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                          • Get Artsmart Series
                            Get Artsmart Series 4/17 7:00PM
                             

                            Central Library is offering a four-part art appreciation and history lecture series covering Prehistoric Art to the Greek Period each month through August. Brigham Young University alum Michelle Hill, who holds a Masters in Art History, will explore major art works from each period, with opportunity for open discussion.

                            Category: Talks plus, Lecture, Art
                          • "Fairytale Fiesta" 4/17 10:00AM
                             

                            The Witte’s “Fairytale Fiesta” invites viewers into a a world of fantasy filled with gowns inspired by fairytales, myths and magic. This year’s featured pin dress is 1941’s Queen of the Court of Legends—a gold lame creation depicting the underwater kingdom of Atlantis with coral, starfish and seahorses rendered in velvet and rhinestones. Other dresses on display include the Duchess of Romantic Destiny, the Duchess of Youthful Enthusiasm and the Duchess of Insatiable Curiosity, from the 1983 Court of Never Neverland representing the Princess and the Pea, the tale of Peter and the Wolf and Alice in Wonderland.

                            Place: Witte Museum
                          • Artpace After Hours
                            Artpace After Hours 4/17 5:00PM
                             

                            Artpace After Hours takes adult audiences behind the scenes to reveal the mysteries of contemporary art through casual conversation and gallery interactions. Mix and mingle with complimentary cocktails, light snacks, and a little Artpace 101.

                            Place: Artpace
                            Category: Visual art, Party, Art
                          • Closing reception:

                             Cinnabar hosts a closing reception for its exhibition “Return,” featuring works by Texas trio McKay Otto, Catherine Lee and George Krause.

                          • Roger Sellers
                            Roger Sellers 4/18 9:00PM
                             

                            Avant-garde Austin musician Roger Sellers’ website begs you to “Imagine folk-dance-Americana-electric-symphonic fusion, where Philip Glass, Sufjan Stevens and Joanna Newsom all groove to late night ambient house music in George Martin’s living room.” This is the best description I have found of the man’s unique sound(s). Sellers creates captivating and diverse sonic landscapes that translate to a riveting, unpredictable and transfixing live show. The dude plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, bells, organ, piano and drums. Sometimes he plays with a full band and sometimes he plays with a streamlined digital solo setup. And, though he may not fit all of those things into his SA performance, the sheer possibilities indicate that Sellers’ set is sure to be an engrossing experience. Along with visual stimulation provided by Sixto-Juan Zavala, show-goers will be treated to up-and-coming local acts PBLC (particularly awesome), Brave Microwave and Lizarazo.

                            Place: Hi-Tones
                          • "Pace Gems" 4/18 7:00PM
                             

                            A former stable the late artist and philanthropist Linda Pace repurposed as her studio, 111 Camp Street housed the Linda Pace Foundation offices until recently and opens this week as SPACE, the Foundation’s first public facility. Tucked in the northeast corner of CHRISpark, SPACE will showcase works from the Foundation’s stellar permanent collection along with related contemporary art exhibitions and programming. Curated by LPF’s former Executive Director Maura Reilly and organized by Collection and Exhibitions Officer Kelly O’Connor, SPACE’s inaugural show “Pace Gems” reflects Pace’s “overarching collection criteria,” which focused on artists linked to Artpace, the “laboratory of dreams” she founded in 1995. While it highlights a number of New Yorkers (including Jim Hodges, Glenn Ligon, Marilyn Minter and Wangechi Mutu), “Pace Gems” also represents SA natives like Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Dario Robleto, Alejandro Diaz and even Pace herself.

                            Place: SPACE
                          • Headed by professor Mark McCoin, the UTSA New Media Collective comprises undergrad and grad students exploring the “integration of live digital sound, video performance, movement, sculpture and any combination of space-time creativity.” In February, the collective made a splash with “Slap and Tickle,” a one-night-only pop-up featuring multimedia installations, “duration-based” works and experimental performances (including one by an “interpretive contortionist”). Sure to live up to its unusual name, the gang’s April offering draws inspiration from personal stories, experimental rituals and “binary juxtapositions.” Billed as an “evening-length art experience,” the limited engagement promises installation-based projects, a costumed “painting battle” between three artists and a “host of innovative content” including the sound- and movement-based performance piece Beauties and the Beasts.

