The exhibit "Homelands: Classic Texas Paintings by Jack Erwin, Eugene Thurston and Noe Perez" opens on Friday with a large number of images of the Lone Star State. Erwin's work shows small towns in North Texas during the 1970s. Erwin, who is also an architect, captured scenes common in rural settings including small gas stations, feed stores and Texas county courthouses.
Thurston looked at West Texas in his work, with the mountains and desert landscapes near El Paso most often his subjects. Thurston's work for this exhibit comes from the 1930s through the 1980s.
Finally, Perez, a contemporary painter, looks at present-day landscapes for his subject matter, from bluebonnets in the hill country to green South Texas plains and dramatic mountain landscapes in West Texas.
"Homelands: Classic Texas Paintings by Jack Erwin, Eugene Thurston and Noe Perez" opens on Friday. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through December 17. William Reaves Fine Art, 2313 Brun. For information, visit www. reavesart.com or call 713-521-7500. Free.
Get a taste, albeit visual, of Moorish food -- a unique mix of Spanish, North African and Arab cuisines - during Saturday's book signing and discussion with Chef Zouhair Zairi, who will present his new cookbook, Moorish Fusion Cuisine: Conquering the New World. Very few cookbooks have been written about Moorish cuisine, and while Chef Zairi keeps one eye on the traditional aspects of the food he learned about from his mother and grandmother in his native Morocco, he keeps the other on healthy, lighter fare. Chef Zairi takes the mystery out of Moorish food and makes it simple enough for cooks of every skill level to enjoy.
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Chef Zouhair Zairi will sign and discuss Moorish Fusion Cuisine: Conquering the New World Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble/River Oaks, 2030 West Gray. For information, visit www.barnesandnobleinc.com or call 713-522-8571. Free.
The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra features one of its own during the ROCO Chamber Series: Nathan Williams, Clarinet on Sunday. Williams is the principal clarinetist for the orchestra and is a founding member of the trio Strata. Williams says his performances with ROCO are among his favorite. "Being a part of ROCO is a prime example of the best aspects of being a musician: Playing great music with great musicians you care about and respect both personally and professionally."
Sunday's concert is part of an ongoing series of concerts by small ensembles in intimate settings, in this case the Gremillion & Co., Fine Art gallery, which is currently showing "Leslie Parke: Paintings on Canvas."