March events at the Pearl

Fitness at Pearl is back in March. Photo: Pearl, used with permission.

This March, Pearl’s programming is bringing back its First Thursday Night Market and will continue free weekly fitness sessions open to the public guided by Smart Barre San Antonio and Nomadik Yoga. In addition, Pearl is the perfect spot to bring family and friends for Spring Break with great shops and dining options for all to enjoy.

First Thursday Night Market
Kick off the new month at the Pearl’s First Thursday Night Market on Thursday, March 5 from 4p.m. to 8p.m. The monthly Night Market features live music, dining and shopping specials. Visit favorite local vendors and artists while listening to live music from The Peterson Brothers and Paula Cortez. The Peterson Brothers will be performing in Pearl Park from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. and Paula Cortez will be playing her sounds from 4p.m. to 8p.m. in Parkito. This event is free and open to the public.

Fitness at Pearl
Pearl is thrilled to continue free community workout classes led by local fitness providers every Tuesday evening. This month features barre classes instructed by Smart Barre followed by Yoga Under the Stars guided by Nomadik Yoga. Later in the year, other partners will include Zumba® with Mau Garcia, and Joy Ride. The March schedule is:

  • Tuesday, March 3   | Smart Barre & Yoga Under the Stars |  5:30p.m. & 9p.m.| Pearl Park
  • Tuesday, March 10 | Smart Barre & Yoga Under the Stars |  5:30p.m. & 9p.m.| Pearl Park
  • Tuesday, March 17 | Smart Barre & Yoga Under the Stars |  5:30p.m. & 9p.m.| Pearl Park
  • Tuesday, March 24 | Smart Barre & Yoga Under the Stars |  5:30p.m. & 9p.m.| Pearl Park
  • Tuesday, March 31 | Smart Barre & Yoga Under the Stars |  5:30p.m. & 9p.m.| Pearl Park

“We are thrilled to bring back our First Thursday Night Market this March for all San Antonians and visitors alike to enjoy. It is the perfect opportunity to shop local and spend time with family and friends. Our continued weekly fitness classes featuring Smart Barre and Nomadik Yoga are also a great opportunity to work out while enjoying the beautiful sights of Pearl.” – Elizabeth Fauerso, chief marketing officer of Pearl

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


Theater review: ‘Come From Away’ at the Majestic Theatre

The North American Tour of ‘Come From Away.’ Photo: Matthew Murphy, used with permission.

‘Come From Away’ opened to a full house at the Majestic Theatre last night as part of North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio. This Broadway musical tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Performance times are Wednesday February 26 through Sunday March 1, 2020 at 7:30p.m. through Thursday; 8p.m. on Friday; 2pm. and 8p.m., Saturday and 2p.m. and 7:30p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $45 and are available online or in person at the Majestic Theatre box office.

‘Come From Away’ takes place in the week following the September 11 attacks in the small town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It begins on the morning of September 11, 2001 as the townspeople, including Claude the mayor (Kevin Carolan), Oz the police constable (Harter Clingman), Beulah the teacher (Julie Johnson), Bonnie the SPCA worker (Sharone Sayegh) and others describe life in their small town and how they learned about the terrorist attacks. “Welcome to the Rock” Because of the attacks, US airspace is closed and therefore, 38 international airplanes are diverted and land at the Gander airport. This immediately doubles the population of the small town and they find themselves ill-equipped to deal with the influx of stranded travelers. “38 Planes” Regardless, the town’s citizens immediately band together to house, feed, clothe and comfort the nearly 7,000 passengers and 19 animals in cargo. “Blankets and Bedding” At first the travelers are not permitted to leave the planes but eventually the citizens open up their homes without regard to their guests’ race, nationality or sexual orientation. By the time the passengers and crew prepare to leave, they bond with the citizens who showed them kindness in their time of need without asking for anything in return. They return voluntarily ten years later to celebrate the lifelong friendships and strong connections they formed.

