Although certain FotoSeptiembre exhibitions will be on view through the end of the year, Thursday marks the last round of openings, which, let’s face it, are the best part. If you’ve been hitting the snooze alarm on this citywide celebration of photography in all flavors, it’s time to wake up. Before Gemini Ink’s glitzy gala honoring John Phillip Santos gets started (tickets to INKstravaganza are $100 at geminiink.org/inkstravaganza), take advantage of a two-hour public sneak peek at all the photographs being auctioned off that evening (Free, 3-5pm, Pearl Stable, 312 Pearl Parkway, Bldg. 2). Just a hop, skip, and a jump away, the Southwest School of Art & Craft gets a breath of fresh art with a cluster of new shows. Kent Rush’s InChoate and Sublime illustrates how ordinary objects loan themselves to mysterious abstraction — even when photographed in tiny Texas towns like Choate and Sublime. Inspired by childhood memories of the night sky (seen from a rooftop in Tehran), Ramin Samandari presents Veils of Nephele, a series of photographs described as “meditations on time, space, and place.” And Alan and Blake Weissling’s collaboration, A Generational Influence, proves a love of the lens runs in the family. Not part of the festival, but still worth checking out, is metalsmith Amanda Stark’s The Astral & Tellurian, a group of small-scale sculptures reminiscent of objects “left behind from a prior era” (Free, 5:30-7:30pm, Southwest School of Art & Craft, 300 Augusta, (210) 224-1848, swschool.org). Visit fotoseptiembreusa.com for a complete calendar of events.