Last Call For Art: Shows Closing this Weekend

The Gothic comedy The Miss Firecracker Contest closes on Sunday. Pulitzer-Prize winner Beth Henley's play is about Carnelle, a young woman with a less-than-perfect past who has entered the local beauty pageant in order to restore not only her reputation but her self-esteem as well. She's getting a little help from a cast of only-in-the-south eccentrics. There's a faded beauty queen, a fresh-from-the-mental-ward cousin, and a seamstress who got her start sewing outfits for bullfrogs. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Texas Repertory Theatre Company, 14243 Stuebner Airline. For information, call 281-583-7573 or visit $35.

Houston history fans will want to get out the "Developing Houston: Photographic Treasures from the Cecil Thomson Collection" at the San Jacinto Museum of History before the exhibit closes on Sunday. Made up of photographs of Houston during the late 1800s and early 1900s, "Developing Houston" shows momentous occasions and scenes from everyday life: there's the Sam Houston statute being set up in Hermann Park, local beauty pageants, street scenes. There are also serial photographs showing landmarks such as the Rice Hotel and the Esperson building and the changes they underwent over the years. Some photos are paired with their contemporary counterparts for then-and-now comparison. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. One Monument Circle La Porte. For information, call 281-479-2421 or visit their website. $3 to $4.50

Oh, and in case you didn't get to the "Jesse Lott: The Urban Frontier" and Javier de Villota: DeHumanization Echo" shows last weekend, you've been given a reprieve. Both shows were extended a week and now close on Sunday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama. For information, call 713-529-6900 or visit Free.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez