Thursday, June 21, 2012

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, the Tumbler and Bat-Pod are coming to San Antonio!

The most anticipated film of the year is almost here! In celebration of the release of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, the Tumbler and Bat-Pod are coming to San Antonio!

San Antonio

DATE: Wednesday, June 27

TIME: The Tumbler and Bat Pod will be on display from 6:00PM – 9:00PM

LOCATION: Santikos Palladium IMAX theater (17703 W IH-10, San Antonio, TX 78257)
For more information, visit

San Antonio Film Festival in full swing this week

The 18th Annual San Antonio Film Festival [SAFILM] continues through June 24th, 2012

Since 1994, San Antonio Film Festival founder and Executive Director, Adam Rocha, has been trying to build more opportunities for local filmmakers. The event also brings national and international filmmakers too. The festival is accompanied by free workshops during the conference¸ starting June 21, 2012. This year the festival will have filmmakers from all over the world, with more feature films than shorts.
This year one of the panelists will be screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete, From Dusk ‘Till Dawn 3, Allied Forces, Plain Flower, and El Mariachi). The conference panels will address different topics, including screenwriting, documentary production, acting direction, and incentives for filmmakers from multiple sources.

There are more venues across the city and the collaboration with the movie theaters is helpful to this event. The festival will have screenings throughout the city at the Instituto Cultural de Mexico, Pearl Brewery, and three Santikos Theaters: Palladium, Bijou, and Rialto.
Here are some highlights of films from Austin filmmakers that are participating in the festival, as well as other films shot locally and or internationally.

Echotone [90m] Directed by Nathan Christ [Austin,TX]
-Rialto 2938 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78218 9:15pm on Friday, June 22nd

This film has been in a multitude of film festivals, including the Austin Film Festival [2010] among many others. I highly recommend seeing it on the big screen and enjoy the musical performances too. It was one of my favorites.
Internationally known as 'The Live Music Capital of the World,' Austin's music culture has led it to become one of the world's most sought-after destinations. As nearly two dozen high-rises pop up throughout the city amidst a post-Bush economic downfall, how does the working musician get along? This lyrical documentary provides a telescopic view in the lives of Austin's vibrant young musicians as they grapple with questions of artistic integrity, commercialism, experimentation, and the future of their beloved city. Echotone is a cultural portrait of the modern American city examined through the lyrics and lens of its creative class.

Bat City USA [51m] Directed by Laura Brooks [Austin, TX]
Bat City USA delves into Austin's complicated relationship with a colony of Mexican free-tailed bats under the downtown Congress Avenue Bridge. Each year, thousands of people get a fascinating, close-up glimpse of the world's largest urban bat colony amid the colorful downtown Austin, Texas setting. The film reveals how the bats moved into the bridge and survived eradication plans by hostile residents. Viewers discover how the bats eventually became a beloved part of what makes Austin unique and weird, mainly through the efforts of Merlin Tuttle, founder of Bat Conservation International, who convinced residents of the benefits of the bats.

Inocente [40m] Producer Albie Hecht New York, NY
-Palladium 17703 W IH-10 San Antonio, TX 78257 3pm on Friday, June 22nd

Inocente is a personal and vibrant coming of age story about a young artist's determination never to surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by being an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past.
Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America: children. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in her story proves that her circumstance do not define her, her dreams do.

Portion [79m] Directed by Gisberg Bermudez [Los Angeles, CA]
-Rialto 2938 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78218 12:30pm Friday, June 22nd
-Palladium 17703 W IH-10 San Antonio, TX 78257 9:15 pm Saturday, June 23rd with Red Carpet/Q&A

Despite being so close to home, Mexican illegal immigrant Luis (Bruno Bichir) feels a world apart from his beloved mother, who resides on the other side of the Rio Grande and gets gravely ill. His legal status, a potential border wall and a river have put miles between them. Set in the Southern border town of Roma, Texas 'Portion 71' tells the story of Luis and his American wife, Sarah (Tammy Minoff) a dedicated wife and mother, who holds an emotional grudge and a tragic secret. A work permit grants Luis the opportunity to work in the United States, but immigration law forbids him to re-enter should he leave the country. His heart is torn apart knowing his mothers condition.

