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Dancer and choreographer S.T. Shimi will be hanging around at Jump-Start Performance Co.'s Performance Party XIX on Saturday, January 3. The event celebrates Jump-Start's 19-year anniversary - circus-style.

News and notes from the San Antonio art scene

CIRCUS CIRCUS

The holidays are a slow time for bidness in San Antonio, which makes it a great time for art. In addition to the seasonal festivities, there are plenty of cultural happenings to fill your days and nights. Jump-Start Performance Co.'s near-legendary annual fundraiser, Performance Party XIX: Cirque du Jump, on Saturday, January 3 offers total sensory immersion for a mere $5 suggested donation (largesse is encouraged, however). A lavish buffet sets the stage for a variety show that samples the upcoming season with poetry, dance, theater, and video and performance art with a circus theme. Look for special appearances by the Jump-Start Flaming Fire-Eaters, S.T. Shimi, Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, and Carnaval de San Anto. The party starts at 7 p.m. Call 227-5867 for more information.

 
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Sky Patterson, shown here with works that are on exhibit at Joan Grona Gallery through January, is the grandson of Hondo Crouch, who bought Luckenbach, Texas, in 1970, and made it famous. (courtesy photo)

OPENING EXHIBIT

Five dollars gets you DJs and off-the-wall art with the "Flying Bastards" show and afterparty (BYOB), a free-wheeling collaboration between graffiti artist Shek and newcomer Plus One. It should be an electric kick-off for the First Friday of 2004, with music by DJ Klassen, DJ Donnie D, Spettro, and Rodkey. The show opens at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 2 at Salazar Studio (120 Guadalupe, 225-1009).

CLOSING EXHIBIT

There are still a few more days to catch a rare textile show at the San Antonio Museum of Art. "Hanten and Happi: Traditional Japanese Firemen's Jackets and Work Coats," from the Sumi collection in Japan, shows craftsmanship and striking design in 19th and early 20th century professional haberdashery. On display through Sunday, January 4. Call 978-8100 for more information.

In conjuction with the closing exhibit, SAMA offers an activity for kids and parents who find the school holiday running long: Crouching Tigers, Hidden Dragons features a short lesson on the symbolism of dragons in Chinese culture, followed by a hands-on clay sculpting class from 1 to 4 p.m. January 4. As part of SAMA's make-n-take art classes, kids get to take their fire-breathing creations home. Free with general admission. •


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