Ten Things to Do in Houston for $10 or Less (Eight Free), March 30-April 5

Everybody's a street artist with this larger-than-life, interactive, paint-by-numbers mural by local creative Dandee Warhol. It's all part of the fun at the Heartmade Art Market this Saturday at downtown's Main Street Square.EXPAND
Everybody's a street artist with this larger-than-life, interactive, paint-by-numbers mural by local creative Dandee Warhol. It's all part of the fun at the Heartmade Art Market this Saturday at downtown's Main Street Square.
Photo by Morris Malakoff

Pop artist, curator and art gallery owner Dandee Warhol takes paint-by-numbers to new heights with an interactive mural project at this Saturday's downtown art market. It's just one of the many ways to have free fun outdoors this weekend; we've also got the pepperoni-hawking one-man-band Alex Meixner ("pep-pepperoni"), Sunday afternoon games at Discovery Green, and Footloose, The Musical. 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.

With its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score and augmented by new songs for the stage, Footloose, The Musical comes to the hill. Shown are Caleb Han, Cameron Mills, Miles Marmolejo, Mia Heckler, Kennedy Haygood, Payton Russell and Carolyn Cox.EXPAND
With its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score and augmented by new songs for the stage, Footloose, The Musical comes to the hill. Shown are Caleb Han, Cameron Mills, Miles Marmolejo, Mia Heckler, Kennedy Haygood, Payton Russell and Carolyn Cox.
Photo courtesy of HITS Theatre

Footloose, The Musical
Miller Outdoor Theatre
8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, free
Continuing 8 p.m. April 6-8, free

Everybody cut loose, because six degrees of Kevin Bacon brings us to the hill when HITS Theatre, H-town's incubator to the stars, presents two weekends of the toe-tapping Footloose, The Musical. Returning to the limelight is 17-year-old Mia Heckler; it's her eighth show at Miller and this time she plays preacher's daughter Ariel. She gets all googly-eyed over new kid in town Ren, this time played by Miles Marmolejo. You know the rest: Small town steps out of the '50s and realizes that dancing isn't the devil's work after all.

Margaret Burnham, professor of law and African-American studies at Northeastern University School of Law, is the keynote speaker on the first day of this three-day symposium on human rights and the criminal justice system.
Margaret Burnham, professor of law and African-American studies at Northeastern University School of Law, is the keynote speaker on the first day of this three-day symposium on human rights and the criminal justice system.
Photo courtesy of the Rothko Chapel

An Act of Justice: Undoing the Legacy of Mass Incarceration
Rothko Chapel
7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, free
8:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, free
8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, free

Netflix regulars will by now have caught the documentary 13th, by director Ava DuVernay, which offers up a soupçon of conspiracy theories about how exactly our country came to lead the world in incarceration. If this topic is of concern to you, or you have family behind bars, then consider attending this cerebral three-day symposium that explores human rights and the criminal justice system. Don't miss the powerful virtual reality experience that places viewers inside a U.S. solitary confinement prison cell. This event is free but reservations are requested; contact Kelly Johnson at 713-524-9839 or kelly.johnson@rothkochapel.org.

Do black holes have the potential to serve as time portals? Come see for yourself in this filmmaking and physics mash-up at 14 Pews; science-fiction is closer than you think.EXPAND
Do black holes have the potential to serve as time portals? Come see for yourself in this filmmaking and physics mash-up at 14 Pews; science-fiction is closer than you think.
Photo courtesy of 14 Pews

How to Build a Time Machine
14 Pews
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, free to $10

Mua ha ha! Mad scientists run amok in this upgrade to H.G. Wells' 1895 novel. Animator Rob Niosi, admittedly fixated on the time-machine prop, joins forces with theoretical physicist Ron Mallett, who is convinced that black holes are the gateway to time travel. Mix in a little archival material and Jay Cheel weaves it all together to produce this entertaining exploration of cinema as a gateway to the fourth dimension. Insider tip: Pay at the door and get in for a ten-spot, or become a member and get in for free.

Willkommen, y'all. The Tomball German Heritage Festival offers three days of German and ethnic food, fun and frolicking.EXPAND
Willkommen, y'all. The Tomball German Heritage Festival offers three days of German and ethnic food, fun and frolicking.
Photo by Kathy Haas

Tomball German Heritage Festival
Old Town Tomball Near the Historical Train Depot Plaza
6 to 10 p.m. Friday, free
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, free
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, free

Break out those lederhosen and dirndls, because everybody's German during the last weekend in March in Tomball. Grammy-nominated musician and producer Alex Meixner, the accordion-playing, drum-beating, horn-blowing one-man band who marches in circles for Hormel pepperoni on TV, is one of the headliners. If that doesn't make you smile, the ethnic and festival food, beer, wine, street vendors and pony rides will. Extroverts will want to get in on the chicken-dance contest, the hollerin' contest and the best-dressed German contest.

The Heartmade Art Market returns to downtown Houston with works by more than 40 local artists, crafters and creatives.
The Heartmade Art Market returns to downtown Houston with works by more than 40 local artists, crafters and creatives.
Photo courtesy of Anvil Cards

Heartmade Art Market
Main Street Square
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, free

The artists behind Anvil Cards say they make cards because cards make people happy. That makes sense to us, and fits right in with the other exhibitors at the Heartmade Art Market, all of whom design for happiness. Come check out this downtown art market and see what Dandelion Glass Art, Fuzzy Grapefruit, Two Cats (in a bag), Moo-chila and other creative locals have been up to lately. Park at McKinney Place Garage, take the free Greenlink circulator, or hop on METRO's Red Line and get off at Main Street Square.



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