Holiday season is in full swing but that doesn't mean you have to go down a carb-filled rabbit hole with no end in sight. Stay active this week by heading to Discovery Green for Cheap Skate Night and go for a couple of laps around the rink if you know you were generous with the gravy. Another way to fight off post-Thanksgiving fatigue is by getting down to music from local artists like the Rosewood Thievz; they've got enough funk to keep you going this season but the right rhythm to usher you into December with ease. Houston has plenty of ways to keep you from falling off the Allen Parkway jogging map and we're going to show you how. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events, and this week seven are free! Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.
Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting
4 p.m. Thursday, Free
The Galleria area sparkles and shines each year, kicking off a season of shopping with the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting event. Come early at 4 p.m. and listen to music while chowing down on funnel cakes, cotton candy and kettle corn from the concession stands. At 5 p.m. the Hilton Houston Post Oak has its balcony decorating contest while local performers sing during the Merry Holiday Stage Show. At 7 p.m. Santa and his reindeer turn on the lights for 80 Christmas trees along the boulevard while fireworks explode in the night sky.
"Holy Barbarians: Beat Culture on the West Coast"
The Menil Collection
Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Free
View works on paper and assemblages made by California artists between 1955 and 1970, known as the "Beat" generation, including John Altoon, Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, George Herms and Edward Kienholz. These artists shunned the mainstream, preferring to work outside of gallery and museum environments and instead drawing inspiration from jazz, poetry and pop culture.
DJ Wes Wallace
9 p.m. Friday, $7
Numbers is the spot where everyone knows your name, but might call you out of it actually, in an endearing way though because that's the bit it's known for. Every Friday DJ Wes Wallace is here guaranteeing that Numbers is packing a punch. It's the place where you take the out-of-towners that want a real Houston vibe when all they brought were sneakers but all you own is glam. So go as you please and DJ Wes Wallace will do his part to re-energize us for the second half of the holiday season.
Rosewood Thievz + Funksgiving Allstars
8 p.m. Friday, $10
The Rosewood Thievz are delivering their smooth Third Ward funk as needed at Satellite Bar this Friday. The Thievz are also giving us a taste of what the world will see when they perform as Official Houston Super Bowl Live Performers. As a local band from our very own backyard their lyrics are meant to resonate and motivate us to keep doing our part for the city and we can always give thanks for a band having a mission like that.
Punishment is Due book signing
Bisong Art Gallery
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Free
Local wordsmith Tonia, author of Fashionably Deceptive, is out with a new book and is celebrating with a book signing for Punishment is Due at Bisong Art Gallery. Main characters Diana (a high-paying PR exec) and Jay (a top Houston attorney) are forced to face their deepest desires of the heart. Cocktail attire is recommended for this one, and book lovers can nosh on small bites from Sweet Cayenne Catering and refreshments while purchasing the new book at a discounted rate of $8.
David Caton, "The Texas Landscape"
William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Free
Nothing could be calmer then a Texas river running through the woods in fall and whispering sweet soothing sounds into your ears. But if you can't make it to your nearest water spring, then you can still escape to the Texas-centric imagery at William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art. It's closing weekend for David Caton's "The Texas Landscape," and there's no admission charge, so come check out the glory that is Texas. And right around the corner is Torchy's Tacos; get a little Texy followed by a little Mexy and that's still an afternoon in Houston under $10.
“Right Here, Right Now: Houston, Volume 2”
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Free
Girl power is riding high over at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston with “Right Here, Right Now: Houston, Volume 2,” with solo shows by Thedra Cullar-Ledford (she busted out a breast-shaped piñata on opening night), Susie Rosmarin and Amy Blakemore. “There’s no dearth of talent in the city in contemporary art,” says Valerie Cassel Oliver, CAMH’s senior curator. “[It’s important to note] that we are still living in an environment in which women artists, who have been in the field for a period of time, have yet to be celebrated and given their due.” With three big names and decades of work under their respective belts, this triple-threat exhibit should change all that. This powerful exhibit comes to a close this Sunday.
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Break Free presents GET FRESH! Vintage Clothing Pop-Up Market
Break Free Hip-Hop School
Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Free
If your wallet has become a casualty of the inevitable sales from the season that keeps on giving, then get inspired and pick up some gently-used pieces that can be reinvented at the GET FRESH! Vintage Clothing Pop-Up Market this Sunday. This free event is a great way to pick up the fashion you need without going for broke by curating some unique looks all into one market. Along with an open market to browse, there will be a live DJ to help set the tone while you peruse the vintage goods available.
Cheap Skate Night
4 to 10 p.m. Monday, $8
Cheap Skate Night is affordably one of the best things Houston has to offer. For only $8 you get a view of downtown Houston with arguably one of the best skylines in Texas. This event, although "cheap," is also a great idea for a romantic date without getting too distracted by appetizers you don't understand or cuisine you've never really tried. Instead keep it simple and enjoy the cool air that has finally arrived at Discovery Green.
Write About Now Poetry
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Free
Everyone has a role at spoken word: the performer, the audience member and even the venue when it's Avant Garden. It inspires and promotes creativity for delivering some of the best spoken word performances in town. With free admission and a homemade sangria and taco truck on site it's perfect for a night going stag after a week filled with hungry visitors and unsolicited opinions.
Susie Tommaney contributed to this post.