10 Free Events Happening This Week


Thursday, January 29
Under the Skin

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Under the Skin is a chilly, beautiful alien avant-garde creation disguised as a feature film, just as it's seductive anti-heroine seems disguised as a woman. With little dialogue, Scarlett Johansson plays a predatory cypher who cruises Scotland in a van, picking up guys and doing something strange, symbolic and frightening to them. You may extrapolate a science-fiction explanation that director Jonathan Glazer doesn't bother to clarify from Michel Farber's novel, though it can also be seen as a conceptual dance with eerie music, ravishing photography and a buzzing ambience that implies something insectile, as in an early scene where Johansson gazes upon an ant and later when she's distracted by a fly. There was no chance anything this bizarre would get any Oscar nods, but don't let that stop you from seeking out one of last year's best films. The McNay screens it as part of its GET REEL Film Series. Free, wine reception at 6pm film at 6:30pm, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. — Michael Barrett

Thursday, January 29
The Princess Bride

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Rob Reiner's classic fairy tale comedy is this week's Wonderland of the America's free movie of the week. Free, 7pm Thursday, Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro, 4522 Fredericksburg, (210) 734-4552, santikos.com.

Thursday, January 29
Vi//ZiNE Issue 7 Premiere Party

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, SA’s idiosyncratic DVD zine, celebrates the screening of its seventh issue, premiering outside on Bottom Bracket’s patio. If issues one through six are any indication, the new reel will feature segments on San Antonio music and street art, plus skate vids, psychedelic Adult Swim-style vignettes and pieces on biking and DIY culture. Inside, Vi//ZiNE’s prepared a sweet lineup of music, with the overdriven duo riffs of Lonely Horse, the noisy trip-hop of Wholly Vible and backpack powerhouse emcee Kree23. With Summer Moon and DJs ESPR and Errthang spinning. Free, 8pm Thursday, Bottom Bracket Social Club, 1603 N Colorado, (210) 267-9160, facebook.com/bottombracketsocialclub. — Matt Stieb

Thursday, January 29
Art opening: “Willome”

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  • Thomas C. Willome , "Find Series: get wind"

Eduardo Rodriguez curates works by father and son duo Thomas and Jason Willome. Free, 6-8pm Thursday; Visual Arts Center, San Antonio College 950 Lewis, (210) 486-1040.

Thursday, January 29
"Air to Ground"

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Artist Constance Lowe can’t escape the hearty hold of the Midwest, no matter how many years she spends in San Antonio. In “Air to Ground,” the St. Louis native combines her interests in satellite photography and geometric painting to develop works that “demonstrate how our natural environment and our relationship to it is increasingly abstract.” Part of her larger Garden Series, these brightly colored, sharply textured collages evolve from NASA land satellite photographs. Beyond Saturday’s opening reception, “Air to Ground” takes shape in a Valentine’s Day social with the artist. Free, 6-8pm Thursday, Ruiz-Healy Art, 201 E Olmos, (210) 804-2219, ruizhealyart.com. — Murphi Cook

Friday, January 30
The 37th Annual Cowboy Breakfast

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Kick-off Rodeo season with a hearty meal of tacos, biscuits, sausage, bacon and tamales, plus live music and a cow chip throwing contest. Free, 4:30-8:30am Friday; Cowboys Dancehall, 3030 NE Loop 410, thecowboybreakfast.com.

Friday, January 30
Texas Backgammon Championships


Take part in the 2nd annual Ultimate Backgammon Packgage tournament at the Texas Backgammon Championships. Players of all ages are encouraged to attend. Experienced tournament directors will be on hand to assist you. Prizes and a beautiful trophy will be awarded to the finalists. Free, 7:45-10:45pm Friday, Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, (210) 573-3073, texasbackgammon.com.

Saturday, January 31
Du Yun

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With its melange of shifting layers, surreal figures and “singing spheres,” Pakistani-born, New York-based artist Shahzia Sikander’s 15-minute animation Parallax doesn’t exactly spell out its historical inspiration (maritime trade and colonial occupation in the Strait of Hormuz). But don’t let the conceptual challenge deter you from tackling her three-channel video, which made its U.S. debut here at the Linda Pace Foundation. Comprised of hundreds of digitized drawings, Sikander’s ambitious offering features a signature soundtrack created by Chinese composer and performance artist Du Yun, who’ll take Parallax into a new dimension with a one-time-only performance at SPACE gallery. Free, 3pm Saturday, SPACE; 111 Camp, (210) 227-8200, lindapacefoundation.org — Bryan Rindfuss

Sunday, February 1
Hot Glass Blowing Demonstration and Conversation

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Offhand glass artist Glen Andrews and torchwork artist Jake Zollie Harper showcase their work in an enlightening demonstration. Free, 3-6pm Sunday, Caliente Hot Glass Studio, 1411 N Hackberry, (210) 725-2339.

[Related: Glass Menagerie: Get familiar with SA’s art glass scene]

Sunday, February 1
“Strauss & Golden Greece” with Canellakis-Brown

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As part of the city-wide Strauss Festival, the New York duo Canellakis-Brown perform Richard Strauss’ Sonata for cello and piano in F major, Opus 6, and Frédéric Chopin’s Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, Opus 65, followed by some of the duo’s own Greek-inspired compositions. A free dessert reception and artist meet and greet follows the event. Free, 6:30-7:30pm Sunday, San Fernando Cathedral, 115 W. Main Plaza, musicalbridges.org.


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