Art and shopping go hand-in-hand, and we've got a trio of cultural events lined up for this week. Shop local at Bourbon & Bowties, check out the vintage wares at Fort Bend County Fairgrounds and put on your ugliest sweater for Winter Street's Winter Holiday Art Market. Mix in a little improv, some free music and dance concerts, and ogle a Pop Art-inspired art opening. We're rounding out the list with a brisk hike through Memorial Park and some eye-popping public art installations over at Discovery Green. 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.
Disegno Holiday Edition: Bourbon & Bowties
The Silos at Sawyer Yards
5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Free
Bourbon & Bowties is a local art exhibit featuring about a dozen artists. The event will have boutique bow ties by Trish Motolinia of CrookedTies. Shop and peruse the art as you sip on bourbon or wine, and sample small bites. To top off your enjoyment, there will be a special acoustic performance by Steve Straker. RSVP to [email protected]
Vintage Market Days
Fort Bend County Fairgrounds
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, $5
The Vintage Market is a three-day juried event featuring upscale vintage inspired wares. Five-dollar admission allows entry for Saturday and Sunday, or $10 gets you in all three days. Vintage Market Days was included in Country Living
's "7 Flea Markets and Barn Sales Not To Miss." Vendors will offer art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, home decor and more. Shop to your heart's content while listening to live music and sampling from food trucks on site.
Opening Reception: Pop Presence
Cindy Lisica Gallery
6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Free
The "Pop Presence" exhibit, opening Friday at Cindy Lisica Gallery, is an homage to the legacy of Pop. The exhibit highlights current artists whose works are deliberate progenies of the Pop Art lineage. Cindy Lisica's presentation of Warhol's "Time Capsules" and traveling exhibitions will take place at the opening reception. Lisica has a wealth of knowledge about the collection drawn from serving for ten years at Tate Modern in London and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The gallery will host a retail gift shop, the perfect place to find a holiday gift for that hip, but hard to buy for, person on your list.
Free Intro to Improv Class
7:30 p.m. Friday, Free
Intro to Improv is an ongoing free event happening every Friday at Station Theater. If you have what it takes, teachers will help you release your improvisational soul as you meet friends and have some fun. Please register online
so organizers know how many to expect. Take the class and you get into the subsequent Supernova Armando show for free, and your non-participating friends can get in for $6 if entry is purchased in advance, or $8 at the door. If you think you've learned enough and are extremely brave, you can get onstage for the Station’s Lotería
show that night.
Piece by Piece Dance Concert
Houston City Dance Studio
7:30 p.m. Friday, $10
Houston City Dance presents a dance concert on Friday night showcasing dancers from three of its apprentice companies. Dances range from jazz to contemporary to Greek cultural, and the choreography is by three of City Dance’s in-house choreographers: Jaimee Vilela Navarrete, Stephanie Sermas and Corrine Miller. Buy your $10 ticket here
; it will be $15 at the door.