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Live music, a dance party, and glowing monster trucks are the perfect reasons to keep your schedule clear for the next several days. Groove to local music at the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival, or enjoy the comedy talents of George Lopez and Paul Reiser live. Check out the top seven things to do in San Antonio this weekend. For a complete list of events, go to our calendar.

Thursday, July 27

Roger Creager in concert
Country music star Roger Creager performs live at Gruene Hall this weekend only. Creager is best known for hits like “Rancho Grande” and “Fun All Wrong” and has released seven albums in his career, including the 2014 project, Road Show. To get details on ticket availability, visit gruenehall.com.

Friday, July 28

Balcones Heights Jazz Festival
The city’s most beloved jazz festival returns for one day only on Friday. This year’s lineup at Wonderland of the Americas includes performances by headliners Marion Meadows and San Antonio Transit. For a full performance schedule, go to bhtx.gov. Festival admission is free and open to the public.

George Lopez
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George Lopez brings his "Alllriiiighhttt!" tour show to Majestic Theatre.

"George Lopez: Alllriiiighhttt!"
Actor and comedian George Lopez brings new stand-up material to live audiences for back-to-back nights at Majestic Theatre. Lopez became a household name during the longtime run of his eponymous mid-2000s TV sitcom. He makes a two-day stop in San Antonio in support of his "Alllriiiighhttt!" tour. For more details, go to Ticketmaster.

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club presents Paul Reiser
Funnyman Paul Reiser begins a brief stand-up stint at the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club. Aside from becoming a comedy legend and being named one of Comedy Central's "Top 100 Comedians of All Time,” Reiser is a multi-talented entertainer and is also known as an actor, television writer, author, and musician. Get tickets at improvtx.com.

Le Petite Fete presents "Euphoric Summer: A Euphoria Rave"
Don your best rave attire and glittering makeup for an evening of euphoric entertainment at Vibes Event Center. This summer sendoff rave features glitter, sequins, and more aesthetics inspired by the hit HBO drama, Euphoria. Partygoers can enjoy a live DJ set including songs from artists such as Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, Post Malone, Labrinth, Lizzo, and more. Get your tickets on Eventbrite.

Saturday, July 29

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Glow Party
Gear up for a three-day performance featuring an iconic lineup of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks and illuminated flair at AT&T Center. Additional highlights include laser light shows, toy giveaways, a dance party, and a special appearance from the transforming robot MegaSaurus. Guests who arrive early can take part in the "Crash Zone Pre-Show Party," which allows access to the competition floor and an opportunity to stock up on souvenir merchandise. Visit attcenter.com for more information.

Ryan Bingham in concert with The Texas Gentlemen and Jamestown Revival
Country music crooner Ryan Bingham brings his music to the stage at Whitewater Amphitheater for two back-to-back nights. The artist and actor known for his role on the hit Paramount Network drama series Yellowstone comes to the San Antonio area in support of his entire catalog, which includes the 2019 album, American Love Song. The Texas Gentlemen and Jamestown Revival will join Bingham as special guests. Get ticket details at whitewaterrocks.com.

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Here are the top 7 things to do in San Antonio this weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Silver screens and big stages are having major moments on our agenda in the days to come. Settle in for film screenings at the return of CineFestival or catch Peso Pluma in concert. Check out the top seven things to do in San Antonio this weekend. For a complete list of events, visit our calendar.

Thursday, July 13

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents CineFestival San Antonio
This year’s CineFestival San Antonio features an extended program for film fans of the Alamo City and beyond. Film festival highlights include 31 screenings, 15 feature films, and 99 short films. Attendees can enjoy a special 30th-anniversary screening of Blood In, Blood Out, directed by Taylor Hackford on opening day, and the San Antonio premiere of the documentary Going Varsity in Mariachi, directed by Alejandra Vasquez and Sam Osborn on closing night. Programming continues through July 16. Admission is free and open to all ages. For a full schedule of events and ticket information, go to guadalupeculturalarts.org.

Friday, July 14

The Great Divide in concert
Gruene Hall welcomes country music group The Great Divide to the stage. The group known for songs such as “Pour Me a Vacation” and “Never Could” comes to the San Antonio area in support of their 2022 album, Providence. Get more show details at gruenehall.thundertix.com.

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club presents Mike Epps
Actor, comedian, and longtime entertainer Mike Epps comes to San Antonio to flex his stand-up chops. He’s best known for his role as Day-Day Jones in the Friday series and for his appearance in The Hangover, as “Black Doug.” For a full list of shows and ticket availability information, go to improvtx.com.

