Local events calendar for April 9

Tuesday, April 9
9 a.m. Exhibit: “Why We Came”
The Institute of Texan Cultures (801 E César Chávez) presents “Why We Came: The Immigration Experience.” The exhibit explores the various challenges of immigration as well as the process of leaving a home for a new one. Admission is free for UTSA students.
10 a.m. Exhibit: “Pasión Popular”
San Antonio Museum of Art (200 W. Jones St.) presents “Pasión Popular: Spanish and Latin American Folk Art from the Cecere Collection.” The exhibit features almost 400 pieces of ethnographic art donated to the museum by Peter B. Cecere including religious paintings, masks and toys. Admission is $5-$10.
12 p.m. Exhibit: “Laden Gesture”
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (116 Blue Star) presents “Laden Gesture,” an exhibit featuring artwork from local artist, Vicky Jones. Known for her contemplative and subtle pieces, the exhibit explores different themes pertaining to the body and memory. Admission is $3-$5.
7 p.m. Reading: “Awaken the Sleeping Poet”
The Twig Book Shop (200 E. Grayson St., Ste. 124) presents “Awaken the Sleeping Poet,” a chance for poetry lovers to congregate and discuss their favorite poems and poets. Hosted by Floyd Lanrouex, the event features poetry contests, discussions and an open mic segment. Admission is free.
8:30 p.m. Comedy: “The Oxymorons”
Rivercenter Comedy Club (849 E. Commerce) presents “The Oxymorons,” an interactive comedy show in whch audience members make suggestions and take part in the show. Admission is $10.
Wednesday, April 10
8 a.m. Event: “Coffee with the New President and Vice-President of LGBT Chamber”
Madhatters Tea House and Café (320 Beauregard) will be hosting a small event for people to meet and chat with the new LGBT Chamber of Commerce President Ruby Resendez and Vice-President Robert Salcido, Jr. as the two discuss their plans for 2013. The event is open for members and non-members alike.

8:30 a.m. “Weed Wednesdays”
Phil Hardberger Park has “Weed Wednesdays” in order to combat invasive weeds which threaten the unique flora and fauna. Planting of native plants will be a part of the activities as well. The meeting site is different each week, so contact Wendy Leonard at (210) 207-3292 or at [email protected] for more information.

11 a.m. Exhibit: “The Chair Show”
MockingBird Handprints (1420 S. Alamo #103) presents “The Chair Show,” an exhibit featuring fabrics crafted by local artists Jane Bishop and Paula Cox. All of the chairs in the exhibit have been upholstered by the two artists and the chairs feature unique styles and forms. Admission is free.
12 p.m. Exhibit: “Kelley Eggert, Dewayne Hughes, Guus Kemp”
Gallery Nord (2009 NW Military) presents artwork by Kelley Eggert, Dewayne Hughes and Guus Kemp, three local Houston artists. Artwork featured will display the different methods employed by each respective artists and showcase the different styles and subject matter from each as well. Admission is free.
12 p.m. Exhibit: “Paula Feeley”
Lawrence Markey (311 6th Street) presents paintings by late artist Paula Feeley. Feeley’s paintings showcase abstract subjects along with bold colors and unique compositions. Admission is free.
Thursday, April 11
12 p.m. Exhibit: “Transitios”
Artpace (445 N. Main Ave.) presents “Transitios,” a group show dealing with various aspects of dissonance in Mexican culture. Artwork featured in the exhibit is provided by the Changarrito Project, which consists of roughly 1,000 works by 328 artists. Admission is free.

7 p.m. Jazz Poets Writing Sessions
Espresso Gallery (529 San Pedro) hosts free writing sessions. These writing sessions are provided by the Jazz Poets of San Antonio, headed by Eduardo Garza who also serves as drummer for the Jazz Poetry Band, which backs up the poets starting at 8 p.m.
9 p.m. Music: “Big Band Jazz with The King William Jazz Collective”
Carmens de la Calle Café (720 E. Mistletoe) presents The King William Jazz collective for a night of food, dancing and music. Admission is free.
Friday, April 12
9 p.m. UC Cinema Night: Gangster Squad
The Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02) will present the action crime film starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone. Gangster Squad is based on a gangster squad unit formed by officers and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department during the 1940s and 50s in an effort against gangster Mickey Cohen. The screening is free and includes popcorn.

8 p.m. Comedy: Shayla Rivera
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club (618 N.W. Loop 410) will host comedians Shayla Rivera and Nat Baimel. Rivera, who co-starred in Comedy Central’s “Comedy Rehab,” incorporates her Latin heritage into her comedy routine. Admission is $15. For more information or to buy tickets, visit lolsanantonio.com.

Saturday, April 13
10 a.m. Exhibit: Printed in San Antonio
The McNay Art Museum (6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.) will host and exhibit features works that were all printed in San Antonio. The exhibit honors San Antonio and its history with prints from all over the city. Admission is $5-$15.

10 a.m. San Antonio Fine Art Festival
Village at Stone Oak Shopping Center (22610 U.S. 281) will host the San Antonio Fine Art Festival with authentic creations in sculpting, painting, photography, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber and more. Hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free.

Sunday, April 14
2 p.m. Shen Yun Performing Arts
Lila Cockrell Theatre (200 E. Market St.) will host the Shen Yun Performing Arts in their performance mixing ancient technique and modern technology. The Chinese Classical dance consists of dancers, original scores and custom-design digital backdrops.

3:15 p.m. Music: Ebene String Quartet
Temple Beth-El (211 Belknap Pl.) will host a classical music concert by the San Antonio Chamber Music Society. Admission is free for students and active duty military with ID. For more information, visit sacms.org.