May 25 | Toyota Center
Set to cap off his two-night Houston pit stop, the ultrafamous boy band alum will regale the Toyota Center in the exalted strains of his contribution to the Trolls soundtrack ("Can't Stop the Feeling"). No word yet whether Super Bowl Selfie Kid will play any part in Friday's performance.
Tickets from $49.50. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St. 713-758-7200. More info and tickets at houstontoyotacenter.con.
May 25–27 | George R. Brown Convention Center
The annual pop culture convention brands itself as "Texas' largest entertainment and pop culture event," which is cool, of course, but what you need to know is that this is your chance to rub elbows with John Cusack, Levar Burton, Tom Holland, and Krysten Ritter all under one large, spacious roof. Cosplay, gaming, and more will also be on tap, although, sadly, it seems Houston's own Bayou Beast will not be making an appearance. For shame!
Tickets from $38. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. 713-853-8000. More info and tickets at comicpalooza.com.
May 26 | Discovery Green
Let's be real: It's a three-day weekend, and you need to get the kids out of the house. For Saturday, consider this afternoon festival filled with foam parties, face painting, dancing, and live music. For the rest of the weekend, embark on an impromptu beach trip—we have some suggestions.
Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. More info at discoverygreen.com.
Thru June 10 | Stages Repertory Theatre
This world premiere production drops us in a near future where a dying mother undergoes a new procedure to create a Westworld-like replica complete with her memories, mannerisms, and personality so her children won't go without their mother. Written by sci-fi specialist Mickey Fisher, Replica stars sister duo Julie and Janna Cardia.
Tickets from $25. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. 713-527-0123. More info and tickets at stagestheatre.com.
Thru Aug 26 | Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
The candy-colored, self-effacing works of New York-based artist Cary Leibowitz canvas the CAMH with cheeky bits of text that suggest Warhol with the humor dial cranked up to 11. This is Leibowitz's first real-deal, full-career survey exhibition to be presented at a museum, so check it out.
Free. 5210 Montrose Blvd. 713-284-8250. More info at camh.org.