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Talōm Aptzāi Indigenous Film Festival

Sun., Aug. 25, 12-9 p.m.
Guadalupe Theater 1301 Guadalupe, San Antonio San Antonio


Native American stereotypes have permeated Hollywood for decades, from the tomahawk-wielding “savages” in cowboy-and-Indian Westerns to animated Disney classics like Peter Pan and Pocahontas. The inaugural Talōm Aptzāi Indigenous Film Festival aims to “highlight the experiences, resiliency, creativity and contributions” of the Native American community through cinema created by indigenous filmmakers. “Not only is it important to refute negative portrayals of underrepresented people, but giving these artists a platform will show the breadth of talent among indigenous artists,” said Scott Pewenofkit, a festival director and programmer, San Antonio-based filmmaker and member of the Kiowa tribe in Oklahoma. “I hope that people get to see the diverse types of films that Native American filmmakers are creating.” During Talōm Aptzāi, which means “ancient fire” in Pajalate (a Coahuiltecan language), host nonprofit American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions will screen nine straight hours of shorts, documentaries and feature films. Included in the lineup are films on cultural appropriation, addiction, gender issues, forced family separation and spirituality. “There is a mini-renaissance of indigenous filmmaking going on right now,” Pewenofkit said. “There are quite a few immensely talented indigenous filmmakers making some great films about contemporary indigenous life.” (210) 271-3151 (FAX); (210)

San Antonio Nerd Night

Fourth Sunday of every month, 2-10 p.m.
Knight Watch Games 16350 Blanco Road, San Antonio North Central


Gamers converge the fourth Sunday of every month for a meetup benefiting area nonprofits. (214) 641-9352

Juana Córdova, Francis Almendárez, Narcissister

Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 8
Artpace 445 N. Main Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


The latest round of Artpace's International Artist-in-Residence program demands to be heard as much as seen. Each of the artists elected by guest curator Karina Aguilera Skvirsky has created visually distinct and seemingly disparate bodies of work, but the exhibitions are united by the presence of sound. For "Chronicles of Uprooting," Juana Córdova (Cuenca, Ecuador) collected samples of tumbleweed, an immigrant plant that made its way to the American West via a shipment of flaxseed from Russia, and achiote seeds, a plant common to the tropics of Latin America that has been used to give flavor and color to food, cosmetics and textiles since the Pre-Columbian era. The space is filled with a gentle droning, provided both by fans that keep three tumbleweeds spinning aloft in transparent tubes and a video installation featuring the frenetic movement of insects. From the winding roads of flattened tumbleweed unspooled on the wall to a diaspora of achiote seeds mounted in a corner, Córdova renders the journeys of immigrant peoples in miniature, metaphorically connecting the movement of flora to human migration worldwide. Francis Almendárez (Houston) focuses on the rhythms of work both commercial and domestic in "rhythm and (p)leisure." Shot in Honduras and El Salvador, the multi-screen video installation is abuzz with the myriad sounds of human tasks, whether it be a man hammering the soles of counterfeit Nike sneakers, a woman gently sweeping a tile floor or a group drumming on a street corner. From the rushed pace of the city to the more leisurely speed of the countryside, Almendárez has captured the processes of human work, both material and immaterial, and reveals how even activities we view as leisure are still "work" in their own right. Piles of clothes on pallets offer the viewer a place to sit or recline, but this is merely a brief respite before the garments reenter the global circulation of sale, resale and disposal. Masked artist Narcissister (New York, New York) is a provocateur whose performance art has been seen in venues from burlesque clubs to America's Got Talent. While functionally silent, the bombastic imagery of the erotic collages included in "Wimmin" are loud in their own way, unapologetically confronting the intersection of femininity, race and sexuality. However, the artist's work also possesses an auditory component that arises when pieces are "activated" (a term she isn't particularly fond of) in performance. During the free opening reception, performances will cycle every half hour, featuring small gestures such as the swishing of the fabric of a formal dress as it's wrapped around a body encased in a bale of aluminum cans and the echoing clank of the pan-eyelids of an assembled face being opened by an anonymous performer, who completes the structure's features with a large, pierced nose worn on her back. (210) 212-4900

