Happy birthday, Rothko

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Feb 26–28 

Take a ride through Freedmen’s Town, and check out MFAH’s well-timed light exhibition.

By Brittany Cristiano February 26, 2021

If you go out in public, remember to follow social distancing guidelines (at least six feet between you and anyone else), wash hands often and thoroughly, and wear a face mask.

Rothko Chapel & the Journey of Its Restoration

Well, folks, we celebrated when the Rothko Chapel finally reopened its doors last fall, and now we’re celebrating its golden anniversary. But, now, the new and improved Rothko, which is a product of the Opening Spaces campaign, has a new landscape and transformed lighting that honors the 50 years of the Chapel’s existence. Now, you’re probably wondering how lighting is able to do that, and Rothko Chapel has just the solution: a virtual panel with the team behind it all. Tune in on Friday evening to learn about the original intentions for Rothko Chapel, the importance of the new lighting, and the creative process of the team.

6 p.m. Feb 26. Free. Online. More information here.

DaCamera presents Weinberg’s Piano Quintet

Houston pianist Sarah Rothenburg teams up with Daedalus String Quintet this Friday for a performance honoring the 25th anniversary of Polish-Russian composer Mieczysław Weinberg’s death. Rothenburg, who is a champion of Weinberg’s work, and the quintet will perform the powerfully touching composition, 1944 Piano Quintet, which is often noted as one of the greatest works of the 20th century. The performance takes place on Youtube Live, however, you must register to receive the link.

7 p.m. Feb 26. Free. Online. More information here.

Freedmen’s Town Black Bike Tour

This Saturday, Fellowship Houston is inviting you to grab your bike, head down to Fourth Ward’s historical Freedmen’s Town, and enjoy a bike ride around the historically rich neighborhood. Ride and appreciate the iconic brick streets, the churches that minister Jack Yates preached at, and many other notable sites. Lastly, since you’ll probably work up an appetite by ride’s end, Black-owned businesses The Hot Dog Factory, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, and Trez Art & Wine Bar will be there to feed you.

3 p.m. Feb 27. Free. 1501 Taft St, Forth Ward. More information here.

Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting at MFAH

Following last week’s electrical nightmare, an art exhibit celebrating lighting devices may sound like pretty good timing. Starting Saturday, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston presents an exhibit that explores three aspects of lighting: different types, like a desk lamp or chandelier; the importance of the lightbulb (we Houstonians know that); and all the ways light can be manipulated. The immersive experience highlights (literally) lighting artists like Achille Castiglioni, Christian Dell, DRIFT, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Poul Henningsen, Ingo Maurer, Verner Panton, Gaetano Pesce, Gino Sarfatti, Ettore Sottsass, and Wilhelm Wagenfeld. These lights are on until May 16, and we sure hope they stay on.

Feb 27–May 16. $19. Museum of Fine Arts of Houston. More information here.

Collect It For the Culture III

This weekend is your last chance to peruse the works of 30 Texas-based artists at the Black Buddha Creative Agency’s third installment of Collect It For the Culture. Take a look at sculptures, photography, paintings, film, and installations, curated by Houston artist Robert Hodge. Here you’ll see the work of newbies, seasoned art veterans, and everyone in between; we’re sure they’ll appreciate your support.

2–7 p.m. Feb 26–28. Tickets start at $20. GreenStreet, Downtown. More information here.

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