Event Calender

A curated list of the latest cultural happenings in Houston

March 3, 2024
  • Bgirl City XII Festival

    March 1, 2024 - March 3, 2024  
    Bad Astronaut Brewing Co., 1519 Fulton St, Houston, TX 77009, USA

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bgirl-city-xii-festival-tickets-827555289147
     

    The Bgirl City team is proud to make each year bigger and better.

    DAY I Doors Open 7:00PM I FREE ADMISSION

    Donation based workshops

    Discussion Panel "The Wine Down"

    DAY II Doors open at 4:00 P.M. I $35 ADMISSION / $55 VIP ADMISSION - 8 & under FREE

    Hosted by: Bgirl Trinity & AMS

    DJs: TiffStarr, KaoticBlaze & Edukate

    Categories: All Judges TBA

    • 2v2 Bgirl

    • 2v2 Bonnie & Clyde (bgirl/bboy)

    • 1v1 40 & Up Prelims - Presented by BreakCity - Hosted by Beast Boogie

    DAY III Doors open at 1 P.M. I FREE ADMISSION - DONATION SUGGESTED

    Hosted by: Bgirl Trinity & AMS

    • School v School

    • Youth 1v1 BBoy & Youth 1v1 Bgirl Battles

    (Qualifier For World Kidz Breaking Championship in Slovania in collaboration with Soulidarity/Child of this Culture)

    • 2v2 Hip Hop/House (co-ed - open to all)

    Hosted by: La Cindy

    • 3v3 Women Graff battle

    Hosted by: WriteHers Bench

    A huge thank you in advance for the ones who steady rock with us & keep us going. Special shoutout to our sponsors and collaborative partners: Rukaz Cultura, Red Bull, Child of this Culture, Soulidarity, World Kidz Breaking Championship, MCSDA, ProperT Brand, Texas Originals Clothing & Hip Hop Vintage Flea Market.

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March 5, 2024
  • Artist Talk and Workshop: 𝘙𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 by Lanecia A. Rouse

    March 5, 2024  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    San Jacinto College: Central Campus, 8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505, USA

    https://www.instagram.com/p/C3n5rEkR6b6/ 
     
    Join us March 5th in welcoming @larartstudio Lanecia A. Rouse for her solo show 𝘙𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 featured in the Central Campus Art Gallery. She will speak about her work at noon and then graciously host a “come and go” collage workshop from 12:30-2 pm.

    A beloved artist with a strong following, this show explores themes of memory, loss, grief, strength and femininity while reflecting Rouse’s exploration of new materials and techniques.

    Workshop is FREE and open to the public with registration.

    Light refreshments served.

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  • Rice Anthropology Brown Bag Lecture with Kamari Maxine Clarke

    March 5, 2024  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Zoom

    https://events.rice.edu/event/356932-rice-anthropology-brown-bag-lecture-with-kamari
     
    https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ode-gpzkvGdJwRObElxMYtQvmXqCCyRzA#/registration

    Please join the Rice Anthropology Department for a Brown Bag Lecture “Notes Toward an Otherwise Anthropology of the Black Atlantic World” with Kamari Clarke, Distinguished Professor of Transnational Justice and Sociolegal Studies, The University of Toronto at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, on Tuesday, March 5, at 12:00 p.m. on Zoom.

    To register for the Zoom meeting, click here.

    Kamari Maxine Clarke is the Distinguished Professor of Transnational Justice and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies. With advanced degrees in Political Science, Anthropology and Law, over the past twenty-five years she has also served as a professor at Yale University, Carleton University, and the University of California Los Angeles. She has conducted research on issues related to international law, in particular international criminal institutions and theoretical questions of culture, power, law and the state. Professor Clarke is the author of nine books and over sixty peer reviewed articles and book chapters, including her 2009 publication of Fictions of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Affective Justice (with Duke University Press, 2019), which won the finalist prize for the American Anthropological Association’s 2020 Elliot P. Skinner Book Award for the Association for Africanist Anthropology and was the recipient of the 2019 Royal Anthropological Institute’s Amaury Talbot Book Prize. During her academic career she has held numerous fellowships, grants and awards, including multiple grant awards from the National Science Foundation and from The Social Sciences and the Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), the Rockefeller Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and, very recently, the 2021 Guggenhiem Prize for career excellence in Anthropology. She is currently working on a project examining the Problem of Absence-Presence in the Black Atlantic World and is interested in knowledge, method and transmission as ways to foreground an Otherwise approach to Black social life.

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March 7, 2024
  • One-on-One with The Teacha: KRS-One & Dr. Anthony Pinn

    March 7, 2024  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Fondren Library, 6100 South Main Street, Houston, TX 77005, USA

    https://events.rice.edu/event/358358-one-on-one-with-the-teacha-krs-one-dr-anthony-pinn
     
    Fondren Library, Kyle Morrow Room  

    This one-on-one conversation between KRS-One and Dr. Anthony Pinn is part of CERCLs Hip Hop Archive Oral History Series held by Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center.

    KRS, an acronym for ““Knowledge Reigning Supreme”, has 20 published albums to his credit and numerous appearances with other artists.In addition to lecturing at over 500 universities in the United States and publishing three ground-breaking books; “The Science of Rap” (1995), “Ruminations” (2003), and the Gospel of Hip Hop” (2009), KRS-One has also established the Stop The Violence Movement (1989), influenced the creation of the “West-Coast All-Stars’ anti-gang anthem “We’re All In The Same Gang” (1990), warned the Hip Hop community against giving up their humanity for technological advancement (H. E. A. L.—Human Education Against Lies-1991), and has established the Temple of Hip Hop for the spiritual exploration of Hip Hop’s culture (1996). It was KRS-One who first argued that “rap is something we do; Hip Hop is something we live” and introduced the “I am Hip Hop” philosophy in 1994 which Black Entertainment Television uses as the title of their Hip Hop Lifetime Achievement Award today.

    Co-sponsors:
    Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
    Fondren Library Woodson Research Center
    Legends Only Concert Series

     

    Free and open to the public
    No Registration Required
    Bring photo ID to enter Fondren Library

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  • International Women's Day: Celebrating Women's Leadership in Labor Organizing Movements

    March 7, 2024  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006, USA

    https://www.rothkochapel.org/experience/events/register/2514
     
    Featuring Dolores Huerta, American labor leader & civil rights activist
    Pay What You Can Tickets $5-25 | In-person with bench seating

    Hear from iconic women leaders in unions and labor organizing movements who are working toward the ongoing struggle for equal pay, anti-discrimination and equal protections. Learn how to get involved in and be supportive of organizing efforts both regionally and nationally, and join in community building and renewal of spirit for labor organizers.

