Thursday, July 14
LL may or may not have gone to hell, but one thing's for sure: His former one-man-band-cum-right-hand-man rocks the bells every week in Houston. That's right, LL Cool J's legendary DJ Cut Creator can be found "driving the cross fader like a cut mobile" at Suede Lounge every Thursday, playing a wide array of body-rockin' jams and booty-shakin' beats, ranging from old-school hip-hop to '80s hits. Go, Cut Creator, go! 10 p.m. 1000 Prairie. For information, call 713-227-5500. Free before 11 p.m.
Friday, July 15
For pure, joyful sensory overload, it'd be pretty hard to outdo a screening of Chuck Jones's 1957 cartoon classic What's Opera Doc? accompanied by a live orchestra. Sure, there'll be other toons on view during the Houston Symphony Orchestra's Bugs Bunny on Broadway performance today. But for our money, the sight of the titular hare in full Brunhilde drag hamming it up with Elmer Fudd as the murderous Siegfried, coupled with the sound of HSO spanking "Ride of the Valkyries" like an animated stepchild, will be well worth the price of admission. Okay, everybody, all together: "Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit!" 7:30 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. $20 to $55.
Saturday, July 16
Can't we all just get along? Not if the vicious butt-stompers of the World Extreme Fighting Tour have anything to say about it. This Saturday night is truly all right for fighting, as muscle-bound aggro-advocates take out their rage on each other's skulls. For starters, there will be ten (count 'em, ten) closed-fist, "mixed-martial arts" fights in all their caged glory. Later, gigantic wrestlers with names like Scotty "The Body" Johnson, Anthony "The Wild Thing" Rea and Marvin "The Beastman" Eastman will open up various cans of whoop-ass on each other, all in the name of good, old-fashioned entertainment. Watch out for flying teeth at 8 p.m. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. For information, call 866-446-8849 or visit www.houstontoyotacenter.com. $25 to $125.
Of course, if the meting out of physical punishment isn't your cup of herbal tea, a quick drive to The Woodlands tonight will net you an evening of flowing gowns, sheer lace sleeves and witchy New Age auras as ultra-super-duper-megastar Stevie Nicks takes the stage to perform solo hits, the occasional Fleetwood Mac tune and plenty of twirling around in random circles. Before the show, be sure to bone up on all things Stevie at www.nicksfix.com, where the diva regularly unleashes the torrents of her eternal wisdom via her handy "Ask Stevie" column. Stand back, stand back at 8 p.m. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. For information, call 281-363-3300 or visit pavilion.woodlandscenter.org. $29.50 to $99.50.
Sunday, July 17
Today, breeze on over to the Houston Heritage Society and check out "Beating the Heat: Staying Cool Throughout the Years," a new exhibit tracing the history of, well, fans. Get the inside scoop on this heroic device as it evolved from "simple, hand-held accessory to powerhouse of industry" (not to mention the only thing that makes a city of Houston's longitude and latitude even marginally inhabitable). Take a deep breath, mop the sweat from your brow and cast an eye at the amazing array of rare, old-fashioned oscillating fans on view. Admire the spring-driven delicacy of the Fowler Fly fan, and gape slack-jawed at the Lake Breeze hot air fan, a kerosene-propelled artifact just perfect for those pesky brownouts. Damn, is it hot in here, baby, or is it just you? The museum is open today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1100 Bagby. For information, call 713-655-1912 or visit www.heritagesociety.org. Free.
Way back in swinging 1966, obsessive film-fan-turned-critic-turned-French New Wave-spearhead Jean-Luc Godard set out to put an entire generation's sexual, romantic and political anxieties on celluloid. The result was Masculin, féminin, screening today at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Featuring Jean-Pierre Léaud as the disaffected every-youth Paul, an uncredited cameo from the mind-boggling Brigitte Bardot and plenty of opportunities for modern disaffected youths to ponder just what made being young and French in the '60s so much cooler than we could ever hope to be. 7 p.m. Brown Auditorium, Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org/films. $6.
Monday, July 18
Pssst! Hey, kid...looking for an exhibit of high-flown conceptual art in a laid-back lounge setting? Well, go no further than Dean's Credit Clothing, that downtown haven for creative expression that hosts everything from jam bands to film societies. Right now, the walls at Dean's are lined with the geometrically abstract paintings of Sean Flournoy, which recombine elements from op art and calligraphy into highly personal and ironic works. Also, out front will be Randall Garrett's shop-window installation, and inside, the Art Star boutique will be selling affordable works by local and regional artists. Exhibits run through September 2. 316 Main. For information, call 713-227-3326. Free.
Tuesday, July 19
Experts will be strutting their highly disciplined midriffs today at Helios's Eclectic Belly Dancing Night. Expect an array of exciting guest dancers adorned by the fabulous skin designs of henna artist Macy Ulbritch. Sure, it's tempting to just sit and passively soak up all the sensual exotica like the shame-faced voyeurs we are, but adventurous spectators are encouraged to undulate along with the professionals during the climactic "dance and drum jam." Just make sure you bring your own veil, dude. 8 p.m. 411 Westheimer. For information, call 713-526-4648 or visit www.heliosrising.org. $4.
Wednesday, July 20
For a completely different view of transplanted Far Eastern culture, come yuk it up at Indians at the Improv. This one-night-only revue promises "the best of South Asian comics from around the state of Texas," including the semi-famous and painfully self-deprecating Paul Varghese, who once curried favor as a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing. 8:30 p.m. The Improv, 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713-333-8800 or visit www.improv2.com. $12.