Hey, arts & crafts lovers! Come check out some local handmade artists at Magic Mirrors Boutique while enjoying some complimentary Holiday refreshments. Get a sneak peek of Deco Tease before they hit the boutique in Spring. This Thursday's Sampler Trunk Show is all for a great cause, Operation Blue Santa Toy drive. It's the season of giving, so come show your support by bringing an unwrapped toy.
The Celebración a La Virgen de Guadalupe exhibition includes Virgen de Guadalupe inspired hand pulled prints, wall hangings, acrylic, oil & water color paintings, wood sculptures and contemporary folk art and handmade jewelry. With La Virgen de Guadalupe as the main theme, this annual exhibition is the oldest and most revered.
Join the American Advertising Federation-San Antonio and Ad 2 San Antonio for a fun night of mingling and live entertainment. The event will include food, drinks, music, door prizes and the “Pixels of Fury: A Live Creative Inspiration Tournament.” 8 San Antonio designers have signed up to compete against each other in a live poster design competition, sponsored by Shutterstock.
By using sculpting, filmaking, and design skills, filmmakers Mark and Angela Walley satirize the seemingly interminable production and distribution of new retail electronics for their month long exhibition. The two have created the impossible video camera, the WALLEY POS-86, to represent a reverse trend in consumer electronics. There will be an opening reception on Dec.13 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
A special edition of the gallery's popular Second Friday, REM will host a holiday reception along with a viewing of artist Jason Stout's exhibition. Named "Bandits and Candidates by the Shale," the collection features intricate, bright drawings and paintings by the acclaimed artist. The reception will offer refreshments as well as stimulating conversation on art, society, and life.
The Inspire Fine Art Center presents "Passport in Inspire," a program aimed at improving art understanding in the community. On the second Saturday of each month, participants will pick a country to "stamp" their passport, enjoying snacks and art projects centered around that particular culture. Once a child has collected four stamps, they will receive a free t-shirt. After accumulating seven stamps, children will be eligable to receive 50 percent off of art lessons. This event is free and open to public.
On display will be three of Gassiot’s sculptural video installations: Empty Crib, Every Bath, and Circadian Rhythm. Brooke Gassiot is a Texas native, currently based in Austin. Her work has recently been featured in the East Austin Studio Tour, and at the Art Car Museum (Houston, TX) and Red Arrow Contemporary (Dallas, TX). That same evening The Lullwood Studios will host a small works sale in honor of the holiday season—a great opportunity to pick up unique gifts and support your local art community.
Celebrate the opening of exhibition by artists Maricela Olguin and Andrew Leo Stansbury with a special Second Saturday reception at Lady Base. The event will offer guests the opportunity to preview the exhibition as well as hear from the artists themselves through a featured Artist Talk at 7:30 p.m.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and based between New York City and Berlin, Germany, Arturo Herrera made his first impression on the Alamo City as an Artpace resident in 2000 and was showcased earlier this year with a solo exhibition at the Linda Pace Foundation. Widely recognized for collages that cast a surreal haze over Disney iconography, Herrera works in a range of media including sculpture, painting and oddly compelling felt wall hangings with qualities some have likened to the drips and splatters of a Jackson Pollock. Similarly bold and graphic are Herrera’s wall paintings, one of which will adorn Frost Bank’s Parking Garage (viewable from Main Plaza) through 2016. Inspired by movement and “the dynamism of abstraction,” Herrera’s red-and-white Adam (the Linda Pace Foundation’s first large-scale public installation) weighs in at 2,500 square feet.
The San Antonio Museum of art presents a 9-part lecture series by Professor Annie Labatt, Department of Art History, UTSA, about great masterworks of western art. This lecture series is a great way to learn about fascinating art. There will also be delicious (and thematic) food and drinks!
This event is free with mueseum admission.
The Segundo de Febrero event pays tribute to the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1846 by honoring the diverse contributions of Mexican Americans in the arts and other fields. This historical and informative cultural event marks the beginning of the Mexican American as a political entity in the United States.
McNay Chief Curator, René Paul Barilleaux, is a contributor to the exhibition catalogue for Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE, a survey exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, opening at the McNay on February 5, 2014. Recently published by Yale University Press, Beyond LOVE, features artist Robert Indiana's body of work from 1955 - 2007. The artist, Robert Indiana, is widely known for his iconic LOVE sculptures and paintings, but nearly all of his work is characterized by bold, simple, and brightly colored numbers, letters, symbols, and short words. In Beyond LOVE, more than 80 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from public and private collections from around the world place Indiana's work into a broader perspective.
The once factory-standard vehicles that have been transformed into rolling murals are put on display at the 2014 Lowrider Festival. With more than 100 local and regional customized lowriders, this family oriented event also features live entertainment, food & drink booths, an artisan market and games for the children.