    Presenters include
    Dolores Huerta, renowned American labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the United Farm Workers union alongside Cesar Chavez
    Linda Morales, Organizing Coordinator, Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation/AFL-CIO
    Elsa Flores, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Texas
    Traci Latson, HISD Career Pathways teacher leader & Vice President of Houston Federation of Teachers Union

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  • Kaneem Smith "Laborscapes and Archaeologies”

    March 7, 2024  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Nicole Longnecker Gallery, 1440 Greengrass Dr, Houston, TX 77008, USA

    https://glasstire.com/events/2024/01/29/kaneem-smith-laborscapes-and-archaeologies-2/

    Artist Meet & Greet on Thursday, March 7, 2023 from 6-8pm

     

    February 3 - March 7, 2024

    From Nicole Longnecker Gallery:

    “Kaneem Smith – Laborscapes and Archaeologies” is an exhibit of new works from an important Texas artist. The exhibit opens February 3 and there will be an Artist Meet and Greet Thursday, March 7, from 6pm until 8pm at Nicole Longnecker Gallery, 1440 Greengrass. Dr.

    The artworks are part of an ongoing series of fabric wall-based artworks Houston-based artist Kaneem Smith began in 2018 entitled “Laborscapes”. Utilizing both natural and hand-dyed cotton canvas, Smith’s connected color panels speak to the viewer like a quilt, with its scraps of fabric sewn together and stretched over a wooden frame, much like a painting.

    Her choice of materials —some of the found and reclaimed fabrics actually come from, or are inspired by, her father’s (renowned sculptor and Project Row Houses co-founder George Smith) old work clothes. As a direct descendant of community-focused creators, Kaneem Smith fully understands the inspiration behind quilt making, “A quilt is a representation of something being made from nothing, scraps if you will. We cannot move forward without acknowledging the past, just as plantation life was centered on cotton—the money it brought and the labor it required—and many African American families can trace their history to a lineage of oppression in service of cotton. ‘Laborscapes’ are assembled land-portraits—a close, sustained look through the eyes of archaeological and ancestral imagination, the natural environment transforming from a landscape into a laborscape.”

    “My gallery was founded to give under-represented segments of the art world a space to exhibit their points-of-view,” said gallery owner Nicole Longnecker. “We believe Kaneem Smith has a story to tell through her ‘Laborscapes” and we want collectors to see her work and find the underlying narratives with the hope it creates further conversations about race, gender, and the exploitation of labor in our society.”

    KANEEM SMITH Kaneem Smith was born in Buffalo, NY, raised and based in Houston where has she has been a practicing visual artist and fine arts educator since 2003. She had studied at Rice University and the Maryland Institute College of Art before receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sarah Lawrence College, and then her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Syracuse University.

    She has exhibited at the Mönchskirche Museum in Germany; Texas Southern University Museum; Project Row Houses, and at Dallas Center of Contemporary Art, among others. Her work has been included in numerous group shows in venues, such as the Art League Houston, Station Museum of Contemporary Art; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; Amarillo Museum of Art; National Art Gallery, Athens, Greece; Lima Art Museum, Peru, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Among her many accomplishments, exhibitions, awards, and residencies, Smith was the recipient of a visual arts fellowship through The Hungarian Multicultural Center Artists and Writers Residency Program in Hungary (2003), an Edward F. Albee Residency Grant (2005), Vermont Studio Center Fellowships (2006) (2008), and a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Creative Capital Foundation in New York (2008).

    Smith also received studio fellowships for the Atelierhaus Hilmsen Residency for Artists and Professionals in Germany (2010) (2012). In 2015 Smith co-organized the 2015 Texas Sculpture Symposium in Lubbock, TX, with featured Keynote speaker and distinguished visual artist Judy Pfaff and San Antonio sculptor Ken Little. In 2017, she received a visual artist grant award in sculpture from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and received a Houston Artadia Award through Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue.

    Reception: March 7, 2024 | 6–8 pm

     

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  • Monthly Group Therapy Sessions by the Black Man Project + Black Woman Project

    March 7, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005

    The Black Man Project and Black Woman Project present monthly group therapy sessions in support of the exhibition Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence. This ongoing series, led by a licensed therapist, provides a safe space for people to connect and share their experiences.

    Book your reservation at least 24 hours in advance to secure a spot.

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    About the Presenters
    The Black Man Project, founded by conceptual artist Brian Ellison, believes art is a universal catalyst for healing. The organization explores how misconceptions such as one-dimensional expression and emotional inaccessibility affect Black men. 

    The Black Woman Project, founded by Tarren Everett, is a nonprofit rooted in creating safe spaces for healing and healthy conversations for exploring the many nuances that affect Black women.

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  • jackie sumell on Imagining the Possibilities beyond Incarceration.

    March 7, 2024  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Rice University Moody Center For The Arts, 6100 Main Street, MS-480, Houston, TX 77005, 6100 Main MS-550, Houston, TX 77005, USA

    https://events.rice.edu/event/357418-jackie-sumell-on-imagining-the-possibilities-beyond-i
     
    Moody Center for the Arts, Lois Chiles Studio Theater  

    Organized by Associate Professor of Art Natasha Bowdoin
    Sponsored by the Humanities Research Center, with support from the Dept. of Art, the Creative Ventures Fund, the Center for Environmental Studies, and the Moody Center for the Arts.

     

    jackie sumell’s work explores the interdependence of social sculpture, mindfulness practices, humanness, and prison abolition. She has spent the last two decades working directly with incarcerated folx, most notably her elders Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the US and Europe. An ardent public speaker and organizer, sumell’s long-standing work with the Angola 3 has positioned her at the forefront of the public campaign to end solitary confinement in the US, inviting us to imagine a landscape without prisons. She has been the recipient of multiple residencies and fellowships including, but not limited to, an A Blade of Grass Fellowship, Creative Capital, Art 4 Justice, Robert Rauschenberg Artist-as-Activist Fellowship, Soros Justice Fellowship, Eyebeam Project Fellowship, and a Schloss Solitude Residency Fellowship. sumell is based in New Orleans, where she continues to work on Herman’s House, Solitary Gardens, the Abolitionist’s Apothecary, and several other community-generated, advocacy-based projects.

    Free and open to the public

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  • 'first Thursdays' 3/7 - Short Films!

    March 7, 2024  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy St, Houston, TX 77006, USA

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-thursdays-37-short-films-tickets-842734380217
     
    Join IN-PERSON on Thursday March 7th on the back patio of Brasil Houston for an evening of short films. *Share this link with your Houston area short film lovin' friends.

