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Things to Do in Houston This Week

Business and Brews, Good Night Good Cause, and Happy Days are all highlights this week.

By Houstonia Staff

Grab a burger from Hopdoddy's Burger Bar for a good cause.
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T
he rainy clouds have gone away and the sunny-time fun is here to stay! Start your weekend early with freshly brewed beer and networking conversations at Business and Brews. Help to fund a local musicians’ dream with the purchase of a yummy Good Night Good Cause burger from Hopdoddy. Raise your cup of whiskey as you rock out at ZZ Top’s Raw Whiskey tour. Have a date night at the Midtown Arts and Theater with a performance of Happy Days.

We've rounded up the best things to do in Houston this week. Start here: 


 

Business  

Business & Brews 

Friday, September 23 | 3–5:00 p.m. | Platypus Brewing | Free 

What’s better than networking with other professionals? Having a nice cold beer of course! Business and Brews is set for after-hours to help you network with other professionals in the city with friendly conversations and a nice refreshing pint of beer to loosen you up. Those looking to attend are encouraged to bring a minimum of 50 business cards ready to be given out.  

NewsOne Presents Real Talk Drives Real Change

Sunday, September 25 | 4–6:30 p.m. | Cullen Performance Hall at University of Houston | Free

In a 4-part panel discussion series, the Real Tak Drives Real Change is making its final tour stop in Houston to discuss financial freedom and the systematic struggles people of color face. With a loaded panel including Jewel Burks Solomon, John Salley, and hip-hop legend Bun B, the conversation will be followed by a live performance by Tank and The Bangas. 

 

Concerts

Thundercat

Thursday, September 22 | 7 p.m. | House of Blues | Tickets start at $35

The bass guitarist and singer Thundercat, whose 2017 song “Them Changes” recently became a viral TikTok trend, comes to Houston’s House of Blues on a headlining tour in support of his 2020 album It Is What It Is. Groove to the funk musician’s well-renowned tunes (he’s worked with other top performers like Kendrick Lamar, Anderson.Paak, and Janelle Monae) as you let the night slide away.

ZZ Top's Raw Whisky Tour

Sunday, September 25 | 6 p.m. | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Tickets start at $29.50

Houston’s own ZZ Top are back in their hometown on the Raw Whisky Tour in support of their upcoming album RAW, the soundtrack to the band’s 2019 Netflix documentary That Little Ol’ Band from Texas featuring re-recorded classics, and their new Tres Hombres whisky from Waco-based Balcones Distilling company. English guitarist Jeff Beck and lead singer of Heart Ann Wilson round out the special guests at this can’t-miss comeback. Don’t miss out on these oldies but goodies! 

 

Eat & Drink

Xochi Game Day Specials for the Astros

All Houston Astros home games | Xochi

In order to cheer your favorite team to a win, you have to do so on a full stomach, and Xochi has got you covered. The award-winning Oaxacan restaurant, from renowned chef Hugo Ortega and H Town Restaurant Group, is introducing a new Game Day special crafted for Astros fans: Tlayuda de Res with your choice of beer! This street-food dish consists of large, thin Oaxacan tortillas that are topped with grilled steak, string cheese, and beans, all cooked to perfection over a wood oven. Game Day specials are priced at $22 plus tax and gratuity.

Supper Club 

All summer long | 810 p.m. | Trez Bistro and Wine Bar 

Enjoy a delicious dinner, rich wine, and performances by local artists all summer long with Trez Bistro and Wine Bar’s Supper Club. Pair one of Trez’s various boards with their boutique wines, or try their flatbreads and specialty cocktails.

Sitcom Trivia Night

Friday, September 23 | 7 p.m. | World Famous Daiquiris To Go #2 | $10

This fundraiser by Brewed Blessings doubles as a fun sitcom trivia party complete with food and drinks. If you think you’ve watched enough reruns of fan-favorite comedies like The Office, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, and others, then come out and try your hand at this lighthearted competition between Friends…get it?

Goodnight, Good Cause

Ongoing until October 25 | All Day | All Hopdoddy Locations | $9.75 and $10.25

Who would have thought that a burger and a cocktail could help make a difference in your community? In honor of Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s partnership with the nonprofit Black Fret to give away $50,000 in grants to musicians in Houston and other Texas cities as a part of the Tuned In campaign, a portion of sales from your purchase at any location of the Good Night, Good Cause burger (made with yummy Piedmontese beef, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, jalapeños, and caffeinated BBQ sauce) or the new Texas Sling cocktail (made with Texas vodka brand Tito’s) will go to the cause.

 

Family Friendly

Houston Botanic Garden's 2nd Birthday Party

Saturday, September 24 | 9 a.m.ー2 p.m. | Houston Botanic Garden | $15

Houston Botanic Garden is celebrating the opening of its new, award-winning outdoor exhibition “Nature Connects® Made with LEGO® Bricks”, featuring nature-inspired artworks by Sean Kenney made entirely out of LEGO® pieces, with a family festival that doubles as a second birthday celebration for the Garden. Kids and families can enjoy crafts, entertainment, activities, and food inspired by the artwork while exploring the exhibition and the natural sights the Garden has to offer.

