When Mount Vesuvius exploded above Pompeii, Italy, in late August A.D. 79, it sent a fury of boiling mud and gases down its slopes at nearly 100 miles per hour, burying the city in ten feet of ash. Much of Pompeii — from household objects to humans (down to their tortured and unsettling facial expressions) — was preserved perfectly.

Almost 2,000 years later, crews are still excavating artifacts from the city and the surrounding area’s ruins. Nearly 500 items will be on display in Pompeii: Tales from an Eruption, which explores the culture and daily life of the doomed city. Objects on display include a statue of Apollo, mosaic tiles, gladiator armor, jewelry, sculptures, household objects and plaster casts of citizens in their final moments. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Through June 22. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information and a full schedule, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. $7 to $17.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: March 2. Continues through June 22, 2008

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
Contact: Bob Ruggiero