Photographers Tricia Buchhorn, Rebecca Dietz, Jo Hilton, Edmund Lo, Mark Magavern, Elia Zepeda and Leonard Ziegler present images reflecting "their reverence for the natural world and meditations on nature's prospects." Free, 5-8pm Wednesday, William R. Sinkin EcoCentro, San Antonio College, 1802 N Main
With a title that might bring to mind much pesky flora and fauna as Bermudagrass, feral hogs, bastard cabbage and Zebra mussels, Artpace's "Invasive Species" unites a trio of San Antonio-based artists bound by their alternative approaches to landscapes. Current chair of the Southwest School of Art's sculpture and integrated media department, Justin Boyd is an avid field recorder but also creates installations, sculptures and videos in search of "true American spirit and inspiration." An El Paso native celebrated for her Mexic-Arte Museum show "Voces de las Pérdidas," Adriana Corral addresses serious themes—including femicide and violence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico—via installations and performances incorporating everything from ceramic body-bag tags to soil from crime scenes and rubbings of court documents. Nature, sexuality and the male form are key themes for Joey Fauerso, who teaches art at Texas State University and is known for atmospheric works encompassing painting, video and animation. On view in the Hudson (Show)Room through January, "Invasive Species" runs concurrently with local artist Jimmy James Canales' new series of "exploits, experiments and performances" created for Artpace's Window Works program. Free, 6-9pm Thursday (artists' dialogue and Q&A at 7pm) Artpace, 445 N Main, (210) 212-4900, artpace.org — Bryan Rindfuss
Political Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz
Award-winning media artist, architect, political cartoonist and consulting producer and writer of the upcoming FOX series Bordertown will be at Palo Alto College for a slideshow and sure-to-be a hilarious and thought provoking discussion. Free, 7pm Thursday, Palo Alto College Performing Arts Center Recital Hall (Room 190), 1400 W. Villaret, (210) 486-3229
Two hormonal teenage nerds use clunky 80's technology to create the perfect woman. What do they get? 80's Kelly LeBrock, which is just as close as one can come to perfection. Free, 7pm Thursday, Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro, 4522 Fredericksburg, (210) 734-4552, santikos.com
Scott Martin, Observation #5
Kathy Armstrong curates a promising batch of photographers at the Russell Hill Rogers Gallery at the Southwest School of Art: Matthew Albanese (New York), Kim Keever (New York), Kila & Rusharc (UK), Seokmin Ko (South Korea), Scott Martin (San Antonio), John Pfahl (Buffalo) and Barry Underwood (Cleveland) Their common task was to digitally construct, alter or recreate imaginary or re-invented landscapes, "whether through dioramas, hand-process or technology, and each photograph has a handmade component with visible evidence of that production." Given the culture-wide preoccupation with meta-landscape, and the possibilities of digital technology, it'll be difficult for this show not to be fascinating. Free, 6-8pm Thursday, Southwest School of Art-Navarro Campus, 300 Augusta, (210) 224-1848, swschool.org
Gemini Ink Fall Kickoff Reading
Gemini Ink kicks off its fall semester with readings by local faculty Barbara Renaud Gonzalez, Ito Romo and Jan Jarboe Russell. The event also includes an open mic with Paschal Murat Booker. Free, 7pm Friday, Gemini Ink, 513 S. Presa, (210) 734-9673, geminiink.org
Matt Humble of Timewheel's Something Fiction.
San Antonio's Timewheel is a loose collective of third-eye seekers, electro shamans and chill vibe producers who have two big things going for them: They are impossibly young and seem to be endlessly creative when it comes to producing and marketing their respective far-out songs. At the top of the Timewheel food chain, Something Fiction is an electro-psych outfit that masterfully blends the synthetic and the organic in colorful, opiate jams. Also repping Timewheel at Friday's takeover of Durçol are experimental/ambient producer DINOSAURDEVICE and trip-hop puzzler Young Air. Free, 9pm Friday, Dorçol Distilling Company, 1902 S. Flores, (210) 229-0607, dorcoldistilling.com — James Courtney
16 de Septiembre Parade and Festival
In celebration of Mexico's Independence Day, the Avenida Guadelupe Association hosts a drill team competition and parade that marches through the heart of the West Side and culminates with a variety of festivities, food booths and live music. Free, 9am-4:30pm Saturday, Plaza Guadelupe, 1327 Guadelupe, (210) 226-7466, avenidaguadalupe.org
Échale! Block Party
San Anto's favorite concert series has grown in to a block party. Échale!, the rad music series that showcases the best of contemporary Latin@ sounds, has moved from the Pearl Amphitheater to the space under 281, south of Pearl Parkway. To properly punctuate the move, the Echale! folks have cooked up a heady fall opening. On slate for Saturday are Colombian electro-cumbia dynamo Bomba Estereo—one of the most thrilling live acts in the world—and Panamanian via Oakland rap duo Los Rakas, whose rapid, bilingual street chronicles are strong enough to resonate across cultures and continents. Free, 1-6pm Saturday, parking lot under Hwy 281 (south of Pearl Pkwy), pearlechale.com — James Courtney
Slab Cinema hosts an outdoor screening of Alfonso Cuarón's Oscar-wining sci-fi thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Free, 8pm Saturday, Alamo Heights Nature Trailhead Park, 250 Viesca, (210) 822-3331
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