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“America on Stage”

Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through June 30
McNay Art Museum 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


Arguably one of the most overlooked aspects of the McNay is the the museum’s impressive Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, which boasts more than 12,00o objects spanning from the 1500s to the present day. Built around a sprawling gift from late collector, philanthropist, theater patron and design enthusiast Robert L.B. Tobin and expanded by curators Linda Hardberger and Jody Blake, the collection encompasses rare books, small-scale models, costume illustrations and stage designs created by modern masters such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Organized by Head of Curatorial Affairs René Paul Barilleaux and Curatorial Assistant Timothy Retzloff, the recently opened exhibition “America on Stage” aims to celebrate “the vision of the nation’s 20th- and 21st-century master designers on stages across the U.S. and around the world.” Exploring four key themes — Broadway, Nostalgia, Breaking Tradition, and Social Justice — the show combines maquettes from productions of Cabaret, In the Heights, West Side Story and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; a pop-up theater where guests can view scenes from a conceptual revival of Spring Awakening; and interactive areas that invite museum-goers to “take center stage in a recreated stage set — and even tap dance.” (210) 824-5368

"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

Ride: The Musical

Fridays, Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. Continues through June 22
The Gregg Barrios Theater at the Overtime 5409 Bandera Road, Suite 205, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$10-$15


Grab that friend of yours who can do an ear-splitting two-finger whistle and hail a taxi to the Overtime Theater’s latest original production — Ride: The Musical. New York City cab driver Stockton spends his days in traffic, living his life in stop-and-go as he scrambles to pay the bills each paycheck, while his daughter Jess longs for a life beyond what can be afforded on their meager means. When a limo driver drops into their lives, the two are faced with a choice: “Will they continue life as they know it, or will they shift gears and change their lives forever?” Written by Rachel Roth and Dan Timoskevich, the production features Robert Moritz as Stockton and Arnie Rose as Jess. It’s directed by Nicole Erwin. (210) 557-7562

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

Recovering in Unity

Sundays. Continues through Aug. 11
Unity Church of San Antonio 1723 W. Lawndale Dr., San Antonio San Antonio

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Recovering in Unity is a spiritual support group sponsored by Unity Church of San Antonio. This class is based metaphysical understanding of recovery and is open to all who suffer from any compulsion. (210) 824-7351

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

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

Brunch on the Riverwalk

Saturdays, Sundays, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Hotel Contessa 306 W. Market, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$12-$20

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Check out how Hotel Contessa does Brunch with their new all-day brunch menu available every Saturday and Sunday on the Riverwalk. Try banana bread french toast, a crab cake benedict, chicken and waffle sliders, and more. Plus, guests can enjoy live entertainment from 11 am- 1 pm. (210) 298-8040

Brunch 101

Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Southtown 101 101 Pereida, San Antonio San Antonio

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Get schooled on How-To-Brunch the right way at Southtown 101. This event won't offer foo-foo foods or weird creations, just steak, eggs, bacon, pancakes, and burgers. This brunch will also offer buckets of champagne, mason jar micheladas, sangria, and bloody mary's to cure any hangover.

New Orleans Saints Watch Parties

Sundays, 11 a.m.
Evil Olive Elixir Lounge 2950 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio San Antonio

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Come join the Who Dat Nation of San Antonio and OMG Sounds at the Evil Olive every Sunday for drinks, great food, music, and New Orleans Saint's football. Guests will have the chance to enter raffles to win prizes and even a trip to New Orleans. (210) 495-0970

Brick Sunday Arts Market

Sundays, 12-5 p.m.
The Blue Star Arts Complex 1414 South Alamo, San Antonio San Antonio

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The Brick Sunday Arts Market will provide wines, mimosas, champagne and lots of craft beer selections on sale for guests. Other local vendors will include rare vinyl record finds, custom art, photography, vintage clothing, pet goods, and more for purchase. The event will also host blue art performances and other activities for guests to enjoy.

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.

Downtown Delicacy

Saturdays, Sundays, 1-4 p.m.
Ocho at the Havana Hotel 1015 Navarro Street, San Antonio San Antonio

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Ocho at the Havana Hotel is hosting a downtown delicacy tour for food lovers. Whether it is traditional Tex-Mex or dishes unique to San Antonio, the tour will excite your taste buds and show you a side of The Alamo City never seen before. (210) 951-2416

Beer Bust

Sundays, 5 p.m.
Essence 1010 N. Main, San Antonio San Antonio


Take Sunday Funday to the next level and get geared up for the week at Pride San Antonio's Beer Bust. Hosted at Club Essence, the weekly event offers Bud Light drafts for just 50 cents (till the keg floats). (210) 223-5418

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

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

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

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

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

TPR Cinema Tuesdays: Detour and The Hitch-Hiker Double Feature

Tue., June 18, 7:30 p.m.
Santikos Bijou 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$10-$15


