From a performance by experimental electronic artists Actress and Telefon Tel Aviv at Walter’s Downtown, an evening with famed comedian Todd Barry at The Secret Group, and sets from local favorites Ruiners and Rose Ette at Rudyard’s British Pub, we’ve sorted through the best events of the week so you don’t have to.
Thursday, November 30
From 7 to 8 pm, The Menil Collection (1533 Sul Ross) will host renowned scholar and art historian Darby English as he discusses his book 1971, A Year in the Life of Color. The book explores in great detail the exhibitions Contemporary Black Artists in America at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The DeLuxe Show, a racially integrated abstract art exhibition that was presented in a renovated movie theater in Houston’s Fifth Ward.
Friday, December 1
Opening Reception — Nathaniel Donnett: In One Form or Another; Verse One at Art League Houston
From 6 to 9 pm, Art League Houston (1953 Montrose) will host the opening reception for In One Form or Another; Verse One, an exhibition by Houston artist Nathaniel Donnett, which explores the aesthetics and visual language of the forms and structures of social protests against injustice. Works in the exhibition include sculpture, mixed media paintings, light, sound, video projection and performance, all investigating the relationships between methods of art, protests, form, acts of resistance, and social justice. The opening also features an artist talk at 7 pm and the exhibition will be on view in the main gallery through January 20, 2018.
Concert — Last King of Poland, Breathing Problem at Donkey Paw
Stop by Donkey Paw (2102 Commerce) in East Downtown for an evening filled with avant garde, noise and drone, all accompanied by cutting-edge visuals. Headlining the show is Chicago “noisewave” act Last King of Poland, as well as Austin electronic duo Breathing Problem. The show will also feature sets from psych-noise group Ak’chamel and a collaborative performance between ::kai/ros:: and Illicit Relationship, as well as appearances by Electric Sleep, Al Eckstue and DJ Markos Grave of Secret Sands. Tickets for the BYOB show are $7 with doors at 7 pm.
Head upstairs at White Oak Music Hall (2915 N. Main) for an all-Houston lineup that will be sure to get your feet moving. Headlining the show is riot grrrl four-piece Giant Kitty, bringing their energetic and eclectic brand of punk to the stage. Also on the bill is rapper T2 the ghetto hippie, punk rockers Kemo for Emo, and hip-hop veteran DJ Baby Roo. Tickets start at $10 with doors at 8 pm.
Saturday, December 2
Don’t miss an incredible night of electronic sounds at Walter’s Downtown (1120 Naylor), featuring sets from impressive international, national and local acts. The show is headlined with a live set from British musician Actress, who has gained worldwide recognition for his unique brand of experimental techno. The bill also includes a performance from lauded Chicago-based electronic act Telefon Tel Aviv, Houston’s own powerhouse LIMB, and a DJ set from Dr. Calero. Tickets start at $15 with doors at 8 pm.
Be sure to stop by The Secret Group (2101 Polk) for an evening with legendary comedian Todd Barry as he celebrates 30 years of telling jokes. That said, this time around Barry won’t be telling any jokes, rather he’ll be riffing and bantering with the crowd instead. In case you aren’t familiar with the name, the New York City-based comedian is well-known for his stand up, as well as for his appearances on shows like Flight of the Conchords, Delocated, Chapelle’s Show and many others. Tickets start at $20 with doors at 7 pm.
Sunday, December 3
Head over to Rudyard’s British Pub (2010 Waugh) for stellar performances from some of Houston’s best bands, including a raucous headlining performance by always-energetic punk rockers Ruiners, indie pop darlings Rose Ette, and emo indie rock trio Donna Hayward, as well as a set from San Francisco grunge pop band Couches. Tickets are $10 with doors at 8 pm.