Happy Birthday to Llama!

 

The Social Llama is having a birthday party, and you’re invited!

 

The fluffy beast with an appetite for fun and a pallet for fine refreshment turns one year old, and we’re celebrating in style on May 30th at Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling.

 

The party will run from 5 to 9 pm with custom llama cookies, live music, a food truck, balloons, birthday cake and, for the first 30 guests, a Ranger Creek + The Social Llama mason jar beverage glass.

 

You’ll have no trouble filling your new glass because the fine folks at Ranger Creek will also be mixing the latest Llama libation, The Hoppin’ Llama.

 

Here’s the Facebook event page so you can RSVP, keep up with the latest deets, and share with your friends!

 

See y’all there.

 

My picks for the week:

Puro Café is back in action! Join us for a cup (or three) of truly amazing coffee at Brown Coffee Friday morning at 8am. You’ll find me there!

 

It’s also First Friday, which means there’s a party in Southtown. Enjoy the last bits of nice spring weather strolling South Alamo St, or chill out on the river a bit north of downtown, and watch The Producers at the Tobin Center Riverwalk Plaza.

 

Saturday is Derby Day. Find a big hat and watch the race at the Brooklynite! Don’t drink too many mint juleps, though, because there are a few great shows just a smidge outside of town that night. Kacey Musgraves is playing Floore’s (Cheer on the drummer, he’s awesome!), Robert Earl Keen is playing Gruene Hall, and The Georges will be at Phoenix Saloon. Many many more activities on Saturday… check’em out below!

 

For Sunday, I totes recommend the Crawfish Boil at Ranger Creek. I’d go myself, but I’ll be busy getting mud in my fur.

 

And finally, the first of many plugs for TEDx San Antonio. It’s our locally organized TED events (Yep, TED, as in TED talks. Not the guy from Cheers or a talking bear.) and the organization needs volunteers year round. Get on it!

 

This Week

All Weekend:

Tough Mudder Central Texas @ McMahan Ranch << GOING!

Evelyn Glennie @ Tobin Center – $25 (Fri & Sat)

Cinco de Derby @ St. Anthony Hotel – $40

Hill Country Film Festival @ Fredericksburg

Cornyval @ Helotes

 

Wed, Apr 29:

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Dinner Party @ Drafthouse Stone Oak – 7pm

 

Thur Apr 30:

Asleep at the Wheel @ Gruene Hall – 8pm << PLAYING FRIDAY TOO!

Mega Corazon (Poetry!) @ URBAN-15 – 4-10pm

St. Arnold Bishop’s Barrel 9 Release Party @ Big Hops (All Locations) – 7pm

Zarabande Trio @ Carmen’s de la Calle – 8:30pm

Havana Hi-Fi @ Hotel Havana – 7-10pm

 

Fri, May 1:

Puro Café Meetup @ Brown – 8am << GOING!

First Friday in Southtown!

Ghost Light: Cinema on the Plaza (The Producers) – 6pm; FREE!

Pints & Pies: Strawberry Milk Stout @ Big Hops (Broadway) – 7pm

 

Sat, May 2:

Alamo Beer Co 5K Run @ Alamo Beer Co

Heal the Soul 5K/10K Trail Run @ Joshua Springs Park (Comfort)

KENTUCKY DERBY!

Kentucky Derby Social @ The Brooklynite – 4pm

Robert Earl Keen @ Gruene Hall – 9pm; $50

Kacey Musgraves @ Floore’s – 9pm; $23+

The Georges @ Phoenix Saloon – 9pm; FREE!

