21 Best Things to Do in Houston This Week: Fútbol, Regrets and the Throne from GoT

The Catastrophic Theatre celebrates the walk of shame with its summer romp, Tamarie's Merry Evening of Mistakes and Regrets.
The Catastrophic Theatre celebrates the walk of shame with its summer romp, Tamarie's Merry Evening of Mistakes and Regrets.
Photo by George Hixson

Saturday, July 1

Houston’s musical-theater prodigy Tamarie Cooper is back at it again, with a cavalcade of new tunes at Catastrophic Theatre’s annual darkly comic fundraising bash, this year titled Tamarie’s Merry Evening of Mistakes and Regrets. With her typical cohort of oddballs in tow (Ronnie Blaine, Kyle Sturdivant and perennial favorite Greg Dean), Cooper writes, directs and stars in this bonkers journey through the id and ego, full of original tunes, yuk-yuk cabaret-style banter and, of course, sex stuff. Talking earlier this year about the process in each of her self-titled romps, Cooper was reflective. “It’s all about opening up and being brutally honest, sharing ridiculous, crazy stories,” she said. “Maybe very tragic, or you may be telling something funny. There’s always a safe place in rehearsals, [where] you can trust each other and take risks as an actor.” 8 p.m. July 1. Continuing 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. June 29 through August 12. 3400 Main, No. 285. For information, call 713-521-4533 or visit catastrophictheatre.com. $10 to $75. – Vic Shuttee

Punk never goes out of style, and the fact that the Mydolls are still touring proves the point. There’s a new doc in the works, set to premiere at South by Southwest next year, but we’ll get a sneak peek at the hip music + drinks + film Mydolls Party this Saturday. Trish Herrera talks about how the Houston-born band differed from the formulaic sounds coming out of California and Michigan. “We weren’t just classic punk rock. We were art punk,” says Herrera, who performs along with Dianna Ray, George Reyes and Linda Younger. “If we had just followed along and wore leather and spikes and had the same traditional sound that everybody had, we wouldn’t have been true to ourselves.” The doc is a blend of grainy shots from the ’80s and current footage, plus new interviews with local and national celebs who “knew us in the punk rock world.” 7 to 9:30 p.m. July 1. 14 Pews, 800 Aurora. For information, call 281-888-9677 or visit 14pews.org. $25. – Susie Tommaney

“The kind of art we’re producing, it’s not -suitable for a library,” says Victor “SEIYGE ZELLEZ” Blanchard, co-founder of the Isosceles Krew, the boundary-pushing artist -collective HPD once inadvertently complimented when officers called them “erratic and abnormal,” who are presenters of A Little Taste of Glory, a garden party and art show inspired by Mardi Gras. Like Mardi Gras, the evening — named for a line fans of Nacho Libre should recognize — is “open to the public, there’s no door to walk through, nobody to pay a cover to,” says Blanchard. “There are very few obstacles to having a good time.” The art, themed around categories like hip-hop and superheroes, is curated by the Krew, the food is from Wokker Texas Ranger, and the music is by skacore band Metanoia; even haircuts from Chico El Barbero will be available. 6 p.m. July 1. Jackson Place Oasis, 4702 Jackson. For information, call 713-301-7888 or visit isosceleskrew.com. Free. – Natalie de la Garza

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Between Guardians of the Galaxy’s hit soundtracks and all the nostalgic “remember when?” TV dramas set in times gone by, it seems people can’t get enough ’70s tunes nowadays. Houston audiences can get their fix in person with Music Box’s latest cabaret, Feelin’ Groovy! “This era of music really speaks to people,” says Rebekah Dahl, the powerhouse singer, producer and co-star of the production. “We’ve got everything from rock and roll like Steppenwolf and Janis Jopin to folk music: Arlo Guthrie, John Denver. A little bit of everything makes people happy.” Beyond her enthusiasm to watch co-stars Cay Taylor, Kristine Sullivan, Luke Wrobel and Brad Scarborough (Dahl’s husband) shine, Dahl admits to prizing her chance at a certain Bob Marley tune. “‘Redemption Song,’ to me, is his most beautiful song, and trying something like it just excites me to no end.”
7:30 p.m. July 1. Continuing 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 7-29 and August 11-26, 2 p.m. July 23 and August 20. July 1 through August 26. 2623 Colquitt. For information, call 281-513-1504 or visit themusicboxtheater.com. $27 to $37. – Vic Shuttee

An exciting new exhibit based on the distinguished collection of a noted financier and philanthropist makes its United States premiere in the Bayou City. "Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians — The Mohammed Afkhami Collection" showcases works by 23 Iranian-born artists through painting, sculpture, photography and video. Fereshteh Daftari winnowed down more than 300 objects in curating this exhibit for the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto – where the exhibit made its debut – and the selected objects celebrate both the ancient and the modern. The mystic current is revealed through sculpture (Parviz Tanavoli's Blue Heech/Blue Nothingness) and painting (Mohammad Ehsai's Mohabbat/Kindness), while the Internet era is satirized through a staged photo of a bubble gum-chewing young woman in Shirin Aliabadi's Miss Hybrid 3. War and terror also are referenced; one piece transforms silhouettes of fighter planes into traditional carpets. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. July 1 through September 24. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit mfah.org. Free to $15. – Susie Tommaney

