What’s going on? Everything, of course, this is Houston! I was looking around to see what fun events are happening and I am not disappointed, here are my weekend picks close to town.
The 40th Annual Pride Parade hosted by Pride Houston is this Saturday and with over 700,000 attendance last year, there’s a good chance you knew this already. Officially called Houston LGBT+ Pride 2018, the annual event takes place downtown at City Hall from Noon – 11 p.m. Get details at PrideHouston.org and get there early – this event is amazing.
Poetry seems to keep popping up on my radar, I even attended a poetry club event and read my own poem last weekend. I liked it, and thank goodness the club did too! Saturday evening at Brasil Houston, 2604 Dunlavy St., you can test the poetry waters at a free workshop at 7 p.m., then catch the “slam” at 8 p.m. The featured team is The Austin Poetry Slam Team. Hosted by the Houston VIP Workshop, it is the longest consistently run slam in the City of Houston and ranked the 5th Best Poetry Slam Team in the nation according to their website. Get $5 tickets early on eventbright.com and houstonvipslam.com.
The Heights is home to a shop that appears from the outside to be a year-round Halloween store, The Wilde Collection. The website description of the store is perfect, “… elegant, avant-garde, mysterious, eccentric and just a little eerie: a place where the religious, the occult, the divine and the grotesque converge.”
The Wilde Collection is hosting an art show for children. Confused? Don’t be, we all know how terrifying nightmares can be for children, well The Wilde Collection wants children to express that through art. The invitation stated the following.
“We would like to provide your children with an empowering experience by expressing those things and hopefully finding validation by the sale of their artworks. We also feel that by being around other children and seeing their artwork, they will know that they are not alone.”
Nightmares & Invisible Friends Children’s Art Exhibit at The Wilde Collection, Sunday evening 5 – 7 p.m. 1446 Yale St. For just $10 a piece, we can all afford to collect from these young imaginations. The artists keep 100% of proceeds. wildecollection.com
Finally on Sunday, a little horn tooting here- Saint Arnold Brewing Company is hosting a Sunday edition of First Saturday Arts Market.
If you’ve never been, the Saint Arnold tap room is a vast beer hall with picnic bench style tables surrounded by with fabulous murals and a window wall view of the massive beer tanks.
Eighteen of the market artists will brave the air-conditioned space with copious amounts of beer and patrons from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saint Arnold is located at 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020. Details and a roster are on the website, firstsaturdayartsmarket.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com