New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Herald - ZeitungSunflower exhibit at gallery
“Follow the Sun—A Sunflower Exhibit” continues at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery through Oct. 24.
The exhibit grew out of a field trip by some artists who became captivated with the flowers and in painting them. The group has also painted notecards which may be used for mailing or framing or both. The sale of the notecards and a sunflower-decorated umbrella benefit the building renovations fund. Sharon Neuhaus chairs the exhibit.
The sunflower exhibit may be viewed Monday through Saturday between the hours of IO a.m. and 5 p.m. at the NBAL Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio St.
■ Several local artists will participate in the River Art Show this weekend along the Riverwalk and in La Villita in San Antonio this weekend. The artists include Came Allbntton, Pat Deltz, Dwaina Johnson, Betty Mathis, Erma Moss and JoAnn Wright. The show and sale runs from IO a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8.
Gruene Music Fest
Fund-raising event opens with VIP party; concerts, chili cookoff follow
Music flows at nearly flood levels on the banks of the Guadalupe River in Gruene (pronounced “green”), the beautiful historic district located just outside of New Braunfels, Oct. 6-8 as the Ninth Annual Gruene Music Fest is fine-tuned for another successful fundraising event complete with high-profile media publicity benefiting the United Way of Comal County.
Beginning Friday evening, Oct. 6, the private “VIP Premier Party” will kick off the event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.* with dinner and a charity auction for special guests including top business representatives from throughout the area. Music is the star attraction and will feature Chris and Judy during the “social hour.” Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s will entertain with an encore performance at Gruene Hall; doors open to the public at 9 p.m.; cover charge is $10.
Saturday’s food, fun and festivities will flow down by the banks of the Guadalupe River with the “Rockin’ the Rockin ‘R’” concerts. Several fea
ture acts are slated to perform from noon until 9 p.m. Also beginning at noon, join us for a spicy hot Chili Cook-Off that lasts until 9 p.m. Beer, soft drinks and food will be available at Rafter’s Restaurant. No ice chests, please. Charge for this event is only $3, children under 12 are free. Saturday evening’s activities move backup the hill to Gruene Hall for the traditional country performance by Clay Blakcr and the Texas Honky-Tonk Band from 9 p.m. to I a.m.
Cover charge is only $6, children under 12, $2.
Sunday’s event, “Scene in Gruene,” centers around Gruene Hall and the surrounding area. At noon, join the festivities with three stages of music for only $3 all day, children under 12 free. A Folk Stage and special children's activity area will be located behind Buck Pottery (under the old oak tree) and mariachis will stroll all afternoon. The splendid restaurants, gift shops, antique stores, wineries and taverns of Gruene will once again combine to
provide one of the most unique settings anywhere.
We look forward to seeing you at this worthwhile event of the arts which holds a wealth of experience for the entire family and benefits the United Way of Comal County. Come be a part of the exciting 9th Annual Gruene Music Fest.
■ The Gruene Music Fest will feature the Gruene Eyed Chili Kick Off, a CASl-rule chili cook-off benefiting the United Way of Comal County, Saturday, Oct. 7 at Rockin ‘R’ River Rides in Gruene.
Entry deadline is IO a.m. Oct. 7; entry fee is $10 per team. To enter, send team name, names of chief cook and team members, day and evening phone numbers and entry fee (check or money order made payable to Gruene Music /est) to: Gruene Music Fest, 1352 Poppy Lane, New Braunfels, TX 78130.
For more information, contact Russell McDonald at 210-629-2305.
Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s
Tejano promoter sees music genre receiving wider appeal in U.S.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Tejano — South Texas’ multiculturalism turned into music. Bom of Mexican American music mixed with German instruments and rhythm, Tejano is the nsing star in today’s musical galaxy. Promoter Ramon Chapa Jr. saw its potential when Tejano was stnctly South Texas.
“Tejano’s really going big time,” Chapa said. “It used to be just Texas — now there’s a lot of demand up north, like Michigan, Illinois and Washington."
Button accordion is a key element that Tejano music borrowed from German and Polish immigrants. “Some of those accordion players have even done some things for the Rolling Stones,” Chapa said.
Fl&co Jimenez, considered by many to be the world’s best button accordion player, makes his home in San Antonio.
“He just shot a video not long ago in Gruene Hall,” Chapa said. “He tours all around the world.”
