A Sneak Peek of Arts and Entertainment in San Antonio in 2022, Featuring J Balvin, Tig Notaro, the Georgia O’Keefe Exhibit, “Mean Girls” and Motley Crue

In 2016, Cassandra Parker-Nowicki had a conversation that planted the seed for one of the big cultural events slated for 2022: a festival celebrating the life and work of the San Antonio writer Sterling Houston.

Parker-Nowicki, executive director of the Carver Community Cultural Center, chatted with actress Danielle King about the city’s tricentennial celebration.

“We were discussing who stories weren’t being told in the Tercentenary and who was really brilliant at telling stories of people whose voices weren’t heard often,” Parker-Nowicki recalls. “And we said, ‘Sterling’. Then we said, we should do something. Let’s have a festival.

Houston, a nationally recognized writer whose plays deal with the politics of race, gender, sexuality and history, died in 2006 at the age of 60.

The festival is expected to take place throughout the month of June.

Location information

AT&T Center, 1 walk from AT&T Center. 210-444-5140; attcenter.com.

Alamodome, 100 Montana. 210-704-6306; alamodome.com.

Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St. 210-299-4499; museumbrisco.org.

Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry. 210-207-7211; thecarver.org.

Magik Theater, 420 S. Alamo. 210-227-2751; magiktheatre.org.

Majestic Theater, 224 E. Houston St. 210-226-3333; majesticempire.com.

McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels. 210-824-5368; mcnayart.org.

The San Antonio Public Theater, San Pedro Park in Ashby. 210-733-7258; thepublicsa.org.

San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston. 210-536-1400; sabot.org.

San Antonio Art Museum, 200 W. Jones. 210-978-8100; samuseum.org.

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle. 210-223-8624; tobincenter.org.

Woodlawn Theater, 1920 Fredericksburg Road. 210-267-8388; www.woodlawntheatre.org.

Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry. 210-207-7211; thecarver.org.

Other big events coming up in 2022 include performances by Tig Notaro and J. Balvin, an exhibition exploring La Malinche, the San Antonio debut of the musical “Mean Girls” and the return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ballet Folklórico de México by Amalia Hernandez.

Details of the Sterling Houston Festival are still being finalized, but plans include panel discussions, a celebration of his music, and productions of some of his plays, including “Black and Blue,” “The Griffon” and “Black Lily. , White Lily. “There will also be some sort of event designed to encourage the creation of new Houston-inspired works.

The festival is a collaboration between the Carver, Jump-Start Performance Co., Gemini Ink, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Urban-15.

“I think that says something really beautiful about her that all of these people jumped at this idea so enthusiastically and everyone we spoke to and everyone we invited to be a part of it was so. excited about it, ”Parker-Nowicki says. “It’s just a testament to him and who he was and what he meant and what he still means to a lot of people, which makes it all the more precious.”

Here’s a look at 21 other highly anticipated events in the works for 2022. Something to note: The pandemic remains an issue, so plans could change in response to this or other unexpected events.


“35MM: a musical exhibition”: The new show weaves projections of photographs with storytelling songs inspired by these images. Directed by Rick Sanchez. Jan 14-Feb 6, The San Antonio Public Theater.

“Georgia O’Keeffe and American Modernism”: The exhibition explores O’Keeffe’s role in the development of modernism and includes pieces from her and her contemporaries. January 21-May 8, McNay Art Museum.

Hiplet ballet flats:
The Chicago-based dance troupe mixes advanced classical technique with hip-hop and other urban dance moves in an effort to make ballet accessible. Hope the third time is a charm. The company’s performance in San Antonio has been postponed twice due to the pandemic. January 22, Carver Community Cultural Center.

Mickey Guyton will be performing at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

Chris Pizzello / Associate Press


San Antonio Stock Exchange and Rodeo Show: After a sleek event at the Freeman Coliseum last year, the rodeo returns with a solid entertainment lineup. There are longtime favorites like Brad Paisley and Tanya Tucker, rising stars like Mickey Guyton and Sam Hunt, and plenty of variety with norteño legend Ramon Ayala, hip-hop star Ludacris and classic rockers Night Ranger. and Styx. February 10-26, AT&T Center.

