Free Events Thursdays
Cupid’s Corner at Woodforest
February 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Woodforest Homefinder Lodge
101 Elk Trace Parkway, Montgomery, TX 77316
With sweethearts in mind, Woodforest is planning Cupid’s Corner 10 am-8 pm Feb. 7 at the Woodforest Homefinder Lodge, 101 Elk Trace Parkway. Vendors will have an array of gifts — jewelry, wine, truffles, children’s clothing and home décor items. Enjoy Valentine’s Day treats and wine while browsing and kids can enjoy crafts while parents shop. Staff will put finishing touches to gifts at the wrapping station. Visitors also can buy Papa John’s pizza 4-8 pm at special Valentine’s Day prices.
Dark Light: The Micaeous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse
February 7, 2014 – May 11, 2014 (Recurring daily)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
The opening will also feature Spectra: Work by Adrian Esparza in the Front Gallery. Open studios by current resident artists to follow talks. In “Dark Light: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse,” Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents works by one of the most innovative contemporary forces in Native American pottery. Working from traditional materials and techniques, Christine Nofchissey McHorse’s vessel-based art blends the boundaries of pottery and sculpture, erasing the line between function and form.
As the Navajo artist’s first traveling exhibition, the show exhibits the unadorned sophistication of the sultry curves, black satiny surfaces, and modern forms of her Dark Light series, created from 1997 to present. An amalgam of Puebloan, Navajo, and contemporary influences, each sculpture possesses a cultural splendor that is as fertile as the Northern New Mexico riverbeds where McHorse harvests her clay. Through the unadulterated beauty of micaceous clay and with Puebloan construction techniques learned from her Taos mother-in-law, McHorse transforms her sketches into voluminous shapes that swell upwards like a natural spring. Dismissing the rudimentary forms that define Native American ethnic identity in craft, she returns to primordial shapes, akin to the modern aesthetic of Henri Moore. Experimenting with shape, mass, volume, and line, she creates organic vessels in the vein of her ancestors, who recognized the spiritual power of water, air, and earth.
The Peking Acrobats
February 7, 2014 at 7:30pm
This troupe of China’s most gifted performers, complemented by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments, returns to Houston for one night only! The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. For more than 50 years they have held audiences of all ages spellbound with vibrant presentations of their ancient folk art. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability.
Homestead Heritage Day
February 8, 2014 at 10 am – 4 pm
Jesse H. Jones Park, Humble, TX 77338
Bring the family for a “living history” look at 19th century Texas settler life. Enjoy the sights and sounds of folk music, blacksmithing, black powder weaponry, open fire cooking, and more as the skills of times past are demonstrated by scores of authentically outfitted reenactors.
Fun for the whole family!
Made for Magazines: Iconic 20th-Century Photographs
Feb 9, 2014 – May 4, 2014
Drawn entirely from the MFAH collection, Made for Magazines: Iconic 20th-Century Photographs surveys this richly historic era through some 80 images published by magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Life, Texas Monthly, and Vogue. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs, first published in newspapers and later in magazines, are also included. Among the artists represented are Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, Edward Steichen, and William Wegman.
ReelAbilities: Houston Disabilities Film Festival
February 9, 2014 – February 13, 2014 (Recurring daily)
The ReelAbilities Houston Film Festival is a festival aimed at promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. The festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. Click on the link for this year’s schedule. http://houston.reelabilities.org/films
Russian Spring Bazaar
February 3, 2014 – May 30, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00p.m., Saturday: 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Discover unique ethnic souvenirs and gifts that are hard to find anywhere else. – Wooden figures of Father Frost; – Beautiful icons; – Lovely lacquer jewelry boxes; – Famous blue-and –white china – Gzhel; – Golden wooden tableware “Khokhloma”; – Famous Russian Matreshkas or nesting dolls.