Blue Star hosts an opening reception for Houston-based artist Tommy Gregory, whose sculptural and photographic installation deals with technology, communication and patience. Free, 6-8pm Thursday, 6-9pm Friday, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, 116 Blue Star, San Antonio, (210) 227-6960, bluestarart.org
Thu 10/2 Rosemary's Baby
Have you ever had one of those days when it seems that everyone around you, from your cheerful, meddling neighbor to your ambitious actor husband, is part of a Satanic cult determined to protect the son of Lucifer who just so happens to be gestating in your womb? Rosemary Woodhouse sure has. Hail Satan! Free, 7pm Thursday, Santikos Cinema Bistro, 4522 Fredericksburg, (210) 734-4552, santikos.com
Thu 10/2 Urban Backyard BBQ at Q Kitchen | Bar
While still studying at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistani-born Shahzia Sikander won the Haji Sharif award for The Scroll (1989-90), a five-foot work that infused personal narratives and modern concepts into the tradition-steeped realm of Indo-Persian miniature painting. While her muralesque thesis and following works helped spark a new wave of artists reclaiming and remixing a rigid cultural tradition, Sikander continually surprises with projects that run the gamut from lifelike drawings to text-based compositions and videos fusing abstract and figurative elements. Working with animation since her 2001 Artpace residency, Sikander drew inspiration from “the history of maritime trade and colonial occupation in the Strait of Hormuz” for her three-channel video Parallax. Layering drawing, painting, poetry, topographical maps, “singing spheres” and a soundtrack crafted by Chinese composer/performance artist Du Yun, Parallax makes it U.S. debut at the Linda Pace Foundation’s SPACE gallery. Free, 6-9pm (artist talk with Sikander at 6:30pm), SPACE, 111 Camp, (210) 227-8400, lindapacefoundation.org —Bryan Rindfuss
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