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Super Bowl Sunday is upon us and, for those who don't want to watch this Chiefs/49ers matchup at home, here is a rundown of spots where you can eat, drink, and watch the dashing and charismatic Patrick Mahomes take on the chiseled Jimmy Garoppolo. (Meanwhile, we'll try to endure all the announcer mentions of the 49ers' Richard Sherman's smack talk or Mahomes' "cannon arm.") And of course, the commercials!

Who'll win? We'll leave the prognosticating to our Gow Media colleagues at SportsMap. Scream for your team, and be careful out there, football fans.

The Barking Pig
The Pig will have an axes-and-cocktails pre-game party — and that's exactly what you think it is. You can get really tipsy and toss some axes before the big game. $10 for 10 throws and $20 to enter the tournament. 1 pm.

Bobcat Teddy's Ice House
The ice house will celebrate the day with an old-fashioned tailgating party. They'll provide the entertainment, the game projection and the booze. You just invite your friends and cook up your favorites to share. Noon.

Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill Downtown
The popular spot will, of course, also get their tailgate on, as they show the game on 20-plus TV screens and huge projectors. There will also be a full kitchen, drink specials, and live music during halftime and after the game. 21 and up only. 3 pm.

Five Central
This spot seems to be ready to offer up a swanky, Super Bowl-viewing experience. There will be brunch from 11 am to 4 pm, immediately followed by the big show. Drink specials will be flowing during the game, as well as music from a few DJs. 11 am.

Hard Rock Cafe
The temple of hamburgers and rock memorabilia will have pre-order packages (big-game spread for $100, $25 and $100 beer buckets) available as well as all-day drink and food specials (tailgate menu starting at $25, $5 house margaritas). 11 am.

Lucky's Pub
Lucky'swill have a list of things going for its all-day, Super Bowl party: drink specials, football bingo, football squares, crawfish and shrimp by the pound, and DJs who will keep the music spinning both before and after the game. 21 and up only. 11 am.

Pearl Bar Houston
Pearl will literally get things boiling with a crawfish-boil pregame: $5.99 for a pound or $14.99 for three pounds. (Corn, sausage, and potatoes will also be available.) And don't forget about the $2.75 mimosas and $5.75 beer specials. 3 pm.

Penny Whistle Pub
Expecta potluck vibe before the game. They will provide the pizza, and you can bring your favorite dish that you usually whip up on this day. The spot will also be pouring $5 drafts. 4 pm.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
The beloved brewery will show the big game on a 16-foot super-screen. But before that, they will play the Puppy Bowl, starting at 2. BARC will also be around with mobile pet adoptions and a 9-foot-tall fire hydrant for all the Instagram shots. 11 am.

The Shiloh Club
The Heights dive will have hotdogs ready for people to munch on during its party. They will also have five-beer bucket specials for $13.50, along with $3 party shots, $4 Fireball shots, $5 Jameson shots, and $3 "Shiloh" Washington apple shots. 5 pm.

Toast the Big Game at Christian's Tailgate.

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Toast the Big Game at Christian's Tailgate.
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Where to have the best time in Houston on Super Bowl Sunday

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When the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs, where will you be? If you're looking for a good time while watching the game, you'll be at Pour Behavior for the Super Bowl viewing party.

The 18,000-square-foot Midtown venue has proven time and again that it's the place to watch sports in Houston, and Sunday's showdown is no exception.

Get ready to see the big game on all 42 of Pour Behavior's 65-inch TVs, plus the two 220-inch HD LED video walls. It's all supported by crystal-clear, state-of-the art sound, so you won't miss a single call.

Of course, you'll be wanting to chow down while watching Jimmy Garoppolo battle Patrick Mahomes, and Pour Behavior's scratch kitchen has all the snacks covered. Get any of its 12-inch, Neapolitan-style, brick-oven pizzas for only $10 during the game, from the Italian Job with house-made Italian sausage and fig balsamic to the Tater Tot with bacon, truffle oil, and a cage-free fried egg. Not feeling the 'za? Then order off the extensive food menu that's way more than typical bar food.

For drinks, make sure everyone has a cold one with $20 beer buckets and $30 Bud Light towers. The venue's signature craft cocktails also fit the bill, with options ranging from the Bacardi-based Pour Decisions to the spiked, sparkling beverages that are bottled on-site.

During commercials or if the game lags, turn your attention to the giant Jenga and Connect 4 that will be set up along with cornhole for impromptu tournaments.

No matter who takes home the trophy, you'll be a winner for having found the best spot in Houston for Super Bowl Sunday.


Pour Behavior is located in Midtown at 2211 Travis St., and its toll-free phone number is 833-O-BEHAVE.

Watch the game on Pour Behavior's 42 giant TVs, plus two video walls.

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Watch the game on Pour Behavior's 42 giant TVs, plus two video walls.
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Where to watch the Super Bowl in Houston: 12 best bars, restaurants, and breweries for the big game

Where to watch the Super Bowl

Usually on Super Bowl Sunday, people are at home watching it — by themselves or with family and friends. But there are those who dare to venture outside their domiciles, and view the big game among equally enthused strangers, soaking up all the beer and food specials that are generally on hand.

And why not? This year's game looks poised to be at least as exciting as last year's. The Patriots, crusty veterans, squaring off against the rising star Los Angeles Rams: Brady versus Goff, Belichick versus McVay, C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley versus the stout Pats defense. Never mind that the Rams' presence is tainted by the horrendous non-call at the end of the NFC Championship game — it isn't their fault that the refs swallowed their whistles at the exact wrong moment and ruined the Saints' shot at glory.

We'll leave the game analysis to our Gow Media colleagues at ESPN 97.5. But maybe take the under. If that turns out to be wrong, at least it won't be the worst sports prediction ever made on this website.

BCK Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures
Watch the game on the restaurant’s 100-inch projector screen while enjoying its Sunday supper menu of pork ribs and chicken wings. Get either classic Buffalo or sweet chili lime wings (six for $6, 12 for $12), half or full racks of pork ribs ($10/$20), or a half rack, six wings, and two sides (fries, mashed potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, etc) for $20.

Big City Wings
The locally-owned wing joint with seven Houston-area locations will feature 25 boneless wings for $14.99 (dine-in only). In addition, enjoy happy hour pricing all day, which means $4 frozen drinks, $2 Mexican drafts, $4 pints of craft beer, $3.25 glasses of wine, and $2.50 well drinks.

Biggio’s Sports Bar
Get a little of that Vegas sportsbook vibe at this establishment in downtown’s Marriott Marquis hotel. For $500, high rollers can reserve a VIP booth that comes with four dozen Buffalo wings, six flatbreads, two dozen sliders, chips and salsa, and water. Alcohol will be charged based on consumption.

For something a little more personal, groups of two or more may reserve seats in the 18 leather recliners that face the bar’s massive, 30-foot projector screen. Each seat costs $25 and has a minimum spend of $25. Reserve by calling 346-888-3921.

Chicago Bar and Grill
Get the full bar-and-grill experience at this Super Bowl party. We got $3 beers, margaritas and daquiris, $4 wells, 60-cent wings and a complimentary buffet during the game, which will be shown on a 120-inch, full HD jumbo screen. There will also be a live performance from the band Hard 2 Fine after the game.

Eagle Houston
Who the hell said gay bars can't have Super Bowl parties too? This particular place will have a "Big Game Crawfish Boil," where you can chow down on crawfish for $7.99 a pound. (You can also get 3 pounds for $20, with corn and potatoes for $1 each and sausage for $3.) $20 domestic beer buckets will also be served.

Guava Lamp
The best spot in town to get your karaoke on will have a Super Bowl party. (But management says they're mostly doing it to watch Adam Levine during the Maroon 5 halftime show.) They'll also have complimentary food, $3 domestics, $2 shot specials and, yes, karaoke after the game.

La Cantina by La Calle
Usually, the downtown taco spot devotes itself to soccer, combat sports, and wrestling, but it’ll be all football on Super Sunday. Reserve a seat in advance to get free pozole with any drink purchase. Drink specials include Jello shots, $3.99 Bud Light drafts, and a michelada bar.

Lucky’s Lodge
The casual EaDo spot will have Buck’s Barbeque Co on hand with free whole hog barbecue from 2 pm until it runs out, $25 beef ribs, and the rest of pitmaster Jim Buchanan’s menu. Match all the smoky goodness with drink specials such as $4 can of Love Street, $21 buckets of bottled beer, $3 pints of Bud Light, $4 Jim Beam, $6 Makers Mark, and more.

Feeling lucky? Play Super Bowl bingo, enter raffles at halftime and the end of the game for a 70-inch TV, and buy squares.

