It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in San Antonio
By: Santino Casanova Photo by Irina Iriser on Pexels.com Downtown San Antonio is filled with fun activities for families and friends year-round, but during the month of November and December it is especially exciting with colorful Christmas lights hanging from the trees and buildings downtown. Starting from November 12th, 2021, the River Walk lights up…pacpulse.com
Hope for homeless in San Antonio
By Kevin Romine SAN ANTONIO – Downtown San Antonio is seeing a transformation occur at Haven for Hope 365 days a year to combat the root problem of homelessness in South Texas in order to change lives for the better. When the campus opened in 2010, New Star Energy founder Bill Greehey made a commitment…lakefrontollu.com
Downtown San Antonio sees boost in tourism during NCAA women’s tournament
SAN ANTONIO – Downtown San Antonio has even more traffic this year during spring break due to the NCAA Women’s Championship tournament. These visitors, along with those coming into town for spring break, are also benefiting local businesses. “It’s been really nice. AdTanya Rodriguez, a restaurant and bar manager, said between spring break and the NCAA tournament, it’s really helped business. The River Walk is wonderful and very friendly people and it’s really nice.
Texas extends rental assistance program designed to avoid evictions until March 15
The Texas Supreme Court has extended its emergency eviction relief program for tenants behind on rent through at least March 15, lengthening the program’s expiration date by a month and a half. The move comes after Congress passed a stimulus bill Monday extending the federal moratorium on evictions through the end of January. The state created the Texas Eviction Diversion Program earlier this fall with the help of $171 million in CARES Act funding, the vast majority designated for rental assistance. But some housing advocates said the extension doesn’t go far enough to address the large number of struggling renters, even as the federal government extended its eviction moratorium. "There could be tens of thousands of evictions on the horizon in Texas later this winter,” said Michael Depland, spokesperson for the advocacy group, Texas Housers.sacurrent.com
NEISD elementary students add special surprise to meal distribution for Raul Jiménez Thanksgiving Dinner
Convention Center will be empty as the Raúl Jiménez Thanksgiving Dinner is going mobile. IN partnership with the Raúl Jiménez Thanksgiving Dinner, the Thanksgiving cards will be gifted to seniors and individuals experiencing homelessness. Buendía said he’s excited for the holiday and thankful he’ll also have the same blessing that the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner will provide for thousands this year. NEISD elementary students make special surprise added to meal distribution for Raul Jiménez Thanksgiving Dinner (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.) To learn more about the Raúl Jiménez Thanksgiving Dinner, click here.
Downtown San Antonio businesses prepare for potential civil unrest after election
Downtown San Antonio businesses prepare for potential civil unrest after electionPublished: November 3, 2020, 11:31 amThroughout downtown, businesses are boarding up their windows and doors, bracing for potential unrest starting on Election Day ahead of what many are calling the most contentious election of our lives.
San Antonio council approves $2.9 billion budget, pushing aside activists' call for police funding cut
click to enlarge James DobbinsProtesters move through the streets of Downtown San Antonio this spring during a protest against police brutality. Despite calls from activists to rein in police funding, San Antonio's city council unanimously approved a $2.9 billion budget Thursday that pumps more money into SAPD's coffers.The new budget includes $8 million in additional police funding in addition to spending increases for housing assistance and public health. SAPD's funding will rise to $487 million for the 2020-21 fiscal year, chiefly due to a scheduled 5% pay increase for officers.Police accountability activists had urged Mayor Ron Nirenberg and council to divert money from SAPD and into social services and violence prevention programs. Those demands were spurred on amid the nationwide protests that followed the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.During the Thursday's meeting, roughly two dozen people called on council to slash police funding. However, activists have expressed frustration that the analysis won't be complete until spring of 2021.sacurrent.com
Love Lock Fence finds temporary new home in San Antonio due to bridge repairs
SAN ANTONIO Nothing says commitment quite like taking a lock to a bridge and tossing a key into the river. The Love Lock Bridge in San Antonio is a must-visit destination for couples near and far; however, beginning next week, the Love Lock Fence will be moved to a temporary, new location due to bridge repairs. The fence, which is originally adjacent to the San Antonio River between the Kallison Walk Bridge and Market Street downtown, will be moved to the Kallison Walk Bridge, according to Public Works. The new location is still in close proximity to the downtown Courthouse Wedding Chapel, where couples that get married there then go to Love Lock Bridge and lock-in their love before throwing their key into the San Antonio River, according to officials. The previous location of the fence will be closed until the bridge can be repaired, officials said.
