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Big Ass Blues Jam

The Hideaway On Dunvale : 9:30 p.m. every Tue.; 9:30 p.m. September 2

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

Only at the Alamo: To Be Takei

Alamo Drafthouse - Vintage Park : 7:30 p.m. August 25

He’s a sci-fi hero, a LGBTQ community role model and is now known as the King of Facebook (he has more than 5 million fans!). In the documentary To Be Takei, part of the Only at the Alamo series, George Takei, first made famous in his role as Sulu on the original Star Trek television... More >>

Jersey Village Film - Repertory and Special Screenings

"Extreme Bugs"

Houston Zoo : 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until September 1

We don’t often see red­-tailed bumblebees in Houston, but at the exhibit "Extreme Bugs" not only will there be red­-tailed bumblebees, they’ll be 60 times as large as usual. In “Extreme Bugs,” a family exhibit that will spend the summer at the Houston Zoo, giant... More >>

Kirby-West U Family Events

“Facing Mars”

Johnson Space Center : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until September 1; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until September 1

Get ready to free ­fall 28 feet (while wearing a safety harness, of course), experience simulated reduced gravity and see the effects of microgravity on your face (ah, it ain’t pretty) at the interactive exhibit “Facing Mars”. With our always ­advancing aerospace... More >>

Clear Lake Family Events

"Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine"

Asia Society Texas Center : 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until September 14

Works by two artists, separated widely by time and culture, but linked by devotion to the depiction of Indian deities, come together in “Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine.” The first is a series of vibrant photographs by Brooklyn-based Indian... More >>

Greenway Plaza Visual Art, Photography, Arts

"More Real Than Reality Itself"

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston : 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu. until September 21; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Fri. until September 21; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sat. until September 21; 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun. until September 21

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents “More Real than Reality Itself,” videos from four highly original artists, each with a point of view that intrigues with individuality. Laure Prouvost uses rapid-fire, short-form works (It, Heat, Hit and How to Make Money Religiously) to... More >>

Montrose Arts

Full Gallop

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

“Life: Survivor Portraits”

Holocaust Museum Houston : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until October 12; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until October 12

While the subject matter of “Life: Survivor Portraits” may be a bit dark, the true meaning behind this series by Kelly Lee Webeck is celebration. The portrait series celebrates Holocaust Museum Houston’s 18th year, as well as the lives of Holocaust survivors. It’s a... More >>

Third Ward Photography, Arts

Nick Greer & The G's

The Corkscrew : 9:00 p.m. every Fri.; 9:00 p.m. August 29

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
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“32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition”

Houston Center for Photography : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Fri. until September 7; 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until September 7; 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu. until September 7

Houston Center for Photography presents the “32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition.” The juror here was Malcolm Daniel, curator of photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, who reviewed nearly 300 entries and selected 38 artists for the exhibit. Three of these —... More >>

Montrose Visual Art, Photography, Arts

Aries Spears

Improv Comedy Club : 7:00 p.m. August 23; 7:30 p.m. August 24

Comedian Aries Spears, one of the longest-serving cast members on Fox’s hit late-night comedy series MADtv, isn’t shy. He has an opinion — and a few jokes — about any and everything. And yes, he’s happy to share them with you...for the small price of $25 a ticket.... More >>

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

The Old Friends

Alley Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu. until September 7; 8:00 p.m. every Fri. until September 7; 2:30 p.m. every Sat. until September 7; 2:30 p.m. every Sun. from August 24 until September 7

There’s the usual rivalries and Gothic relationships between families and friends. Yet the characters are more jet-set swingers than salt of the earth — even when they call the fictional town of Harrison, Texas, home. Acclaimed playwright Horton Foote was venturing pretty far afield... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Theater, Arts

“Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces”

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

Houstonians get the chance to ogle some 150 pieces of spectacular jewelry worn by such Hollywood legends as Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly, along with pieces once owned by Elizabeth Taylor, at “Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces” the exhibition. Bulgari necklaces from... More >>

