First Friday and Second Saturday Preview: 8 Events Not to Miss

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Thu 10/6 - Fri 10/7
“Motherlode”

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Justin Parr and Ed Saavedra’s beloved indie art space FL!GHT keeps things neighborly this October by hosting fellow Blue Star gallerist Amada Claire Miller’s new solo show “Motherlode.” Said to be reminiscent of the minimalist work of Ad Reinhardt and Ellsworth Kelly, the two-part exhibition blurs lines between fiber art and painting via hand-dyed and sewn canvases “informed by generations of technical knowledge traditionally developed by women.” Using scraps left behind by these large-scale pieces, Miller created “wearable paintings” that invite viewers to “transform the exhibition as they navigate the space.” Free, 6-9pm Thu-Fri, FL!GHT, 134 Blue Star, (210) 872-2586, facebook.com/flightsa

Thu 10/6 - Fri 10/7
“Smile Because It Happened”

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UTSA’s Terminal 136 unveils a two-woman show pairing artists Stella Ebner and Emily Fleisher. While Ebner seeks to “transform the everyday happenstance into iconic images,” Fleisher plays with ideas of spirituality and “manipulates the boundaries between interior and exterior space.” Free, 6-9pm Thu-Fri Terminal 136, 136 Blue Star, (210) 458-4391, art.utsa.edu.

Fri 10/7
“Life After Halloween,” “Cubiculum,” and “Fade Away”

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Rigoberto Luna curates exhibitions by artist and musician Beer Fang, aka Bryan Alan Duff (“Life After Halloween”), printmaker Michael Menchaca (“Cubiculum”) and collaborative duo Liz and Maurice Treviño (“Fade Away”). At the First Friday reception: music by DJ El Gato Scott Kimrey. Free, 6-11pm Fri, Presa House Gallery, 725 S. Presa St., facebook.com/presahouse.

Fri 10/7
“The Official Afterparty of First Friday”

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Functioning as an early look at the St. Anthony’s still-evolving rooftop bar, the after party for the Schoolboy Q concert and a campaign rally for beloved local mascot Spurs Jesus (who’s pretending to run for President of the United States and actually running for the Fiesta title King of the River Walk), this First Friday shindig packs a punch with a group exhibits (featuring works by Joe Chenzo, Carlos Cantu, Albert Gonzalez and Spurs Jesus himself), music by Jukebox Heroes, local wares available for purchase (with proceeds benefiting the Paseo del Rio Association), special guests (including King Kyle Lee and the crew from Cruising Kitchens) and samplings courtesy of Jack Daniel’s. Free (food and drinks available for purchase), 7:30pm-2am Fri, 300 E. Travis St., (210) 227-4392, spursjesusforpresident.com.

Sat 10/8
“Adorn the Mess”

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Employing methods of action painting and collage to express “the layers of self-worth within the language of contemporary art,” Jen Frost Smith presents an immersive installation accompanied by an interactive web-based performance. Free, 7-10pm Sat, Provenance Gallery, 1906 S. Flores St., (210) 216-8362, artandprovenance.blogspot.com.

Sat 10/8
“Changing Perspectives”

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Organized by Lady Base Gallery, this group show reflects the work of Lydia Hernandez, an occupational therapist who helps “provide a platform for parents to present a diversified frame of reference that counteracts society’s limiting perspective of raising children with disabilities.” Employing visual art as a means of self expression, participating parents and children shed light on “what truly matters in their life: love, appreciation and a dedication that is shared amongst their support network.” Free, 5-9pm Sat, AP Art Lab, 1906 S. Flores St., ladybasegallery.com.

Sat 10/8
“Of Lace & Steel”

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Painter Laura Mijango and sculptor Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga creatively explore “what it takes to be a woman of the 21st century.” Curated by Julya Jara as part of a collaboration between Dock Space and Musical Bridges Around the World Gallery, “Of Lace & Steel” opens with a Second Saturday reception featuring live music by Aaron and George Prado. Free, 7:30-9:30pm Sat, Dock Space Gallery, 107 Lone Star Blvd., (210) 464-1534, dockspacegallery.com.

Sat 10/8
Second Saturday at Dorćol

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Dorćol celebrates Second Saturday with DJ Minus spinning on the patio and work on view by photojournalist Scott Ball, plus beer and cocktails available for purchase along with Puerto Rican fare from Ay Papi’s food truck. Free, 5pm-1am Sat, Dorćol Distilling Company, 1902 S. Flores St., (210) 229-0607, dorcolspirits.com.

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