Visual Arts

Free for All: "Glass Graphica," O Bem Amado and Daniel Wolff

Glass artists Moshe Bursuker and Miguel Unson, one-time teacher and student, come together to present "Glass Graphica," an exhibit meant to convey "the possibilities of glass to convey graphic punch." The exhibit opens on Friday. One of the pieces in the show is Unson's She Won't Look at You. The piece is an abstract design of black and white, meant, as the Houston-based Unson says in press materials, "to delight the eye and to baffle future archaeologists." Bursuker, based in New York, mixes photography and glass in tiled collages he creates with glass blowing, sand carving and digital photography. One of his pieces in this exhibit is Nature VS Architecture Wave, a representation of a skyscraper reaching up into the sky with an image of tree branches cutting across its surface.

There's an opening reception for "Glass Graphica" at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Regular summer gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The show runs through October 14. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main. For information, visit the center's Web site or call 713-529-4848.

Guel Arraes's 2010 Brazilian film O Bem Amado (The Beloved), screening on Saturday, follows the comedic exploits of Mayor Paraguaçu (played by Marco Nanini). Poor guy, all he wants to do is open a cemetery in his city, but he can't overcome the resistance from members of the community to build one. Then he has a great idea -- if somebody dies, everyone will see that there's a need for a cemetery and he can get on with building his pet project. The trouble is nobody's dying. Not even a terminally ill man who has moved into town. The mayor tries to help things along by hiring a hit man, but that doesn't turn up any dead bodies either. Things start looking up when someone starts hunting the mayor; his might be the dead body that gets the cemetery started. Based on a popular telenovela, O Bem Amado is presented as part of the Brazilian Arts Foundation's monthly screenings and is in Portuguese, with English subtitles.

See O Bem Amado at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Brazilian Arts Foundation Center, 1133 E. 11th St. For information, visit the center's Web site or call 713-862-3300.

Few people have chronicled New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as author and producer Daniel Wolff has. Over the last five years, he's written books about it, produced documentaries, and toured the country raising awareness of the continued need for support and ongoing corruption in the city. On Sunday, he'll be signing and discussing his book The Fight for Home: How (Parts) of New Orleans Came Back, an exploration of the issues that still plague the city and, more importantly, what the residents there are doing to reclaim the Big Easy.

Wolff will also be in attendance at a screening of his documentary I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful later on Sunday at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. That event's not free, but you can catch the film on PBS's POV series in September.

Daniel Wolff signs and discusses The Fight for Home at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet. For information, visit the store's Web site or call 713-523-0701.

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