Visual Art

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Houston Fine Art Fair

Hot on the heels of the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, which took over the George R. Brown Convention Center earlier this month, comes the fourth annual Houston Fine Art Fair, which will feature 55 art galleries from around the world and six installations on premises at the NRG Center. The HFAF is distinguished by its international focus—this year, artists will be traveling from 17 countries to participate in the festivities. Accompanying the exhibitions will be a series of roundtable discussions with local and international art experts. 

Sept 18–21. $25–40. NRG Center, One NRG Park. houstonfineartfair.com

Performance

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host

Ira Glass, the nerdy, bespectacled host of This American Life—the long-running NPR program devoted to offbeat first-person narratives—admits that radio and dance “have no business being together.” But that’s exactly what this collaboration between him and dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass attempts. The touring show includes choreographic interpretations of popular This American Life segments and a few new pieces cooked up especially for the occasion. 

Sept 20 at 8. $40–67. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-227-4772. spahouston.org

Reading

Reza Aslan

Aslan, an Iranian-American writer and scholar, made headlines last year when he was criticized on Fox News for being a Muslim who dared to write a book about Jesus. Predictably, the backlash only helped draw attention to his well-regarded historical account of the birth of Christianity, which argues that Jesus should be seen first and foremost as a radical Jewish political insurrectionist fighting the Roman occupation of Judea. 

Sept 19 at 7. $18. Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. 713-222-2593. brazosbookstore.com

Jazz

Jovino Santos Neto

Brazil went down to ignominious defeat at the World Cup, but it can still take solace in its great musicians, including pianist/composer/arranger Jovino Santos Neto, a protégé of legendary multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal. Jovino, whose work has been nominated for three Latin Grammys, composes in every style of traditional Brazilian music, from samba and baião to marcha and more.

Sept 19 at 9. $10. Cezanne, 4100 Montrose Blvd. 832-592-7464. cezannejazz.com

Party

From left to right: Stewart Anderson, Joe Ross, and Alex La Rotta

Image: Mars Varela

A Fistful of Soul 5th Anniversary Bash

Friday marks the five-year anniversary of the monthly dance party A Fistful of Soul, founded by DJs Stewart Anderson, Joe Ross, and Alex LaRotta. With crowds as big as 500 crowding into Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge inside and out (on the patio shared by Big Top, Continental Club, and Pachinko Hut), it’s one of the biggest all-vinyl soul dance nights in the country. This Friday’s installment will be one of the biggest yet, featuring guest DJ spots from Brett Koshkin of New York and Topper James of Austin, both of whom are friends of the Fistful trio and perform as soul DJs in their respective cities. And it's all free!

Sept 19 from 9:30–2. Free. Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge, 3714 Main St. bigtoplounge.com 

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