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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

Video Dungeon Theatre: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Thu., June 20, 9 p.m.
Oak Hills Tavern 7920 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio San Antonio


A botched sex change operation obtained in pursuit of an escape from behind the Iron Curtain set Hedwig (then “Hansel Schmidt”) on an unstoppable trajectory that somehow lead to her serving punk rock realness in a chain of failing restaurants called “Bilgewater’s” (with a name like that, is it any surprise they’re always empty?). Originally performed as a musical, show-creator John Cameron Mitchell adapted Hedwig’s story into a 2001 film, starring alongside some of his original off-Broadway cast members, including Miriam Shor. Between Hedwig’s trademark feathered wig, the catchy and poignant tunes on the soundtrack and costumes that are still on point today, it’s no wonder that this rock opera remains popular almost 20 years later. Video Dungeon Theatre’s special screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch will feature a bonus performance after the film by members of the Texas Light Opera, whose production of the original musical opens in July. (210) 614-8855

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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It’s the most colorful time of the year again, so break out your rainbows and celebrate everything Pride with San Antonio’s smorgasbord of events. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots makes this year’s Pride particularly important, especially in the face of continuing discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community by the current presidential administration. UNIFY San Antonio and the Kind Clinic will start celebrations off right with Show Us Your PRIDE Friday, June 21, featuring performances by the Rey Lopez Showgirls and DJ Ella Ella, HIV testing by Project: H.O.T., free eats and drinks by Street Treats and more.

The Legend of Big Bend

Sat., June 22, 8-10 p.m.
Brick at Blue Star 108 Blue Star, San Antonio Southtown

Buy Tickets$15

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There’s nothing better than a summer road trip across the expansive Texan landscape, particularly when you’re able to escape the paved monstrosity that is I-35. In a project akin to Sufjan Stevens’ long-abandoned Fifty States Project, Austin-based indie-rock chamber ensemble Montopolis has crafted two album-length song cycles themed on major Texan landmarks, following up 2017’s Music for Enchanted Rock with The Legend of Big Bend, which blends spoken word passages and poetry about the beloved state park with ambient rock enhanced by classical instrumentation. As summer kicks into high gear and the great outdoors begins to call your name, The Legend of Big Bend is a perfect new playlist for the days when All Hail West Texas just isn’t doing it anymore.

San Antonio Nerd Night

Fourth Sunday of every month, 2-10 p.m.
Knight Watch Games 16350 Blanco Road, San Antonio North Central


Gamers converge the fourth Sunday of every month for a meetup benefiting area nonprofits. (214) 641-9352

Pride Bigger Than Texas 2019 Festival and Parade

Sat., June 29, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Crockett Park 1300 N. Main Ave, San Antonio San Antonio

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It’s the most colorful time of the year again, so break out your rainbows and celebrate everything Pride with San Antonio’s smorgasbord of events. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots makes this year’s Pride particularly important, especially in the face of continuing discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community by the current presidential administration. Things will kick into high gear on June 29 for the annual “Pride Bigger Than Texas” Festival and Parade, hosted by Pride San Antonio. In honor of the Stonewall anniversary, this year’s theme is “Remember. Honor. Educate.” The festivities start in Crockett Park at 11 a.m. with entertainers on deck including Brian Justin Crum, Drowning Mona, Luciana, Sizzy Rocket, Sandra Valls, Patsy Torrres and Bidi Bidi Banda. At 3 p.m., you’ll have to choose between body slams and the pinnacle of romance, because Pride Championship Wrestling has been scheduled at the same time as the “We All Love the Same” mass wedding — so plan accordingly. The festival winds down at 7 p.m., but you can pop over to The Strip on N. Main for the official afterparty, which will run all the way until 3 a.m. (free, 1416-1503 N. Main Ave.) If you want to stick around Crockett Park for the parade, you can also catch the Running of the Queens High Heel Race at 8:45 p.m. right before the action begins at 9. Plus, there’ll be some post-parade fireworks.

Gardens & Yoga

Third Saturday of every month, 10-11 a.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden 555 Funston, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$15


AC Power Yoga pops up at the Botanical Garden for an outdoor class suitable for all ages and skill levels. Attendees are asked to bring a durable yoga mat, sunscreen, water, bug spray and an open mind. (210) 536-1400

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