Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, free
For its inaugural "let's make crafts while drinking craft beer" event, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is drawing inspiration from the itty-bitty, tiny works of art on view in its "Pocket Museum" exhibit. Come hang out with friends both old and new, enjoy the best from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. and build your own miniature house with resident artist Amber Marie Smith. Props to Art Supply on Main Street for providing the materials and to the students of the Rice Architectural Society for lending their models as inspiration.
Of the World: In Conversation with Artist Amahigueré Dolo
The Menil Collection
7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, free
While The Menil Collection is offering up a fresh look at 80 objects created by the Dogon peoples in the '50s and '60s, the Menil is also adding context by exhibiting work by artists in present-day Mali. Amahigueré Dolo is internationally recognized for his expressive wood forms and drawings on crumpled cement paper, and the "ReCollecting Dogon" exhibit includes Dolo's 2007 installation, Components of the World (Adouron Bew) — the first time it has been viewed in an American museum. In this public program, presented in both French and English, learn about Dolo's installation as well as other works with Curator of Collections Paul R. Davis and art historian Jessica Hurd.
Insane Asylums and Genetics: How Human Heredity Became a Data Science
University of Houston, 232 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, free
From the dark recesses of 19th- and 20th-century insane asylums – a horrific time in caregiver history that sometimes included skull drills, straitjackets and inhumane treatments – emerged a new hope to seek out and eliminate the causes of insanity. Learn how the meticulous record-keeping of asylum doctors, the tracing of family trees and the calculating of odds led to a new data science. This UH Ethics in Science lecture is presented by Theodore M. Porter, professor of history at UCLA, who is about to release his latest book, tentatively titled The Unknown History of Human Heredity.
The Alligator-Horses Ed Hugetz Film Festival
University of Houston-Downtown
5:30 p.m. Friday, free
Who knew? Buttoned-up administrator by day, avant garde filmmaker by night. Come view clips from five of Ed Hugetz's flicks: Alligator-Horses, an exploration of 1830s America; The De La Peña Diary, featuring the journal of a soldier serving under General Santa Anna; and To Put Away the Gods, about the Lacondan Maya Indians. Also scheduled are two films very near and dear to H-Town: Who Killed The Fourth Ward? and Who Will Stand With The Fourth Ward? A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments and dinner at 6. The screening follows in the O’Kane Theatre and includes discussions led by UHD faculty and Hugetz. RSVP to Julie Norton at email@example.com.
"St. Valentine" Group Exhibition
Zoya Tommy Gallery
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, free
In honor of the annual holiday that celebrates romantic love in the secular form, while still tracing its roots to the early Christian martyr Saint Valentine, come view works by three artists (Clara Grace Hoag, Thedra Cullar-Ledford and Lisa Krannichfeld) who have explored femininity through different – and sometimes controversial – perspectives. Forrest Prince also is showing assemblages that convey God's infinite love for His vulnerable children on earth. Be sure to wear red at this opening-night reception for a chance to have your name added to the lottery and, even if you didn't get lucky on Valentine's Day, you might score a work of art.