Must List: A Third Ward documentary and Mark Seliger comes home
1. Third Ward on film
“No Chill on the Bike Path: Houston’s Third Ward in Seven Acts,” a documentary that looks at the history and importance of the legendary black Houston neighborhood that now seems to be on the cusp of major change, premieres Thursday at Texas Southern University. Residents, business people and activists paint a portrait of the complexities facing the area.
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Texas Southern University, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, McCoy Auditorium, 3100 Cleburne
Details : Free
2. Edgy craft
Mud-dauber nests, screwheads and intricately cut paper are among the materials used to create the cutting-edge works selected by juror Jennifer Scanlan for CraftTexas 2018, the 10th biennial showcase of exemplary craft from across the Lone Star State. But all is not anarchy: legendary enamelist Harlan Butt also made the cut with his elegantly designed enamel vessels.
When: Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. Friday; exhibit up through Jan. 6.
Where: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main
Details: Free; 713-529-4848, crafthouston.org.
3. Beast of a play
I hate to ruin the surprise, but if it gets people amped about theater, why not? If you’ve seen the promo video for Catastrophic Theatre’s production of “Curse of the Starving Class,” Sam Shepard’s dark portrait of the rural working class, you’ll know it involves a live goat. Really. But it’s not just a gimmick. The animal is part of the Catastrophic’s vision to present a visceral and gritty portrayal of the Tate family, a story that has taken on new resonances since the 2016 election.
When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 21
Where: MATCH, 3400 Main
Details: All tickets pay-what-you-can, $40 suggested price; 713-522-2723, catastrophictheatre.com.
4. Moon shining
For its 10th birthday, Discovery Green is giving visitors a “moonGARDEN,” experience. The Montreal art collective Lucion has customized 22 huge, inflated spheres for Houston audiences, filling them with LED light shows that include dancing shadow puppets and interactive elements. Opening night adds a performance by Cirque la Vie, a screening of “Moonstruck” and stargazing; other nights bring dance lessons, poetry and artist talks.
When: 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, through Oct. 7
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney
Details: Free; discoverygreen.com.
5. Shined up
Kevin Gordon hails from Monroe, La., so he’s one of those guys who’s comfortable slogging through a swampy middle-ground between country and blues. He’s also a gifted lyricist, who can make a song both cinematic and evocative while filling it with tangible details. His latest is among his best, the very worthwhile “Tilt and Shine.”
When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk
Details: $20-$22; 713-528-5999, mcgonigels.com.
6. Goode work
One of the most esteemed pianists in the world, Richard Goode has made a particularly strong impression with the work of Beethoven. Last year was the 25th anniversary of his landmark recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas — he was the first American-born artist to record them —prompting a celebratory rerelease of the 10-disc set. He opens Da Camera’s 2018-19 season with a program that includes works by Hayden, Mozart, Janáček and Chopin.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas
Details: $42.50-$82.50; 713-524-5050, dacamera.com.
7. Big picture
Stand Out Photographic Events are day-long celebrations of photography that also offer discussions and panels to assist both veteran and novice photographers. This particular Stand Out includes a panel on printmaking and selling prints, another on gear and one on shooting weddings. The big pull, though, will be an appearance by Mark Seliger, an alum of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, who has worked extensively for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and GQ. Earlier this year he put out a gorgeous book of portraits, “Mark Seliger Photographs.”
When: noon Tuesday
Where: Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street
Details: $30; apanational.org.