By Sanford Nowlin | San Antonio Current

After catching criticism that its Fall Heritage Festival — a fundraiser styled after a mini-Fiesta — could turn into a "superspreader" event, the Conservation Society of San Antonio and city officials have pulled the plug on the gathering.

In a city news release, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the Conservation Society said the Nov. 6 event at downtown's La Villita has been cancelled due local to Covid-19 indicators. Recent Metro Health data show local positivity rates, infections and hospitalizations ticking up.

"Despite the strict safety measures the City and Conservation Society adopted to ensure a healthy event, the continued presence of Covid-19 in our community makes cancelling this event the right call," Nirenberg said in a statement.

Those who purchased tickets can refund the full $125 price, convert it into a tax-deductible donation or apply the funds to a future Conservation Society event.

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By Kelly Merka Nelson | San Antonio Current

In what should probably come as no surprise, another major Alamo City holiday celebration is down for the count.

In what may foreshadow an oncoming wave of Christmas-themed cancellations, the San Antonio River Walk Association announced Tuesday that this year's Ford Holiday River Parade — a downtown holiday staple — has been called off due to the ongoing pandemic, KSAT reports.

The cancellation comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the Rotary Club's ice skating rink would not return to Travis Park this year.

The annual tradition, which featured ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons as Grand Marshal last year, was originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 27.

Instead, this year's festivities will be replaced with virtual activities, and the parade is officially slated to return Nov. 26, 2021.

“It is with great sadness that we must announce the cancellation of this year’s Ford Holiday River Parade,” River Walk Association Executive Director Maggie Thompson said in a statement provided to KSAT.

"Needless to say, we are beyond heartbroken, but have exciting plans in the works. We are rolling out all new, socially distanced, and fun virtual activities for 2020, as well as looking ahead to 2021 for even bigger and better events."

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By Kelly Merka Nelson | San Antonio Current

Mother-daughter duo cultural anthropologist Citlali Maria Zentella and folklorist Binisa Zentella have dedicated themselves to preserving the history and culture of Barrio Laredito, a lively San Antonio neighborhood west of San Pedro Creek that was demolished during urban renewal projects in the 1970s.

Although the neighborhood is often deemed "forgotten," its legacy lives on through its descendants, street names and the Alameda Theater, which was originally built in 1949. However, the neighborhood's centuries-long story — which reaches back to the early 1700s — is still unknown to many. To combat the erasure of the barrio from the local cultural consciousness, the Zentellas have put together a historic presentation titled Tales of Laredito.

On Tuesday, they will present Tales of Laredito at the historic Casa Navarro State Historic Site, combining narrative and song to retell the history in a story divided into five time periods. The free event promises to be particularly eye-opening to any San Antonians born after 1980.

Free, 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, 228 S. Laredo St., (210) 226-4801, visitcasanavarro.com

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Hundreds of people participated in the 23rd annual César E. Chávez March for Justice, which made its way from the near West Side through downtown to Hemisfair, on Saturday.

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By Bryan Rindfuss | San Antonio Current

Courtesy of India Association of San Antonio

Since its formation in 1978, the India Association of San Antonio (IASA) has evolved from a small group of dedicated volunteers to a nonprofit umbrella over cultural, religious and charitable groups representing the Alamo City’s growing South Asian community. Built around a concept of “unity in diversity,” IASA functions as an online directory for local temples, churches, mosques, dance schools and yoga centers, helps raise funds for disaster victims all over the world and offers mentoring programs covering everything from tolerance to financial self-sufficiency. As part of its mission to “foster a better understanding between India and San Antonio,” IASA organizes annual events surrounding Holi, a spring festival honoring Krishna, Diwali, a fall “festival of lights” celebrating the victory of good over evil and Indian Republic Day, which commemorates January 26 as the day the Constitution of India went into effect and made the country a “sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic” back in 1950. An annual favorite that invites all walks to “experience India in just a day,” IASA’s Festival of India returns to La Villita’s Maverick Plaza on March 30 with a colorful assortment of performances and vendors. Following a theme of “Cultural Fusion,” this year’s fest promises costumed dance presentations highlighting Bollywood, folk and classical styles, a “Parade of States” and booths offering henna tattoos, clothing and jewelry, not to mention traditional Indian cuisine, including beloved snacks like chaat and spicy tandoori dishes. Free, 3-9pm Sat, Mar. 30, Maverick Plaza, La Villita, 418 Villita St., (210) 960-5784, indiasa.org.

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By Lea Thompson | San Antonio Current

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VIA Metropolitan Transit and Bexar County will offer free rides to those attending the Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice — an annual event that brings thousands to march in downtown San Antonio — on Saturday, March 30.

The 2019 march, co-sponsored by the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy & Educational Foundation (CECLEF) and the City of San Antonio, marks the first time that free rides have been available in the event’s 23-year history. The event will celebrate the theme “Voices and Votes for Education, Social Justice, and Equality."

“Every year, thousands march together in unity to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez," said CECLEF Chairman Ernest J. Martinez. "The march now attracts all parts of the community to include youth organizations, university student groups, employer diversity groups, and non-profit organizations from across the community.”

