2014 is turning into the Year of Iggy, with the 24-year-old Australian rapper, née Amethyst Amelia Kelly, releasing what was arguably the song of the summer, the infectious sing-along “Fancy,” and contributing a guest verse to Ariana Grande’s equally catchy “Problem”—another candidate for top summer anthem. Iggy actually lived in Houston for a short time earlier this decade and dated local rapper Jefe Wine, who is now trying to peddle a sex tape they allegedly made. In apparently unrelated news, Iggy is suing Jefe for stealing her music. We just love amicable break-ups.
Oct 3 at 9. $39.50. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave. 713-230-1600. bayoumusiccenter.com
Buildering: Misbehaving the City
Organized by the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati’s Steven Matijcio, this fascinating group exhibition features artists from across the world who engage in or document various forms of “city hacking,” from an elevator that goes nowhere, to Sebastian Stumpf’s videos of himself jumping off low bridges, to Carey Young’s restaging of iconic works of performance art at building sites in the Middle East.
Thru Dec 13. Free. Blaffer Art Museum, Fine Arts Building, University of Houston. 713-743-9521. blafferartmuseum.org
Later in the Week
James Ellroy: Perfidia
As contemporary crime novelists go, they don’t get any more hard-boiled than Ellroy, the author of L.A. Confidential and a worthy successor to Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Ellroy will read from his new novel Perfidia, about the murder of a Japanese family in 1941 following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Oct 6 (Monday) at 7. Free. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St. 713-523-0701. brazosbookstore.com