Bridge Over Troubled Llamas

 

There’s a lot of messed up stuff happening in our world, both natural disasters and man-made tragedies. As a loose rule, The Llama tries to keep things pretty cheery – this is a blog about having fun, after all. But when something hits close to home, like the events in Sutherland Springs this week, it’s hard to ignore.

 

So I’m making an exception this week to acknowledge and send support to our grieving neighbors the best way I know how: in a weekly email to a relatively small (but mighty) slice of fun-loving San Antonians.

 

Please consider supporting the Sutherland Springs community somehow. Here are some places to start.

 

Benefit BBQ this Saturday. I think it’s gonna be big.

The Hill Family lost 8 family members on Sunday. Donate here.

BBQ, entertainment, and auction in China Grove (like the song) on Sunday.

The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs is accepting donations here.

HEB is collecting donations you can tack onto your grocery bill.A GofFundMe page for David Colbath, a victim who is receiving care at BAMC.

More ways to give in this article.

 

Thanks for reading, as always.

 

Now, onto the cheery, happy, fun stuff. Enjoy your weekend!

ReadAbouts

2018 SA Rodeo entertainment has been announced!

San Antonians, you may enjoy this jab at the brand refresh of a local business.

There’s a new bar moving into the old Broadway Lion & Rose!

RIP Ricos Cheese Inventor

Lone Star Brewery to be Auctioned Off

Selena Honored on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

 

PSA: Watch TED talks LIVE right here in SAN ANTONIO! TEDxSanAntonio’s big event is just days away. Tickets are on sale now and you can get $10 off with code LLAMATEDXSA!

 

The Short List:

All Weekend

Wurstfest @ New Braunfels, TX << GOING!

Luminaria Public Arts Festival << ALWAYS AWESOME

 

Friday

Puro Café Coffee Meetup @ Paramour Bar – 8am; FREE!

Contemporary Arts Festival @ Hemisfair Park – 7pm-midnight; FREE!

Bike & Soul: Luminaria Edition @ Alamo Ice House – 7:45pm

Art Party @ SAMA – 6-8pm

 

Saturday

Buy a Vet a Beer @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Mingo Fishtrap @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 10pm; $14 << LLAMA-APPROVED

Sutherland Springs Benefit BBQ @ St Mark Lutheran (Hwy 87) – 11a-11p

 

Sunday

Gospel Brunch @ Gruene Hall – 10:30am; $30

Alamo Showdown Cook-Off 2017 @ Alamo Beer Co – 1-4pm; $15-25

Friendsgiving @ The Rustic – 2-11pm

 

This Week:

All Weekend

Wurstfest @ New Braunfels, TX << UNTIL NOV 22!

Luminaria Public Arts Festival << ALWAYS AWESOME

Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 @ Tobin Center – 8pm; $25+

Sound on Sound Fest @ Sherwood Forest << CANCELED

 

Thur, Nov 9:

Flow Tribe @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8pm; $10

TechBloc Rally: Game Changers @ Rackspace – 5-8:30pm; $13

Second Thursday @ The McNay – 6:30-9pm; FREE!

 

Fri, Nov 10:

Puro Café Coffee Meetup @ Paramour Bar – 8am; FREE!

Contemporary Arts Festival @ Hemisfair Park – 7pm-midnight; FREE!

Bike & Soul: Luminaria Edition @ Alamo Ice House – 7:45pm

Art Party @ SAMA – 6-8pm

Pets on the Plaza @ Main Plaza – 11a-1p; FREE!

Sebastian Bach @ The Rock Box – 8pm; $21

The World’s 1st Solar Mural Installation @ Hemisfair Park – 7pm-midnight

Art Quest: Art Passport @ Hemisfair Park – 7pm

Cinema on the Plaza: Wonder Woman @ Tobin Center – 8-11pm; FREE!

Family Flashlight Night @ Botancical Garden – 6-8pm

 

Sat, Nov 11:

VETERANS DAY! << THANK YOU VETS!

