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‘Huddled Masses: Who We Are’

Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 30
Institute of Texan Cultures 801 E César Chávez Blvd, San Antonio San Antonio


While it’s nothing new within the photographic realm, the use of handwritten signage as a conceptual prop has loaned itself to diverse projects that function as distinct signs of their own times. Shot in a London alleyway as an introduction to filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker’s 1967 Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back, the pioneering music video “Subterranean Homesick Blues” shows the iconic singer slinging cue cards that mirror the song’s lyrics — until they fall slightly off-beat, complete with misspelled words such as “pawking metaws” and “sucksess.” The gimmick was later appropriated in videos for Belle and Sebastian, INXS, Steve Earle and “Weird Al” Yankovic, among others. Also created in London, Turner Prize-winning British artist Gillian Wearing’s oft-referenced series “Signs That Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say” entailed her photographing and interviewing more than 500 strangers she encountered on the street. As its title may suggest, her “Signs” project invited participants to be captured holding signs emblazoned with personal sentiments — which run the gamut from defiantly proud (“Queer + Happy”) to sobering (“I Have Been Certified as Mildly Insane!”) to dire (“I Hate This World!”). Other notable endeavors have paralleled Wearing’s format. The Portraits from Occupy Wall Street series Martin Schoeller shot for The New Yorker in 2011, for example, featured a young female protestor’s sign declaring, “Prostitution: the Only Viable Option Available After Graduation to Afford My Student Loan Debt.” Audra Miller’s touching portraits of formerly homeless individuals for the Bay Area exhibition “Everyone Deserves a Home” showed a one subject with a sign reading, “Home Is a Haven From the Insanity of the Rest of This Incomprehensible World.” Local photographer Sarah Brooke Lyons’ well-received series “1005 Faces” even utilized such recognizable personalities as Tim Duncan (“Good, Better, Best, Never Let It Rest Until Your Good Is Better And Your Better Is Your Best!”). Begun in 2016 and completed in late 2018, San Antonio photographer Ramin Samandari’s timely body of work “Huddled Masses: Who We Are” fits in this same vein but with a specific focus on ancestry and immigration. Born in Tehran, Iran, Samandari relocated to Texas at age 17 during the Iranian Revolution, settled in the Alamo City in 1988 and became a U.S. citizen in 1990. Hearkening to his complementary portrait projects “San Antonio Faces of Art” and “Faces of Artpace,” Samandari’s latest body of work took shape through open calls and First Friday photo sessions at his Magic Realism Studio in the Blue Star Arts Complex. While all 320 individuals Samandari photographed for the series were prompted to write a brief statement about their ancestry, some participants focused on broad, universal terms like “neighbor,” “human” and “earth walker.” “This project is about the very idea of America ... a nation made up of people from everywhere, coming to her shores, some escaping famine, war, oppression and some simply looking for better opportunities,” Samandari explained in his artist’s statement. Now part of the permanent collection of the Institute of Texan Cultures, “Huddled Masses: Who We Are” comes to light at a free public reception in conjunction with the monthlong celebration of Fotoseptiembre. (210) 458-2300

Alex de Leon and Elizabeth McGrath

Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 29
Artpace 445 N. Main Ave., San Antonio San Antonio


