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The Hidden Agenda: Get Moving

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Amada Miller, “Fibers of Design.” Courtesy of Capsule Gallery’s website.


This week in Houston brings an impressive array of events to get you out and about, including exhibition openings at Samara Gallery, HOMEcore and Capsule Gallery, a free yoga class at Raven Tower and the pedestrian-friendly Sunday Streets event on White Oak Drive.


Wednesday, May 18


Diverse Discourse Lecture: Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy at MATCH

Diverse Discourse, presented by DiverseWorks, brings national curators, artistic directors and critics to Houston to present a free public lecture, as well as conducting studio visits with selected Houston-area artists, performers and writers. This edition brings Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, the curator of contemporary art for the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Admission is free and the lecture begins at 6:30 pm at MATCHBOX 4 at MATCH (3400 Main).


Thursday, May 19

Watchful Eye: A WITS Student Reading at Menil Collection

For more than 25 years, Writers in the Schools (WITS) has worked with the Menil Collection in creating dialogues with Houston school children about the museum’s collection. Student writers are chosen through a juried competition to be published in the Watchful Eye — an anthology of writings about works in the museum — and at 7 pm, selected students will read their contributions at the Menil Collection (1533 Sul Ross).


Friday, May 20


Fibers of Design at Capsule Gallery

Capsule Gallery (3909 Main) presents Fibers of Design, a group exhibition assembled by curator and artist Carol Cunningham. The exhibition, which features an array of fiber-based works by artists Amada Miller, Meghan Shimek and Delaney Smith, includes an opening reception from 6 to 8 pm and the exhibition runs through July 2.


Masters Works on Paper at Samara Gallery

Gus Kopriva, curator at Redbud Gallery, and his wife Sharon have been collecting art for over 30 years and have amassed an incredibly impressive collection. The Kopriva’s are presenting a selection of their collection at Samara Gallery (3911 Main), including pencil-signed etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and serigraphs from the likes of Salvador Dali, Rembrandt van Rijn, Joan Miro, Mel Chin and Pablo Picasso. The opening reception takes place from 6 to 8 pm and the exhibition runs through June 18.


Saturday, May 21


Maker Market and Open House at Houston Makerspace

From noon to 6 pm, come out to Houston Makerspace (3605 Texas) for their last Maker Market and Open House of the season. The market features an impressive selection of vendors selling one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted goods and vintage wares, including items from Needful Tings, D’vora Jewelry, BriteLiteDyed and more.


Peter Lee: Carbonation at HOMEcore

Well-known for drawing posters for punk bands and the Houston-centric clothing designs he creates under his Petrine TX brand, Peter Lee is shifting gears with a solo show of new paintings and sculptural work. The opening reception for Lee’s exhibition, Carbonation, will take place from 6 to 9 pm at galleryHOMELAND‘s HOMEcore (160 Saint Emanuel) and the exhibition will be on view through July 9.


Sunday, May 22


Free Yoga Class with Black Swan Yoga at Raven Tower

Every Sunday through the end of June, Black Swan Yoga is hosting free yoga classes on the patio of Raven Tower (310 North). This week’s event, which starts at 10 am, includes a live set by DJ Rich Nasty. It’s a great way to start off your Sunday, not to mention that you’re in the right place to ruin your endorphin high with some mimosas and brunch food afterward.


Cigna Sunday Streets on White Oak

If you’re not already familiar with the Sunday Streets program, it means that certain streets around the city are closed to cars, allowing pedestrians, cyclists, roller skaters, unicyclers and what-have-you to take over the road. From noon to 4 pm, White Oak Drive will be closed between Heights Boulevard and Watson Street, so take advantage of the opportunity to explore Houston on street level.