Looking for some laughs? Check out comedian Arnez J's four-night stint at the Houston Improv or Menopause the Musical playing at the Grand 1894 Opera House. There's also the scandalous Dave's 11th Annual Pimp and Ho Ball, going down this Saturday.
Of course, there are plenty of more, ahem, mainstream events happening this weekend.
Thursday, July 11
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache at 14 Pews
If you're a cinephile who enjoy knowing more about the women who inhabited the early days of cinema, may we direct you to this documentary. It tells the story of Alice Guy-Blache, who completed her first film in 1896 Paris and not only was the first female filmmaker, but one of the first directors ever to make a narrative film. Jodie Foster narrates the doc, which follows Blache's 20-year career as the founder of her own studio and as a writer, director and/or producer of 1,000 films. 7 pm.
Friday, July 12
Opinions While Black 50th Episode Celebration/Meet and Greet at Bar 5015
A popular podcast is recorded right here in Houston. It's called Opinions While Black, and it features writer Oz Longworth Jr. and rapper Damien Randle (best known as one of the MCs from K-Otix) riffing on news and pop-culture ephemera from an African-American (and, usually, not sober) perspective. In celebration of their 50th episode, they will be recording Opinions live at Bar 5015 — and they'll most likely be even drunker than they usually get when they record the show. 9 pm.
Piranha and Alligator at Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra
This weekend, the killer-alligator movie Crawl will hit theaters. But we shouldn't forget about the most definitive, crocodile horror flick to hit theaters: 1980's Alligator. This is about a scientifically-modified creature that bursts through sidewalks and starts gnashing on folks. It will be screened along with the 1978 Joe Dante-directed Jaws ripoff/parody Piranha. BTW, both these films were written by indie-film legend John Sayles. And live alligators will be available for selfies! 9 pm.
Saturday, July 13
Sawyer Yards’s Out of This World
The monthly Sawyer Yard’s Second Saturday open studios and outdoor market blasts off with a special space theme. Highlights include space photography of our solar system projected in the old Silos train shed and clips of the moon landing shown on the historic Riviana Rice silo; specialty craft beer and space-themed movies at Holler Brewing Co; a FotoFest Pop-up exhibition at Winter Street Studios of the art piece Hillerbrand + Magsamen: Higher Ground; plus, lots of interactive art opportunities throughout the day into the evening.
Christopher Titus at Hobby Center for the Performing Art
Some of you may not remember when comedian Christopher Titus had his own Fox sitcom, Titus, in the early aughts. The show was far from a success, especially considering it was based on his highly dysfunctional family, which included his emotionally abusive dad and mentally ill mom. But the man has still managed to mine a lot of material out of family trauma, as evidenced by the several one-man shows he's done over the years. He'll be here doing his latest, Stories I Shouldn't Tell. 8 pm.
Sunday, July 14
Dave Ward Book Signing at Le Peep
Don't you feel that Dave Ward has been a part of your life for so long, he's basically a part of your family? After all, he's been the anchor for KTRK's weekday Eyewitness News for the past 50 years. It's obvious the man has a lot of good stories to tell, and he tells a lot of them in his new memoir, Good Evening, Friends: A Broadcaster Shares His Life. He'll be at this event, signing copies of said book as well as being available for photo opps, this weekend. Noon.
Snakes on the Plains at Sheldon Lake State Park
You know, we don't get how people can be afraid of snakes. People call them slimy and disgusting, but their knack for shedding skin to further growth and remove parasites actually makes them the cleanest animals out there. But we don't mind them when they are visibly in our presence, like at this park, where guests will be able to see them slithering around the trails. 2 pm.