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 1
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$12-$20


Evidenced by the global success of recent films such as Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel, among many others, the world is still captivated by the concept of superheroes. While less memorable examples might fall within that formulaic realm the New York Times summed up as “mental popcorn, meant to be rapidly consumed and forgotten,” the box office numbers prove we’re still collectively content to sit and watch statuesque freaks of nature fight off evil forces — even when the takeaway is minimal. Long before the schlock of what’s been dubbed “Hollywood’s Comic Book Age,” Superman and Wonder Woman captured imaginations as defenders of humanity fighting injustices amid the backdrops of the Great Depression and WWII. Introduced in 1938 and 1941, respectively, this iconic, spandex-clad pair inspire myriad incarnations in “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder,” an exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and landing at the San Antonio Museum of Art this summer. Although it might conjure visions of comic cons and nerdy fan art, the traveling show digs deep into the cultural significance of both figures — and it isn’t an entirely kid-friendly affair. Curated by Alejo Benedetti, the collection of 70-plus paintings, photographs, videos and installations goes beyond the expected depictions of costumed heroism to explore sexuality, immigration, race, idolatry, desire and the very building blocks that made these characters possible. Spanning from the 1930s to the present day, “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder” builds an interpretive timeline in four thematic sections. Encompassing both the reverent and irreverent, the introductory section The Heroes We Know comprises photographer Siri Kaur’s amusing portraits of celebrity impersonators captured in mundane, contemporary contexts, Peter Saul’s playfully surreal painting Superman Versus the Toilet Duck and a provocative yet nostalgic installation by Jim Shaw, The Issue of My Loins, that showcases — and supersizes — Superman’s crotch. Placing the mythical stars in historical context, Origin Stories is reportedly the germinating seed for the entire exhibition. Here, real-life men of steel and women of wonder are presented in etchings of 1930s-era steel workers building the metropolis, photographs of women welding in the Willow Run bomber plant in the 1940s and Norman Rockwell’s 1943 painting of brawny machinist and feminist icon Rosie the Riveter eating a sandwich as the American flag billows in the background. Contrasting God-like power with traces of vulnerability, Glimpsing Humanity places our heroes in unexpected contexts: an alienated Superman reads the paper amid a barren landscape in Llyn Foulkes’ 1991 painting Where Did I Go Wrong and gets lit in Mike Kelley’s 1999 video Superman Recites Selections from “The Bell Jar” and Other Works by Sylvia Plath. Wonder Woman becomes a religious icon in Valetin Popov’s 2009 painting St. Wonder Woman and gets placed In Exile alongside the Virgin Mary, Aphrodite and others in Mary Beth Edelson’s mixed-media painting from 1989. Timely and provocative, the closing section Defender of the Innocent challenges stereotypes of gender and race while importantly reminding that both beloved characters are immigrants (he’s from Krypton, she’s from Themyscira, aka Paradise Island). Sarah Hill addresses the plight of a trans Wonder Woman in the 2014 video They Wonder; late San Antonio artist Mel Casas calls out the lack of diversity in the superhero realm in his painting Humanscape 70 (Comic Whitewash); Superman locks lips with Batman in Rich Simmons’ 2014 mixed-media work Between the Capes; Dulce Pinzón celebrates Mexican immigrants as working-class superheroes in staged photographs; and an installation attributed to the U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes (ICE DISH) comes complete with a hotline where concerned citizens can report suspicious activity. As host venue, SAMA rises to the heroic occasion with an abundance of complementary programs, including talks with featured artists, weekly gallery talks, workshops, a Superhero Pajama Party (July 26) and outdoor screenings of Black Panther (June 28), Superman: The Movie (July 12), Nacho Libre (July 19), The Incredibles 2 (August 2), Batman (August 6), Wonder Woman (August 9), Birdman (August 16), Lu Over the Wall (August 23) and Superman II (August 30). (210) 978-8100