Santo de Mayo & Ale Wagger Appreciation @ Big Hops (The Bridge) – 3pm

Wein & Saengerfest @ New Braunfels

Reckless Kelly @ The Aztec – 8pm; $20+

SA River Foundation River Relay @ Confluence Park – $7:30am; $45+

 

Sun, May 3:

Crawfish Boil @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm; $20

Barbacoa & Big Red Festival @ R&J Music Pavilion (Thelma, TX)

Pretty in Pink @ Drafthouse Park North – 7:30pm

Clue Quote Along @ Drafthouse Westlakes – 7:30pm

Three Amigos Quote Along @ Drafthouse Stone Oak – 7:30pm

 

Next Week

All Weekend:

Levitation Music Fest @ Austin

 

Mon, May 4:

Big, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure & The Big Lebowski @ Pearl Amphitheater

 

Tues, May 5:

CINCO DE MAYO!

The Big Give << GREAT CAUSE!

The Big Give @ Big Hops (The Bridge) – 5-10pm

 

Wed, May 6:

Women’s Wrench (Bike) Night @ Alamo Beer Co – 6:30-8pm; FREE! << THIS LOOKS AWESOME!

Chicago @ Majestic Theater – 7:30pm; $50+

Craft Beer Tasting @ The Hangar Tavern – 7-9pm; $5

Seis de Mayo Destination Run @ The Block – 6:30pm

 

Thur, May 7:

Bob Dylan @ The Majestic – 8pm; $50+ << WOW!

Queso Bowl @ Friendly Spot – 5:30-8:30pm

 

Fri, May 8:

Art Party @ SAMA – 6-8pm

Uncle Lucius @ Floore’s – 9pm; $15+

Chipotle Film Series: More then Honey @ Botanical Gardens – 6:30pm; FREE!

 

Sat, May 9:

Grupo Fantasma @ Paper Tiger – 7pm; $15

Craft Beer Festival @ Wurstfest Grounds (New Braunfels) – 2pm

Twisted Taco Truck Throwdown @ VFW Post 76 – 4p-12a

Hayes Carll @ Gruene Hall – 9pm; $25

 

Sun, May 10:

MOTHER’S DAY!

Brunch spots

Brunch @ Drafthouse Westlakes and Park North – 1pm << COOL!

Not-So-Classic Mother’s Day Brunch @ Hotel Valencia – 10a-2:30p; $35+

 

Save the Dates

May 11: Lord Huron @ Stubb’s (Austin) – 7pm; $25 << GOING!

May 11: Dazed and Confused Quote Along @ Drafthouse Park North – 7pm

May 13: Dave Matthews Band @ Austin360 Amphitheater – 7pm; $45+

May 13: Howie Day @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8:30pm

May 13-17: Culinaria Festival Week

May 14: Second Thursday @ The McNay – 6-9pm; FREE!

May 15: Spring Party @ The McNay – 7p-12a; $75 << TOGA! TOGA!

May 15: Turnpike Troubadours @ Floore’s – 8:30pm; $18+

May 15-17: Hot Air Balloon Festival @ Floresville

May 15-28: OPEN Pop-Up Shops @ St Paul Square

May 16-17: Bike|Beat @ Main Plaza

May 17: Americana Music Jam @ Gruene Hall – 1pm; $50

May 17: YOSA Plays Carmina Burana @ Tobin Center – 7pm; $20+

May 17: Clue Quote Along @ Drafthouse Park North – 7:30pm

May 18: Jesus Christ Superstar @ Drafthouse Park North – 7:30pm

May 22: Billy Currington with Sam Hunt @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 7:30pm; $30

May 23: Frankenbike Swap Meet-up @ Taps y Tapas – 10a-4p

May 23: Brews & Blooms @ Botanical Gardens – 6:30-10pm; $25

May 23: Dale Watson CD Release Show @ Gruene Hall – 8pm; $12 cover

May 23: Ludacris & Girl Talk @ Whitewater Amphitheater

May 24: Three Amigos Quote Along @ Drafthouse Park North – 7:30pm

May 26: PechaKucha Vol. 18 @ Arneson River Theater – 7:30-11pm; $5

May 28: George Clinton & P.Funk @ The Aztec – 8pm; $25+

May 30: The Llama’s Birthday Party @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

