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Fiesta Events Day 2: April 20th

Tuesday April 17, 2012

Fiesta

Day 2! Fiesta's first Friday is chock-full of options including some event faves like Oyster Bake and Taste of New Orleans!  Take a look at Friday's roster below.  Viva Fiesta!

Witte Museum Annual Fiesta Exhibition
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
3801 Broadway
This exhibit will run through July 31st, featuring the artistic, gorgeous coronation gowns from years past.  More than 170 gowns are on display. Free with museum admission.

Fiesta Flower Show (final day)
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
1717 San Pedro
Now in its 99th year, the Fiesta Flower Show will showcase creative fresh and dried floral arrangements and displays.  Youth exhibits will also be featured.

Tejano Explosion
5:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Cattleman's Square at Houston & Frio
This is the first day of an 11 day party.  Tejano Explosion will feature bands playing Tejano, Conjnto, Cumbias, Polkas, R&B and more.   For more information, call 210-227-1177.

Fiesta Carnival
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Alamodome Parking Lot C, 100 Montana
The Fiesta Carnival runs through the 29th at the Alamodome Parking Lot. Admission is free.

Fiesta Art League Exhibit and Sale
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Alamo Plaza
Enjoy and purchase a variety of locally made art, from paintings, pottery, prints and more.

Fiesta Especial
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Rackspace Parking Lot, 5000 Walzem
Celebrate San Antonio's special needs community with this family-friendly event for all ages.  Fiesta Especial includes virtual rides, games, crafts, food and entertainment.  Admission is $5 per person.

Fiesta de los Reyes
10 a.m. - Midnight
Market Square, 514 Commerce
It's one of the biggest FREE Fiesta events each year.  Enjoy a variety of live music, food booths and treats at Fiesta de los Reyes.  There is also a kiddie play area and games.

Fiesta UTSA
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
UTSA Sombrilla, at the Loop 1604 Campus
This fundraiser for the University of Texas at San Antonio combines live performances, food, games and more, brought to you by various student-run organizations. Free admission.

Fiesta Oyster Bake
5 p.m. - 11 p.m
St. Mary's University, One Camino Santa Maria
Since 1916, the Oyster Bake has been one of Fiesta's most popular celebrations.  Now in its 96th year, The bake features over 60 food booths, including serving up 100,000 oysters. Live music stages keep the party going on the St. Mary's campus. $18 in advance; $20 at the gate.  Children 12 and under are free.

A Taste of New Orleans
5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunken Garden Theater, Brackenridge
It's the Big Easy in the Alamo City! Enjoy Cajun cuisine, jazz, zydeco and R&B music at the Taste of New Orleans.  Secured play areas are available for children.  Advanced tickets can be purchased at all area HEB stores for $10; $12 at the gate.

Fiesta del Rey: Crown the King
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Main Plaza in front of San Fernando Cathedral
Mariachis, folklorico dancers and charros will part of the festivities surrounding the crowning of "the People's King," el Rey Feo.  Admission is free.

El Rey Feo Reception
7 p.m, - Midnight
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 Market St.  River-level Grotto
In honor of the new King, a royal reception featuring Fiesta Royalty and City leaders. Admission is $50. Call 210-403-9001 for more information.

WEBB Party
7:30 p.m. - Midnight
Lamberton Estate, 950 East Grayson
The finest in San Antonio cuisine takes center stage at the WEBB Party, which benefits the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.   Enjoy live entertainment and a silent auction. $75 in advance; $90 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased at the Fiesta Store.

Fiesta Pops
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston
The San Antonio Symphony captures the flavor of Fiesta with a variety of sounds and musical guests.  Tickets range from $10 - $60.  Call 210-554-1010 for more information.

Fiesta Masked Ball
8 p.m. - Midnight
Villita Assembly Building, 401 Villita St.
Urban 15 brings you an electrifying carnival-style event.  Dance to Latin American rhythms all night look while incognito.  This masked ball encourages imagination and creativity; costume contest included! $30 per person; for more information call 210-736-1500.

