11 Free Events Happening This Week

Art: "Pace Gems"

Wed. - Sat., 12 - 5pm

A former stable the late artist and philanthropist Linda Pace repurposed as her studio, 111 Camp Street housed the Linda Pace Foundation offices until recently and is now open as SPACE, the Foundation’s first public facility. Tucked in the northeast corner of CHRISpark, SPACE will showcase works from the Foundation’s stellar permanent collection along with related contemporary art exhibitions and programming. Curated by LPF’s former Executive Director Maura Reilly and organized by Collection and Exhibitions Officer Kelly O’Connor, SPACE’s inaugural show “Pace Gems” reflects Pace’s “overarching collection criteria,” which focused on artists linked to Artpace, the “laboratory of dreams” she founded in 1995. While it highlights a number of New Yorkers (including Jim Hodges, Glenn Ligon, Marilyn Minter and Wangechi Mutu), “Pace Gems” also represents SA natives like Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Dario Robleto and even Pace herself.

"Pace Gems;" Flawless Pieces, Gorgeous Setting Lost in a Jumble

Location: SPACE, 111 Camp

Poetry: Carmen Tafolla Book Celebration and Presentation, This River Here: Poems of San Antonio

Thurs., May 1, 6:30 - 8:30

Carmen Tafolla, the first poet laureate of San Antonio, will be showing the photographs and paintings that inspired her collection of poems This River Here: Poems of San Antonio. Tafolla captures her hometown — the city of her ancestors for the past three centuries — in poems that celebrate its history as a cosmopolitan multilingual cultural crossroads

Location: The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106

Art Exhibition Talk: The Full Monty: Male Nudes from the Collection

Thurs., May 1, 6:30pm

Lyle Williams, curator for prints and drawings, will discuss the tradition of the male nude in Western art with examples from the 19th century to the 1970s. The male nude has been a primary motif of painters and sculptors since Greek and Roman antiquity. This exhibition focuses on prints and drawings of male nudes by 20th century greats Paul Cadmus, Charles Demuth, George Bellows and Thomas Hart Benton as well as contemporary graphics by David Hockney and Beth Van Hoesen.

Read Christie Blizzard's review: The McNay Goes Full Frontal with Works on Paper.

Location: McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.

Starlight Movies in the Garden: Breakfast at Tiffany's 

May 2, 7:30pm

Stylish, mysterious and wild, the impeccably dressed mistress of reinvention known as Holly Golightly is Truman Capote’s most iconic gift to pop culture. Born Lulamae Barnes in Texas, Golightly’s easy to sum up (The Hollywood Reporter once pegged her as an “amoral socialite gold digger who charms and seduces everyone around her”) but Capote’s 1958 novella skirts the topic of her profession. Sparked by a London play from 2009, the Telegraph asked: “Was Holly Golightly Really a Prostitute?” In response to the story, The New Yorker dug into Playboy’s archives and reprinted excerpts from a 1968 interview with Capote, who likened her to an “American geisha.” The Botanical Garden and Slab Cinema partner to screen Blake Edwards’ 1961 adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn as the Givenchy-clad gamine who popularized the term “little black dress.”

Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston

Music: The Hormones


Now, this is not the all-girl tribute band to the Ramones. In fact, The Hormones, headed by Tim "Napalm" Stegall (rock critic for the Austin Chronicle), were a staple of the 1990s Austin punk scene. David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine described them in 1995 as "a twin-barrel shot of old-school zoom-punk, like Fear mudwrestling the Heartbreakers." Well, the band is back with "three new guys, same three chords."

Location: the Mix, 2423 N St Mary's St

Workshop: “Vermiculture: How to Compost with Worms”

Sat., May 3, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join Bexar County Master Gardener Nancy Adkins for a free workshop on vermiculture, also known as vermicomposting, or composting with worms. Sponsored by the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, the workshop will teach participants to build and maintain a worm bin for healthy worms that produce high-nutrient fertilizing compost for the garden.

Location: Herff Farm, 33 Herff Road, Boerne

Blue Star Family Day 2014: Discover Printmaking

Sat., May 3, 11am - 3pm

This annual event, put on by Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum's MOSAIC education program, brings local artists and community organizations together to create an exciting event full of creative fun. Participants will have a chance to discover printmaking by creating unique prints with local artists. This year's creative stations include: art from repurposed materials with Mary Cantu & Spare Parts; a "Ways of Seeing" collage station with Mark Menjivar and Jason Reed; block prints with David Almaguer; silkscreen tote bags with Andy and Yvette Benavides and Joseph De La Cruz of SMART; shoe print monsters with Kim Bishop; clay animal stamps with Laurel Gibson; shadow puppets with Murphi Cook and Zach Dorn of Miniature Curiosa; and Japanese kite making with Stuart Allen.

Location: Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 116 Blue Star

Poetry: La Voz San Antonio Grand Finale

Sat., May 3, 2pm

National Poetry Month goes out with a bang at the La Voz Grand Finale. Winners from the four preliminary rounds will put their best poem forward against each other at SAY Si. The words start flying at 2pm and will continue until the last poet is left standing. This is the second annual La Voz, the citywide spoken-word contest for poets of all ages held throughout San Antonio.

Location: SAY Sí, 1518 S Alamo

Special Event: 5th Annual Paseo por el Westside

Sat., May 3, 9am - 2pm

Five years ago, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center decided to host the first ever historical and cultural preservation community gathering on the Westside of San Antonio. The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center presents Paseo por el Westside with walking tours to start the event. Each year the community comes together at the Rinconcito de Esperanza (Little Corner of Hope) to celebrate culture, history, and conviviencia (conviviality).

Location: Rinconcito De Esperanza

Special Event: San Antonio Wookie Walk

Sun., May 4, festivities begin at 12pm, walk starts at 7pm 

Studies show taller job applicants are more likely to get hired than shorter ones, and supporting evidence comes straight from the Star Wars universe. Reportedly George Lucas cast 7-foot-2 Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca without a single test-reading/caterwauling. But vertically-challenged cosplayers wanting to celebrate May the Fourth by parading through downtown, take heart: Event organizers encourage you to create your own Wookie, and as that Holiday Special taught us, Wookies come in all shapes and sizes, from Chewy’s dad Itchy to younger brother Lumpy. Mother Malla, meanwhile, is proof that female Wookies aren’t distinguished by smaller stature or sparser body hair but by less stupid-sounding names. Kids’ activities, vendors and live music will be on hand to distract you from the fact that it’s 90-degrees outside and you’re dressed like the floor of an Ozark barbershop. The fun begins at noon and the walk starts at 7pm.

Location: Tower of the Americas, 600 Hemisfair Plaza

Music: Essence of India

May 4, 6:30pm

Musical Bridges Around the World presents the fifth and final concert of the 16th season of Free Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral. Essence of India will feature world-famous musician Sandeep Das, a Grammy-nominated artist considered one of the leading tabla players today (the tabla is a family of Indian hand drums, not unlike the Afro-Cuban bongos). A current member of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Das will perform a concert of classic Indian music with a trio of musicians.

Location: San Fernando Cathedral, 115 W. Main Plaza

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