February 2009

Monthly Archive

Illuminati at SAVA Gallery

Posted by thomas-cummins on 28 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Tue, Mar 3
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
SAVA Gallery Rivercenter
849 E. Commerece Strret Space 205

Artists: Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez, Irene Neno Diaz, Lorene Reitzer, Vera Jo Hamilton, Monica Flores, Bill Finley, Nicole Vachier Lozano, Julie Gibson, Karen Schaffenberger, Mark Kohnitz, Momo Brown, Richard Ybanez, Irene Pierce, Kim Bishop, Robert Bennett, Anne Shifflett, Stephen R. Baldwin, Victoria Dorsey, Wesley Hedges, Janice Elaine Cooper, Veronica Markland, Ashley Sanchez, Kat Shevchenko, Myriam Lanau, Rita Linda Abrego, Hebron Chism, David Rittimann.

Opening Reception Tuesday March 3, 2009 6-8pm
Luminaria Saturday March 14, 2009 1-7pm

Makin Hay

Posted by thomas-cummins on 27 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Sun, Mar 15
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Makin Hay Public Art Event

“Please join Mayor Phil Hardberger & First Lady Linda
Hardberger for the official unveiling of “Makin’ Hay.”

Linda Hardberger said. “We’re planning an event for March 15, the day after Luminaria, which will be our farewell to the arts community. We’ll also be making some big announcements about the formation of a public art foundation and board.”

.music by Bettie Ward and the All NIght Boys.

Mayor Hardberger is seeking donations for the following:
ice cream treats, snow cones, caramel popcorn, agua frescas, cotton
& any other pre-packaged ‘County Fair’ refreshments.  The Mayor
greatly appreciates your in-kind donations.

Tom Otterness: “Makin’ Hay”, a monumental sculpture
installation made of up 3 18-foot tall figures made of steel and hay in
a city-owned field near Ashley Road and Mission Parkway, not far from
Mission San Juan.   This project was designed to show support for public
art along the southern portion of the planned expansion of the San
Antonio River

Made possible by Candace and Michael Humphries and the
Alturas Foundation.”

Gallery Nord: Buckles, Reuter, and Reuter

Posted by thomas-cummins on 27 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Sat, Feb 7
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Roberta Buckles, Stewart Reuter, and Marianne C. Reuter
Gallery Nord
March 7 – April 18, 2009

Gallery Nord presents work by Roberta Buckles (shown), Stewart Reuter, and Marianne C. Reuter.

Gallery Nord
2009 NW Military Hwy.
San Antonio, TX 78203   

Wrestling 4 Adam

Posted by justin on 26 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: adventure day, announcements, art paparazzi, borders, photography

a flyer Adam handed me before I left

Last Friday night I was assigned a real doozy of an assignment for the San Antonio Current, Wrestling 4 Christ (..errr warriors 4 christ?)  an event that sits in a church parking lot and claims to both spread the word of Jesus Christ, and offer free live wrestling to the community.  Since that story and those images have yet to go to print, I’ll refrain from posting them here.  While waiting for the event to begin, I noticed a tall skinny blond guy, looking a little bit out of place with the crowd, walking with a pad and pencil in hand.  Not sure yet who was writing the wrestling story, I quickly scanned my internal archive of SACurrent writers who I’ve met or seen in person, and came up blank.  After sitting a little to far away from all of the gathering crowd, I decided to make my way closer and maybe see what kind of christian wrestling gossip I could catch up on.  I found a rock wall to lean on a hundred feet from the ring, turning my head, I noticed the writer who I had previously thought to be out of place.  I asked him who he was writing for and he said something to the effect of, nobody, himself, a comedy book, etc..  He was from Britain(the Isle of Wight), and had just gotten to San Antonio the day previous.  He mentioned that he had come to town just for the wrestling event, and I thought for a second he must be a real religious wrestling zealot.  After continung our discussion, I decided there was no way he could really be that much of a kook, he seemed pretty level-headed really… what was the deal?  Johnston walked up (the SACurrent writer for the story) and I soon lost track of my discussion with Adam.  We all turned our attention to getting inside of the backstage trailer full of Christian wrestlers.  Once inside, coated in the dank smell of sunday school portable turned middle school locker room, Johnston asked Adam specifically what the book he was writing was all about and if he had a publisher?  In a quiet way Adam tells us he is the maker of “The Girl of My Dreams.com,” and had embarked on a worldwide hunt for a girl he woke up one morning and drew a picture of after seeing her in a zombie killing dream.  He had received some sort of lead that his girl might be here, in San Antonio, at the Wrestling 4 Christ event.  What a journey!  Me and Johnston felt ridiculous elation at meeting such a one-off traveler.  He was leaving in the morning, on a train to Washington.  He was even wearing a neon green wrestling jumpsuit under his clothing, perhaps to flag her down? Finally, He mentioned to us the connection between his website, and “the NY Girl of my Dreams guy, who broke up with his dream girl after only 2 months..” and what he thought of that, “..Lame, wheres the story in that?”

