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Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell

Jones Hall For the Performing Arts : 7:30 p.m. July 31

Banjo has been part of Steve Martin’s stage act since his ’70s standup comedy days, so it’s especially funny to see the media treat the 68-year-old comic legend like music is some kind of hobby with him. Especially in this decade, the Waco-born Martin — 2005 winner of... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Air Sex Championships – Houston

Fitzgerald's : 9:00 p.m. August 1

Sex has always been a competitive sport. It just took people awhile to organize a league and have championships with rules and judges and actual prizes. The Air Sex World Championships took care of all of that. Now we have official fuck-offs (contests between finalists) in cities around the... More >>

Heights Adult, Competitions

“Joe Lopez: Calles de la Vida”

Casa Ramirez Folk Art Gallery : 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. August 2

When San Antonio artist Joe Lopez launched his Gallo series, a certain huge wine corporation objected. In court. The word “gallo” is Spanish for rooster, and Lopez, who considers the spirited birds a symbol of strength, courage and beauty, paints vibrant portraits of them. Lopez,... More >>

Heights Arts, Visual Art

Ray Lamontagne

Jones Hall For the Performing Arts : 7:30 p.m. August 3

Ray LaMontagne has been recognized as one of the 21st century’s leading brown-eyed soul singers almost immediately since his debut, Trouble, appeared in 2004. Channeling greats like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Van Morrison into his world-weary croon, the New Englander has now released... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

The Big Slide Show

Lawndale Art Center : 6:00 p.m. July 30; 6:00 p.m. July 31

Now that the Lawndale Art Center has opened its annual exhibit of juried works, it’s time as in previous editions for “The Big Slide Show.” In this informal two-night event, 40 of the total 106 participating artists this year each have five minutes to present images of their... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Arts

Gary Owen

Improv Comedy Club : 8:00 p.m. July 31; 8:00 p.m. August 1; 7:00 p.m. August 2; 7:30 p.m. August 3

Hugely popular among black audiences, comedian Gary Owen is not black. In fact, he’s kind of pasty pale even for a white guy. Still, he won Funniest Black Comedian in San Diego (that’s an actual competition), and has worked onstage and in film with well-known African-American comics... More >>

Outer Loop - NW Theater, Performing Arts, Comedy, Arts

24th Annual Houston International Jazz Festival

Wortham Theater Center : 8:30 p.m. July 31; 8:30 p.m. August 1; 8:00 p.m. August 2; 11:00 a.m. August 3

Houston’s not exactly known as a mecca for jazz, but the truth is the city has produced several internationally known artists (Joe Sample, Kirk Whalum and Ronnie Laws leap to mind). The local jazz scene might be low-key, but it’s been around awhile, with a yearly jazz festival since... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music, Arts, Performing Arts

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Edwards Houston Marq'e Stadium 23 & IMAX : 12:00 p.m. August 3; 7:00 p.m. August 6

When Christopher, a teenage boy, is caught next to a dead dog just after midnight, he immediately, though perhaps not justifiably, falls under suspicion. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, being presented here by the National Theatre of London, began as an award-winning novel by... More >>

Outer Loop - NW Film, Theater, Arts

Code Black

Sundance Houston : 11:00 a.m. daily from August 1 until August 15

You can tell by the title that the medical documentary Code Black is about serious life-and-death stuff. (Of all the codes you can hear in a hospital, “Code Black” has got to be the most dire, don’t you think?) Filmmaker Ryan McGarry makes his debut with Code Black, which... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Arts, Film

Full Gallop

Stages Repertory Theatre : 3:00 p.m. every Sun. from August 6 until September 14; 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. from August 6 until September 14; 7:30 p.m. every Wed., Thu. from August 6 until September 14

Diana Vreeland was an American fashion icon for more than 50 years. As a columnist and fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar and then editor for Vogue, the undisputed fashion bible of the era, Vreeland influenced styles, set trends and ran with a very famous crowd (she... More >>

River Oaks Theater, Arts, Performing Arts

Triassic Parq: The Musical

The Kaleidoscope : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. from July 31 until August 9

When genetically cloned primeval creatures (a.k.a. dinosaurs) are confined to a scientific enclave, mutations naturally start to emerge (members of the all-female group of dinos suddenly develop male genitalia). So do conflict and controversy, two problems that can be solved only by breaking... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Theater, Performing Arts, Music, Arts

Pollywog

Studio 101 : 8:00 p.m. every Mon., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. from July 31 until August 16

Director Matt Huff wasn’t looking for swimmers when he cast Pollywog, but he got them. “The play is about swimming, and…I was originally planning to have a swim coach spend some time with the cast in order to teach them the proper technique for each stroke,” he tells... More >>