Saturday, July 15

The Shops at La Cantera presents the Bastille Day French Festival
Celebrate Bastille Day in full, French-inspired flair at The Shops at La Cantera. The all-day festival will feature a pétanque tournament (like bocce) of 22 Texas-based teams as the cornerstone event. Drinks and small bites from San Antonio eateries including Sur La Table, Mon Chou Chou, and Luciano’s will be available for purchase. Get a full schedule of events on frenchfestivalofsanantonio.com. Admission is free and open to the public.

Solas Dance Theatre presents A Midsummer Night's Dream
The whimsical Shakespearean play A Midsummer Night's Dream undergoes a retelling through contemporary ballet at this special production. Solas Dance Theatre performers will bring the timeless and nostalgic story to life with two consecutive shows that all ages can enjoy. For tickets and more details, visit the dance troupe's website.

Dean Z: The Ultimate Elvis in concert
Groove to the timeless top hits of Elvis Presley at this high-energy tribute concert. The Charline McCombs Empire Theatre stage will set the scene for a musical journey through Elvis’ 20-year career, including moments from his infamous Las Vegas performances of the 1970s. Fans can expect a production supported by 11-piece band with a horn section, background vocals, and video content. Get more details on Ticketmaster.

Sunday, July 16

Dean Z
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Charline McCombs Empire Theatre presents Dean Z: The Ultimate Elvis on July 15.

Peso Pluma in concert
Mexican rapper Peso Pluma performs live in concert at AT&T Center for one night only. Pluma is known in the Latin music industry for chart-topping songs such as “Por Las Noches” and “Chanel.” He brings his "Doble P" tour to San Antonio in support of his 2022 album, Sembrando. Select your seats on Ticketmaster.

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Here are the top 6 things to do in San Antonio this weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Live music is the name of the game in the days ahead in Alamo City and beyond. See a show by Marca MP, Gary P. Nunn, or Amanda Shired and Asleep At the Wheel. Check out the top six things to do in San Antonio this weekend. For a complete list of events, visit our calendar.

Thursday, July 6

McNay Art Museum presents "Off the Wall: Posters as Art”
The McNay Art Museum’s exhibition showcasing the art of posters as portrayed through Art Deco techniques, graphic design, typography, and more, enters its final month on display. This selection includes posters created using modern lithographic processes, which hail from iconic poster artists including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Aristide Bruant, and Ben Shahn. For ticket information, go to mcnayart.org.

Friday, July 7

Joey McIntyre in concert
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts hosts singer-songwriter Joey McIntyre for one night only. The Broadway star and acclaimed entertainer makes a stop in San Antonio in support of his Solo Joe tour. Fans can expect a bevy of songs from his 40-year career and an evening of high-energy fun. For more information, visit tobincenter.org.

Marca MP
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Marca MP performs live in concert on July 8.

Saturday, July 8

Little Flower Basilica presents a Basilica Heritage Tour
Discover the rich history of Little Flower Basilica and the lives of its Discalced Carmelite saints during this exclusive, expert-led tour. Guests can view special areas of the basilica and receive key historical information about the hallowed site. Regular tour offerings are scheduled through November 11. Tour admission is free and open to the public.

Gary P. Nunn in concert
Country music star Gary P. Nunn graces the stage at Gruene Hall. The singer known for hit songs like “Austin Pickers” and “London Homesick Blues (Home with the Armadillo)” comes to the New Braunfels venue in support of his 2020 album, Lost & Found '79. Get tickets at gruenehall.com.

Marca MP in concert
Super popular regional Mexican group Marca MP comes to San Antonio this weekend to perform live in concert. The California-based group is best known for its blend of banda, mariachi, and ranchera styles in their songs. For more information about the show at Majestic Theatre, go to Ticketmaster.

Sunday, July 9

Amanda Shires and Asleep at the Wheel in concert
Grammy-winning artists Asleep At the Wheel and Amanda Shires come together on stage at Gruene Hall for an evening of live music. Shires will perform a special concert in honor of her dear friend and late pianist Bobbie Nelson. Fans can expect a selection of prerecorded songs from the forthcoming album, Loving You, a collaborative project with Shires and Nelson on the setlist. Get tickets at gruenehall.thundertix.com.

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Here are the top 7 things to do in San Antonio this holiday weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Live concerts, patriotic performances, a hit Broadway musical are making the case for freeing up our agenda in the days to come. See the musical Hamilton at Majestic Theatre, or enjoy a concert performed by youth mariachi vocalists as part of the Mariachi Extravaganza Summer Recital. For a complete list of events, visit our calendar.

