Here are this week’s cultural, music, and startup events around Houston! Subscribe to my emails here to get these messages directly in your inbox.
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AXELRAD H-TOWN PROUD MOVIE SERIES: ARMAGEDDON
Monday, November 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The movie starts at sundown and is open to all ages. The BEERSTREAM bar will be open on Mondays and there will also be servers working in the garden so you can hang out in the hammocks and eat delicious pizza. Learn more here.
DACA: THE IMPACT ON ECONOMICS & INDIVIDUALS
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
This panel discussion on immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy features Julián Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development; James Hallmark, vice chancellor for academic affairs at Texas A&M, and others. $15. Learn more here.
TRAP YOGA HOUSTON WITH TRAP YOGA BAE™
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – Friday, December 1, 2017
A Vinyasa-style experience, backed to the heavy bass and hypnotic rhythms of trap music, and spun by a live DJ! It includes Yoga Bae’s signature #RachetAffirmations and an energizing 45-minute yoga set. $30. Learn more here.
HOW TO PITCH TO INVESTORS WORKSHOP
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
As a founder, you need an effective pitch that creates interest and credibility; demonstrates your team is capable of executing your plan; and why you are different. Learn directly from experience venture capitalists, angel investors and entrepreneurs as to what they look for in teams, their pitches, and presentations to source their capital in startups. Learn more here.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SOLUTIONS WITH DERAY MCKESSON
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Social Justice Solutions invites activists, thought leaders, and the community to explore action-oriented strategies to affect social change. Join for a moderated discussion and Q&A with civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson! Note the venue change to Cullen Performance Hall. Learn more here.
BLACK PROFESSIONALS ALLIANCE HOLIDAY SOCIAL AND TOY DRIVE
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Free for paid members of the participating organizations (see list of organizations in link). With 20+ orgs represented, this is always a packed event with young black professionals who work in various sectors. All guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy in exchange for your first drink! $20 for non-members. Learn more here.
HMNS CATALYSTS EVENT – WIESS ENERGY HALL
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science’s young professionals group gets a preview of their updated space. Joining the completely redesigned “classic” displays will be a bonanza of entirely new exhibits, making the new hall the most contemporary, comprehensive and technologically advanced exhibition on the science and technology of energy anywhere in the world. Free drinks and food along with good conversation! $25 for non-members. Learn more here.
ON 1971, A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF COLOR
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Renowned scholar and art historian Darby English is the author of 1971, A Year in the Life of Color, which explores in great detail the exhibitions Contemporary Black Artists in America, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The DeLuxe Show, a racially integrated abstract art exhibition that was presented in a renovated movie theater in Houston’s Fifth Ward. Learn more here.
ART LEAGUE HOUSTON DECEMBER OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, December 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Art League Houston is excited to present The Beauty of the Black Woman, an exhibition by Houston based artist Aesha Lee addressing the diversity found in the African American woman. Also opening is In One Form or Another; Verse One, an exhibition by Houston artist Nathaniel Donnett which explores the aesthetics and visual language of art embedded within the forms and structures of social protests against injustice while simultaneously looking at Black Art movements and their responses to the social movements and ideas about art of their time. Learn more here.
BLCK MARKET HOUSTON
Friday, December 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
You are invited to BLCK Market Houston – taking emerging, innovative, ground breaking artist and merging them with progressive “out of the box” companies to create a platform for discovery, pleasure, and entertainment. Learn more here.
THE STORY TOLD: A WORLD AIDS DAY EXPERIENCE
Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join nonprofit The T.R.U.T.H. Project on World AIDS Day as stigma, prevention and education is explored through the utilization of spoken word, movement, song and theater during their latest installment, The Story Told. The event begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m. Learn more here.
SONGS OF FREEDOM: A TRIBUTE TO ABBEY LINCOLN, JONI MITCHELL AND NINA SIMONE
Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Three adventurous vocalists of today present compelling visions of American in the 1960’s, paying tribute to three giants: Abbey Lincoln, Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone. These prolific artists championed freedom in the realms of civil rights, individuality, love and politics. $30+. Learn more here.
5TH ANNUAL HOUSTON SMALL BUSINESS EXCHANGE
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Countless opportunities to network and learn from other successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Your registration will include interactive workshops that will provide both the resources and guidance you need to achieve scalable returns on your investments and take your business to the next level. Your registration will include the opportunity to pitch your business in efforts to win up $7,500 in cash. Learn more here.
¡LÁNZATE HOUSTON! BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Baker Ripley’s inaugural business pitch competition to be held entirely in Spanish (with translators available). Cheer on start-ups and current business owners as they compete to win financial funding for their business or idea. Begins with a networking breakfast and closes with a celebratory lunch. Learn more here.
KOMBUCHA AND GINGER BEER CLASS
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Want to learn to make homemade Kombucha and Wild Fermented root drinks such as Ginger Beer, Turmeric Beer, and Sunchoke Beer? They are all fermented to be full of probiotics (healthy gut!), nonalcoholic (less than .5 percent), and simple to make. Leave with a jar of your favorite drink or a starter culture to make your own. $35. Learn more here.
TAMALE FESTIVAL HOUSTON 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of your favorite foods from all over Texas and celebrate your love for TAMALES! It’s not just tamales that we offer, we have amazing fresh made tacos, Thai, Texas BBQ, Chinese and all types of fun festival foods. $12. Learn more here.
2017 TOYOTA SWAC FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP & AFTERPARTY CONCERT
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Southwestern Athletic Conference is made up of historically black colleges and universities. I won’t pretend to know who’s playing because I don’t care about football but there’s a post game concert with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Officially hosted by Big Tigger & Traci Steele. $15+. Learn more here.
OPENING RECEPTION – DELITA MARTIN AND JOSHUA HAGLER
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Nicole Longnecker Gallery opens two exhibitions: “Between Sisters and Spirits” featuring new work by Delita Martin and “In the House is a Room into which Every River Empties” from Joshua Hagler with an artists’ reception. Learn more here.
YOU HAD ME AT BLACK LIVE: HOUSTON
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
You Had Me at Black is a storytelling kickback series and podcast for people who simply love being black. They have one mission: to reclaim the Black narrative through storytelling, community, and turning up. Join as they touch down for the first time in Houston. Expect memorable stories, strong drinks, good music, great people. Expect vibes. $18 with discount code JAISON. Learn more here.
MOVIES HOUSTONIANS LOVE: MAHOGANY
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
An ambitious and aspiring designer (Diana Ross) from the Chicago slums puts herself through fashion school with the hopes of becoming an international top designer. $9. Learn more here.
ELECTRONIC MUSIC: ACTRESS, TELEFON TEL AVIV, LIMB
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
If you’re into really conceptual techno this is a concert to check out. Black British producer ACTRESS is touring on the release of his latest project AZD which explores language and afrofuturism. Telefon Tel Aviv also makes some beautiful music. This is a steal. $15. Learn more here.
CULTUREMAP HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A curated holiday boutique featuring 25 of our favorite local retailers for men, women, kids, pets, jewelry, gifts, home, and gourmet food and beverages. Enjoy cocktails, festive food, carolers, crafting, complimentary gift wrapping, and more while you shop. Sponsors include Gentleman Jack and Ketel One (wink wink nudge nudge). Learn more here.
“ART IS WHY I’M SANE” 3RD ANNUAL SOLO SHOW
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Art by Abiola is holding its 3rd annual art exhibition. There will be works of the contemporary artist, live music, poetry and free nibbles. Have a Sunday funday while enjoying some original art work, meet the artist and have a good time! Learn more here.
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