5 Free Events Happening This Week


Tuesday, December 23
Vi//ZiNE Relapse Party

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Launched in 2012, the hyper-local video magazine Vi//ZiNE showcases the music and skate scenes, visual artists and other “things going on in San Anto, Tejas, you may not know about.” In an effort to jump-start its forthcoming seventh edition, the DIY outfit takes over Bottom Bracket Social Club with a fundraiser stocked with back issues, T-shirts and “other goodies for ya to snag.” In addition to outdoor screenings of Vi//ZiNE’s most popular issues (based on YouTube views), the Relapse Party includes performances by local hip-hop acts, including Mr. Composition, Zerk Tronic and Pagan Gold. Free, 7pm-2am, Bottom Bracket Social Club, 1603 N Colorado, (210) 267-9160. —Bryan Rindfuss 

Wednesday, December 24 & Friday - Sunday, December 26-28
Final week: “Invasive Species”


With a title that might bring to mind such 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 (Justin Boyd, Adriana Corral and Joey Fauerso) bound by their alternative approaches to landscapes. Free, noon-5pm Wednesday, noon-5pm Friday-Sunday; Artpace, 445 N Main, (210) 212-4900.

Friday, December 26
Free Day at SAMA

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  • Pablo Picasso, "Night Fishing at Antibes" (1939)

Although observed elsewhere as Boxing Day (a bank holiday fueled by sports, shopping and gifting in the UK, Canada, Australia and beyond) and St. Stephen’s Day (a feast day honoring the first Christian martyr), the San Antonio Museum of Art celebrates December 26 by opening its galleries with a full day of free admission. As if wallet-friendly encounters with “Dos Mujeres: Diego Rivera’s Cubist Masterpiece,” “Raíces Americanas: Recent Acquisitions of Pre-Columbian Art,” “Legacy of Beauty: An Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics in Honor of Walter F. Brown” and the new “Nelson Rockefeller’s Picassos: Tapestries Commissioned for Kykuit” (for a $10 surcharge) weren’t enough, Bite Street Bistro will be on hand with food truck fare to satiate “weary cooks, eager shoppers, art lovers and underfoot relatives.” Free, 10am-9pm, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org. —Bryan Rindfuss

Saturday, December 27
Dare To Dream Deco Party

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Local handmade clothing line Deco Tease hosts a party with shopping, pink Champagne, a dessert bar, music and a mini fashion show. Free, 5-9pm Saturday; Milam Building, 115 E Travis.

Saturday, December 27
Garrett T. Capps, The Offbeats, The Please Help

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  • Garrett T. Capps

You know, The Mix is a pretty sweet place. You never know what genre you’re going to get, it’s intimate out of total necessity, it’s unpretentious almost to a fault and it’s free to get in. If you’re looking to revisit this unpolished little gem of a venue, this Saturday provides quite an excellent excuse. Featuring the Hill Country troubadour stylings of local Americana tunesmith Garrett T. Capps, the Beatles-worshipping pop punk of local stalwarts The Offbeats, the beautiful oddball pop rock of Phillip Luna’s The Please Help, and the gently psychedelic alt-country of Snowbyrd, this is a show you won’t want to miss. Free, 10pm, The Mix, 2423 N St. Mary’s, (210) 735-1313. —James Courtney

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