Post Lounge
The lounge will not have just a regular, ol' Super Bowl Party. Oh no -- this will be a silent Super Bowl party! Headphones will be given out with three listening options: the big game (of course!), a channel that plays trap, hip-hop & R & B and a channel that plays reggae, classic hip-hop, and Afro beats.

360 Midtown Bar
This midtown watering hole is using the game as an opportunity to have a viewing party and an afterparty. Along with playing the game on 15 big screens and a patio projector, there will also be multiple DJs, live music, model hosts, tacos and crawfish, drink specials during the game and some other special stuff.

Revelry on Richmond
The swanky sports bar and craft-beer haven will be pulling out the big guns for its party: bucket specials, beer specials and shot specials all day. People can guarantee a good spot for the game by reserving a bar seat for $25 (you get a free pint of beer) or a table, which can go between $400 and $1000.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Houston’s oldest craft brewery has two options for football fans. Pre-game at the brewery with the sixth-annual Super Beef Sunday (11 am to 2:30 pm). Organized by the Houston BBQ Festival, the event features legendary Texas barbecue joint Louie Mueller Barbecue plus up-and-comers Eaker Barbecue and Eddie O’s Barbecue. The $50 ticket includes samples from all three pitmasters plus beer from the Saint Arnold’s taps.

Alternatively, watch the game on a massive projector screen while sitting on the patio at the brewery’s restaurant. It will be open for regular hours (11 am to 10 pm) with chef Ryan Savoie’s creative menu and a full lineup of Saint Arnold brews.

Pre-game with brisket at Super Beef Sunday.

Houston BBQ Festival Saint Arnold Super Beef Sunday
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Pre-game with brisket at Super Beef Sunday.
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Watch out for these 5 'hot' takes in the wake of Super Bowl LII


Super Bowl LII turned out to be a thriller, and the Philadelphia Eagles are your new NFL champions.

As always, there will be instant overreactions. If there is one thing you can count on, it's "hot takes" from talking heads and writers hoping to boost ratings and page views. Here are five that you'll see today that are silly, "hot take" clickbait-type stuff — and why they won't happen.

1. The Eagles should trade Carson Wentz.
Hey, they just won their first ever Super Bowl with Nick Foles at quarterback. Why can't they do it again? What do you think the Browns would pay for Wentz? Philly could load up on draft picks and make multiple runs with Foles at quarterback.

The reality: Wentz is a special talent who will be the man in Philly for a long time. Foles was terrific in the playoffs and should start somewhere. But this is Wentz's team moving forward.

2. Tom Brady is done.
He gave up a strip sack fumble in the clutch on Sunday and can no longer mount comebacks. At 40, it is time to hang it up.

The reality: Um, he did the comeback thing just two weeks ago. He threw for over 500 yards against the Eagles. Brady can probably play until he is 50.

3. The Patriots lost three Super Bowls. They aren't that great.

The reality: This is the greatest dynasty of the Super Bowl era. Five titles, eight trips to the Super Bowl, a contender year in and year out. That they have been this good this long in the salary cap era trumps anything done before.

4. The Patriots won't get out of the AFC next year.

The reality: While they will be favored, this might not be a stretch. The Steelers still have the most offensive talent in football. Jacksonville is not a fluke and will be back in the mix next year. Even the Texans with a healthy Deshaun Watson could be a threat. But New England will enter the season as favorites to make the Super Bowl again unless Bill Belichick bails.

5. This was the best Super Bowl ever.

The reality: Um, remember last year? Possibly top five and it was a great game to watch, but it is not in the same category as some of the other Super Bowls. But you can bet someone will be spouting that today.


Fred Faour is the editor of SportsMap, and hosts "The Blitz" weekdays at 4 pm on ESPN 97.5.

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J.J. Watt wins the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award thanks to his tireless Harvey relief

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Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt is the NFL’s Man of the Year.

Watt won the Walter Payton Award Saturday, February 3, during the NFL Honors show, beating out Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson. Both were deserving, but Watt’s efforts after Hurricane Harvey all but made him a shoo-in.

As the damage from the storm was becoming clear, Watt posted a video online with a goal of raising $200,000 to help the city recover from Harvey’s devastation. Watt’s efforts drew national attention, and 19 days later he had raised an amazing $37 million, with donations from many celebrities from all over the country. Watt became one of the faces of recovery in the storm’s aftermath, giving hope to a battered city.

