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Houston's Best Bets This Weekend: Dream Machine Is Back On

Bambull Black presents Dream Machine.
Photo by Jean Velez
Bambull Black presents Dream Machine.
Dream Machine is back on, Hocus Pocus is queued up and ready to go at the Houston Zoo and the Houston Italian Festival is cooking up something good. Family-friendly or all-night art ragers, these are the weekends Houston is known for. Keep reading for more of this weekend's best bets.

click to enlarge The cute and costumed will be at the Houston Zoo. - PHOTO BY STEPHANIE ADAMS
The cute and costumed will be at the Houston Zoo.
Photo by Stephanie Adams
Zoovie Nights Series: Hocus Pocus at the Houston Zoo
Friday, 5 p.m.
6200 Hermann Park Drive

Hocus Pocus is undoubtedly the movie of the season. It's Kathy Najime, Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler bringing back more than the undead with this family-friendly showing at the zoo. Dress in costume and show up early to meet the zoo's newest babies; meet Cali the sea lion, two new river hogs born this June, and Joy, the three-month-old elephant. For information, call 713-533-6500 or visit houstonzoo.org/halloween-zoovie-nights/. Free to $18.

This ofrenda hit all the marks including chocolate, candy, pan de muerto, even some distilled spirits because why not. - PHOTO BY JAMIE ALVEAR
This ofrenda hit all the marks including chocolate, candy, pan de muerto, even some distilled spirits because why not.
Photo by Jamie Alvear
Día de los Muertos Art Exhibit at Talento Bilingüe de Houston
Friday, 7 p.m.
333 South Jensen


Calaveras, ofrendas and pan de muerto. Three staples any Día de los Muertos celebration must have. Talento Bilingüe de Houston has hit the mark with all three necessities plus the celebratory art of ten local artists; works will include the techniques of papier-mâché, painting, sculpture and altars made. Round out the evening with the brew best befitting the evening, a Saint Arnold, plus food trucks for the hungry. For information, call 713-222-1213 or visit tbhcenter.com. Free.

click to enlarge Oscar de la Renta is the vibe. - PHOTO BY CAMERON BERTUZZI
Oscar de la Renta is the vibe.
Photo by Cameron Bertuzzi
Mixed Media Party at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Friday, 8 p.m.
1001 Bissonnet

Dress to the nines for your own red-carpet moment during this Friday’s MFAH Mixed Media, because board shorts just won’t do when you’re mixing and mingling around the fabulously sculpted dresses by Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta. DJ Sun always looks for just the right music when curating these events, but he upped his game for this one. “We try to center it around dance music to keep it energized,” says Sun. “This time I wanted to do a DJ that personified fashion and stylishness. I finally landed on Miguel Migs. He’s got great house tracks, great dance music; very stylish as well.” For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit mfah.org. $22 to $25.

click to enlarge Anything goes at Dream Machine. - PHOTO BY JEAN VELEZ
Anything goes at Dream Machine.
Photo by Jean Velez
Dream Machine near Downtown Houston
Saturday, 6 p.m.
215 Grove Street


Imagine a local, one-night-only mega-event that meant to unify Day for Night, Santa Fe's fantastical Meow Wolf, artist Brion Gysin’s hallucinatory Dream Machine, and a little bit of clandestine goings-on. That’s what Bambull Black, the collective of artists Hannah Bull, Dom Bam and Black Cassidy, are after in their homegrown production, Dream Machine, which this year invited 15 artists to create interactive, tech-inspired and digital installations to anchor the nightlong art party. After being postponed because of Harvey, the party is back on. For information, visit facebook.com/events/150693075526536. $15 to $40.

click to enlarge Something tells us this is a weekend for the stretchy pants. - PHOTO BY LUISANA RIOS
Something tells us this is a weekend for the stretchy pants.
Photo by Luisana Rios
Houston Italian Festival at Campus Life Mall, University of St. Thomas
Saturday, 11 a.m.
3800 Montrose

The Houston Italian Festival, now in its 39th year, knows not to mess with a good thing. The four-day celebration of all things Italian still boasts meatballs, Italian classes and wine tasting, but 2017 sees the addition of a new Spaghetti Western Night, featuring a Sergio Leone double feature and live country music (plus $2 off admission if you don a cowboy hat). There’s always a lot to do, but festival spokesperson Margaret Bannon encourages everyone to check out the grape stomp and pasta-eating contest, and to “do your homework so you know what you would like to do, what you would like to see and which food you would like to try!” For information, call 713-524-4222 or visit houstonitalianfestival.com. Free to $25.