Vivid colors on big canvases, painted en plein-air, depict artist Laurel Gibson’s vision of San Antonio. Gibson’s paintings provide an insight into her depths, showing both the scene and its sensory feelings. As an educator, Gibson believes that art is a vehicle of expression when words and actions are not possible. The artist sees her paintings, embroideries, and ceramics as a reflection of her mind’s ambition; a means to find enlightenment in an imperfect world.
The exhibit will on display through August 27.
Raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Carmen Cartiness Johnson is a self-taught acrylic painter. Her early work of flat, colored, graphic shapes is based on summer visits to her grandmother’s farm. Her later paintings progressed to a more dimensional painterly style. Johnson’s narrative art takes a snapshot of people interacting in social situations. The inspiration for her vivid paintings comes from poems, songs, novels, media, as well as the works of Romare Bearden and Diego Rivera.
The exhibit will on display through May 10.
Calvin Pressley is an artist who finds immense satisfaction within the process of art making, particularly in exploring the interplay of color and surface. Through his art, he seeks to create a sense of depth and richness that draws the viewer into his work, encouraging them to explore and engage with the layers of color and texture. Pressley has been developing new projects that allow him to bring items out of the studio, that are not typically included in a finalized exhibition.
The exhibit will on display through March 29.
Wardell Picquet likes dealing with color, pattern, texture, shape, contrast, abstraction, and the overwhelming magnificence of the human form. While still on a personal quest to blend all of these elements into a cohesive and aesthetic whole, conceptually, he is becoming more concerned with the idea of relationships in the human experience.
Alethia Jones’ work primarily focuses on spirituality, mental illness, and lucid dreams. Inspired by her Christian faith, her sole objective is to connect her audience to glimpses of God’s glory. Indigenous and other non-Western influences abound throughout her work, challenging traditional notions of God’s character and appearance.
Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on view through February 16.
Inner emotions, intuition, and general life placement are the stems that Lauren Post’s work spring from. Her linework, symbolism, and textures invite viewers into a world that aims to provoke questions and thoughts. Through her art, Post hopes to be a source of inspiration and guidance for others’ learning and self-realization.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through January 5.
A major San Antonio is saddling up for an intimate look at the modern American cowboy lifestyle through the lens of acclaimed photographer Anouk Masson Krantz.
Her new exhibition, "American Cowboys," opens September 29 at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, showcasing stunning black-and-white images that reveal the enduring culture of the ranching families and rodeo communities.
The exhibition promises a behind-the-scenes look at the less-urban world surrounding San Antonio and other Texas locales. Featuring over 100 stunning photographs, Krantz's lens provides a contemporary homage to cowboy culture across the frontier.
Raised in France but now based in New York City, Krantz has traveled across America to photograph the daily lives and enduring culture of today's cowboys and cowgirls. Her subjects are ranchers, tight-knit rodeo crowds, and the virtues of the Western lifestyle that remain remarkably unchanged for more than 150 years.
Her being raised outside of America is important for connecting mythology — what she learned in France as tropes — to reality. Many San Antonians have become used to knowing ranchers and equestrians, but the French photographer's images provide an inspiring and fresh outside view into the enduring pioneering spirit of the West..
"Krantz's intimate portraits and stunning panoramas showcase the life of today's cowboys and ranchers — and vividly prove that what she'd heard of, and we all think of as the Western life, is alive and thriving," says Briscoe president and CEO Liz Jackson.
Selected images on Krantz’s website feature a cowboy on horseback tipping his hat in a timeless, polite gesture, framed surprisingly through a car window as if glimpsed across eras. Another photo depicts women seated around a vintage car, chatting with one another. Juxtaposing classic cowboy iconography with candid moments of connection, the photos reveal the photographer's fascination with both pervasive myths and ephemeral glimpses of Western American life.
"Although long admired for their strength, relentless work ethic and humble values, the American Cowboy is more than a myth.” Jackson remarks.
