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The Herbal List — Looking Over From the Left Coast

The Herbal List — Looking Over From the Left Coast
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Alas, I’m in San Francisco for the next couple days, but here’s what I’d be trying to do if I was in Houston.


Finding Our Way & This Side of Paradise — Two photo shows opening in the First Ward — one at Silver Street and the other at FotoFest. No reason not to check out both.

Mother Falcon at the Orange Show — I had the pleasure of being in the audience when San Fermin played the Orange Show just two days ago on Tuesday. This ought to be another great show in one of Houston’s most unique venues — if not the most unique. No offense to the musicians, but it almost doesn’t matter who’s playing. Go.

Golden Dawn Arkestra — OK, honestly, I don’t know the first thing about this band except that half their name is an homage to one of the greatest bands of all time, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and somehow that’s enough for me to include them here. (The other half of their name refers to a psychedelic band from Austin, Golden Dawn, but I couldn’t tell you anything about them, either.) Maybe check them out on YouTube or something if you’re not quite sold already.


Mad Max at Rice Cinema — Honestly, I didn’t think a whole lot of this film when I saw it upon its initial release. It’s about some people who drive off one direction into the desert and then turn around and drive back the way they came. Backtracking drives me crazy! Especially if you double back over the exact same route you took on the way out. That said, all the cinephiles are way into this film and can’t repeat enough that it MUST be seen on the big screen, so if you missed it the first time around, you have this Friday and Saturday to make up for it! Rice Cinema can be hard for people who haven’t been there much to locate, so just do this: take University Blvd. to Entrance #8 and it’s right there, but give yourself enough time to find parking and all that. (I park in the neighborhood by Entrance #8, shhhh….)

Halloween Barrio Ride — These cats go on a weekly bike ride, I think. I haven’t been yet, but this weather really calls for it.


Zine Workshop at Box 13 — Stop by from 1-5 pm to learn how to make a zine and check out some rad 2D art.

Corprocracy art opening at the Station Museum — OK, honestly, I don’t know too much about this show but I know it’s going to be good and I know the opening reception is going to be the best party in town on Saturday because it’s the Station Museum we’re talking about and those folks bat 100. Period. It’s enough to make me wish I wasn’t out of town.


Costumes for a Cause — I feel like a bad friend because I don’t recall what Laura Firmin Levine is suffering from, but Laura and her partner Mike, c0-owners of The PLACE Upstairs and Replay on 19th St, are two of my favorite people in the world. Sunday from 3-9 at the Continental Club there is a costumed fundraiser for Laura. Go! You’ll have fun and you won’t regret it and it really is for one of the sweetest people around.


12144764_620316848123261_8289480501854372823_nDecolonization Day — Some people call this Columbus Day but they are beat down and asleep. Come out to Bell Park from 10 am - 1 pm to celebrate 500+ years of resistance to colonialism. More info at the link.

Tango at the Continental Club — Yup, that’s two days in a row I’m recommending the Continental Club, but the Monday night tango program is a weekly thing. If dance and dance lessons are your thing, show up at 7 pm, but if you just want to drink and hear Glover Gill play solo tango — both original compositions and classics — stop by from 8-9:30. The whole night goes until midnight, but my favorite part is when Glover plays.


Maria Gaspar lecture at Project Row Houses — I dunno. It’s Tuesday.


Chris Sharp Diverse Discourse lecture at DiverseWorks — I will probably check this out because Chris Sharp edits Kaleidoscope magazine and he writes about art and I write about art and also because the Diverse Discourse lecture series at DiverseWorks is one of the best in town.