A new month, another First Friday, and a lot of events to choose from... As you plan your week, don't forget that our next Happy Hour get-together is on Thursday at La Frite (see details in the sidebar on the left). I hope you'll be there!
Here's what's going on in Southtown and downtown between August 2nd and 8th:
"Over 90 canoe teams compete in the Canoe Challenge... local celebrities, city officials, corporate teams and Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts compete in timed heats. The race begins at the Chamber of Commerce, heads east through and around the Convention Center Lagoon, through the Rivercenter Mall Lagoon and ends back at the Chamber of Commerce..." (read more).
When: Saturday, August 4 (7 - 11am)
Where: The Riverwalk, starting at the Chamber of Commerce
Councilman Diego Bernal's next Coffee with the Councilman event will be right here at Tito's on Saturday. This is a great opportunity to meet with the Councilman and discuss the neighborhood -- issues, concerns, events, and plans.
When: Saturday, August 4 (10am)
Where: Tito's, 955 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. Bring a friend. Or just make some new ones here. Happy hour kicks off at 5pm, and drinks are on us..." (read more and make reservations).
When: Thursday, August 2 (5 - 7pm)
Where: Artpace, 445 N Main
Act Right Online - Networking Mixer
"Join Downtown Alliance Young Professionals and a stellar panel of social media gurus to talk do's and don'ts on best practices for managing your personal and professional image using social media..." (read more).
Everyone is welcome to attend this free panel discussion and to enjoy Crowne Plaza happy hour specials. The Downtown Young Professionals folks say that "Young = As young as you feel" and "Professional = As professional as you want to be". Registration is required -- you can sign up here.
When: Tuesday, August 7 (panel discussion at 4:30; networking mixer at 5:15)
Where: Crowne Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk, 111 E Pecan
There will be plenty to do Friday evening all along South Alamo and neighboring streets as Southtown celebrates First Friday. Here are a few of the many events that may be of interest:
Artists That Teach: Show and Reception at La Vida Gallery
First Friday at Beethoven Maennerchor
La Villita First Friday Art Walk
Natalie Rose & A Beautiful Mess at Blue Star
Art, music and more at Bubblehead
Music, dancing, barbecue plates, BYOB at Mr. Tim's
First Friday Open Mic Night at Gemini Ink
Big Band Jazz at Blue Star
The Crimson Jazz Orchestra -- led by George Briscoe -- will perform next Tuesday, and The Loud Jazz Band -- featuring Ed Sherry -- will perform on Wednesday.
Click here for more information on the Blue Star Brewing Company's Big Band Jazz events.
When: Tuesday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 8 (8 - 10pm)
Where: Blue Star Brewing Company in the Blue Star Arts Complex, 1414 S Alamo #105
Live Music at Southtown 101
Nicolette Good will perform at Southtown 101 on Saturday.
"As a songwriter, Nicolette leans heavily on the subtle twists of a story that keep listeners on tilt. 41Entertainment said it best, 'Nicolette writes like butter melts'..." (read more about Nicolette here).
When: Saturday, August 4 (11pm)
Where: Southtown 101, 101 Pereida
Party on the Plaza -- Free Concert Series
Enjoy music, food and fun for the whole family on Friday evenings this summer. This week's featured local artist is Hogg Shedd. Click here for more information.
When: Friday, August 3 (7 - 11pm)
Where: Plaza at the Tower of the Americas, HemisFair Park
The Sound of San Antonio on the River "is a concert series hosted by James Martin and Medianoche at the Arneson Theatre. The series will feature local musicians, artists and educators." This is a free performance and everyone is invited! Click here for information.
When: Tuesday, August 7 (8pm)
Where: The Arneson River Theatre in La Villita
Live Music at Joe Blue's
The Arturo "Sauce" Gonzalez Quintet will perform this Thursday at Joe Blue's -- a 'Contemporary Cocktail Lounge'.
There's no cover charge for this performance.
