Events starting May. 30 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

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

"Bruce Lee Shoes"

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through July 20
Cinnabar Art Gallery 1420 South Alamo, #147, San Antonio San Antonio


Cinnabar’s latest exhibition showcases the work of Emanuel De Sousa, a Portugese-born, London-based artist who puts a poppy spin on portraiture. In addition to nods to iconic martial artist Bruce Lee and his yellow jumpsuits, De Sousa’s latest series of paintings features porcelain dogs, mylar balloons and other objects plucked from “tiny closed universes where absurd, nonsensical realities make sense.” (210) 557-6073 (FAX); (210)

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.

Beer Pong Tournament

Last Thursday of every month, 9:30-11:30 p.m.
The Hangar 8203 Broadway St., San Antonio San Antonio


The Hangar's beer pong tournament is held on the last Thursday of each month. Registration kicks off at 9:30pm and the tournament begins at 10pm. (210) 824-2700

Thursday Night Karaoke

Thursdays, 7-11 p.m.
Hurricane Grill & Wings 2611 SE Military Dr #108, San Antonio San Antonio


Rockstarz Shows brings karaoke on the covered patio at the Hurricane Grill & Wings. For more information check out RockstarzShows.com. (210) 333-4329 (FAX); (210)

A Course of Love Discussion Group

Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Unity Church of San Antonio 1723 W. Lawndale Dr., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy TicketsFree


A Spiritual discussion group about the writings presented in the combined volumes of 'A Course of Love'. (210) 824-7351

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

Thursday Night Karaoke With DJ Pebbles & DJ Noone

Thursdays, 7-11 p.m.
Hurricane Grill & Wings 2611 SE Military Dr #108, San Antonio San Antonio


Rockstarzshows presents karaoke with a screen on the patio showing throwback Thursday music videos. (210) 333-4329

Karaoke Thursdays

Thursdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Stetson Bar 7350 Tezel Rd, San Antonio San Antonio


Right Track Entertainment is hosting a karaoke night at Stetson Bar. (210) 523-5338

Art to Lunch

Every third Thursday, 12:30-1 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Ideal for art enthusiasts with tight schedules and/or short attention spans, SAMA’s Art to Lunch series invites guests on a short-and-sweet two-object tour of works they might have overlooked in the galleries. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy on the grounds or grab a bite from nearby spots like The Luxury or Rosella. (210) 978-81090

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