The weekend is officially upon us and, judging by the dysfunctional weather we've had this week, it looks like we're gonna have some sunny, windy, sleety, freezing, sweltering days ahead. For indoor fun, head over to the Galleria on Saturday and Sunday where, to promote the upcoming sequel to The Lego Movie, there will be a Lego Mini-Room. Yes, parents and children can hang at this colorfully blocked area and pretend they're chilling with Lego Batman.
Here are some more fun options to stack your weekend.
Thursday, January 24
An Exchange of Noiz at Sound Exchange
Famed record store Sound Exchange has officially moved from its Montrose location to its new home in the East End. And they have several events planned in the next few weeks to bring in new and old customers, including DJ nights, listening parties, and a show on February 2 featuring metal bands Malignant Altar and Dirty Money. But things will kick off on Thursday with An Exchange of Noiz, a bi-monthly series of live performances dedicated to ambient, noise, electronic, and generally weird music. 7:30 pm.
Chippendales: Let's Misbehave Tour 2019 at House of Blues
Where are all my ladies at? How would like to see some buff, chiseled, Magic Mike-looking men taking off their clothes and shaking what their mommas gave 'em? Well, you girls are definitely in luck. The legendary Chippendales crew will be making a stop in Houston this weekend. Known for its male striptease performances and its dancers' distinctive, upper-body costume of a bow tie, collar, and shirt cuffs worn on an otherwise bare torso, this troupe will be in town, looking for lovely, lonely ladies to straddle. 8 pm.
Friday, January 25
CNCO at Smart Financial Centre
How many of y'all know about the Grammy-nominated pop sensation CNCO? Comprised of five Latino boys: Christopher (Ecuador), ErickBrian (Cuba), Joel (Mexico), Richard (Dominican Republic) and Zabdiel (Puerto Rico), this group formed three years ago from Univision's musical competition La Banda, executive produced by Simon Cowell and Ricky Martin. They're currently on their first headlining, North American tour, promoting their sophomore, self-titled album. 8 pm.
A Fistful of Soul at The Continental Club
After doing their last monthly show several months ago, the retro-R&B DJs of A Fistful of Soul is back at the Continental Club, ready to start up the first of their periodic funk/soul/dance parties. Archie Bell of Archie Bell & the Drells is scheduled to be there and make sure everything is tightened up. And if you can't attend the main event, there will also be an after-party/record swap Saturday afternoon at Insomnia Gallery. This just proves you can't keep a good party down. 10 pm-2 am.
Saturday, January 26
Miss Texas Early Draft Preview at Alley Theatre
After years of turning in stellar, investigative work in books and such magazines as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Texas Monthly, Pulitzer Prize-winning author/journalist Lawrence Wright has been writing for the stage as of late. His historical drama Cleo premiered last year at Alley Theatre. And, now, he's been working on a new production, Miss Texas, a new musical about Texas politics, which will have a dry run of sorts at — once again — Alley Theatre. 4:30 pm.
LAUNCH Fashion Show at Discovery Green
Downtown pop-up boutique LAUNCH will collaborate with Discovery Green to host its first fashion show featuring local designers. Free and open to the public, this celebration of style will give more than 40 Houston-based apparel and accessories designers the opportunity to showcase their talents on the runway. Designer Chloe Dao, winner of Project Runway's second season, will headline the show, which will also include Of Myth & Muse, Marilyn Biles, Magpies & Peacocks, and Kimono Zulu, among others. 5-8 pm.
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company 7th Anniversary Party
The Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company has given Houstonians some great beers over the years: Crush City IPA, Great White Buffalo, Smoke on the Bayou and, our personal favorite, the double IPA More Cowbell — just to name a few. Now, come celebrate the ale factory's seventh anniversary with a whopper of a party. Paid guests will receive a custom, commemorative, anniversary tulip glass, as well as access to 40 one-off, varietal, core, and brewery-only beers. 6 pm.
Sunday, January 27
Pon di Beat at Dance House Fitness
There is this fitness outfit named Pon di Beat that is out to bring "the best of dancehall and Afrobeat dance and dance fitness to Texas." It'll be doing this by flying in instructors from New York and Los Angeles to teach beginner-friendly classes. This weekend, Joe Brown, who was a choreographer for Beyonce's Coachella performance and has done moves for So You Think You Can Dance?, will be a doing a 90-minute step/stroll class (with a Caribbean vibe) in studios in Houston. 1:30-3 pm.
No Date, No Signature at Asia Texas Society Center
Screening as part of this year's Houston Iranian Film Festival, No Date, No Signature is the story of a forensic pathologist who faces a moral dilemma after getting in a car accident with another family. The Iranian entry for Best Language Film at this year's Oscars (it wasn't nominated), this soberly made piece of melodramatic neo-realism features just-trying-to-live characters who are forced to make decisions in a world where doing the right thing is a luxury that cannot be afforded. It's also a great film. 2 pm.
Porrón Pouring Competition and Basque-inspired BBQ at Camerata
In case you've forgotten, Texas Txotx, a celebration of cider and Basque beverages of El País Vasco, is still going on in Houston. On Sunday, Camerata will host Michelle Wallace of Gatlin’s BBQ, who will be serving Basque-inspired barbecue, and Álvaro de la Viña of Selections de la Viña, who will be pouring his imported vino natural. Later, there will be the annual Porrón Pouring Competition, where three celebrity judges will gauge contestants for creativity and skill of their porrón pour. 4 pm.