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Free for All: "The Art of Boredom" and Two Chances for a Zydeco Christmas

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Clayton Porter's pieces in the group show "Staring at the Wall: The Art of Boredom" come with a Viewer Discretion advisory (more on that in a minute); the exhibit is our recommendation for a Friday visit. The works have a backstory that need to be shared to really resonate and have meaning. For instance, Anal Patina isn't just a stationary bike with a curious bronze seat anymore once you learn that he rode more than 650 miles -- naked -- on the bike (there's photographic proof). Similarly, eight plaster of Paris casts of melted butter that line the window are seemingly nothing more until you find out Porter's process. That's revealed discreetly through three inward-facing TV screens that are the source of the spoken words "artwork" and "hard work." SPOILER ALERT: Each screen shows a video of the artist placing his erect penis onto butter, causing it to melt. (That's where the viewer discretion is advised). Once you get over the unexpected imagery, it's a process not unlike watching paint dry. It's boredom in the flesh. Curated by Katia Zavistovski, the show also includes works by Chris Akin, Jeremy DePrez, Seth Alverson, Jenny Schlief and Uta Barth.

See "Staring at the Wall: The Art of Boredom," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through January 12. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main. For information, visit the center's website or call 713-528-5858.

What says Christmas better than zydeco music? You'll have your choice of two zydeco shows this weekend to get you in the holiday spirit. On Saturday, it's Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Road Runners. Thomas, the son of famed drummer Leo "The Bull" Thomas, keeps it old school, with a bit of his own flavor thrown in. On Sunday, it's Bon Ton Mickey's Zydeco Christmas. You can expect Mickey to add a little spice to his performance by playing his accordion on his knees or his back.

See Leroy Thomas & the Zydeoc Road Runners at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at Shakespeare Pub, 14129 Memorial. For information, visit the pub's website or call 281-497-4625. Bon Ton Mickey's Zydeco Christmas party starts at 9 p.m. on Sunday at Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby. For information, visit the club's website or call 713-523-9999.

Meredith Deliso contributed to this post.

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