This weekend, a group of young New Yorkers worry about how they will play for rent and more, while some teenagers in Austin are left dazed and confused. Those with a green thumb can put up their plant, while space lovers can celebrate a major Spacelab anniversary.
Scaly reptiles invade NRG and a Sunday Funday concert brings the jams alcohol-free.
Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday 18 May
Shocks and Jolts summer exhibit at Childrens Museum Houston
Get ready to rock your system with a thrilling performance like no other. Find out what the Shocks & Jolts exhibition is all about during a stunning opening ceremony where people will complete an electrical circuit by creating a human chain to open the gallery. Made possible by OXY, the exhibit will allow you to discover the illuminating field of electrostatics, examine the properties of electromagnetism, and build and test your own electrical circuits. 10am
Dartmouth College and the University of Houston present the MusicMexico 2023 Symposium
For three days, Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts (the Hop) and the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music will bring together musicians, artists and scholars to explore the past and future of Mexican music and its representation in literature by band and educational contexts. The second Music Mexico Symposium is part of Dartmouth’s ongoing Mexican repertoire initiative to improve access to and appreciation for Mexican artists, who are actively innovating and contributing to the evolution of wind music. 6pm (7.30am Friday and Saturday).
Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown presents Disoriented and confused
Alright, alright, alright! Enjoy the sights, sips and sounds atop BLVD Place. The Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown has partnered with the Saint Arnold Brewing Company to present Texan director RIchard Linklaters 1993, the throwback favorite to the 70s, which launched the careers of so many stars (Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Renee Zellweger) . Saint Arnold will offer guests tastings of their new beer, Simmer Pilsner. which pairs flawlessly with the nostalgic teen comedy and Uptown Houston skyline. 7.45pm.
Friday 19 May
Inaugural plant convention PlantCon International is a 100-vendor plant marketplace and exhibit featuring rare and hard-to-find plants, field expert seminars and workshops, and a unique non-profit mission to promote inclusivity and visibility for all national and international organizations. The event is organized by With Heart Collective, a non-profit organization focused on creating inclusive spaces and opportunities for minority-owned small businesses and their customers. 6am (8am Sat; 10am Sun).
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Nam June Paik: Moon is the oldest TV
This fascinating documentary (narrated by Steven Yeun) chronicles the life and career of Nam June Paik (1932-2006), the father of video arT. Born in Japanese-occupied Korea, Paik trained as a classical musician before moving to Germany in the 1950s, where he became a member of the influential experimental art movement Fluxus. After moving to the United States, he devoted himself entirely to television and video, revolutionizing the use of technology. 7pm (5pm Sunday).
Space Center Houston presents Skylab’s 50th Anniversary Evening Celebration
Space Center Houston will mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Skylab space station. Guests will have exclusive after-hours access to Space Center Houston, with a special cocktail hour in the Skylab trainer exhibit. The reception will include past hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, with spirits available for purchase, live music, and the unboxing of Skylab artifacts. 7:00 pm.
Houston Symphony presents Stravinsky Oedipus Rex
Sophocles meets Stravinsky’s revolutionary musical language: the result is raw, compelling and unforgettable. Lose yourself in the drama as this mythical tale of fate, political intrigue, and patricide unfolds, crafted with stunning stage imagery created especially for these performances by artist Adam Larsen. Music Director-designate Juraj Valuha and orchestra are joined by world-renowned opera superstars Sean Panikkar and Michelle DeYoung, along with the Houston Symphony Mens Chorus. 8:00 pm
Saturday 20 May
The Crawfish Open Championship at Low Tide Kitchen and Bar
Spring Branch Low Tide Seafood Kitchen and Bar is hosting a one-of-a-kind lobster-eating contest. It is open to all amateur eaters aged 18 and over. (Entry entries will be accepted through May 18 by 8:00 PM. A $20 non-refundable entry fee must be paid to participate.) Competitors will be given a platter of lobsters that will be weighed before and after the contest. The contestant who eats the most lobster meat by weight at the end of eight minutes wins. The winner will receive the Crawfish Open trophy belt and prize basket. Noon.
Southside Sporting Club welcomes Keith Frank and the band Soileau Zydeco
The Southside Sportside Club will welcome Louisiana’s Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band for one performance only. Led by legendary singer and accordionist Keith Frank, their music is a modern celebration of Louisiana culture that has earned them a loyal following and acclaim. The band features some of the most talented guitarists, drummers, bassists and violinists in the genre and have put on a show like no other, with electrifying performances and captivating hits that never fail to get the audience dancing. 5pm.
Blaffer Art Museum presents Robert Hodge x Tim Kerr: “No Kings But Us” Opening Reception.
Hodge-Kerr is a collaboration between Houston artist and impresario Robert Hodge and Austin musician and artist Tim Kerr. Individually, their work is steeped in the rich history of music and pop culture, and they share a deep interest in racial equality and human rights. With mutual admiration and converging interests, from color palette to messaging to medium, they have come together to weave a creative vision. Until Sunday June 4th at 6pm.
Theater Under the Stars presents Rent
Winner of the Tony for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this sensational musical has captured the hearts of millions of theatergoers around the world. A reinterpretation of Puccini La Bohme, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists who struggle to follow their dreams without burning out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives against the only thing that truly matters – love. Until Sunday 28 May. 14:00 and 20:00 (Sunday 14:00 and 19:30).
Sunday 21 May
Reptilian Nation Expo: reptile and amphibian show
This weekend, at the NRG Center, the Reptilian Nation Expo will feature over 100 keepers and vendors with over 300 tables of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, isopods and other insects. Visitors can purchase supplies, enclosures, insect/rodent feeders, and more. There will also be presentations of crocodiles and exotic venomous snakes. So, if you’re the kind of brave soul who isn’t scared by these little mofos, this fair is for you. 10am
The Party Sober Partnership presents Recover Out Loud Soberfest 2023
SoberFest HTX 2023 is a unique event that celebrates the joys of sobriety by showcasing the power of music. It is an inclusive space where everyone can come together to have fun, dance and listen to great music without the influence of alcohol or drugs. By sober people for sober people, this festival is an opportunity to connect with like-minded people and to embrace a sober lifestyle. The festival will feature a variety of food trucks, vendor booths and mocktails to keep everyone entertained throughout the day. Noon.
Impractical jokers: the Drive Drive Drive Drive Drive tour
Brian Q Quinn, James Murr Murray and Sal Vulcano of the beloved prank show Not very witty pranksters will bring The Drive Drive Drive Drive Drive Tour to Sugar Land. The hidden camera comedy show follows Q, Murr, and Sal as they compete to embarrass each other in the general public, with a series of hilarious and outrageous challenges. This event will feature unedited video and stand-up storytelling. 5pm.
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