July 7 Events: Art, Poetry, and Self-Care

I’m feeling a bit worn down with the latest wave of police killings and the resulting discussions, but many of these events are providing the communities and adult beverages I need to cope. I was out of town for most of last week so I missed out on many of the events but I heard great things about the Tre Chic pop up. I was busy eating In n Out and playing chess against this guy. 

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All chess sets should be human-sized

Thursday, July 7: The opening reception for Spring Street Studios exhibition Visual Voices begins at 6pm. The exhibit is open through September 17. Entrepreneurship hub Station Houston is having a free Fireside Chat with Silicon Valley lawyers lending their expertise beginning at 5:30. Anyone interested in presenting at one of the SXSW festivals should check out the PanelPicker Best Practices Meet-up that includes a free drink starting at 6:30pm. Cafe Brasil hosts the monthly first Thursday local film event kicking off at 8pm, with this month’s sci-fi/fantasy shorts starting at 8:30. Local comedy promoter The Secret Group is having their inaugural weekly Satellite Annex show at Avant Garden with no cover and super cheap drinks (possibly even free ones!).

Friday, July 8: Mercantile is hosting Popup Startup Coffee, a networking event for local startups beginning at 8am. Group exhibit Thirst at Capsule Gallery has its opening reception at 6pm where artists will explore the containers we use for summertime drinks. For the frugal art collector the East End Studio Gallery is holding Cheap Date: A $20 Art Show & Market at 7pm! Entry is free and all art is under $20. It’s a great way to become acquainted with local artists; tell Jessi Jordan I sent you and check out her work! I can’t really do the film Gurukulam justice in a short description, but it explores education and religion in southern India and it’s screening at local microtheater 14 Pews! Tickets are $11. Two of Houston’s most lively performers Gio Chamba and Guilla are performing at the House of Blues Foundation Room with Mark Drew opening up at 7pm for free!

Saturday, July 9: Hooks-Epstein Galleries is having a reception and artist conversation for TSU student Kingsley Onyeiwu in his first solo exhibition. It’s free and there’ll be wine, so go support this young artist starting at 4pm! Local millenial nonprofit The Hive Society is holding their second iteration of Axiom, a fashion and art social fundraiser. It starts at 7pm at East End Studio Gallery and advance tickets are only $7. Houston musicians The Regal People have been all over the place recently and they’re putting on Future U at 7pm at 3318 Pease, which is sure to be a lively gathering of artists, musicians, and all-around interesting people. Oh and it’s both free and BYOB.

Hamilton - The Gathering

Sunday, July 10: I’ll be at my Afrofuturism book club that afternoon, but there’s lots of other stuff happening too! Head to Art League Houston that morning for Pride Goes Deeper: A Day of Community Affirmation starting at 11am. These spaces of refuge and healing are valuable for those of us affected by the severe tragedies that we seem to be encountering daily. If you’re a musician you absolutely need to be at Warehouse Live for So You’re an Independent Artist…Now What? A Q&A for Singers and Bands, a free masterclass by Mark Austin who manages some of Houston’s biggest acts that begins at 2pm. Producer Chuck Inglish (formerly of The Cool Kids) and rapper Alex Wiley will be at 6238 Richmond for a Sunday Funday starting at 4pm. At 7pm Artspace Alabama Song is holding Blank is a good place to be, a poetry performance by M. A. Vizsolyi and Ronnie Yates. Around 6:30 creatives will be competing in various mediums at The Refinery (they just got a bigger venue!) for The Art Sound Off, the free inaugural event by Go Savvy.

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July 10 – The Art Sound Off

Monday, July 11: All I have is this reading at Brazos Bookstore at 7pm by local doctor and author Venugopal Menon of his book on his experiences as an Indian American immigrant.

Tuesday, July 12: Comedian Louis C.K. is performing at NRG Arena. I like his show Louie and I typically like his comedy. Tickets are $50 and the show starts at 7pm. Also at 7 for the poetry lovers Leslie Contreras Schwartz reads at Brazos Bookstore from her new first collection, FUEGO. Free! With wine I think?

Wednesday, July 13: The seasonal weekly food and beer pairing event Sundown at The Grove continues in Discovery Green for $20. I’ve found it to be a fun happy hour event and they have wine for the uninitiated. The Houston Startup Podcast Standoff is happening at Station Houston at 6pm where they’ll explore the new podcasts and who’s best covering the local entrepreneurship scene! Also, Warren G is coming to Warehouse Live. Doors are at 8 and tickets are $25, but I don’t remember any song aside from Regulate.

Thursday, July 14: Developer Day at Karbach Brewery! Free bites and drinks for those who want to hang out with a bunch of techies at 3pm. Make sure you RSVP. Station Houston is hosting Justin Segal for another Fireside Chat, this one on real estate beginning at 5:30. It’s sponsored which usually means adult beverages at the very least. Rothko Chapel is holding Summer Sounds on the Plaza at 7pm with free Saint Arnold beer and music from Walagante, a Garifuna ensemble (don’t worry, I had to google Garifuna too). The Secret Group is having their second Satellite Annex comedy show at Avant Garden starting at 9pm with headliner Kristen Lindner.    

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The Raveen Alexis Journaling Workshop

RSVP now: Todrick Hall is coming to Warehouse Live July 20 performing his new project Straight Outta Oz. I hear it’s visually stunning; here’s a sample. The Raveen Alexis is holding a journaling workshop on July 16 that sounds wonderful. It’s only $7 and she’s providing mimosas, fruit, and even the journals! For me it feels right on time with everything that’s going on.

Take care of yourselves and check out MerlexPicks.com for even more events. And if you want these sent to you each Thursday, subscribe to my newsletter!


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