Adam Pacitti, on the hunt for his dream girl in San Antonio.
Adam Pacitti, on the hunt for his dream girl in San Antonio.

I left Adam after watching most of the wrestling, my girlfriend wanted to get dinner, and I had the shots I needed.  Wrestling, even the pseudo-safe Christian type makes me squirm to watch.  I’m such a pacifist, I stand there watching, cringing in pain and thinking to myself, “isn’t somebody going to stop that guy?”  Adam seemed to think I was going to miss out, and Johnston got some fabulous quotes out of the backroom sweaty guys for the upcoming story..  I don’t think I’ll ever understand what the draw is..but I hope it gets Adam one step closer to his Dream Girl.

1st Friday

Posted by thomas-cummins on 25 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Fri, Mar 6
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Leona Scull-Hons: To kiss me is to take me in.
Cactus Bra Gallery

March 6 – March 21, 2009

Wanna “meet, kiss, forgive, and embrace friends or foes”? Well, the place to do it is under the mistletoe ceiling at Cactus Bra! For the last six years, Leona Scull-Hons’ work has been installation-based, with the purpose of creating situations that encourage social interaction, and this exhibit seeks to do the same

Aanna Reyes Studios Blue Star Arts Complex, 1400 S. Alamo St., No. 104M, . “Cholo, There’s No Pie in the Sky,” drawings and paintings by Felipe Reyes. 7-10 p.m. opening reception.

ArteReyes Studios Blue Star Arts Complex, 1400 S. Alamo St., No. 104J, . “New Works by Luz Perez,” paintings by Perez. 7-10 p.m. opening reception.

Bella Sorelle 1712 Blanco Road, . “Café y Arte,” handcrafted folk art by multiple artists. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

El Sol Studios 936 S. Alamo St., . “Ben Ortiz: The Pinup Show,” paintings by Ortiz, inspired by Bettie Page. 6-11 p.m. opening reception.

The February Collective Blue Start Arts Complex, 1400 S. Alamo St., No. 104B. “Capturing Recovery: Shuttering Drug Abuse in Bexar County,” photographs by participants in the Bexar County Drug Court Recovery Program. 6-9 p.m. opening reception. First Friday only.

SAY Sí Central 1518 S. Alamo St., . “Storyville: Pictorial Anthologies,” films, paintings and stage vignettes by students in the media and visual arts programs and Teatro Alas. 6-9 p.m. opening reception.

Three Walls Blue Star Arts Complex, 1400 S. Alamo St., No. 106D, . “Miasma,” installation by Beili Liu. 6-9 p.m. opening reception.

The Classic Theater presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. The play will run from March 19th through the 29th at Jumpstart in the Bluestar Contemporary Art Center. For ticket information, the website is www.classictheatre.org

Gemini Ink invites the public to a poetry reading on Friday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m. Poet Rigoberto Gonzalez and fiction writer Jeffrey Allen will read from their works. For more information, the website is www.geminiink.org Gemini Ink is located at 513 S. Presa Street.

End the night with DJ MATA and much more music at the

Vintage House ()

628 S. St. Mary’s 78205

7 till late

Jewish Film Festival at The Bijou

Posted by thomas-cummins on 25 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Sat, Feb 28
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Bijou Theatre @ Crossroads Mall
4522 Fredericksburg Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78201

Aliyah Kuchinsky

Click the picture above to find out more information about the film.

Join us for our Opening Night of the 8th Annual Jewish Film Festival with the “Coming of Age” film Sixty Six starring Helena Bonham Carter and Eddie Marsan.

England, the summer of ’66 and the country is about to be consumed by World Cup Fever. For 12-year-old Bernie, the biggest day of his life is looming, his Bar Mitzvah. However, Bernie’s family seems a little distracted. His father Manny is concerned about the giant supermarket opening opposite his small grocery shop.  His mother barely has time to notice him and the only attention Bernie ever gets from his older brother is a punch for stepping onto the wrong side of their shared bedroom. Bernie believes his Bar Mitzvah is about to change all this. Unfortunately for Bernie, though, things don’t quite go according to plan.

Read a review of this movie.

