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5 Art Events for Your Weekend, July 7-10

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Works On PaperWilliam Wegman: Good Dogs On Nice Furniture at Barry Whistler Gallery
315 Cole Street, No. 120
Through August 13

Two new exhibitions are currently on display at Barry Whistler. Works on Paper features artists Terrell James, Otis Jones, Lawrence Lee, Michael Miller, Dan Rizzie, Andrea Rosenberg, Lorraine Tady, John Wilcox, Danny Williams and Mark Williams. Good Dogs on Nice Furniture, William Wegman's most recent series of photographs of his clan of Weimaraners, features the dogs on classic pieces of modern furniture by Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson. More info at barrywhistlergallery.com.

Festival of Independent Theatres at Bath House Cultural Center
521 E. Lawther Drive
8 p.m. Friday

The eighteenth annual Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT) brings together theater companies and distinguished directors for eight one-act plays presented in rotating pairs along with arts-, music- and performance-related events. Fun House Theatre and Film make their FIT debut with Rush Limbaugh in Night School, an anecdote on the polarizing media figure rediscovering himself in an experimental night school. Director Shelby-Allison Hibbs returns to FIT with a piece of investigative theater centered on a rape case from the perspective of the community it devastated. House Party Theatre brings a look at the overindulgent behavior that led to the housing market crash of 2008. FIT begins at 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, and runs through July 30. Individual tickets are $18, festival passes are $60 to $70. More info at www.festivalofindependenttheatres.org.

Accumulation at Ro2 Art
1501 S. Ervay St.
7 p.m. Saturday

Korean-born artist Bumin Kim considers her pieces paintings rather than sculptures, or perhaps drawings personified. Utilizing the associations of the material she uses, Kim embodies her works while harmoniously composing a drawing in a three-dimensional field. Thread and string are synonymous with the actions of weaving and stitching and serve as metaphors for the joining of two separate entities. Kim’s forms are exacerbated value studies, gesture drawings or economical sketches one might find in the foundations of drawing. The opening reception is 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. More info at ro2art.com

Fwends at The Safe Room
231 W. Jefferson Blvd.
7 p.m. Saturday

Dallas-based zine and comic artist Lauren Maxwell’s solo show will debut this weekend at The Safe Room, the gallery inside Texas Theatre. Through the lens of mystery, fantasy and re-contextualized memes, Maxwell crafts brief improvised narratives in a whimsical yet grounded tone. Maxwell has experimented with different forms of media since making comics in her formative years, but still prefers this narrative art when it comes to sharing ideas about relationships or interpreting conspiracy theories. The opening reception is from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. More info at thesaferoomgallery.com.
Playground at Umbrella Gallery
2803 Taylor St.
9 p.m. Saturday 

Ali Golzad, a local paper artist specializing in cardboard sculptures, uses the innocence of children juxtaposed with war-torn countries to inform and educate his audience about cultures different from their own. Golzad’s solo exhibition, Playground, debuted at Umbrella Gallery this week. The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 9. More info at lifeindeepellum.com.

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