When Watt was named one of the three finalists, he tweeted out this: “Humbled & honored to even be mentioned in the same breath as Walter Payton. Also happy to share the nomination with @BenjaminSWatson and @gregolsen88 who are both extremely deserving. This is so much bigger than just one man. It’s about the good in all of humanity.”

Olsen and Watson have helped numerous people through their charitable foundations and epitomize what is best in people. Watt put an entire city on his shoulders in the aftermath of a disaster and made the world take notice.

The 28-year-old Watt would go on to miss most of the 2017 season with a broken leg. A three-time defensive player of the year, Watt has been the face of the franchise for most of his Texans career, which began in 2011. But his off-field efforts were much more important.

On the field, the Texans are hoping a healthy Watt and quarterback Deshaun Watson can propel them back to the playoffs next year.

Off the field, they already have a champion.

Many Houston athletes stepped up in the wake of the storm, but Watt’s contributions will not soon be forgotten. The NFL got it right by naming him the Walter Payton Man of the Year.

For all Watt has done on the field, he will always be remembered for his efforts off it when a city needed him the most.


Fred Faour is the editor of SportsMap, and hosts "The Blitz" weekdays at 4 pm on ESPN 97.5.

Photo by Danny North

The year in music: the buzz that defined the Houston scene in 2017

Music Year In Review

Arguably no other city captured more national and international attention this year than Houston — from the Super Bowl to Hurricane Harvey, and the magical Astros World Series run. The same can be said for the music scene that drew attention for major events and a fast growing, strong local coalition of talented musicians, promoters and event organizers putting on world-class shows and festivals.

These are some of the highlights from the past year that had audiences buzzing:

Super Bowl madness
The sheer amount of star wattage surrounding the Super Bowl, the Mecca of American sports, was nothing short of spectacular. The hottest ticket in town in a sea of huge parties came in the form of Club Nomadic, a pop-up music venue downtown that hosted the biggest names in music, sports and entertainment over the course of the week leading up to the big game. Those able to find a way into the venue experienced exhilarating late night performances by Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift (in her only live set in 2017) that won’t soon be forgotten.

Not to be outdone, the free, highly attended Super Bowl Live shows at Discovery Green offered the best in Texas-bred talent. Houston's own Solange heated up a packed crowd with an immaculate, choreographed Thursday set, followed by rapturous shows by Southern rockers ZZ Top and The Suffers (both Houston-based), as well as Leon Bridges and Gary Clark Jr.

Lady Gaga, who created buzz during her stay in the week before the big game on February 5, capped off a hugely successful Super Bowl week with a critically acclaimed half-time performance in what many consider the best Super Bowl ever played.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concerts push the envelope
Yee-haw! The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo broke records in 2017 with over 2.6 million attendees walking through the turnstiles. Live music shows in NRG Stadium brought the crowds as well over three-plus weeks of programming. There were the requisite country stars, including Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Aaron Watson. There were pop stars Alicia Keys, and Demi Lovato too.

But a big shout out goes to the programmers, who booked out-of-the-box acts, including DJ duo The Chainsmokers and pop-punk trio Blink-182, the former that turned the dirt and dust of NRG into one huge, family friendly rave.

U2 reminds us of their greatness with The Joshua Tree
Ireland's mega-act U2 had recently fallen on hard times following the iPhone debacle and a string of middling albums. Genius move then to hit the road last spring to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album that made them legends: The Joshua Tree. The minimal (for them anyway) stage set-up allowed Bono and company to give as intimate a performance you can to 70,000 fans at NRG Stadium in May, all who were treated to some of the most iconic rock tunes of all time. One of the shows of the year, no doubt.

May flowers bring June showers at FPSF
Another year, another Free Press Summer Fest hampered by rain. Three years in a row, Mother Nature shut down portions of the festival at Eleanor Tinsley Park with several lightning delays and rain storms, including the headline performance of pop star Lorde. Thankfully, organizers are still committed to giving Houston music fans a warm weather festival. The Free Press Summer Fest will now be rebranded as the In Bloom Festival and will move from the unpredictable month of June to a more weather-friendly March date in 2018.

Fourth of July festivities make everyone want to DNCE
The Freedom Over Texas Festival brought the fun to Fourth of July with Joe Jonas-led band DNCE and rising country star Hunter Hayes at Buffalo Bayou Park. The event drew attendees with a multitude of food trucks and a massive fireworks display.

