Mermaids, Kurt Vile, Patty Griffin, Cinco de Mayo celebration

Sea Life mermaids: The finned femmes of folklore take over Sea Life San Antonio with the downtown aquarium’s first-ever mermaid experience. Marvel as mermaids dive underwater with Sea Life’s sharks, rays and rescued sea turtles. Visitors also can grab a selfie with the sirens on dry land at mermaid meet and greets. Mermaid performances 10:30 am-1 pm and 2: 30-5: 30 pm Friday-Sunday and May 13-15 (meet and greet 11 am-5 pm), Sea Life Aquarium, Shops at Rivercenter, 849 E. Commerce St . Included with Sea Life admission; tickets start at $ 25.99,

visitsealife.com/san-antonio.

The Avett Brothers: A celebrated folk rock band from North Carolina, the Avett Brothers have been giving voice to a modern wanderlust for more than 20 years. Their most recent album, “The Third Gleam,” brought them back to their roots with musings on family, spirituality and tenderness. 8 pm today and Saturday, Whitewater Amphitheater, 11860 FM 306, New Braunfels. $ 55- $ 85,
whitewaterrocks.com.

“Interview with a Mexican”: This touring production uses humor to explore misconceptions about Mexican culture. It was inspired by Gustavo Arellano’s “Ask a Mexican” column, and comes from Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center in Denver. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe. $ 12,

guadalupeculturalarts.org.

James McMurtry: Singer-songwriter McMurtry returns in full force on his new album, “The Horses and the Hounds,” with intimate narratives such as “Canola Fields.” 8 pm today, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels. $ 15,

gruenehall.com.

William Lee Martin: Self-described “sophisticated redneck” Martin brings a dry wit to the stage as he comments on the changing state of affairs in the world and tries to navigate his place in it as he and everyone he knows gets older. His stand-up specials include “Let the Laughter Roll.” 7:30 and 9:45 pm today, 7 and 9:30 pm Saturday, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410. $ 40- $ 160 for tables seating two, four or eight.

improvtx.com.

“Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp”: This Children’s Ballet of San Antonio production draws on the classic tale from “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights” about street urchin Aladdin and his encounter with a magic lamp, as well as the Disney movie. 7 pm today, 2 and 7 pm Saturday, Majestic Theater, 224 E. Houston St. $ 45- $ 55,

majesticempire.com.

“Armed Doesn’t Mean Dangerous”: Documentary photographer Christian K. Lee challenges stereotypes with portraits of Black gun owners who use their firearms for sport, as a hobby or for self-defense. Opening reception 6-9 pm today. Through July 23, San Antonio Center of Photography, 724 S. Alamo St., Suite 3. Free,

thephotocenter.org.

“The Back-Porch Gang”: This new comedy takes a look at the lives of a group of retirement home residents who receive some unexpected guests following a day of seemingly innocent lollygagging. Opens today. 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays through May 21, Overtime Theater, 5409 Bandera Road, Suite 205. $ 12- $ 18,

Facebook: @Overtime Theater.

Kurt Vile

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Saturday

Kurt Vile: Lo-fi musician Vile’s latest project, “(watch my moves),” which he recorded at his home studio on Philadelphia, is full of patient and methodical meditations on fatherhood and where his career has taken him. The album also demonstrates that Vile’s deadpan approach to lyric crafting is here to stay. 8 pm Saturday, Aztec Theater, 104 N. St. Mary’s St. $ 25 (only general admission floor tickets remain),

kurtvile.com.

Cinco de Mayo at Market Square: City-sponsored Cinco de Mayo celebration will include folklorico dancing, mariachis, arts and crafts, and food vendors. 10 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday, Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St. Free,

marketsquaresa.com.

“Paseo Por el Westside”: Learn the history of the city’s West Side during this tour celebrating the area history, culture and people. Along with food, workshops and live music, the event will also include a Mother’s Day exhibit and sale by the center’s women’s clay collective. 9 am-3 pm Saturday, Rinconcito de Esperanza, 816 S. Colorado St. Free,
esperanzacenter.org.

Texas Trades: Learn about the skills such as blacksmithing and tailoring employed in the 19th century. This living history event, which will cover the Alamo grounds, will also explore occupations such as textile work and printing using a vintage press. 9 am-4 pm Saturday, The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza. Free,

Facebook: @The Alamo.

John Charles Dailey: San Antonio musician Dailey has made lots of music, but never under his own name. That changes with the release of his new album, “Heavy Love,” which features the slightly off-kilter rockers “Parking Lots” and “All My Heroes Are Dead.” Also on the bill are Slomo Drags and Buttercup. 8 pm Saturday, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks. $ 5- $ 10,
502bar.com.

Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin

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Sunday

Patty Griffin: Griffin, one of Texas’ most celebrated songwriters, has delivered haunting songs such as “Let Him Fly” and “Heavenly Day” for three decades. Her upcoming album, “Tape,” is a collection of home demos and recordings she uncovered during the pandemic. 7 pm Sunday, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road, $ 60,

gruenehall.com.

Yedam Kim: Kim, the 2020 silver medalist in the Gurwitz International Piano Competition, will perform three sonatas by Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti and works by Rachmaninov, Debussy and Chopin. This is the season finale of Musical Bridges Around the World’s concert series at San Fernando Cathedral. 7 pm Sunday, San Fernando Cathedral, 115 Main Plaza. Free,
musicalbridges.org.

Toni Draper: Texas author Draper will be signing copies of her new book, “Cinco De Die-o,” which combines lesbian romance and mystery about a San Antonio police officer and a bar owner who are investigating a string of killings in which the bodies are found on landmarks around the River Walk. 11 am-1 pm Sunday, The Twig Bookshop, 306 Pearl Parkway, Unit 106. Free,
thetwig.com.

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