If you’re looking for something to do this weekend I've been on the prowl, and have some ideas. First off, why be restrained to just staying in San Antonio when you can go interstellar? San Antonio Symphony’s President David Gross explains.
“The Symphony is presenting music from John Williams. Star Wars, Superman, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List—all these great sound tracks.”
I asked "The dress code is going to be a bit lax this weekend?" Gross chuckled.
"I believe we’re going to have some visitors dressed up as Star Wars characters and we’ll be encouraging our audience to be doing the same.”
That’s Friday and Saturday nights at the Tobin Center. Noon to five on Saturday you can head past Southtown to The Linda Pace Foundation’s gallery called SPACE to see a New York Artist with San Antonio roots.
“There is a good level of wit in Alejandro Diaz’s work!” Kathryn Kanjo laughed. She should know. She's the exhibit's Curator. Then she got real specific in her description of his work.
“But I would also say that there is a generosity to the wit—it’s not just snarky for the sake of being snarky. I think his work puts forward his interest in both kind of high and low cultures.”
Sculptures, painting and it has this added bonus: to get to the gallery you have to walk through tiny, beautiful Chris Park—a semi-hidden south side gem. Then on Memorial Day afternoon it’s Echale!
“Echale is a Latin Music Series that we started in 2011.”
The Pearl’s Elizabeth Fauerso. They feature Latin Alternative music, taking cumbia or conjunto styles as a basis “…and then flipping it on its head by including electronic music, deejays, mashing stuff up.”
Yes, there will be food trucks, crafts booths and plenty more.
“The thing that I always emphasize about Echale is that it’s great for the whole family.”
And in case of rain, most of the space is covered by Highway 281--it's held underneath the freeway at the Pearl.
We’ve more on the music of John Williams here.
We've more on the Alejandro Diaz exhibit here.
We've more on Echale here.