’50s, ’60s, ’70, ’80s

5 Things You Must Do in Houston This Weekend, June 26-28

Go on and groove to those good times.

By Emma Schkloven June 26, 2020

If you choose to go out in public, remember, follow social distancing guidelines (at least six feet between you and anyone else), wash hands often and thoroughly, and wear a face mask.

Green Book Author Q&A

The Ensemble Theater and Harris County Public Library have teamed up for a special Facebook live Q&A with playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey, who penned the children’s book Ruth and the Green Book. His story, which he adapted into a play that the Ensemble performed earlier this year, follows a young Ruth and her family as they use a copy of Victor Hugo Green’s Green Book during a road trip from Chicago to Alabama in the early 1950s.  

June 26. Free. Online. More info and livestream on HCPL’s Facebook page.

Parking Lot Social

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: we’re experiencing a renaissance of the drive-in. But you’ve never had a drive-in experience like the Parking Lot Social. This weekend only, you can head to Aveva Stadium for an evening of car-based karaoke (called Car-A-Oke, get it?), bingo, themed trivia, and silent disco DJ battles … whatever that is. Hang around after midnight on Friday or Saturday for a showing of Jurassic Park or Scream, respectively. Get ready to rev your fun engines.

Thru June 28. From $29. Aveva Stadium, 12131 Kirby Dr. More info and tickets at theparkinglotsocial.com

Soul of a Nation exhibition

This internationally traveling exhibition explores what it meant to be a Black artist in America during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, all the way through the early ’80s—so, in a way, it’s fitting that it arrives in Houston just as the city embarks on dialogue about the Black experience in this country. Soul of a Nation’s stop at the MFAH, the final part of its three-year tour, also includes an additional presentation featuring select works from the museum’s own collection that spotlight the legacy of Black artists in Houston and Texas during those two revolutionary decades.

Jun. 29-Aug. 30. From $12. MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet St.  More info and tickets at mfah.org

It Started with a Riot! March + Rally — (Update 6/26/20: Due to Houston's rising coronavirus cases, the rally has been cancelled. A virtual rally will be held on Pride Houston's Facebook page and website instead.)

Instead of the traditional Pride parade Houstonians have come to know and love, the Bayou City is getting back to Pride Month’s Stonewall roots with a march and rally protesting the discrimination both the LGBTQ+ and Black communities frequently face. Organizers of the peaceful event, which include both Pride Houston and Black Lives Matter Houston, encourage attendees to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer.

June 27. Free. Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St. More info at https://pridehouston.org.

The Suffers live set

Houston’s award-winning Gulf Coast soul ensemble has been hosting online live sets every week since late March, but this week's is going to be the last one for a while. It's also a pretty special week for the Kam Franklin-fronted outfit: on Wednesday, these groovin' soulsters released a brand new single, “Take Me to the Good Times"⁠—their first new song since the release of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Everything Here, in 2018.  

June 27. Free. Your computer. Watch the set on The Suffers' Facebook and Instagram pages. 

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