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Rendering courtesy of Don B. McDonald Architect

Maybe you've heard: San Antonio is currently experiencing a population boom. Even Austin renters are moving to the Alamo City in droves in search of greater affordability, less traffic, and much better tacos.

Of course, tacos aren't the only dish that San Antonio does right. A diverse crop of restaurants and bars is sprouting up to feed all the hungry newcomers. From promising new ideas from the city's most lauded chefs to a gaggle of Austin imports, here are the most anticipated spots — making local's mouths water — and coming soon.

Be Kind & Rewind
This upcoming arcade bar in the former Alamo Plaza Fuddruckers had sites on opening by this year's Fiesta. However, the website still lists a vague "opening 2022." The concept ignores the gravitas of the Texas Revolution for more recent history — the scrunchied pomp of the '80s.

Big Animal
Though locals were saddened to see Hello Paradise end its run in February, the announcement did come with some promising news. The team behind Bandit BBQ is planning to open a new all-American eatery on the grounds. The opening date is still anyone's guess. It had initially intended to open by spring.

Brenner's Steakhouse
Though locals have been abubble about the River Walk location of this luxury Houston steakhouse since May 2021, the Landry's restaurant group still hasn't offered exact opening details. It has, however, gotten around to updating the website with a targeted date in the fall.

Carriqui
The first of Pearl's big reveals this year, Carriqui will open at 239 E. Grayson St. on September 2. Locals are already abuzz about chef Jaime Gonzalez's menu, which is dedicated to South Texas favorites like coastal seafood, botana platters, barbacoa, and brisket.

Francis Bogside
Coyness seems to be in vogue among San Antonio restaurateurs. So goes it with Francis Bogside owner Steve Mahoney. When announcing that the popular Irish pub would leave Southtown at the end of July, he promised a new Francis Bogside would rise from the ashes. The location and timeframe are yet to be disclosed, though local reporters are no doubt breaking out their trenchcoats.

Full Goods Diner
Paperboy made a name in the Capital City with approachable, locally sourced fare. Now the team is moving into Pearl's new plaza in September. Like its Austin sibling, Full Goods will focus on breakfast and lunch. But guests can expect San Antonio flavor in dishes like carnitas tortas and breakfast enchiladas.

Go Fish Market
One of three anticipated concepts from hospitality dynamos Houston and Emily Carpenter, Go Fish will combine a fresh fish market with a casual café. The pair estimate a winter 2022 opening at 125 W. Grayson St.

Jerk Shack
Chef Nicola Blaque is gearing up for a third brick-and-mortar location of her nationally recognized concept, tentatively set for opening in late summer. The menu will have some slight tweaks with a few more upscale offerings.

Kerbey Lane Cafe
The first San Antonio location of Austin's most famous pancake slinger was expected to arrive at 5515 N. Loop 1604 W., #101 this spring. There's still no definite date, but the outpost has begun hiring.

Künstler Brewing
Vera and Brent Deckard are bringing a second location of their beloved Southtown brewery to Hemisfair's Yanaguana Garden sometime this summer. The new joint will be similar to the original but will offer to-go bites to be enjoyed on the grounds.

Ladino
This Mediterranean restaurant from Austin's acclaimed Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group will fire up the grill in late summer at 200 E. Grayson St. — the former site of Andrew Weissman's Pearl pioneer Il Sogno Osteria. Executive chef Berty Richter's menu focuses on live-fire cooking with scratch pita, mezze, and bountiful vegetables.

La Ruina
The team behind Grayson Street's The Modernist hasn't revealed much about this rum-focused bar. Will it be on the East Side or Southtown? Will it open before the end of the year? For now, San Antonians are free to wildly speculate.

McIntyre's
Construction is still underway for this upscale sports bar, a Southtown version of a Houston favorite. Social media offers little clue to the ultimate opening date. Its Instagram page's single post still says the spot will open in early 2022.

Nineteen Hyaku
Tucked into the lobby level of the upcoming Jefferson Bank tower at 1900 Broadway, Nineteen Hyaku promises upscale sushi served in chic, midcentury modern surrounds. Elevated seafood, tony design? It's no shocker that this is another project from the aforementioned Carpenters. The debut is expected in July 2023.