Popular San Antonio BBQ joint closes its doors, opens at new location this weekend
SAN ANTONIO After four years of delivering BBQ on the East Side of Downtown San Antonio, Smoke the Restaurant is closing its doors and moving down the street. The venue and BBQ restaurant, like most restaurants around the country, has been devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic. With this new location, Martinez said, Our goal is to adapt and thrive.The new location will be operational starting as soon as this Friday. BBQ Platter from the Smoke the Restaurant with pickles and onionsThe new space will offer 8,000 square feet of dining space and outdoor entertainment. Follow Texas Eats on Facebook and Instagram.
San Antonio Police Follow Stabbing Victim's Trail of Blood to Suspected Assailant
click to enlarge ShutterstockDowntown San Antonio got redecorated in grisly fashion last night with blood. According to a KSAT report , police aided a 23-year old man stabbed multiple times in the abdomen. The victim was found at a bus stop near East Commerce and Navarro streets by a woman around 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday.The man said he was able to flee the attack and gave a brief description of the assailant. But it was a different clue that ultimately let officers to the suspected perpetrator: his blood.Due to the victim's copious bleeding, officers were able to follow a trail of blood for approximately a block before encountering a suspect who matched the victim's description, KSAT reports. The man was at the San Antonio River, and he was holding a knife.Originally booked on outstanding warrants, the suspect was later charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the report.The victim was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center for treatment.Authorities did not release the name or age of the suspect, nor the possible motive for the stabbing.sacurrent.com
Rock Out? More Like Geek Out!: Daylong Nerdcore Music Festival Makes Its Debut in San Antonio
click to enlarge Courtesy of BitforceEvent Details Super Bitfest 2020 @ The Rock Box 1223 E. Houston St. Downtown San Antonio, TX When: Sat., March 14, 4-11 p.m. (210) 677-9453 Price: $7-$25 Geek Culture MapSan Antonios newest music festival isnt centered around Tejano, hip-hop or metal. that mariachi band we mentioned earlier, whose name happens to be a play on the iconic N.E.S. EyeQ, a Florida-based rapper who released an entire album dedicated to the anime Attack on Titan, will also perform.EyeQ, whose real name is Chris Allen, said he was encouraged watching Devine and his team build Super Bitfest. Being able to play through this imaginary world and being able to forget the world that I was in.sacurrent.com
'While You Were Sleeping': Downtown San Antonio's sparkle comes from crews working all night
'While You Were Sleeping': Downtown San Antonio's sparkle comes from crews working all nightPublished: December 13, 2019, 7:48 pm'While You Were Sleeping': Downtown San Antonio's sparkle comes from crews working all night
What apartments will $1,100 rent you in Downtown San Antonio, right now?
Curious just how far your dollar goes in Downtown San Antonio? According to Walk Score, this San Antonio neighborhood is quite walkable, is relatively bikeable and has excellent transit. Data from rental site Zumper shows that the median rent for a one bedroom in Downtown is currently hovering around $1,220. This story was created automatically using local real estate data from Zumper and Apartment Guide, then reviewed by an editor. Additionally, if you're in the real estate business learn how to do local real estate advertising in your ZIP codes.
Investigation reveals spirits may haunt Spanish Governor's Palace
SAN ANTONIO - Downtown San Antonio is full of ghost stories and some even surround the historic Spanish Governor's Palace. It is reported from visitors that several ghostly figures have been seen inside and around the building. An investigation was done back in August with the San Antonio Paranormal Investigators, and evidence revealed the possibility of ghosts haunting the place. It is believed that K2 meters can detect spikes in electromagnetic energy that may signify activity or communication with spirits. Whether you believe or not, it appears that the ghost stories about the Spanish Governor's Palace may be true.
