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SAMMinistries will present the 22nd Annual Empty Bowls where visitors can get hand-crafted bowls and mugs, created by the artists from the San Antonio Potters Guild, the San Antonio Glass Art Guild, and the Alamo Woodturners Association.

With a purchase of a bowl or mug, visitors will receive a bowl of soup and a piece of bread. This small meal serves to make the community mindful of the homeless people in the community who often go hungry every day. The event includes live music, a silent auction, food, fun, and fellowship.

Children's Heart Foundation presents San Antonio Congenital Heart Walk

Children's Heart Foundation will present San Antonio Congenital Heart Walk, featuring family-friendly activities games, music, entertainment, refreshments, peace and remembrance, research remarks, acknowledgements, and the Walk.

The event supports the Children’s Heart Foundation’s mission of funding the most promising congenital heart defect research.

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San Antonio Food Bank presents Harvest of Hope Brunch & Silent Auction

The San Antonio Food Bank will present its 24th annual Harvest of Hope Brunch & Silent Auction. A diverse group of culinarians join forces with the San Antonio Food Bank to create a festive environment to kick off a season of harvest. The culinary experience is also complemented by an extensive silent auction.

Proceeds from the event support the San Antonio Food Bank; every $1 generated will provide seven meals to individuals in need.

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Endeavors presents Veterans Day Run

As part of the official Military City USA celebrations, Endeavors will present the second annual San Antonio Veterans Day Run. The event includes a 10K, 5K and 2K walk/run to benefit veterans, surviving spouses, and military families served by Endeavors.

Children under the age of 10 run for free with a paid adult. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for organizations.

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Homegrown Chef​ presents Burger Showdown 3.0

Homegrown Chef will present its annual burger competition, Burger Showdown 3.0, featuring top San Antonio chefs. The event is always a community fundraiser focused on food, and this year funds raised will go towards the San Antonio Food Bank.

Besides 10 one-of-a-kind gourmet sliders, Homegrown Chef will be making fresh-fried French Fries and freshly baked cookies will be provided by Texas Cookie Shop.

This is an audience-voted competition. Guests get to vote for their favorite burger and the 1st Place Winning Chef will be awarded a cash prize, along with a trophy. Second and Third Place Winners will also receive a trophy.

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Trinity Oaks presents 10th Annual Under the Oaks Gala

The 10th Annual Under the Oaks Gala is a night of celebration in support of Trinity Oaks programs for underprivileged kids, terminally ill children and combat veterans in the community. This year’s Gala will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5:00 p.m. at La Vilita Assembly Hall on San Antonio’s scenic River Walk.

This year’s Gala will feature live music, an open bar, food catered by Black Tie, raffles, games, an extensive silent auction, and a live auction. All proceeds from this event will bring vital funds and support to the Trinity Oaks programs and services it provides.

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San Antonio Missions hit home run with new owners, 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's minor league baseball team scores new owners, including Texas sports legends. San Antonio's minor league baseball team is back to being locally owned — by some big names.

2. H-E-B unveils new line of merchandise for super fans, available exclusively at this store. Kerrville was chosen to launch the company's new line of H-E-B-branded merchandise, in celebration of its 117th anniversary and in honor of its first store.

3. San Antonio market continues to see prices going up and sales going down. San Antonio home sales dropped 19 percent from October 2021.

4. San Antonio Rodeo wrangles even more musical acts for star-studded 2023. Turnpike Troubadours joined the already impressive lineup for the 2023 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

5. San Antonio children's theater adapts timeless children's book for the holidays. Magik Theatre celebrates The Velveteen Rabbit as a Christmas story, with inclusive special performances.

Steven Spielberg opens up personal history in The Fabelmans

Movie Review

For over 40 years, director Steven Spielberg has been delivering some of the most popular blockbuster movies of all time as well as a bevy of Oscar-quality dramas, a combination that’s unique to him. For his latest, The Fabelmans, he’s decided to go more personal than ever, telling a thinly-veiled version of his own childhood.

Sammy (played mostly by Gabriel LaBelle) is one of four children – and the only son – of Mitzi (Michelle Williams), a concert pianist, and Burt Fabelman (Paul Dano), a computer engineer. From an early age, Sammy is enthralled by the art of filmmaking, first remaking a train crash sequence from The Greatest Show on Earth, and gradually moving on to more adventurous stories.