A reunited Guns N' Roses shred through all the hits
Fans of Axl Rose, Slash and the boys gave thanks to a much welcomed reunion of the classic band line-up and were treated to a ultra-long set of hit after hit when the huge Not In This Lifetime tour rolled through town in early August. The Los Angeles-based legends followed up the show with a victory lap, bringing the tour to the more intimate confines at Toyota Center later in the year.

Hurricane Harvey impacts local music scene
The record shattering rainfall and flooding of Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston residents and businesses when it made landfall in late August. Musicians of all levels and those who work in the music industry weren't prone to the effects of the storm, with many losing instruments and venues facing damage and lost revenue due to show cancellations. Thankfully, a tight-knit local scene rose to the occasion to immediately provide aid to those in need with several relief shows that showed the true heart of Houston as a music town.

Depeche Mode brings the revolution to Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The band that sold more concert tickets than any other music act in 2017 brought its Global Spirit tour to the packed out Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion that lapped up nearly four decades of new wave hits. Perhaps no other tour spoke to the current political climate in such an artfully tasteful way, but David Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher made sure that fun was first and foremost the order of the night.

Texas Monthly recognizes the growing talent of the Houston music scene
All of those who work in the local music industry know something positive has been happening in the HOU the last few years. Once a city that many acts would skip over in favor of other forward thinking cities, Houston's time has come as a first-class music destination in addition to producing great talent - Solange, The Suffers, The Tontons, Bun B, Paul Wall, Wild Moccasins and many more - events with a wide range of music-centered venues. Texas Monthly expressed as much in it's October music issue that featured a huge amount of love for the the movers and shakers of the Bayou City.

Day for Night gives Houston a world-class festival
Following the line-up announcement a few months earlier, expectations were high for Day for Night, an interactive arts meets progressive music event in downtown Houston in mid-December. In only its third year, the festival delivered on the potential of previous editions, drawing a killer line-up - Nine Inch Nails, St. Vincent, Justice and Radiohead's Thom Yorke - and some of the best visual artists in the world.

The national and international music community took notice, with coverage from industry tentpole Billboard magazine and respected publication Consequence of Sound naming it the Festival of the Year. The scary part is organizers are just getting started and music fans should be extremely excited about where Day for Night will go in subsequent years.

Depeche Mode's Global Spirit tour stop at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion was one of the best shows of the year in Houston.

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Depeche Mode's Global Spirit tour stop at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion was one of the best shows of the year in Houston.
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Top things to do in Houston this  weekend: Big Beyoncé takeover, a cool pool party, and more


This weekend, the biggest female pop icon in the world comes home for her wildly popular Renaissance World Tour stops at NRG Stadium. To honor local girl — and now queen — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, locals have been shopping for that perfect fit to slay like Bey (check out our guide here) and hitting special Beyoncé-themed events (see more here).

While this weekend is rightfully dominated with all things Queen Bey, plenty of other fun activities await. Cooler temps mean more outdoor fun at the Houston Arboretum, East River, and the Dew Berry Farm Festival. Some hilarious comedians hit town, and the insider-y El Segundo Swim Club makes a splash as we say farewell to summer.

El Segundo Swim ClubDive into a chill weekend at El Segundo Swim Club.Photo courtesy of El Segundo Swim Club

Enjoy; here are your best bets for this Beyoncé homecoming weekend.

Thursday, September 21

Houston Arboretum presents Sip & Stroll

The start of fall will be celebrated with the Houston Arboretum’s Sip & Stroll outdoor event. Participants will enjoy a quiet evening out on the arboretum trails. The sunset walk will include two glasses of wine or Saint Arnold beer, cheese and charcuterie offerings from GRAZE HTX, and a specialty wine glass to take home. New to this year’s event, participants will enjoy an additional wine tasting featuring a variety of wines from The Cause Urban Winery, founded by Jennifer Rossi. 5:30 pm.

Nerdy Night Market at Neil’s Bahr

Nerdy Night Market will be back outdoors in the Neil's Bahr Cantina lot, giving you more space, more vendors, and the perfect opportunity to hang out, enjoy drinks al fresco, and connect with your favorite nerdy enthusiasts. Join them for an evening of geeky treasures, great company, and the coolest finds you won't want to miss. From collectibles to unique creations, there’s something for every geek and pop-culture enthusiast to explore. Must be 21 or older to attend. 6 pm.

