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Art Historian Ruben C. Cordova to Lecture on the ‘Penis in Art’

Art Historian Ruben C. Cordova to Lecture on the ‘Penis in Art’

From the ancient Greeks to the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, the penis in art has had an extensive treatment, one which any art historian would be hard-pressed to ignore. On Wednesday, March 1, local curator and art historian Ruben C. Cordova will present a lecture on this very topic at Fl!GHT Gallery. Held in conjunction

The Omnipresence of Darian Thomas

The Omnipresence of Darian Thomas

So, first off, your hustle is crazy. Oh, thank you. It’s cool watching queer people in the music scene continue to work … to represent and do it well. I try [laughs]! Are you from here? Yeah, I was born and raised in San Antonio … I started at Clark and then my family moved,

Ron Casola, Founder of Live Oak Singers, Has Died

Ron Casola, Founder of Live Oak Singers, Has Died

Ron Casola, founder and artistic director of the Live Oak Singers, an LGBT and allies chorus, died on February 21 after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Casola moved to San Antonio from Phoenix in 2013 to be near his family after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In an interview with Jade Esteban Estrada in the San Antonio

Julian P. Ledezma Unveils Drag Photography Show

Julian P. Ledezma Unveils Drag Photography Show

On Friday, February 24, photographer Juilan P. Ledezma will host his first art show in his new studio space at Woodlawn Pointe in the Decco District. Billed as Evoke the Reign: 10 Queens, the show will consist of Ledezma’s photography featuring local drag performers as well as performers from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ledezma’s work has

On the Chartreuse Couch: Gene Elder Interviews Ansen Seale

On the Chartreuse Couch: Gene Elder Interviews Ansen Seale

Gene: Hi Ansen! Nice to have you back to the Chartreuse Couch. I know you have been doing some really exciting projects since we last spoke. And all our listeners want the inside insight to your projects. Let’s start with money. You have a great light show at Frost Bank. Start there. Ansen: Hi Gene.

‘Secret Garden’ Continues Run at Playhouse

‘Secret Garden’ Continues Run at Playhouse

If your name is Mary, then you are probably familiar with the popular English nursery rhyme: “Mary, Mary quite contrary…” Aside from its common use on playgrounds to tease young girls named Mary, its also the best description of the main character in the The Secret Garden. Now Running at the Russell Hills Rogers Theater

Classic Theatre Presents Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest’

Classic Theatre Presents Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest’

William Shakespeare’s influence is unparalleled. With the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016, The Classic Theatre now presents one of the playwright’s greatest work: The Tempest. Part fairytale and part romance, The Tempest is set on a remote island and tells the story of Prospero, a sorcerer and exiled Duke of Milan, who must restore his

Humor and Heritage Artfully Collide in VeryThat


Humor and Heritage Artfully Collide in VeryThat


There are people who see beauty in the world, and there are people who make beauty in the world. Cristina Martinez, founder of VeryThat and all-around badass Chicana, does both. I first met Martinez in early 2014 at an art market on South Flores Street. Among a crowd of crafty vendors selling everything from artisanal

‘Interconnectedness’ Celebrates Motherhood at Clamp Light Studios

‘Interconnectedness’ Celebrates Motherhood at Clamp Light Studios

A group exhibition celebrating the bond between mother and child will open Friday, February 10 at Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery. Titled Interconnectedness and curated by resident artist Jose Villalobos, the exhibition brings together 17 artists with the aim of telling “untold stories about our creators.” Villalobos is a recent graduate from the University

Texas Marilyn Impersonator May Sue Central African Republic for Image on Stamp

Texas Marilyn Impersonator May Sue Central African Republic for Image on Stamp

Impressionist and recording artist Jimmy James, a Laredo native who launched his career in San Antonio, is threatening legal action against the Central African Republic for using an image of him dressed as Marilyn Monroe on a stamp without his authorization. The Monroe stamp is one of a series the small country issued as a

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