” “Mi Buen Corazón,” “Hagamos un Trato,” “Donde Brilla el Sol,” “Castillos,” “Como un Títere,” “Cosquillas en el Pecho,” “Dudas,” “Las Pequeñas Cosas” and “El Gato y Yo”. She currently has more than 650 million views on YouTube.

Diego Verdaguer is a multi-platinum selling artist and has been nominated for three Latin Grammys®. A composer of more than 50 classic songs, Diego has sold more than 20 million records and has been accredited with 20 Gold records. On YouTube, Diego has more than 260,000 followers and has more than 730 million views. He has also produced more than 20 records, 9 of which are Amanda Miguel’s. He is best known for his singles “Volveré,” “El Pasadiscos,” “La Ladrona,” “Pideme”, “Quien de los dos será” and “Voy a conquistarte”– the latter in the Regional Mexican genre.

Siempre Juntos U.S. Tour 2018 is full of musical surprises and features a dynamic repertoire of classic songs, thanks to the tremendous talent of Amanda Miguel and Diego Verdaguer whose performances always receive standing ovations from their many enthusiastic fans.

Aztec Theatre
104 N St. Mary’s St
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 812-4355

Book review: ‘The Burn Zone: A Memoir’ by Renee Linnell

‘The Burn Zone: A Memoir’ is the fascinating story about one woman’s experience with a cult. Photo: In Her Image Photography, used with permission. 

Aside from being a surf model and a professional Argentine Tango dancer, Renee Linnell is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded five companies and has an MBA from New York University. She is currently working on starting a publishing company to give people from diverse walks of life an opportunity to tell their stories. In her new book ‘The Burn Zone: A Memoir,’ she recounts how being smart and successful did little to prevent her from being severely brainwashed and lured into a cult and how people unknowingly give up their power in their desperate search for answers to life’s biggest questions.

‘The Burn Zone’ is the story of one woman’s search for Truth and the struggle to forgive and be free. It starts off with a Preface where Renee Linnell summarizes what she has learned along the way: that the only way to find real happiness is through embracing what makes each person unique. The Introduction sets up how her journey began with a meditation seminar in California in 2006 that changed her life, for better or worse. Her first experience with Lakshmi, the guru, in that seminar, was so intense that she knew without a doubt that it was exactly what she needed. The term ‘Burn Zone’ refers to the first few rows in a meditation session where the energy is the strongest. She was looking for answers; for guidance to help her navigate life’s unfortunate circumstances: death and a volatile homelife. The rest of the book is separated into six parts: Seeking, Tantra, Crucible, Alone, Into the Light and Whole. In Seeking, she describes her traumatic childhood and adolescence while Crucible is where her life starts to unravel and she wakes up to the realization that she was in a cult.

Cults are sometimes associated with poverty and living a sheltered life, but that is not always the case. Despite being educated and having travelled the world from an early age; she visited close to fifty countries by her early twenties, Renee Linnell’s search for deeper meaning left her vulnerable. She wanted to believe that her spiritual guides and gurus had her best interest at heart so she blindly followed their advice but it left her isolated and heartbroken. After seven years, she faced reality and after some deep soul searching, managed to finally find herself. This page turner of a memoir is part cautionary tale, part inspirational story that speaks volumes about what makes people human and their longing to belong. The language is down to earth and easy to understand without any complicated meditation terms to learn. She simply tells her story in the hopes of inspiring others to live their true self.  ‘The Burn Zone’ is recommended for readers who appreciate memoirs with spiritual and meditation themes.

“Embrace your skeletons in the closet. Pull them out and paint them pink. Celebrate them. Your skeletons are probably the most interesting part about you. Your difference is your destiny.”

*The author received a copy of this book for an honest review. The views and opinions expressed here belong solely to her.

Tickets for ‘Jersey Boys’ at the Majestic Theatre now on sale

Tickets for ‘Jersey Boys’ go on sale Friday October 26 for performances in February 2019. Photo: Joan Marcus, used with permission. 

Tickets for the return engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical ‘Jersey Boys’ go on sale today, Friday October 26. The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, it will be playing only three performances at the Majestic Theatre on Friday February 1 and Saturday February 2, 2019, as part of the North Park Lexus Broadway In San Antonio 2018-2019 season. Show times are 8p.m.Friday and 2p.m. and 8p.m., Saturday. (Broadway in San Antonio, 2018)

Tickets, starting at $40, are available online, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or by visiting the Majestic Box Office or online.  The Majestic Box Office does not accept single ticket orders over the phone; all ticket sales must be made in person. Majestic Box Office hours are 10a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling (210) 226-5967.

‘Jersey Boys’ is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

Directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Des McAnuff, ‘Jersey Boys’ won the 2006 Tony® Award for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia). ‘Jersey Boys’ is written by Academy Award®- winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

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

San Antonio auditions for role of ‘Lulu’ on ‘Waitress’

‘Waitress’ will play at the Majestic Theatre from January 8 through January 13, 2019.

