Here’s an addendum to my latest post on I Don’t Do Clubs. Last week I saw Harry Belafonte, Syncing Ink, Kevin Garrett, and helped organize an education conference. To summarize my week…
- Health Care in Houston Town Hall on Wednesday at 6pm. Link.
- Tailored Wednesdays (ft Starr Busby) (Free Crawfish 7pm-9pm) on Wednesday at 7pm. Link.
- Straight No Chaser Erykah Badu ‘Mama’s Gun’ Listening on Wednesday at 8pm. Link.
- Burn Phone V.1 with John Duro, Stick Talk, JG and TAME on Thursday at 10pm (probably the best party you could go to on Thursday). Link.
- Texas Tribune Parent & educator forum: What’s next for Texas public ed? on Thursday at 8pm. Link.
- A Symposium on Public Education on Friday at 8am. Link.
- The Experiment on Saturday at 8am (this sounds amazing! But it was postponed until April unfortunately). Link.
- Putting Your Values into Action on Saturday at 9am (it’s long but the organizer is really thoughtful about these kinds of gatherings). Link.
- QRC Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on Saturday at 10am. Link.
Monday, February 27, 2017 – Sunday, March 5, 2017
This play, based on true events and directed by Niegel Smith from New York’s Flea Theater, is about hip-hop, coming of age and has been getting rave reviews from lots of artsy folks so I’m excited to see it. Even better, you can get discounted tickets for only $18 right before the show. Learn more here.
2. BLACK PRESENT MONTH “A INTERACTIVE POP UP MUSEUM”
Monday, February 27, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
This Black business showcase is encouraging us to enjoy and proactively participate in the creation and acknowledgment of our history. Seeking to highlight the forward-thinking individuals in our community, it seeks to move the celebration of our history beyond February. Learn more here.
3. STATION HOUSTON ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Startup hub Station Houston has been quietly working to catalyze Houston’s stagnant startup ecosystem. Check out their new co-working space downtown if you haven’t been along with their member companies over drinks and hors d’oeurves. There’s also a startup idea testing workshop the next day if you can’t make it. You must visit Station if you’re interested in entrepreneurship. Learn more here.
4. BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This is the story of William Monroe Trotter who was editor of a Boston Black newspaper who helped launch a nationwide movement in 1915 to ban Hollywood’s first blockbuster movie; Birth of a Nation which revitalized the KKK. Come and see how black media and organizations helped launch the modern day human rights movements in the United States. Learn more here.
5. CONCERT: VALERIE JUNE WITH OH PEP!
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Her bluesy, unique voice and the intimate venue make this concert a perfect date idea with tickets only $20. She’s from Tennessee and returns to Houston in her first solo tour. Here’s a quick introduction with her song Somebody to Love. Learn more here.
6. ONE HOUSTON ISSUE ACTION TEAM KICK-OFF
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
With two huge education advocacy wins last year, ONE Houston has cemented themselves as a major organizing force in Houston despite being volunteer-run. After bringing nearly 250 people out for their issues assembly to identify community priorities, they will be forming issue action teams to develop action plans to tackle their new priorities: supporting undocumented students, families, and schools as community hubs. Dinner will be provided so RSVP! If you can’t make that the Texas Tribune is also having a major Symposium on Public Education on Friday. Learn more here.
7. CATHY J. COHEN – “BLACK FEMINISM TO THE RESCUE: BLACK LIVES MATTER AND THE FUTURE OF BLACK POLITICS”
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
For this talk, Cohen will explore the impact of black feminism on the Movement for Black Lives. While many have tied the Movement for Black Lives to the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement, far fewer have explored its ties to a radical black feminism. Cohen discusses why such omissions are problematic and how centering black feminism opens up new possibilities for Black politics in the age of Trump. Make sure you arrive on time for the reception. Learn more here.
8. TRUMP-PUTIN & THE US-RUSSIAN RELATIONSHIP
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Join The Houston Seminar and the World Affairs Council of Houston for a “Kennan Conversation” on Russia, its president Vladimir Putin and Russian policies toward the United States and the rest of the world. This will be primarily a back-and-forth discussion with the audience with experienced facilitators rather than a lecture, so if there are things you’ve always wanted to know about Russia, this is your opportunity. These events are informative, and engaging. Plus, there will be lots of appetizers which usually means you can skip dinner and just go. Learn more here.
9. BLACK GIRLS CODE HOUSTON CHAPTER MEET & GREET KICKOFF
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mingle, network and register a young lady for a workshop or sign up to volunteer at the March 11 website-building workshop! Black Girls Code is a nonprofit organization whose mission has transformed to a global movement to give young girls of color, age 7-17, the tools to become inventors, leaders and creators of their own future in the world’s technology economy. The celebration will include food and drinks. Learn more here.
10. LISA HARRIS: A LIVE CINEMA PERFORMANCE
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Watch a three-act performed opera film by artist Lisa Harris that considers gentrification, displaced youth, and metaphysical reality in the historic Third Ward District of Houston. Harris–the writer, director, composer, and performer–musically narrates and orchestrates the semi-silent films in this special, live presentation. Lisa’s work is really interesting and it will be exciting to see this new piece as she returns home from her travels abroad. Learn more here.