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All eyes are center stage thanks to this list of music-forward performances in the next few days. See Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in concert or enjoy lights and lasers accompanied by the music of Pink Floyd. Check out the top five things to do in San Antonio this weekend. For a full listing of events, go to our calendar.

Friday, January 27

The Public Theater of San Antonio presents Nina Simone: Four Women
Experience the gripping and personal journey of four women and their individual experiences with colorism through the lens of Nina Simone’s music. This production at The Public Theater of San Antonio will examine how Simone’s songs related to the struggles, suffering, and healing of a group of Black women living in the throes of the Civil Rights Era. Shows are scheduled through February 12.

AT&T Center presents Jo Koy
Stand-up comedian Joy Koy brings fresh material to the AT&T Center. Since his humble beginnings performing at a Las Vegas coffee house, Koy was a regular panelist on E!’s late night show Chelsea Lately, and is best known for his specials on Comedy Central and Netflix. Visit the ticketing website for more information.

The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
The multimedia laser and light show featuring master recordings of Pink Floyd illuminates the Majestic Theatre for one night only. This production includes a combination of classic hits and cutting-edge effects for an immersive experience and the ultimate fan event. Get ticketing information here.

Saturday, January 28

The Fab Four in concert
Premiere tribute band The Fab Four reimagines some of the most iconic Beatles performances for a live audience. The Emmy Award-winning foursome will take fans through every era of the Beatles’ career with a production that features three costume changes and countless renditions to songs such as “Hey Jude,” ‘Twist And Shout,” and “Yesterday.” This show is suitable for audiences of all ages.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in concert
Fans will get the chance to experience a collection of songs by legendary group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons performed live in concert. The Majestic Theatre show will feature timeless hits such as “Sherry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” for an unforgettable evening. For seating options and ticket availability, click here.

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Premiere tribute band The Fab Four reimagines some of the most iconic Beatles performances.

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San Antonio Home & Garden Show returns with HGTV star


Almost everyone has something they'd like to change in their home. It could be a threadbare beige carpet in the bathroom soaking up stray glops of Garnier Fructis. Perhaps it's a Tuscan kitchen that's one breadstick short of announcing, "when you're here, you're family." Luckily, the San Antonio Spring Home & Garden Show will soon be back to provide plenty of inspiration.

The family-friendly exhibition will be returning to the Alamodome February 24-26 with hundreds of experts showcasing up-to-the-minute home products and services. Real estate developer and media personality Ati Williams will headline and maybe spill some behind-the-scenes tea on HGTV's popular DC Flippers.

Other diversions include live painting from aerosol portrait artist ShenShen210, interactive gardening advice from Gardening Volunteers of South Texas, and spring tablescape workshops from Jordylolo Events. The main stage also offers practical guidance on subjects ranging from trending design ideas to solar power.

The event also recognizes that kids can only endure so many discussions of artificial turf before getting fidgety. Under the guidance of pros, the younger set can complete their own DIY project at the Home Depot Children's Workshop. Though the show hasn't announced specifics yet, the final creations are sure to be more impressive than summer camp pinch pots.

And should the shaggiest and scaliest family members feel left out, guests can discover an array of products at PETopia. Fuzzy friends will also be available for adoption throughout the event. And, of course, there will be tasty treats for all at the venue's food court.

Advance adult admission is $9 online through February 23 and $11 once the show starts. Community heroes with valid IDs will be welcome free of charge on special promotional days. Hero day invites active military personnel, veterans, and first responders to experience the event on February 24, and Teacher Day thanks teachers and faculty on February 26.

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Here are the top 5 things to do in San Antonio this weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Music and motorsports are at the top of our agenda for the days to come in Alamo City. See the hit musical Rent live at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, or watch high-speed stunts when Monster Jam takes over the Alamodome. Check out the top five things to do in San Antonio this weekend. For more event listings, go to our calendar.