Pink Shark
Downtown nightlife will gain new vigor when Picks Bar owners Jessica Marinez and Amber Hernandez take over the former Davenport Lounge at 203 N. Presa St. for a brand-new concept. When CultureMap last checked in, the bar did not have a name. Now Pink Shark has an Instagram page so neighbors can follow along with the progress.

Potchernick’s Cervecería
Local architecture firm Clayton Korte is reworking a former sporting goods store at 211 N. St. Mary's St. into a stylish new restaurant and brewery. The completion date has not been revealed, but it is expected to be up and running by year's end.

Restaurant Claudine
The ever-busy Carpenters are also hard at work converting a ramshackle house at 517 E. Grayson St. into an elegant New American eatery. According to its Instagram page, Restaurant Claudine will grace Government Hill in October. Roland Gutierrez, an alum of Supper and Up Scale, will help the kitchen as chef de cuisine.

Stable Hall
Locals will have to wait a bit to enjoy this state-of-the-art music venue at the Pearl. The ambitious project with an outdoor beer garden is not set to open until Spring 2023.

Unnamed Stefan Bowers Project
Sometimes a restaurant doesn't need a name to be highly anticipated. When lauded chef Stefan Bowers unexpectedly announced the closure of Playland Pizza, he also announced a new concept opening at the 1221 Broadway Lofts this fall. Unfortunately, he shared no menu details for the upcoming eatery — only saying that pizza will not be on the menu.

Voodoo Doughnuts
Those wondering what would happen to Playland's 400 E. Houston St. spot soon got their answer. The marble-clad space will become the first San Antonio location of Portland's Voodoo Doughnut by the end of the year.

Wurst Behavior
Sean Wen and Andrew Ho, the team behind Curry Boys and Pinch Boil House, are partnering with craft butcher Joe Saenz on this upcoming beer garden just off the St. Mary's Strip. This time the prolific alchemists will meld traditional german cuisine with Asian flavors. The spot will have a fall opening to take advantage of crisper weather.

Carriqui debuts September 2.

Rendering courtesy of Don B. McDonald Architect
Carriqui debuts September 2.
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Iconic Portland doughnut chain bakes up first San Antonio shop downtown

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By the end of the year, downtown San Antonio will have one more tourist attraction: Cult Portland-based concept Voodoo Doughnut is moving into 400 E. Houston St., just blocks from the Alamo.

Shaina Hill, the company’s marketing director, confirms to CultureMap that the first San Antonio location will be operational by late 2022. Voodoo Doughnuts previously shared the news via Instagram.

The 24-hour doughnut and coffee shop will replace Playland Pizza. After three years in business, chef and owner Stefan Bowers announced in late May that he was closing the popular restaurant on June 30. Bowers will be opening an as-yet-unnamed new eatery in the 1221 Broadway Lofts in the fall, but it will not serve pizza.

Founded in 2003 by Portlanders Kenneth Pogson and Tres Shannon, Voodoo Doughnut has become an internationally recognized brand. It first dipped its toes into the Texas market in 2015 with a store on Austin’s iconic Sixth Street. It currently runs three other stores in the Houston area.

The chain is known for its trademark pink boxes and its tongue-in-cheek offerings. In addition to selling standard varieties like glazed and cinnamon sugar cake, it also proffers doughnuts like the Maple Blazer Blunt and the dried chili-topped Ring of Fire. All are available in singles or curated boxes.

Voodoo should be popular in the busy downtown corridor near attractions like the Majestic Theater and Hopscotch. A new Alamo visitor center and museum is also being developed nearby in the historic Crockett and Woolworth buildings, although it is not expected to debut until 2025.

If other Texas openings are any indication, Voodoo will draw its own crowds.

“We’re excited to bring the Voodoo Magic to San Antonio, in the downtown corridor, where so much exciting growth is occurring,” says Voodoo Doughnut CEO Chris Schultz via statement.

7 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Ramen shop bowls over Northeast Side with new locations

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Editor’s note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of San Antonio’s restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.

Openings

Popular noodle shop Bakudan Ramen is hoping to bowl over Alamo City with two new locations. Known for its eclectic atmosphere and pan-Asian offerings like poke nachos, bibimbap, and takoyaki (fried octopus balls), the emerging chain first debuted at the Rim in 2019. A company representative tells CultureMap that a Stone Oak outpost, located at 22506 Us Hwy 281 N. #106, is expected to be guest-ready by July. A third store, at the Bandera-Loop 1604 interchange near Helotes, is aiming for an October opening.

A Japanese street food upstart has dived into the Balcones Heights area. In an Instagram post, Hanamaru Café spilled the beans on its April 24 opening of its 7460 Callaghan Rd. #333 shop. The concept specializes in Taiyaki, fish-shaped pastries commonly filled with red bean paste. Bucking tradition, the store also offers Nutella and mozzarella varieties, along with soft serve-filled taiyaki “cones.”

Pearl Farmers Market mainstay The Beignet Stand is now sweetening the Broadway corridor with a new brick-and-mortar. According to an Instagram post, the pastry shop celebrated its grand opening at 8343 Broadway on April 20. Husband-and-wife team Michael Grimes and Elisa Trevino are serving many of the varieties that make the kiosk an essential stop, including churro honey butter, Nutella, and piña colada beignets.

St. Mary’s strip revelers now have one more option for late-night eats. Taquitos MB El Sazon Norteño owner Mario Reyna Borjon took over the former home of Pizza Party at 2334 N. St. Mary’s St. on April 21. Among the offerings at Puro Taco are chicken, steak, carnitas, shrimp, and quesabirria tacos.

Central Texas barbecue chain Smokey Mo’s TX BBQ is hoping to expand its San Antonio footprint with an ambitious expansion plan. According to a release, the franchise is eyeing the Alamo City area for its first new stores, although it did not divulge the targeted amount. In all, the growing chain plans to add 32 locations in Texas. Currently, it operates four locations locally.

Other news and notes

High Street Wine Co., hot off a James Beard Awards semifinalist nod, has nabbed another plaudit. National culinary website Tasting Table has named the Pearl hot spot No. 11 on its list of top wine bars in the United States. Editors praised its devotion to small producers and wide variety of snacks.

Contemporary Southern hospitality will meet Regency era English manners at The Good Kind on May 7. The Southtown event space is putting a Bridgerton spin on its Kentucky Derby celebration with a hat contest, live jazz music, and a showing of the big race. The full bar and food menu will be offered from 4-9 pm.

7 things to know in San Antonio food: Upscale bar with Japanese twist dashes into Five Points

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Editor’s note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of San Antonio’s restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.

Openings and closings

Michael Sohocki is back at it after shuttering his trailblazing Restaurant Gwendolyn and the downtown location of ramen shop Kimura in December. On January 11, the busy chef reintroduced Kimura in the former Five Points Local space at 1017 N. Flores St. Then, on January 15, he quietly cut the ribbon on Dash Bar in the loft of the same building. The latter specializes in “European classic cocktails with Japanese techniques,” like the Crazy 88 with yaupon gin, matcha syrup, lemon, and sparkling wine and a bramble cocktail with colorful butterfly pea powder.

La Fogata has expanded its footprint with a third location in Alamo Heights. Named La Fogata Cantina, the new outpost has taken over the former home of Nosh, at 1133 Austin Hwy., also owned by restaurateur Patrick Richardson.

Los Angeles-based chain Mochinut unveiled its latest San Antonio location in a January 7 Instragram post. Located at 19202 Stone Oak Pkwy., the shop serves breaded Korean hot dogs, milk teas, and Hawaiian-style mochi doughnuts, a hybrid of the American pastry with rice flour.

Austin import Kung Fu Saloon opened its first San Antonio location on January 14 at 5531 N. Loop 1604 W. in the Rim Crossing Entertainment District. The playful concept bills itself as a “vintage arcade bar,” complete with Skee Ball, karaoke rooms, and a pixelated aesthetic inspired by classics like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. Guests can also expect plenty of beer and a cocktail menu heavy on flavored spirits.

Those needing a break from Alamo City’s endless supply of breakfast tacos (hey, it happens!) now have a new Southtown spot for the morning meal. The Breakfast Truck, a new mobile eatery at Hub Mrkt at 1203 S. Alamo St., debuted January 10 with a menu that includes breakfast sandwiches, traditional egg plates, and caffeine from locals Stranded Coffee.

Other news and notes

H-E-B has won yet another plaudit, this time from the dryly named Annual Retailer Preference Index: U.S. Grocery Channel Edition from Dunnhumby. The international research firm ranked the hometown heroes second on its list of best stateside grocers. The top spot went to Amazon, proving only that much of the nation has yet to be introduced to the singular charms of H-E-Buddy.