Heights Theater, Performing Arts, Arts

40th Annual Houston Shakespeare Festival

Miller Outdoor Theatre : 8:30 p.m. daily from August 1 until August 3; 8:30 p.m. daily from August 5 until August 10

Years ago, Mirron Willis was one of the supernumeraries — “the attendant to the far left” — during the Houston Shakespeare Festival. This week, he returns as a king in the title role of one of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays, Henry IV Part I. Although Henry IV... More >>

Kirby-West U Theater, Arts

DJ Sun

The Flat : 9:00 p.m. every Mon.; 9:00 p.m. August 4

DJ Sun isn't hard to find. He has a residency most evenings out of the week, either solo or with the crew from his long-running Saturday-night KPFT show Soular Grooves. As affable as he is industrious, in 20 years Sun has become a soft-spoken cornerstone of the Houston music community, often... More >>

Montrose Music

311

Bayou Music Center : 8:00 p.m. July 30

Here's one of those cases of a band making it purely on perseverance and positive attitude. 311 has come a long way from unsuccessful stabs at studio work in L.A., prodigal-son-like returns to the Midwest, dog-food poverty in Van Nuys, and the great exploding RV incident of '93. During its... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Peter Murphy

Scout Bar : 7:00 p.m. July 31

After a 2013 tour behind his back catalog that showed definite signs of goth fatigue, Peter Murphy sounds totally rejuvenated on last month’s Lion, his first album of original material in three years and best in quite some time. On tracks like “I Am My Own Name” and... More >>

Clear Lake Music

B L A C K I E

Fitzgerald's : 8:00 p.m. July 31

Houston’s reclusive Indian Jewelry revel in both psychedelic drone and visceral throb, a recipe that has made them one of the most enigmatic and acclaimed musical units in Bayou City history. Often mingling plutonium-heavy Suicide-like electronica and prime Sonic Youth-style noise-rock,... More >>

Heights Music

Total Abuse

Mango's : 9:00 p.m. August 1

Modern hardcore a tad too cute for you? You certainly wouldn’t be alone in that sentiment, but take care that you’re ready for the alternative. From the all-too-safe environs of Austin, punk terrorists Total Abuse have been savagely battering audiences with their uniquely disturbed... More >>

Montrose Music

Galactic Cowboys

Warehouse Live : 8:00 p.m. August 2

Another remnant of the early-’90s hard-rock revolution, Houston’s Galactic Cowboys were one of the most promising progressive-metal bands around until they ran straight into the grunge buzzsaw that also hobbled their neighbors and onetime Geffen labelmates King’s X. On albums... More >>

East End Music

Lil Boosie

NRG Arena : 8:00 p.m. August 2

After five long years spent living inside the Louisiana State Penitentiary, “Ratchet” rapper Lil Boosie is looking to make up for some lost time. The Baton Rouge MC, fresh out of the joint after serving time for drug offenses, returns to Houston as one of the South’s hottest... More >>

Inner Loop - SW Music

Tony! Toni! Toné! and K-Ci & JoJo

Arena Theatre : 8:00 p.m. August 2

Probably the two biggest male groups in early-'90s R&B (give or take a Boyz II Men or Bell Biv DeVoe or two), both Tony! Toni! Tone! and Jodeci have plenty of fans more than two decades later. Both groups could switch between steamy dance-floor jams and silky-smooth bedroom ballads with ease,... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Music

Take Two: Jaws

Houston Museum of Natural Science : 7:00 p.m. August 22

What Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho did for the shower, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) did for summer swimming. People still get chills looking into the dark depths from the shore, anxious about dipping their feet into the waiting hungry mouth of…boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,... More >>

Kirby-West U Film - Repertory and Special Screenings, Arts

Nick Greer & The G's

The Corkscrew : 9:00 p.m. every Fri.; 9:00 p.m. August 1

One of the brightest stars in the current explosion of Houston music, Nick Greer is a bow-tied redheaded wunderkind, able to flitter between piano pop and hip-hop — he helped out on the Niceguys' James Kelley — with the flick of a wrist and the slightest touch. Starting at a... More >>

Heights Music

Les Miserablés

Houston Family Arts Center : 7:30 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until August 3; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 3

The Houston Family Arts Center brings us a home-grown Houston production of the musical Les Misérables with a cast of 40. Les Miz, as it’s known colloquially, chronicles the life of ex-convict Jean Valjean, pursued intensely by Inspector Javert, but includes the touching saga of... More >>

Jersey Village Theater, Performing Arts, Music, Arts

"Peter Lucas: Jump Cut"

Art League Houston : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until August 2

Art League Houston is presenting new work by experienced film curator and visual artist Peter Lucas in “Peter Lucas: Jump Cut,” an exhibit of collages, altered media objects and video works. “Jump Cut” includes a multi-screen video installation featuring imagery from... More >>

Montrose Visual Art, Arts
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