A City’s Pride
The highlight of the ten-day Houston Pride Week event, Saturday’s Pride Festival and Parade, will draw attendees who have many reasons to celebrate. One reason is the passage of an Equal Rights Ordinance last month by the City Council. The ordinance establishes nondiscrimination protections for more than twenty classifications, including sexual orientation and gender identity. “We are a city that treats everyone equally,” Mayor Annise Parker of Houston said in an email. “We don’t care where you come from, the color of your skin, your age, gender, what physical limitations you may have, or whom you love. Of course, clear evidence of this can be seen in my election as the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city.” The festival, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, is expected to attract more than 50,000; the parade, which last year drew 400,000, is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m. Mayor Parker will ride in the parade as a married woman for the first time. In January she wed her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, in Palm Springs, California. “Texas tends to move slower on equality issues like same-sex marriage,” Parker said, “but I am certain there will come a day when it happens here.”
Various locations, June 28, 1 p.m., pridehouston.org
Vision of Buddy
Joe Garnett, the West Texas artist who in the seventies and eighties illustrated iconic album covers and movie posters, including for Cheech and Chong’s self-titled debut record and Life of Brian, the Monty Python film, has rekindled his love of painting. He has rendered Texas musicians like Joe Ely, Janis Joplin, and Willie Nelson, but his favorite is his large-scale profile of Buddy Holly, which is on display at “Mavericks, Misfits and Musicians: The Art of Joe Garnett,” an exhibit hosted by the Buddy Holly Center. Garnett, a Plainview native who now lives in neighboring Lockney, grew up listening to Holly before moving to Hollywood and forging his career. About 45 other paintings, album sleeves, and posters round out the show, including pieces for the Doors, Alice Cooper, and Aretha Franklin as well as for Diner, Barry Levinson’s debut film, and Hooper, the 1978 movie starring Burt Reynolds.
Buddy Holly Center, June 27-Aug. 10, mylubbock.us
While undoubtedly bound to time-honored traditions, today’s generation of Native Americans is also forging its own customs, and on Tuesday, Calvert Nevaquaya of the Comanche Nation of Texas will demonstrate that break from the past with a program titled “Contemporary Teepee.” Last July, Nevaquaya and his older brother, Timothy Tate Nevaquaya, painted symbols of buffalo, a shield, and water birds on a tepee at the museum, telling the story of an imaginary mystic warrior who lived in it. The tepee, called “Buffalo Hunter’s Lodge,” is abundantly decorated and brilliantly colored, distinguishing it from the stark tableaus of historical Comanche tepees. Calvert Nevaquaya will discuss the importance of the tepee and play a traditional Native American flute, which his father, Doc Tate Nevaquaya, is credited with resurrecting among the Comanche in the seventies.
The Briscoe Western Art Museum, July 1, 6:30 p.m., briscoemuseum.org
Little Joe’s Backyard
José María de León Hernández, or “Little Joe,” of Little Joe Y La Familia, the pioneering Tex-Mex band, will return to his old stomping grounds for Saturday’s show at Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que, about ten miles from where he was born 73 years ago, in a three-walled dirt-floor garage on a purportedly cold, stormy night.
Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que, June 28, littlejoeylafamilia.com
You As Prey
For lovers of slasher-movies who like to critique the false moves of on-screen victims, there is “The Purge: Breakout,” an interactive event described as an “immersive escape experience” based on the Purge movie franchise, in which participants play the role of would-be prey and must outwit a lunatic stalker in order to gain freedom from a mental hospital.
Star Parking, July 3-6, blumhouse.com
On Monday, Kat Candler, the Austin filmmaker, will appear at a screening of Hellion, her first feature-length film since 2006. Candler has transcended her lack of film school credentials to become a champion of her craft, despite working among a community of Texas filmmakers in which women are sorely underrepresented. Hellion, a coming-of-age tale about a rowdy preteenage boy—with a mostly male cast including Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame—premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where it debuted in 2012 as a six-minute short film.
Violet Crown Cinema, June 30, 7:15 p.m., austinfilm.org