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5 Things to Do This Weekend, July 9–11

A soulful concert, powerful photography, and an all-you-can-eat-pancake art show.

By Emma Schkloven July 9, 2021

Sailboat Fishing for Ilish, by Shahidul Alam; Daulatdia, Bangladesh, 2001

Say Girl Say

Originally scheduled for June 25, indie-pop duo Say Girl Say take to the stage at Discovery Green as the opener of the park’s Friday Night Live Concert series.  The pair, who spoke to us last month, recently released their sophomore album, Let My Hair Down, some of which you’re sure to hear during the show.

July 9. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. More info at

Final Weekend, Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power

As the saying goes, a picture’s worth 1,000 words, and that’s never truer than in the work of renowned Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam. Still not convinced? Drop by Asia Society Texas Center and see it for yourself in Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power. The four-decade retrospective, on display for one final weekend in Houston, features 60 photos from the activist’s Time magazine-honored career that offer a nuanced perspective of Bangladesh and South Asia, including those fighting for change.

Thru July 11. Free. Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd. 713-496-9901. More info at

Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Better yet, all-you-can-eat pancakes paired with your favorite brews? Join fellow art lovers for one of the largest pop-ups of the past decade (at least that’s what Los Angeles-based organizers say). Since launching in 2009, the Pancakes & Booze Art Show has cropped up more than 500 times in over 35 cities across North American and Europe. When it drops in Houston this Saturday, the boozy paint job’ll feature more than 120 emerging artists, live body painting, music, and a pancake bar. We can hear that griddle sizzle already.

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

Good Vibes After Dark

Channel your happy place, Houston, cause you’re only allowed to bring your positive juju to this jam-fest filled with soulful sounds and therapeutic libations. New Orleans rising R&B star Lucky Daye headlines the concert, which also features Dallas singer Kaash Paige, as well as Soul Control, DJ Young Streetz, and DJ Shante. And since Good Vibes Only HTX’s events are always about promoting “physical, emotional, cognitive, and social” wellness, attendees are encouraged to get their stretch on during yoga; talk it out at on-site counseling stations; or feed their souls through edible and retail therapy, courtesy of food and merchandise vendors.

July 10. From $75. The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine St. More info and tickets at

30 Ways to Get Free

Both Houston actor and artist Candice D’Meza’s first film script and premiere through Catastrophic Theatre, these three Afrofuturist micro-films explore abolition and liberation through a science-fiction lens. Combining ideas as widespread as spontaneous combustion, mermaids, trans-dimensional cellphones, and aliens, D’Meza envisions “three of an unlimited number of ways Black people may triumphantly enter a free new world of their own imagining.”

Thru July 25. Pay what you can ($35 suggested). Online. More info and tickets at

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