Message to the People: A Story of Malcolm X is a historical dramatization based on the life and words of Malcolm X. Credit: Courtesy / KuumbaNia, 9Logic Films

It’s already looking a lot like the holidays, and if you’re into that, we have a holiday events guide for you. But if you’re trying to escape the cheer and twinkling lights, we’ve rounded up local events that have nothing – or at least less – to do with Santa and such.

Crudo Menudo Cook-Off

Who has the best menudo in San Antonio? Fifteen cooks will compete for a $500 grand prize Saturday at Franky Diablo’s on the near South Side. Tickets cost $10 presale and $15 at the door. The cook-off starts at noon, so come ready to taste and judge. Ticket-holders will be given a ballot to vote for the best menudo.

If you’re not into menudo, but still want to see the hubbub, bring $5 for entry or an unwrapped toy for the Blue Santa Toy Drive. That way, you’ll still get to shop local vendors, enjoy music, and cold drinks.

Las Nuevas Tamaleras

It’s the 25th anniversary of this local tradition: the comedic play first premiered in Houston in 1990 and had its San Antonio premiere in March 1993. Playwright Alicia Mena wrote Las Nuevas Talameras to preserve fading cultural traditions and fill a void after the death of her mother, to whom “tamales were as important as humor.”

The play will have its last three shows at Our Lady of the Lake University’s Thiry Auditorium on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Ticket prices range from $15 to $25. Find ticket information here.

Message to the People: A Story of Malcolm X

On Sunday from 7-9 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse Park North will screen Message to the People: A Story of Malcolm X. The San Antonio-produced film is a project of local activist Baba Aundar, who adapted the film from his 2011 play with the same name. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Director Born Logic Allah and producer and star Baba Aundar Martin. Martin also organizes and hosts cultural events around the city, including the Kwanzaa Market Festival and Pan-African Festival.

Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $25 for VIP and are available here.

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Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang covered local government for the San Antonio Report.