Twelve-ounce prophets from across the country descend on San Pedro this week for SA’s youngest aerosol art festival. After a successful inaugural edition in 2012, “Content Under Pressure” returns with 35 of the nation’s freshest graffiti artists and muralists including Chicago’s Debise CT and Bekit from New York City. Things kick off on Friday night with a gallery reception and artist meet and greet. Saturday includes a b-boy expo, artist panel, and performances by local hip-hop veterans Chisme and OBX. Live murals will be painted onsite by the FX Crew, I Wuz Here (CBS), IWS, Few and Far, and 4 Burners. Fans of the four elements should have plenty to rejoice in and enough vibrant street art to tide them over until Clogged Caps comes along.
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.
Centro Cultural Aztlan is hosting our 22nd Annual SUPERHERO contest and exhibit. This exhibit is open to any students 6 to 18 years of age. We ask students to identify a positive role model in their lives and create a drawing, illustration, painting, or sculpture of their Superhero. The key word and subject of this contest is “Super Heroes”, who the students consider as positive role models in their school, community, or home. Special attention will be to creativity and originality on the subject. Artwork is open to any media. Prizes will be awarded at different categories and grades.
Special reception will be Saturday May 18th, 2013 from 12-3pm with an Award ceremony and entertainment.
Oppositional currents in 20th-century art converge in “Real/Surreal: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art.” Second in a series aimed at reassessing the Whitney’s permanent collection, the exhibition assembles works by Edward Hopper, Man Ray, Joseph Cornell, Yves Tanguy, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Philip Guston, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, George Tooker, and Andrew Wyeth in a fashion The New York Times likened to “visiting your grandmother’s attic and finding it loaded with forgotten treasures.” With Jared French’s State Park among its examples, “Real/Surreal” visits bizarre worlds and finds an odd common ground between the imagined and the observed.
Founded by Norman Rene Avila, Donjon Evans, and George Horner, the San Antonio Museum of Modern Art (SAMOMA) presented exhibitions, performances, lectures and film screenings from two locations in Alta Vista between 1976 and 1979. In an effort to bring this important part of San Antonio art history to light, SAMA exhibits multiples, limited-edition prints, and other works by SAMOMA artists including Judy Bankhead, Rolando Briseño, Larry Graeber, Jim Harter, Marilyn Lanfear, Henry Stein, Kathy Vargas, Robert Willson, and Gene Elder (whose Time Capsule containing works by 100 San Antonio artists and writers remains sealed within SAMA’s walls).
In her MFA thesis exhibition “Essence,” Jane Liang explores how clothing represents an essential part of our selves. Employing appropriated mugshots and Facebook profile pictures as source material, Lee Peterson’s MFA thesis exhibition “E Pluribus Unum” questions the parameters of fame and anonymity through a series of mixed media portraits.
Paintings by Texas artists during the American Impressionism movement are displayed, following strict guidelines to insure that each is an impressionist piece, include the works of Julian Onderdonk, Robert Onderdonk, José Arpa, Edward G. Eisenlohr, Ella Koepke Mewhinney, Dawson Dawson-Watson, Seymour Thomas, Lucien Abrams, E. Richardson Cherry and Frank Reaugh. All included works must have been painted from 1885-1935, have a high-keyed palette and include active brushwork with short strokes applied quickly over the surface.
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The creative brainchild of guitarist Ricardo Diaz, Travesuras (Mischevious Pranks) unites flamenco artists from Malaga, Paris, New Mexico, San Francisco, and San Antonio. Featured performers include Cristo Cortes, Vicente Griego, Antonio Arrebola, and Tamara Saj. The San Antonio leg of the touring collaboration culminates Sunday with a matinee presentation of Dibujos de Travesuras (Sketches of Mischief), a series of choreographic vignettes exploring the range of emotions we encounter in daily life. Showtimes: 8:30pm and 10pm Friday at Carmens de la Calle Café; 8pm Saturday at España Bar de Tapas; 4pm Sunday at Raices de Arte Espanol Tablao.
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents the 32nd Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival at the historic Guadalupe Theater (May 15-16) and nearby Rosedale Park (May 17-19). Highlights of the festival include star-studded performances by Conjunto Music Hall of Famers Mingo Saldivar, Eva Ybarra, Flaco Jimenez, and Los Dos Gilbertos, as well as a special “New Directions in Conjunto Music” concert on Thursday night featuring Los Fabulocos (Pomona, CA), Juanito Castillo and The Psycho Trip Band (San Antonio), Thoze Guyz (Roscoe) and Los Nahuatlatos (San Antonio). Other highlights of the festival include a free Seniors Conjunto Dance, student showcase and accordion and bajo sexto workshops. For more information on the Tejano Conjunto Festival, call (210) 271-3151, or visit www.guadalupeculturalarts.org for the full schedule of performers.
An actor, chef, author, and former host of BET’s Comic View, Bruce Bruce has appeared music videos for Ludacris and the Ying Yang Twins. Pat Deguire features and Blair Thompson opens the show.
For almost 20 years, KNBT 92.1 FM (the nation’s leading Americana station) and Gruene Hall have co-sponsored this fundraiser that last year collected $60,000. This year, all proceeds will benefit Connections Individual and Family Services, a New Braunfels non-profit serving homeless, abused, or at-risk youth since 1981. The 2013 lineup includes Hayes Carll (“Another Like You” was American Songwriter’s number one song of 2011), Reckless Kelly, Cody Canada & The Departed, Wade Bowen, Uncle Lucius, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, Slaid Cleaves, Monty Byrom Band, Zack Walther Band, Midnight River Choir, Statesboro Revue, Dustin Welch, and acoustic sets by Jack Ingram and Sean McConnell. If you only attend one Americana show this year, this is it.
SpareWorks.dance company responds to the installation of The Human Face and Form with a medley of stories and images. Choreographer Amber Ortega-Perez and fellow dancers mine the poses and gestures of McNay sculpture and celebrate the human form through modern dance.
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