Variegated what now? 

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Feb 5–7

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with the Houston Symphony, shop local Black-owned businesses, and search for rare houseplants.

By Brittany Cristiano February 5, 2021

Find a variegated monstera at A Flora Faire.

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

BLCK Market at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Kick off the first weekend of Black History Month this Friday by visiting BLCK Market at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. About 60 Black-owned businesses will be there, with everything you need, from fashion and plants to coffee, candles, food, art, and even CBD for when you’re ready to chill. Also, R&B band and native Houstonians The C.I.T.Y. will be there to serenade your shopping with some funky tunes.

6–10 p.m. Feb 5. $5. Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. More Information at

CAMH’s Virtual Open Studio: Self Portrait Remix

Anyone can be an artist this weekend at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston. The Museum is hosting their monthly open studio on Saturday, and February’s theme is self portraits, but with a remix. The exhibit is actually inspired by an upcoming CAMH exhibit surrounding Houston legend DJ Screw, Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses. Now, you aren’t expected to be a Rembrandt, a Van Gogh, or a Picasso this weekend, but you’re definitely encouraged to cut up and use different materials that represent your life to add a chopped-and-screwed vibe to your self portrait. You can give the medium a shot in person, or, if you’d rather play it safe, a video of the instruction will be released on the CAMH website at 2 p.m. Saturday.

2–4 p.m. Feb. 6. Free. Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston and online. More information here.

A Flora Faire plant market at Cedar Creek Bar & Grill

Spring is knocking at our door, and we think a plant is a definite way to brighten up your space—if you can remember to water it, that is. This Saturday’s A Flora Faire pop-up market is the place to go, not only for your typical houseplant, but also for some of the rare, hard-to-find plants, like a variegated monstera, which might be just a leafy plant to some, but it is actually a pretty big deal. And if you don’t have a green thumb, there will also be vendors there who sell pottery, decor, and many other stylish things to liven up your home.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb 6. Free. Cedar Creek Bar & Grill, Heights. More information here.

Archway Gallery’s February Exhibit: Regeneration

It’s the first weekend of February, and with that brings a new exhibit to explore at Montrose’s Archway Gallery. Regeneration highlights the negative impact humans have on the environment, while also celebrating the Earth’s habitats and the creatures that reside in them. Artists Carol Berger, Liz Conces Spencer, and Gene Hester have joined forces to use their clay pieces and glasswork to show viewers the potential destruction of the Earth’s environment if humans continue to ignore their, perhaps, environmentally lethal footprint. In accordance with Regeneration’s themes, Archway Gallery has partnered with the Houston Arboretum this month and is holding a silent auction of artwork, all the proceeds of which will be donated to the Arboretum. On Saturday there will be a virtual exhibit walk-thru followed by an artists’ talk. The exhibit is on display until March 4.

6:30 p.m. Feb 6. Free. Online. More information at

Houston Symphony presents: Fabien Gabel Conducts French Masterworks

Why not set the tone for Valentine’s Day a week early? We think a romantic date to the symphony is just the je ne sais quoi you need to dazzle your partner, especially since French conductor Fabien Gabel, and the Houston Symphony are performing romantic French masterworks. You have three chances to witness this romantic affair with your sweetheart, and one of those performances is being streamed live.

8 p.m. Feb 5 and 6; 2:30 p.m. Feb 7. $20. Jones Hall and online. More information at

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