Top Five Things to Do This Weekend: Hapa Photos, Moody Gardens Festival of Lights, Anthony Bourdain, Les Miz & More
Artist/filmmaker Kip Fulbeck is what's popularly known as a Hapa, that is, a person who has a mixed ethnic heritage that includes Asian roots. Starting in 2001, Fulbeck traveled the country taking photographs of fellow Hapas in order to create a book that he wished he had had as a child. The result was Part Asian, 100 percent Hapa. Growing up, Fulbeck longed to see more people who looked like him, or rather that, like him, didn't look exactly like anyone else in his family. Not exactly white and not completely Asian. The book led to "kip fulbeck: part asian, 100 percent hapa," a traveling exhibit, which has just opened at Asia Society Texas. In Houston, the exhibit includes 36 images. The portraits are stark, with each person shown from the shoulders up, with no clothes, no makeup and no expression, standing against a white background. Each is accompanied by a handwritten answer to Fulbeck's question "What are you?" One young woman with blond hair writes, "I am not half-white. I am not half-Asian. I am a whole other," in small, neat handwriting. A dark-skinned young man writes, "I am 100% Black and 100% Japanese" in large, bold writing. Visitors may add their own portraits and handwritten answers to an interactive display that accompanies the exhibit.
See "kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa" 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Through April 14. 1370 Southmore. For information, visit the center's website or call 713-496-9901. Free to $5.
It's that time of year again -- the holidays, which means we're on our way to Moody Gardens for the annual Festival of Lights. More than 1 million lights decorate the complex, and the 100 sound-enhanced animated displays spread out among the grounds. The festival includes an outdoor ice-skating rink (rentals are available, or you can bring your own), strolling entertainers, a holiday buffet, photos with Santa, and a slew of holiday films in a variety of mediums -- 3D, 4D Special FX and Ridefilm. New this year is snow tubing, riding on inner tubes down a long frozen slide.
Photo courtesy of Moody Gardens
Hours vary. Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd., Galveston Island. For information, visit the center's website or call 800-582-4673. Prices vary, including $6.95 for Festival of Lights admission.
Check out our interview with Anthony Bourdain, part 1 and part 2.
The celebrity chef, author and television personality, publisher and recent Texas barbecue convert Anthony Bourdain is headed to Houston on November 10 for a one-night-only speaking engagement with fellow chef and friend Eric Ripert, in a show called "Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert." Anyone familiar with the Bourdain-Ripert dynamic should be able to discern which is which in that equation. It's one of only four Good vs. Evil shows that Bourdain and Ripert will be doing across the United States.
Even if you don't snag tickets to the show, head down to Jones Hall that night for a pre-show food truck tailgate featuring four of Bourdain's favorite cuisines served from one of his favorite dining mediums. In cooperation with the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA is hosting the Good vs. Evil event), the Houston Press has invited L'es-Car-Go, the Eatsie Boys, Coreanos, The Waffle Bus and Bernie's Burger Bus to set up camp outside the venue. We can't positively say that either Bourdain or Ripert will stop by the food trucks, but you never know.
Food truck tailgate starts at 5 p.m. and is a free event. Visit our website for information. Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert starts at 8 p.m. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, visit the SPA website or call 713-227-4772. $43 to $73.
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