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You're not flagging yet, are you, art troopers? Worrying about the housework? Dreaming of the icy cold cineplex? CAM is only half over. Openings, closings, and other events take place all month and several artists have saved the best for last. For a complete listing, visit the official CAM website, Now grab those Luna bars and a six-pack of Vitamin Water and get back out on the art trail; the laundry will still be there on August 1. This week's best bets:

¿Seis Who?, July 14-August 12 at the Alameda, 318 W. Houston, stars Jesse Amado, Andy Benavides, Beto Gonzales, John Mata, Chuck Ramirez, and Juan Ramos. The opening reception, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, is a fundraiser for Centro Alameda, whose mission includes the renovation and preservation of the historic theater and its rare black-light murals. For more info call 299-4300 or visit

Cinco is the magic number at Centro Cultural Aztlan's Collaboration/Introspection (through July 31), which features J. Salvador Lopez, Jimmy Peña, Brian Johnson, Juan Juarez Hernandez, and Mark Silva. Centro Aztlan is located inside the historic Las Palmas Shopping Center, 803 Castroville Rd., Suite 402, 432-1896.

Courtenay Martin's composed photographs are inspired by horror films. The series, They Walk Among Us, is on view at the Arbor Art House during CAM.
Courtenay Martin's photograph series inspired by horror movies, They Walk Among Us, will be featured at the Arbor Art House's Summer Art Exhibition, which opens 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16. If you admire Cindy Sherman or enjoyed Luis Gispert's 2004 Artpace show, these might be right up your dark alley. New paintings by Marcy McChesney and an installation by Myriam Lanau and Rosalind Tamez will also be on view. 1837 Arbor Place, 271-0622.

New works by San Antonio College instructor Eduardo Rodriguez will be on view at Joan Grona Gallery beginning July 14, along with a site-specific installation by Suzanne Paquette incorporating raw earth materials such as soil, sandstone, and limestone. Opening reception: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 112 Blue Star, 225-6334.

"I have an idea. Why don't we actually talk about the condition the United States is in during this month of contemporary art and national Independence. Wouldn't that be fun!!!!!" penned Gene Elder to his HAPPY Foundation Archives list. Perhaps answering his call, J. Derrick Durham presents Time Lord: The Secret Life of Sarcov, "a site specific multi-media installation investigating issues of personal security, privacy, and time management" at C-Art gallery, 1426 W. Craig, 380-6508. Indeed, it might be fun.

Supporting Elder's reasoning that the personal must be political, Resonance from the Past: African Sculpture from the New Orleans Museum of Art, is on view at SAMA, 200 W. Jones, 978-8100, through October 2. Make a day of it and compare SAMA's show to Hubert Watson's collection of contemporary work by the African diaspora, on view at the International Center Gallery through August 15. For more info, call 849-0947.

- Elaine Wolff

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