Top Five Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Señorita Cinema, Macbeth, the Hot Undies Run and More
Delusions of Grandeur by Iris Almarez
Texas's first all-Latina film festival, Señorita Cinema, returns this Friday for a weekend run with a variety of short and long flicks, all illuminating the female experience. Past installments in the festival have all been short films, founder Stephanie Saint Sanchez says, but this year, past SC winners return with their first full-length feature films, with entries from LA, Chicago and Puerto Rico, "and they are dynamite!
"Each screening has its own unique feeling to celebrate the diversity of the Latina experience," Saint Sanchez adds. "Friday night is a little wild," she says, with Delusions of Grandeur, a coming-of-age story about a girl who stops taking her psychiatric medication in San Francisco. Delusions filmmaker Iris Almarez provides her own homemade sangria for the screening. Houston poet laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda joins filmmaker Fanny Veliz at Sunday's screening of Homebound, filmed in El Campo.
See Delusions of Grandeur at 6:30 p.m. on Friday Rice Media Center, 6100 Main. Events continue at various locations through June 9. For information, visit the festival's website. $10 to $50.
Photo by Lynn Lane
Actor Philip Lehl says, "It's one of those challenges that any actor can measure themselves by. It's a great play and if you can do it well, then you've done something." What he's talking about is Macbeth, the final offering of this season by Stark Naked Theatre and opening on Friday. Theater co-founders Lehl and wife Kim Tobin will play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (their first time acting together in a while), and David Matranga, who's been all over Houston's stages this season (even opera), will take on the role of the avenging Macduff.
Thanks to a prophecy from a trio of witches and with the urging of his ambitious wife, the vacillating Macbeth finally decides to kill King Duncan, taking Scotland's throne for himself. Worse, he does it in his own home, breaking all sorts of hospitality rules. Things go further downhill as Macbeth props up his regime with tyranny and more death. But actions have ramifications, and both he and his wife are assailed by guilt and paranoia (cue the Lady's famous sleepwalking scene). "The subject matter is extremely timely right now. The subject of greed and selfishness, the ability to see past greed and ambition," Tobin says. Or as Matranga puts it: "Why it is that people make the choices and decisions that they make? Where does ambition and greed and power become the overarching need?"
And then there's the whole fate and superstition angle. Macbeth was already respected as a general and commander, Matranga says, when he encounters the witches. "I wonder for Macbeth what his trajectory would have been had he not run into the witches and had they not said, 'Hey, this is what you're going to be.'" An art exhibit, "Haunted," accompanies the show.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. June 17. Through June 22. Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring. For information, call 832-866-6514 or visit the company's website. Pay-what-you-can to $20.
Photo by Abrahan Garza
Summer's here, and heralding our communal urge to start stripping off stifling layers of clothing is the 2013 Hot Undies Run, where the briefs are briefer. Every body type in any attire -- or lack thereof -- is welcome to join Brian O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub's two-mile pub trot (with beer) in West University on Saturday. "The beauty of this run is that the costumes have as much breadth as Houstonians themselves," says Muscular Dystrophy Association's fundraising coordinator, Katy Manning. "And we've seen it all! Our only rule is: no thongs allowed!" Costume contest winners last year were a group of men (un)dressed like Magic Mike characters, with others attired as runaway brides, superheroes, cheetahs "and two girls in black tube tops that mimicked censor bars," Manning adds.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 5555 Morningside Dr. For information, call 713-522-1426 or visit the event's website. $35 to $40.
Expect to do some heavy lifting at Suchu Dance's BOSK on Saturday. No, not the kind where you pick up dancers. (Although choreographer/company artistic director Jennifer Wood tells us one company dancer has the body mass index of Styrofoam and could be easily tossed around.) No, audience members are expected to fill in bits of the BOSK story line. "I don't really like telling people what to think and what to feel," Wood tells us. "I'd much rather present something and let people get whatever they want out of it. Maybe that's a new way to move or a new combination of elements. Maybe it's just something they haven't seen before." Or, as is the case here, maybe it's a contemporary dance work where the performers wear antlers.
The word "bosk" has traditionally meant a small wood or forest. More recently it's come to be used to describe an apathetic person. (If you think the dancers in antlers indicate this work is about a small forest, think again. This is Suchu Dance and Jennifer Wood, remember? Everything's open to interpretation.)
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Through June 22. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston. For information, visit the company's website. Pay-what-you-can.
Harry Shunk and Janos Kender's Leap into the Void is among the 180 works seen in "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," our pick for Sunday. Yasufumi Nakamori, curator for the show, says French artist Yves Klein, seen diving from the second story of a building into an empty street below, is known for his role in the Nouveau Réalisme movement. What's less well-known is Klein's time studying with a judo master in Japan. "The famous picture is related to his involvement in the sport," Nakamori tells us. "It is made up of two photographs: one where he jumped from the second floor of a judo studio waiting to be caught by nine guys (who were presumably his fellow judo wrestlers) holding a big sheet of cloth in a street, and the other a photograph of the same location without any of the guys or the artist. If you enlarge the final photograph of his jumping, you can trace where the two base photographs were joined."
"Faking It" is the first major exhibition dedicated to the long history of photographic manipulation, which Nakamori says reaches back to the earliest days of photography. "I was surprised to learn...how widely relatively simple manipulations -- such as multiple exposure...using multiple negatives...hand coloring and retouching -- have been used by a wide range of photographers from a very early point in the history of photography, and that their desires to manipulate an image and construct an alternative truth have been continued since then."
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through August 25. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7500 or visit the museum's website. Free to $13.
Nancy Ford and Margaret Downing contributed to this post.
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