The Big Show
Each year since 1984, Lawndale has invited anyone living within 100 miles of Houston to submit up to three works of art in any media for consideration in this open-call, juried exhibition—the only requirement is that the work must fit through Lawndale’s door. Last year, Houstonians submitted 922 works, which the jurors somehow winnowed down to 83 pieces. If past years are any prediction, this year’s show will be utterly unpredictable.
July 11–Aug 9 (Opening reception July 11 from 6:30–8:30). Free. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St. 713-528-5858. lawndaleartcenter.org
360 Degrees Vanishing Kick-Off Party
Houston-based artist Selven O'Keef Jarmon's new installation "360 Degrees Vanishing," scheduled to be unveiled in October, will consist of four enormous beaded tapestries mounted on the exterior walls of the Art League Houston building. To help create the tapestries, Jarmon has invited 15 skilled beaders from sewing co-ops in South Africa to come to Houston over the next three months, where they will live as artists-in-residence on the ALH campus. This weekend, ALH welcomes the first group of beaders with a party featuring a live performance by the South African dance troupe Impande Ye Africa and food and drinks from local restaurants.
July 11 from 6–11pm. Free. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd. 713-523-9530. artleaguehouston.org
Houston Symphony's 2nd Annual Day of Music
This free all-day festival at Jones Hall features dozens of performances by an array of Houston-area music groups, from rock bands to blues artists, choral ensembles to jazz quartets, in addition to a concert by the venue’s normal tenant, the Houston Symphony. And thanks to the food trucks parked outside, you won’t have to go far for lunch.
July 12 from noon–10pm. Free. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org
Camp Logan: Houston Riots of 1917
In 1917, Sergeant Vida Henry led dozens of soldiers in the worst race riot in Houston history. In response, the US military held its largest-ever court-martial, ultimately sentencing 19 of the soldiers to death. Curated by Houston Community College history professor Angela Holder, the great-niece of one of the soldiers hanged, this exhibition explores the momentous event through contemporary artifacts, including courtroom photographs of the soldiers.
Thru Aug 23. $10; students $5; seniors, military, & children 5 & under free. 3816 Caroline St. 713-942-8920. buffalosoldiersmuseum.com
Movies at Market Square Park: The Princess Bride
For free fun in downtown Houston, it’s hard to beat this annual film series sponsored by the Alamo Drafthouse. Your family, a blanket, and a picnic basket are all that’s required for a memorable night of cinema under the stars. The next film in the series is the classic 1987 adventure/comedy The Princess Bride. Inconceivable!
July 11 at 8:30. Free. Market Square Park, 301 Milam St. drafthouse.com