You might have heard this old adage before, especially from fans of our hip and happening neighbors to the north. It’s our opinion that if you really think there’s nothing to do in San Antonio – you don’t get out enough. CO LAB Magazine is here to help with a few highlights.
Friday, December 15
6 pm, Blue Star Contemporary Art
“In a half-changed world, women often feel they need to choose: mothering or working? Your children’s well-being or your own?”
This documentary directed by Academy-Award-winner Pamela Tanner Boil follows the concepts and considerations of motherhood, womanhood, and female liberation through antiquity and modernity. The screening is free and open to the public.
6pm, La Botanica
Join the GET team, who work to politically activate youth, minority identities, and the underrepresented, as they premiere their latest episode of Millenial Matters, “From the Inside, OUT.” The episode is hosted by San Antonio voice Denise Hernandez, and features hard-working activists Rebel Mariposa, Ashley Smith, and Robert Salcido who speak about the present and future of our fight for equality and social justice.
The event is free, though donations ($5 suggested) will be taken at the door.
7 pm, Limelight
Half musical showcase and half Christmas block party, proceeds from this show will benefit Girl’s Rock Camp, a hometown organization that provides “a comradic, safe space for young ladies and trans-youth to grow their musical interests and build confidence to take with them in their future endeavors.” Performances will include:
- Deer Vibes
- Christine Roberts
- ILA MINORI
In addition to the music, there will be art vendors, food trucks, and a prize raffle. Guests are encouraged to glow in some manner.
Voodoo Boogaloo, Dawn of the Phoenix
10 pm, Bexar Pub
Two local favorites play together at the Bexar Pub, spiritual successor to restaurant Folc. Voodoo Boogaloo, San Antonio’s sweethearts and sensual trip-hop power-couple, leads the night, followed by Dawn of the Phoenix, an electro-charged darkwave group with irresistible pop-leaning underscores.
10:30 pm – Voodoo Boogaloo
12:00 am – Dawn of the Phoenix
Saturday, December 16
Kid’s Tamalada with Chef Cortez
10 am, Pico de Gallo at Market Square
Bring the family to this workshop in one of our oldest traditions taught by Chef Cariño Cortez. Besides making enough tamales to take home for the holidays, activities will include storybook reading and the drinking of hot chocolate. The class is recommended for children age five or older, and enrollment is $25.
7 pm, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
Azul Barrientos and her mother, Cuca, celebrate the beginning of Las Posadas, a novena celebrated throughout Mexico and the US beginning December 16. Enjoy music and dancing with Azul while learning about traditions, culture, and the special place in the world our peoples share.
Doors open at 7:30 pm, and tickets are $7.
Sunday, December 17
1 pm, Period Modern
From the band’s event page:
“Buttercup is hosting a psychedelic garage sale, where the band will personally sell a whole range of oddities and gems while periodically playing mind-expansive songs from deep in their catalog.
There will be a range of high quality audio gear and instruments from their personal studio for sale. The band will also be selling off pieces of Buttercup ephemera, including rare recordings, photographs, clothing, posters and tchotchkes. They will also vend quality stuff from their households.”
2—8 pm, Robot Monster Guitars
Need a decent new guitar, band gear, or gifts for a music lover? Descriptions are inadequate to convey the awesome reality of Robot Monster Guitars, and promises of “it’s gonna get crazy” have been made. Enough said, we hope.
8pm, K23 Gallery
K23 is closing.
The venue’s final show will feature psychedelic acts Future Museums, Xander Harris, and Curved Light from Baltimore, as well as an opportunity to grieve the loss.
Headline photo credit: Nan Palmero