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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

Via Colori 2019
Have a sketchy weekend with Via Colori and ArtCrawl Houston. Photo courtesy of Via Colori

It's all about the art this weekend.

Look for the Via Colori chalk art festival happening downtown on Saturday and Sunday. But don't forget about the 27th Annual ArtCrawl Houston, where the Downtown Artists’ Warehouse District will open working art studios and exhibition spaces to the public. More than 150 artists will participate, as this year’s event marks the 27th anniversary of Artistic Survival, celebrated by an all volunteer, artist-run non-organization.

And of course, there are plenty more colorful picks for your weekend entertainment.

Thursday, November 21

Lance Flowers at Community Artists' Collective
After viewing "Most Improved," the new exhibit from up-and-coming artist Lance Flowers, we couldn't wait to tell everyone about it. While he says this assembly of collages addresses the philosophical concept of Anicca — the Buddhist doctrine of impermanence — these pop-art pieces also appear to address our endless fascination with consumerism and labels. This Saturday, Flowers will explain more during an artist talk at 4 pm. It will run through Saturday, November 30. Noon. 

Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 with Camerata at Paulie’s
For the third year in a row, Camerata will be hosting a no-holds-barred bacchanal, benefiting the traditional French holiday known as Beaujolais Nouveau Day. They'll be embracing the ebullience of Nouveau season with the first-ever BeaujoWorld (like AstroWorld!). Sommelier Chris Poldoian has created a fun recipe for freaujolais (frozen nouveau), cult bottlings by the Gang of Four (all rarely available by the glass), an ice luge, great music, surprises, and swag. 4 pm-2 am.

Friday, November 22

Allison Moorer at Cactus Music
Last month, singer/songwriter Allison Moorer released Blood, her first solo album in four years. She also dropped Blood: A Memoir, a detailed account of growing up with her sister (who just happens to be the equally talented singer Shelby Lynne) in a troubled home in southern Alabama, which ended with the well-documented murder-suicide of her parents in 1986. Moorer will be over at Cactus Music, both signing copies of the book and performing songs from her new album. 5 pm.

An American Werewolf in London and Fright Night at Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra
Yes, Halloween is long gone, but Alamo's weekly Graveyard Shift series continues to serve up horror flicks on the regular. And this double feature consists of two of the most tongue-in-cheek, revisionist creature features ever made. First up is John Landis's 1981 werewolf classic, which featured groundbreaking, Oscar-winning special effects from Rick Baker. Next is Tom Holland's 1985 bloodsucker, where a teenager discovers his new, next-door neighbor is a vampire. 9 pm.

Saturday, November 23

Tracksuits & Kicks Day Party at the Davenport
Ultra-stylish promoter Keto Gentry always throws the wackiest day parties over at the Davenport Lounge. (We're hoping he'll give us another ugly-sweater, post-Christmas party like last year.) This weekend, he'll be having a tracksuits-and-kicks soiree, for those who long for the days when b-boys and girls roamed the streets looking like LL Cool J or Doug E. Fresh. R & B artist I-Will will be the host, while DJ Meek will provide the tunes. There will also be an after-party at Martini Bar & Cigar. 2-8 pm.

Kevin McDonald & Friends at the Station Theater
Local Kids in the Hall fans will definitely be pleased that Kevin McDonald — Sir Simon Milligan himself — will be in town for a weekend full of comedy. On Saturday, he'll do a best-of show based on his Kevin McDonald's Kevin McDonald Show podcast, sharing stories and doing sketches. On Sunday, he'll start off with some stand-up, then do selected sketches from a workshop that'll be held during the weekend. Finally, he'll close the evening with a "special improv jam." 8 pm (7 pm Sunday).

Sunday, November 24

Houston Exotic Auto Festival at MSR Houston
It's cars, cars, and more cars at the 5th Annual Houston Exotic Auto Festival & Luxury Lifestyle E-X-P-O, an automobile show that brings luxury and exotic brands to a single site. Owners and collectors will celebrate their vehicles in front of an audience. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the best automobiles, SUVs, off-road vehicles, and motorcycles in Houston under various different categories. (This is also a prime destination for those who love flexing on Instagram next to a fly whip.) 10 am.

Houston Goodness at White Oak Music Hall
Since 2012, the Denver-based, Sunday-afternoon day party known as Goodness has been promising exceptional people, music, drinks, food, and more on a recurring basis. (They even have their own hot sauce!) Now, they're bringing their act over to these parts. Goodness founder/resident music man DJ Low Key will be setting things off, along with special guests Dayta, Gracie Chavez, and Hiram. There will also be live art from DeeJon, complimentary buttons and stickers. 3-9 pm.