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Vandal smashes Artpace window, affecting exhibition by gay San Antonio artist José Villalobos

Vandal smashes Artpace window, affecting exhibition by gay San Antonio artist José Villalobos

In an apparent act of vandalism, someone earlier this week shattered a window at downtown contemporary art complex Artpace. According to artist José Villalobos, the vandal hurled a brick through one of the Main Avenue windows facing his exhibition “De Los Otros.” Artpace positioned the installation by the windows so passersby could view it from

San Antonio Fashion Designer Leighton Whittington Selling Couture Face Masks for a Cause

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. With the pandemic making masks this season’s must-have accessory, it was inevitable that high-end versions of face coverings would enter the market. But local designer Leighton Whittington is putting a twist on the concept. Whittington’s Leighton W. Couture is now selling masks for $15-$20 online, as well as

San Antonio Arts Commission Declines to Rule on Queer Artist’s Censored Video

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Despite being taken up at a meeting Tuesday of the San Antonio Arts Commission, Xandra Ibarra’s controversial video artwork Spictacles: La Tortillera remains in limbo. Ibarra’s piece was removed in mid-February from the “XicanX: New Visions” exhibition after City Attorney Andy Segovia deemed it was “obscene content” and

Centro De Artes OKs Queer Artist Xandra Ibarra’s Censored Video But Hurdles Remain

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. The sudden removal of Xandra Ibarra’s video artwork Spictacle II: La Tortillera prior to the opening of “XicanX: New Visions” at the Centro De Artes grabbed headlines in the art world. The video, available to stream on Vimeo, was deemed “obscene content” by City Attorney Andy Segovia and

Chuck Squire’s Original Play About an Aging Drag Queen to Premier at Jump-Start

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Chuck Squier’s latest original work, Gaylord’s Last Happy Hour at the Gilded Cage, premieres at Jump-Start Performance Co. this weekend. Squier originally created Gaylord Kaiser — “an aging drag queen with all that entails” — as part of Jump-Start’s 8×8 performance series, in which participants stage eight-minute performances

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