**** Update: All audition spots have been filled. Please check back in case additional spots open ****

‘Waitress,’ the Tony nominated musical, will be premiering at the Majestic Theatre January 8-13 for eight performances as part of the 2018-2019 North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio season and is looking for two young girls to perform the role of “Lulu” for the duration of the engagement. (Broadway in San Antonio, 2018)

‘Waitress’ tells the story of “Jenna,’ an expert pie baker working at a local diner and stuck in a loveless marriage. Her salvation comes in the form of her daughter, “Lulu.” It will play for eight performances only from Tuesday January 8 through Sunday January 13, 2019. Ticket prices start at $40, are available online at Ticketmaster online, by phone at (800) 982-2787 or by visiting the Majestic Box Office. Show times are 7:30p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8p.m. Friday; 2p.m. and 8p.m. Saturday and 2p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

The character of “Lulu” is a sweet and carefree 4 to 5-year-old who appears in the production’s final scene. Qualified young girls should be shorter than 4’2” and be no older than 5 years and 3 months. Individual applicants are welcome, as are sets of twins or siblings. Space is limited to the first 60 applicants to register online.

The “Search for Lulu” will take place in San Antonio for the first 60 registered applicants from 1p.m. to 5p.m., on Monday, November 12 at the Hotel Valencia, 150 East Houston street and check-in will be at the Siena Room on the first floor, street level. The audition will consist of the child reading two lines from the show. If possible, parents should bring a current head shot and resume for each child. Headshot, resume and prior acting experience is not required. The character of “Lulu” will be cast locally in each tour market and two girls are chosen to share the role. Each girl chosen will perform in four performances each during the one-week engagement.

The search for Lulu auditions:
Monday, November 12 from 1p.m. to 5p.m.
Hotel Valencia
150 East Houston Street
check-in at the Siena Room on the first floor, street level

Happy Hour at Southerleigh Oyster Bar

Southerleigh Oyster Bar will now have Happy Hour every afternoon with food and drink specials. Photo: Southerleigh, used with permission. 

Starting Thursday, October 25th, Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery will host happy hour at the recently opened oyster bar. Happy hour will take place in the afternoon Monday through Sunday from 3p.m. to 5p.m. with specials on food and drink. Featured items on the menu include $1 pressure fried wings and 75 cent fried biscuits. Dipping sauces are only 25 cents each with flavor options like Crystal Mayo, Black Garlic Ranch, Sweet & Spicy Tiger Sauce, Creole Honey Mustard, Roasted Jalapeño, Texas Sweet Onion BBQ and Texas Honey. There will also be $2 off all beer, wine, punches and mixes. This happy hour is only valid at the oyster bar and is not applicable to the restaurant. (Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, 2018)

The inviting walk-up bar opened late September and features six Southerleigh beers on tap, plus several varieties of fresh seafood, including oysters, gulf shrimp, crab, caviar and more. The oyster bar is open daily during normal restaurant hours. More information is available online.

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, helmed by San Antonio Chef Jeff Balfour, brings a modern take on Texas’ cross-cultural cuisine to Pearl. Influenced by the coastal classics of Chef Balfour’s upbringing in Galveston married with the comfort of southern cuisine, Southerleigh boasts a curated, seasonally shifting menu that reflects Chef Balfour’s innovative craftsmanship. Southerleigh houses a custom manufactured brewery designed by Portland Kettle Works, bringing brewing back to Pearl with up to twenty different beers on tap.

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
136 E Grayson St., Ste 120
San Antonio, TX 78215

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner at Hotel Emma

The James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour dinner will be held at Hotel Emma this Sunday October 28.

On Sunday October 28, the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour Series is headed to Hotel Emma at the historic Pearl to serve up a night of fine dining. Eight renowned chefs from around the country will showcase their culinary talents at the event, each featuring a signature dish. The evening will consist of dinner and dessert followed by a Q & A with the event’s chefs. Tickets are on sale online and are $175 for James Beard Foundation members and the general public. (Hotel Emma, 2018)

The night will begin at 6:30p.m. with a cocktail reception hosted by Hotel Emma’s Chef John Brand followed by a multi-course dinner with wine pairings and ending with a decadent dessert course, all benefitting the James Beard Foundation. The dinner will feature dishes from special guests including Charleen Badman from FnB in Scottsdale, Arizona; Rick Lopez from La Condensa in Austin, Texas; Steven Redzikowski from Oak in Boulder, Colorado and Acorn in Denver; Daven Wardynski from Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida and hometown chefs Tim McDiarmid from Tim The Girl and Steve McHugh from Cured.

The James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour showcases tastes from the country’s top chefs in cities across the nation for an interactive culinary experience to remember. The event is sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, US Bank, Whispering Angel Rosé and popular San Antonio bakery-café La Panaderia as the local sponsor. Brothers David and José Cáceres will provide loaves of their freshly baked kamut , birote and telera rolls for the dinner and will be in attendance to support their local chefs.

Hotel Emma
136 E. Grayson
San Antonio, TX 78215

‘Cowboy Barbecue’ book signing at Hotel Emma

Hotel Emma will be hosting a book signing this Saturday with Adrian Davila, author of ‘Cowboy Barbecue.’ Courtesy photo, used with permission. 