Make your reservations ahead of time to ensure your ticket to each film! Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Thursdays at McNay

Posted by thomas-cummins on 25 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Thu, Feb 26
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Free Thursdays

6:30 pm, Chiego Lecture Hall
Get Reel /Czech Film: I Served the King of England
(Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále)
Forty years after Closely Watched Trains, Jiří Menzel
adapts another wry and winsome novel by Bohumil
Hrabal. This story of a naïve man sets the life of a waiter
who yearns to be rich against three decades of Czech
history that parallel the fluctuations of his own absurd
career. Director Jiří Menzel. 2006, Czech, English subtitles,
120 minutes, color. R (nudity/sexual situations)

I Served the King of England

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I Served the King of England

Czech-language poster
Directed by Jiří Menzel
Produced by Rudolf Biermann
Written by Jiří Menzel
Starring Oldřich Kaiser
Julia Jentsch
Ivan Barnev
Martin Huba
Marián Labuda
Milan Lasica
Josef Abrhám
Jiří Lábus
Music by Aleš Březina
Cinematography Jaromír Šofr
Distributed by Bioscop
Release date(s) Flag of the Czech Republic 2006
Running time 120 min.
Country Czech Republic / Slovakia / Germany / Hungary
Language Czech
IMDb Allmovie

Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále (I Served the King of England) is a 2006 Czech film, directed by Jiří Menzel and based on the novel of the same name by Bohumil Hrabal. This film is Menzel’s sixth adaptation of the works of Hrabal for film.[1] The film was released in the UK and in the US in 2008.[2] [3]



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[edit] Cast

  • Ivan Barnev (Jan Dítě, as a young man)
  • Oldrich Kaiser (Jan Dítě, as an older man)
  • Julia Jentsch (Liza)
  • Martin Huba (Skřivánek)
  • Marian Labuda (Walden)
  • Milan Lasica (Professor)
  • Josef Abrhám (Brandejs)
  • Jaromír Dulava (Karel)
  • Pavel Nový (General)
  • István Szabó (stock marketeer)
  • Tonya Graves (Emperor of Abyssinia)
  • Rudolf Hrusínský (Tichota)
  • Petr Ctvrtnícek (stock broker)
  • Jirí Sesták (waiter)
  • Zdenek Zák (militiaman)
  • Emília Vásáryová (Mrs Rajska)
  • Zuzana Fialová (Marcela)
  • Václav Chalupa (Hrdlicka)
  • Petra Hrebícková (Jaruska)
  • Eva Kalcovská (Wanda)
  • Sárka Petruzelová (Julinka)

[edit] Synopsis

Jan Dítě has been released from a Czech prison just before the very end of his 15-year sentence and is settling in a town near the border between Czechoslovakia and Germany. He occupies his time with rebuilding a deserted house, and begins to recall his past, where he says that his main wish in life was to be a millionaire. Jan begins his career as a frankfurter vendor at a railroad station, and slowly learns the power of money and the influence it exerts over people.

At one point during his reminescences, a young woman, Marcela, and her older traveling companion, a professor, settle in the area. Jan and Marcela develop a mutual attraction, although it remains physically unconsumated. The movie continues to alternate between past and present, as the relationship between the older Jan and the new neighbors develops.

In the restaurant, the younger Jan has a number of affairs with various women, including an actress and a prostitute at a brothel. He also gradually moves into more socially prestigious work settings, including a stint at a spa, the Hotel Tichota, where he has an affair with a maid there. Jan eventually finds empolyment in Prague at the Hotel Paříž, where he falls under the tutelage of the head waiter, Skřivánek, who claims that he once served the King of England. Eventually, Jan serves the Emperor of Ethiopia at one occasion. The Emperor tries to award a medal to Skřivánek, but because he is short in height, cannot place the award around Skřivánek’s neck. Jan is short enough for the Emperor to reach, and maneuvers into place to receive the medal in place of Skřivánek.

With the annexation of Czechoslovakia during the Third Reich, Jan falls in love with Liza, a young German Sudetenland woman who worships Adolf Hitler. She agrees to marry him only after he proves that he is of pure Aryan descent through medical examination. During the occupation, the other waiters and the hotel manager, Brandejs, express their contempt for the German occupiers by trying to be as unhelpful in their service as possible. Jan is the only member of the waitstaff not to express symbolic resistance in this manner. Brandejs dismisses Jan for this reason, and says that Jan will be blacklisted from employment in any Prague establishment. When Jan and Liza later appear as patrons, and after Jan mocks Skřivánek that serving the King of England has done him no good in life, Skřivánek pours food over Jan in protest. Eventually, Skřivánek is taken away by the occupying authorities and never seen again.

