The first week of a new year (Happy New Year!) is traditionally a bit slow, as we all continue to get back into the swing of things after celebrating the holidays. But, as always, there are still cool events happening around town. Dress like Elvis (or David Bowie), catch some movies, or have a boatload of fun.
Thursday, January 3
Outside of Austin Houston Concert
Outside of Austin is a documentary being made about Houston's indie-music scene. This weekend, a concert will be held at White Oak Music Hall that'll bring several local bands together for a night of music and fundraising. Among the groups that'll be performing: The Wheel Workers, Velveteen Echo, Mantra Love, LYTA, Space Kiddettes, and others. The show is free for people 21 and older, while under-21 kids will have to pay a $5 cover. 6:30 pm-midnight.
Houston Film Critics Society: Awards Ceremony "Best of 2018"
It's that time of year where the local film critics and scribes who make up the Houston Film Critics Society gather in some swanky setting and salute the films and performances of the past year. Since that bitchy costume drama The Favourite picked up a lot of nominations, expect them to win a few awards. There will also be an award given to filmmaker/Edwards Marq*E manager Damir Catic for his contributions to the Houston film scene. 7 pm.
Friday, January 4
Houston Boat Show at NRG Center
The 64th annual Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show will be kicking off the weekend. However, due to the Texans playoff game happening at NRG Stadium (adjacent to NRG Center), the show will suspend operations on Saturday and get back to business on Sunday. Nevertheless, on Friday and Sunday, there will be 700,000 square feet of more than 1000 powerboats, pontoon boats, luxury cruisers, fishing boats, personal watercraft, kayaks, campers, travel trailers, and much more. 1-8 pm (11 am-8 pm Sunday).
Vertigo at Landmark River Oaks
If you're not hip to the movies of Alfred Hitchcock and wanna know which movie you should watch first, you can't go wrong with Vertigo. Oh sure, everybody talks about Psycho like it's the greatest thing dude has ever done. But Vertigo is the film that sums up Hitchcock best — an erotic/neurotic thriller about a detective (Jimmy Stewart) who becomes obsessed with a woman (Kim Novak) to the point where he makes another woman (also Novak) in her image. 11:59 pm.
Saturday, January 5
Archway Gallery presents T. Smith: "Sentient Meat" opening reception
When we hear about an art exhibit starting up called "Sentient Meat," you know we just had to find out more. It turns out this exhibit is the work of local artist T. Smith. Each image is a detailed view into a slab of meat from both a macro and micro perspective. The same type of patterns seen in raw "meat" are represented in the human body. This exhibit will be on display until January 31st, but come to the opening reception to see what flashy gear the notoriously fashion-savvy Smith will be wearing. 5 pm.
Splice Records presents BowiElvis Fest
The annual BowiElvis Festival has been officially going on for a decade, with this event celebrating the birthdays of rock kings Elvis Presley and David Bowie (both born on January 8). This fest continues to get bigger each year, as this year's festivities will include two stages, an outdoor party hosted by DJ Chaney, live burlesque from Dem Damn Dames, a costume contest, Elvis/Bowie games, etc. You can also get Presley's favorite peanut butter-and-banana sandwich, along with "the Bowie," which is the same thing but with cheese. 7 pm.
Sunday, January 6
Girls and Goals Vision Board Party and Brunch
You know, when Beyonce created her surprise, self-titled 2013 album, she used elaborate vision boards filled with photographs, writings, reminders of past achievements. So, considering that that album was a smash, maybe there's something to creating some vision boards that could hopefully make you a success. This is why the Houston Museum of African-American Culture will be throwing a vision board party/brunch, for ladies who want to clarify their goals, map out their vision and, of course, get tipsy off Moscato. 1-4 pm.
Pizza Throwdown: Pizza Al Taglio vs. Detroit Style
There's gonna be a dough-slinging battle-to-the-death over at Wooster's Garden this weekend. That's where chefs Ben McPherson (Batanga, Prohibition Supper Club) and Anthony Calleo (Pi Pizza, Ladybird's) will go one-on-one in making distinctive, delicious pies for the people. Since McPherson is all about Italian cuisine, he'll be hitting folks with the Al Taglio (bolognese, parmigiano reggiano) while Calleo will go straight-up Motor City (pepperoni, brick cheese, marinara, fresh oregano). 3-8 pm.