Lone Star distilleries will once again be highlighted as the Texas Whiskey Festival returns on May 13-14. Held at Star Hill Ranch, the affair includes a seated tasting of rare whiskies on the Friday of the event and a more casual sip-and-stroll event on Saturday. Tickets, ranging from a $20 pass for designated drivers to a $215 two-day pass, are on sale now.

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Outrageous made-to-order doughnut chain waddles into San Antonio's Far West Side

Quackerjack

If it acts like a duck and quacks like a duck, it might just be the latest doughnut shop opening in San Antonio. A rep for North Carolina-based Duck Donuts tells CultureMap that the company is expanding into a second Alamo City location at 7010 W. Loop 1604 N. in late spring 2020.

Like many contemporary concepts, the sweets shop specializes in made-to-order desserts. Each order starts with the company’s signature vanilla cake doughnut, fried in sight of the customer. Each treat is then dipped into coatings like powdered or cinnamon sugar and a variety of icings ranging from classic chocolate and strawberry to unexpected flavors like lemon and blueberry.

Guests are invited to go over the top with their custom creations by adding additional toppings and drizzles. The toppings include graham cracker crumbs, chopped peanuts, bacon, shredded coconut, Oreos, and two kinds of sprinkles — rainbow and chocolate. Drizzles come in hot fudge, marshmallow, salted caramel, and raspberry flavors.

Not just content with outrageous standalone sweets, Duck also uses its donuts as the base for other dishes. Sundaes are topped with Breyers ice cream and the brand gets weird with breakfast sandwiches including a sausage, egg, and cheese version topped with maple icing and bacon bits.

Founder Russell A. DiGilio started Duck on a whim in 2007, naming the concept after his family’s vacation retreat in Duck, North Carolina. Currently the chain operates over 200 stores in 26 states, mostly clustered on the East Coast.

The Loop 1604 location will be the second local outpost for the popular brand, which currently only operates only two locations in Texas (a Pflugerville store outside Austin is coming in early 2020). As with the first San Antonio shop at 11703 Huebner Rd., the new Duck Donuts will be run by area franchise owner Ben Newell.

7 next-level San Antonio pumpkin spice treats to welcome fall

Hello, gourd-geous

This time America might have gone too far. Counting on a seasonal rise in squash-related sociopathy, Hormel Foods released pumpkin spice Spam on September 23. It’s time for a pumpkervention.

Far be it from us to malign the nostalgia of nutmeg, but there is a better way. San Antonio is full of places that are greeting the season with sugar and spice and everything nice — and not a trace of canned meat.

The Art of Donut
This St. Mary’s Strip shop is going gaga for gourds, offering pumpkin glazed yeast and cake doughnuts. Get cozy by pairing it with an iced pumpkin pie latte or chai, available both hot and cold. Balance a doughnut on the lid for an extra cute selfie.

Bakery Lorraine
It’s a no-brainer that San Antonio’s macaron maestro would offer pumpkin spice cookies for fall, but that’s not the only way it is celebrating the changing of the season. Those who haven’t fallen to pumpkin mania can choose from a variety of treats, including speckled Zinfandel macarons and stunning fig or pear tarts.

Boozy’s Creamery + Craft
Since the South Texas weather rarely coincides with the changing of the seasons, locals must improvise. Instead of braving a steamy latte on an even steamier day, invite in the chill with an affogato made with Drunken Pumpkin ice cream spiked with spiced rum and served with a slice of dreamy pie.

Busted Sandal Brewing Company
Busted Sandal’s seasonal the El Gourdo pumpkin porter has a creamy mouthfeel and a hint of sweetness, making it an uncommonly versatile beer. Pair it with caramelized savory dishes like French onion soup, sweet treats like spice cakes and gingerbread, or enjoy alone.

Earth Burger
This local fast-food fave’s newest milkshake offers all of the cool weather vibes with none of the dairy. The vegan Pumpkin Spice Earth Shake starts with a coconut milk base, then adds spices, brown sugar, and real pumpkin. A sprinkling of vegan graham crackers gets it ready for its Instagram close-up.