Burt’s advancing career, which moves the family from New Jersey to Arizona to California, causes stress for various members of the family, most notably Sammy and Mitzi. Sammy must deal with anti-Semitic bullies, while Mitzi falls deeper into a mental health crisis. Sammy’s movies continually offer a respite for the family, though, giving him a creative outlet and the rest of them a chance to forget their troubles for a while.

Written by Spielberg – his first writing effort since 2001’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence – and Tony Kushner, the film is heavy on emotions but presented in a way that those feelings don’t always translate. Spielberg is no stranger to depicting fraught family situations in his long career, but in showing ones from his own family, it feels like he pulled back, not wanting the scenes to be overwrought or schmaltzy.

The result is a story that isn’t as universal as some of his other films. As the film is told from Sammy’s perspective, it’s easy to get caught up in his pursuits and various discoveries as he gets older. The mindsets of the rest of the family are less clear, even though his parents and sisters are ever-present. Mitzi’s state of mind is a concern from the start, but it’s not always treated as such by other important characters.

Just as Sammy’s movies are an escape for his family, so too are they some of the best parts of the film. Sammy figuring out the process and secrets of filmmaking is informative and often thrilling, especially if you’re a cinephile. Spielberg has been considered a master for so long that watching him revisit the days when he was learning as he went is catnip for movie lovers.

In addition to being a dead ringer for a teenage Spielberg, LaBelle is a fantastic actor. It’s no easy feat to carry a movie on your shoulders, and LaBelle makes the assignment look easy. Williams’ performance will likely be more polarizing; she employs a very mannered speech pattern that works in some situations, but not all. The film also includes memorable short appearances by Seth Rogen, Judd Hirsch, and David Lynch.

Spielberg has provided the moviegoing public with such pleasure over the years that he deserves to have a movie that’s mostly for him. The initial viewing of The Fabelmans left this critic wanting, but perhaps it will gain more traction on a second screening.

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The Fabelmans is now playing in theaters.

Photo by Merie Weismuller Wallace/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment

Gabriel LaBelle in The Fabelmans

New self-guided tour showcases iconic Fort Worth Stockyards' many Hollywood ties

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A new self-guided tour showcasing the Fort Worth Stockyards’ many star-studded appearances in cinema throughout the years recently debuted in time for the 16th annual Lone Star Film Festival, which took place earlier this month in the Stockyards for the first time.

Called Stars of the Stockyards, the eight-stop, go-at-your-own pace walking tour guides folks to famous film sites where celebrities have stepped foot in front of Hollywood cameras. Visitors to the Stockyards can access the PDF tour map on their smart phones via QR codes (no app required) posted throughout the district, namely at hotels and tour kiosks.

"The Stockyards is a historic and celebrated destination for many reasons, but one that may be lesser known is its popularity as a filming location for some of our favorite movies and TV series," said Ethan Cartwright, VP of marketing for Stockyards Heritage Development Co.

The tour and corresponding QR codes are a permanent addition to the district, he said.

Stops on the map include the iconic White Elephant Saloon, a hotbed for Hollywood performances including several by legendary actor and martial artist Chuck Norris in the longtime TV series, Walker, Texas Ranger when the watering hole was portrayed as the fictional CD Bar. The White Elephant was also graced by country music superstar Tim McGraw and Academy Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton for their appearances in Paramount Plus’ hit series 1883.

Also in 1883 and featured on the tour is Hookers Grill, hidden in the less flashy West side of Exchange Ave. The burger shack transformed into a gambling den in the show called The Texas House of Liquor & Sport. It’s the only building in the Stockyards that preserved the façade constructed by 1883’s production team. During operating hours, customers can order at the outdoor burger window and dine at patio tables within the two-story structure.

Cowtown Coliseum is marked on the map for its appearances in the 1983 film Tough Enough, where actor Dennis Quaid played an amateur boxer. It’s also the home of the final rodeo scene in the 1992 movie Pure Country starring country music legend George Strait.

Billy Bob’s Texas, the Stockyards Hotel, and even unassuming historic cattle pens also make the list on the tour, along with notations for the Texas Trail of Fame, which features more than 240 bronze markers honoring contributors for preserving and perpetuating the Western way of life.

Veteran actors Sam Elliot and Robert Duvall, both stars in the megahit TV series Yellowstone, are among the most recent Texas Trail of Fame inductees.

For more information and to get started on the tour, go here.