Beyoncé and Jay-Z: On the Run
Sure, we’ve seen the infamous video of Solange attacking Jay-Z in a New York elevator while Beyoncé looks on, and yes, we’ve heard rumors of an impending divorce. Let's move on. After all, On the Run, their husband-and-wife concert tour, is the couple’s first-ever—i.e., a BIG DEAL. This blockbuster show at Minute Maid Park is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest events. (Just keep Solange away.)
July 18 at 8. $50–905. Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com
A Very Tamarie Christmas
It wouldn’t be summer without a Tamarie Cooper musical revue—the Catastrophic Theatre associate director has been staging the show annually since 1996—and this year’s installment boldly promises a performance “guaranteed to be the first Christmas special you’ll see all year.” Bonus: the show also spoofs holidays from Arbor Day to Flag Day to—our personal favorite— Great-Uncle’s Day. And see here for the surprising number of similarities between Tamarie and her fellow Houstonian Beyoncé.
July 18–Aug 30. $25 (suggested). Catastrophic Theatre, 1119 East Fwy. 713-522-2723. catastrophictheatre.com
Hema Malini's Ballet DURGA
Malini is one of the top actresses in Bollywood history, appearing in over 150 films over her 40-year career and earning the nickname “Dream Girl.” Taking a break from her political career (she’s a member of the Indian parliament), Malini is currently touring the US performing in the ballet she choreographed, based on Hindi folklore and featuring elaborate costumes, traditional dances, and music by the great Indian composer Ravindra Jain. Presented by the Indo-American Association.
July 19 at 8. $30–175. Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 281-648-0422. iaahouston.com
Dallas-born and Austin-based Kellye Gray is considered one of the country’s top jazz vocalists, having performed with Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, and Etta James and released multiple critically acclaimed records. Her latest album, And, They Call Us Cowboys, features jazz-inflected covers of songs by Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson, and Roger Miller.
July 19 at 9. $10. Cezanne, 4100 Montrose Blvd. 832-592-7464. cezannejazz.com
Houston World Series of Dog Shows
This grandiosely named event features 150 different breeds competing for three “Best of Show” awards to be handed out on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. In between the competitions, head over to the crating and grooming area to chat with the show dogs’ owners, watch dogs perform in special agility and obedience events, take one of the free training seminars, or browse the hundreds of vendor booths.
July 16–20. $15; seniors $10; children 12 & under free. NRG Center, 8400 Kirby Dr. 713-629-3700. houstondogshows.com