The Historic Eldorado Ballroom
Noon to 8 p.m. April 18-23, free
Oh, yeah. The iconic and historic Eldorado Ballroom hosted many blues and jazz greats over the decades, and this time around the Third Ward venue features an installation and performance by visual artist Kevin Beasley. He's positioned 16 sculptural works throughout the space, that amplify sounds based on the movement of visitors, that in turn create light. It's a sight for the senses, and Beasley recommends visiting the space in advance before returning for his one-night-only performance at 8 p.m. April 22. Insider tip: The opening reception runs from 7 to 9 p.m. April 20.
Illusions of Urbanscape, by Harry Gamboa Jr. (performance lecture)
Quintero Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
6:30 p.m. April 20, free
Chicano performance artist-activist, Harry Gamboa Jr. made Los Angeles his playground for more than 40 years, leading his merry performance troupe, Virtual Vérité, as well as earlier pioneers of Chicano artists to create subversively funny creations. The artist, writer and educator is dishing up the scoop on his "urbanscapes" during this one-night-only performance lecture. Guests will be able to sit during the lecture. Insider tip: The pre-lecture reception will be held beginning at 5 p.m. April 20 in the Blaffer Café.
Snow White, by The Catastrophic Theatre (theater)
8 p.m. April 20-22, free
In this world-premiering adaptation, Snow White is anything but virginal, spending her days drinking screwdrivers and being bored while playing housewife to her seven roomies and dreaming of Prince Charming. Local fave Greg Dean takes the helm as director and Snow White is produced in association with the Barthelme Estate, Brazos Bookstore and Inprint, and features cast and crew from the UH School of Theatre and Dance. This one's not kid-friendly; there's plenty of adult content including sexual situations and language. Insider tip: Can't make it? Never fear, Catastrophic continues performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through May 6 (pay what you can; suggested donation $35).
Farmhouse/Whorehouse, An artist lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Lili Taylor (performance lecture)
7 p.m. April 21, free
3 and 7 p.m. April 22, free
Lili Taylor (Mystic Pizza, Six Feet Under, The Conjuring) is stepping up to the plate to perform Suzanne Bocanegra's newest lecture as Bocanegra, with the help of text, song, costume, film and projections. Apparently Bocanegra's grandparents had a small farm across from the Chicken Ranch in La Grange, and those early years observing both the farm and brothel have resulted in a story about the homesteading movement, hippie communes in the 1960s and the characterizations of prostitutes in art and theater. Audience members will be seated during these performances.
Current Visions + Festival Closing Celebration (film screening)
Aurora Picture Show
Noon, April 23, free
Aurora Picture Show co-presents this screening of shorts, each selected by a festival artist, to celebrate the festival's completion and to share concepts and spark new ideas. A reception follows.
Current Conversations: "How to introduce prosthesis for new thought patterns" (discussion)
Noon, April 19, free
Curated and moderated by artist Carrie Schneider: "Infrastructure for Impossible Movement (How to support a new possible)." Panelists are Kevin Beasley, Dr. Jose Luis “Pepe” Contreras-Vidal, Alan Lucien Øyen and Dr. Cunjiang Yu. Insider tip: Bring your lunch into the gallery.
Current Conversations: "How to platform the buried" (discussion)
Noon, April 20, free
Curated and moderated by artist Carrie Schneider: "Representing the Unadmitted (How to platform the buried)." Panelists are Tania El Khoury, Carmen Montoya, Josephine Sorgwe and Chris Valdez. Insider tip: Bring your lunch into the gallery.
Current Conversations: "How to find light in hostile environments" (discussion)
Noon, April 21, free
Curated and moderated by artist Carrie Schneider: "Designing for Extremes (How to find light in hostile environments)." Panelists are Dr. Olga Bannova, Harry Gamboa Jr., Susan Rogers and Abir Saksouk. Insider tip: Bring your lunch into the gallery.
Current Conversations: "How to turn a story inside out" (discussion)
Noon, April 22, free
Curated and moderated by artist Carrie Schneider: "Retelling the Taken for Granted (How to turn a story inside out)." Panelists are Suzanne Bocanegra, Greg Dean, Dr. Erica Fletcher and Dr. Assata Richards. Insider tip: Bring your lunch into the gallery.
CounterCurrent17, a festival of performance, installation and ideas, runs April 18-23 at various locations throughout Houston. For more information, visit countercurrentfestival.org. All events are free, but space is limited.