Spring has sprung! Pack a picnic blanket and your shades (and some rain gear, just to be on the safe side), lube up your bicycle chains, and don’t forget to wear a helmet!

Thursday, March 10

Take Back Our Schools Rally — Oppose PUA cuts to classrooms; stand up for quality public schools in every neighborhood regardless of zip code; oppose the high stakes testing culture in our schools and demand a superintendent who cares about kids more than image. Pizza and juice at 5:00 p.m. Come hungry straight from work, and bring your friends and the whole family. Short rally of speakers at 5:30. If you can, come inside at 6:00 to watch the board meeting. Hattie Mae White Building, (5:00) 5:30 – 6:00, FREE

My Houston 2040 — My Houston 2040 is a monthly Happy Hour meeting of Houston’s urban, eco, creative and hungry minds. This month we’ll here from Peter Byrn from the Citizens’ Climate Lobby on managing climate change risks in the world’s petrochemical capitol (that would be here) and at long last…Jay Blazek Crossley gives his My Houston 2040 vision. Rudyard’s, 5:30 – 7 pm, FREE.

Between Art, Language, and Politics: A Panel Discussion on “Slavs and Tatars: Mirrors for Princes” — For more than a decade, Slavs and Tatars have interrogated notions of identity, authorship, and language politics, blurring disciplines and strategies and calling into question the separation between art, design, and research. Convening scholars from various disciplines including art history, literary theory, and women’s studies, the panel discussion will focus on Slavs and Tatars’ latest project, “Mirrors for Princes,” which is on view through March 19 at Blaffer Art Museum. Blaffer Museum at UH, 6:30, FREE.

Friday, March 11

FotoFest Opening Night Party — Come celebrate with Artists, Food, Drinks, and Music, at the free public kickoff for the FotoFest 2016 Biennial, the 16th International Biennial of Photography and Mixed Media Art – dedicated in 2016 to the theme of CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet. Silver Street Studios & The Silos at Sawyer Yard, 7-11 pm, FREE.

Armed And, photographs by Rick Custer — High-profile mass shootings have brought gun control to the forefront of U.S. social debate. The responses on both sides of the argument have become extreme, with neither engaging the other in a discussion to resolve the issue. In this series, Armed and …, the idea is to witness the viewer’s and subject’s own reaction to a loaded firearm. Lawndale Art Center, 6-8:30 pm, FREE.

French Cultures Festival — Kick-off concert of the French Cultures Festival on the occasion of the Francophonie celebrations in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, coordinated by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston. Discovery Green, 6-10 pm, FREE.

Saturday, March 12

Lots of FotoFest related stuff going on. Check their website for all the details.

Sunday, March 13

Sunday Streets — The monthly bike and pedestrian party (read: street closure) returns with the first Sunday Streets of 2016. This month they’ll be shutting down Navigation between Jensen and N. Eastwood. 11 am – 3 pm, FREE.

Monday, March 14

Go see Glover Gill play solo tango piano at the Continental Club for Free. Or

Go see They, Who Sound at Avant Garden for the best in local avant garde improvisational music (possibly with Nestor’s pizza oven in action). Or

Go to the Monday Night Jazz Jam at Cafe 4212. Or

Have a pizza and a frozen mojito and shake your booty at the Flat.

Tuesday, March 15

Give your liver a break. Read a book. Ride a bike. Call your mom. Write a letter to a prisoner.

Wednesday, March 16

Go check out Kermit Ruffin’s weekly gig at Axelrad! 6:30-8:30 pm, FREE.