Tons of openings this Friday and Saturday. Big recommendations for Art Palace, CTRL, DiverseWorks and the Art Car Museum on Friday. And on Saturday, don't miss Nestor Topchy's one-night-only event, along with the Moody Gallery Anniversary show. As always, here's our rundown of places to see fresh artwork and hit some free booze.
Road Show: Houston Group-show, traveling exhibition featuring seven Texas-based artists. Opening reception Friday, September 10, 6 - 8 p.m., Inman Gallery Annex, 3917 Main. 713-526-7800
HJ Bott: Paradigms in Paint and Wire Paintings and wire sculptures utilizing a system developed by the artist during the '70s. Opening reception Friday, September 10, 6 - 9 p.m., Anya Tish Gallery, 4411 Montrose. 713-524-2299
Joe Mancuso: Trace The artist's latest work, utilizing everyday materials. Opening reception Friday, September 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Barbara Davis Gallery, 4411 Montrose. 713-520-9200
Before (During) After & Under Standing Water Exhibition commemorating the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Opening reception Friday, September 10, 6 - 9 p.m., DiverseWorks, 1117 E Freeway. 713-223-8346
Peat Duggins: St. Boniface's Last Days Exhibition inspired by the legend of St. Boniface, which regales how he built a chapel from a single oak tree. Duggins inverts the legend to rebuild the tree through sculpture. Opening reception Friday, September 10, 6 - 8 p.m., Art Palace, 3913 Main. 281-501-2964
Andy Mann DVD Release Party Free party celebrating Aurora Picture Show's new DVD about the late video pioneer. Friday, September 10, 7 - 9 p.m., Art Car Museum, 140 Heights Blvd. 713-861-5526
Alexis Granwell: Wax and Wane Michael Berryhill: Fear of a Flat Planet Granwell presents monoprint etchings, wall-based sculpture and a large-scale freestanding sculptural work depicting metaphysical visions. Berryhill contributes paintings inspired somewhat by Public Enemy's album Fear of a Black Planet. Opening reception Friday, September 10, 6 - 8 p.m., CTRL Gallery, 3907 Main. 713-523-2875
Spider Women: A Tribute to Louise Bourgeois Group exhibition honoring the late sculptor. Opening reception Friday, September 10, 6 - 9 p.m., Darke Gallery, 320 B Detering. 713-542-3802
Emily Joyce: New Math Recent silkscreens on paper. Opening reception Friday, September 10, 6 - 8 p.m., Inman Gallery, 3901 Main. 713-526-7800
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Yang Jin Long: Heart Like Flowing Water Solo exhibition following his Crow Collection of Asian Art museum show. Opening reception Saturday, September 11, Colton & Farb Gallery, 2445 North Blvd. 713-869-5151
Nestor Topchy: Iconic Portrait Strand This one-night-only event is the first public presentation of Topchy's portraits (more than 100) depicting art-world notables, colleagues, family, and friends in an 800-year-old Byzantine tradition. Artists include Edward Albee, Rick Lowe, Bert Long, David Magee, Sharon Engelstein, Michael Galbreth, Jack Massing, Molly Gochman, Arielle Masson, Basilios Poulos, Dean Ruck, George Smith and many others. Saturday, September 11, 7 - 10 p.m., Geo. H Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors, 1010 Bering. 713-789-3005
Mirage: Images From India Jeffrey Becom's photographs of Northern India and Kashmir. Opening reception Saturday, September 11, 6 - 8 p.m., John Cleary Gallery, 2635 Colquitt. 713-524-5070
35 Years: Anniversary Exhibition Big group show of new work celebrating Betty Moody's 35 years in the game. Opening reception Saturday, September 11, 6 - 8 p.m., Moody Gallery, 2815 Colquitt. 713-526-9911