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Chupachanga 2: The Artful West Side Party

Chupachanga is a West Side block party. And here's why it’s more than just a block party: Art will be a byproduct of the party.

“This event is actually centered around large-scale print-making," said Samantha Lopez, the program coordinator a San Anto Cultural Arts.

“The way it works is that the artist carves into the woodblocks,” she said.

Those woodblocks get some ink and a big roller and voila! Three 3 ft. by 4 ft. prints are the result.

"Two of those prints will be sold," Lopez explained. "And then the last print goes to the artist."  

In case you’ve forgotten exactly what San Antono Cultural Arts does, Lopez explained:

"San Anto Cltural Arts is a 20-year-old arts nonprofit located on the West Side of San Antonio," she said.

Known for their bi-monthly newspaper "El Placazo," as well as their prolific public mural program, they’re also getting known for their curiously-named block party. But there’s a reason it’s called Chupachanga.  

"It’s the corner of Chupadera and El Paso Street," Lopez said.

The pachanga is on Chupadera Street, so it’s called the Chupachanga. You’ve got to admit, that makes sense.

"The event is free, open to the public, family-friendly, dog friendly," Lopez said. "We'll have live music and food. Really just an opportunity for people to come and enjoy what the arts have to offer here on the West Side."

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii