Happy Medium

We don't practice Santeria. We ain't got no crystal ball. (Though we do keep a couple of Magic 8 Balls around.) Yet, in your future we see a journey. You will be driving down Hall Street and feel a strange urge to turn onto Lee Parkway. Obey your instincts and stop at 3303. You will feel as if a force beyond your control is drawing you toward Suite 101. Apparently, visiting the Vaudou/Voodoo: Spirit in Art exhibit at The Pan American Art Gallery is your destiny. The Afro-Caribbean practices of voodoo, obeáh and Santeria originated in African Yoruba culture imported by slaves, but their art often reflects a syncretism with Catholic icons. Still, all these traditions meld art and religion, sharing a common emphasis on "the spirit of art in ritual." The exhibit features 60 pieces from 30 artists representing places such as Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti and a variety of media including metal, bronze, wood, cement and paint. Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié will speak at the opening reception at 7 p.m. Will you be there? According to our spirit guide, all signs point to YES. Vaudou/Voodoo: Spirit in Art opens May 23 at The Pan American Art Gallery, 3303 Lee Parkway, Suite 101, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to the reception is free. Call 214-522-3303. --Michelle Martinez

Tea-ing Off

Take a second and ponder the phrase "serene garden paradise." What comes to mind? It could be when Adam and Eve were chilling out under the apple tree before the snake made his dramatic appearance. Maybe it's the name for the newest reality TV series. Or, how about this: the smash hit on Britney's next album. So many possibilities for the phrase and you're thinking about how to make your measly yard look nicer, aren't you? So is the Tea @ Three women's group (a group made up of other women's groups, go figure). This month, the ladies reflect over dainty cups and big mugs of tea and find out how to design a personal paradise. There's probably going to be a lot of talk about what flowers can bloom in this disastrous heat and what type of shrub can outlast the summer. And maybe a mention or two regarding the use of decorative items such as gnomes and bird baths (you know, the classy stuff). Since we're not English, tea time begins at 3 p.m. at The African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information on the Tea @ Three series, call 214-565-9026 ext. 304. --Desirée Henry

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