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Houston metalsmith and educator Sandie Zilker gets recognized for the excellence of her work as well as the influence she's had on her field in "Texas Masters Series: Sandie Zilker," one of our choices for Saturday. The solo exhibit is a retrospective of work from Zilker's 40-plus-year career, including jewelry and, more recently, video and installation. In addition to exhibits at Finland's Designmuseo, Norway's Norden Feldske Kundiondustrimuseum and our own Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Zilker's work has been seen in several books (500 Brooches, 500 Bracelets, 500 Plastic and Resin Objects, and Showcase 500 Art Necklaces). Zilker is head of the Jewelry and Enamel Department and the Three Dimensional Design Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Glassell School of Art.
Photo courtesy of Sandie Zilker
There's an opening reception with the artist 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 30. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays in June (only). Through September 6. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main. For information, call 7135294848 or visit crafthouston.org. Free.
Another choice for Saturday is the group exhibit at "Black and White" at Gallery Sonja Roesch. The simple elegance of black and white has always been an aesthetic lure, from costume designer Cecil Beaton's black-and-white Ascot scene in My Fair Lady to Truman Capote's Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in 1966, termed by some the party of the century. But even Capote found the need for a splash of color -- the tablecloths at the ball were red. No such variation is to be found at "Black and White." The group show's ten artists adhere strictly to the show's black and white mandate. The pieces are either painted or constructed, and use either new or found materials. Even though they are reduced to the essentials, the results vary drastically with oil paintings, Plexiglas, wall illusions, river-submerged canvases and more on display. The artists are Ruth Pastine, Hills Snyder, Mario Reis, Gilbert Hsiao, Raimund Girke, David Simpson, Myke Venable, Mac Whitney, Alma Tischler and Dirk Rathke.
Photo courtesy of Gallery Sonja Roesch
See "Black and White" at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Through June 28.Gallery Sonja Roesch, 2309 Caroline. For information, call 713-659-5424 or visit gallerysonjaroesch.com. Free.
Our choice for Sunday is the comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The play declares its origins early on. Call it Chekhov with a twist. "The title gives you a very strong indication by adding the word Spike' in there," says visiting director Jonathan Moscone, who's heading up the Alley Theatre production of the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play by Christopher Durang. The two-hour, 20 minute comedy has the same big range of emotions that playwright Anton Chekhov employed. But don't worry; you don't have to understand or any other Chekhov works to follow this play, Moscone assures us. In fact, the premise is one that will resonate with any adult dealing with responsibilities and what to do with a life after the main purpose of your actions has been removed.
Photo by John Everett Jay Sullivan and Sarah Nealis in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Vanya (Alley company resident actor Jeffrey Bean) and sister Sonia (Sharon Lockwood) have been taking care of their parents, living in their house. Sister Masha (Josie de Guzman) has escaped to a film career while helping them financially. The parents died a few years back, but the two siblings have stalled and remain there. "They're not in a hurry," Moscone says. Now Masha has returned for a costume party, accompanied by a much younger boyfriend named Spike (company artist Jay Sullivan), and conflicts, of course, ensue. There are other characters, including Nina (Sarah Nealis, making her Alley debut), who unlocks the creative energy of Vanya. "They're rattled. Suddenly they're revived. They have to get on with their lives and that's actually a great thing," Moscone says. "This play believes you can reignite your creativity, your sexuality, your imagination with a sense of hope."
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike runs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through June 15. 615 Texas. For information, call 713-220-5700 or visit alleytheatre.org. $26 to $78.
Margaret Downing and Jim J. Tommaney contributed to this post.