September 30th, 2011

The Look Ahead: Weekend Wonderland

The weekend is finally here. Rejoice. Have you seen all it has to offer? We hate to rehash, but we’ve told you a lot already. Maybe there are a few more things to experience, however. Let’s take a gander…

Hmmm, what about:

Heights Live! with Randy Weeks (via @MyCityRocks_Hou)

Midtown Men at The Grand 1894 Operahouse (via @Grand1894)

or

Doing your part to support Noah’s Kitchen by donating and by voting for them for free fuel.

Good times.

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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.

Read our interview with the Director of Screenplays, Tom See right here.

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.

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Annual Winter and Spring Street Studios Artist Exhibition

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Where: Washington Corridor [2101 Winter Street, 77007]
When: October 1st and 2nd | 5:00PM to 9:00PM and 1:00PM to 5:00PM
How much: Free
Scoop’d from: Facebook

“Reception Evening on Saturday includes: open studios, complimentary bar service, light snacks, free parking, free admission and complimentary Houston Wave shuttle service between Winter Street and Spring Street Studios.

Over 110 participating artists of all mediums. Open Studio on Sunday includes: free admission and parking.”

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Houston Heights Orchestra Opening Concert

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Where: Divergence Music and Arts – Heights [1824 Spring St., 77007]
When: Friday, September 30th | 7:30PM
How much: $5 (Call 832-407-2824 or Buy at the Door)
Scoop’d from: Facebook

“The Houston Heights Orchestra is dedicated to sharing the joy of making and listening to symphonic music. We welcome all members of the Heights community to join us as performers and audience supporters. Concert programs include standard and contemporary repertoire, with a focus on music that is gratifying to play and exciting to hear.

Be a part of the newest addition to the fun of living in the Heights.”

Opening Reception for Box 13 Art Spaces‘ Newest Exhibits

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Where: Second Ward – Box 13 Artspace [6700 Harrisburg Blvd., 77011]
When: Saturday, October 1st | 7:00PM to 9:30PM
How much: Free
Scoop’d from: Email

“BOX 13 ArtSpace is pleased to present four exhibitions opening October 1, 2011, 7 – 9:30PM. Monica Vidal fills the Downstairs Front BOX with her site-specific, meditative sculpture, Temple Hive. In the Downstairs Back BOX, Lisa Choinacky deconstructs symmetry and relationships with projected still images on dioramas in Reality Is Only A Rorschach Ink-Blot, You Know (pictured above). Krista Birnbaum outfits the Window BOX with artificial plant forms in her installation NEW GROWTH. In the Upstairs BOX, Jed Foronda and Emily Link present personal and imagined histories through installation and artifacts in False Face High.

The exhibitions continue through November 5, 2011.”

Rocky Votolato w/ Matt Pond PA at Fitzgerald’s

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Where: Fitzgerald’s – The Heights [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Thursday, September 29th | Doors at 7:00PM
How much: $10 in Advance; $12 at the Door
Scoop’d from: Paul

We’re big fans of both Rocky Votolato as well as Matt Pond PA and we highly recommend checking out this show at Fitzgerald’s on Thursday night, but we mostly picked it for today’s post for continuity’s sake… as you read about another Roky below…

Roky Erickson w/ The Umbrella Man at Continental Club

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Where: The Continental Club – The Fourth Ward [3700 Main St., 77002]
When: Saturday, October 1st | Doors at 8:ooPM
How much: $23 General Admission
Scoop’d from: Paul

Roky Erickson’s 2010 effort made its way onto our Bestus Prospectus for local albums. Though the collaboration with Okkerville River won’t carry over to the Continental Club tour date this weekend, I’m sure you can expect nothing less than the best live music experience. Keep your ears open for “Goodbye Sweet Dreams.”

— Paul

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