Come as You are Not – Come INCOGNITO!

incognito (900x535)INCOGNITO: Fiesta’s Masked Ball – an official Fiesta Event produced by The URBAN-15 Group – will be taking place on April 18th, 2015, 8 pm to Midnight, at the Whitley Conference Center, 285 Oblate Drive.

To help kick off Fiesta San Antonio, URBAN-15 presents its 19th annual Incognito, their annual masked ball. Coupled with Carnaval de San Anto’s legendary Fiesta Flambeau street performance, Incognito captures the carnival spirit of Fiesta.

Incognito supports community-based arts organizations. Proceeds from INCOGNITO go directly to URBAN-15’s youth and senior arts programs and studio renovations. Join the best dance party of Fiesta and enjoy live music by Beto y los Fairlanes and a floor show by URBAN-15’s performance ensemble Carnaval de San Anto.

There will also be a costume contest for a chance to win cash prizes: $100 for 1st place with the best costume; $50 for 2nd place; and $25 for 3rd place.

Presale tickets for INCOGNITO are $35 per adult (single seating, no table), $20 per child, $200 per table of six, $250 per table of eight. At the door they will be $40 per adult and $24 per child (tables not available; single seat only). Admission includes a buffet, along with a cash bar.

Tickets can be purchased online at until April 17th at midnight. After that, advance tickets will still be available at the URBAN-15 Studio, 2500 S. Presa, and at The Fiesta Store, located at 2611 Broadway. They will also be sold at the door on the day of the event.

Elizabeth Rodriguez Steps Forward at Bihl Haus Arts

Installation by Elizabeth Rodriguez "On the Eve of Consciousness" at Bihl Haus Arts. Photo by Daniel Gonzalez.

Installation by Elizabeth Rodriguez “On the Eve of Consciousness” at Bihl Haus Arts. Photo by Daniel Gonzalez.

Kudos to Elizabeth Rodriguez on her exhibition at Bihl Haus Arts, “On the Eve of Consciousness.” I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth several months back. She has been a regular exhibitor at the Brick Marketplace Sunday happening. She keeps a fabulous collection of vintage clothing there on a semi-regular basis, terribly stylish and always tempting. Over time, we struck up an acquaintance and had several wonderful conversations, some of them delving into deep waters. I knew that she had worked with her former husband, artist Jesse Treviño, but she never mentioned that she was preparing her own body of work for an upcoming show.

It was with delight that I read Elda Silva’s review of the show in the San Antonio Express-News. In a wonderfully detailed piece, Elda delves into the artist’s life and works, interviewing not only Rodriguez, but Bihl Haus director Kellen McIntyre. On April 18, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., there will be readings, discussion and book signing to celebrate the publication of Her Texas: Image, Poem & Song. Featured guests include Donna Walker-Nixon, Rachel Crawford, Cassy Burleson, Rosemary Catacalos, Jan Seale, Carmen Tafolla, Frances Trevino Santos and many more.

"Relative Position" (2015) by Leigh Anne Lester. Photo courtesy of artist and Ruiz-Healy Art.

“Relative Position” (2015) by Leigh Anne Lester. Photo courtesy of artist and Ruiz-Healy Art.

Stop in to see the show while you have the opportunity. It closes on May 8. Later in May, we look forward to the opening of “Nature on the Edge: Mutation and Hybridity in 21st Century Art” curated by David S. Rubin, May 22 – July 11. Leigh Anne Lester is one of the featured artists for this exhibition.


Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Road, inside the gates of the Monticello Park Senior Apartments — across from TipTop Cafe. Gallery hours 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday or call for an appointment — (210) 383-9723.


Final days for Cornelia White Swann: Fugitive Color I

swannCornelia White Swann: Fugitive Color I, currently showing at French & Michigan Gallery, is closing April 25. You are welcome during regular gallery hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm) to view Swann’s paintings—either for the first time, or to discover the changes that have taken place in the work over the course of the exhibition.

The second of the two-part presentation, Fugitive Color II, opens in spring 2016 and coincides with the catalogue release. The publication examines Swann’s process and concepts through curatorial and experimental essays, broader cultural investigations, and interviews with the artist.
For more information on the artist or exhibition email

Metropolitan Klezmer: Turks, Tailors and Uncle Moses!

klezmer (2)As part of its free Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral series, Musical Bridges Around the World is presenting the New York City-based Metropolitan Klezmer sextet. This all-woman combo approaches tradition with irreverence and respect. The soulful, fun-loving powerhouse group has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998.

Band repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies,Yiddish swing & retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking songs, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals.

Metropolitan Klezmer concert footage has been broadcast internationally on CBS & CNN. Bandmates were profiled by NPR’s Hey Ladies project. The band also made studio recordings of their arrangements for double platinum, Grammy-nominated Scissor Sisters, and performed at the special request of artist Kiki Smith for the dedication of her new stained glass window at the Eldridge Street Synagogue.

SanFernando_Season17_Header (900x333)The concert will be presented at San Fernando Cathedral this Sunday, April 12, at 6:30pm. It is free and open to the public.

Come Son, Let Me Tell You a Lie: New Works by Joseph Phillips

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When It Is Dark Enough (2015), by Brian Phillips

High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change. Robespierre, Napoleon, Beethoven, Stalin, Picasso, they’re all runners in the relay race, they all belong to the same stadium.

— Milan Kundera

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