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Men of Steel, Women of Wonder

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 1
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$12-$20


Evidenced by the global success of recent films such as Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel, among many others, the world is still captivated by the concept of superheroes. While less memorable examples might fall within that formulaic realm the New York Times summed up as “mental popcorn, meant to be rapidly consumed and forgotten,” the box office numbers prove we’re still collectively content to sit and watch statuesque freaks of nature fight off evil forces — even when the takeaway is minimal. Long before the schlock of what’s been dubbed “Hollywood’s Comic Book Age,” Superman and Wonder Woman captured imaginations as defenders of humanity fighting injustices amid the backdrops of the Great Depression and WWII. Introduced in 1938 and 1941, respectively, this iconic, spandex-clad pair inspire myriad incarnations in “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder,” an exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and landing at the San Antonio Museum of Art this summer. Although it might conjure visions of comic cons and nerdy fan art, the traveling show digs deep into the cultural significance of both figures — and it isn’t an entirely kid-friendly affair. Curated by Alejo Benedetti, the collection of 70-plus paintings, photographs, videos and installations goes beyond the expected depictions of costumed heroism to explore sexuality, immigration, race, idolatry, desire and the very building blocks that made these characters possible. Spanning from the 1930s to the present day, “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder” builds an interpretive timeline in four thematic sections. Encompassing both the reverent and irreverent, the introductory section The Heroes We Know comprises photographer Siri Kaur’s amusing portraits of celebrity impersonators captured in mundane, contemporary contexts, Peter Saul’s playfully surreal painting Superman Versus the Toilet Duck and a provocative yet nostalgic installation by Jim Shaw, The Issue of My Loins, that showcases — and supersizes — Superman’s crotch. Placing the mythical stars in historical context, Origin Stories is reportedly the germinating seed for the entire exhibition. Here, real-life men of steel and women of wonder are presented in etchings of 1930s-era steel workers building the metropolis, photographs of women welding in the Willow Run bomber plant in the 1940s and Norman Rockwell’s 1943 painting of brawny machinist and feminist icon Rosie the Riveter eating a sandwich as the American flag billows in the background. Contrasting God-like power with traces of vulnerability, Glimpsing Humanity places our heroes in unexpected contexts: an alienated Superman reads the paper amid a barren landscape in Llyn Foulkes’ 1991 painting Where Did I Go Wrong and gets lit in Mike Kelley’s 1999 video Superman Recites Selections from “The Bell Jar” and Other Works by Sylvia Plath. Wonder Woman becomes a religious icon in Valetin Popov’s 2009 painting St. Wonder Woman and gets placed In Exile alongside the Virgin Mary, Aphrodite and others in Mary Beth Edelson’s mixed-media painting from 1989. Timely and provocative, the closing section Defender of the Innocent challenges stereotypes of gender and race while importantly reminding that both beloved characters are immigrants (he’s from Krypton, she’s from Themyscira, aka Paradise Island). Sarah Hill addresses the plight of a trans Wonder Woman in the 2014 video They Wonder; late San Antonio artist Mel Casas calls out the lack of diversity in the superhero realm in his painting Humanscape 70 (Comic Whitewash); Superman locks lips with Batman in Rich Simmons’ 2014 mixed-media work Between the Capes; Dulce Pinzón celebrates Mexican immigrants as working-class superheroes in staged photographs; and an installation attributed to the U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes (ICE DISH) comes complete with a hotline where concerned citizens can report suspicious activity. As host venue, SAMA rises to the heroic occasion with an abundance of complementary programs, including talks with featured artists, weekly gallery talks, workshops, a Superhero Pajama Party (July 26) and outdoor screenings of Black Panther (June 28), Superman: The Movie (July 12), Nacho Libre (July 19), The Incredibles 2 (August 2), Batman (August 6), Wonder Woman (August 9), Birdman (August 16), Lu Over the Wall (August 23) and Superman II (August 30). (210) 978-8100

Daniel Rios Rodriguez & Raul Gonzalez

Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 18
Artpace 445 N. Main Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


With a powerful trio of exhibitions already on view, Artpace gives us two more reasons to visit this spring with the unveiling of new projects by San Antonio-based artists Daniel Rios Rodriguez and Raul Gonzalez. Although Rodriguez and Gonzalez explore wildly different topics and themes, their bright and bold bodies of work find common ground in playful energy, DIY aesthetics and transformations of commonplace materials. A Houston transplant who earned an MFA from UTSA along with grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Surdna Foundation and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), Gonzalez has long been fixated on the concept of work in many forms — construction, manual labor and his dual roles as a “werking artist” and undeniably cool stay-at-home dad. He’s captured the everyday joys of fatherhood in figurative drawings, celebrated his love for Whataburger and the Houston Astros in paintings and installations, enhanced his exhibitions with energetic, movement-based performances and even danced for 4.3 miles — continuously from downtown to the McNay. With a title lifted from a song by bygone Texas hip-hop duo UGK, his “Front and Back, and Side to Side” promises to transform Artpace’s Main Space windows with a “multi-dimensional mural” rendered in cardboard and colored duct tape. (Cue the selfies). A native of Killeen who earned his MFA from Yale and has exhibited in New York, Chicago, Marfa, Ireland and beyond, Rodriguez takes a tactile approach to small-scale “semi-figurative” paintings inspired by personal experiences and the natural world. Frequently using oddly shaped, homemade panels, he paints scenes and patterns in thick, textural layers, adding organic-looking embellishments such as stones, shells and feathers, and finishing the pieces with earthy frames rendered in found bits of wood, rope, wire and hardware accents. Bringing to mind everything from cave drawings and tribal symbology to folk and outsider art, Rodriguez’s work comes to light in “Bruisers,” his first ever solo show in Texas. Nodding to the battle scars we collect while navigating life on Earth, Rodriguez says the exhibition title also speaks to the surfaces of his paintings, many of which “undergo a lot of heavy hitting and burning and throwing across the floor.” During the opening reception, both artists will give short talks about their work and Artpace will also be rolling out a new Third Thursdays series that kicks off with a rooftop screening of shorts curated by the San Antonio Film Festival ($5-$10, 8pm Thu, May 16). (210) 212-4900

