The outfits alone should convince you to stop by. | Photo by Richard Vasquez via GCAC
Every car needs an engine. Every pen needs ink. And every city needs a community-based cultural hub — ours is in the Westside.
Specifically, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center sits at the heart of SA’s Chicano, Latino, and Native American arts communities. Expect tons of events through the end of the year — so let’s get right into it.
How it started
Before the Arts Center had a center, it was a group of Chicano/a artists determined to shape the San Antonio cultural arts scene. The mission of the Performance Artists’ Nucleus (PAN) was to support artists seeking municipal funds for their work, “[realizing] that vital decisions were being made for Mexican-American and Latino communities without their input.”
In 1980, PAN secured funding for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, a national model for multidisciplinary community organizations. The GCAC offers year-round programming + classes across six disciplines: dance, theater, visual arts, music, film, and literature. Plus, community events like the Tejano Conjunto in May and Cinefestivalin July. And performances at Guadalupe Theater. And a Latino bookstore.
When we say “national model,” we mean national supermodel. Whatever your genre, you’ll find some reason to visit the GCAC in the next couple of months.
How it’s going
Now (the start of Hispanic Heritage Month) through the end of the year is the busy season at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Look forward to:
Las Damas: Art, Loterí y Poesía en el Westside | Sat., Sept. 17 | Author Xelena Gonzalez + illustrator Adriana Garcia showcase Where Wonder Grows, The Turquoise room, and Lotería Remedios for the Guadalupe Latino Bookstore Author Series.
Folklorico Dance in Chicano Communities | Fri, Oct. 7 | A free symposium will celebrate the history of folklorico dance. In the evening, travel to Guadalupe Theater for a narrated folklorico performance by the Gabriela Mendoza-Garcia Ballet Folklorico.
Books on Tap | Thu., Sep. 15 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | New Braunfels Brewing Company | Price of purchase | Join fellow lovers of speculative fiction to discuss Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation.” 🧬
The Mountain Goats | Thu., Sep. 15 | 8 p.m. | Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St Mary’s St. | $30+ | Hear the acclaimed indie band perform their cinematic “Bleed Out” album.
Taco Rumble 2022 | Thu., Sep. 15 | 7:30-10 p.m. | San Antonio Museum of Art | $75 | Try tacos from some of some of Texas’ best chefs, plus drinks + dessert to benefit San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance. 🌮
Viva Dieciséis at Pearl | Fri., Sep. 16 | 5-7 p.m. | Pearl | Free | Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a variety of mariachi groups.
Donation Yoga and Drinks | Fri., Sep. 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling, 4834 Whirlwind Dr. | $5 | Come wind down after a long week with an hour long yoga class, and a few drinks from Ranger Creek. 🧘
An Evening with Michael Bublé | Sat., Sep. 17 | 8 p.m. | AT&T Center | $49+ | The Grammy winning, multi-platinum superstar entertainer will be back on the road with his brand new “Higher” tour.
San Antonio Paranormal Fest 2022 | Sat., Sep. 17 | 4 p.m. | Victoria’s Black Swan Inn, 1006 Holbrook Rd. | $40 | Take part in paranormal festivities like ghost stories, shopping, lectures, and food. 👻
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
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The Kress-Grant building may be home to the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum. A $5 million matching grant in the 2023 Bexar County budget could help the organization preserve local Black history, provided it can raise the remaining $15 million. (San Antonio Express-News)
An opening date of Thurs., Oct. 6 has been set for AC by Marriott, a new River Walk hotel. Later this year, the same corporation, Winston Hotels LLC, plans to open Element by Westin, another hotel in the same property. 🏨 (CultureMap San Antonio)
Today at 6 p.m., the San Antonio Regional Flood Planning Group will present the first-ever regional flood plan. Flood risk analysis identified ~$1 billion in projects necessary to mitigate potential damage. 🌊 (San Antonio Report)
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded UTSA faculty $900,000 to serve children with autism in San Antonio. The university’s Applied Behavior Analysis has received Autism Grant Program money for seven consecutive years.
A local women-owned investment group has purchased four of the former Hometown Burger restaurants, rebranding them under the name Burger Factory. The rebranded locations will retain their old staff + pick up some new menu items. 🍔 (KSAT)
Something big could be coming to the San Antonio Botanical Garden, which was just licensed for a $2.5 million project categorized as “Renovation/Alteration.” Work will start on Oct. 10 and continue through March 2023. When we know, you’ll know — but drop us a line if you already know.
San Antonio’s culinary scene is largely influence by its Hispanic roots. | Graphic by SATXtoday team
Dubbed by UNESCO as a Creative City of Gastronomy, San Antonio’s culinary scene has largely been influenced by its Hispanic culture and heritage. With that said, we all have our favorites when it comes to great, authentic Hispanic food — we definitely do.
Editor’s pick: Howdy, SATX. You’ve got me for a while while we look for a new true-blue San Antonian to help Iván. If we haven’t met — hi there, I’m Dayten, your Multi-City Editor based out of Kansas City, MO. I’m sure we’ll get to know each other much better.
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