World Oceans Day Festival
Stewart Beach Park
4 p.m. Thursday, free
As if you need a reason to go to the beach, June 8 is World Oceans Day, a U.N.-recognized celebration of all things aquatic that encourages you not only to appreciate the beauty of the sea, but also to take action on its behalf. Artist Boat is bringing this year’s “Our Oceans, Our Future”-themed festivities to Galveston, including a marine debris art contest and the musical stylings of Tom’s Fun Band. Plenty of local, regional and state organizations will also be on hand, like the Houston Zoo, FotoFest International and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Coastal Fisheries, with plenty to keep you busy.
"A Treatise on Love" by Ann Marie Vancas and "Whispers" by Maryam Lavaf Opening Reception
6 p.m. Thursday, free
The solo exhibits that grace the walls of SAMARA Gallery this month, from Houston-based artists Ann Marie Vancas and Maryam Lavaf, both feature work that has been inspired by sound and depict nature and human emotion in different but abstract ways. Vancas’s abstract surrealism, which she’s termed “sensuism,” is on display in “A Treatise on Love,” her paintings created by first matching music to her mood, choosing colors and then setting brush to canvas. Nature is a recurring theme in Lavaf’s art, and expect the pieces in “Whisper” to represent her connection to the elements of nature. The exhibits will be on view through July 8.
7 p.m. Friday, free
The “father of African cinema,” Ousmane Sembene was the first director from sub-Saharan Africa to make feature films, and those films did not shy away from controversial subjects like corruption, French colonialism and female genital mutilation. Jason Silverman co-directed this unflinching look at Sembene’s life with Samba Gadjigo, one of Sembene’s close friends and confidantes. Together they reveal a man who saw the power of giving Africans their own voice in cinema, and whose drive to make movies sometimes alienated him from his family, friends and principles. Following the screening, Houston Museum of African American Culture CEO John Guess will lead a talk-back with faculty from TSU and UH.
Never Again Lesson Two
7:30 p.m. Friday, free (suggested $10 donation)
Toni Leago Valle and 6 Degrees Dance present Never Again: Lesson Two, a piece that explores the current political landscape surrounding women, particularly in Texas, where more than 35 anti-abortion restrictions were proposed this session, some ending up in Texas’s latest sweeping anti-abortion law, SB 8. The lessons of Never Again together span women’s suffrage to Roe v. Wade to the Violence Against Women Act to today’s still-waging battles over women’s choice. Never Again: Lesson Two will be performed twice at Archway Gallery (Friday and Saturday, June 10) and Never Again: Lesson One and Lesson Three will premiere at The MATCH during Barnstorm Festival on June 15 and 17.
Pop Shop Houston Summer Festival
Silver Street Studios
10 a.m. Saturday, $8
Pop Shop Houston once again brings its two-day curated festival of handmade, vintage and one-of-a-kind items from more than 120 artists to Silver Street Studios. The indoor arts market also features art exhibits, live music, drinks, food (we hear The Burger Joint and Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream Co. will be there, among others), and a beauty bar manned by Milk + Honey Spa. Come early, because the first 50 through the door each day will get a goodie bag, and don’t miss the fashion show at 7 p.m. Saturday. The $8 admission is good all weekend, kids under 12 are free, and everyone is free Sunday after 3 p.m.