Week one of 2017 is off to a running start and Houston is not slowing down. You can begin the year on the right foot by joining a free running group in which at the end of an eight-week series, you"ll race and prove who took his or her fitness resolution most seriously. You've also got the opportunity to meet some soldiers who can tell the tales from overseas in exchange for a light of their cigar and a cold brew. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more than $10 — and eight of them are free! Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.
8 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Free
The revival of vinyl records is proven true every first Thursday at Axelrad. There's no need to play DJ yourself and dust off your own records when all the legwork is done for you here. Guest DJs cover a variety of genres so that every listener in the audience can feel satisfied. Across the courtyard stands Luigi's Pizza — a Houston favorite. Spend a few dollars on a slice of pepperoni-cheesy heaven and listen to the tunes for free.
Cigar Night for Vets
Little J's Bar
6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Free
Vets getting together having a glass of whiskey and chopping up their cigars, that's a manly good time at Little J's Bar on Washington. This is Houston's largest veterans social; it has been around since 2013 and was founded here by Carlos Garcia. It's a cigar night, not a dip night, so leave the Skoal at home and pack your favorite stogie-lighter combo to meet your military comrades.
Catherine Colangelo Talismanic Opening Reception
Cindy Lisica Gallery
6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Free
Catherine Colangelo's 2017 exhibition at the Cindy Lisica Gallery will host it's opening reception where artist Catherine will be on hand to discuss her multimedia works of art. At the cost of free you'll be able to go into the gallery and view the works that are intended to remind us of the talismans, as the exhibition is titled Talismanic, and charms that are meant to serve dual-duty, ward off evil and bring good fortune. Colangelo's pieces also heavily convey the values of motherhood through the shielding use of talismans. Some of those values being protection, guardianship and strong devotion. Come to the Cindy Lisica Gallery to let your eyes read the illuminated manuscripts and evoke your inner shield.
Couch to 5K
Memorial Park Running Trail
6:30 p.m. Friday, Free
This Friday is January the 6, that means we are six days into 2017 and there's time to avoid resolution guilt if you get up and start running. Your new running group awaits, it's an eight-week group series that meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 p.m. At the end of the the training runs will be a group 5K run to celebrate. No signup fee is needed, just yourself, a pair of running shoes and a quick stretch right before.
Houston Cat Club Show
Humble Civic Center
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, $9
To those outside of the cat show circuit, the Houston Cat Club Show is the "su-purr-bowl"of cat competitions. And for those who live for it, feline agility is back: That includes running, leaping, not stopping to lie down for a nap and cones. It's not just for the pedigreed feline; household pets get to join in as well. They will have their own competition as well for size, grooming and walk. Tell your neighbor, your friend and your cat groomer at Petco where you'll be this Saturday at 10 a.m.
Transient Views: The places of Our Lives Opening Reception
William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art
6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Free
Three artists from three generations take us through an overlying net of experiences and perspectives in the Bayou City. Using the tools of their trade, they lay on canvas their encounters for some of the same locations and provide a comparative view of what Houston once appeared to be and how it is now perceived by the latest local generation.
David Bowie Birthday
7:30 p.m. Saturday, $3
David Bowie was a performer from a different time, even a different universe, swerving in and out of gender roles and making himself the trademark image for androgyny. This Saturday will be his birthday party at Numbers, where one and all are encouraged to dress as one of their favorite Bowies. Which Bowie will you choose? Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke or The Man Who Fell to Earth? (which will also be shown at Numbers, at 9:45 p.m.)
Farmers & Artisans Market and Dog Adoption Fair
Southern Star Brewing Company
12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Free
Sure, this Sunday will be a little bit chilly, and you could stay in and do nothing, but why do that? At last, the opportunity to wear the scarves you've been hoarding or the beanie you seldom get to wear and the screen-friendly gloves that still have the tags on them. Throw in all your cold-weather gear, pack your reusable bags and head up north for your weekly produce. Southern Star will be hosting a farmers' market that doubles as a dog adoption fair as well. Every pooch needs a home and every hand needs a beer; pick your pair this Sunday.
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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Noon Tuesday, Free
Time is running out to view this part food/part art exhibition in which pink sugar crystals form buckets, Buddha statues melt as if made with syrup, and food is crafted out of yarn. View work by six artists: Celia Butler, Kazuki Guzmán, Joshua Kosker, Aurelie Mathigot, Yuka Otani and Rachel Shimpock.
Times Square in 60: Improvisation for 18 Musicians with Movement
7:30 Tuesday, $10
The Rec Room brings New York to Houston with 18 musicians for a flexible collaborative performance. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Nameless Sound, a local arts organization. The Rec Room is a regular venue for the performing arts in Houston, providing a modest stage for the large ensemble of talent this Tuesday night. Don't worry about conversation with your blind date; the Room's got you covered for entertainment.