All aboard the mother ship: Blue Star Contemporary Art Center’s CAM Kick-Off Party (6-9 p.m. Thu, Mar 3, 116 Blue Star) ushers in six new shows you can read about on page 18, including Art from the Land of the Cougars at Blue Star LAB (6-9 p.m. Thu, Mar 3, 114 Broadway), which can be reached by hopping on the handy Blue Star Bus (free!). Elsewhere in the complex: artist Laurie Brainerd “quilts the Hell out of” Food is Love, Love is Food, a series of “cloth paintings” on view at Jump-Start Art Gallery (6-8 p.m. Thu, Mar 3, 108 Blue Star); Alex Rubio’s large-scale Abstract Experiment takes over JUSTICEWORKS studio (6-10 p.m. Thu, Mar 3 and Fri, Mar 4, 113-1 Blue Star); Wesley Harvey serves up another buffet of beefcake on fine China and gets kissed again at Three Walls (6-8 p.m. Thu, Mar 3 and Fri, Mar 4, 106D Blue Star, Building B); Ian O’Brien revisits the fictional town of Grip River to examine the ancient weapons used to subjugate its masses in Pencil Pusher (6-8 p.m. Thu, Mar 3 and 6-9 p.m. Fri, Mar 4, cactus bra SPACE, 106C Blue Star); Catherine Lee and Bodo Korsig share “preoccupations through abstract language,” in Signs of Change (6-9 p.m. Thu, Mar 3 and Fri, Mar 4, UTSA Satellite Space, 115 Blue Star); “fractals of astrocytes” inform Suzanne Wright Crain’s The Art of Glial Cells (6-9 p.m. Thu, Mar 3 and Fri, Mar 4, Suzanne Wright Crain Studios, 1420 S Alamo, Building B, upstairs); and J. Derrick Durham’s exhibit Idle Down!..Hang Around: Peanut Tank Paintings is the end result of a year spent documenting the stories and lifestyles of bikers (6-9 p.m. Thu, Mar 3, Joan Grona Gallery, 112 Blue Star). Offsite: Raul Servin curates work by Vicki Fields at Salud Tequila Bar (3 p.m.-2 a.m. Thu, Mar 3, 8123 Broadway); Ben Mata gets SUBLIME with a series of new paintings at AnArte Gallery (6-8 p.m. Thu, Mar 3, 7959 Broadway #404); Experimental Music: A Night Curated by Chris Cogburn sees the drum as a medium for contemporary art (8-11 p.m. Thu, Mar 3, High Wire Arts Gallery, 326 W Josephine); Bromley Media’s Evita Puente and two special guests discuss the power of words in Mixed Roots #7: PALABRA (7-8:30 p.m. Thu, Mar 3, Guadalupe Gallery, 723 S Brazos); and Lisa Ortiz curates work by Cindy Palmer, Elva Salinas, Laura Mijangos, Bryson Brooks, Danville Chadbourne, Susan Budge, Guus Kemp, Louis Vega Treviño, Cesar A. Martinez, Jill Pankey, James Hetherington, and Russell Stephenson for The Gallery 12 II (6-8 p.m. Thu, Mar 3, Galeria Ortiz Contemporary, 4026 McCullough). Opening receptions are free and open to the public. Want more CAM? Visit contemporaryartmonth.com.
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