Recurring Event—Every Monday, February - May 2018

Lawndale is thrilled to announce that, in partnership with Nameless Sound, it will be officially taking on They, Who Sound as a weekly series of concerts. For Nameless Sound, it is an opportunity to provide a stage and shed light on Houston's diverse, vibrant, and totally unique experimental music scene. We hope it will continue to be a meeting place for Houston listeners and experimental musicians, and we expect it to be a lab for new developments. You will continue to hear well-known national and international artists sharing the stage with vital regional and local talent. For Lawndale, it represents something of a return to roots. In the 1980's, Lawndale's original location was the site for some of the most memorable experimental music and underground rock events in Houston. Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Cecil Taylor and the Art Ensemble of Chicago all performed there, as did Black Flag, The Minutemen, and The Replacements.

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Free Admission, Donations to They, Who Sound Welcome.
Sponsored by Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

Upcoming Events


Exhibitions Opening Friday, February 9, 6 - 8 PM

Conversation with Christopher Sperandio
Sunday, February 18, 2018
2 PM
O'Quinn Gallery

Between Love & Madness, 2017, Image by Peter Molick

Join Lawndale and artist Christopher Sperandio for a conversation about the historic Mexican "micro-comics" that inspired the current exhibition Between Love & Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 1970s on Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM in Lawndale's O'Quinn Gallery.

Since the mid-90s, artist Christopher Sperandio has made comic books a part of a collaborative, museum-based practice. As an Associate Professor at Rice University, he founded the Comic Art Teaching and Study Workshop (CATS), as a space for comics research and education within Rice University's Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts.

Between Love & Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 1970s, organized by Sperandio with his students, is the first large-scale CATS project. Sperandio will speak about the exhibition in the context of his long-standing comic art practice.

This event is free and open to the public.

Conversation with Michelle Matthews, Joe Havel, and Perry Price
Saturday, February 24, 2018
2 PM
Sculpture Garden

Sculpted, (Studio View), 2017, Image by Lauren Lohman]

Join Lawndale Saturday, February 24th at 2 PM for a conversation with Sculpted ceramicist Michelle Matthews, sculptor Joe Havel, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft's Executive Director, Perry Price. In this conversation, Matthews, Havel, and Price will discuss Sculpted, Matthews' artistic practice and temporality in art.

This event is free and open to the public.


featuring Jamire Williams

Friday, March 23, 2018
8 PM
Doors open at 7:30 PM

Free Admission

Image courtesy of the artist.

Playing with concepts established on his recent solo album, ///// EFFECTUAL, Williams will explore how spirituality and abstraction are made manifest through the nuanced sounds made on his drum set.

Jamal Cyrus is a world renown musician and visual artist who has grown to sincerely feel that his purpose is to meld these mediums together in an organic, seamless fashion. A graduate of Houston’s acclaimed High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Williams received his BFA from The New School in New York City in 2006. Since then he has grown into one of the leading voices of his generation performing and collaborating with such artist as Herbie Hancock, Solange, Madlib, Christian Scott and Chassol. He has also begun to journey into more conceptual spaces with abstract painting and curated installations. In 2012, he received the Harlem Stage Fund For New Work grant and was also an integral contributor to Jason Moran’s BLEED exhibition at the year’s Whitney Biennial. Williams released a solo concept record entitled ///// EFFECTUAL in 2016 where he explores the dimensions of the drum set in acoustic and electronic capacities accompanied by his personal paintings. “Jamire Williams shows himself to be an inspired crafter of sound, capable of building entire worlds from just his drum hits.” - Pitchfork

His goal is to push the envelope within these creative disciplines by performing in unconventional spaces and creating 2D and 3D still life works that join sound and structure to space and place."

Conversation with Jamal Cyrus x Jamire Williams
Sunday, March 25, 2018
2 PM
Horton Gallery

Join Lawndale Sunday, March 25 at 2 PM for a Conversation with Jamal Cyrus and Jamire Williams, whose Boogaloo & The Midnite Hours is on view in Horton Gallery until Sunday, March 25. During this conversation, Cyrus and Williams will speak about the creation of this exhibition and how it relates to their body of work.


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