In 2012, mixed-media artist Mark Johnson helped inaugurate Austin’s N Space (a collaboration between architectural firm Nelsen Partners and arts nonprofit Co-Lab Projects) with “Row Home,” a well-received exhibition the Austin Chronicle likened to “a series of explosions in a type factory” staged by British painter-turned-director Peter Greenaway and The New York Times’ crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz. As abstract as that scene may be to imagine, Johnson’s drawings (some of which are rendered on graph paper) do in fact resemble unsolvable word games, and his sculptural paintings employ arrangements of metal rods and letters to “invade the viewer’s space with fragmented conversations.” Often anchored by simplistic themes (such as rowboats and houses), these text-centric works have been described as both “intensely personal” and “architecturally challenging.” Curated by Julia Clark, Johnson’s new solo show “IBUYHOUSESCASH” opens Thursday at Hello Studio with a reception sponsored by Halcyon Southtown and Stella Public House. Free, 7-11pm Thu-Fri, Hello Studio, Blue Star Arts Complex, 1420 S Alamo #106, hellostudiosa.com. —Bryan Rindfuss
Here’s a brief overview of Horst Christian Simco, better known as Houston-based rapper Riff Raff: He tattooed the MTV logo on his neck in order to appear on two episodes of the reality show From G’s To Gents; he’s proclaimed himself the rap game Ellen Degeneres (along with rap game Mozart, Chevy Chase, Dawson’s Creek, etc.); he’s formed a rap crew with Andy Milonakis; oh, and he may or may not have been the inspiration for James Franco’s character Alien in last year’s Spring Breakers (spoiler: he totally was). Riff Raff is the kind of rapper the term ‘internet famous’ was invented for, known more his Vines than his rhymes. His album Neon Icon is said to feature Drake, A$AP Rocky and Snoop Dogg, but considering its constant release delays, who really knows? Most likely Riff is just the rap game Andy Kaufman and putting us all on. $17-$32, 9pm Thu, Club Rio, 13307 San Pedro, (210) 403-2582, club-rio.net. —J.D. Swerzenski
Bob Marley Earthday Celebration
Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh may have achieved reggae superstardom earlier, but only Bob Marley became a god whose presence is still felt to this day, 33 years after his death. San Antonio has a compact, burgeoning reggae scene, and it will celebrate Marley’s birth for a second time in as many years with a strong, buzzy lineup. English-Jamaican songstress Island Rose (who has performed with Cliff, Chingo Bling and Flo Rida, among others) and Mexico’s Sgt. Remo (a recent SA transplant) will headline the bill playing original material. Dub Gideon Force Band will play Marley songs in between sets and local artist and producer Jah-P will do a couple of tunes. Jahn Ti (from SA’s ’90s reggae band Buffalo Soldier) and local reggae singing family Kat Irieana will perform originals as well. $5, doors at 8pm, music at 10:30pm Thu, Limelight, 2718 N St. Mary’s, thelimelightsa.com. —Enrique Lopetegui
Thu 2/6 - Sun 2/9
California girl Anjelah Johnson left her job as an Oakland Raiders cheerleader to pursue acting but landed in comedy after attending a free joke-writing class at a Hollywood church. After scoring a viral video spoofing the Vietnamese manicurists of Beautiful Nail, Johnson joined the cast of MadTV, where she launched the character Bon Qui Qui—a ghetto fabulous “King Burger” employee likely to call “sacurrity” if you try to “have it your way.” (As Bon Qui Qui, Johnson inked an Atlantic Records deal and released a 2012 EP.) As for the ethnic nature of her routines, Johnson told The New York Times, “Deep down inside, I’m really a black girl stuck in a Mexican girl’s body. ... But I’m also in touch with my inner white girl and my inner Asian girl. I feel like a little bit of everybody.” $32, 8pm Thu, 8pm & 10:15pm Fri, 5:30pm, 7:45pm & 10pm Sat, 6:30pm Sun, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410, (210) 541-8805, lolsanantonio.com. —BR
Colleens CD Release
Ordinarily, I’d use this space to share with you my music pick of the week, the show you can’t miss. I’d say how awesome indie rock group Colleens is (featuring new guitarist Marc Molina), why you should attend the release party for Wild Dreams, a badass mix of mellowness and sophistication, and how wonderful the rest of the bill is (Chris Maddin’s FILMSTRIPS, Buttercup’s Erik Sanden, Fishermen). Not this time. This show has an extra element to attract even the least enthusiastic music fans: beer. But not just any beer—the band collaborated with Ranger Creek’s Holland Lawrence to come up with the perfect drink to enjoy the show and the album. “We’re trying to create an experience that pulls concert-goers deeper into the mood we’re creating with sound, and taste seems like an untapped sense in regards to music,” drummer Jon Harter told the Current. “The beer we came up with is an amber ale brewed with a strain of yeast from wild peaches.” That’s what I call “getting in the mood.” $10 (beer not included), 10pm Fri, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com. —EL
