NSIDE Magazine’s Mario Ochoa is sympathetic to the disconnect between talent and opportunity that can frustrate young artists’ efforts to join the Creative Class. So he and Amanda Reyes are launching a monthly solution that adapts a time-honored business lubricant to the arts: the mixer. The first Saturday Exchange will be held from 1-3 p.m. September 22 at Ruta Maya Riverwalk and will feature music by DJ Omar and the Green, art by Lisette Chavez, and special guests Kinya Cano, producer with KENS 5’s Great Day SA, and Lazslo Rain Senior Producer Fernando Cano II. Donations collected at the door will benefit Henry Cisneros’s community-building nonprofit American Sunrise. Bring the kids, too, because art activities will be provided, and Ochoa is working on booking a chalk artist for an outside performance as well. For more info, contact Ochoa at (210) 367-0949 or

We can’t mention chalk art without plugging the October 13 return of Artpace’s annual, free, interactive family event Chalk it Up!, which makes a canvas of Houston Street downtown from 1o a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers are still needed, too: Call (210) 212-4900 to assist.



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