When DiverseWorks was reborn this past fall in midtown — after more than 20 years at the edgy Warehouse District Docks bordering the East Freeway — director Elizabeth Dunbar’s mission was to make the space once again relevant, balancing out developing new audiences with the desire to serve as an incubator for renegade talent. Witness the launch of the provocative dialogues DWOW, which offers a weekly showcase for performing and literary emergents, every Wednesday night, 6 to 8 pm. The mash-ups range from spoken word and artist talks to puppetry, dance and even jam sessions, a platform perfectly fitted for their cavernous space that once was home to a costume shop, and is just a parking lot away from the action of the Isabella corridor. And stay tuned for prescient performance artist Liz Magic Laser (opening Friday, April 5, 7 to 9 pm; through May 18), whose practice incorporates newsmakers and the media. Watch out — you may end up as a filmed audience member in Magic Laser’s piece produced for DW, “Tell Me What You Want To Hear”; its creator is also in the news herself as the 2013 Armory Show headliner. 4102 Fannin, Suite 200, 713.223.8346; diverseworks.org.