Four exhibits at Lawndale Art Center close this Saturday including "Washington Avenue: Forgotten to Gentrified," a photo exhibit by Robert Sennhauser that looks at the near-downtown neighborhood and the changes it's currently undergoing. Among the highlights of the exhibit are Sennhauser's taped interviews with residents from the area including one with Blanca Chavez, from Guadalajara Bakery and Tacos. The tiny store-front eatery is one of the dozens of small businesses being pushed out of the Washington Avenue area by developers and high-priced (but still somehow ugly as hell) condos.
Fans are anxiously awaiting the fate of Guadalajara Bakery (it's the last building standing on its block --
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all the others have been razed), and the area in general. Seeing images of their favorite locales and the already forever-changed face of Washington Avenue elevated to the status of museum worthy photographs has been pulling in crowds since the shows opening. This final weekend should be no different.
The other shows closing on Saturday are "regarding discards" by Stephanie Martz (a collection of pages taken from discarded books which show signatures, dedications and other notes previous owners left behind), "Out of Site" by Noah Simblist (a look at the architecture of the Israel-Palestine conflict), and "Round Three" by Lawndale Artist Studio Program participants Kevin Curry, Amber Eagle and El Franco Lee II. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main. For information, 713-528-5858 or visit www.lawndaleartcenter.org. Free.
Closing on Sunday is Defending the Caveman, the touring show that turns "men are from Mars, women are from Venus" into "men are hunters, women are gatherers." Caveman doesn't cover new ground (most of the topics are familiar: "... women 'cooperate' and cook together, while men 'negotiate' who's going to have to fill up the chip bowl," said our reviewer Lee Williams), but there's a reason it's the longest running solo play in Broadway history -- familiar or not, it's funny. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit www.thehobbycenter.org. $55.75.
And "New Art in Austin: 20 to Watch" shuts down Saturday. We admit the installation by Jill Pangallo, a performance and visual artist who built a piece around a doll made in her image, is a little creepy; it's also thought-provoking. Pangallo and her 19 cohorts are all from central Texas and all producing new, unusual work. DiverseWork's Diane Barber told us, "We wanted to have artists that are working in the most innovative ways. We also wanted to have a broad range of approaches to the visual arts, and I think we got that. And that's one of the things that make it exciting. There's so much to consider and so many different approaches. Something that's instantly noticeable is the vibrancy of the colors. It's really an energetic show in that way." Noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1117 East Freeway. For information, call 713-223-8346 or visit www.diverseworks.org. Free.