Kirby-West U Museum Exhibits and Events

“La Frontera (The Borderlands)"

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 6

The 1,969-mile-long Mexican-American border is the inspiration for “La Frontera (The Borderlands),” a collection of jewelry art on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Participants were asked to create new work in response to the vibrant and often dangerous region,... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Visual Art, Arts, Art - Galleries

“Posters of the Gorbachev Era: The Sunset of Soviet Power”

Russian Cultural Center Our Texas : 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. every Sat. until August 30; 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until August 30

The “Posters of the Gorbachev Era: The Sunset of Soviet Power” exhibition takes a step back in time to the era when the Soviet Union began its transition from an empire back into Russia, as Mikhail Gorbachev announced in 1986 economic and political reforms under the banner of... More >>

Kirby-West U Arts, History

D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944

Houston Museum of Natural Science : 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until August 24

Forget legendary, gruesome Troy, or the epic clash of east and west during the Greco-Persian Wars, or even the ill-fated shipwrecked Spanish armada in 1588 — the greatest fighting force ever assembled and sent into battle was Operation Overlord, the U.S. invasion of France launched upon... More >>

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

Hands-on History

George Ranch Historical Park : 11:00 a.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 30

There’s nothing quite like taking the time to check out the old George Ranch in Richmond, but it’s especially enticing when there are events like Hands-On History. This series of historic-themed experiences is taking place throughout the summer, and they’re adding a bit of... More >>

Richmond/Rosenberg Family Events, History

"Summer of Epic Adventure: The Sequel"

Children's Museum of Houston : 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily until August 31

With superheroes of all sorts, shapes, colors and cuts of cape crowding movie theaters this summer, it’s not surprising that champions of a more scientific kind will make their debut during the Children’s Museum of Houston’s “Summer of Epic Adventure: The Sequel.”... More >>

Third Ward Family Events

A Very Tamarie Christmas

The Catastrophic Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 30

Anything can happen in the madcap, imaginative world of Tamarie Cooper, who tackles the excesses of the holiday spirit during her annual original summer musical extravaganza, A Very Tamarie Christmas. Cooper says: “If you’re more of a humbug, have no fear: A Very Tamarie Christmas... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Theater, Performing Arts, Music, Arts

Jazz Jam

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

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

Next to Normal

The Music Box Theater : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 30; 2:00 p.m. August 24

The latest Music Box Musicals production, Next to Normal, isn’t your usual high­kicking musical — it deals with a family coping with the mental problems of one of its members. That’s not usually something that makes characters break out into song. The Pulitzer Prize­... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Theater, Performing Arts, Music, Arts

John Egan

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club : 8:00 p.m. every Mon.

Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking over his grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver guitars that sting and snarl. Egan... More >>

Kirby-West U Music

"Texas Master Series: Sandie Zilker"

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 6

Houston metalsmith and educator Sandie Zilker gets recognized for the excellence of her work as well as the influence she’s had on her field in “Texas Masters Series: Sandie Zilker.” The solo exhibit is a retrospective of work from Zilker’s 40­plus ­year career,... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Visual Art, Arts

Luther & The Healers

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club : 9:00 p.m. September 4; 9:00 p.m. September 11; 9:00 p.m. September 18

If you're not privy to Houston blues staples Luther & the Healers, it's about time you were. They're mainstays around here for a reason, namely soulful vocals; howling guitar licks; and a thick, steady bass groove. Experts at their craft, the Healers incorporate the sounds of blues hotspots... More >>

Kirby-West U Music

Analog Blitz!

Clutch City Squire : 9:00 p.m. every Wed.

DJ Danny Chingersen spins an eclectic mix of garage, New Wave, funk, protopunk, soul, dirty blues, glam, and more every Wednesday night during Analog Blitz! at friendly downtown bar Clutch City Squire, located in the happening Market Square area. Play the bar's Tommy pinball machine while... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music
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