Thursday, June 29

Broadway in San Antonio: Hamilton
The hit Broadway musical about the life and legacy of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton ends its Majestic Theatre residency this weekend. Audiences will experience a genre-blending score with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda about the story of America at the time of the country’s founding with a present-day twist. Performances are scheduled through July 2. Splurge on tickets to this can’t-miss show at sanantonio.broadway.com.

Saturday, June 30

San Antonio Museum of Art presents "Still Brewing Art"
Reflect on San Antonio’s rich history as a brewing city by way of nostalgic beer-inspired artwork at the San Antonio Museum of Art. The exhibition features historic photographs and belle époque large format brewery posters that harken back to the early days of Lone Star Brewery, which now houses the museum on its grounds. For more information, go to samuseum.org.

Tobin Center's Generation NEXT present Mariachi Extravaganza Summer Recital
Some of mariachi music’s youngest and most-decorated vocalists will compete for their chance at the title of Grand Champion Vocal winner at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Highlights of the recital include solos by finalists and winners from the 28th Annual Mariachi Extravaganza National Vocal Competition. Additional programming includes a 50-person young mariachi choir and a look at traditional garments, for an evening of rich culture and elegant performance art. For more information, go to mariachimusic.com.

Saturday, July 1

The Overtime Theater presents The Mountain King
The Western story of Dakota Territory mountain men in 1876 takes The Overtime Theater stage for its final two performances. The Lemuel Mitchell production consists of two acts and follows the unlikely duo of main characters on their journey through the badlands. Get tickets at theovertimetheatre.org.

Sunday, July 2

McNay Art Museum presents "Womanish: Audacious, Courageous, Willful Art"
Enjoy the final day of an exhibition featuring women artists and their work at McNay Art Museum. Guests will have the opportunity to view art from more than 70 artists spanning nearly a century. Showcased mediums include portraiture, abstraction, landscapes, and more. Get museum entry information at mcnayart.org.

Boerne Concert Band presents Independence Day Concert
Venture outside of the Alamo City to the neighboring city of Boerne for a patriotic display of live music ahead of the 4th of July. This show features a setlist of family-friendly tunes that have become synonymous with America, performed by the Boerne Concert Band. Admission is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to Boerne High School.

Dale Watson and His Lone Stars in concert
Singer Dale Watson and His Lone Stars hit the stage at Gruene Hall for one night only. The group, led by one of Austin's longstanding country stars, comes to New Braunfels in support of their 2021 album, Dale Watson Presents The Memphians. Get ticket details at gruenehall.com.

Hamilton: An American Musical
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Broadway San Antonio presents Hamilton now through July 2.

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Here are the top 7 things to do in San Antonio this weekend

Weekend Event Guide

Musical moments are certain to fill the air in the Alamo City for the next several days. Catch songstress Erykah Badu in concert or catch a Ryan Adams & The Cardinals show. Fiesta Noche del Rio promises ample dance and musical performances for the entire family to enjoy. Check out the top seven things to do in San Antonio this weekend. For a full list of events, go to our calendar.

Thursday, June 8

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals in concert
Americana music stars Ryan Adams & The Cardinals return to Austin for a live show at The Espee. Fans of the “Now That You’re Gone” band can expect the same hits with a new line-up of Adams, Brad Pemberton, Chris Stills, Daniel Clarke, and Don Was. Get seating information on Ticketmaster.

Friday, June 9

Broadway in San Antonio presents Riverdance
Irish dancing takes center stage at Majestic Theatre. Audiences will enjoy a production complete with traditional music and Riverdance’s famous style of energy and rhythmic expression. Shows are scheduled through June 11. Explore ticket availability at broadway.com.

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts presents Dreamgirls
Free movie nights continue at The Plaza at the Tobin Center with this week’s screening of the 2006 film Dreamgirls, starring Jennifer Hudson. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged for a more comfortable viewing experience. A full bar and concessions will be available onsite. Admission to this screening is free and open to the public.

Alamo Kiwanis Club presents "Fiesta Noche del Rio"
The Alamo Kiwanis Club hosts the Fiesta Noche del Rio series for another summer season at Arneson River Theatre. Highlights include mariachis, flamenco guitar, dancing, costumes, food, and more. Get tickets and a full series schedule at fiestanochesa.com.

Saturday, June 10

Briscoe Western Art Museum presents Masoud Yasami's cloud painting workshop
Painter Masoud Yasami engages in conversation and guided instruction at this special evening of art. Registration includes supplies for the session and the chance to glean expert guidance on painting clouds. This event is open to participants of all skill levels. Sign up for the session at briscoemuseum.org.

