Ten Things to Do in Houston for $10 or Less (Six Free), April 27-May 3
Sleek and sexy is on display when the Corvette Owners Club of Houston returns to Sugar Land Town Square this Saturday.
Get outside and enjoy this time of year because we've got plenty of awesome things to do on a budget: From sleek and sexy Corvettes, to a visit by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to a walking tour of six museums, it's all going down this week in Houston and surrounding areas. Plus, don't miss a visit by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp; we know him as John Sandford with his bestselling, so creepy you can't put the book down, "Prey" series. 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.
Not content to dwell on the past, Space City Performing Arts showcases the art of percussion and explores what can be experienced in the future.
Photo by Joshua J. Gutierrez, Digital Media/Marketing Coordinator for Space City Performing Arts
Space City Performing Arts
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, $10
Global percussion music is the name of the game for this Houston-based music organization. Some will remember their inaugural project, Space City Gamelan, which debuted at TEDxHouston in 2012. Last time they stepped onto the stage over at Rec Room, percussionists performed works by Mike Mulshine and Steve Reich. Here's your chance to hear clapping music and futuristic elements with a world-view twist.
Works by artists (clockwise from top left) Adee Roberson, Christina Coleman, Kadara Enyeasi, Kari Orvik and Rabea Ballin will be auctioned at DiverseWorks.
Photo courtesy of DiverseWorks
Wura-Natasha Ogunji: House of Wahala
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, free (preview)
8 p.m. Friday, free (tickets are required)
Visual and performance artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji is importing some Austin weird, while also paying tribute to her Nigerian roots, as she reinvents the lucrative art market with this evening of spectacle, humor and political debate. Yes, guests can (and should) bid on art from more than 25 international and Texas-based artists, but at least we know the money goes directly to the artists. Come early to view the art at 7 p.m. this Friday, then strap yourself in for the ride of your life as sound artist Emeka Ogboh provides the evening's soundtrack on this "flip the script" evening of wahala (meaning trouble in Nigerian pidgin).
It's amazing what one artist can do with wood, wine bottles and water. His Truth is Marching On by Paul Ramírez Jonas is on view in "Atlas, Plural, Monumental" at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Work is courtesy of the Dikeou Collection, Denver.
Photo courtesy of the artist and Galeria Nara Roesler.
Opening Reception for "Atlas, Plural, Monumental"
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, free
Contemporary American artist Paul Ramírez Jonas has followed in the footsteps of great inventors, going so far as to reproduce the kites designed by Alexander Graham Bell and Joseph Lecornu. But he did it his way, strapping on cameras and re-engineered alarm clocks to snap his picture on the ground as he flew the kites. For his water-filled wine bottle sculpture shown above, visitors can tap the bottles with a mallet to play a rendition of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." It's the first survey exhibition in the Americas for Jonas over at CAMH, and you can count on a few other pieces that invite viewer participation. "Atlas, Plural, Monumental" is on view April 29 through August 6.
This Saturday, enjoy free gallery admission to Asia Society Texas Center's "Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art."
Photo by Paul Hester
Museum Experience Zone 2
Asia Society Texas Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Czech Center, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of African American Culture
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, free to $12
Put on your walking shoes for a super-sized helping of culture, because the museums in Zone 2 are opening their doors for a daylong celebration of art and history. Check out the Japanese bamboo art at Asia Society (free), view historical re-enactments at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum ($3 to $5), participate in egg painting at the Czech Center ($3 to $5), make your own polymer clay sculpture at HCCC (free) and view a pair of amazing exhibits over at HMAAC (free). For a high-tech, futuristic experience, don't miss the artificial-intelligence avatar of a Holocaust survivor and ask the hologram questions at the Holocaust Museum ($8 to $12). Times vary, visit the Houston Museum District Association website for details.
The Corvette Owners Club of Houston takes over Sugar Land Town Square this Saturday.
13th Annual Spring Charity Corvette Car Show
Sugar Land Town Square
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, free
Do you have an eye for style? Come view the more than 100 Corvettes on view and enter your pick for the People's Choice Award. There's a lot at stake, and the judges are awarding both arms and cash for their favorites: first place winner nets a 9mm Walter Model PPSM2 handgun, second place finisher gets $300 cash and third place earns $200 cash. The men and women who keep these vehicles in tip top shape also have an agenda; they're raising money for the Fort Bend Rainbow Room and The Arc of Greater Houston.
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