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The State of Hand Stitch, New Embroidery by Texas Artists

Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Aug. 9
UTSA Art Gallery - Main Campus One UTSA Circle, San Antonio San Antonio


"The State of Hand Stitch" is a survey of eleven women artists in Texas working with thread and needle at a time when embroidery is increasingly recognized as a medium of choice by serious artists. This exhibit displays a range of subject matter, scale, approach, and materials, demonstrating the many possibilities of contemporary stitch. (210) 458-4391

"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

Annual Pub & Brewery Tour

Mon., June 17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Blue Star Brewing Company 1414 S Alamo St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$45-$50

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To celebrate San Antonio Beer Week there is the annual Pub & Brewery Tour! This year the tour will include the Blue Star Brewing Co, Roughhouse Brewing, Middleton Brewing and CaraCara Brewing. The tour will culminate with a trip to Lockhart, Texas to enjoy brews and barbecue in the barbecue capital of Texas. Limited tickets available for $45 online until June 10th when it will raise to $50 online and the day of. The tour includes transportation, tours with the brewery masters, round of tastings and a complimentary breakfast! (210) 212-5506

Polyamory Basics ~ Exploring Ethical Non-Monogamy

Mon., June 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Love Shack Boutique 1580 Babcock Rd, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$10


Polyamory Basics ~ Exploring Ethical Non-Monogamy. This class will discuss the basic vocabulary and structure of this alternative lifestyle that is gaining popularity. They will discuss coming out to children, family, and friends, living arrangements, and finances. They will present dating sites, dating safety and books to help navigate polyamory. Long term polyamory people are encouraged to attend to give additional insight. (210) 767-9411

Camp Alamo : Tech of the Texas Frontier

Mon., June 17, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Mon., June 24, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Mon., July 8, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Alamo 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio San Antonio


At Camp Alamo, kids age 8-13 will experience Tech of the Texas Frontier, where they will explore the technology of the 1800s like photography, muskets, weaving, and more. (210) 225-1391

#BeHumanSA Transgender Parents Support Group

Third Monday of every month, 6 p.m.
The Center - Pride Center San Antonio 1002 North Flores St., San Antonio San Antonio


In partnership with the #BeHuman Campaign, Pride Center San Antonio invites all trans or gender non-conforming youth and adults as well as parents and allies to gather in a friendly atmosphere to share their stories, be part of a community and empower one another. (361) 563-2778

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!

June 17-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

Going Places

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 8
The DoSeum 2800 Broadway St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$14


The DoSeum’s summer exhibition, Going Places, kids can explore how we drive, float, glide, and zoom. This Stem experience will immerse visitors into the science of getting around over land, sea, air and space. With 17 play-centered exhibits, they will encounter concepts like velocity, gravity, buoyancy, aerodynamics, energy efficiency, space science, carbon footprint and design. (210) 212-4453

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

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.

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

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