Welcome to March! Here are a few opportunities to enjoy what the city’s culture and artists have to offer this weekend.
Spend the first Friday with a night at the Blue Star
The first week of a new month is over, and if you live in the Southtown area, you know exactly what that means. The first Friday at the Blue Star Arts Complex marks the opening of new exhibits, many of which are tailored to Women’s History Month and Contemporary Art Month.
In Slab Cinema’s Arthouse space, artist Phillip Luna’s jazz-inspired paintings will be on display for “Color Studies in Sunday Morning Jazz.” At Upstairs Studios, you’ll find women-centric artwork on display. And at Flax Studio, Elena Caballero will present her first personal exhibition.
This is just the beginning; find a comprehensive overview of First Friday events and exhibits at Blue Star website.
When: Friday, from early evening.
Cost: Most Blue Star galleries are free.
Where: Blue Star Arts Complex (125 Blue Star).
What else you need to know: Masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors, and masking requirements may vary by studio.
Immerse yourself in the adventurous cinema at the park
Who says you have to leave San Antonio to visit nature’s greatest wonders?
Mountainfilm, a festival dedicated to films celebrating “adventure, activism, social justice, culture, the environment and the indomitable spirit”, makes a stop at Confluence Park on Friday in partnership with the San Antonio River Foundation.
A handful of documentary films selected from the wider catalog of the Mountainfilm Festival will be screened.
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 per ticket. Buy here.
Where: Confluence Park (310 West Mitchell St.).
Get into the Fiesta spirit with a mariachi-inspired musical
It’s not every weekend you get the chance to catch live theater and mariachi music for the price of a single ticket. But that’s what you’ll get at Teatro Audaz this month when “Mariachi Girl” opens.
The bilingual, family-friendly production centers on young Carmencita, an aspiring mariachi musician who encounters resistance from some of her father’s outdated views. This is Teatro Audaz’s first-ever musical, and each performance will feature the music of Mariachi Azteca de América.
When: Opens Friday, with performances scheduled until March 13.
Cost: $25 per ticket, with some discounts available. Buy here.
Where: The Public Theater of San Antonio (800 West Ashby Place).
What else you need to know: Masks are mandatory when not eating or drinking.
Art meets Texas outdoors
Saturday marks the opening of a new water-themed Bihl Haus exhibit, “TRIPtych of Texasspotlighting the imagination of San Antonio-based artist Elizabeth Rodriguez. A public opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the exhibition, inspired by “the unexpected results of the artist’s desire to escape the Texas heat by spending a day by the river,” will continue until April. 2.
Alongside the exhibition are poetry readings on March 27 by Stone in the Stream, a collective of writers and activists focused on the environment.
When: Opening of the “Texas TRIPtych” scheduled for Saturday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bihl Haus Arts (2803 Fredericksburg Rd.).
Discover Mexican history told through dance
The stories of women during the time of the Mexican Revolution come to life through a dance style “that fuses traditional folklorico ballet with contemporary ballet” in “valentinafrom Nepantla Ballet.
The show, which will be held at the Carver Community Cultural Center, is made even more lively with modern choreography and colorful costumes.
When: Saturday, at 8 p.m.
Cost: $75 per ticket. Buy here.
Where: The Jo Long Theater at the Carver Community Cultural Center (226 North Hackberry).