Lavaca and Friends Thursday Happy Hour
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

"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

<<First Name>>,

There's a lot to do in the coming week, including several Saint Patrick's Day events. Before I get to that, let me remind you that our next Happy Hour get-together is on Thursday at La Frite (see details in the sidebar on the left). I hope you can be there!

Here are some upcoming events you might enjoy...

Everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day! Here are a few ways to celebrate:

Murphy's St. Patrick's Day River Parade & Festival: "A family-friendly festival of music, food and fun! Floats release 110 pounds of environmentally friendly green dye into the San Antonio River... Enjoy live music on the Arneson Stage, and a family-friendly festival of food, games, activities and more in La Villita..." The river parade starts at 3pm on Saturday. Click here for more information.
:  Friday, March 16, 6 - 9pm; Saturday, March 17, 11am - 6pm
    Where:  Arneson Stage, La Villita & the River Walk

Murphy's Pub Crawl: Kick off your St. Patrick's Day celebrating early at Murphy's annual Pub Crawl. "Participants will 'crawl' from bar to bar on the River Walk enjoying free cover, front of the line entry and food and drink specials all night!" Click here for more information including a schedule of stops and ticket information.

    When:  Thursday, March 15, 5:30 - 10pm
    Where:  Several River Walk bars

Irish Hooley: Enjoy a traditional family-friendly celebration of Irish heritage with Irish music, Irish dance, and Irish food. Click here for more information.

    When: Saturday, March 17, 5 - 11pm
    Where:  Beethoven Maennerchor, 422 Pereida

St. Paddy's Day River Run: "Kick off your St. Patrick's Day celebration with a healthy family-friendly run/walk presented by Run On! San Antonio. The morning includes great music, incredible food and beverages, and the opportunity to run along the scenic San Antonio River Walk." (read more)

    When: Saturday, March 17, 7 - 10am
    Where: Roosevelt Park and the River Walk

St. Patty's Day Roller Races: "Bicycle roller racing is a social event. Riders on stationary bikes compete against each other in front of spectators." There's a $10 registration fee and money raised will benefit Father Flanagan's Boystown. Click here for more information or call the Blue Star Bike Shop at (210) 858-0331.

    When: Saturday, March 17, registration at 6:30pm, races begin at 7pm
    Where: Banquet Room, Blue Star Brewing Co. 1414 S Alamo #105

Tejano Music Awards

This is the Tejano Music event of the year! Join the Texas Talent Musicians Association in recognizing and honoring the most talented Tejano musicians from around the world. This free, three-day event -- which draws over 90,000 fans -- features:
  • Performances by over 100 Tejano bands
  • Food and beverage booths
  • Tejano merchandise
  • Artist autograph sessions

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

When: March 16 - 18
Where: Market Square

You might also enjoy the event's "Fan Fair Official Kick-Off Party" on March 15 at 6pm in the La Villita Assembly Hall. Admission is only $10. Click here for more information.

Main Plaza 'Break Time' Concerts

"Now in its third year of presenting a variety of South Texas sounds from blues to roots to garage rock, Main Plaza features incredible talent that brings a cultural awareness to the heart of the city." Here are some upcoming shows:

March 15: Ron Wilkins 4-Tet (Jazz)*
March 16: Patricia Vonne (Roots Fusion)

Click here for more information.

When:  March 15 & 16, 5 - 8pm
Where:  Main Plaza, 115 N Main

*See the Now Playing events below for details on a film showing on March 15, along with the Jazz performance.

A Carillon Crawl

The Alamo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is hosting a "Carillon Crawl" on March 17 at the Central Christian Church.

The church is home to the only belled (not electronic) carillon in San Antonio. It was crafted in 1950 and includes 48 bells, with a four-octave range. The carillon is located in the tower of the church. The bells do not move, but are struck by clappers connected by cables to a keyboard located just below the belfry. 

The event -- which is free and open to the public -- includes a slide presentation and tour of the bell tower, followed by a Carillon Concert by internationally renowned carillonneur George Gregory. Click here for more information.

When:  Saturday, March 17, slide show at 11am, concert at noon
Where:  Central Christian Church, 720 N Main Avenue

La Brújula Mágica (The Magic Compass)

Here's a synopsis of this free, bilingual performance for children and young audiences:

"Corwin is lost in a strange city that never sees the daylight. With the guidance of K'lin, Corwin will have to find a way back home and keep the magic compass away from the evil hands of the Lord of Shadows." 

Click here for more information.

When:  Saturday, March 17, 4 pm
Where:  Instituto Cultural de Mexico, 600 HemisFair Park

Jim Cullum Jazz Band at Liberty Bar

"The Jim Cullum Jazz Band (JCJB) plays jazz in the classic manner, that is, in the style of small, hot ensembles prior to WWII..."

"The band's repertoire covers a lot of ground -- from 19th century cakewalks to the small pre-war Benny Goodman ensembles." There's no admission fee for this performance. Click here for more information.

When:  Saturday, March 17, 8:30pm
Where:  Liberty Bar at The Convent, 1111 S Alamo

Concert at Central Library: Azul

Azul -- artist, singer, songwriter, guitarist and storyteller -- will be performing in honor of Women's History Month. "Trained in opera, her performances include jazz, blues and Mexican folk music. With beautiful and profound Spanish lyrics, Azul is a delight not to be missed." This performance is free and open to the public. Click here for information on the event and here for information on Azul.

When:  Sunday, March 18, 2 - 3pm
Where:  Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad

Big Band Jazz

The San Antonio Jazz Orchestra -- led by George DeRocher, Rick Horn and Dale Schultz -- will be performing at the Blue Star Brewing Company next week.

Click here for more information on Blue Star Brewing Co.'s Big Band Jazz events.

When:  Tuesday, March 20, 8 - 10pm
Where:  Blue Star Brewing Company in the Blue Star Arts Complex, 1414 S Alamo #105

"Spice of Life" Opening Reception

Enjoy the opening reception of "Spice of Life", presented by the San Antonio Visual Artists Co-Op Gallery. See the work of sixteen artists whose "materials and palettes are as varied as their inspirations. Work exhibited will include oils, acrylics, mixed media, glass, sculpture, clay, fabrics, photography and jewelry." Click here for more information on this free event.

When:  Sunday, March 18, 1 - 6pm
Where:  Rivercenter Mall, 849 E Commerce

"Fresh Art First" Rooftop concert

This concert -- on the Artpace rooftop -- will feature Mirror Mirror from Brooklyn and San Antonio local band Pop Pistol.

Admission is free for Artpace members and $10 for non-members. Click here for more information.

When:  Friday, March 16, 8:30 - 11pm
Where:  Artpace, 445 North Main

Conversation with Maestro Juan Nicanor Pascoe and Exhibit Opening

Join local book arts scholar Bill Fisher in welcoming Juan Pascoe, an internationally respected book artist, master hand letterpress printer, and editor/printer historian. After the conversation, the exhibit Juan Pascoe, Taller Martin Pescador will be opening. Click here for more information on this free event.

When:  Friday, March 16, 6pm
Where:  Instituto Cultural de Mexico, 600 HemisFair Park

St. Mark's Lenten Luncheons

This is St. Mark's 61st year of Lenten Luncheons -- the proceeds of which benefit outreach ministries in San Antonio.

Enjoy a full lunch (entrée, drink and dessert) and help out a great cause ($10, cash or check only). Click here for details.

When:  Every Thursday and Friday through March 23, 1am - 1pm
Where:  St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 315 Pecan St

Susan Gibson Performance

Susan Gibson will be performing live at The Friendly Spot. Click here for more information on this talented artist.

When:  Friday, March 16, 6 - 10pm
Where:  The Friendly Spot, 943 S Alamo

Here are some free movies you may enjoy: 

Friendly Outdoor Movie on the Slab Cinema Screen: At The Friendly Spot (943 S Alamo St), March 21, 7pm, showing Roxanne.

Cinema Soledad: At the Central Library (600 Soledad), March 20, 6:30pm, showing Moneyball.

Outdoor Movie: at Main Plaza (115 N Main), March 15, pm, showing Paris Blues; this is part of KRTU/Trinity University's Year of Jazz celebration.

Micky has a suggestion for his four-legged friends and their families....

Woof & Wine: "Bring your pet to Tails to meet Summer, our next El Rey Fido. Summer is the first service dog to run for the coveted title! Enjoy delectable wines and savory hors d'oeuvres while helping us raise money for homeless pets..." (read more).

When: Sunday, March 18, 12 - 4pm
Where:  Tails Natural Pet Market in the Blue Star Arts Complex, 1420 S Alamo #141

Events listed here are a little ways off yet, but I thought you might want advance notice. Some may require ticket purchases, reservations, or registration. I'll give you more details as the dates get closer.

SAY Sí Small Scale Auction: Support SAY Sí at this Silent Auction featuring over 200 pieces of art donated by local and regional artists. There will be food, libations and music. Advance ticket price is less than at-the-door price. Friday, March 23, 6:30 - 9:30 pm at SAY Sí (1518 S Alamo). Click here for more information.

Music for Your Eyes Tour: at Villa Finale (122 Madison), April 5, 6:30 - 7:30pm. Several recent Villa Finale events have sold out, so I wanted to give you plenty of advance notice for this one. Click here for more information.

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.

54th Annual SA Folk Dance Festival Concert at Our Lady of the Lake

I'll Remember For You at Jump-Start

Exhibition Performance: 15 Minutes... and Then Some at the McNay

Sleepers Wake at The Overtime Theater

Exhibition Lecture: Mining (Re)Sources at the McNay

Annual Kite Festival & Dog Fair at McAllister Park

Lecture: The Mid-Nineteenth Century Paintings of Theodore Gentilz at the SA Museum of Art

Echale! Latino Music Estyles at Pearl

Lecture: Remembering Jerry Lawson at the McNay

Autorama Show at the Freeman Expo Hall

SA Film Festival call for entries

Timeless Texas Toys at the Institute of Texan Cultures

Collaborative Continuous Drawing at the Southwest School of Art

Farmers Market at Main Plaza

Farmers Market at Pearl

Gabriel Hererra Project at Carmens de la Calle

Do you know Mike?

Mike Moran

Mike has lived in Lavaca since 2007, and is one of the original 'pioneers' who bought a town home in Artisan Park -- formerly the site of the Victoria Courts. He remembers getting lost inside the Courts in the 90's when looking to park for a Spurs game at the Alamodome. At the time, Mike felt it was an intimidating place, with no apparent exit!

Mike was born in Findlay, Ohio, but his father (an accountant) was always seeking better job opportunities, so the family moved around a lot. For example, he started high school in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, transferred to Greece, New York, and graduated from Denton High School in north Texas. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Texas and a M.A. in English at the University of Texas in Austin.

Since 1998, Mike has been a full-time professor at St. Philip's College. He loves teaching there because the school has great ethnic diversity and a long, storied history. Many of the students come from humble backgrounds and are the first in their families to attend college. Mike finds it exciting and rewarding to see them succeed.

When he first moved to San Antonio in 1991, Mike describes himself as the quintessential 'gypsy scholar'. He cobbled together a living from part-time jobs at UTSA, St. Mary's, and San Antonio College -- glancing at lesson plans while stopped at traffic lights as he went from job to job. He lived all over the city in all sorts of situations: a barely-surviving bachelor in a small apartment on Woodlawn, to sharing an apartment with his ill father on the Northwest side, to living as a married family man with a wife, two stepchildren and seven cats in Alamo Heights. 

When Mike's not in the classroom, he loves to travel. His wanderlust started when he was in the Peace Corps stationed in Morocco. He taught English as a Foreign Language in a small village there, and a decade later he taught English to business professionals in Madrid, Spain. In recent years he has vacationed in Boston, Chicago and Washington DC, and he took graduate classes in North Carolina and Oregon.

Mike has finally found a permanent home here in Lavaca. He served as a Board member for the Lavaca Neighborhood Association from 2008 - 2010, and he wrote the neighborhood grant for the Extreme Target Sweep in 2009.

He loves to bicycle through the neighborhood, and most weekends he plays golf at Riverside or Mission del Lago. He loves shopping at Half-Price Books and collecting vinyl records. He enjoys eating out at Indian, Middle Eastern and Thai restaurants. Often you'll find him tucked away at a corner table at Blue Star or Madhatters grading papers, the occupational bane of English teachers.

Back in 1992, he helped lead the Jerry Brown for President campaign at UTSA. When Mr. Brown arrived, he asked Mike to introduce the opening speaker. It was César Chávez, the iconic leader of the United Farm Workers. He thinks of that moment some mornings when he turns right on César Chávez Boulevard, which now offers a clear way in and out of the neighborhood.

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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