    WHAT: Short Film Screening + Filmmaker Mixer

    WHEN: Thursday, March 7th, 8:00PM-10PM (films roll at 8:30P)

    WHERE: Brasil Houston (2604 Dunlavy, 77006) on back patio

    HOW: Street parking, south side of Westheimer (don't park less than 30ft. in front of a stop sign!)

    COST: $FREE to attend (18yo+) *No ticket needed, open seating. Info also at:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/749500657112871/

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    The "first Thursdays" short film evening is always a great networking opportunity or simply a chance to get together with or meet new Houston filmmakers and creative people. This $FREE evening is not to be missed because you won't get to experience films like this anywhere else. Please arrive early, screening begins promptly at 8:30PMish.

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March 8, 2024
  • Kids on the Move: Enhancing Active Transportation Safety for Children

    March 8, 2024  8:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, USA

    https://events.rice.edu/event/357427-kids-on-the-move-enhancing-active-transportation

    Baker Hall 
     

    Kids on the Move: Enhancing Active Transportation Safety for Children will discuss how we can establish a safe and active transportation culture for children in the greater Houston area.

    Houston’s infrastructure poses a number of challenges to children’s safety. How can we establish a safe and active transportation culture for children in the greater Houston area?

    At this event, Dr. Zoabe Hafeez, a Baker nonresident fellow and associate professor of pediatric hospital medicine at UTHealth Houston, will discuss hotspots for child pedestrian and bicyclist injuries in Houston. During this presentation, an analysis will be unveiled, featuring a top three list to spotlight the most high-risk transportation neighborhoods in the city. Following Hafeez’s presentation, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia will deliver a keynote address on the crucial importance of safe transportation for our children. Panelists will then delve into three critical areas: the inherent health benefits of safe and active transportation, urgent infrastructure needs in Houston, and effective policy solutions.

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  • Film Screening: M3GAN

    March 8, 2024  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, USA

    https://events.rice.edu/event/358316-m3gan
     
    Sewall Hall, 301  

    Presented by Rice Cinema. Q&A with Blumhouse Productions President Abhijay Prakash where he will discuss his work at Blumhouse, film industry careers, and much more.

    M3GAN
    Directed by Gerald Johnstone
    (US, 2022, 102 min.)

    Friday March 8 6:00 (Special Time)

    Q&A with Blumhouse Productions President Abhijay Prakash where he will discuss his work at Blumhouse, film industry careers, and much more.
    M3GAN is the horror film for our times. It’s a film that blends humor and terror in a twisted tale of artificial intelligence gone wrong. Allison Williams stars as Gemma, a toy-company roboticist who creates M3GAN, a life-like doll programmed to bond with her orphaned niece Cady. But when M3GAN becomes too protective of Cady and starts to harm anyone who threatens their relationship, Gemma must find a way to stop the doll before it’s too late. M3GAN is a campy and thrilling ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This official selection of Los Angeles Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and SXSW “delivers a wickedly fun and inventive spin on the killer doll genre” (Bloody Disgusting).”

    Discounted parking is available at Founder’s Court, a $6 flat rate, credit card is required.

    Open to the public.

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  • Opening Reception - Delphine Blast | Mujeres: The Beat of a Wing

    March 8, 2024  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Koslov Larsen, 4411 Montrose Blvd C, Houston, TX 77006, USA

    https://koslovlarsen.gallery/exhibitions/50-delphine-blast-mujeres-the-beat-of-a/overview/
     

    Koslov Larsen (formerly Foto Relevance) is pleased to present Mujeres: The Beat of a Wing, a solo show by gallery artist Delphine Blast. This show is presented in association with the 2024 FotoFest Biennial: Critical Geography, which reexamines traditional Western and historical understandings of geography while investigating shifting and emerging relationships with the land. Mujeres: The Beat of a Wing combines three acclaimed series: Flowers of the Isthmus, Cholitas, and Dancing Flare. Paying tribute to the indigenous women of Latin America, Blast’s work follows the Zapotec women of Tehuantepec, the Bolivian cholitas of the plains of the Altiplano, and the bright and colorful spirit of the folk ballet dancers of Querétaro, Mexico.

     

    In Flowers of the Isthmus, the traditional dress of the Zapotec women is paired alongside bright backgrounds and oil cloth frames. The series celebrates the intricate and diverse ways in which traditional garments are worn by a new generation of women dedicated to proudly preserving their histories and cultural artifacts. Vibrant and almost sculptural, the intricate garments have inspired many artists over the years, including Frida Kahlo.

     

    The Cholitas series follows the style of dress worn by the indigenous Aymara peoples of modern-day Bolivia. Posed in front of traditional fabrications, the rounded compositions encase and bring attention to the movement qualities of the dresses and shawls. Blast emphasizes an intent to “highlight the cholitas' very special outfits, inspired by Andean traditions, but above all to reveal their femininity, elegance, and dignity.”

     

    In the series Dancing Flare, the dancers of Querétaro, Mexico move energetically and dizzyingly throughout the images. Accentuated by longer exposures, the layered, spinning dresses linger in the air as new movements find their way into the images. Blast captures the spirit and body intertwining, celebrating the longevity of female artistic traditions in dance and costume.

     

    Mujeres: The Beat of a Wing will be on view at Koslov Larsen from March 8 – April 13, 2024. 

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  • Giving Voice

    March 8, 2024  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, 3826 Wheeler Ave, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    https://wheelerbc.org/event/giving-voice/72239
     

    On Friday, March 8, 2024, Houston Grand Opera will stage the fifth annual Giving Voice concert in partnership with Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. The concert will be presented at the historic Third Ward church for the second year running.

    This year the Giving Voice concert series, created in 2019 by American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, will highlight the artistry and contributions of Black women in opera and the Houston community. The event, to be held on International Women's Day, will also mark Women’s History Month, celebrated throughout March.

    Hosted by ABC13 journalist and WABC congregant Melanie Lawson, Giving Voice will feature arias sung by operatic soloists including mezzo-soprano and HGO honoree Marietta Simpson; Grammy Award-winning soprano Latonia Moore; tenor Limmie Pulliam; baritone Justin Austin; and two current members of HGO’s Butler Studio, soprano Renée Richardson and tenor Demetrious Sampson, Jr.

    The concert will feature choral works by a mass choir of singers from WABC, the Houston Ebony Opera Guild, and HGO, as well as a special performance from Houston’s emerging spiritual ensemble, Voices of Houston. It will also bring the world premiere of songs by HGO Composer in Residence Joel Thompson. WABC will be honoring the First Ladies of the Church & Women’s Group from its Founding Congregation.

    This is a free event. 

    Seating to this event is General Admission and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommend arriving early.

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  • Coco & Breezy

    March 8, 2024  10:00 pm - March 9, 2024  2:00 am
    Bauhaus Houston, 1803 Pease St, Houston, TX 77003, USA

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coco-breezy-bauhaus-houston-tickets-752928538527

    DJ duo, eye wear fashion moguls, and identical twin sisters COCO & BREEZY make another stop at Bauhaus for their Free Your Soul Tour.

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March 9, 2024
  • The Biggest Picnic in Texas: 100th Birthday Edition

    March 9, 2024  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Picnic Loop, 301 N Picnic Ln, Houston, TX 77007, USA

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-biggest-picnic-in-texas-100th-birthday-edition-tickets-807158030397
     
    Join us as we celebrate Memorial Park's 100th birthday with an ultimate Texas-style picnic!
     
    The Biggest Picnic for Memorial Park's Biggest Birthday!

    Join us for a fantastic day at Memorial Park Conservancy's Biggest Picnic in Texas: 100th Birthday Edition presented by Chevron! Help us commemorate the Park's Centennial in this family-friendly celebration, complete with food, friends, and the great outdoors! Special thanks to our sponsor H-E-B for providing special birthday treats.

    The big birthday bash will feature live music and entertainment, an appearance by Houston Astros' mascot Orbit and the Shooting Stars, delicious picnic concessions, and a Kid's Zone that includes face painting, arts and crafts, and even a magic show! Feeling adventurous? Check out all that the Kinder Land Bridge and Wolff Prairie has to offer.

    KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Free shuttle rides will be available from all Memorial Park parking lots. Some parking areas require fees. View the Memorial Park parking map to learn more.

    Stay tuned as we launch more details about the big event and opportunities to pre-order your picnic goodies!

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  • Little BIPOC Book Fest

    March 9, 2024  10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, USA

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  • Rest is Resisistance with Tricia Hersey

    March 9, 2024  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Kindred Stories, 2304 Stuart St, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    What would it be like to live in a well-rested world? Far too many of us have claimed productivity as the cornerstone of success. Brainwashed by capitalism, we subject our bodies and minds to work at an unrealistic, damaging, and machine‑level pace –– feeding into the same engine that enslaved millions into brutal labor for its own relentless benefit.

    In Rest Is Resistance, Tricia Hersey, aka the Nap Bishop, casts an illuminating light on our troubled relationship with rest and how to imagine and dream our way to a future where rest is exalted. Our worth does not reside in how much we produce, especially not for a system that exploits and dehumanizes us. Rest, in its simplest form, becomes an act of resistance and a reclaiming of power because it asserts our most basic humanity. We are enough. The systems cannot have us.

    Rest Is Resistance is rooted in spiritual energy and centered in Black liberation, womanism, somatics, and Afrofuturism. With captivating storytelling and practical advice, all delivered in Hersey’s lyrical voice and informed by her deep experience in theology, activism, and performance art, Rest Is Resistance is a call to action, a battle cry, a field guide, and a manifesto for all of us who are sleep deprived, searching for justice, and longing to be liberated from the oppressive grip of Grind Culture.
    IRL Book Signing: Rest is Resisistance with Tricia Hersey - March 9 @ – Kindred Stories (kindredstorieshtx.com)

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  • KevOnStage & That Chick Angel: Here's The Thing

    March 9, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    https://concerts.livenation.com/kevonstage-that-chick-angel-heres-the-houston-texas-03-16-2024/event/3A005F5ADD6D3502

    16+ Join KevOnStage and That Chick Angel for a hilarious live version of their podcast. This isn't them sitting on stools and talking, this is an extravaganza. Yes. Extravaganza. Music. Comedy. Utter hilarity. This is a live comedy show with a little podcast. You'll enjoy yourself. Trust us.

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  • Concert - Mahalia: In Real Life

    March 9, 2024  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, 1204 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

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  • Fotofest Biennial 2024 Opening Night Party

    March 9, 2024  8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007, USA

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/biennial-2024-opening-night-party-tickets-836545398807
     

    Join FotoFest on Saturday, March 9, 8–11 PM, to celebrate the grand opening of the Biennial 2024 central exhibition, Critical Geography. Meet the artists, curator, and team behind the Biennial, and immerse yourself in a vibrant atmosphere filled with creativity, music, and refreshments.

    The Opening Night Party will be held at Silver Street Studios, with remarks by FotoFest executive director and Biennial curator Steven Evans. Free parking is available for Biennial guests. A limited run of totes and t-shirts featuring the Biennial 2024 Critical Geography logo will be available for purchase.

    To learn about the FotoFest Biennial 2024, its exhibitions, and programming, visit fotofest.org/fotofest-biennial-2024.

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  • Coco & Breezy

    March 8, 2024  10:00 pm - March 9, 2024  2:00 am
    Bauhaus Houston, 1803 Pease St, Houston, TX 77003, USA

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coco-breezy-bauhaus-houston-tickets-752928538527

    DJ duo, eye wear fashion moguls, and identical twin sisters COCO & BREEZY make another stop at Bauhaus for their Free Your Soul Tour.

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March 10, 2024
  • Concert: Flyana Boss - The Bosstanical Garden Tour

    March 10, 2024  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, 1204 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    https://concerts.livenation.com/flyana-boss-the-bosstanical-garden-tour-houston-texas-03-10-2024/event/3A005F62ECDC471F

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March 12, 2024
  • Author Talk: Where is Africa with Anita N. Bateman

    March 12, 2024  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Kindred Stories, 2304 Stuart St, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    https://kindredstorieshtx.com/products/irl-author-talk-where-is-africa-with-anita-n-bateman-february-28-6-30-pm

    Celebrate the release of Where is Africa with author and curator, Anita N. Bateman!

    EVENT DEETS

    When: Wednesday, March 12, 2024 @ 6:30 PM

    Where: Kindred Stories Reading Garden (2304 Stuart Street, Houston, TX, 77004)

    How: RSVP ONLY to reserve your seat or RSVP with Book to support the author and our programming.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    A multidisciplinary illustrated reader unpacking imperialist representations of Africa by promoting dialogue, memory and everyday practice, and reimagining cultural institutions and the arts—from museums to academia, from architecture to art

    In 2017, curator and art historian Anita N. Bateman and architect and professor Emanuel Admassu initiated research on the traditional positioning and mispositioning of the arts across the African continent. Where Is Africa has been an extended set of exchanges with contemporary artists, curators, designers and academics who are actively engaged in representing the continent—both within and outside its geographic boundaries. By examining artist collectives, new currents in art history and the rise of contemporary art festivals in and about Africa from the past 10 years, the project unpacks the imperialist foundations of cultural institutions and their anthropological fascination with African objects, people and places.
    The interviews in Where Is Africa examine African and African-diasporic identities and spaces through questions of positionality in relation to specific disciplinary, cultural and political contexts. The texts address Afro-diasporic aesthetic practices and the curatorial, museological and artistic matrices that confront epistemologies of dominance and exclusion. The commissioned essays and images offer concise methodologies that expand or complicate issues addressed by the interviewees.
    Where Is Africa is a conceptual project that accompanies a conceptual place, driven by the desire to dislodge Africa from categorical fixity and the representational logics of nation-states. Africa can never be fully enclosed by the residue of colonial violence or the totalitarian gaze of neoliberalism; instead, it creates infinite malleability, where place and concept are untethered from each other.

    Contributors include: Mikael Awake, Salome Asega, Tau Tavengwa, Anthony Bogues, Jay Simple, Eric Gottesman, Rebecca Corey, Aida Mulkozi, Rakeb Sile, Mesai Haileleul, Mpho Matsipa, Niama Safia Sandy, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Rehema Chachage, Robel Temesgen, Valerie Amani, Meskerem Assegued, Elias Sime, Olalekan Jeyifous, Amanda Williams, Germane Barnes and Mario Gooden.

    ABOUT AUTHOR

    Dr. Anita N. Bateman (she/her) specializes in modern and contemporary African art and the art of the African diaspora with additional expertise in the history of photography, Black Feminism/Womanism, and the role of social media in activism and liberation work. Bateman earned a doctorate in art history and visual culture and graduate certificate in African and African American Studies from Duke University, a master’s in art history from Duke University, and completed her undergraduate degree in art history, graduating cum laude from Williams College. She has held curatorial positions at the RISD Museum, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the Nasher Museum of Art. Her academic research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Bateman was the Fall 2022 ARCAthens Curatorial Fellow and a 2022 Graham Foundation grantee for the forthcoming publication, Where Is Africa (Center for Art, Research, and Alliances), co-edited with Emanuel Admassu. She is currently the Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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March 17, 2024
  • Houston Reads Zora Neale Hurston

    March 17, 2024  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    https://kindredstorieshtx.com/collections/book-clubs/products/houston-reads-zora-neale-hurston-by-project-row-houses-chanecka-kindred-stories
     

    Kindred Stories is proud to partner with Project Row Houses and Chanecka Williams to present Houston Reads Zora Neale Hurston.

    Zora Neale Hurston Meeting Schedule 

    November 19 - Jonah’s Gourd (1934)

    December 17 - Mules and Men (1935)

    January 14 - Their Eyes are Watching God (1937)

    February 18 - Tell My Horse (1938)

    March 17 - Moses, Man of the Mountain (1939)

    April 21 - Dust Tracks on a Road (1942)

    May 17 -  Seraph on the Suwanee (1948)

    June 23 - I Love Myself When I Am Laughing…Then Again (1979)

    July 21 - The Complete Stories (1998)

    August 18 - Every Tongue Got to Confess (2001)

    September 15 - Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” (2018)

    October 20 - Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick (2020)

    November 19 - You Don’t Know Us Negros and Other Essays (2022)

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March 18, 2024
  • Back 2 The Lab (Podcast): An Evening with 5TH WARD BOYZ

    March 18, 2024  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Social Status Houston, 818 Town and Country Blvd #104, Houston, TX 77024, USA

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/back-2-the-lab-podcast-an-evening-with-5th-ward-boyz-tickets-845448016777
     
    Vibe with your host Dameion (DMR) as we celebrate 30 years of Gangsta Funk w/ Rap-A-Lot LEGENDS 5th Ward Boyz.
     
    Back2TheLab Podcast with host DMR presents a live production of the show with 5th Ward Boyz in celebration of 30 years in Hip Hop discussing their origins, studio session memories and notable collaborations. There will also be an opportunity to join the discussion with question and answer session too. Sponsored by beSocial.

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March 19, 2024
  • 2024 Women’s History Month Lecture: “Disability and Reproductive Justice”

    March 19, 2024  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, USA

    https://events.rice.edu/event/womens-history-month-lecture
     
    Humanities Building, 117  

    “Disability and Reproductive Justice”

    This lecture is open to the Rice community and public.

    Speaker: 

    Alison Kafer
    Director of LGBTQ Studies, Embrey Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, and Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin

    Disability activists have long been concerned with ableist approaches to pregnancy and abortion. Disabled people also face many barriers to reproductive health care and have a heightened risk of sexual assault and pregnancies they did not choose. How does a disability studies lens reshape some of the conversations about reproductive justice?

    Alison Kafer co-edited (in collaboration with Mel Y. Chen, Eunjung Kim, and Julie Avril Minich) the anthology Crip Genealogies (Duke, 2023), which explores the divergent experiences, commitments, and histories that both constitute the field of disability studies and imperil its foundations. She is the author of Feminist, Queer, Crip (Indiana, 2013), and her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience; Crip Authorship; the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies; Sex and Disability; and South Atlantic Quarterly. Her research is focused on disability and queer crip world-making in the contemporary United States, particularly as they intersect with movements and theories for reproductive, environmental, gender, and racial justice.

    Sponsored by the Department and History and Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, with support from the School of Humanities Dean’s Office.

    We value inclusion and access for all participants and are pleased to provide reasonable accommodations for this event. For campus access and accessibility information, visit Rice’s Disability Resource Center.

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March 20, 2024
  • Kinder Institute Forum: Adam Gamoran

    March 20, 2024  7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
    Caroline Wiess Law Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, USA

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kinder-institute-forum-adam-gamoran-tickets-753853896297
     
    Adam Gamoran, president of the William T. Grant Foundation, will discuss education research and reducing inequality in youth outcomes.
     
    Adam Gamoran is the president of the William T. Grant Foundation. He provides leadership for the foundation’s strategic direction, shapes its agenda and tactics, and partners with the foundation's board of trustees to advance its mission and objectives. Since joining the foundation, he launched a new initiative to support research on reducing inequality in youth outcomes, and has continued the foundation’s ongoing work to improve the use of research evidence in policy and practice decisions that affect young people.

    From 1984 to 2013, Adam served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he held the John D. MacArthur Chair in Sociology and Educational Policy Studies. From 2001-2004, he chaired the Department of Sociology, and from 2004-2013 he directed the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

    Adam’s research focused on educational inequality and school reform. Recent publications include “Does racial isolation in school lead to long-term disadvantages? Labor-market consequences of high school racial composition” (American Journal of Sociology, 2016) and “Effects of school segregation and school resources in a changing policy context” (Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2016). Earlier, he edited "Standards-based reform and the poverty gap: Lessons for No Child Left Behind" (Brookings Institution Press, 2007) and co-edited "Stratification in higher education: A comparative study" (Stanford University Press, 2007) and "Methodological advances in cross-national surveys of educational achievement" (National Academy Press, 2002). His research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, as well as by the Spencer and William T. Grant Foundations.

