This weekend offers a chance to go wild during the Houston Zoo’s 100th anniversary celebration. Speaking of animals, people will gather for the annual furbaby tribute: Puppies for Breakfast (read more).
One of America’s wittiest and most sardonic comedians comes to town, while a local entertainer makes a splash at a beloved brewery. And Tuesdays may be for tacos, but this Sunday offers ultimate taco baking.
Have fun: here are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday April 28
Holocaust Museum Houston and Kenny and Ziggy’s Present the Ultimate Chef’s Tasting Party
Holocaust Museum Houston and Kenny and Ziggy’s will host this tasting, which will pay tribute to Marty Ginsburg, husband of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Their marriage defied the gender expectations of the time. Marty was an avid supporter of RBG’s legal career and shared child-rearing and household responsibilities long before the men did. This unique event will feature recipes from the book Supreme Leader: Martin Ginsburg. 5:30 p.m.
Moody Center for the Arts presents Hilma
This multi-part opera by Daniel Zlatkin is an invitation to enter the world of Hilma af Klint, the Swedish occultist painter, considered by many to be the first modern abstract artist. Through Zlatkin’s original music and libretto, Hilma embarks on a spiritual journey, aided by her living friends and astral guardians. Across five stages, backed by an all-student cast and orchestra, the realization of Hilma’s artistic vision unfolds. The two-night performances will take place at the Lois Chiles Studio Theater. 7 p.m.
Performing Arts Houston presents David Sedaris
With a sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris (author of books such as Naked, Speak to me nicely one day, The squirrel is looking for the chipmunk and Let’s explore diabetes with the owls) became one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers dealing with the human condition today. 7:30 p.m.
Friday May 29
The Donkeeboy & Friends art exhibit at the 8th Wonder Brewery
Join Donkeeboy and a few of his friends for an evening of local H-town art. Customers will enjoy the art of Donkeeboy and Donkeemom, Noke, David “Skeez181” Flores, Hop Muncher, M.Clark, Andrea Celeste, L’Eau and Sir Los. DJ Jerry Gshock will spin for the duration of the art exhibit, and Los Jefes Market will feature on-site handmade goods that tell the unique story of the people who created them. The top food trucks Blk Mkt Birria and Seoulside Wings will also be parked and ready to serve. 6 p.m.
HTX Whiskey Weekend
City Place in Spring will host its first weekend full of delicious food, fitness, and fermented fun. The first is the East Meets West Dinner, a ticketed dinner featuring a four-course dinner hosted in partnership with sustainability-focused food group, The Butcher’s Ball. Saturday will have A Taste of City Place, featuring a whiskey tasting area with a variety of distillers. And the outdoor brunch known as Waffles & Wheels will wrap things up. 6 p.m.
Houston Cinema Arts Society presents great freedom
The Houston Cinema Arts Society is teaming up with Goethe Pop Up, Houston MFAH Films and The Big Queer Picture Show to present the Houston premiere of this Cannes winner. In post-war Germany, Hans was convicted of homosexuality, grounds for imprisonment under Paragraph 175. As Hans returns to prison again and again, he develops an unlikely bond with his cellmate Viktor , a convicted murderer. What begins as revulsion blossoms over time into something much more tender. 7 p.m.
Houston Symphony presents Andrés farewell: Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony
For his last concert as musical director of the Houston Symphony, Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts the monumental Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. Contemplating the meaning of life and the mystery of death and culminating in a blaze of transcendence that shakes the rafters and soars towards the heavens, it’s a concert experience unmatched in any music. More than 200 orchestras and singers will fill the stage for this unmissable event. Saturday’s performance will be available live. 8 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Sunday).
Saturday April 30
Puppies for breakfast in Market Square Park
Celebrating 11 years as Houston’s original and one-of-a-kind dog festival, Puppies for Breakfast returns after a two-year hiatus – the biggest puppy party of the year. The event features dog costume contests, 40 vendors, dog-centric brands, and the world’s largest piñata! The event is free and open to the public (and furry friends in the public, of course), but a $5 donation is encouraged to help local rescues. 10 a.m.
The Texas Beer Experience and Pop Fizz Click Present Puro Pinche Podcasts
Come hang out at Big Owl Craft Brew House with several podcasts – Pop Fizz Click, Nerd Alert with Marty McGeek, nothing matters, TX Beer Experience, and Cold Beer Conversations – will be recording live for a special beer podcast collaboration. Turkey Forrest Brewing Co. will introduce new beers, while Blank Flag FP will serve food and Space City Snax will come with micheladas. Noon.
Community day of the Menil Collection district
Enjoy an afternoon of art, music, poetry and family activities to celebrate the vibrant museum district. Participating organizations include: DACAMERA, Houston Center for Photography, Inprint, The Menil Collection, Pride Chorus Houston, Rothko Chapel, Watercolor Art Society and Writers in the Schools (WITS). Food and drink vendors will be on site: 93’Til (mocktails), Dibi Rapide (West African cuisine), Houston Sauce Co. (vegan comfort food) and Popston (popsicles). Noon-5 p.m. Free.
Mont Art House & Bisong Art Gallery present “In Color”
Mont Art House and Bisong Art Gallery invite you to an open house event as they join in the fun at Sawyer Yards Spring Showcase. This event will feature artwork by Jason DeMeo, a contemporary artist working in Central Florida, creating art that inspires transformation and connection, and Wayne J. Bell, a local visual artist known for abstract expressionism with oil paint and unique brushstrokes on canvas. . 4 p.m.
Backyard Bash Free Radical Record Outing
Free Radicals, a musical, political and cultural force in Houston for more than two decades, released their new album White power failure Vol. II earlier this month. This 25-track project is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut volume, which was named Local Album of the Year by the Houston Chronicle. Continuing their quest to end white supremacy, the Radicals will celebrate the release of the album with a show at the Continental Club. 7 p.m.
Sunday May 1
Houston Area Parkinson Society Presents Blues, beers and BBQ
Blues, beers and BBQ will feature multiple blues bands (including Trudy Lynn, Steve Krase Band and Mean .44s), BBQ from 2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering, treats from Tete Treats, games and more. Proceeds from this event are used to fund therapeutic exercise and support groups, social services, and educational programs that the Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS) provides for people affected by Parkinson’s disease in eight counties in the Houston area. . Noon.
Bobcat Teddy’s Taco Cook-off
Bobcat Teddy’s will commemorate the Cinco De Mayo festivities with a Taco Cook-Off sponsored by Modelo Especial. For $20, guests can taste and vote for their favorite taco while relaxing with a cerveza or margaritas on the Bobcat Teddy’s patio. Live music will play throughout the day. 1 p.m.
Fish 20th Anniversary Celebration
Fish Sushi Restaurant and Bar will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a party giving thanks to the city of Houston and Midtown, its original and current home for the past twenty years. Staff will serve free samples of some of Fish’s most innovative Japanese-inspired dishes. There will also be indoor and outdoor activities throughout the day, including a festive lion dance, giveaways, raffles and more. 4 p.m.