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Houston Shakespeare Festival

July 27–Aug. 2 | Miller Outdoor Theatre

On the slate for this year's free summertime Shakespeare: the breezy Comedy of Errors and good 'ol meat-and-potatoes Hamlet. Ever wonder how the thespians manage to perform in layers of period costuming in the Texas heat? Turns out more than four decades of Miller Outdoor Theatre performances has yielded best practices including exercise, secret air conditioning, and jugs upon jugs of Gatorade.

Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 713-743-3388. More info at houstonfestivalscompany.com.

Call Me sis

July 27 | Asia Society Texas Center

Screening as part of the five-day QFest LGBTQ Film Festival, this Korean film centers on a middle-aged woman named Mi-ae who feels trapped in a meaningless life where she's disrespected by her sons and placated by her uncaring husband. Everything changes when she ditches her anniversary evening to spend the night with Soo-nim, her youngest son’s schoolmate. 

Tickets $10. Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd. 713-496-9901. More info and tickets at q-fest.com.

Rock Baby Rock It

July 27–28 | Continental Club

This two-day gathering of Rockabilly heavy hitters including Dale Watson, Modern Don Juans, Luxurious Panthers, and more descends upon the Continental Club for yet another blowout weekend.

Tickets $20. Continental Club, 3700 Main St. 713-529-9899. More info and tickets at continentalclub.com.

Retropalooza Houston 2018 

July 28–29 | NRG Center

A DFW export, this third annual event is for anyone of a certain age who spent more of their childhood blowing dust from gaming cartridges than they did skinning their knees outside. The lineup heavily features tournaments for classics like Tetris, Super Smash Bros., GoldenEye 007 alongside speakers selected from a range of prominent YouTubers.

Tickets from $15. NRG Center, One NRG Park. 832-667-1400. More info and tickets at retropaloozehouston.com.

Brunch at Present Company

Weekends | Present Company

While it's taken nearly two years for Shawn Bermudez's retro Palm Springs bar and restaurant to finally open, perhaps it was best to let Houston rest up from the accumulated hangovers caused by a typical Royal Oak Sunday Funday. Present Company might just one-up the old memories with a weekend brunch featuring a live DJ, cocktails served in La Croix cans, and—of course—mimosa pitchers.

Present Company, 1318 Westheimer. 713-974-4752. More info via Facebook