Leon casino, Still from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film “El Topo”


This week presents a number of exciting creative events, from a screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s avant-garde film El Topo to a new exhibition of works by Iranian-born artists at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


Tuesday, June 27


Summer Preview at JWB Studios

From 6 to 9 pm, JWB Studios (551 N. Shepherd, Suite 272) is hosting their Summer Preview, which features three collaborative collections. JWB Studios presents four benches created along with local shop Sultana’s Daughter, Hiyme Brummett presents six custom-made bags in collaboration with Mariya, and Positive Healing Vibes presents ten hand-crafted caftans created by Hiyme and Alexandra Brummett. The event will also feature a DJ set by Houston’s Fat Tony.


Thursday, June 29


Tai Chi by the Reflecting Pool at the Rothko Chapel

At 5 pm, head to the Rothko Chapel (3900 Yupon) for a Tai Chi class held on the Chapel grounds near the reflecting pool and Barnett Newman’s sculpture “Broken Obelisk.” The class is suitable for beginners as well as those experienced in Tai Chi. There is a suggested donation of $10 for those who attend.


Saturday, July 1


Shirin Allabadi, “Miss Hybrid 3,” 2008

Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Through works of art by Iranian-born artists spanning three generations, Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians presents the multifaceted histories and identities of Iranians today. Opening at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1001 Bissonnet), the exhibition sheds light on the rich heritage of the Iranian people during a period of social and political unrest. The exhibition will be on view through September 24.


Closing Reception — Anthony Suber: Ritual Redux at Cindy Lisica Gallery

From 2 to 4 pm, Cindy Lisica Gallery (4411 Montrose) will host the closing reception for Ritual Redux, a solo exhibition from Houston-based artist Anthony Suber. The exhibition presents a series of new paintings that draw from the visual vocabulary of African diaspora and contemporary American experience. The event will feature an artist talk as well as “Griot Gospel,” a performance in collaboration with Suber and dancer/choreographer Walter Hull.


Opening Reception — Grayson Chandler: Tautologies & Memoirs at Deborah Colton Gallery

From 6 to 8 pm, Deborah Colton Gallery (2445 North Blvd.) will host the opening reception for a solo exhibition by local artist Grayson Chandler, Tautologies & Memoirs. Born in Houston in 1994, Chandler presents the perspectives of a young artist who is fascinated by the intrinsic order and beauty of nature. The artist illuminates the border between real and imaginary, forcing viewers to explore the boundaries and dichotomies presented therein. The exhibition will be on view through August 19.


Screening — El Topo at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park

At 10 pm, join Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park (531 South Mason) for the screening of El Topo, an exploration of ’60s avant-garde cinema from acclaimed director Alejandro Jodorowsky. The film, full of Latin American symbolism, chronicles the exploits of a master gunfighter and cosmic mystic as he sets out to do battle with four sinister rivals. Tickets are $10.


Sunday, July 2


Paper sculptures from Jesse Lott

Paper Workshop with Jesse Lott at 14 Pews

From 2 to 5:30 pm, join renowned local artist Jesse Lott at 14 Pews (800 Aurora) for a workshop that demonstrates a number of techniques he utilizes in the construction of his sculptural paper works. Lott is known for his visionary sculpture, paper figures, and works on paper made from found materials. The class requires participants to bring a range of heavy-weight recycled papers, and additional materials will be provided at the workshop. The class is limited to 15 participants and tickets are $50, with all proceeds going directly to the artist.