The Nigerian-American Multicultural Council organizes the 5th Annual Houston AfriFEST at Houston Baptist University Saturday.
The Nigerian-American Multicultural Council organizes the 5th Annual Houston AfriFEST at Houston Baptist University Saturday.
Photo by Simon's Apeture

Keep your spirits up this week by taking a minute to relax and have a little fiscally responsible fun while Houston starts down the long road to recovery; even better, there are some ways to support Harvey relief efforts while you do it. From music celebrating the diversity of the region to an art show celebrating the best block of programming on the Cartoon Network, there’s a little something for everyone this week. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more than $10 — and eight of them are free! Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.

Charlie Robison’s stop at Discovery Green will benefit Harvey relief efforts on Thursday.EXPAND
Charlie Robison’s stop at Discovery Green will benefit Harvey relief efforts on Thursday.
Courtesy of Discovery Green

Charlie Robison with Charlie and the Regrets
Discovery Green
7 p.m. Thursday, free

Thursday Night Concerts are back on the Green, courtesy of Green Mountain Energy, and not only will this season’s first installment showcase the Gulf Coast’s country-music stylings with Houston’s own (if Bandera-raised) Charlie Robison and opener Charlie and the Regrets, it will also offer the opportunity to support local Harvey relief efforts, specifically the Mayor's Relief Fund and Robison's own coastal relief fund. So, bring a blanket or lawn chairs, pack a picnic or pick up something to eat (and note glass containers and outside alcoholic beverages aren’t allowed, but beer and wine will be available for purchase), sit back and enjoy the music.

Chun Hui Pak, 2017, Year of the Rooster II, oil on linen, 40 x 60 inchesEXPAND
Chun Hui Pak, 2017, Year of the Rooster II, oil on linen, 40 x 60 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Cindy Lisica Gallery

“Unfolded” opening reception
Cindy Lisica Gallery
6 p.m. Friday, free

Cindy Lisica Gallery will reopen Friday from their temporary Harvey-related closure for the opening of “Unfolded,” a solo exhibition from Korean-born American artist Chun Hui Pak. The work of the Austin-based Pak is no stranger to Houston, as a reproduction of her painting, Year of the Rooster II, is currently on view as part of the city’s Art Blocks program downtown. In the “Unfolded” series, Pak represents each of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac as unfolded origami. Also on display is work from her signature “Zen Iris” series, which was inspired by Georgia O’Keefe’s painting, Black Iris (1926). The exhibit will be on display through October 7.

Tess Gerritsen stops by Murder by the Book to talk about her newest Rizzoli and Isles book, I Know a Secret.
Tess Gerritsen stops by Murder by the Book to talk about her newest Rizzoli and Isles book, I Know a Secret.
Author photo by Derek Henthorn

I Know a Secret book signing
Murder by the Book
6:30 p.m. Friday, free

Though the run of Rizzoli and Isles may have ended last year after seven seasons, the crime-solving duo live on not only in syndication, but in the continued work of Tess Gerritsen, who introduced Jane Rizzoli in her 2001 novel, The Surgeon, and Maura Isles one book later (in The Apprentice). For her newest novel, I Know a Secret, Gerritsen asked herself, “What if a killer set up his crime scenes the way a Renaissance painter would have arranged his paintings?” The answer can be found in the story of a murdered indie filmmaker, which leads Rizzoli and Isles on a search for a killer who appears to be mimicking the deaths of saints and may be connected to a scandal at a daycare 20 years earlier.

Adult Swim fan art will cover the walls of Insomnia Gallery Friday night.EXPAND
Adult Swim fan art will cover the walls of Insomnia Gallery Friday night.
Courtesy of the Insomnia Gallery

Adult Swim Art Show
Insomnia Gallery
7 p.m. Friday, free

The adult-oriented programming block Adult Swim, a Cartoon Network institution for millennials everywhere, is finally getting the art show it’s always deserved at Insomnia Gallery Friday night. More than 30 artists will be on hand displaying their fan art, so whether you’re hoping to see Pickle Rick (from Rick and Morty), a portrait of Home Movies’ Coach McGuirk, the frenetic absurdity of Robot Chicken in watercolor or a tribute to the block’s many bumps, there’s a good chance it’ll be there along with music, food-truck food and free drinks from the show’s sponsor, Eureka Heights Brew Co. The kids – and even the dog – are invited too.

Apollo Chamber Players (pictured above), Musiqa and Jazz Forever will co-present a concert to raise money to benefit Harvey relief efforts.EXPAND
Apollo Chamber Players (pictured above), Musiqa and Jazz Forever will co-present a concert to raise money to benefit Harvey relief efforts.
Photo by Cris Stephens

Harvey Relief Concert
The MATCH
7 p.m. Friday, Pay What You Can ($10)

Apollo Chamber Players, Musiqa and Jazz Forever have joined forces for a special show at The MATCH, with all proceeds going to benefit Harvey relief efforts via the Greater Houston Community Foundation and Catholic Charities Houston. The program will include a premiere from Houston’s Mark Buller, new music from local composers, and works that reflect the city, from African-American spirituals to music from Mexico and Latin America to jazz and big-band classics. Tickets are pay what you can (minimum $10), but if your pocketbook allows, think about giving a little more when you get tickets or at the show, where donations will also be accepted.


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