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"


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)

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

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

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

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

Key Party

Thursdays, 8-9 p.m.
Bexar Stage 1203 Camden St., San Antonio Downtown

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Bexar Stage hosts a completely free and improvised BYOB show in which performers choose keys from a bowl and invite audience members on stage to share an honest conversation with a fluid ensemble. Guests can enjoy free beer samples courtesy of Alamo Beer. (312) 971-7252

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

Downtown Duo

Thursdays
The Edison Experiment 1846 N Loop 1604, San Antonio Northeast


Pianist and vocalist Chris Guerrero and drummer Michael Gonzales set the mood with vocal jazz standards, classic and contemporary R&B.

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

A Course of Love Discussion Group

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

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

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

Tres Honchos

Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Sancho's Cantina 628 Jackson St., San Antonio Downtown


Sancho's Cantina is hosting Claude Butch Morgan, Robar Adams and Trevor Doak Morgan of the Bandaholics. The band is set to perform regularly on Thursdays. (210) 320-1840

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)

Patch the Pirate Español

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Helotes Independent Baptist Church 15335 Orange Tower,, Helotes Helotes


Children will be able to learn Spanish at the Helotes Independent Baptist Church with Patch the Pirate Español, music immersion program. For more information contact the church for more information about lesson plans and more. (210) 818-5129

The Blues Lawyer

Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.
Hidden Tavern 11407 West Ave, San Antonio Northwest


Live blues from The Blues Lawyer every Thursday at Hidden Tavern. The band will perform covers from Clapton, BB King, Muddy Waters, and other musicians. (210) 541-0001

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

Bring Your Own Vinyl

Thursdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Guillotine 1816 N Main Ave, San Antonio Central


DJ "Yeah Dawg" Gary spins the best of all things metal and punk every Thursday. Drop in to hear cuts that run from old-school to classic to eclectic and rare! You can bring your own vinyl to share, too. (210) 227-2623

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

Track N Feels Thursday

Every 7 days, 10 p.m.
The Bang Bang Bar 119 El Mio Drive, San Antonio Central


Indie-pop DJ Idyll Green plays a variety of music, featuring a light show, live remixing and drink specials.

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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