Last Call for Art: Cabaret, Houston Center for Photography, Enchanting Taiwan
If you catch Theater Under the Star's Cabaret on its last weekend, and we suggest you do, here's a tip: Don't sing along with the performers. (Hair Balls was treated to a performance of "Willkommen" by a fellow audience member during our visit on opening night.) But even with an impromptu sing-a-long, this production of Cabaret is worth your attention.
As Houston Press reviewer Lee Williams reported, this revival about a nightclub in 1930s Germany is "brighter and more glittery" than previous productions. After extensive research, the show's designers discover that pre-Nazi German cabarets were flashier than earlier shows depicted, so everything's been shined up a little into a "'sparkly fantasy world' that makes what happens when the Nazis come along that much more poignant." Enjoy the new glitz at the Kit Kat Klub at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through June 28. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-558-2600 or visit www.tuts.com. $32 to $150.
There's still time to catch the three shows at Houston Center for Photography.
"Infected Landscape" by Shai Kremer, a look at physical changes in Israel because of the area's many years of conflict, is a powerful ode to the losses suffered in the region. We see barren landscapes, crumbling walls, the remnants of demolished buildings and abandoned roads that are overgrown with grasses and flowers. The 2009 Fellowship Exhibition -- Prince V. Thomas "On Joy, On Sorrow" and the 2009 Fellowship Exhibition -- Natan Dvir "Shelter" are also on display. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information, call 713-529-4755 or visit www.hcponline.org. Free.
If you want to see a more cheerful look at the world, stop by the Houston Public Library and see "Enchanting Taiwan," an exhibit of photographs of the country's many beautiful locales and portraits of its people. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Central Library, 500 McKinney. For information, call 832-393-1313 or visit www.houstonlibrary.org. Free.