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Another weekend barreling towards us, and we've been looking into things you really ought to consider doing. As usual, it looks full, fun and there's something for everyone. First let's go to Southtown for Say Si's Muertitosfest

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Say Si’s yearly Christmas theater production is coming up. Victoria Villasenor plays Elizabeth in Frankie and Elizabeth Get Their Wings.

“Our upcoming show, our Christmas show, Frankie and Elizabeth, is a play that we have adapted from It’s A Wonderful Life.”

In the play, Elizabeth’s mother died the previous year, and she’s had a hard time with that.

“And along the way, she meets this angel, her name is Frankie, and she needs to get her wings by helping somebody out, so she decides to help out Elizabeth.”

SAY Sí's Media Arts Studio

SAY Si has a three-night event that they call the Muertitos Fest. Say Si's Stephen Guzman says their take on the holiday is geared towards the young people who come there.

“Every night we’re going to have a different set of entertainment. Thursday night is going to be our showcase night and we’re going to have some amazing entertainment. We’re going to have the Maya Guiaro World Music Project, which is a trio of musicians who have pooled their inspirations from cultures all around the world.”

San Antonio Poet Laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero, will also perform.

Sara Hinojosa, courtesy of SAY Sí

Two local educators offer up a chunk of their art collection.  More on that in a moment, but first, a term we need to understand: Seriography. Here's SAY Si's Jon Hinojosa.

“The easiest and best way to understand what seriography is is that it’s really a screen printing or a silk screening process.”

Think Andy Warhol and Campbell’s Soup cans. Those are Seriographs. This is is the point where UTSA's Harriet and Ricardo Romo come into the picture with their involvement in something called the Serie Project.

Adam Peché

It’s a stage production about something that’s come and gone decades ago. I spoke to SAY Si’s Joy Jimenez about what La Carpa Garcia was.

“They were a traveling tent show.”

The ‘they’ is the extended Garcia Family.

“They were a family that took their tents—the Carpas—around to many neighborhoods and Mexican barrios around the southwest,” she explained.

This was back in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. They were singers, dancers, circus performers, entertainers.  

“They ended up settling in San Antonio when the Carpas shut down in the '40s,” said Jimenez.