Special Events Events starting Jun. 20 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

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

ServSafe Food Mgr. Certification Class English or Spanish

Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Every other Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Food Safety Direct 3603 Fredericksburg Rd #102, San Antonio Central


It is a State mandated requirement for all Restaurants/Food Establishments to have at least one certified person in charge during hours of operation. This class is open to all guests and will have separate times for English and Spanish speakers. (210) 785-9441

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.

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

Evenings on the Edge at Topaz - Benefitting Local Charities

Thursdays, 7-11 p.m. Continues through Aug. 8
La Cantera Resort & Spa 16641 La Cantera Pkwy., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$30-$40

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Sip on summer-inspired cocktails and enjoy Hill Country views at Topaz, the adults-only infinity pool deck at La Cantera Resort & Spa. The event will benefit the SA Zoo, Viola's Huge Heart, SA Food Bank, and much more. (210) 558-6500

Thursday's Happiest Happy Hour

Thursdays, 4-7 p.m.
Rosella at The Rand 114 E Houston St., San Antonio Downtown

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Join Rosella's at the Rand every Thursday for their Happiest Happy Hour featuring a $5 food and drink menu. DJ Cruz will be providing the tunes all evening. (210) 595-1410

Trivia Night

Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.
Hop & Vine 5619 W Loop 1604 N #109, San Antonio Northwest

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Gather your team for Trivia Thursday's at Hop & Vine. Guests can show what you know and take home some great prizes. (210) 878-4071

Free Sporcle Live trivia

Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.
Sideliners Grill 15630 Henderson Pass, San Antonio San Antonio


Free live trivia happening every Thursday night at 7pm. Sideliners gift cards are up for grabs! (210) 404-0121

Live Trivia Thursday

Thursdays, 8:30-10:30 p.m.


@ The Ringer Pub, 2826 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78232
The RingerPub hosts free live trivia every Thursday starting at 8pm. (210) 530-1319

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)

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