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Hello Again: The Hidden Agenda

Hello Again: The Hidden Agenda
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Still from “Hello Again,” screening at QFest’s opening night on Thursday at MATCH


This week brings in QFest Houston, a film festival dedicated to promoting the LGBTQ community, as well as several arts tours and the Summer Series Art Stroll and Sale at Sawyer Yards.




Film — QFest Houston

From July 27 to 31, the Aurora Picture Show is sponsoring QFest Houston, a festival dedicated to promoting artistic expression centering around the the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community. This year’s festival features a dozen screenings at locations around the city, including Rice Media Center, Asia Society Texas Center and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. At 7:30 pm on Thursday, the opening night at MATCH will feature a screening of the 2024 release “Hello Again,” an adaptation of composer Michael John LaChiusa’s 1994 musical that brings together an all-star cast for a “time-traveling gender-bending musical celebrating a century’s worth of unbound sexuality and unrequited love in the heart of The Big Apple.” Tickets to the various screenings (other than opening night) are $10 and available online.


Thursday, July 27


Fazal Sheikh, "Simran, New Delhi, India," 2024

Fazal Sheikh, “Simran, New Delhi, India,” 2024

Gallery Tour — Homelands and Histories: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

At 2 pm, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1001 Bissonnet) presents a gallery tour of Homelands and Histories: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, which celebrates the museum’s major acquisition of 75 photographs spanning the artist’s career. Sheikh has traveled the globe, capturing images of the displaced and marginalized in countries such as Afghanistan, Africa, Brazil, Cuba, India, Israel, Pakistan, and Palestine. The 45-minute tour, which is free with museum admission, explores the exhibition and encourages visitors to experience the artwork together. An additional tour will take place on Saturday at 3 pm.


The Big Slide Show at Lawndale Art Center

At 6 pm, join Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main) for a series of presentations by more than a dozen artists who are featured in the institution’s annual juried exhibition, The Big Show. Each artist will give a brief, informal presentation about their work, providing additional insight into their creative practices. This will be the second evening of three featuring artist talks, with additional artists presenting on August 3.


Friday, July 28


Summer Series Art Stroll and Sale at the Sawyer Yards

From 5 to 9 pm, the Studios on Sawyer — including Silver Street Studios, Summer Street Studios, Winter Street Studios, and the Silos on Sawyer — will host the Summer Art Series and Sale, which gives patrons the opportunity to view and potentially purchase works from the studios of hundreds of artists. In addition to being able to meet new artists and shop an array of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass works, mosaics, photographs, mixed media works and jewelry, the event will also feature live music, food trucks and summer cocktails.


Saturday, July 29



Paul Ramírez Jonas, “Public Trust”

“Public Trust” by Paul Ramírez Jonas at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

From 1 to 5 pm, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (5216 Montrose) will present “Public Trust,” an interactive artwork by Paul Ramírez Jonas. The piece asks museum visitors to examine the value of a word by declaring a promise, the words of which are recorded in a drawing that is shared with them and posted on a marquee board alongside similar pronouncements made by notable figures from the week’s headline news.