Rock out for a good cause
If you are looking to go to a show this weekend two of them stick out from the pack for their charitable themes:
Houston bands Second Lovers, Satin Hooks and the Valens team up to help UC Berkeley student Stevie Sanko and Army vet Tara Carpenter at the Stevie & Tara Benefit Show at 10 p.m. Saturday at Walter's. Sanko was suffering from kidney failure when Carpenter agreed to donate her own. The show will cover medical costs for both women. R&B misfit You Genious also promises a 15-minute kissing booth. For charity, of course. Tickets are $10.
A Night of Music Benefiting Red Cross & Hurricane Sandy Relief starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Dean's and Notsuoh. his benefit show boasts continuous music at two local haunts and a rotating roster that includes Journey Agents, Black Queen Speaks, Grizzly, the Tyburn Jig, Knights of the Fire Kingdom, the Dead Revolt, Co-Pilot, Tim Qualls, Petesimple and more.Tickets are $10-$12.
Read : Other shows coming this week .
Happy birthday Janis
Houston's Janis Joplin tribute act Kozmic Pearl will anchor Janis Joplin’s 70th Birthday Celebration at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at House of Blues. Tickets are $10-$12. The Port Arthur native was just 27 when her road manager found her dead of a drug overdose at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 1970.
We bet you didn't know that Sunday is National Cheese Lover's Day. OK, maybe you did cheese heads. There are plenty of cheese-friendly joints around town.
Read: : Five ways to celebrate National Cheese Lover's Day .
Take in a film or film fest
Sundance isn't the only film festival that matters. A colorful cast of characters helps the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Rice Media celebrate 20 years of Houston’s Iranian Film Festival starting Saturday.
The 2013 edition of the long-running film series presents eight new and very different films from, or about, Iran, starting at the MFA’s Brown Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday, continuing there Jan. 26-27 and moving to Rice Media Center Feb. 1-2.
Read: More on the Iran Film Festival