August 17 | Miller Outdoor Theatre
Because we know you love Ladysmith Black Mambazo, get yourself to Miller Outdoor to hear the South African choral group perform their peaceful harmonies descended from the isicathamiya musical tradition.
Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 832-487-7102. More info at milleroutdoortheatre.com.
August 18 | The Secret Group
This open-call comedy event pits contestants against a sell-out crowd who will be the ultimate judge of their linguistic pyrotechnics. Most of the puns are garbage, of course, but that's part of the fun. “It’s not what life’s about,” host Zahid Dewji told us, “but it’s fun to celebrate winners and brutally roast and make fun of losers for being bad at what they do.”
Tickets from $2. The Secret Group, 2101 Polk St. 832-898-1088. More info and tickets at thesecretgrouphtx.com.
August 18 | NRG Stadium
Back in Houston for their second pre-season matchup, the Texans face off against the 49ers. The "absurdly jacked" JJ Watt is feeling good coming into the season, and fans can look forward new stadium menu that includes Killen’s smoked beef rib and hot cheetos tacos.
Tickets from $15. NRG Stadium, NRG Parkway. 832-667-1400. More info and tickets at houstontexans.com.
August 18 | Asia Society Texas
For the third year in a row, monks from Tibet's Drepung Loseling Monastery perform traditional temple music where multiphonic singing techniques allow one singer to sound three notes at once. It's a mesmerizing experience hailed by the Washington Post as “a universal expression of the human subconscious.” Weekend visitors can also watch live as monks painstakingly create a mandala sand painting grain-by-grain using colored sand.
Tickets from $15. Asia Society Texas, 1370 Southmore Blvd. 713-496-9901. More info and tickets at asiasociety.org.
August 19 | Camerata at Paulie's
A lazy Sunday afternoon knocking back a few glasses at one of our favorite wine bars is always a good idea, but this Sunday, Camerata hosts a wine tasting fundraiser benefiting The Organization for Autism Research. The occasion? GM Chris Poldoian will run the Berlin Marathon next month to raise funds and awareness for the cause; naturally, the tasting fundraiser will include six German wines—from Riesling to Spätburgunders to Scheurebes and beyond—alongside charcuterie and Houston Dairymaids cheeses.
Tickes $50. Camerata at Paulie's, 1830 Westheimer Rd.713-522-8466. More info and tickets at pauliesrestaurant.com.