Ten Things to Do in Houston for $10 or Less (Six Free), March 16-22

Did you know that Texian families fled eastward during the Runaway Scrape of 1836 and immigrant German settlers trekked westward to new farms along the north bank of the bayou in the 1840s? Hear more of H-town's history during this noon lecture.EXPAND
Did you know that Texian families fled eastward during the Runaway Scrape of 1836 and immigrant German settlers trekked westward to new farms along the north bank of the bayou in the 1840s? Hear more of H-town's history during this noon lecture.
Photo courtesy of Dan Worrall

Short on cash but long on entertainment? No worries, because we've got the 411 on how to have fun this week without breaking the bank. With the news coming out of Washington, we've been taking a closer look at the marginalization of Americans, so it comes as no surprise that these themes are showing up in arts and culture. Author Patricia Bernstein documents a time when the Ku Klux Klan numbered in the millions, the Holocaust Museum has a lecture about inmate physicians in concentration camps and a local historian uncovers the fact that newly freed African-Americans walked east toward Houston from Brazos River plantations after emancipation. 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.

Beneath Houston Streets: Upper Buffalo Bayou & the San Felipe Trail in the 19th Century
The Heritage Society
Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Free to $5

We weren't the first settlers in Houston, nor is there much physical evidence about those adventurers who first set up camp along the Buffalo Bayou. Now fifth generation Houstonian Dan Michael Worrall – who has been working on a project to bring historical markers to key spots in Harris County – will reveal some of H-Town's secrets during the next Jerry & Marvy Finger Lecture Series. Learn how ox wagons full of cotton rolled east to Harrisburg, early European settlers set up camp at Piney Point, and Reconstruction-era cowboys assembled longhorn cattle near present-day Shepherd Drive.

Untitled #15 (detail), by Gael Stack, is on view in "Untitled (Tinies)" at Moody Gallery. Don't miss the artist reception this Thursday.EXPAND
Untitled #15 (detail), by Gael Stack, is on view in "Untitled (Tinies)" at Moody Gallery. Don't miss the artist reception this Thursday.
Photo courtesy of the artist and Moody Gallery

Gael Stack, "Untitled (Tinies)"
Moody Gallery
5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, free

No stranger to art, Gael Stack has been painting for 40 years, and about six years ago the University of Texas Press published the first retrospective monograph of her career. Her abstracts use fragments of words and images applied in layers, allowing the past and the present to interact and rise to the surface, similar to our own perceptions and memories. Her work has been exhibited at notable institutions, including The Menil Collection, but we'll get a chance to view 16 new (and tiny) oil paintings over at Moody Gallery on Colquitt's Gallery Row. There's an artist talk at 5:30 p.m., and the exhibit remains up through April 13.

Local author Patricia Bernstein (The First Waco Horror: The Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP) lives in Bellaire and was startled to come across this 1921 photograph of an initiation that took place in a cow pasture in Bellaire.EXPAND
Local author Patricia Bernstein (The First Waco Horror: The Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP) lives in Bellaire and was startled to come across this 1921 photograph of an initiation that took place in a cow pasture in Bellaire.
Author photo by Shannon Langman

Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan book signing
Brazos Bookstore
7 p.m. Friday, free

During the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan numbered in the millions and had infiltrated both politics and law enforcement, making it a catch-22 for anybody trying to right their horrific wrongs. One courageous man — a 29-year-old Texas district attorney — demonstrated that Klansmen could, in fact, be punished for taking the law into their own hands. Dan Moody convicted and won significant prison time for five Klansmen during a tense 1923 courtroom battle in Georgetown, Texas; that early triumph made headline news and Moody went on to become the youngest governor of Texas at the age of 33. Houston author Patricia Bernstein documented this brutal chapter in America's history, and will be on hand to discuss and sign copies of her book at Brazos Bookstore.

Next Iteration Theater Company presents Turquoise, a "three plays in one" production by Deb Margolin with themes of memory, love, symbiosis and mortality.EXPAND
Next Iteration Theater Company presents Turquoise, a "three plays in one" production by Deb Margolin with themes of memory, love, symbiosis and mortality.
Photo by dianne k. webb

Turquoise by Deb Margolin
The MATCH
3 p.m. Sunday, pay what you can starting at $10

Obie Award-winning playwright Deb Margolin twists dialogue and scenes about memory into fast-paced banter in Turquoise, a "three plays in one" evening that tells the story of love, symbiosis and mortality through the eyes of an aging married couple, a pair of teenage boys, and a pianist who forgets everything after seven seconds. Hello, stranger. It's presented in Houston by Next Iteration Theater Company and directed by dianne k. webb. Performances are scheduled March 17 through April 1, so check the calendar for several add-ons including talk-backs, American Sign Language accompaniment and a pair of industry nights. This one's pay what you can, with tickets beginning at $10; if you like what you see, though, consider supporting productions like this and meet or exceed the suggested $25 price.

Find bargains under the stars this Saturday night at Discovery Green.
Find bargains under the stars this Saturday night at Discovery Green.
Photo by Katya Horner

Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy®
Discovery Green
6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, free

It's picking season again, but not all the bargains are out in the country. Head downtown for some good old-fashioned treasure-hunting among the vintage, handmade, recycled, repurposed and renewed junque at Flea by Night. One man's trash is another man's treasure, so come see what local artists and makers have done to up the value of these objets d'art.



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