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Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events, including Bunnies on the Bayou

Your weekly guide: Don't-miss Bunnies on the Bayou

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Hop along with other conies at Bunnies on the Bayou, a different kind of Easter celebration. Photo by Dalton DeHart
Eastman, Antwerp, Belgium in PUZ-ZLE, Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Artists of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's company Eastman in PUZ-ZLE Photo by Koen Broos
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2013 Man & Woman of the Year Kick Off
Twenty-five go-getters will kick off  fundraising efforts for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society en route to earning the title of 2013 Man & Woman of the Year.
Nameless Sound presents Roscoe Mitchell and Alvin Fielder
Nameless Sound hosts a week-long residency with saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, who's a pioneer in composition and improvisatory music.
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Eastman, Antwerp, Belgium in PUZ-ZLE, Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2013 Man & Woman of the Year Kick Off
Nameless Sound presents Roscoe Mitchell and Alvin Fielder

Rise from the depths of your couch and mark your calendar for a week that includes experimental tunes, food and film, a walk with your pooch, happy bunnies and the beginning of a colossal fundraising campaign that does its part to cure disease.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2013 Man & Woman of the Year Kick Off

Off they go. That would be the assemblage of 25 hopefuls who will kick off their fundraising efforts for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society en route to earning the title of 2013 Man & Woman of the Year. The affair celebrates the beginning of an 11-week campaign that brings in cash to support those battling leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. 

The deets: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Saks Fifth Avenue; free event.

Nameless Sound presents Roscoe Mitchell & Alvin Fielder, The Resounding Vision Awards and the Roscoe Mitchell Quartet

Nameless Sound is quite the busy bee this week with a trio of events that comprise a week-long residency with saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, who's a pioneer in composition and improvisatory music.

On Thursday, 6:30 p.m., the festivities hit the Historic Eldorado Ballroom at Project Row Houses to honor Mitchell with Nameless Sound's Resounding Vision Award in a gala that will also recognize patrons Sanford and Susan Criner. Proceeds from the $200-a-head dinner will underwrite the company's education initiatives and concert series.

The residency concludes on Friday, 8 p.m., at the Eldorado Ballroom with a performance featuring the Roscoe Mitchell Quartet. Tickets are $13 general admission, $10 students with ID and free for guests 18 and under.

Aurora Picture Show presents "An Evening of Texas Mexican: Food, Film and Meaning"

This dinner-and-a-movie event is blown up to the nth degree as food writer/producer Adán Medrano mingles a nine-course chef tasting menu of Texas-Mexican-American cuisine with reels of avant-garde, lyrical and even a few horror art videos that delve into how film and food industries influence each other.

The deets: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Aurora Picture Show; tickets are $60 for the general public, $40 for Aurora Picture Show members.

The Dog Walk benefiting Hermann Park Conservancy presented by the Houston Rockets

Bring your furr-ever buddy to this scenic, one-mile stroll around Hermann Park and stick around for the party that features Clutch The Rockets Bear. Walk away with a T-shirt for you and a special surprise for your best friend.

Best of all, your efforts will support Hermann Park Conservancy's activities that keep the public space verdant, glowing and beautiful — just like you.

The deets: Saturday, 8 a.m.; Hermann Park; registration is $25.

2013 Bunnies on the Bayou

He has risen, and so will the hundreds of "happy" hopping bunnies in absolutely fabulous attire for this year's Bunnies on the Bayou, an al fresco event that puts a different spin on Easter festivities. This casual gathering is an excuse to fundraise for 16 charitable organizations including AIDS Foundation Houston - Camp Hope, AIDS Housing Coalition, Bayou City Performing Arts, Bering Omega Community Services, Expert Nutrition, Lazarus House, Lesbian Health Initiative, Lesbians Over Age Fifty, Montrose Counseling Center, Pet Patrol, Safe Affirming Family Environment and Spay Neuter Assistance Program.

Who knows, maybe you'll get to know your friends biblically. Especially at the network of circuit parties the night prior.

The deets: Sunday, 1 p.m.; Wortham Center Fish Plaza; $30 in advance, $40 at the door, $125 VIP.

Arts smarty pants and in-the-loop dance maven Nancy Wozny's pick: Dance Salad 2013

Nancy says: "The first time I saw Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's work I felt as if he were operating from a new rule book. His physicality and theatricality are completely original. He is one of the most sought after choreographers on the planet. Some of you may have seen his handwork in the recent feature film Anna Karenina. Cheraoui is a Dance Salad favorite and he's back with his company Eastman in PUZ-ZLE. This is the choreographer's fourth visit to the Dance Salad festival. 

"There's more to get excited about with this years' Dance Salad Festival. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has two works on the program and Rome' Spellbound Contemporary Ballet and The Polish National Ballet are other highlights."

The deets: Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Wortham Theater Center; tickets start at $20.