Calendar of Merlex Picks

February 18, 2020
  • Opening - Kameelah Janan Rasheed: perhaps, there is no sequel

    February 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, USA February 18 - September 1, 2020 For the third iteration of the Platform series, Rice Public Art is pleased to welcome Kameelah Janan Rasheed, a Brooklyn-based artist, educator, and self-described learner. Rasheed will intervene on the Rice University campus with a newly commissioned installation, on view from February 18 to September 1, 2020. Rasheed’s interdisciplinary practice addresses themes of blackness,…

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  • Church History Mixtape

    February 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church - 3015 North MacGregor Way - Houston, TX 77004

    For details, link here: Join Fuller Texas for an engaging evening of church history through art with Professor Dr. Vince Bantu and musician and writer Sho Baraka. About this Event Dr. Vince Bantu and Sho Baraka are bringing their mastery to the stage to create night of education and entertainment. Bantu and Baraka will…

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February 19, 2020
  • Black Bodies in White Spaces: A Performance Ritual

    February 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Moody Center For The Arts, 6100 Main Street, MS-480, Houston, TX 77005

    Harrison Guy, 2019-20 CERCL Artist-in Residence and Founder/Artistic Director of Urban Souls Dance Company, presents "Black Bodies in White Spaces: A Performance Ritual." Choreographed by Guy, the performance is in engagement with the Moody's spring exhibition "Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present."

    This performance is presented…

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  • Theopolis Wine Dinner

    February 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Lucille's, 5512 La Branch St, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    $85Join us for a special Wine Dinner with Theodora Lee, the woman behind Theopolis Vineyards. The night will showcase a five-course menu prepared by Chef Chris Williams, all of which will be paired with select Theopolis Wines 
  • Okra & Tomatoes: Garden Herbs, Lace Mustard Greens, Carolina Gold Rice Grits
  • Fruit of the Bayou: Gulf…

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February 20, 2020
  • Graduate Colloquium Public Lecture: Bianca Williams

    February 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Fondren Library, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, USA!view/event/event_id/57601 Professor Bianca Williams will discuss The Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality presents a Graduate Colloquium Public Lecture by Bianca Williams Associate Professor of Anthropology; Faculty Lead, PublicsLab City University of New York “Emotional Knowledges: Black Women, Truth-Telling, and the Praxis of Radical Honesty” Thursday, February 20, 2019 4:00 PM Lecture 5:15 PM…

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  • Opening Reception "Dr. Lonnie Johnson: American Inventor, Veteran, Entrepreneur"

    February 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, 3816 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    The "Dr. Lonnie Johnson: American Inventor, Veteran, Entrepreneur" exhibit will run February 17- April 30, 2020. Dr. Lonnie Johnson. Dr. Johnson is president and founder of Johnson Research And Development Co, a technology development company. In 1989, he formed his own engineering firm and licensed his most famous invention, the Super Soaker water gun. This exhibition highlights his educational and air force career,…

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  • RaMell Ross, Filmmaker, Photographer and Writer

    February 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Dudley Recital Hall, Houston, TX 77004, USA RaMell Ross, Filmmaker, Photographer and Writer Thursday, February 20, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm RaMell Ross earned a BA in both English and Sociology from Georgetown University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and his writing has appeared in such outlets as The New…

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  • Centering Black (Im)migrant Communities in Immigrant Justice

    February 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    TSU Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs - 3100 Cleburne St - Houston, TX 77004

    For details, link here: This event will highlight the experiences of Black migrant communities in Houston, from examining the factors behind forced Black migration and displacement globally to realities in the US and Houston. Through a short documentary, dialogue and story-telling, we will explore topics including detention conditions, what’s happening at the Mexico-US…

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  • Fuckup Nights Houston - Vol. XX

    February 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Foundation Room - House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002

    WTF is Fuckup Nights? Join us for an evening of celebrating and learning from entrepreneurial failure. YUP! You heard that right!

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  • Candacy Taylor - Overground Railroad

    February 20, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Brazos Bookstore The first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the “black travel guide to America.” At that time, it was very dangerous and difficult for African-Americans to travel because black travelers couldn’t eat,…

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February 21, 2020
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March 4, 2020
  • The Connect Presents: Taste This... Read That

    March 4, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Good Dog Houston, 1312 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77006

    "Taste This... Read That" is a bookclub dedicated to eating its way through Houston... and great lit!

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  • Kinder Institute Forum: Mitchell J. Silver

    March 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Museum of Fine Arts Brown Auditorium, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77005

    Parks and Public Space: What's Next? Renowned urban planner Mitchell J. Silver will share insights into innovative projects he has worked on, including the Community Parks Equity Initiative, Parks without Borders, Cool Pools and Creative Courts. His projects highlight the ways planning and design can create equitable, inclusive and fun places for residents of New York, Houston and beyond. https://…

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March 5, 2020
  • Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses

    March 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, USA

    Opening reception

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March 6, 2020
  • Contemporary Salon: Paul Mpagi Sepuya

    March 6, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Blaffer Art Museum, 4173 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004, USA Contemporary Salon: Paul Mpagi Sepuya Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Roundtable discussion with local scholars, musicologists, and artists in conjunction with the exhibition Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Moderated by Tyler Blackwell, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow.

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March 7, 2020
  • Houston Library Foundation Big Bargain Book Sale

    March 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Friends of HPL Book Warehouse, 6510 W Little York Rd, Houston, TX 77040, USA Please join us for the Big Bargain Book Sale hosted by the Houston Public Library Foundation. It will be held on Saturday, Sept 7, 2019 at Friends of the HPL Warehouse at 6510 W Little York Rd., Houston, TX 77040 from 9 AM - 10 AM for FRIENDS of HPL Members Only & 10 AM- 4 PM for the General Public. Shop our…

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  • 2020 Houston Black Heritage Festival

    March 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Midtown Park - 2811 Travis St - Houston, TX 77006

    For details, link here: The 2020 Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival is a celebration of African American culture expressed through art, music, education, poetry, food, and community that will take place on March 7, 2020 at the Midtown Park, Attendees will enjoy cultural festivities planted within themed Villages centered around empowerment, health & wellness, cultural…

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  • OMG Food Fest!! The Worlds First Hip-Hop Food Festival

    March 7, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Area 59 Outdoor Venue - 6015 Hillcroft Street - Houston, TX 77081

    For details, link here: Welcome to the Worlds First Hip-Hop Food Festival We call it the OMG Food Fest because we are not allowing any food in our event that doesn't make you say OHHH MY GOOOOOD!!!!! Not only are we gonna have Delicious food coming from all directions, we will also keep you entertained with…

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March 8, 2020
March 9, 2020
  • Inprint Louise Erdrich Reading

    March 9, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002, USA LOUISE ERDRICH is one of the most revered novelists of our time. Influenced by a community of storytellers and rooted in Ojibwe myths and legends, Erdrich – author of 15 novels, plus volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood – has “remained true to her Native ancestors’ mythic and artistic visions…

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March 12, 2020
March 13, 2020
  • Artist Talk: Allison Janae Hamilton

    March 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006, USA Allison Janae Hamilton delivers an Artist Talk on the occasion of the Menil’s recent acquisition of three of her photographs, two of which are on view in "Photography and the Surreal Imagination." Her talk examines how the natural environment is the central protagonist in the unfolding of historic and contemporary narratives throughout the American…

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