                          • "Frackaso" 4/18 7:00PM
                             

                            Offering with its title a mashup of the English word “fracas” (a noisy quarrel) and the Spanish word “fracaso” (failure or downfall), the Esperanza’s new mixed-media exhibition “Frackaso: Portraits of Extraction in Eagle Ford and Beyond” aims to open a public forum on the South Texas shale rush. Encompassing photography, installation, painting and literary works by 28 artists from the US, Mexico and Canada, the group show visually expresses some of the darker aspects of a region that’s been called a “400-mile-long, 50-mile-wide bacchanal of oil and gas extraction.” Recently the subject of an eight-month investigation by The Weather Channel, the Eagle Ford boom may be a “game-changer,” but it’s also polluting the air with a “toxic soup of chemicals.” Inevitably it seems, several of the works featured in “Frackaso” address the industry and its agenda from a satirical angle, including Gregory “Gringoyo” Berger’s short film, Frack U, Mexico.

                          • 41st Annual Fiesta Arts Fair

                            One of Fiesta's most beloved events, the Fiesta Arts Fair at the Southwest School of Art, will be celebrating creativity in San Antonio with live music, regional and national artists, children's art projects and more. Fiesta Arts Fair takes place on lush, shady grounds and regularly attracts more than 12,000 people each year. A nationally recognized juried art show brings in 110 artists from around the country, exhibiting ceramics, jewelry, glass, photography, painting, wearable art and other fascinating art objects, which will all be for sale. Live music will be provided by Choupique High Rollers, The Love Leighs, Los #3 Dinners, Nakia, George Gaytan, Toro Flores and Zarabande and Mitch Webb & Joe Reyes on Saturday. Tin Can Trio, Chubby Knuckle Choir, Del Castillo, Shiny Ribs, George Gaytan and Sergio de los Santos will perform on Sunday. The Children's Art Garden encourages kids to experiment with printmaking, stamping, beading, embossing, and even making their own Fiesta medals and crowns. Admission supports the education programs at the non-profit Southwest School of Art.

                            Category: Visual art, Art fair, Art
                          • Apotheosis: BFA Thesis Exhibition

                            Join us for Apotheosis: BFA Thesis Exhibition opening reception. Free and open to the public. Texas State University - San Marcos Department of Fine Arts & Communication presents Apotheosis, an exhibition of thesis work by BFA thesis students. Apotheosis: BFA Thesis Exhibition features painting, photography, mixed media and ceramics by Texas State University seniors. The artworks explore and critique various topics including gender identity, mental illness, meditation, and subcultures. Artists included in the exhibition include: Alexandra Galley, Amanda Lukacs, Ashley French Kontnier, Brenda Trevizo, Chloe Dehmer, Estefania Marquez, K. Botter-El Lababedi, Mackenzie Vaclav Petter, Mary Katherine Riley, Nathaniel Record,Taylor Waldt, and Whitley Stratton.

                            Category: Art, Exhibits
                          • Papel Picado Craft Party
                            Papel Picado Craft Party 4/22 5:00PM
                             

                            Get some hands-on experience in the art of papel picado making. Guests of all ages are invited to create their own papel picados to take home or decorate Casa Navarro. Demonstrations and activities will be led by Alianza LatinoAmericana. This event is free to the public.

                          • Luis Lopez Open Studio
                            Luis Lopez Open Studio 4/22 6:00PM
                             

                            Join us for Luis Lopez' open studio and a guided night viewing of the Tobin Hill history mural.

                            Category: Art, Exhibits
                          • Spring Roundup Art Exhibition and Sale

                            Join us for fabulous social function with music ("Men in Black"), food, drink, exhibition of art, and sale. Art will remain on exhibit until May 24th.

                            Category: Art, Exhibits
                          • “Future Pending…” Senior Exhibition Opening

                            For their last and final exhibit, seniors will showcase a variety of different media, all representative of each artist. These include: paint, photography, mixed media, fibers, sculpture, film, instillation and other experimental processes. In addition, senior students in the ALAS Youth Theatre Company will present original theatre performances. The title of this student-led exhibition, “Future Pending…” addresses the biggest question they face during senior year: What does the future hold for them after graduation? It’s a question they are challenged to answer for their Senior Presentations, where seniors provide an oral and visual presentation that examines their growth as artists and their advancement into secondary education.