As it prepares for what promises to be a memorable 25th anniversary in 2020, Artpace is thoughtfully looking back at its infancy — a period guided by its founder, the late artist, collector and philanthropist Linda Pace. Following in the same reflective vein as the 2018 group show “Then and Now,” which brought together works by local Artpace residency alumni Ken Little, Kathy Vargas, Constance Lowe and Ángel Rodríguez Díaz, the influential institution’s latest offerings turn back the clock to celebrate the work of two somewhat unsung artists whose connections to the organization extend back to the start of its residency program. Installed in the street-level Main Space in an arrangement that’s sure to spark the curiosity of passersby, a capsule collection of pieces created by former San Antonio resident Elizabeth McGrath is anchored by Broken, a conceptual sculpture she created during her 1996 Artpace residency. Comprised of a weathered wooden chair enveloped in crocheted silk that stretches to the ceiling like a spider’s web, it’s flanked by unrelated but equally curious sculptures — an organic-looking object pieced together from found wood and Bondo putty, and a snakelike coil fashioned from what appears to be a stuffed floral bedsheet. Behaving almost as conversation prompts for anyone who happens upon them in Artpace’s Main Avenue windows, these odd experiments with materials hard and soft may suggest alternate streams of discourse when viewers learn that McGrath long ago shifted her professional focus from art to psychotherapy. Delivering a poppier, punchier counterpoint to this blast from the past, the work of late Alamo City legend Alex de León lines walls and cases upstairs in Artpace’s Hudson Showroom. Like McGrath, de León represented San Antonio as an International Artist-in-Residence in 1996 and both participated in Artpace’s London Studio Program in 1995, but the similarities seem to end there — and this pairing of exhibitions makes no pretense of connection outside of space and time. An Edinburg native who studied printmaking at Kansas City Art Institute, de León left bold marks on San Antonio from the 1980s until his passing in 2012. Although ceramics emerged as his strong suit and his signature style got pegged as folk art, he didn’t consider himself a ceramicist or a folk artist. In true pop fashion, his work often relied on the repetition of popular imagery and landed on local T-shirts and Hollywood film sets alike. Assembled from a number of local collections, his new self-titled exhibition looks and feels like a tight retrospective for a pioneer of the San Antonio aesthetic. Beyond a playful, even cheery color palette that adorns everything from expertly rendered enamel paintings on steel to functional clay vessels and covetable shot glasses, de León’s pieces are tied together with a visual vocabulary punctuated by police cars, hearses, skulls, beer cans, cigarette packs and steaks on the grill. Although the subject matter is often immediately funny, the pieces’ titles paint a clearer picture of his sharp sense of humor: the 1995 painting Surprized Anything Gets Done As Much As He Drinks depicts a mess of tools, car parts and empty beer bottles scattered around a garage; and a classic pink convertible is parked amid a storm of cigarette butts, booze bottles, martini glasses and musical instruments in the 1997 ceramic bowl She Shoulda Tooka Cab. While it may look like the odd man out, a small cardboard house perched in a corner is taken from the body of work that inspired Artpace Executive Director Riley Robinson to revisit de León’s work in a contemporary context. Taken from his 2004-era “Welcome Home Series,” the ramshackle sculpture was built from materials de León purchased from down-and-out individuals: signs emblazoned with pleas such as “Homeless and Hungry. Please Help If You Can,” “Mother of Three Struggling From Earlier Layoff. Need Help Please” and “Homeless Vet. Please Help. God Bless You. (210) 212-4900

Organic Transformations

Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Fridays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 30
Moody Learning Center 1819 N. Main Ave., San Antonio Downtown


From chipping paint on an old door to the moldering remains of the Titanic on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, the planet consistently reminds us that our attempts to delineate humanity from the natural world are naïve at best. For Fotoseptiembre, San Antonio College faculty members are presenting a body of work themed on the mutability of the natural world — an examination of the way everything from tree bark to abandoned buildings morph over time via “Organic Transformations.” The exhibition features photos by Tricia Buchhorn, Rebecca Dietz, Joan Fabian, Russell Guerrero, Jo Hilton, Edmund Lo and Mark Magavern, collecting the artists’ varying perspectives on “evidence of the transformations found in nature, the human footprint and the striving of living organisms to co-exist on earth.” (210) 486-1346

‘What My Mother Told Me, What My Grandmother Refused to Say’

Through Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Semmes Gallery University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio San Antonio


In “What My Mother Told Me, What My Grandmother Refused to Say,” University of the Incarnate Word alumna Theresa Newsome returns to her alma mater to present an “intimate, parallel conversation regarding the conception of tradition, family history and the methodical analysis of one’s genealogical identity.” The photo series includes intimate portraits, outdoor vistas, vignettes of lived-in interior spaces and old family photographs, both posed and candid. Newsome serves as “kinkeeper” for her family, both as the self-appointed family historian — “documenting oral narratives, partaking in biological research” — and as an individual seeking to attune her personal identity with the narrative of her lineage. By juxtaposing the physical archive of antiques and other objects collected over time with portraiture, she seeks to “define the complications, inconsistencies, confusion and truth regarding heritage and personal identity.” (210) 829-6000

