Thursday, June 16
Today, bars and clubs will be full of eager singles looking to hook up for the weekend or -- gasp! -- even longer. But if you're growing tired of asking for digits (or handing out fake ones) and you're horrible at speed-seduction, make reservations tonight for the Eight Friends Out's Progressive Dinner. It's a dining club for singles, where folks sit eight to a table and chat in a relaxed environment. Enjoying the company of a fellow diner? Get their number, or call up the EFO folks and ask for it later. Today, your evening starts at Hotel Icon's Whiskey Bar for cocktails, then moves to the Cava Bistro for appetizers and Mia Bella Trattoria for entrées and desserts. The membership fee will set you back more than a Benjamin, but compared to the usual amount you spend in a bar looking for Mr. or Ms. Right Now, that's nothin'. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m. at 220 Main. For information, membership fees and to RSVP, call 281- 870-0827 or visit www.eightfriendsout.com. $50 dinner; $150 onetime membership fee.
Friday, June 17
Pride season is here, and the time is almost right for dancing in the streets. But first, have you been introduced to the grand marshals of this year's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade? At today's official Pride Kick-Off Party, you'll get to meet and show appreciation for those hardworking marshals. That doesn't get your float rolling? Just let the lavish layout of delicious food, hot music and snappy repartee wash over you, as the leaders of Houston's vibrant GLBT community consolidate their energy and get revved up for the real deal next Saturday. The party starts at 7 p.m. in the lobby of the J.P. Morgan Chase Bank Building, 707 Travis. For information, call 713-529-6979 or visit www.pridehouston.org. $10 donation.
Saturday, June 18
We're all about planning for the weekend (duh), but we gotta admit that the best Saturdays are all about spontaneity. Seems the folks at Super Happy Fun Land agree. Every Saturday through the end of July, tireless local avant-garde musician and promoter Dave Dove is curating the Sameless Noun Collection, a series of one-time-only, occasionally last-minute collaborations among a wide selection of local musicians. The music, according to Dove, "may or may not be improvised," so the one and only thing we can definitely expect is the unexpected. 6 p.m. Runs every Saturday through July. 2610 Ashland. For tickets and information, call 713-880-2100 or visit www.superhappyfunland.com. $2.
Since you're planning your day on the fly, try making a stop at Verizon Wireless Theater for the Loco Comedy Jam tour, which features some of the hottest new Latin comedians around. Your hosts include Mike Robles, a veteran of the stand-up circuit who has watched his fledgling Loco Comedy Jam TV show evolve into one of the hottest Latin comedy shows on the tube; Joey Medina, a member of the Original Latin Kings of Comedy; and frequent Loco host Jeff Garcia. Obviously most of the jokes will center on the Latino experience, but we're guessing everyone will have big risas on their faces at 8 p.m. 520 Texas. For tickets and information, call 713-629-3700 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. $23.50 to $33.50.
Sunday, June 19
Anyone looking to surprise Dad with a more flavorful gift, say, a Latin-music-and-roller-coaster-themed Father's Day, is in luck: This Sunday AstroWorld is hosting El Día del Padre. Expect paternal fun all day long, with an endless supply of specialty foods, manly contests and patented amusement-park fun. Then there's the music, a rich mixture of local and regional acts including Alazzan, La Cima, Relampago, Aliazana, Exacto, La Mascara and Zonia Ortiz, all climaxing with a 7 p.m. concert by Latin superstars Pesado. 10 a.m. 610 Loop (Fannin exit). For information, call 713-799-1234 or visit www.sixflags.com. Free with park admission.
Monday, June 20
"Now I'm looking for the dum dum boys," lamented Iggy Pop once upon a time. "The walls close in and I need some noise." Well, the Ig need look no further for that elusive noise fix than the weekly Proletariat gig by none other than the Dum Dum Crüe, known individually as DJ Bunny, La Borrachita and the Perkolator. These three know how to bring the funk, the punk and the post-punk (though perhaps not the crunk), providing a high-decibel cure for those Monday-night blahs. Okay, everybody, all together: "Da-da-da, dum-dum-day..." 10 p.m. Mondays. 903 Richmond. For information, call 713-523-1199 or visit www.theproletariathouston.com. Free.
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Tuesday, June 21
Few occupations are more beloved than bartending. Yeah, yeah, these spirit slingers dispense devil water to the masses. But how many people can mix drinks while balancing bottles on the backs of their hands and heads, juggle two or three bottles -- or flip a bottle behind their backs, in the air and under their legs? Not many, which is why the players at Sherlock's Baker Street Pub's Quest for the Best Bartender Competition deserve a gander. Barkeeps from all over town will show up today and dispense drinks in a "flair round" (some of them will do it blindfolded -- impressive!) as they compete for the finals in Dallas on July 19. The liquor starts flying at 8 p.m. 10001 Westheimer, 713-977-1857. For schedule, list of locations and information, visit www.sherlockspub.com. Free.
Wednesday, June 22
How our eyes see depends as much on who we are as it does on such technical factors as lighting and focus. The Art Car Museum is hosting "Western Eyes," an exhibition of photographs depicting images of Arab people and their lives, all taken by contemporary Western photographers. This collection provides a striking contrast with its sister show, the earlier "Arab Eyes" exhibit, but viewed on their own, these pictures still provide a fascinating window into a crucial cultural gap. And perhaps even a few tentative steps toward bridging it. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Runs through June 25. 140 Heights Boulevard. For information, call 713-861-5526 or visit www.artcarmuseum.com. Free.