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Though Full Goods Diner has barely been open for half a year, it has already become a San Antonio staple for working weekday lunches and lingering Sunday Fundays. Now the Pearl eatery is looking to be a hot spot after dark.

Via release, the popular local haunt just announced a new limited-time music series, Full Goods at Night. Starting on February 2, Full Goods Diner will open select evenings throughout the month.

The Full Goods at Night series will feature popular local San Antonio DJs, including El West Side Sound, Hector Gallego, DJ Plata, Steven Lee Moya, and Cami Gee. Guests can enjoy live sets while indulging in a specially curated food and drink offerings.

The menu will include some of Full Goods Diner's best—selling items, such as French toast sticks, barbacoa waffle fries, and jumbo cheesy tots. Libations like the Attaboy Negroni, Royal Bermuda Daiquiri, Pink G&T, and more will fuel the festivities.

In addition to enjoying moonlight brunch, guests can relish some prime people-watching. And, of course, the restaurant is just a hop from other nightlife destinations like Pink Hill, 3 Star Bar, and Summer Camp Bar, making it the perfect party starter.

The series runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from February 2-25, 6-10 pm. The complete DJ schedule is listed below.

February 2 — El West Side Sound·
February 3 — Hector Gallego
February 4— DJ Plata
February 9 — El West Side Sound
February 10 — Steven Lee Moya
February 11 — Cami Gee
February 16 — El West Side Sound
February 17 — Steven Lee Moya
February 18 — Hector Gallego
February 23 — El West Side Sound
February 24— Steven Lee Moya
February 25 — DJ Plata

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What's brewing in San Antonio: Microbrewery opens in Castle Hills, two brewers merge, and more news

Brewing News

Editor's Note: With a new craft beer spot popping up in San Antonio seemingly every month, it's a lot of work to track all things beer in Alamo City. Here's our roundup of everything that's brewing in San Antonio.

Thirsty Pups begins pouring beers

A new microbrewery is up and running in Castle Hills. Thirsty Pups Brewery & Bottle Shop had a soft opening September 24 at 2211 N.W. Military Hwy., Suite 130. Erik Ureta, who previously worked at Second Pitch Brewing Co. and Alamo Beer Co., is leading Thirsty Pups alongside Audra Perkins. According to Instagram, two house beers are already available: Crystal Lite West Coast IPA and Dozer’s Nitro Best Bitter. They also have guest beverages.

According to reports, Thirsty Pups will concentrate on offering beer while customers are free to bring in or order food from other providers.

Second Pitch, Longtab win gold at GABF

Four San Antonio-area breweries were awarded medals in the 2023 Great American Beer Festival held September 21-23 in Denver.

Second Pitch Beer Co.’s Hometown Lager was a gold medalist in the American amber lager category. Hometown Lager has already garnered several beer-industry awards and honors for Second Pitch.

Longtab Brewing’s DOL received a gold medal in the American-Belgian Style Ale category.

Roadmap Brewing Co.’s Derby Day received a silver medal in the historical beer category.

North of San Antonio, Blanco’s Real Ale Brewing is celebrating having won two medals: a bronze for its Cruzer in the German-style Kolsch category, and a gold for its Real Heavy in the Scotch ale category.

Alamo Beer acquires Viva Beer

The upstarts at Viva Beer have been brewing their popular products such as Amarillo Ale and Ale Niño at Alamo Beer Co.'s East San Antonio facility for more than one year.

Now, both companies are fully joining forces. Alamo’s officials announced earlier in September they were buying Viva, with an eye towards expanding the marketplace and brewing capabilities for the latter label.

Co-owners Michael "MJ" Johnson and Bobby Jones launched Viva in 2019, but reached a significant milestone when they struck a deal with Alamo for brewing operations. Johnson said in a release that a merger between the two companies is a logical next step, with continued mentorship and support from Alamo owner Eugene Simor and his team.

“Eugene has been a mentor of ours since we started. With the help of the Alamo team, we know we can continue to grow the brand throughout San Antonio and beyond,” said Johnson.

Jan Matysiak, Alamo Beer’s new vice president of operations and brewmaster, will continue producing Viva’s recipes for an even larger fan base.

“I have been really impressed with how quickly Viva has grown and how the beer has resonated with San Antonio,” Simor said.

Viva’s El Camino, which features a mobile tap system, will continue to be used for events, Viva officials said.

Big Hops Huebner lives on

There had been speculation over whether Big Hops’ Huebner Road location would be closing its doors, especially since the New Braunfels location shuttered earlier this year. But representatives of the Huebner Road storefront posted September 17 on their social media channels that the location is not closing, but rather undergoing an ownership change.

“We’re still open for business as usual with all your favorite tapmasters behind the bar. We’ll still have the same incredible craft beers we all love and a fridge full of special craft beers as well. New pint nights, trivia schedules, and events are on the way,” the post stated.

