Keith Reynolds and Cathy Power seem like a musical odd couple. Cathy is sweet and petite and sings melodic songs over boho-girl guitar. Keith is big and gruff and bangs passionately on whatever instrument he has learned to play that day (we think he's still in his accordion phase). Together they are Slump, the funniest punk performance-art band ever to emerge from the underground art scene's primordial gatherings. As Slump, Keith and Cathy see eye to eye, lyrically tackling everything from yeast infections to leprechauns to rock and roll requisites such as drugs and women, and running people out of earshot with repetitions of their sing-song hit-in-the-making, "We're the Rapesters, Pass the Hamsters." Slump plays around 11:30 p.m. at Mary Jane's, 4216 Washington, (713)869-JANE. Jody Hughes opens the show at 10:30 p.m.
Bowling goes hand in hand with bargains. That's why it's in all those cheesy collect-calling-number commercials featuring Al Bundy and why it makes perfect sense for an Infernal Bridegroom Productions fund-raiser. For $30 (less if you sign up with a team of six), IBP's Bowl-a-Rama gives you dinner from such fancy-pants restaurants as Boulevard Bistrot, Daily Review Cafe and Treebeards, live music by Houston's own Horseshoe, a cash bar, chances to win gift certificates and prizes and, of course, three full hours of bowling. You don't even have to go out and buy yourself something pretty to wear. The only dress requirement is in your best interests: socks. Foot fungus is not a friend. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. MaxBowl West, 1710 Hillendahl. For more information or for reservations, call (713)522-8443. $30; $150 for a team of six.
Think you need a vacation? Let Sam Shepard convince you otherwise. His Obie Award-winning play, La Turista, follows an American couple, Kent and Salem, through the hotel rooms of Mexico. When Kent comes down with "la turista," or Montezuma's revenge, he's treated (but obviously never cured) with everything from decapitated roosters to useless platitudes. La Turista is loosely based on the playwright's own south-of-the-border excursion with Joyce Aaron, when a sick Shepard suffered through a particularly turbulent flight home and vowed never to travel by plane again. Atomic Cafe presents La Turista's Houston premiere Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through June 5. Also, a special pay-what-you-will performance is scheduled for Monday, May 17, at 8 p.m. Atomic Cafe, 1320 Nance, (713)222-ATOM. $10.
The largest crawfish festival outside of Louisiana is in tiny Old Town Spring. Mudbugs, zydeco musicians and the men (and women) who love them will descend on the preserved burg this weekend and next. The festival also features classic crawfish sides such as funnel cakes, face painters, chicken-on-a-stick, carnival rides and games, a petting zoo and Wheels the Clown. Noon to 9 p.m. Also, Friday 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday noon to midnight and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. through May 23. Twenty miles north on the Hardy Toll Road; take the FM 1960 exit. Call (800)OLD-TOWN or go to www.oldtownspringtx.com/crawfish for more information. $5 admission; free for kids under 12.
Who would have thought the Nell story was universal? The Apple is a film about last year's Iranian scandal in which an impoverished and religious 65-year-old man and his blind wife kept their 12-year-old daughters locked in their little house. Having had no contact with the outside world, the twin girls could barely speak or walk. Seventeen-year-old filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf, daughter of Gabbeh director Moshen Makhmalbaf, was intrigued by the news reports and approached the old man. Eager to tell his side of the story, he allowed Samira into his home to make a film about the imprisoned girls that reflects on the status of all veiled Iranian women. The Apple opens officially Friday, May 21, but tonight's screening benefits Women in Film and Television-Houston. 7:30 p.m. Landmark Theatre River Oaks, 2009 West Gray. For more information, call (713)850-0217. $5.
The Contemporary Arts Museum's new exhibition, "Other Narratives," seems to be an attempt at storytelling itself, tracing the line of contemporary narrative artists from the 1980s (Jean-Michel Basquiat, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson) to the 1990s (Sam Durant, Annette Lawrence, David McGee) and their movement from the fringes to the mainstream. Senior Curator Dana Friis-Hansen selected a group of artists whose means are as diverse as their purpose may be similar. Artists' stories are told with billboard-size photographs, paper cut-out silhouettes, embroidered samplers, architectural models and giveaway stacked paper sculptures. "Other Narratives" is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursday to 9 p.m.) and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. through July 4. Contemporary Arts Museum, 5216 Montrose, (713)284-8250, www.camh. org. Free.