Sunday, June 11

National Geographic Live: Cosmic Adventures with Tracy Drain
Get lost in scientifically-backed stories of the cosmos as told by aerospace engineer Tracy Drain. Guests will learn about Drain’s engineering challenges and scientific discoveries from the Kepler mission, as well as exclusive accounts of the Psyche mission. For ticket information visit tobincenter.org.

Erykah Badu in concert
Erykah Badu, widely known as the “Queen of Neo Soul,” performs live in concert at the AT&T Center. The voice of chart-topping songs such as “Bag Lady” and “Didn’t Cha Know” makes a stop in San Antonio in support of her Unfollow Me tour. She will be joined by Yasiin Bey. Get more information on Ticketmaster.

Erykah Badu
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Erykah Badu will play in San Antonio on June 11.
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New San Marcos restaurant ventures through Texan cuisine with South African and Chinese twists

Around the world in 80 dishes

Sometimes you don't have to plan a pricey trip to travel around the world — all you have to do is drive to San Marcos, thanks to the new internationally flavored cuisine at Tarbox & Brown, open now.

Located inside Kissing Tree, a 55+ community (but don't worry, anyone can dine at Tarbox & Brown), the complex's newest signature restaurant boasts a seasonal rotating menu of dishes inspired by executive chef Chanel Beattie's life growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Beijing, China.

Disy by Tarbox & Brown in San Marcos

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The menu at Tarbox & Brown is sometimes quaint and Texan, and sometimes a bit more international.

Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Tarbox & Brown's name is a nod to the historic Brown and Tarbox Stagecoach Line, a crucial method of delivering communications between Austin and San Antonio back in the early 1800s.

“When creating the menu for Tarbox & Brown, I wanted to share dishes people hadn't experienced yet while also including some familiar favorites," said Beattie in a news release. "We’ll have Asian and Texan dishes, and some French-influenced items, as well. I, of course, also want to add some South African flavor. My team has so many recipes and treats for you to try, and we can’t wait for you to try them all."

For example, Beattie's South African Prego rolls — a steak-centric dish with spicy peri-peri sauce, tomatoes, red onions, leafy greens, and freshly baked bread — may broaden some diners' horizons (especially with the extremely reasonable $16 price tag). There will also be more standard burgers, sandwiches, and grilled cheeses on the menu.

Some nice details that sets Tarbox & Brown's menu apart include a complimentary cup of coffee with each order off of the breakfast menu, and affordable lunch options. T&B's serves multiple meal options priced under $20.

More reasonably priced, international meals with a Texas twang include a New Zealand spring rack of lamb served with honey butter rolls ($36); a 12-ounce Maple Bourbon ribeye served up with mashed potatoes and roasted seasonal vegetables ($33); and vegetarian options like an asparagus and mushroom risotto ($20).

The drink menu also follows a merciful pricing structure, with every signature cocktail coming in at $10 or less, including a white wine-based sangria and a tequila-based cocktail called the "Texas Valley Girl" that is essentially a sweetened paloma.

Having previously served as the executive chef at the four-star Michelangelo Hotel in New York City, chef Beattie also brings extensive baking experience to her tenure as Tarbox & Brown.

Tarbox & Brown is located at 201 Kissing Tree Ln., Bldg. 5, in San Marcos. Breakfast is served daily from 7-11 am, followed by a daily lunch service at different times: Saturday through Tuesday from 11 am-6 pm, and Wednesday through Friday from 11 am-4 pm. Right now, dinner service is only Wednesday through Friday, from 5-8 pm.

More information is available at tarboxandbrown.com. Reserve by calling 512-749-1031 and selecting extension 2.

Art Institutes college chain shuts down all campuses, including San Antonio

Education News

In tragic news for higher education, the Art Institutes, a network of colleges in eight cities around the U.S. including Dallas, is shutting down all campuses as of September 30.

The organization announced its closure with short notice on September 22 via an email sent out to staff and students, attributing the close to "external and internal" events over the past 10 years, including COVID-19.

They called the closure the result of "a culmination of events over the past decade, both external and internal to the campus operations. ... The colleges, which already were dealing with the legacy challenges that arose under prior ownership, were unable to absorb the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on schools teaching hands-on and equipment-intensive programs such as culinary arts and fashion design.”

Students were advised to review their contact information on the institute's portal and update mailing addresses if needed, as well as download their student ledger and unofficial transcript.

Academic and financial aid staff will be available on campus through the end of 2023.