On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all. Out of all the stories that came out of that dreadful day, the story in ‘Come From Away’ is one of those that is rarely talked about but needs to be told. Complete strangers who did not hesitate to help simply because it was the right thing to do. For those who remember September 11, it may stir up painful memories but as a whole, the feel-good and comforting moments balance out the heartbreaking ones and there are also plenty of hilarious scenes. Animal lovers will be delighted to hear that the animals in cargo, who are often neglected in times of crisis, were also cared for by the local SPCA. The extremely talented cast play various roles and do so quite well with minimal costume changes. Show highlights include “Prayer” when people rely on their own different religious beliefs to comfort them and “Heave Away/Screech In” when, in an effort to distract them, the passengers are initiated as honorary Newfoundlanders at the local bar. One inspiring moment is the real story of trailblazing female pilot Beverley Bass, which drew the most applause. “Me and the Sky” With a book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award nominees Irene Sankoff & David Hein, ‘Come From Away’ is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley and runs an hour and a half long with no intermission. It is a definite must see for its inspiring message and successful attempts at reminding audiences that what unites us is truly more than what divides us.

North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio season 2020-2021 at the Majestic Theatre

(center) Sam Simahk as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, Shereen Ahmed as Eliza Doolittle, Kevin Pariseau as Colonel Pickering and Leslie Alexander as Mrs. Higgins in the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Lerner & Loewe’s ‘My Fair Lady.’ Photo by Joan Marcus, used with permission.

The Majestic Theatre announced its line-up of shows for the 2020-2021 North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio Season and the line-up features a mix of revivals, Broadway Blockbusters, a dramatic adaptation of a classic novel and pop culture favorites for a season that offers diversity and broad appeal.

North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio season packages are now available. Subscribers can choose a six-show package starting at $305 or seven-show package including ‘The Lion King’ starting at $335. Patrons can visit Broadway in San Antonio or call Broadway in San Antonio at 800-215-7469, from 9a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Friday. Season Subscribers avoid potential single ticket price increases closer to the show by reserving their seats now and enjoy the privilege of priority ticket opportunities, lost ticket replacement, exchange privileges on existing seats and much more.  (North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio, 2020)

‘My Fair Lady’ – September 22-27, 2020
The Lincoln Center Theater production of Lerner & Loewe’s ‘My Fair Lady.’  Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” ‘My Fair Lady’ tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.”  But who is really being transformed?

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ – December 1-6, 2020
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,’ “Gethsemane” and “Superstar,” rock roots that defined a generation. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.

‘The Lion King’  – December 17, 2020 – January 10, 2021 (Add to make a seven-show package)
Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ is making its triumphant return to the Majestic Theatre for a three-week run. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. ‘The Lion King’ also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. More than 100 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.

‘Tootsie’ – January 19-24, 2021
Based on the Oscar®-nominated film, ‘Tootsie’ is being touted as “the best comedy on Broadway” (Forbes).  Featuring a Tony Award®-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony Award® winner David Yazbek, this The New York Times Critic’s Pick is a “hilarious, thoroughly modern ‘Tootsie.” (People Magazine) that’s “even funnier than the movie!” (New York Post).

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ – February 16-21, 2021
All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ with direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird, “the greatest novel of all time” (Chicago Tribune), has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR).

‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ – March 12-14, 2021 (Season Option)
‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

‘Mean Girls’ – March 30- April 4, 2021
Direct from Broadway, ‘Mean Girls’ is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey, composer Jeff Richmond, lyricist Nell Benjamin and director Casey Nicholaw. Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you cannot cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

‘Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show’ – May 7-9, 2021 (Season Option)
‘Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show’ is a powerful and stirring reinvention of the beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award®-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Twenty-five years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs.

‘The Cher Show’ – July 20-25, 2021
Superstars come and go. Cher is forever. For six straight decades, only one unstoppable force has flat-out dominated popular culture, breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. ‘The Cher Show’ is the Tony Award®-winning musical of her story, and it is packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon. This hit Broadway musical features a book by Tony Award® winner Rick Elice, direction by Tony Award® nominee Jason Moore and choreography by Tony Award® winner Christopher Gattelli. It features 35 smash hit songs including “I Got You Babe,” “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Believe.”

“Our Broadway in San Antonio subscriber base is evolving, and we are excited to bring a varied lineup this season that offers a wide range of options with cross generational appeal. Our 2020-2021 season delivers pop culture classics, Broadway blockbusters, acclaimed revivals and a dramatic play based on one of the greatest novels of all time.” – Emily Smith, general manager of the Majestic and Charline McCombs Empire Theatres


Twin Liquors biannual Dollar Sale

Twin Liquor’s 2020 Dollar Sale is this Thursday through Saturday. Photo: Twin Liquors, used with permission.

