Editors' pick

Flashpoint

Through 3/28

BEN TOLMAN: Civilized

Ben Tolman explores the relationship between people and their constructed environment and to each other within that environment through drawings, sculpture and video.
3/5 - 4/4

Doctor Caligari

Pointless Theatre uses puppets to pay homage to the 1920 horror film, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari."
5/1 - 5/30

MOLLY SPRINGFIELD: The Marginalia Archive

This interactive installation explores the relationships between readers and texts, and encourages viewer participation by having a photocopier/scanner available in the exhibit.
6/5 - 7/3

RACHEL SCHMIDT: Meandering Cities

Schmidt presents her mixed media sculptural installation, which stars a growing, living, urbanized landscape.
3/2 - 8/31

Improv Wars

A 90-minute improv competition hosted by the Laugh Index company.
8/14 - 9/12

Ejecta

Curated by Shannon Egan, this exhibition features artist Anthony Cervino's multi-part installation made from works he created over the past 15 years.
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Editorial Review

At 900 square feet, the nonprofit Flashpoint isn't the area's smallest gallery. (That would be Curator's Office, a 234-square-foot "microgallery.") But it certainly doesn't have the flexibility of other, larger spaces. Since 2003, the long, narrow room in a building that also houses a black-box theater has managed to do a lot with very little. Gallery director Karyn Miller calls the space "transitional" - halfway between a commercial gallery, which it physically resembles, and a museum, whose freedom from financial constraint allows greater experimentation.

This summer, look for Flashpoint to host a series of site-specific installations in the building's normally unused (or under-used) spaces: a back hallway, a stairwell, a bathroom. "I'm trying to make the visual art program transcend the physical space," says Miller.

Good neighbor: Reyes + Davis Gallery. "Michael Enn Sirvet: New Sculpture" featuring metal works is on view through Saturday. After that the gallery will go dark for two months and reopen in the spring.

-- Michael O'Sullivan (Jan. 14, 2011)