Plays, classical music performances, an affordable housing fair, a college financial aid workshop, and a prerodeo event are among happenings scheduled around San Antonio over the fourth weekend of January.

‘Murder, She Barked’

The Overtime Theater will present performances of “Murder, She Barked: A Debbie Dog Walker Mystery.” Local playwright Scott McDowell’s mystery engages the audience by giving them the chance to play along by choosing how the mystery ends.
  • Jan. 26-27, 8 p.m.; Jan. 28, 3 p.m.
  • $18 (general admission); $12 (San Antonio Theater Coalition members, military and students)
  • 5409 Bandera Road, San Antonio
‘Matilda, the Musical’

Johnson High School theater arts students will perform “Matilda, the Musical,” based on Roald Dahl's tale about a spirited young girl with extraordinary gifts.
  • Jan. 25-26, 7 p.m.; Jan. 27, 2 p.m.
  • $15-$20; admission for North East ISD card holders
  • Johnson High School auditorium, 23203 Bulverde Road, San Antonio
Singles group meet

Single Professionals Network, a friendship group for singles age 55 and older, meets for conversation, libations, games and food.
  • Jan. 26, 4-6 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • Ajuua restaurant, 11703 Huebner Road, San Antonio
Organist concert

Caritas Concerts series at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word will present organist Jason Roberts in concert. At this Caritas Concert, Roberts will ask the chapel’s executive director to suggest a musical work for him to improvise on the fly.Piano competition

Musical Bridges Around the World will present the annual Gurwitz International Piano Competition. Twelve select pianists, ages 18-30, from five countries, will vie for gold, silver and bronze medals carrying prizes of $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000, respectively. The competition begins with a ticketed grand opening performance by the jury panel members and refreshments. The four rounds of the competition are free and open to the public.
  • Jan. 26, 7-9 p.m. grand opening; Jan. 27-Feb. 4, times and activities vary
  • Free for competition performances with RSVP; tickets vary for all other events
  • Event locations vary
Campus comedy

Current and former school employees will perform in a standup comedy show, with observations based on their real-life working experiences. The show is not designed for children. Dinner can be bought separately.
  • Jan. 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • $25 (general admission); discounts available
  • Las Chiladas restaurant, 2387 N.W. Military Hwy., San Antonio
  • Text 210-291-7293 for tickets
Wild West Wildlife Festival

Briscoe Western Art Museum will host the Wild West Wildlife Festival, which will highlight the wildlife that calls the West home, celebrating the flora and fauna that define the West and inspire Western art. Activities will include animal-related exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on crafts, art, storytelling, a food truck and more.Nature talk

Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy will present a program with Gary Poole, Alamo Area Master Naturalist educator and geologist. He will talk about the science behind climate change and understanding its effects on Texas and around the world.Rodeo cookoff

Before the 2024 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo begins, the rodeo organizing group will put on a barbecue cookoff with competitive teams displaying their culinary skills over two days. There will also be live music, family-friendly activities, a kids cookoff, shopping and more. Proceeds will benefit the stock show and rodeo scholarship fund.

  • Jan. 26-27, 9 a.m.-midnight each day
  • $15 (age 13 and older); free (age 12 and under)
  • 1723 Creekview Drive, San Antonio
Dance and music performance

Local chamber music ensemble Agarita will present a program with contemporary dance company sumRset Movement, featuring guest violinist Brendan Speltz. The concert will offer music by Tina Davidson, Paul Wiancko, Dmitri Shostakovich, Francois Couperin, J.S. Bach, Miguel del Aguila, Christopher Stark and Gabriella Smith.
  • Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • McAllister Auditorium, 1300 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio

Financial aid workshop

Capital One and National College Attainment Network will host a workshop where volunteers will help students with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process. NCAN will provide laptops as needed, along with snacks and beverages.

Housing fair

The city of San Antonio, Bexar County, San Antonio Housing Trust and Opportunity Home San Antonio will present a housing resource fair with a focus on affordable housing. There will be panel discussions with local leaders, free refreshments, information from 40-plus community and housing-related organizations, kids activities, and free produce bags for the first 150 attendees.