May 31: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto @ Tobin Center – 3pm; $10+

May 31: Clue Quote Along @ Drafthouse Stone Oak – 6:30pm

Jun 5: Social Dating @ DanceArt Studio – 8-11pm; $10

Jun 5: Ben Kweller @ Paper Tiger – 8pm; $20

Jun 5-7: Dave Coulier @ LOL Comedy Club

Jun 5-7: SA Jazz Festival @ Crockett Park

Jun 6: Open House @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm; $10

Jun 6: DoSeum Grand Opening @ DoSeum

Jun 7: Gipsy Kings @ The Majestic – 7:30pm; $50+ << LOOKS AWESOME!

Jun 11: 20th Annual Zoo-La-La @ SA Zoo – 7pm

Jun 18: Art in the Dark Party @ DoSeum – 6:30-9pm; $30+

Jun 19: Ruby Jane @ Luna Live – 9:30pm << SHE IS SO GREAT

Jun 26-27: Avett Brothers & Old Crow Medicine Show @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 7:30; $50+ << GOING!

Jul 2-4: 4th of July Arts & Crafts Show @ The River Walk

Jul 2-4: Widespread Panic @ Majestic Theater

Jul 4: Amos Lee @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 7:30pm; $50+

Jul 10: Steve Martin & Martin Short @ Majestic Theater – 8pm; $50+

Jul 17: Steely Dan & Elvis Costello @ Austin360 Amphitheater – 7:30pm; $40+

Jul 18: Turnpike Troubadours @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 7:30pm; $25+

Jul 19: Toadies @ The Aztec – 7:30pm; $33+

Jul 20: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ Tobin Center – 7:30pm; $35+ << YOU SHOULD HIT THIS… WITH YOUR BEST SHOT.

Jul 25: Pat Green @ Whitewater Amphitheater – 7:30pm; $25+

Aug 1: Canoe Challenge @ The River Walk – 7-11am; FREE!

Aug 14-16: Carlos Mencia @ LOL Comedy Club

Aug 19: Weird Al @ Majestic Theater – 8pm; $30+

Aug 26: YES & Toto @ Majestic Theater – 8pm; $50+ << BLESS THE RAINS!

Oct 14: Styx @ Majestic Theater – 8pm; $45+ << GOING!

Oct 17: SA Beer Festival @ Maverick Park – 1:30-6:30pm

Nov 5-15: Phantom of the Opera @ Majestic Theater

Dec 15-20: Book of Mormon @ Majestic Theater

 

Running

The Texas racing season is winding down, but there are still lots of opportunities to run! Just make sure you stay hydrated and cool.

 

Join local runners every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at Fleet Feet

The awesome iRun Calendar

Races all over Texas

Alamo Beer Co 5K Run @ Alamo Beer Co – May 2

Heal the Soul 5K/10K Trail Run @ Joshua Springs Park (Comfort) – May 2

Tough Mudder Central Texas @ McMahan Ranch – May 2 & 3 << GOING!

American Hero 25K Relay @ TAMU-SA – May 24

Dog Days of Summer 5K @ Eilan – Jun 14

Carrabba’s Half Marathon/Relay @ Wheatly Heights Sports Complex – Jun 20

Midsummer Night’s Dream 5K @ Brackenridge Golf Course – Jun 26

Texas Too Hot 15K/5K/1K @ Boerne City Lake – July 12

Gusto Race Series – Jul-Nov << BUY MULTIPLE RACES! SO CHEAP AND WELL-ORGANIZED!

Bada** Brazos 13.1/10K/5K @ Waco – Aug 9

Dragon’s Den 13.1/10K/5K @ Pearsall Park – Aug 15

Grape Stomp 10K @ Becker Vineyards – Sept 13

Masquerade Half Marathon @ JW Marriott Hill Country Resort – Oct 31