Top Things To Do This Weekend: May 2–4

Where to go, who to see, and what to do

By Michael Hardy April 30, 2014


LIVE at the Eldorado with Milton Hopkins and Jewel Brown and Texas Historical Marker Dedication

The Eldorado Ballroom embodied the spirit of Houston’s African American community and left an indelible mark on its history. That legacy will be recognized this weekend with a two-day concert series, a community market, and the unveiling of the Eldorado’s official Texas Historical Marker.The weekend’s festivities begin with a ticketed concert, “LIVE at the Eldorado with Milton Hopkins and Jewel Brown” at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 2. The celebration continues at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the historical marker dedication ceremony, and a free concert in Dupree Park on 2500 Francis St. featuring performances by DJ SoulOneFlo-Motion Houston, and The Hue. The Eldorado Parking lot will play host to a fleet of candy-colored Houston Slabs. See our full story here

LIVE at the Eldorado with Milton Hopkins and Jewel Brown. May 2 7–midnight. $30–50. 2310 Elgin St.

Texas Historical Marker Dedication at the Eldorado Ballroom. May 3 1–2. Free. 2310 Elgin St.

Dupree Park Concert & Third Ward Community Market. May 3 2–5. Free. 2500 Francis St. projectrowhouses.org 


Karen Sherman: One With Others

Karen Sherman, One with Others.

Image: Carrie Wood

Performance artist and choreographer Karen Sherman explores the ever-changing process of building one’s life in this new multimedia dance installation presented by DiverseWorks at The Barn. The dance utilizes spare wood and hardware that function as part costume, part sculpture. The tangibility of these objects appealed to Sherman, especially considering the ephemeral nature of choreography. “I like to build things and find that the tactile nature of objects is a relief from the abstractions of dance-making,” she says. “It's a kind of respite to deal with physical things that stay static, that are as you left them when you come back the next day, since in dance you have to start over every day, to be enacting movement in order for it to exist.”

May 2 & 3 at 7:30. $15; $10 students & seniors. The Barn, 2201 Preston St. 713-223-8346. diverseworks.or


Late Style Now

The final installment of Da Camera’s season-long exploration of composers entering the twilight of their careers features three Houston premieres—by John Adams, Louis Andriessen, and minimalist master Steve Reich, whose Radio Rewrite was inspired by the music of Radiohead. The pieces will be performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, called “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music” by the New York Times

May 2 at 8. $28–55. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-524-7601. dacamera.com

Visual Art

The Inner Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe spent many years in psychoanalysis, so this exhibition isn’t as odd a choice for the Jung Center as it seems (although Monroe’s analysts were mostly—quelle horreur!— Freudians, and she even received treatment from Freud’s daughter Anna). On display throughout the month is a treasure trove of Monroe artifacts from the “Babydoll Museum,” the private collection of Houston philanthropist Marie Taylor Bosarge. Accompanying the exhibition is a film screening of The Misfits (May 1), a lecture on “The Wounded Feminine” (May 9), and a workshop entitled “How We Can Empower the Feminine” (May 10).

May 2–June 10. Free. Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. 713-524-8253. junghouston.org 



Now in its sixth year, MenilFest brings together the region’s visual, literary, and performing arts communities in a one-day festival of art, music, and literature—both written and spoken. Events range from panels on food writing, hosted by the UH literary journal Gulf Coast, to a print sale at the Houston Center for Photography and kids’ art activities presented by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. Look for students in the Writers in the School program to perform at the entrance to The Menil Collection, and end your day at Lowbrow for an after-party featuring a program of short films by SWAMP, the Southwest Alternate Media Project.

May 3 11–6. Free to the public. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. 713-525-9400. menilfest.com

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