    Adam is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Education, which he now serves as vice president, and was twice appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences. From 2014 to 2020, he chaired the Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In 2013, he received the Spencer Foundation Award for contributions to research on education policy from the Association for Public Policy and Management, and in 2014 he was honored with the award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education from the American Educational Research Association.

    Adam earned his Ph.D. in education from the University of Chicago in 1984.

    About the Kinder Institute Forum

    The Kinder Institute Forum lecture series brings thought leaders from around the world to Houston to share ideas about today’s most pressing urban issues. Previous speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond, global urbanist Richard Florida, historian Richard Rothstein, urban advocate and strategist Carol Coletta, and U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert L. Santos.

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March 21, 2024
  • Black Houston(s): Place and Memory Symposium

    March 21, 2024 - March 22, 2024  
    Houston, TX, USA

    https://blackhoustons.rice.edu/
     
    Known to locals as “H-Town” and “the Prophetic City,” Houston is the most ethnically diverse metropolitan area in the United States and the fourth largest city in the nation. Since its official founding in 1837, Afrodiasporic people have fundamentally shaped Houston’s social and cultural landscapes. Precisely what opportunities have Black people negotiated and redefined, created and maintained in response to life lived in the Bayou City? How do residents establish their sense of place in the city, and in what ways might Houstonian cultural productions continue to influence Black artists, activists, and scholars in the 21st century? Houston certainly provides an ideal landscape to reflect on the rich contributions of shifting and dynamic Afro-Diasporic communities as key to a fuller picture of Black southern histories in the United States.

    Venues

    African American History Research Center, Gregory Campus
    1300 Victor St.
    Houston, TX 77019

    Lois Chiles Theater ​​​
    Moody Center for the Arts
    Rice University
    6100 Main Street
    Houston, Texas 77005

                                                   
                               

    Co-Sponsors

    Moody Center for the Arts

    Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS)

                                                   
                               

    The symposium is generously supported by:

    Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL)

    Fondren Library

    Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice

    African American History Research Center, Gregory Campus

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  • HSPVA Jazz Spring Concert

    March 21, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 790 Austin St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    https://hspvafriends.org/event/jazz-spring-concert-2/
     

                   

    Don’t miss this special two-night event from the Kinder HSPVA Jazz Program. On Friday, the two official jazz combos and a big band (Jazz Ensemble I) perform. On Saturday, catch the two big bands (Jazz Ensembles I and II). Each night, they will be joined by a renowned guest artist.

     

    Tickets typically go on sale 30 days before the performance. When they’re available, you can purchase yours here!

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March 22, 2024
  • Black Houston(s): Place and Memory Symposium

    March 21, 2024 - March 22, 2024  
    Houston, TX, USA

    https://blackhoustons.rice.edu/
     
    Known to locals as “H-Town” and “the Prophetic City,” Houston is the most ethnically diverse metropolitan area in the United States and the fourth largest city in the nation. Since its official founding in 1837, Afrodiasporic people have fundamentally shaped Houston’s social and cultural landscapes. Precisely what opportunities have Black people negotiated and redefined, created and maintained in response to life lived in the Bayou City? How do residents establish their sense of place in the city, and in what ways might Houstonian cultural productions continue to influence Black artists, activists, and scholars in the 21st century? Houston certainly provides an ideal landscape to reflect on the rich contributions of shifting and dynamic Afro-Diasporic communities as key to a fuller picture of Black southern histories in the United States.

    Venues

    African American History Research Center, Gregory Campus
    1300 Victor St.
    Houston, TX 77019

    Lois Chiles Theater ​​​
    Moody Center for the Arts
    Rice University
    6100 Main Street
    Houston, Texas 77005

                                                   
                               

    Co-Sponsors

    Moody Center for the Arts

    Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS)

                                                   
                               

    The symposium is generously supported by:

    Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL)

    Fondren Library

    Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice

    African American History Research Center, Gregory Campus

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  • Opening Reception - Electrafine Art

    March 22, 2024  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Bisong Art Gallery, 1305 Sterrett St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    The collaboration between contemporary fine artist Deborah Argyropoulos and classic neon artist KC Loveless, both originally from Maryland but meeting in Austin, TX after half a century, promises to be a unique and innovative fusion of artistic styles. They have bonded over their shared love of art and creativity and are set to launch their first collaboration in Houston, TX in March 2024.

    Their collaboration will explore the interplay between neon light and traditional painting elements, resulting in thought-provoking compositions. This fusion of styles and materials has been aptly named "Electrafine Art," a style that allows for endless creative possibilities.

    Deborah and KC are both experts in their respective art forms, and together, they aim to push artistic boundaries and find a unique voice to express their artistic vision. Their collaboration represents a new level of creativity and promises viewers an unexpected and captivating artistic experience.

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  • Film Screening: We Have Not Come Here to Die

    March 22, 2024  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, USA

    https://events.rice.edu/event/358353-we-have-not-come-here-to-die
     
    Sewall Hall, 301  

    Co-sponsored by Rice Cinema, Rice HRC and FotofestGlorious Things curated by Sindhu Thirumalaisamy.

    We Have Not Come Here to Die

    Directed by Deepa Dhanraj
    (India, 2018, 110 min.)

    Friday, March 22, 6:00 PM (Special Time)

    Cosponsors: Rice Cinema, Rice HRC and Fotofest

    Glorious Things curated by Sindhu Thirumalaisamy


    Rohith Vemula, a Dalit Ph.D research scholar and activist at University of Hyderabad who was persecuted by the university administration and Hindu supremacists, died of suicide on January 17, 2016. His suicide note, which argued against the “value of a man being reduced to his immediate identity” galvanized student politics and solidarity movements. The ensuing outrage gave rise to protests across India, calling the neglectful treatment and systemic oppression faced by Dalit people into question, and encouraging solidarity with minority groups facing similar discrimination from Hindu nationalists, students, administration and aligned governing authorities.

    Discounted parking is available at Founder’s Court, a $6 flat rate, credit card is required.

    Open to the public.

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  • Movie Night in Helix Park

    March 22, 2024  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Texas Medical Center Helix Park, Houston, TX 77030, USA

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/movie-night-in-helix-park-tickets-794686447557

    Join us for a family-friendly movie night as we relax and enjoy freshly popped popcorn, various candies, and an assortment of drinks while watching "Elemental," rated "PG," at Helix Park on Friday, March 22, 2024 beginning at 6 p.m. We ask that you please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow everyone to get seated and purchase snacks before the movie begins.

