For an abridged version of this check out my inaugural I Don’t Do Clubs list of events! More soon come. Shout out to Alonzo for a great show, and if you missed out on the garage sale last week I feel sorry for your mother (c). Also my Afrofuturism Book Club meets again this weekend!
Thursday, September 1
First Thursdays at Café Brasil are an excellent way to get connected to the local film community starting at 8pm. Short film screenings usually start at 8:30pm. Satellite Annex is a weekly showcase of (mostly local) comedic talent is a great time. It also doesn’t hurt that there are cheap drinks, a famous taco truck, and free Topo Chico. Hey Boo! At Arlo’s Ballroom at 9pm with DJs Dayta and Jay Tovar as Life Begins at Midnight. It’s free and it’ll be fun.
Friday, September 2
Spend lunch at The Iron Yard’s demo day where they show off the applications resulting from 12 weeks of labor by software developers. They also have free tacos! The MCE Summer Festival is a free independent festival beginning at 6pm and features live music, visual art, and local vendors throughout the weekend. Donations are recommended and benefit the MCE Scholarship Foundation which provides college scholarships.
Saturday, September 3
Join nearly 100 yoga enthusiasts in Hermann Park for a free yoga class at 8:15am. All you need is your mat, towel, and water. Open Studio: activities inspired by the art of Thedra Cullar-Ledford at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston at 2pm. Free all-ages session where you’ll draw still-life doll figures? Seems weird but potentially fun. Drake and Future along with Roy Wood, DVSN, and other special guests are coming to The Toyota Center for the Summer Sixteen Tour. Tickets range from $50 to $180.
Sunday, September 4
Sunday Brunch at Bar 5015 at 11am. Everyone says it’s great as long as you get there and eat around noon before it’s too crowded. You *might* catch me there this weekend because I want to see it for myself. Bollywood Blast 2016 “Kaleidoscope” at Miller Outdoor Theatre at 8pm sounds like a really good time if you want to see dances from some of the most popular Bollywood movies. You can pick up tickets that morning or just get your picnic situation going. SoulSundays with Marium Echo and The Analog Village. The band continues their weekly set at the Alley Kat upstairs in the Litter Box from 8 – 10pm. Anyone who tells you they didn’t enjoy a performance is lying.
Monday, September 5
Drake-cosigned Canadian R&B group DVSN will be in the ballroom at Warehouse Live at 8:30pm. If you didn’t want to pay to see them open for Drake and Future, this $20 show is your chance.
Tuesday, September 6
Damon Young of VerySmartBrothas.com is speaking at the University of Houston at noon on race and media. I’ve heard really promising things about Jazz Jam Tuesdays at The Flat with happy hour from 4 – 7pm, and live jazz from 8 – 11pm.
Wednesday, September 7
Design, Development & Startup Mixer at Station Houston at 4:30pm. A new startup happy hour seeking to build community among the aforementioned groups. BYOBrainstorm: Co-working & Recruitment at the new UH Innovation Center at 6pm. Similar to the startup happy hour but focused specifically on healthcare and with free pizza & beer! Original TV Dinner Night – Superbad with Karbach at Lowbrow Houston at 8pm. It’s Superbad, and Lowbrow has good food. You can’t go wrong.
Thursday, September 8
Suya and Wine Networking Event by the Nigerian American Multicultural Council at the Houston Museum of African American Culture at 6pm. That was a mouthful (handful?), but I have fun at NAMC events and always meet interesting people even though I’m not Nigerian (DNA results pending…). You’d be surprised at how much programming they do throughout the city. Tickets are $5 in advance and that includes suya and wine as promised. Rapper Dee-1 of Sallie Mae fame is coming to Walter’s Downtown at 7pm with tickets a measly $12. Pretty much everyone I know can relate to the student loan debt struggle so hooray for topical music!
Josephine Baker: A Personal Portrait on September 30 and basically the entire Da Camera season. Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close for the September 19 Inprint reading before it sells out. Kusama: At the End of the Universe at MFAH is doing a 24 Hours of Kusama event with non-stop discounted viewing September 17-18. I’ll be going today but this sounds fun!