Trash Dance [65 min] Directed by Andrew Garrison [Austin, TX]
This film was screened during the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. I highly recommend seeing it on the big screen and see how the City of Austin employees transform their everyday tasks into great art.

Sometimes inspiration can be found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how in the world a garbage truck can “dance.”
Generation Me [129m] Directed by Ericka Marsalis-LaManna [Austin, TX]

- Palladium 17703 W IH-10 San Antonio, TX 78257 3pm on Sunday, June 24, 2012
Generation Me is a deliciously inappropriate comedy about a pop/R&B singer named Malia Jade and the relationship mishaps that often occur in this crazy era of social network obsessions.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday evening at 7pm at the Santikos Palladium.
Address for the theaters:

Palladium 17703 W IH-10 San Antonio, TX 78257
Bijou 4522 Fredericksburg Rd. San Antonio, TX 78201

Rialto 2938 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78218
Instituto Cultural de Mexico 600 Hemisfair Park San Antonio, TX 78205

Pearl Brewery 200 E Grayson St San Antonio, TX 78215
For more information and a schedule of the workshops and screenings visit

Liz Lopez CineyMas

Monday, June 4, 2012


 “Iron Man 3” de Marvel comenzará a filmarse con fecha de estreno programada para el 3 de mayo de 2013

Siguiendo los pasos del lanzamiento que batió récords de “Marvel’s The Avengers” de Marvel Studios, el rodaje de la esperada “Iron Man 3”, dirigida por Shane Black, ha comenzado en Wilmington, Carolina del Norte. El calendario de rodaje también incluye locaciones en Raleigh/Durham, Carolina del Norte, Miami, Florida, y China.

Basada en la popular serie de historietas de Marvel, publicadas por primera vez en 1963, “Iron Man 3” cuenta con el regreso de Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man”, “Marvel’s The Avengers”), como el icónico superhéroe Tony Stark/Iron Man, junto a Gwyneth Paltrow (“Iron Man”, “Iron Man 2”) como Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (“Iron Man 2”) como James “Rhodey” Rhodes y Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”, “Iron Man 2”) como Happy Hogan. Con fecha de estreno en Estados Unidos para el 3 de mayo de 2013, “Iron Man 3” de Marvel será la segunda película que será totalmente propiedad de, vendida y distribuida por Disney, que adquirió Marvel en 2009.

“Iron Man 3” continúa las épicas aventuras cinematográficas del multimillonario inventor y superhéroe favorito de todo el mundo, Tony Stark, alias “Iron Man”. El presidente de Marvel Studios Kevin Feige produce la película. Los productores ejecutivos del proyecto incluyen a Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard y Dan Mintz.

El equipo creativo de producción de la película incluye al director de fotografía dos veces ganador del Premio de la Academia John Toll, ASC (“Braveheart”, “Legends of the Fall”), el director de arte Bill Brzeski (“The Hangover”, “Due Date”), a los editores Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. (“Marvel’s The Avengers”, “Captain America: The First Avenger”) y Peter S. Elliot (“Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), y a la diseñadora de vestuario Louise Frogley (“Quantum of Solace”, “Contagion”).

Marvel Studios recientemente produjo la elogiada “Marvel’s The Avengers”, que marcó el récord en Estados Unidos de un fin de semana de estreno de tres días con una recaudación de $207.4 millones en la taquilla. La película, actualmente en salas, sigue batiendo récords en taquillas y es el lanzamiento de Walt Disney Studios con mayor recaudación a nivel mundial y nacional, así como la quinta película del estudio en recaudar más de mil millones de dólares en todo el mundo.

Durante el verano de 2011, Marvel lanzó exitosamente dos nuevas franquicias con “Thor”, protagonizada por Chris Hemsworth, y “Captain America: The First Avenger”, con Chris Evans. Ambas películas se estrenaron ocupando el primer puesto en la taquilla y han recaudado combinadas más de $800 millones en todo el mundo. En 2010, “Iron Man 2”, protagonizada por Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson y Mickey Rourke, ocupó el primer puesto en su primer fin de semana, con una recaudación a nivel nacional de $128.1 millones.

