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green and white leafed plantsSummer is here, vaccination rates are rising and San Antonio’s arts and entertainment scene is heating up.

There’s not quite as much to do as in summers past, and mask requirements and reduced capacity to allow for social distancing remain in place at some venues. But that’s slated to change soon.

“By Aug. 6, we’ll be back at full capacity,” said Aaron Zimmerman, vice president of programming for the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

The next few months are a warm-up for the fall, when a lot of touring artists who have been waiting out the pandemic will be hitting the road again.

“From here, you’re going to see more and more,” Zimmerman said. “It kind of feels like touring artists all want to go out as soon as possible. Everyone seems to feel like September is that early window. It’s gong to be an exciting time as long as people get vaccinated and feel like coming back.”

The Tobin’s calendar bears that out. In the fourth quarter of this year, there are just about a dozen dates open.

“We’ve never had a 100 percent full calendar,” Zimmerman said. “That doesn’t happen. It’s wild.”

The folks at the AT&T Center, who presented a series of well-received concerts and comedy performances in the Bud Light Courtyard when the weather permitted, are looking forward to packing the place again.

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“These facilities were built to bring the community together, and so every single person in my group in this organization is focused on bringing people together and creating these moments that exist and memories that endure,” said Casey Heverling, vice president and general manager of the AT&T Center. “When you can’t do that, it’s hard for us. We have a hole that needs to be filled. Now we’re doing what we love to do.”

Heverling noted that a lot of shows that had to be canceled during the shutdown have been rescheduled. And most ticket-holders have held on, shifting their plans to new dates.

“Fans are eager to get out, celebrate and have a good time again in a reasonable way,” he said. “I think the latest number from Live Nation, most of these shows, the number of refunds are less than 10 percent of the total ticket sales. When you figure 18 months on pause, less than 10 percent of ticket purchses being refunded is amazing.”

Here’s a quick guide to some of the big summer shows in the area:

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“America’s Impressionism: Echoes of a Revolution:” The San Antonio Museum of Art’s big summer show explores how American artists, some of whom traveled to France to study with Claude Monet, put their own spin on Impressionism. The exhibit includes works by José Arpa, Dawson Dawson-Watson and Julian Onderdonk. Through Sept. 5, San Antonio Museum of Art. Info:

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“Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel:” The touring exhibit is composed of high-res photographs of Michelangelo’s frescoes, allowing patrons to get a relatively up-close look at the masterpieces. Through Sept. 30, Lambermont Events. Info:

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: The comedian, who has a well-established love of San Antonio, decided to kick off his first post-pandemic tour here with a month-long stay. At the end of the run, the show will be filmed for his next Netflix special. June 23-July 17, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Info:

“On Your Feet!” The cast of the Woodlawn Theatre’s long-awaited production, which was on the verge of opening when the shutdown happened, finally get to do that conga and many other dances for live audiences. The show digs into the life stories of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. June 25-July 18, Woodlawn Theatre. Info:

Snoop Dogg: The hip-hop icon is touring behind his new album “From Tha Streets 2 tha Suites” with special guests Slim Thug, Baby Bash and and Lil Keke. July 2, Sunken Garden Theater. Info:


CineFestival: A total of 80 films — including 11 full-length features, seven closely related to San Antonio — will be screened during the 42nd edition of the Latino film festival. It will be the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s first in-person event since the pandemic began. will focus on works that deal with Texas. July 7-11, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Info:

Ashley McBryde: The country music star, whose latest release is “Never Will,” is spending her summer and part of her fall on a 37-city tour dubbed “This Town Talks.” July 17, John T. Floore Country Store. Info:

Nikki Glaser: The comic, whose latest special is “Bangin’” on Netflix, brings her raw, very funny perspective on sex, body image and other matters to town. July 30, Majestic Theatre. Info:

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“2021 Texas Biennial:” The enormous contemporary art survey, featuring works from artists across the state as well as those who are inspired by it, will be split between Houston and San Antonio. Openings at the four Alamo City exhibition spaces taking part will be staggered. Aug. 1- Jan. 30, Studio at Ruby City; Aug. 5-Dec. 26, Artpace; Sept. 1-Jan. 9, McNay Art Museum; and Aug. 19-Dec. 5, San Antonio Museum of Art. Info:

Miranda Lambert: Lambert is getting raves for “The Marfa Tapes,” her stripped-down new release recorded with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. Aug. 20-22, Whitewater Amphitheater. Info:

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: The rock legend behind such hits as “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” kicks off her latest U.S. tour in August. Aug. 22, John T. Floore Country Store. Info:

Marc Anthony: The Latin music star is kicking off his 2021 tour of the U.S. and Canada. right here in the Alamo City. Aug. 27, AT&T Center. Info:


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