It ain't easy -- or cheap -- to heat up the local sociopolitical climate through spoken word, visual arts, film, dance, music and multimedia presentations. But for the past six years, Voices Breaking Boundaries has somehow managed to do it. Now, the venerable arts organization is holding its annual fund-raiser to help bankroll next year's progressive programming. At "incite summer," you can nosh on some light offerings, sip drinks and check out art from Project Row Houses' Rick Lowe and from Lee High School at-risk students. Incite some conversation at 7 p.m. m ARCHITECTS, 1206 Nance. For information and to RSVP, call 713-524-7821 or visit www.voicesbreakingboundaries.org. $25 donation.
Friday, June 24
Marc Broussard says he's "a white boy singing soul music." And while that concept isn't exactly original (see Presley, Elvis), the young Louisiana native has the chops and the genetics to be a force in the pop crooner category. He started playing gigs with his father, Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist Ted Broussard, when he was five years old, and sang Gregorian chants in Washington, D.C.'s Catholic University choir (dude, that's so Enigma!) when he was 12. He also has a highly marketable mix of good looks and good hooks, which has made him a perfect tour partner for such acts as the Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson, Maroon 5 and Gavin DeGraw. He's in town to push his album Carencro and its radio single "Where You Are," a little summer romance ditty that's sure to have the ladies ragin' for this Cajun. 7 p.m. The Meridian, 1503 Chartres. For information, call 713-225-1717 or visit www.meridianhouston.com. $15 in advance; $17 at the door.
Saturday, June 25
As bloody hot as it's been getting, we understand your desire to be in various stages of undress this weekend. Today, it's socially acceptable for you to disrobe at the Art League Houston's No Pants Dance. "The idea is to do something funky, like boxers, a tutu or shorts with a tuxedo top instead of pants," says ALH's Mary Curry. The soiree, which is open to Art Leaguers and the public alike, gets hoppin' at the swanky Rooftop Terrace at the Commerce Towers. Mingle with your fellow partyers while you take in an impressive view of downtown Houston and shake it to Marcus Ardoin & Tha Zydeco Legendz. This little shindig features an open bar, and the Rooftop Terrace has a pool. Place your bets now on how long it'll take before it turns into a drunken No Pants Pool Party. Things get unzipped at 7 p.m. 914 Main. For information, call 713-523-9530 or visit www.artleaguehouston.org. $20 to $40 for singles; $75 for couples.
Sunday, June 26
Three years ago, local art enthusiasts got what was, for most, their first look at the work of late Venezuelan artist Gego, who was born Gertrud Goldschmidt in Germany. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston exhibit, called "Questioning the Line: Gego, A Selection, 1955-1990," was a comprehensive retrospective exhibition about Gego's use of line. Today, as a sequel, the MFAH is unveiling "Gego, Between Transparency and the Invisible," which examines how the artist used line and light in her art. The new exhibition features 80 pieces dating from the mid-'50s to the late '80s, and it includes ink drawings, prints, artist's books and small-scale, hanging iron-and-wire constructions. Though Gego -- an architect, engineer, sculptor, draftsman and printmaker -- died in 1994, there's a resurgence of interest in her work, and exhibitions are planned for Buenos Aires and New York next year. The artist's lines are on display through September 25. Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. $3.50 to $7.
Monday, June 27
If you're a frequent viewer of HBO's freaky, but strangely clinical, series Real Sex, you've probably witnessed the Punany Poets. The spoken-word collective was founded by Jessica Holter, who, as a survivor of rape, abuse and neglect, decided to take her views on sexuality on the road. Under the stage name Ghetto Girl Blue, Holter appears today with co-headliner India, an adult film star who'll be performing stuff off her new hip-hop CD. Local poet Michael Khalil informs us that while the featured acts are females, you don't have to have a punany to be in the show. "Actually, all the opening acts are males," he notes. The show features erotic poetry and spoken-word performances on gay, lesbian and bisexual issues, sexual health, love and heartbreak. Each month, a different headlining poet will come to town as part of the series, and portions of today's performance will be included in an upcoming movie called Inhibitions, about, duh, sexual inhibitions. Get some punany at 7 p.m. La Bare, 6234 Richmond. For information, call 281-974-5273 or visit www.rebirthprojects.com. $30.
Tuesday, June 28
Texan author Rick Riordan has developed a loyal fan base, not to mention a mantel's worth of awards, for his character Tres Navarre, a private eye, martial arts master and English Ph.D. who patrols the dangerous and weird back streets of San Antonio in popular tomes such as The Devil Went Down to Austin. But Riordan has taken a new direction with his latest offering, The Lightning Thief, a young-adult novel about a boy who's half Greek god and half mortal (think of him as an Abercrombie & Fitch model). The boy embarks on a quest to catch a thief who's pilfered an old-school weapon of mass destruction: Zeus's lightning bolt. Riordan signs Thief at 4 p.m. at Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial, 281-497-8675; and 6:30 p.m. at Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet, 713-524-8597. Free.
Wednesday, June 29
Man, the nine-to-five life is a killer, ain't it? Donna B, the Ebony Cowgirl understands, and warns you not to get stuck in your cubicle, in her catchy country tune "When You're Dead You're Done." The local songstress's sound has been described as a mix of Wynonna, Anne Murray and Patsy Cline, with the energy of Tina Turner. Today, head out to Spring and two-step your worries away to Ms. B's head-bobbing toe-tappers, including "Got Dang Country Song" and "The Trash Can of My Memory." Could she be the female Charley Pride for the new generation? Find out at 7 p.m. Wunsche Bros. Cafe, 103 Midway, 281-350-1902. For information, visit www.donnabcountry.com. Free.