Yes, this weekend promises scorching, 100-plus degree temperatures. But those who venture out will be rewarded with wines and laughs, an event entirely dedicated to Cinnamon Toast Crunch (!), and even kittens. An added value: all events are indoors.
Here, then, are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday, August 8
The Winery Comedy Tour at Sable Gate Winery
What could be a better combo than laughing at some jokes while drinking copious amount of wine? If that's your idea of a great night out, then let us hip you to the Winery Comedy Tour. This tour has nationally recognized comedians going from town to town, performing at wineries, and sticking around for a tasting. Who are those comics? We wish we could tell ya — we can't find info on who's actually performing. But, whoever they are, expect them to both joke and booze it up. 7:30 pm.
Food 4 Thot Live at Warehouse Live
Why didn't anyone tell us there is a podcast out there called Food 4 Thot? Just the cheeky title alone makes it sound like something that's right up our alley. This show features four "thots" — Tommy "Teebs" Pico, Fran Tirado, Dennis Norris II, and Joe Osmundson — discussing sex, relationships, race, identity, what they like to read, and who they like to read. This roundtable of rosé lovers will be coming around these parts and doing their show live; expect a lot of tea spillage. 10 pm.
Friday, August 9
The Cinnaverse Experience at Baybrook Mall
To celebrate the new look of breakfast cereal Cinnamon Toast Crunch this fall, this multi-sensory, pop-up event is coming to town. It includes a series of four rooms with experiential elements built around the brand’s combination of cinnamon sugar and crunch. Guests will smell the aroma of Cinnamist while walking through the Cinna-Swirl Vortex, feel the crunch of the floor in the Cinna-Crunch Zone, and taste the delicious Cinnamilk in the Cinna-Milk Whirl’d. 2-8 pm (11 am to 7 pm Saturday; noon to 6 pm Sunday).
Blade Runner: The Final Cut at Landmark River Oaks
For those who still haven't gotten over the passing of Rutger Hauer, the veteran Dutch actor who died last month at the age of 75, you can see him this weekend playing his most iconic role in Ridley Scott's futuristic, 1982 cult blockbuster. While there have been many versions of this movie served up since its release, this "final cut," released in 2007, certainly presents Hauer's android antagonist Roy Batty in a more sympathetic light. It's a great performance from a man who gave us plenty of them. 11:59 pm.
Saturday, August 10
KittenPalooza at El Gato Coffeehouse
El Gato Coffeehouse will be having several "Meow-Ments" this weekend, to celebrate the cat cafe partnering with smart home company Hive and creating Houston's first "smart" cat cafe. On Friday, get some colors and canvases for the Pinot & Paws Painting Class. But Saturday will be the big day, since Friends 4 Life will be bringing in some kittens to hold, pet and possibly adopt. As the folks from El Gato say, come and enjoy the most cuteness that you can ever fit into an hour. Noon to 4 pm.
Tee Vee and John Allen Stephens at Cactus Music
Tee Vee and John Allen Stephens are two of the city's most promising, experimental, rising-star musicians. Tee Vee is the alias of Teresa Vicinanza, a singer-songwriter who uses her synth/art/dream-pop as an outlet for processing life’s more mercurial themes, from highs of blissful memory to lows of lapses in mental health. Stephens is an artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist who blends elements of pop, R&B and electronic music. Catch them before they blow up. 3-4 pm.
Sunday, August 11
Lebowski Bash at Market Square Park
For those of you who were wondering when the Houston Lebowski Bash was going to happen, worry no more. The annual party where people come together and indulge in all things associated with Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 stoner noir/cult classic can finally sip White Russians and quote lines to each other this weekend at Market Square Park. There will be human bowling, a trivia and costume contest, Dudeist Priest weddings, music by Swimwear Department, and, of course, a screening of the movie. 5-10 pm.
The Blues Beatles at Dosey Doe
What happens when you combine The Beatles and The Blues Brothers? Well, basically this. It seems a bunch of blues players decided one day that they could make a nice living doing bluesy covers of Fab Four songs while rocking black suits and cool shades. The arrangements combine blues and soul grooves that suit the vocals of the songs, while adding a different feel to them. Instrumental solos, improvisation, and typical blues elements are an integral part of their style. 7:30 pm.