Thursday, January 19

Cirque Italia presents Nitro Extreme Motor Stunt Show
Acrobatics and engines collide at this high-speed Cirque Italia production. This show will feature a barrage of movie-level automobile stunts like two-wheeled driving, epic jumps, motorcycle tricks, and more — all accompanied by perfectly timed pyrotechnic explosions for an incredible experience. Get more information on the event website.

San Antonio Broadway Theatre presents Rent
The groundbreaking story of young artists struggling to make it big in New York’s Lower East Side amid the HIV/AIDS epidemic is back on stage this weekend only. Audiences can expect the endearing and heartbreaking tale that follows the lives of memorable characters like Roger, Mini, Tom, and Angel. Seating for all shows is still available.

Friday, January 20

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club presents T.J. Miller
Comedian T.J. Miller brings his brand of humor to Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club. He’s best known for his starring roles in Silicon Valley, Big Hero 6, Deadpool, and Deadpool 2. Get your table tickets here. Shows are scheduled through January 22.

Saturday, January 21

Broadway in San Antonio: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
The incredible life and musical legacy of Aretha Franklin come to life on the Majestic Theatre stage for one night only. Guests can journey through the Queen of Soul’s discography and rise to the top of the charts with a setlist of songs including “Natural Woman,” “Think,” and “Chain of Fools” among many others. For ticket availability, click here.

Monster Jam
Gear up for an evening of gravity-defying action and high-fueled fun when Monster Jams pulls into the Alamodome this weekend only. The two-day event will feature 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks competing in speed and skill challenges. For more information on the all-star line up and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

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Monster Jam comes to the Alamodome this weekend.

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Here are the top 5 things to do in San Antonio this weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Live entertainment is the name of the game for the next several days in Alamo City. See Pretty Woman: The Musical or catch singer Fantasia in concert. Swanky spirit-inspired parties and live comedy offer alternative outing options. Check out the top five things to do in San Antonio this weekend. For more listings, go to our events calendar.

Thursday, January 12

Broadway in San Antonio: Pretty Woman: The Musical
The beloved Hollywood romance story of an unexpected pairing comes to life at Majestic Theatre. This endearing and timeless production is directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell and features the original score by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. For more information, check out our previous coverage or visit the ticketing website.

Third Coast Cocktail Summit by Culinaria
Sip and discover the inner workings of the beverage industry at this new cocktail event. The five-day agenda features culinary pop-up activations, seminars, parties, dinners, and more hosted at San Antonio’s best eateries, speakeasies, and bars. For a full schedule of events and to purchase event passes, go to the Third Coast Cocktail Summit website.

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club presents Michael Rapaport
Comedian and actor Michael Rapaport comes to the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club for a short run of performances this weekend only. His on-screen credits span three decades and surpass more than 60 films including Higher Learning, Deep Blue Sea, and True Romance. Tickets for all showtimes are available.

Friday, January 13

Fantasia in concert
R&B songstress Fantasia comes to San Antonio in support of her national tour. Since her rise to stardom as a contestant on American Idol, the superstar has released seven albums, including 2019’s Sketchbook. For more information about the show at Tech Port Center + Arena, click here.

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Relive the Hollywood rom-com legend in this new musical.

Sunday, January 15

National Geographic Live: Untamed with Filipe DeAndrade
Digital show personality and filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade will share his story and love of animals with a live audience at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. He’s best known for his starring role on the Nat Geo series, Untamed. Tickets are available for purchase here


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Here are the top 5 things to do in San Antonio this weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Kick off the year with a newfound interest in local entertainment ranging from live music to fine art. Catch guitarist Ottmar Liebert live in concert, or explore cultural commentary at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Check out the top five things to do in San Antonio this weekend. For more event listings, go to our calendar.

Friday, January 6

Presa House Gallery presents Jesus Treviño: "Phantom in the Headlights" opening reception
Presa House Gallery’s 2023 schedule is celebrated with the debut of Texas-based artist Jesus Treviño’s exhibition, "Phantom in the Headlights." Guests can explore Treviño’s personal traumatic experiences as conveyed through a selection of paintings and objects collected from the artist’s family business grounds. Opening reception admission is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on display through February 18.

Saturday, January 7

Squeezebox Bandits in concert
Gruene Hall welcomes DFW-based honky tonk band Squeezebox Bandits to the stage for one night only. The group comes to the San Antonio area in support of their new album, Check To Check. For ticket availability, click here.

Ottmar Liebert in concert with Luna Negra
German guitarist Ottmar Libert and his band Luna Negra perform live at Carver Community Cultural Center. He makes a stop in San Antonio in support of his newest album, Bare Wood 2. For seating options, visit the ticketing website.

Sunday, January 8

Witte Museum presents "National Geographic's Monster Fish"
Don’t miss your last chance to discover and learn about the many different giant fish occupying the world’s rivers at The Witte Museum. This National Geographic exhibit showcases a variety of fish ranging from rare to local while exploring conservation efforts, their impact on the ecosystem, and cultural significance. Purchase museum tickets here.

San Antonio Museum of Art presents "Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche"
Explore and unpack the historical and cultural legacy of La Malinche, the enslaved Indigenous girl who served as a translator and cultural interpreter for Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, at the San Antonio Museum of Art. This new exhibition is a comprehensive visual exploration of Malinche’s impact from both Mexican and American perspectives. The exhibition is on display through January 8.

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Squeezebox Bandits play at Gruene Hall this weekend.

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Here are the top 5 things to do in San Antonio this New Year's weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Cap off 2022 by enjoying all the entertainment that Alamo City has to offer. Catch some college football at the Alamodome or groove into the new year with jazz and R&B music courtesy of The Strong Group Association. Check out the top five things to do in San Antonio this New Year’s weekend. For even more New Year's Eve picks, go here.

Thursday, December 29

Home Free in concert
Country a cappella group Home Free performs live at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts as part of their Family Christmas tour. Fans can expect a packed setlist with songs from their catalog as well as selections from their latest album, So Long Dixie. Get ticket information here.

Valero Alamo Bowl: Texas vs. Washington
College football comes to the Alamodome for this year’s edition of the Valero Alamo Bowl. Fans can cheer on the Texas Longhorns of the Big 12 Conference and the Washington Huskies of the Pac-12 Conference in this highly anticipated finale to the season. Go to the ticketing website for seating availability.

Laugh Out Loud San Antonio presents Shuler King
Comedian and funeral director Shuler King brings his comedic stylings to the Alamo City for one weekend of back-to-back shows. He’s best known for his uniquely raw social media comedy and his hilarious and viral takes on everyday events that he delivers from the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Shows are scheduled through December 31.

Friday, December 30

Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve – the Best of TSO & More
The iconic Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to San Antonio in support of its 2022 winter tour for back-to-back shows in one day. Audiences will enjoy an updated presentation of this musical holiday tradition complete with rock opera favorites like "O’ Come All Ye Faithful” and "Good King Joy.” The orchestra will also perform a second set featuring additional hits including “Wizards In Winter,” “A Mad Russian’s Christmas,” and more. Get tickets here.

Saturday, December 31

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Trans-Siberian Orcherstra in concert

The Strong Group Association presents 22nd Annual New Year's Eve Gala
Ring in the new year with help from renowned R&B and jazz artists at the Embassy Suites by Hilton at Brooks City Base. Guests will celebrate the last night of 2022 with performances by Althea Rene & Band and Monica Love & The Love Notes. Additional highlights include a live DJ set, a cash bar, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast. For more information and to buy tickets, check out the event website.

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San Antonio suburb among the richest places in Texas for 2023, plus more top stories

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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. San Antonio suburb cashes in among the richest places in Texas for 2023. Alamo Heights has been renamed the third richest place in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

2. San Antonio home sales slowed in December 2022, report finds. San Antonio sold 36,477 homes all year, a 10 percent decrease from 2021.