Twin Liquors​, Central Texas’ fine wine and spirits retailer, is excited to announce its winter 2020 Dollar Sale, offering incredible deals on wine and spirits. This Dollar Sale is set for Thursday, February 27 through Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 10a.m. to 9p.m. at all 85+ Twin Liquors locations. It will feature incredible savings on wine and spirits 750 ml and larger. Prices will drop down to the absolute lowest plus a dollar. Shoppers can look forward to amazing prices on collectible wines, rare whiskies and other popular spirits. (Twin Liquors, 2020)

Highlights of the sale include:
Product (750ml)                                Retail            Dollar Sale          Price Savings
Suntory Toki Japanese Whiskey   $37.99           $29.00                   $8.99
Casamigos Blanco Tequila             $46.99           $35.53                   $11.46
Sazerac Rye Whiskey                      $27.99           $20.50                   $7.49

On Thursday, February 27, starting at 10a.m. shoppers at all Twin Liquors Marketplace locations can expect cocktails and complimentary breakfast tacos provided by Deep Eddy Vodka. ​Marketplace locations include: ​College Station Marketplace​, ​Hancock Marketplace​,​ ​South Lamar Marketplace ​and ​San Antonio Marketplace​.

Twin Liquors Fine Wine & Spirits began in downtown Austin, Texas as one small store. Since then, it has developed into a successful “home-grown” Texas company that has a unique and well-respected reputation throughout the United States for having impeccable team members, outstanding customer service, conveniently located stores, extensive selections of fine wines and premium spirits from around the world and substantial community involvement. Twin Liquors currently operates 90+ neighborhood stores across central, south, and southeast Texas.

Theater review: ‘Anna in the Tropics’ at The Classic Theatre

Josey Porras and Joshua Segovia in ‘Anna in the Tropics’ playing now at The Classic Theatre. Photo: Siggi Ragnar, used with permission.

Now playing at The Classic Theatre of San Antonio is Nilo Cruz’ 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘Anna in the Tropics.’ There are still four more chances to see this dramatization of the lives of cigar factory workers in Ybor City, Tampa Florida; it runs until Sunday March 1. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8p.m. and Sunday at 3p.m. Tickets start at $19 and are available online or by calling the box office at (210) 589-8450. On Sunday February 23, there will be a Community Conversation with Dr. Gerald Poyo from St. Mary’s University, whose great-grandfather was a lector, as well as the cast and director of the show. The story in ‘Anna in the Tropics’ revolves around a new lector, perhaps the last of his kind, and the lives that are affected when is hired and he begins to read from Anna Karenina, a novel of adultery set in nineteenth-century Russia.

‘Anna in the Tropics’ is set in 1929 Florida where cigars are still rolled by hand, and lectores are employed to educate and entertain the workers. It begins with Santiago (Philip Marzec) and CheChé (Joshua Segovia) betting at cockfights and when Santiago is on a losing streak, he asks CheChé for a loan. He agrees to the loan, but when they can not find a piece of paper to write a promissory note, Santiago carves it on the bottom of CheChé’s shoe with a knife and promises to give him part of the cigar factory if he does not repay the loan. Meanwhile, Marela (Josey Porras), Conchita (María A. Ibarra) and Ofelia (Marisa Varela) are at the seaport waiting for the cigar factory’s new lector, Juan Julian (Mark Riojas), to arrive. Juan Julian reports to work to begin his first reading and CheChé shows an immediate dislike to him because his wife ran away with the factory’s last lector. As Juan Julian begins reading Anna Karenina, the play delves into desire, power, rivalry, secrets and love. Conchita has an affair with Juan Julian to get back at her husband Palomo’s (Gabriel Itzcoatl Luera) own infidelity and CheChé’s dangerous and violent personality emerges when he kills Juan Julian and insistently pursues the young Marela. The group agrees to continue the tradition of reading and when Santiago suggests something other than Anna Karenina, Conchita states “stories should be finished or they suffer the same fate as those who die before their time.”

