Last Call for Art: Taylor Hicks Performing & Torture (FYI, That's Two Different Shows)
The national touring production of the musical comedy Grease, being presented by TUTS, is taking its final bow on Sunday. Emily Padgett and Eric Scheider play the star-crossed lovers Sandy and Danny, but it's Allie Shultz as Rizzo and David Ruffin as Kenickie who steal the show. American Idol winner Taylor Hicks appears as the Teen Angel, who appears in a dream sequence giving beauty school dropout Frenchy some advice. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 713-558-2600 or visit www.tuts.com. $24 to $79.50. Maybe it's a coincidence, but there's a lot of killing in Killdozer Productions' The Pillowman. The Brothers-Grimm-on-crack show, written by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh (The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lieutenant of Inishmore), is a look at Katurian, a writer who specializes in stories about violence against children, and his brother Michal. After a series of child murders that closely resemble Katurian's stories, he's brought in for questioning by police. In the next room is Michal, waiting his turn at being interrogated (read: tortured). The story unfolds in twists and turns, each darker than the last one, and by the end of the play, killing children almost makes sense. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Express Theatre, 446 Northwest Mall. For information, call 832-561-1601. $10 to $12.
If art's more your thing, the Apama Mackey Gallery exhibit "The Paramilitary Show" at the Houston Fire Museum shuts down on Saturday. "Paramilitary" isn't about guns and grenades -- at least not exactly. There are some overt references to soldier gear. The most notable: Ronald Moran's giant pair of Army boots (they are eight feet tall and made from quilt batting). But most of the works are more along the lines of Patrick Renner's cluster of long wooden ladders, complete with singed ends (a nod to the fact that the museum is housed in a former fire house). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2403 Milam. For information, visit www.mackeygallery.com. $3.
Houston photographer Amy Blakemore's show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston was set to close last week but was extended through Sunday. "Amy Blakemore: Photographs 1988 -- 2008" has been drawing lots of interest and it's worth a visit. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. $3.50 to $7.