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Northside Arts, West Side Block Party And A Museum Date Night: Your Weekend's Here!

From festivals to block parties to a museum date night, there’s a lot going on around the San Antonio area this weekend.  Here's a snapshot of some of those events. 

First off tonight at the San Antonio Museum of Art discover contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art. Leslie Tolbert says tonight is Date Night.  

"It's two-for-one admission. And then there will be food and drinks and a didgeridoo player, which will be very cool--Steve Daniel--as well as a film outside on the green later in the evening."

The exhibit is divided into four thematic rooms full of art--the first, an almost religious view of the world called Dreaming.

"The second room is pieces that describe the land and feature the land. The third room has to do with ceremony, and the fourth, mortality."

She says you don't have to have a date to come--just curiosity. Then on Saturday, the Northside Arts Festival, which Scott Conway describes like this.

"It's like a mini Folklife Festival.  You can come to the show, see the dance companies perform, and then take in the festival in between, where there's games for kids, there's food and drink."

There was an online reference to Beer, Brats and Ballet. 

"You can enjoy the beer, the brats, and the Ballet--we're doing excerpts of Paquita. We also have tap numbers, Folklorico numbers, Flamenco numbers, contemporary numbers, jazz numbers."

The dancing will be done by the Alamo City Dance Company.

"It features kids pursuing ballet from 5 or 6 years of age all the way up through professional."

Also, on Saturday head to San Anto Cultural Arts on the West Side.

"We're hosting our Barrio Block Party and Art Festival on Saturday, April 8th, from 4-8p.m.

San Anto's Keli Kubonoc says it's a block party--with a twist.

"Yeah, we close down the whole block, and we cover the entire block with food vendors. And we'll also be pulling out our very special steam roll print installation."

That a machine that gets driven over paper, making large prints.

"We have giant prints that are about five by five, and bigger."

You can buy those prints, if you want. And then there's music from the legendary squeezebox queen Eva Ybarra. So what's it cost?

"It is completely free!"

Find more on SAMA's Aboriginal Art/Date Night here

Find more on the Northside Arts Festival here

Find more on San Anto Cultural Arts here