Editor’s Note: Houston’s weekends are packed full of events, but how many of them are truly worthy of your time? PaperCity’s Matthew Ramirez cuts through the clutter to give you the best options in this new regular weekly series.
Black Lives Matter
River Oaks Theatre hosts exclusive showings of an explosive new documentary this weekend, I Am Not Your Negro, based on an unfinished manuscript from the influential and incomparable author James Baldwin. The movie is already nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary.
Using Baldwin’s own words to tell much of the story – the manuscript was going to be a remembrance of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Medgar Evers, three civil rights leaders assassinated within a span of five years, and three men whom Baldwin called friends – the film also draws connections to current-day fights for civil rights, in the wake of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Michael Brown. Opens Friday.
*Phil Collins voice* Pre-Pre-Presidio
Pax Americana chef Adam Dorris and Charles Bishop formerly of Southern Goods are teaming up for a new restaurant and bar, Presidio, at 911 W. 11th Street. Touting “Texas inspired cuisine,” the duo have taken over a 1940s building for a more casual foray into the restaurant scene utilizing Dorris’ Pax Americana background .
Opening at 2 pm Saturday, with Heapin’ Helpin’ and Geoffrey’s Electric Banjo Band.
Four Minute Mile
Despite their relatively brief lifespan, Milemarker have remained in the collective memory of emo diehards. At the turn of the century, they were another Chapel Hill band on notorious emo label Jade Tree, but by 2002’s Frigid Forms Sell, they were dabbling in electronic music and beats two years before the Postal Service and years before most guitar-drums-vocals outfits would open their minds to such an idea. Because this progressiveness was inherent in their vision, nothing about them is dated.
They were simultaneously ahead of their time while feeling a little timeless way up here in 2017. They hit Walter’s on Friday; doors at 8 pm, tickets $12.
Cold Like Minnesota
Speaking of throwback: at the height of the Saddle Creek craze and the freak-folk explosion and Sufjan Stevens‘ rise, a name often lingered in the shadows of all the bigger breakout stars of the indie-folk scene: Minnesota’s David Dondero. Like Conor Oberst if you cleaned him up and gave him a shave (metaphorically speaking), what Dondero’s music lacked in dialed-up emotional catharsis he made up with patient, thoughtful lyricism.
Dondero released a new album, Inside the Cat’s Eye, just this past January. He’ll be at Satellite Bar Saturday; doors at 8 pm, tickets $10.
Kiss It Better
The Houston Rockets will host the Phoenix Suns at the Toyota Center Saturday. A game against a cellar-dwelling squad like Phoenix would not normally warrant special consideration, but given this season-long celebration of 50 years of Rockets history, most home games this season are worth a look. And this game has the perfect incentive to come out — the first 3,000 fans will receive a Mario Elie “Kiss of Death” bobblehead, in honor of Elie’s clutch three-point shot in 1995 against the Suns in the second round of the playoffs that forced a deciding Game 7.
Elie’s cold-blooded swish sent the Rockets on their way to their 1995 season repeat championship and is one of the top five moments in Rockets history. Fans will even have the opportunity to meet and greet the Rockets fave. Line up early to get your bobblehead. Doors open at 6:30 pm, tip-off at 8 pm Saturday.