A still from one of Lisa Harris' films showing Saturday at the Aurora Picture Show.
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.
Days Before the Rodeo
If the appeal of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo feels like something that doesn’t intersect with PaperCity readers, then you just might be out of touch. Many sophisticated women (and men) don their fanciest Luccheses for the opportunity to eat foods on sticks that are not normally on sticks and fried foods that should not be fried, but excess is part of the fun.
If hoofing it in spring weather to see The Chainsmokers doesn’t sound like a good time, then foodies should head out to the Rodeo’s biggest gastronomical attraction: the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, which pits more than 250 teams against each other. While the majority of the private competitive tents are closed to the public, there are many public venues offering unique chances to taste some fine barbecue and enjoy live music. The carnival grounds will also be open.
Kids tickets are $5; adults $15. Runs through Sunday; the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officially kicks off Tuesday, March 7.
If the future is female, upstairs Friday night at White Oak Music Hall is a decent place for the resistance to kick off. Local electronica queen MIEARS (of BLSHS notoriety) headlines a show that features the electronic/indie-pop gumbo of Tee Vee and also the striking songwriting of personal local fave Pearl Crush, the pseudo-solo act of Lories front-woman Mandy Clinton.
I saw Pearl Crush perform in the tiny confines of Poison Girl back in the fall and her sensual mix of jangle-rock, pop, even R&B is a natural fit for Angel Olsen, Sampha, and Blood Orange fans alike, down to Clinton’s finicky dance moves. Doors open at 8 pm and best of all, the show is free for those over 21.
Open Your Third Eye
Lisa E. Harris is the reason the term “creative” (as a noun) was invented. The Houston born-and-bred artist sings opera, performs across the globe from Ghana to Oslo to Berlin to Quebec, has collaborated with everyone from Jason Moran to Jawaad Taylor to Angelbert Metoyer to Fat Tony, and has worked with the city’s most prestigious institutions from the Rothko Chapel to Project Row House.
And somehow she’s found the time to complete a trio of films that are meant to be seen with live accompaniment, dubbed “performed-opera films.” Two acts will be presented Saturday night at the Aurora Picture Show, with Harris providing live narration and musical interludes with a voice sampler and theremin as part of the experience. The two parts, Cry of the Third Eye and Children of the Lost, examine Harris’s family, her former students, neighbors, and deals with themes of gentrification, displaced peoples, and mysticism taking place in Houston’s historic Third Ward neighborhood.
Tickets are $10 and the show begins at 7:30 pm.
Are You Ready For Some Football?
Major League Soccer continues its steady expansion across the country, even if the Houston Dynamo peaked early, delivering back-to-back championships in the franchise’s first two years. The Dynamo have struggled with a rebuilding process the past few seasons, but there’s never a bad excuse to enjoy the shiny BBVA Compass Stadium and watch good, competitive soccer at a reasonable price.
The 2017 season kicks off at home, against the 2016 MLS Cup champs Seattle Sounders. The match starts Saturday night at 7:30 pm.
The biggest surprise in Academy Award history went down Sunday night, as Barry Jenkins‘ tiny drama took down the star-studded heavy favorite La La Land, but not before the most confounding moment in the show’s 80-plus year history, when Faye Dunaway announced La La Land the winner before stagehands and show producers realized a misplaced envelope led to the wrong winner being announced.
Moonlight hit blu-ray this week but the big screen is the best way to experience the one-of-a-kind film, with the movie’s vibrant color palette and contemplative score washing over you. It’s back in a handful of local theaters again this weekend.