Inspired by the “social art realm” and her experiences as a “never-ending night creature,” Jump-Start Performance Co.’s Monessa Esquivel makes an unexpected departure with Underground Ghetto Cartoon People, an exhibition of playfully collaged drawings curated by David Zamora Casas. In Esquivel’s comical world, leaping unicorns and sassy Pepsi bottles rendered in crayon and marker on lined paper recall the daydreams and nightmares one might associate with study hall — or maybe after-school detention. Also on view at Gallista is Spring Equinox: The Chicano New Year, which wraps a movement-based piece about domestic violence by Zamora Casas and Carlos Salazar (9 p.m.), a spoken word presentation by Rita Urquijo-Ruiz (8 p.m.), and live music by Latin hip-hoppers Los Nahuatlatos into one multi-faceted art happening. Free, 7-10pm, Gallista Gallery, 1913 S Flores, (210) 212-8606, gallista.com, contemporaryartmonth.com.
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