6 Degrees presents POP DEMO

6 Degrees premieres Toni Leago Valle’s dance/theatre experience, a blend of political commentary, offbeat theatre, aerial, contemporary dance, and visual projections, set in a stylistic Pop Art décor. The performance provides a historical perspective through cartoons of how the ideas of popular democracy, extremism, and propaganda have shaped and warped American political and cultural beliefs, ultimately attempting to overthrow democracy. 7:30 pm (2 and 7 pm Saturday).

Friday, September 22

Houston Art Gallery Association Fall Celebration

As visitors wander through the Houston Art Gallery Association member galleries on Friday and Saturday, they will embark on an enlightening journey where each gallery offers a unique experience. From contemporary masterpieces that challenge traditional notions of beauty to thought-provoking installations pushing boundaries, HAGA encapsulates the vibrant diversity of artistry in Houston. Galleries include Anya Tish Gallery, Foltz Fine Art, Foto Relevance, Heidi Vaughan Fine Art, Koelsch Gallery, Thornwood Gallery and many others. Noon.

East River presents Live Music Weekends

East River 9 will be kicking off Live Music Weekends, which will happen every Friday and Saturday night through December. All ages are invited to experience free, live musical performances while taking in unmatched views of Buffalo Bayou and the city skyline on the expansive, open-air terrace. The fall artist lineup is sure to make a splash with a wide variety of local and regional musicians. Kicking things off will be Lucas Jagneaux on Friday and the Sheila Marshall Duo on Saturday. 7 pm.

Alley Theatre presents American Mariachi

Family, love, and tradition are at the core of this heartwarming play about the freedom to dream big. It’s the 1970s and girls can’t be mariachis … or can they? Will Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives, and bring Mom along for the ride? This play is infused with vibrant, infectious, live mariachi music and reminds us how music and love can make the impossible come true. Through Sunday, October 22. 8 pm (2:30 and 8 pm Saturday; 2:30 and 7:30 pm Sunday).

Ilana Glazer Live!

Ilana Glazer is mostly known as the co-star/co-creator of the Comedy Central show Broad City. But along with movies and TV, she’s also out here doing her stand-up thing. Her debut stand-up comedy special, The Planet Is Burning, is on Amazon Prime. She is also the co-founder of the non-profit Generator Collective, which defines minimal civic engagement and aims to humanize policy through people-powered stories on social media. 8 pm.

Saturday, September 23

Dewberry Farm Fall Festival

Every Saturday and Sunday, Dewberry Farm's Fall Festival will feature fun, pumpkins, food, and over 40 rides and attractions. Visitors can explore the pumpkin patch, paint pumpkins, follow a trail of glowing jack-o-lanterns inside "Pumpkin Hollar!," take photos by the life-sized pumpkin house, spin out on the new Jumping' Jacks ride, meet barnyard animals, and get lost in the 8-acre, Houston Astros-themed corn maze. Through Sunday, November 12. 10 am.

End of Summer Weekend at El Segundo Swim Club

El Segundo Swim Club is a total IYKYK, where locals and hip Houstonians gather for pool parties that are less about raging and IG stories and more about low-key vibes. For the last weekend of the season, the club is offering day passes for $20. Sip on $4 beers, at-cost champagne, and a bunch of great cocktail specials. DJ/podcaster Jason Stewart (who also goes by @themjeans on Instagram – we just thought that was funny) will be keeping everything cool and groovy with his DJ set on Sunday. 11 am (Noon Sunday).

Still Here at East End Backyard

Swishahouse, The Waxx Club, and others are coming together to throw a bash that celebrates 50 years of hip-hop and family. There will be a hip-hop stage where MCs and DJs (along with graffiti artists, who’ll get together for a graff session) will do their thing. But there will also be a synthesized area, where such DJs as DJ Comp 1, Steve Swift, and Joe B will be spinning everything from hip-hop to funk to reggae to soul all through the night. 6 pm.

Houston Museum of African American Culture presents The Art of Making It

This 2022 documentary explores the art-world ecosystem through the prism of young artists at pivotal moments in their careers, revealing the secret sauce that thrusts some into the stratosphere and leaves others struggling to survive. Why does it matter who we anoint to tell the stories of our time? Including the voices of luminaries and disruptors, the film leaves one to question whether the new world order will make art more accessible for all. The screening will be followed by a conversation with producer Debi Wisch. 7:30 pm.

