Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock
Aurora Picture Show
7:30 p.m. Monday, pay what you wish
It was horrifying to hear the news out of Standing Rock, North Dakota, last November when the Morton County police sprayed the crowds with tear gas and water during below-freezing temperatures. The citizens of Standing Rock Sioux Nation began gathering last spring in an attempt to stop a natural gas pipeline operator from bulldozing sacred sites. Oscar-nominated and Telly Award-winning filmmaker Fidel Moreno has been documenting the event and will screen this work in progress at Aurora Picture Show. The director will be in attendance and can answer questions after the hourlong screening; a traditional water ceremony also will be performed. Admission is pay what you wish; donations will benefit the Standing Rock community and help with completion of the film.
a series of ten minute plays
The Ensemble Theatre
6 p.m. Monday, $5
As this iconic downtown theater celebrates its 40th-anniversary season, The Ensemble Theatre enters its next decade by returning to its Texas roots. The eight-play Salute to Texas Playwrights Stage Reading Series continues this Monday with a series of ten minute plays by Houston-born j.e. franklin (Black Girl, Christchild). The reading is directed by Shirley Marks Whitmore, who delivered us the historical musical Mahalia earlier this year.
The Miraculous: Houston, by Raphael Rubinstein + Heather Bause
University of Houston, Entrance 16, off Cullen
All hours, April 18-23, free
While we're all still mourning the loss of the popular white-tailed squirrel that called UH home base, let's honor her memory and start hunting for all 50 instances of this site-specific public art installation inspired by Raphael Rubinstein's book, The Miraculous. Site location maps are available at all CounterCurrent17 festival venues. Insider tip: The opening reception will be held during UH Public Art Day, noon to 3 p.m. April 22, in the courtyard of the Fine Arts Building.
La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy)
Italian Cultural & Community Center
7:15 p.m. Wednesday, $5 to $10
It's sort of like Thelma and Louise, but instead of escaping an abusive husband, Donatella and Beatrice escape from a psychiatric facility. While there are comic moments, the flick also sheds light on the difficulties of living with mental illness. The movie was filmed in and around Livorno and Tuscany; the story is by Paolo Virzì, who also directed the film. ICCC is screening the flick this Wednesday. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and it's only $5 for members. RSVP by calling 713-524-4222, extension 7, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or registering on Eventbrite. In Italian with English subtitles.
Mississippi Blood book signing
Murder By The Book
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, free
This author is hot, hot, hot, racking up 14 New York Times bestsellers before an automobile accident nearly took him out in 2011. Although he lost part of his right leg, Greg Iles surprised his medical team by not only surviving, but getting back on the writing horse with newfound zeal. His Natchez trilogy began with Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree; with the release of Mississippi Blood, Iles is ready to complete the story of Penn Cage, his father, Tom Cage, and the tragic story of Viola Turner. Here's a fun fact: While attending Ole Miss, Iles lived in the cabin where William Faulkner and his brothers listened to stories told by their beloved nanny, Mammy Callie. Iles will be on hand this Wednesday to discuss and sign copies of this Deep South thriller.