When: Thursday, August 2 (8 - 11pm)
Where: Joe Blue's in the Blue Star Art Complex, 1414 S Alamo #105
Primer Sabado: Back to School
This free two-day celebration of First Saturday features local entertainment, arts & crafts, children's activities, food and much more. Click here for more information.
When: Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 (12 - 8pm)
Where: Market Square, W Commerce and Santa Rosa
Cool-Down After Work
Enjoy live music every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening throughout the summer at Main Plaza's Cool-Down After Work performances.
Food and beverages are available at the El Oasis Café and the Blue Star Icehouse on Main Plaza during these free performances.
Here are some upcoming shows:
When: August 2, 7 & 8 (6 - 9pm)
Where: Main Plaza, 115 N Main
Here are some free movies you may enjoy:
Friendly Outdoor Movie on the Slab Cinema Screen: At The Friendly Spot (943 S Alamo St), Wednesday, August 8 (8pm), showing Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
Movies by Moonlight: At HemisFair Park (near the S Alamo St entrance), Tuesday, August 7 (pre-show entertainment at 7:30, feature film at 8:30pm), showing Tangled. Click here for a full Movies by Moonlight schedule.
Mostly MGM Musicals: Summer Sundays Movie Series: At the Central Library (600 Soledad), Sunday August 5 (2 - 4pm), showing In the Good Old Summertime.
Cinema Soledad: At the Central Library (600 Soledad), Tuesday August 7 (6:30 - 8:30pm), showing Back to the Future.
HemisView Farmers' Market
This open air farmers' market offers produce, meats, artisan breads, free-range eggs, and more. It's open the first Friday of every month (weather permitting). Click here for more information.
When: Friday, August 3, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: 800 E César Chávez Blvd, between HemisView Apartments and Labor St.
Villa Finale is hosting a reception at its Museum Shop on Thursday. The reception kicks off a month-long clearance sale on Museum Shop items (with the largest discounts offered during the reception). Light refreshments will be served.
If you haven't visited Villa Finale yet, this is a great opportunity to become acquainted with this neighborhood gem!
When: Thursday, August 2 (5 - 8pm)
Where: Villa Finale Museum Shop, 122 Madison
The First Annual Frank W. Jennings San Antonio: An Enchanted City Educator's Workshop: This workshop -- sponsored by the San Antonio Founders Day Alliance -- will include presentations on:
San Pedro Springs / Native People of Texas
The Missions of San Antonio
El Camino Real de los Tejas
The Early Days of the Alamo
You'll also enjoy a field trip to Mission San Jose / Aqueduct / San Pedro Springs. Click here for details and registration information.
When: Friday, August 3 (9am - 5pm)
Where: Alamo Hall, 300 Alamo Plaza
First Saturday at The Alamo: This is an "inter-active living history event that is designed to give visitors a glimpse of life at the time of early Texas. This event will focus on politics in the Republic of Texas..." (read more).
When: Saturday, August 4 (11am)
Where: 300 Alamo Plaza
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.
Friday Night Films in the Park at Pearl
Memory as Medicine Film: Mo'Better Blues at the McNay
San Antonio Pet Expo at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall
Proxy Theatre Company's Bent at the Overtime Theater
Fiesta Noche del Rio at the Arneson Theatre
Mozart Festival Texas at the University of the Incarnate Word
Balcones Heights Jazz Festival at the outdoor Amphitheater at Wonderland of the Amercas
Su Majestad El Bolero II at Our Lady of the Lake University
Hairspray at the Cameo Theatre
Live Music at Café des Artistes at the San Antonio Museum of Art
Focus Talk: Deconstructing Picasso's Guitar and Wine Glass at the McNay
Meditation in SAMA's Japanese Gallery at the San Antonio Museum of Art
Amazing Skies at the Witte
Wolf: San Antonio Premiere at the Santikos Palladium Theatre
The Little Dog Laughed and Hello, Dolly! at the San Pedro Playhouse
First Sundays for Families: A Cool Summer Garden at the San Antonio Museum of Art
TPR Cinema Tuesdays: Gilda at the Bijou Cinema Bistro
Dinner & Ghost Tour at the Menger
Dog Days at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
Jazz and Flamenco at Carmens de la Calle
The Fantasticks at The Josephine Theatre
Joan Rivieras Open Mic Wednesdays at the Bonham Exchange
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Woodlawn Theatre
Do you know Karen?