Adrian Davila, third generation pit master of Davila’s BBQ, a nationally recognized restaurant in Seguin, will feature his latest cookbook, ‘Cowboy Barbecue: Fire & Smoke from the Original Texas Vaqueros,’ at Hotel Emma at a special book signing. In addition, Adrian will feature complimentary unique recipe samples to try from his cookbook. This event is free and open to the public and will take place Saturday October 27 from 11a.m. to 1p.m. (Hotel Emma, 2018)

In ‘Cowboy Barbecue,’ Adrian celebrates the traditions of Latin America and Texas, taking inspiration from the vaquero lifestyle of his own family history. For three generations, Davila’s BBQ in Seguin, TX has infused classic brisket, ribs and sausage with Latin flavors and ingredients. Davila goes beyond standard grilling in this guide, offering techniques for smoking, cooking directly on the embers, underground on a spit and more. Here, Mesquite Brisket is rubbed with fiery dose of cayenne; Vaquero Chili con Carne is served with Jalapeño Cheese Corn Bread; Smoked Pulled Pork is cooked low and slow, sweetened with Dr Pepper; and everything that goes with barbecue sauce can also be served with tomato, onion, and serrano salsa – fire-roasted of course.

Hotel Emma,
136 E. Grayson
San Antonio, TX 78215

Mala Luna Music Festival 2018

Mala Luna Music Festival 2018 will be this Saturday October 27 and Sunday October 28 at the Nelson Wolff Stadium. Photo: Mala Luna, used with permission.

Tickets are now on sale online for the third annual Mala Luna Music Festival to be held on Halloween weekend October 27 and 28 at the Nelson Wolff Stadium, west of downtown San Antonio. It will feature high-profile musical performances, multiple live art installations and numerous local food vendors and merchandise. The Halloween theme, designs and costumes will help pay tribute to the local culture and the community’s annual Diá de los Muertos and Halloween celebrations. Last year’s event sold out with 50,000 fans in attendance for the weekend, easily doubling the attendance of the first year. (Mala Luna, 2018)

Single day General Admission tickets are $75 for Saturday and $50 for Sunday. General Admission two-day tickets are only $109. Ticket buyers looking for the ultimate festival experience at Mala Luna should opt for one of the two-day VIP ticket packages. Various VIP Packages this year include Black Moon ($189), Harvest Moon ($209) and Fly Me to the Moon ($399), each with different VIP perks, including preferred viewing areas, expedited entry, dedicated bars and restroom facilities, festival merch and more.

Festival lineup:



**Denotes new lineup additions

Mala Luna is partnering with The Miracle League of San Antonio, a local San Antonio-based nonprofit organization that looks to provide children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. Information about the organization’s ongoing projects and initiatives that effect the surrounding San Antonio company can be found online. Sponsors include Univision’s 98.5 The Beat, Latino Mix 95.1, Lone Star Beer, Whataburger and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Nelson Wolff Stadium
5757 W US Highway 90
San Antonio, TX 78227
(210) 675-7275

Bakery Lorraine opens first Austin location

Bakery Lorraine’s Austin location is now open for business.  Photo: Bakery Lorraine, used with permission. 

Bakery Lorraine is a San Antonio favorite and nationally recognized pastry shop famous for its colorful macarons and exquisite French pastries. As of Monday, October 22, the first Austin location on Rock Rose at Domain NORTHSIDE is officially open for business. Located in Austin’s premiere shopping district, Bakery Lorraine’s menu will offer pastries, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and select beer and wine. Business hours are Monday through Thursday from 7a.m. to 8p.m., Friday through Saturday from 7a.m. to 9p.m., and Sunday from 8a.m. to 8p.m. (Bakery Lorraine, 2018)

In addition to the famous Parisian macarons and divine pastries, like the pain au chocolat, the Austin location will also feature breakfast items, including the breakfast parfait, the quiche Lorraine, and breakfast sandwiches. Bakery Lorraine will offer a variety of savory lunch dishes, including an assortment of salads and soups, and artisan sandwiches. The restaurant will also feature a select beer and wine menu.

Owned by chefs Anne Ng, Jeremy Mandrell, and operator Charlie Biedenharn, Bakery Lorraine has quickly become a sensation in San Antonio. It was named one of the best new bakeries in the U.S. by Food & Wine and CNN’s Eatocracyblog, as well as one of the “13 Destination Bakeries” by Conde Nast Traveler and recently awarded the 2017 StarChefs Rising Stars Award for “Best Concept.”

With the opening of Domain NORTHSIDE in September 2016, the latest part of the neighborhood quickly became the premier shopping, dining and lifestyle destination in the city. Domain NORTHSIDE brings together many of Austin’s best homegrown names with a list of best-in-class brands and first-to-Austin experiences and is excited to welcome Bakery Lorraine to the Rock Rose community.

“We are thrilled to be opening our first ever Austin location at Rock Rose at Domain Northside; this location is a perfect fit for our brand. The area is rapidly expanding and we’re thrilled to be a part of the growing community. We can’t wait to show Austinites what we have in store.” – Bakery Lorraine Owner and Operator Charlie Biedenharn

Bakery Lorraine
11600 Rock Rose Ave, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78758