If it ain’t got that swing

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, March 19–21

Check out a film festival, see some magic birds, and keep up the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

By Brittany Cristiano March 19, 2021

Siudy Between Worlds, which is showing at the Moonstruck Drive-In during the Latino Film Festival. 

If you go out in public, remember to follow social distancing guidelines (at least six feet between you and anyone else), wash hands often and thoroughly, and wear a face mask. 

Magic Birds in the Night—Tania Botelho Exhibit at The Jung Center

Although she debuted her exhibit last week at The Jung Center, Houston collage artist Tania Botelho still wants to give you a glimpse into the magical world of birds—at night. Botelho found inspiration for this wildly vibrant exhibit by observing expressions and actions of birds during the day and translating them into night by making them look a little more whimsical; after all, none of the birds in Botelho’s collection are actually real species.

On display thru April 14. Free. The Jung Center of Houston, Museum District. More information here.

DACAMERA presents Sullivan Fortner

As Duke Ellington famously wrote, “It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing),” and DACAMERA’s Friday evening livestream of jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner, from Steinway Hall in New York City, will definitely have that swing that you won’t want to miss. Fortner, a Grammy Award winner, will bang out some of his own compositions, as well as groovy standards from the American Songbook. Be sure to stay after the performance for a live talk with DACAMERA Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg and Fortner. This performance is free, but you must register to receive the performance link.

7 p.m. March 19. Free. Online. More information here.

5th Annual Houston Latino Film Festival at Moonstruck Drive-In Cinema

The weekend-long and oh-so-entertaining Houston Latino Film Festival begins Friday at EaDo haunt Moonstruck Drive-In, which opened last September. For its fifth year, the movie festival will show films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States, like the spooky La Llorona or the prophetic story of The Condor and The Eagle. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss the films with some of the directors to further immerse themselves in the ethnically rich world of Latino film and culture.

8 & 10 p.m., March 19–20. $30 per vehicle. Moonstruck Drive-In, EaDo. More information here.

Midtown Houston presents Virtual Family Capoeira

Gather the family, let out all that pent-up quarantine energy, and join Midtown Houston and the Brazilian Cultural Institute for a virtual Capoeira class. What is Capoeira, you ask? Imagine a combination of acrobatics, fighting, and music, and you’ve got Capoeira. The Afro-Brazilian martial art creates a unique and disciplined style of movement that makes for an energetic start to you and your family’s Saturday morning, and, perhaps, a new hobby? 

10 a.m. March 20. Free. Online. More information here.

Traditional Irish Music on the Brasil Patio

Close out St. Patrick’s Day week with some traditional Irish tunes on the patio of Montrose favorite Brasil. A mild evening will make for a craic of a time to sit outside and toast the week goodbye with a Guinness while Irish pub songs blast through the speakers. Perhaps everyone might fancy one last round of singing something by The Dubliners or The Pogues until St. Patty’s Day next year. 

6 p.m. March 21. Free. Brasil, Montrose. More information here.

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