Jan. 11 | House of Blues
If you, like us, have nearly crashed several cars rolling to "Show Stopper," this is the reunion tour for you, where the Making the Band alums—now stripped down to just Aubrey O'Day, Dawn Richard and Shannon Bex—serve the girl group realness we deserve. Local acts Space Kiddettes and Stoo deliver support with free performances at 7 and 10 p.m. in the adjacent House of Blues Foundation Room, too.
Tickets from $25 (Foundation Room free). House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St. 888-402-5837. More info and tickets at houseofblues.com.
Jan. 11 | Discovery Green
A troupe of drag queens reenacting Ariana Grande's iconic "thank u, next" music video...on ice? Followed by a fashion show featuring looks crafted from recycled materials by Yahaira Dehill? Yeah, Discovery Green is going all in on its annual LGBTQ ice event. Entertainment is free; skating fees apply.
Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400-7336. More info discoverygreen.com.
Jan. 12| Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
This tie-in to the museum's blockbuster Tudors to Windors exhibit is all about canine microfashion, pitting pooches against one another to determine who has the "most regal" get-up, with the winner taking home a $150 gift card to a doggy spa. There will also be a "pawrade," photo booths, vendors, and more.
Free. Brown Foundation Plaza, 5101 Montrose Blvd. 713-639-7300. More info mfah.org.
Jan. 12 | 1520 Oliver St.
It's back (hopefully for real this time). Safety concerns prompted a last-minute postponement and location change in December, but the self-described “audio and visual hallucinatory event” is finally here to combine site-specific visual installations alongside nine music acts anchored by Golden Dawn Arkestra. It’s a mini Day for Night, in many ways, so expect fashion, fun, and—due to the open bar situation—dancing with reckless abandon.
Tickets from $35. 1520 Oliver St. More info and tickets via Facebook.
Jan. 12–13 | Rec Room
Ease into the back half of the 2018–2019 season with this three-part reading series from Mildred's Umbrella focusing on issues of consent and bodily autonomy. Those sound like heavy topics, but the plays—ranging from a group of women who beat up other women to an anxious woman mastering Krav Maga—weave the conversation into compelling narratives. Read more about the series here.
Tickets pay-what-you-can. Rec Room, 100 Jackson St. 832-463-0409. More info and tickets at mildredsumbrella.com.