Tuesday, February 15
Wanting to free himself from the rather stiff pack of contemporary classical acts, violinist Tom Chiu founded FLUX Quartet. Chiu was inspired by the 1960s Fluxus movement in visual art, which promoted artistic experimentation and social and political activism. Now Chiu, violinist Conrad Harris (violin), Max Mandel (viola) and Dave Eggar (cello) travel the globe playing a music designed for "people with an embracing 'anything goes' spirit." The group has drawn major kudos for its performance of the dizzying String Quartet No. 3 by American composer Conlon Nancarrow. A little classical and a lot avant-garde, the foursome promises to at the very least keep things flowing. 7:30 p.m. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. For tickets and information, call 713-524-5050 or visit www.dacamera.com. $30.
Wednesday, February 16
At school, she's a young face in the crowd. But Vendetta Taylor is a local artist who already boasts a showing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and a mailing list of well over 3,000 names (in local artists' terms, that's huge). A student of the Art Institute of Houston, Taylor uses natural resources like grass, wood and twine -- all indigenous to Africa -- to create multidimensional shadowboxes. Her paintings, sculptures and boxes will be on view this month at "Women of Art & Soul." The show features drawings, paintings, multimedia pieces and sculptures by female members of the Community Artists' Collective. Stop by today's opening reception for jazz by crooner Jawad, light refreshments and a chance to meet Taylor. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Exhibit runs through February 28. Steve R. Gregg Gallery, 1900 Yorktown, 713-353-4166, www.aih.aii.edu. Free.