Karen is a 'San Antonio Girl', through and through. Aside from a couple of short stints in New Braunfels and Seguin, she's lived in San Antonio her entire life. She shares her home in Baja King William with her daughter, Megan, and enjoys spending time with her mother, two brothers and sister, all of whom live in San Antonio.
While attending college in San Marcos, Karen met a white water outfitter who eventually became her boss, and she began a career as a professional oarsman -- both on white water rafts and kayaks. That career lasted beyond college. She rode the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon in a 13 foot boat, and also practiced her oarsman trade on rivers throughout the United States and in Mexico. While no longer an oarsman by trade, she occasionally enjoys rides on rivers throughout Texas. In addition to manning the oars, she served as a river cook on most of her expeditions... catching fish, building fires, and preparing meals. She'll be picking up the oars again this weekend -- on calm waters -- to compete in the Ford Canoe Challenge. She'll be piloting the Mud Queen canoe.
Since her days as an oarsman, Karen has worked at a number of jobs. She ran her own business -- a 24-hour answering service for local businesses -- for several years. She worked for the North Chamber of Commerce and then for 15 years for the SA Greater Chamber of Commerce. And during that time she worked a second job as a bartender and waitress at Waldo's.
Today Karen works for SA Scene -- the largest locally owned, locally grown city magazine in San Antonio -- as the Director of Sales. She also works part time for Gallery Vetro on Houston Street and for La Villita as its "invite the tourists to come over" girl.
Karen has always kept busy with charity, spiritual and civic work. She chaired the Make a Wish Foundation's San Antonio Gala for two years. She has been a member of the Paseo del Rio Association for 15 years. In 2005 she was the Association's "Mud Queen" (she raised the most money -- of a number of competitors -- to support the Association). She is very involved with the Blessed Sacrament Academy and was on the committee that started the Sticky Wickets annual Fiesta fund-raiser, which helps families and youth to become self-sufficient. She is very active in the two churches she attends -- the Trinity Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church.
Currently, Karen serves food every Friday at the 4th Street Café, operated by the First Baptist Church. Everyone who works in the front of the restaurant is a volunteer, and all their tips go to Haven for Hope. Karen reports that last year they turned in $92,000! The café is located at 207 4th Street and is open from 11am to 2pm every weekday.
Next week Karen will start as a volunteer with Elder Care (a Christian Senior Services program), providing companionship to senior citizens.
Karen has a number of interests and talents. First and foremost, she is a "foodie" and a cook. She loves to have dinner parties and has at least two a month (she hopes at some point to have one a week). She collects cookbooks and "anything/everything kitchen". She recently started writing her own cookbook and she will also illustrate it -- which touches on two other talents... she is an artist and a writer. Karen is also a dancer and performed with Urban 15 for two years.
Karen loves sailing, reading and movies. She loves dogs -- and plans to have a poodle someday. His name will be "Mr. Fabulous" and he will probably be a red-head from a poodle rescue organization. Karen loves being around people. For a short time she worked out of her home, but didn't enjoy that because she loves and needs to be around people.
Karen sums up her purpose in life as "faith, family, friends and philanthropy". She stops in at the Lavaca & Friends Happy Hour when she can, and you'll often find her out and about at various San Antonio events and establishments. Say hello the next time you see her, and stop by the 4th Street Café on a Friday for lunch!
That's all the news I have for this week. I hope you can make it to La Frite on Thursday!