10 Free Events Happening This Week

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Art: “Summer Solstice” 5:30-8:30 p.m., through August 13

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Recently named Best Gallery in Louisiana by American Art Awards, New Orleans-based Octavia Gallery showcases modern masters alongside emerging and established artists from around the world, with an emphasis on Cuba. Set to open this month, the gallery’s Houston outpost will focus on forging relationships with Texas artists while providing members of Octavia’s international roster a platform in the Lone Star State. Offering a taste of the gallery’s unique curatorial slant, the pop-up exhibition “Summer Solstice” features paintings and sculptures by nine artists including SA’s own Waddy Armstrong, Jerry Cabrera and Rodolfo Choperena. Curated by Alice Carrington Foultz, the group show explores the balance between light and shade via works capturing forest canopies, golf courses, swimming pools and hot summer afternoons. Location: Roosevelt Library, 311 Roosevelt Avenue Music: Heather Go Psycho, Jared Putnam and Young Costello 11 p.m., Thursday May 15 SATX Music presents the Thursday night line-up at the Mix, featuring Heather Go Psycho, Jared Putnam , and Young Costello. Heather Go Psycho is a fun pop-punk trio that made a splash with their first album Favorite Record; they're gearing up for another tour.  Jared Putnam, frontman for the March Divide, has shared a stage with the Strokes, Arcade Fire, Against Me!, and the Alkaline Trio. And coming down from Austin, the illustrious five-piece ensemble Young Costello brings a sound rooted in ska, reggae and punk. Location: The Mix, 2423 N St Mary's St Music: Singer-Songwriter Night at Faust 11 p.m., Thursday May 15
Warming up for Local Music Week, Faust Tavern is hosting a singer-songwriter night featuring Marina Katalina, Kevin Sanchez from At War with Dust, and Nicholas Long of Lonely Horse (remember Lonely Horse played Maverick Music Fest in March). Location: Faust Tavern, 517 E Woodlawn Ave Event: 2014 Gospel and Soul Food Festival 6 p.m. to midnight, Fri, May 16 and noon to midnight, Sat, May 17 The African American heritage of South Texas is rich and vibrant encompassing music, food, cultural celebration community, and family. The La Villita Heritage Society held the first Soul Food Festival in 1999 and brought together all of these elements. Since then, the event has become an annual tradition. Local food vendors will serve popular ethnic foods such as Bar-B-Que, fried fish, collard greens, and peach cobbler. Artists, craft vendors, and performers will be present. Friday night is the Gospel on the Plaza featuring the best of gospel music and more. Saturday is family fun day beginning at noon with activities for the children such as a moon bounce and face painting. Location: La Villita, 418 Villita Art: Nicolás Leiva “Infinite Cycle Under Fire” 11 a.m. - 4 p.m, Tuesdays-Saturdays, through July 6

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Nicolás Leiva’s work encompasses paintings, drawings, ceramics and high-gloss “pictorial interventions” on cars, motorcycles, guitars and surfboards. Leiva, prefers combining recognizable objects with vivid surrealist images. The Southwest School of Art’s “Infinite Cycle” showcases Leiva’s large-scale, two-dimensional works while Ruiz-Healy Art’s “Infinite Cycle Under Fire” highlights the sculptural side of his wild equation. Read more about Leiva’s ethereal style here. Location: Ruiz-Healy Art, 201 W. Olmos Drive Music: Zielin Live at Main Street Bar 9:30 p.m., Sat, May 17 Zielin brings rock to Main Street bar with cover songs from The Black Keys, Alex Clare, Foo Fighters, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Raconteurs, Silversun Pickups, Smashing Pumpkins, Stereophonics, Stone Temple Pilots, and many more as well as original songs. Location: Main Street Bar, 13477 Wetmore Rd Outdoors: Starry, Starry Night! 8 - 10 p.m., Sat, May 17

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Mitchell Lake Audubon Center hosts a free evening of star gazing with the San Antonio Astronomical Association. Space is limited; RSVP by emailing mlac@audubon.org. Location:  Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, 10750 Pleasanton Road Words: Lefty O'Neal Book Signing 10 - noon, Sat, May 17 Author Lefty O'Neal will be signing copies of his book Dreaming of the Majors: Living in the Bush. This memoir is O’Neal's account of the dream he nurtured from the age of five to play Major League baseball, the people who shaped the dream, and the amazing and unexpected twists and turns Dick “Lefty” O’Neal experienced along the journey. Location: Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Ste 106 Special Event: SA Bike Beat Festival 3 - 11 p.m., Sat, May 17

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Art: National Museum Day  10 a.m., Sun, May 18 Celebrate International Museum Day with free admission to the San Antonio Art Museum. Location: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones

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