Britton Richter

Picks of the Weekend

For the San Martian:

The Keep San Marcos Beautiful Spring Concert Series is returning tonight for another of its weekly shows. The event will host Americana band The Tejas Brothers. The series serves as an educational event to inform the public about the importance of keeping the town clean as well as providing community entertainment. Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m. while the music starts at 7:30 p.m.

For the festival goer:

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For the live music lover:

Texas country is a genre within a genre, and no establishment recognizes this better than Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium. The store will host the release party of Texas native Ray Wylie Hubbard’s newest album, The Ruffian’s Misfortune, on April 8 at 6 p.m. There will be a free performance of the album, signed copies available for purchase and complimentary beer for the legal country music enthusiasts.

For the ladies (and also dudes) of the ‘80s:

Visiting poet offers blues-infused performance

Last Thursday, The Wittliff Collections got a visit from a harmonica-toting rock-and-roll poet.

The Wittliff Collections hosted Kim Addonizio for a poetry reading, book signing and question-and-answer session on April 2 at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Therese Kayser Lindsey (TKL) Reading Series.

Autumn Hayes, creative writing graduate student, said her initial impression of Addonizio was one she won’t forget.

“She’s just really ballsy,” Hayes said. “She’s honest and upfront in her poetry and her presence. What’s unique about her, especially with a lot of contemporary poets, is her genuineness. She doesn’t try and hide.”

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For the outdoorsman

The REI Outdoor School will offer recreational activities March 28-April 26 at San Marcos’ own Spring Lake. The school will provide all equipment necessary for kayak and paddleboard tours. The event will offer some much-needed exercise for swimsuit season as well as an opportunity to learn about the Edwards Aquifer. The times and dates for classes vary. Students can register on REI’s website.

For the crawfish lover

Independent filmmaker has breakout debut

An independent film powerhouse has made her way to the festival circuit.

Life in Color is a film written, produced, starring and edited by Katharine Emmer. The work is Emmer’s directorial debut, which premiered at her first South by Southwest Film festival. The dramedy follows Mary and Homer, two depressed 20-somethings floating their way through nanny gigs and various comedic jobs.

Comedy and drama are common tools used together in film, Emmer said during a question and answer session after the screening. She used these elements to keep the film honest.

Independent horror anything but scary

Horror is dead, and we have killed it.

We Are Still Here premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival as Ted Geoghegan’s directorial debut. The film centers on the lives of Paul Sacchetti (Andrew Sensenig) and Anne Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton) after their son is killed in a car wreck. They then move to a seemingly “normal” home, and chaos ensues.

The theater was packed to capacity as audience members murmured about their excitement for the new thriller. However, if they and I shared the same sentiment, we were all promptly disappointed.

‘Tab Hunter Confidential’ documentary inspires, surpasses expectations

Tab Hunter is someone I had never heard of, but I am immensely interested in now thanks to the film “Tab Hunter Confidential.”

The documentary, directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, is the story of Hunter’s rise to fame as a closeted gay man. The film premiered March 15 at the South by Southwest Film Festival with additional showings March 16 and March 21.

Hunter was born in 1931 as Arthur Gelien. He was born in a time when homosexuality was illegal. Being gay had the potential to ruin careers, particularly for up and coming Hollywood hotshots.

Throughout the documentary viewers learn how Hunter came to be, from his struggles through his early career to his retirement.

My first SXSW experience: Film edition

Thursday I experienced the full spectrum of human emotions at South by Southwest.

My day started with not enough sleep and Whataburger, as any day should. Getting to the convention center was a simple task, but getting my wristband was not.

I didn’t show up in the system when checking in at the registration desk. After much help from the wonderful SXSW staff, I was finally approved and preceded to the Alamo Drafthouse.

After the stress of checking in, my anxiety was peaked I convinced myself that it would be a terrible day for no apparent reason.

I am very glad I was wrong.

The first film I saw was an independent movie called “Life in Color.” I was quite a fan.

Picks of the weekend

For the historian:

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is hosting a Sacred Sites & Nature Tour. On March 14, the center will give a hiking tour presenting Central Texas history from a Native American perspective. The hike features a trek over historic trails and more. People who want to access this unique experience can register online.

For the artist:

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