Jan. 4 | Brazos Bookstore
While the benefits of reading to your dog remain somewhat questionable, it's still really frickin' cute. Come out and meet fellow book-loving goodbois for this Friday hangout featuring special treats and activities.
Free. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St. 713-523-0701. More info brazosbookstore.com.
Jan. 4–13 | NRG Center
Should you buy a boat? Probably no better place to contemplate that question than here, the 64th annual Houston Boat Show, where dozens and dozens of vendors will hawk their nautical wares. Heads up, though: The show is closed Saturday for a Texans game.
Tickets from $12. NRG Center, 1 NRG Park. More info and tickets at houstonboatshows.com.
Jan. 4–6 | Houston Symphony
Gershwin called it "a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America." You'll probably recognize it as the United Airlines jingle. Either way, seize this opportunity to experience the original, jazz-band version of "Rhapsody in Blue" as the Houston Symphony incorporates the standard into a program of Ravel, Milhaud, and Brian Eno-inspired Timo Andres.
Tickets from $45. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. More info and tickets at houstonsymphony.org.
Jan. 5 | Continental Club and Shoeshine Charley's
Now in its 10th year, this annual event celebrates the legacy of (go figure) Bowie and Elvis, two of music's greatest legends, who just so happen to have been born on the same day. You'll catch performances on two stages from Pecos Hank, Brian Scartocci, Bayou City Funk, Leigh Sinclair, Sam Turner & the Cactus Cats, Flower Graves, and Swimwear Department; door prizes, costume contests, burlesque, and general frivolity are also on tap.
Tickets from $15. Continental Club/Shoeshine Charley's, 3700/3714 Main St. 713-529-9899. More info and tickets at eventbrite.com.
Jan. 5 | The Secret Group
New year, new opportunity to step up and actually support local musicians! "Genre-fluid" Adam Elara headlines with support from artists including Wade in the Sonic Joy (fresh off their debut album, Sexspells) and A Street Car Named Denial, the group who accurately declares "If you like the Chainsmokers you're in luck, because ASND sounds nothing like them."
Tickets from $15. The Secret Group, 2101 Polk St. 832-898-1088. More info and tickets at thesecretgrouphtx.com.