Houston

Review: McArthur Binion

“Perspectives 177: McArthur Binion” is one of two recent exhibitions to open at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. Organized by senior curator Valerie Cassel Olivier “McArthur Binion” features 12 [...]...

Review: The Toxic Avenger

Musical theater has, as of late, taken some strange turns. Movies beget musicals that beget musical movies, but none, thus far, have been as surprising as “The Toxic Avenger,” based on the cult classic film [...]...

Review: Observed Imagined Abstracted

“Observed Imagined Abstracted” At Hiram Butler Gallery January 14 - February 25, 2012, three different approaches to landscape painting make for an intriguing show of small works that ask us to reflect on our interactions with the Earth [...]...

Review: Jade Walker at Lawndale Art Center

As the exhibition title, “Contact,” implies, Jade Walker’s current installation in the large John O’Quinn gallery space at Lawndale Art Center is suggestive of a contact sport. Like her earlier work, the objects assembled in “Contact” [...]...

Review: “Pretty Dark” Shorts Showcase

When I think about “dark,” in a general context of genre, my expectation is more often than not, weight or heavy handedness. Filmmakers exploring violence can fall into the trap of excess, and those interested in mystery lean on abstraction or purposeful incoherence, a la Lynch derivatives [...]...

Making Music: Making a Career

SO YOU HAVE TRAINING AT A major music school, does that guarantee you a career? Not necessarily. That’s where professional development programs come in. As the number of highly trained musicians graduating from [...]...

John Sonsini Men at Work

THE PHRASE “PAINTING FROM life” can bring to mind a host of images produced by the working artist — fruit-filled still life arrangements positioned as a table c...

A Timely Chekhov

THERE ARE 32 KNOWN ENGLISH translations of Anton Chekhov’s 1895 play “The Seagull,” and when deciding to add the title to the Alley Theatre’s 2011– 12 season, Gregory Boyd and his team read every one of them. After all [...]...