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Hm. This week seems kind of slow, I’m not sure why but there seems to be less going on than usual. Is there some big sportsball game coming up or something? In any case, here are my picks for the week’s events.


Thursday, February 4

Lisa Harris presents “Power equals Work over Time” — For this edition of the “20HERTZ” local artists speaking series at the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, Lisa E. Harris will discuss various dimensions of Power as it relates to Work and Time. FREE, 6:30 pm, CAMH.

Fighting for $15 and Fair Housing in Houston — Join members and supporters of the Houston branch of Socialist Alternative for a discussion on advancing the fight for $15/hr minimum wage and building a tenants’ union in the fourth largest city in the country. Speakers will include Brian Harrison, host of GreenWatch and an attorney with expereince in landlord-tenant disputes (AND FORMERLY OF EVERYBODY’S FAVORITE BAND THE BALACLAVAS), and Matthew Wackerle of Socialist Alternative. 7 - 9 pm, The Monrose Center, FREE.

Thorsten Brinkmann | The Great Cape Rinderhorn — German artist Thorsten Brinkmann’s first US solo museum show opens at the Rice Gallery at Rice University. Working primarily from objects found in Houston, Brinkmann will turn Rice Gallery into a place where the familiar is made strange as castaway goods are reimagined through Brinkmann’s idiosyncratic sensibility that combines assemblage sculptures with his self-portrait and still life photography. 5 - 7 pm with an artist’s talk at 6, Rice Gallery in Sewell Hall at Rice University, FREE.

Thunder Soul — Discovery Green’s “Screen on the Green” series brings us this rad documentary film about the equally rad Kashmere High School Stage Band. Thunder Soul Alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for their beloved band leader who turned the struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s. 7 - 8:30 pm, Discovery Green, FREE.

Submit, with Joshua Cordova, Miguel Flaco, & John Calero — I saw Miguel Flaco once, by chance, at Mangos, and that my ears were very happy . So happy I went home and looked him up on the Internet, and that might have been one of the first times I used SoundCloud. At that time, Flaco was producing what I would call minimal (house), but his sound might have changed since then, and I can’t speak to the other two artists on the lineup, but it ought to be good. 10 pm on, The Boulevardier Lounge, FREE.


Friday, February 5

Opening Reception | 3 Shows at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft — HCCC is one of my favorite art spaces in town and I am consistently amazed at what little press attention they receive. This place does great programming! 5:30 - 8 pm, HCCC, FREE.

Houston Burlesque Festival — I hesitate to list this, because it’s actually a production out of Dallas and doesn’t feature any local performers (as far as I can tell), but it will likely be a good show, or two shows, rather, because it’ll be happening both Friday and Saturday nights. If I had to choose, I’d go on Saturday, as one of my all-time favorite burlesque performers, Foxy Tann from Minnesota, will emcee that night. There’s some workshops on Sunday if you’re interested in learning how to do this stuff. Friday and Saturday at the House of Blues, 8 pm, $15.


Saturday, February 6

Loving the Alien: A David Bowie Art Show — Beyond the original art that will be for sale, the event will feature complimentary Bowie inspired vodka cocktails, an all-Bowie playlist, Bowie style lightning bolt face painting by Rebecca Cook, Glitter Glam for hair and face by Black Sheep Parlor, and a glam photo booth. 7 - 11 pm, Insomnia, FREE.

Mystic Disco — An evening filled with film, art, live music and dark dancefloor djs presented by psychic claw records with support civic tv collective & wonky power live. 7 pm - ???, Wonky Power Live, FREE.

Movie Night at BLUEorange — Our friends at BLUEorgange gallery invite you to BYOB (bring your own blanket) for a showing of Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” 7 pm, BLUEorange, FREE.

Where the Wild Things Are — Mr. Peabody, Sunonwater, and the whole SDC gang are at it again, with another all night dance party with all things wild and wonderful. 9 pm - sunrise, location in link, $20.


Sunday, February 7

Lunar New Year Festival — Celebrate the Lunar New Year with DJ Sun and musical guests Us and People Like You. “Journey from Qingxi” an audio visual performance highlights this art filled celebration including a dance performance from Dance of Asian America. 6 - 9 pm, Discovery Green, FREE.


Monday, February 8

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, February 9

Young Professionals event with Wendy Davis supporting Brandon Dudley candidate for Tax-Assessor-Collector / Voter Registrar — I don’t know anything about Brandon Dudley, who is running for office, except that my good friend who knows a lot about this kind of stuff recommends him. I do know something about Wendy Davis, though, the Texas state senator who filibustered to protect reproductive rights in 2024. Well, this is a chance to shake Davis’s hand while learning more about Dudley. Public Works, 6:30 - 8 pm, $50 - $1,000.