The details
Thursday 5 - 7PM

Most folks show up around 5:30.

La Frite Belgian Bistro
728 S. Alamo

The sign on the door may say "Closed", but the door will be unlocked. La Frite doesn't open for dinner until 6PM, hence the sign. Just come in and around to the bar.


This started as a get-together for Lavaca neighbors, but now it's expanded to include regular attendees from King William, Downtown and elsewhere in the city. We also get folks who are in town visiting friends or attending business events. Everyone is warmly welcomed.

Select wines and beers are available for $3 to $4.

(A note from Jane and Jim: As a courtesy, we suggest that if you order appetizers, you do so by 6:30 or 6:45, before the restaurant gets busy).

Neighborhood resources

Here are some web sites you may find helpful:

Lavaca Neighborhood Association (LNA) 

Subscribe to LNA Newsletter

King William Association

SA Housing Authority

SA Chamber of Commerce

Southtown Chamber of Commerce

Southtown Lions Club

Scott's Historic Home Improvement Contractors List

SAHA Victoria Commons Master Plan

King William Cultural Arts District

SA District 1

The Cannoli Fund

Gemini Ink

"Do you know?"

Bob Carabin

Terry & Gerry Schaefer

The Bowers

Brian Rountree & Hugh Donagher

Johanna Sawalha

Paula Haley

Lloyd & Elsa Mathews

Jim Feuerstein

Janyce Sisson

Joan Carabin

Syeira Budd

Stephen Warner

Dwight & Gail Mulcahy

Barb Machado

Michelle Stress

Rebecca Kary

José & Tiffany Cruz

Jane Gennarelli
Lily & Roland Lopez

Adam Michalski

Mike Moran

Jimmy Perkins

Bennie & Sue Blansett

Shane Broussard

S.T. Shimi

Miranda Fermin

Lyle Rosdahl

Karen Evans

Richard & Lynda Ramirez

Sheila Black

Jeff & Corrie McPherson

Rudy Lopez

<<First Name>>,

Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away and that means the start of the 2012 holiday season. This is a great time to visit with neighbors and friends... before things get really hectic. Please join us at our next Happy Hour get-together at La Frite on Thursday (see details in the left sidebar). If you haven't been there for a while, we'd love to see you come back!

Before I get to events, let me also welcome several new subscribers to the newsletter. Our subscription list is growing and many readers are sharing the newsletter with others. Please spread the word! Forward it to family and friends and encourage them to subscribe. We want to keep everybody in the loop regarding all the great things to do in our part of San Antonio!

Here's what's going on in Downtown and Southtown between Thursday, November 8th and Wednesday, November 14th:

The 5th Annual San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is this weekend. Good luck to all who are participating! If you're not running, come out to watch. Enjoy great live Rock 'n' Roll bands along the route and cheer on the runners. 

Please note that there will be street closures in our neighborhood that may limit your ability to get around by car. Click here for street closure information.

When:  Sunday, November 11 (start time is 7:30am)
Where:  Downtown and Southtown

Enjoy San Antonio's best Latino music at the 5th Annual Latino Music Festival at Main Plaza. Here are some of the artists who will be performing:

Click here for more information and a schedule of events and performances.

When:  Saturday, November 10 (noon - 11:45pm)
Where:  Main Plaza, 115 N Main

It's a Wonderful Life, a live radio play by Joe Landry

"Start the holidays off with this beloved American holiday classic brought to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds..." (read more and purchase tickets).

General admission tickets are $25, students and children under 13 are $15.

When:  November 9, 10, 16 & 17 (8pm)
Where:  Sterling Houston Theatre at Jump-Start, 108 Blue Star

"San Antonio Dance Academy presents Noche de Baile 2012 featuring professional dancers and musicians Jackie Rodriguez-Navar, Andrea Gonzales, Francisco 'Yiyi' Orozco and Steve Arispe in a Flamenco and Mexican Folkloric program with students from SA Dance Academy..." (read more). $10 general admission, $8 military.

When:  Saturday, November 10 (7:30pm), Sunday, November 11 (3pm)
Where:  Arneson River Theatre in Historic La Villita

Psychic Happy Hour / Casino Night

This is a fundraising event for Carrie Anne Silvers, 2013 Queen of the River Walk Candidate. Enjoy appetizers, 2 complimentary drinks and a $100 chip for Casino Play for $25. 

Vendors will offer tea leaf readings, numerology readings, palm readings, astrology readings and more. Click here for more information.

When:  Tuesday, November 13 (5 - 8pm)
Where:  Luke River Walk, 125 E Houston

Watch the UTSA Roadrunners -- led by two-time National Coach of the Year Larry Coker -- battle it out with McNeese State. Tickets are $13 - $46 and can be purchased here.

