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Alan Haynes

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club : 9:00 p.m. January 31

Being a fairly well-known blues guitarist in Austin, Texas, is like being a retired old coot in Coral Springs, Florida. Who in town isn’t? But Alan Haynes stands out thanks to a tireless dedication to the blues and a résumé that’d make even the most well-established... More >>

Kirby-West U Music

Craft Beer Bash

The Caddy Shack Bar & Grill : 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. January 31

Enjoy craft beer courtesy of Southern Star Brewery, No Label Brewery co. and Southern Star Brewery. Chicken will be provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing co. chef Boi Chops of the Chef Boys Club. Beer and chicken are free as long as it lasts. Music is by DJ Act Badd and DJ Vic G. RSVP for free... More >>

Heights Food and Drink, Libations


McGonigel's Mucky Duck : 7:00 p.m. January 30

As entrenched a band as can be found in Houston, Buxton has now notched more than a decade on local stages as their delicate, eerie style of indie-folk has continued to mature and evolve. In early March the band will release Half a Native, their first album since 2012’s Nothing Here Seems... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Music

Glover Gill

Continental Club : 8:00 p.m. every Mon.; 8:00 p.m. February 9

Every Glover Gill song tells a story. Like a good book or movie, it grabs you at the beginning, sinks its hooks into you near the middle and gives you at least one good surprise before coming to an end. And without the vocals or lyrics, either. Quite the scholarly musician, Glover Gill studied... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Don’t Talk to the Actors

Theatre Suburbia : 3:00 p.m. every Sun. until February 7; 8:30 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until February 7

Playwrights dream of making it big and getting their work on Broadway, but in Tom Dudzick’s semi-autobiographical Don’t Talk to the Actors, that dream turns into a nightmare. It’s the story of a playwright and his fiancée who are new to the theater world, where... More >>

Outer Loop - NW Theater, Arts, Performing Arts

Paul Ramirez Band

Continental Club : 9:00 p.m. every Wed.

Versatile Houston blues-rockers the Paul Ramirez Band's sets are mellow enough for a late-night lounge vibe, only pocked with heavier, Cream-like moments of pure jam and sometimes a cover of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In the Wall, Part 2" that heads straight to the planetarium. Now working on... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Valentine's Day Beer & Chocolate Tasting

The Ginger Man Pub : 3:00 p.m. February 7

Save the date: The Ginger Man's annual Valentine's Day Beer & Chocolate Tasting will take place on Saturday, February 7 at 3 p.m. For $40 per person, you'll taste 8 of this season's best brews and chocolate pairings. Reserve your spot now, as seating is limited and this event sells out year... More >>

Kirby-West U Valentine's Day, Food and Drink

Big Ass Blues Jam

The Hideaway On Dunvale : 9:30 p.m. every Tue.; 9:30 p.m. February 3

We got to partake in the pleasure that is the Hideaway on Dunvale for steak night one Tuesday, and it included the magical blues stylings of Rick Lee & The Night Owls. Lee and his band do ZZ Top, Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King covers. The Hideaway is a ways out of the Inner Loop, but don't... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Music

Nick Greer & The G's

The Corkscrew : 9:00 p.m. every Fri.; 9:00 p.m. February 6

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

Madame Butterfly

Wortham Theater Center : 7:30 p.m. January 31; 7:30 p.m. February 6; 2:00 p.m. February 8

The original Madame Butterfly was a two-act disaster that premiered in 1904. Composer Giacomo Puccini hauled it back in and rewrote extensively in time for another try later that year, and in the two years that followed, after another few revisions, came up with the three-hanky classic that... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Opera, Performing Arts, Arts, Theater

“Prematurely Discarded: Photographs by Chuck Ramirez”

Octavia Art Gallery : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until February 25

A weathered broom leaning against a wall, an empty soda cup on the ground, a vase of slightly aged flowers. Rarely do we expect those objects to look back at us. Part pensive vanitas, part ready-made portraits, Chuck Ramirez’s photographs of mundane objects are rendered with the respect... More >>

Montrose Visual Art, Photography, Arts

Houston Monster Jam

NRG Stadium : 7:00 p.m. January 31

“Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” be damned. It’s time for the Houston Monster Jam. The sound of crushing metal as Charlie Pauken’s Grave Digger® crashes into Chuck Werner’s El Toro Loco® will clear your mind of any lingering bits of... More >>

Inner Loop - SW Family Events

Robyn Hitchcock

McGonigel's Mucky Duck : 9:30 p.m. February 6

Robyn Hitchcock’s music mixes in enough British eccentricity and psychedelic pixie dust to rank him as one of alternative pop’s most esteemed elders. Beginning as a folksinger on the UK college circuit, the London native broke through as leader of the Soft Boys, who notched an early... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Music

