This week we can look forward to both Halloween and the first day of November, which can only mean one thing – gift-giving season is right around the corner. But saving for perfect presents is no reason to stay home. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more than $10 — and eight of them are free! Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
7:15 p.m. Friday, $4 to $5
All work and no play would make anyone a dull boy, but if you’re Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining, it will also drive you mad. Just in time for Halloween, the Houston Museum of Natural Science will screen “Kubrick's spellbinding foray into the realm of the horror film,” one of the best (if not the best) screen adaptations Stephen King’s work has ever seen. Roger Ebert summed up the lure of the film simply: “In a snowbound hotel, three people descend into versions of madness or psychic terror, and we cannot depend on any of them for an objective view of what happens. It is this elusive open-endedness that makes Kubrick's film so strangely disturbing.”
Dia de la Hispanidad featuring Plena Libre
Miller Outdoor Theatre
7:30 p.m. Friday, free
Though Plena Libre was originally scheduled to play Miller in September, Hurricane Maria had other plans for the band, with the storm’s devastation temporarily trapping them in Puerto Rico. But now the three-vocalist, 12-piece band is coming for their belated celebration of Dia de la Hispanidad (Day of the Hispanic World), bringing with them more than two decades of experience and multiple Grammy nominations for their skill in performing the Puerto Rican musical style plena, a modern-day amalgamation of African, Spanish and Caribbean influences. Bandleader Gary Nunez will lead his crew in a presentation of their last album, Amores en el Camino (Love's Journey), in what is sure to be an emotional and uplifting evening.
2nd Annual Houston Egyptian Festival
11 a.m. Saturday, free to $10
Whether you’re staring up at the Chrysler Building in New York, checking your calendar to see if you can make brunch with an old friend or putting pressure on your hand after accidental cutting yourself in the kitchen, you can thank the Egyptians. And at the second annual Houston Egyptian Festival, you can learn all about Egyptian contributions to society – from 8,000 years of culture and traditions – all while enjoying food (with Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill, Dandanah Café and Grill, and Mediterraneo Market and Café scheduled to be on hand); the return of the 8th Wonder Brewery’s specially created Pharaoh's Brew; camel rides; belly-dancing performances and lessons, and musical performances.
International Observe the Moon Night
4 p.m. Saturday, free
Is there ever a bad time to gaze up at the heavens and learn more about lunar science and exploration? Of course not. So, make plans to join millions of people worldwide during International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). Levy Park will play host to organizations like the Houston Astronomical Society and the NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science division, which will set up informational booths, provide telescopes for night sky viewing, give presentations and offer hands-on activities for the littlest future astronomers. The WindSync quintet will also be on hand to set the mood, performing a program of moon-inspired music.
Some Enchanted Evening: A Celebration of the American Musical
Miller Outdoor Theatre
8 p.m. Saturday, free
In 1927, Show Boat premiered on Broadway. The first book musical, it combined elements of the shows that dominated mid-1920s musical theater – operetta, musical comedy, vaudeville and revue – to create a new unity of music, dance and plot. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of musical theater as we know it, the Houston Chamber Choir will present works that have come to define the "Great White Way," including "If I Loved You” from Carousel, “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha, “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady and “You’ll Be Back” from Hamilton: An American Musical.
Bollywood Blast: The Bollywood Bachelor
Miller Outdoor Theatre
7 p.m. Sunday, free
Do you love The Bachelor but wish there were more colorful costumes and Indian dance? Love Bollywood films but wish there was a little more intrigue around who the hero will choose to present a rose to at the end? Well, you’re in luck, because Indian Performing Arts – Samskriti is bringing Bollywood Blast: The Bollywood Bachelor to Miller Outdoor Theatre. Before the evening’s eligible bachelor gets to the rose ceremony, watch the full spectrum of Indian dance – from classical to contemporary, folk to hip-hop – all set to popular Bollywood songs. Arzan Gonda and her Rhythm India Bollywood Dance Company will be on hand to bring all that you love about Bollywood to life.
Musical & Literary Ofrenda
Lawndale Art Center
6 p.m. Monday, free
ROCO returns to Lawndale to present their annual ofrendas (offerings) in honor of Dia de los Muertos. This year, the program – a collaboration between ROCO, Lawndale, Inprint, Musiqa and the Houston Hispanic Forum – will include five short, original works from Houston composer Marcus Maroney as well as four prose and poetry texts from Inprint authors, all set against Lawndale’s display of retablos (devotional paintings and illustrations created in honor of the Day of the Dead). The concert begins at 6 p.m., but guests arriving early can join a tour of the gallery at 5:30 p.m. and guests able to stay after can partake in refreshments and practice their conversational Spanish during Español y arte at 7 p.m.
Boo, Brew & Bridges
Under the Radar Brewery
6 p.m. Tuesday, free
Sure, you could go to a traditional Halloween party or binge on horror movies and candy corn, or you can try something a little different. Bayou City Outdoors and HTXoutdoors are organizing a costume-optional (comfortable shoes recommended) two-mile, approximately one-hour walk along the spooky bridges of Montrose. Interested parties will leave Under the Radar at 6:45 p.m. and return there at 7:45 p.m. for an exclusive after party. The walk is dog-friendly and will benefit Pup Squad Animal Rescue (an organization dedicated to finding forever homes for orphaned puppies and nursing litters), which will be present at the after party.
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The Molly Ringwalds with Roxy Roca
6 p.m. Wednesday, free
Ultimate ‘80s cover band the Molly Ringwalds, one of Houston’s favorite bookings and a living embodiment of everyone’s favorite decade, will take over the Plaza Wednesday night along with Austin’s Roxy Roca, the musical descendants of the “Godfather of Soul” himself, James Brown. Finding traditional descriptors lacking, the six-to-ten-piece band, named for Jeffersons' star Roxy Roker, invented their own genre, which they call “Dynamite Texas Soul.” Specifically, their music has been called “gloriously unfiltered,” the product of “a quintessential soul band, complete with big, brassy horn lines and funky grooves.” As always, the party starts at 6 p.m. with 104.1 KRBE, craft beer specials, food and games.
Trajectory of a Curve
James Turrell Skyspace
8 p.m. Wednesday, free
After more than its fair share of weather-related delays, composer Kurt Stallmann’s site-specific work, Trajectory of a Curve, created for James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace on the Rice University campus, will debut when the Skyspace reopens Wednesday after completing summer renovations. The Skyspace, a two-level pyramidal structure acoustically engineered for musical performances, boasts an impressive LED light sequence at sunrise and sunset, and Stallman’s work, which utilizes a vocalist and percussion duo, also incorporates light along with extra-musical sounds representative of the city. Concert-goers can enjoy both the music and the light show as they traverse the titular “curve,” a reference to Carl Jung’s life span parabola.