The 5 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Joseph Reinholtz's Homage to Yves Klein, "SUGA," Ben Folds and More

Yves Klein and model in performance
Yves Klein and model in performance
Photo courtesy of Joseph Reinholtz

Houston-based painter Joseph Reinholtz is a longtime admirer of the works of the artist Yves Klein, and he'll honor that now-deceased artist by re-creating Klein's most famous painting in Joseph Reinholtz: Homage to Yves Klein's FC 1 in front of a live audience on Friday. (Klein's painting, titled Fire-Color Painting FC 1, sold at auction for $36.7 million in 2012.) Attempting to re-create the work is no easy matter since Klein believed in "dangerous painting." He worked with live models who imprinted themselves on the canvas, and used fire and gas to burn the images in place. Reinholtz will follow the same process, including dousing live models with paint and then using a blow torch to scorch the wet canvas. The performance/painting is followed by a live auction of the work with proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank.

See Joseph Reinholtz: Homage to Yves Klein's FC 1 at 8 p.m. Friday. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards. For information, call 732-781-8900 or visit Free.

Four Houston artists - Rabéa Ballin, Delita Martin, Ann Johnson and Lovie Olivia - each with a distinctive style and voice, contribute to "SUGA," a group exhibit of prints opening on Saturday. This is the fifth show for the group. (There was "ROUX" in 2011, "STIR" and "MOJO" in 2012, and "bās" in 2013.) The women most often work in other mediums, but find that switching to prints requires not only a change in technique but in thinking process as well. Working with dehydrated vegetables, plaster, feathers, pillows, handmade paper and other non-traditional materials, the group explores experimental printmaking.

"SUGA," presented by BLUEorange and PrintMatters, is the final show in a months-long series of exhibits by PrintHouston. Think of it as visual dessert.

There's an opening reception with the artists at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Regular viewing hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Through July 19. BLUEorange Contemporary, 1208 West Gray. For information, call 713‑527‑0030 or visit Free.

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The television viewing public knows rocker Ben Folds as a judge on NBC's The Sing-Off. Longstanding fans know him as a singer/songwriter/pianist -- both with the Ben Folds Five and as a solo artist. For The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience, one of our picks for Saturday, the boyish, bespectacled maestro kicks it up a notch, performing with a slightly-larger-than-usual backing group, the Houston Symphony, under the baton of Lucas Waldin.

As part of the Symphony Summer in the City Concert Series, Folds and friends are set to perform both his new piano concerto and a selection of career-spanning material like "Brick," "Annie Waits," and "Jesusland." Co-commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet and Minnesota Orchestra, the piano concerto premiered earlier this year in a performance by Folds with the Nashville Symphony. He spent a year writing the concerto. The result was a physically demanding, technically challenging composition that required Folds to then improve his technique or risk being injured.

See the Ben Folds Orchestral Experience at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713‑224‑7575 or $25 to $108.

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