Amber McBride teaches English literature at Northern Virginia Community College and has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her work has been published in Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts, Decomp, and more. “Me (Moth),” her debut YA novel-in-verse, is about a teen girl who is grieving the deaths of her family, and a teen boy who crosses her path. (amazon, 2021)
“Me (Moth)” – Moth has lost her family in an accident. Though she lives with her aunt, she feels alone and uprooted. Until she meets Sani, a boy who is also searching for his roots. If he knows more about where he comes from, maybe he will be able to understand his ongoing depression. And if Moth can help him feel grounded, then perhaps she too will discover the history she carries in her bones. Moth and Sani take a road trip that has them chasing ghosts and searching for ancestors. The way each moves forward is surprising, powerful, and unforgettable. Here is an exquisite and uplifting novel about identity, first love, and the ways that our memories and our roots steer us through the universe.
New album releases are coming next month from Metal Assault Records. These are the September heavy hitters that are releasing new music: Malison, Dawn Fades, and The Blue Prison. See descriptions below. (Metal Assault Records, 2021)
Malison – Death’s Embrace Metal Assault Records Release date: September 3, 2021
Created in 2014, Malison is reaching the heavy metal community with clean vocals and a unique amalgamation of speed, shred and harmony. The band released their first, self-titled album via the legendary Combat Records and embarked on a Southwestern tour in support. Since then, they have become a staple of San Diego metal shows and have toured the Pacific Northwest and Midwest. Malison is ready to release their second album featuring a stable and hungry line-up, as well as a new set of thrashing and melodic songs.
Malison is: Steven Rondina (vocals, bass) Mario Lovio (guitar) Nick Mafi (drums) Eddie Spade (guitar)
Blending together the best elements of traditional heavy metal, thrash, power metal and neoclassical shred, San Diego, California quartet Malison capture the energy and fury of their live show onto their newest full length studio album, Death’s Embrace. Recorded at San Diego based Plaudit Studios, the new album will be released by Metal Assault Records on physical and digital formats on September 3, 2021. Pre-orders for the album and merch bundles are available online.
Dawn Fades – Ode Metal Assault Records Release date: September 10, 2021
Los Angeles CA post-metal group Dawn Fades will release their sophomore album Ode on September 10, 2021. Ode will be available on vinyl, CD and all digital platforms via Metal Assault Records. The single and music video for “Taste” is available here. Pre-order can be place online.
Comprising six songs spanning ethereal experimentation and crushing heaviness, Ode shows a band unshaken by the time away from the stage, more resolute in their vision and execution. Mixed by heavy music mainstay Josh Newell (Intronaut, Anthrax, Linkin Park), the album manages to be more mature and rawer than their critically acclaimed self-titled 2019 debut. Retaining the core elements of their highly successful debut, Dawn Fades takes their musical evolution to the next level on Ode, undoubtedly leaving an even stronger impression on listeners.
Frontman and songwriter Sam Sherwood says the album is “a picture of feelings about the trappings of the world we find ourselves in.” The band also includes Scott Rosenquist on drums, Markus Erren Pardiñas on 8-string bass, and Nate Hertweck on guitar. LA Weekly describes Dawn Fades as “a mashup of Deftones and Neurosis, with hints of Eyehategod and Enslaved.” Ode will be available everywhere September 10, 2021.
Ode track listing: 1. Dearth (8:17) 2. Taste (5:11) 3. Ode: Part 1 (1:51) 4. Ode: Part 2 (5:56) 5. Front (6:57) 6. Chains (8:36) 7. Turning (3:23) Total Runtime: 40:11
The Blue Prison – The Blue Prison Metal Assault Records Release date: September 17, 2021
Instrumental progressive metal duo The Blue Prison have filmed their first ever official music video and are streaming “Kaleidoscope” from their upcoming self-titled album now. Watch and listen to “Kaleidoscope” here.
Slated for release September 17, 2021 on Metal Assault Records, The Blue Prison will be available on digipack CD and on all digital music platforms along with exclusive merch bundles. Pre-orders for the anticipated debut launched today and can be accessed on The Blue Prison bandcamp page. All pre-orders include an instant download of “Kaleidoscope.
The Blue Prison is: Keigo Yoshida (guitar) Jaime Munoz (drums)
Through four EPs and one single released over the past six years, The Blue Prison has presented a stellar blend of sweeping progressive metal patterns, heavy dissonant guitar riffs, groovy rhythms, as well as shades of jazz fusion and ambient music. Their full length debut explores all of these elements and more. The Blue Prison is a multifaceted collection of melodic music that is heavy as hell and teeming with technical prowess and compelling musicianship.
The Blue Prison track listing: 1. Beacon (1:22) 2. Alchemist (4:57) 3. Shadows (5:27) 4. Artemis (3:34) 5. Kaleidoscope (4:28) 6. River (1:30) 7. Tyrant (4:16) 8. Vengeance v2.0 (5:35) 9. Los Angeles (3:23) 10. Rosetta (3:50)
On the precipice of brothers Bob and Mike Delevante helping define a new collective genre of music, Rolling Stone once said “The Delevantes deliver a broad view of the American musical crossroad where country and rock meet and, in this case, become one.” To put it simply, The Delevantes—along with contemporaries like Lucinda Williams, Wilco, Son Volt, the Jayhawks, and Whiskeytown—were right in the middle of it all when the term “Americana” started getting thrown around in regards to music. Now, after two decades since their last album, The Delevantes find themselves releasing new music into a thriving international scene of the roots-meets-rock-meets-country sound they helped pioneer. On September 17, Bob and Mike are releasing The Delevantes’ A Thousand Turns, a full-length album produced by The Delevantes, long-term production partner and founding member of E Street Band, Garry Tallent, and multi-instrumentalist, Dave Coleman. Fans can hear the album’s first single, “Little By Little,” right now and pre-order or pre-save A Thousand Turns right here. (The Delevantes, 2021)
Opening with a jungle-y drum beat and jangle-y guitars, “Little By Little” is a feel good tune, celebrating life’s perseverance—purposeful or not. Born and raised in a working-class New Jersey family, the brothers’ dynamic harmonies evoke classic duos like The Everly Brothers and The Louvin Brothers before them, and The Avett Brothers and Fleet Foxes after.
The Delevantes debut album, Long About That Time, was released by Rounder Records to considerable critical acclaim in 1995. Garry Tallent, long-time bass player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, co-produced the record. A growing fanbase creating a buzz, hits on the new Gavin Americana radio chart, and a memorable roots-rockin’ performance at SXSW in Austin helped the Delevantes seal a major label deal with Capitol Records. Their second album and major label debut Postcards From Along The Way, was again co-produced by Tallent.
Tallent is back yet again as co-producer on A Thousand Turns. In 2019, Bob and Mike Delevante returned to New Jersey to open for Southside Johnny, joined by Bruce Springsteen and Tallent, at the legendary Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Performing together again sparked new creative energy. With an invitation from Nashville’s Blackbird Academy to record, the brothers reunited with bandmates Tallent and Bryan Owings. The sessions gave birth to A Thousand Turns, produced by the Delevantes, Garry Tallent and Dave Coleman, and mixed by Mixmaster Bill Schnee.
A Thousand Turns Track list: All In All Little By Little Short Bed Blues The Rain’s Been Falling Come And Go The Light Of Your Eyes If You Let It Dear Kate Deeper Shade Of Blue Every Sunset This Old House The Junkman A Lot On My Mind I See
Megan Miranda is The New York Times bestselling author of “All the Missing Girls,” “The Perfect Stranger,” and “The Last House Guest,” a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. She has also written several books for young adults, including “Come Find Me,” “Fragments of the Lost,” and “The Safest Lies.” She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Her new book “Such a Quiet Place” is a riveting suspense novel about a mysterious murder in an idyllic and close-knit neighborhood. (amazon, 2021)
“Such a Quiet Place” – Welcome to Hollow’s Edge – a picture-perfect neighborhood where everyone has each other’s backs. At least, that is how it used to be, until the night Brandon and Fiona Truett were found dead. Two years ago, branded a grifter, thief and sociopath by her friends and neighbors, Ruby Fletcher was convicted of murdering the Truetts. Now, freed by mistrial, Ruby has returned to Hollow’s Edge. But why would she come back? No one wants her there, least of all her old housemate, Harper Nash. As Ruby’s return sends shockwaves through the community, terrified residents turn on each other, and it soon becomes clear that not everyone was honest about the night the Truetts died. When Harper begins to receive threatening, anonymous notes, she realizes she has to uncover the truth before someone else gets hurt. Someone like her.