Viva Beer and Alamo Beer Co. owners

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Alamo Beer Co. owner and Viva Beer owners Michael "MJ" Johnson and Bobby Jones celebrate the announcement of their companies’ merger.

San Antonio singer owns the stage on 'The Voice,' charms all four judges

You Don't Own Her

In an episode of singing competition The Voice that aired on Monday, October 2, a singer from San Antonio wowed all four judges with a rendition of Lesley Gore's You Don't Own Me."

The song is famous for its bluesy, haunting verse, followed by a soaring chorus setting the singer's foot down. Of course, for a vocal competition, Rudi Gutierrez (who performs as Rudi) kicked things up a notch. She sang with a fuller voice than the raw original, and inserted plenty of runs to show vocal agility on top of richness.

The Voice sets the celebrity judges up facing the opposite direction of the stage, so that they can't see the singer until they're already committed to the voice. Still, it's not a completely blind competition, and Rudi looked cool in studded and sparkling denim from head to toe.

Gwen Stefani turned first, only 25 seconds in and a few words into the chorus. Since Stefani has always been a full-throated singer who goes for the drama, this was right on-brand. She said she felt "euphoria" later during the judges' reaction period.

"this sh!t is bananas," wrote Rudi on Instagram. "4 chair turn, a block, and a standing ovation?! let’s goooooo!!!!" She also shared a screenshot from 2014 professing her admiration (or something more?) for the iconic No Doubt singer.

Next Niall Horan blocked John Legend, who turned seconds later (unaware of the block), followed by Reba McEntire, who made the judges' support unanimous. Of course, Rudi chose her longtime crush Stefani as her vocal coach.

The 28-year-old singer usually records dreamy pop tracks with an R&B influence, so it'll be interesting to see how she continues to put her own spin on classic songs. She mentioned a common artistic struggle onstage — not making enough money through music alone — and shared that she'd been working at her father's auto body shop.

To see the judges' reactions and hear Rudi's audition, watch the clip on YouTube. Watch The Voice on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 pm on NBC.

Office sexual politics rear their ugly head in Netflix's Fair Play

Movie Review

The career of Alden Ehrenreich has – so far – been one without much progress. He was the star of Beautiful Creatures 10 years ago, a film that made little impact. Since then, he’s been in a Woody Allen movie, a Coen Brothers movie, and played a young Han Solo, none of which made him a star. After a few years away from movies, he’s back with a bang in 2023, with roles in Cocaine Bear, Oppenheimer, and now Netflix’s Fair Play.

Ehrenreich plays Luke, who’s in a relationship with Emily (Phoebe Dynevor), which they must keep secret because of a no-fraternization policy at the hedge fund where they both work. Working in finance, both are naturally ambitious, although Luke is a bit more naked in his desires. When Emily gets promoted ahead of Luke, he is at first is supportive, but is soon unable to hide his jealousy.

Written and directed by Chloe Domont in her feature film debut, the film tracks the devolution of Luke and Emily’s relationship, going from hot and heavy to heavily antagonistic. The sexual politics at play in the story are front and center, with Emily being the lone visible woman working in an otherwise all-male office. Luke initially bristles at whispers that Emily was promoted for reasons other than her financial skills, but working as her underling starts to bring out the worst in him.

Because Luke and Emily start the film as equals, the power dynamics take on an unusual form. Emily arguably does much more for Luke after her promotion than he would for her if the roles were reversed, sometimes to her own detriment. His blindness to her helpfulness, which eventually turns to suspicion, speaks volumes about the fragile ego of many men.

Another type of reversal is the sexuality depicted in the film. Most films of this type build up to the big sex sequences, using them as a culmination of a particular relationship. But Domont starts the film with them, and uses the absence of them later on as a way to denote how much Luke and Emily have drifted from each other.

It’s understandable why Domont set the film in a hedge fund, given the disparity between men and women in the field. But the scenes in which the employees, led by boss Campbell (Eddie Marsan), talk about the intricacies of their work just don’t pop, mostly because the dense terminology feels like the characters are speaking a foreign language.

Ehrenreich and Dynevor (best known for Bridgerton) each start off great, but as the film goes along and they’re required to get increasingly histrionic, they both become less believable. Domont saves most of the drama for the film’s final act; if the film was more balanced in its ups and downs, the two leads might have been able to even out their performances as well.

Still, the film has a propulsion to it that keeps it interesting, and the intensity of the final sequence is sufficient to forgive any earlier missteps. And, unfortunately yet again for Ehrenreich, it’s Dynevor who leaves the bigger impression, making a case that she should get many more lead roles in the future.


Fair Play is now playing in select theaters; it debuts on Netflix on October 6.

Alden Ehrenreich and Phoebe Dynevor in Fair Play

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Alden Ehrenreich and Phoebe Dynevor in Fair Play.