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News and notes from the San Antonio art scene

The sun is ris' the sun is set and we is still in Texas yet

It's small enough to fit in a tote, but it's far too hefty for your purse: The University of Texas Press has just released Art Guide Texas: Museums, Art Centers, Alternative Spaces & Nonprofit Galleries, by art writer and former gallerist Rebecca S. Cohen. The softcover tome is extensive, although understandably not comprehensive. The San Antonio listings include the big names such as ArtPace, Blue Star Center for Contemporary Art, the Instituto de México, and the McNay, but important local alternative spaces such as Joan Grona and Sala Diaz didn't make the cut. You have to draw the line somewhere in a state our size, I suppose, but San Antonio's art scene in particular thrives on its artist-driven spaces. The "also of interest" section does list Centro Cultural Aztlán and the in-progress Museo Americano which will not, as the guide suggests, be open this fall. The book, organized by geographic region, gives a brief description of each venue, lists hours of business and handy tips, and includes quotes from directors, architects, and curators, making for a very useful and enjoyable guide to Texas' panoply of arts institutions. To order a copy of the compact 480-page book for $24.95, visit

Benefit 'fro the arts

Hair Ball 2004 isn't for your cat; it's for your CAB, in a roundabout way. Cultural Arts Board member Bettie Ward is co-chairing the $75/person fundraiser featuring food and locale by Bruce Auden/Lisa Wong vehicle Ácenar, music by Dos Generaciones and Hyperbubble, and "Big Hair, Bad Wigs, Bitchn' costumes." All proceeds from the Halloween night bash will go to the Cultural Collaborative, the Office of Cultural Affairs initiative to engage the community in developing and implementing a new cultural plan. For more info (such as: Does this mean we're hiring more consultants?) or tickets, contact Danita Nelson at 207-6960.

I need to make how many???

Applications are due October 29 for this year's Hecho A Mano/Made by Hand holiday market, scheduled for December 2-4 at the Progreso Community Center, 1306 Guadalupe St. This year's theme is Feria de Plata in honor of the Guadalupe's 25th anniversary season, and artists are encouraged to incorporate silver in their market wares. Application forms can be obtained by calling 271-3151, Ext. 33, or through the website,

Compiled by Elaine Wolff

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