Visual Art

Opening of The World According To CPLY

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William N. Copley, The Cold War, 1962. Oil on canvas, 35 ¼ x 51 ¼ in. (89.5 x 130.2 cm). The Menil Collection, Houston

In The World According to CPLY, which spans from 1960–1975, the artist’s paintings, etchings and collage work present his knack for poking fun at American politics and ideas about sexuality, including oil paintings of wrestling pin-up girls wrapped in flags or mid-coital lovers. Maybe put the exhibition pamphlet in a brown paper bag before leaving the museum.

Thru July 24. Free. Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. 713-525-9400. menil.org

Theater

Intimate Apparel

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A lonely African-American seamstress who makes lingerie for the city’s elite finds love and friendship outside of her race and class in this drama set in turn-of-the-century New York City.

Thru Feb 28. See website for showtimes. $20; $10 for students. Jose Quintero Theatre, University of Houston, 3351 Cullen Blvd. 713-315-2400. uh.edu

Concert

Olivia Block

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The Chicago sound artist creates a moviegoing experience minus the movie with her surround sound blend of music and "found sound." Block's technique of mixing her recordings with ethereal sounds results in a creepy, but beautiful symphonic performance.

Feb 19. 8. $13; $10, student; Free, under 18. MECA, 1900 Kane St. namelesssound.org

Sport

DEFINE at MFAH

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The posh cycling studio partners with the MFAH for a unique mash-up. Sporting types can join in on a high-intensity ride before taking a tour of the museum's Sculpted In Steel exhibit featuring a collection of rare and classic art deco-themed vehicles from the 1930s.

Feb 20. 9. $35. Beck Building, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 5601 Main St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org

Family

Bayou Bend Family Day: Our Classical Past

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Families can take a look at the past through art as Bayou Bend opens its doors for a an artistic tour. Kids can participate in workshops and arts and crafts while learning about world history's influence on early American art and design.

Feb 21. 1. Free. Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens, 6003 Memorial Dr. 713-639-7300. mfah.org

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