With the recent announcement of celebs — Lamar Odom, Dawson's Creek heartthrob James van der Beek, and former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer, among them — who'll make up the contestants for the next season (the 28th!) of Dancing with the Stars, now is a good time to tell you that Dancing vets Val and Maks Chmerkovskiy will be in town this weekend for Dance with Me Studios' Team Match events. They'll certainly be in attendance for the Jungle Wonderland gala, happening on Saturday night.
Dancing stars aside, as always, here's your list of weekend fun.
Thursday, August 22
Last Call Before Fall at Jack O'Connors
The For the Love of People Group will be having a nice celebration full of influencers, artists, brands, and businesses. Enjoy great music and sip on cocktails while indulging in shopping, networking, photo ops, beauty experiences, and fashion showcasing local brands. This event is all about beauty, fashion, and strong women celebrating each other, so bring your friends, your mom, your aunties, your uncles, your husbands, and boyfriends/girlfriends. 6-10 pm.
Friday, August 23
Warehouse 72 Grand Opening weekend celebration
Warehouse 72 Modern Bistro and Bar replaces the beloved Spaghetti Warehouse, which was lost during Hurricane Harvey. The new venue is hosting a weekend of grand opening events, including music and art offerings. Friday at 6 pm, California-raised musician, singer, songwriter, and producer, Madeline Edwards, will perform her Southern-soul-inspired new jazz-fusion sounds.
Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 pm features the artist Sebastien “Mr. D 1987” Boileau and some of the muses portrayed in the larger-than-life murals that grace the walls of the restaurant. Nab screen print mural-inspired artwork on your own T-shirt, or on a complimentary tote bag or bandana, while supplies last. Musician Charlie Perez and friends will perform. On Sunday from noon to 3 pm, magician Michael Blanco will amaze and delight.
Nelly/TLC/Flo Rida at the Woodlands Pavilion
Let's all go back to the '90s and the aughts with this throwback package concert. First up, we got Nelly, the Band-Aid-wearing MC who took his St. Louis brand of rap and shot to the top of the charts. Then, we have TLC, the crazysexycool girl group who gave us such hits as "Creep," "Waterfalls," and "No Scrubs," the anthem for ladies who are tired of deadbeat dudes. Finally, there's Flo Rida, the Sunshine State rapper who has set off many a party with hits like "Low" and "Right Round." 7 pm.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am at 14 Pews
Earlier this month, Toni Morrison passed away at the age of 88. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author left an astounding body of work, from Song of Solomon to Beloved. She was also the subject of this recently released documentary, directed by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Oprah Winfrey, Hilton Als, and Angela Davis are a few of the people featured who sing the woman's praises. And if you can't make these Friday and Saturday screenings, the MFAH will also screen the movie on Tuesday, September 24. 7 pm.
Man Overboard! at the Hobby Center
Sam Houston State University associate professors of dance Andy Noble and Dionne Noble and their NobleMotion Dance company are celebrating their 11th season by presenting two cutting-edge evenings of dance at Zilkha Hall. This production, an examination of unintended consequences, whether it be political polarization, environmental issues, or the inundation of artificial intelligence, is composed of four distinct works. They feature innovative collaborations with artificial intelligence, industrial designers, and media artists. 7:30 pm.
Saturday, August 24
Peter Max: The Retrospective at Off the Wall Gallery
In case you didn't know, this month marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the three-day music fest/disaster area where hippies descended to a farm in New York and watched dozens of musicians perform. Off the Wall Gallery will be celebrating the anniversary by hosting an exhibit featuring the work of legendary, psychedelic-art master Peter Max. After all, Woodstock was all about peace, love, freedom, and music — all significant sources of inspiration for Max. 5 pm (1 pm Sunday).
Brittmore Rescue presents Come Heels or High Water Soiree: Havana Nights
Over at the Decorative Center of Houston's Stetzel & Associates showroom, Brittmoore Rescue will be putting on its second-annual Come Heels or High Water Soiree. This year, it's a Havana theme, featuring a runway show by Lucho of Uptown. After the cocktail hour with light bites, libations, silent auction, and the "Little Havana Market," local philanthropists will be modeling the pieces. Proceeds raised are going to promote rebuilding homes around the community that were affected by disasters such as flooding. 7 pm.
Sunday, August 25
East End Brew Cruise
Kitschy watering hole East End Brew will have quite the party going on this weekend. It's billed as a family-filled day of beautiful cars, killer tunes, cool art, and more, hosted by the Veteranos Tejanos Car Club. There will also be a pin-up contest, hosted by local pin-up model Jacky Oh, where the winner will receive some swag from Cali-based, vintage-fashion boutique Revolver Clothing Co. DJs Simmer Down and Twinkle-Toes will provide the music. Noon to 6 pm.
Jax Grill 26th Anniversary
It's that time of year again where Jax Grill celebrates its anniversary with amazingly-discounted burgers. Since it's the 26th anniversary, the quarter-pound hamburgers and cheeseburgers at both locations — 6510 S. Rice Ave. in Bellaire and 1613 Shepherd Dr. — will be 26 cents. (It will be limited to the first 200 customers and one per customer.) There will also be drink specials, including $4 frozen house margaritas, $5 flavored house margaritas, $2.75 domestic bottled beers, and $3 import bottled beers. 4 pm.