|The victorious team El 'lil General, with driver Ed Saavedra at the helm.|
Sunset was the right time Sunday evening for a heartfelt tribute to HapVeltman and Bernard Lifshutz, who were honored with street signs and a plaque at the Blue Star Arts Complex they founded a little more than 20 years ago. Organizer Mister Danny Geisler declined to take the stage, leaving those duties to Blue Star Contemporary Art Center Director Bill FitzGibbons (who thanked developer James Lifshutz for continuing in his father’s philanthropic footprints, perhaps with a mental “I hope” attached), Lifshutz (who couldn’t resist tying the controversial Big Tex development that abuts Blue Star to his father’s legacy), Blue Star boardmember and patron Mike Casey (who pointedly remarked that the future of Blue Star Contemporary Art Center should be at the Blue Star Arts Complex, perhaps nipping a rumored move to Pearl Brewery in the bud), and former councilwoman Maria Berriozabal, who waxed nostalgic about Hap but not so much about Bernard (disappointing for one observer who hoped to hear the anti-development activist say something positive about one of the original Stone Oak developers). But there was little time to dwell on any real or imagined subtexts, because the First- Annual Green Eggs and CAM Awards started at 8 p.m. at the Cameo Theatre.
Organizers Laura Robles and UTSA New Media prof Leslie Raymond asked 16- plus entities and individuals to come up with awards based on their own criteria. Winners received a giant orange certificate designed by Chuck Ramirez and a small copper frying pan with a CAM logo designed by CAM organizers Robert Tatum and Anjali Gupta.
|Returning champions Team Calypso, at the starting line for the time trials.|
Bringing it all full circle, ArtPace bestowed the Why Didn’t We Think of That? (Genius) Award on the Pushcart Derby (in which Theo Jurist, son of soonto- depart ArtPace Director Kathryn Kanjo, was a child driver). Does it all sound a little insider-baseball-y? I can’t deny it, but in San Antonio, the teams are always looking for new players, so put a big fat parenthesis around July 2007 and plan to be in town for the fun (keep abreast of developments, registration dates, etc. at Camsanantonio.org).
But to whom will Artpace give next year’s award (it not being tailored for repeaters), inquired one audience member? Perhaps they’ll grant genius status to the Green Eggs and CAM Awards themselves, which proved a fitting close to an excellent and exhausting month.