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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

San Antonio Gender Association

Third and First Thursday of every month, 6:30-9 p.m.
Metropolitan Community Church 611 E. Myrtle, San Antonio San Antonio

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The San Antonio Gender Association (SAGA) meets every first and third Thursday of the month. SAGA is a private secular organization dedicated to the exploration of issues involving gender identity, and to the advocacy of fair and just public policy for the wider GLBTQI community. SAGA offers a welcoming place for conversation and discussion to transgender persons and to those who love and support them. Located in the downstairs social hall. (210) 472-3597

LGBT LULAC Membership Meeting - Orgullo de San Antonio

Third Thursday of every month, 6:45-8 p.m.
Luby's Cafeteria (N. Main) 911 N. Main Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

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The purpose of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #22198 known as “Orgullo de San Antonio” is to establish open and positive communication between the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and Latino communities by promoting social and economic opportunity and full equality for all. Meetings are open to the public, guests do not have to be a member to attend. (210) 223-1911; (210) 223-9868 (FAX)

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

TWA Friday Night Fights

Second Friday of every month, 7:45-10 p.m.
Texas Wolverine All Star Gym 1134 S Flores, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$6-$10

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TWA Friday Nights Fights, brings you hard hitting entertainment for the whole family. Featuring the upcoming stars in the Texas Independent wrestling scene. You don't who or what may happen, so don't ever miss the excitement that is the Texas Wrestling Association. (210) 550-9975

6th Annual Halloween Hocus Pocus Party

Sat., Oct. 26, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Arbor House Bed & Breakfast 109 Arciniega St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets50.00-75.00

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Annual Halloween Party benefiting Fiesta Youth will feature the e7 band, a DJ, open bar, appetizers, a silent auction, costume contests and more. VIP Admission includes private area, open premium bar, premium appetizers, and all the entertainment provided. General Admission includes open bar, appetizers, and all the entertainment provided during the night. (210) 303-0550

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