Comedian Richard Lewis has some advice for young comics: "Put on a flak jacket and dive in head first." Lewis, who was named to GQ magazine's list of the 20th Century's Most Influential Humorists and is our pick for Friday, says, "There are lots more opportunities to be a comedian these days than when I started in the 1970s. That's the good news. The bad news is it's still a business. As long as all you want is to make people laugh, you're fine. But as soon as you want a paycheck, that's when things get squirrelly. Most of the people you meet behind the scenes, sadly, are unscrupulous and full of it and get in the way of an artist. Honestly, I don't know why more people haven't cut their ears off."
See Lewis at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Improv Houston, 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, visit the Improv Web site or call 713333-8800. $20 to $32.
The Houston Press presents Food Truck Fridays on the first Friday of every month. It's a casual affair sponsored by the Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Every month it's a different lineup of food trucks and vendors. For January, the food trucks on hand include The Rice Box, The Waffle Bus, Oh My Gogi, Bare Bowls and Wicked Whisk. There's plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, so no matter what the weather, Food Truck Fridays goes on.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. House of Dereon, 2204 Crawford. For information, visit the event's Web site. Free street parking is available.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston recently raised its ticket prices: Admission is now a whopping $9. That's still some $5 under the average ticket price to a commercial theater. And since, as with our choice for Saturday, MFAH Film Premieres: Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, that $9 admission buys you a seat to see award-winning international films as they make their Houston debut, we're not too upset. Shot over a decade, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters follows the photographer as he meticulously composes his shots, staging his shoots with the complexity and intricacy of an epic movie set. Crewdson has famously said, "The whole act of making art is an act of faith."
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters screens at 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, visit the museum's Web site or call 713-639-7515. $7 to $9.
What do you do after you've explored the ends of the universe, not to mention saved mankind a few dozen times? If you're William Shatner, our pick for Sunday, you take your act on the road. Shatner spent more than half a century as an entertainer and geek pop-culture icon, playing such roles as Captain Kirk, T.J. Hooker and most recently Denny Crane. But it's arguable that his biggest role has always been as the bigger-than-life William Shatner. In his confessional show Shatner's World: We Just Live in It, he delights audiences with songs, jokes and stories. (The show is unfortunately light on musical performances, which is a shame because Shatner's 2004 album Has Been, produced by Ben Folds, was considered by many to be a true gem.) Shatner walks fans through the highs and lows of his life and career, including a time when he was broke, divorced and living in his truck. Now 81, the affable, laughable and impossibly likable Shatner is approaching the end of an incredible life. He treats his going-to-be-sooner-than-later death with the same curiosity Captain Kirk had for the universe. According to Shatner, "Death is the final frontier."
7 p.m. Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice, Galveston. For information, visit the Grand 1894 Opera House's Web site or call 409-763-7173. $48 to $98.
Jef with One F contributed to this post.
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