Last Chance Weekend: Two Big Museum Shows End Their Runs

Two of this year's biggest museum shows are closing this Sunday, so you have mere hours to see them.

First is "The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story" at the Houston Museum for Natural Science. Highlights for the exhibit include an oil lamp from the time of Herod (you remember Herod -- he killed all male Jewish children in an attempt to kill the baby who would become "King of the Jews"). Documents in the exhibit include the oldest known copy of prophecies from the Old Testament and the earliest known written copy of the nativity story, displayed side by side. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. One Hermann Circle Drive. For information, call 713-639-4629 or visit www.hmns.org. $16 to $18.

The second closing is "The Puppet Show" at Contemporary Museum of Arts Houston. The show features work by artists incorporating puppets as surrogates, alter-egos, front men and physical supports for other pieces of art. As visitors walk in the museum, they are greeted by Dennis Oppenheim's 1974 Theme for a Major Hit. The piece features five automated marionettes that bear a striking resemblance to the artist. Every 15 minutes, music clicks on and the quintet dance frantically. (Oppenheim was exploring the concept of performance art without the artist). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit www.camh.org. Free. 

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