5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, April 9–11

America UnMasked presented by the Buffalo Soldier National Museum

Without a doubt, last year was difficult. History was made but many conversations still need to be had.  America UnMasked is a candid artist talk with photographer Terran Watkins put on by the Buffalo Soldier National Museum, which will have you staring at much of last year’s perils right in the face.  Watkins’s personal photos from Black Lives Matter protests will be on display followed by a discussion about his experience shooting the photographs. This free event will take place on Zoom, but be sure to register to receive the Zoom link.

3 p.m. Apr 9. Free. Online. More information here.

Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan on The Menil Collection Lawn

A pleasant Friday evening will make for the perfect background to see Paisan by Roberto Rossellini on The Menil Collection front lawn. Pack a blanket, some lawn chairs, and perhaps a bottle of wine and enjoy the neorealist war movie created by Rossellini, who actually knew the de Menils in the ‘70s. In fact, a rare screening of Rossellini’s visit to the Rice Media Center (facilitated by the de Menils in 1970) will play at Rice Cinema the following day at 7 p.m., though you must RSVP as seats are limited.

8 p.m. Apr 9. Free. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. More information here.

Third Eastside Market Pop-up at Très Chic

The first two markets put on by Upper Kirby boutique Très Chic were such a success, the shop has added more dates, with the next one being this Saturday. Improve your spring wardrobe or prepare for the impending scorching days of summer with over a dozen of Houston’s finest boutiques—like the bohemian Latin American wares of Collectivo or some casual jewelry from Monica Haff Designs. We can’t forget to mention that Bovine & Barley’s Adult Ice Cream Truck will be there serving delicious frozen drinks. Frosè, anyone?

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Apr 10. Free. 3414 Eastside St, Upper Kirby. More information here.

In Good Company by the Houston Ballet featuring The Dead South

When the pandemic began, the Houston Ballet had to shut its doors to its faithful patrons and fans, cancelling in-person performances and going digital. The ballet is still going forth into this strange virtual world, but now it’s in good company, literally. For a few weeks now, the Houston Ballet has collaborated with folk group The Dead South to create short dance films soundtracked by the band’s 2014 album, Good Company, that are part of a collective project called In Good Company. New films premiere every weekend, and there are still a few songs to go, so head to Houston Ballet’s website to catch up or watch the latest pas des deuxs or dramatic solo.

7 p.m. April 9–11. Free. Online. More information here.

The Rusty Krab Experience

Is this the Krusty Krab? Close, but no. And it’s not Patrick either, but rather a new Spongebob Squarepants-inspired restaurant and bar, taking up the old space of BirdDog Saint, called The Rusty Krab. Make a reservation and drive to Main Street, and this family-friendly experience will immerse you in the world of Bikini Bottom, Krabby Patty and all. You’ll have so many photo-ops and interactive experiences, including a Covid-19-friendly scavenger hunt and an opportunity to get your very own boating license from “Mrs. Puffies Boating School” (a valuable line for your resume, to be sure). The pop-up restaurant and bar will be open until May 9, so you have a month to go visit this downtown “undersea” haunt.

Opens 4 p.m. Apr 9. $30. The Rusty Krab, 711 Main St, STE 100. More information here.

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