'Alma's Rainbow'

THIS WEEKEND, FEB. 3-5, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Through the Lens of African American Women, a mini-festival of four films and one short, all directed by Black women. The lineup was curated by UH graduate Autumn Johnson, who interned with the MFAH film department last summer and produced the short film This is Real Life, which has earned 70,000 views and counting on YouTube. As Houston is home to such talented Black female film directors as Candice D’Meza, Lisa E. Harris and Brittany Bass, and this being Black History Month, the festival is timely and will resonate with anyone interested in great, independent filmmaking.

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Photos by Medina Duggar

WHAT IS THE CONNECTION between Black hair and architecture? A new group exhibit titled Hair Salon, opening today UH, considers this question and provides some eye-opening answers in the form of art, design and architectural works, all inspired by the material properties and cultural and social history of Black hair.

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Bramblitt's 'Rhapsody in Blue' and 'Rockin OS'

ACCLAIMED TEXAS ARTIST John Bramblitt is celebrated for his brightly colored, impressionistic paintings, including portraits of close friends, family, and such famous folks as Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Animals are another favorite subject, including tropical birds, wild horses, and a loveable yellow lab named Eagle, who happens to be Bramblitt’s guide dog. You see, Bramblitt began painting after completely losing his vision in 2001 due to complications with epilepsy and Lyme disease.

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