The need for culture, tradition and the arts is at the center of Nilo Cruz’ ‘Anna in the Tropics’ and The Classic Theatre should be commended for bringing this outstanding production to San Antonio. With universal themes like family, love, relationships and culture, it speaks to audiences everywhere about the importance of traditions as well as the inevitability of progress and change. The tradition of lectores is an impressive one because even though some of the workers were illiterate, they could quote Shakespeare and Tolstoy and had awareness of the world outside the factory. This is reflected throughout the play in the character’s poetic language, for example, when Ofelia comments on the silence after Juan Julian dies: “It’s as if a metal blanket has fallen on us” and in their thirst for the knowledge that the lector brings them. Standout scenes include when Juan Julian begins reading to the workers and when the group celebrates the launch of a new cigar with the ritual of passing the lit cigar around. Overall, excellent performances by everyone, but Mark Riojas does an outstanding job as Juan Julian and Josey Porras shines as the smart but naïve Marela. ‘Anna in the Tropics’ is a definite must see and despite a love scene, a provocative conversation between Palomo and Conchita meant to heat up their marriage and the normalization of cockfighting, it is worth experiencing on The Classic Theatre stage.

Donation drive at the Majestic Theatre during ‘Come From Away’ run

‘Come From Away’ will play at the Majestic Theatre from February 25 through March 1. Photo: Google

Coming up next week at the Majestic Theatre is ‘Come From Away,’ a retelling of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all. (North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio, 2020)

Tickets for ‘Come From Away’ start at $45 and are available online, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or by visiting the Majestic Box Office.  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. Saturday hours vary weekly, call (210) 226.3333 to verify. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling (210) 226-5967. Performance times are 7:30p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 8p.m. on Friday; 2p.m. and 8p.m., Saturday and 2p.m. and 7:30p.m. on Sunday.

‘Come From Away’ is an uplifting story about strangers coming together and helping one another during extreme time of need. For this reason, North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio will host a special donation drive at the Majestic Theatre from Tuesday, February 25 through Sunday, March 1, all to benefit local organization Corazon Ministries.

Celebrating 20 years, Corazon Ministries at Travis Park Church serves the homeless by providing hot meals four times per week, clothing, warm showers, hygiene items, access to primary medical care, optometry and dermatology care, barber haircuts, art therapy, recovery and prayer groups, and Bible study. It serves more than 25,000 hot, nutritious meals per year.  North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio is inviting theatre goers to donate the following suggested travel size toiletry items:

  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap
  • Shaving cream, aftershave
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shower flip-flops

Donation drops will be located at the entrances of the Majestic Theatre, and inside the box office during the San Antonio engagement of ‘Come From Away’ from February 25 through March 1, 2020.  Anyone wishing to donate clothing items, please contact Corazon Ministries directly.

“’Come From Away’ is an uplifting reminder of what humanity can be at its very best.  We can all make the world better with small acts of kindness. For this reason, we’ve partnered with Corazon Ministries to host a special donation drive and invite everyone coming to see ‘Come From Away’ at the Majestic Theatre to bring a small toiletry item for this worthy organization.” – Emily Smith, Majestic Theatre General Manager

PechaKucha San Antonio Vol. 37

Olivia Ortiz, activist, educator and CEO of Burnt Nopal, will be one of the presenters this week at PechaKucha San Antonio Vol. 37.  Photo: Josh Huskin, used with permission.

PechaKucha San Antonio, the global arts and culture series that hosts speakers who share their passions in a unique format, is excited to announce the lineup for its Volume 37 edition, scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2020, for the first time at Hermann Sons Ballroom. The night begins with a welcome reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations starting at 7:30 p.m. (PechaKucha San Antonio, 2020)

San Antonio will be one of multiple cities across the world celebrating “International PechaKucha Day” on 2/20/20. This day will be celebrated globally with hundreds of events and thousands of presentations worldwide. Vol. 37 will also be dedicated to the memory of local artist Katie Pell, who lost her battle with cancer recently and participated in San Antonio’s PechaKucha Vol. 4 in 2011.

Vol. 37 will feature a talented group of locals. The six presenters include:

  • Beto Altamirano, Social Entrepreneur
  • Nicholas Frank, Artist
  • Lacey B. Mills, Fer Quezada, and Daniel Espinoza, Teen Studio Intensive
  • Laura Molinar, Health Advocate
  • Olivia Ortiz, La Jefa
  • Joel Rivas, Founder

Emcee for the evening will be local filmmaker Angela Walley. The welcome reception will feature live music by Noah Harris and complimentary bites curated by local chefs and restaurants. Tickets are $7 per person and are available online. PechaKucha San Antonio is presented in partnership with the Las Casas Foundation.

