Free for All: Art Without a Price Tag

Start your weekend off at the Friday opening of the "This Is for You" show by Darcy Rosenberger, one of four exhibits opening at the Lawndale Art Center. Rosenberger uses lots of mediums in her work, from paper to installation, drawing, video and sculpture. One piece, Untitled (seen above), is made from sheets of paper that have had the center burnt out. The sheets are hung in a row; viewers stand at the side and look in from the first sheet to the last. Air in the room makes the sheets move slightly, changing the image.

Also opening on Friday at Lawndale is "timesteps" by Debra Barrera and Norberto Gomez Jr., "Ballast/Break" by Alexis Granwell and Carrie Scanga and "Office Light" by Curt Gambetta.

The opening reception for "This Is for You" and the other exhibits is at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, through January 7 at 4912 Main. For information, visit www.lawndaleartcenter.org or call 713-528-5858. Free.

Your best bet for Saturday is the sneak preview of the independent film September Morning by Texas filmmaker Chris Eska. Filmed in Gonzales County, the drama is set during the Civil War and centers on a boy who's been sent to bring back a wanted man. Eska did a stint at Rice University before going on to study at UCLA's film program. His previous films have won various awards, including a Target Filmmaker Award and the Cassavetes Award.

SWAMP presents September Morning at 2 p.m. at the Rice Media Center, 6100 Main. For information, visit www.swamp.org or call 713-522-8592. Free.

For more free Saturday fun, check out the 19th Annual Artist's Warehouse ArtCrawl through the Warehouse district or the Tree Dedication: The Art Guys Marry a Tree at The Menil Collection.

On Sunday, we suggest Via Colori: The Street Painting Festival. Nine of the country's best street painters will be among the 200-plus artists working at Sam Houston Park to produce pastel chalk masterpieces. Among them are Houston's own Anat Ronen, Los Angeles's Julio Jiminez and Coral Springs's Betty Dominguez. Planned works range from photorealistic to whimsical. (Some of our favorites from past festivals include a recreation of the Mona Lisa [see above], an image of someone seemingly crawling out of a sewer drain and a colorful portrait of Louis Armstrong.)

See the best street-level art in town 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby. For information, visit www.centerhearingandspeech.org/via‑colori or call 713-523-3633. Free to $20.

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