7 Free Events Happening This Week

  Demitasse Tuesday, February 18 When it comes to exploring worlds seldom touched by local music, Demitasse (comprised of Buttercup’s Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes) is second to none. The duo’s debut was born from loss: Reyes’ father died in 2013, Sanden’s passed in 2009. Out of sadness, both artists created a work of unconventional beauty that, no matter how artsy it gets, never loses its strong melodies and edgy humor. Demitasse’s February residency every Tuesday at Liberty Bar may hold some surprises. Location: Liberty Bar at the Convent, 1111 S. Alamo St     HEB Free Tuesday Family Day at San Antonio Museum of Art  Tuesday, February 18 Andy Warhol, Diego Rivera, and Eldzier Cortor are three standout current exhibitions that you have to see. Tuesday admission is free from 4 - 9pm. Commissioned by collector Richard Weisman in 1977, Warhol’s The Athletes comprises screenprinted portraits of Muhammad Ali, O.J. Simpson, Dorothy Hamill, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chris Evert, Jack Nicklaus, Willie Shoemaker, Rod Gilbert, Tom Seaver and Pelé. Reportedly, Weisman hoped the series “would inspire people who loved sports to come into galleries, maybe for the first time, and people who liked art would take their first look at a sports superstar.”

SAMA Presents Eldzier Cortor's Stunning Prints of African-American Life

Location: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones St.

"Return" Tuesdays-Thursdays, Sundays, noon-6 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, noon-8 p.m. Three of Texas’ most established and popular artists that were instrumental in the development of Cinnabar Return to San Antonio for a highly anticipated show. George Krause returns to Cinnabar after his solo show San Miguel Exposed received the choice award for Foto Septiembre 2013. This time he will be exhibiting his iconic prints that have gained him entrance into some of the most elite collections in the world including MOMA - NYC, Library of Congress in DC, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. George Krause received the first Prix de Rome and the first Fulbright grant awarded to a photographer, two Guggenheim Fellowships and three grants from the National Endowments for the Arts. Catherine Lee has public collections spanning the globe including MOMA- NYC, The Tate Gallery London, San Francisco MOMA, Irish Museum of Modern Art- Dublin, Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Locally her collections include The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Blanton Museum in Austin and a 2013 acquisition by San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum. Lee will be showing three of her Sibyls—free standing sculptures in fabricated bronze with patination. McKay Otto The student of Agnes Martin shows why Texans love to collect his beautiful work. McKay Otto is continually evolving while at the same time returning to his classic style exhibiting the Chinese Bi. Accompanying his paintings are Tibetan bowls that activate a chakra to complement his work. At Cinnabar he will be revealing a new facet of his work- his cork series alongside his classic nylon on board expressions.

Location: Cinnabar Art Gallery, 1420 South Alamo, #147

Mark Johnson: “IBUYHOUSESCASH” Thursday and Friday, February 20 – 21, 7-11pm In 2012, mixed-media artist Mark Johnson helped inaugurate Austin’s N Space (a collaboration between architectural firm Nelsen Partners and arts nonprofit Co-Lab Projects) with “Row Home,” a well-received exhibition the Austin Chronicle likened to “a series of explosions in a type factory” staged by British painter-turned-director Peter Greenaway and The New York Times’ crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz. As abstract as that scene may be to imagine, Johnson’s drawings (some of which are rendered on graph paper) do in fact resemble unsolvable word games, and his sculptural paintings employ arrangements of metal rods and letters to “invade the viewer’s space with fragmented conversations.” Often anchored by simplistic themes (such as rowboats and houses), these text-centric works have been described as both “intensely personal” and “architecturally challenging.” Curated by Julia Clark, Johnson’s new solo show “IBUYHOUSESCASH” is at Hello Studio hellostudiosa.com. —Bryan Rindfuss Location: Hello Studio, Blue Star Arts Complex, 1420 S Alamo #106 The Dead Barrons & Rat King Cole Friday, February 21 The Dead Barons bill themselves as fun rock and roll to dance to. They write originals influenced by old school rock and roll from the 50's, surf and garage from the 60's, and punk and new wave from the 70's and 80's. Location: The Mix, 2423 N St Mary's Street Slab Cinema Presents Despicable Me 2 Saturday, February 22 Clear and sunny weather can only mean it's Slab Cinema season. Councilman Cris Medina's office kicks off Movies by the Lake at Woodlawn Lake Park this Saturday, with a free outdoor screening of Slab Cinema. The screening starts at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray, munchies, and your best shadow dancing moves because dusk takes a lot longer to set than you might imagine. Location: Woodlawn Lake Park Downton Abbey Season Finale Sunday, February 23 Somewhere in the King William District, there's an indignant dowager sharply muttering over the disgrace of watching films on our television and TV shows on the movie screen. But hey, it's all digital anyway, and KLRN our local PBS station, is throwing a viewing party for the season finale. Did Bates kill again? Will Lady Mary ever get over Matthew? What's the dirt that Barrow has on Baxter? And oh, poor Edith, let her be happy already. Location: Santikos Paladium, 17703 W IH-10