Gary Sweeney is the merry prankster of SA’s visual-arts scene, turning out provocative double
entendres along the lines of his airport installation “South Texas Souvenirs” (Fiesta. Siesta. Repeat.) and the politically themed work that he showed at Southwest School of Art & Craft in 2007. When he’s not making art or contemplating the universe from the bottom of his swimming pool (scuba gear!), he manhandles your bags at the aiport.
Gary Sweeney’s Castle Hills
Johnnie Chuoke’s Home & Hardware
2361 NW Military Hwy
Gary Sweeney hipped us to artist Roert Wurzbach’s fabulous houseware displays at Johnnie Chuoke’s Home & Hardware. Obelisks ornamented with pricey body care vie for attention with a nightmarish topiary “Bunny Man,” and, most surprising of all, Robert’s lovely, luxe, and colorful beaded paintings and fiber art, which are strictly NFS. Robert and his sister Emily’s homemade seasonal wreaths are for sale, though, and apparently fly off the shelves.
808 Lockhill Selma
Try the tortilla soup
1001 NW Loop 410
Full bar and many vegetarian options
Kobe Japanese Steak House
1007 NW Loop 410
Admire your table chef’s teppanyaki skillz
1810 NW Military Hwy.
Sushi in a sophisticated, nigh romantic, setting
Demo’s Greek Food
A Castle Hills outpost of the SA staple. Belly dancing Monday nights
Zorbas Mediterranean Grill
2110 NW Military Hwy.
Try the super-fresh hummus and falafel
Sawasdee Thai Cuisine
Recommended: the pad prik king-prok
Don’t skip the spicy stir-fried octopus, but the traditional pan chan is the real draw
A culinary star from the moment it opened its doors for its fresh, Neapolitan-style pizza
2114 NW Military Hwy.
Get Double Lucky with cheese and a milkshake
Kupz Coffee Shop
2009 NW Military Hwy.
Starbucks isn’t your only option in Loopland, at least until 2:30-ish
2009 NW Military Hwy.
Contemporary art, plus occasional peformances. Group show up thru Apr 7
Finck’s Cigar Factory outlet
6100 West Ave.
From Travis Club to Romeo y Julieta, 1,200sf of oral fixation
Get your Pivot Mach 4 & 5 here, plus roadies and BMX
Stamp Antonio Arts
2211 NW Military
Art rubber stamps, bookbinding and scrapbooking supplies, journals, fancy paper, etc.
Cathedral Church Supplies
It doesn’t just fall from heaven, you know
2012 NW Military Hwy.
Miniatures, Alexander Doll Co. dolls, Tea Room adoption parties for the young ladies, and limited-edition plates
Capoeira Brazilian Martial Art
8005 West Ave.
The stage show of martial arts, developed by crafty South American slaves