Nicole Byer

Whether she’s cracking us up on podcast Why Won’t You Date Me? or delivering her patented brand of saucy and acerbic quips as the host of Netflix's amateur baking competition, Nailed It!, Byer has basically been killing it at life. The actress-comedian-writer brings her assorted talents and uproariously raunchy humor to the Bayou City this weekend for two nights of side-splitting laughter. 

July 16-17. From $100 (seats sold as tables for four and six). Houston Improv, 7620 Katy Freeway. More info and tickets at improvtx.com.  

Yacht Rock Revue

As we’re sure you remember, we at Houstonia—the ultimate platform for connoisseurs of musical genres named after nautical vessels—ended the contentious debate about what was considered "yacht rock" a few years back. (You’re welcome.) Well, get ready for a night of your favorite smooth hits, courtesy of popular genre band Yacht Rock Revue. The group, which released its first solo record, the hilariously named Hot Dads in Tight Jeans, to great fanfare last year, promises guilty-pleasure staples from Michael McDonald to Hall & Oates to Toto.  

July 16. From $10. Warehouse Live, 813 St Emanuel St. More info and tickets at warehouselive.com.  

Comicpalooza

Houston Geeks, assemble! Because after more than two years of waiting, your friendly, neighborhood pop culture convention’s finally back in person. And with a super-sized lineup and exhibitions, like the Itasha Showdown, filled with anime-themed cars, and a Retro World Series of classics gaming tournaments, to boot. If that’s not enough to get your nerdy heart pounding, there’s also the addition of Fandom Court, where die-hard can make their case for Kirk or Picard before a jury of their cosplay-adorned peers. Keep it civil, ya’ll.

July 17–18. From $54. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas. More info and tickets at comicpalooza.com.

The Big Show

If you haven’t dropped by Lawndale for its aptly named celebration of local and regional art, you’re missing out. The enormous, juried exhibition, which spans a 100-mile radius, features more than 200 works from around 180 artists. All the selected work, which have been grouped by eight different themes reflect the intensity, isolation, and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and recent socio-political events.  

Thru Aug 14. Free. Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main. 713-528-5858. More info at lawndaleartcenter.org.

The Music Box 10 Year Anniversary Show

A decade of musical theater cabarets and comedy alone is worth celebrating, but add the reopening of its cozy Colquitt Street home into the mix, and it’s no wonder The Music Box Theater is going all out for this anniversary show. Running every Friday and Saturday through August 14, the show will pay tribute to the troupe’s best songs and funniest moments within its green, foamed walls over the last 10 years.   

Thru Aug 14. From $35. The Music Box, 2623 Colquitt St. 713-522-7722. More info and tickets at themusicboxtheater.com.