Relive the 2000s and Catch Motionless in White at the Vibes Event Center
click to enlarge Photo by @judyhwon via Instagram / miwbandEvent Details Motionless in White @ VIBES Event Center 1211 E. Houston Steet Downtown San Antonio, TX When: Tue., Oct. 15, 6-11 p.m. Price: $28-$30 Live Music and Live Music MapMotionless in White surfed in on the mid-2000s alt-rock resurgence wave and continues to release new material. The bands latest album Disguise remains rooted in that special place that came after grunge and before the emo explosion. Songs like Reincarnate and Another Life make it hard to tell whether the members are men or vampires.Seeing as theyre from Scranton, Pennsylvania Americas version of Transylvania you may want to bring some garlic and a wooden stake just in case.sacurrent.com
Photographer, Videographer Natalia Sun Teams Up with San Antonio Symphony Members to Tell Locals' Story Through Music
click to enlarge Natalia SunEvent Details San Antonians through a Musical Lens @ McAllister Auditorium 1300 San Pedro Ave. Downtown San Antonio, TX When: Sat., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Price: Free Classical Music, Live Music and Art MapPhotographer and videographer Natalia Sun will project her work with musical accompaniment at San Antonio Colleges McAllister Auditorium for this multi-disciplinary event. The concert-presentation kicks off new-on-the-scene chamber ensemble Agaritas second annual season of cultural events.Formed last year by four San Antonio Symphony musicians, the nonprofit will host five more collaborative concerts throughout the year, aiming to unite different sectors of the art community via multidisciplinary, bilingual free programming. Sun promises that her narrative imagery will spotlight San Antonians from all ages and walks of life as they express their dreams, life journeys and passions.sacurrent.com
Artpace's Chalk It Up Returns to Downtown San Antonio This Saturday
click to enlarge Francisco CortesEvent Details Chalk It Up @ Intersection of Houston St. and N. Main Ave. Intersection of Houston St. and N. Main Ave. Downtown San Antonio, TX When: Sat., Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Price: Free Art, Free and Kids MapRemember those bygone childhood days when you would inhale chalk dust as you created amateur masterpieces on the sidewalk?San Antonians have the chance to relive those memories by witnessing local artists get down and dirty as they create original murals down Houston Street and Main Avenue as part of Artpaces annual Chalk It Up festival.This years artists will create murals themed around Sustainability, the goal of reducing waste and increasing efficiency to reduce damage to the planets ecology. To promote sustainability at the event, Artpace encourages attendees to bring a refillable water bottle to hydrate at the SAWS Water Station. Plus, the events information booths are all solar-powered, and recycling bins will be available all along the block.Attendees can also kick up some dusty fun, enjoy live music from local artists, design their own chalky creations in the Freestyle Zone or peruse the selection of food trucks. Just remember kids, the chalk itself is not edible.sacurrent.com
Let's Get Weird: Burton Ball Taking Over the Rock Box This Saturday
click to enlarge Jaime MonzonEvent Details Burton Ball @ The Rock Box 1223 E. Houston St. Downtown San Antonio, TX When: Sat., Oct. 5, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Price: $7-$12 Special Events MapTime to bust out the pinstripes and frazzled curly hair. Enter a dreary grey gothic world for the 8th Annual Burton Ball, an event celebrating film director Tim Burton, best known forand the Michael Keaton-eramovies. The dark festivities will include art vendors, themed drinks and an unearthly costume contest.Originally stationed at the Korova, which closed its doors in 2017, the Burton Ball has persevered through several venue changes before landing at the Rock Box. This year, the event has grown so big that it will be held in the Rock Box, VIBES Event Center and the new VIBES Underground (which uses the same entrance as the Rock Box).sacurrent.com
Bexar Stage's Latest Show Will Hack and Slash Its Way Through October
