The Hidden Agenda: Mix It Up
Bruce New, “The Sun Alliance,” 2015 (detail)
This week in Houston brings in another great batch of unique events, including the opening party for new vintage shop El Bambi, opening receptions at Redbud Gallery and Gspot Gallery, and a pop-up by Anthony Calleo of Pi Pizza.
Wednesday, June 29
Join Blaffer Art Museum (4173 Elgin) at noon for a free gallery talk about Matthew Ronay’s solo exhibition, one which concludes over lunch provided by the museum. Andy Campbell, an Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at the Roski School of Art and Design at University of Southern California, and Sandra Zalman, an Associate Professor at the University of Houston, will discuss Ronay’s exhibition.
Thursday, June 30
Join instructor Henderson Smith for a Tai Chi class by the reflecting pool at Rothko Chapel (3900 Yupon) from 5 to 6 pm. The slow repetitive movements of Tai Chi are intended to relieve stress from the body and mind and the class is open to all, from beginners to the experienced. There is a $10 suggested donation to attend.
Head to Bar Boheme (307 Fairview) from 5 to 8 pm for Cultured Cocktails benefiting Experimental Action, a three-day international performance art festival curated and directed by Evan McCarley and Julia Claire Wallace. Enjoy some drinks and check out performances by Raiska Mchnsk and Hayden Wright, all while supporting a unique artist-run festival.
From 8 pm to 2 am, Anthony Calleo of Pi Pizza Truck is hosting a pop-up event at Glitter Karaoke (2621 Milam). Calleo, who will soon open a brick and mortar location of Pi Pizza, will serve up food hearkening back to the now-defunct but wildly popular Sandy Witch, including offerings like venison sausage dogs, Dr. Pepper short rib sandwiches and fried mac and cheese balls.
Friday, July 1
Join Miller Outdoor Theatre (6000 Hermann Park Drive) for a free screening of Jurassic World. While the screening of the action packed thriller starts at 6 pm, you should arrive early to grab a spot on the lawn.
Saturday, July 2
Check out the opening reception of Bruce New’s exhibition, Together We Can Dream This Life, from 6 to 9 pm at Redbud Gallery (303 East 11th). Curated by Jay Wehnert of Intuitive Eye, the exhibition features visionary collage by the Kentucky-based outsider artist and the show will be on view through July 26.
Stop by the opening reception for Houston-based artist Krista Birnbaum’s exhibition, Courage, from 6 to 9 pm at Gspot Gallery (310 East 9th). The exhibition by Birnbaum — whose public commission, Roadside Attraction, was recently installed at Hobby International Airport — focuses on the flaws in her strongly held beliefs on gender, morality, and human instinct.
Don’t miss the grand opening party for new vintage clothing and accessories shop El Bambi (4721 N. Main) from 7 to 10 pm. Started by Lindsay Beale and Emily Hynds, the shop features curated vintage goods for men, women and children, and the party will include food and drinks from Canard, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, Morningstar, Sinfull Bakery and Foreign Correspondents.