It’s Memorial Day Weekend, which means everyone will be taking extra advantage of that free Monday, pay their respects, and go on a white-wearing, beer-and-barbecue tear. Also this weekend, Comicpalooza brings in all the geeks and fanboys (after they get through watching Solo: A Star Wars Story, we’re assuming), as well as special guest stars such as John Cusack, Krysten Ritter, and current Spider-Man Tom Holland.
As always, there will be other interesting things happening these next few days. Here’s a list of some of them:
Thursday, May 24
Journey to the soulful ’60s with Miller Outdoor Theatre’s Dancin’ in the Street
Since Stevland Hardaway Morris (that’s Stevie Wonder, to you and me) celebrated his 68th birthday on Mother’s Day a couple of weeks back, the Miller Outdoor Theatre pays tribute by adding a new Stevie Wonder section to their 23rd annual Dancin’ in the Street… Motown & More Revue. Starting this Thursday and running through Sunday, local entertainers will be performing the classic numbers that Motown Records founder Berry Gordy recorded and released out of that small home in Detroit — a.k.a. Hitsville U.S.A. It starts at 8:15 pm.
Friday, May 25
The Houston Symphony gets really poppy with One-Hit Wonders
Don’t ever say the Houston Symphony doesn’t like to mix it up every now and then. All weekend long, the final program of the Symphony’s latest season will find them playing such memorable one-and-done pop classics like Dexys Midnight Runners’ “Come on Eileen,” A-ha’s “Take on Me,” Semisonic’s “Closing Time,” and so forth. (We wonder if they’ll do Carl Douglas’s “Kung Fu Fighting.”) Pink Martini vocalist Storm Large and Broadway star Matt Doyle will be the guest vocalists, while Steven Reineke handles the conducting. It starts at 8 pm. (7:30 pm. on Sunday.)
Saturday, May 26
Family fun at FUNomenal Family Festival
With a name like the FUNomenal Family Festival, we’re guessing the people involved (Academy Sports + Outdoors are the presenters) with this event is going all out to make sure families show up and have a good time. This event is packed to the gills with enjoyable, family-friendly things. At the Anheuser-Busch Stage alone, there will be performances from local dance groups all afternoon. There will also be rides, games, activities, and something called the Curious Game — a chess game that “comes to life with pomp, ceremony and silly characters.” It starts at 1 pm.
Martin Lawrence gets back to his Def Comedy Jam roots
It’s very likely that many of you may not know that, once upon a time, before he had his own Fox sitcom, teamed up with Will Smith for the Bad Boys movies and donned a fat suit for those Big Momma’s House movies, Martin Lawrence was the original host for HBO’s notoriously down-and-dirty, stand-up showcase Def Comedy Jam. These days, Lawrence is back introducing comics on the Lit AF Tour, which will be in Houston this weekend. Among the comics: Deon Cole, Adele Givens, Benji Brown, and former SNL player Jay Pharoah. It starts at 7:30 pm.
Sunday, May 27
Mongoose versus Cobra celebrates six years – with wrestling and swordfights!
How many of you know about the midtown Houston spot known as Mongoose versus Cobra? It’s a quite interesting name for a watering hole, isn’t it? Supposedly, the name is a metaphor for the battle between artisanal craft beers (mongoose), which this place usually offers, and bigger, brand-name beers (cobra). Anyway, this spot will be celebrating its sixth birthday celebration with drink specials, sports entertainment from Doomsday Wrestling, an actual swordfight courtesy of Sword to Sword, and music from Fiddle Witch & the Demons of Doom. It starts at 2 pm.
Jake Paul and his Team 10 crew perform — or whatever they do
We at CultureMap are slightly curious as to what Jake Paul will be doing at Revention Music Center this weekend. After all, YouTube celebrity Paul is mostly known for doing crazy, frat-humor videos with his crew, Team 10. (He’s also the younger brother of Internet celeb Logan Paul.) The show is scheduled to have live musical performances, exclusive merchandise, audience participation, special guests, games ,and challenges. Basically, expect teenage girls and their douchey, older brothers to be in the audience for this. It starts at 6 pm.