Veterans Day @ The Alamo – 9a-5:30p

Buy a Vet a Beer @ Ranger Creek – 5-9pm

Mingo Fishtrap @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 10pm; $14 << LLAMA-APPROVED

Sutherland Springs Benefit BBQ @ St Mark Lutheran (Hwy 87) – 11a-11p

Poochamania @ Humane Society – 11a-5p

Artist Brunch: Hemisfair in Transition @ Southtown Flats – 11am; $35

River Relay @ Mission County Park 2 – 9a-1p

Luminaria Closing Party @ Hilton Palacio del Rio – 8pm; $55

2nd Saturday Social Ride @ The Beer Depot – 3-9pm

River Relay Kayak Race @ Mission County Park – 9a-1p

Paws & Pints @ Alamo Beer Co – 12-4pm

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile @ ACL Live – 8pm; $38+

Cards Against Humanity @ The Ringer Pub – 9pm

 

RUNNING

New Braunfels Half Marathon / 10K / 5K @ Stars n Stripes Drive-In – Nov 11

South Padre Marathon / Half / 10K @ South Padre Island – Nov 11

BS Brewing 5K Beer Run @ BS Brewing (Seguin, TX) – Nov 11

 

Sun, Nov 12:

Gospel Brunch @ Gruene Hall – 10:30am; $30

Sutherland Springs Funraiser @ China Grove Trading Post – 12-10pm

The Shins @ Emo’s (Austin) – 7pm; $60

Bark & Play: A Pop-Up Wine Tasting for Pet Lovers @ Fralo’s – 11a-12:30p; $12

Old Crow Medicine Show @ Empire Theatre – 7:30pm; $30+

Alamo Showdown Cook-Off 2017 @ Alamo Beer Co – 1-4pm; $15-25

Veterans Fun Run 5K @ Ranger Creek Brewing

Friendsgiving @ The Rustic – 2-11pm

 

Next Week

All Week:

SA Entrepreneurship Week

 

All Weekend:

Wurstfest @ New Braunfels, TX << UNTIL NOV 22!

SA Symphony: Bolero @ Tobin Center

Shakespeare on the River @ Arneson River Theater

 

Mon, Nov 13:

Sparkling Wine Class & Tasting @ High Street Wine Co – 7-9pm; $75

 

Tues, Nov 14:

Republic Whiskey Hog Roast Dinner @ Krause’s Biergarten – 6:30pm; $70

Puro Slam Poetry Slam @ The Korova – 9:30pm; $1

 

Wed, Nov 15:

Fashion for a Cause Luncheon @ Hardberger Park Ecology Center – 11:30a-1p; $85

The Georges @ Gruene Hall – 6-10pm; FREE!

Bikes, Bars, and Stars @ Bike World (The Pearl) – 7-10pm

Pinata Protest @ The Rock Box – 7:30pm; $25

Five Year Anniversary Beefsteak Dinner @ The Granary – 5:30pm

 

Thur, Nov 16:

Cocktails for a Cause @ Blue Box – 5-8pm

San Antonio Young Professionals Happy Hour @ Frank – 6-8pm; FREE!

SAEW: EntrepreneuHER @ Launch San Antonio – 4-6pm

The Upside Down: Stranger Things Art @ Brick at Blue Star – 6-11pm; $5

Saint Arnold Tap Takeover @ Growler Exchange – 6-9pm

Poke Man Food Truck @ 1800 Broadway – 5-9pm

 

Fri, Nov 17:

Ranch\House @ Rosella (Jones) – 7-9pm

Texas to Table @ Botanical Garden – 6-9pm; $125

 

Sat, Nov 18:

TEDxSanAntonio Fall Event @ Witte Museum – 9a-5p << $10 OFF LLAMATEDXSA

4×5 Photo Fest @ Paper Tiger – 11a-midnight; FREE!

Accessibility Fest @ Toyota Field (Morgan’s Wonderland Campus) – 10a-2p; FREE!

George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic @ Empire Control Room (Austin) – 4pm

Robert Johnson SA Sessions @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 8pm; $20+

Old Hollywood Glam Fall Fashion Show @ Burnhouse – 6:30-11:30pm

Light the Way Holiday Festival @ UIW – 6:30-9:30pm

 

Sun, Nov 19:

Bend & Brunch @ Freight Gallery – 11a-2p

Artisan Market @ Ranger Creek – 12-4pm

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra @ Aztec Theatre – 8pm; $14+

 

Save the Dates

Nov 20: Willie Nelson @ Majestic Theatre – 8pm; $50+

Nov 22: Texas Young Professionals Mixer @ Boiler House – 5:30-8pm

Nov 22: Thanksgiving Eve Bash @ The Hangar – 8pm

Nov 23: THANKSGIVING!

