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Arts & Culture

Foodie Cinema; Chocolate Fest; Common Currents; & Opera: Your Weekend's Here!

From a food-centric Cinematic piece to a new arts exhibit to a chocolate festival, there's plenty to sink your teeth into this weekend.

First off, head tonight to the San Antonio Botanical Garden for something called Foodie Cinema.

"Our in-staff chef, Dave (Terrazas), is going to be hosting a perfect date night for couples to come out and screen the movie 'Chocolat,' " said the Botanical Garden’s Connie Swann.

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Chef Dave Terrazas

The evening will start with wine and chocolate, and some wandering through the nearby culinary garden, where Swann said the herbs in the food will probably come from.

"We have so much that's growing right now in the garden," she said.

Then comes food inspired by the movie itself.

"Anytime you see scenes from the film and they show food, that's what's going to be Chef Dave's inspiration for he what he's serving tonight," she said.

IF YOU GO What: Foodie Cinema Where: San Antonio Botanical Garden When: 6 p.m. Friday Cost:  $35
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Chocolate Festival

Then, on Saturday, Public Relations Manager for City Center Kelly Saunders said you should come downtown Saturday at Market Square for a chocolate festival.

"We'll have several vendors there with local and regional chocolate for you to taste and sample and buy.” she said. “And we'll also have live entertainment and arts and crafts vendors and food booths, and shopping as well."

The event is free to enter.

IF YOU GO What: Chocolate Festival Where: Market Square downtown When: noon to 6 p.m. Saturday Cost:  free

Then, Blue Star Contemporary will unveil its Common Currents exhibit.

“If they come they can see  50 years of San Antonio history as represented by San Antonio artists, of a big variety of media,” Executive Director Mary Heathcott said.

Common Currents is a Tricentennial Arts initiative to filter the city’s history through art. Three hundred San Antonio artists were asked to interpret one year each.

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"We're really honored to be opening new work that's representative of the years 1768 through 1817 as told by our San Antonio artists," Heathcott said.

Heathcott said the Blue Star's Southtown riverside location offers more than just taking in art.

“Get a bite to eat; get a B-Cycle; go on the river; visit the Missions; make a whole day of it,” she said.

IF YOU GO What: Blue Star Contemporary Where: Blue Star Arts Complex on S. Alamo St. When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Cost:  $5 suggested

Through Sunday, Alamo City Opera stages “A Little Night Music.”

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"This is a really cool project for us. It's one of Stephen Sondheim's ultimate hits,” music director Kristin Roach said. “It's a fantastic combination of musical theater, and the best of opera."

The production has its roots in the 1955 Ingmar Bergman film, “Smiles of a Summer Night.”

"We trace the lives of several couples as they fall in and out of love, as their marriages grow closer or farther apart, through the generations (and), of course, includes the famous song 'Send In The Clowns,' " Roach said.

IF YOU GO What: Alamo City Opera’s “A Little Night Music” Where: Buena Vista Theater, UTSA’s downtown campus When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday Cost:  $15-$50

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org