Thursday, December 9
Want to get people jealous? Go with green. Make 'em pensive? Break out the blue. But to really get folks horny, roll with red. That tint has other properties, too: Psychologists and greedy corporations have long known that the color red inspires action and is even said to elicit hunger (hence the McDonald's scheme). Understanding this, Amy Meyers, who owns Sippora Gallery, has created "Red," an ode to the all-powerful hue. Artists including Holly Denslow, Wolfgang Pfirrmann and Jacqueline Riley have created works that aim to stimulate and seduce you -- all utilizing the lascivious color. Show up at tonight's opening reception wearing red, and maybe you'll get laid. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 234 West Gray, 713-520-1085, www.sippora.com.
Friday, December 10
Thankfully, there are a few local goodwill events this time of year that don't involve cheesy, big-smiling TV anchors or telethons. If you've been looking for a way to spread the holiday love while getting your groove on, head to the Third Ward Community Bike Center's Holiday Party and Art Auction. There'll be live music plus some DJs spinning, grub from local restaurants, suds from New Belgium Brewery, a puppet show (always better when you've been drinking), art, bikes and prize giveaways. The best part: You'll help bankroll below-cost bike-repair facilities, after-school and summer activities, and bike-related events for Third Ward kids. Roll to the party at 7 p.m. Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin. For information, call 713-807-7911 or visit www.thirdwardbikes.org. $10 to $12.
Saturday, December 11
Calling yourself "diverse" in a city known for its diversity isn't much of a stretch, but City Dance Company takes the label quite literally. Unlike other companies, which feature a homogenized cast and style, their dancers run the gamut of ethnicities, body shapes and genres. Tonight, the group debuts Sole 4 Soul, which features pieces such as "Revolving Door," a snappy dance reflecting the fast pace of contemporary life, and "Establishment," which explores the inner world of penal and mental institutions. Kick it with the City Dance crew at 7 p.m. Hamman Hall, Rice University, entrance no. 14. For information, call 713-529-6100 or visit www.houstoncitydance.com. $10 to $20.
Or, if you're looking for something a little edgier, take in the indie smorgasbord that is Art School Gone Terribly Wrong. The evening starts off with a screening of the 1979 flick Over the Edge, in which Matt Dillon as Richie White famously says, "A kid who tells on another kid is a dead kid." After the screenings, the tunes kick off with cult duo the Zom Zoms, followed by interactive noise act Rua Minx, "anti-pop" group the Wiggins and one-man act Panda 84. 8:30 p.m. Bill Hicks Resurrection Laboratory for Science, 2915 Delafield. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. $5.
Sunday, December 12
Ever notice how local media goes nuts anytime there's the slightest mention of snow in these parts? Today, we're guilty of jumping on that bandwagon. At the Houston Museum of Natural Science, you can get your hands on 10,000 pounds of the icy stuff that makes the folks up North miserable at Snow Flurry!You, your family and anyone with a frostbite fetish can frolic in the real stuff, which will be dumped outside the museum's grounds. And if you're still feeling frosty, pop over to the IMAX screening of Santa vs. Snowman, the new animated holiday flick from the folks who brought us Jimmy Neutron. Chill out at 1 p.m. One Hermann Circle Drive. For information and an IMAX schedule, call 713-639-4629 or visit www.hmns.org. Free; $4 to $7 for IMAX.
If you're still gallivanting in HMNS snow this evening, head over a few blocks to the Museum of Fine Arts for a special screening of Paris, Texas. The film, partially shot here in November 1983, won big at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival for its story of existential solitude with a Texan twist. In the movie, Travis (Harry Dean Stanton), an amnesiac long presumed dead by his family, turns up at a hospital, where his brother Walt (Dean Stockwell) picks him up. The drama unfurls as Travis slowly remembers that he abandoned his wife (Nastassja Kinski) and son (Hunter Carson). Today, Hunter and his legendary father, Kit, who penned the flick, will introduce the brooding picture. Meet the Texan film family at 7 p.m. 5601 Main. For information, call 713-639-7365 or visit www.mfah.org. $6.
Monday, December 13
If you've always wanted to see your favorite bartender in a pair of chaps, we suggest you hit the Bartender's Fetish Ball, a party dedicated to bartenders (who get free admission and drinks), plus an Erotic Cabaret fashion show and concert. HPEP, a local S&M group, will do an interactive fetish show with chain saws, glow-in-the-dark whips and other kinky fare. Also, the piercing drama of CoRE, the human suspension troupe, will take place on the main stage. Aside from the hot guys and girls in S&M gear, whippings and folks hanging from hooks, there'll be music from Bonsfire, Dead End Guys, Hell City Kings and the Dead Roses. Ladies who show up in fetish wear get in free, so join the naughty masses at 8 p.m. 1503 Chartres. For tickets and information, call 713-629-3700 or visit www.meridianhouston.com. $5 to $7.
Tuesday, December 14
Looking for a little purification after all the sinning going on at last night's S&M gig? Mercury Baroque's "Christmas Mass and Gloria"might offer some redemption. Charpentier's Mass is a gentle but upbeat soundtrack to the birth of baby you-know-who, while Vivaldi's Gloria is the big booming 12-movement choral piece that's become a Christmas staple. Both holidayclassics will be performed by a four-part chorus, soloists and a baroque orchestra playing on period instruments. Hear the joyous voices sing at 7:30 p.m. at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525. $25 to $35.
Wednesday, December 15
You love your friends and family, right? So why are you sending them corny pictures of your dog or cat dressed as an elf or hanging out of a stocking? That's just cruel. Put these images to good use by sending them to ABC's Extreme Makeover - Home Edition. Special Pals Animal Shelter has applied to the reality show to get its facilities updated. To turn up the "awww" factor, the shelter is requesting 100 letters from local pets (with pictures) asking that the producers help homeless animals in Houston. For information, call 281-579-7387.