"Due to the timing of this decision, The Art Institutes have not had sufficient time to engage with other colleges and universities in their respective markets to sign formal agreements for students to transfer and continue their studies elsewhere," they said in a statement. "The Art Institutes are working with state agencies and The Art Institutes' accrediting agency, Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, to identify appropriate academic transfer opportunities for students affected by this closure."

The closures affect all of the remaining eight campuses:

  • Miami International University of Art & Design
  • The Art Institute of Atlanta
  • The Art Institute of Austin, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston
  • The Art Institute of Dallas, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design
  • The Art Institute of Houston
  • The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston
  • The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design
  • The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Although the announcement was abrupt, the Atlanta campus had been listed for lease on September 5, according to CoStar.

At one point, the organization had dozens of campuses across the U.S., but in recent years had endured instability, including two changes in ownership since 2017 and legal troubles over student loans.

According to Higher Ed Dive, their troubles go back a decade to their former owner, the for-profit Education Management Corp, who closed 15 locations before selling off the rest to the Dream Center Foundation, a faith-based organization that set it up as a nonprofit.

The email further states that "The Art Institute colleges were once were part of one of the largest providers of career education in the U.S. and were an important source of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary professionals to fulfill the needs of the local and national employers who sought out Art Institute graduates. Since its founding, The Art Institutes, individually and collectively, provided an academic experience for students who sought education in academic disciplines based in creativity, innovation, and emerging technology. This closure does not diminish the many and varied contributions that The Art Institutes have made to higher education and the knowledge and skills that alumni have taken into their respective fields of culinary, design, fashion, and media following graduation."

Country's largest hot springs pool complex plans for Dallas debut

Wellness wonderland

San Antonio has its fair share of spas, but no relaxation beats the novelty of kicking back in a different city. Those willing to take a drive for a luxurious weekend always have the Hill Country and Dallas as options, and soon there will be a new wellness spa-amusement park: WorldSprings, a nine-acre outdoor mineral springs experience, will debut in the latter city in spring 2024.

According to a release, it will be WorldSprings' first location in Texas and the largest experience of its kind in the country.

"With pools inspired by the most famous hot springs from around the world, guests can explore WorldSprings’ 45 outdoor soaking pools including cold-plunge pools, Finnish saunas, and a spa which will include wellness therapies as well as a cafe and bar," says the release.

Specific highlights of the experience will include:

  • The Family Pool, the Dead Sea Float Pool and South Pacific Region mineral pools for all ages
  • The Asiatic, European, and Americas region mineral pools for those 18 years old and up
  • More pools, with temperatures that range from warm to hot and from cool to ice cold
  • The Spa, with a menu of body treatments and massages
  • The Sanctuary, offering sound baths and yoga, breathwork, and guided meditation classes
  • Aqua classes, including Aqua Aerobics, Aqua Sculpt, Aqua Yoga and Aqua Float
  • Performance-enhancing treatments including cryotherapy, hyperbaric chambers, and compression therapy
  • WorldSprings Café, from which guests can order food and drinks poolside with their smartphones and pay with a wristband

WorldSprings Grandscape The ColonyThere'll be adults-only pools and family-friendly pools.Rendering courtesy of WorldSprings

The wellness offerings were created by WorldSprings' in-house functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Sara Gottfried, the release says.

Of course, there are not actual hot springs located beneath Grandscape. Each pool will be "meticulously crafted to mirror the mineral content of legendary springs from around the world," explains WorldSprings.

Memberships and three-hour passes will be available, "priced for all to enjoy as a weekly ritual for well-being," they say, although pricing has not yet been disclosed. A limited number of discounted Founding Memberships will be available starting early next year.

”Our ambition is that WorldSprings will democratize wellness by opening locations throughout the country,” says Rob Kramer, managing partner of WorldSprings' owner Off Road Capital, in the release.

The Dallas-area park follows locations in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and a similar concept in La Verkin, Utah, near Zion National Park.

Anticipated opening date is March 2024.

WorldSprings GrandscapeA spa will offer massages and body treatments.Rendering courtesy of WorldSprings

WorldSprings Grandscape will be at 3240 Plano Pkwy., The Colony, joining the booming 433-acre center that includes not only shopping and dining but an escape room, immersive entertainment venue, amphitheater, and more.

"Bringing WorldSprings to this ideal location is a remarkable milestone,” says Justin Foley, general manager of the upcoming Grandscape location, in the release. “As general manager, I'm honored and excited to be a part of such an amazing community and to unveil an exclusive outdoor mineral springs experience – a first of its kind destination in Texas."