The Day Clocks Spoke Russian book signing
7 p.m. Thursday, free
Longtime UHD professor (computer and applied mathematical sciences) André de Korvin, Ph.D. has a poet's heart; his own father, Vladimir Korvin-Piotrowsky, was a significant poet in Russia. Now the Berlin-born, Paris-raised expert in fuzzy logic (he has published more than 200 scholarly articles) is out with a new book of poems that offers a unique perspective on war, terror, displacement and loss. Dr. de Korvin will discuss his anthology, published by Transcendent Zero Press, and also sign copies at Brazos Bookstore.
French Cultures Festival Kick-Off concert
6 to 10 p.m. Friday, free
Laure Briard and her band are flying in from Toulouse, France, so there's literally no excuse for us not to head down to the Green to soak in the kick-off concert for the monthlong cultures festival. Headliners include Austin-based The Bluebonnets and They Call Me Rico, a one-man band originally from Québec, Canada, and now calling Lyon maison. The Friday night soiree is free, so come out and partake in cuisine from vendors and Francophone countries. Oui, oui.
Listen Around Your Way
6 p.m. Saturday, free
If you haven't yet checked out The MATCH, the super-awesome event space that comes alive in the evenings with music, dance, theater and art, then make this your scouting mission. Organizers Sandy Ewen and Rebecca Nowak are using people as instruments, placing them at key spots where they will perform and sing individually and collectively in the lobby of The MATCH building, where DiverseWorks hangs its hat. Some of the performers (Nowak and Ewen along with Andrew Durham, Megan Easley, Danny Kamins, Austin Lewellen, Mlee Mains and Emmy Tisdel) will travel along colorful taped lines, though this looks much more fun than navigating hospital corridors.
Texas Ranger Day
Burton Railroad Depot
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, free
Step back in time and celebrate the legacy of the fighting Texas Rangers, who, under Captain John Coffee "Jack " Hays, helped repel the Mexican invasions of 1842 when Mexico refused to recognize our state's independence. This annual extravaganza replicates camp life (circa 1880) with demonstrations and crafts, offers tours of the Railroad Depot and Cotton Gin, and turns the whole shebang into a party with a DJ and all-you-can-eat fajitas and beans for $5 to $10.
58th Annual Houston Saint Patrick's Parade
Minute Maid Park
Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, free
We're celebrating Saint Patrick's Day with two awesome parades this year. Everybody's Irish come Saturday when the annual Saint Patrick's Parade kicks off at the clock tower at the Juice Box, with plenty of car clubs and bands showing their stuff for the judges at the reviewing stand. A tip o' the leprechaun's hat to this year's grand marshal, Ginger Simon, who has her work cut out for her. The theme for this year is "Living Green in Seventeen," and don't miss the after-party and awards ceremony at Lucky's Pub, where the lucky winners make everybody else green with envy.
39th Annual FM 1960 Saint Patrick's Parade
FM 1960 / Cypress Creek Parkway (from Champion Forest to Kuykendahl)
1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, free
The Budweiser Clydesdales are back, joining more than 100 floats, fire trucks, Irish dancers and performing groups as they parade down FM 1960, all vying for top honors in originality, creativity, appearance, craftsmanship and crowd appeal. Find respite at the Home Depot (4159 FM 1960 West), where they'll have vendors, food, drink and "relief stations," then hit up MaK's Place Sports Bar and Grill at 6 p.m. when they hand out the awards for best floats in youth, adult and spirit categories.