#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

14th Annual Canstruction Design/Build Competition

Mondays-Sundays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Continues through Sept. 21
North Star Mall 7400 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio San Antonio

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North Star Mall will host the 14th Annual Canstruction® design/build competition as one of the San Antonio Food Bank’s Hunger Action Month events to raise awareness and funds for hunger relief. From Monday, September 9, through Sunday, September 21, massive structures built using cans of food by the city’s most noted architecture, engineering and contracting firms will be on public display at North Star Mall. All canned goods used to create unconventional art exhibits at North Star Mall will be donated to the San Antonio Food Bank at the close of the competition. (210) 340-6627

David Rogers' Big Bugs

Through Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
San Antonio Botanical Garden 555 Funston, San Antonio San Antonio


They’re big, really big. David Rogers’ Big Bugs stand as tall as 25 feet and have wingspans up to 17 feet wide, and they are coming to the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This gigantic exhibit opens Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31 – Sept. 1) and will be on display through Dec. 8. David Rogers’ Big Bugs is a nationally prominent touring exhibit. Visitors will see 10 larger-than-life insect sculptures, all made from natural materials, positioned throughout the 38 acres of the Botanical Garden. San Antonio Botanical Garden is a Texan by Nature Conservation Partner. Regular admission rates apply. (210) 536-1411

Hunger Action Month Special

Through Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Eastside Kitchenette 2119 I-35, San Antonio East Side

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The Eastside Kitchenette has teamed up with the San Antonio Food Bank to raise funds for the non-profit organization in honor of Hunger Action Month throughout September! This is an opportunity to help the Food Bank turn San Antonio Orange to raise awareness about hunger. They invite you to dine with us & pair your meal with their Orange Julius cocktail. For every drink sold they will donate $1 to the Food Bank. $1 can provide 7 meals for someone in need. (210) 507-2568

Hunger Action Month Special

Through Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


@ Yummi Japanese Restaurant Leon Springs, 24165 W Ih 10 San Antonio, Texas 78249
Yummi has teamed up with the San Antonio Food Bank to raise funds for the non-profit organization in honor of Hunger Action Month throughout September. This is an opportunity to help the Food Bank turn San Antonio Orange to raise awareness about hunger. They invite you to dine with them & try their delicious "Go Orange" roll made with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, avocado, smoked salmon, mango & mango sauce! For every "Go Orange" Roll purchased during the month of September, they will donate $1 to the Food Bank. Every $1 donated provides 7 meals for those in need. (210) 698-1650

Joiri Minaya: Labadee

Through Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Blanton Museum of Art 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin Austin

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Joiri Minaya’s video Labadee explores the social and economic dynamics at play in Labadee, Haiti, on a private beach leased to Royal Caribbean cruise lines until 2050. Connecting the Caribbean tourism industry with the legacy of invasion and colonization, the video begins with passages from Christopher Columbus’s diary recounting his arrival in the New World that transition seamlessly into a description of a contemporary visit to Labadee. There, a wall separates the tourists from the locals; the only Haitians allowed on the beach are those employed by the resort or who pay a fee to sell goods or perform. 5124717324

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

"Bygone Texas"

Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Nov. 3
Musical Bridges Around the World 23705 IH-10 West, San Antonio San Antonio


The Art Gallery at Musical Bridges Around the World is pleased to announce “Bygone Texas,” an exhibition by photographers John Mattson and Karen Zimmerly. Presented in conjunction with Fotoseptiembre USA, these sometimes humorous, sometimes wistful, yet always provocative images capture the quirky, poetic remains of abandoned spaces and towns in west Texas. Working together but photographing independently, the aesthetic visions and distinct personalities of this artist couple emerge in subtle shift of interpretation, composition and emphasis. The exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, August 31 and will remain on view by appointment during business hours through November 3. (210) 464-1534

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

Pint Night and Free Pool

Mondays, 9 p.m. Continues through July 16
Retox Bar 1031 Patricia, San Antonio Central


Monday nights the Rextox Bar is hosting draft night with pool and more. (210) 775-2886

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

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.

