The slate of events around Houston this weekend will be more low-key than usual, but will still feature some must-see happenings. Among your choices are an LGBT-themed photography exhibit, theater taking place in a hotel room, two great concerts and a day of music from the Houston Symphony.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, July 9
FotoFest presents I Am a Camera opening reception
With the recent Supreme Court ruling affirming same sex marriage, LGBT issues are at the forefront more than ever. Fotofest's I Am a Camera is a photographic exhibit featuring nine artists that tackles representation, sexual orientation, gender identity expression and society. The exhibit will be on display through August 29.
Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park
Forget going to a nondescript building to play bingo and instead have fun in the great outdoors. Market Square Park's monthly Blanket Bingo gives players a chance to win great prizes like a Houston B-Cycle membership, a private pontoon boat ride, a staycation in downtown Houston, gift cards to various downtown restaurants and even $500 cash.
Friday, July 10
Tedeschi Trucks Band in concert with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II
The Tedeschi Trucks Band - led by married couple Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks - has had a stellar start to their career together, with their 2011 debut album winning the Grammy for Best Blues Album. This concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion will be heaven for blues/soul music fans, as it also features Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II.
14 Pews presents The Fever
For its first theatrical production, 14 Pews is going the eccentric route, presenting Wallace Shawn's one-man play, The Fever, the way Shawn wanted it to be performed — in a hotel room in front of no more than 20 people. Most of the performances, taking place through August 8, will be performed in a suite at La Colombe d'Or, although each Monday performance will take place at 14 Pews.
Saturday, July 11
94.5 The Buzz presents Weenie Roast 2015
There's nothing like a good weenie roast during the summer, and 94.5 The Buzz will present their own version with this concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Among the rockers performing will be Shinedown, Houston natives Blue October, X Ambassadors, Meg Myers and Nothing More.
Standing Room Only Productions presents Assassins the Musical
Stephen Sondheim has a ton of great musicals to his credit, including West Side Story, Company and Sweeney Todd. Standing Room Only Productions will present Sondheim's Assassins, the Tony Award-winning musical about men and women who attempted or succeeded to assassinate American Presidents. It will run at Obsidian Theater through July 25.
Sunday, July 12
Houston Symphony presents 3rd Annual Free Day of Music
It'll be a musical extravaganza at Jones Hall on Sunday, as the Houston Symphony will host its 3rd Annual Free Day of Music. The event will include performances by the symphony as well as dozens of jazz groups, Tejano and blues bands. Starting off at noon with a family concert and instrument petting zoo, it's a great - and free! - way to introduce kids to different styles of music.