The Book of Mormon

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts : 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu. until February 8; 8:00 p.m. every Fri. until February 8; 2:00 p.m. every Sat. until February 8; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until February 8

It’s no surprise that a Broadway show put together by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, includes a song with the lyrics “fuck you, God” (“Hasa Diga Eebowai”). That’s just one of the irreverent, outrageous moments in the musical The Book... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Theater, Performing Arts, Arts

My Name Is Asher Lev

Obsidian Art Space : 3:00 p.m. every Sun. until February 1; 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until February 1

Theater LaB Houston’s production of My Name Is Asher Lev, the theater adaptation of Chaim Potok’s poignant novel about a young Jewish painter in post-WWII Brooklyn, finds Lev torn between familial expectations, religious tenets and artistic aspirations. Winner of the Outer Critics... More >>

Heights Arts, Performing Arts, Theater

“Wildlife Photographer of the Year”

Houston Museum of Natural Science : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until May 31

Tiny silver fish swim among purple underwater plants that are reaching through green water, stretching for the sunlight in Christian Vizl’s Glimpse of the Underworld. It’s just one of the 100 images that make up the “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” exhibit at the... More >>

Kirby-West U Photography, Arts

Cedric Andrieux

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston : 7:00 p.m. January 30; 2:00 p.m. January 31

Onstage, dancers perform a role. Jérôme Bel set out to shake up the customary relationship between dancer and dance-maker in the solo titled Cédric Andrieux, performed by former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Andrieux. In conjuncture with CAMH’s current exhibit,... More >>

Montrose Arts, Dance, Performing Arts

"Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River"

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston : 12:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Sun. until February 1; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until February 1

Considered the leading light of French Impressionist art, Claude Monet had a particular fondness for water, actually for a certain body of water. “I have painted the Seine throughout my entire life, at every hour, at every season,” he once said. “I have never tired of it. For... More >>

Kirby-West U Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

Jazz Jam

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar : 7:00 p.m. every Sun.; 7:00 p.m. February 1

There are two primary schools of thought on how to play the blues on guitar: One is to spit up all the notes and hope some of them stick, à la Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray, not to mention the Jonny Lang/Kenny Wayne Shepherd hordes that have seemingly arisen, phoenixlike, from the ashes... More >>

Heights Music

QSeries: LGBTQ Lives On Film - Wildness

part of Rice Cinema
Rice University : 6:00 p.m. February 3

Director Wu Tsang captures the happy party scene inside the Silver Platter, an LGBTQ bar in Los Angeles, in his documentary Wildness. He also captures an ever-present sense of danger menacingly waiting, it seems, right outside its doors. The usual clientele of the Silver Platter, one of the... More >>

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

A Fistful Of Soul

Big Top Lounge : 10:00 p.m. third Fri. of every month

Since the turn of the decade, the collective of DJs who call themselves A Fistful of Soul have become one of the Houston music scene’s true feel-good success stories. What began as a small group of collectors who enjoyed seeking out rare soul/R&B 45s , which they played for their friends... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

“Mel Chin: Rematch”

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston : 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sat. until April 19; 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun. until April 19; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Fri. until April 19; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu. until April 19

Houston-born artist Mel Chin expands upon his practice of vigilant self-evaluation as he takes on none other than himself in his first retrospective, “Mel Chin: Rematch.” Works by Chin appear in four different locations in Houston during the exhibition’s run. The pieces at the... More >>

Montrose Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts, Art - Museums

Harpeth Rising

UniTunes Coffeehouse : 7:00 p.m. February 7

Harpeth Rising's unusual instrumentation of banjo, violin, cello and hand percussion belies both their academic background (they met as Indiana University students) and growing profile as one of the hottest acts in contemporary folk music. Now based in Nashville, where their close harmonies and... More >>

Galleria Music


Houston Museum of Natural Science : 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily until March 22

“Sharks are misunderstood,” says Wes Tunnell, curator of marine biology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this claim, but we have to admit, we’ve been slow to warm to the idea. That’s where “Shark!” a... More >>

Kirby-West U Nature, Museum Exhibits and Events, Family Events

Cloud Tectonics

Studio 101 : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until February 7; 8:00 p.m. February 2

Anibal de la Luna is a regular kind of guy who’s moved to Los Angeles in part to leave his Puerto Rican culture behind. On a rainy night he meets up with a pregnant hitchhiker, Celestina del Sol, who claims to be 54 (but looks much younger) and who says she’s been pregnant for two... More >>

Heights Theater, Arts
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