With 25 participating schools and over 300 students’ ages 6 to 19, the annual Superhero Exhibit and Contest challenges to create representations of real "super heroes" they know and admire.
If you’ve visited Linda Pace Foundation before, you may have been enchanted by Eight, a looped video of a young girl determined to save a piece of cake from her outdoor birthday party, abandoned during a thunderstorm. The looping intentionally distorts time and plot. Filmmakers Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler have circled back as well, locating the original actress from Eight, 10 years later and creating another scenario involving her 18th birthday party. The Linda Pace Foundation will premier the resulting work, Eighteen, along with a selection of Hubbard and Birchler’s videos and photos.
Houston’s Mark Ponder curates this group show of visiting artists in which “car parts become mirages, golf clubs are fetishized, and a home become a funhouse.” Ponder coordinates exhibits at the artist-run Box 13 ArtSpace in Houston and also creates his own “brutally honest” yet “cute” work. He’s selected Philadelphia’s Jonathan Armistead, Houston’s Debra Barrera and Dallas’ Chuck and George for a show that promises to be both clever and insightful. Armistead creates sculpture from everyday objects and participatory performance art; Barrera uses sports cars as metaphor; and Chuck and George (the name for the 20+ year collaboration between artists Brian Jones and Brian Scott) will present Tablescrappin’, a mini-room installation that leaves an impression viewers have favorably compared to being on drugs.
Local art scenesters are perhaps more likely to recognize Ed Saavedra as the “senior creative co-conspirator” at Fl!ght Gallery than for his own artwork—which spans from drawings and assemblages to “occasional performance outbursts.” In a review of his exhibition “Things Have Gone to Pieces,” Art Lies noted Saavedra’s “mastery for creating levels of meaning beyond immediately appealing craftsmanship.” The Houston native’s first local solo show since “Requiem for an English Major” (which referenced both Thomas Gainsborough’s painting The Blue Boy and Harlan McVea’s suicide in Bexar County Jail), “Paintings for a Razed Hotel” comprises works created over the past few weeks. According to Saavedra, the project isn’t about a specific property but “the proverbial razed hotel.”
Cowboy boots and computers. Salsa and Texas-shaped tortilla chips. Jalapeño jelly and prickly pear wine. Ancient stone tools and artificial hearts. What do these all have in common? Texas! “Made in Texas” explores a diverse array of Texan-made objects which add to the fabric of life not only in our state, but across the globe. Explore objects, concepts, ideas and expressions of culture which originate in, are made in, or have strong ties to Texas: foodways, arts and crafts, agriculture and manufacturing, music, ways of making a living, furniture, clothing, inventions and architecture. Discover the impact Texas has had on the world and how Texas culture has influenced others.
Richard Hunt curates works by artists (including Danville Chadbourne, Isaac Duncan III, Ted Sitting Crow Garner, Andrew Light, Julia Ousley, Jean Jacques Porret, Bret Price, Linda Walden, Ben Woitena) representing Chicago International, Mid-South Alliance, and the Texas Sculpture Group.
Before the age of cinema began in the 1880s with the invention of the first movie camera, images glowed in the dark from magic lanterns, a precursor to the slide projector that was developed in the late 17th century. A concave mirror in front of a candle or oil lamp gathers the light and projects it through a slide with an image. Passing through a lens, the enlarged image is then cast onto a wall or screen. Magic lanterns, also called laterna magica, were used as teaching and storytelling devices until the early 1900s. The Jack Judson Magic Lantern Castle Collection holds the finest assembly of these delightful devices from a bygone era; a selection of the most interesting are on view at the Witte, replete with magic lantern shows and information on their making and use. $7-$10, 10am-5pm Mon, Weds-Sat, 10am-8pm Tue, noon-5pm Sun, Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, (210) 357-1900, wittemuseum.org. Through Jan. 1
American photographers Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison’s rich and surrealistic work focuses on the lost links with nature and the increasingly lonely condition of our existence.
The Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library will be hosting their first ever exhibition drawn exclusively from the literary paper's of Sam Shepard. Through published works, manuscripts, letters of correspondence, journals and photographs,"The Writer's Road" is an intimate look at Shepard's life and career as a writer, from his humble begginnings as a one-act writer off of Broadway to his success as a critically acclaimed actor and playwright.
Months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor prompted Mexico to sever ties with the Axis powers, German U-boats sank Potrero del Llano and Faja de Oro—Mexican tankers transporting crude oil to the U.S. Prompted by these attacks, Mexican President Manuel Ávila Camacho declared war against Japan, Germany and Italy in May of 1942. Following negotiations between Camacho and President Roosevelt, Escuadrón 201 was formed and sent to the U.S. for training. Consisting of 33 pilots and more than 270 support personnel, “The Aztec Eagles” trained here at Randolph and later by the Women Air Service Pilots (WASP) at Pocatello Army Air Base in Idaho. In 1945, the unit deployed to the Philippines, flying P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and offering ground support as part of the 58th Fighter Group of the U.S. Air Force. Curated by Arturo Infante Almeida, the Institute of Texan Cultures’ exhibit “The 201st Fighter Squadron: Mexico Joins the Fight in WWII” highlights the contributions of the only military unit in the history of Mexico to engage in combat outside of its national borders.