                            Place: SAY Sí
                          • Blue Star Family Day: Discover Printmaking!

                            Join us for Blue Star Family Day! Families and kids of all ages are invited to attend Blue Star Family Day 2013: Discover Printmaking. This annual event, put on by Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum's MOSAIC education program, brings local artists and community organizations together to create an exciting event full of creative fun. Participants will have a chance to discover printmaking by creating unique prints with local artists.

                            Category: Art, Class
                          • 6th Annual Northside Arts Festival

                            The Alamo City Performing Arts Association is proud to present the 6th Annual Northside Arts Festival. If you are an artist, crafter, or musician and would like to participate, please visit http://www.saspa.org for information and applications, call 210-495-0129 or email: acpaa1992@yahoo.com.This event and parking are free to the public. This is a one day venue for artists and art organizations to display, promote and sell their art work directly to the public. Not an artist? You can still make plans to attend the 6th Annual Northside Arts Festival. Here you will find unique gifts that are affordable and made by local artists just in time for graduation, weddings or other special occasions. Please join us at this family friendly event with food, art, crafts and performances. There is something for everyone.

                            Category: Art, Festival
                          • Shannon Crider:  The Ballad of Polynices

                            This pop-up exhibition created with French & Michigan Gallery will showcase recent Texas Biennial artist Shannon Crider's first solo exhibition, The Ballad of Polynices. The exhibition is inspired by Sophocles' Antigone and explores themes of heroism, family values, politics, and death in the medium of sculptural collage. The exhibit runs through May 31.

                          • Shannon Crider: The Ballad of Polynices  Opening Reception

                            Shannon Crider, recent Texas Biennial artist, presents her first solo exhibition with French & Michigan Gallery. Inspired by the Greek play Antigone, Crider creates her largest work to date, The Ballad of Polynices, honoring the timeless Sophocles story. Through the piece, Crider investigates heroism, family values, politics, and death in correlation to the body, matter, and stars. Following, the exhibition will be reinstalled at French & Michigan for private appointments through May 31.

                            Category: Art, Exhibits
                          • First Sundays for Families: Animal Instincts

                            Be inspired by the wild animals in the special exhibition Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct. Go on a scavenger hunt to discover the many animals found throughout the museum. Hands-on fun includes watercolors, animal portraits and storytelling in the gallery.

                            Category: Art, Exhibits
                          • Art Party: Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct

                            Bring your friends and enjoy art, music, and cocktails on the River Landing. Art Party is a collaboration of SAMA and KRTU Jazz 91.7.

                            Category: Art, Exhibits
                          • Nicolás Leiva: “Infinite Cycle”

                            Ruiz-Healy Art and The Southwest School of Art, are pleased to present a collaborative exhibition “Infinite Cycle”, consisting of eight large-scale, multi-panel paintings and twenty drawings.  Leiva,an Argentine artist who divides his time between Miami and Faenza, Italy presents archetypal dreamscapes, which explore the enigmatic yet universal origins of personal identity.

                            Category: Art, Exhibits
                          • Opening Reception:  The Exquisite Rainbow Corpse

                            Each GAGA member was given the opportunity to the grab bag--blindly pick a color chip from over 50 chips that corresponded to ROYGBIV (the rainbow color sequence: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) and create a square work based on her selection.  In May, over 90 pieces of art will be assembled in this glorious color sequence, creating a flow of color, streaming down the walls of the exhibition space.

                          • Dreamland Collective: Summer Showcase

                            Dreamland Collective, a newly founded record label/multi-media production company based in San Antonio, Texas, has organized a summer showcase event. Included at the showcase will be affiliated artists, musicians and nonprofits such as Femina X, Aliens WITH Halos (first show), Adrian Garcia, Laura Varela, P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, the M.U.S.I.C. Project and Avexpression. A karma free veggie dinner will also be provided by the Ashram 5 Monks. The nonprofits will speak about their causes, including a speech by a world renown swami.

                            Category: Music, Rock/Pop, Art
                          • Chupachanga
                            Chupachanga 5/10 10:00AM
                             

                            San Anto Cultural Arts will hold a free block party for the community with a public viewing of large scale wood block printing. San Anto Cultural Arts and consulting printmakers Art To The Third Power are working together to create large scale prints using a steamroller press. Over twenty five 3’ x 4’ prints will be created throughout the course of the event and some will be available for purchase.  

