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

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

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.

We wonder what "Best of Houston" category this meal would fall into, best reptile lunch?EXPAND
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.

Insomnia Gallery will host the Illustration Show with work from 12 local artists this Friday.EXPAND
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.
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.

Who's side are you on?EXPAND
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.

This isn't Friends, it's Fragments at the Beacon Theatre.
This isn't Friends, it's Fragments at the Beacon Theatre.
Photo by Ruth McCleskey

Fragments by Michael Weems at Beacon Theatre
Saturday, 8 p.m.
5102 Navigation

Raise your hand if you've indulged in a bit of schadenfreude at some point in your life. Michael Weems' new play Fragments making its regional premiere with Cone Man Running Productions, plays to the humor found in witnessing the misfortune of others. Three roommates throw an impromptu party and their worst fears are realized: Elizabeth (Whitney Zangarine) seems hell-bent on robbing men of their cojones, George (Zachary Braver) is both infatuated with and fearful of the goddess Cassandra and Ryan (Andraes Hunt) has a girlfriend straight out of your worst nightmare. Fragments is the second main stage production in Cone Man's new digs on Navigation so come see what they've done with the space and try not to laugh too hard at the sad destinies of these fated characters. For information, call 281-972-5897 or visit conemanrunning.com. $15 to $20.

Just remember, how would you react?EXPAND
Just remember, how would you react?
Photo by Gary Griffin

Life X 3 at the MATCH
Sunday, 2 p.m.
3400 Main

The premise is simple: A couple has invited another couple over for a dinner party, but the guests show up on the wrong night. What makes Yasmina Reza’s Life X 3 ominous and/or funny, depending on which of the three outcomes the audience is watching, is how protagonists Henry and Sonia respond when there’s no food and no way to calm their unhinged six-year-old child. “It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond,” says Trevor Cone, executive director of Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. “It’s a very philosophical yet scientific look at who we are in the universe,” adds Cone, who’s directing the play. For information, call 713-561-5113 or visit dirtdogstheatre.org. $22.

Shawn Wayans at the Houston Improv
Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
7620 Katy Freeway

The Wayans are an entertainment dynasty, but how has Shawn Wayans kept his career satisfying? Diversity! Besides starring in and sometimes writing box-office hits like Little Man, White Chicks and the first two Scary Movie films, he’s kept his stand-up comedy a priority by hitting the clubs for more than 20 years, a tradition that continues with a weekend headlining the Houston Improv. “Stand-up’s not easy!” Wayans explains. “It’s never boring, there’s always excitement with new people coming to see you. The high you get from making people you don’t know laugh is impossible to explain, this jolt of energy.” For information, call 713-333-8800 or visit improvhouston.com. $25. 

Sam Byrd, Steve Jansen, Vic Shuttee and Susie Tommaney contributed to this post.

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