Sunday, September 24

Brews & Browse End of Summer Market

This weekend, Urban South HTX will say goodbye to this hot-as-heck season with an end-of-summer market. Bring the entire family out for a fun filled day of surprises including a bounce house, face painting, raffle prizes, market vendors, food, treats, and more. GastroCraft will be there at noon, serving some delicious gastro pub fare. This family, dog-friendly event is free to the public. 1 pm.

Avant-Art Gallery Soft Opening

Aspen-based painter and gallerist Christopher Martin’s eponymous Upper Kirby gallery is changing names and ownership. The high-profile Houston Gallery Row business is being reborn under former Christopher Martin Gallery directors Ally Ondarza and Abigail Henningsen. The gallery will host its soft opening to debut “Emerging Perspectives.” The exhibit will feature artwork from their entire portfolio of artists to share their community vision. Through Saturday, October 14. 2 pm.

Bert Kreischer: Tops Off World Tour

After starring in his very own movie The Machine (where Mark Hamill played his dad!), comedian, actor, podcaster, and author Bert Kreischer is back to take off his shirt and do some good ol’ stand-up. He also has his fifth stand-up special, Razzle Dazzle, on Netflix. Shameless and shirtless as ever, Kreischer spills on bodily emissions, being bullied by his kids, and the explosive end to his family's escape room outing. We’re sure he’ll hit you with more tales of family hell when he hits the Toyota Center stage. 7 pm.

Countdown to Beyoncé: Party, dance, shine – and stretch — at these Houston events honoring Queen Bey

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Houston is just days away from Beyoncé’s big Renaissance tour homecoming this weekend. The lights don’t go down at NRG Stadium until Saturday, September 23, but as Bey’s song says, we like to party. That means plenty of events and food and drink specials to toast the Queen.

Locals in the Beyhive who are still searching for those perfect Bey-inspired looks can show them off at these fun happenings, which include silent disco jams, a huge downtown party, Bey-themed yoga, and a special exhibit of Beyoncé’s most legendary photo.

Break out those flawless silver threads and get ready to slay at these Beyoncé events in Houston.

Thursday, September 21

Color Factory will immerse fans with a Beyoncé playlist running inside its silent disco all weekend long. The immersive art experience has teamed up with Houston legend DJ Rob G to elevate the fan-favorite disco to a party fit for the Queen and her BeyHive. 10 am.

Post Oak Hotelis “Calling All the Single Ladies” to exclusive helipad yoga classes. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed slaying in silver. Tickets are $200 per person and includes access to the pool after class. 5 and 6:45 pm.

02 Loungewill host a video and live music tribute to Beyoncé, presented by The Vibe Curator Keto Gentry The Consultant. It’s also known as a Touch of Silver Ladies Freakum Dress Theme Party. 8 pm.

Friday, September 22

The Warwickserves up two exclusive, Beyoncé-themed cocktails. Sip on a blackberry tequila lemondrop known as Alien Superstar. Later, order up a smooth sidecar riff they call the Pure/Honey Lemonade. 11 am.

Blossom Hotel raises a glass to Beyoncé's H-Town stop with a specially crafted, themed cocktail menu, including the Crazy in Love and the Break My Soul. Bonus points: The Blossom Hotel is less than 10 minutes away from where Blue Ivy’s mom will take center stage. 4 pm.

Nosie Yogiis making a strong pull by bringing back Bey-Asana, the original Beyoncé inspired yoga class. For one night only, participants can stretch in an all-level, non-heated flow session set to Queen Bey’s music. Registration is $20. 6:30 pm.

Saturday, September 23

Tootsies and Nicole Longnecker Gallery will celebrate both Beyoncé and celebrity photographer Markus Klinko. The artist will be in attendance, along with many of his larger-than-life photographs of A-list celebs like David Bowie, Lady GaGa, and Beyoncé, including the iconic cover photo of her debut album Dangerously in Love. Fans can also look forward to a close-up view of Klinko’s Diamond Dust images of Queen Bey in her unforgettable, diamond-studded spiderweb top and jeans — which she says are her favorite. 1 pm.

