Artist Wayne White picked an impressive way to honor Texas-born country legend George Jones with a 15-foot sculpture of Joness head called Big Lectric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I Sleep. (The inspiration is a young, flat-topped Jones circa 1950.) White, who won an Emmy for his work as a Pee-wees Playhouse puppet maker, says he was listening to the Jones song Ragged But Right and imagining the hard-living musician toiling away in pre-air-conditioning Houston when he conceived the project. White likens the piece, which includes the sculpture and wall-to-wall, billboard-style lettering, to an old-school roadside attraction. Celebrate the unveiling of this tribute to The Possum with some complimentary Saint Arnolds beer from 5 to 7 p.m. Rice Gallery, 6100 Main. For information and regular gallery hours, visit www.ricegallery.org. Free.
Thu., Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m., 2009