Watch out, oenophiles: National Red Wine Day goes back this Saturday. In honor of the day, Sixty Vines highlights its red wine on tap with customizable wine flights. Guests can enjoy an off-menu experience (led by your server or bartender) and sip three to four 2.5-ounce casts from the 60-tap wine system.
That happens this weekend, as well as a delicious “anti-food festival”, an outdoor ice cream market, a James Harden concert (!) And a fight of the bands. Here are your best bets for the weekend.
Thursday, August 26th
Holocaust Museum Houston presents Displacement and Art: Artist Talk with Jessica Carolina González
Houston artist Jessica Carolina González, first prize winner of the judged exhibition Resist: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict, will speak about the impact of war and displacement on her artwork. Her winning piece The Respondent comes from her series Es Una Lucha, which superimposes archived family pictures with legal documents of deportation and legalization and merges the intimate with the distant to create a comprehensive documentation of what has been experienced. 6 p.m.
Community preview event
As the “Anti-Food Festival” known as Commune has been postponed to March 2022, a preview will take place on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. On Thursday there will be the Indie Chefs Collaboration Dinner as well as a late night pop-up with chefs serving Americanized Chinese food. Another dinner will take place on Friday. On Sunday there is a collaboration dinner, a Jewish DelicaTexan event and another pop-up, this time with Palestinian roast chicken. 6:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. Sunday).
Friday, August 27th
The Parkway in Regent Square presents Market Days
The popular outdoor local craft market series Market Days beats the heat with this month’s ice cream event in partnership with The Art Cellar of Houston. Grab a bite from one of the on-site food trucks and a frosty cocktail from The Traveling Spirit as you browse the vendors selling special jewelry and accessories, artwork, culinary treats, and more. Entry is free and the first 50 participants will receive a free Warhol ice cream painting set. 17 o’clock.
Harris County Cultural Arts Council presents Fly Dance Company: The Gentlemen of Hip-Hop
This Friday and Saturday, the Harris County Cultural Arts Center presents this world-famous dance company that has been delighting audiences around the world since 1995. Her expert performance of hip-hop dance with a classic flair is a treat for music and dance lovers of all ages. This crew expertly adds several creative elements to their performance, creating a whole new genre known as “theater hip-hop”. The event includes the opportunity to meet with the performers after the show. 6 p.m.
Near Dark 2: Black Magic Art Show at Hardy & Nance Studios
On Friday and Saturday, the Insomnia Gallery hosts an art exhibition featuring local artists creating works that are sensitive to black light. They darken all windows, destroy the lights in the house and replace them with black light to create a unique experience that you have never seen before. Guests are encouraged to wear neon colors and highlighters will be on hand when you want to enchant yourself. Beer and cocktails are provided. 7 p.m. (5 p.m. Saturday).
Saturday, August 28th
Takeover of Aerie Houston
Leading fashion brand / retail force Aerie, in partnership with Food Truck Promotions, will host a body awareness and body strengthening event at Baybrook Mall. They will be handing out free T-shirts and clothing and free baked goods from local women-run businesses to the first 175 attendees. A 20 percent discount voucher will also be issued that can be redeemed in-store or online – and only to those attending the event. 10 am.
James Harden & Friends at Bayou Music Center
Nine-time NBA All-Star, Entrepreneur, and Music Manager James Harden will host this charity concert in conjunction with Spotify’s popular hip-hop playlist RapCaviar. The show will feature some of the biggest names in hip hop and sports. (The list is to be announced.) All proceeds from the event will go to Harden’s charity, 3 The Harden Way. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the event required for entry. 19:30 o’clock.
Houston Cinema Arts Society presents Memory Builds the Monument
Music legends Ray Charles, James Brown and Aretha Franklin often performed at Club Matinee in Fifth Ward, known by music legends and local residents as “the cotton club of the south.” This new documentary from Fifth Ward filmmaker Isaac Yowman takes the memories of current and past residents who remember those magical years. The film is at the heart of a larger project that includes ongoing oral history interviews. 8 p.m.
Sunday 29th August
The Conrad O. Johnson Music & Fine Arts Foundation presents scholarship brunch and concert
The Conrad O. Johnson Music & Fine Arts Foundation presents this event with sounds, brunch and entertainment from Saturday Night Live trombonist Steve Turre, guitarist Joe Carmouche and the talents of his Regional Youth Orchestra. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Conrad O. Johnson Education, Scholarship and Outreach Program, which funds its youth orchestra directly. The non-profit organization founded the youth orchestra to give students from underserved communities access to arts education. 14 o’clock.
National Battle of the Bands in the NRG Stadium
For those of you who love to watch college marching bands musically on a soccer field, NRG Stadium will put many bands down in this Cracker Barrel sponsored showdown. Among the colleges that should bring it: Tennessee State, Southern, Langston, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T and of course Houston’s own Texas Southern University, whose Ocean of Soul band will most likely take Hella Jams. 4 p.m.