Let us pause now, in this month of visual revelry, to remember the other art forms - children of a lesser muse ... Just kidding, art troopers. It's hard not to feel guilty if we neglect the many other enriching events that happen during Contemporary Art Month. If you skipped out on the Cactus Pear Music Festival or dissed Latina Letters and Gemini Ink's Summer Literary Festival, there is still time to make amends before you wrap up the month and tie one on at the CAM closing party (see page 48), at the Trio Ictus performance at the Instituto de México, 600 Hemisfair, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The internationally recognized group - flautist Fernando Lipkau, pianist Manuel de la Flor, and cellist Asaf Kolerstein - will perform a smorgasbord of works from baroque to contemporary. Admission is $10 adults, $5 students.
"It's the tension between productivity and possibility that I am looking for in my videos," New York-based artist John Pilson has said of his work, which has expanded beyond the confines of its original workplace settings (in the acclaimed "Interregna" and "Above the Grid") to "St. Denis" and "Dark Empire," which explore the idea of a city's elusive sentience. Artpace presents a one-man show by Pilson, July 28-October 16. The artist will speak during the opening reception, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 445 N. Main.
Testing the laws of science and the durability of art, the inaugural Dignowity Hill Pushcart Derby will drop the flag at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Dignowity Hill Park, at the corner of Nolan and Hackberry. Ten artists, including organizer Cruz Ortiz, Chuck Ramirez, Lloyd Walsh, Ethel Shipton, and Katie Pell will compete for the audience's admiration.
Speaking of engines, CAM womanpower Anjali Gupta invited 10 artists, including Ken Little, D. Dominick Lombardi, Gary Sweeney, and James Cobb, to create works out of orange peels for a show titled Peel at (please don't groan; order a martini straight up with a twist and zip it) Citrus in the Valencia Hotel, 150 E. Houston, opening 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Sound like good PR to you? Well, that's what it takes sometimes, art troopers, as Peel artist Robert Tatum - Gupta's partner and co-fire behind CAM 2004 and 2005 - can tell you.