During World War II, Jan works in an institute, formerly the Hotel Tichota, where German women are resident to breed a new “master race” with selected soldiers. Because the owner, Mr Tichota, is confined to a wheelchair, he has been displaced as its owner and is never seen again. In the meantime, Liza serves as a nurse on the Russian front. She returns with valuable stamps taken from the homes of Polish-Jewish families. As the war progresses and the tide turns against the German, the women are displaced from the facility, and wounded and amputee soldiers replace them. Near the end of the war, the facility is attacked, and the soldiers and staff evacuated. Liza tries to retrieve the stamps to use after the war, but dies when the roof of the hospital collapses. Jan finds Liza’s body with her holding the box of stamps, and pries them from her hands. After the war, the stamps’ value allows Jan to become a wealthy hotelier, in the same Hotel Tichota premises.

After the Communists take power in Czechoslovakia in 1948, Jan loses his property and wealth, when he tells the Communist resistance that he himself is a millionaire. He is sentenced to prison for one year per each million in his personal fortune. In prison, he sees Brandejs and other formerly wealthy customers as fellow prisoners. He tries to sit among them, but they exclude him from their circle.

Marcela and the professor leave the area. Jan completes the restoration of his home, and finally releases the stamps by letting the winds blow them into the valley.

[edit] Critical reception

I Served the King of England received generally positive reviews from critics. As of October 11, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 80% of critics rated the film positively based on 71 reviews, with a consensus of “With charm and an eye for life’s bittersweet moments, Czech New Wave master Jiri Menzel paints a picaresque story with whimsy and intellect.”[4] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 72 out of 100 based on 26 reviews, indicating a generally favorable response.[5]

The film appeared on some critics’ top ten lists of the best films of 2008. Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor named it the 6th best film of 2008[6], and Dennis Harvey of Variety named it the 8th best film of 2008.[6]

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Jeffrey Gibson at Sala Diaz

Posted by thomas-cummins on 25 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Fri, Mar 13
9:00 pm to 11:59 pm

Jeffrey Gibson: Totems
Sala Diaz
March 13 – April 12, 2009

Sala Diaz presents Gibson’s totemic sculptures made of found and altered objects from local thrift and dollar stores in San Antonio.

Tuesdays at SAMA

Posted by thomas-cummins on 25 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Tue, Mar 3
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Free Tuesdays
Public Tours: Museum Highlights
Tuesday, March 3, 4:30 pm
Meet at the Front Desk. Free.
Curator’s Choice Gallery Talks
Tuesday, March 3, 6 pm
Meet at the Front Desk. Free.
More Information
Meditation Workshop
Tuesday, March 3, 6 to 7:30 pm
Beretta Hops House. Free.
More Information
Sketching in SAMA’s Galleries
Tuesday, March 3, 6 to 8 pm
Facilitated by Russell Lopez. Meet at Front Desk. Free.

McNay Photography Panel

Posted by thomas-cummins on 25 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Thu, Mar 5
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

6:30 pm, Chiego Lecture Hall
Photography Panel: One Medium, Three Views

artpace film: ‘Soy Cuba’

Posted by thomas-cummins on 25 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Thu, Mar 5
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

On Screen at Artpace: Guillermina Zabala
The third in a trio of films selected and presented by artist Guillermina Zabala. Soy Cuba, 1964. This film by Mikhail Kalatozov follows four separate stories and uses stunning imagery to create a poetic documentary that praises the rise of the Cuban revolution. 140 mins. Free admission.

I Am Cuba

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I am Cuba (Spanish: Soy Cuba; Russian: Я – Куба, Ya – Kuba)
Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov
Produced by Bela Fridman
Semyon Maryakhin
Miguel Mendoza
Written by Enrique Pineda Barnet
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Starring Sergio Corrieri
Salvador Wood
Cinematography Sergey Urusevsky
Release date(s) 1964
Country Cuba
Soviet Union
Language Spanish/Russian

I am Cuba (Spanish: Soy Cuba; Russian: Я Куба, Ya Kuba) is a Soviet/Cuban film produced in 1964 by director Mikhail Kalatozov at Mosfilm.The movie was not received well by either the Russian or Cuban public[1] and was almost completely forgotten until it was re-discovered by filmmakers in the United States 30 years later.[1] The movie’s acrobatic tracking shots and idiosyncratic mise en scene prompted Hollywood directors like Martin Scorsese to begin a campaign to restore the movie in the early 1990s.



