You'll have two chances to catch the MountainFilm on Tour film festival, with screenings on Friday and Saturday. Since 2000, MountainFilm on Tour has been going on tour around the country to bring its unique adventure and avant-garde showcases to a wider audience. This year the festival gives Houstonians the chance to see Tiffany Shlain's Yelp (With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg's "Howl"). Clocking in at just over five minutes, the Peter Coyote-narrated short is a raging, ranting essay on the apathy that comes from being part of a society always plugged into an ever-widening net of online connectivity. The result plays like a good Bill Hicks end piece, but with the urgency and scope of a Great Dictator. More epic in scale is Jeff Orlowski's documentary Chasing Ice. The film follows James Balog as he chronicles the melting of -glaciers all over the world with time-lapse -photography. The footage, which inevitably shows the giant masses of ice shrinking remarkably quickly, is alarming.
See MountainFilm on Tour 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore. For information, visit the Asia Society Texas Center website or call 713‑496‑9901. $35 to $60.