6 Free Events Happening This Weekend

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Art: Paula Owen’s “Vague Chatter” Friday-Saturday April 18-19, Noon-6pm

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Paula Owen is best known as the calm, cool, collected president of the Southwest School of Art, but at heart she’s an artist. In “Vague Chatter” at the REM Gallery, she’s created a whole new visual language of signs and symbols that might be drifting in the slipstream of consciousness. Experimenting with various textures in a subdued palette reflecting her Scandinavian roots, she floods the surface of her paintings and mixed-media works with small organic and geometric forms, influenced by everything from doodling to hieroglyphics, yet unlike any symbols you might recognize. Paula Owen’s ‘Vague Chatter’ Finds Beauty in Ordinary Chaos Location: REM Gallery, 219 E Park Art: ‘Pace Gems’ Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, noon-5pm
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Jim Hodges, Ultimate Joy, 2001 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. Location: SPACE, 111 Camp Art: "A Show Titled, Like Symbol, Like Prince" Friday April 18, 7-10pm

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High Wire Arts will host "A Show Titled, Like Symbol, Like Prince," a group exhibition/performance by the UTSA New Media Collective. "A Show Titled, Like Symbol, Like Prince" is an original, evening length art experience with themes focusing on personal stories, experimental rituals, and binary juxtapositions. This event will feature live performances, video art, a painting battle, multi-media installations, and a host of innovative content. The viewer is left to consider direct engagement with the sensorial experience. Between 7 and 8 pm, installation and duration-based works will be exhibited throughout the space. Beginning at 8pm, there will be a series of scheduled live interdisciplinary performances, which will include a group sound and movement ensemble of Beauties and the Beasts. Location: High Wire Arts, 326 W Josephine Music: Demitasse Record Release Party Friday April 18, 9pm

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With Blue Medicine, Joe Reyes and Erik Sanden’s debut as Demitasse, patience has paid off. It’s been more than 11 years since Reyes and Sanden began playing together in the SA quartet Buttercup, but the pair feels like they’ve reached new heights in songwriting and performance. Read the Matt Stieb’s full write up: Demitasse’s ‘Blue Medicine’ is a Cathartic Debut from Buttercup Spinoff. Location: Tucker’s Kozy Korner, 1338 E Houston Poetry in the Park Saturday April 19, 2:30pm

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Spotlighting the new youth imitative Playhouse Tribe, the outdoorsy outgoing kicks off with a short program of classic and modern poems, original works, spoken word, and Shakespearean sonnets in San Pedro Park before setting off to deliver encore presentations at HemisFair and Travis Park. Open to all high-school and college students, the Tribe promotes “artistic expression in the community and fosters San Antonio’s next generation of creative leaders.” Location: San Pedro Park, 800 W Ashby Art: Albert Alvarez, "La Chamba/ Dirty Work" Friday-Saturday thru April 26, 1-4pm

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Kellen Kee McIntyre curates an exhibition of new ink drawings and paintings by local artist Albert Alvarez, whose work touches on the dirty realities of life, the sufferings of humanity and the poisonous atmosphere of our modern world. At the reception: wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music by Lorita Drive with George Garza.

Albert Alvarez Hopes You’re Horrified

Location: Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg


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