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[edit] History

Shortly after the 1959 Cuban revolution overthrew the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, the socialist Castro government, isolated by the United States after the latter broke diplomatic and trade relations in 1961, turned to the USSR for film partnerships. The Soviet government, interested in promoting international socialism, agreed to finance a film about the Cuban revolution.

The director was given considerable freedom to complete the work, and was given much help from both the Soviet and Cuban governments. They made use of innovative filming techniques, such as coating a watertight camera’s lens with a special submarine periscope cleaner, so the camera could be submerged and lifted out of the water without any drops on the lens or film. At one point, more than a thousand Cuban soldiers were moved to a remote location to shoot one scene — this despite the then-ongoing Cuban missile crisis.

In another scene, the camera follows a coffin along a crowded street. Then it stops and slowly moves upwards for at least four stories until it is filming the coffin from above a building. Without stopping it then starts tracking sideways and enters through a window into a cigar factory, then goes straight towards a window where the cigar workers are watching the coffin. The camera finally passes through the window and appears to float over the street between the buildings. These shots were accomplished by assembling a line of technicians, and passing the camera down the line, from hand to hand.

Even though it had such great support, the movie was given a cold reaction by audiences. In Havana it was criticized for showing a rather stereotyped view of Cubans, while in Moscow it was considered naïve, not revolutionary enough, even too sympathetic to the lives of the bourgeois pre-Fidel classes. Also, upon its original release, the movie never reached Western countries largely due to it being a Communist production.

When the USSR collapsed in the early 1990s, I Am Cuba was virtually unknown. In 1992, Cuban novelist Guillermo Cabrera Infante, the guest co-director of the Telluride Film Festival, screened a print of the film at the festival as part of a retrospective on Kalatazov. The San Francisco International Film Festival screened the film in 1993. Shortly after the festival, three film professionals who had screened I Am Cuba at the San Francisco screening contacted friends at Milestone Films in New York. The tiny film distributor had released several “lost” or neglected older films (as it continues to do). Milestone watched a blurry unsubtitled VHS tape of the film and then went about acquiring the distribution rights from Mosfilm in Russia. In 1994, a friend invited Martin Scorsese to a private screening. Scorsese was amazed by the film, and when Milestone approached him to lend his name to the company’s release of the film, he was happy and enthusiastic to do so. Milestone’s release was also co-presented by another fan of I Am Cuba, director Francis Ford Coppola. Milestone’s release opened at New York’s Film Forum in March 1995. For the tenth anniversary of the film, Milestone debuted a new 35 mm restoration of I am Cuba without the Russian overdubbing in September 2005.

[edit] Story

The movie consists of four distinct short stories about the suffering of the Cuban people and their reactions, varying from passive amazement in the first, to a guerrilla march in the last. Between the stories, a female narrator (credited “The Voice Of Cuba”) says such things as, “I am Cuba, the Cuba of the casinos, but also of the people.”

The first story (centered on the character Maria) shows the destitute Cuban masses contrasted with the splendor in the American-run gambling casinos and prostitution in Havana. The next story is about a farmer, Pedro, burning his sugar cane when he learns he is going to lose his land to United Fruit. The third story describes the suppression of rebellious students led by a character named Enrique at Havana University (featuring one of the longest camera shots). The final part shows how Mariano, a typical farmer, ends up joining the rebels in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, ultimately leading to triumphal march into Havana to proclaim the revolution.

[edit] Documentary

In 2005 a documentary about the making of I Am Cuba was released called Soy Cuba: O Mamute Siberiano or I Am Cuba: the Siberian Mammoth directed by a Brazilian, Vicente Ferraz. The film looks at the history of the making of the film, explains some of the technical feats of the film and there are interviews with many of the people who worked on it.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b The New Cult Canon: I am Cuba. AV Club, May 1. 2008.

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San Antonio Beauty College, 02.21.09

Posted by aaron on 24 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: art paparazzi, music, sound art

jason kahn performs at the former san antonio beauty college, saturday feb. 21st.

jason kahn performs at the former san antonio beauty college, saturday feb. 21st.

this is what the stage looked like post-show.

the stage, post-show.

apologies to annette krebs and chris cogburn, who were too blurry to post.
(photos: a famous cell phone photographer; lamps by saavedra + coltrane.)

Final Friday

Posted by thomas-cummins on 23 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Fri, Feb 27

Bike Ride and DJ’s Mata vs. Daecos at The Farm.

1st Thursday

Posted by thomas-cummins on 23 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Thu, Mar 5
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Betsy Atwell Dudley and Joseph Cohen
Joan Grona Gallery
March 5 – April 23, 2009

Joan Grona presents sculptures by Betsy Atwell Dudley in the main gallery and painted surfaces by and Joseph Cohen in gallery II.

