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"Organized Love: Ideas on Non-violence"

The African American Library at the Gregory School : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sat. until February 21; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu. until February 21

The civil rights movement in Texas, particularly in Houston, was markedly different from the movement in the rest of the country. The city had its own civil rights leaders — Barbara Jordan, Mickey Leland and the Reverend Bill Lawson among them. There were, however, no landmark events... More >>

River Oaks Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

War: What is it Good For?

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church Family Life Center : 7:30 p.m. January 27

Most news stories of war show only the tip of the iceberg as to the devastating effects of war, both on and off the battleground. Mark Buller’s War, What is it Good For? wants to show us what’s beneath the surface by combining music with war poetry. Buller selected texts from poets... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Music, Arts, Performing Arts

Paul Ramirez Band

Continental Club : 9:00 p.m. every Wed.; 9:00 p.m. January 28

Versatile Houston blues-rockers the Paul Ramirez Band's sets are mellow enough for a late-night lounge vibe, only pocked with heavier, Cream-like moments of pure jam and sometimes a cover of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In the Wall, Part 2" that heads straight to the planetarium. Now working on... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

DJ Wes Wallace

Numbers : 9:00 p.m. every Fri.; 9:00 p.m. January 30

There aren’t many places inside the Houston city limits where you can see a guy dressed up like a goth George Washington nursing a dirt cheap Long Island Iced Tea and shadow-dancing, but such is the reality at “Classic Numbers” every Friday at well, Numbers off Westheimer. The... More >>

Montrose Music

Big Ass Blues Jam

The Hideaway On Dunvale : 9:30 p.m. every Tue.; 9:30 p.m. January 27

We got to partake in the pleasure that is the Hideaway on Dunvale for steak night one Tuesday, and it included the magical blues stylings of Rick Lee & The Night Owls. Lee and his band do ZZ Top, Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King covers. The Hideaway is a ways out of the Inner Loop, but don't... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Music

Valentine's Day Beer & Chocolate Tasting

The Ginger Man Pub : 3:00 p.m. February 7

Save the date: The Ginger Man's annual Valentine's Day Beer & Chocolate Tasting will take place on Saturday, February 7 at 3 p.m. For $40 per person, you'll taste 8 of this season's best brews and chocolate pairings. Reserve your spot now, as seating is limited and this event sells out year... More >>

Kirby-West U Valentine's Day, Food and Drink

35th Annual Dance Month

Jewish Community Center : 7:00 p.m. January 25

This year marks the 35th annual Dance Month at the Jewish Community Center. This colorful event brings together prominent teachers, choreographers and performers. One of the high points of Dance Month is Four + Four, Celebration of Dance Concert, which features eight dynamic companies split... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Performing Arts, Dance, Arts

Rakim & EPMD

Arena Theatre : 8:00 p.m. January 31

After Bun B and Too $hort got 2015 started off right, the Arena keeps its classic-rap game super-tight with this pairing of Long Island lyrical heavyweights. Both acts rank among the essential artists of hip-hop’s “Golden Age” of the late ’80s and early ’90s, and... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Music

John Egan

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club : 8:00 p.m. every Mon.; 8:00 p.m. January 26

Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking over his grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver guitars that sting and snarl. Egan... More >>

Kirby-West U Music

“Prematurely Discarded: Photographs by Chuck Ramirez”

Octavia Art Gallery : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until February 25

A weathered broom leaning against a wall, an empty soda cup on the ground, a vase of slightly aged flowers. Rarely do we expect those objects to look back at us. Part pensive vanitas, part ready-made portraits, Chuck Ramirez’s photographs of mundane objects are rendered with the respect... More >>

Montrose Visual Art, Photography, Arts

“Samurai: The Way of the Warrior”

Houston Museum of Natural Science : 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily until September 7

Seven hundred years of Japanese history and tradition will be on display during the “Samurai: The Way of the Warrior” exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Composed of pieces from one of the most important private Samurai collections outside of Japan,... More >>

Kirby-West U Museum Exhibits and Events, History

Karen Russell

Wortham Theater Center : 7:30 p.m. January 26

NPR called novelist Karen Russell “arguably our greatest fantasist writing serious fiction today,” while People magazine said, “Karen Russell is a storyteller with a voice like no other.” In case you think all that’s just PR hype, you might want to note that... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Arts, Literary Events

Cloud Tectonics

Studio 101 : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until February 7; 8:00 p.m. February 2