Dreamgirls

Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Sept. 15
Woodlawn Theatre 1920 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$18-$30


Voted “Best Community Theatre” in the Current from 2014-2018, the Woodlawn Theatre has established itself as, well, one of the city’s best. Boasting a historic 1945 venue with art deco trimmings, the Woodlawn has been hosting showstoppers year-round since 2012. The Tony Award-winning 1981 Broadway hit Dreamgirls will close out this year’s summer programming with its tale of three young black women from Chicago who chase their dreams of music stardom in the ’60s and ’70s. Along the way, they must navigate the glittery but rocky path to fame, littered with obstacles like broken friendships, a surprise pregnancy and competition from other performers. Although not based on any one group, the show draws inspiration from R&B acts like the Supremes, the Shirelles and Jackie Wilson, and it’s supported by a soundtrack of show-stoppers — “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” even topped Billboard’s R&B charts in 1982. (210) 267-8388

Michael Jackson Birthday Dance Tribute

Sun., Aug. 25, 12-4 p.m.
Traders Village SW Loop 410 & Old Pearsall Road, San Antonio San Antonio

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August 29th will be Michael Jackson's birthday. So Traders Village along with "The S.A. MJ" -- Raul Christopher Riojas will host a "MJ LIVE" Dance tribute. Come to the Brown Expo on Sunday, August 25th from Noon-4pm for several performances from S.A.'s own MJ. As always -- Event is Free and it's only $4 to park. (210) 623-8383

Feliz Birthday with Box Street Social and Balloons Boutique

Sun., Aug. 25, 12-4 p.m.
Feliz Modern 110 W Olmos Dr, San Antonio Olmos Park


Come and celebrate Feliz Modern's second birthday with Box Street Social and Balloons Boutique! 2106228364

Annual Open House

Sun., Aug. 25, 2-6 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio River Walk

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Come to the Tobin for its Free Annual Open House. Discover all The Tobin Center has to offer and receive special Open House ticket discounts. Explore and visit with all the people that call The Tobin Center home, including its seven Resident Companies, Tobin Catering, the Technical Department and the rest of The Tobin Center Team. (210) 223-8624

Olmos Ensemble Classical Chamber Music Concert

Sun., Aug. 25, 3-5 p.m.
Laurel Heights Church 227 West Woodlawn, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$10-$20


"Modern classics... a la carte" chamber music at Laurel Heights Church! Freaturing the music of Martinu, Schnittke, Beethoven and more, with San Antonio Symphony Concertmaster Eric Gratz, Fishin' in C violist Matthew Cohen, Fort Worth Principal cellist Allan Steele, Joe Desotelle, side-drum, San Antonio Symphony Principal clarinetist Ilya Shterenberg and San Antonio Symphony Principal horn and Olmos Ensemble Artistic Director Jeff Garza. (210) 269-1925

Film Photography Meetup

Sun., Aug. 25, 4 p.m.
Burleson Yard Beer Garden 430 Austin St, San Antonio East Side


Are you a model, photographer, or just enjoy looking at photos? Then peep the upcoming photography meet up hosted by Erik Gustafson, whose work regularly appears in the Current.

Sunday Funday Beer Pour

Sun., Aug. 25, 4-9 p.m.
Sparky's Pub 1416 N. Main St., San Antonio San Antonio


Enjoy $1 Draft Beer or $5 BAC with $3 refills and $2 frozen margaritas. Come out and support San Antonio's LGBTQ+ community walk-in resource center! Proceeds benefit Pride Center San Antonio. (210) 320-5111; (210) (FAX)

Austin Baroque Orchestra presents "Concerto [molto] Grosso"

Sun., Aug. 25, 4-6 p.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church 1018 E Grayson St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$5-$25


The concerto is one of the most popular, varied, and important genres of baroque music. Invented by Italians and perfected by Germans, concerti were written by composers from all across Europe with the intent to show off their own virtuosity, or that of a colleague or of a specific orchestra. This program will trace the history of the concerto from its beginnings in Italy to its flowering north of the Alps, with music by Torelli, Corelli, Vivaldi, Handel, Heinichen, Corrette, and J.C. Bach. The prices are $25 for general, $20 for senior/military, $10 for young adult, and $5 for students. There is also a limited number of pay-what-you-can tickets available at the door. (512) 912-6827

Ken Slavin's Swingin' Birthday Bash

Sun., Aug. 25, 6 p.m.
Sam's Burger Joint 330 E. Grayson St., San Antonio San Antonio


Join us for an evening with jazz crooner Ken Slavin as he brings his unique sound and style back to Sam's for this special Birthday show. (210) 223-2830

Merkaba Presents: DJ Cobweb

Sun., Aug. 25, 7 p.m.
Merkaba 111 W Crockett St Suite #205, San Antonio Downtown


Throwing a unique cocktail party means more than just gathering your most important guests, you need the perfect venue. Merkaba is San Antonio's top destination for huge parties and events of all varieties, complete with distinctive spaces creating an inspired atmosphere, with live music acts and top DJs spinning tracks every night and a huge variety of unique cocktails to satisfy every craving. (210) 212-4770

Merkaba Presents College Night

Sun., Aug. 25, 7 p.m.
Merkaba 111 W Crockett St Suite #205, San Antonio Downtown


Grab your friends and come on in to one of the most lively cocktail lounge/nightclubs on the river walk. Enjoy all night drink specials with live music from 7:30-10:30 and then move on into the nightlife with one of the hottest DJ’s, DJ Bobby James! Must present valid College ID to receive specials. Drink Specials Include: $1 PRB 12oz can, $2 Tecate Light, $3 Dos XX, $3 White Claw and $3.50 double wells. (210) 212-4770

Mon Laferte with Ambar Lucid

Sun., Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Aztec Theatre 104 N St Mary's St, San Antonio San Antonio


Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte, known professionally as Mon Laferte, is a Chilean singer-songwriter and actress who is currently the most listened to Chilean artist on Spotify worldwide. She is also the Chilean artist with the most nominations in a single edition of the Latin Grammy Awards. Featuring a performance by Ambar Lucid. (210) 812-4355

Sunday Nights Live - Ralph Cortez & Square 1

Sun., Aug. 25, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Aquaduck Beer Garden 9214 Espada Road, San Antonio South Side

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Primo Promos and the Aquaduck Beer Garden welcome Square 1 to our Sunday Night’s Live! (210) 600-3280

Good Poems at The Good Kind

Sun., Aug. 25, 4-6 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 27, 4-6 p.m.
The Good Kind Southtown 1127 S St Mary's St, San Antonio Central

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A Sunday Poetry Series curated by Jenny Browne. On the last Sunday of every other month, the Good Kind Southtown is excited to host a poetry reading curated by recent San Antonio Poet Laureate and Trinity University professor Jenny Browne. (210) 801-5892

Fitness in the Garden

Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27
The Good Kind Southtown 1127 S St Mary's St, San Antonio Central


The Good Kind strives to promote a healthy lifestyle while involving the local community. By partnering with Black Swan Yoga, Platinum Pilates, Soul Fitness, and Smart Barre, they are able to bring to you our Fitness in the Garden Series. Each Sunday there will be a fitness team present at 9am to assist you in being active and healthy! After, a Good Kind brunch menu will be available at 10am. Treat your body to an active and health Sunday morning!

“Don’t Trash Where You Splash” River Cleanup Program

Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31

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To keep the rivers of Texas Hill Country River Region pristine, groups of travelers with 6+ people can sign up to clean a section of the Frio, Sabinal and Nueces Rivers. Volunteers will be awarded $10/person, per hour of approved scheduled cleanup, which will be donated to a charity of their choice. Groups must fill out an application in advance and sign a waiver. (830) 232-4310

Mapping Memory: Space and History in 16th-century Mexico

Through Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Blanton Museum of Art 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin Austin