Joan Grona Gallery
112 Blue Star
San Antonio, TX 78204   

ARTsmart Student Exhibit
Stella Haus Art Space
Opens Thursday, Mar. 5, 6-9 pm
Through March 28.
Blue Star board member Dayna De Hoyos, who also owns the Stella Haus Art Space, has invited Mosaic Art Program’s high school students to exhibit a series of self images and portraits. Artist Alex Rubio, the students’ instructor and mentor, curated this show.

Justice Works Studio

“Friends of Barbara Justice and Adriana Barrios, the owners of JUSTICE works gallery, present their drawings. The twenty artists from various places (San Antonio, San Diego, Oakland, San Francisco, Portland, Mexico, Ukraine, Serbia, and South Korea) compose their distinctive talent into 20” by 20” papers. The works will be sale for forty dollars each to support the gallery. The hours are March 5-6, 6pm-10pm, and the music by SUN CITY HUSTLERS on Friday.”

The gallery is located at Blue Star Arts Complex, 113-1 BlueStar (next to UTSA Satellite Space).

Bluestar Contemporary Art Center invites the public to a Gallery Talk on Thursday, March 5th at 6:30 p.m. Contemporary artist, McKay Otto will talk about his current exhibition in the Project Space at the Bluestar Art Center, located at 1400 South Alamo Street. For more information, the phone number is 227-6960.

Vincent Falsetta
REM gallery
March 5 – April 25, 2009

Don’t miss UNT professor Vincent Falsetta’s beautifully obsessive painted abstractions. They are definitely worth a look!

Apparatus: Dylan Collins, Andries Fourie, and Donald Henson
UTSA Satellite Space

March 6 – March 22, 2009

Curated by UTSA professor Scott A. Sherer, this exhibition “brings together three artists who explore the correspondences between mechanical systems and the human body’s operations.”

Luminaria Benefit Print Sale

Thursday, March 5, 2009
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Bismarck Studios
930 Proton
San Antonio, TX

Bismark Studios – “Make Art History”

Luminaria is San Antonio’s own city-wide arts festival and is shaping up to be a fabulous one-night event in March. Bismarck Studios is supporting three local artists in their Luminaria projects by sponsoring a ONE NIGHT ONLY, limited edition print sale, March 5, 2009. You can collect the work of these three well-known artists at a fraction of their normal selling price.

Katie Pell, Ansen Seale and Kate Terrell are each making a limited edition print which will sell for $150 each only on Mar. 5. The final number of the edition will be 20. The work of these artists usually sell for hundreds of dollars more than this special price.

Buy one and YOU JUST MADE ART HISTORY by supporting the Arts in San Antonio!

High Wire Arts

Thursday, March 5, 2009
6:00pm – 9:00pm
High Wire Arts
326 Josephine
San Antonio, TX

The art show will showcase: Cindy Palmer, Maggie Looney, Missi Smith, Toni Richardson, Rosa Gonzalez, and Judy Cadwell.

Opening reception:
March 5th 6-9 p.m. 2009

Gallery Hours:
Tue.- Thur. 9:30-12:30 or by appointment.

210-320- 5702
210-382- 4442

The exhibit ends march 19th

International Center Gallery 203 S. St. Mary’s St., . “Landscape of Nuevo León,” photography on canvas by Erick Estrada B.

Stonemetal Press Blue Star Arts Complex, 1400 S. Alamo St., No. 104, . “Presence in Nature,” drawings by Glen Rogers. 6:30-9 p.m. opening reception.

Fiber Artspace
Grand Re-Opening Reception in our new location
1414 Alamo St. No 103
Armon Art @ Blue Star

Liz Axford is an artist who lives in Houston, Texas. Her work includes an increasing variety of fiber techniques: quiltmaking, surface design, handmade felt and embroidery. A former architect, she teaches quiltmaking design and fabric dyeing nationally. Her work has been included in many juried shows including Quilt National, Crafts National, Fiberarts International, CraftHouston and Materials: Hard and Soft. She was the 1998 recipient of the QuiltVisions Quilt Japan Prize, and in 2005 received an Individual Artists Fellowship Grant from the Cultural Arts Center of Houston.
March 5, 2009 6-9pm

SAY Si: Small Scale Work for a Larger Cause

Posted by thomas-cummins on 23 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Fri, Feb 27
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

12th Annual, Small Scale Work for a Larger Cause
February 27, 2009 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Stephen Burt poetry reading at Trinity

