Thursday, August 26
Do you or any of yours have a story to share about the civil rights era? Head on over to Sharpstown Mall today for the Voices of Civil Rights Bus Tour. People from the Library of Congress will be there to take down first-hand accounts, so grab your 'rents (or their 'rents) and help contribute to the record of one of the greatest accomplishments in American history. 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 7500 Bellaire Boulevard. For information, call 832-325-2231. Free.
Once the sun sets, we suggest heading over to Sherlock's Pub for cheap drinks and casual conversation -- that is, of course, if you can hear anything over the sounds of Rat Ranch. This unfortunately named cover band is a group of four guys who would make any dorm-room musician proud. In fact, we don't think there's a Buzz-worthy song not in their repertoire. You want Smash Mouth, Creed, Blink-182 and Good Charlotte? Well, you got 'em. 9 p.m. 10001 Westheimer. For information, call 713-977-1857 or visit www.sherlockspub.com. Free.
Friday, August 27
As if the corner of Montrose and Hawthorne weren't already crowded enough on weekends with folks waiting for Skybar, tonight ReggaeLink.com is hosting a Link Up! Party in the same building. Steve Swift, Good Grief and the Mikie Faith Crew are set to provide the reggae and hip-hop sounds, while the Jugglers Crew and the Tata Girls will be there to provide the dancing entertainment. Anyone who heads upstairs will definitely be in for a bouncing good time, but we're willing to bet the party will be just as off-the-hook on the street below. 10:30 p.m. Tha Loft, 3400 Montrose. For information, visit www.reggaelink.com. $8.
Saturday, August 28
It's always so satisfying to do extracurricular things when you're supposed to be working. While Chris Akin is working as a guard at the Menil Collection, he often finds time to make sketches on folded paper. Once the paper is unfolded, a compelling hodgepodge of images results. Akin's work is on display today at the Galveston Arts Center as part of the Galveston Artwalk, an evening of openings and receptions at various galleries near the Strand. Also on view at the center are still-life paintings by Ellen Berman and photographs by Matthew and Dayna Linton. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 2127 Strand (and surrounding blocks). For information, call 409-763-2403. Free.
Once you're done strolling around G-town, hop in the car and motor back to the venue formerly known as Rich's for a DJ set by Kimball Collins. This Orlando-bred deckie has been working the tables since '87, so he's now considered one of the masters of trance and progressive house. Hell, anyone who's managed to maintain such an expensive hobby for so long is definitely worth checking out. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 2401 San Jacinto. For information, call 713-759-9606 or visit www.77002.com. $10 to $15.
Sunday, August 29
Now that you just spent last night flinging about to the beat with abandon, head over to City Dance Studios to see how the pros do it. At the Super Duper Open House, the folks of Houston City Dance are offering up free demonstrations of ballet, hip-hop, tap, jazz and modern dancing. We'll call that the "super" part. As for the "duper," there'll be face painting, a moonwalk and graffiti classes. Put 'em together and you know what kind of time you're gonna have. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 2423 Dunstan. For information, call 713-529-6100 or visit www.houstoncitydance.com. Free.
Monday, August 30
Nothing says party like 50-cent sake. Okay, so a lot of things probably say party more than 50-cent sake, but let's not split hairs here. Mondays at Mo Mong, you can down 50-cent sake shots all night long -- which is a beautiful recipe for danger, if you ask us. There are also $2 wells and beers for those who don't dig on fermented rice. Pick your poison, and don't let us hear you complaining the next morning about your $10 headache. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays. 1201 Westheimer. For information, call 713-524-5664. Free.
Tuesday, August 31
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In There's Something About Mary, Ben Stiller's character picks up a hitchhiker with a brilliant get-rich-quick scheme: Market a video called 7-Minute Abs and one-down the folks of 8-Minute Abs. Of course, the guy turns out to be a psychopath, but it's still a great idea. It makes you wonder why this concept hasn't occurred to the competitors of 8-Minute Dating. Sure, eight minutes is a fair amount of time to meet that special someone, but is that last minute really so important? It's all small talk anyway. If you shaved it down to seven, you could meet an extra person every hour. But until that brilliant dating entrepreneur emerges from the ranks and markets our ingenious plan, we'll settle for 8-Minute Dating at the Seabrook Beach Club. Eight can be lucky too, you know. 7 p.m. 3345 NASA Road 1. For information, call 832-443-0275 or visit www.8minutedating.com. $35.
Wednesday, September 1
Damn, the first of the month can really creep up on you. After you're done paying the rent, take your broke ass over to Jones Plaza for a free concert by La Orquesta Salmerum. Playing here as part of the Latin Rumba Nights series, this ten-piece band has been tearing up the local Latin scene with its unique combination of SALsa, MErengue and RUMba. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 600 Louisiana. For information, call 713-477-4800 or visit www.latinoaccess.com. Free.
Or if you've still got a little money to spare, then we suggest the Animal Collective show at Fat Cat's. This Brooklyn-based foursome strums and synths its way through a diverse catalog of ambient tunes. The songs conjure images of nature; sometimes they even speak for the trees. Looks like the Lorax has some competition. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. 4216 Washington Avenue. For information, call 713-869-5263 or visit www.clubfatcat.com. $9.