Guests can anticipate hearing unique insights directly from the acclaimed French photographer herself during an exclusive tour, as she shares details about capturing the authentic daily lives of humble, yet virtuous cowboys and their families. Visitors can also keep exploring the Briscoe's Western offerings, which have long been a defining part of the museum's curatorial style.
"The exhibition pairs well with our permanent collection where visitors can see both historical and contemporary art, tools of the cowboy trade, and artifacts of the West," says Jackson.
Krantz's critically acclaimed photography offers an inspiring and fresh view into the enduring pioneering spirit of the West. Fans will also have the opportunity to take home a signed copy of Krantz's latest art book Ranchland: Wagonhound, which won the 2023 Western Heritage Award.
"American Cowboys" will be on display at the Briscoe Western Art Museum from September 29, 2023, to January 22, 2024. Tickets ($14, plus discounts for children, seniors, military, and students) to the Briscoe are available at briscoemuseum.org.
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BURSTING AT THE SEAMS
Few among us have the clout to sidle up to Anna Wintour on Loewe’s front row, but one doesn’t need the ear of the legendary editor-in-chief to gain fashion inspiration. As Paris Fashion Week winds down in October, the locally hosted Texas Fashion Week is just kicking off.
The annual affair — the official fashion week of the state’s emerging fashion industry — strutted into San Antonio on October 1 and will inspire through October 7 with a full slate of runway shows, educational programs, and glamorous celebrations. A collaboration between the state nonprofit Texas Fashion Industry Initiative and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the event aims to give promising designers a chance to showcase their ideas.
KLRN’s TV studios at 501 Broadway will be the epicenter of four days of presentations highlighting inspiring new collections. The shows kicked off with a college night featuring Lillian Jenae Designs, Brøc, and Aubrey Frey Apparel, labels created by Texas university students.
“Texas Fashion Week aims to provide a platform for emerging designers to showcase their innovative designs, including students,” said Texas Fashion Industry Initiative Vice President Saige Thomas in a release. “Fashion students deserve a chance to stage their work as well, without the standard financial limitations holding them back.”
In addition to soaking in wardrobe inspiration, local fashionistas can enjoy fashion and beauty panels, a high school sustainability competition, exhibitions, and networking opportunities. An educational program on October 2 covers topics such as branding and drag.
The jam-packed days lead up to the Texas Fashion Industry Awards at the Tobin Center on October 6. A curated brunch at Kiki’s Coffee on October 7 gives gala guests one last chance to congratulate the winners.
The full schedule of events can be found at texasfashionindustry.org. A limited number of all-access and single-day passes are still available.
Comedy Comeback News
Comedian Chris Tucker will make San Antonio's Majestic Theatre one of the stops on his first major tour in North America since 2011, performing at the venue on Thursday, November 2.
The 33-city" Legend" Tour 2023 will kick off in Charleston, South Carolina on September 8, continuing through January 12.
This new date in San Antonio was added due to high demand, as well as a second date in Houston (November 4-5). Tucker will also perform in Irving on November 1.
"I started my career doing stand-up in comedy clubs and it's stand-up comedy that prepared me for all of my movie roles," said Tucker in a statement. "I'm looking forward to getting back to my roots. I love performing live, there's nothing like the energy of a live crowd and making people laugh."
Tucker’s career began in the early 1990s when he became a favorite on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Comedy Jam. He is best known for his role in the Rush Hour action-comedy film franchise, as well as Friday and The Fifth Element.
He's been in only a few films since the Rush Hour series ended, but recently had a prominent role opposite Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Viola Davis in Air.
Tickets will be available on Tuesday, October 3, at 10 am on Ticketmaster.