Posted by thomas-cummins on 23 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Thu, Feb 26
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Dicke Art Building Gallery

Stephen Burt, poet, Harvard University,
“Poetry Reading”

C-Art Studio

Posted by thomas-cummins on 21 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Sat, Feb 21
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Come check out the new works of Russell Stephenson.
Reception tonight at C-Art Studio. 1426 W. Craig Pl. 78201

Fashion Is Art

Posted by thomas-cummins on 20 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Sun, Feb 22
11:30 am to 2:30 pm


106 Auditorium Circle

Angelina Mata
Elizabeth Ciarfeo (jewelry designer)

SA Fashionistas premiere their Spring Lines

Champagne Brunch & Runway Show
Sunday, February 22, 2009
11:30 ~ 2:00 pm

106 Auditorium Circle

Hosted by Patricia Pratchett and Lisa Adelman
$40 ticket is a fully deductible donation to
The Artist Foundation of San Antonio

Space is fashionably limited


Payment Options
Online: www.artistfound.org/supportus.cfm (click on “Donate Money”)
Check, cash or credit card payment at the door. (space available only)

Preview Angelina’s and Elizabeth’s Lines at:

www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157606350428133/

Whole Hog

Posted by thomas-cummins on 20 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Sat, Feb 21
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Whole Hog

Whole Hog

Tribute to Manny Castillo

Posted by thomas-cummins on 20 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Sat, Feb 21
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

“Show Me” Manny

Saturday, February 21 from 6-9 p.m.

Gallista Studio Gallery, 1913 South Flores Street

■ Altar Curated by Victoria Garcia
■ Art Show Curated by Juan Ramos
■ Music by Suzy Bravo & The Soul Revue w/special guest Frank Rodarte
■ DJ Gabriel Velasquez
■ Video and Slide Show
■ Potluck/BYOB
■ MC Bell Solloa

Open Mic—Come and share your story, poem, song about Manny

Free Event

For more information, call Santiago at 421-1464
Presented by The Writers Block and Friends

Manny Drum VIgil 12/27/08
http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=w7lERVaBLpQ

Funeral Mass Exit:
http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=hmjNNX_301c

Trinity Film: In Love We Trust

Posted by thomas-cummins on 19 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Wed, Feb 25
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Trinity Campus

Northrup Hall Room 040

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In Love We Trust
Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai
Produced by Isabelle Glachant
Huang Bin
Written by Wang Xiaoshuai
Starring Liu Weiwei
Zhang Jiayi
Cheng Taisheng
Yu Nan
Music by Dou Wei
Cinematography Wu Di
Editing by Yang Hongyu
Distributed by Films Distribution
Release date(s) Berlin:
February 8, 2008
Running time 115 min.
Country China
Language Mandarin Chinese
IMDb Allmovie

In Love We Trust (Chinese: 左右; pinyin: Zuǒ yòu; literally “left, right”") is a 2008 Chinese drama film directed by Wang Xiaoshuai. Originally rumored to premiere at both the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, the film eventually missed both festivals ultimately premiering at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival. It is alternatively named known by its literal English translation, Left Right.

The film was picked up for international distribution by the Paris-based company Films Distribution.



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The film follows a divorced couple living in modern-day China who discover that their daughter is dying of leukemia. Doctors inform them, however, that the child can only be saved with stem cells from an umbilical cord of a sibling.

Unfortunately both parents have since remarried. The film follows the emotional strain that this development brings to both marriages.

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In Love We Trust was originally scheduled for a release in the 2007 Cannes Film Festival along with actor-director’s Jiang Wen’s The Sun Also Rises. Ultimately both films failed to make the festival. Sources stated that In Love We Trust was officially delayed due to bureaucratic red tape, as it awaited examination by the Chinese Film Bureau.[1]

The film missed another opportunity to premiere at a major international film festival when it failed to debut at the Venice Film Festival in August 2007. This time, the reason for dropping out was not bureaucratic, but rather due to the fact that post-production editing had not yet been completed.[2]

In late 2007, it was announced that In Love We Trust would premiere in the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival where it would compete for the Golden Bear.[3] The film would ultimately go on to win the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay in Berlin, with the Golden Bear going to the Brazilian film Tropa de Elite.[4]

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  1. ^ “”Sun Also Rise” drops from Cannes lineup”. CRIENGLISH.com. 2007-04-21. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-04/21/content_6007303.htm. Retrieved on 2007-10-13.
  2. ^ “”Left Right” Misses Venice Film Festival”. CRIENGLISH.com. 2007-07-20. http://english.cri.cn/3086/2007/07/20/. Retrieved on 2007-10-13.
  3. ^ Meza, Ed (2007-12-10). “Berlin unveils first competition films”. Variety. http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=festivals&jump=story&id=1061&articleid=VR1117977420&cs=1. Retrieved on 2007-12-17.
  4. ^ Hickley, Catherine (2008-02-16). “Brazilian Film `Elite Squad’ Wins Top Berlin Award”. Bloomberg. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601085. Retrieved on 2008-02-17.

