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Your Weekend Is Here: Chamber Music, 'Old School' Photography & 'Drama' Mia

A Broadway classic, a photo exhibit and chamber music — there is plenty to do this weekend.


First off, head to the Dock Space Gallery in the Lone Star Art District for its Second Saturday event. Photographer Adam Rodriguez is displaying his pictures of San Antonio’s Missions, but you've probably never seen them look the way they do there.

Credit Adam Rodriguez
Mission Espada

“I went back to old school and I'm using a 4x5 view camera. And I'm shooting it with infrared film,” he said. “I developed and processed everything from the beginning to the end process. It gives a kind of an old look to it."

IF YOU GO What: Second Saturday, Lone Star Art District Where: Dock Space Gallery When: 7 p.m. Saturday Cost: Free

Lone Star's Second Saturday events feature food trucks and drinks at the area’s restaurants. The event also pulls back the curtain, allowing visitors  into the artists’ studios.

"I'll be there Saturday night,” Rodriguez said.  


Credit Adam Rodriguez
Mission San Jose

Then, the chamber music oriented Cactus Pear Music Festival concludes its two-week run Sunday.

Music director Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio assembles a variety of accomplished musicians each summer for the festival,

The ensemble will perform at Concordia Lutheran Church on Friday and Saturday, and in Boerne at 3 p.m. on Sunday, at the First United Methodist Church.

It will be playing selections from Dvořák, Beethoven, Harbison and something new from a contemporary Mexican composer.

"We have this wonderful composer from Mexico, Juan Pablo Contreras," she said.   


Credit Courtesy Stephanie Sant' Ambrogio
Stephanie Sant' Ambrogio

This is the 22nd year Sant’Ambrogio’s Cactus Pear Music Festival has performed for chamber music lovers during the summer classical music doldrums.

IF YOU GO What: Cactus Pear Music Festival Where: Concordia Lutheran Church, Boerne’s First United Methodist Church When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday   Cost:  $25-$28

Also, running through Sunday, is the Public Theater of San Antonio’s production of “Mama Mia.”

Credit Siggi Ragnar / Contributed photo
Contributed photo
Cast of "Mama Mia."

"It's a great date night," the Public Theater’s George Green said.  "It's actually an incredible musical production."

IF YOU GO What: Mama Mia Where: San Pedro Playhouse When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Cost:  $20-$35

The Broadway hit's storyline is built around ABBA pop songs that defined 1970s radio.

"Before you know it, you're going, 'Oh wait, that's one of their songs? Oh my gosh, that's one of their songs, too?’ ” Green said. “...  The show just kinda does that to you."

“Mama Mia” plays weekends until Aug. 5.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii