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(Image stolen from galleryHOMELAND’s event page for Scratch.)

How about this weather, huh? There’s so much going on right now that I’m just going to cut to the chase.


Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM) — It’s the 10th anniversary of the Winter Holiday Art Market! For the past decade, WHAM has been a citywide celebration, bringing together Houston’s small business, local artists and people of all ages to kick off the holiday season. WHAM offers a wide variety of arts and crafts — including paintings, sculpture, and photography, as well as jewelry, clothing and accessories — providing an excellent opportunity to purchase unique, holiday gifts hand made by over 60 of Houston’s most talented artists .One part curated festival, one part holiday party, and all kinds of fun! Kicks off Friday evening and runs through Sunday. FREE to window shop and so many unique things to buy.

DiverseWorks Moving Sale — DiverseWorks is moving into the MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center, Houston)! They’re having a moving sale! The last time they moved, I picked up some awesome stuff. All weekend. FREE.

Via Colori — Live street painting by more than 250 artists, three stages of live music and entertainment, family activities and more. Saturday and Sunday. FREE!

Gender Reel Film Showcase — Gender Reel Film Festival’s goal is to empower artists and filmmakers to continue creating works that are reflective of gender diverse experiences and identities and to help transgender filmmakers get their films to a wider audience. They’ll be showing films all weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) at a different location each night.

Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy — Catastrophic Theater’s new play is getting rave reviews. I haven’t been yet, but I’m looking forward to going.


Thursday, November 19

Houston Cinema Arts Festival — It’s closing night, and it’s going out with a bang. Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock And Roll will be screening at the Asia Society, with a musical performance by members of Dengue Fever (I’ll never forget the bitchin’ soundtrack they provided to the silent Lost World at HCAF 2023 [I think]). Pearl Button, showing at the Sundance Cinema, is supposed to be gorgeous. And The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes, and the Course of Country Music, also at the Sundance Cinemas, looks pretty rad as well.

33 Artists in 3 Acts — Bill Arning of the Contemporary Arts Museum joins sociologist of art and best-selling author of Seven Days in the Art World Sarah Thornton for a discussion on her recently published book 33 Artists in 3 Acts. This new publication reveals the behind-the-scenes practices of working contemporary artists from around the globe, including Ai Wei Wei, Caroll Dunham, Yayoi Kasuma, Jeff Koons, and Cindy Sherman among others. FREE, CAMH, 6:30 pm.


Friday, November 20

Transgender March of Resilience — What better way to spend a beautiful fall Friday evening than marching with your trans friends? 6 pm at Hermann Park.

Naked: A Documentary Series — NAKED gives real women the opportunity to truthfully tell their story of struggle, adversity, insecurity, and perseverance. Through this documentary, we seek to challenge the reverberated appropriation that society has placed upon the black woman’s attitude, image, and role. 7 pm, more information at the link.

A Fistful of Soul — Everybody’s favorite montly soul music dance party returns to the Continental Club. FREE.


Saturday, November 21

Performance and Artists’ Talk at CAMH — Autumn Knight will perform her piece “Wall” at 1 pm and then Colin Hunt, Joe Joe Orangias, Kelly Sears, and Hilary Wilder for a discussion about their work and experience at the Galveston Artist Residency. 1 pm, CAMH, FREE.

What is Home? — During October and November, VBB Artistic Director Sehba Sarwar led women’s workshops at Baker Ripley Community Center and Somali Bantu Community of Greater Houston (SBCGH). In the gatherings that included writing, food and community, new and veteran entrants to Houston and the U.S. delved into issues of displacement, the state of being transnational, and the urgency one faces in coming to terms with being in-between. The outcome of the workshops will be shared with the larger public at a special reading and conversation session at Houston Public Library’s Central Library, First Floor Gallery. 2 pm, FREE.

Future Time Machine — Shameless self-promotion! I will be performing at Sandy Ewen’s event. Mills McCoin wrote up a pretty great interview with Sandy about the larger event. Just know that it’s FREE, there will be FREE BEER, and quite likely time travelers from the future. For serious. 8-11 pm at El Rincon Social.


Sunday, November 22

Scratch::A Culinary Bake Sale — A great contemporary twist on “ the Bake Sale” galleryHOMELAND would like to invite you to participate in a very nostalgic sort of benefit. Remember bake sales from high school and community gatherings? This however is not an adolescent affair; this is our community doing what it does best, food. Scratch is a food lovers event and perfect for the Holiday Guest.


Monday, November 23

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. 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. Or

Go see the Talking Heads’ musical TRUE STORIES at the MFAH at 7 pm.


Tuesday, November 24

Field of Light — This popular, site-specific installation opens at Discovery Green on Tuesday. With the spinning tops already in place, it’s fun for the whole family. FREE.


Wednesday, November 25

It’s the day before Thanksgiving. Maybe try fasting and/or hydrating.