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Jason Kahn’s “San Antonio Beauty College”

Posted by ben on 19 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: architecture, music, public art, sound art

Posting has been light this week because I’ve been helping Jason Kahn set up his sound installation downtown on E Travis St (which is officially opening this Saturday). Kahn, a Zürich-based artist, has been working with sound as a material for years, in both performance and installation contexts. The idea is to activate existing spaces in a way that reveals unnoticed qualities, architecturally, environmentally, and perhaps socially.

In some senses “San Antonio Beauty College” has a strong relationship to Max Neuhaus’ Times Square piece; it is unmarked, and mostly invisible (if you look closely you’ll spot some small speakers); it uses abstract textural sounds that change as you move around them; its significance in the environment is meant to shift as other sounds move along the street. But socially, it feels very different. Times Square could hardly be further from this little piece of Travis street in terms of the amount of foot traffic and the socio-economic makeup of that traffic.

The block of Travis where he is installing this piece (titled “San Antonio Beauty College”) is between Broadway and Alamo. Although it is near the Express-News building, and around the corner from the popular Twin Sisters café, we’ve noticed that no one who has a home seems to walk on this little stretch of Travis Street. The space has become a kind of social eddy, as the employed flow down Pecan or Houston Streets.

As I’ve been publicizing this installation, which is meant to be experienced from the sidewalk in front of the building, I wonder how the existence of the piece will impact the social space it inhabits. Will the people who ordinarily walk down this street notice the subtle sonic textures that Kahn has engineered to be concealed and revealed as the city sounds ebb and flow? Will it attract visitors from nearby businesses, or just the occasional art observer? I’ve often wondered if we’re too limited in the ways that we think about using public art: a monument here, a mural there. Have we overlooked the power of small, almost unnoticeable environmental responses to shift the social landscape? I don’t expect this installation to have much impact in that regard, but if you see me sitting in Twin Sisters watching the sidewalk all day, you’ll know what I’m doing.

By the way, check our event listings to the right for more information on Jason Kahn’s performance this Saturday.

weekend wrapup – in photos

Posted by justin on 17 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: adventure day, art paparazzi, rock!

Potter-Belmar Labs at Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX

Potter-Belmar Labs at Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX

Potter-Belmar in the red kidnapper van

Inside the red kidnapper van

Crevice plays at FL!GHT Gallery for Second Saturday

Crevice plays at FL!GHT Gallery for Second Saturday

Duchampions of Art @ Lone Star Studios

Duchampions of Art @ Lone Star Studios

Jason Kahn

Posted by thomas-cummins on 14 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Sat, Feb 21
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

“Beauty College”
505 E. Travis

$8 at the door. A performance and sound installation by Zürich-based artist Jason Kahn on February 21 at 8 pm. The opening of the sound installation and the performance will take place at 505 E. Travis, between Alamo and Broadway streets. The performance will include a solo set by Jason Kahn as well as a duo set by Chris Cogburn (Austin) and Annette Krebs (Berlin). The sound installation, titled “San Antonio Beauty College” will remain on view through Luminaria on March 14.

Trinity Film: The Pope’s Toilet (Uruguay)

Posted by thomas-cummins on 14 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Wed, Feb 18
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Northrup Hall Room 040

The Pope’s Toilet (Spanish: El Baño del Papa) is a 2007 Uruguayan film directed by César Charlone and Enrique Fernandez. Starring César Troncoso, Virginia Méndez, Mario Silva, and Virginia Ruiz.



Plot outline

It is 1988, and Melo, a Uruguayan town on the Brazilian border, awaits the visit of Pope John Paul II. Numbers begin circulating: hundreds of people will come, no thousands say the media. To the poor townspeople this means one thing: pilgrims in need of food and drink, paper flags, souvenirs, commemorative medals. Brimming with enthusiasm, the villagers not only hope for divine blessing, but above all for a small share of material happiness. And petty smuggler Beto is certain that he’s found the best business idea of all: “The Pope’s Toilet”, where the thousands of pilgrims can find relief.

It was Uruguay’s submission to the 80th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.

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