Gladys knight: With the Pips, Gladys Knight recorded timeless classics such as “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”. On her own, she won Grammys for traditional R&B and gospel albums. February 23, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Tig Notaro:
Stand-up comedian Notaro – whose HBO animated special “Drawn” made the New York Times list of best comedies of 2021 – brings her distinctive tongue-in-cheek style to town. February 27, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

The Ailey Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater arrives at the Tobin Center.

The Ailey Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater arrives at the Tobin Center.

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“Selena Maria sings”: This new show is about a young singer-songwriter named after slain music icon Tejano who tries to forge his own path. Magik Theater produces it in collaboration with Childsplay, the Arizona company that developed and premiered it in October. March 4 April 3, Magik Theater.

“Don Quixote”: The Ballet San Antonio presents the story of Cervantes on the adventure quest of a knight errant. The production was choreographed by Patrick Armand. March 4-6, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: The legendary dance company will perform new pieces as well as masterpieces such as “Revelations”, the company’s flagship work. The play, which debuted in 1960, is a powerful exploration of black joy and sorrow. March 8, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

“A doll’s house, part 2:” Four years ago, classical theater staged a powerful production of “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen and now turns to Lucas Hnath’s sequel in 2017. The new play is set 15 years after the original and explores what Ibsen protagonist Nora has been up to since leaving her stifling marriage. Omar Leos is leading. March 10-27, San Antonio Botanical Garden.

Country star Eric Church to perform at the AT&T Center in April

Country star Eric Church to perform at the AT&T Center in April

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Éric Church: The Outlaw Country Returns Church released a pair of albums, “Heart” and “Soul” (with a bonus, “&”, for members of his fan club), in 2021. They added the single “Heart on Fire” from a string that dates back to Church’s 2006 debut, “Sinner Like Me” and includes “Springsteen” and “Give Me Back My Hometown”. April 2, AT&T Center.

Ballet Folklórico de México by Amalia Hernández: The San Antonio stop is part of the famous dance troupe’s 70th anniversary tour. April 10, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

SOLI bedroom set:
SOLI closes its 2020-21 season with a program that includes the world premiere of “Holbein Dances by Cuban-American composer Armando Bayolo. The musicians will be joined by mezzo-soprano Jacquelyn Matava. April 11, San Antonio Botanical Garden.

J. Balvin: The smash hit “Mi Gente” made Colombian singer and rapper J Balvin one of the biggest stars of the recent wave of Latin music that has taken the dance floors with a combination of reggaeton, hip hop and pop. His latest album, “Jose”, features the hits “Que Mas Pues? “And” Una Dia “. April 19, AT&T Center.


“Rigolet”: Opera San Antonio is planning a full staging of Verdi’s tale of revenge gone horribly wrong rather than the sleek productions required by COVID protocols. The team is ready to revert to this approach if the pandemic demands it. May 5 and 7, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

“Charlie Russell’s Sons: American Cowboy Artists”: The multidisciplinary exhibition explores the evolution of Western art from the 1890s to the 21st century. It includes around 80 works of art from private collections and institutions, including the Briscoe. May 27-Sep 5, Briscoe Western Art Museum.


Amy Sédaris: The eccentric actress, craft enthusiast and designer and star of “Strangers with Candy” and “At Home with Amy Sedaris” comes to town for a moderated chat about her life and career. July 15, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

“Bad girls”

Jeanne Marcus


“Bad girls”: The animated musical adaptation of the 2004 film finally makes its San Antonio debut. Tina Fey adapted her script for the stage, updating it with social media references. August 9-14, Majestic Theater.

Visiting the stadium: Hard rock has all but disappeared from the mainstream music charts, but it can still fill a stadium. This often delayed tour includes Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. August 21, Alamodome.


“The color violet”: The powerful musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s 1982 novel follows the life of Celie, a poor black woman who must find a way through rape, an abusive marriage, and the loss of her children and her beloved sister. Sep 30 – Oct 23, Woodlawn Theater.


“Traitor, survivor, icon: the legacy of La Malinche”: The exhibition explores the legacy of La Malinche, a enslaved indigenous girl who was a translator and eventually became the mistress of the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. 14 Oct-Jan 8, San Antonio Art Museum.

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