10 Free Events Happening This Week

Wednesday, December 10
Lego Build Off

Calling all Lego lovers. Do you have what it takes to build the best Lego city? Join library staff at the Ozuna Library for Family Lego Night. Free, 6-8pm Wednesday; Palo Alto College, 1400 W Villaret, (210) 486-3564, alamo.edu/pac/library

Wednesday, December 10
‘Aesthetic Encounters’

10 Free Events Happening This Week
Chuck Ramirez

While some of us lived vicariously through last week’s reports from the party-packed Miami Beach edition of the storied Swiss art fair Art Basel—which this year attracted the likes of Miley Cyrus (courtesy of art dealer/curator Jeffrey Deitch) and Kim Kardashian (reportedly to, um, “celebrate her famous Paper magazine cover”)—local gallerist Patricia Ruiz-Healy represented San Antonio live from the Sunshine State. As one of only three Texas-based members of the nonprofit International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), Ruiz-Healy Art nabbed an admittedly “prime location” at INK Miami Art Fair—a print-based satellite fair that transformed the Suites of Dorchester into temporary galleries. In keeping with its “emphasis on Latin American and Texas-connected artists,” the Olmos Park gallery showcased San Antonio mainstays (Jesse Amado, Ricky Armendariz, Nate Cassie, Leigh Anne Lester, Ethel Shipton, Vincent Valdez and the late Chuck Ramirez among them) alongside the likes of Nicolás Leiva (Argentina), Graciela Iturbide (Mexico) and Andrés Ferrandis (Spain). As luck would have it, “Aesthetic Encounters” brings the bulk of the bunch back home for a holiday exhibition on view through January 10. Free, 6-10pm, Ruiz-Healy Art, 201 E Olmos, (210) 804-2219, ruizhealyart.com. —Bryan Rindfuss

Thursday, December 11
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

The Griswolds have a disastrous Christmas. Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, and Juliet Lewis. Directed by Jeremiah Chechik. Free, 7pm, Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro, 4522 Fredericksburg, (210) 734-4552, santikos.com.

Thursday, December 11
Remezcla & Mikes Harder presents Bruk Out! 

Remezcla & Mikes Harder presents Bruk Out! Isaiah. FromTexas & Sonora (Peligrosa) bring you the hottest in reggae, dancehall, hip hop, reggaeton and Caribbean flavor to Jacks Patio Bar. Complementary drinks by Mikes Hard Lemonade for those 21 and over. This event is 18+. Free, 10pm-2:30am, 3030 Thousand Oaks, (210) 494-2309.

Friday, December 12
Artist Lab Inaugural Exhibition

Back in 1917, New York politician and philanthropist John Emory Andrus (1841-1934) launched the Surdna Foundation as a means to foster “sustainable communities in the United States—communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.” Nearly a century later, the former congressman’s organization is still on a mission to “dismantle the structural barriers that limit opportunity” by investing in initiatives like the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s new Artist Lab—a two-year program under the guidance of Acción Texas. Thanks to input from a group of creative advisors that includes curators from New York’s Museo del Barrio, New Mexico’s National Hispanic Cultural Center and Mexico City’s Museo Tamayo, Artist Lab’s first batch of participants (Fernando Andrade, Kim Bishop, Nicole Geary, Daniela Riojas and Luis Valderas) will be “infusing their work with new ideas and refining their concept and strategies.” Friday’s opening reception at Museo Guadalupe reflects the inaugural generation’s latest developments. Free, 6-9pm, Museo Guadalupe, 723 S Brazos, (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org. —Bryan Rindfuss

Saturday, December 13
Blessing of the Animals

Bring your pets and take part in the pet parade, group blessings or individual blessings. Explore the free petting zoo onsite. Pets must be on a leash. Free, noon Saturday; Market Square, 514 W Commerce.

Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14

The historic Coates Chapel gets decked out in holiday regalia and unusual treasures by local and regional artists, featuring clothing, jewelry, ceramics, upcycled glassware, letterpress cards, photography and original fine art. Shop for unique gifts while enjoying music, food and holiday cocktails. Free, 6-9pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday; Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta, (210) 224-1848, swschool.org.

Saturday, December 13
San Antonio Coffee Festival 

The San Antonio Coffee Festival celebrates the art of coffee with specialty coffee tasting, free coffee workshops, holiday shopping, live music, entertainment, food and free arts activities. Enjoy beans from all over the world, locally roasted and artfully brewed. Free, 10 am-5pm Saturday, La Villita, 418 Villita, saCoffeeFest.com.

Saturday, December 13
SoFlo Market

The latest So-Flo Market offers a seasonal shopping experience featuring more than 50 artists and makers, holiday-themed activities for the kids, craft demonstrations and a performance by the Agape ATS-FatChanceBellyDance troupe. Free, 10am-4pm Saturday; SoFlo Market, 1344 S Flores facebook.com/SoFloMarket

Sunday, December 14
Brick Marketplace Holiday Shop

Brick Marketplace hosts a holiday shopping event with cool art, portraits, handmade greeting cards, jewelry and more. Enjoy free refreshments while you browse. Free, noon-5pm Sunday; Blue Star Arts Complex, 1420 S Alamo, (210) 262-8653, facebook.com/BrickatBlueStar
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