I went shopping earlier this week and noticed a sign for sale that read, “Wi-Fi at home was down for 5 minutes. I had to talk to my family. They were pretty nice people.” That sign got me thinking... There are so many opportunities to connect but often we have our heads buried in a screen.
Saying goodbye to summer means a number of the city’s venues are starting their performance seasons. The Woodlawn Theatre kicks off their season with Dreamgirls this week. Student night is August 24 and tickets are only $10. Tickets are available at woodlawntheatre.org. It is crucial you see this production and tell your neighbors. If we do not support black stories and black actors then we cannot complain about the lack of things to do in this city geared for African Americans.
Kicking off the Classic Theatre’s season is the story of Romeo and Juliet. The Classic Theatre next to The Woodlawn specializes in bringing classic stories to life with modern-day relevance. Tickets start at $19. Contact the theater for special student nights. Tickets and more information is available at classictheatre.org.
The San Antonio Symphony’s season begins Friday, September 20th. The symphony has two series: the Classic Series and the Pop Series. Ticket prices start at $12.00. Additionally, you can see the symphony free of charge on Friday mornings at their rehearsals. For more information, see sasymphony.org.
The Carver Community Cultural Center opens Saturday, October 19th with Jody Watley. Reserved tickets are $36.00 and students are half price. Approaching 100 years in the city, the Carver is an Eastside gem bringing culture to our doorsteps. The Carver Saturday Semester Classes, Master Classes and Residencies plus the Youth Matinee Series provide no cost and low cost cultural engagement opportunities for our community. Your support of the Carver is crucial to its continued existence. You can learn more about The Carver at thecarver.org.
Connect with the Tobin Center at its Fifth Annual Open House. This is a free event with free parking. Discover what the Tobin has to offer and receive special Open House ticket discounts. There will be live pop-up performances all over the building. Learn about the 7 resident companies that make the Tobin home, win prizes on the Tobin Center Scavenger Hunt (children only), take a selfie on the stage and more! See what the Tobin has to offer and get information on the Open House at tobincenter.org.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what is in store this fall in our backyard. Most of these live performance options come with a price tag that is equal to the price of a movie or a movie and refreshments. Also the more we engage the more there will be for our engagement. Summer is winding down and it is time to take a screen vacation. Get out of your screen. Get to know your family, neighbor and village by spending an afternoon or evening with the arts. The post-performance conversations will be enlightening and you might be surprised to find out they are nice people.
YOUR CALL TO ACTION:
1. Spend 15 minutes a day talking to a loved one without interruptions.
2. Buy a ticket for you or gift a ticket to an upcoming performance of Dreamgirls.
3. If you have not been to The Carver lately. Stop in. They are open Monday through Friday until 6:00 PM and two hours before any performance. The art on the walls is breath-taking and changes often.