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Here are the top 8 things to do in Houston this weekend

Here are the top 8 things to do in Houston this weekend

Montrose Morning Market
Welcome the sun and shop and stroll at the Montrose Morning Market. Montrose Morning Market.com

It's been raining like crazy this week, which means there is a strong possibility several things that are scheduled for this weekend may not happen.

One thing we definitely hope will still go down is the Texas Hot Sauce Festival, which is celebrating 20 years of making people's mouths burn with all the hot sauce, salsa, dips, peppers, spices, marinades, rubs, and jams/jelly that will be available.

Here are some other things that'll be happening — rain or shine: 

Thursday, September 19

Whiskies of the World at Houston Chronicle Building
It's that time of year again where, for one magical night, you can have all the whiskey you desire. Yes, Whiskies of the World is back, bringing together distillers from around the world to share their finest spirits and knowledge with whiskey enthusiasts. All the biggies will be there: Scotch, Bourbon, American Craft, Malts, Grains, World, Blends, Scottish, Irish, American, Texan, Canadian, Indian, Australian, and Japanese. Proceeds will benefit Helping a Hero. 6:30 pm.

Il Tuttofare (The Handyman) at The Italian Cultural & Community Center
The Italian Cultural & Community Center will close out its 2019 Contemporary Italian Film Series with this 2018 film, which sounds like a farcical good time just from the premise. A criminal law professor (veteran Italian actor Sergio Castellitto) gets his trainee-lawyer assistant (Guglielmo Poggi) to marry his Argentine lover (Clara Alonso), so she can acquire Italian citizenship. How much are you willing to bet things don't go as smoothly as planned? 7 pm.

Friday, September 20

Deb Never at House of Blues (Bronze Peacock)
Deb Never recently dropped her debut EP, House on Wheels, which showcases her grungy, punk-meets-rap aesthetic and features production work from Dylan Brady, Shlohmo, and D33J. She's also the first female featured vocalist on a BROCKHAMPTON song, titled "NO HALO." Pigeons and Planes says, "Her stirring lyrics and deeply emotive delivery recalls the Washington state music she grew up around, transporting old-school emo sounds into a modern context." So, why not see how she does live. With Dominic Fike. 7 pm.

Near Dark: Black Light Show at Insomnia Gallery
If you've ever lived in or visited a college dorm, chances are you've seen a black light poster — you know, one of those groovy art pieces where the ink's fluoresce under black lights. Insomnia Gallery will host a free art show featuring local artists creating work that will all be black-light sensitive. Guests are encouraged to wear neon colors, and highlighters will be on hand if you want to bedazzle yourself. 8 pm to midnight.

Saturday, September 21

First Annual Art Supply Drive at Emerson Sloan
Emerson Sloan, known as "the go-to modern party supply store in Houston," is hosting a week-long, art supply drive at both locations — Rice Village and Tanglewood — to benefit The Faris Foundation, which works in numerous ways to reach children diagnosed with cancer. The shops will accept new, child-friendly art supplies and/or monetary donations from Saturday through Sunday, September 29, benefitting the foundation’s Art Is My Life program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. 10 am to 6 pm (Noon to 5 pm Sunday).

Vino at the Village at Lakeland Village Center
Bridgeland is an 11,400-acre, master-planned community located in Cypress, Texas, and is currently ranked as the No. 1 top-selling, master-planned community in Houston. This award-winning development will host a sip-and-stroll event that'll be open to the public. For a $10 purchase, guests will enjoy sipping wine samples along the center’s streets. The wine offerings have been selected to complement the flavors of the various dishes that are being prepared specifically for this event. 5-9 pm.

Sunday, August 22

Montrose Morning Market
Every Sunday, the Montrose Marking Market is out here, bringing together a collection of local farmers, bakers and tasty treat makers, as well as curated local makers selling an array of handmade goods. Products include produce, gourmet foods, baked goods, jewelry, clothing, home goods, photography, plants, and more. They also feature a local musician on select market dates. And, remember: complimentary mimosas for those who support local vendors. 10 am to 2 pm.

RoboCop at Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra
It's hard to believe that RoboCop, Paul Verhoeven's insanely gory, over-the-top, dystopian actioner/satire from 1987 was such a success, it inspired an action figure line for kids. We're sure Verhoeven and screenwriters Michael Miner and Edward Neumeier weren't thinking of the kiddies when they came up with such notoriously bloody scenes as this one. Nevertheless, the movie is still 10 times better than that all-star remake trash that came out several years ago. 3 pm.