Jack Sanders, the master craftsman from Austin, has taken the D.I.Y. movement to an extreme with his Camp Design Build Adventure workshop series. Aspiring builders who come next week to El Cosmico, the trailer, tent, and teepee campground in Marfa, will have a chance to get their hands dirty while also helping others. Campers will work at the Blackwell School, using steel, wood, and concrete construction materials to improve an existing shade structure and build a long communal table of recycled oil pipe and poured concrete. The workshop will not be all work and no play. Live music is planned around the campfire at night, when Sanders is known to break out his proprietary concoction of pickled okra juice and vodka. But campers beware: morning will come early, and everyone will have to start the day with stretching exercises before they can eat breakfast. In fact, each attendee will teach the others their favorite stretch. “In my day-to-day practice, yoga or stretching often gets pushed aside for time and money,” Sanders said in an email. “Teaching or explaining your stretch takes some people out of their comfort zone, which is a theme of the camp.”
El Cosmico, June 4-9, designbuildadventure.com
On the Diamond
One of the most transcendent moments in the struggle for equality in the United States occurred on the baseball diamond in 1947, when Jackie Robinson put on a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform and became the first African American to play in the major league. This is not lost on Major League Baseball, which on Friday will host its eight annual Civil Rights Game, between the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles. The Astros and Orioles will wear throwback uniforms and represent their Negro League counterparts of the past, with the Astros playing as the Eagles, the onlyÖMLB Negro League team in Texas, and the Orioles as the Baltimore Elite Giants. Each of the first 15,000 fans at the game will receive a commemorative cap. After the game will be a Motown-themed fireworks show.
Minute Maid Park, May 30, 7:10 p.m., mlb.com
Images from the “Meaty” exhibit by Chisum Justus epitomize his West Texas upbringing, where cattle are raised and then slaughtered for profit. “Meat presents itself as a sign of both strength and mortality, displaying the dominance of one living creature over another, namely, mankind over nature,” Justus said in an email. While ostensibly a political statement, the twelve paintings depicting various slabs of beef are more pointedly an exercise in artistic manipulation, in which the heavy application on canvas of liquid acrylic and latex paint causes marbling similar to the striations of fat within cuts of meat. “With formal standards in mind,” he explained, “meat as subject has become the vehicle for an investigation of the act of painting.” The paintings will be on display through Saturday.
Cohn Drennan Contemporary, May 30-31, cohndrennancontemporary.com
Music of Mexico
While certain Mexican styles of music like conjunto, mariachi, and Tejano are common in Texas, another style called huapango—a variant of the Mexican style of song referred to as “son”—is making its formal debut in the United States on Saturday, with the inaugural Huapango Sin Fronteras festival in Austin. Over twelve hours, eleven bands will showcase this stringed folk music known for its galloping rhythm and virtuoso violin playing. Some groups will favor huapango arribeño, born of four-member ensembles from Central Mexico, and others huapango huasteco, originated by trios from the central coast of the Gulf of Mexico. What each style typically has in common is the zapateado, a tap style of dance done as an accompaniment, sometimes atop a wood platform.
Plaza de Toros R3, May 31, 2 p.m., huapangosinfronteras.com
How Delicious Is Made
Sometimes a great meal prepared by another can be taken for granted. Loncito Cartwright, a sixth-generation rancher who raises free-range sheep and pigs on his Twin Oaks Ranch in Dinero, will make sure that does not happen at Wednesday’s “A Texas Bounty: Supper Club.” At the five-course food-and-beer-paired feast, he will put the dinner into context from farm to table.
Hotel Havana, June 4, 7 p.m., havanasanantonio.com
The Lead Horse
Even if the race horse California Chrome caps off a historic Triple Crown victory at the Belmont Stakes, he will be less decorated than the star of “War Horse,” the Tony Award–winning play based on the Oscar-winning film by Steven Spielberg, appearing onstage through June 1 at the Hobby Center.
The Hobby Center, May 30-June 1, thehobbycenter.org