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Contemporary Art Month screeches to a halt this week with the opening of Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City, 8-10 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Museo Alameda, which doubles as the closing party for the month-long series of shows. The slate of contemporary work from our Southern neighbor looks enticing, but the Alameda will have to work hard to snake the CAM closing mantle from last weekend’s festivities: The fourth running of the Dignowity Hill Pushcart Derby (the speed title claimed again by Andy Benavides’s Lil’ General y La Familia) followed by a Hometown Artist’s Rodeo was pretty climactic.

If CAM’s ending seems indefinite it’s only fitting; we’ve heard hardly a peep from official head Robert Tatum since his June 24 email announcing that following a March 2009 showcase and one last July, CAM will move permanently to March in 2010. `See “CAM o’War,” June 25-July 1.` One step ahead will be the Derby, scheduled for March 28, 2009, when cooler weather will likely draw more than this year’s dozen contestants (including the Current, which came in 8th, but looked damn good doing it: check Curblog for photos) and 500-strong gallery.

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