Ten Things to Do in Houston for $10 or Less (Six Free), August 3-9

Two films, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, screen at Miller Outdoor Theatre this week.
Two films, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, screen at Miller Outdoor Theatre this week.
Courtesy Miller Outdoor Theatre

The dog days of summer may officially be coming to an end, but tell that to the sun. This week, we’ll keep you indoors for a few films, author talks and an art exhibit, and only ask that you consider leaving the comfort of air-conditioning at dusk, for a couple of movies at Miller Outdoor Theatre and a hike under the full moon. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more than $10 — and six of them are free! Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.

The Princess Bride
Houston Museum of Natural Science
7:15 p.m. Friday, $5

From the endlessly quotable lines (like “Inconceivable” or “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”) to the charming story and clever humor, to count the ways The Princess Bride is classic would take too long, so we’ll turn it over to Peter Falk, the film’s storytelling grandpa, who tells his grandson, played by The Wonder Years’ Fred Savage, the fairy-tale adventure has “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.” What more could you possibly ask for? How about seeing it in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre? “As you wish,” says the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Join HCCC resident artist Rebecca Lynn Hewitt to make your own pressed-flower necklace on Saturday.
Join HCCC resident artist Rebecca Lynn Hewitt to make your own pressed-flower necklace on Saturday.
Photo by Rene Lee Henry

Hands-On Houston: Pressed-Flower Necklaces
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
11 a.m. Saturday, free

You bring yourself, and HCCC will bring the flowers. Design and create your very own pressed-flower necklace Saturday with one of HCCC’s current resident artists, metalsmith Rebecca Lynn Hewitt. Hewitt uses sustainable materials like pressed and dried flora to create wearable and handheld objects – she even has her own jewelry line, Flora and Grain – through which she explores various environmental issues. Before starting, you can draw inspiration from the Craft Garden or while sitting in Annie Evelyn’s “Oshibana” chair, crafted from handmade paper flowers, silk flowers, foam and wood, but allow yourself about 25 minutes to make your necklace and come early – this one’s first-come, first-served.

The Bridge on the River Kwai
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
4 p.m. Saturday, $9

If you haven't been out to the MFAH’s summer-long celebration of Alec Guinness, dubbed “An Actor for All Seasons” and featuring screenings of eight of his best films, this is your last chance. The Bridge on the River Kwai, set in a Japanese P.O.W. camp, won Guinness the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Colonel Nicholson, a man who becomes so singularly fixated on building a bridge he loses sight of his role as a British officer. Guinness’s performance, his chemistry with co-star Sessue Hayakawa, and the film’s complexity and memorable ending make it one of the best war movies ever made, and a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Join HTXoutdoors for a hike under the full moon Monday evening.EXPAND
Join HTXoutdoors for a hike under the full moon Monday evening.
Image created by Rick Corrigan

Full Moon Hike
Memorial Park
7:30 p.m. Monday, free

Howl at the full moon with HTXoutdoors as they take advantage of the first full moon of August (and the miles of hiking trails in Memorial Park) for a Full Moon Hike this Monday. Meet at the rugby fields in Memorial Park and be sure to bring a headlamp or light source (because it will get dark), water (or you will get dehydrated), and bug spray (or you will get bit – and not by a werewolf). The hike should come to an end around 8:45 p.m., but make plans to join your fellow hikers for a bite to eat after. You’ll probably be hungry.

The Second Time Around
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
5 p.m. Monday, $8

Katherine Mitchell, played by Linda Thorson, is a formerly independent woman having to adjust to living in an assisted-care facility after she breaks her hip. Isaac Shapiro, played by Stuart Margolin, is a grumpy resident who still mourns the death of his wife. You can probably guess what’s going to happen here. It may be sentimental, but The Second Time Around, screening at the ERJCC to celebrate the end of Tu B’av (the Jewish holiday of love), is a charming story set to a soundtrack of operatic masterworks about two senior citizens (and how often does that happen) who realize that it’s never too late to fall in love.



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