Let us get you set up with our list of the best events of the week, including a performance by English electronic rockers alt-J at White Oak Music Hall, the impressive Come & Take It Comedy Takeover at The Secret Group, and the week-long HUE Mural Festival, which will transform walls across the city.
As the city’s premier comedy event, the Come & Take It Comedy Festival — hosted at The Secret Group (2101 Polk) — features a star-studded, weekend-long lineup as well as a kick-off party on Thursday night. With appearances from national stand-up comedians including Colin Quinn, Eugene Mirman, Christina Pazsitzky, Andy Kindler, Aparna Nancherla, The Sklar Brothers, and many more, as well a slew of hilarious locals, the third-year festival promises to have Houston crowds in stitches. General admission for the weekend starts at $65 and single day passes are $30, so check out the full schedule and get ready to laugh.
Taking place at locations across the East End, East Downtown and the Northside, the third annual HUE Mural Festival celebrates the city’s diverse arts community by transforming Houston’s cityscape with murals created by more than 100 artists from across the globe. Artists have roughly 190 hours to create their designs using various techniques, ranging from graffiti, muralism and paint brush work to airbrush, wheat paste and stencil. With artist vendors, live painting, guided tours and more, the festival runs from 11 am to 6 pm from Saturday, November 18 to Saturday, November 25.
Fresh Arts’ Winter Holiday Art Market — now celebrating its 12th year — takes off with more than 60 local artists chosen to participate in the annual event, happening all weekend long at Winter Street Studios (2101 Winter Street). From paintings and ceramics to jewelry and furniture, the market presents an impressive array of goods from Houston’s top artisans. The celebration starts with an “Ugly Sweater” preview party on Friday evening, with specialty cocktails, light bites, live music and early shopping access for $25 at the door or $15 advance. Admission to the market is free from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday.
Thursday, November 16
Opening Reception – Angelbert Metoyer: Real Eyes – An Artist’s Survey: 1987-2017 at Deborah Colton Gallery
Internationally recognized artist Angelbert Metoyer — who launched his career in the ’90s through his work with Project Row Houses — returns to Houston for Real Eyes – An Artist’s Survey at Deborah Colton Gallery (2445 North Boulevard), reflecting on three decades of work created in his studio, including a few select pieces from private collections. The exhibition presents components of fashion, film and sound. The opening reception take place from 6 to 8 pm and the exhibition will be on view through January 13.
Friday, November 17
Don’t miss a performance at White Oak Music Hall from famed English electronic rockers alt-J, known for critically acclaimed albums such as An Awesome Wave and This Is All Yours, and hit tracks “Breezeblocks” and “Left Hand Free.” Touring on their latest album Relaxer, which dropped in June, their set will be preceded by a performance from Philadelphia synth-pop duo Marian Hill, known for their single “Down.” Tickets for the show start at $51 with doors at 7 pm.
Saturday, November 18
From 6 to 9 pm, join Civic TV Laboratories (2108 Freeman) for the opening reception for Daniel Hipolito’s ongoing Developments project, as well as the publication of an accompanying book chronicling the works and exhibition. Developments is an ongoing Instagram-born photography series begun by Hipolito in 2015, and this exhibition will showcase a large number of the hundreds of photographs within his series. In addition to his work, Hipolito will perform experimental electronic music under the moniker Smokey Emery at 8 pm. The exhibition will be on view through December 31.
From 7 to 9 pm, BOX 13 ArtSpace (6700 Harrisburg) presents the opening reception for three exhibitions. Shaped by Subtraction by Dylan Conner, Ronald L. Jones, Jessica Ninci, and Xochi Solis, featured in the downstairs and back BOX, seeks out the relationship maintained in a work with the elements and ideas obscured and embedded over the course of its creation. Routinely by Kendall Bradley, Erin Miller, and Sarah Ott, presented in the upstairs BOX, investigates the concept of ‘home’ though the rendering of individualized objects as well as rituals and routines embedded in tradition. Susi Brister presents Everything Must Go in the Window BOX, which explores the complex relationships we have with objects as a method of personal representation. The exhibitions will be on view through January 13.
Sunday, November 19
From 1 to 5 pm, join Walter’s Downtown (1120 Naylor) for another edition of their Punk Rock Swap Meet. Rather than featuring official vendors, the event is more like a giant garage sale with people bringing goods to sell or trade, so expect to see unique and hard-to-find items ranging from records, comics and music gear to VHS tapes, posters and vintage toys.