click to enlarge Courtesy of Bexar StageEvent Details Camp Slaughter @ Bexar Stage 1203 Camden St. Downtown San Antonio, TX When: Fridays, 8 p.m. and Thu., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25 Price: $15 Comedy MapTired of helplessly shouting at hapless co-eds that are making grave mistakes onscreen every time you see a horror movie?Now's your chance to actually make a difference who survives.Bexar Stage will descend into murderous mayhem this October for. The improvised, horror flick-inspired performance will integrate audience suggestions into its plot, giving the spectators a chance to weigh in on the pandemonium.is tailor-made for fans of classic slashers and horror comedies like(2010) and(2014). Each Friday, a brand new version of the show will pit ill-fated campers against a mysterious, bloodthirsty killer, capping off with a final performance on Halloween night.The show is directed by Jay Rodriguez and stars Raven Ahrens, Seth Balla, Samantha Grubbs, Alexandra Hamner, Erick Mayo, Elliot Nathan, Clint Taylor, Juan Torres, Tyler Waddell and Sawyer Williams.sacurrent.com
Nows the Time: San Antonio's Near East Side Offers Drinking Options, But Visit Before Gentrification Changes Its Character
This is an East Side bar where youll find affordable, delicious libations, good conversation and a quiet place to unwind. Happy Hour runs Tuesday through Saturday from 4-8 p.m. and all day Sunday and Monday, offering classics such as Fitzgeralds and Old Fashioneds for $5.50. Happy hour, from 3-9 p.m. daily, offers an excellent selection of regional spirits, including Rebecca Creek and Alamo Craft, as well as beers. Happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m., includes $1 off not only drinks but also the vittles. Like any dive, Nairobi merits further investigation.sacurrent.com
The Palm San Antonio to Reopen This Week, Following Restaurant Renovations
click to enlargeThis article has been updated to reflect additional comments. Downtown San Antonio has undergone plenty of changes since since The Palm Restaurant opened on Houston Street in 2000. And now The Palm is wrapping up some changes of its own.The popular dining spot, which shut down in late June for renovations, will reopen on Thursday, August 8. New additions will include an expanded bar lounge, more dining room options and a private party area that includes new carpeting and 65-inch smart TVs.The Palm will celebrate the Grand Opening with an invitation-only fundraiser to benefit Soldiers Angels , a local charity that provides support services to current military, veterans and their families, from 5-7:30 p.m. The restaurant also will donate 10% of all proceeds this weekend to the charity.Following the event, the restaurant will open to the public.Weve built such a bond and connection with San Antonio over the past 20 years...As we have seen the city continue to evolve, it was time The Palm did the same.sacurrent.com
Artpace's Popular Chalk It Up Festival Returns for Another Year of Color
click to enlarge Courtesy of ArtpaceEvent Details Chalk It Up @ Intersection of Houston St. and N. Main Ave. Intersection of Houston St. and N. Main Ave. Downtown San Antonio, TX When: Sat., Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Price: Free Art and Free MapWhether you're a kid or an adult, there's no better way to get your hands dirty than with the brightly colored dust of sidewalk chalk. Although it's generally frowned upon to plop down and start coloring the bricks on busy downtown streets, Artpace has made it possible for us to do exactly that with its annual Chalk It Up festival.This year's fest has set its date for Saturday, October 12, and will take place at the intersection of Houston Street and North Main Avenue, near Geekdom. Spectators can show up and enjoy eye-popping chalk art created by this year's featured artists or contribute their own rainbow-infused designs in the H-E-B Freestyle Zones. Those feeling particularly inspired still have time to sign up with up to 10 friends to participate in the Team Works section, where they'll be granted their very own eight foot-by-ten foot space to create a mural.Registration for Team Works is $50, but the rest is free.Food trucks will park along Houston Street for the event, which will also include live, local music curated by KRTU 91.7 Jazz to keep the energy up as the day wears on.sacurrent.com
San Antonio's Mozart Festival Texas Celebrates 10 Years
