This Saturday, for the 99th year, we’ll celebrate Veterans Day, a day set aside to thank and honor service men and women, past and present. So, this week, we have a military history lesson and a festival that’s like a “blast from the past,” among plenty of other things to do, including a Day of the Dead celebration, a collection of Islamic art, and a modern comedy classic. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more than $10 — and all of them are free! Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.
Mark Piñón | Marc-Antony Piñón - New Works and Retrospective
Talento Bilingüe de Houston
6 p.m. Thursday, free
The work in “Mark Piñón | Marc-Antony Piñón - New Works and Retrospective” is a bonafide product of Houston, from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the MFAH’s Glassell Junior School and the Art Institute of Houston, it has been shaped by not only the city’s art institutions, but the city itself. When the exhibit opens at Talento Bilingüe de Houston, viewers will see bright, bold colors and muted hues; pre-Colombian and indigenous to futuristic imagery; playful humor and social commentary. Just take a look at Selena a la Picasso (2012) and La Calle McGregor (2012) for a couple of examples. The exhibit will open following Thursday’s reception.
Día de Muertos
5 p.m. Friday, free
For hundreds of years, dating back to Aztec festivals honoring the goddess of death Mictecacihuatl, people have gathered together to remember their loved ones who have passed away. Contemporary Day of the Dead celebrations often include alters with personal effects, sugar skulls and marigolds, and during East End Studio Gallery and The Greater East End Management District’s "Día de Muertos" on the Navigation Esplanade, artists will honor and remember ancestors through their artwork. During the two-day festival, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday, attendees can enjoy the visuals, food trucks, local vendors and more at this outdoor, rain-or-shine event.
Islamic Arts Festival 2017
Masjid Al Salam - Champions Islamic Center
10:30 a.m. Saturday, free
The Islamic Arts Festival, the oldest and largest event of its kind, returns for its fourth year courtesy of co-sponsors The Islamic Arts Society and Rice University's Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance. More than 50 artists will display 5,000 pieces – that’s 10,000 square feet of calligraphy (called “the Islamic art of arts”), ceramics, paintings, glass, woodwork and more. The two-day, family-friendly festival (opening at 10 a.m. both days) also offers the chance to view calligraphy, ebru (paper marbling) and henna tattooing; join in on a silent auction; and enjoy some good food from local food trucks all while experiencing the rich traditions of Islamic arts.
Houston Vintage Market & Festival
1940 Air Terminal Museum
11 a.m. Saturday, $10
A tiger flight flyby will kick off Saturday’s Houston Vintage Market & Festival, the culmination of "Fleet Week.” The festival will bring together plenty of vendors pedaling their old-school, repurposed and vintage-inspired wares, like Vida Antigua, Houston Vintage Radio Association, The Fashion Time Machine and Vinyl Ranch; plus, a vintage car show, the Ms. Houston Vintage Pageant, music from DJ Psychedelic Sex Panther, and a contest from the Benefit Betties, a local non-profit who specialize in giving back to service men and women. Since Saturday is Veterans Day, any veteran who shows up in uniform or presents their military ID will get in free.
WWII in the Pacific
Houston Maritime Museum
11 a.m. Saturday, $5
Take a deep dive into the early days of the Pacific Theater when former Airman and HMM docent William (Whit) Drake and author Donald M. Kehn Jr. present a special Veteran’s Day history lecture. Drake and Kehn, who has written books on the mysterious disappearance of the USS Edsall and the sacrifice of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet in the East Indies, will cover topics including Japan’s doomed fate in the Pacific and the sinking of the USS Pope. Registration is required, light refreshments will be available and note that active military and veterans, HMM members and children under the age of 12 get in free.
Laura Lewis, “Views of West Texas” opening reception
William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art
6 p.m. Saturday, free
Now that Laura Lewis has finished transforming the Chevron Corporation lobby in Midland with a large-scale mural, she’s returned to painting full time and is about to open a solo exhibit at William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art. In Lewis’s work, you’ll find breathtaking West Texas landscapes (high plains, sandy deserts, vistas), farming equipment and evidence of the oil industry in the Permian Basin, as well as blends of realism and abstraction. Lewis will be giving an artist talk and having a film screening from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. before the reception. “Views of West Texas” will be on view through December 2.
Flamenco Legends by Javier Limón: The Paco de Lucía Project
Miller Outdoor Theatre
7:30 p.m. Saturday, free
By crossing his right leg over his left, and resting his guitar on his right thigh instead of the traditional left, Paco de Lucía opened up a new world of chords and melodies and revolutionized the art of flamenco guitar. Following de Lucía’s expected passing in 2014 at the age of 66, former collaborator and producer (and ten-time Latin Grammy winner) Javier Limón reunited the band that toured with de Lucía for the last decade of his career for The Paco de Lucía Project. Both a tribute to the legacy of the man widely recognized as the world’s greatest flamenco guitarist and a look toward the future, the group will play both de Lucía classics and original music.
Anchorman Movie Night at Karbach
Karbach Brewing Co.
5 p.m. Sunday, free
Alamo Drafthouse is bringing the inflatable Rolling Roadshow out to Karbach to show the 2004 Will Ferrell-Adam McKay comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Come out at 5 p.m. to check out the Movember mustache contest for best (Tom Selleck), worst (John Waters) and most creative (Rollie Fingers) ‘stache or to be one of the first 100 guests and get to take home a free commemorative glass. Anchorman will start just after 6 p.m., and be sure to bring your own chair. Though the movie is free, you can always supplement your experience by purchasing a Biergarten package. Either way, you’re guaranteed to laugh. “They’ve done studies, you know. 60 percent of the time, it works every time.” RSVP here.
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5 p.m. Sunday, free
This is it – the last Canned Acoustica of the fall season, and what a line-up they have for you: Houston’s own progressive punk rockers, 30footFALL; alt-folk band Colonial Blue’s frontwoman Stephanie Rice; former Houston Press Award-winner for Best Alternative Act and Best Weird Act, Say Girl Say; four-piece genre-blender Mind Shrine; and the throwback punk of Dead To The World will grace the Discovery Green stage unplugged. As with the previous installments, everyone is encouraged to bring a non-perishable or canned food item to be donated to the Houston Food Bank.
Reverend Horton Heat with Jesse Dayton
6 p.m. Wednesday, free
Reverend Horton Heat and Jesse Dayton are set to close this season’s “Party on the Plaza” series with what’s sure to be a high energy show. The poster band for psychobilly for the last 30 years, Reverend Horton Heat, led by front man Jim Heath, will bring their particular brand of catchy, rockabilly punk, while Houston's own Dayton, described as “[e]qually veteran honky-tonker, guitar punk, Southern soul crooner, and Kinky Friedman acolyte,” will bring the country-blues Americana. DJ Gracie Chavez will start the party at 6 p.m. and Dayton will take the stage at 7:15 p.m. before Reverend Horton Heat take the stage at 8:30 p.m.