Sept. 22 | East End
You'll have to wait until next weekend for Houston's annual Oktoberfest, or you could go to any of the plenteous German-inspired events popping up at local breweries and restaurants, like Karbachtoberfest (featured last week). But this pleasant evening bike ride—beginning at D&W Lounge and proceeding to two TBA local breweries and back—is the perfect way to enjoy a Friday evening.
Free. D&W Lounge, 911 Milby St. 713-226-8777. More info via Facebook.
Sept. 23 | Writespace Houston
This week, when it rained for the first time since Harvey, we all freaked out a bit about how the storm stirred up unpleasant reminders of what Houston's been through—and the psychological damage of hurricanes is very real. Throughout September, Writespace, a local writing collective, is opening its doors each Saturday for writers of all stripes to come in and respond to various writing prompts designed to grapple with that experience. After, folks can head over to Holler Brewing for an open mic.
Free. Writespace, 2000A Edwards St, Ste. 212. 713-516-5679. More info via Facebook.
Sept. 23 | Bayou City Event Center
Join fellow gastronomic masochists for what is likely the most comprehensive spread of spicy things to grace Houston: jams, jellies, hot sauces, chips, marinades, and pretty much anything else you could imagine. Remember, water does nothing to help the pain.
Tickets from $13. 9401 Knight Rd. 281-501-6720. More info via Groupon.
Sept. 23 | Aurora Picture Show
Aurora Picture Show promotes a variety of artist-made media, and this film festival shines the spotlight on Latina-made "unhinged short films," including Latina Samuri by Iris Almaraz, Window Smasher by Bianca Spartinez, The Ballad of Betty Bonet by Tequila Mockenbird and more. Plus, there will be a market selling artisan-made goods and those all-important beverages.
Tickets $10. Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett St. 713-868-2101. Tickets available here.
Sept. 24 | Menil Collection
If you missed Saturday's Harlem Quartet concert from Da Camera, head over to Montrose to witness the string group strike up a Beethoven concert as part of Da Camera's 30th anniversary celebration. The Grammy-winning group will perform String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Hero,” so pack a picnic to enjoy on the Menil Park lawn and make an afternoon of things.
Free. Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. 713-524-5050. More info at dacamera.com.