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Happy Spring! Let’s start off with a bit of Biz Markie, shall we?

And here’s my annual Good Friday jam:

Now on to this week’s events.

Thursday, March 24

Carta by Sergio Soave and Approved..Not! at Rice University — Two very different print-themed shows open in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice. At the Emergency Room, “Carta” is artist Sergio Soave’s exhibition of recent prints cryptically reference medical imaging, while down the hall at the Comic Art Teaching and Study Workshop “Approved… Not!” dips into the history of censorship in comics. Thursday, March 24 with a public reception from 6-8, 417 Sewall Hall, Rice University, FREE.

Skeltoine Manor at BETA Improv Duos Bracket — Mr. Antoine Culbreath and Mr. Cris Skelton have done improv together for quite some time. Last month, they put themselves into an improv competition to win a big prize. Making it through Round 1, they now face the daunting task of continuing their trek through the BETA Bracket. 8pm. BETA Theater. Pay What You Can, feel free to BYOB or drink from the donation bar.

Art Car kick off party at Axelrad — Join the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art at Axelrad on March 24th from 6-9 for the Houston Art Car Parade Kickoff Party! They’ll have tons of art cars out there for you to admire, live music, awesome art car movies showing, giveaways, prizes, and so much more! 6-9 pm, Axelrad, FREE.

Friday, March 25

Derrick May & Friends ft. Francesco Tristano (Live) — Rumor has it this is the last weekend for the Jet Lounge, and they’re going out with a bang — none other than Detroit techno powerhouse Derrick May. Come get it while you can! Jet Lounge, 10 pm - 6 am, ~$20.

Visions of Houston — Visions of Houston is a group photography show featuring different perspectives on the unconventional and often unseen world of Houston’s streets. Featuring the work of: Alex Barber, Elizabeth Brossa, Ernesto Leon, and Burnell McCray. 6-9 pm, East End Studio Gallery, FREE.

Dem Damn Dames Present… The Battle of Nerdlesque: Sci-Fi VS Fantasy — This March, Dem Damn Dames will be bringing you the cometition of the year! Burlesque and Vaudeville performers from all over the country will come together to present the most compelling case as to which universe is greater, Science Fiction or Fantasy. Numbers, 8 pm (7 pm door), $20 - $30 ($15 in advance).

Goodbye for Now — Free Press illustrator Blake Jones and his partners at Catacomb have been at it for a year now, featuring all that’s cool and funky in local design, but after a year, they are ready to move on to other projects. Catacomb will be closing its doors on March 25th with a last big “Goodbye for Now” party with BoomBox Taco on hand and Double Trouble’s Adam Robert Scott slangin Palomas and beer. Their studio mates will also open up their doors to make the block party complete, with Life Begins at Midnight providing the soundtrack. Catacomb, 7-11 pm, FREE.

Saturday, March 26

Orange Show’s annual Easter Orange Hunt — Take your antihistamines and bring out the kiddos for this annual highlight at a local treasure. At the Orange Show, 11 am SHARP, FREE but $5 suggested donation per child.

Resurrection of the Unholy Star — I clown performance out so much that I probably talk about clowning performance art more than I even actually talk about performance art. (For a great running gag on performance art, watch the 2024 Best Foreign Film Oscar winning The Great Beauty.) But…performance art is hot, and along with noise, is one of the things that makes Houston’s art scene somewhat relevant. This Saturday, some really rad people are hosting a fundraiser for the third Lone Star Performance Art Biennale. Read Elizabeth Rhodes’s interview with Julia Claire Wallace and Evan McCarley here, then come out on Saturday for what’s sure to be an epic party. The Houston Foundary, 7 pm - 12 am, $10 or $5 if you’re in costume or FREE if you’re naked.


DYKON FAGATRON — The funnest dance party of the month — well, maybe tied with A Fistful of Soul for that title. Pearl Side Bar, 10 am - 2 pm, FREE.

Sunday, March 27

Whatever Forever X Tulips — Whatever Forever and Tulips Zine are teaming up to celebrate the pre release of their upcoming zine. Come join the fun and the dance the night away!!! TULIPS is
a tribute to 60’s and 70’s fashion and visual concepts. Etro, 8pm doors, FREE 21+.

Monday, March 28

Go see Glover Gill play solo tango piano at the Continental Club for Free. Or

Go see They, Who Sound at Avant Garden for the best in local avant garde improvisational music (possibly with Nestor’s pizza oven in action). Or

Go to the Monday Night Jazz Jam at Cafe 4212. Or

Have a pizza and a frozen mojito and shake your booty at the Flat.

Tuesday, March 15

Give your liver a break. Read a book. Ride a bike. Call your mom. Write a letter to a prisoner.

Wednesday, March 16

The Necks — I’ve been getting a lot of promotional material on this avant garde Australian trio that’s being brought here by Nameless Sound, but unfortunately I haven’t had the time to check it out in detail. Needless to say, Nameless Sound productions are always incredibly more than you could bargain or hope for, so I endorse this wholeheartedly, even with my limited knowledge. MATCH, 8 pm, $10-$13.

Go check out Kermit Ruffin’s weekly gig at Axelrad! 6:30-8:30 pm, FREE.