Voces Chilenas: Elizabeth Morris & José Seves
On September 11, 1973, General Augusto Pinochet violently dethroned Chilean president Salvador Allende, the first democratically elected Socialist president in Latin America. It was the start of one of the bloodiest right-wing (and U.S.-backed) military dictatorships the world has ever seen. When this happened, left-leaning folkloric group Inti-Illimani was on tour and couldn’t return to the country. One of its key members, José Seves, left the group in ’98 and started a solo career that brings him to SA as part of the month-long Chile Canta al Mundo series. He’ll be joined by multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Elizabeth Morris. Through top-notch musicianship and great vocals they represent both the contemporary and traditionalist version of the socially conscious Nueva Canción movement. $10-$15, 8pm Sat, Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, 922 San Pedro, (210) 228-0201, esperanzacenter.org. —EL
Founded in 1993, San Anto Cultural Arts fosters “human and community development” through its mural/public art program, multi-media institute and bi-monthly newspaper El Placazo. Billed as “a free community workshop and block party celebrating local artists and musicians,” the nonprofit’s Chupachanga will close down South Chupaderas Street (between El Paso and Elvira) to accommodate Corpus Christi artist Jack Gron’s mobile foundry. With his Hold Steady Crew, Gron will invite attendees to create cast aluminum tiles to be used in a forthcoming sculpture. Made possible by the Linda Pace Foundation, Bexar County and the City’s Department for Culture & Creative Development, the event also promises food and art for purchase and an appearance by Dumbo Press—a 250-pound, pink printmaking pachyderm. Free, 10am-4pm, San Anto Cultural Arts, 2120 El Paso, (210) 226-7466, sananto.org. —BR
Cosby Lindquist: “Pure Landscape”
Employing advanced digital stitching technologies similar to those applied in NASA’s Mars Rover Mission, Photosynth, and Google maps, emerging artist Cosby Lindquist creates large-scale digital collages that straddle “the space between personal digital documents and constructed digital fantasy.” Fl!ght hosts a Second Saturday reception for the Iowa native’s “Pure Landscape,” a solo exhibition exploring “how we perceive and interact with the landscape in light of ever-pervasive technological gadgetry.” Free, 7-10pm Sat, Fl!ght Gallery, 1906 S Flores, (210) 872-2586, turnitoff.tv. —BR
Sat 2/8 - Wed 2/12
13th Annual San Antonio Jewish Film Festival
The good thing about the Jewish Film Festival is that it’s arguably the best local film fest—every single film is a winner, no fillers. The bad thing is that it’s quickly becoming the most successful as well, and three of the flagship films have already sold out. That includes France’s Paris Manhattan (a romantic comedy about a girl whose life is ruled by one-liners from Woody Allen films with an incredible Annie Hall-inspired twist at the end; 8 p.m. Saturday); When Comedy Went to School (a doc about New York’s Catskill mountains’ golden age of comedy; 5 p.m. Sunday); and Aftermath, a grim picture of Poland after the war (7:30 p.m. Sunday). However, there is hope. “Eager filmgoers are encouraged to call the ticket hotline periodically or bravely show up at the theater prior to show time to obtain walk-up seats that often open up last minute due to cancellations,” festival director Aliyah Kuchinsky told the Current. As of this writing, there are still limited tickets for It Is No Dream: The life of Theodor Herzl (5 p.m.) and Closed Season (7:30 p.m.) on Monday; The Dandelions (5 p.m.) and Lore (7:30 p.m.) on Tuesday; and God’s Neighbors (5 p.m.) and The Zigzag Kid, pictured, (7:30 p.m.) on Wednesday, February 12. $10, Santikos Embassy 14, 13707 Embassy Row, (210) 302-6820, jccsanantonio.org. —EL
On February 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived at JFK airport after Capitol had largely dismissed the group as a passing fad that “wouldn’t work here.” The mass hysteria at the airport was followed two days later on The Ed Sullivan Show, the first of two TV appearances that were the most widely watched TV shows in American history at the time. Tex Pop will revive those days with a video featuring the Fab Four’s arrival at JFK and both TV performances. Live music will be provided by two local cover bands: the Blue Note Ringos (who may also play some songs from the Pete Best era) and the Beetle Corps. The Krayolas is not a cover band, but leader Hector Saldaña (a Beatlemaniac at heart) and his fellow Krayolas will rock the museum with renditions of hits by rock music’s most influential band. Free (donations accepted), 2-5pm, South Texas Popular Culture Center, 1017 E Mulberry, (210) 792-1312, stpcc.org. —EL
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