Top Events to check out this week
As we go from March to April this weekend, be sure to take advantage of the weather before it gets too hot again. And if it does indeed rain at some point as predicted, there are several things to do indoors. So…no matter what you do, get out and enjoy some of the fun events happening in the city.
- 1st Annual Esther Vexler Day
Saturday, April 1, 12 to 2 p.m., Travis Park. Free.
Esther Vexler was a much beloved woman who supported important causes, not to mention running and teaching at a yoga studio, up until her passing last year at 98 years young. One of the primary causes she supported was the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter. In addition to honoring the memory of Ms. Vexler, this family-friendly event is intended to help support the Shelter. They will be accepting donated items and monetary donations. All activities will be free and are sponsored by the Esther Vexler Yoga School.
The Spiders ft. Tony Romero
Saturday, April 1, 8 to 11 p.m., Weathered Souls Brewing Co., 606 Embassy Oaks, Ste. 500. No cover.
Looking for some straight-up improvisational jazz? Spiders bandleader and trumpeter Tony Romero will be mixing it up with his virtuoso combo, playing jazz the way it should be played. To top it all off, the Weathered Souls brewmaster will be releasing a special April Fools microbrew called “Tom Foolery”. Cheers!
San Antonio Highland Games and Celtic Music Festival
April 1 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and April 2 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Helotes Fairgrounds, 12210 Leslie Rd. Adults: $11 per day; Seniors, Military and Kids 2-12: $6 per day; Children under 2: Free.
Ever seen someone toss a telephone pole? Here’s your chance! Dust off your kilt and head to Helotes for some good old-fashioned Scottish family fun. There will sporting events such as the aforementioned caber toss and hammer throw, live music including Celtic rock, traditional dance, clan heritage and vendor booths, a Scottish dog show, as well as food and drink. And of course, there will be bagpipes. Lots of them. If you’ve never been before, you’re in for a treat.
Magic Knight African Violet Society Spring Show & Sale
March 31 – April 1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N New Braunfels Ave. Free.
Got a green thumb? This show is for you! African Violet aficionados are a passionate bunch. They pay meticulous attention to their plants, and the result every time is a gorgeous labor of love. Go for the show, and pick up some plants. The vendors will be more than willing to share their passion for African Violets, and give you plenty of advice on the care and feeding of these exotic flora.
Through April 9. San Pedro Playhouse Cellar Theater, 800 W Ashby Place. www.theplayhousesa.org
Man-of-many-talents Suhail Arastu makes his debut at the Playhouse, alongside Kate Glasheen in what is described as a “high-tension socio-political drama as race, religion, law, and art collide. Truths are revealed, tempers erupt, and lives are poised to shatter as everyone gets caught up in the conversation.” While lighter fare is the theme on the main stage at the Playhouse, the Cellar Theatre is home to heavier drama, including plays by Tennessee Williams and Sam Shepard. “Disgraced” should prove to be no exception. The play opened to rave reviews, and theater lovers should be sure to check this one out.
April 1, 7:30 pm. La Tuna Ice House, 100 Probandt St. No cover.
La Tuna is one of the few remaining ice houses in San Antonio, which is unfortunate given they are a San Anto tradition. On the other hand, La Tuna continues to thrive, thanks to its patio, featuring cool evening breezes and cold, affordable beverages. Pair that with a “Soul Funk Band of epic proportions”, and this promises to be an entertaining evening. Note that parking problems have been solved thanks to on-street parking now allowed on both sides of Probandt. Be sure to say hello to Tuna Cat when you’re there.