Do you know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em? It’s that time of year again! The 6th annual Eva’s Heroes Celebrity Casino Night returns Saturday, October 12 at 5 p.m. at the Éilan Hotel, Resort and Spa, a member of the Autograph Collection. Presented by L’Oreal Paris, general admission* for this year’s “Swinging Sixties” themed gala is $250.
Guests can expect an evening full of casino elements including live and silent auctions and the Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament. And while you’re trying to decide whether to go all-in, featured celebrity chef Donnie Ferneau Jr. and a host of San Antonio’s finest chefs will execute jackpot-winning dishes for your enjoyment!
“This year’s Eva’s Heroes Celebrity Casino Night mixes fun, fashion and food to raise funds for individuals with intellectual special needs,” actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria said. “We are excited for this Sixties-themed evening, which has casino elements, top-notch chefs and cocktails to raise support for Eva’s Heroes programs—each of which mean the world to me because we work hard to help participants thrive in society.”
The highly anticipated Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament will be emceed by celebrity poker experts Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten. The two have been commentators on the World Poker Tour since its inception 12 years ago. Reservations to participate in the Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament are $400 and include full entry to the event. Check-in for the tournament is from 12:30-2:00 p.m., with round one beginning at 2:00 p.m and the final round beginning at 9:30 p.m. The evening will be full of fantastic prizes.
Co-founded by actress Eva Longoria and Christiane Perkins-Garcia, Eva’s Heroes helps youth with intellectual special needs integrate and flourish in society. Proceeds from Celebrity Casino Night, presented by L’Oreal Paris, fund Eva’s Heroes programs like After School, Monthly Activities and Summer Enrichment.
“Our programs provide an inclusive environment where participants learn to interact with peers,” said Shawne Zakaria, Eva’s Heroes executive director. “Each program helps developing teens and young adults increase their ability to function independently and teaches them the value of teamwork.”
For more information, contact Eva’s Heroes at (210) 694-9090. To purchase event reservations and view live auction packages, please click here.
*Must be 21 years old to attend
It’s time to put on your silver and black because the San Antonio Spurs are back!
The San Antonio Spurs will host a free open scrimmage on Sunday, October 6 at the AT&T Center. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and the scrimmage will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. Open seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the lower bowl of the arena.
The open scrimmage will be hosted by Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliot and will feature appearances by the Spurs Coyote and the Spurs Silver Dancers.
Enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 drinks, 20% discount at the fan shop and special ticket offers. There will also be a chance to win practice jerseys worn by the players after the scrimmage.
Don’t miss out on the chance to check out the 2013-14 Spurs team in action before their home game against CSKA Moscow of the Russian League on October 9.
Click here for your regular Friday night events!
If you’re in Austin for the weekend, check out San Antonio record label Saustex’s special showcase!
Pinche Guero Review #11 - Druggist 4
(Note: El Guero, who likes to refer to himself in third person, only reviews releases from San Antonio because it’s the best city on the planet. And if I don’t do it, who else will? Druggist, however, is a band that lives in California. What gives? It’s simple. They’re from here and so their sound is “of here” and as long as they keep making music this good, we should all be happy to claim them for our own.)
Indie grunge-pop duo Druggist has always had a raw and fiercely individual sound, as melodramatic as it is straightforward. On their fourth album, creatively entitled 4, they show the versatility and imagination they exhibited recording with a host of others on 2009’s epic The Pile On — but for this one, it’s just core members Zach Dunlap and Blake Cormier. Their sound is clearer, more visceral, and more arresting than ever — see track five “Kristine.” Bringing together the lush vocal approach of The Pile On with the razor sharp focus, self-aware wit, and compositional purity of 2007’s There’s Already an Everything, this is the group’s finest record.
The album’s back end, in particular, is damn near perfection, from the seething “Don’t Save Me,” to the playful and groovy “I’m Looking at a New World,” to the alternately slinky and bashing “All My Life I’ve Wanted to Die” and the exquisite closer “Something About You.” Druggist is a band that has its roots firmly planted in internal chemistry and an ever-increasing confidence in their identity. As they grow more sure-footed, they grow looser and the songs become even better. These guys sound great and the best part is that they’re already planning on releasing a second album this year, entitled…
Wait for it…
8 Micheladas out of 10
-Get the album (and their whole rad catalog) from their Bandcamp: druggist.bandcamp.com/
-Follow Druggist on Facebook and beg them to come home: on.fb.me/1cg8H1K
Pinche Guero Review #10 - Phonolux Feathered Fortress EP
Phonolux Feathered Fortress EP
The problem I tend to have with Phonolux’s music, through the SA four-piece’s six years and now three releases, is that it’s always “good” without being particularly original or interesting. The band is like a gentle mixer, ready to take on the taste and character of whatever strong stuff is poured into it. This is an affliction of which I believe the band to be at least partially aware. And over the years, whether in the form of continually switching instruments and stations on stage or focusing a great deal of their attention on sound quality over song quality, Phonolux has tried to compensate for their lack of musical identity. This new Feathered Fortress EP follows right along in this tradition — although I’ve heard they dropped the musical chairs routine (which could pay future dividends).
EP opener “And Then He’s Gone” is basically a Goo Goo Dolls ballad, with the “edginess” of Matchbox 20 trying real hard to be Ryan Adams. The fact that I find it hard to describe without comparison is truly telling. Singer and piano player Buddy Calvo’s voice, like so many of the elements of Phonolux’s sound, is technically pretty decent — but somehow lacks authenticity or believability. And then the lyrics on this EP mostly seem like the jaded attempts of a self-conscious turned self-righteous speaker (mostly or entirely Calvo) to piss on the brighter fires he sees burning around him. The promising moments of tension between piano and guitar at the beginning of track two “Goodbye” are an example of one thing that Phonolux does often do very well, but as the song trails off into a mush of piano and saccharine vocals singing bitter lines… You get the urge to go on to the next one.
It is worth noting a few things here. First of all, Phonolux is a (yawn) hard working band with great dexterity and technical skill — both in the studio and on stage. Secondly, the lead single off of Feathered Fortress, “Hurricane,” is arguably the group’s best track. Thirdly, with recent changes in line up and slight changes in approach, the band may be poised to become increasingly possessed of a unique musical identity.
And lastly… When it comes to the final judgment on this EP’s awesomeness or tepidity, in the immortal words of Reading Rainbow’s Levar Burton, “You don’t have to take my word for it.”
4.5 Micheladas out of 10