In all likelihood, many Houstonians will be clogging up multiplexes this weekend to see Avengers: Endgame, the supposedly final chapter in the Avengers saga. (We've seen it, and let's just say it's the biggest — and longest — freakin' curtain call for a blockbuster franchise we've ever seen.)
For those not geeking out, look for a boozy zoo shindig, unique shopping experience, and a fun scavenger hunt. Here are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday, April 25
The Peanuts Project: The Heavens and the Earth at Space Center Houston
If you're a fan of both Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip and space travel, there is an event happening that's tailor-made for you. Join the Peanuts Gang as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 10, featuring out-of-this-world festivities in this groundbreaking, arts initiative launch event. The event will unveil a temporary, new art installation of an ISS Module, wrapped in an original Charlie Brown and Snoopy motif by artist Kenny Scharf. You can watch Scharf paint a piece of art live, participate in hands-on Pop-Up Science Labs and meet Snoopy in-person. 10 am.
Brew at the Zoo at Houston Zoo
This event gives beer drinkers the opportunity to sample some delicious beers (and get a little buzzed) while looking at some exotic animals. Some of the best beers from Texas and surrounding areas will be highlighted. And, as you sip, stroll through parts of the Houston Zoo and check out some of your favorite animals. You can see special presentations with elephants, jaguars, sea lions, and more. Plus, enjoy live music by local artists. Pub-style grub will also be available for purchase throughout the event. 7 pm.
Friday, April 26
Soliloquy at 14 Pews
Here is something for African-Americans quietly struggling with their mental health. In observance of National Sexual and Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, this performance art installation translates personal narrative to examine the complexities of the mental health as it relates to the African-American community. Four artists, through the mediums of visual art, song, dance and spoken word, will detail their experiences with anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and depression to engage the audience in a raw, transparent, and candid conversation about mental health. 7 pm.
Darlene Love at Miller Outdoor Theatre
If you're a fan of the great Darlene Love, you know that the '60s soul legend used to perform "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on Late Show with David Letterman every holiday season. Letterman's not on the air anymore, but perhaps his successor Stephen Colbert could start a new yuletide tradition with Love and have her perform another Christmas tune she recorded, "Christmastime for the Jews," for Saturday Night Live in 2005. (Just throwing that out there.) 8:15 pm.
Saturday, April 27
So What?! Music Festival at White Oak Music Hall
The So What?! Music Festival began in 2008 in Dallas, back when it was called South by So What?!. For a decade, this rock fest was a usual spring attraction there until it took some time off last year to regroup. Now, the fest is back and will be taking over White Oak Music Hall this weekend. Among the bands that will be performing on Saturday and Sunday: Beartooth, Of Mice and Men, Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage, Crown the Empire, Wage War, After the Burial, Fit for a King, and oh-so-much more. 4 pm.
Super Gayla 2019 at The Ballroom at Bayou Place
We have a fantabulous spectacle popping off this weekend. This soiree will allow participants to mix and mingle with over 500 community leaders and friends. There will be an open bar, wine and champagne, dinner with an inspiring program, and local and international talent on stage. Hosted by local performer Blackberri, the featured acts will include vocalist/songwriter Eric Michael Krop and world-renowned musical duo Amy and Freddy. Ticket sales and sponsorships will support rapid rehousing services for local LGBTQ homeless youth. 6 pm.
Sunday, April 28
The 2nd Annual MAI Outdoor Market at Houston Design Center
Memorial Antiques & Interiors is hitting folks with its second annual Outdoor Market, a unique shopping experience reminiscent of open-air European markets. Guests can shop premier vendors and designer goods, including antiques, art, furnishings, jewelry, textiles, and more. Look for more than 40 premier trunk show vendors and showroom surpluses, delicious treats from Picnic on the Green and Tila's Taco Truck, activities for kids (including face painting), pet adoptions benefiting a local charity, and more. 9 am.
Susan's Rally in the Fight Against Cancer
For the 26th consecutive year, drivers and their fun-loving passengers will set off for a combination scavenger hunt/historical tour in support of Susan's Rally and the fight against cancer. Susan’s Rally is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Houston designer Bruce Roberson in memory of his sister, Susan Roberson Wade, whose life was taken by breast cancer. Supporters in teams of two or more, guided by written instructions, will follow a pre-determined route that will take them to some of the city’s best examples of art deco architecture and design. Noon.