8 Free Events Happening This Week

Thursday, February 12
"Confections and Fictions"

As the local art crowd knows, the citywide celebration known as Contemporary Art Month often arrives early and stays late. Leading the pack of eager beavers, the Southwest School of Art’s trio of CAM exhibitions opens with a winning combination of local and national talent. Bound by an attitude that “challenges assumptions of popular culture, the medical industry, and even the constructed and natural worlds,” New York-based British artist Andrew Havenhand joins celebrated San Antonio artists Jesse Amado and Kelly O’Connor to present “Confections and Fictions” in Russell Hill Rogers Gallery I. Founded by Australian twins Margaret and Christine Wertheim, the Los Angeles-based Institute for Figuring exists at the crossroads of art and science and has creatively explored topics ranging from the physics of snowflakes to the hyperbolic geometry of sea slugs. Described as a “collective artistic response to global warming,” the IFF’s traveling Crochet Coral Reef project takes over the adjoining gallery. And across Navarro in the Ursuline Hall Gallery, local artist and Current contributor Jeremiah Teutsch unveils “Epicaricacy,” a selection of “political caricatures and drawings of local personalities.” Free, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta, 224-1848, swschool.org

Thursday, February 12
McNay Second Thursdays

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Second Thursdays returns to the McNay art museums, with music from Mike Ryan Coyotes. Enjoy free Crispin American Craft Cider as you hang out on the museum lawn, or take in the galleries. Food available for purchase courtesy of Spicesea Gourmet, Rickshaw Stop and Saweet Cupcakes. Free, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org

Thursday, February 12

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It's the movie that earned Cher an Oscar.

This week's Wonderland of the America's free movie of the week is Moonstruck. Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she agreed to marry. Starring Cher, Nicolas Cage and Olympia Dukakis. Free, 7 p.m. Thursday, Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro, 4522 Fredericksburg, (210) 734-4552, santikos.com.

Friday, February 13
"Unabashed Trash"

Billed as a “romp through America’s finest underground cultures,” K23 Gallery’s latest assembles “nonsensical, light hearted, and downright weird images” by SA’s own Bexar Bellamy and Weston Ryan and New York-based artist, director and musician Jim Tozzi. A member of the multimedia collective PFFR, Tozzi has collaborated with the likes of Adult Swim and PlayStation and seems to have a thing for putting cartoon animals in compromising positions. The celebration of “lowbrow pop-surrealism” opens with a reception promising music by Executive Realness and refreshments courtesy of Alamo Beer. Free, 7 p.m. Friday, K23 Gallery, 704 Fredericksburg, 776-5635.  

Friday, February 13
Sexology Institute & Boutique Open House

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Bryan Rindfuss

Experience Southtown's new Sexology Institute, a boutique, a sliver of a toy store and a classroom. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a shibari demonstration. Free, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sexology institute & Boutique, 727 South Alamo, 487-0371, sexologyinstitute.com.

Friday, February 13
Sleepless in Seattle

Slab Cinema and Travis Park celebrate Valentine's Day early with food trucks, cocktails and a special screening of directo Nora Ephon's romantic dramedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Free, 7 p.m. Friday, Travis Park, 301 E. Travis. 

Saturday, February 14
Art Opening: "La Marilyn Con Safos" 

Chicano artists pay homage to screen goddess Marilyn Monroe. Free 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Galista Gallery, 1913 S. Flores, 212-8606, gallistagallery.com.

Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15
United San Antonio Pow Wow 

Founded in 1998, United San Antonio Pow Wow is dedicated to promoting the history and culture of America’s first inhabitants. Each year, the nonprofit hosts a weekend pow wow combining a grand entry procession, traditional drumming, gourd dances and a Native American church service. Presided over by Lee Walters, the 18th annual gathering unites members of nearly 50 Native American tribes and features an “Indian Two Step” led by Amileah Davis, as well as vendors offering everything from arts and crafts to frybread and buffalo burgers. Free, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Antonian High School Gymnasium, 6425 West Avenue, unitedsanantoniopowwow.com

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