Walley Films: Watching Artists Work
Rice University Art Gallery
5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, free
For more than 20 years we've enjoyed the temporary, site-specific installations at the soon-to-close Rice University Art Gallery (don't feel too bad; the new Moody Center for the Arts is amaze-balls), but what really kicked things up a notch was when Walley Films began documenting these installations. Come view six years of short videos and remember some of our favorite exhibits (Anila Quayyum Agha's Intersections, Ben Butler's Unbounded and Thorsten Brinkmann's The Great Cape Rinderhorn).
LOFT Series @ CAMH: Angel Otero: Everything and Nothing
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
6:30 p.m. Thursday, free
Puerto Rican artist Angel Otero's show opened at CAMH in December, and we can still catch his "skin and transfer" paintings and sculptures through March 19, but why not stop by this Thursday when Musiqa serves up a free concert of — you guessed it — works by Puerto Rico-born composers. Hear Roberto Sierra's Tres Pensamientos, Carlos Carrillo-Cotto's Como si fuera la primavera and William Ortiz Alvarado's Soneo de la 22.
Pushing the Elephant
7 p.m. Thursday, free
President Trump seems to have kicked the hornet's nest; his executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries for the next three months has led to protests, unused plane tickets and lots of questions about how to implement the order. Learn more about issues important to refugees with PAIR Houston, a nonprofit that helps resettled youth learn how to navigate American society. It's offering a free screening of a film by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel; Pushing the Elephant tells the story of a mother and daughter separated for a decade by civil war. Speakers will offer closing remarks after the film. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Mason Park, Katy
10 p.m. Saturday, $9
Their relationship turned so sour that Clementine (Kate Winslet) had her memories erased. Boyfriend Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) decided it was payback time and did the same, but soon realizes he still loves her. With script by Charlie Kaufman and direction by Michel Gondry, this 2004 film stands the test of time, and Alamo is dishing it up this Saturday night.
Bruce Conner: An Assemblage of Films
Aurora Picture Show
7 p.m. Saturday, free
3:30 p.m. Sunday, free
While The Menil Collection is still celebrating California hipsters in "Holy Barbarians: Beat Culture on the West Coast," the museum is also partnering with Aurora to present a free screening of 16mm films by San Francisco Beat scene sculptor/painter Bruce Conner. His found footage assemblages drew heavily from pop culture (there's a poignant shot of Jackie Kennedy and JFK moments before he was assassinated). Come view films made by Conner between the 1950s and the 1980s, including A Movie, Breakaway, Report and America is Waiting.