Exactly 500 years ago, in August of 1519, an expedition led by the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés began marching inland into Mexican territory. Just two years later, what today is Mexico City fell to an ethnically diverse army composed of both Spanish and local peoples from other cities, starting a long period of European colonization. This exhibition aims to expand our perspective on these events by featuring a selection of maps, known as Mapas de las Relaciones Geográficas, created by Indigenous artists around 1580. (512) 471-7324

Arts & Crafts Events

Fourth Saturday of every month, 12-6 p.m. and Fourth Saturday, Sunday of every month, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 8
The Roadhouse Saloon 6159 FM 78, San Antonio San Antonio

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The Roadhouse Saloon is hosting a market with live entertainment, music, bellydancers, vendors , Drink specials, and more. (210) 815-8958

Culinaria’s San Antonio Restaurant Week at Cover 3

Through Sept. 2, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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@ Cover 3, 1806 N 1604 W
Cover 3 is participating in Culinaria’s San Antonio Restaurant Week, directly supporting culinary and education programs, from August 10 - 24. Prix fix meal options include a full-course lunch for $15 and dinner for $35. Enjoy San Antonio Restaurant Week pricing while helping make a difference in the San Antonio community by making your reservation today! Visit https://culinariasa.org/restaurantweeksinfo for the full menu and additional information. 5123741121

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

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

Bocce, Beer & BBQ

Sundays, 4-8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 25
The Good Kind Southtown 1127 S St Mary's St, San Antonio Central

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Buongiorno! Inspired by Tim's travels to Italy, the Good Kind presents Bocce, Beer, & BBQ on Sundays starting at 4. Bocce is an easy, exciting, and interactive game the whole family can play. Grab a set and explore the garden. Once you've worked up a sweat and appetite get a BBQ plate and a beer to cool you down! Come on down to the Good side of town. $15 for a BBQ plate and a draft beer.

Blue Star Contemporary presents work by Berlin Residency Artists in Exhibition Titled Fünf

Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 8
Blue Star Contemporary 116 Blue Star, San Antonio San Antonio


San Antonio’s first and longest running contemporary art non-profit, Blue Star Contemporary (located in the heart of the Blue Star Arts Complex), presents Fünf, on view June 7–September 8, 2019. This exhibition highlights the fifth year of Blue Star Contemporary’s Berlin Residency program and will feature artworks from 2017-2018 artists Amada Miller, Andrei Renteria, Ethel Shipton, and Jared Theis. The artists featured in Fünf present works they developed while in residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien and upon their return to San Antonio. Fünf brings together these artists to highlight the diversity of practices in the San Antonio art community and the impact of this life changing residency. The exhibition opens with a free reception on Friday, June 7. (210) 227-6960

NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Exhibition

Through Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Centro de Artes 101 S. Santa Rosa Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


An exhibition of visual art, film, and performance by the first round of participants in the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program in San Antonio. Open daily 11am-6pm with an opening reception 6-9pm Thursday, June 27, Film & Performance night 6-9pm Thursday, July 11 and Artist Panel Discussion & Cataloque Release 6-9pm Wednesday, August 7. (210) 207-1435

Merkaba Presents Service Industry Night

Sundays, 7 p.m.
Merkaba 111 W Crockett St Suite #205, San Antonio Downtown


Every Sunday at Merkaba downtown San Antonio service industry employees can enjoy a little extra something after the long work week. Enjoy your night out with our drink specials and music from DJ Cobweb! Must bring proof of employment and valid ID to receive specials. Drink Specials Include: $2 Domestic Beers; $2.50 Tecate Light, Dos XX, Bohemia, Indio; $3 Jameson, Altos Tequila. (210) 212-4770

Real Women Have Curves: A Presentation by Teatro Audaz

Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Sept. 1
The Public Theater of San Antonio 800 W. Ashby Pl., San Antonio Central

Buy Tickets$15-$30


Set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles in September 1987, Ana and the women converse about gender, politics, and the Latina immigrant experience. The issues of self-esteem and the confidence needed to challenge who you are while embarking on a new path are all explored in this compelling and heartwarming play about building your own dreams. (210) 733-7258

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