They're fierce. They're talented. And the funky Punjabi dance teams are bringing it this weekend for another edition of Clutch City Bhangra Competition 2017. Alamo City Bhangra, last year's second place winners, are back for another chance at glory, going up against Asap Bhangra and several other troupes ready to match wits with sick choreography, colorful costumes and a thumping beat that makes it hard to sit still. The big night includes live performances by G. Sidhu and Kay V. Singh. Those wanting to dig deeper should check out the Bhangra funk workshop (6:30 p.m. June 30, Hyatt Regency, 1200 Louisiana) and exclusive after-party (11 p.m. to 3 a.m. July 1, The Hive, 4701 Nett). 6 p.m. July 1. University of Houston, Cullen Performance Hall, 4800 Calhoun. For information, call 201-562-3236 or visit clutchcitybhangra.com. $20 to $40. – Susie Tommaney

If your loved ones are sick and tired of receiving candles, neckties and other uninspired gifts, then stock up for the giving season with these definitely-not-cookie-cutter objects at the Russian Cultural Center - Our Texas. We're talking hand-crafted nesting dolls, hand-painted samovar sets, balalaikas and the glowing halos of painted icons. The "Russian Summer Bazaar" lasts all month but, seeing that many of these souvenirs are one-of-a-kind, our advice is to hit the center earlier rather than later. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. June 1 through July 31. 2337 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-395-3301 or visit ourtx.org. Free. – Susie Tommaney

If you squint real hard it kinda sorta looks like a giant taco, but Benjamin Terry's Inverted Sunset has more of a nautical feel, with its colorfully-painted and enameled wood planks folded over into an eye-pleasing taco-esque sculpture. Pieces by this Denton-based artist are on view at Art League Houston in "Thingness." And if you weren't paranoid before, you will be soon. Over in the front gallery they've installed 250 surveillance cameras and, yes, the cameras do follow visitors as they walk through the space. "Speak of the Devil" addresses the invasive qualities of CCTV surveillance and is the brainchild of Iowa-based artist Edward Kelley. Running concurrently is an exploration into the ephemeral nature of memory in "Suspended Memory" by Houston artists Shane Allbritton and Peter Bernick-Allbritton. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. June 9 through July 22. 1953 Montrose. For information, call 713-523-9530 or visit artleaguehouston.org. Free. – Susie Tommaney

Sunday, July 2

What do ancient ruins, graffiti and juke joints have in common? They’re all part of the varied subject matter found in the summer exhibit at the Texas Quilt Museum, “Dynamic Diversity: Quilts by African-American Artists.” Museum curator Dr. Sandra Sider tells us that’s the whole point. “Diversity is a catchphrase for multiculturalism. I sort of flipped it: diversity of theme, subject and style.” Houston artist Carolyn Crump, who has been doing a series on juke joint themes, has a nine-foot-tall quilt in the exhibit titled The Butterfly Catcher. It’s a three-for-one summer, with “Art Quilts of the Midwest” (guest curated by Linzee Kull McCray) and “Hearts and Flowers” (19th-century antique quilts) running concurrently. Noon to 4 p.m. July 2. Continuing 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. June 29 through October 1. 140 West Colorado, La Grange. For information, call 979-968-3104 or visit texasquiltmuseum.org. $6 to $8. – Susie Tommaney

Singer and civil rights legend Nina Simone is a household name to many, but audiences may get to know the singer’s life more intimately at Ensemble Theatre’s Simply Simone. “She was a great American legend, not simply a black legend,” says the show’s director, Patdro Harris. “I’m very excited to tell her story through music. Actually, I grew up with a friend in Atlanta who was part of the Simone family — so I grew up calling her Aunt Nina.” What attracted Harris to the script, which the Ensemble has produced twice before, was how the title role is divided into four different parts. “There’s a child Nina, there’s a classic young artist one, there’s the activist one and one from her later years. I love the way the story is told; it’s not a revue — it’s a true musical.” 3 p.m. July 2. Continues 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. June 29 through July 30. 3535 Main. For information, visit ensemblehouston.org. $38 to $42. – Vic Shuttee

Monday, July 3

Start rehearsing the dance moves to “Y.M.C.A.,” because The Village People are bringing the disco love to Miller Outdoor Theatre. Originally formed in 1977, the group has produced unforgettable dance music for women and Macho Men alike, earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame between Liberace and Betty Grable. They were also recognized by Guinness World Records for the world’s largest “Y.M.C.A.” dance event, which took place at a Sun Bowl appearance in 2008. Eric Anzalone, better known as “The Biker,” says it’s a start-to-finish blast. “We are a party band. We’ve always been a party band. Some people refer to us as one of the original boy bands.” Costumes encouraged, so dress up as your favorite Village Person and relive all the memories with fellow fans. After all, it takes a village, people. 8:30 p.m. July 3. 6000 Hermann Park. For information, call 832-487-7102 or visit milleroutdoortheatre.com. Free. – Sam Byrd

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