On Monday I got out of class early, at 11 a.m. No offense to its affordable cafeteria, but dining options around St. Philips College are scarce. Sure, there is a chicken and waffles restaurant (that I plan to review) about to open half a mile to the west on Commerce, but other than that nothing seems exceptional or convenient. As a result I bring a banana. Most students get in their cars and venture several miles to find something to eat. That fact by itself is somewhat disappointing. One would think that some business would try to capitalize on an obvious market, but it hasn’t happened yet. Nor have any eating establishments or other businesses set up shop near the AT&T Center, but that’s a different Eastside topic …
My classmate Bill ventured off to the Pig Stand for lunch. I was happy to hear that it had reopend after its tax troubles this past winter. Mary Ann Hill, a woman who had previously worked at the Pig Stand bought it and reopened it. Working at the Pig Stand was the only job she had ever had, and now she’s taken over the reins to continue its legacy. There’s something about this I find comforting. Whenever I would ride my bike down Broadway by the Pig Stand I felt reassured the diner was still there. I’ll be honest: I’ve never eaten there and when it closed I immediately felt regret. But now that it’s open again, things in San Antonio seem a little more normal.
Friday night I snuck over to Blue Star for First Friday. I arrived late but was able to fight my way through the crowd to see a few galleries. At Three Walls Regis Shephard displayed drawings for his show Wild Style: The Fog of War, Mixtape Vol. 1. In my demented mind, the work reminded me in some ways of the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, but also of that late ’80s Mettallica T-shirt with a disfigured head popping out of a toilet, or getting stabbed, or some combination. It was a good shirt.
Next door at Cactus Bra, Jasmyne Graybill presented her exhibition Host, with sporadic, fungi-like growths spread across the white walls. They looked like one large Petri dish, displayed for examination.
The last highlight of the weekend was going to the Potter-Belmar Laboratory to see a new live audio-video mix they were working on, an experiment for their move to full digital-laptop performance. The feedback was positive, and like myself there were several first-time initiates. You can find out more about their work at Potterbelmar.org, or read the Current interview, “Either you’re with us …” August 8, 2006, at Sacurrent.com.
— Mark Jones