Free for All: Houston Public Media Silent Film Concert Series, Third Coast Dance Film Festival, Museum District Day, and Traders Village 6th Annual Fiestas Patrias
The Houston Public Media Silent Film Concert Series continues on Friday with F.W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927). Adapted from Hermann Sudermann's short story "A Trip to Tilsit," Sunrise tells the story of a simple country man (George O'Brien) involved with a devious mistress (Margaret Livingston). At her urging, he plots to kill his faithful and loving wife (Janet Gaynor). Austin-based instrumental post-rock band MY EDUCATION perform a newly composed score for the film. The score promises to be cinematic and psychedelic, melding powerful, whirring guitars with a harmonious viola.
8 p.m. Friday. Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney. For information, visit the Discovery Green website or call 713-400-7336.
Think dance films are something new? Ah, no. In the mid-1890s, Thomas Edison captured Ruth Dennis dancing outdoors. One hundred and twenty-something years later, the Third Coast Dance Film Festival celebrates the marriage of these two art forms by screening a total of 21 shorts in two programs on Saturday and Sunday.
This year's festival is curated by Houston dance-makers Rosie Trump and Lydia Hance. The shorts come from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, Finland, Russia and Spain. Dance film has a strong contingent of artists in Houston, and the local community will be represented by entries from Lindsey Sarah Thompson, Lynn Lane and Ashley Horn, whose Jazzland short was filmed in an abandoned theme park in New Orleans after it was flooded by Hurricane Katrina. Other films are set on rooftops, underwater, in movie theaters and in bathroom stalls.
7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; each evening features a different program. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, visit the festival's website.
Touring the Houston Museum of Natural Science's new Hall of Paleontology with its absolutely mind-boggling displays of more than 60 skeleton mounts is worth every cent of the $15 price, but sometimes it's simply not in the budget. Ditto the blockbuster shows at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and other cultural treasures in the area. On Museum District Day this Saturday, you can see the exhibits and collections for free. Eighteen museums are offering free general admission.
The Houston Museum of African American Culture is keeping things cool with a 30-ton multicolored ice sculpture commissioned for the exhibition "All Things Bert," a selection of work by internationally acclaimed artist Bert L. Long Jr. Over at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, actor James Faulkner performs the story of Trooper Tyrrell D. Biggs, a man who rose from slavery to become a brave and accomplished member of the famed all-black 10th Cavalry. Some locations, like the MFAH, have hands-on activities; others have giveaways scheduled.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Various locations. For information, visit the Museum District's website or call 713‑715-1939.
Catch Tejano legend and Grammy Award winner Sunny Ozuna at the Traders Village 6th Annual Fiestas Patrias celebration on Sunday. He'll be appearing with his group, the Sunliner Band, in a special show marking Mexican Independence Day. The program also includes folkloric ballet groups, more live music, food and family activities.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7979 North Eldridge Road. For information, visit the Traders Village website or call 281-890-5500.
Jef With One F, Adam Castañeda and David Clarke contributed to this post.
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