The 5 Best Things to Do This Weekend: "Lights of Houston," Author Ingrid Thoft, the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix and More

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Photo by Matt Crawford and Che Rickman
The Brazilian Arts Foundation Cultural Center says, "Thank you, Houston!" on Friday with the "Lights of Houston," an interactive light painting art exhibit. Mauricio Campos, president and founder of the foundation, says "We are celebrating the transformation happening in the Buffalo Bayou by using light painting in several spots along the bayou, our way of thanking a city and community that has always supported us." The talented husband-wife team Matt Crawford and Che Rickman photographed Brazilian dancers and capoeira practitioners at familiar Houston landmarks, using "light painting" to capture their energy and power. (Light painting is a photographic technique dating back to the late 1880s, basically capturing moving light in a still photograph.)

See "Lights of Houston" 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Brazilian Arts Foundation Cultural Center, 1133 East 11th Street. For information, call 713-862-3300 or visit Free.

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The Best 5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Rainbow on the Green, The Normal Corporation, Juneteenth and More

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The annual Land Rover Houston Central's Rainbow on the Green is a dance party of fabulous proportions celebrating GLBT-pride and its set for Friday. Chad Pitt, from radio station MIX 96.5, emcees a program filled with GLBT and GLBT-friendly performers. Fans of reality television will recognize America's Got Talent contestant Derrick Barry, who wowed judges and viewers alike with his spot-on embodiment of gay icon Britney Spears (see photo). Out vocalist Michelle Chamuel, runner-up on the fourth season of The Voice, will also take the stage. Known for her quirky androgynous styling and rich vocal ability, the Usher-mentored Chamuel impressed voters with her powerhouse renditions of David Guetta's "Titanium," Pink's "Raise Your Glass" and Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors." Also on tap is American Idol alum and season seven runner-up Blake Lewis. The soulful crooner gained an avid following for his impressive beat-boxing skills, which he expertly weaved into his renditions of pop standards.

The party starts at 7 p.m. on Friday at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. For information, call 713-400-7336 or visit Free.

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The 5 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Joseph Reinholtz's Homage to Yves Klein, "SUGA," Ben Folds and More

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Photo courtesy of Joseph Reinholtz
Yves Klein and model in performance
Houston-based painter Joseph Reinholtz is a longtime admirer of the works of the artist Yves Klein, and he'll honor that now-deceased artist by re-creating Klein's most famous painting in Joseph Reinholtz: Homage to Yves Klein's FC 1 in front of a live audience on Friday. (Klein's painting, titled Fire-Color Painting FC 1, sold at auction for $36.7 million in 2012.) Attempting to re-create the work is no easy matter since Klein believed in "dangerous painting." He worked with live models who imprinted themselves on the canvas, and used fire and gas to burn the images in place. Reinholtz will follow the same process, including dousing live models with paint and then using a blow torch to scorch the wet canvas. The performance/painting is followed by a live auction of the work with proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank.

See Joseph Reinholtz: Homage to Yves Klein's FC 1 at 8 p.m. Friday. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards. For information, call 732-781-8900 or visit Free.

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The 5 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Art by Moe Profane, Jazz on Film, the Last Production at the Alley (For Now) and More

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Schadenfreude and Shiner Bock by Moe Profane
Artist Moe Profane is a self-described recovering Catholic, cancer survivor and heart disease patient. Building on the idea that "nothing is sacred because nothing is absolute," Profane's art is filled with forthright candor. That's plainly seen in his work in the exhibit "Moe Profane: Nihilism and Nanner Puddin," which is open and our suggestion for Friday.

Profane, who was selected as San Antonio's Raw Artist of the Year in 2012, has a finely honed sense of humor and a keen sense of irony. He manages through layering and artistry to add the impression of age to signboards, and sometimes to illustrations on used white picket fences. The works shown include Relativist Pop Art Icons and Shrines to the Mundane.

There's an opening reception at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Regular viewing hours are noon to 5 Wednesdays to Sundays. Through June 29. Redbud Gallery, 303 East 11th. For information, call 713-862-2532 or visit Free.

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Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Historic Heights Buildings

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All photos courtesy of AIA Houston and Gerald Moorhead, FAIA
The Heights area, now a mixed use neighborhood just north of downtown, was originally Houston Heights, a working-class suburb to the nearby city of Houston. Nebraska investors, the Omaha & South Texas Land Company, developed the area in 1891 and despite its blue-collar roots, the area boasted several large, expansive homes including several along Heights, the area's main thoroughfare. The remaining grand homes and bungalows are being rapidly replaced by new home construction, which means that what's there today might not be there tomorrow. Before the Heights landscape changes any further, we want to point some of our favorite historic buildings.

10. Heights City Hall and Fire Station
107 W. 12th Street, 1915

The Heights City Hall and Fire Station, designed by A. C. Pigg and completed in 1915, is an early example of consolidated municipal office buildings that were common in Texas in the 1920s. The two-story brick building (seen above) currently houses the Houston Heights Association. After leasing the building for a time, the Association purchased the building from the City of Houston and rehabilitated the structure in the late 1990s.

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The 5 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Comic-freakin'-palooza 2014, Woolgathering and More

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Photo by Digital Asylum Studios
Houston's Comicpalooza 2014 has four Doctor Who Doctors -- Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, and comic-book legend Stan Lee is set to make his first appearance ever at the pop culture expo. It's an unheard-of coup for Comicpalooza, which has some 1,500 hours of programming spread over four days, including Friday.

Celebrities set to appear include comic book theorist Scott McCloud (left, below), John Barrowman (Torchwood, center, below), Tricia Helfed (Dark Blue, right, below), Clark Gregg (S.H.I.E.L.D), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Cary Elwes (From the Earth to the Moon). Former WWE world champions Bret Hart and Kevin Nash will also be on hand.

Activities include Dalek Races (new this year), celebrities vs fans laser tag, performances, concerts and gaming sessions. Panels, workshops and classes cover everything from sexism in comics to costume crafting (there are even daily Comicpalooza 101 sessions for first-timers).

Local pop visual artists Lane Montoya, Chris Foreman and Mark Nasso will be among the dozens displaying work in the Artists Alley. And Tech displays cover some 27,000 square feet, which makes for a sizable gearhead heaven.

Comicpalooza 2014 runs 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. For information, visit $10 to $55.

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The 5 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: The Best of Fringe, Feeling Alright, Hitchcock Silents and More

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Can't wait until next fall to get your annual Houston Fringe Festival fix? You don't have to. Starting Friday, festival organizers have something to tide you over - The Best of Fringe.

Some of the most-appreciated events of last year's festival are being restaged. There's Alexandria Gurley in Passport to Womanhood, a one-woman show fusing poetry and dramatic monologues, and China Cat Dance's Aquaria, an "underwater" journey in dance to a mysterious realm where you encounter mermaids, urchins, fish and other denizens of the deep. Cirque La Vie, an innovative circus troupe, presents Daring to Be Different, with high-level acrobatics and movement (see right).

Other events include Nicolay Dance Works, where Dana E. Nicolay creates dances that speak clearly and truly of the human experience, and This Infinite Closet, which performs improv -- get ready for this -- in complete darkness. After the performances, there'll be live music on the patio.

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 832-387-7440 or visit houstonfringefestival. $20 to $25.

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Five Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Alonzo King LINES Ballet, "The Waiting Room," Houston Art Car Parade and More

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Photo by R.J. Muna
Alonzo King LINES Ballet company member Michael Montgomery in Resin
The San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet makes its Houston debut on Friday with two works that epitomize King's interest in creating movement that explores the real and the tangible, as does much of the company's work. "The term LINES alludes to all that is visible in the phenomenal world," King says via press materials. "There is nothing that is made or formed without line. Straight and circle encompass all that we see. Whatever can be seen is formed by line."

The program opens with 2011's Resin, a dance that alternates between duet and quartet work. The movement is seamless, the bodies of the dancers more liquid than solid mass, just like the trancelike Sephardic music it is set to. An exciting feature is King's suggestion of genderless pas de deux work, as men partner men and women partner women. The real showcase becomes the human body, dressed in minimal garments, and all of its beautiful permutations.

Then there's the 2009 Scheherazade, a reimagining of One Thousand and One Nights and the 1888 music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The original music is an unmistakably Russian creation with digressions into Eastern motifs, but King uses a score that has been reworked by Zakir Hussain. Hussain, a master of the tabla, brings new life to Rimsky-Korsakov's music with the addition of traditional Persian instrumentation. Both pieces place specific importance on the real and the tangible, in the vein of much of the company's work.

See the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Houston debut at 8 p.m. Friday. Wortham Center's Cullen Theater, 500 Texas. For information, call 713‑227‑4772 or visit $23 to $58.

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Five Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Latin Wave, Pedrito Martinez, MenilFest and More

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Samuel Lange in Mariana Rondón's Pelo malo (Bad Hair)
Nine spectacular films make up the 9th Annual Latin Wave: Films from Latin America festival. Among our favorites is Carlos Federico Rossini's El alcalde (The Mayor), a revealing look at Mauricio Fernández Garza, the millionaire mayor of San Pedro Garza Garcia in Mexico (see the film trailer below). El alcalde screens on Friday.

Rossini will be on hand to discuss Fernandez's controversial anti-crime policies for the city (basically, he fights the violence on the streets with bigger, better violence). Fernandez's tactics have worked. Street violence has, in fact, been radically reduced in the area. Oh, and the head of his security and several other key members of his team have been murdered.

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Five Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Dominic Walsh's New Film, The Walking Dead Escape Tour and More

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Choreographer Dominic Walsh (far right) oversees the filming of a scene in Malta Kano, TX
Houston choreographer Dominic Walsh, a 2011 Houston Press 100 Creatives, makes his first foray into dance for film with Malta Kano, TX, which receives its premiere screening on Friday at the Asia Society Texas Center. Welsh, who co-conceived the project with frequent collaborator Belgian artist Frédérique de Montblanche, couldn't completely make the break from having a live audience for the project. The screening at Asia Society Texas Center is followed by a live performance by Sakal and Luciano that will be filmed and added to the final version of the project.

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Domenico Luciano, Hana Sakal and Dominic Walsh
The narrative film reunites Japanese ballerina Hana Sakal and Italian dancer Domenico Luciano, last seen together in Walsh's 2012's Uzume.

French director of photography Romain Ferrand and Belgian composer Loup Mormont also collaborated on the project. ("I'm the token American in the bunch," Walsh jokes.) The storyline was inspired by the novel The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami and follows a man who is in transition.

See the premiere of Malta Kano, TX at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. 1370 Southmore. For information, call 713-496-9901 or visit $25.

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