On the train line from Paris to Frankfurt, a well-known novelist comes into contact with one of his biggest fans in Yasmina Reza's play The Unexpected Man, opening Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Cell Theatre (700 First Street NW). Directed by Jacqueline Reid and starring Gary Houston and Laurie Thomas, the play is the latest production by the Fusion Theatre Company, one of our city's most reliably excellent theater groups. The Unexpected Man runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., through Sept. 25. Tickets are $22 general, $17 students/seniors, with a $10 student rush (with valid ID) and $15 actor rush (with professional résumé) on Thursdays that excludes the catered opening reception. For details, call 766-9412.
The Moro Gallery (806 Mountain NW) hosts an exhibit featuring stunning images by photographer Jan Bennett of the remote Himalayan nation of Bhutan. The show opens this Friday, Sept. 2, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and will run through Sept. 30. For more information, call 242-6272.
Students are flooding back to UNM. To celebrate their arrival the university's Jonson Gallery (1909 Las Lomas NE) is hosting an exhibit consisting exclusively of work by incoming graduate art students. The show presents an ideal opportunity to see what these newbies are producing. At First Sight opens Friday, Sept. 2, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A panel discussion featuring the new students will occur on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Oct. 14. For the full scoop, call 277-4967 or go to unm.edu/~jonsong.
The Harwood Art Center is starting up its fall open studio sessions with live nude models. For a mere $5, you'll have the opportunity to sketch or paint the human form in a variety of natural poses. Easels are provided. All skill levels are welcome. The open studio runs every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. through November 15. Drop-ins are always OK. But no leering! To find out more, call 242-6367.
Everybody's favorite folkster artist, Steve White, is back in town and looking for a place to live. If you've got a lead, call him at 290-1477.