Anibal de la Luna is a regular kind of guy who’s moved to Los Angeles in part to leave his Puerto Rican culture behind. On a rainy night he meets up with a pregnant hitchhiker, Celestina del Sol, who claims to be 54 (but looks much younger) and who says she’s been pregnant for two... More >>

Heights Theater, Arts

Shake Russell

McGonigel's Mucky Duck : 6:00 p.m. January 25

There was a time when Shake Russell could’ve run for mayor in Houston and probably finished with enough votes to shame both political parties. He might even have pulled a majority in Montrose and the Heights. For almost 30 years, Russell was a duo with Dana Cooper, and the pair... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Music

Deep Diver

Super Happy Fun Land : 8:00 p.m. February 10

With Paper Sparrow, Gwen Doll & the Somethin Somethins. More >>

East End Music

“Jorge Marín: Wings of the City”

Discovery Green Conservancy : 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily until February 8

Discovery Green adds a bit more excitement to the air when it becomes the temporary home to nine magnificent bronze sculptures by famed Mexican artist Jorge Marín. The exhibit, titled “Wings of the City,” brings not only the stunning statues — which are molded to... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Outdoors, Arts

Yonatan Gat

Walter's Downtown : 8:00 p.m. January 29

A few years back, one of the bands to see if you wanted a totally unhinged live performance was Monotonix, an extremely hairy group out of Israel whose concerts were known to end up with flaming guitars, knocked-over drums and all sorts of other mayhem. Volatile as they were, it’s no... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Kongos

Warehouse Live : 7:00 p.m. January 31

Accordions are scarce on the radio these days, but Kongos squeezed a huge hit from “Come With Me Now,” an enticing little number that wound up rivaling only Bastille’s “Bad Blood” and Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know” for alternative-radio... More >>

East End Music

Madame Butterfly

Wortham Theater Center : 2:00 p.m. January 25; 7:30 p.m. January 28; 7:30 p.m. January 31; 7:30 p.m. February 6; 2:00 p.m. February 8

The original Madame Butterfly was a two-act disaster that premiered in 1904. Composer Giacomo Puccini hauled it back in and rewrote extensively in time for another try later that year, and in the two years that followed, after another few revisions, came up with the three-hanky classic that... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Opera, Performing Arts, Arts, Theater

“Heart and Seoul: Growing up in Korea”

Children's Museum of Houston : 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun. until May 10; 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Thu. until May 10; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Fri., Sat. until May 10

The landmark exhibit “Heart and Seoul: Growing up in Korea” gets its world premiere at our own Children’s Museum of Houston. Put together by the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, this is a first-of-its-kind exploration of modern-day South Korea for kids. There... More >>

Third Ward Museum Exhibits and Events, Family Events

Analog Blitz!

Clutch City Squire : 9:00 p.m. every Wed.

DJ Danny Chingersen spins an eclectic mix of garage, New Wave, funk, protopunk, soul, dirty blues, glam, and more every Wednesday night during Analog Blitz! at friendly downtown bar Clutch City Squire, located in the happening Market Square area. Play the bar's Tommy pinball machine while... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Alan Haynes

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club : 9:00 p.m. January 31

Being a fairly well-known blues guitarist in Austin, Texas, is like being a retired old coot in Coral Springs, Florida. Who in town isn’t? But Alan Haynes stands out thanks to a tireless dedication to the blues and a résumé that’d make even the most well-established... More >>

Kirby-West U Music

Bruce Munro: Field of Light

Discovery Green Conservancy : 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily until February 8

It takes 42 people working in rotation over five days to place the 4,500 radiant glass spheres that make up Bruce Munro’s Field of Light installation at Discovery Green. Each sphere is set atop a thin, clear stem. Installed in the ground on either side of the Brown Promenade, under the... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Visual Art, Parks and Preserves, Outdoors, Arts

DJ Sun

The Flat : 9:00 p.m. every Mon.

DJ Sun isn't hard to find. He has a residency most evenings out of the week, either solo or with the crew from his long-running Saturday-night KPFT show Soular Grooves. As affable as he is industrious, in 20 years Sun has become a soft-spoken cornerstone of the Houston music community, often... More >>

Montrose Music

Free Radicals

AvantGarden : 10:00 p.m. every Mon.

Free Radicals is both Nick Cooper's revolving-door ensemble that at any given moment could be playing free jazz or Latin funk, and also Cooper's ongoing testimonial to how much he digs being a member of the Houston music community. He has so much experience at this point that he has very much... More >>

Montrose Music
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