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This week in the Hill Country

Carnaval Brasiliero, Palmer Events Center, Sat. Feb 27carnaval-austin

Carnaval in Austin is one of the biggest Brazilian carnaval celebrations outside Brazil – samba, costumes and wild abandon – Brasileiro style in the heart of Texas. Non-smoking, but undoubtedly swimming in booze.

Fixing Timon of Athens, The Off Center, Feb 4-27, Sun, Thu ,Fri, Sat

Fixing Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare | fixed by Kirk Lynn | directed by Madge DarlingtonNationally acclaimed theatre company Rude Mechs is proud to present the world premiere of Fixing Timon of Athens.It’s pretty simple. Timon starts out super rich and super positive and super popular, but his frivolous generosity takes its toll. After getting even with the people he feels betrayed him, he wanders off into the woods, super poor and super pissed off… finds more gold, then dies alone. Also there’s a warrior that is in some kind of trouble with the Senate.Warning: Lots of “F” bombs.

Yesterday’s news

battle-of-san-jacinto1836    Nepomuceno Navarro, one of the company of Tejanos who fought at the battle of San Jacinto, was a private in the Bexar Presidio in 1831. Apparently dissatisfied with military life, he deserted his post on two occasions. As a disciplinary measure, he was transferred to the Álamo de Parras Company, stationed at Fort Tenoxtitlán, a remote garrison near the Brazos River. When he arrived there he found the conditions no better and in many ways worse than at his previous post. This prompted a series of regular troop desertions from that location as well. The frequency of these and the small size of the garrison usually resulted in Navarro’s being returned to duty with little more than a reprimand. After the company returned to Bexar in 1832, the political turmoil that ensued prompted Navarro’s permanent departure from the Mexican army. On February 22, 1836, he enlisted in Juan N. Seguín’s company of Tejanos. He served with Seguín at San Jacinto and remained in the army until July 15, 1836. By 1840 he had married María de Jesús Urón and become the father of at least one child. For his participation in the Texas Revolution he received donation and bounty land grants including 320 acres in 1852 for military service from February 22 to July 15, 1836, and a pension. He was a member of the Texas Veterans Association until his death, in San Antonio on April 8, 1877.

1915    Jesse Ashlock, fiddle player, was born on February 22, 1915. He started playing violin at age texas-playboysnine. In 1932 Ashlock joined Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies, Bob Wills’ chief competition in western swing. In 1935 Ashlock joined Wills’s Original Texas Playboys. He stayed with Wills for the rest of Wills’s career and continued playing shows until three days before his death. While playing for Wills he was known as a practical joker. He once told Bob during a performance that his pants were unzipped, causing Bob to stop playing his chorus and double over trying to cover up the offending opening. During his career with Wills, Ashlock was also involved with the movies that Wills made. Ashlock’s playing style had its roots in jazz. His fiddle style was characterized by hot breaks and hot choruses. His idol was jazz violinist Joe Venuti. Ashlock’s attempt to play his fiddle like a horn earned him placement in the category of the “hot fiddlers.” He died on August 9, 1976, in Austin.


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