Thursday, February 24

One of our favorite things about DVDs is all the cool bonus material -- especially the deleted scenes with the director's comments, which let you see the work in progress. So we're thinking, wouldn't it be cool to see a visual artist's work in progress? Today, local artist Mark Flood lets us in on his creative process with his new exhibit, "Synthetic Lace." The works are lace paintings that Flood withheld from exhibition for various reasons. "Sometimes when I get pissed off, maybe when drunk," says Flood, "I write things on them." Some of his notes to self: "CONVINCE A COMMITTEE OF BUREAUCRATS -- USE SLIDES" or "CAREER SUICIDE." Flood calls it a "crazier than usual" exhibit. Crazy, maybe, but we dig his director's comments. See them for yourself at today's opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Exhibit runs through April 7. Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy. For information, call 713-520-6809. Free.

Friday, Feburary 25

Manicuring goes awry in Hangnail, playing at Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. See Saturday.
Courtesy of Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Fest
Manicuring goes awry in Hangnail, playing at Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. See Saturday.

On paper, the formula of Rotateshould work perfectly: Get some regular hosts (Lushus Brown, John Osorio, Apryl Malarcher and Patrick de la Garza), mix in a cycle of fresh DJ talent and draw a regular crowd. So we're a little surprised that today will be the event's next-to-last gig. "We plan to return back in June as a monthly show, versus a weekly one," says Osorio. Tonight's spin cycle features Mike W and Ben Clark of Dedicated along with DJ Jeff Cmo, who'll be playing some jacked-up, upbeat house. Meanwhile, Mike W and Clark (you may recognize them as the resident crew at the now defunct 804 Lounge) promise to dig into the deeper side of underground house. We're guessing the Rotate crew will throw a sick send-off on March 11, their final show, but today, you can get sweaty from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Clark's, 316 Main. For information, call 713-237-8220 or visit www.rotate.tv. $5 after 10 p.m.

Saturday, February 26

Long before they were puking on dogs, fondling themselves and pinching loaves on MTV, Beavis and Butt-head were just two morons rattling around in Mike Judge's brain. It was Craig "Spike" Decker and Mike Gribble who brought them to life, producing Judge's first two shorts. Spike and Mike went on to premiere animated works by directors like South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Spike continues to showcase naughty and revolting animation (Mike passed away in 1994) at Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, which stops by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema this week. Some of the twisted titles for your pleasure: Quack Off, Proper Urinal Etiquette and the subtle Mule Dick. The cartoons get kinky at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. from Friday, February 25, through Thursday, March 3. West Oaks Mall, Westheimer at Highway 6. For information, call 281-556-0204 or visit www.alamodrafthouse.com. $6 to $7.50.

Sunday, February 27

During Lent, lots of Christians eschew cigarettes, caffeine and even sex for 40 days in an effort to assuage their guilt in an act of penance. But at its heart, the season is meant to be a time of reflection. To foster meditation and introspection, Ecclesia -- the hip Christian arts space that features a fair-trade coffee shop, an art gallery, recording studio and organic food co-op -- is offering "Stations of the Cross." The mixed-media show by local artists is a series of 14 devotional works of art, each representing one step in Christ's journey to the cross. Works include sculptures, paintings, photography and even an "experiential" piece in which visitors hammer their own nail into a cross. An additional resurrection piece will be unveiled on Easter morning, March 27, but you can tune into these stations from noon to 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. today. Ecclesia's xNihilo Gallery, 2115 Taft. Exhibit runs through April 10. For information, call 713-545-8989 or visit www.ecclesiahouston.org. Free.

Monday, February 28

Eavan Bolandand Paul Muldoonare considered two of Ireland's most prominent literary figures. Muldoon teaches at Princeton and Oxford University, and his collection Moy Sand and Gravel received a little award called the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Oh, and he's been called "the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War." No slouch herself, Boland, who recently won a Lannan Literary Award and who directs the creative writing program at Stanford University, received a rave review for her book Against Love Poetry in The New York Times. As part of the Inprint Brown Reading Series, Boland and Muldoon will be reading tonight and will later sign copies of their books. Seating is limited, so arrive at 6:45 p.m. (Readings begin at 7:30 p.m.) Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. For information, call 713-521-2026 or visit www.inprint-inc.org. $5; free for students and seniors.

Tuesday, March 1

Just what is it about creepy guys who entertain kids for a living? We still remember when Pee-wee Herman was caught handling his er, pee-wee, in a movie theater. Then we find out that Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, got "inspired" with opium and was suspected of being Jack the Ripper and a pedophile. Scholars claim that Carroll didn't intend Alice to be about his drug use -- it was simply a tale he told a young girl he was allegedly in love with -- but we know A Clockwork Orange set to print when we see it. Today, Main Street Youth Theater premieres the stage version of Carroll's classic. You're free to get "inspired," but try not to talk to the Cheshire Cat. 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays, and 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays through April 1. 4617 Montrose. For tickets and information, call 713-524-6706 or visit www.mainstreettheater.com. $9 to $11.

Wednesday, March 2

You're starting to get breathless when you walk to your cigarette break. It's time to trim down, and to do that, you'll need to know your weight and body mass index. Tip the scale and get the skinny on your BMI for free today at the Great American Weigh-In. From morning till evening, participating Houston Weight Watchers locations will show you just how far you've come from your high school weight. Waddle your way in from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information and Weight Watchers locations, call 800-651-6000 or visit www.weightwatchers.com. Free.

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