From a performance by legendary alt-rockers The Jesus and Mary Chain at White Oak Music Hall, Zine Fest Houston’s annual event for local creatives at Lawndale Art Center, and experimental electronic act Blanck Mass at The Secret Group, we’ve sifted through the best events of the week just for you.
Wednesday, November 8
Party on the Plaza: Old 97’s, Seratones at Avenida Houston
From 6 to 10 pm, head to Avenida Houston, located directly in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center, for an evening of music, drinks and fun. The free concert opens up with a set from DJ Dave Wrangler until 7:15 pm, followed by a performance from Shreveport-based Southern rockers Seratones until 8:15. The concert closes out with Dallas’ folk rock quartet Old 97’s, known for hit tracks like “Question” and “Timebomb.”
The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Dig at White Oak Music Hall
Head to White Oak Music Hall (2915 N. Main) for an evening with Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain, who has maintained a reputation for raucous live shows since forming in 1983. The legendary band, who broke up in 1999 before reuniting in 2023, is well known for hits like “Blues From a Gun,” “Head On,” and “Far Gone and Out,” which all reached the top five on Billboard’s Alternative Tracks chart. The show opens with a set from New York City-based rockers The Dig, who just dropped their most recent album, Bloodshot Tokyo, in February to critical acclaim. Tickets start at $30 with doors at 7 pm.
Friday, November 10
Ministry, Death Grips at White Oak Music Hall
Let’s get loud at White Oak Music Hall (2915 N. Main) when industrial rockers Ministry and hardcore hip-hop group Death Grips come to town. With both groups touring on albums due to drop in the next few months — AmeriKKKant from Ministry, and an unnamed album from Death Grips — you can almost guarantee you’ll hear unreleased material from these iconic acts, both of whom are known for putting on raucous live shows. Tickets start at $35 with doors at 7 pm.
Opening Reception for Susan Whyne: Egress at Art Palace
From 6 to 8 pm, Art Palace (3913 Main) presents the opening reception for Egress, a solo exhibition of works on paper by Austin-based artist Susan Whyne. Following her presentation Entrances in 2023, which featured works she produced in San Francisco in the ’70s, Whyne has now revisited that time in her practice with new abstracted landscapes based on the urban scenery of Texas, with this exhibition combining works from the 1970s with pieces the artist created over the last year. The exhibition is on view through December 16.
Saturday, November 11
Zine Fest Houston 2023 at Lawndale Art Center
Hosted at Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main) from 1 to 7 pm, Zine Fest Houston 2023 — now celebrating the 24th anniversary of their annual event — presents vendor booths from dozens of the city’s most interesting and varied creatives, featuring everything from zines, comics, and other forms of small press to alternative, underground DIY media and art. Led by volunteer-based organization Zine Fest Houston, this year’s event — themed “The Cyber Future is Now!” — features more than 60 booths, from long-time zine creators to first-time vendors. The event also includes food trucks and all-day programming such as a lecture by Houston Anarchist Black Cross, a live recording with local LGBTQ+ podcast Veer Queer, an animation workshop, and much more. Admission is free.
Singin’ in the Rain: A Houston and Cinema Arts Celebration at White Oak Music Hall
As part of the programming for this year’s event, Houston Cinema Arts Festival presents “Singin’ in the Rain: A Houston and Cinema Arts Celebration” at White Oak Music Hall (2915 N. Main) which features live performances from notable musical artists, including local hip-hop icon Bun B, Houston-born jazz singer Kat Edmonson, blues singer-songwriter Carolyn Wonderland, and a special presentation choreographed by Oliver Halkowich featuring dancers from the Houston Ballet. The event features unique renditions of musical numbers from the iconic Gene Kelly film, which celebrates its 65th anniversary in 2023. For the event, White Oak Music Hall will donate a portion of the box office proceeds to its Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and to the Houston Cinema Arts Society. The performance begins at 8 pm with doors at 7 and tickets start at $20.
ENDON, B L A C K I E, Holy Money, Moths at Walter’s Downtown
If you’re looking to get noisy, head to Walter’s Downtown (1120 Naylor) for a show that wont disappoint, headlined by Japanese catastrophic noise band ENDON. Blending styles from noise to hardcore, black metal to industrial, the band is known for their destructive live performances, which would seem to pair nicely with illustrious Houston musician B L A C K I E, as well as with heavy opening performances from Holy Money and Moths. Tickets start at $8 with doors at 8 pm.
Sunday, November 12
Blanck Mass, Egyptrixx at The Secret Group
Don’t miss one of the year’s most forward-thinking electronic shows at The Secret Group (2101 Polk), featuring English powerhouse Blanck Mass paired with Canadian experimental act Egyptrixx. As a founding member of famed duo Fuck Buttons, Blanck Mass’ Benjamin John Power is known for his brutal yet melodic style, and his latest, World Eater — released in March — received widespread critical acclaim. Tickets start at $12 with doors at 8 pm.