    Please bring a mat or towel to sit on while watching the movie.

    Please park in the surface-level parking lot at 1885 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, Texas 77030. Please arrive at the north green helix park ( I/J Park) with the amphitheater-style lawn to watch the movie. Follow us on social media to obtain the latest updates and information on weather changes.

    View the full FAQ here.

    Picnic blankets will be available for a $15 donation. *

    *All proceeds will benefit Texas Medical Center Foundation.

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  • HSPVA Jazz Spring Concert

    March 22, 2024  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 790 Austin St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    https://hspvafriends.org/event/jazz-spring-concert/
     

                   

    Don’t miss this special two-night event from the Kinder HSPVA Jazz Program. On Friday, the two official jazz combos and a big band (Jazz Ensemble I) perform. On Saturday, catch the two big bands (Jazz Ensembles I and II). Each night, they will be joined by a renowned guest artist.

     

    Tickets typically go on sale 30 days before the performance. When they’re available, you can purchase yours here!

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  • UH MFA Thesis Exhibition - Opening

    March 22, 2024  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Blaffer Art Museum, 4173 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    https://www.uh.edu/kgmca/art/events/calendar/?view=e&id=640364#event

    Join us for the opening reception of this year’s MFA Thesis Exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum.

    Each spring the Blaffer Art Museum and the University of Houston School of Art proudly presents the work of the Masters of Fine Arts degree candidates from the school’s five studio programs: Graphic Design, Interdisciplinary Practices and Emerging Forms, Painting, Photography/Digital Media, and Sculpture. The exhibition showcases highly developed bodies of work produced in a studio-intensive environment over a three-year degree program.

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  • Daniil Trifonov, piano

    March 22, 2024  8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Cullen Theater, 559-575 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    "supernaturally gifted" - The New Yorker

    “Without question, the most astounding pianist of our age,” says The Times of London. Don't miss this rare Houston appearance.

    Rameau: Suite in A Minor, RCT 5
    Mozart: Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332
    Mendelssohn: Serious Variations in D Minor, Op. 54, MWV U
    Beethoven: Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”'

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March 23, 2024
  • MacGregor Park Cleanup

    March 23, 2024  9:00 am - 11:30 am
    MacGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77021, USA

    https://houstonparksboard.volunteerhub.com/vv2/event/ff62da88-1fb4-4f19-a3e1-a354e39d4789
     

    Let's keep MacGregor Park looking great! Join us for a litter pick-up volunteer event at MacGregor Park on Saturday, March 23th, from 9 AM-11:30 AM. This event is held in conjunction with the MacGregor Park Master Plan Update process with our partners, MacGregor Park Conservancy, City of Houston, and Houston Parks and Recreation Department. 

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  • 11th Annual Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival

    March 23, 2024  12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    3800 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020, USA

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1512411802868977/
     

    Join us for the 11th Annual Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival!
    Hosted by Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation and the 5th Ward Cultural Arts District.
    Saturday, March 23, 2024 * 12pm – 5pm
    LOCATION: Lyons Avenue, between Gregg and Benson Street [Blocks 3800-4000 Lyons Ave.]
    Now in its eleventh year, the Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival’s theme for the year is HOMECOMING! We are celebrating the rich history of education and remarkable educators in the 5th Ward community!
    The festival is FREE to the community and continues to celebrate the history, art, culture, and current revitalization of Houston's 5th Ward. We use the allure of music, dance, and other art forms to engage the community and showcase the positive changes that are taking place. 

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March 24, 2024
  • Loni Love

    March 24, 2024  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    The Houston Improv, 7620 Katy Fwy #45, Houston, TX 77024, USA

    https://improvtx.com/houston/comic/loni+love/
     
    A real-life journey that takes a person from a latchkey kid of a loving and hardworking mother in Detroit’s Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects to a stand-up comedienne/movie star/bacon loving television personality is not something that happens easily or often, but somehow Loni Love pulled it off with her usual aplomb. Not to say there wasn’t a lot of hard work getting there, but when Love puts her mind to something, well, you better move out of the way.

    Loni Love is currently a co-host of The Real, the one-hour daily talk show which has just been renewed for a fifth AND sixth season on Fox stations. The nationally syndicated show (with a rebroadcast in primetime on cable network BET) was touted by the New York Post as “fun, funny, involved in life, outrageous by nature, warm and, most of all, real.” The show was nominated for four EMMY Awards, including Outstanding Talk Show, and won the EMMY for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts. The Real also won a 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series.

    As a young person, Loni knew the smartest way to get ahead was to work hard and take scheduled naps. Working hard was an ethic passed down to her by her mother. The naps were Loni’s own doing. While in high school, she worked on and flirted with the guys on the General Motors assembly line, discovering a passion for electrical engineering. Her smarts, hard work and determination helped her land a scholarship to Prairie View A&M University in Texas. She took her studies very seriously but was equally as driven in her downtime. While in college, she began dabbling in stand up and brown liquor, loving every minute of captivating an audience with her comedy. When she graduated college, she took an engineering job in California, which worked for both her chosen vocation and her ‘side-gig’ as a comedienne.

    She quickly became a regular at the legendary Laugh Factory, working during the day as an engineer and at night doing her comedy. In 2003, she was a finalist on the revived Star Search, and not long after, Loni won the Jury Prize for Best Stand-Up. From there, she was invited to showcase on HBO’s U.S Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. At this point, it was time to make a career change, and thankfully for audiences, Loni went with comedy. “I took some time to think about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. At my job, my manager had a massive heart attack. It made me realize that nothing is certain, nothing is for sure, and if I’m going to make a move, I gotta make a move now.” Loni told Ebony magazine.

    In the ten plus years since she began doing comedy full time, Loni has found her niche on The Real (“It’s like a younger, intoxicated version of The View” said Jezebel), as well as the recurring guest DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Loni also currently co-hosts the Café Mocha radio show with rapper MC Lyte. They’ve interviewed President Obama and the First Lady as well as superstars like John Legend, Toni Braxton among many others. Café Mocha is the only nationally syndicated show of its kind that was created exclusively BY and FOR women of color. You can catch the show on over 40 stations including SiriusXM Channel 141. Additionally, Loni has guest hosted on Fashion Police and has been a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and E! Along with her work on television, Loni has appeared in myriad movies including Mother’s Day, the successful Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 opposite Kevin James, Soul Plane with Kevin Hart and the Bad Ass franchise with Danny Glover and Danny Trejo.

    In addition, Loni is the subject of the documentary “Being Loni Love”, which traces Loni’s life story from her early days as a latchkey daughter growing up in Detroit’s Brewster- Douglas housing projects to national stand up comedienne, tv and movie star.

