Visual Art

Copyright Zineb Sedira, courtesy the artist and Kamel Mennour, Paris

Zineb Sedira: Lighthouse in the Sea of Time

Born in France to Algerian parents, Sedira uses multiple media to explore her mixed background. For her first solo exhibition in the United States, she presents a series of gorgeous photographs and video installations made during trips to two Algerian lighthouses. 

Thru Dec 17. Free. Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, 120 Fine Art Building. 713-743-9521. blafferartmuseum.org

Opera

Die Fledermaus

The action of this charming farce centers around an aristocratic masquerade ball to which everyone wants an invitation. Composed by “Waltz King” Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée, the operetta features numerous waltzes, a Hungarian csárdás, and an art deco–inspired set by Richard Roberts.

Oct 25–Nov 10. $20–290. Houston Grand Opera. Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-228-6737. houstongrandopera.org

Architecture

studioMET Architects

Image: Ben Hill

AIA Houston 2013 Annual Home Tour

For their annual home tour, the American Institute of Architects Houston selected seven area homes designed by such architecture firms as studioMET, Collaborative Design Works, and Tran Architecture. The tour is open to the public and typically attracts around 2,000 people.

Oct 26 & 27 12–6. $10 single house ticket; $25 2-day pass ($20 for cyclists). 713-520-0155. aiahouston.org

Film

Russian Documentary Showcase

For its seventh annual documentary film series, the Russian Cultural Center has chosen the theme “Images of Russia.” Three films will be screened: Tomorrow, A Bitter Taste of Freedom, and Born in the USSR: 28 and Up. The director and producer of Born in the USSR will be present at its screening.

Tomorrow

Oct 24 at 5:30. Free. University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work Bldg, Room 101.

Oct 26 at 4. $10; students & seniors $8. Russian Cultural Center, 2337 Bissonnet St.

A Bitter Taste of Freedom

Oct 25 at 7:30. $10; students & seniors $8. Russian Cultural Center, 2337 Bissonnet St.

Born in the USSR: 28 and Up

Oct 26 at 7. $10; students & seniors $8. Russian Cultural Center, 2337 Bissonnet St.

713-395-3301. ourtx.org

Exhibition

Dmitrii Baltermants (1912-1990), "Grief," Kerch, Crimea, January 1942, gelatin silver print, 36 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches; Loan from Teresa and Paul Harbaugh; Photo: CU Art Museum; © Estate of Dmitrii Baltermants

Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust (Last Weekend!)

The United States likes to boast that it won WWII, but we often forget that eighteen million Soviet citizens gave their lives to defeat Hitler, compared to around 300,000 Americans. This exhibition of photographs from Soviet war journalists, many of them Jewish, shows the “Great Patriotic War” from the Russian perspective, including some of the first photographs of Nazi death camps. Based on an award-winning book by David Schneer, who curates the exhibition.

Thru Oct 27. Mon–Fri 9–5; Sat–Sun noon–5. Free. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. 713-942-8000. 

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