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San Antonio Parks Foundation presents Celebrate SA

San Antonio Parks Foundation presents Celebrate SA

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Celebrate SA, the City of San Antonio’s Official New Year’s Eve Celebration, will feature the theme of “Dancing In The Streets” for the 2022 event. The live music event and fireworks show will take place on South Alamo Street between Market Street and Cesar Chavez Blvd, along Villita Street, and at the Arneson River Theatre.

Produced by the San Antonio Parks Foundation and the City of San Antonio, the event features live entertainment on the South Alamo Main Stage by Eddie & The Valiants, John Charlie’s Heavy Love, and DJ Isaiahfromtexas.

Performing on on the Boogie Bend stage at Arneson River Theatre will be LA 45, JOAQUIN, and DJ Lovedocument.

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Black Barn Alpacas presents Holiday on the Ranch

Black Barn Alpacas will present Holiday on the Ranch with two weekends to soak in all the magic of the holidays with some of the cutest faces in Floresville.

Holiday on the Ranch will feature unique craft vendors, and kids will have the chance to deck out their bikes or wagons for a special parade, with the winner taking home a local gift card. There will also be beverages for toasting, marshmallows for roasting, and carolers singing songs that everyone knows. Santa Claus is coming to town on weekends, and he will be bringing snow flurries along with him.

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Disney On Ice presents Frozen & Encanto

Disney On Ice will present the magical adventures of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen and Encanto as they come to life like never before. This adventure on ice transports fans into two of the most popular Disney films as audiences can sing-along to their favorite songs while embracing world-class ice skating, aerial acrobatics, and more.

Audiences will see Anna, Elsa, Mirabel, and the Madrigal family live, as well as fan favorites Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy, and many more.

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Broadway's The Grinch sleds into San Antonio for a different Christmas song and dance

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Taking kids to sit on Santa’s lap is going out of style. Sorry if that’s a grinchy take, but if a man in an oversize suit is part of your holiday plans, it might as well be the Broadway take on the Grinch. The record-breaking production Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is coming to San Antonio's Majestic Theatre for a six-show stretch from November 29 to December 4.

If you’ve ever wished to see a Christmas version of Cats, this might be your Christmas miracle. It has it all: bizarre and fuzzy costumes, audience engagement, at least two iconic songs: “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome Christmas.” (Plus, you try explaining the Grinch to someone who somehow avoided the story into adulthood.)

Reviewers point out that the show does not match the movies entirely, so there is new material even for people who know the story back-to-front. Max the Dog takes on a new role as the narrator, and the Grinch’s heart is exactly its traditional size: “two sizes too small.”

The Whos appear to defend their favorite holiday in candy cane-striped costumes, and promotional videos show lots of physical stage antics like jump roping and lots of pantomiming. There is not much official information on what to expect onstage, but reviews agree that the 90-minute show is likely best suited for younger kids.

Adults will not see Matthew Morrison (Glee’s Will Schuester) as the Grinch, since Broadway in San Antonio features special touring casts. The rest of the season gives San Antonians a chance to see Broadway-level acting in Pretty Woman, R.E.S.P.E.C.T., Disney’s Aladdin, Hairspray, Chicago, To Kill A Mockingbird, Riverdance, and a rescheduled performance of Hamilton.

Tickets (starting at $45) are available at majesticempire.com, the theater box office, or by phone at 210-226-3333.

Hemisfair Holiday in the Garden & Holiday Gift Market

Hemisfair will present its annual Holiday in the Garden. Bridging holidays traditions, the event will capture the spirit of Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah with Santa and his reindeer, holiday crafts, Story Time, food and beverages, shopping at the Hemisfair Holiday Gift Market, live music and REAL snow.

The Hemisfair Holiday Gift Market will take place on both December 10 and 11.

City of Boerne presents Dickens on Main

City of Boerne will present Dickens on Main, featuring two nights of holiday fun. The historic Hill Country Mile transforms into a vintage Christmas experience, with non-stop entertainment in various holiday "villages" set up throughout the venue. The celebration’s main attractions include live music and performances, visits with Santa Claus, ice sculpting shows, children’s take-home crafts, and snow along Main Street. There will also be roving musicians, carolers, and other revelers as visitors make their way along Main enjoying the shops and restaurants.

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Legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers heat up San Antonio with 2023 tour stop

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One of alternative rock's most legendary acts is headed to San Antonio on their highly anticipated North American tour next year. Red Hot Chili Peppers will play the Alamodome on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

Kicking off in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 29, RHCP will also stop in Houston's Minute Maid Park on Thursday, May 25 to close out the North American leg of the tour before heading to Europe. Effortlessly hip modern rock band The Strokes will support the Chili Peppers on both Texas stops, along with talented bassist-vocalist Thundercat.

Tickets go on sale at 10 am Friday, December 9 online. Other supporting acts along the way include Iggy Pop, The Roots, The Mars Volta, St. Vincent, City and Colour, and King Princess.

Touring in support of their two No. 1 studio albums released in 2022, Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen, the Chili Peppers have played sold-out shows in London, Paris, Los Angeles, and more with notable artists such as A$AP Rocky, Anderson.Paak, Beck, and HAIM.

The first rock band in 17 years to score two No. 1 albums in one year, the band has been red-hot on the Billboard charts and at the MTV Video Music Awards, where they received the Global Icon Award and brought the house down with a performance of the No. 1 single “Black Summer,'' which also won the award for Best Rock Video.

