Last Chance For Art: Shows Closing This Weekend

Arafat & I
Arafat & I

The Houston Palestine Film Festival finishes it's run this weekend and there are still plenty of great films left to see. Today's schedule includes People Not Places, a new music video by Invincible for which she'll be in attendance. There's also Memory of the Cactus, a documentary about the 1967 destruction of Palestinian villages in the West Bank and their displaced populations, and War of 33. Saturday's especially exciting because director Mahdi Fleifel will be introduce the screening of his short film Arafat & I, about an engaged couple and their troubles. There's also a screening of the feature Pomegranates and Myrrh. Promoters promise "great films, food, music and ... homemade olive oil." Rice Media Center, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-4853 or visit www.hpff.org. $7.

On stage, Working the Musical wraps up its run at Ace Theatre. Based on the Studs Turkel book Working, the show features the stories of workers from every walk of life including  parking attendant, a sailor and a waitress, among others. Working has been called "glorious," "moving" and "terrifically original." It's also a lot of fun. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. ACE Theatre, 17011 Bamwood. For information, call 281-587-1020 or visit www.acetheatre.org. $15 to $20.

The exhibit "Creating Space City, USA" is packed up after this weekend. "It's not about how the rockets work, but about the cultural history of NASA," Exhibit Coordinator Ginger Berni told us. "The focus of the exhibit is...what it meant for Houston when NASA announced that they were going to be building the manned spacecraft center here." So, along with the expected moon rocks (sorry, these are replicas -- the real things require an armed guard 24/7), and Apollo-era training equipment, the exhibit includes information about the neighborhood where the first NASA astronauts and scientists lived, along with souvenirs given out to the public. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby. For information, call 713-655-1912 or visit www.heritagesociety.org. Free.

The exhibit "Creating Space City, USA" is packed up after this weekend. "It's not about how the rockets work, but about the cultural history of NASA," Exhibit Coordinator Ginger Berni told us. "The focus of the exhibit is...what it meant for Houston when NASA announced that they were going to be building the manned spacecraft center here." So, along with the expected moon rocks (sorry, these are replicas -- the real things require an armed guard 24/7), and Apollo-era training equipment, the exhibit includes information about the neighborhood where the first NASA astronauts and scientists lived, along with souvenirs given out to the public. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby. For information, call 713-655-1912 or visit www.heritagesociety.org. Free.


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