It's not exactly Christmas in July, seeing as Christmas has passed, but it is summer-ish in January. Seeing as how the weather is giving us a break from frostbite, it allows us to take advantage of the nearly 80 degree weather to get out and view what Houston has to offer. Early in the lineup you have a meet and greet with a veteran and author, Brad Taylor, and to celebrate the Texans' miraculous win that takes them into the next playoff round, head to the Super Bowl Touchdown Tour this Saturday at Alief Park. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more than $10 — and eight of them are free! Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.
Author Brad Taylor Meet and Greet
Murder By The Book
6:30 p.m. Friday, Free
Brad Taylor will sign and discuss his latest novel, Ring of Fire (Dutton; $27). Born in Okinawa, Japan, but raised in Texas, Taylor graduated from the University of Texas. He served more than 20 years in the U.S. Army. He's making his return to Texas this Friday; pick up your own hardback copy of this book by Taylor and enjoy an evening of literary talk and book signing.
Friday the 13th
9 p.m. Friday, $5
Avoid walking under ladders, avoid crossing a black cat and definitely do not break any mirrors this Friday. Not because of superstition, but because they're all distractions from the lineup that gets your weekend started. On the set list, Notsuoh has two of your favorite local DJs, Houston music scene veterans John Plus and Carlos Pozo, as well as Sandy Ewen (a visual artist and experimental guitar player). All playing: IDM, modern bass music, hip-hop, electro, Britpop and plenty more sounds this Friday.
Superstitious? Let's hope not, but just in case, don't get caught alone when all bad-luck omens are on red alert. Notsuoh has a lineup to keep you distracted from stepping on any cracks, going under any ladders or crossing any black cats. The club's Friday the 13th lineup includes two DJs, artists John Plus and Carlos Pozo two music veterans of the Houston music scene; and amongst the men on the set list is Sandy Ewen: visual artist, architect and electric guitar player. Set your ears for IDM, modern bass music, hip-hop and many more this Friday.
Super Bowl Touchdown Tour
Alief Community Park
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Free
The Touchdown Tour is making its next stop at Alief Community Park this Saturday and you're invited to come and enjoy for free. After several visits around the city, it's winding down before the big game next month on February 5. Come out and get into the NFL spirit with free games, exhibits, food and fun for the whole family.
The Market at Sawyer Yards
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Free
The Market at Sawyer Yards debuted just last year and has since become a recurring event the second Saturday of every month. The curated local artisans market offers a variety of goods to be picked up and taken home for a lovely addition to your own gallery wall. Attend this market and grab your own original piece of artwork or local specialty foods.
Floyd Newsum - Opening Reception
Nicole Longnecker Gallery
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Free
His work is on view at Washington's National Museum of African American History and Culture, but save yourself a trip and come see it at the Nicole Longnecker Gallery. The artist's self-described style is heavily hued by black and white, with specific hints of gray and color. Come view his whimsical works, now through February 18.
Marco's Pizza Grand Opening in League City
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Free
Check out the new Marco's Pizza in League City this weekend. To celebrate, a grand opening event will be held on January 15. The afternoon will include free pizza, a live DJ, face painting and a bounce house for the kids, and a raffle for free pizza for a year.
MATCH Family Fun Day
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Free
Join the MATCH, the hottest new downtown venue, for its second Annual Family Fun Day and experience one of Houston's exciting new arts centers. Enjoy a range of activities for children: music by DJ Beetlejuice, chalk and balloon artists, magic show by magician Robby Bennett at 1:30 p.m., face painters and stilt walkers.
MLK Day Audio Installation
11 a.m. Monday, Free
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday at the Rothko Chapel. Enjoy the audio installation provided free of charge with listening at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Then, when the clock strikes 5:30 p.m., the Rothko Chapel will have an unveiling as the "Broken Obelisk" sculpture is returned to its rightful place. With several audio hearings throughout the day. you have no excuse to catch the eloquent delivery of Martin Luther King Jr.
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V for Vendetta Screening
8 p.m. Monday, Free
First things first — the Rec Room bar is now open. That is big, and to accompany the bar menu, you have your choice from the 19 Days in January lineup to view any of the movies being screened, after which you're welcome to stick around and break down the key elements of Monday's screening, V for Vendetta. Grab a craft beer, because now you can, and watch Natalie Portman fall in love with a mad masked man with a heart of gold.
Body Worlds Rx Exhibit
The Health Museum
1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, $10
The Health Museum hits the mark with this world-renowned exhibit. View your body inside and out after the effects of long-term smoking, drinking or clean living. Give yourself the motivation you need to skip the hot wings but grab a juice instead after viewing what your arteries look like when treated with love versus those that have been weathered through avoidable lifestyle choices. Body Worlds Rx is one of those most interesting exhibits that are not to be missed.