It's festival season, which dovetails perfectly with one of the nicest times of year for getting outside and having fun in the Bayou City. We've got the Holi Festival, where white tees don't stand a chance; a SpringFest up in Kingwood and dock diving over in Pearland at the Fido-friendly Paws in the Park. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more than $10 — and seven of them are free! Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.
Deconstructing The Beatles: The White Album
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, free to $10
There are fans of the Fab Four, and then there are superfans. Composer, producer and engineer Scott Freiman turns his lectures into multimedia extravaganzas, digging deeper into the Abbey Road Studio years with anecdotes about recording sessions and the evolution of key albums and songs. His analyses of their creative process should appeal to both musicians and non-musicians, bringing in-depth answers to how and why the music of The Beatles has stood the test of time. Insider tip: Join 14 Pews and get in for free, or pay at the door and save the online fee and get in with a Hamilton.
Bassmaster Classic Expo
George R. Brown Convention Center
Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, free
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, free
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, free
Legendary Bassmaster Classic winner Hank Parker will be in da house – along with big-name pros Rick Clunn, Bill Dance, Roland Martin and Jimmy Houston – when the Bassmaster Classic Expo takes over GRB this weekend. Come out and ogle the new equipment and gear, throw your line for a chance at prizes and giveaways and tell some tall fish tales at this Dick's Sporting Goods-sponsored expo. Friday is Military Appreciation Day, so bring your military I.D. and collect your own official Bassmaster hat.
Houston Holi Festival
Houston Farm & Ranch Club
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, $10 (in advance)
Color play, dancing, live music and Indian street food make this one of the messiest ways to have fun this weekend. Avoid the lines and the surcharges, because advance purchase gets you into the Houston Holi Festival for just a sawbuck. Tickets are sold in Sugar Land, Katy and along Hillcroft, so go find your whitest whites and get ready to throw color powder as a symbol of love and togetherness. Scaredy-cats can hang out in the color-free zone, where there are plenty of goodies and merch from more than 60 vendors. Procrastinators can get in for $15 at the door.
This is Kingwood SpringFest
Kingwood Town Center, Kingwood
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, free
There's something for everyone at this mash-up, one-size-fits-all festival: Live music, an arts and crafts market, trackless train rides and live music. Chow down on the crawfish boil and food trucks while the little ones wear themselves out at the huge play area, carnival, petting zoo and pony rides. Local dance academies will be strutting their stuff and, watch out, because rumor has it we might even see a flash mob or two at this outdoor festival.
Paws in the Park
Independence Park, Pearland
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, free
If you see those tails wagging, you know it's time for the dog-friendly 23rd annual Paws in the Park. Start the day with an H-E-B Pet and Owner Fun Run (1K, 3K and 5K) with your bestie, then check out the splash-tastic national dock diving competition. The expo, which is presented by Westside Veterinary Hospital, has free parking, demonstrations, pet exhibitors and food vendors. Tell Fido to grab the leash; he or she can't get in unless attached to a human.
Combat Paper Workshop by Drew Cameron
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Craft Garden
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, free
Artist Drew Cameron has been showing his art in the "United by Hand: Work and Service" exhibit since early February, along with Alicia Dietz and Ehren Tool, to pay tribute to U.S. veterans. It's also a way, without making too many waves, to raise awareness about the history and current state of war culture in the United States. Cameron will show how to repurpose plant-based fibers from donated military uniforms and civilian clothing and will turn those scraps into handmade paper. When it's all said and done, selected sheets of the finished paper will be displayed in the gallery through May 28.
Round 46: Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter at Project Row Houses
Project Row Houses
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, free
BWAforBLM. No, your cat didn't just walk all over the keyboard, at least not this time. BWAforBLM is a collective of black women, queer and gender nonconforming artists formed in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. It all started in New York City with contemporary artist Simone Leigh during her residency at the New Museum. For its Houston iteration, seven of Project Row's shotgun art houses will be transformed into a platform for public dialogue through joy and grief flags, ephemera, typographic installations and performances "including but not limited to gestures, sound installations and processions and rituals." The exhibit remains on view through June 4, but don't miss the energy during this Saturday's opener.
The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea book signing
5 p.m. Sunday, free
America's third coast takes center stage in this tome by environmental historian Jack E. Davis. The Gulf of Mexico serves as the main character as Davis tells the story of its evolution through tales of offshore drilling, New England fishermen, and downstream contamination by big agriculture and industry. Davis says the story isn't over and hopes to see our favorite body of water overcome centuries of assaults to regain its natural beauty. He'll be on hand at Brazos to discuss and sign copies of his book.
CutThroat Comedy Open Mike
PJ's Sports Bar
8 p.m. Monday, free
Local comics Chris Jermaine, Ike Njoku and J. Fogle won't let the weekend officially end until they wring one more night of fun at their weekly standup. Head over to PJ's, grab a drink, then climb those rickety (but safe) stairs to the second floor. It's okay to sit back and watch the show, but the brave at heart are welcome to take a chance under the spotlight; sign-ups begin at 7:30 p.m. There's no entry fee, but expect the evil eye if you try to forgo tipping.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, $7 to $9
It's another red carpet event over at MFAH. This time the museum is screening Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on the novel by Ben Fountain, about the private who becomes a war hero. His victory tour culminates at the halftime show of a football game and we realize what really happened through a series of flashbacks. Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, will introduce the film and MFAH has invited the film's producer, Stephen Cornwell, to attend (fingers crossed). It's presented in partnership with the Baker Institute. Author Ben Fountain, who hails from Dallas, will also be in attendance for a post-film discussion.
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