This weekend, it's all about geeks — and moms.
Starting on Friday, Comicpalooza takes over the George R. Brown Convention Center. The three-day, pop-culture event will bring in the stars (Emilia Clarke! People from Star Trek!) and the fans who love them.
After the fans are done with that, they'll no doubt treat their mothers to some brunch time on Sunday, aka Mother's Day. (If you're still looking for a good spot, you know we've got you covered.)
As always, here's your weekend fun.
Thursday, May 9
Youth Mental Health Art Showcase at Winter Street Studios
This is the second annual art showcase for The Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston. This event is all about highlighting the importance of protecting youth mental health through the creative arts. It will feature paintings, sculptures, collages and more from pre-K through 12th graders in the greater Houston area, all representing the theme "What My Feelings Look Like." 5 pm.
Friday, May 10
Bella Gaia: Beautiful Earth at Miller Outdoor Theatre
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is fast approaching. For people who want to celebrate this historic event, Miller Outdoor Theatre will bring in this immersive theater experience. Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space, Bella Gaia illuminated the natural and cultural beauty of the planet (aka Bella) and the interconnectedness of all things on Earth (Gaia). 8 pm.
The Goonies at Landmark River Oaks
This weekend's midnight movie at River Oaks is this Steven Spielberg-produced, kiddie treasure hunt from 1985, which also had several stars of tomorrow in the cast. Before he went on to play badass characters in comic-book movies, Josh Brolin made his big-screen debut in this flick. The same goes for future Lord of the Rings hobbit Sean Astin, who made his big-screen introduction as Brolin's little, adventure-seeking brother. 11:59 pm.
Saturday, May 11
BuffBrew Spring Carnival Party
Who doesn't love all the sudsy goodness the Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company provides on the regular? This ale factory is all about celebration, which is why they will be having a spring carnival party this weekend. Along with all the beer they'll be serving, there will be bouncy axe throwing, yellow sno-cones, cotton candy, bouncy batting cage, dunk tanks, a tender meat bouquet, and a performance from the comedic queen of burlesque KiKi Maroon. 6-9 pm.
Mother's Day Soul Music Fest with Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
If you have the kind of momma who sneaks in Crown Royal to every concert she goes to (and uses the accompanying, purple bottle pouch for a change purse), then this concert is definitely one she'll enjoy — and, most likely, get hella drunk at. This is a straight-up throwback concert, with performances from The O'Jays, Stephanie Mills, Con Funk Shun, and — a prince of R&B himself — El DeBarge. 7:30 pm.
Stargazing at Houston Astronomical Society at Discovery Green
There is nothing more peaceful, more serene, more at one with the universe than looking up at the stars at night. Join the Houston Astronomical Society for a star party, where volunteers will be showing off the moon, other planets in our solar system, and various deep-sky objects through a number of telescopes, and answering questions you may have about space and astronomy. 8-10 pm.
Sunday, May 12
Downtown District presents Second Sunday Revival
Whenever there's a fun event going down with a lot of booze, we're gonna give it love — and this event definitely deserves love. Historic Market Square Park’s new summer series creates a different experience on the second Sunday of each month through September. May is “Bloody Brass Brunch," a showcase of Houston’s best Bloody Marys accompanied by favorite local brass bands. Noon.
H-Town Festival of Laughs at Fertitta Center
The H-Town Festival of Laughs is a comedy concert for all those people basically who long for the jokes-so-funny-they-make-you-run-out-of-your-seat days of HBO's Def Comedy Jam and BET's ComicView. On the lineup for this show: the scintillating diva Sommore, veteran funnymen Earthquake and George Wallace, comedy royalty (and brother of Chris) Tony Rock, and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper's very own Mark Curry. 7-10 pm.