What a Relief

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Sept. 8–10

Record your own oral history, hear lots of good music, and try out an escape room (for free).

By Morgan Kinney September 7, 2017

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Canned Acoustica will present a series of local acts performing unplugged sets at Discovery Green.

60 Minute Escape for Harvey Relief

Sept. 8 – Oct. 29 | Escape Hunt Houston

When we sent our summer interns to try a new local escape room, they all died in a space accident. Whoops. But they report it was still a good time, and Escape Hunt Houston is opening up certain slots for free as a light-hearted escape from the troubles of Hurricane Harvey. Rather than the Apollo mission, the complimentary 60-minute escape revolves around an artifact stolen from Texas President Sam Houston. At select times on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, groups of up to six can work to set things right.

Free. 125 W Gray St. Call 346-240-9111 for reservations.

#TexasArtistsStrong Pop-Up Exhibition

Sept. 9 | Spring Street Studios

You know folks are serious about something when they create their own hashtag, and these artists mean business. This one-day affair features the work of local artists on sale where 100 percent of proceeds will go directly to local artists impacted by Harvey "to help them preserve work, rebuild studio and live/work spaces, purchase supplies and continue with their creative missions." And if you can't be there in person, Fresh Arts is accepting online donations to its Disaster Relief Fund for Texas Artists.

Free. 1824 Spring St. More info at fresharts.org.

We Are Houston: Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Concert

Sept. 9 | The Studio at Warehouse Live

A band of local rap artists and DJs are banding together for a benefit concert to continue the stream of much-needed supplies to communities ailing from the storm. All proceeds will go to purchasing products such as toiletries, cleaning supplies, water, diapers, baby formula, baby wipes, socks and undergarments that will be directly distributed.

Tickets from $10. 813 Saint Emanuel St. More info at eventbrite.com.

Canned Acoustica Unplugged Concerts

Sept. 10 | Discovery Green

The concert series continues by challenging popular local acts to revamp their usual music for an unplugged, acoustic format. The acts span genre, from the ska punk of Los Skarnales to the (usually) electronics-heavy -Us. And, if you can bear the pun, they will be accepting "can-tributions" to benefit the Houston Food Bank.

Free. 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. More info via Facebook.

Houston Archives Bazaar 2017 

Sept. 10 | White Oak Music Hall

The Archivists of the Houston Area are putting on a history extravaganza with a variety of local groups who will recount tales of Houston history, and pass on tips to preserve your own heirlooms (especially after a hurricane). Folks will also have the opportunity to record 15-minute interviews recording their own oral history, perhaps creating material archivists will pore over in centuries ahead.

Free. 1915 N Main St. 713-237-0370. More info via Facebook.

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