Top Things To Do This Weekend: June 20–22

Where to go, who to see, and what to do.

By Michael Hardy June 18, 2014

World Cup

USA Versus Portugal

Coming off their win against arch-nemesis Ghana on Monday, the US national team currently holds second place in Group G. To advance to the knock-out stage, though, they'll probably need to win or draw against Portugal, which is still smarting from their shellacking by group leader Germany earlier this week. And where better to watch the game than at Lucky's Pub, which boasts the largest HD screen in Houston (21 feet long) and around 50 more flat screens spread out across a cavernous bar. Throughout the World Cup, the pub will be home base for the Houston chapter of the American Outlaws, and the Houston Dynamo, who play a few blocks away at BBVA Compass Stadium, will host viewing parties at the bar for all US matches.

June 22 at 5. Lucky's Pub, 801 St. Emanuel St. luckyspub.com 


Pride Houston Week

Because one day just isn’t enough to contain all of Houston’s LGBT pride, this annual event has expanded into a full week of parties, fashion shows, and performances, culminating on June 28 with a parade that typically draws upwards of 400,000 people. The week kicks off with "Eden: A Girl Party" at Pearl Bar and continues with more jamborees at XL Houston, the Morty Rich Hostel, South Beach, and Gratifi. 

June 20–29. Various locations; check website for details. pridehouston.org


Louisa Lim, The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited

NPR China correspondent Louisa Lim’s new book examines the Chinese government’s attempts to erase the country’s memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising, which is left out of all student textbooks and a forbidden subject for public discussion. 

June 19 at 7. $10. Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd. 713-496-9901. asiasociety.org/texas


Space is the Place

The MFAH’s Jazz on Film series continues this weekend with Sun Ra’s afro-futurist masterpiece Space is the Place. In this cult classic, Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Myth-Science Solar Arkestra travels through space and time in a music-powered starship, battling sinister NASA agents and a supernatural pimp known as “the Overseer” along the way. Space is the Place is as bizarre and fun as it sounds, and it’s a perfect introduction to Sun Ra’s wildly creative music, poetry, and cosmic philosophy. 

June 21 at 7. $9; students & seniors $7. Brown Theater, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7515. mfah.org/films

Visual Art

Houghton House: Portrait of an English Country House

Fans of Downton Abbey will swoon for this exhibition—a collection of paintings, sculptures, and furniture from Houghton Hall, which was built by England’s first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, in the early 1700s and now boasts one of the country’s largest private art collections. Highlights include paintings by Hogarth, Reynolds, and Sargent; an assortment of Sévres porcelain; and furniture by Georgian-era architect William Kent.

June 22–Sept 21. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org

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