Cesar Luis Chavez, grandson to Cesar E. Chavez, will serve as the event's Grand Marshal, while Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Texas A&M University-San Antonio President, will serve as the Honorary Grand Marshal. Attendees are encouraged to drop off canned food donations at 723 S. Brazos, the march's starting point, to benefit the San Antonio Food Bank.

Free rides will run between 8 and 10 a.m., leaving from the downtown UTSA parking lots on Dolorosa Street at Pecos La Trinidad Street and from the Alamodome parking lots B and C on Cherry Street. Return services will be available until 3 p.m., leaving from Old Bowie Street, located near the Institute of Texan Cultures Gate 4.

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Elijah Malcomb (from left), Joseph Morales, Kyle Scatliffe and Fergie L. Philippe star in the national tour of "Hamilton." Photo courtesy Joan Marcus

If you missed the deadline to purchase online tickets to "Hamilton," which runs May 7-29 at the Majestic Theatre, through the Ticketmaster Verified Fan system, you can still get some.

A limited number of tickets, which range from $75 to $195.50, will be available Friday morning (March 15) at the Majestic, 224 E. Houston St.

Here's how it works:

You have to get a wristband between 7-9 a.m. at the Majestic. You'll also have to fill out a preorder form in order to expedite your ticket purchase. If you get there after 9 a.m., you'll have to wait until everyone with a wristband purchases their tickets before you can get yours—assuming there will be any left.

At 9:30 a.m., the Majestic staff will begin announcing "purchase groups," which are groups of people determined based on the number on their wristbands. Then the groups will be brought to the line so they can purchase their tickets.

Bring a photo ID and credit card matching your ID. Each customer will be allowed to purchase a maximum of four tickets.

Tickets that cost $10 can also be purchased the day of the performances via lottery, but those details, according to a Majestic spokeswoman, are not available at this time.

"Hamilton" is the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's founding fathers who also served as George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. The show, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, "blends hip-hip, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway."

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Despite light rain Saturday morning, more than 200 people gathered at the steps of the gazebo at Milam Park in west downtown to participate in the 29th annual San Antonio International Women's Day March.

"We are one. We are the same. You're not alone. Take my hand," "Grandmother" Emma Ortega of the Lipan Apache and Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe sang while beating a buffalo drum she decorated with painted dragonflies.

"They represent the dreams of the individual, the dreams of everyone," Ortega said.

The theme for this year's march was ¡La Luche Sigue!, Nevertheless, We Persist!

Victoria Castellanos, first-year marcher and social work major at the University of Texas at San Antonio, said having studied women's rights in college motivated her to attend.

Members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of the Alamo Inc., an advocacy group who's members are anonymous, wore handmaiden costumes.

The costumes, made popular by the TV series adapted from Margaret Atwood's novel "The Handmaid's Tale," have become a symbol of solidarity in regards to women's right and the Me Too movement.

"The march is about elevating women's voices," said Sister Katya Klyzm, a member of the group, who declined to give their birth name.

Seasoned marcher Lala Bernal said she attends the march every year because it's important to exercise civil rights.

"One's concerns should be brought to the forefront as much as possible," Bernal said.

The march passed through the downtown, including the Alamo, before returning to Milam Park.

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Carrie Rodriguez returns to San Antonio on Friday. COURTESY SAMANTHA ESPARZA

Friday night, the Pearl's outdoor concert series, Canciones, kicks off 2019 with a performance by noted singer-songwriter and fiddler Carrie Rodriguez and her side project called Laboratorio, a kind of live collaboration with a popular musicians.

For this performance, Rodriguez will be joined by legendary San Antonio accordionist Eva Ybarra

The show is scheduled for 7:30-9 p.m. Friday (Feb. 22) at Pearl Park, which is the faux-grass area next to the Bottling Department food hall. The concert is free.

Dates and acts for the other performances in the Canciones series are still be worked on, a Pearl spokeswoman said. Expect the series to kick back up in the summer.

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A dance group performs at a recent Asian Festival held at the Institute of Texan Cultures. COURTESY INSTITUTE OF TEXAN CULTURES

In observance of the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Boar, the daylong Asian Festival returns to the Institute of Texan Cultures on Saturday.

Now in its 32nd year, the festival consumes most of the ITC—both indoor and outdoor—about a dozen dance and martial arts groups, more than 100 food selections, and other activities.

If you need a place to Zen-out, check out the bonsai and ikebana room. If you're a highly competitive person, the mahjong table might be your thing. Or, perhaps, the anime room is more your speed.

Sustenance-wise, you can try selections from Filipino lumpia (egg rolls) to Indian samosas, from Turkish doner (kabob) to a Malaysian dish called Ram's Burger (a wrap with meat, spices and Malaysian sauce).

Groups participating include the Arathi School of Indian Dance, Indianian Pertiwi Dance Group, UTSA Korean Culture Club, Texas Martial Arts Council, S.A. Lion Dance Association.

Tickets are $12 ($10 in advance), $5 kids ages 6-12, free for children ages five and younger.

The festival runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the ITC, 801 E. César E. Chávez Boulevard.

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