weekend event planner
Top things to do in Houston this weekend: must-see opera, a sultry soiree, wine-fueled yoga, and more
This weekend, Houston will be trick or treating and get into spirited mischief for Halloween (check out our Halloween and Día de los Muertos events roundup here).
Meanwhile, Intelligence, a game-changing opera — let's call it the opera for people who don't like opera — that tells a riveting Civil War story with dazzling dance, a stirring book, and even comedy continues its short run; tickets start at just $25.
Stretch it out later with some wine-fueled yoga, and take in some sultry entertainment with The Divine Darlings Burlesque Troupe.
Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday, October 26
Classical music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music is coming to several locations around Houston, thanks to a fully functioning mobile concert hall called The Concert Truck. Eight Shepherd School students will perform chamber music on the 16-foot box truck, which is outfitted with lights, sound system and piano. The performances this month are the truck’s first held in Houston. First, it will make an afternoon stop at Alta Arts. Then, it will finish up at POST Houston’s Barbara Jordan Plaza. 1 and 7 pm.
Kriti Kitchen, West University's homestyle Greek cafe, is hosting its intimate monthly dinner series this weekend. Guests will enjoy an elevated and seasonal multi-course dinner prepared by Kriti owner and chef Mary Cuclis, along with an optional wine pairing from an extensive selection of Greek wines. The meal will feature five courses, including truffle potato rissoles and fried quail egg; Greek "wedge" salad with pine nut dressing; and baklava ice cream with seasonal pumpkin kolokithopita for dessert. Tickets are $130 each. 6:30 pm.
Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown will have a Shrek-themed silent disco, featuring a special screening of Shrek. Enjoy an opening DJ set that will be sure to get you in the spirit, and engage in some friendly competition with an array of games. Then, settle down to watch a special screening of the iconic 2001 cult classic. Come dressed as your favorite characters for a chance to win prizes. Following the film, head over to the lounge area, where dueling DJs will battle it out with two electrifying, Shrek-inspired sets. 7 pm.
Friday, October 27
The Waffle Bus will welcome Blk Mkt Birria for a burger collaboration at their Montrose location. The special, one-day-only menu item will feature a quarter-pound, Black Angus smash burger topped with mozzarella cheese skirt, beef barbacoa birria, cilantro, diced purple onions, chipotle mayo, and avocado verde salsa on a toasted red brioche bun with diced purple onions, cilantro, pickled red onions, lime, and consomme on the side for $11.99 11 am.
Legendary Third Ward neighborhood bar The Savoy is pulling out all the stops for a frighteningly fun, second anniversary, weekend-long Halloween bash. The Savoy is inviting thrill-seekers and Halloween lovers to don their best costumes for a full weekend of ghoulishly good times. We’re talking three days of costume contests and a grand total of $5,000 in prize giveaways, including cash, gas cards, gift cards, Savoy gift cards, and more. 4 pm (11 am Saturday and Sunday).
City Place will host its third annual Día de los Muertos celebration, a festive, three-day experience honoring the popular Mexican and Latin American holiday. The Art of the Spirit cocktail reception and altar unveiling ceremony kick off the special programming on Friday. The festivities continue on Saturday at the Mercado, which is free to attend. Programming concludes on Sunday with Día de los Muertos Cinema, a free, alfresco movie night featuring the film Coco. 6 pm (Noon Saturday; 6 pm Sunday).
The mysterious and wealthy Ana hires Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, as the nanny for Ana’s unborn child. The two women develop a strong bond, but a fateful night with a full moon changes their plans. This 2017 horror flick will be introduced by Houston-based author Rob Saucedo, who has programmed a weekly horror series at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. His first book Where Wolf will be available for purchase at the screening. 7 pm.
Saturday, October 28
Gather your four-legged sidekick and help support local nonprofit Rescued Pets Movement during a patio party, in collaboration with Tito’s Vodka. After the success of last weekend’s parties, Katy residents can enjoy the final event at Dish Society Katy (featuring LaCenterra’s Paws Fest!), featuring two cocktails for pet “pawrents” and one dog-friendly puptail. Additional fun includes cocktail tastings from Tito’s representatives, swag for the pooches and prizes for best dog-in-costume. 11 am.
Worth & Co., Houston’s newest luxury lifestyle brand, will have a grand opening party at the brand’s flagship location in River Oaks. There will be food, drinks, a flower bar with free bouquets, a photo booth, and more. Don't miss your chance to win incredible prizes, including a Sealy pillow top mattress, a stunning Bernhardt accent table, a captivating piece of art, a genuine leather wine holder from Ghurka, exquisite jewelry (including a bracelet and necklace), opulent textiles and bedding, and a cozy cashmere throw. Noon.
The Moran CITYCENTRE is hosting a frighteningly fun Halloween bash with live music by Level One Band. Show off your creativity and join the “Thriller”-themed costume contest for a chance to win exclusive prizes, including a one-night stay at The Moran CITYCENTRE. As the night creeps on, dance until you drop to the beats of DJ EDJ. Upon arrival, the first 50 guests will receive a Tito’s Vodka swag bag and be treated to a bewitching selection of specialty cocktails. Costumes are encouraged but not required. 7 pm.
The Civil War is raging. Men are slaughtering each other on the battlefield, but it is two women who possess the deadliest weapon of all. Who would guess that Elizabeth Van Lew, from a prominent Confederate family, is running a secret pro-Union spy ring? That Mary Jane Bowser, born into slavery in the Van Lew household, not only has been taught to read and write, but is also possessed of a photographic memory? This HGO-commissioned opera is inspired by the little-known true story of these two unlikely spies. 7:30 pm.
Sunday, October 29
Vino Vinyasa classes bring together vinyasa-based yoga and fun wine facts through creative yoga poses. The hour-long educational yoga class will end with a comparative wine tasting of two wines. Parking will be comped if one dines at Rosalie. Vino Vinyasa students who do not dine at Rosalie will receive a parking discount. Attendees must be 21 years old and above. This is a BYOM (bring your own mat) event. If you need a mat, please email email@example.com. 10:30 am.
The Divine Darlings Burlesque Troupe The Burly SoiréePhoto courtesy of The Divine Darlings Burlesque Troupe
This weekend, the Divine Darlings invite attendees to celebrate “spooky season” with guest performances from Bailey Bunnie, Dahlia Devine and Mystic Lotus; alongside Divine Darling Holly GoSpankMe; headliners Poppy Tart, Taylar Fatale and DFW-based Vivienne Vermuth; and host/producer Lady AnnaBelle. AnnaBelle founded and leads the Darlings, as well as the troupe’s base studio Houston Divine Studio, where adults can learn to dance a variety of styles from burlesque to ballet in a safe and welcoming space. 2 pm.
Artist, songwriter, film & television composer, and producer Raphael Saadiq will present Raphael Saadiq Revisits Tony! Toni! Toné!: The Just Me & You Tour. The tour marks a momentous homecoming as Saadiq, his brother D'Wayne Wiggins, and Timothy Christian Riley will perform as Tony! Toni! Toné! for the first time in nearly 25 years. Saadiq will also tap his own deep catalog, performing tracks from his solo albums, plus the hits he wrote for artists like D'Angelo, Daniel Caesar, Brent Faiyaz, Solange, and Beyoncé. 8 pm.