Chapa currently promotes two Tejano acts, Rene Zapata y Grupo Prcsidente and Adne y Grupo T-Max. He also books other acts, like MAZZ, arguably the hottest Tejano band today.
Chapa recently packed the New Braunfels Civic Center in a Tejano concert co-sponsored by the the Greater Hispanic-Chamber of Comal County. Jay Perez, Adne y Grupo T-Max and Rey Zapata and Grupo Prcsidente took the stage to help support the GHCC, Project Learning, and the Comal Independent Men’s Association.
Tejano bands used to just get up on stage and sing, Chapa said. “Now they incorporate lasers, lights — they all have a gimmick,” he said. “But MAZZ has no gimmick at all. They just put out the best music that you could put out.”
Tejano singers are beginning to cross over into country, Chapa said
Three country tracks on Perez’s latest CD are poised to break into the country charts, accord
ing to a recent “Billboard Magazine” article.
Mexican audiences are packing arenas to hear Tejano music, Chapa said. "MAZZ played a couple of months ago in Mexico — 60,(XX) people,” he said.
If you go to a Tejano concert, you don’t listen
--- you listen and dance, Chapa said. R a ii c h e r a music has a fast tempo and partners dance together. “The Cumbia you dance separated from each other,” he said.
“The dances originate around your regional area,” Chapa said. Ramon Chapa, Jr. “I I era in New
Braunfels they dance in a big giant circle, counter-clockwise." Houston con-cert-goers dance in their own little circles.
"You go to California and they dance more like Banda music a close, grinding dance,” Chapa said. "That originates from Mexico.” Chapa was a part of the Tejano scene before it started to cxpltxle. “KC INB used to have Tejano music early in the morning,” he said. “I used to DJ with Lupe Castillo.”
Although his promotions business is growing, Chapa plans to keep his day job.
He works as a program coordinator for the city of San Antonio’s literacy program. “Half the time I’m on the phone, booking bands and returning calls,” he said.
it doesn’t look like Chapa’s life will be getting less hectic in the near future. Bands like MAZZ, La Mafia, Emilio and La Tropa I can pick and choose between bookings.
Talented People Wanted!
Dark,” the suspense thriller being prwnMd at Circle Arts Theatre. In addition to Friday’s and Saturday’s shows, one will be ^Hired on Thursday night to benefit the local United Way. in the scene pictured here, con plan Mika Taiman (W.T. Henderson) stops a blind Suzy Hendrix (Lara Wright) from "see-frtg” Nffl* preventing her from making art identification. Tickets are available at China-n-pdngs in Linda Plaza. For reservations, call 609-3092 through Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. only.
THE ART OF THE MATTER
“Deep in the Art of Texas”
That’s the theme chosen by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council for its 16th annual Dinner With The _
Arts, scheduled for Jan. 21, 1996. Now, you know that event is going to need a big number of talented people to pull it off. Besides the decorating, exhibits, awards, menu coordination, and ticket sales committees, it will take a cast of dancers, singers, instrumentalists, poets and actors to make it the wonderful celebration it is every year. In other words, there’s a good chance that we need you! And the auditions are set for next Monday, Oct. 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Circle Arts Theatre.
Don’t tell me you don’t have time,” or you "haven t any talent.” I
don't believe that for a minute! The show is put together with one organizational meeting and TWO (count ‘em) rehearsals! The busiest human can handle that. And, as for talent, this town is absolutely loaded with it! You don't even need to have your act “all together" and decided - Just give us an idea of what you can and want to do.
Last thought on the subject: Because of the theme, each individual performance will either need to be about Texas, or the material created by Texans You can do that. ..piece of cake!
(Elizabeth Elliott is a guest columnist for the Herald-Zeitung, writing on the arts and humanities.)
Master sculptor featured at Hummel
One-man exhibit to run Oct 7 to Nov. 12
An adrenaline-charged impala flees for its life from the swift charge of an African leopard on a vast Kenyan plain. Golfing legend Ben Hogan swings his club through an imaginary fairway. Chicago Bear Hall of Fumer Walter Payton scores yet another, touchdown in largcr-than-life-sizc style.
These are but a few of the images that master sculptor Paul Tadlock has captured in bronze. Tadlock will be featured in a one-man exhibit of his sculptures at the Hummel Museum that will open Saturday, Get. 7, and will run until Nov. 12.