Fiesta Masquerade Party
8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Airport Doubletree, 37 NE Loop 410
Now in its 11th year, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity brings you the Fiesta Masquerade Ball.  This multicultural celebration will feature a variety of musical entertainment including Ol' School Rap, Reggae, Salsa and more.  Festive outfits with Fiesta flare are highly encouraged.  $25 in advance; $30 at the door.  Call 210-863-0601 for more information.

Photo (c) Fiesta Commission

Fiesta 2012 Events Day 1: April 19th

Monday April 16, 2012

Fiesta

San Antonio is ready for the biggest party of the year!  Fiesta 2012!  Here's a list of scheduled events for day 1 below:

Witte Museum Annual Fiesta Exhibition
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
3801 Broadway
This exhibit will run through July 31st, featuring the artistic, gorgeous coronation gowns from years past.  More than 170 gowns are on display. Free with museum admission.

Fiesta Flower Show
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
1717 San Pedro
Now in its 99th year, the Fiesta Flower Show will showcase creative fresh and dried floral arrangements and displays.  Youth exhibits will also be featured.

Tejano Explosion
5:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Cattleman's Square at Houston & Frio
This is the first day of an 11 day party.  Tejano Explosion will feature bands playing Tejano, Conjnto, Cumbias, Polkas, R&B and more.   For more information, call 210-227-1177.

Fiesta Festival Opening Ceremony
5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Alamo Plaza
Fiesta Fiesta at the Alamo is the big kick-off to all the festivities! Bring your medals and your spirit for a lively opening ceremony, with live music, Fiesta royalty and more.

Fiesta Carnival
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Alamodome Parking Lot C, 100 Montana
The Fiesta Carnival runs through the 29th at the Alamodome Parking Lot, and actually opens a day early on April 18th at 5 p.m.! Admission is free.


Fiesta Mobile on Your Phone

Monday April 16, 2012

Mobile Phone

It's one of the nation's biggest festivals and fundraisers.  10 days and 100 events - all sponsored by either a non-profit or military organization.  Fiesta 2012 kicks off April 19th through the 29th across San Antonio. Now you can have all the Fiesta action at your fingertips.

Just text FIESTA to 45384 and you can access a free Fiesta mobile website with your phone.  You can also access the Fiesta Commission website at www.fiesta-sa.org.  Keep checking back in for a day-by-day rundown of the festivities.  Viva Fiesta!

Photo (c) Jakub K.

City of San Antonio Fiesta Medal Now on Sale

Sunday April 15, 2012

Fiesta

Fiesta 2012 kicks off this week and with it comes medal fever!  The City of San Antonio has unveiled its new medal for the season.  The new, limited edition medal will be sold for $5 plus tax at the Fiesta store on Broadway or at the City's Visitor's Information Center at Alamo Plaza.

The City of San Antonio Visitor Information Center is located at 317 Alamo Plaza; the Fiesta Store at 2611 Broadway.   For more information, call 207-6966 or visit www.sahearts.com. The Office of Cultural Affairs says this year's medal will highlight the important role of arts and culture during the 10 day event.

Photo (c) Fiesta Commission



Picture Your World Youth Photography Contest

Sunday April 1, 2012

Green Spaces

Explore the wonders of nature from behind the camera lens ...
Children who have an interest in photography, now have a chance to showcase their work and bring awareness to the environment at the same time.  Entries are now being accepted for The Picture Your World Youth Photography Contest, presented by the Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas.

Professional photographers will judge photos in two categories: ages 8 -12 and ages 13- 18. $1,200 in cash prizes will be awarded, along with a chance to be featured inside the Witte Museum. Non-returnable images must be submitted, with $15 entry fee, by Wednesday, April 18th by 5 p.m.  Jpegs and tiffs are preferred via email or CD; in 10x13 inches and 300 dpi. They cannot be digitally enhanced; cropping and minor adjustments to color, contrast and brightness are allowed.

Photographs can represent nature and the environment in any of the following area counties: Bexar, Kendall, Comal, Guadalupe, Wilson, Atascosa, Medina, and Bandera. Participants must also include a photographer photo with their submission.  To learn more, call 210-222-8430 or log on to www.greensatx.org.

