An Oak Loop walk led by Don Ewers will teach beginners and experts the basics of nature photography.
Work with professionals and use the museum as a backdrop for portraits. Learn how to take different shots.
Al Rendon’s photography gallery departs from its usual emphasis on high-tech prints to present magical realist paintings by Daniel Guerrero matched with photo-collages by Arturo Infante Almeida. Pairings abound in the works of both artists. Extending themes of Chicanismo, Guerrero places a man and woman in a field of corn — an emblem of life and prosperity — looking about expectantly while the enflamed ruins of the Alamo burn in the background. A nice revisionist pastoral, but the presence of a Coke bottle belies that all is not yet restored to Aztlan. Almeida calls his bilateral, symmetry-obsessed photographs “Barrio Baroque,” and lives up to the moniker with cascades of flowers, santos, and other rasquache trappings. There’s much reflection going on here, but it isn’t the serene variety — more like a rant with a touch of wistfulness, a touch of glee. What’s the verdict? To get in on the complete conversation, you’ll have to get in the room. Free, 6-9pm Friday, Rendon Photography & Fine Art, 733 S Alamo, (210) 288-4900, alrendon.com. Through August 9.
A professor of textiles at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, artist Michael James employs digital imaging and quilting techniques to create works that occupy "the ambiguous realm between the recognizable and the indeterminate." "Organizing Nature" is part of the 17th International Surface Design Association Conference. On June 7 at 7:30pm, James presents the artist talk "Dual Realities: Life and Art" in the Texas Ballroom at the Crown Plaza Hotel (111 E Pecan).
"Behind the Camera" is an exhibition featuring Norman Rockwell photographs. Rockwell rarely painted directly from imagination -- in fact, he commissioned thousands of photographs as studies for his iconic images. Acting as director, he meticulously placed friends, family and props in distinctive locations to be photographed. These photographs later served as the basis for his famous paintings. The cooperation and enthusiasm shown by the amateur models capture the spontaneous nuances that have become so recognizable in Rockwell's work.
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As street-tough Pittsburgh teen Alex Owens, Jennifer Beals made sweatshirts sexy — among other improbable feats — in Adrian Lyne’s 1983 film Flashdance. Thanks to a theatrical adaptation by Tom Hedley (who co-wrote the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas) and Robert Carey, Owens is back in leg warmers and dancing like a maniac in Flashdance the Musical. A blue-collar Cinderella story fueled by the liberating power of dance, the musical mixes hits from the film’s Grammy-winning soundtrack (including the Oscar-winning title track “Flashdance…What a Feeling”) with 16 original songs written by Robbie Roth. While it’s yet to debut on Broadway, previous productions, including a 16-week run in London, have reminded audiences of the lovable Billy Elliot. The national tour lands at the Majestic for an eight-show run.
Although his film Lucy and Jake is about sex in the art scene, director and producer Michael Berrier says that’s really just “a backdrop for simply covering the art scene, and more importantly setting up the story.” Similar to Berrier’s previous film SA Nude, about a photographer who falls unexpectedly in love while shooting for an exhibition, Lucy and Jake explores the concept of art imitating life. Starring hairstylist Melody Cuellar as Lucy (a reporter for the weekly magazine SA ReMix) and recent college grad Chris Collins as Jake (Lucy’s co-worker and live-in boyfriend), the 80-minute feature employs familiar faces (including Mike Casey, Bill FitzGibbons, Andy Benavidez, James Lifschutz, and Jo Sawalha) and places (Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Pedro Park, La Tuna, the River Walk) to tell a tale of love and betrayal in Southtown.
Although she doesn’t consider herself a lesbian comic, Jessica Kirson is raising a daughter with her female partner and has been known to dart across Manhattan to squeeze six gigs into one night. Kirson digs into her Jewish roots in New Jersey, stoner culture, and life as a plus-size woman. On her YouTube channel, the Last Comic Standing alum funnels elements of candid camera and improvisational comedy into The Jessy K Show, a “reality talk show” featuring celebrity guests (including stepbrother Zach Braff) and recurring segments like the Rachel Feinstein collaboration “Yentes.” Kirson kicks off a five-show run at Laugh Out Loud with a performance benefiting Pride Center San Antonio, a nonprofit dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for the LGBT community.
Buildings, chairs, and hallway mirrors may look artful in appearance, but are generally thought of as examples of design, not fine art. Why? By hoary convention, art may function as a social marker (whether graffiti or Warhol painting, its possession declares membership in one club of cool kids or another), but when a made thing functions in ways that don’t take a social scientist to describe, well — that’s design. This Thursday, Mike Addkison of ADAPTEResponder Designs will unveil a pair of benches commissioned for the Epitome Institute that cross categories. Focusing on two iconic works of art that reference sitting — Rodin’s The Thinker and Ingres’ La Grande Odalisque — Addkison designed the benches as reversibles. In one position, the profile of one famous artwork is seen. Flip the bench, and the other piece’s profile jumps to view. “My intent,” says Addkison, “was to blur the line between art and design and create functional seating for the gallery with the kind of conceptual intent often found in art, but rarely found in architecture or industrial design.” Free, 6:30-8:30pm Thursday, Epitome Institute, 222 Roosevelt, (210) 535-0918, epitomeinstitute.com.
Austin’s Grupo Fantasma is a high-octane nine-piece group that creates a fusion of diverse styles in their music. Listen closely and you’ll be blown away by the disparate Latino-afro (and other) influences they embrace, from calypso and cumbia to funk and rock. Grupo Fantasma incorporates elements from a seemingly endless number of inspirations, making some of the most uniquely independent and culturally universal music heard today. Widely considered one of the best live acts around, these guys play with an intensity that is truly impressive, especially considering their grueling touring schedule. Formed in 2000, GF has since released five albums, been all over the world, won a Grammy, and fine-tuned their virtuoso live set into something you don’t want to miss.
Hamlet is said to be William Shakespeare’s most popular play, a walloping five-acts of betrayal, revenge, double-crossing, and murder. Death by poison, suicide, stabbing, and decree slaughters the cast, while Hamlet, son of slain King Hamlet of Denmark (now a ghost), ponders what to do next. Hamlet Jr.’s mad, pissed off, but maybe crazy-mad, too. The Classic Theatre of San Antonio and experimental theater virtuosos Jump-Start Performance Company have teamed up to perform Method & Madness: Hamlet 2013, an adaptation by Laurie Rae Dietrich in steam punk dress that slices the original down to a 90-minute ride through intrigue. Don’t expect a simple synopsis of the venerable work; the radically different styles of both companies (classic, experimental) will both be in play, and pairings abound. Diane Malone and Jump-Start’s S.T. Shimi co-direct, Billy Muñoz and Rick Malone share lighting design, and Hamlet’s split personalities are performed by Muñoz and Linda Ford. With Christie Beckham, Erik Bosse, Dietrich, Dino Foxx, Pamela Dean Kenny, Robert Rehm, Joseph Urick and Kitty Williams. $15-$20, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, The Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start, 108 Blue Star, (210) 227-5867, jump-start.org. Through June 23.
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