PhiloÇoffee
With a dollop of pumpkin whipped cream and an infusion of caramel, this Alta Vista coffee shop’s fall latte is far from basic. Enjoy it alone for a mid-afternoon treat or pair it with a smashed sweet potato and caramelized onion toast for a leisurely weekend breakfast.

Plantyful Sweets
This familiar farmers market vendor is prepping for sweater weather with the return of its popular pumpkin pie bars. Each gooey square is loaded with harvest flavors but is plant-based and gluten-free so everyone can enjoy. Find it at Juice Joint in the Dominion Springs Plaza.

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Legendary Austin blues club brings the show to you with new indie livestreaming platform

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If legendary Austin blues club Antone’s is your vibe, but the drive down I-35 isn't, know we get it. Saving San Antonians the trip, Antone’s Nightclub launched a new service for livestreaming its shows in November.

Kicking off with New Orleans-based funk and jam band Dumpstaphunk, for their special “Phunksgiving” show last month with Michael Hale Trio, the full lineup is delineated on the Antone’s website. Specifics were still loose before the launch, allowing the famous blues club to call the shots. The partner agency that created the streaming service, 3rd + Lamar, created the system to give Antone’s as much freedom as possible.

"Partnering with Antone's to build their livestreaming platform and produce each of their shows is an incredible opportunity for 3rd + Lamar," said the agency’s co-founder Nick Schenck in a press release. "The amazing talent that performs at Antone's – and their fans worldwide – deserve best-in-class live production quality, and we're thrilled to play a part in this operation."

Not that Antone’s needed to stand out more in the music industry (the nearly 50-year-old venue has always been one of the best places to see both local and national talent), but this achievement places it among relatively few venues across the country, especially those that operate their system independently.

The intimate Antone's shows are filmed by four Blackmagic 4K cinema cameras on tracks overhead, which ensure that the whole space is easily visible without having camera operators amid the audience.

“We did over 430 individually ticketed shows in 2019 and we felt like we were bursting at the seams,” said Antone’s owner Will Bridges. “Then when livestreams became more prominent during the pandemic we realized, this is our opportunity to take Antone’s outside of our four walls. … [W]e see people in the comment threads all the time saying ‘If I could only be teleported to Antone’s!’ Well now they can.”

The release emphasizes that the system means Antone’s “fully retain[s] ownership of their content, which can then be utilized at their discretion.” It also calls the service “an add-on option for all artists performing at Antone’s,” positioning the service as not just an audience luxury but a performer’s low-cost marketing tool. Suddenly, artists playing at Antone’s are afforded a choice without needing to be invited to record or pay an independent video team, while reaching even more viewers with no extra time spent advertising.

“Our ultimate goal is to make these amazing musical experiences accessible to everyone. Life is busy, but we want to give everyone the opportunity to participate no matter where they are or what they have going on,” said Bridges. “We want to make livestreams from Antone’s totally commonplace. When we announce our upcoming shows, fans have two options: watch it at the club our watch it at home.”

Livestreams are at antonesnightclub.com, and links also appear with each applicable event across the site. Prices are listed on the website, and livestreams start 10-20 minutes before each show.

San Antonio to ring in 2023 with official downtown New Year’s Eve party

Happy New Year

You may still be Christmas shopping (or you may not have started — no judgment), but it's never too early to start planning for New Year's Eve. The City of San Antonio is certainly thinking ahead, announcing the return of Celebrate SA, the citywide celebration on Saturday, December 31.

Drawing more than 70,000 partygoers annually, San Antonio's official New Year's Eve party features live music and fireworks. This year's theme is "Dancing in the Streets," and will take place from 6 pm to midnight in the heart of downtown. According to a release, the official party boundaries will be on South Alamo Street between Market Street and Cesar Chavez Boulevard, along Villita Street, and at the Arneson River Theatre.

South Alamo Street will likely be the busiest, where crowds can enjoy live entertainment on the South Alamo Main Stage. Produced by the San Antonio Parks Foundation and the City of San Antonio, performances will range from iconic westside soul group, Eddie & The Valiants, to indie rock powerhouse, John Charlie’s Heavy Love, and DJ Isaiahfromtexas will bring open-format sets to dance the night year away.