3. Here are the top 5 things to do in San Antonio this weekend. Nina Simone, Pink Floyd, the Beatles and more music-centered events made our roundup of the best things to do in Alamo City this weekend.

4. San Antonio Home & Garden Show returns with HGTV star. Ati Williams will headline the San Antonio Spring Home & Garden Show, which takes place February 24-26.

5. H-E-B opens first location in growing San Antonio suburb. The state-of-the-art facility offers 110,000 square feet of floor space, providing everything from cat food to charcuterie.

Popular Pearl brunch spot remixes with new weekend DJ nights


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

4 San Antonio culinary pioneers win $21K from the Texas Food & Wine Alliance


Texas’ skyrocketing culinary scene is about to get a huge boost. The Texas Food & Wine Alliance’s grant program has awarded $107,500 to 19 culinary innovators around the state. This marks the Alliance’s 11th year providing funding to support culinary projects contributing to local communities.

The award winners were announced in a ceremony at Austin's Holdsworth Center on January 21. A private panel of distinguished culinary experts chose the winners out of 40 grant applications this year. Nine winners hail from Austin, three from Dallas-Fort Worth, three from Houston, and four from San Antonio. The awards range from $1,500 to $10,000, with a special $25,000 grant investment from Austin favorite Tito’s Handmade Vodka in honor of the company’s 25th anniversary. Grant funding will support chefs, farms, and culinary education groups, among others.

Out of the four San Antonio area winners, Talking Tree Farm received the most from the grant program, $6,250 to purchase shipping containers for storage and to buy a solar-powered cold room for their harvests. John Marshall High School’s culinary arts program will use their $5,000 grant to establish a morning café. Agricultural project Habitable Spaces and pasture-raised chicken farm Cielito Lindo Farm also won $5,000 each to purchase equipment or build infrastructure to further their endeavors in the culinary space.

Austin-area winners received the most funding from the grant program, totalling $53,750, while San Antonio winners received $21,250 in total. Dallas/Fort Worth winners were awarded $19,750, and the three Houston recipients won $12,750. All of the 2022 winners reflect just how diverse the state's trailblazing culinary scene continues to expand.

“All of this year’s funded projects will further enrich the state through innovation and giveback,” said Erika White, executive director of the Alliance. “We’re extremely grateful to each of the Texas communities, our sponsors and their support in allowing us to reward these mold-breaking projects.”

In Austin, organic farm Trosi Farms was awarded the most funding ($10,000), which will help construct a germination shed for more stable plant start production. Locavore pioneer Boggy Creek Farm won $7,500 in grants to provide ADA-compliant accessibility to their new climate-controlled Tomato House, while Texas’ first organic feed mill, Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill & Farm, received $6,250 to help purchase a building to be used as a store for the local community.

The six other Austin area grant recipients, each winning $5,000, include Vista Farms at Vista Brewing, Jamaican family business Tierra Todun ATX, coffee roasters Rising Tide Roast Collaborative, culinary educator Chef Pascal Simon from Bake Austin, East Austin food truck Community Vegan, and Latinx pastry project Comadre Panaderia (who also just earned a James Beard nomination). All winners will be able to use their grants to improve efficiency and expand their businesses, or in Chef Pascal's case, further research and development for her upcoming cookbook for Gen-Z young adults.

After starting the program in Austin, grant co-chair and TFWA past president Cathy Cochran-Lewis says it was the Alliance’s dream to expand the grant statewide.

“We’re so humbled and thrilled to now not only support worthwhile projects across Texas but also to give more than a half million dollars in funding over the last decade to help dreams come true,” she says. “This is a tribute to the culinary talent and the community mindset we are lucky to have in our state.”

The winners in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas include:

For this year's Honorable Mention, the Alliance chose San Antonio eatery Tacos Cucuy, who will soon open a brick-and-mortar space with an expanded menu. Tacos Cucuy are currently looking for support to develop a Tex-Mex charcuterie program called La Cura Carnes Especiales.

More information about the 2022 grants and its recipients can be found on texasfoodandwinealliance.org.