When:  Saturday, November 10 (4pm)
Where:  The Alamodome, 100 Montana

Veterans Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony

"Military City USA is proud to honor those who have served in our armed forces in the annual Veterans Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony..." (read more). This is a free event.

When:  Saturday, November 10 (10:30am - 1:30pm)
Where:  Alamo Plaza

13th Floor San Antonio: "Designed by nationally recognized haunted house designers, 13th Floor Haunted House will transport you to new levels of horror. This is not your run of the mill, jump out and go boo haunted house. The 13th Floor is an intense, graphic theatrical show that will take you on a gut-wrenching ride of visceral thrills and psychological horror..." (read more). Tickets are $19.99 - $29.99 and can be purchased here.

When:  Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 (7pm - midnight)
Where:  13th Floor Haunted House, 1203 E Commerce Street

Cinema Soledad

The Amazing Spider-Man will be shown at the Central Library's Cinema Soledad on Tuesday. The show is free and there's no charge for parking in the library's garage after 5pm.

When:  Tuesday, November 13 (6:15 - 8:30pm)
Where:  The Central Library, 600 Soledad

Have You Seen Marie?

This event is a staged reading of Have You Seen Marie? with Sandra Cisneros and featuring the Jump Start Performance Co.

"This event will be the only staged-reading on her nationwide book tour and a wonderful family-friendly evening of storytelling, live music by Rodolfo López and a post-show book signing with both author Sandra Cisneros and illustrator Ester Hernández..." (read more and purchase tickets). $25 general admission, $10 children 12 and under.

When:  Sunday, November 11 (5pm)
Where:  Jump Start Performance Co., 108 Blue Star

Bolero performed by the San Antonio Symphony: "On this night, you'll almost smell the perfume wafting from the gardens of Spain to fill the Majestic Theatre..." (read more). Tickets are $10 - $63 and can be purchased here.

When:  Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 (8pm)
Where:  The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston
FREE Veteran's Day Concert performed by the San Antonio Symphony: "For the second consecutive season, the Symphony will share the stage with the United States Air Force Band of the West. This is a free performance..." (read more).

When:  Sunday, November 11 (7pm)
Where:  The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston
Celtic Thunder: "Surpassing sales on one million units combined, the musical phenomenon that is Celtic Thunder has just been hailed as BILLBOARD's Top World Music Artist..." (read more). Tickets are $35 - $65 and can be purchased here.

When:  Monday, November 12 (7:30pm)
Where:  The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston

Wine Tasting and Swing Dancing

The Beethoven Maennerchor invites you to an evening of fun! Enjoy sampling a variety of wines and dancing to the music of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band.

$5 for Beethoven Maennerchor members and $8 for non-members.

When:  Friday, November 9 (8pm)
Where:  Beethoven Maennerchor, 422 Pereida

1st Annual Indigenous Peace Gathering

"The purpose of our gathering is to celebrate our indigenous culture by joining together in peace. A full course meal, guest speakers and native music will fulfill your evening." Tickets are $50. Click here for information.

When:  Thursday, November 8 (6 - 9pm)
Where:  La Villita Assembly Hall, 401 Villita

Visits to the Past programs "feature the sights, sounds, skills, clothing, and lifestyles of early San Antonio... November 'Visits to the Past' programs are to honor and support San Antonio's rich military heritage and the annual Veteran's Day Parade in Alamo Plaza..." (read more). This is a free event.

When:  Saturday, November 10 (8am - 4pm)
Where:  Alamo Plaza

Old Places New Spaces Book Launch

"The public is invited to The Esquire Tavern to attend the launch of Old Places New Spaces, a book that touts San Antonio's appreciation of its historic residences. Co-authors David Strahan, Katharine McMillan, and Patricia Hart McMillan will sign copies of the publication..." (read more). Some of the proceeds will benefit Artpace.

When:  Sunday, November 11 (12 - 3pm)
Where:  The Esquire Tavern, 155 E Commerce

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music: "Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live: 'Elmo Makes Music..." (read more). Tickets are $13 - $55 and can be purchased here.

When:  Tuesday, November 13 (7pm) and Wednesday, November 14 (10:30am and 7pm)
Where:  The Lila Cockrell Theatre, 200 E Market
Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells: "Junie B. returns to San Antonio and The Magik Theatre in this hilarious holiday tale! Between taking part in the holiday pageant and picking a Secret Santa gift for her big rival, Tattletale May, there's never a dull moment in the life of the world's funniest first grader..." (read more). Tickets are $9 and $10 and can be purchased here.

When:  November 14 - December 22 (Tuesday - Friday: 9:45 & 11:30am; Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm)
Where:  The Magik Theatre, 420 S Alamo

Artpace After Hours

"Artpace After Hours takes adult audiences behind the scenes for casual art encounters and meaningful conversation. Come get acquainted with Artpace and our newest exhibitions... Happy hour kicks off at 5pm and drinks are on us..." (read more). Call (210) 212-4900 or email to make reservations.

When:  Thursday, November 8 (5 - 7pm)
Where:  Artpace, 445 N Main

Here are some upcoming live performances at local bars and restaurants:

  • The Jim Cullum Jazz Band will perform at Bohanan's (219 E Houston) on Thursday, November 8, Tuesday, November 13, and Wednesday, November 14 (7 - 10:30pm)

"This introductory class is designed for those wanting to develop a good foundation of wine knowledge and an understanding of how to taste wine. Learn about main styles of wine, the most important wine grapes, key wine producing countries and regions, serving, storing and buying wine as well as pairing wine and food..." (read more and register).

When:  Tuesday, November 13 (6 - 7pm)
Where:  Southwest School of Art, Copper Kitchen Dining Hall, 300 Augusta Street

Here are a few other events that may be of interest. Many of these aren't in the immediate area, are events I've announced before, or are on-going events.

pARTy (art, music, cocktails) at SA Museum of Art

Organist Paul Jacobs at the Laurel Heights United Methodist Church

Sunday Jazz: Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz at the Witte

Live Music at Café des Artistes at the SA Museum of Art

SA Camaro Club Car Show at Providence Catholic School

Backstage at the McNay

The Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi at the Carver Community Cultural Center

November at The Playhouse

Project: Sing! Fall Concert presented by the Children's Chorus of San Antonio at the Mission Branch Library

Eurydice at the Woodlawn Theatre

Educator Workshop: Beauty Around the World at the SA Museum of Art

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at the Cameo Theatre

Veterans Day at the McNay

9th Annual Express-News Children's Book & Author Celebration at Tripoint

Joan Riviera's Open Mic Comedy at the Bonham Exchange

Global Lens 2012: Amnesty at the SA Museum of Art

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at San Antonio College McCreless Theatre

Adult Workshop: Virtual Tejanos: Step-by-Step at the McNay

An Evening with Anthony Bourdain: Guts and Glory Tour at the Laurie Auditorium

Fooling Houdini at Pearl

Jazz, Flamenco and Tango at Carmens de la Calle

Copperleaf Quintet Presents: Rostros de Maria: Songs to the Virgin at the SA Museum of Art

Do you know Katie?

Katie McKee

Katie McKee is back home at Liberty Bar! Katie has been calling San Antonio home since 1996. She was born in Versailles, KY, but she wasn't there for long. Her family moved around quite a bit as she was growing up. She lived in Providence, RI, Baton Rouge, LA, and Oshkosh, WI among other places.

After school she lived in Colorado for awhile, and that's where she began her career in the restaurant business. Having been to cooking school, she started working as a chef and running the kitchen for an independent restaurant. She quickly realized that to best serve her customers, she needed to spend time with them. So she split her time between the kitchen and the dining room, rounding out her experience. During this time, her mother and sisters moved to Arizona and Katie fell in love with the area on her visits. She relocated (and lived in both Tucson and Phoenix) and found her way into restaurant management. She learned about banquet and special events planning, which prepared her well for her current position. She worked for a family-owned restaurant chain and became the Executive Corporate Trainer and Director of Human Resources for all their restaurants.

While in Arizona, she decided to pursue another interest. She left the restaurant business to work in women's retail, taking a job first with Lady Marden's managing their Scottsdale location and doing management  training / recruitment, and then with Catherine Stores. With Catherine Stores she relocated to Amarillo and eventually to San Antonio. Under her management, the Catherine's San Antonio location became its number one store of 250.

At this point Katie turned back to the restaurant business, and has since worked for some of San Antonio's finest spots -- she has worked at Las Canarias in La Mansion, the Liberty Bar at its original location on Josephine St, the Monterey, Casbeer's, and The Palm. 

In September of this year, she was waiting tables at the Palm, not thinking about returning to restaurant management. A phone call from the owner of the Liberty Bar changed that, and she accepted a management position. 

Katie is excited to be back at Liberty Bar, and feels like she is 'home'. She loves the King William building (previously the mother house for the Benedictine Sisters) and is excited about exploring offerings that will further integrate the restaurant into the vibrant Southtown community.

Food and wine are a passion for Katie. They are her hobby as well as her career. She also enjoys gardening and watching flowers grow and bloom. 

Katie occasionally stops in at the Lavaca & Friends Happy Hour, and she's always in the neighborhood -- spending most of her time, of course, at the Liberty Bar. If you haven't been to the Liberty Bar lately, stop in and say hello to Katie. Have a favorite libation and congratulate her on returning home!

That's all the news I have for this week. I hope you can make it to La Frite on Thursday!

-- Jane

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