As part of the Whataburger Feeding Student Success program, this rebranded, student-operated resource room provides nutritious food, toiletries, and other basic needs to help UTSA students succeed on their college journey. This is all made possible by Whataburger’s three-year commitment to support this resource room. With the help from the San Antonio Food Bank, nutritious food, free of charge, is now available again year-round. The UTSA Whataburger Resource Room is open to all UTSA students. A similar Whataburger resource room also operates at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
Since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Whataburger has focuses on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 850 locations across its 14-state footprint, and sales of more than $2.8 billion annually. Whataburger has 50,000 Family Members (employees) and more than 60 million customers who like to customize their Whataburgers just the way they like it.
Andrew Mayne is the Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of “The Girl Beneath the Sea” and “Black Coral” in his Underwater Investigation Unit series; “The Naturalist,” “Looking Glass,” “Murder Theory,” and “Dark Pattern” in his Naturalist series; “Angel Killer,” “Fire in the Sky,” “Name of the Devil,” and the Edgar Award–nominated “Black Fall” in his Jessica Blackwood series; and the Station Breaker novels. The star of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week special Andrew Mayne: Ghost Diver and A&E’s Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne, he is also a magician who started his first world tour as an illusionist when he was a teenager and went on to work behind the scenes for Penn & Teller, David Blaine, and David Copperfield. Ranked as the fifth-bestselling independent author of the year by Amazon UK, he currently works with OpenAI on applied artificial intelligence. In his upcoming new novel, “Mastermind: A Theo Cray and Jessica Blackwood thriller,” Dr. Theo Cray and Jessica Blackwood confront a cataclysmic conspiracy. It will be released on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. (amazon, 2021)
“Mastermind” – A mysterious electrical storm plunges Manhattan into darkness. As a strange, smothering fog rolls in, all communication crashes. In the blink of an eye, the island seems to vanish into a void. FBI special agent Jessica Blackwood and brilliant scientist Dr. Theo Cray know this is not a freak accident. It is a sinister sleight of hand. Their greatest adversary, a serial killer and cultist known as the Warlock, has escaped during a prison transfer in New York. A depraved master of manipulation, he promised the end of days. He is making good on it. One by one, cities across the globe are erupting in chaos as they disappear into the same black holes. Even for two ingenious trackers like Jessica and Theo, there is still so much to learn about the pattern to the Warlock’s madness. The voids are just a warm-up for something bigger. To discover it―to stop it―Jessica and Theo must descend into the darkest of shadows―and minds.
The Briscoe Western Art Museum will transport everyone to the birthplace of the modern cowboy during its fall exhibition, Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo: Contemporary Photography of the Northern Mexican Cowboy. Making its United States debut at the Briscoe, Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo features celebrated photographer Werner Segarra inviting audiences to peer into the world of the Norteño Cowboys from Sonora, Mexico – not as a casual tourist, but as an intimate observer. A series of opening events that includes a documentary, artist’s lecture, and tours spans September 23-26. Following a preview party on September 24, the exhibition opens to the public September 25,2021 – January 24, 2022. (Briscoe Western Art Museum, 2021)
With almost sixty images that span more than twenty years of the lives of the vaqueros, Segarra showcases the expansive landscape, their daily work, and the intimacy of their homes, not merely documenting the vaquero, but bringing forward through his images both meaning and a celebration of his subjects and their way of life. Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo takes you into the little-known culture of the cowboys of Sonora, Mexico, sharing aspects of their daily lives through the eyes and lens of Segarra. The photographs share the unique, passionate and strenuous life that these vaqueros lead. The exhibition is accompanied by Norteño music especially created by Leo Lopez. Video clips woven throughout the exhibition further illustrate the stories.
A professional photographer for more than thirty years, Segarra has participated in numerous group and individual exhibitions in various international galleries and museums. Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo showcases the lives and people Segarra has encountered by immersing himself in the Mexican cowboy world. Inspiration for Segarra’s work comes from personal experience after living in various countries around the world during his childhood and adolescence. Knowledge acquired throughout those years cultivated Segarra’s artistic sensitivity and respect for native cultures. The most significant encounter and inspiration for this exhibition was a student exchange that took him to northern Mexico. That experience captivated and motivated him to transmit his love and respect for this culture and share it with the rest of the world.
