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Remember this column a couple of weeks ago, wherein we told you about Gary Sweeney’s installation of satiric tourist signage at the San Antonio airport? These meta-billboards are sharp, colorful, and generally awesome, á la Sweeney, and include snappy slogans such as “Hemisfair ’68: You’re Way Too Late” and “Fiesta, Siesta, Repeat.” You can find Justin Parr’s very good post about them (with photos yet!) at emvergeoning.com/?p=1500. Well, on Tuesday, December 16, the Current plans to (socially) strafe the airport for a “lighting ceremony,” which will illuminate Sweeney’s pieces, as well as some nifty photographic lightboxes by prodigious image-maker Chuck Ramirez, and something or other by Bill FitzGibbons, of “Light Channels” (the shifting colored lightshows under the Commerce and Houston street I-37 underpasses) fame and the tail and wing sculptures at that very same airport. The lighting ceremony and reception are free, and take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Park in the short-term parking garage, then hoof it toward FitzGibbons’ “Wings” and the long-term parking garage. Maybe after the ceremony we can all hit Cinnabon or Dunkin’ Donuts en masse, or some damn thing. Make it a secular holiday tradition.


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