Ten Things to Do in Houston for $10 or Less (Nine Free), April 6-12

The Send-Off, by Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan, follows the teenagers of Pahokee, Florida, as they get haircuts, apply makeup and dress up for one of the biggest nights of the year: prom night. It's one of the award-winning shorts being screened this Thursday at Aurora Picture Show.
The Send-Off, by Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan, follows the teenagers of Pahokee, Florida, as they get haircuts, apply makeup and dress up for one of the biggest nights of the year: prom night. It's one of the award-winning shorts being screened this Thursday at Aurora Picture Show.
Photo by Patrick Bresnan

Money doesn't grow on trees, so we're always on the lookout for fun things to do on a budget. This week we've got a flick about going all-out for prom, a sneak peek at the art cars, a brand-spanking-new festival in Missouri City, LEGO® fun at Rice and a celebration of the official state flower of Texas: bluebonnets. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more than $10 — and nine of them are free! Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.

Sneak Peek at Discovery Green and Avenida Houston gives us an up close look at the wacky ways artists have turned automobiles into art.EXPAND
Sneak Peek at Discovery Green and Avenida Houston gives us an up close look at the wacky ways artists have turned automobiles into art.
© Photo by Morris Malakoff

Sneak Peek
Discovery Green and Avenida Houston
6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, free

Open wide and say "aaah." Believe it or not, the interiors of the art cars are sometimes just as elaborate (and wacky) as the exteriors. Come get a sneak peek at more than 100 of the entries for this year's Houston Art Car Parade in a reversal of fortune; here the cars are parked and the public gets to parade around and look inside, talk to the artists, and enjoy the live music by Kermit Ruffins. Bring cash for food and drinks for this collaboration with parade presenter Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.

The Send-Off takes place in the small town of Pahokee, Florida, following the young men and women of the “Winter Vegetable Capital of the World” as they get ready for prom night. After premiering at Sundance, the film won the prize for Grand Jury Award for Best Texas Short during that year’s South By Southwest Film Festival.EXPAND
The Send-Off takes place in the small town of Pahokee, Florida, following the young men and women of the “Winter Vegetable Capital of the World” as they get ready for prom night. After premiering at Sundance, the film won the prize for Grand Jury Award for Best Texas Short during that year’s South By Southwest Film Festival.
Photo by Patrick Bresnan

Texas Filmmakers Night
Aurora Picture Show
8 p.m. Thursday, free

Film buffs and aficionados of the Lone Star State will want to check out the best of the best in this trio of award-winning Texas-made shorts. There's The Send-Off by Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan (about Pahokee prom night), Carne Seca by Jazmin Diaz (imagine having to sell a cooler of beef by sunset) and 1985 by Yen Tan (a dying man tries to conceal his illness from his estranged mother). All three shorts received grants from the Austin Film Society, which co-presents Texas Filmmakers Night with the Houston Film Commission. Wannabe filmmakers should arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for a grant-writing workshop with AFS's artist services manager, Iliana Sosa.

Come check out a full day of music, art and food at the inaugural MCTX Fest.EXPAND
Come check out a full day of music, art and food at the inaugural MCTX Fest.
Graphic courtesy of the City of Missouri City

MCTX Fest
5855 Sienna Spring Way, City of Missouri City
Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, free

It's the first of its kind, but we suspect it won't be the last. View work by local artisans while strolling through the art market and taste food from Ford Bend eateries. Jam to tunes by headliners Blue Water Highway, Griffin House, A. Sinclair and Cari Q. They'll be joined by Bourbon Street the Band and Campfire Soul. It's a full day of fun and, before it's over, you'll soon realize why the City of Missouri City is dubbed the "Show Me City."

Entertainer and funny girl KiKi Maroon is on deck for this evening of laughter at the second iteration of the Laughs for the Ladies Comedy Show.EXPAND
Entertainer and funny girl KiKi Maroon is on deck for this evening of laughter at the second iteration of the Laughs for the Ladies Comedy Show.
Photo by Imagining Studios

Laughs for the Ladies Comedy Show
Pearl Lounge
8:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, $10

Local funny girl Liz Padjen is the mastermind behind this evening of laughs, and for her second time at bat she's hosting a great lineup that includes headliner Crystal Powell and local comics KiKi Maroon, Katie McGee, Roxxy Haze, Kathryn Way and Stacy Anderson. The show does cater to a female audience, but men are always welcome. Be sure to stay through till the end; they're holding a raffle for a pair of tickets to the upcoming Yellow Rose Comedy Festival slated for May 12-13. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Darkness and Light, a screen-printed oil and wax on linen over panel by Dorothea Van Camp, is on view in the “In The Hearts of Men" exhibit at Nicole Longnecker Gallery. Also on view are works by Cathie Kayser in “Katabasis: A Descent."
Darkness and Light, a screen-printed oil and wax on linen over panel by Dorothea Van Camp, is on view in the “In The Hearts of Men" exhibit at Nicole Longnecker Gallery. Also on view are works by Cathie Kayser in “Katabasis: A Descent."
Photo courtesy of the artist and Nicole Longnecker Gallery

Dorothea Van Camp, "In The Hearts of Men"
Cathie Kayser, "Katabasis: A Descent"

Nicole Longnecker Gallery
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, free

Houston-based artist Cathie Kayser was inspired by Jung and grabbed onto the word "katabasis," meaning a descent into the underworld. She'll be showing new works that reflect an underlying structure and also convey their own narrative. She's sharing the spotlight with Bostonian Dorothea Van Camp, who, after November's election, felt compelled to make portraits of hearts: black hearts, pure hearts, complicated hearts and vacuous hearts. Come meet the artists at this opening reception and, if you just can't make it, the exhibits remain up through May 13.



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