The Great Electric Show and Dance by Robert Hodge
The Great Electric Show and Dance by Robert Hodge
Courtesy of Robert Hodge

The 5 Best Things You Can Do in Houston This Weekend: Robert Hodge Closes at CAMH and More

Visual artist Robert Hodge didn't have far to drive when he attended the opening of "Robert Hodge: Destroy & Rebuild" a few weeks ago. His first ever solo museum show is in its final weekend. (We strongly suggest a Friday visit.) Hodge grew up in and still has his studio in Third Ward, just a few blocks away from the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston that hosted "Destroy & Rebuild." The exhibit is a collection of recent and new work. The pieces, works on paper, are made up several layers of found paper (posters, signs and such) that Hodge collected from around the city. Hodge cut text in the top layer, so the viewer sees bits and pieces of the paper underneath. The text comes from music lyrics.

Among them is "There's a war going on outside no man is safe from / You can run but you can't hide forever" from hardcore hip­hop duo Mobb Deep's "Survival of the Fittest." There's also "The Great Electric Show and Dance," a nod to Houston blues guitarist Lightnin' Hopkins.

Catch "Robert Hodge: Destroy & Rebuild" 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Through January 4. 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713‐284‐8250 or visit camh.org. Free.

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The Music Box Theater says hello to 2015 with a look back at 2014. The musical theater troupe highlights some of their favorite moments of the past year in 2014 -- The Year in Review, one of our suggestions for Friday. Founding member Rebekah Dahl sings "Piece of My Heart," made famous by Janis Joplin. Fellow founding member Brad Scarborough performs "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," a signature tune for Frankie Valli. Kristina Sullivan reprises her performance of "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess. The group finale is "A Little Help From My Friends." "That's from the Beatles, but Luke [Wrobel] will be doing it as Joe Cocker," Scarborough tells us.

Several moments from last season stand out for Scarborough, including a group performance of "Light My Fire." "We all sang [it] as different personalities. I sang it as Jim Morrison. Luke sang it as Neil Diamond. Kristina came out as Celine Dion. Cay Taylor came out as Axel Rose and Rebecca came out as Elaine Stritch. Some nights the crowd was right there with us; some nights people were sitting there thinking, 'What are we watching?' That was fun."

The Music Box Theater performs 2014 -- The Year in Review at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through January 17. 2623 Colquitt. For information, call 713‑522‑7722 or visit themusicboxtheater.com. $27 to $37.

Also on Friday, Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's story Where the Wild Things Are gets a big-screen outing at the Bank of America Friday Night Flicks at the ICE at Discovery Green.

The story follows Max, a little boy who turns getting sent to bed without his supper into an adventure when he creates an imaginary world filled with monsters who make him their ruler. Jonze, who creates a dark vision of the story, used real actors, computer animation and puppeteering for the film. He co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Dave Eggers.

As this is a part of the Friday Night Flicks at the ICE at Discovery Green, you can watch the film from the lawn or from the ice rink.

Where the Wild Things Are screens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. For information, call 713-400-7336 or visit discoverygreen.com. Free to $13.

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"Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year" be damned. It's time for the Houston Monster Jam. The sound of crushing metal as Charlie Pauken's Grave Digger® crashes into Chuck Werner's El Toro Loco® will clear your mind of any lingering bits of "Auld Lang Syne," guaranteed. More than a dozen trucks, each standing 12 feet tall, weighing 10,000 pounds and equipped with 1,500 horsepower, fly 30 feet in the air as they crash their way through a custom-designed obstacle track -- and each other.

7 p.m. January 3, 17 and 31. NRG Stadium, 2510 Westridge. For information, call 800‑745‑3000 or visit ticketmaster.com. $5 to $22.

It was 70 years ago that Paris stood on the brink of destruction. With the arrival of the Allies imminent, Hitler gave orders that the city be reduced to rubble. Bombs were to be planted in the city's bridges and most famous landmarks, including the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Since those landmarks are still standing, it's obvious those orders weren't carried out. The who and the why of how the city was spared is at the heart of Volker Schlöndorff's (The Tin Drum) latest film, Diplomacy (Diplomatie), our suggestion for Sunday.

The circumstances are historically accurate; the exchange between the Nazi commander charged with leveling Paris (played by Niels Arestrup) and the Swedish Consul General (André Dussollier) who sneaks into German headquarters to persuade him to spare the city is not. Schlöndorff shows the two men meeting in the commander's hotel suite, the sounds of sporadic battle heard outside. The men talk long into the night. They negotiate, agree, argue, relent, then start all over again. It's a verbal sparring match between the two. The commander, a man who has overseen the death of thousands of Jews, is a loyal German patriot. He's also tired and knows the German defeat is near. Does the Swedish Consul awaken in him a sense of conscience? Or is it simple self-preservation that motivates the commander? In the end, it's the city that matters.

This is a joint presentation by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Holocaust Museum Houston. 5 p.m. Sunday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑639‑7515 or visit mfah.org. $9.

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