THE LEGEND TOUR DATES (*new show):
- Fri Sep 08 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
- Sun Sep 10 – Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall
- Wed Sep 20 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville Palace
- Fri Sep 22 – Memphis, TN – The Orpheum Theatre Memphis
- Sun Sep 24 – Durham, NC – DPAC
- Sat Sep 30 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre-Oakland
- Tue Oct 03 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
- Wed Oct 04 – Inglewood, CA – YouTube Theater
- Thu Oct 05 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theatre
- Sat Oct 07 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Pantages Theatre
- Tue Oct 10 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre Columbus
- Wed Oct 11 – Cincinnati, OH – Aronoff Center
- Thu Oct 12 – Cleveland, OH – State Theatre at Playhouse Square
- Wed Oct 18 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
- Thu Oct 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center
- Sun Oct 22 – Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts
- Thu Oct 26 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
- Wed Nov 01 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
- Thur Nov 02 — San Antonio, TX — Majestic Theatre*
- Sat Nov 04 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
- Sat Nov 05 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center*
- Tue Nov 07 – Oklahoma City, OK – Criterion Theater
- Wed Nov 08 – Kansas City, MO – Music Hall Kansas City
- Tue Nov 14 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts - Moran Theater
- Wed Nov 15 – Orlando, FL – Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
- Fri Nov 17 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
- Sat Nov 18 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre*
- Wed Nov 29 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
- Sat Dec 02 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
- Mon Dec 04 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
- Thu Dec 07 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
- Tue Jan 09 – Toronto, ON – Meridian Hall
- Fri Jan 12 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
86 the Beyond Patties
Hearty Central Texas-based chain Hopdoddy Burger Bar has unveiled a new lineup of regenerative burgers that are supposed to be better for the planet and the consumer.
The term ‘regenerative burger’ could cause a few head-scratches: Some may think of lab-grown or 3D-printed meat, while others think of plant-based alternatives but it’s neither. It is grass-fed meat, sourced a bit differently. "Regenerative farming" is a term used to describe farming and grazing practices that claim to restore and rebuild degraded soil, resulting in better-quality air and water.
Hopdoddy’s vice president of culinary Matt Schweitzer explained that it all began with with a sense of obligation to do better as a brand for the consumers and the ecosystem.
“We felt like we could really take a stand and look to move our entire supply chain in a regenerative fashion, so we could really be proud of the work we’ve done and we could hopefully leave the animals, the farmers, the ranchers, the native grasslands, and our planet a better place than before we started,” says Schweitzer.
The new menu items include the "Roosevelt Burger" with grass-fed regenerative bison; the "Nashville Hot Sandwich" with regenerative raised chicken; the "Regenerative Royale," which is a play on a classic double quarter-pounder with cheese; the "Mother Nature" with grass-fed regenerative beef; and the "Buffalo Bill" also uses regenerative bison, but appears not to be grass-fed.
With this launch, Hopdoddy removes all plant-based meat substitutes from its menu, significantly reducing the options for vegans and vegetarians. The company felt the ingredients and ethos of the alternative meats — describing some such as Beyond Meats as "falsely advertised" regarding nutrition in a press release — no longer aligned with its values and mission. However, the house-made veggie patty remains on the signature "El Bandito" burger.
Schweitzer says the regenerative burgers have received positive feedback, as people are excited to know where their food comes from, how it gets to their table, and what type of impact it causes. Regarding the future of regenerative meat, he says there is no doubt it could become mainstream soon.
“I think the flavor profile, the eating experience, the story, the mission, the purpose, really speaks for itself," says Schweitzer. "So, I really think it’s a matter of time until 'regenerative' is talked about in the same way that 'organic,' or 'sustainable,' or those type of buzzwords are talked about."
To further show its commitment to regenerative agriculture, Hopdoddy is also one of the sponsors of Common Ground, a documentary about the pioneers of the regenerative movement, premiering October 4 in Austin. The "uplifting" film, according to a release, features well-known actors Laura Dern, Rosario Dawson, Jason Momoa, Woody Harrelson, Ian Somerhalder, and Donald Glover, emphasizing that this motley crew does share one thing in common: a strong belief in regenerative agriculture.
For more information about the new regenerative burgers, visit hopdoddy.com.