Thursday, April 15
Damn. It's tax day. It doesn't matter whether you're a big guy rooting for little government or a little guy rooting for big government -- today ain't EZ. When you're done doling out your share to the Man, take a deep breath and go check out some irreverence over at DiverseWorks. Today is the premiere of "Air Pocket," the first evening-length work by Leslie Scates (2000 Press award-winner for Best Dancing on the Side of the Road). Her new piece is all about breath control, so try to keep from sighing while Scates and company frolic about in their undies. 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, April 15 through 17. 1117 East Freeway. For information, call 713-223-8346 or visit www.diverseworks.org. $10 to $15.
Friday, April 16
You people need culture. Seriously, there are plenty of options out there besides drinking the night away. Why not drink only the last half of the night away? Start your evening at the screening of Area K: A Political Fishing Documentary. Presented by Voices Breaking Boundaries, the film visits an Israeli-controlled military zone that just so happens, by the most unimaginable of circumstances, to screw over a group of Palestinian fishermen. 8 p.m. The Axiom, 2524 McKinney. For information, call 713-228-2052 or visit www.voicesbreakingboundaries.org. $5.
Now it's time for a drink. Head over to Main Street Improv and check out the opening party for Electro-Nuit, a weekly laptop-DJ event featuring the Gl.tchBr.gade. "It's really laid-back," says Dave Wangler, one of the event's organizers. "It's not a pounding dance party." It is a chance to sit back, slurp down a few drinks and forget about the rest of the world -- all while listening to some over-easy electronica. The Gl.tchBr.gade promises to point-and-click a variety of subgenres, including glitch, IDM, microhouse, crackhouse and minimal. It's all techno to us, but that's why we love it so. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. 2915 Main. For information, call 281-687-1607. $3.
Saturday, April 17
Pardon us for being nitpicky, but we have some issues with Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson's song, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." Sure, we get the gist, but the whole concept really belies a complete ignorance of how time zones work. Just in case you haven't heard the song, here's the chorus in question: "Pour me something tall and strong / Make it a hurricane, before I go insane / It's only half past twelve, but I don't care / It's five o'clock somewhere." Apparently Mr. Buffett and Mr. Jackson haven't wandered very far from Margaritaville, 'cause it doesn't take a genius to know that it can't be 5 p.m. anywhere when it's 12:30 p.m. somewhere else. You can ponder such, ahem, difficulties at the Houston Parrot Head Club's Mud Bug Ball. This tropical shindig features bands, raffles, crawfish and -- natch -- cheeseburgers in paradise. 4 p.m. to midnight. Mulligan's and More, 14400 Stuebner Airline. For information, call 713-774-4614. $20 to $30.
Or maybe the whole "Jimmy Buffett" thing is a little too sunny for your tastes. Maybe your idea of a good time involves a little more tragedy. How's Euripides for you? The good folks at Encore Theatre are celebrating their new digs with a production of Medea, the classic tale of a woman scorned. You might remember Jason, her asshole hubby, from his work with the Argonauts. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through May 1. 2011 Lamar. For information, call 713-222-2787. $15.
Sunday, April 18
Zipping straight from UH-Downtown to the Reliant Center, the Metro light rail helps, um, a few of us in our day-to-day travels. The rest of us just ride it for fun: "Hey, honey, you wanna park down the street and take the train?" Now you and yours can join others in the joys of whooshing at the Orange Show's "Metro Lite" Eyeopener Tour. Along the way, you'll tour the Franklin Lofts, check out the stuff on the walls at Joan Wich Gallery and O'Kane Gallery, and pop by the Big Top club for a few drinks. Drunken riding is permitted. 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Park in the Metro lot at the intersection of Fannin and Holman. Meet at the Ensemble/HCC Rail Station, 3535 Main. For information, call 713-926-6368 or visit www.orangeshow.org. $35 to $50.
Monday, April 19
Ugh. Monday really has a knack for sneaking up on you. After you're done stuffing files, making calls or whatever the hell it is that you do all day, drop by Slider's Bar for Big-Ass Beer Night. $2.75 will get a tall one, and you can kick back and listen to DJ Ricky spinning a world of Latin beats. You deserve it. After all, you've got a long week ahead. Be sure to relish the moment when you walk up to the bar and ask for a "big-ass beer, please." 7 p.m. 1424 Westheimer. For information, call 713-528-2788 or visit www.slidersbar.com. Free.
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Tuesday, April 20
Dudes, it's 4/20. If you don't know what that means, then we're not going to tell you. Let's just say 4/20 is a special day for a certain sector of society -- a very chill one, at that. Still need more clues? Today is the last day of the 420 Festival, a four-day jam benefiting the Green Party and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. That's right, marijuana laws. Are you getting closer? Can you smell it? Take a puff of the good shit today at the Engine Room, where stoner-friendly bands like Altered, Paris Green, Chrome 44 and Fallen Line are scheduled to play. 6 p.m. 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846. Check www.houstonnorml.org for a full list of venues and schedules. $10 day of show; $25 in advance with four-day pass (available at Puff 'n Stuff, 1418 Spencer, 713-943-0170, or Avenue Pizza, 110 East Edgebrook, 713-941-8810).
Wednesday, April 21
Don't be fooled by the bad haircuts and ascetic lifestyle: Even the holiest dudes paid attention to fashion. You can find out why tonight at Warren Woodfin's lecture, "In the Splendor of the Saints: Byzantine Liturgical Vestments." The images embroidered on these robes said a lot more about theology than you might expect. We can only wonder what the peasants were wearing back then. 7 p.m. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit www.menil.org. Free.