Events starting Apr. 17 in San Antonio

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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

Monthly Cultural Dance Workshops

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21
Smash Dance 6883 Bandera Rd, San Antonio Leon Valley

Buy Tickets$10

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Join a cultural dance workshop and be a part of the diversity Project SMASH offers. Ranging from the styles of Afro-Beats to belly dance and others in between, Smash Dance's instructors will take you on a dancing journey around the world. Donation proceeds allow Project SMASH to continue offering dance scholarships to members of the community who could otherwise not afford classes. Project SMASH also gives back to the community by partnering with other local, non-profit organizations to provide dance fitness services at their facilities. (210) 201-2873

Puzzling Adventures - San Antonio

Ongoing, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Riverbend Garage 210 N Presa st., San Antonio Central

Buy Tickets$29.99


Explore the San Antonio Riverwalk, historic Alamo, and busy downtown shops and restaurants. Learn interesting facts, see the sights, and exercise your mind at the same time. (888) 433-8966

Texas Revolution Elite Soccer Academy Registration

Ongoing


Beginning January 17, 2017, Texas Revolution Soccer Club is looking for experienced and non-experienced youthin age categories: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 & 12-14. Practices held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7:30pm. Training is professionally done by SAFC's own, Cesar Elizondo and professional soccer player, Julio Garcia. $80 annual subscription plus monthly dues.

Looking for Langston

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11

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Although his resume includes writing and directing credits for the award-winning coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels (1991) and the blaxploitation documentary BaadAsssss Cinema (2002), British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien is arguably better known for conceptual films presented on multiple screens simultaneously. Seemingly dissected and left for viewers to reassemble with their own eyes, these immersive projects have involved journeys to remote ice caves in Iceland, juxtapositions of Arctic and African landscapes, travels through China and curious collaborations with the likes of Tilda Swinton and James Franco. A co-founder of the Sankofa Film and Video Collective (an organization “dedicated to developing an independent black film culture in the areas of production, exhibition and audience”), Julien made one of his earliest waves with Looking for Langston — a 1989 film billed as “a lyrical exploration — and recreation — of the private world of poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and his fellow black artists and writers who formed the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s.” In essence a non-linear homage that presents Hughes as a metaphor for the black gay experience, the film has earned cult status and is taught extensively in universities as part of African-American and queer studies programs. Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017, Julien was a favorite of late local artist and philanthropist Linda Pace, who acquired more than 50 of his works during her lifetime. In celebration of Looking for Langston’s 30th anniversary, the Linda Pace Foundation’s gallery Studio at Ruby City showcases the 45-minute film as the anchor of a new exhibition of two recently acquired photographs Julien shot during production — Film-Noir Angels and Masquerade No. 3.

Pizza a la Valeria

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 4
Valeria Ristorante Italiano 109 Waterview Parkway #105, Boerne Boerne

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Dine at Valeria every Wednesday through Saturday to indulge in a delicious variety of classic wood-fired pizzas. All pizzas are hand stretched to approximately 12 inches, making them a perfect meal for one or delicious appetizer for the whole family. (830) 331-1393

Freiheit Village Farmers Market

Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18


@ Freiheit Village, 2032 Central Plaza New Braunfels, Texas
A family friendly afternoon and evening filled with shopping, delicious food and live entertainment.

12-Step Meeting for Compulsive Overeaters

Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Continues through March 25
Episcopal Church of Reconciliation 8900 Starcrest Dr, San Antonio San Antonio

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The Episcopal Church of Reconciliation is offering a free weekly 12-step recovery program from compulsive overeating, binge eating and other eating disorders. Newcomers are welcome to the program. (210) 637-7203

Nar-Anon Family Groups

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
A Recovery Place 10929 Nacogdoches, San Antonio East


Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else's drug addiction. A 12-step program offers help by sharing experience, strength, hope to family members. (210) 273-0937

Bachata and Salsa Classes

Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
Candela Estudio 5337 Glen Ridge Dr, San Antonio Northwest


Bachata and Salsa classes for just $5 each. Drop-ins are welcome, no partner necessary, and all levels invited.

Transcendental Meditation

Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m., Thursdays, 1-2 p.m. and Sundays, 1-2 p.m.
San Antonio Transcendental Meditation Center 4219 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio Olmos Park


The San Antonio Transcendental Meditation Center hosts a free introductory talk on the technique of Transcendental Meditation to bring inner peace and wellness to your life. Please register for the talk at tm.org. (210) 401-9514

Live Salsa & Dancing

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
Luna 6740 San Pedro, San Antonio North Central

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Classic Salsa, Merengue & Cumbia fill the dance floor every Wednesday at Luna. Daniel Wyman Con La Clave hosts this long running weekly residency for free. (210) 804-2433

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