Don’t ever say there’s not something for everyone here in Houston. This week alone, we have a wide range of activities for you, whether you want to go to the Green for Pixar, would like a side of psychoanalysis with your movie, or do a little grape-stomping in Brenham. Or how about sitting in on a poetry reading, or maybe listening to a serious conversation about race? Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more than $10 — and nine of them are free! Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.
Emma in the Night book signing
Murder by the Book
6:30 p.m. Thursday, free
After disappearing with her sister Emma three years earlier, Cass Tanner returns home, telling of an argument she had with Emma, who was pregnant and running away; of a couple who said they wanted to help Emma, but Cass realized had ulterior motives; how both girls had been taken and held on a mysterious island in Maine ever since. It’s quite the story, and one that FBI forensic psychiatrist Abby Winter finds suspicious, especially in light of the girls’ emotionally manipulative mother, in Wendy Walker’s new thriller, Emma in the Night. Publishers Weekly says, “Walker’s portrayal of the ways in which a narcissistic, self-involved mother can affect her children deepens the plot as it builds to a shocking finale.”
Film and Psychoanalysis: Capote
The Jung Center of Houston
7 p.m. Thursday, free
Truman Capote was a storyteller, and for the second of four screenings this month in their Film and Psychoanalysis series, The Jung Center will screen Capote, the 2005 biopic that won Philip Seymour Hoffman the Oscar for Best Actor. Co-sponsored by the Houston Psychoanalytic Society, Houston-based psychologist and psychoanalyst Sally Davis will lead a discussion after the film about the importance of both telling one’s own story and also listening, as happened when Capote traveled to Kansas to research his book, In Cold Blood. If you miss Capote, you can still catch Lion and Moonlight, both screening later this month as part of the series.
2017 Lavender and Wine Fest
Chappell Hill Lavender Farm and Windy Winery
9 a.m. Saturday, free
Lavender and wine – what a fragrant combination! Chappell Hill Lavender Farm and Windy Winery join forces to host the 12th Annual Tour de Lavender, with live music and activities to keep you busy at both locations. Start the day at the Lavender Farm and check out live demonstrations, like flower pounding; taste lavender cuisine (lavender ice cream, anyone?); patronize the vendors for candles, lotions and soaps; and coo at the miniature goats. Over at the winery, you can stomp grapes, eat and, of course, taste wine (for a fee). And if you’re still having doubts about the pairing, be sure to taste Windy Winery’s Lady Lavender, then tell us how you feel.
The Good Daughter book signing
Murder by the Book
4:30 p.m. Saturday, free
In Karin Slaughter’s new book, The Good Daughter, two sisters are reunited by an act of violence, just as they were torn apart by one 28 years early, when a home invasion took their mother’s life and left one to recover from being shot in the head and buried alive. Both girls survived and went on to become lawyers, but they both bear their own scars from that day that they can no longer run from after a school shooting in their hometown. Part family dysfunction, part legal thriller, The Good Daughter offers plot twists galore, but The Washington Post says “it’s Slaughter’s prodigious gifts of characterization that make her stand out among thriller writers.”
Bank of America Screen on the Green: Finding Dory
8:30 p.m. Saturday, free
Over a decade passed between the release of Pixar’s Oscar-winning hit Finding Nemo and last year’s Finding Dory, centered around the forgetful, Ellen DeGeneres-voiced blue tang fish’s search for her parents, “a film that spills over with laughs (most of them good, a few of them shticky) and tears (all of them earned), supporting characters who are meant to slay us (and mostly do) with their irascible sharp tongues, and dizzyingly extended flights of physical comedy.” In short, it was worth the wait. Bank of America brings the film to the Green Saturday and be sure to arrive early to take pictures with look-a-like characters, courtesy of Kikks & Giggles.
August Tintero Reading
Stages Repertory Theatre
7 p.m. Monday, free
The collaboration between Stages Repertory Theatre and Tintero Projects, an offshoot of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, is bringing not only the Latino/a Theatre New Playwright’s Festival: Sin Muros to Houston, they’re also launching a new monthly reading series, kicking off Monday with writer, editor and staple on the Houston poetry scene Deniz “dee!colonize” Lopez. Tintero Projects will host an hour-long open mike, reading and Q&A at Stages every second Monday of the month, with future guests Reyes Ramirez, Marlon MarleytheArtist Havikoro, Edyka Chilomé and Luis Galindo already scheduled.
Exposed book signing
Murder by the Book
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, free
A couple of weeks ago The Washington Post pointed out that – in their words – “Lisa Scottoline has written a gripping thriller about, essentially, health insurance.” In Exposed, Scottoline’s DiNunzio and Rosato return, with DiNunzio taking on a wrongful termination case for an old friend, Simon. Simon’s been fired, he believes because his company is tired of paying the premiums for his four-year-old daughter Rachel, who is in need of a bone marrow transplant. From there, conflict emerges between the two lawyers (Rosato’s got a conflict of interest pressuring her away from Simon’s case) and then Simon’s former boss is murdered, setting up “a demolition-derby doozy of an ending that will leave you shaken.”
Movies at Miller - Singin' in the Rain
Miller Outdoor Theater
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, free
“Come rain, come shine, come snow, come sleet, the show must go on,” exclaims Donald O'Connor’s Cosmo Brown right before he launches into “Make 'Em Laugh,” probably the second most famous sequence in the Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen-directed classic Singin’ in the Rain. The first, of course, is Kelly’s performance of the title song, two performances that contribute to making the 1952 film, set against the film industry’s transition from silent movies to talkies, arguably the greatest movie musical of all time. But, at the very least, Roger Ebert once wrote, “There is no movie musical more fun than Singin' in the Rain, and few that remain as fresh over the years.”
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Books & Bylines: KKK and Race in Texas
4747 Southwest Freeway
7 p.m. Wednesday, free
Former AP reporter and current Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson made waves three years ago when he released Tomlinson Hill, a critical look at his own family’s slave-holding past through the histories of two families – one white (his) and one black (the descendants of those slaves, including NFL player LaDainian Tomlinson). Now Tomlinson is joining Patricia Bernstein, author of Ten Dollars to Hate, a look at the continuing legacy of the Ku Klux Klan on society, and activist Larry Payne to discuss race and race-related violence in this, the last of a series of events co-sponsored by Houston Public Libraries and the Chronicle.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Mason
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, $5.41
British noir lives in Gareth Tunley’s film, The Ghoul, which blurs the line between real and fake, fantasy and reality, when a cop investigating a double murder, played by Tom Meeten, goes undercover as a mental health patient to follow up on his only lead. But as he gets closer to the suspect’s therapist, he begins to doubt his own identity – is he actually a cop undercover, or do we have a Shutter Island situation on our hands? Empire says that though The Ghoul is “[p]owerful, disturbing and intense viewing, this isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea — but Tom Meeten is a likely breakout British character star and Gareth Tunley is an ambitious, obviously talented filmmaker.”