Six Must-Attend Events: March 28–April 3
The state's top offerings, from taking a peek behind the scenes of "King of the Hill" to harkening back to the pinball wizards of one's childhood.
Honoring Cesar Chavez
San Antonio prides itself on its diversity. Not only does the city host one of the country’s biggest marches in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader, it also organizes a dynamic march to celebrate Cesar Chavez, the human rights activist, who is the subject of a new Diego Luna movie, Cesar Chavez: An American Hero. The eighteenth annual march is organized by a San Antonio native, Jaime P. Martinez, a colleague of Chavez’s going back to the Delano Grape Boycott of 1965-1970. The march will begin with a program at the corner of Guadalupe and South Brazos Streets and commence en route to the Alamo, led by Chavez’s granddaughter, Christina Chavez; Little Joe of Little Joe y La Familia, the Grammy-winning Tejano musician; and San Antonio mayor Julian Castro. The parade culminates a month of events commemorating Chavez and, like the MLK march, is an exercise in peace through nonviolence.
Guadalupe and South Brazos Streets, March 29, 8:30 a.m., sanantonio.gov
The King’s Court
In a 1999 episode of King of the Hill, Mike Judge’s animated television show about small-town Texas life, the protagonist, Hank Hill, makes a documentary about the town of Arlen in an attempt to persuade the Dallas Cowboys to relocate their training camp there. Titled “Hank’s Cowboy Movie,” Hill enlists his three beer-drinking amigos, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer, to promote Arlen as a place “where super people make super bowls.” The episode’s superb writing is the reason it is the centerpiece of the exhibit “‘I Tell You What . . .’ The Making of King of the Hill,” detailing the creative process from pitch to screen. On display through the end of the month at Texas State University’s Wittliff Collections, where the show’s 125-box archive is available in the reading room, the exhibit includes scripts, character sketches, and other artifacts. Cult fans will be interested in the four-foot-by-six-foot dry-erase board that used to hang in the show’s office lobby, providing an illustrated look at the forty-week timeline required to create a single episode.
Texas State University, March 28–31, thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu
The Surreal Deal
Watching the home movies of René Magritte, the provocative Belgian surrealist artist, on the front lawn of the Menil Collection on Friday night is bound to inspire a few patrons to up their game on their home videos. The nine minutes of silent film that Magritte shot in 1956 and 1957 of his wife and friends are described as “playful and strange.” The Aurora Picture Show, a nonprofit dedicated to independent film and video, will screen the movies along with short films by other artists, including Hans Richter, Man Ray, and Joseph Cornell, as part of “Surreal/Reel,” a program to complement the Menil’s exhibition “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the artist’s breakthrough surrealist years.
The Menil Collection, March 28, 8 p.m., aurorapictureshow.org
White Denim, the up-and-coming Austin rock band, was perhaps the least known of the Texas acts who performed on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show during South by Southwest, which included Willie Nelson, Jimmie Vaughan, Johnny Winter, and Los Lonely Boys. On the show, White Denim, a four-piece band fronted by James Petralli—son of Geno Petralli, the former Texas Rangers catcher—played “At Night in Dreams,” the jazz-laced, boogie-rock track leading off its latest album, Corsicana Lemonade. This was three nights before Lady Gaga took to the Stubb’s stage with her “performance art.” When White Denim plays Stubb’s on Thursday, in front of a hometown crowd, it will be to reclaim one of Austin’s best venues.
Stubb’s, April 3, 7 p.m., whitedenimmusic.com
Those who did not get their fill at last weekend’s tenth annual Savor Dallas might consider this weekend’s inaugural Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival, with the likes of Tim Love of Lonesome Dove—a celebrity chef who once defeated Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef America—appearing at an array of venues, including Bass Hall, Billy Bob’s, and the Coyote Drive-In.
Various locations, March 28–30, fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com
If the cacophony of bells, whistles, and sound effects coming from the more than one hundred pinball machines that will be played simultaneously at this weekend’s Texas Pinball Festival (an effort to set a Guinness record) is not enough to take you back to your youth, perhaps the display of classic Stern pinball machines will help you make the trip.
Embassy Suites, March 28–30, texaspinball.com