Born in Tehran, Iran, Sussan Siavoshi received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Having taught at many San Antonio universities such as UTSA and St. Mary's University, she is currently the Cox Chapman Professor of International Relations and Chair of the Political Science Department at Trinity University. Siavoshi has authored many published works including a book on "Liberal Nationalism in Iran: the Defeat of a Movement," as well as having served on various committees such as: the Faculty Senate, the University Curriculum Council, the Promotion and Tenure Commission and the "Difficult Dialogue" founding group. Her expertise on the Middle East's, particularly Iran's, government systems is sure to make for a very interesting and enlightening address.
Don't miss the Witte's annual Fiesta exhibition! This year's exhibit pays homage to the military, which has played a vital role in Fiesta since the first Battle of Flowers Parade in 1891. Patriotism and Pageantry features the coronation robes of the Duchesses of the Armed Forces as well as other coronation robes celebrating patriotic themes. Additionally, historic photographs highlight the military's participation. A highlight of this year is the dress worn by Cornelia Dumas Herff, Princess of the Court of the Lone Star, Honoring Texas Annexation to the United States, 1976. Admission: $10 adults (12-64); $9 seniors (65+); $7 children (4-11); free for children 3 and under. Free admission Tuesdays 3-8 p.m. Free parking. For more information, visit www.WitteMuseum.org or call 357-1900.
Join SAMA to participate in 20 - 30 minutes of serene meditation in the Japanese Art Gallery. Cushions and stools will be provided for attendees.
Join the SAMA docents for "Gallery Talks," a guided tour of the current collections and special exhibitions.
Come and enjoy an evening of casual instruction every Tuesday in the galleries of SAMA. Learn and perfect the art of sketching alongside professional artists, utilizing art showcased in SAMA's current collections for artistic inspiration. Made possible by the generous support from the M.E. Hart Foundation, the sketching lessons are free for participants.
Round up your little ones on Wednesday mornings for a playdate at the San Antonio Museum of Art. SAMA Playdates cultivate, nurture, and inspire creativity while developing an appreciation of art and world cultures. Your toddlers will experience stories, gallery activities, hands-on art, movement, and music. Themes and activities vary from week to week, encompassing educational subjects such as family, nature, the human body, history, etc. Playdates are free with Museum admission, and materials are provided for all activities. Visit samuseum.org for more details.
SAMA is San Antonio’s requisite “encyclopedic” museum, but under its most recent leadership it has concentrated its efforts in some particularly enticing areas — early Asian artifacts, including some rare and exceptional pottery; Latin-American art; and a redo of its Greek and Roman galleries to better show off the sculpture — and thanks to the recently endowed chair for modern and contemporary art, curator David Rubin is bringing the museum solidly into the 20th century The Lenora and Walter F. Brown Asian wing is an airy, contemporary complement to the historic Lone Star Brewery building that houses the other collections. The addition of a café run by Damien Watel overlooking the new Museum Reach of the River Walk — from which you can easily walk to the Pearl Brewery or downtown — makes it a day-trip-worthy destination.
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The local chapter of RAW Natural Born Artists showcases visual art by Christina Barboza, daphid art, Mzroyalec, Larry Castilleja, Prerna Suyal, James Seufert, Justin, Mind Potency, Violet Serpentine, Dani Cruz, Jordan Nerison, Rock SALT, Shellee Laurent, Megan Solis, and Jacinda Jackson; photography by John.John, Taj Marie, Gregory Stack, Collette Orquiz, B. Alvidrez, Katie Red, Vispanius, Sherrie Scherer, PaperMoon, Don Walthrop, and Roland; fashion design by NDG Sci-Fest (pictured); film by Jack Webb; performing art by Mary Annette and Aliska Wolfbane; makeup artistry by Beautiful Creatures, Dominique, and Lisa Boston; and live music by Christina Murphy, Nevermind, and The Black Market Club. Joshua Cabaza emcees the show set to beats by DJ Cogswell. Cocktail attire requested.
Foreign film buffs might know Chile’s Sebastián Silva from his Sundance Film Festival hits The Maid (which took home two World Cinema Jury Prizes in 2009) and this year’s Crystal Fairy (starring indie fave Michael Cera opposite Gaby Hoffmann). True fans, however, will tell you to start at the beginning. Released in 2007, Silva’s Life Kills Me deftly combines the ironic melancholia of The Smiths, the dark comedy of Harold and Maude, and a bizarre film within a film into a morbid sleeper suggesting death might be smarter to embrace than to fear. Shot almost entirely in black and white, the openly gay director, screenwriter, painter, and musician’s cinematic debut screens at SAMA in conjunction with Global Lens 2013, a touring series launched by the Global Film Initiative in 2003.
Regarded as one of the architects of contemporary R&B, 10-time Grammy winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds brings heartfelt and impeccable music for grown folks to the Lila Cockrell stage on Friday. After writing and producing hits for Bobby Brown in the late ’80s, Edmonds joined former bandmate Antonio “L.A.” Reid to create LaFace Records, propelling acts like TLC, Toni Braxton, and Usher into the public consciousness. By the end of the ’90s the young producer was responsible for 42 No. 1 R&B hits and 51 Top 10 Pop hits. A gifted performer in his own right, fans can expect plenty of material from his 11 solo albums, including classics like “Whip Appeal” and “For the Cool in You,” which recall an era of R&B when records didn’t necessarily require 16 bars to make it on the radio.
G. Tomas V presents the sixth edition of SA's "only body art competition." Hosted by Anthony "The Poet" Flores, "Fairytales & Fantasy" features 30 artists (including special guests Oscar Galvan Jr. and Raul Castellanos) creating live art on 30 models, plus music by DJ Techneek (10pm-2am), a live visual performance by Matari Productions (10:30pm), and a photo shoot (11pm-midnight) followed by the presentation of contestants at midnight. Rewarding first, second, and third places with trophies and other prizes, the contest also guarantees winners a spot in the 2014 Beyond the Canvas calendar.
After going through two drummers, two guitarists, and four bass players, Piñata Protest has perfected its sound with El Valiente, the band's latest album. Going back to its norteño and punk-rock roots, Piñata celebrates the two cultures by transforming favorites like "Volver, Volver" and "La Cucaracha" into punk tracks and creating music that depicts life on the border, living biculturally, and finding yourself in between.
Students between the ages of 6 and 18 present drawings, illustrations, paintings, and sculptures depicting positive role models for Aztlan's 22nd annual "Superhero" contest and exhibit.
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