Fronted by the impossibly chiseled and ageless (he's 60!) Anthony Kiedis, the Chili Peppers formed in 1983. Unabashedly proud of their LA roots, the band burst onto the scene with early singles such as "Higher Ground" and "Give It Away," both showcases of bassist Flea's slappin', funk-fueled basslines.

Throughout the peak of alternative music in the '90s, the band saw tragedy, personnel changes at guitar, and reinventions — Kiedes' rap-singing, Flea's bass grooves, and singalong choruses all constants over the decades.

While many '90s alt-rock acts fizzled, the Chili Peppers stayed relevant; the band boasts two anthemic singles with more than 1 billion streams — "Californication" and "Under the Bridge" — and more than 25 million followers on Spotify.

Expect this show to be packed with Gen Xers and new fans for what promises to be one hot minute.

Red Hot Chili Peppers 2023 tour dates:

  • Wednesday, March 29 – Vancouver – BC Place
  • Saturday, April 1 – Las Vegas – Allegiant Stadium
  • Thursday, April 6 – Fargo, North Dakota – FargoDome
  • Saturday, April 8 – Minneapolis – US Bank Stadium
  • Friday, April 14 – Syracuse, New York – JMA Wireless Dome
  • Friday, May 12 – San Diego – Snap Dragon Stadium
  • Sunday, May 14 – Phoenix – State Farm Stadium
  • Wednesday, May 17 – San Antonio – Alamodome
  • Friday, May 19 – Gulf Shores, Alabama – Hangout Music Festival
  • Thursday, May 25 – Houston – Minute Maid Park

Texas-based 3D printing company tapped by NASA to build on the moon

To infinity and beyond

An Austin-based builder of 3D-printed homes, ICON, is making one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind by signing a $57 million contract with NASA to build on the moon.

According to a release from ICON, the Texas company will soon venture into a new frontier of space dimensions. The contract, announced on November 29, was awarded to the company under NASA's Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This program allows ICON to use the $57 million award to build their Olympus system, which adds to previous construction done by both NASA and the Department of Defense for exploration of the moon and beyond.

"ICON’s Olympus system is intended to be a multi-purpose construction system primarily using local lunar and Martian resources as building materials to further the efforts of NASA as well as commercial organizations to establish a sustained lunar presence," the release stated.

The project will work in conjunction with NASA's Artemis program, which launched its first rocket in 50 years on November 15. ICON will work with the program to:

  • Use lunar regolith samples brought back from Apollo missions, in addition to other regolith simulants, to see their mechanical behavior in lunar gravity.
  • Bring advanced hardware and software into space through a lunar gravity simulation flight.
  • Create results to inform future lunar construction approaches for the space community.
  • Establish critical infrastructure necessary for a sustainable lunar economy and habitation.

“The final deliverable of this contract will be humanity’s first construction on another world, and that is going to be a pretty special achievement," said Jason Ballard, ICON co-founder and CEO.

"It's a construction system we call Olympus system that will allow us to use the local materials of the moon to build all the elements of infrastructure necessary for a lunar outpost and ultimately a moon base ... launch and landing pads, roadways, habitats, you name it, all the things on the moon," said Ballard.

He added that they hope to start building on the moon by 2026, starting with a launch and landing pad.

In addition to the grant, ICON was awarded a subcontract in 2021 to support NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate to create the world's first and only simulated 3D-printed Mars surface habitat. Called Mars Dune Alpha, it is located at NASA's Johnson Space Center and is assisting in long-duration science missions.

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6 things to know in San Antonio food right now: New beer garden quietly opens

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Editor's note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of San Antonio's restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.

Openings

The owners of Gold Feather have unofficially untapped a new venture, LadyBird Beer Garden. Although official channels are keeping details mum, a Facebook page run by landlords VLA Real Estate spilled the beans on the November 25 opening. In addition to serving craft beer, the concept at 447 W. Hildebrand Ave has a full kitchen, bar, and a small patio for enjoying the mild December weather.

Months after coyly announcing a second location, Elotitos Corn Bar sprouted a new Government Hill location on December 3. The snack shop is well known for its aguas frescas and elotes flights, offering the street food staple in various flavors. The new outpost is open Monday through Saturday, 3-9 pm.

Following the recent San Antonio expansion of Oregon-based Dutch Bros Coffee, another out-of-towner is gaining some local buzz. According to Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records, Arkansas franchise 7 Brew Coffee is brewing its first Alamo City location at 4825 Walzem Rd. Barring delays, the project will be completed in May 2023.

Pop-up concept Rose Hip Coffee has found a permanent home at 116 W. Olmos Dr. in Olmos Park. The broadened Rose Hip Market combines caffeine with boutique retail, offering everything from kid's clothes to ready-to-eat sandwiches and salads. The playful equestrian wallpaper might make it a can't-miss selfie spot.

Other news and notes

A new cocktail conference will lift San Antonio's spirits in January. The Culinaria-hosted Third Coast Cocktail Summit will feature seminars, tastings, dinners, and tipsy soirées during its five-day run from January 10-14. All-access passes are now available for $250 for industry and $500 for general admission at the nonprofit's website.

In other booze news, Kinsman's Brandy Alexander Tour is back in full swing for the holiday season. Dorćol Distilling's annual celebration of the famous desert cocktail has drafted 14 spots to offer the renowned desert cocktail this year, including several newcomers like Allora, Bar Loretta, Double Standard, Ladino, and Sojourn Trading Co. A full list of participants can be found here.