Radio Milano at The Moran CITYCENTRE presents a Queen Bey Kick Off, offering specialty cocktails inspired by Beyoncé’s greatest hits. Dance and sing along while sipping on such Beyoncé-inspired libations as the Cuff It and the Heated. 4 pm.

The Plaza at Avenida Houston invites the city to Hou Run the World: Beyoncé’s Homecoming Party on the Plaza. This welcome-home bash will feature live music, fireworks, and outdoor fun. Be sure to stick around for the special drone show: More than 400 drones will light up the evening sky, creating Beyoncé-related themes to dazzle viewers. Event runs at The Plaza at Avenida Houston (between the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green Park). 6:30 pm-8:45 pm

Sunday, September 24

Bar Boheme treats Bey-loving — and brunch-loving — fans to a special, Renaissance-edition drag brunch. Enjoy delicious brunch fare, live music from DJ Athenz, and a Beyoncé-themed drag show where performers pull out all the stops to Beyoncé hits. Registration is required. 11 am.

Da Hookah Plug Lounge makes a splash with a Beyoncé & Brunch Paint & Sip Special. They’ve got the music to karaoke to, food, hookahs, and more. Guests who wish to paint must RSVP under one of the painting tickets. 12:30 pm.

Bar Louieshakes things up with a perfectly pink diva martini for Beyoncé weekend. Enjoy an array of happy hour specials, including $6 premium liquors, $7 signature martinis, $7 select house cocktails, $6 wine by the glass, 50 percent off select bar bites and more. 4 pm.

Next week: Thursday, September 28

Rooftop Cinema Club goes open air with A Queen Bey Rooftop Party. The night starts at 7 pm, where a DJ will spin tunes as tunes during a pre-game cocktail hour. Then comes a special screening of the 2001 cult classic Carmen: A Hip Hopera — starring a young Beyoncé, natch — and directed by Robert Townsend.

After the film, head to the lounge area for a silent disco/dueling DJ battle featuring electrifying Beyoncé-inspired sets. Choose the channel through the wireless headphones and move to the left, to the left all night. Live DJ set and games run 7 pm-8 pm; movie runs 8 pm-9:30 pm; dueling DJ sets and silent disco run 9:30 pm-11:30 pm.

Houston pizza maestro retools his wildly successful new Heights restaurant after overwhelming response

that's a lot of pizza

Pizza-loving Houstonians have accomplished something that once seemed impossible. They’ve left chef Anthony Calleo speechless — sort of.

The first week of service at Gold Tooth Tony’s, Calleo’s new Detroit-style pizzeria in the Heights, has so vastly exceeded his expectations that he’s had to rethink his plans for operating the restaurant. Even with limited hours of 4-10 pm, it’s been selling out of pizza. As a reminder, Calleo has sold Houstonians a lot of pizza between the Pi Pizza food truck, the Pi Pizza restaurant, and in his current role as executive chef and co-owner of Montrose favorite Rudyard’s.

“I’ve done this before. I’ve sold a bunch of pizza. We know how to do that. The fact that we’re running out of food, we didn't really expect,” Calleo tells CultureMap. “What we thought we’d do in a 14-hour day after a couple months of practice is what we’re doing in a three-and-a-half hour day.”

He adds that on Sunday Gold Tooth Tony’s sold more pizza in a single hour than in any hour he can remember from the Pi days. That’s a lot of pizza for a restaurant that occupies a 1,000-square-foot former doughnut shop.

Having survived a hectic weekend, Calleo closed on Monday and Tuesday to give its cooks a well-deserved break. The restaurant reopened for dinner today (Wednesday, September 20) with dough that he and chef Adam Bitner made for the restaurant.

In the meantime, he’s ordered more pizza pans and is looking into adding a larger walk-in cooler to deal with the unexpected demand. Whatever he decides, it will be done with his staff in mind.

“I’m not going to grind those dudes into dust. They deserve a break. They busted their ass for us at a brand new job,” he says. “They did great, period.”

Part of meeting the demand for pizza means temporarily slimming down the menu by cutting dishes such as queso and mac and cheese. Although Calleo had planned to roll out lunch as soon as this week, the restaurant will remain dinner only for now.

“I didn’t get into this business to tell people no, but it’s mathematics and physics. If I could argue with those, I wouldn’t be a chef — I’d be a super villain,” he says.

Meanwhile, the search has already begun for a second location. Calleo aims to strike while the iron is hot — and Houstonians are eating him out of pizza.