    Author (“Love Him or Leave Him but Don’t Get Stuck with the Tab” came out in 2013), popular stand up comedienne, theatre actor, film star, television host, roving reporter and part time aunt – Loni Love has no plans to slow down.

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March 25, 2024
  • Inprint Reading: Tommy Orange

    March 25, 2024  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd, Houston, TX 77005, USA

    https://inprinthouston.org/event/inprint-tommy-orange-reading/
     
     

    Tommy Orange will read from his new novel Wandering Stars, followed by an on-stage conversation with with a local writer. The evening will conclude with a book sale and signing. The event is presented as part of the 2023/2024 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

    TOMMY ORANGE’s first novel There There was “an astonishing literary debut” (Margaret Atwood) that “places Native American voices front and center” (NPR). Featuring the stories of 12 Native Americans all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, There There “has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation” (The New York Times). There There was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and winner of the American Book Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

    Orange will read from and talk about his highly anticipated new novel Wandering Stars, which traces the dark history of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre, the founding of the Carlisle Industrial School for Indians in 1879, and the 2018 shooting of Orvil Redfeather in There There. According to Orange’s publisher Alfred A. Knopf, Wandering Stars is “an utterly gripping story of history, legacy, and family in which all of Tommy’s prodigious gifts as a storyteller are on full display.” His editor adds, “Tommy Orange has returned with an unforgettably powerful multigenerational saga about what it means to be the children and grandchildren of massacre. Wandering Stars is a major achievement by one of the great writers of our time.”

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March 28, 2024
  • UH School of Art Speaker Series: Zora J Murff

    March 28, 2024  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Dudley Recital Hall, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    https://uh.edu/kgmca/art/events/speaker-series/

    Zora J Murff
    March 28, 3-5:00 pm, CT
    Dudley Recital Hall
    132D Fine Arts Building
    Speaker Series Archive on Youtube!

    Zora J Murff is an artist and educator living in Northwest Arkansas. In 2019, Murff was named an Aperture Portfolio Prize finalist, a PDN 30 honoree, and a Light Work Artist-in-Residence; he was one of eight artists chosen for the most recent iteration of the Museum of Modern Art’s New Photography series, Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020. His work was presented at the 2021 Rencontres d’Arles, France, as part of the Louis Roederer Discovery Award. His works are housed in many notable US institutions and collections including, Studio Museum, SFMOMA, LACMA, and MoMA.

    “Zora J Murff. He is Black; therefore, he is.”

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  • “Narrating Humanity” 2024 AAEF Ajouz Lecture in Literature

    March 28, 2024  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    University of Houston, 4300 Martin Luther King Blvd, Houston, TX 77204, USA

    https://www.uh.edu/calendar/?view=e&id=643382#event
     
    University of Houston Honors College Commons (2nd floor) 212 M.D. Anderson Library
     

    Please join the Arab-American Educational Foundation Center for Arab Studies on Wednesday, February 28, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm for the 2024 AAEF Dr. Burhan and Mrs. Misako Ajouz Distinguished Lecture in Literature “Narrating Humanity: Life Writing and Movement Politics from Palestine to Mauna Kea” featuring Professor Cynthia G. Franklin (University of Hawai’i).

    Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
    Time: Reception: 5:00 pm, Lecture: 5:30 pm
    Location: Honors College Commons (M.D. Anderson Library, 2nd floor)
    Parking: Parking is available at the Welcome Center Garage

    Contestations over the status of the human are at the center of those supporting and resisting Israel’s genocidal campaign in Gaza against the Palestinian people. Taking up this context, Professor Cynthia Franklin explores the powerful role life narratives and movement politics play in struggles over who counts as human. Expanding on her 2023 publication Narrating Humanity: Life Writing and Movement Politics from Palestine to Mauna Kea, she considers the urgent need to practice decolonial ways to be human. As she does so, Franklin attends to narratives of human being and belonging that have emerged as part of movement building in Hawai‘i for a deoccupied Hawai‘i and Palestine.

    Cynthia G. Franklin is Professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i. She coedits the journal Biography and is author of Academic Lives: Memoir, Cultural Theory, and the University Today (2009), as well as Writing Women’s Communities: The Politics and Poetics of Multi Genre Anthologies (1994).

    Signed copies of Narrating Humanity will be available for purchase at the event.

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March 29, 2024
  • Film Screening: Joyland

    March 29, 2024  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, USA

    https://events.rice.edu/event/358356-joyland
     
    Sewall Hall, 301  

    Presented by Rice Cinema

    Joyland

    Directed by Saim Sadiq
    (Pakistan, 2022, 127 min.)

    Friday, March 29 7:00 PM

    Winner of the Prix du Jury and the Queer Palm at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. The youngest son in a traditional Pakistani family takes a job as a backup dancer in a Bollywood-style burlesque and quickly becomes infatuated with the strong-willed trans woman who runs the show. “The right way to feel love, and the right way to feel part of a family, are the insoluble difficulties at the heart of this mysterious, sad and tender movie from Pakistan, a drama brimming with life and novelistic detail, directed by the first-time film-maker Saim Sadiq… This is a movie about people who find their inner lives and sense of themselves don’t match up to what is expected of them. Their feeling of wrongness is part of what they have to suppress, from day to day” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

    Discounted parking is available at Founder’s Court, a $6 flat rate, credit card is required.

    Open to the public.

    Free

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March 30, 2024
  • Film Screening: Israelism

    March 30, 2024  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, USA

    https://events.rice.edu/event/358357-israelism
     
    Sewall Hall, 301  

    Co-sponsored by Rice SJP and Rice Cinema

    Israelism

    Directed by Erin Axelman and Sam Ellertsen
    (US, 2023, 84 min.)

    Saturday, March 30, 7:00 PM

    Co-sponsors are Rice SJP and Rice Cinema

    In 2023, two young American Jews raised to unconditionally love Israel witness the brutal way Israel treats Palestinians, and their lives take sharp left turns. With co-filmmaker Nadia Saah, they join a movement of young American Jews battling the old guard to redefine Judaism’s relationship with Israel, revealing a deepening generational divide over modern Jewish identity. A provocative and personal documentary, nominated for a Brooklyn Film Festival Spirit Award. “A powerful and honest exploration of the changing Jewish attitudes towards Israel” — Jacobin

    Discounted parking is available at Founder’s Court, a $6 flat rate, credit card is required.

    Open to the public.

    Free

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  • Concert: Amaarae - Fountain Baby Tour

    March 30, 2024  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    White Oak Music Hall, 2915 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009, USA

    https://www.ticketmaster.com/amaarae-fountain-baby-tour-houston-texas-03-30-2024/event/3A005F21C0A03BF2

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