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5 Things You Should Do This Week

5 Things You Should Do This Week
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By Mariam Afshar

1. Wednesday: BooTown Presents: The Curio Show

I did not know what a Cabinet of Curiosities was until I read this and then did a little research on my own. The best way I can describe it is through an example. That room in the Menil with all the creepy masks and trinkets. Basically, it was a room, in the 16th century, filled with trinkets, art and artifacts, that was later confined to a cabinet in the 18th century. The one at the Menil isn’t titled Cabinet of Curiosities, but it holds the same purpose.
Taking the idea of Cabinets of Curiosities, co-artistic director, Lindsey Burleson has put together this puppet show (all puppets handmade by her, with a little help from her friends) that will feature 8 items. For each item you will learn its history and how it came to be in this cabinet. There are four shows dates remaining at two different locations and it is pay what you can. Wednesday’s show will be at Rudyards and the last three will be held at an empty store front off Main St.
2. Thursday: Film Screening: The Anonymous People
14pew is screening the feature documentary film The Anonymous People which highlights the more than 23 million people living in recovery from alcohol and other drugs. The story is told by citizens, public figures, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives and celebrities who are putting it all out there to save the lives of others. This is a movement that ‘aims to transform public opinion, engage communities and elected officials, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting solutions’.
The Thursday January 9th screening is only $11 and starts at 7pm. Take a couple hours and put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
3. Friday:  East End Studio Gallery Presents: Explicitly Chingona “Peep Show”
If you have an interest in the sex, which I assume most of you do, this a “peep show” you won’t want to miss. The 4th Annual Explicitly Chingona art show explores and pushes the boundaries of sexual taboos. There is mature and adult content in this show, so stifle your giggles. Tickets for the January 10th VIP Preview are $25, which includes free drinks, nibbles and a private presentation by Ms. Modesty. Or, you can see the exhibit for free on January 17th and 24th, minus the ‘extras’.
4. Saturday: 5K Glow Run at Minute Maid Park
It’s a 5k, good for your ‘get in shape’ new years resolution, that benefits the Houston Humane Society, also good for your ‘give back’ new years resolution. There will be music at various spots throughout the course, backlight zones and thousands of runners decked out in glow gear and a glowing finish line chute. WHAAAT! This is basically a giant glow party with 3.1 miles of running (or walking) your choice. The nights start early this time of year. Tickets range from $32-$45 and it all starts at 7pm on Saturday January 11th.
5. Sunday:
Freakin’ relax! Grab a brunch, a bloody Mary and coffee with your friends. There are plenty of  restaurants you can check out. Here a few of my favorites for brunch. Baba Yega’s, so yummy and a buffet. You can eat to your heart’s content. Hugo’s, a bit pricey but super delicious. And, of course, Lowbrow. It’s new, its yummy and they have ample outdoor seating, assuming it doesn’t rain, you all know how temperamental Houston weather is.
There is your week planned out. Obviously, you can opt out of some of these, but why miss them? It’s not was if you have anything better to do.

One Response to 5 Things You Should Do This Week

  1. Vick Vega January 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Why spend $25 dollars on Friday when you can go to an awesome masquerade downtown at Notsuoh? Wear a mask and get in free! PARTY PARTY PARTY!!!

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