The bad news: It's gonna be a scorching week. The good news: no more ominous African dust storms to stifle the already stifled air. With that in mind, we've rounded up your top events for this now-fresh-air weekend.
Thursday, July 19
Jericho Jackson brings artful hip-hop to Duvin Pintor Gallery
For true hip-hop fans, there’s nothing more enjoyable and exciting than when two acclaimed, well-known artists in the rap game come together and drop a new album outta nowhere. That happened earlier this year when Detroit rapper Elzhi and North Carolina producer Khrysis formed the supergorup Jericho Jackson and released Khrysis & Elzhi Are Jericho Jackson. This project, released on Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder’s Jamla Records, is over a decade in the making and is also pure, hip-hop fire. Even better, they’ll be in town on this evening to perform tracks from the album. 8 pm.
Comedian Chris D’Elia mocks alpha males at Improv Houston
Chris D’Elia is not a d-bag, but he plays one on TV. He’s played several of them, actually. Ever since he starred as insecure stud Danny on the short-lived NBC sitcom Undateable, he’s been the go-to guy whenever a movie or TV show needs a prototypical horndog. Ironically, when he does stand-up — his day job — his comedy usually consists of him regularly mocking and decimating alpha-male a-holes. He’s already done a couple of Netflix specials, and he’ll be in H-Town doing a four-night stint at the Improv. 8 pm (7:30 and 9:45 pm Friday; 7 and 9:30 pm Saturday; 7:30 pm Sunday).
Friday, July 20
Enjoy the great outdoors at The 2018 Sportsman Channel Outdoor Show
If you’re someone who had a subscription to Sports Afield back in the day, you’re a person who obviously has an interest in the great outdoors. And starting on Friday, the worldwide leaders in outdoor entertainment — Sportsman Channel, Outdoor Channel, World Fishing Network and MyOutdoorTV — will bring the 2018 Sportsman Channel Outdoor Fest here, for all those local lovers of outdoor stuff. There will be hunting, fishing, firearms, archery, and a whole lot of other things that’ll make feel like you’re one with nature. 3 pm (9 am Saturday; 10 am Sunday).
Mix it up at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Mixed Media party
It’s time for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to once again merge exquisite art with live music with their latest MFAH Mixed Media party. For this one, the fun will go down across the entire campus of the new Glassell School of Art. Nine artists will perform on four stages, including West Coast funkmaster Dam-Funk, Austin indie-pop band Wild Child, Houston folk duo Say Girl Say, and a bunch of local DJs (DJ Sun, Dj Melodic and Gracie Chavez). There will also be a roof-garden music session with singers Hailey Knox and Tyler Dial. Basically, all kinds of music will be all in your ear on this night. 8 pm.
Saturday, July 21
Get your kicks at “Kick-A-Thon”
Whenever local, mixed martial arts school Elite MMA wants to raise money for a good cause, the school puts on a “Kick-A-Thon.” This is where registrants will have 15 minutes to earn their pledges by kicking bags as many times as they can. (People can also just donate money, if they don't feel like going Van Damme on a punching bag.) This time around, Elite will be benefitting the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. All funds raised will go to the Foundation’s My Home Library program, which provides books for underserved students in the surrounding area. 10 am.
The Houston Area Gay Prom toasts the LGBTQIA community
A high-school prom can be a magical time for those who attend: getting decked out in a tuxedo or a luxurious dress, dancing the night away, and maybe even sharing a kiss on the dance floor before you head off to a new college life. But there is a local organization — known as The Prom People — whose sole mission is to provide a yearly prom for those grown, LGBTQIA folk who may not have gone to their proms for whatever reason. (Or, they may just want to attend a prom again.) This year, the prom's theme is “A Night in China," so expect this prom to be both enchanting and exotic. 8 pm.
Sunday, July 22
Shop for fresh produce and enjoy a brew at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Saint Arnold
Before you head to Karbach for family fun, stop by Saint Arnold for this month's Urban Harvest Farmers Market. Consider this your chance to peruse fresh produce and gourmet goods in air-conditioned comfort — as opposed to sweating for your asparagus — while sipping on a craft beer. With food vendors like El Topo, Breaking Bao, and Dumpling Haus, the market offers plenty to eat, too. 11 am-4 pm.
Kids can play (and parents can get tipsy) at Karbach Brewing Co.’s first Family Field Day
Karbach Brewing Co. already makes people happy with their fine line of brews, like Staycation Session Ale, Lemon and Ginger Radler and the forever-popular Hopadillo IPA. But, this weekend, the ale factory will open its doors to families for its first-ever Family Field Day. Of course, there will be games, beer, food, etc, but there will be an amazing prize given to a very lucky clan. The first 25 families to enter can compete to win a free family reunion hosted at Karbach Brewery, complete with free beer and appetizers. The runners-up will still get free beer for their next family reunion. Visit the invite site to pre-register. 5 pm.