Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Houston's iconic LGBT film festival continues to be as important and relevant as its premiere in 1996. Screening more than two dozen films in theaters across the city, this year's lineup is filled with robust movies with thought-provoking plot lines, including Other People—a film about a gay son moving back home to take care of his dying mother, staring Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live) and Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights)—that will be screened at the Museum of Fine Arts tonight. Check out the complete film schedule here. And don't forget the popcorn!
July 21–25. $10 for each screening. Multiple locations. qfest.com
Bikes, Bats & Brews
Calling Easy Riders! Join Bayou City Outdoors as they guide all-aged bikers down the simple 6 mile portion of the Buffalo Bayou Bike Trail, stopping for 30 minutes at the Waugh Street bridge to watch a million bats take flight at sunset. And if you're down for a nightcap, join some bikers at a to-be-determined neighborhood watering hole for some post-bat brews.
July 22. Meet at 7:15 p.m. in the Fonde Community Center's parking lot behind Sabine Lofts along the Buffalo Bayou. Free. 110 Sabine St. bayoucityoutdoors.com
Steve Miller Band
Do some people call you a space cowboy? Doctor of love? Maurice? Then this concert is for you. Steve Miller's iconic psychedelic, bluesy tunes have been entertaining crowds for nearly 50(!) years. Hear the legend live this weekend.
July 23. Doors open at 7 p.m. From $39.50. Revention Music Center, 520 Texas Ave. 713-230-1600. reventionmusiccenter.com
Hear the Grammy Award–winning reggae artist as he honors the legacy of his father, Bob Marley, with his recently released single Getto Boy, along with older favorites, like Rock Stone.
July 23 at 7 p.m. $25–39.50. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St. 88-402-5837. houseofblues.com/houston
Red Hot Patriot: The Kick A** Wit of Molly Ivins
Premiering this week at Main Street Theater, see this 2010 play as it brings the life of syndicated columnist Molly Ivins to the stage, spotlighting her trademark cheerful boldness in the face of controversy during her days as a Texas journalist and political commentator.
July 22–Aug 14. $10–15. Main Street Theater–Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. 713-524-6706. mainstreettheater.com