The exhibit opens at 12 noon Oct. 7 with the artist introducing a figurine which he has created for the benefit of the nonprofit museum "Nature’s Worker," a cold-cast porcelain, hand-painted figurine which depicts a bumblebee among springtime daisies. Tadlock will * ign figurine purchases that day only
from 12 to 5 p in. The figurine will Iv offered at an introductory price of $90.
"Realistic wildlife sculpting is a Tadlock hallmark,” remarked John Collins, Hummel executive director. "From sculpting a jaguar for the Jaguar Motor Corp., to the imposing lifesize grizzly bears for the Wichita Zoo, his work seems to edify nature, to capture nature in such a way as to present its true representation.” he added.
The exhibit at the New Braunfels museum w ill include pieces from Tadlock's Big Five of Africa series as well as American waterfowl, animal wildlife, and freshwater and deep sea fish. The exhibit will contain 15 sculptures. among them bronzes and cold-cast porcelain.
"These are but a few of the images that Tadlock has captured,” said Collins.
"Some of them are just majestic, yet the playful scene of a hunter being startled by his airborne prey demonstrates Tadlock’s ability to introduce spirit, action and surprise into an art form known for its rigidity and permanence.”
For more information regarding the figurine signing party or the exhibit opening, please call the museum at 625-5636.
Something for everyone at Taste of the Town
Event benefits Children’s Museum
From appetizers to desserts, from Texas wines to Chinese soup, from barbecued beef to prime rib, the Taste of the Town will have it all this year.
This event, the annual fund-raiser for the Children s Museum in New Braunfels, will be Oct. 12 from 6 to S p.m. at the Krueger Chevrolet building, comer of San Antonio and Academy streets in downtown New Braunfels. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door, and are available at the Children’s Museum, Mail-lt Plus in the H-E-B center, Comal Bowl, Collected Memories and Broussard.
That night, the museum will feature Pizza and Playtime for the kids at the museum. Admission is $5 per child, which includes all the Mr. Gatti’s pizza they can eat. Reservations are recommended.
Door prizes will be handed out throughout the evening, including a whole cooked brisket and dinners for two. The grand prize will be dinner for two for a year—12 certificates from area restaurants.
In addition, more than a dozen items will be sold in a silent auction; a fish cooker from Entex, Texas-Texas Tech football tickets, San Antonio Iguanas hockey tickets, San Antonio Spurs basketball tickets, a batik quilt, tickets to the Children’s Fine Art Series, signed children’s books, a custom-made child’s chair donated by Betty Neumeyer, tickets for two to the American Cancer Society gala, season tickets to Circle Arts Theatre, a package of items from downtown merchants, framed photos by Linda Gabbard and Morris Goon, a Melitta coffeemaker and Landmark Coffee, a guide to Hill Country day trips and a picnic
basket, a tasting box from New Braunfels Smokehouse, passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark, a half-day at The Retreat—A Day Spa, and an original art lamp by Mark Nelson.
Music will be provided by three bands: Kato and the House-boys, featuring Don Forres, Joe Grist, Earl Leaverton and Jack Williamson; Chris and Judy; and Pete Williams, Dennis Rathbum and Forres.
In keeping with the setting—the service area of the historic Krueger Chevrolet building—several classic cars will be on display, including three from the collection of building owner Jack Krueger, who is donating the use of his building free of charge.
Food at the Taste of the Town will include: baked goods from New City Bakery; hamburgers from Comal Bowl; salsa and chips from Max’s Salsa Sabrosa; sour cream enchiladas from Pat’s Place, old-fashioned malts and shakes from Sip ’N Sup, Miller beers from Wholesale Beer, Inc.; beers and ales from Celis Brewery; finger sandwiches, gourmet cinnamon rolls and teas from the New Braunfels Coffee Co.; grilled peppered fresh salmon and charbroiled steak from Huisache Grill; potato soup, bread pudding and pigs-m-a-blanket from the New Braunfels Smokehouse; barbecue beef, chicken, pork and sausage from Granzin’s Bar-B-Q; cocktail meatballs and sausages from Cateran; riblets from Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar; chicken and brisket tacos, pinto beans and pico de gallo from the Guadalupe Smoked Meat Co.; yogurt cake from TCBY; fried catfish from TJ’s Burgers and More; prime rib from Treetops Riverside Grille; hot-and-sour soup from Dragon Place; cookies from Plaza Diner; and a sampling of wines from Texas wineries.
For more information about Taste of the Town, call the museum at 620-0939.