Last Call For Art: Casual Encounters and Indian Film

The art exhibit "Casual Encounters" closes at Domy Books this Sunday. A group show featuring work by Dirty Jeff, Will Boone, Patrick Griffen, Derek Albeck, French, and curator Give Up, "Casual Encounters" includes photos, drawings, portraits and collages. The international group of the artists share an outsider sensibility. Wheat-paste artist Give Up, who took home our Best of Houston award for Best Graffiti Artist in 2008, told the Houston Press's Dusti Rhodes, "The artists involved are people I've come to know and respect both artistically and personally. [There's] no restrictions as far as theme or content or medium, hence the name." See "Casual Encounters" until 8 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit Free.

This is also the last weekend for the Hooray for Bollywood film series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This weekend's film is Rang de Basanti (The Color of Sacrifice). Directed by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, the 2006 film follows a group of young men who are roped into acting in a film about India's struggle for independence. Initially more interested in partying than being a movie about India's history, the group slowly becomes caught up in feelings of patriotism as they realize that their modern day struggles mirror those their grandfathers faced -- same problems, different oppressor. Rang de Basanti was India's 2007 entry for the Oscars. 6 p.m. today, 5 p.m. Sunday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit $6 to $7.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez