Netflix’s Sugar Rush ("The Perfect Illusion")

We love a good baking competition, and nothing’s been satisfying that sweet craving quite like Netflix’s Sugar Rush, where teams race against an ever-ticking clock as they bake their way through three themed challenges. Right now the show’s even got a Houston-area twist. Couple Tom and Caty Johnston, who run Suzybeez Bakery in Cypress, recently appeared in the “Perfect Illusion” episode of the Sugar Rush’s most recent season (it’s episode three), crushing the magic-related tasks and bringing a sweet $10K back to Texas. Talk about pulling out all the tricks. 

Anytime. $8.99/mo. (but you can try it free for 30 days). Netflix. More info at netflix.com. 

Stages Studio Sessions

Stages is helping keep our creative spirits afloat with its Stages Studio Sessions, eight weeks’ worth of new solo performances streamed online. The new series kicks off this week with a one-hour production by Stages vet Holland Vavra, who Bayou City audiences briefly saw in Stages’ production of Honky Tonk Laundry—you know, before the world stopped. During her performance, Vavra will be sharing stories and singing songs that have all been made famous by men.

Aug 21. Free (ticket reservation is required). Online. More info and ticket reservation at stageshouston.com. 

Women Cast Their Ballots: Celebrating 100 Years of the Right to Vote

In case you haven’t seen all the news coverage, this month marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment—the one that started the U.S. on the path toward universal suffrage. While the stories surrounding women’s suffrage often focus on the fight that took place up North, women right here in Houston were just as involved. You can learn all about their story by visiting the Heritage Society’s new exhibit, which has gone virtual starting this month.

Thru March 2021. $5. Online and Heritage Society Museum Gallery, 1100 Bagby St. More info at heritagesociety.org.

Art Talk Virtual Happy Hour

Earlier this week Art Colony Association, the organizers behind the annual Bayou City Art Festival, kicked off its new boozy online art talk series, Art Talk, with special guest Gonzo247. And while the colorful conversation isn’t live anymore, you can still watch it on the Bayou City Art Festival’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Now all you need is a colorful cocktail of your own—oh wait, Gonzo247’s already got you covered.

Thru Aug 23. Free. Bayou City Art Festival’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. More info at artcolonyassociation.org.

Gilbert & Sullivan Virtual Concert

Prepare for an evening of lyrical word-smithing and timeless melodies because The Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Society is performing the very model of a modern Covid concert with this virtual evening of songs. The evening will feature songs from throughout the G&S cannon, performed by the Savoyard Singers choir, the Society’s recently retired stage director Alistair Donkin, and cast members of its cancelled production of The Yeomen of the Guard.

Aug 22. Free. Online. More info at gilbertandsullivan.org.