This Week in H-Town, 3/20-3/27

After a whirlwind of a weekend, this week is gearing up to be another crazy one for me, with some nice little rewards at the end of it in the form of below-mentioned events. Mark your calendars for these ones, y’all.

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Every year, local Twestival® (or Twitter Festival) organizations from all over the world choose a non-profit to raise awareness and funds for by, essentially, throwing a big party. This year, Houston Twestival has chosen Neighborhood Centers, Inc. as its beneficiary, and Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center is where all the partying is going down.

Musicians Tyagaraja, Benjamin Wesley, Gretchen Schmaltz, and Luke Lukas will be performing acoustic sets, and MMM…Cupcake and Saint Arnold Brewery will be providing sweets and libations, respectively. Activities for both the kids and the kids-in-grown-up-bodies will be provided, and there will be plenty of live-tweeting and other social media shenanigans going on. Some rad prizes, including a work of art by Houston origami artist Joan Son and some House of Blues concert tickets, will be up for raffle, as well.

Get your tickets here, and get ready!

The people of Caroline Sessions decided last week to hold a benefit concert for the victims of the tragedy in Japan. Musicians and sponsors have stepped forward to donate their time, money, and beer (Saint Arnold, once again) to the cause, and we couldn’t be more thankful for the overwhelming support.

I’ll be interviewing some of the performers this week, and you can expect to see the product of that on Space City Rock soon. The line-up, as it stands, is:

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Benjamin Wesley
Chase Hamblin
Chip Tune Crooner
Corey Power
Donnie Sands
Ernie Trevino Band
Featherface
File Under Jeff
La Sien
Melisa Savcic
Myrna Sanders
Reckless Endeavor
Sara Van Buskirk
Tiziano Hernandez
Westbound

I’ve been following Suchu for about a year now, and I absolutely love everything they do. Although I’m nowhere near a qualified critic of contemporary dance, I know that there’s something comforting and uplifting about all of Jennifer Woods’ choreography that is just irresistible.

They performed an excerpt of the piece at the Spacetaker Gala on Saturday night, and successfully got me very excited to see the rest of the dance. Plus, just look at those outfits…

  • Catastrophic Theatre’s “Back to School” Gala – Saturday, March 26, 8-12 PM @ SPJST Lodge

I can’t, unfortunately, make it out to this event, but I love Catastrophic’s idea of a high school themed gala. Dress as your favorite high school stereotype (i.e., goth, stoner, cheerleader, etc.).  Houston band Molly & the Ringwalds will be playing some 80’s tunes for you to reminisce (and dance) to.

Read more on the Catastrophic site.

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Hope you all have sufficiently recovered from your SXSW funtimes, and are ready for the week. If you’re not – well, me and all the other Houston-bound peeps will probably not spare you a whole lot of pity.

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