Expensive home improvements may not be trendy these days, but good taste is still in vogue. Those looking for bargain art should be pleased to see the range of wares offered at todays third annual 3rd Annual Midtown Art in the Park, where dozens of local artists will display and sell their handcrafted goods. No cash for a new flat-screen? Hang a painting on that wall instead. Cant afford a diamond? One of the many jewelry artists should be able to offer a cheaper and one-of-a-kind alternative. Same goes for photography, pottery, glassworks, woodworks, artisan baskets, textiles and metal goods, most of which are made by Houstonians, so you can feel doubly good, since youre buying local. And even if you cant afford anything, think of it as an open-air museum another way to save cash without compromising culture. Noon to 5 p.m. Elizabeth Baldwin Park, 1702 Elgin. For information, call 713-526-7577 or visit www.midtownartinthepark.com. Free.
Sat., April 18, 12-5 p.m., 2009