READY FOR A GREAT WEEKEND?!
This weekend is the 30th annual Art Car Parade – on Saturday, April 8 at 2pm – and I can’t wait to roll my “Daily Driver” car, Phoenix Rising, down Smith Street! Be sure to wave as we go by! Houston is the “Art Car Capitol of the World” and our annual parade is the largest of its kind. There are art car parades in places like Seattle and San Francisco, but ours is still the best, with 250 cars from all over the world. The Parade is put on by the good folks at The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, which is a folk art installation created by retired postal worker Jeff McKissack. He’s a testament to the concept that everyone is an artist – and that’s the driving (pun intended!) theme of the Parade. Anyone can make art cars and we celebrate that drive to create with this event. If you’d like to see the art cars and their artists more than once, head to the Sneak Peek at Discovery Green tonight Thursday, April 6 or the Art Car Ball tomorrow, April 7 at City Hall. A good time is guaranteed for ALL! For more information on all the weekend’s festivities (including the downtown parade route), click here. And if you like history, get the full story of Jeff McKissack and his founding of the Orange Show here.
Today’s VIDEO PICK is a trailer for the feature length documentary “Art Car: The Movie” that’s by Ford Gunter and Carlton Ahrens. It’s a great intro to the world of art cars and a perfect warm-up to the Parade this weekend. Enjoy!
A word about my adult PICKS this week: all three are on the same night, this Friday, April 7. I apologize! I usually try to PICK events that are on different nights but these three were too good not to highlight. Good luck picking one!
And – one more thing: I write monthly columns for both Local Houston Magazine (“Gish at the Movies”) and Natural Awakenings Houston (“Ignite Your Life!”). I’ll share the latest editions with you each month – this month’s articles are linked to the banner ads above. I hope you’ll take a moment to read them – I am proud of my columns and I am a huge fan of both those magazines and their editors. If you’d like to see quickie video interviews I did with the staff of both publications during PICKS-ON-WHEELS, click here for Local Houston Magazine and here for Natural Awakenings Houston. Happy reading and happy watching!
Have a great weekend, love one another, please share this, and go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!