5 Things: The “Maybe Don’t Go to the Beach” Edition

5 Things To Do Over Your Memorial Day Weekend

Rooftops, starry skies, and a couple of queens.

By Emma Schkloven May 22, 2020

Everyone knows Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer. So, celebrate the season the right way: by staying safe inside, away from people.

Drumming Up Hope

Taiwanese art percussion group Ten Drum was set to perform at Discovery Green this September, but unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic happened and now the tour’s been canceled. Luckily, Houstonians can still feel the beat—Discovery Green, Asia Society Texas Center and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston have teamed up to present Drumming Up Hope, a live-streamed, family-friendly concert that pays tribute to healthcare workers. According to a press release, the 75-minute performance will use drumming “to create a representation of a ray of hope piercing the darkness of these challenging times.”

May 22. Free. Learn more and stream the event at asiasociety.org.

Space Center Houston’s Virtual Campout

Although everything’s up in the air, Space Center Houston has made sure you can still partake in a summer classic: camping under the stars. Use the center’s app to learn about space travel, hear mission stories from Apollo-era astronaut Fred Haise, stargaze in real-time with the center’s staff, and participate in science activities using household items. It’s sure to be a blast … off.  

May 22, Pay-what-you-can. Your backyard. More info and registration at spacecenter.org.

Chocked on Cotton Exhibition Opening

Multimedia artist Nell Gotlieb reflects on her family’s plantation past through a psychological and sociological lens in an exhibition that tries to turn her ancestors’ empty Antebellum house in Alabama into “a community space for art and culture in services of social justice.” The virtual opening of Chocked on Cotton, which runs through June 20, features an Instagram takeover and an artist talkback.

May 22. Free. Learn more and join the virtual event at thecollective.org.

Axelrad Rooftop Concert

It’s been a while since we’ve gotten to enjoy live music, well, live. Axelrad Beer Garden in Midtown plans to change that with a drive-in-style rooftop concert featuring Houston psych-rockers Flower Graves and new-wavers El Lago. So, roll up, and tune to your car’s FM radio for this 60-minute set (guests are asked to stay in their vehicles, though there will be porta-potties available). If you’d rather not leave the comforts of your home (which we totally get), you can watch a live-stream of the show online.

May 23. Pay-what-you-can. Axelrad, 1517 Alabama St. More info at axelradbeergarden.com.

Salute the Drag

Celebrate Memorial Day the usual way—by dropping by the Montrose Center’s virtual drag show featuring the performers of Houston’s popular drag revue The Broad's Way. Don’t you just love America?

May 25. Free. Learn more and join the virtual event on Facebook.

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