Walking in a Llama Wonderland

 

I just went to Zoo Lights. It was really fun for the youngsters, as you might expect. The little llamas can run around the zoo, ride the carousel, and make cookies with Mrs. Claus. But what is there to do for a mature llama like myself?

 

Camel riding. Camel. Riding.

 

It was awesome.

 

Other super-cool mature llama things I’ve just added: Snoop Dogg next week, and John Cleese accompanying a Monty Python & The Holy Grail screening in April (on sale Friday).

 

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Remember when it snowed last week?

ICYMI: 2018 is San Antonio’s 300th Birthday

USAA Looking to Bring 1,500 MORE Jobs to SA

Rock n Roll Marathon DEALS on 12/14 only!

Aspen’s Brew is closing! So is Bagel Factory!

Yummy Mulled Wine Recipe

Yummy Chicken Pot Pie with Houston Rapper, Bun B

That annoying hippo Christmas song actually worked out for the little girl.

Have you heard of Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey? You’re welcome.

 

PSA: Hanukkah is here! It started Tuesday, Dec 12 and ends on the evening of December 20th. I’ve dug up a few things to do to celebrate.

 

The Short List:

Friday

Puro Café Coffee Meetup @ Rosella (Jones Ave) – 8am << RESCHEDULED FROM SNOWPOCALYPSE

Ugly Sweater Party @ The Ringer Pub – 10pm

Ugly Sweater and Beard Decoration Party @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Bike&Soul: Polar Bear Ride @ Alamo Ice House – 7:30pm

 

Saturday

Happy Tamale-days @ Big Hops The Bridge – 7pm

Acoustic Showcase: Josh Glenn @ Frank – 10pm

Dorcol 4-Year Anniversary Party @ Dorcol Distilling – 5pm

Paw-liday Bike Ride @ Mission County Park – 9:30a-12:30p

 

Sunday

Artisan Market @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

Miss Neesie and the Earfood Orchestra Gospel LUNCH @ The Cove – 1-3pm; NO COVER

Jazz and a Cup of Joe @ Barrio Barista – 1-3pm << BARBACOA GRILLED CHEESE

Wine N Cheese White Elephant & Blanket Drive Bike Ride @ Presa House Gallery – 11:30a-5p

 

This Week:

All Month:

Holiday Boat Caroling @ The Riverwalk – 6:15-9:30pm most nights ‘til Dec 22!

Christmas at the Caverns @ Natural Bridge Caverns – 9a-5p; $19-25

Zoo Lights @ SA Zoo – 12-9pm

Christmas Lights @ Don Strange Ranch – $15+

Holiday Night Market @ The Pearl – 4-8pm

 

All Week

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas @ Majestic Theatre – $30+ << GOING!

 

All Weekend

OPEN Holiday Market Weekend 2 @ E. Houston St

Fiesta de los Luminarias @ The Riverwalk – dusk

Holiday Pops @ Tobin Center

The Mystery of Christmas: Jazz and SA Chamber Choir @ Tobin Center

 

Thur, Dec 14:

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI OPENING NIGHT

Turnpike Troubadours @ Aztec Theatre – 7pm; $27+

Reveillon @ The Cookhouse – 7pm

Keepin’ it Real with Real Ale @ The Growler Exchange – 6pm

Holiday Block Party @ The Quarry – 6-9pm

LOOP Holiday Party @ Range – 6-9pm

Beer. Bacon. Bingo! @ Alamo Beer – 6:30-9pm

 

Fri, Dec 15:

Puro Café Coffee Meetup @ Rosella (Jones Ave) – 8am << RESCHEDULED FROM SNOWPOCALYPSE

Ugly Sweater Party @ Howl at the Moon – 6:30pm; FREE!

Ugly Sweater Party @ The Ringer Pub – 10pm

Vegan Baking with Kids @ Viva Vegeria – 6-8pm

Ray Wylie Hubbard @ Gruene Hall – 9:30pm; $20

Ugly Sweater and Beard Decoration Party @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

End of the Year @ Sancho’s – 9pm

Bike&Soul: Polar Bear Ride @ Alamo Ice House – 7:30pm

Sat, Dec 16:

