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Islamic Art Festival and “Psychosis” play are top fine art picks this week


Israel Rodriguez is perhaps best known as the artist of Houston’s Google search bar, although his very first solo show takes a different approach: body positivity. The “everyBODY” series will feature around a dozen new paintings in addition to the conversationalist abstract canvases that have become his signature.

Photo: Israel Rodriguez / Israel Rodriguez

1. ‘4:48 Psychosis’

Sarah Kane’s visceral, compelling, and dark-humor piece “4:48 Psychosis” enters its final weekend and serves as a date for its own merits, though it feels particularly resonant over 18 months after the start of a trying period of lockdown caused by a pandemic. Kane’s play derives its curious title from a point of maximum chemical imbalance for the brain, and the dark, grimly funny play sinks deep into the nooks and crannies that produce clinical depression. Poet and actor T. Lavois Thiebaud is the star and Jason Nodler of the Catastrophic Theater is directing.

When: 8:10 p.m. – Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12

Or: MATCH, 3400 Principal

Details: suggested $ 35, but pay what you can; matchouston.org

André Dansby

2. Ping Zheng

Ping Zheng was born in China and is now based in New York City. His work certainly does not reflect the Manhattan cityscape. Instead, with her exhibition “The Voice of Water”, she vividly presents landscapes in luminous, brilliant and mysterious ways. His are nested presentations of elementary entities – water, earth, and sky – but viewed in such a way that positive and negative space merge and merge into each other. His pieces celebrate the land and the landscape, but also present it again. They are revealing canvases full of colors.

When:
From noon to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday until January 8

Or: McClain Gallery, 2242 Richmond

Details: free; 713-520-9988, mcclaingallery.com

André Dansby

3. Islamic art festival

Last year, more than 22,000 visitors logged in for an online-only presentation of the Islamic Arts Festival. This weekend, the eighth annual event hosted by the Islamic Arts Society will be a hybrid, with in-person festivities taking place at Masjid Al-Salam in the spring.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10-11

Or: Masjid Al-Salam, 16700 Vieux Louetta

Details: free; islamicartssociety.org

Amber Elliott

4. “EVERYONE”

Israel Rodriguez is perhaps best known as the artist of Houston’s Google search bar, although his very first solo show takes a different approach: body positivity. The “everyBODY” series will feature around a dozen new paintings in addition to the conversationalist abstract canvases that have become his signature.

When: 7:11 p.m. Dec.

Or: Sanman Studios, 1109 Providence

Details: $ 20; sanman.company/gallery/

Amber Elliott




  • André Dansby

    Andrew Dansby covers culture and entertainment, both local and national, for the Houston Chronicle. He arrived at The Chronicle in 2004 from Rolling Stone, where he spent five years writing about music. He had previously spent five years in book publishing, working with publisher George RR Martin on the first two books in the series that would become “Game of Thrones” on television. images you have never seen. He has written for Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Texas Music, Playboy, and other publications.

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  • Amber Elliott

    Amber Elliott covers the arts and society for the Houston Chronicle.