"Look to the Left: Wendy Wagner." Just last year, Houston artist Wendy Wagner was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. After undergoing five surgeries, she lost peripheral vision on the left side of both eyes. Though she conceived of her latest body of work before her diagnosis, her solo exhibit "Look to the Left" reflects her current condition. In her whimsical, colorful but slightly edgy paintings, soft sculpture and animation, Wagner creates a distinctive make-believe world that skews the original innocence of childhood memories and fantasies. Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Exhibit continues 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through March 14. Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St. Free. 477-1064. www.womenandtheirwork.org.
"W. Tucker: Re-Mix." If you didn’t have the opportunity to see W. Tucker’s charming and compelling show at Texas State University last fall, now you have the opportunity to see the artist’s work in a solo exhibit. In a new series, Tucker uses his elemental yet highly conceptual imagery to create drawings on found book and album covers, remixing the material and images to suggest new narratives. Exhibit continues 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 9. Blackbox Gallery, 1017-A Milton St. Free.
"Infinite Perfection: Joseph Phillips." It seems that with every spurt of urban development, Joseph Phillips’ art becomes more relevant. In delicate, exquisitely rendered gouache paintings, Phillips depicts imaginary real estate parcels, diagrammatic cross-sections of fantasy locales such as beach front homes or forest retreats. Only in Phillips cosmos, the natural landscape is so hyper-manipulated by consumer desire that lagoons, palms trees or a grass-covered hill become a property buyer’s option no different than carpeting or appliances. Nature never looked so confined. Opening reception: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. Exhibit continues through Feb. 23. Tiny Park Gallery, 1101 Navasota St. Free. www.tinyparkgallery.com.
Rick Rowley, pianist. Rowley gives a faculty recital featuring Domenico Cimarosa’s Four Sonatas and Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major. Then, Rowley will be joined by pianist Anne Epperson for Percy Grainger’s "Fantasy on Themes from George Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’" for two pianos and four hands. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Bates Recital Hall, Music Building 2400 Robert Dedman Drive. $5-$10. 471-5401. The concert will also be webcast live at www.music.utexas.edu.
"Mozart’s Birthday." Dynamic Austin pianist Michelle Schumann is joined by the celebrated up-and-coming Aelous Quartet for an all-Mozart program featuring Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano in G Major, String Quartet No. 19 in C Major "Dissonance" and Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat Major. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover Ave. $25. www.austinchambermusic.org.
"Carl Hammoud: A Zone of Reduced Complexity." In his exquisitely rendered almost hyper-realistic graphite drawings, watercolors and oil paintings, Swedish artist Carl Hammoud depicts scenes and objects seemingly from laboratories, museums, libraries, archives, offices or classrooms. These are hardly ordinary scenes though: Hammoud infuses his tableaux with considerable mystery and enigma. Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit continues through March 16. Lora Reynolds Gallery, 360 Nueces St. Free. www.lorayreynolds.com.
Saturday and Sunday
"ICU." Celebrated Austin-based playwright Allison Gregory presents her darkly comedic short play that examines what happens when a wife is about to leave her husband, but he is rushed to the hospital after a life-threatening accident. But was it really an accident or was it fate or perhaps something more? Presented as part of Frontera Fest. 7:45 p.m. Saturday. 4 p.m. Sunday. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. $10. www.fronterafest.org.