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Curtain Call: Cornyation not a show for kids

By APRILL BRANDON
March 24, 2010 at midnight
Updated March 25, 2010 at 10:26 p.m.


UPCOMING SHOWS

HOUSTON

"Harvey"

April 16-May 9 at Alley Theatre

SAN ANTONIO

"Fiesta San Antonio"

April 15-25 in various locations

"Cornyation"

April 20-22 at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

AUSTIN

"The Phantom of the Opera"

Saturday-April 4 at Bass Concert Hall

CORPUS CHRISTI

"Mark Twain Tonight"

Saturday at Selena Auditorium

"Dracula"

April 17-18 at Selena Auditorium

All tickets are available at TicketMaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

By Aprill Brandon

It's one of the most popular events at the annual Fiesta San Antonio, but it almost ceased to exist.

Cornyation, which touts itself as the raunchiest, cheapest event of Fiesta, can be traced back to as early as 1951 as part of A Night in Old San Antonio, according to the event's official Web site, www.cornyation.org.

"The show's irreverent pokes at politicians, the prominent and the not-so-prominent, caused its demise as part of NIOSA in 1964," according to the Web site.

It was revived in 1965, 1979 and finally in 1982 by Bob Jolly and Ray Chavez, who kept it running uninterrupted for 26 years.

This year, Cornyation, which is now a nonprofit group that donated more than $500,000 to local charities, will be April 20-22 at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $15-$35, go on sale Friday at 11 a.m.

The show is for adults only, according to the Web site, so make sure to leave the kids at home.

For more information, or to buy tickets, go to www.cornyation.org or www.ticketmaster.com.

Fiesta San Antonio runs April 15-25. For more information about the festival, go to www.fiesta-sa.org.

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