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Free for All: Soul Food Junkies, Houston Film Critics Society Awards, Ice Carving Competition and "Staged"

If you are what you eat, what does it say about soul food lovers who eat pickled pigs feet and chitterlings on a regular basis? Filmmaker Byron Hurt's documentary Soul Food Junkies looks at what a soul food diet has done to African Americans. Screening on Friday as part of the HoustonPBS Community Cinema series, Soul Food Junkies explores the significance of soul food to black culture, its history and the growing food justice movement as it relates to African-American consumers.

See Soul Food Junkies at 7 p.m. at the University of Houston - Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Boulevard. For information, visit the PBS Web site or call 713-743-8498.

On Saturday, local movie reviewers announce their choices for top honors at the Houston Film Critics Society Awards: Best of 2012. Two of the year's biggest films, Lincoln and Les Misérables, go head-to-head for best picture (no surprise there) . Of course, there's a chance Houston will buck the national trend and give the nod to Cloud Atlas. On the opposite end of the spectrum, two other big-budget productions, Battleship and Prometheus, lead the pack of nominees in the running for worst film. The late Adam "MCA" Yauch will be posthumously honored with a Humanitarian Award. In addition to his work as a rapper, Yauch directed some of the Beastie Boys' best music videos, and spent much of his adult life raising money and awareness for the liberation of Tibet.

Find out who the winners are at 4 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, visit the museum's Web site or call call 713-639-7771.

Also on Saturday, artists will be working with chainsaws, blowtorches and razor-sharp chisels at the fifth annual Ice Carving Competition. Ice artists from across the country will spend five hours crafting sculptures from giant ice slabs made of more than 1,000 gallons of recycled rainwater. Last year the Snowflake Sculptors outcarved 11 other teams and managed to clinch the $5,000 first prize with Justice, a magnificent Grecian-style statue of an Amazonian warrior holding aloft a sword, mounted on an equally elaborate carved base. Meanwhile, The Blizzard Wizards captured the Culture Map People's Choice Award with their narrative piece featuring Frank the Rabbit from the film Donnie Darko confronting a giant snake in a cacti-ridden desert.

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10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. For information, visit the Discovery Green Web site.

Our choice for a Sunday visit is "Staged: Ana Fernandez, Leigh Merrill," currently on exhibit at G Gallery. The two women present visions of everyday life that are slightly off-kilter, giving the Texas landscape a twist. Fernandez collects images of her native San Antonio, reconstituting them into oil paintings. Merrill, who lives in Dallas, combines hundreds of photographs to create imaginary locations.

There's an opening reception for the exhibit at 6 p.m. on January 5. Regular viewing times are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through January 27. G Gallery, 301 East 11th. For information, visit the gallery Web site or call 713-869-4770.

Jef with One F contributed to this post.

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