Helotes Art Walk @ 14743 Old Bandera Rd – 4-9pm

Happy Tamale-days @ Big Hops The Bridge – 7pm

Kids’ Tamalada by Chef Carino Cortez @ Pico de Gallo – 10-11:30am; $25

Acoustic Showcase: Josh Glenn @ Frank – 10pm

Dylan / Petty Tribute @ The Pigpen – 7:35pm

Ugly Sweater Party @ The Block SA – 6pm

Christmas in the Park @ Live Oak Park – 6-9:30pm

Dorcol 4-Year Anniversary Party @ Dorcol Distilling – 5pm

Big Hops Huebner 4 Year Anniversary Party @ Big Hops Huebner – 6-11pm

Movies in the Park: Frozen @ Travis Park – 4-8pm

Free Outdoor Movie: Elf @ Hollywood Park – 5:30-8:30pm

Vintage Bazaar @ Holiday Inn North Hill Country – 10a-5p

Pizza Night @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Paw-liday Bike Ride @ Mission County Park – 9:30a-12:30p

 

Sun, Dec 17:

Artisan Market @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

Miss Neesie and the Earfood Orchestra Gospel LUNCH @ The Cove – 1-3pm; NO COVER

Jazz and a Cup of Joe @ Barrio Barista – 1-3pm << BARBACOA GRILLED CHEESE

Bubble Gum Share: Dranksmas @ Freetail Brewing Co (S Presa) – 12pm

Chanukah on the River @ Arneson River Theatre – 3-5:30pm

Wine N Cheese White Elephant & Blanket Drive Bike Ride @ Presa House Gallery – 11:30a-5p

 

Next Week

All Weekend:

A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Empire Theatre – 4pm; $18+

Brickmas Holiday Market @ Brick at Blue Star

SA Symphony: The Nightmare Before Christmas @ Majestic Theatre – $25-65

 

Mon, Dec 18:

Monday Night Footbal @ Burleson Yard – 7pm

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation @ Drafthouse Park North – 8pm

 

Tues, Dec 19:

Two Ton Tuesday Christmas Show @ Gruene Hall – 8:30pm; $5

Posada Pearl @ The Pearl – 6:30-9pm

Movies in the Park: Home Alone @ Travis Park – 5-9pm

Die Hard @ Drafthouse Park North – 8pm

Nightmare Before Christmas Saint Arnold Pumpkinator & Christmas Ale @ The Friendly Spot – 7-11pm

 

Wed, Dec 20:

SNOOP DOGG @ AZTEC THEATRE – 7pm; $60+ << WHATT?!

Bikes, Bars, and Stars @ Bike World (Broadway) – 7-10:30pm

Artfull Wednesday: Food for Thought: Tamales @ The McNay – 12-1pm

Drinks with Santa @ Ash Basement Bar – 8pm

Founders CBS Tapping and Trivia @ Brewer’s Grill – 6pm

Ugly Sweater Contest @ Stout House – 7:30-9:30pm

 

Thur, Dec 21:

WINTER SOLSTICE!

Saint Arnold & iRun 4K @ The Hoppy Monk – 6-9pm

Winter Craft Beer & Christmas Cookie Tasting @ The Hangar – 7-9pm

Holiday Luau @ Hot Joy – 8pm

 

Fri, Dec 22:

Spazmatics Holiday Party @ Mi Casa Tamales – 7pm; $10

Friday Night Lights (and music) @ Travis Park – 6-9pm; FREE!

 

Sat, Dec 23:

HAPPY FESTIVUS!

Celebrate Festivus @ The Friendly Spot – 7pm

Celebrate Festivus @ Pinch Boil House and Bia Bar – 5-9pm

Mural Ride: End of 2017 Ride @ SA Mural Ride – 9:30-11:30am

 

Sun, Dec 24:

CHRISTMAS EVE

It’s a Wonderful Life @ All SA Alamo Drafthouses – 7pm

Sunday Funday Xmas Eve Party @ Brass Monkey – 9pm

HEB open until 8pm (closed on Christmas Day)

 

Save the Dates

Dec 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Dec 25: Drink the Tree @ The Rustic – 6-11pm

Dec 25: Brewer’s Grill is Open at 6pm

Dec 25: Alamo Drafthouse Movies: A Christmas Story, Elf Movie Party, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Dec 26: Two Ton Tuesday Christmas Show @ Gruene Hall – 8:30pm; $5

Dec 26-28: A Christmas Story Movie Party @ Drafthouse Park North

Dec 28: The Toadies @ Aztec Theatre – 7pm; $25+

Dec 28: Alamo Bowl @ Alamodome – 8-11pm

Dec 28: Ozomatli @ Mohawk (Austin) – 7pm; $25-30

Dec 28: Holiday Craft Beer & Christmas Cookie Tasting @ Stout House – 7:30-9:30pm

Dec 30: Neon Indian @ Paper Tiger – 8pm; $23

Dec 30: Manheim Steamroller Christmas @ Majestic Theatre – 3:30pm & 8pm; $45-75

Dec 31: NYE Midnight Masquerade @ Paramour Bar – 7p-2a; $350+

Dec 31: NYE w/ Reverand Horton Heat @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8:30pm; $35+

Dec 31: NYE w/ Shiny Ribs @ Gruene Hall – 10pm; $45 << SEE WEBSITE FOR WEIRD ALCOHOL LAW

Dec 31: NYE w/ Ghostland Observatory @ Mohawk (Austin) – 8pm; $70+

Dec 31: NYE @ The Hangar – 8pm

Jan 1: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Jan 1: Hair of the Dog Day @ Gruene Hall – 12pm; FREE!

Jan 2: Tuesday Tower Run (4 miles) @ 1613 N Alamo St – 6-9pm

Jan 5-6: Tricentennial Celebration @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $25+

Jan 6: SA Coffee Festival @ La Villita – 10a-5p; $5-20 << COOL BUT SUPER CROWDED

Jan 6: Holiday Shoe & Sock Drive @ Fleet Feet Sports – 12-1pm

Jan 6: Brunch & Build @ Burleson Yard Beer Garden – 12-4pm

Jan 10-14: San Antonio Cocktail Conference @ Downtown SA

Jan 13: Hayes Carll @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $20+

Jan 13: Tour de Dream SA: Ride Through the Eastside @ Alamo Beer – 9a-2p

Jan 17: Neil DeGrasse Tyson @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $50+

Jan 24: A Night with Janis Joplin @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $37+

Jan 26: Vallejo & Ruben V @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $12

Jan 26-27: SA Symphony: Jaws in Concert @ Majestic Theatre – 7:30pm; $25-65

Jan 27: Uncle Lucius Farewell Show @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $12

Jan 31: Barry Manilow @ Majestic Theatre – 7:30pm; $60+

Feb 8: Itzhak Perlman @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $46.50+

Feb 8-25: SA Stock Show and Rodeo @ AT&T Center

Feb 9-11: Mardi Gras Artisan Show @ The Riverwalk

Feb 10: Mardi Gras River Parade @ Arneson River Theatre / The RIverwalk – 1-6pm

Feb 10: Alejandro Escovedo @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8pm; $20+

Feb 23: Open Rehearsal for Students: Bernstein & Brahm @ Tobin Center – 10a-12:30p; FREE!

Mar 12: Hotel California Live @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $25

Mar 18: A View from Above w/ Astronaut Terry Virts @ Tobin Center – 4pm; $20-45

Mar 24-25: In Bloom Music Festival @ Eleanor Tinsley Park (Houston)

Apr 4: John Cleese and screening of Monty Python & The Holy Grail @ The Majestic Theatre – 8pm

Apr 21: Jim Gaffigan @ The Majestic Theatre – 7pm & 9:30pm

Apr 26: Weird Al @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $35-55

May 1-6: The Book of Mormon @ Majestic Theatre – $35+

May 12: Dwight Yoakam @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 8:30pm; $33+

 

Running

Time to start training for those winter half marathons or the big kahunas, if you dare. Always bring an ID (and a bottle of water).

 

Local running stores:

iRun

Fleet Feet

Soler’s

Run Wild

 

Upcoming Races:

Check out the SA Road Runners (SARR)!

Texas Hill Country Half Marathon Series – 2018 – 4 races for $170

Stars at Night Half Marathon @ JW Marriott Resort Golf Course – Dec 16

Frosty Five: 5K and 5mi Fun Run @ Alamo 180 – Dec 24

Saint Arnold & iRun 4K @ The Hoppy Monk – Dec 21

La Cruda 5K @ Helotes, TX – Jan 1

River Road Run @ River Road House (New Braunfels) – Jan 6

Purgatory Trail Run @ San Marcos Greenbelt – Jan 6

Natural Bridge Caverns Trail Run 13.1 / 10K / 5K @ Natural Bridge Caverns – Feb 4

Game Day 5K & Tailgate Party @ Rockin R River Rides (Gruene) – Feb 4

Cocoa Half @ N St Mary’s – Feb 11

Freetail Brewing 5K Beer Run @ Freetail Brewery (S. Presa) – Feb 17

Austin Marathon, Half, 5K @ Downtown Austin – Feb 18

Alamo 13.1 / 26.2 @ Hemisfair Park – Mar 4

San Marbellus Half Marathon @ Tanger Outlets (San Marcos) – Mar 11

5th Annual Helotes Beer Garden Run @ Old Town Helotes – Mar 24

Wanderlust Run 5K / 10K / 13.1 @ Fredericksburg, TX – Apr 7

River City Half Marathon @ Salado Creek – Apr 8

Carnival of Venice Night Run 5K / 10K / 13.1 @ Brackenridge Golf Course – Apr 27

San Antonio Adventure Race @ OP Schnabel Park – May 19