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Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Everything but the Bowie in \'David Bowie Is\'

Everything but the Bowie in 'David Bowie Is'

Screens: People love David Bowie more than you are capable of loving your family. But that’s OK—people love Bowie to an extent that your family would quite frankly... By Jeremy Martin 9/17/2014
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Lt. Governor Race: the \'Luchadora\' vs. the Tea Party radio host

Lt. Governor Race: the 'Luchadora' vs. the Tea Party radio host

News: A few Saturdays ago, I spent several hours hanging around a Texas Realtors Association conference in San Antonio, trying to catch state Sen. Dan Patrick... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 9/17/2014
Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive

Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive

Music: Eddie Palmieri: 9:30pm Saturday. Jazz’SAlive has traditionally made sure to clear at least one headlining space for Latin jazz... By J.D. Swerzenski 9/17/2014

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'Wedding Band' finds laughs in the gap between swagger and sad reality

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'Wedding Band'

When evidence fails to add up, our guys aren’t inclined to conclude that Bigfoot wasn’t in the area. They tend to conclude that he was, but just acted in a way that no other bipedal primate would. As one of them says during an investigation, “This Sasquatch ain’t a rocket scientist.”

Look who’s talking.

Frontier Earth (7pm Tue, Animal Planet)
This new nature series chases after some of the world’s most elusive animals, allowing us rare glimpses via stunning cinematography.

In the premiere, we head to New Zealand for an up-close encounter with the region’s dwindling killer-whale population. Our guide is Ingrid Visser, a passionate marine biologist who dares to swim with the massive, flesh-eating predators without benefit of a shark cage. You fear for Visser’s life when you get a good look at the whales’ sharp teeth, but she doesn’t seem concerned. In fact, she treats her subjects like pets, giving them names like Pirate and Funky Monkey. She gets to know each one personally and cares for them as if they were so many cute puppies. It’s surprisingly endearing.

Now I want my own killer whale!

Mankind: The Story of All of Us (8pm Tue, History)
This series takes us on a wild ride through human history. That’s right — the whole shebang in a mere 12 hours, beginning with prehistoric hunters in the East African grasslands. Amazingly, Mankind pulls off this epic feat without seeming too shallow, thanks to brilliant graphics and testimony from a wide range of experts.

Historical reenactments can be cheesy, but they’re skillfully deployed in the first two-hour episode. A multitude of stringy-haired extras play half-naked ancients, from cavemen in loincloths to bare-chested Egyptian charioteers. The director must have had a ball staging the elaborate scenes in Ice Age caves and Middle Eastern battlefields.

Call me narcissistic, but I think it’s gratifying to see humanity’s greatest hits fly by: discovering fire, crafting tools, inventing farming. I can’t help feeling proud of our achievements, even with our ancestors’ tendency to under-dress.

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