Pronounced “PEH-chuh KOO-chuh,” PechaKucha is a 20 image x 20 second arts and cultures series. It hosts speakers who share their passions in a unique format: Each presenter gets exactly 20 images, and each slide advances automatically every 20 seconds (for a total time of 6:40). San Antonio’s first quarterly PechaKucha Night was held in February 2011 and now attracts hundreds of attendees to venues throughout San Antonio. It showcases a broad range of individuals, including architects, artists, makers, academics, community leaders and more. PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is an event format developed by Tokyo’s Klein Dytham Architecture to encourage creative professionals to share projects and ideas that they are passionate about. Since it began in 2003, PechaKucha has expanded to more than 1000 cities around the world.

Hermann Sons Ballroom
515 S St Mary’s St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

San Antonio Burger Week 2020 to benefit San Antonio Food Bank

San Antonio Burger Week will take place from February 21 through March 1 to benefit the San Antonio Food Bank. Photo: Google

Beginning Friday February 21 through March 1, San Antonio Burger Week, in partnership with HeartBrand Beef and benefiting the San Antonio Food Bank, will pay homage to America’s original sweetheart: the hamburger. (San Antonio Food Bank, 2020)

During the second annual San Antonio Burger Week, more than 30 San Antonio eateries will offer $5 and $8 specialty burgers, with a portion of each plate benefiting the San Antonio Food Bank. Participating restaurants include Armadillo’s Texas Burgers, Babe’s Old Fashioned Food, Benjie’s Munch, Biff Buxby’s Burgers, Big Lou’s Burgers & BBQ, Big’z Burger Joint, Broadway 5050, Burger Boy, Burgerteca, Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Cheesy Jane’s, Chris Madrid’s, Chunky’s Burgers, The Cove, Cover 3, Hopdoddy’s, Johnny Rocket’s at River Center, Mark’s Outing, OrderUp, Papa’s Burgers, Sam’s Burger Joint, Slider Provider, Southtown 101,The Lion & Rose, The Well, Tributary at the Marriott, Tripoli’s Mediterranean Grill and Zinc.

San Antonio Burger Week aims to entice locals to explore new restaurants across San Antonio’s vast culinary landscape. Specialty burgers will range from cheeseburgers to bacon burgers, to veggie burgers and everything in between. Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of special drink pairings and sides and to punch their SA Burger Week Passport for a chance to win prizes. More information, including updates, passport and participating restaurants is available online and on Instagram.

The San Antonio Food Bank takes pride in fighting hunger, feeding hope in their 16 county service area. They believe that no child should go to bed hungry, adults should not have to choose between a hot meal and utilities, nor a senior sacrifice medical care for the sake of a meal. Founded in 1980, The San Antonio Food Bank has quickly grown to serve 58,000 individuals a week in one of the largest service areas in Texas. Their focus is for clients to have food for today but to also have the resources to be self-sufficient in the future.

Full Belly Cafe and Bar is now open to the public

Pecan Pie French Toast. Photo: Full Belly Cafe and Bar, used with permission.

Full Belly Cafe and Bar, a fresh new dining concept by local hospitality veterans Blade Haddock and James Moore, is now open to the public, serving a menu of hearty, seasonal American cuisine with a global spin for breakfast with lunch, weekend brunch and dinner service rolling out shortly. Following the announcement of the project last month, San Antonio’s culinary community has eagerly awaited the addition of a new, chef-forward dining destination. (Full Belly Cafe and Bar, 2020)

The restaurant has undergone extensive remodeling to achieve an eclectic, highly artistic look and feel that harkens back to the late 60s and early 70s design eras. Upon entering the space, guests will notice floor-to-ceiling custom wooden shelving along the front wall, accenting the entrance with modern, 3D geometric patterns. Hand-blown glass fixtures by Jenny Garcia of Garcia Glass, a local three generation female owned glassblowing studio, are featured throughout the space.

With a seating capacity for 80 people inside and plans to revamp a covered patio that will seat an additional 50 people outdoors, Full Belly Cafe and Bar is welcoming diners to enjoy a chef-crafted opening menu that features dishes including Pecan Pie French Toast and Eggs Benny with Espresso Rubbed  Pork Belly, Red Eye Gravy and Hollandaise on House Crumpet. When lunch begins, there will be a Bulgogi style Beef Cheek Sandwich with Vinegar Slaw, Herb Salad and Golden Beet Aioli as well as a Fried Paté Sandwich and Confit Duck and Spinach Salad.

