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Cheeky Xika for chickies

It's pronounced "chica," chickies. Xika is the cheeky new magazine from San Antonio's eponymous feminist-solidarity collective, and the release party for the second issue, 10 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at Saluté, 2801 N. St. Mary's, is sure to be hotter than belle hooks in fishnet. Musical entertainment includes Xicano punk band Mal Hecho, Ledaswan, whose lead singer is described as a "nicer Courtney Love," and local DJ JJ Lopez (aka Deepfeel). As a special treat, femme DJ Meow (aka Aya when she was based in San Antonio) returns from Austin for her first local performance in five years. Admission is $3; $5 includes a copy of the magazine.

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The lively night that Xika promises will be just the ticket after an oh-so-grown-up evening at Robert Tatum's latest venue, Medusa Lounge, 203 N. Presa. The languor-inducing back gallery space that Tatum curates is tucked behind a sleek, contemporary bar that mixes a mean drink. The Thursday, June 16, opening features Tatum's own polished takes on consumer society and Rainey, whose feminism- and anime-inspired pop art hasn't been seen much in these parts since she left for school in Boston two years ago. Lounge on the faux-suede couches and admire the sheer, ceiling-to-floor curtains while you're there. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is free; drinks are not.

Elaine Wolff



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