Couple's Pad

A local art-school duo sticks it to a new art space

It's amazing the things some women can get their men to do. Recently, artist Frank Rose allowed almost 400 scribbled-on Post-It notes to be stuck to his nude body, and then he let his girlfriend, Kara Duval, photograph him. Duval's point? "We have this obsessive desire to label people with words," she explains, "but in the end, we haven't described the person at all." You can ponder this idea at the "1 Man + 1 Woman Show," held at a new space called Gallery 1724. Both Duval and Rose have works on view. The Post-It-themed Bedroom Stories is part of Duval's photographic series "Memories of Home." Rose is presenting Transitory, a time-lapse installation featuring an animated projection on one wall, with a grid of 500 corresponding still images on the other.

The show is a first for the couple, who are both studying art at the University of Houston. If their themes of relationships and time, er, stick, we should be hearing much more from them. Show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, through January 28. 1724 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-2547. Free. -- Steven Devadanam

Redrum, He Wrote

Kara Duval's Bedroom Stories
Kara Duval
Kara Duval's Bedroom Stories
Bad Santas
Julia Ramey
Bad Santas
Hogg Haven
Al Cameron
Hogg Haven
Kuumba Out and Play
Wendy Wright
Kuumba Out and Play

Scare up some holiday fun at The Shining

You may leave the Christmas dinner table thinking yours is the worst family in the world, but remember: Your dad hasn't yet tried to hack you apart with an ax. Yep, if you've got any semblance of holiday cheer and general goodwill in you, Landmark River Oaks Theatre will rid you of that -- and perhaps some of your dinner, too -- with a midnight showing of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Jack Nicholson stars as Jack Torrance, who, to put it lightly, catches a bad case of cabin fever in a royally screwed-up Colorado hotel. Feeling unsettled? Just remember, every time a freaky little kid shouts "redrum!" an angel gets his wings. Johnny knocks on your door at midnight on Saturday, December 25, and again on Saturday, January 1. 2009 West Gray. For information, call 713-866-8881 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com. $6 to $8. -- Julia Ramey

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
Bad Santas

It was a normal night at the Orange Show -- well, as normal as a night can be in a place made of multicolored wheels, tractor seats and mannequins. Guests were enjoying cider, a DJ and even falling snow at the Orange Show's annual closing party when a red car with a giant Santa cap on top pulled up. Within minutes, there were Santas everywhere. Tall Santas, slutty Santas, Russian Santas and even a flame-throwing Santa. The Santa Rampage crew -- members of the Art Car Klub who've been crashing local holiday gatherings for about a decade -- were revving up for a night of naughtiness.

After throwing back some industrial-strength cocktails (literally -- one was drinking from a Pine-Sol container), the Santas converged in the courtyard for an impromptu fashion show. The crowd ho-ho-hoed its approval as the likes of Punk Santa, Goth Santa and Hula-Hoop Santa took the podium. The winner? Sexy Ms. Ho, who proudly announced that she wasn't wearing any underwear.

Santa's always been an elusive fellow, and his peons follow suit: After their performance, they took to I-45 in a caravan of art cars. Cut to a lovely Museum District block party, where gentlemanly types in designer scarves and pressed khakis ambled around a lovely buffet of hors d'oeuvres. The Santas rushed in and helped themselves to mini-meatballs and beers as befuddled guests looked on. Then it was time to keep spreading their unique brand of cheer. All that was missing: a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. -- Julia Ramey Hogg HavenIf you need to take a step back from the frantic holiday pace, you can go way back at Yuletide 2004 at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. In the former home of Ima Hogg, each of the eight first-floor rooms is transformed into a scene from celebrations past. There will be an 18th-century ice cream social setup, as well as a chance to peek in on George Washington's wedding anniversary party. The halls of Bayou Bend are decked in period decorations, and guests have the chance to tour the estate in true colonial American style: by candlelight. Runs from Sunday, December 26, through Sunday, January 2. 1 Westcott. For information and a schedule, call 713-639-7759 or visit www.mfah.org. $5 to $10. -- Amanda Orr

Kuumba Out and Play

Teaching your kids how to pronounce kujichagulia, ujamaa and kuumba might be a challenge, but getting them to understand some of the values of Kwanza -- unity, responsibility, creativity and faith -- is worth the effort. The Children's Museum of Houston is here to help, with this week's Festivals of Light program devoted to the African holiday. Kids and their families can weave paper mkeka mats, make a round kufi hat and enjoy performances from Abubakr Kayode and Youth Drummers. The festivities begin with a free family night at 5 p.m. Thursday, December 23. Runs through Wednesday, December 29. 1500 Binz. For a schedule, call 713-522-1138 or visit www.cmhouston.org. $5. -- Julia Ramey

 
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