Two films in one night! For this special double feature, TPR Cinema Tuesdays is bringing a pair of notable B-movie film noirs to the screen. First up, it’s Edward G. Ulmer’s Detour, starring Tom Neal as a down-on-his-luck nightclub pianist who finds himself with a dead body on his hands and nowhere to run. Soon, his waking nightmare goes from bad to worse after he picks up the most vicious femme fatale in cinema history, Ann Savage’s snarling, monstrously conniving drifter Vera. 69 minutes, Not Rated. Then, they'll show The Hitch-Hiker, the only classic film noir directed by a woman. Inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook, The Hitch-Hiker is the tension-laden saga of two men on a camping trip (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) who are held captive by a homicidal drifter (William Talman). He forces them, at gunpoint, to embark on a grim joyride across the Mexican desert. 71 minutes, Not Rated. (210) 734-4552

The Play That Goes Wrong

Tue., June 18, 7:30 p.m., Wed., June 19, 7:30 p.m., Thu., June 20, 7:30 p.m., Fri., June 21, 8 p.m., Sat., June 22, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., June 23, 2 p.m.
The Majestic Theatre 224 E Houston, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy from Ticketmaster$25-$241


When the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society decides to stage a performance of The Murder at Haversham Manor, they soon discover that it should have been titled Murphy’s Major Murder Mystery, as everything that could possibly go awry, does. Thus opens The Play That Goes Wrong, a slapdash comedy that follows the hapless antics of a fictitious troupe of actors and their long-suffering stage crew as they all try, and spectacularly fail, to perform their parts. Misplaced props, sticking doors and missed lines and cues are only the start of their problems as the production literally disintegrates onstage. The British farce premiered in London in 2012, but it was five years before it hopped the Atlantic to make its debut on Broadway, where it nabbed two Tonys for outstanding set design. (210) 226-3333

Nate Cassie and Constance Lowe: Minding the Gaps

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through July 13
Ruiz-Healy Art 201-A E. Olmos Dr., San Antonio San Antonio


Although its title might conjure the sights and sounds of crowded London Underground stations, Ruiz-Healy Art’s new exhibition “Minding the Gaps” is not an artistic exploration of railway safety. Rather than addressing the potentially life-threatening distances between subway platforms and train cars, the gaps to be mindful of here are substantially more conceptual in nature. Blurring the boundaries between figuration and abstraction, form and function, the two-person show examines domesticity, permutation and perception while pairing sculptural works by mixed-media artists Nate Cassie and Constance Lowe. A New Jersey native who earned an MFA from UTSA and has exhibited at Artpace, the McNay and Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Cassie works between drawing, painting, sculpture, video and digital media. While his previous bodies of work have taken shape in abstract woodblock prints named after flowers, architectural birdhouses and etchings of spindly Texas trees, Cassie’s recent output falls within the realm of functional ceramics. While not immediately clear from their earthy finishes and organic imperfections, his almost ancient-looking jugs, cups and bottles reference hard-to-define “spaces in between” and the “gaps that distance surface from volume, skin and structure, formal and intuitive systems.” Missouri-born Lowe earned an MFA from Western Michigan University, has shown at the Southwest School of Art and the Phoenix Art Museum and, like Cassie, is an alum of Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence program. Although perhaps better known for geometric abstractions that fuse elements of photography and fiber art, Lowe also pushes her work into a sculptural realm with curious objects that suggest interventions on furniture or household decor. Whether combining calfskin, vinyl, felt, wood, mirrors or hardware, her three-dimensional pieces often draw inspiration from her family’s history of Midwestern farming. As for the “gaps” in question, they reveal themselves in the context of Lowe’s interest in “the abstraction of farmland as seen from the air” — and specifically the painterly photographs of the Earth captured by NASA’s Landsat satellite. (210) 804-2219

9th Annual Art in the Dark

Tue., June 18, 6:30-9 p.m.
La Villita Assembly Hall 401 Villita St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$50-$60


Art in the Dark is a wonderful event that highlights the artistic experience from the blind's perspective. The event will have 40 plus food vendors, 50 plus artists, food, cocktails, music, paintings, jewelry, pottery and more. 210 531 1532

Briscoe Western Art Museum Lil’ Partners Summer Program

Tue., June 18, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wed., June 19, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Thu., June 20, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Briscoe Western Art Museum 210 W. Market St., San Antonio, San Antonio San Antonio

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The Briscoe Western Art Museum presents Lil Partners Summer Program is designed for children and their caregivers that is inspired by the museum's summer exhibition, Into A New West. The program will include a photo booth and cowboy dress-up session, legos and stop-motion video making, story time, and more. (210) 299-4499

Live Music by Jay Armando

Tuesdays, 5:30-9 p.m. Continues through June 25
Little Italy 824 Afterglow, San Antonio San Antonio


Enjoy Jay Armando singing all your favorite classic songs from the Golden Era of swing, jazz and more. (210) 349-2060

National Stuttering Association SA Chapter: Monthly Meeting

Every third Tuesday, 7-8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 20
Episcopal Church of Reconciliation 8900 Starcrest Dr, San Antonio San Antonio

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Guests are welcome to join the local chapter of National Stuttering Association. For more information on the NSA, check out their Facebook page. (210) 789-6993

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