Exhibition opening events include:
“The Making Of” Vaqueros – Documentary Screening with Werner Segarra and Ellen Riojas Clark Thursday, September 23 from 6p.m to 8p.m. Instituto Cultural de Mexico.
Join the Briscoe at the Instituto Cultural de Mexico for a documentary screening and conversation with distinguished guest Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph. D., Professor Emerita in the Department of Bicultural Studies at University of Texas at San Antonio, and Werner Segarra, photographer of Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo: Contemporary Photography of the Northern Mexican Cowboy. A highly respected scholar, Dr. Clark’s received three National Endowment for the Humanities grants focused on Mexican American and Latino literature and culture research examines ethnic and cultural identity and cultural studies topics and is executive producer for the “Latino Artist Speaks: Exploring Who I Am” series. The event is free and open to the public.
Exclusive Preview Party: Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo Friday, September 24, from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. The Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Western Art Museum
Join photographer Werner Segarra and Briscoe CEO and President Michael Duchemin, Ph.D., for the first look at Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo: Contemporary Photography of the Northern Mexican Cowboy. The event includes complimentary valet, beer, wine, specialty cocktails, and light bites. Free for Briscoe members and $25 for future members, RSVP or purchase tickets by September 20. Tickets are also available by calling 210.299.4499.
Artist Lecture: Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo with Werner Segarra and John Philip Santos Briscoe Western Art Museum Saturday, September 25, from 1p.m. to 3p.m.
Listen in as Werner Segarra and guest moderator John Philip Santos take a closer look at how the videos and photographs of Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo were created and what inspired Segarra to pursue the subject. Following the lecture, Segarra will sign copies of his book, “Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo,” available at the Museum Store. The lecture and signing are free with museum admission.
A member of the board of directors of the Briscoe Western Art Museum, John Philip Santos serves as a University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies to the Honors College at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the author of the acclaimed book, “Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation,” as well as “The Farthest Home Is in an Empire of Fire.” Santos has created an international forum for exploring mestizo cultural identity, or mestizaje, at UTSA and As an Emmy-nominated television producer, he has produced more than forty broadcast documentaries and news programs on cultural themes in sixteen countries for CBS and PBS.
Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo Artist Tour with Werner Segarra Briscoe Western Art Museum Sunday, September 26, from 1p.m. to 3p.m.
Join photographer Werner Segarra for a guided tour through Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo. Peer into the world of the Northern Mexican vaquero as an intimate observer and discover how Segarra was able to capture the life of the vaquero and a way of life that is on the brink of disappearing. Free with museum admission.
Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo is supported in part by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992, the Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, with special consideration to the Wyatt Family Foundation.
Preserving and presenting the art, history and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage, the Briscoe Western Art Museum is located on the San Antonio River Walk at 210 W. Market Street in the beautifully restored 1930s former San Antonio Public Library building. Named in honor of the late Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, the museum includes the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion, used for event rentals and programs, and the outdoor McNutt Sculpture Garden.
Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner, and JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa is offering an exciting Wine Weekend Extravaganza alongside family-friendly activities for the whole family to enjoy as we say goodbye to summer. From a live concert to special wine tasting and dining options, the 5-day event will close out summer on a high note. (JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa, 2021)
Across the resort’s 13,000 sprawling acres in the heart of Texas Hill Country, guests will be able to take part in—
Wine Down Weekend: The three-night wine event centers around Jackson Family Wines, featuring exclusive tastings of the Cardinale, Lokoya, and Spire Collections in addition to meet and greets with the Jackson Family. Seasoned winemaker Chris Carpenter will be onsite to lead wine pairings with JL Bar’s exclusive dinners.
Music & Memories: On Saturday, September 4, rising Country/Americana artist William Beckmann will perform a private live concert at JL Bar’s Private FBO Hangar for the resort’s overnight guests.
Firework Food: JL Bar’s Chef Sergio has curated special menus for the weekend to pair seamlessly with select vintages of the Jackson Family Wines.
Make it an Extra-Long Weekend: The stunning Hill Country resort is offering an exclusive Labor Day package rate for couples ($4,995+) and individuals (3,295+), which allows visitors to take advantage of the resort’s fourth night free offer for those who would like to extend and arrive on Wednesday, September 1. Pricing includes all meals, pre-scheduled wine events, and a table for the William Beckmann concert. Holiday stays can be booked by calling 855-414-3337 or visiting JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa.
