The Black Iris Project comes to the Miller Outdoor Theatre Friday.

Jia Tolentino

August 16 | Brazos Bookstore

Breakout New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino makes a hometown pitstop to promote her debut essay collection, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion. We profiled her here and followed up with her Houston faves here.

Free. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St. 713.523.0701. More info at brazosbookstore.com.

Black Iris Project

August 16 | Miller Outdoor Theatre

The groundbreaking NYC ballet troupe makes its Texas debut with a program of both signature pieces and original work from founder Jeremy McQueen; McQueen's "The Storm" weaves hurricanes Harvey and Katrina with the history of the Middle Passage, whereas "A Mother's Rite" riffs on Stravinsky's staccato, riotous Rite of Spring.

Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 281-373-3386. More info at milleroutdoortheatere.com.

Halo: Outpost Discovery

August 16–18 | George R. Brown Convention Center

The stalwart aliens vs. soldiers video game goes live at this sprawling, 300,000-square-foot convention hall affair. Maybe you'll want to geek out about the franchise's extensive lore in the "Hall of History," or maybe the trigger finger wants some practice in the laser tag arena. There's plenty to keep you occupied.

Tickets from $60. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. 713-853-8000. More info and tickets at halooutpostdiscovery.com.

Vampire Weekend

August 17 | White Oak Music Hall Lawn

With this year's well-received Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend's global, hyper-literate indie sound of yore has been updated with a mellower, more mature sound. Don't worry, though—if recent setlists are any indication, you'll still be hearing the "Unbelievers" and "A-Punks" at this weekend's sold-out Houston show.

Aftermarket tickets from $95. White Oak Music Hall, 2915 N Main St. 713-237-0370. More info and tickets at whiteoakmusichall.com.

Mingus Big Band

August 18 | Miller Outdoor Theatre

Forty years removed from his death, Charles Mingus sits at the top of the jazz hall of fame, and his namesake ensemble remains a must-see act under the baton of his widow. Consider this both an opportunity to see HSPVA alum Helen Sung feature on piano and one more reason to squeeze in a summer evening at Hermann Park.

Free. Miller Outdoor Thetre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. 281-373-3386. More info at milleroutdoortheatere.com.

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