Free for All: Carolyn Haines, Art Car: The Movie, and La Sardina de Naiguata

With a big nod to Agatha Christie's The 4:50 from Paddington, novelist Carolyn Haines spins a fun and spooky story in Bonefire of the Vanities. Like The 4:50, Bonefire features a sleuth-turned-housekeeper who uses her position to infiltrate a suspicious home. Haines's protagonist, Sarah Booth Delaney, is on the trail of psychic medium Sherry Cameron, who has a liking for wealthy, vulnerable clients. Enter billionaire Marjorie Littlefield, who's anxious to talk to her long-dead daughter and planning to leave her mounds of money to her cat.

This is the twelfth entry in the series featuring the spunky Sara Booth Delaney. For loyal followers or new fans, Bonefire is a happy romp filled with colorful characters.

Carolyn Haines reads from and signs Bonefire of the Vanities Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Murder by the Book at 2342 Bissonnet. For information, visit the bookstore's Web site or call 713-524-8597.

Art Car: The Movie rolls on Saturday at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The documentary follows the 2010 Art Car Parade, with some 300,000 spectators lining the streets of Houston to watch as 300 participants put public art on wheels. Among those featured are that year's grand marshal Dan Akyroyd, celebrities Larry the Cable Guy and George Clinton, local artists, and supporters. See how one of the largest public art events in the country is put together every year.

Art Car: The Movie screens on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. for information, visit the Discovery Green Web site or call 713-400-7336.

Latin music fans are getting a special treat on Sunday when La Sardina de Naiguata hits the stage at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Aren't familiar with the group? It's the country's leading Afro-Venezuelan drum band. The infectious repertoire includes extremely danceable holiday music, including music celebrating Carnaval, Christmas, and "The Burial of the Sardine," a tradition unique to the town of Naiguata, where the group was founded in the early 1970s by trumpet player Ricardo Diaz.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, which is presenting this performance, is releasing the group's latest CD, Parranda.

See La Sardina de Naiguata at 8 p.m. on Sunday at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive. For information, visit Miller Outdoor Theatre's website or call 281-373-3386.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez