It's Buster Keaton at his best during the Houston Public Radio Silent Film Concert Series: The Cameraman with Bee vs. Moth on Friday. The 1928 silent is considered by many to be among Keaton's sweetest, although not physical, comedies. Keaton plays Buster, a portrait photographer who falls for Sally, a girl that works at MGM. Trying to catch her attention, Buster grabs a camera and starts filming newsreels. Well, that is, he tries to film some newsreels. Unlike Keaton, Buster's profoundly untalented when it comes to making films, and after lots of double-exposures and bad takes, he's about to hang it up when Sally gives him a hot tip - there's big doings in Chinatown. Buster rushes off to make the most of his last chance with Sally and the studio.
Bee vs. Moth, known for their genre jumps and strange instrumentation, will provide a live, original soundtrack.
The Cameraman screens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. For information, visit www.discoverygreen.com or call 713-743-8183. Free.
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The 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate Dave Parsons will have some stiff competition at Saturday's Public Poetry. A student from the Writers in the Schools program will be among the featured poets, and past students have earned the group a reputation for stealing the show. We have no doubt Parsons will hold his own. The Lone Star College teacher has a slew of awards to his credit and three releases - Editing Sky, as well as Color of Mourning and his latest, Feathering Deep.
The other readers include two writers currently teaching at the University of Houston. First is Elisa A. Garza, a women's studies lecturer and author of the chapbook Familia. She's joined by Robin Davidson, an assistant professor of English and translator of The New Century: Poems by Ewa Lipska. Her poems and translations have appeared in The Paris Review, Gulf Coast and Faza, a Polish journal. Samuel Amadon rounds out the list. Amadon, author of Like a Sea and The Hartford Book, has new poems appearing soon in The New Yorker and American Poetry Review.
Public Poetry is at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. For information, visit www.discoverygreen.com or call 832-393-1313. Free.
Musicians and fans alike will enjoy the HPC Live Artist Series: Ezara Charles, King of the Texas Blues Piano on Sunday. If you don't know Charles, you should. He was just 14 when he joined Johnny and the Jammers; the Johnny in question was Johnny Winter (Edgar Winter was also a member of the band). As part of the series, Charles will give two master classes and a performance. Expect boogie blues and rockabilly during his performance, along with a few surprises. Charles performs at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Houston Piano Company, 1600 West 13th Street. For information, including a master class schedule, visit www.houstonpianocompany.com or call 281-808-3731. Free.