Weekend best bets
Experience the fascinating cultural heritage of China with Young Audiences of Houston and Dance Asian America’s Chinese Culture through Dance featuring the Shanghai Dance Company. Authentic Chinese costumes and music are utilized to create an inspiring performance. The performance will be held at 11 a.m. today at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Drive. Admission is free. For more information visit www.milleroutdoortheatre.com or call (713) 520-9264.
A dream world: The Aurora Picture Show, The Menil Collection and the Society for the Performing Arts welcome Artist Laurie Anderson, who will be in Houston for a screening and introduction of her film Hidden Inside Mountains. It takes place in a fictitious world in which short stories about nature and dreams unfold. The film’s music aids in the storytelling with violins, bells and dog barks. This event begins at 7 p.m. at The Menil, 1515 Sul Ross St. For tickets and additional information call (713) 868-2101.
Gulf Coast reading: Gulf Coast Magazine will host a reading featuring Hayan Charara, who is the author of two collections of poetry, The Sadness of Others and The Alchemist’s Diary, Kelly Moore, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in poetry at UH and Edward Porter who spent the last year as a Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It will begin at 7 p.m. at Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet. Admission is free. For more information visit http://brazos.booksense.com or call (713) 523-0701.
Party like a rockstar: The 300-500 block of Westheimer St. is the place to be for the Westheimer Block Party. The majority of the bands are local and several of the venues including Numbers, Avant Garden, La Strada and Mango’s Cantina are in on the action. It will also feature live painting, installation work and performance art. The party begins at noon, on Westheimer St. between Woodhead ‘ Whitney. Admission is free. Call (713) 527-0014.
Get your harvest on: The annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival is here. It’s two days of live entertainment, crafts, food booths and a carnival. The entertainment includes The Rafters, CNC Band, Johnny Lee, Todd Fritsch and more. It begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. on Sunday in Historic Downtown Katy. Admission is $6 for adults and children 12 and under get in free. For more information visit http://rice.katychamber.com/events.htm or call (281) 391-5289.
Tour UH: The Greater Houston Preservation Alliance’s Walking Tours Program will give a 90-minute guided tour of the art and architecture at UH. It will include the history of architecture from the 1930s to 1950s as well as highlights from the UH Public Art Collection. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and GHPA members and free for children 11 and under. For more information call (713) 216-5000.