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SNIPSA’s Big Fix to San Antonio’s Stray Population

SNIPSA is a local organization committed to improving the lives of homeless and unwanted pets in San Antonio by encouraging responsibility. SNIPSA isn’t your traditional rescue; in fact, it isn’t a shelter at all. It’s a movement that centers around pet protection, reducing overpopulation, and the caring individuals that support it.

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The organization, whose acronym stands for Spay Neuter, Inject, Protect of San Antonio, was created to help San Antonio be a more pet friendly city. In response to a 2006 article, Death by the Pound, published by the Express News, a group of veterinarians and friends set out to help reduce the nearly 50,000 cats and dogs being euthanized every year. With no plan or name, and only the resolve to truly make a difference, SNIPSA began operating out of the playroom of Executive Director Shannon Epsy’s home.

PINCH Crawfish Kitchen, A Community Affair

Apologies for the cheesy pun, but pinch me(!) it’s crawfish season, and there’s nothing like the spicy smell of mudbugs that lets you know spring is upon us. If you’ve grown up in the South you can most likely appreciate the phrase ‘pinch the tail and suck the head’. If you’re unfamiliar, we’re talking about crawfish – a dish that celebrates eating with your hands, and goes best with a cold beer and good friends.

Until now, San Antonio’s crawfish scene has been pretty flat. Brick-and-mortars serve it up, but they’re missing that familial flavor that makes crawfish more of an experience than a meal. Enter PINCH Crawfish Kitchen, a new player on the culinary scene, boiling up a community concept around Vietnamese-style crawfish.  

Mockingbird Fest – A Sneak Peek into SA’s Most Texas Fest


John Stienbeck put it best when he said, “Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.”

And what better way to deal with an obsession, than to celebrate it? This Saturday, March 5, Hemisfair plans to do just that, hosting the first annual Mockingbird Fest.

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Beginning at 10am, at the Yanaguana Garden, the free festival will honor Texas Independence Day, and all things, well, Texas. Mockingbird Fest, whose name pays tribute to our state bird, will feature interactive activities, and the sounds and flavors native to the Lone Star state.

Keep SA Real Music Feature: Femina-X

Get to know new and established San Antonio artists in our Keep SA Real Music Feature. This week we’re talking to Daniela Riojas, lead vocalist for local band Femina-X. Read their story and check out the schedule for their next live performance.

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How would you describe Femina-X’s genre?

We’ve realized that Femina-X doesn’t really fall under any specific genre. Each song we play creates a surreal journey through a conglomerate world where genres blur and stack upon themselves. The same way you would try and recall a dream, you somehow keep misplacing exact time or place, but you know in your heart that you were somewhere very distinct, strong, and memorable – only placeable by sheer intuition. Usually a source of deja vu later in waking life. But, to list specifics, there are elements of jungle, trip-hop, industrial, punk, house, drum and bass, folk ballad, blues, and R&B in our music.

Keep SA Real Artist Feature: Regine Roman

Get to know new and established San Antonio artists in our Keep SA Real Artist Feature. This week we’re talking to Regine Roman, an illustration artist born and raised in San Antonio. Read her story here and see her recent work in her upcoming show Sunday, August 8th at Silkworm Studio.

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How long have you lived in San Antonio?

I’m a first generation San Antonian. My mother is from a tiny town on the Texas/Mexico border called Rio Grande City and my father is from Morelos, Mexico but I’m a born and raised San Antoniana.

Essential Fiesta Survival Tips

Where else, other than San Antonio, can you enjoy a week and a half of non-stop partying? We’re all about what makes this city we call home unique and Fiesta is a prime example of that.

Every year people travel from all over the nation to San Antonio to join this elaborate celebration. What began as a small parade to honor the Alamo in 1891 has grown into a 10-day festival of good music, even better food, extravagant parades, and confetti… lots of confetti. Yes, 10 days of partying can seem a bit overwhelming but do not fret; we have provided you with 10 tips to survive Fiesta 2015.

It’s All about the Love, San Antonio

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In case you hadn’t noticed all of the red and pink heart-type stuff around, Valentine’s Day is near. We’re here to remind you that this day isn’t just about personal, romantic relationships (or the lack, thereof) but about love, in general. So, whether you’re doing it up couple style, or hanging with friends, here are a few traditional, and non-traditional ways to celebrate your love in S.A.

OPEN Pop-up Artist Spotlight: 231 E. Houston

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During the month of December three, usually-vacant buildings will be temporarily filled with local art, handmade goods, culinary treats and music. The OPEN pop-up shops provide a unique opportunity for community gathering and local shopping in downtown San Antonio, plus they’re a lot more fun to attend than over-crowded malls during the holiday season. The program, operated by the City’s Center City Development Office and The Downtown Operations Department, wants to shine some light on these old buildings, in hopes that potential retailers will breathe new life into these amazing spaces.

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