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BOMB’s Winter 2007 issue, featuring cover art by Alex Rubio.
The Winter 2007 cover of BOMB, the Brooklyn-based mag in which creative minds dig on other creative minds, is featuring a San Antonio artist — Alex Rubio — for the first time in its 25-year history, and Blue Star Contemporary Art Center is sharing the spotlight with an unveiling at 6 p.m. December 14. (Reminiscent of the 2005 Robert Rodriguez-George Yepes red-carpet starfucking silliness, “media arrival” is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. I’m not sure I can get my entourage in the door in under 15 minutes, but I guess we’ll just have to do our best.)

No snideness, unintentional or otherwise is aimed at Rubio, who is one of the city’s outstanding talents (see evidence, above) — recent examples of said brilliance include his mural for the 2005 “Wall Painting” show at UTSA, and his set of Apocalypse-inspired paintings in the McNay’s late-medieval-period Oppenheimer Gallery this past July. 116 Blue Star, 227-6960.

BOMB’s selection of Rubio’s work for “The Americas Issue. Border Crossing: Mexico & the U.S.” only increases Artifacts’ appreciation for the quarterly. Still looking for a last-minute gift for the writer/artist/pop-culture high priest(ess) in your life? Gift-subscribe at — only $25 and they throw in an extra issue free.

Judging by the turnout at last month’s McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum reception for David Rubin, the local artist community is embracing the San Antonio Museum of Art’s new contemporary-art curator. Rubin returned the public abrazo at his inaugural lecture November 29 with the announcement of two $35 SAMA membership levels. The Artist and Educator memberships include all the benefits that come with the standard $45 dues, plus tailored amenities — educators will receive discounts on accreditation classes, for instance, and artists also get complimentary membership in the museum’s new contemporary-art forum.

It’s possible — not likely, but possible — that you can’t fulfill gram’s and gramp’s holiday wishes with a BOMB subscription or one of the 12 delightful items recommended in our down-to-the-wire holiday gift guide `see page 13`. In which case, we recommend a little ball of saccharin coated in crackly artistic vision. (And, it’ll be fun.) Take the family to Justin’s on Main in the heart of Monte Vista for a family portrait styled by photographer and Fl!GHT Gallery director Justin Parr using settings, costumes, and props created by actor Rick Frederick (currently onstage in AtticRep’s production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot). $30 for a CD, and proceeds benefit the St. Anthony Elementary School Art Department. You’ll eat Justin Arecchi’s deservedly famous ice cream, you’ll try his new deli offerings, you’ll send another round of holiday cards so you can use your fabulous new portraits, you’ll mark it down as a must-do every year. 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 2512 N. Main. 736-1457 for more info. No word at press time on whether pets can come, too.

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