This Week's Day-by-Day Picks
Thursday, June 9
Who says highbrow intellectuals and other namby-pamby types have a lock on "culture"? Okay, make that "kulture," as swarms of hot-rodders, chopper-builders and tattoo artists converge on the convention center at the Park Plaza Hotel for the Live Fast: Kustom Kulture Show. The event is an ode to badass wheels and serious skin art, and this year's theme is "The Seven Deadly Sins." (Ladies, they're also looking for "Miss Live Fast," so if you consider yourself, um, fast, you know what to do.) Expect plenty of gluttony and lust (our two faves) at the party. Somewhere Ed "Big Daddy" Roth is smiling. 8 p.m. Show runs through Sunday, June 12. 8686 Kirby. For tickets and information, visit www.livefasttexas.com. $15.
Friday, June 10
Calling all indie-rock connoisseurs and environmental do-gooders: Brasil is having a Thrill Jockey party, and all the proceeds are going to Greenpeace. The seminal Chicago record label is celebrating the release of its new DVD, Looking for a Thrill, which contains five hours of interviews with 112 musicians, including Icelandic pop pixie Bjrk, legendary free-jazz drummer Hamid Drake and even members of the Jesus Lizard. Watch a screening of excerpts from the massive project at Brasil, where you also can pick up the DVD and check out a display of original artwork by some of the label's artists. Thrilling! 7 p.m. Continues at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17 and 24. 2604 Dunlavy. For information, call 713-528-1993. Free.
Saturday, June 11
What exactly is your pooch thinking while he's sniffing at that crotch? Bay Area artist Kerri Johnson ruminates on the question in her darkly humorous "Swamp Song," which opens today at Commerce Street Artists Warehouse. She drew pictures of a boy, a girl and some dogs on the walls of the space for her installation. In one series, a young girl enjoys a large piece of watermelon, while in another drawing, a young boy -- his pants around his ankles -- has his way with the fruit. Meanwhile, in another work, a dog sniffs a watermelon's redolent, gaping hole. "I've always felt young boys and dogs are alike in that way," says Johnson. "They can't control their sexuality." Speaking of dogs' sexuality, Johnson's Dog On Dog On Dog showcases what she thinks might be your pet's ultimate fantasy: a mutt mnage trois. "I was actually giggling while I was drawing it," she says. We're guessing you'll be giggling when you check out the doggy threesome at the show's opening, which runs today from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Exhibit runs through July 3. 2315 Commerce. For information, call 713-226-7897 or visit www.commercestreet.org. Free.
Sunday, June 12
These days, Disney may come off more like Microsoft than Magic Kingdom, but for 75 years the mouse house has been putting out movies, chock-full of all those naggingly catchy Disney songs, from "Bibbity-Bobbity-Boo" to "Hakuna Matata." Now, straight from Broadway, comes On the Record, a loosely framed revue that trots out dozens of the best-known songs from Disney films and then waits for the inevitable Pavlovian audience reaction, whether that's cheers or hives. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-629-3700 or visit www.broadwayacrossamerica.com. $20 to $66.
Monday, June 13
Ever since the studly JFK Jr. met his untimely end, Kennedy freaks have been looking for the clan's next young golden boy. Though he lacks the cuteness or even cutesy nickname (Rob-Rob, maybe?), the earnest Robert F. Kennedy Jr. seems to be stepping up to the plate. Kennedy is a veritable one-man environmental movement: He's senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, prosecutes polluters of the Hudson River and even hosts an eco-friendly show on Air America Radio. He'll appear today with Mayor Bill White at the first Progressive Forum -- a new series of talks -- to discuss local pollution issues and sign copies of his best-selling book, Crimes Against Nature. 7:30 p.m. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For tickets and information, call 713-315-2525 or visit www.thehobbycenter.org. $10 to $35.
Tuesday, June 14
Everyone has their favorite local happy-hour joint. But we're guessing even the most loyal wino would jump ship for Lounging Around at T'afia. At Monica Pope's critical darling of a restaurant (which Bon Apptit included in its coveted "Hot 50" list this year), you can lounge indoors or on the patio and enjoy free cocktail burgers, tuna and salmon sashimi, edamame and even Mediterranean purees -- like roasted garlic and goat cheese on soft, hand-cut rolls. All you foot the bill for is T'afia's creative cocktails. Imbibe creations like ratafias: fortified, infused wines. (We're intrigued by the tomato-and-garden-basil concoction, which boasts vodka, organic vanilla and sugar, wine and "whatever produce we have," says T'afia's Andrea Lazar.) Or chill outside and sip on a pomtini -- a pomegranate/blood orange martini. (Just be sure to spread the love and tip your waiter well.) Hang with the diverse Midtown crowd from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays at 3701 Travis. For information, call 713-524-6922 or visit www.tafia.com. Free.
Wednesday, June 15
Anyone who thinks lawyers aren't natural-born performers clearly has never met one. Now, more than 70 of 'em have teamed up for Night Court 2005: Legal Superheroes. The performance features local barristers taking the stage in a kooky musical comedy pitting good-guy lawyers (seriously?) against arch-villain attorneys (that's more like it) bent on world domination. You'll meet characters like Superman, the Governator, Wonderbra Woman and more -- all played by eight sitting (and dancing, we're guessing) local judges, county commissioner Sylvia Garcia, City Councilmember Mark Goldberg and a slew of attorneys (even the orchestra features solicitors). And lest you think all this is in the name of billable hours, proceeds go to the Houston Bar Foundation. 8 p.m. today through Saturday, June 18. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit www.hobbycenter.org. $21 to $28.
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