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Top Five Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: "Day of the Dead Rock Stars," The Paul Taylor Dance Company, and More

There's a twist to this year's "Dead Flowers: Day of the Dead Rock Stars" exhibit, one of our picks for Friday. Printmaker and artist Carlos Hernandez, who launched the series seven years ago as a solo show, invited other artists to participate for the 2013 installment. Julia Curan, Tom Huck and Sean Starwars among others, contributed portraits. While each artist worked around the same theme -- homage to dead musicians using Day of the Dead-style art -- Hernandez says viewers should expect more than skulls and skeletons. "There's a really wide variety to the styles you'll see. It all ties together really well, but you can tell these are several different artists, each with their own style and [sensibility]." Hernandez has only one piece in the show, a portrait of Roy Orbison called El Roy.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through January 30. Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth. For information, call 713‑526‑9272 or visit the Cactus Music website. Free.

Parenthood is pretty simple, according to comedian/actor Thea Vidale, our second pick for Friday. "Teenagers come with this disease called 'entitlement,'" the former Houstonian quips onstage. "They think they're entitled to stuff. But I have an inoculation that you can buy from me. It's a wooden spoon and some ads for a job."

Armed with her trademark super-long ninja fingernails, Vidale first found audiences in the 1980s on Houston's far-flung comedy club stages such as FM 1960's Good Humor Bar and local comedy king Danny Martinez's I-45 South-based Comedy Showcase. New owners Rachel Wegscheid and Becky and Ken Reed recently converted the Comedy Showcase into the Joke Joint. They present Vidale for five shows this weekend, complete with those legendary nails and that unapologetic sass. Like many breakout comedians in the 1990s, Vidale starred in her own network television sitcom, appropriately titled Thea. Though Vidale did not enjoy the blistering success of female stand-up contemporaries of that era like Roseanne and Ellen, she nonetheless has become the queen of cameos, reliably popping up in small roles in vehicles ranging from Ugly Betty to the World Wrestling Federation's Raw.

8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 11460 Fuqua. For information, call 281-481-1188 or visit the Joke Joint Comedy Showcase website. $16.



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