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Rick Jones' latest show is Hot.

In his new exhibit at Stardust, the local artist has branched out into a profusion of color, while sticking with his geometric abstractions. The layered, intersecting lines and angles familiar to fans of Jones' work remain, but the addition of saturated chroma unlocks the geographic underpinnings of some of the works.

For instance: "EMFB." The acronym stands for Experimental Missile Firing Base, an early name for the Kennedy Space Center (in his artist's statement, Jones says, "I paint in a state of ecstasy brought on by the most numbingly ugly places"); the painting is an explosion of acrylic and colored pencil on board. Viewers observing the faded intensity of 1940s hues and given the clue of the name's source may begin to solve Jones' visual riddles. Call it this summer's parlor game, to be played over iced coffees in Stardust's friendly confines. (through June 30 at Stardust, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, 407-623-3393, stardustvideo; also visit the C2G blog for a video interview with Jones.)

Openings:Be the first to see these shows - some opening nights, some one-off parties.

In the Artist's Studio: With renowned African-American artist Gilbert Young, 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Mezz, 100 S. Eola Drive, 407-648-7060,; $35.

Still Here: Group show featuring graffiti murals and installations by RV, Akut, Drze, Doug Bloodworth and others. 2-9 p.m. Saturday at Realm54, 54 W. Illiana St.,; free.

Opulence Art Extravaganza: A Milk District art takeover featuring work by more than 20 artists, including Karen Russell, Cake Marques, Lucy Furs, Mikey Bear McGrath, Dizzy Kid and more; jewelry by Sea of Bees; voguing by House of Ninja; art hangs until July 3. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday at Pom Pom's, Milk Bar and Social Chameleon, Robinson Street and Bumby Avenue, 407-894-0865, free.

Stick 'Em Up: An Adhesive Art Gathering:Juried show with wheat-paste demos, live body painting and music. 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cameo Theatre, 1013 E. Colonial Drive, 407-403-5993,; $5. (see Selections, page 17, for more information)

Closings:Your last chance to see these shows is coming up.

One:Commemorative group show features 15 artists in celebration of the gallery's one-year anniversary; through June 17 at Twelve21 Gallery (1221-C N. Orange Ave., 407-982-4357,; free).

Florida in the Civil War: Exhibit portrays the ties between Central Florida and the Civil War, including uniforms, period music and soldiers' letters; through June 12 at Orange County Regional History Center (65 E. Central Blvd., 407-836-8500,; $9).

Sharaku Interpreted by Japan's Contemporary Artists: A show honoring print artist Toshusai Sharaku; through June 12 at Cornell Fine Arts Museum (Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, 407-646-2526,; $5).

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