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The second week of the removable feast

It's week two of CAM, art troopers, and I hope your energy isn't flagging. You'll need it for the Automatic Downtown Studio Tour, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 9. The Tour is the brainchild of Katie Pell, one of the 29 artists (including Chuck Ramirez and Cruz Ortiz) who will open their doors to self-guided visits. Maps are available at Espuma, 928 S. Alamo, and other Southtown businesses. For info, visit automaticstudiotour.com or call 532-7131.

"L.A. David might be crazy," flits through my mind every time the Current receives one of the artist's do-it-yourself missives in which he offers bonuses for bringing mini-skirt-clad girls to his openings. Decide for yourself at his opening with Ed Saavedra, Burros on the Verge, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at one9zero6 Gallery, 1906 S. Flores, 227-5718.

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"Hum," a video installation by Michele Monseau, is on view at the Southern Space Project.

The cold, conceptual work of Hills Snyder, one of three Artpace 05.2 residents whose show opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7, makes an interesting contrast with L.A. David's graphic barrio aesthetic. Snyder, Jorge Macchi of Argentina, and New York-based Anton Vidokle will talk about their residency projects during the Artist's Dialogue, 7:30-8:30 p.m., moderated by curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro. 445 N. Main, 212-4900.

Purple Mountains Majesty are in the air this summer, perhaps because Bush & Co. seem intent on denuding them as fast as possible. It's the title of Gemini Ink's Summer Festival and of recycled-tin artist Chris Ake's (of RC Gallery fame) show at San Angel Folk Art, 110 Blue Star, 226-6688. The shop and gallery are open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

In the grand San Antonio tradition of "why not put a gallery in that spare room," artist Charlie Morris presents Southern Space Project - opening 7-11 p.m. Saturday, July 9 - a group show featuring Michele Monseau, Jessica Halonen, Georgia Tambasis, and several other artists in the old Southern Music building, 1100 Broadway, 269-7264.

By Elaine Wolff


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