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10 Free Events Happening This Week 

Tue/ Aug 26

Imitation of Matisse

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“Imitation of Matisse” will explore Matisses’s internalized process of representation which allowed his own desires and imagination to shape his subject matter. Distinguished art historian Dr. Richard Shiff from the University of Texas at Austin will offer insight into one of Matisse’s greatest contributions to Modern art during his lecture. For Matisse, the representational painting in studio was linked to the human body, its organized environment, and its domestic comforts. Matisse’s work is also marked by the surfaces he decorated, the tools he handled and the layers of color he applied. Free, 6:30-7:30 pm Tuesday, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100,

Tue/ Aug 26

Jazz Poets of San Antonio

Join in a night of talk ‘n’ roll jazz hosted by Eduardo Garza while the Jazz Poetry Band improvises music behind your poetry. Jazz poetry, also known as spoken word, has been presented by Garza since 1977. The poet and the band decide what music will suit the poem and jam out. Free, 8:00 pm Tuesday, Espresso Gallery, 529 San Pedro,

Wed/ Aug 27

Trinity University's Reading TUgether: Diane Holt Lecture

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This Wednesday, Trinity University will host Diana Holt as part of its Reading TUgether program. Holt will be speaking about her experiences as an attorney defending Edward Lee Elmore, a semi-literate and mentally challenged black man who was convicted in 1982 of murdering an elderly, white widow in Greenwood, South Carolina without having any real connection to the murder. Elmore will also be in attendance during Holt’s lecture. Their story is chronicled in Raymond Bonner’s book Anatomy of Injustice which is included in the 2014 Reading TUgether selections. Free, 7:00 pm Wednesday, Trinity University – Laurie Auditorium, One Trinity, (210) 999-8117

Wed/ Aug 27

Steampunk 101

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Brook Hollow Library invites everyone to explore the many facets of Steampunk -- from Steampunk fashion and DIY, to the growing wealth of Steampunk literature and other media. Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that usually features steam-powered machinery and is set in an industrialized, Western 19th-century civilization. Free, 6:30 pm Wednesday, Brook Hollow Branch Library, 530 Heimer, (210) 496-6315

Thurs/ Aug 28

Trail Watch Volunteers - Orientation Session

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The City of San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department needs trail users – hikers, bikers, runners, even you brisk walkers – to help keep San Antonio’s trail systems safe. Volunteers must be over 18, passionate about the great outdoors and experienced with park trails, and must be available to spend up to four hours a month performing community service educating others on how to avoid accidents and injuries on the trail. Free, 6:00-7:30 pm Thursday, San Antonio River Authority, 100 E. Guenther St,

Thurs/ Aug 28

Austin Forrest

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Where Americana meets gear junkie, you’ll find Austin Forrest. Using a looping pedal, Forrest lays down the rhythm section on the bongo and cajón, the song’s bones on the rhythm guitar, then he shreds lead on top. Forrest also loops three part harmonies to complement his tunes, all while using a particularly innovative rig-up, challenging the role of the barside/restaurant patio crooner. Free, 7:00-10:00 pm Thursday, Big Hops Growler Station, 8313 Broadway, (210) 320-1995

Thurs/ Aug 28

Innervoid with Fumar

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Innervoid exists as a fusion of Hard Rock and face-melting metal. Aggressive vocals aside, this band’s lyrics aren’t without a message and they do not find themselves caged within the metal genre, often branching out and exploring different sounds within their music. Their emotionally-driven tracks juxtapose melodic grooves with hard-hitting riffs -- this band invites its listeners to “enter the void.” Free, 9:00 pm Thursday, The Mix, 2423 N St. Mary's, (210) 735-1313,

Sat/ Aug 30

Glenn Cunnigham

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Native San Antonian Glenn Cunningham will be reading from his techno-thriller, The Hidalgo Trust, this Saturday at The Twig Book Shop. The Hidalgo Trust follows a group of adventurers who have all attained wealth during World War I and employ various means of technology in order to keep their riches safe. Cunningham’s story takes his reader from San Antonio to the jungles of the Amazon, and involves espionage, kidnapping, and one devious plot after another. Free, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Saturday, The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Parkway Suite 106, (210) 826-6411

Sat/ Aug 30

Yuck, Yuck!: A Mural Reveal Party

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Budding San Antonio artist Megan Solis has already established a distinctive style as an urban contemporary painter. She approaches her work with both a graffiti and a pop art style that creates a fresh illustrative air in her compositions. High Wire Art Gallery is hosting a party to reveal Solis’s latest project. Other artists featured in the show include Jaha Art, Ally Barrios, Fernando Davila, Kirstine M Haynes, Matthew McCoy, and Regina Morales. Free, 7:00-10:00 pm Saturday, Highwire Art Gallery, 326 West Josephine, (210) 827-7652,


Sat/ Aug 30- Mon/ Sept 1

Labor Day Weekend Celebration


This Labor Day weekend El Mercado is celebrating its 33rd anniversary by serving up ample food and music for three straight days. There will be several stages from which conjunto music will be playing all weekend long. Musical entertainment on the Main Stage includes DJ Richie Zuniga (noon-2:45pm), Grupo Avance (2:45-4:45pm), Grupo Maravia (5-6:45pm), Los Ranger Broz (7-8:30pm) and Jamie y Los Chamacos (8:45-10:45pm). On the Mariachi Stage there will be Peruvian Group (11am-2pm), Karaoke (2-4pm), Tejano Highway 281 (4-6pm), Raymond y Grupo Rayo (6:15-8:15pm), and Rhythm Kings (8:30-10:45pm). Free, 12:00-10:45 pm Saturday and Sunday, 12:00-8:30 pm Monday, Market Square - El Mercado, 514 W. Commerce St., (210) 207-8600,


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