En el verano de 2008, Marvel produjo las exitosas películas de verano “Iron Man” y “The Incredible Hulk”. “Iron Man”, en la que Robert Downey Jr. se pone por primera vez la poderosa armadura del superhéroe y protagoniza junto a Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges y Gwyneth Paltrow, se estrenó el 2 de mayo de 2008, y se convirtió inmediatamente en un éxito de taquilla. Ocupando el primer puesto durante dos semanas seguidas, la película recaudó más de $100 millones durante su fin de semana de estreno. El 13 de junio de 2008, Marvel lanzó “The Incredible Hulk”, que fue su segunda película en ocupar el primer puesto ese verano.


Marvel Entertainment, LLC, una subsidiaria propiedad en su totalidad de The Walt Disney Company, es una de las empresas de entretenimiento basado en personajes más prominentes del mundo, construida a partir de una cartera de más de 8000 personajes que han figurado en una variedad de medios a lo largo de setenta años. Marvel utiliza sus franquicias de personajes en entretenimiento, licenciamiento y publicaciones. Para obtener más información, visite

Liz López


Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated film “Iron Man 3,” directed by Shane Black, has commenced production in Wilmington, North Carolina. The production schedule will also include locations in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and China.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Iron Man 3” returns Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,”) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (“Iron Man 2”) as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Happy Hogan. Set for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.

“Iron Man 3” continues the epic, big-screen adventures of the world’s favorite billionaire inventor/Super Hero, Tony Stark aka “Iron Man.” Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz.

The creative production team on the film includes two-time Oscar®-winning director of photography John Toll, ASC (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall”), production designer Bill Brzeski (“The Hangover,” “Due Date”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) and Peter S. Elliot (“Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), and costume designer Louise Frogley (“Quantum of Solace,” “Contagion”).

Marvel Studios most recently produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which is currently in release, continues to shatter box office records and is The Walt Disney Studios’ highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marks the studios’ fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke, took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.” “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Hero’s powerful armor and stars alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.


Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit
Liz Lopez

Friday, June 1, 2012

Free Salsa Classes at the Austin Mexican Ameriican Cultural Center

Beginners Salsa Dance

June 4 - July 12

Mondays, 6-7:30 pm

Thursdays, Open Dance Studio, 6-8pm

FREE! / 6 - week session

Have you ever wanted to learn salsa dance moves? Then this FREE course is for you! Join instructor Raul Ramirez in a salsa course designed for the absolute beginner. Students will learn very basic footwork, turns, and patterns. The class will introduce you to the fundamentals of leading and following steps to salsa music. iAzúcar!

Intermediate Salsa Dance
June 4 - July 12
Mondays, 7:45 - 8:45 pm
Thursdays, Open Dance Studio, 6-8pm
FREE! / 6 - week session
This FREE course is designed for students who have completed Beginners Salsa and are confident with the Salsa rhythm and turn patterns. Join instructor Raul Ramirez, as he guides you in perfecting your dance moves to become a Salsero(a).
Beginners & Intermediate Salsa classes are designed as informal, instructional classes led by a volunteer instructor.
  • The Open Dance Studio is offered to registered students only. This is an opportunity for students to practice their skills during a self-guided, dancing social hour.
Pre-registration is required. No partner necessary. Call 512.974.3785 and visit
Liz Lopez

FOR REGISTRATION: 512.974.3785

Blanco Lavender Festival is June 8–10!

Visit beautiful Blanco in the heart of the Texas Hill Country for the 8th Annual Blanco Lavender Festival. A Lavender Market will be held on the grounds of the Old Blanco County Courthouse featuring arts and crafts and local lavender products. Tour local lavender farms to experience the beauty of lavender blooming in the fields and the unique vision of each farmer.

Get festival details on speakers and artisan vendors at

Happy 5th Anniversary to Edible Austin; Celebration is June 2nd

Join Edible Austin in celebrating their 5th Anniversary on Saturday, June 2nd by supporting local farmers, ranchers and food artisans at the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown. 
Stop by our market booth to pick up the 5th anniversary issue of the magazine and register for a chance to win a special birthday treat. Be there by 9:30 am for a special announcement at the bandstand.
9 am–1 pm, 400 W. Guadalupe St. Austin TX
Liz Lopez