This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Thursday, August 21
Grand Master Flash
is one of hip-hop's founding fathers. During the mid-'70s, Flash was mixing rock, jazz and blues on his turntable -- and most of the time, either confusing the hell out of people or getting ignored by them. "Before I was famous," he told, "before I had a record deal, before I had an MC crew, before I had money, there were these years that nobody knew what this was or understood what it was that I was doing, and it almost could have possibly not made it, because so many people misunderstood this thing I was doing." Clearly, Flash had the last word. Word. The venerable DJ visits Houston today. HUSH, 15625 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713-330-4874 or visit

Friday, August 22
Not one, not two, but three plays with Indian themes will be performed today at DiverseWorks. In Pahachaan, written and directed by Sara Kumar, an American journalist takes a trip to India to research a story about food and discovers that his biological mama is Indian. In Without a Script, written and directed by Soham Mehta, three actors and a crew member show up for their first play rehearsal, only to find no script, no playwright and no director. And Random Act of Kindness, directed by Yaksha Shah, is set among a group of Indian villagers and features dances by Urban Indian Beat, Urban Gypsy and Funjen Mittal. It's all part of "Triple Bill: Three Short Plays, One Big Show," presented by Shunya Theatre. 8 p.m. today and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. 1117 East Freeway. For information, call 832-274-9998 or visit $10 to $15.

Saturday, August 23
Been spending too much time sitting on your couch, eating chips, smoking cigarettes and drinking beer? You can't erase all that self-abuse during one evening of health-related activities, but you can definitely get inspired. Today, the Orange Show presents "How YOU Can Live 100 Years and Still Be Spry." There will be yoga, nutrition, massage, aromatherapy and -- but of course -- breakdancing activities. Guests can bag some free samples, check out '50s health movies and jam to music by The Free Radicals. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 2401 Munger Street. For information, call 713-926-6368 or visit Free.

Sunday, August 24
Everywhere you look these days, lofts are springing up. As a recent (rather bitchy) New York Times article about Houston stated: "Developers here are tearing down perfectly good buildings or acquiring empty lots to make room for what look like century-old factories. Inside are loft-style apartments that try to mimic the faded mystique of Manhattan neighborhoods like SoHo or TriBeCa." It's an affront. But there are some legit loft spaces here; for example, you can find them in the downtown Warehouse District. The area became an industrial district in the early 20th century because the rail lines entering Houston intersected there. Today, the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance leads a walking tour of the Warehouse District. Participants will see what a real loft space is like when they wander past the James Bute Co. Warehouse, built in 1910, or Erie City Iron Works, built in 1909. 2 p.m. 1000 block of Wood Street. For information, call 713-216-5000 or visit $7 to $10; free for children 11 and younger.

Monday, August 25
In his latest series of paintings, "The Men We Wanted to Look Like," Michael Andrews pays homage to his favorite movie stars. To create the works, Andrew uses the silk-screening technique known as "posterization," in which flat light and dark areas create form and dimension. As you can see in Edward (opposite page), the technique really works. If you don't know which Edward is represented in the painting, go to the movies sometime. Or maybe this will help: He and Salma Hayek recently split. You can make an appointment with OneTen Gallery most days to see the Andrews exhibition. Also, at 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, the gallery is hosting one of its "happenings," featuring spoken word by the Houston Poetry Slam Team. 110 Jackson. For information, call 713-224-0988 or visit

Tuesday, August 26
If you've dealt with one too many assholes lately, it's likely you've got some pent-up aggression. But don't go crackin' skulls; these days, that's not allowed. You'll get sued for some wimp's black eye. We suggest spending the evening playing laser tag at Laser Quest. You can run around with what you imagine to be a weapon, pointing at people and shooting. Hell, you can even bellow a few obscenities. Afterwards, you'll be much more serene, ready to face Larry from accounting, or whatever form Satan takes when he visits you. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 4 p.m. to midnight Fridays; noon to midnight Saturdays; and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. 13711 Westheimer Road. For information, call 281-596-9999 or visit $7.50 per person, per game.

Wednesday, August 27
And speaking of violence, today, the ultra-bloody Savage Seven plays at the Alamo Drafthouse weekly event, "Weird Wednesdays." In the 1968 movie, a scary motorcycle gang tries to take over an Indian reservation. Besides the Indians, possible biker enemies include a rival gang and an evil mine owner. The Savage Seven features a serious battle scene like the ones you'd see in cowboy-and-Indian movies. Keep an eye out for actors Duane Eddy, the legendary guitarist, and Penny Marshall, who would go on to direct movies including A League of Their Own and Riding in Cars with Boys. 10 p.m. West Oaks Mall, Westheimer at Highway 6. For information, call 281-556-5200 or visit Free.

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