"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

Harlequin OutStander Awards Call for Nominees & Feel Good Day

Through July 31, 12 a.m.-11:45 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Omni La Mansion Del Rio Hotel 112 College St, San Antonio San Antonio

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Harlequin OutStander Awards nominees are sought for the following categories: Person of Positivity (those showing resilience, faith, optimism, overcoming challenges), Harlequin Hometown Hero (women serving and protecting with bravery, inspiring courage and commitment to the collective good), Community Catalyst (advocates, volunteers, contributors who affect positive change for populations at risk or in need), Cultural Champion (those committed to making arts/literacy programs accessible for all), and Millennial Groundbreaker (making waves through philanthropic or entrepreneurial efforts or their active citizenship). Nominate someone at: www.celebratefeelgood.com. San Antonio winners will be honored on Feel Good Day, October 5. Nominations are free and tickets for the event are $199. (416) 840-2732

Summer Doesn't End at Main Event Entertainment!

Through Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Main Event Entertainment 8514 State Hwy 151, San Antonio San Antonio


Looking for things to do this summer? Looking for something FUN? It’s time to level up with the Main Event Summer Season Pass, where you can enjoy the full extent of summer FUN! The Endless Summer Season Pass lets guests enjoy all-you-can-play activities – bowling, billiards, laser tag and gravity ropes – and exclusive discounts, all day, every day from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day for only $60 per guest. It pays for itself in as few as three visits! (*offer available at both San Antonio and Memphis centers). (210) 521-8000

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

Going Places

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 8
The DoSeum 2800 Broadway St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$14


The DoSeum’s summer exhibition, Going Places, kids can explore how we drive, float, glide, and zoom. This Stem experience will immerse visitors into the science of getting around over land, sea, air and space. With 17 play-centered exhibits, they will encounter concepts like velocity, gravity, buoyancy, aerodynamics, energy efficiency, space science, carbon footprint and design. (210) 212-4453

Sparkling Nights at Eddie V’s

Through July 28, 5-10 p.m.


@ Eddie V's, 1834 N Loop 1604 W. San Antonio, TX 78248
Inspired by a French summer soirée, Eddie V’s today popped open its signature summer event, Sparkling Nights. The eight-week celebration offers guests a winning combination of a French-inspired lobster tasting trio and French champagne or wine. For $25, Eddie V’s is serving up a bit of French flair with the Sparkling Nights menu featuring champagne and wine favorites from France- Veuve Clicquot, Miraval Rosé, and Louis Latour Mercurey Burgundy 2016 - with a tasting trio of Lobster Tempura, Lobster and Potato Croquette, and a nostalgic Mini Lobster Thermidor—all featuring Coldwater South African Lobster. (210) 493-1600

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

Pub Crawl Scavenger Hunt

Ongoing, 12-11:30 p.m.
River Walk 200 S Alamo St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$45

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The Brews & Clues San Antonio tour is a 3 mile walking experience that takes about 4 hours to complete. Guests will be able to explore the beautiful city of San Antonio while getting a taste of its rich, revolutionary history and having a good time with your friends or family.

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.

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

The State of Hand Stitch, New Embroidery by Texas Artists

Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Aug. 9
UTSA Art Gallery - Main Campus One UTSA Circle, San Antonio San Antonio


"The State of Hand Stitch" is a survey of eleven women artists in Texas working with thread and needle at a time when embroidery is increasingly recognized as a medium of choice by serious artists. This exhibit displays a range of subject matter, scale, approach, and materials, demonstrating the many possibilities of contemporary stitch. (210) 458-4391

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

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.

Introduction To Straight Defined Community

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18
Century Building 84 NE Interstate 410 Loop # 113, San Antonio Northwest

Buy TicketsFree

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The Centuray Building will discuss and explain the definition of a Straight Defined Community. A Straight Defined is a community that holds many communities under its branch that is privately ran based on memberships. Century was designed to support everyday living as well as businesses whether you're established or building.

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

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.

Free Sporcle Live trivia

Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
Freetail Brewing Co. Tasting Room 2000 S Presa St, San Antonio Southtown


Free live trivia happening every Wednesday night at 7pm. Freeetail gift cards are up for grabs! (210) 625-6000

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

Young Friends of Wildlife Rescue Club

Wed., Aug. 14, 6-8 p.m., Wed., Sept. 18, 6-8 p.m., Wed., Oct. 16, 6-8 p.m., Sat., Nov. 16, 1-3 p.m. and Wed., Dec. 18, 6-8 p.m.

Buy Tickets$50


This exclusive opportunity will engage kids ages 8-12 with different monthly topics presented by animal experts about wildlife rehabilitation, animal advocacy, conservation, and volunteerism. Additionally, members complete a volunteer activity such as an enrichment item that will be used by an animal or a conservation tool members can use. $50 for a one-year membership; $25 optional parent/guardian membership. (830) 336-2725 ext. 326

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