2010-08-02/08 Weekly LOVIEE

August marks the beginning of the end of summer. In Houston, that’s actually a good thing, as hot as it has gotten in recent days. They tell me it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. Yet that’s part of Houston’s charm, I suppose. (Yes, I say this as I sit in a house with a malfunctioning air conditioner.)

Anyway, on with my picks for the week.


Perspectives 171: Jennifer West, Contemporary Arts Museum, 5216 Montrose, Tue,Wed,Fri,Sat 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-9pm, Sun noon-5pm, free admission. These five works by Jennifer West are an odd cross between filmmaking and painting. West treats the developed film as both a medium to record and a surface to be manipulated (with items that include makeup, fruit juice, skateboard wheels, and candy), with surprising, bizarre, hypnotic, and unique results that must be seen to be believed and appreciated. On display through September 26. Generously supported and commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. 10-CAMJWEST

ArtHouston, numerous local art galleries (see website for details), all day, free admission. Exhibitions include a wide range of work including abstract paintings, mixed media, sculptures, photography, and collage. Exhibitions continue through August 31. 10-ARTHOUSTON

Closing Saturday 08-07

The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street. 10-LACBIG

Friday 08-06

Winter Wallace CD Release Party, Gallery M Squared, 339 W. 19th, 7pm, $? (pre-sale)/$12 (at door). The long awaited CD release is finally here and this is the party for it. 10-M08-1

Saturday 08-07

WordCamp Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, 8:30am-4pm; WordLab + mixer (afterparty) at Caroline Collective, 4820 Caroline, 4pm-8pm. Houston’s first ever conference about all things WordPress, with keynote by Matt Mullenweg, and presentations by several other WordPress experts. (Note: this is a sold out event, listed here primarily in anticipation of a future recap.) 10-M08-2

Ground Zero/The Distracted/Finding Reason/Insert Name Here, Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak, doors 8pm, $8 advance/$10 at door, all ages. 10-W31-1

White Linen Night in the Heights, Heights area (see website for locations), 6-9pm. After last year’s success, it’s back again this year. An event about art, culture, and community, featuring special deals from area merchants as well as a pie eating contest and fashion show. 10-W31-2