The eight women currently in residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft -- Christina Carfora, Paris Jomadiao, Grace Zuniga, Lauren Salazar, Caitie Sellers, Delaney Smith, Kamila Szczesna and Demitra Thomloudis -- exhibit their latest creations in the group show "In Residence: Work by 2013 Resident Artists." Two of the women, ceramist Carfora and filmmaker Jomadiao, have been profiled in the Houston Press 100 Creatives series. Carfora's work often examines the relationship between change and preservation and is frequently inspired by her travels (she's visited 23 countries so far). Jomadiao uses her cut-paper illustrations in stop-motion animations and experimental films. Her work often reflects the duality of objects in the physical world and images in the digital realm. There's an opening reception with the artists at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through November 9. 4848 Main. For information, call 713‑529‑4848 or visit crafthouston.org. Free.
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The Houston Symphony is pulling out all the stops to welcome incoming music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Along with two free laid-back concerts over the weekend, there's the more formal Opening Night Concert with Andrés on Saturday. Orozco-Estrada, or Andrés as the symphony likes to call him, will be the 15th director of the symphony, following a long line of incredible directors, and he plans to kick things off with a party. "It's important for me to start my inaugural season with a celebration for the entire community," Andrés says. "I'd love to invite the whole city of Houston to attend!"
On opening night, fans will be treated not only to Andrés's exciting debut behind the podium, but to British trumpeter Alison Balsom as well. Set to perform Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, Balsom received the coveted Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Gramophone Awards. Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, arranged by Ravel, complete the program.
Andrés Orozco-Estrada takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713‑224‑7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. $29 to $165.
"Triple Threat featuring Dandee Warhol, Shelbi-Nicole and Daniel Anguilu," the long and unwieldy moniker chosen for the massive art show at Bayou Music Center, is hardly a stretch of the imagination; after all, these three artists really are among Houston's most talked-about painters. Dandee Warhol attacks pop art in his work. Profiles of the artist's first solo show in 2011 made not only local but national headlines after landing in The New York Times. You may recognize that "War" bit of Dandee Warhol's nom de plume in another local art staple -- War'Hous Visual Studios. He's the artist at the wickedly irreverent gallery space.
Shelbi-Nicole has been making waves as one of the top painters in the city -- even landing on the Houston Press Top 10 Painters in Houston list in 2014 -- and Daniel Anguilu upped his own street cred after being voted one of the top 10 painters in Houston by Glasstire. The show includes more than just visual art. The trio not only have incorporated their canvassed works, but have added a music and fashion component for good measure.
"Triple Threat" starts at 7 p.m. Saturday Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas. For information, call 832‑628‑4844 or visit livenation.com. $15 to $20.
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As the assassination of President John Kennedy was for a previous generation, the 9/11 attacks became a dividing line. There was life before the attacks; there was life after the attacks. And there was that one moment between the two when people first learned what was going on. It wasn't an accident. It was an attack. It wasn't one plane. It was four. There was a collective reaction around the world: what can I do about this? As the two airliners crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the New York-based Irish photographer Nicola McClean responded in the only way that made sense to her -- she picked up a camera and documented the events around her. Those photographs became "Ground Zero 360: Never Forget," the newest exhibit at the Holocaust Museum Houston, one of our choices for Sunday.
McClean captured not only the confusion and panic that surrounded her, but the kindness and generosity of the rescue efforts following the attacks. She shot thousands of photographs in the days following 9/11, all of which were captured near Ground Zero and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Some depict the chaos engulfing the city, others the grief and shock felt by New Yorkers and others the tireless work of emergency workers, police officers, firefighters and medical personnel.
Over the following ten years, McClean worked with Paul McCormack, a young NYPD sergeant who had been one of the first responders. Together they created "Ground Zero 360: Never Forget," a harrowing, heartfelt panoramic installation of photographic images, visuals and audio clips captured by McClean. It gives a unique insight into the lives of New Yorkers in the days that followed the attacks. It's an exhibit not to be missed. (McCormack retired from the NYPD because of injuries sustained in the line of duty; he and McClean are married and live in Ireland.)
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Regular viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through January 11. 5401 Caroline. For information, call 713‑942‑8000 or visit hmh.org. Free to $12.
On Sunday, you can catch the world premiere of Joe Barnes's Happy Hour -- the Play. The action is simple -- and hilarious. Four weary co-workers from a local mega-store go out for a well-deserved happy hour. (Chelsea Aldrich, Deborah Anderson, Cheramie Hopper and Tari Moon portray the thirsty, beleaguered characters.) Gathered together are veterans Susan, Carol Ann and Pinkie and newcomer Evelyn, who gets an earful of advice. Susan's boyfriend just left her to return to his wife. Carol Ann is more than happy to share her insights from years and years on the job. Pinkie shares what she learns in night school. Free buffalo wings and two-for-one drinks loosen tongues, and the group takes the measure of other customers as well as the waitstaff. The venue for this comedy is McGonigel's Mucky Duck, a restaurant/bar much admired for its live music.
6 p.m. Sundays. Through September 28. From Lanfour Productions. 2425 Norfolk. For information, call 713‑528‑5999 or visit lan4productions.org. $20.
Angelica Leicht and Jim J. Tommaney contributed to this post.