On Tuesday night, Houston’s first and only bayou movie barge docked at Guadalupe Park off Navigation for the first of 2 “sneak peek” video performances on the banks of Buffalo Bayou. On the opposite shoreline, a few cargo trains and a motorcade of dirt bikes rumbled past, but the night was clear and mosquito-free, show and boat organizer Bree Edwards claims. Plus, she says: The solar-powered cinema setup on the Tex Hex worked flawlessly. Her pix of the scene:
Tuesday’s performance, along with a second one last night — in a grittier bayou setting under the freeway at the corner of Nance and West St. — had separate film programs, but both were dry runs for this Saturday night’s 8:30 pm official maiden voyage and premiere. In honor of the weekend’s Art-Car parade, the showboat’s film program will focus on the idea of “visionary transport” and feature movies by Buster Keaton, Kenneth Anger, and Buckminster Fuller (among others), pieced together by curator and video pilot Deborah Stratman. Free stadium seating for the performance, pictured below, is available at the funnel end of White Oak Bayou, behind 1011 Wood St. downtown.
Update: Another photo of the Tex Hex, hanging out under the Eastex Freeway before Thursday night’s show:
- Tex Hex Pop Up Cinema: Past Forward [Mitchell Center]
- Previously on Swamplot: Bayou Theater: Houston Research Boat Will Have Movies on Sail
Photos: Bree Edwards/Mitchell Center for the Arts