Hill Country Adventures: On top of all the holiday activities, the resort will be offering outdoor experiences including horseback riding and a horse psychology experience, off-road ATV adventures, a Putting/Chipping Green, and swimming. Guests can also partake in the resort’s Labor Day Weekend clay pigeon shooting contest for a chance to win a prize.
This Labor Day weekend, the nationally recognized burger joint, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, has several special deals for guests. From Thursday, September 2 through Monday, September 6, you can order Hopdoddy’s DIY Burger Kit and get one free 12-ounce bottle of Hop Sauce when using the code BOTTLED at checkout. The Hop Sauce is available in five flavors, like the Chipotle Aioli, Doddy Mayo and more. (Hopdoddy Burger Bar, 2021)
If instead you are looking for a drink to celebrate on Labor Day, try Hopdoddy’s Roadie — a half-gallon bag of frozen house margarita made with fresh, hand-squeezed juice — so you can enjoy and easily celebrate with friends. All Hopdoddy orders can be placed in-person at any Hopdoddy location or online for pickup.
In 2010, four friends had a goal: to set a new standard for burger bars. Hopdoddy pushed the boundaries of what is expected by bringing together craft beer and unique burger concoctions – all with high-quality ingredients and even higher standards. With every purchase of a Goodnight Good Cause burger, a portion of the proceeds give back to Hopdoddy’s favorite community charitable organizations.
Texas food lovers will have the opportunity to be entertained by some of the nation’s most acclaimed chefs as the San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance (SAFWA) launches its celebrated Wine & Dine dinner series. James Beard Award nominee Steve McHugh will host special guest Chef Todd Pulsinelli for an Oktoberfest feast paying homage to San Antonio’s German heritage. Money raised will benefit the Alliance’s Culinary Grant Program in South Texas. (San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance, 2021)
“We are extremely excited and honored by the support of such an incredible Texas chef. With a lauded Louisiana chef added to the lineup, we are sure to have a memorable Wine & Dine dinner.” – Gina Burchenal, interim executive director of the Texas Food & Wine Alliance.
In the unique dinner format, attendees get an up-close-and-personal opportunity to understand each chef’s inspiration and culinary philosophy through specially designed menus expertly paired with top-tier wines and spirits. Previous Wine & Dine dinners held in Austin have featured culinary legends Jacques Pépin, Lidia Bastianich, Emeril Lagasse, and nationally acclaimed chefs Hugh Acheson, Aaron Franklin, Matthew Jennings, Alon Shaya, and more.
The exclusive dinner will take place on Sunday, September 19 at Cured, McHugh’s acclaimed restaurant located at the historic Pearl. Five-time James Beard-nominated Chef McHugh will collaborate with Chef Pulsinelli on five delectable courses.
Recognized by his peers as one of the Best Chefs America, Pulsinelli is a fixture of New Orleans’ hospitality community, with stints at Warbucks, The American Sector at the National World War II Museum, and August. His fresh take on classic Creole cooking is currently wowing guests at buzzy boutique hotel The Chloe.
Tickets are available now at San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance’s (SAFWA) for $225 and include wine and beer pairings by acclaimed sommelier and TFWA board member Paula Rester-Salinas. The experience will kick off with a cocktail hour at 5:30p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30p.m.
Guests can also support the Alliance from September 18-October 3, two weeks of activations celebrating German culture at the historic Pearl. Lick Honest Ice Creams, Park Bar, and Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery will offer special treats or flights with a portion of the proceeds benefiting SAFWA.
All funds raised will benefit the host city’s culinary communities through SAFWA’s programming, including the Culinary Arts Career Conference for high school students and a unique grant program supporting culinary innovation and community giveback. As a continuation of its dynamic decade of success in supporting and cultivating Austin’s culinary businesses and nonprofits, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance (AFWA) expanded statewide in September 2020 to replicate its mission in Texas’ major cities, a move that will support pandemic recovery over the next several years. The newly formed Texas Food & Wine Alliance is the umbrella organization overseeing the AFWA, SAFWA, the Dallas Food & Wine Alliance, and the Houston Food & Wine Alliance.
The San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering awareness, support, and innovation in the South Texas culinary community through grants, educational programming, and events. Guided by an all-volunteer board of directors and committees made up of culinary- and community-minded professionals, the Alliance’s commitment is to support, inspire, and showcase Texas and beyond through the power of our diverse culinary communities.