Thru July 30 | Multiple Locations
Among the dozens of LGBTQ films we're excited to see at this year's 23rd annual QFest, some of the most buzz-worthy include a screening of A Bigger Splash, the bizarre 1973 docudrama following artist David Hockney, and another for Paris is Burning, Jennie Livingston's landmark look into the world of New York's ball culture.
Tickets from $10. More info at q-fest.com.
July 26 | Brazos Bookstore
The sixth book from the storied Texas historian, Mike Vance's Mud and Money attempts to explain the inexplicable reasons so many millions have decided to make this muddy patch of swampland called Houston their home. Spoiler: The answer usually has something to do with money.
Free. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St. 713.523.0701. More info at brazosbookstore.com.
July 27 | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Does any song sound like summer quite like "Semi-Charmed Life"? Do you have fond memories of shredding "The Middle" on Expert mode back in your Guitar Hero days? A trip to The Woodlands might be worth it for the jolt of early aughts nostalgia.
Tickets from $29.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 281-364-3010. More info and tickets at woodlandscenter.org.
July 27 | NRG Stadium
Mick Jagger's heart surgery may have pushed back the Stones' Houston tour date a few months, but the "Gimme Shelter" rockers promise they'll be here with all their rooster strut and pirate swagger. It's been over 15 years since their last stop in town, so miss this show at your own peril.
Tickets from $67. NRG Stadium, 1 NRG Park. 832-667-1400. More info and tickets at ticketmasters.com.
July 28 | NRG Center
This homegrown trade show draws the big athletes, collectors, and designers for an afternoon of gearhead schmoozing. Expect the hottest DJs and MCs, too.
Tickets from $20. NRG Center, 1 NRG Pkwy. 832-667-1400. More info and tickets at sneakersummit.com.