click to enlarge Courtesy of Osip NikiforovEvent Details Mozart Festival Texas 2019 @ UIW Concert Hall 4301 Broadway Downtown San Antonio, TX When: Sat., July 27, 8-10 p.m., Sun., July 28, 3-5 p.m., Sat., Aug. 3, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 4, 3-5 p.m. Price: $15-$115 Classical Music, Live Music and Art MapSan Antonios homegrown festival of (mostly) Mozart music celebrates its 10th anniversary with four concerts at the University of the Incarnate Word. While most of the concerts focus on our man Wolfgang Amadeus greatest hits from the Don Giovanni Overture to the Divertimento for Strings in D works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Haydn, Claude Debussy and Jaques Ibert will also be featured.This years guest performers include Caleb Polachek, Bruce Williams, Megan Meisenbach, Elaine Barber, Toby Blumenthal, Richard Kilmer and Douglas Harvey, with a final concert capped off by a performance of Mozarts Piano Concerto no. 17 in G by 2016 San Antonio International Piano Competition Bronze Medalist Osip Nikiforov.sacurrent.com
Wendy Davis Confirms She's Running Against Chip Roy to Represent San Antonio and Austin in Congress
40 slidesNewsThese Before and After Photos Show How Much Downtown San Antonio Has ChangedSan Antonio is a'changin' y'all. Especially the heart of the city downtown and its immediate neighborhoods. With the newsacurrent.com
Get Your Fix of All Kinds of Comedy This Weekend at The Big-Little Comedy Fest at Bexar Stage
click to enlarge Steve Rogers / Facebookclick to enlarge Kimberly McVicar / FacebookEvent Details The Big-Little Comedy Fest @ Bexar Stage 1203 Camden St. Downtown San Antonio, TX When: Thu., July 18, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., July 19, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sat., July 20, 6, 8 & 10 p.m. Price: $10-$20 Comedy MapBexar Stage wants y'all to know that Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club isn't the only game in town. For the second year, they're hosting the Big-Little Comedy Fest, which relocated to our fair city in 2018 after stints in Grand Rapids, MI and Cleveland, OH.This event is all-in: stand-up, sketch comedy and improv will be repped in equal measure, with performers from all over Texas as well as L.A., Chicago and Philadelphia. This is also your chance to see visiting comedians like Prayer Circle Comedy (Austin), Ryan Roe (Philadelphia), Warm Milk (Dallas), Documentary Later (Austin), Matt Castellvi (Chicago) and Dan Neely (Dallas). On Saturday night, backup dancer turned stand-up Kimberly McVicar (Los Angeles) returns to BLCF to headline the finale show with the winning wit that got her over a million views on Funny or Diesacurrent.com
What can we expect downtown San Antonio to look like in the future?
SAN ANTONIO - Downtown San Antonio doesn't look the same as it did a decade ago. Centro San Antonio estimates more than $2.5 billion will be invested into the greater downtown area in the next five years. In the future, Centro reports there will be 18,500 new households built between 2010-2040, with about 40,000 people living in downtown. Visit San Antonio said about 37 million people visit the Alamo City annually, which is an increase of 32% since 2011. Visit San Antonio said to expect the number of hotels in downtown to increase.
New, Old Fans Heading Out to Powerman 5000's Show at the Rock Box
click image Instagram / officialpowerman5000Event Details Powerman 5000 @ The Rock Box 1223 E. Houston St. Downtown San Antonio, TX When: Tue., July 2, 7 p.m. Price: $15 Live Music MapPowerman 5000 rose to fame during the late 90s alternative rock boom with the release of its most successful album,. The band has released seven albums of varying quality this millennium, including its latest, 2017s. Longtime fans and those bitten by the nostalgia bug will certainly want to be in attendance for this show. For others, its worth noting that Powerman 5000 continues to do at least one thing really well make occasionally abrasive, industrial-influenced music palatable to a wider audience through its sharp pop sensibilities.sacurrent.com
What's under construction in downtown San Antonio?
SAN ANTONIO - If you take a look at the San Antonio skyline, you'll see multiple cranes and construction flooding the downtown area. Downtown San Antonio is growing and has significantly changed over the past 10 years. The nonprofit Centro San Antonio broke down what has been built and what is currently in the works for downtown. Centro San Antonio says the Frost Tower is the first high-rise building built in downtown in 30 years. SA 2020 says in 2012, $9.7 billion was brought into downtown San Antonio.