Events starting Mar. 25 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

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

Pint Night and Free Pool

Mondays, 9 p.m. Continues through July 16
Retox Bar 1031 Patricia, San Antonio Central


Monday nights the Rextox Bar is hosting draft night with pool and more. (210) 775-2886

12-step meeting for compulsive overeaters

Mondays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Shearer Hills Baptist Church 12615 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio San Antonio

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Weekly Overeaters Anonymous meetings are being held at Shearer Hills Baptist Church for all who eat compulsively or suffer from other eating disorders. Newcomers are always welcome. (210) 494-2713

Nacho Average Monday

Mondays, 3-10 p.m.
The Pigpen 106 Pershing Ave, San Antonio Mahnke Park

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'Nacho Average Monday' is being held at the Pigpen with 1/2 off Nachos from 3-10:00 pm. Bring a friend, bring a date, bring the kids, or bring your dog for this one of a kind event.

Small World Jazz Jam

Mondays, 7 p.m.
Frank 1150 S. Alamo St., San Antonio Southtown


The Small World Jazz Jam is held in the basement at Frank's every Monday night. Guests will enjoy great music and are encouraged to bring your own instrument for a swinging good time.

Jammin with The West Side Horns

Every other Monday, 8-11 p.m.
Squeeze Inn Sports Bar & Club 1755 S General McMullen Dr, San Antonio South


Come and Jam with Westside Henry and The Westside Horns at the Squeeze Inn. (210) 432-1080

Monday Night Musician Open Mic Jam

Mondays, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

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Come to Fitgerald's each Monday for a highly energized open mic experience! Full backline provided, accompanied by the best sound, stage, and lights. We've merged the open mic with the open jam concept & you choose how you would like to participate (solo, with your band, or jamming with random musicians). The nights often feature touring artists at 9:30pm/10pm. Come early and catch the show! (210) 607-7007

Blues Mondays with The Westside Horns

Mondays, 8-11 p.m.
The Beer Depot 1304 S. Laredo Street, San Antonio King William


Come Jam with the The Westside Horns on Blues Mondays at the Beer Depot.

Jazz Dogz

Mondays, 9-11 p.m.
Sancho's Cantina 628 Jackson St., San Antonio Downtown


George Prado and Friends will perform Jazz tunes for new and long time fans of the classic genre. (210) 320-1840

Palo Alto College Farmers Market

Fourth Monday of every month, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Palo Alto College Performing Arts Center 1400 W. Villaret Blvd., San Antonio South Side


Come out to the Palo Alto College Farmer's Market on the fourth Monday of every month. The Farmer's Market is a one-stop-shop for healthy fruits and vegetables, as well as other food essentials. Featuring San Antonio Food Bank’s Mobile Mercado, a social enterprise which offers cooking demos, on-site nutritionists, local fruits and vegetables, and household essential food items. (210) 486-3125

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