In addition to the evolving menu of seasonal American cuisine, freshly baked pastries and a specialty coffee menu are designed to make Full Belly a go-to for morning fuel. Whether dining in or grabbing to-go, on any given day patrons will find delicious goodies made by Pastry Chef Deanna Lansing including her signature “Belly Puffs”, which are a cross between a croissant and a cream puff filled with mascarpone Chantilly cream, along with other gourmet donuts, breakfast hand pies and breads from scratch.

Full Belly Cafe and Bar is now open for the following services:

  • Tuesday, February 11 through Saturday, February 15 – Open for breakfast from 7a.m. to 10:30a.m.
  • Sunday, February 16 – Closed
  • Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21 – Open for breakfast and lunch from 7a.m. to 3p.m.
  • Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23 – Closed
  • Starting February 24, full hours will be 7a.m. to 3p.m. Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch, 5p.m. to 10p.m. Tuesday to Saturday for dinner, and 8a.m. to 4p.m. Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Late night hours and happy hour will roll out the first week of March.

Founded by veteran restaurateurs Blade Haddock and James Moore, Full Belly Cafe and Bar is a contemporary American restaurant with a global spin located in San Antonio. Embracing its motto to “Feed your Soul. Fill your Belly.” Full Belly offers a variety of hearty, seasonal dishes alongside an extensive chef influenced bar program and specialty coffee menu for a complete all-day dining experience.

Full Belly Cafe and Bar
427 N. Loop 1604 West #202
San Antonio, TX 78232

San Antonio Book Festival 2020 announces line up

This year’s San Antonio Book Festival will be held on Saturday April 4. Photo: San Antonio Book Festival, used with permission.

The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) is excited to announce its 2020 author lineup, which includes more than 120 local, regional and national authors who will appear at the 8th annual festival as well as a new event – Lit Crawl. This year’s lineup includes nationally renowned authors such as Saeed Jones, Attica Locke, Marie Arana, César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández and more. The amazing weekend of festivities will take place on Saturday, April 4, from 9a.m. to 5p.m. at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art. (The San Antonio Book Festival, 2020)

The book festival is a free, family-friendly event that draws more than 20,000 festival goers to downtown San Antonio for a full day of author presentations, panel discussions, book sales, signings, children and teen activities and food trucks. It showcases first-time novelists and established writers, and introduces attendees to new literary talents and connects them with their favorite authors. A listing of all festival writers as well as a detailed festival schedule will be available online in March.

This year, there will be an additional free event, Lit Crawl, a big block party for books and everyone who loves to read them. This is the first time Lit Crawl is held in San Antonio and the city is just the 15th one globally to produce Lit Crawl. The event will take place the evening of Friday, April 3, as part of First Friday in Southtown in the Blue Star Arts complex. Lit Crawl brings literature to the streets, offering a mini-festival within the larger Book Festival that features writers, poets and storytellers performing their work and inviting audience participation. Lit Crawl will feature several events, including Literary Death Match, where four writers will compete for “bookish” glory; at another event, writers will speak about writerly topics but will be unaware that the audience has been instructed to take a shot every time one of the writers utters specific words. Lit Crawl involves the local literary scene and captures San Antonio’s unique flavor—all while getting book lovers and revelers alike drunk on words. The inaugural Lit Crawl is produced with the help of Ricos Products and the Blue Star Arts Complex.

Internationally acclaimed writer Sandra Cisneros will debut a new festival event, Sandra Cisneros Presents, where she introduces four of her favorite writers to festival audiences. Cisneros’ long list of accolades includes NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and national and international book awards, including the National Medal of the Arts awarded to her by President Obama in 2016.

The San Antonio Book Festival is also excited to bring back the 4th Annual Book Appétit Literary Feast at the Witte Museum’s Mays Family Center on April 2 featuring novelist Amor Towles. SABF will also be hosting Book It! luncheons, three opportunities to have an intimate lunch with a festival author at Club Giraud on April 4.

The mission of the San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) is to unite readers and writers in a celebration of ideas, books, libraries, and literary culture. SABF was first presented in April 2013. Founding partners include the San Antonio Public Library, the Southwest School of Art, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, and Texas Book Festival. This “Fiesta for the mind” is a gift to visitors and the citizens of San Antonio, free and open to all.