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.

Nacho Average Monday

Mondays, 3-10 p.m.
The Pigpen 106 Pershing Ave, San Antonio Mahnke Park

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'Nacho Average Monday' is being held at the Pigpen with 1/2 off Nachos from 3-10:00 pm. Bring a friend, bring a date, bring the kids, or bring your dog for this one of a kind event.

Nar-Anon Family Groups

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
A Recovery Place 10929 Nacogdoches, San Antonio East


Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else's drug addiction. A 12-step program offers help by sharing experience, strength, hope to family members. (210) 273-0937

Merkaba Presents: Misha Mondays with The Buddy System

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


Merkaba is one of San Antonio's destinations for huge parties and events of all varieties, complete with distinctive spaces creating an inspired atmosphere, live music acts, top DJs spinning tracks every night and a huge variety of unique cocktails to satisfy every craving. (210) 212-4770

Small World Jazz Jam

Mondays, 7 p.m.
Frank 1150 S. Alamo St., San Antonio Southtown


The Small World Jazz Jam is held in the basement at Frank's every Monday night. Guests will enjoy great music and are encouraged to bring your own instrument for a swinging good time.

Dueling Piano Show!

Mondays-Sundays, 7 p.m.
Howl at the Moon 111 W. Crockett, San Antonio San Antonio


Howl at the Moon is the total entertainment experience. Their high-energy live music show is centered around dance hits and party anthems that will get you dancing in no time. An enjoyable event for party-goers of all ages (21 and above), out-of-towners and everything in between. (210) 212-4770

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

Blues Mondays with The Westside Horns

Mondays, 8-11 p.m.
The Beer Depot 1304 S. Laredo Street, San Antonio King William


Come Jam with the The Westside Horns on Blues Mondays at the Beer Depot.

Jazz Dogz

Mondays, 9-11 p.m.
Sancho's Cantina 628 Jackson St., San Antonio Downtown


George Prado and Friends will perform Jazz tunes for new and long time fans of the classic genre. (210) 320-1840

Lord Huron

Tue., Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Aztec Theatre 104 N St Mary's St, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy Tickets$30-$49.50


Soundtrack appearances on everything from CW teen dramas to Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why haven’t tarnished the indie cred of Lord Huron. The folksy rockers remain moving and authentic balladeers. (210) 812-4355

Daddy Long Legs

Tue., Sept. 17, 8 p.m.
Paper Tiger 2410 N. St. Mary's St., San Antonio St. Mary's strip

Buy Tickets$10


Brooklyn’s Daddy Long Legs is reminiscent of the Stray Cats in that it’s a three-piece rockabilly outfit sporting greased-back pompadours. Its music is an eclectic mix of authentic-sounding throwbacks and genuinely jamming songs perfect for wreaking havoc on a Saturday (or Tuesday) night.

Les Miserables

Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., Sat., Sept. 21, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 22, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 22
The Majestic Theatre 224 E Houston, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy from Ticketmaster$49.50-$160


Published in 1862, Victor Hugo’s magnum opus Les Misérables is considered one of the greatest French novels of the 19th century. Adapted into a musical in 1980, Les Misérables has graced stages globally for almost 40 years. Set in France during a period of revolutionary upheaval, the story follows former prisoner Jean Valjean as he redeems himself in a world full of love, loss, politics — and a lot of singing. The latest touring production features new staging, including reimagined scenery based on the original paintings of Hugo himself. Classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own” and “Bring Him Home” may end up stuck in your head for weeks to come. (210) 226-3333

Senior Health Screening

Tue., Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Norris Conference Center 618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio Central

Buy Tickets$70-$149


Norris Conference Centers is hosting Life Line Screening - the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings. The screenings offer a five test package to thoroughly check you for risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions. The combination of these tests help detect problems before you have symptoms and while your doctor can still take action, so you can keep doing the things you love. (800) 679-5192

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