THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
There is a LOT going on this weekend - and on top of that, Thanksgiving is around the corner so lights are popping up, Houston manmade snow and ice skating rinks are unfolding, singing great cheer is happening all over the place. I can’t possibly round it ALL up (my head spins just thinking about it!) so I hope you’ll get out and explore beyond what I share here. One of my favorite ways to get ready for Thanksgiving is with the contemplative annual “Houston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service,” organized by the Rothko Chapel and celebrated this year at Covenant Church tomorrow night, Thursday, November 21 (offsite since the Rothko is undergoing extensive restoration). This week’s VIDEO PICK focuses on the “Via Colori Street Painting Festival” happening all weekend and if you want even more art, go experience the annual “Art Crawl Houston” this Saturday, November 23 from 10am-9pm in the downtown Houston Artists Warehouse District.
Many arts groups were affected after Hurricane Harvey hit two years ago, and I was involved with helping the “Harvey Arts Recovery” program created by the Houston Arts Alliance. I received a letter from them last week with an update and I wanted to share with you that their Disaster Services program initiative is entering a new phase - in particular, they will be the official “Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster” for Houston’s cultural community. Click here to see all.
On Monday, I saw the moving and disturbing film “Always in Season” as a closing to this year’s Houston Cinema Arts Festival. Viewing it at the beautifully remodeled DeLuxe Theater in the heart of Fifth Ward was perfect and the film drove home the fact that, in spite of progress, racial injustice is alive and well in our country. So as a follow up, I plan to attend the inaugural “Emancipation Conversations” lecture series, which will kick off on Wednesday, December 11 with award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who is leading the New York Times’ “The 1619 Project,” a truth-seeking series exploring the 400th anniversary of the first slave ship’s landing and the consequences since. The lecture series is being presented by the Emancipation Park Conservancy at the park’s Cultural Center. And, if you’d like to know more about that neighborhood which is being beautifully and respectfully redeveloped - look into the Emancipation Economic Development Council, an organization that is dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of the Third Ward. They have meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month - the next one is next Tuesday, 11/26.
If you have school kids - get ready! School is out all week next week for Thanksgiving and I know that’s a stressful time sometimes -- however, I can help. Check out my round-up of Thanksgiving week camps here. And if you want the kids home all week, there’s plenty of winter happening (no matter how hot it gets!) - I found snow days and ice rinks so check out my KID PICKS below. And - I’m giving away a family four-pack of tickets to the Alley Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” and details on that are also below.
I’m highlighting a different Houston-based nonprofit each week during November and December as a way to help those in need over the holidays. This week’s spotlight is the Houston International Seafarer’s Center, an organization based at the Port of Houston which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. They provide an ecumenical ministry and a “home away from home” for international seafarers. Please learn more about them here, and please consider supporting them!