10 Free Events Happening This Week

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Tue 6/28
Ferris Bueller's Day Off


Slab Cinema hosts a free, outdoor screening of writer/director John Hughes' 1986 cult classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Starring Matthew Broderick as a precocious teen playing hooky with his BFF Cameron (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara), the film charts a memorable journey through Chicago landmarks — while making the simple act of skipping school look like an art form. Free, 8pm Tue, Arneson River Theater, La Villita, 418 Villita St., (210) 207-8614, slabcinema.com.

Tue 6/28
Art Talks: Yoshua Okon


Artpace's free Art Talks series continues with an open discussion led by artist/curator Yoshua Okón. Born in Mexico City, Okón is the co-founder of both the independent art school SOMA and La Panadería, a contemporary art space and residency housed in a defunct bakery in Colonia Condesa from 1994-2002. Concessions will be available from The Box Street Social. Free, 6pm Tue, Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave., (210) 212-4900, artpace.org.

Tue 6/28
Inside Out


Palo Alto College kicks off its Movies on the Lawn summer series with a screening of Pixar’s animated adventure about a young girl navigating through her emotions (Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness) after she’s uprooted from her Midwestern life and faced with a new house and school in San Francisco. Pre-show activities begin at 7pm, with complimentary popcorn and water available to all guests. Free, 7-10pm Tue, Palo Alto College, 1400 W. Villaret Blvd., (210) 486-3125, alamo.edu/pac.

Tue 6/28
"Confinement (In)Justice"


Local artist Pamela Taylor presents a new series of intense, abstract paintings aiming to "call attention to the unparalleled rate of incarceration in the United States." Taylor (who will be in attendance at the opening reception) is the co-founder of Dress for Success San Antonio and founder of Career Gear San Antonio, workforce development nonprofits serving the disenfranchised. Free, 7-9pm Tue, IAMA Coffe House, 1627 Broadway, (210) 669-4277, iamacoffeehouse.com.

Thu 6/30 - Fri 7/1
"Party Tricks"


Houston-based artist Melinda Laszczynski's new exhibition "Party Tricks" pairs indulgent paintings with humorous sculptures rendered in materials associated with celebration or dress-up. Laszczynski's works often translate into figurative abstractions that are simultaneously seductive and absurd. Free, 6-9pm Thu-Fri, Terminal 136, 136 Blue Star, (210) 458-4391, art.utsa.edu.

Fri 7/1
"Stories Seldom Told: CORP/US"


SAY Sí student-artists were challenged to critically examine the impact of corporate America on our bodies and transform their findings into multimedia works of art. Their group exhibit "CORP/US" represents a three-month study of ways “young people are affected by corporate entities.” Free, 6-10pm Fri, SAY Sí, 1518 S.Alamo St., (210) 212-8666, saysi.org.

Fri 7/1
First Friday at the Urban Farm Stand 


The Urban Farm Stand celebrates First Friday with a family-friendly BYOB event featuring live music from Tal Spackman, Eric Lopez, Orlando Gonzales, Justin Hart Conger and Chevon Carroll, plus stand-up comedy sets by Abby Benes and Allie Amrien. Free, 5-10pm Fri, The Urban Farm Stand, 1423 S. Presa St., (210) 702-0898facebook.com.

Sat 7/2 - Mon 74
Freedom Fest 


Market Square celebrates Independence Day weekend with live music (by Whiskey 2 Step, David Farias, The Palacios Brothers, Ruben V and Augie Meyers), food, drinks and an appearance by the Curious World Tour — a kid-centric block party combining a tented “Story Camp,” a community garden, a Jungle Jamboree play area, a community mural, photo ops with Curious George and a Space Station where kids can make alien puppets. Free, noon-8pm Sat-Mon, Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St., (210) 207-8600, getcreativesanantonio.com.

Sun 7/3
The South Austin Moonlighters


The South Austin Moonlighters boast an eclectic repertoire, from original soul and ass-kickin' country to carefully selected cover songs. Come out and see for yourself why this "true Americana" quartet is counted among Austin's finest. Free, 12:30-4:30pm Sun, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road, (830) 606- 1281, gruenehall.com.

Sun 7/3
First Sundays for Families: Art of the Americas


The San Antonio Museum of Art invites families to explore the many influences converging on the Americas by creating paintings, drawings, collage and paper sculptures “inspired by artistic voices of yesterday and today.” In addition to free admission from 10am to noon, attendees can enjoy all-natural ice cream and sorbet pops from Poptopia, available for purchase during the event. Free, 11am-3pm Sun, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-81000, samuseum.org.

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