This Memorial Day weekend, we reflect on those who lost their lives in service to our country. As we pause and reflect, there's also fun to be had afterwards.
Comic book geeks, sci-fi fans, anime types and cosplayers, and more will descend upon downtown for Comicpalooza — where Captain Kirk/William Shatner himself will beam down.
Some classic funk stars take the stage, Motown gets down at Miller Outdoor Theatre, and a water festival offers a moment of zen. Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday, May 25
Center for the Healing of Racism presents Make Some Noise for George Floyd
Center for the Healing of Racism will commemorate the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd at this special event. Spoken word artists, poets, singers, or other performing artists are invited to contribute to the ceremony. Performers include spoken word artist Isabella Zavala, an 11th grade student at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School; Alisa and Alejandro Magallon, former members of the Houston Grand Opera chorus; and more. This event takes place at 3412 Crawford St. 6 pm.
4th Wall Theatre Company presents Fairview
At the Frasier family household, party preparations are underway. Beverly is holding on to her sanity by a thread to make sure Grandma’s birthday is perfect, but her sister can’t be bothered to help, her husband doesn’t seem to listen, her brother is M.I.A., her daughter is a teenager, and maybe nothing is what it seems in the first place. Fairview is a searing examination of families, drama, family dramas, and the insidiousness of racism in America. Through Saturday, June 17. 7:30 pm (3 pm Sunday).
Stages presents Sin Muros: A Latinx Theater Festival
The Sin Muros Festival at Stages has been celebrating and lifting up Latinx artists for six years. More than 300 Latinx artists have benefited—both financially and creatively—from participating in the festival. This year, a committee of some of the most influential Latinx voices in Houston has selected four plays by Latinx playwrights, and nominated three individuals who serve the Latinx art community to be celebrated in this weekend-long show. 7:30 pm (7 pm Friday; 9 am Saturday; 11 am Sunday).
Friday, May 26
Memorial Day Weekend at Margaritaville Lake Resort
What better way to usher in the start of summer than spending Memorial Day weekend at Margaritaville Lake Resort at Lake Conroe. The resort has plenty of activities for the entire family, including a chance to meet the Margaritaville Mermaid. Margaritaville Lake Resort’s mermaid will swim ashore at the Splash Pad in Jolly Mon Water Park to delight kids of all ages. 11 am.
Comicpalooza features creators, panelists, cosplayers, stars, and spectators coming together for a weekend celebrating anime, comics, gaming, literature, cosplay, and more. Fans can expect to see a bustling exhibition floor with vendors from all over the galaxy, programming covering a multitude of fandoms, special attractions intriguing the curious minds, guest panels, and other geeky entertainment. 3 pm (10 am Saturday and Sunday).
Foto Relevance presents Abelardo Morell: "Liminal Spaces" opening reception
This solo show from contemporary photographer Abelardo Morell, spotlights Morell's "Camera Obscura" works. Morell’s use of the camera obscura technique is inspired by his long fascination with the passage of time and how it can be captured through photographic mechanisms. His classic camera obscura works bring the outside in, creating a new and fleeting environment meant for our eyes only. Through Saturday, July 8. 6 pm.
Miller Outdoor Theatre presents Forever Motown
Direct from New York is the original cast of this soulful show, happening all this weekend at Miller Outdoor Theatre. We’ve got all-star performers, featuring Theo Peoples of both The Four Tops and The Temptations, Glenn Leonard of The Temptations, and Traci Robinson, former lead singer of The Marvelettes, along with an all-star live band. This full-stage production includes all of your favorite hit songs from all the Motown legends and is sure to have the audience dancing in their seats. 8:15 pm.
Saturday, May 27
Crunchloaf Records and Cool Heads Prevail present Beat Cypher
If you like listening to some bad-to-bone beats while perusing through some vinyl LPs, Cool Heads Prevail will host a beat event this weekend featuring a slew of DJs. Scheduled to spin: JREDOU_KO!, Regore, Run CT, wheards, .rael_one, Heavy The Bluebird, Ben Buck, and Pajama Sam. There’s no cover, and since Cool Heads is also a record store, expect a lot of vintage, hot fire coming out of the bins. 4 pm.
Water Lantern Festival
The Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. The night will include food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflected upon the water. This is a family-friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven't met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. 5:30 pm.
Flashback Funkfest featuring Morris Day & The Time
People will definitely have a funkin’ good time at this funkalicious fiesta. Flashback Funkfest will feature performances by headliners Morris Day & The Time, as well as Zapp, Ohio Players, Rose Royce, and Atlantic Starr. So, expect a lot of people to get drunk off the Crown Royal they snuck in, talking about all the times they grooved to these tunes back in their younger days. It’s going to be a throwback show where a lot of people might throw their backs out. 5 pm.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Chocolat
Celebrated filmmaker Claire Denis drew on her childhood experiences in 1960s French colonial Africa for her absorbing feature-film debut that introduced themes she’s revisited throughout her career. After many years living in France, a White woman (Mireille Perrier) returns to her hometown in Cameroon and reflects on her relationship with a Black servant (Isaach De Bankolé), with whom she formed a friendship while not fully grasping the racial divides that governed their worlds. 7 pm (5 pm Sunday).
Sunday, May 28
Harvest Green presents Village Farm Tours
The fourth Sunday of each month, visitors can tour the Village Farm at Harvest Green for an up-close look at what it takes to keep a farm running. The Richmond community’s farm educators teach visitors about seasonal produce as they guide them around the farm. Stops will be made to sample produce and visit with Harvest Green’s chickens and Nubian goats. 1:30 pm.
Alley Theatre presents Torera
This play is written by a stunning new voice in the American theatre, Monet Hurst-Mendoza. Bullfighting in Yucatán, Mexico is a world nearly exclusive to men — yet for Elena Ramírez, it is her life's ambition. With the help of her best friend, a matador's son, Elena begins secretly training to compete with the greatest. But when she discovers that her inherent talent can beat even the most accomplished toreros, this young woman must choose between accepting society's limits or breaking boundaries. Through Sunday, June 4. 2:30 and 7:30 pm Sunday.
Lone Star Flight Museum presents The Spot Experience: Eat Where No One Has Before
The Spot Experience brings everyone a dining experience in an unexpected location. Guests can step into Lone Star Flight Museum for an exclusive dining experience in an intimate and unique setting. Enjoy a meal inside a plane hangar, with more than 10 planes around you. Feast on a menu inspired by international tastes, sending you on a worldwide culinary expedition, specially curated by local chefs for this event. Buckle your seat belts because you’re about to travel around the world without even having to pack a bag. 5 pm.