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One of these things is not like the others: burgers, beer, and video art. Seem unlikely? Heck, no! Indulging in all these delicious elements simultaneously sounds like fun to us. And to organizers Utah Snyder and Michael Stoltz, too, seeing as how they’ve started up Sam’s Video Jam, an ongoing compilation series of video treats every last Tuesday night o’ the month at 8 p.m. at Sam’s Burger Joint. The first program — lasting about an hour, with a 15-minute intermission — included videos by Pipilotti Rist, David Lynch, PES, Animal Charm, and Miranda July. Says Utah Snyder (also an artist and student in the UTSA New Media Program, and whose Luminaria project included an awesome free-art giveaway), “We’re really trying to take some of the stigma away from the words ‘video art’ and show people that a lot of what’s being made under that umbrella term is entertaining and audience-friendly, that video art isn’t always intellectually driven or boring.” Come be that audience, and see what he means: The next installment happens on the 30th, and we can hardly wait. Eat and drink on your own dime, video lovers, but be merry for free.

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