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We Sail On In Darkness tells the stories of four female Catholic mystics and four Desert Mothers. Weaving visions and reality, it is a piece of physical theater that blends music, movement, puppetry, and narrative to take the audience on a journey highlighting the strong, courageous voices of women.

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The Company Theatre presents The Groucho Show

The Company Theatre will present The Groucho Show, featuring master comedian Groucho Marx (award-winning actor J. Damian Gillen) in a fast-paced romantic comedy tribute, packed with stories, songs, dances, romances, improvs, and inspired audience interactions. The show co-stars Heather Kelley.

The Mariachi buffet includes cheese tex-mex enchiladas, crispy beef tacos (accompanied with lettuce, tomato, and shredded cheese), spanish rice, refried beans, pico de gallo, chips, salsa and a non-alcoholic beverage.

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Tobin Center for the Performing Arts presents The Thorn

The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn combines dance, martial arts, aerial acrobatics, and emotionally powerful performances.

The Overtime Theater presents Seeing the Egg-riss

In Seeing the Egg-riss, Brandon Northrup is determined to help Joel Fields, who is terminally ill, see a side-show from a long lost carnival. His only clue is that the show was called the "Egg-riss." Brandon finds the old carnival owner to explain what the mystery show was. The hunt for the "Egg-riss" and helping a dying stranger is too much for Brandon to ignore until both his job and his personal life try to force him back into his lane.

David Gonzalez: The Boy Who Could Sing Pictures

David Gonzalez presents The Boy Who Could Sing Pictures, the story of Luca, son of the Bustelo-the-Jester, in which he discovers his gift of magical song. The adventure follows Luca through a summer-long tour of surprises and wonders, and reaches a climax with a fateful encounter with the evil ministers “Reducto” and “Canoli.” Luca learns to trust his talents as he saves the day and the kingdom too.

The production is based on the book by Seymour Leichman and features the music of Villa-Lobos, Piazzola, Bach, Beethoven, and Daniel Kelly. The show also features Nina Nails It, Gonzalez's interpretation of a Persian tale in which a savvy girl teaches a wizard where his true heart resides.

Popular play about history-making walk-out stages limited San Antonio run

Touring Theater Announcement

A popular play based on an important event in Texas history is coming to San Antonio, from the Dallas theater company that originally created and produced it.

Called Crystal City 1969, the play is based on the true story of Chicano students in South Texas who walked out of class and into civil rights history.

On December 9, 1969, Crystal City High School students Severita Lara, Diana Serna, and Mario Treviño led a historic walkout that inspired local Mexican Americans to run for political office.

When those candidates won a majority on the school board in 1970, institutional changes were implemented to Crystals City’s educational system, including requiring all students K-12 to learn to read, write, and speak Spanish. The move inspired educators across the country to integrate bilingual education in their schools.

The play itself is bilingual — English and Spanish — and was written by Mario Treviño's relative, Raul Treviño, and Cara Mia Theatre executive artistic director David Lozano, who also directs the production.

Cara Mia Theatre premiered Crystal City 1969 in 2009 and has revived the popular show several times, including a recent run in November and December 2022.

Now it's coming to San Antonio, which only about two hours from where the show is set.

The play will run for one week at the historic Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, from January 19-22, 2023.

General admission tickets are $15, students are $10, and patrons 60-plus are free with the discount code GONZABA. Tickets can be purchased here.

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

Hot Headlines

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

OONCE OONCE OONCE

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

CULINARY INNOVATION

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.