September 29th, 2011

The Look Ahead: Crafty Crafts, Short Films, Chi-Town in H-Town, and Classical Music

Have we made it to Thursday? By the magic of Rivendell—WE HAVE. Well, don’t let me hold you up from taking a taste of what’s to come this weekend. All good things. You can take that to the bank. Just steer clear of using your debit cards BofAers, there’re fines afoot.

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Beyond Useful & Beautiful: Rethinking Domestic Craft

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Where: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft [4848 Main St., 77002]
When: Friday, September 30th | Artist Talks, 5:00PM | Opening Reception, 5:30PM to 8:00PM | Exhibition open from October 1, 2011 through January 8, 2012
How much: Free
Scoop’d from: Arts Hound

Craft has always had a strong tie to the domestic sphere. Historically, craft objects were made with a functional purpose, whether it was ceramic plates used for meals or quilts to keep people warm at night. Other crafts, such as needlepoint, served as leisure activities for women and frequently decorated people’s homes. This strong connection between craft and the home is critically explored in Beyond Useful & Beautiful: Rethinking Domestic Craft. The exhibition presents a variety of media—including furniture, wall paper, ceramics, quilts, needlepoint, glass and metal—in a series of domestic vignettes or “rooms” set up throughout the large gallery. It doesn’t hurt that the exhibit in a way was inspired by William Morris. The Kelmscott Press? One of my personal favorites.

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The Manhattan Short Film Festival

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Where: The Museum of Fine Arts Law Building, Lower Level [1001 Bissonnet, 77005]
When: Friday, September 30th | 7:00PM to 9:00PM
How much: $7.00 for non-Members | $6.00 for Seniors and Members | $5.00 for Film Buffs
Scoop’d from: Email

Houstonians unite with audiences spanning six continents by voting for the film they think should become the winner of the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. The MSFF is not only the largest short film festival, it is the first global film festival, with over 200 cities taking part in the event this week. Take this opportunity to glimpse the future filmmakers and storytellers of tomorrow.

Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire

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Where: Robertson Stadium [3875 Holman St., 77204]
When: Saturday, October 1st | Opening kick at 3:30PM
How much: Depends on the section
Scoop’d from: Richard

The MLS season is in high gear. It’s time to dust off your orange kit and get out to one of the games. We’d go on record as saying that the Dynamo are tied with the Texans for the best valued pro-sports ticket in Houston at the moment. Tell us we’re wrong.

Master Recital with the Shepherd School of Music

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Where: Rice University – Duncan Recital Hall – Alice Pratt Brown Hall [6100 Main St., 77005]
When: Saturday, October 1st | 5:30PM to 7:00PM
How much: Free
Scoop’d from: Rice University

Dawson White will be playing the viola. Expect the music of Bach, Penderecki, and Schubert. The piece above is clearly not Dawson White. It’s also no guarantee that you’ll hear that piece, should you attend. Consider it an indication of what the experience may hold. I can’t imagine it to be bad.

— Richard

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