In 2015, art historian Ruben C. Cordova curated a series of exhibitions across four San Antonio venues as part of a citywide Mel Casas retrospective that was meant to bring recognition to the late Chicano artist. Now Cordova will curate a retrospective at Centro de Artes celebrating artist Ángel Rodríguez-Díaz. Rodríguez-Díaz, who is of Puerto Rican descent, has called San Antonio home since relocating here in 1995 to live with his partner Rolando Briseño. “If I were to characterize him as an artist, the really unique, singular and astonishing thing about his work is how he used his self-portraiture as a vehicle for social commentary,” Cordova said. “He makes a critique of pollution, or fossil fuels, greed, corruption and war in the genre of self-portraiture.” Cordova explains how, after unrolling canvas after canvas, he could spot connections with Frida Kahlo and other artists from the past — from Spanish master Diego Velasquez to Irish painter Francis Bacon. “What’s important to realize is that Latino artists don’t have a Latino framework,” Cordova said. “There wasn’t much Latino art when these artists started ... I guess one of the big revelations for me is the connection [Rodríguez-Díaz] has with the whole history of art.” Two accompanying exhibitions of Rodríguez-Díaz’s “early works” are on view at FL!GHT Gallery (134 Blue Star) through March 3. Free, 6-9pm Thu (on view 11am-6pm Tue-Sun through Jun. 11), Centro de Artes, 101 S. Santa Rosa Ave., (210) 206-2787, getcreativesanantonio.com. — Marco Aquino
The Peking Acrobats
It happens like this: The weekend before this Annual Designated Romantic Love Day, you’ve just picked up a hot date in Bastrop. The car breaks down
on Highway 304, and that AAA subscription you just renewed means nothing ’cause you and your date promised each other no cell phones tonight. On
the way to get help, that shortcut you insisted you knew about gets you both lost in the woods. Ahead, in the clearing, lies an abandoned orphanage with
its own cemetery. And a long-closed factory. And ... is that a circus? Sound too good to be true? Scream Hollow offers you the chance to recreate this
experience for about the price of a mid-range steak dinner. Walk hand-in-hand, touring the scenes of pretend atrocities across their 16-building, 20-acre,
three-attraction haunted house park. If you get bored of all the zombies, cannibals and clowns, there’s a bon re, a masquerade ball, beer and wine, and
brisket sandwiches. And if you’re single, does it really sound any creepier than whatever dating app you’re on? $35 (includes one drink ticket), 7pm-
midnight Fri-Sat, 149 Split Rail Lane, Smithville, (512) 710-8267, screamhollow.com. — Jeremy Martin
Philippine-born, Texas-based artist Dan Lam has already generated quite a buzz around herself. Despite not even being 30 years old yet, Lam, especially over the past four years, has dazzled fine art lovers with her organic, brightly colored, blob-like sculptures, which seem to writhe and reach out. Her solo exhibitions, as she becomes increasingly comfortable creating in this unique vein, are something akin to visiting an alien dimension, teeming with odd yet enticing forms, in all manner of mesmerizingly incandescent color combinations. She’s caught the attention of art publications like Juxtapoz, Maake Magazine, and The Creators Project, and now she’s coming to town with a new solo exhibition. You’ll definitely want to make time to check out Lam’s otherworldly sculptures in person. Free, 7-10pm Sat, The Lullwood Group, 107 Lone Star Blvd., facebook.com/thelullwoodgroup.
— James Courtney
Brandishing a flyer that harks back to the heyday of illustrator, photographer and publisher John Willie’s cult BDSM magazine Bizarre (1946-1959), The Art of Fetish & Fashion looks ready to whip the saccharine sweetness right out of your Valentine’s weekend. Presented by the admittedly dark and eccentric boutique La Santa Luna and hosted by musician and nightlife innovator Wayne Holtz, the adults-only affair employs fetish and kink as common threads between burlesque, fashion, music and photography. In addition to the main spectacle — a risqué runway show featuring local fashions worn by more than 20 models — the evening includes an S&M-themed exhibit (featuring work by photographers Gina Sandoval, Mary Rodriguez, Vanessa Velazquez, Andrew Lopez and Alfred Canedo), vendors (hawking everything from cupcakes and jewelry to sex toys and handcrafted paddles), a “pleasure station” where guests can get tickled or spanked, and performances by drag divas Toni Andrews and Amerie Parker, the all-female Le Strange Sideshow, fire dancer Saterra Rene and psychedelic blues duo Skeleton Creek. $10, 7:30pm-midnight Sat, Brick, 108 Blue Star, (210) 262-8653, facebook.com/lasantalunaboutique.
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