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"Transcendental Tricentennial: Love Letters to San Anto, the (he)Art of David Zamora Casas"

Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through July 28
Institute of Texan Cultures 801 E César Chávez Blvd, San Antonio San Antonio

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Over the last four decades, self-described “artivist” David Zamora Casas has delighted, shocked and intrigued San Antonio audiences with paintings, installations, altars and performance works that essentially present the artist himself as a canvas. Fusing elements of folk and outsider art with nods to the aesthetics of Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí, the DIY spirit of rasquachismo, religious iconography and Latinx and LGBTQ* activism, Casas has established something many artists strive for fruitlessly: an instantly recognizable aesthetic that’s distinctly their own. Nicknamed Nuclear Meltdown and dubbed a “clown shaman” by esteemed author and MacArthur Genius Sandra Cisneros, Casas often makes cameos in his own paintings, his fire-engine red lips, devilish goatee and Dalí-esque mustache emerging from surreal tableaus populated by skulls, deities, monkeys and mermaids swimming amid swirling patterns, Mesoamerican symbols and hand-painted text reminiscent of retablos. In the words of Chicano art specialist Tomas Ybarra-Frausto, Casas’ canvases “mix word and image to visualize autobiographical and universal stories  of homoerotic love, loss and persistent social concerns including immigration, environmental plunder, gender disparity and the multiple issues facing marginalized individuals and communities.” Billed as an artistic explosion of “folk-baroque manifestations” exploring themes ranging from indigenous history to gender fluidity, Casas’ new solo show “Transcendental Tricentennial” comprises “miles of ribbon, yards of fabric, embellished prints, various on-site assemblages, oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, barbed-wire and bone sculptures, and a Día de los Muertos ofrenda which spills into our collective consciousness.” Made possible by a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), the “mega-installation” also involves creative collaborations with the likes of accordion queen Eva Ybarra and video/film producers Laura Varela and Fadela Gacis Castro. As for its slightly unexpected landing at the Institute of Texan Cultures, Casas reminds that the exhibition evokes the ITC’s mission to be “a lesson in diversity [that] shows the uniqueness and beauty of the many cultures that came to Texas.” (210) 458-2300

Show Us Your Pride!

Fri., June 21, 6-10 p.m.
Brick at Blue Star 108 Blue Star, San Antonio Southtown

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Join us for a free Pride kick-off event featuring the Showgirls of Rey Lopez Entertainment, presented by Kind Clinic! Get decked out in your rainbow lewks and show us your Pride! There will be complimentary food and drinks from Street Treats, entertainment by the Rey Lopez Showgirls and DJ Ella Ella, HIV testing by Project: H.O.T. with San Antonio Pride wrist bands, resources and fun provided by UNIFY San Antonio and Kind Clinic as well as local art and food vendors.

The Pastie Pops Big Gay Burlesque Show

Sat., June 22, 8 p.m.
Sexology Institute and Boutique 707 S St Mary's, San Antonio Southtown

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The award-winning Pastie Pops Burlesque Revue and guests are coming back to The Sexology Institute to celebrate Pride with their annual Big Gay Burlesque Show! The proceeds of this show will go to help William aka Mustang Ryder fund his gender-affirming top surgery. Join the Sexology Institute and Boutique for a night of burlesque, boylesque, drag and so much more! The entry fee is $50 VIP, $25 reserved seating and $15 standing room (tipping during the performances is encouraged). Performances by: Jasper St. James, Elle Du Jour, Vixy Van Hellen, Mary Annette, Aurora Hart, Dandy Velour, SirGio and more! (210) 487-0371

50 Years of Hope, A Pride Interfaith Service

Sun., June 23
Madison SQ Presbyterian Church 319 Camden Street, San Antonio San Antonio

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Madison SQ Presbyterian Church invites guests to gather in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The church looks forward to seeing people from San Antonio spiritual communities; those affirming and inclusive of individuals that identify as LBGTQ+, as well as friends, allies, and supporters. (325) 245-3057

Beer Bust

Sundays, 5 p.m.
Essence 1010 N. Main, San Antonio San Antonio


Take Sunday Funday to the next level and get geared up for the week at Pride San Antonio's Beer Bust. Hosted at Club Essence, the weekly event offers Bud Light drafts for just 50 cents (till the keg floats). (210) 223-5418

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