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News and notes from the San Antonio art scene

All quiet on the art front

It's no doubt the deceptive calm before the storm, but as we type away at our desks, curators, museum directors, and, we hope, artists, are enjoying holiday vacation, making for a rather empty e-mail in-box. First Friday should shake us from our Tryptophan-induced complacency, however, and perhaps those art shenanigans will inspire a trip off the beaten path on Saturday: Arbor Art House will open a show of paintings by Wendy Hauschildt and mixed media works by Ian Doumit at 837 Arbor, just north of Sabinas. The reception, scheduled from 6:30-10:30pm, will feature music by Yoshimoto. For more information, contact curators Frank J. and Martin Leal at 416-8938 or 271-0622.

At least one Blue Star gallery is not hanging new work for the first show of the new year. StoneMetal Press is extending Duane I Johnson's show, Easy Target: Narrative Connections, through January 9. Johnson's work has graphic and narrative qualities that make for energetic, immediate prints. For more information, contact Le Green at 227-1312.

Also backlogged by popular demand is Randy Wallace's interactive installation, Roundhouse, at Sala Diaz. [See "Embrace your doom" in this issue of the Current.] One night only, 6-11p.m., at 517 Stieren.

Pop (the cork) quiz

It's been a busy year on San Antonio's art scene, what with Contemporary Art Month's successful return to indie-artist production, a rollicking city funding process, and numerous other important developments, so in celebratory anticipation of a brand spankin' new year of folly, fortune, and foment, here's a little quiz to see if you've been keeping a list like old Saint Nick:

What San Antonio-based gallery has a new branch in Houston? Finesilver Gallery inaugurated its Houston location, 5230 Center, on December 15 with an exhibition of new work by San Antonio found-object sculptor Leonardo Drew. Drew is known for recomposing our entropy with his often wall-size works made of regimented detritus. For more info, contact John Tevis at 354-3333.

Who is Carlos Vidali? The former Mexican Consul General for San Diego and San Antonio is serving as the new board president for Blue Star Contemporary Art Center (formerly Blue Star Art Space), succeeding attorney Marc Wiegand. During his tenure, Wiegand worked with director Bill FitzGibbons to build a strong relationship with Mexico's contemporary art community which led directly to 2004's Mexican Report, featuring the work of more than 40 Mexican artists.

What former museum director sits on that board? Vidali's crop of new board members includes former SAMA director George Neubert, as well as sculptor James Searles, and Anthony Jones, president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Not bad for a 20-year-old.

Who else is dos equiis this year? Celebrate with Jump-Start Performance Co. this weekend as the city's fearless avant-garde performance and workshop space turns 20. Performance Party XX: 20/20 Vision will likely be an especially rambunctious version of Jump-Start's annual fest, featuring a night of wildly varied acts and a scrumptuous buffet. 7 p.m. Saturday, January 8, 108 Blue Star. Suggested donation: $5. For more info, call 227-5867 or visit www.jumpstart.org.

Compiled by Elaine Wolff

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