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Houston's Best Bets This Weekend: Mary J. Blige Takes the Stage

Clearly Mary J. Blige knows how to strut away from the hateration.
Clearly Mary J. Blige knows how to strut away from the hateration. Photo by Jack Gorman
This weekend is filled with bite, strength and reflection, we're talking about more than headliner Mary J. Blige, even though she does admittedly embody it all. We're talking about Houston's Feeding Frenzy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a Mayweather vs. McGregor watch party at Little Woodrow's and Life X 3 at The MATCH. Keep reading for more this weekend's best bets.

Editor's Note: Of, course, file everything we talk about in this article under the big-fat-maybe category given Harvey's approach.


click to enlarge We wonder what "Best of Houston" category this meal would fall into, best reptile lunch? - PHOTO COURTESY OF HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
We wonder what "Best of Houston" category this meal would fall into, best reptile lunch?
Photo courtesy of Houston Museum of Natural Science
Friday Feeding Frenzy at Houston Museum of Natural Science
Friday, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m and 11:30 a.m.
5555 Hermann Park


Houston Museum of Natural Science will host its final Friday Feeding Frenzy this Friday and lucky for you there are three times to catch the animals dining. Watch as the staff feeds their praying mantises, centipedes and snakes. Feeding the animals is strictly for the professionals, but you'll watch as the snake makes its infamously predatorial strike on its prey at hand. For information, call 713-639-4783 or visit hmns.org. Free for members $34 for nonmembers.

click to enlarge Insomnia Gallery will host the Illustration Show with work from 12 local artists this Friday. - PHOTO BY DOOGIE ROUX
Insomnia Gallery will host the Illustration Show with work from 12 local artists this Friday.
Photo by Doogie Roux
The Illustration Show at Insomnia Gallery
Friday, 7 p.m.
708 Telephone

Insomnia Gallery is known for hosting the most quintessential of gallery parties and this Friday they plan on doing it again with a show based around 12 local artists' illustrative work. Join Insomnia for light drinks, provided by Eureka Brewing Co. It's a kid friendly, dog friendly, just plain friendly art show. For information, call 281-440-1405 or visit facebook.com/events/741919132660098. Free.

The Queen of Soul graces the stage at Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land this Friday night. - PHOTO BY JACK GORMAN
The Queen of Soul graces the stage at Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land this Friday night.
Photo by Jack Gorman
Mary J. Blige at Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Friday, 8 p.m.
18111 Lexington


Everyone's favorite adopted Auntie is coming to town and like the cool aunts before her that swoop in with their worldly tales and learned wisdom, we can't wait to hear what she has to say. Mary J. Blige is a grown woman who owns her experiences with strength, courage and tenacity making her widely respected and her musical endeavors appropriate for any phase of life. The social media teasers of this tour have created a buzz that every audience member knows this show will be unlike any other self proclaimed diva, but we're not naming names. For information, call 281-207-6278 or visit smartfinancialcentre.net. $39.50 to $125.


click to enlarge Who's side are you on? - PHOTO COURTESY OF LITTLE WOODROW'S
Who's side are you on?
Photo courtesy of Little Woodrow's
Mayweather vs. MacGregor Watch Party at Little Woodrow's
Friday, 6 p.m.
720 Shepherd

It seems as if everybody's looking for a place to watch the big fight, and for those who'd like to do so while pulling some 12-ounce curls should step up to their neighborhood Little Woodrow's for the Mayweather vs McGregor Watch Party. While the outcome seems predictable, insiders are chattering about the controversial decision to allow both men to fight in eight ounce gloves when the undefeated 11-time, five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. goes head-to-head with UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor, leveling the playing field (somewhat) and making for a more interesting — and more dangerous — match. For information, call 832-804-9941 or visit littlewoodrows.com. $20 to $350.


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