Friday, May 9
Most race car drivers start out racing go-karts, only moving on to cars after they've gotten some skills. The process can take years, and some racers never graduate to the next level. That's why the Red Bull Driver Search, which is coming to the Davy Jones KartZone, is a major opportunity. The search is open to racers with no experience; and come September, the winners will be zipping along in "some badass rides," as Jay Marroquin of KartZone puts it. And he doesn't mean go-karts. Houston aspirants have until today to qualify for the event by racing against the clock. The fastest 40 will be whittled down to four winners in races held Saturday, May 10, and Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18. Those four will go on to a national competition. The ultimate winner will attend driving school, get sponsorship from Red Bull and possibly compete in Formula 1. For a full schedule of events, call 713-781-6363 or visit www.kartzone. net. 6111 Skyline Drive. $20 for eight minutes (plus a onetime $7 licensing fee).
Saturday, May 10
Who says ballet has to be stuffy? Paul Taylor's Company B is known as "the boogie-woogie ballet." Set to World War II-era pop songs by the Andrews Sisters (like "Rum and Coca-Cola"), the choreography refers to the jitterbug and other dances of the time. Company B isn't all goofiness, though; it also has scenes of loss and loneliness meant to reflect the effects of war on the nation's psyche. Houston Ballet will be performing Company B along with George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and Stanton Welch's Indigo in a series of free performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 8 p.m. today; Friday, May 9; and Sunday, May 11. 100 Concert Drive. For information, call 713-284-8350 or visit www.houstonballet.org. Free.
Sunday, May 11
Impress Mom with your sophistication this Mother's Day by taking her to a concert by the Die Like a Dog Trio presented by the Pauline Oliveros Foundation. Members Peter Brotzmann, William Parker and Hamid Drake make up one of the world's most respected free jazz combos. Tell your muddah not to be offended by the group's name, which is a reference to the tragic death of the members' hero, saxophonist and "Free Jazz Messiah" Albert Ayler. Tip: If you can somehow distract the woman who gave you life when you're buying tickets, maybe she won't notice that you didn't pay for hers (moms and kids 15 and under get free admission). 8 p.m. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Center, 2201 Preston. For information, call 713-928-5653 or visit www.pofinc.org/houston. $13.
Monday, May 12
Considering that H-town is America's fattest city, our eateries should always have job opportunities. Chef Michel LeBorgne, founder of the respected New England Culinary Institute, visits Houston today to talk about trends and opportunities in the food biz. He'll also perform a cooking demonstration, preparing scallops with potatoes and spinach in a soy sauce beurre blanc. None for you, though; guests get only light appetizers. Looks like LeBorgne is doing his part to keep the Houstonian waistline in check. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stanford Financial Group's Eagle Room, 5050 Westheimer, first floor. For information, call 713-964-5234 or visit www.neculinary.com. Free.
Tuesday, May 13
Keith Kachtick's book Hungry Ghost stars Carter Cox, a womanizing, substance-abusing New Yorker looking for a more meaningful life. He promptly meets Mia Malone, a University of Texas art history grad student, at a Buddhist retreat. Malone is 26 and -- get this -- a virgin. The two set off on an adventure to Morocco together, where they smash their rental car, get arrested and maybe even fall in love. Kachtick, who lives in New York but grew up in Houston, reads today. We dare you to raise your hand and ask him if Malone's character is based on a living, breathing person. 7:30 p.m. Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive. For information, call 281-497-8675. Free.
Wednesday, May 14
Talk about bizarre: Lyman Shepard has made a name for himself by impersonating Frank Lloyd Wright. Wearing a flowing cape and porkpie hat, Shepard uses narration and slides to tell the story of the master architect's life. The controversial Wright, who had many an affair and once said, "I intend to be the greatest architect of all time," provides Shepard with plenty of dramatic material. The impersonator performs his shtick today with a catered reception and dessert intermission at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture Theatre at the University of Houston (entrance no. 16 off Cullen Boulevard). 6 p.m. For information, call 713-898-6868 or visit www.agchouston.org. $30.