Meanwhile, at the River Walk, the Boogie Bend stage at the Arneson River Theatre will host next-generation Chicano music sets from LA 45, as well as performances by JOAQUIN and a a genre-bending mix of sounds from DJ Lovedocument,

“We’re delighted to showcase our refreshed branding on the eve of 2023, surrounded by the San Antonio community. Our Core Values of Equity, Conservation, Culture, Community, Education, and People drive our work ensuring quality parks and park programming is enjoyed by San Antonians for years to come,” says Libby Day, director of communications for the San Antonio Parks Foundation, in a release. “The Foundation gives thanks to our Board of Directors and the team at Parallel A Brand Agency for their tireless determination to cultivate cohesive assets that tell the full story of our decades-long dedication to San Antonio and Bexar County parks.”

There will be plenty of family-friendly activities at the event as well, including a carnival. Local food and artisan vendor booths will offer diverse options, including beer, wine, and seasonal hot drinks, with beverage proceeds benefiting San Antonio and Bexar County parks.

Of course, a communal countdown will cap the party at midnight, followed by a spectacular fireworks show.

“The City of San Antonio looks forward to welcoming all of San Antonio and our visitors to downtown for this annual celebration. A Texas-sized thank you to our teams for working together to produce a safe and fun event for the community as we welcome the New Year together,” says John Jacks, director of the Center City Development and Operations Department, in the release.

And for those who prefer to ring in the New Year at home, Channel News4 San Antonio will broadcast the celebration live, starting at 10:30 pm.

4 dynamic San Antonio art exhibits to explore this December

State of the Arts

Revel in the arts this month in San Antonio with four distinct and dynamic shows. “L.A. to S.A.” brings together diverse artists to highlight similarities within the Latinx art community, while Jessica Harvey holds a mirror to natural sites in the Texas landscape in “soft earth hard sky” at Sala Diaz. Wherever your whimsy takes you this winter and throughout the holiday season, the arts will be a welcome addition.

Mercury Project

“L.A. to S.A. Presented by Motherling” — Now through December 23
“L.A. to S.A.” brings together a diverse group of artists that highlight the vast similarities within the Latinx art community. These similarities bring with them a feeling of home, familiarity, and comfort. The artists bring these feelings to the surface all while highlighting their own variances in themes and art practices. This exhibition is meant to explore the impact made within the communities, and how these impacts spread beyond each individual city, creating a larger network of ‘comunidad’ throughout the country.

Sala Diaz

“Jessica Harvey: soft earth hard sky” — Now through December 30
In this exhibit, Jessica Harvey holds a mirror to natural sites in the Texas landscape to search for self-reflected back in the sinkholes, waterways, and skies at daybreak. These in-between spaces offer an opportunity for the viewer to see collapse and sickness as a portal in addition to a void. Harvey is an artist and writer whose work explores the fractures of bodies, place, and history. Using photography, video, sound, and archival resources, the images and installations Harvey creates look to the psychology that one attaches to memory and place, putting a particular emphasis on the labor of care. Bone fragments, human hair, heartbeats, and the sounds of daybreak act as inspiration to illustrate the stories and rituals tied to death and living.

Artpace

“María José Crespo: Flaws in negotiation with non-cohesive sand” — Now through January 8
María José Crespo has created an environment that layers human presence, land, and water politics, and an ever-changing territory into a border poem. The voluminous sculptural works of steel, plaster, wood, and glass pay tribute to infrastructure and excess of materials visible along the border due to years of human construction and interaction. The video projection replicates informal communication through reflected light across a large landscape as a dancing flicker. The collage mural combines maps, treaties, photographs, documents, and artistic research strategies to create an alternative narrative of history. Likewise, bar codes, google maps, and even border security chats are among the poetic details in Crespo’s art.

Witte Museum

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María José Crespo''s works are on display at-Artpace.

“Beasley’s Vaqueros of the Brush County” — Now through March 20, 2023
Ricardo Beasley was an artist with the heart of a vaquero and one of the few artists in history who depicted the vaqueros of South Texas. Using pencils, charcoal and ink, Beasley’s drawings depict the details and wild action of the vaquero life from the 1930s through the 1960s. Beasley sketched continuously, capturing images of the landscape, the animals around him and the wild experiences of men born of the hard ranch land in South Texas. Many drawings were done in small tally books used to count cattle, on old grocery sacks, and anything he had to draw on or with. Beasley’s poems are featured in the exhibition alongside his sketches and artifacts from his life and family.