Nov 23: The Hangar is open on Thanksgiving.

Nov 24: BLACK FRIDAY!

Nov 24: Christmas Tree Lighting @ Travis Park – 3-7pm

Nov 24: Holiday River Parade @ The Riverwalk – 6-9pm

Nov 24: Big Band Christmas Show @ Jazz, TX – 8:30-11:30pm; $30

Nov 25: Thankful for My Music Festival @ Paper Tiger – 7pm; $10

Nov 25: Pop Up Shop Market @ La Villita – 10a-6p

Nov 25: Big Band Christmas Show @ Jazz, TX – 8:30-11:30pm; $30

Nov 25 – Jan 7: Holiday Lights on the River @ The Riverwalk – 5:30pm

Nov 28: Chris Villanueva Quartet @ Jazz, TX – 8:30-11:30pm; $10

Nov 28: Art Fit: Art + Yoga @ SAMA Sculpture Garden – 6-7pm; $5

Dec 1: First Friday Pub Run @ Pat O’Briens SA – 7pm << BAD SANTA THEME!

Dec 1: Dulce! Dessert, Drinks, and Decadence @ Briscoe Art Museum – 7pm; $35+

Dec 1: Pancakes & Booze Art Show @ Paper Tiger – 8pm; $12

Dec 1: Nina Diaz @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 9pm; $5+

Dec 1-22: Holiday Boat Caroling @ The Riverwalk – 6:15-9:30pm most nights

Dec 1-3: Fiesta de los Luminarias @ The Riverwalk – dusk

Dec 3: Rock n Roll Marathon After Party @ Alamo Beer – 1-6pm

Dec 3: Tom Petty Tribute @ Sam’s Burger Joint – 6:30pm; $15

Dec 3: Candlelight Vespers @ Trinity University – 6-7:30pm

Dec 5: Pecha Kucha @ Laurie Auditorium – 6:30pm

Dec 8-10: Fiesta de los Luminarias @ The Riverwalk – dusk

Dec 9: Winter Open House @ Ranger Creek – 2-6pm; $10

Dec 9: Fido Fest @ La Vernia Chamber of Commerce – 10a-4p

Dec 9-10: SA Vintage Expo @ Austin Hwy Event Center

Dec 10: La Gran Tamalada @ Market Square – 11a-4p

Dec 10: Sunday Masa Tamale Extravaganza @ Alamo Beer Co – 11a-6p; FREE!

Dec 14: Turnpike Troubadours @ Aztec Theatre – 7pm; $27+

Dec 15-17: Fiesta de los Luminarias @ The Riverwalk – dusk

Dec 15-17: Holiday Pops @ Tobin Center
Dec 20: Bikes, Bars, and Stars @ Bike World (Broadway) – 7-10:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Braunfels Half Marathon / 10K / 5K @ Stars n Stripes Drive-In – Nov 11

South Padre Marathon / Half / 10K @ South Padre Island – Nov 11

BS Brewing 5K Beer Run @ BS Brewing (Seguin, TX) – Nov 11

Veterans Fun Run 5K @ Ranger Creek Brewing – Nov 12

Turkey Trot @ Boerne, TX – Nov 18

Live Oak Brewing 5K Beer Run @ Live Oak Brewing (Austin, TX) – Nov 18

Chosen Half Marathon & 5K @ New Braunfels. TX – Nov 18

Shiner Half Marathon, 10K, 5K @ Shiner, TX – Nov 18

Wild Hare Trail Run 10K / 25K / 50K / 50mi @ Giddings, TX – Nov 18

Battle of Leon Creek 5K / 10mi / 15mi @ Hill Country Place Apartments – Nov 19

5K Trail Turkey Trot @ San Antonio Trail Company – Nov 24

Real Ale Brewing 5K @ Real Ale Brewing Co (Blanco, TX) – Dec 9

Spicewood Vineyards Half Marathon / 10K @ Spicewood Vineyards – Dec 2

Frio River Run 5K / 10K / 13.1 @ Golf Club of Texas (Concan, TX) – Dec 2

SA Rock n Roll Half Marathon / Marathon @ Alamodome – Dec 3

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

La Cruda 5K @ Helotes, TX – Jan 1

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

Cocoa Half @ N St Mary’s – Feb 11

Alamo 13.1 / 26.2 @ Hemisfair Park – Mar 4

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

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

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