Photo (c) Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas



Meet-up at the Movies: The Grateful Dead

Sunday April 1, 2012

Grateful Dead

Dead Heads take note!  On Thursday, April 19th, the second annual Grateful Dead Meet-up At the Movies will take place at three local theatres.  Fans will be treated to never-before-seen concert footage that was recorded back on July 18, 1989.  The two-and-a-half concert at the Alpine Valley Theatre will include favorite songs including "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Sugar Magnolia."  The presentation will also reveal some rare photos of the band.

Participating Theatres:

CNK    McCreeless Mall  
4221 S New Braunfels Ave     
7:00 p.m.

RGL    Cielo Vista 18       
2828 Cinema Rdg                   
7:00 p.m.

RGL    Fiesta 16 Theatres  
12631 Vance Jackson Rd        
7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at these theatre box offices or online at www.FathomEvents.com.

Photo (c) PalZoo

The Salsa Project:Tito Puente Birthday Celebration

Sunday April 1, 2012

Tito Puente Jr

Tickets are now on sale for The Salsa Project: Tito Puente Birthday Celebration, presented by ARTS San Antonio.  The event on Saturday April 21st, will feature members from the Tito Puente Alumni All Stars including special guest, Tito Puente Jr.  It will take place at the Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel on 110 Lexington Avenue inside the Romeo and Juliet Room.

Tickets are $20 per person prior to the event; $30 at the door.  The concert and dance kicks off at 7:30 p.m.  To order tickets call 210-226-2891 or log on to ArtsSA.org.

Photo (c) ARTS San Antonio

New Buzz at the San Antonio Zoo

Sunday March 25, 2012

Monkey

There's are a few new additions to the San Antonio Zoo!  The zoo welcomes a pair of howler monkeys!   Native to South America, these "howlers" and are known for their signature guttural call to announce their location. You'll also get to see two new Sumatran tigers, new Mexican giant horned lizards and new cuttlefish at the Aquarium. The Zoo has also reopened its Caterpillar Flight School exhibit, a journey into the butterfly world!

Admission Information:

Children 3 - 11: $9.50.
Children under 2: FREE
Visitors 12 and up: $12.
Seniors 62+:  $9.50
Family memberships: $70

Learn more at sazoo-aq.org.


Photo (c) San Antonio Zoo



The Elephant Man Now Playing in S.A.

Sunday March 25, 2012

Elephant Man

The Winner of 1979 Tony Award for Best Play has arrived in San Antonio.   The Elephant Man is now playing at the Cameo Theatre through April 7th. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights with a matinee on Sunday.

Based on the life of John Merrick in nineteenth century London, The Elephant Man follows the life of the young man who suffered from a rare skin and bone disease that left him horribly deformed.  Merrick would later become the star in traveling side shows.

Ticket Prices:
Adults $29
Seniors $25
Students $20
Children 12 and under $15
Student/Military Rush day of show $15

The Cameo Theatre is located in the historic St. Paul's Square at 1123 E Commerce Street.
Learn more at www.cameocenter.com or by calling (210) 212-5454.  Group rates are available by calling (210) 325 8702.

Photo (c) Tony Awards

Grant for Local Film Industry

Sunday March 25, 2012

clapboard

The City of San Antonio is trying to stimulate the local film industry, with a new Filmmakers Grant.  The $25,000 grant by the Office of Cultural Affairs will help produce feature-length films in the Alamo City.

"San Antonio has a great wellspring of creative talent, particularly when it comes to filmmaking," Mayor Julián Castro said. "This is a positive investment that will increase the exposure of the local film industry and the many talented individuals who are involved with it."

Interested filmmakers must have a project in the pre-production stage with $25,000 in funding commitments.  Grant applicants must submit by June 8, 2012 A selection panel of motion picture experts will review each application and rate them on : Artistic & Production Excellence, Commercial Viability, and Financial Position.

"Support for local feature films is important because it develops long-term production relationships," said San Antonio Film Commission Director Drew Mayer-Oakes, "relationships that are necessary to maintain and grow the industry locally."

For more information about the Local Filmmakers Grant, log on to sahearts.com or contact Sebastian Guajardo at the Office of Cultural Affairs at 210.207.5798 or e-mail sebastian.guajardo@sanantonio.gov.

Photo (c) Andrzej Gdula

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