The Kids are All Write!

Saturday, September 24 | 10–11:30 a.m. | Smither Park | $5

Are your kiddos itching to bring their imagination to life through a Saturday-morning writing sesh? Are you eager to get them out of the house, away from screens, and into the fresh air? Attend The Kids Are All Write!, a children’s writing workshop for ages 7–12 held in Smither Park on the fourth Saturday of every month. $5 will include all materials needed for Robin Reagler, formerly of Writers in the School.

 

Health & Wellness

Goddess Gathering - Fall Equinox Celebration

Saturday, September 24 | 6–8 p.m. | Yoga Flow Cedar Park | Donations begin at $20

Come to Yoga Flow Cedar Park’s Fall Equinox Celebration if you need a little more divine feminine energy in your life. This interactive gathering led by Carolina Bolger will connect women through mindful movement practices such as gentle yoga and dance, meditation, breathwork, and sound healing. Guests are encouraged to bring an open heart along with a journal and something to write with and will be invited to connect with other women in a sharing circle as they reflect on the changing season together.

 

Performing Arts

Happy Days

Opens Friday, September 23 | 8 p.m. | MATCH | Pay-what-you-can, suggested ticket price $35

The classic absurdist play by Samuel Beckett comes to Houston with a production by Catastrophic Theatre. Greg Dean and Tamarie Cooper, co-artistic director of Catastrophic with show director Jason Nodler, star in this darkly comic apocalyptic satire on the perseverance of mankind through life’s many obstacles. You can catch a performance at MATCH through October 15.

 

Readings & Lectures

IRL Author Talk: People Person with Candice Carty-Williams and Kiese Laymon

Tuesday, September 20th | 7 p.m. | Holy Family HTX Episcopal Church | $5

Writer and now-Professor of Creative Writing and English at Rice, Kiese Laymon, will be speaking with best-selling British author Candice Carty-Williams about her new release, People Person, at Holy Family Episcopal Church. The event, held by Kindred Stories, is partnered with local indie bookstore Blue Willow Bookshop and by purchasing a copy of the book from Kindred Stories, you’ll get to support both local businesses (and a signature from Carty-Williams!).

 

Shopping

The Black Women Marketplace

Sunday, September 25 | 12–4 p.m. | 1919 N Main St | 

This Sunday it is all about buying black! Wins For Black Girls are hosting making a stop in Houston as a part of their Summer Market Tour. This black women marketplace features more than 20 black-owned vendors selling hair care, clothes, skin care, tasty treats, and much much more. There will also be music, giveaways, and Instagram-worthy photo ops so come ready to shop till you drop!

 

Special Events

Night Nation Run

Saturday, September 24 | 6 p.m. | Minute Maid Park | Tickets $60

With the title of the world’s first running music festival, this night run combines music, friends, and long-distance running. Starting at Minute Maid Park, the night’s festivities will include light shows, live DJs, bubbles, and all the glow lights you can wear! The night isn’t over once you cross the finish line because there will be an epic after party.

 

Sports

Houston Astros vs Baltimore Orioles

Thursday, September 22 | 6:05 p.m. | Oriole Park | Tickets start at $15

The regular season for the Astros is slowly approaching as they are only a few wins from securing a playoff spot in October. Losing in their previous series 2-1, the ‘Stros will travel to Baltimore to face off with the Orioles again. Fans can watch this away series live by tuning into AT&T Sportsnet SouthWest channel. 

Sugarland Space Cowboys vs Albuquerque Isotopes

Friday, September 23 | 7:05 p.m. | Constellation Field | Tickets start at $20

The time has come as this will be the last home game series for the Space Cowboys as we are at the end of their regular season. Fans are invited to come out for one last Friday night game and enjoy the Karbach pregame happy hour, Jose Altuve city connect bobblehead giveaway and of course to see those Friday night fireworks. 

Houston Texans vs Chicago Bears

Sunday, September 25 | 12 p.m. | Soldier Field | Tickets start at $119

Still on their two-game road trip, the Texans will travel from the high elevation of Denver to the windy city to take on the Chicago Bears. Still making headway into the season, the boys from Houston are looking to secure another win before returning home. The game can be watched live by locals on KHOU 11.

 

Visual Arts

Drop-in Tour: Tunnels of Light 

Saturday, September 24 | 1:30 p.m. | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Free with general admission

Immerse yourself in art this weekend–literally–with this guided tour of three unique art installations commissioned exclusively for the MFAH. Each designed by internationally-acclaimed contemporary artists who work with light, color, and architectural space, they also serve as walkable underground tunnels connecting the museum’s main buildings, so you’ll get to experience the art as it leads you to, well, more art.



 

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