This weekend will see people celebrating either Valentine's Day or Presidents Day, but we're also looking forward to National Margarita Day on Friday. In fact, The Rustic, The General Public, and Fajita Pete's will be offering up margarita specials the whole day.
Here are other things that are worth checking out this weekend:
Thursday, February 14
Bootycandy at the Catastrophic Theatre
African-American playwright Robert O'Hara has written several intriguing things that have sadly not seen the light of day, like screenplays for biopics on Richard Pryor and filmmaker Oscar Micheaux that were to be directed by Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee, respectively. But he has managed to bring his works to the stage, like this autobiographical, certain-to-be-outrageous comedy about a gay, black man who goes on a journey through his life and times. It runs through March 10th. 7:30 pm.
Friday, February 15
Vox Culture Presents Beer Summit
The third annual, Vox Beer Summit will have the Mental Health America of Greater Houston, Comcare and the Houston Grand Opera will present information pertaining to their work, the current mental health challenges and stigmas Houstonians face, what more needs to be done to give proper support and creative methods to raise awareness. 6 pm.
Blazing Saddles Movie Party at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
There are many movies staffers around these parts hold very dearly to our hearts. (The Big Lebowski comes up in casual conversation way too often.) And Mel Brooks's classic, 1974 Western parody is one of them. Written by Brooks and several other funny guys (including Richard Pryor), this tale of a black railroad worker who becomes the sheriff of a lily-white town is raunchy, vulgar, offensive — and, by gum — one of the most subversive, influential, and still-hilarious movies ever made. 7:30 pm.
The Original Harlem Globetrotters at University of Houston
A couple of weeks ago, two Harlem globetrotters — a man and a woman — showed up at our offices, took photos and wowed the staff with the b-ball tricks that have made them the most entertaining, exhibition basketball team of all time. The whole crew will be in town this weekend, as part of their "Fan Powered World Tour." There will also be the "Flying Gobies," an acrobatic trampoline dunk team that'll keep the audience hyped with their exciting in-air stunts. 7:30 pm (7 pm Saturday and 3 pm Sunday).
Saturday, February 16
Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story at 14 Pews
Back in the day, Paul Butterfield was one hell of a harmonica player. Coming out of the blues mecca of Chicago and learning from such greats as Muddy Waters, Butterfield was the frontman for The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, a group that played once-in-a-lifetime sets at the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock. Unfortunately, like many '60s music legends, he eventually died of a drug overdose. But if you want to see what kind of a blues-rock powerhouse, check out this documentary. 4:15 and 6:45 pm.
Comedy Festival Weekend at Horseshoe Bay Resort
The Horseshoe Bay Resort is officially getting into some funny business with the debut of its Comedy Festival Weekend. The festival basically consists of two headlining comedians. First up on Saturday is veteran weirdo Harland Williams, who you might have seen in movies like Half-Baked. And, on Sunday, Heather McDonald, best known as a former regular on Chelsea Lately, will be doing a show and also sticking around for a meet-and-greet. 7:30 pm.
Charlie Wilson & Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds at Smart Financial Centre
Yeah, Valentine's Day is on Thursday, but that doesn't mean that ladies can't get seductively serenaded by a pair of iconic, soul singers two days later. Charlie Wilson, former frontman for the '80s funk trio The Gap Band, and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter who has penned tunes for Madonna, Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton and so many others, will be here to perform their biggest songs. 8 pm.
Sunday, February 17
Cochon555 2019 Tour at Four Seasons Hotel
Wine and pork — it might seem weird, but they can work together perfectly. And those two things will definitely be flowing at this epic culinary celebration. This feast will feature a hundred-plus prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers, and barkeeps all working in concert to create luxurious moments that educate the palate. This is also a fundraiser for Piggy Bank, a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of a disaster. 5 pm.