                          • Free Family Art Day
                            Free Family Art Day 5/10 10:00AM
                             

                            As part of the “Passport to Inspiration” Family Art Day series, each month participants will pick a stamp, stamp their “passport,” enjoy creating art projects and have a snack. When the child has four stamps in their passport, he/she will receive a free T-shirt and when a child has seven stamps, he/she will receive 50% off the registration fee for an art class.  

                            Category: Art
                          • Art History 101, Without the Papers: The Calling of St. Matthew, Caravaggio-Baroque

                            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.

                          • Superhero Exhibit and Contest

                            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. 

                            Category: Art, Exhibits
                          • Boerne Art Waddle
                            Boerne Art Waddle 5/17 10:00AM
                             

                            Come join us for the Second Annual Art Waddle. Meet local and surrounding artists as you walk the The Art Waddle or ride your bike along the banks in Boerne. Enjoy the art of your fancy, which is available for purchase. From paintings and illustrations, to pottery and sculpture. Contributions from the event will support scholarships to the Cibolo Nature Center and Farm Summer Art Camp.

                            Place: The Flats
                          • Free Day at the Museum
                            Free Day at the Museum 5/18 10:00AM
                             

                            Join us for a free day at the museum in honor of National Museum Day.

                            Category: Museum, Art
                          • Art History 101, Without the Papers: The Raft of Medusa, Gericault-Romantic Art

                            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.

                           

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                          • The Most Important Night of Theater You Will Ever Attend

                            If you hit the snooze button on TV fitness guru Jillian Michaels’ “powerful” Maximize Your Life tour, fear not: The “madmen and women” of the Aesthetic of Waste also have a “life-changing” offering up their sleeves—and they probably won’t bark in your face, encourage you to shed pounds or shame you for drinking margaritas. But as the hard-to-categorize collective (Seth Larson, Abigail Entsminger, Judson Rose and Noah Voelker) has proven with productions like the award-winning We Stole This and the AtticRep collab White, anything’s possible. Billed as a “grotesque, chaotic vision of Americana and tragedy,” The Most Important Night of Theater You Will Ever Attend follows four young artists as they put a “lewd, cataclysmic” spin on the world premiere of playwright Eric Pfeffinger’s This Meeting Will Change Your Life.

                            Category: Theater, Comedy
                          • "Fairytale Fiesta" 4/17 10:00AM
                             

                            The Witte’s “Fairytale Fiesta” invites viewers into a a world of fantasy filled with gowns inspired by fairytales, myths and magic. This year’s featured pin dress is 1941’s Queen of the Court of Legends—a gold lame creation depicting the underwater kingdom of Atlantis with coral, starfish and seahorses rendered in velvet and rhinestones. Other dresses on display include the Duchess of Romantic Destiny, the Duchess of Youthful Enthusiasm and the Duchess of Insatiable Curiosity, from the 1983 Court of Never Neverland representing the Princess and the Pea, the tale of Peter and the Wolf and Alice in Wonderland.

                            Place: Witte Museum
                          • Artpace After Hours
                            Artpace After Hours 4/17 5:00PM
                             

                            Artpace After Hours takes adult audiences behind the scenes to reveal the mysteries of contemporary art through casual conversation and gallery interactions. Mix and mingle with complimentary cocktails, light snacks, and a little Artpace 101.

                            Place: Artpace
                            Category: Visual art, Party, Art
                          • Closing reception:

                             Cinnabar hosts a closing reception for its exhibition “Return,” featuring works by Texas trio McKay Otto, Catherine Lee and George Krause.

                          • La Voz de San Antonio
                            La Voz de San Antonio 4/17 6:30PM
                             

                            The McNay celebrates San Antonio writers by hosting one of four La Voz de San Antonio events, a citywide spoken word poetry contest directed by inaugural San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla and Gemini Ink. For details about La Voz, visit geminiink.org.

                            Category: Words, Poetry reading
                          • Sara Contreras
                            Sara Contreras 4/17 9:30PM
                             

                            In addition to her work with New York’s “Sistas Doing Comedy” and the LA-based “Hot & Spicy Tamales,” “former Brooklyn project girl” Sara Contreras was showcased by Showtime’s Alma-nominated The Original Latin Divas of Comedy and counts Law & Order: SVU and Third Watch among her acting credits.

                            Category: Comedy, Stand-up

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