This venue is one of many studios participating in the East Austin Studio Tour. Visit eastaustinstudiotour.com for a complete list.
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When Allan Jaffe and his wife Sandra moved from Pennsylvania to New Orleans in the early ’60s, they didn’t initially come for the music. But they ended up staying for the music after they took over a small, dingy art gallery in the French Quarter and turned it into Preservation Hall, a 100-seat concert venue that became the home of many a New Orleans-style jazz jam session and yielded the touring group, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The venue is still a hot spot in the city known for live music. The touring Preservation Hall Jazz Band will give San Antonians a taste of its 10th annual “Creole Christmas” on December 11 at the Empire Theatre. The group will perform holiday classics and also material from its previous albums.
The Orlando, Fla.-based quartet Trivium (guitarists/vocalists Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu, bassist/vocalist Paolo Gregoletto and drummer Nick Augusto) draws influence from heavyweights like Metallica, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden and creates music that’s been pegged as everything from metalcore to melodic death metal. Reminding that the band was “tipped for greatness” upon the surprise success of its 2005 release Ascendancy, only to be “consigned to the metallic dumper after the shambolic dropped clanger of 2006′s The Crusade,” The Guardian summed up this year’s offering Vengeance Falls (produced by Disturbed frontman David Draiman) as a “proud and focused heavy metal album that eschews current trends in favor of great songs, massive grooves, blazing lead breaks and a disarming air of combative euphoria.” Also on the bill: DevilDriver, After the Burial and Thy Will Be Done.
If you read her “official bio,” you’ll learn that New York-based Andrea Pomerantz Lustig is “known around the offices of Glamour as the “Beauty Sleuth,” thanks to the wildly popular beauty advice column and articles she wrote for the magazine for the last decade,” and that she’s “cherished by Glamour readers for her fresh, original beauty tips, ideas and solutions.” A look at her “unofficial bio” reveals that when she’s not appearing on shows like Good Morning America, Today and Entertainment Tonight, the University of Pennsylvania grad is likely juggling her “write-from-home career, three kids, a husband who’s more organized and demanding than Martha Stewart and an at-home beauty stash that takes up two rooms.” In support of her book How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous Without Breaking the Bank, Pomerantz Lustig visits the Barshop Jewish Community Center for a signing, meet-and-greet and presentation enhanced with “mini makeovers, snacks and sips, and a selection of unique items available for purchase from local favorite boutiques and jewelry designers.”
We all know the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program, which every year collects, well, toys for children in need during the holiday season. Lisa Morales (of Sisters Morales fame, now a well-established solo artist and producer, above) has been doing her own TFT event for 12 of the last 13 years, and the next one’s Wednesday at Sam’s Burger Joint. Morales will perform with Robyn Ludwick and Shelley King (Good Girls With Bad Intentions) and “maybe” with her own band. The rest of the lineup includes Augie Meyers, Ruben V, Patricia Vonne and Michael Martin, Ernie Garibay’s Cats Don’t Sleep and more.
Sutan Amrull learned how to apply makeup from “his 14-year-old friend Eva, who was under house arrest for breaking into a restaurant.” Those lessons paid off: In addition to a client list that includes Dita Von Teese and Adam Lambert, Amrull served as makeup artist for nine cycles of America’s Next Top Model, impersonating Tyra Banks on occasion. Adopting the alter ego Raja Gemini, Amrull competed on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, joining the Heathers (a clique that Gawker noted “perfected the mean girl skill of making others feel like shit”) and becoming the show’s first Asian-American winner. Dubbed the “King of Queens” by LA Weekly, the performer/recording artist lands in SA courtesy of Rey Lopez Entertainment. But be warned: “Stand in her way and Raja will shantay past you like fashion roadkill.”
Venice, Calif., crossover thrash titans Suicidal Tendencies always stood apart. Even after the release of its now-acclaimed, deeply influential self-titled 1983 debut, punks didn’t know what to do with this gangsta-looking bunch of skaters who didn’t sound or dress like anyone else. “All these people told us we needed the proper ‘etiquette’ for the massive punk rock goal being an individual,” founder (and sole remaining original member) Mike Muir quipped in Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. “I always thought that was a little strange.” Now Muir is back with the first ST album in 13 years, aptly titled 13 (sorry, Ozzy), and still thrashing while no one dares to argue. With Terror, Trash Talk and the Inspector Cluzo.
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