Houston Events

Here's my curated list of events for this week (along with my longer post for all of April)! I have also released my Houston concert list through June of 2019. 

Thank you to everyone who made it to the MFAH! I've included a few pictures below. As always, for the latest updates check Merlex Picks

Also for my faithful subscribers, I've also bought a bunch of extra Anita Baker tickets for the sold out May 11 show! I'll sell them in pairs for $300/pair in section 207. Reply to this email to get first dibs.

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Concerts, Speakers, and Events likely to sell out!
  1. Kenyan film Rafiki screenings on May 10 and 12
  2. Ari Lennox on May 25
  3. Anderson .Paak with Mac DeMarco and Thundercat on June 11
  4. Lion Babe on June 13
  5. Rooftop Cinema Club (it usually sells out but some are still available: Do the Right Thing, Amelie, Leon: The Professional, etc.)

My Featured Events

This Week's Featured Events!

Play Opening: In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks through May 5
Disgusting Memoirs: A Night of Comedy with Roxxy Haze and Tressa Eleby on Friday
Houston Derby Day 2019 on Saturday
By The Dozens on Saturday
Hip Hop Vintage Flea Market 2019 #HHVFM on Sunday
Why I Am Like Tequila- Book Launch on Sunday
The Empty BOX: Celebrating 11 Years of BOX 13! on Saturday

National Black Film Festival
Wednesday, May 1 – May 5

Comedian DeRay Davis
Thursday, May 2 – May 5

Yoga for Entrepreneurs | Caroline Vo, Curious Bamboo
Thursday, May 2

An Evening of Women’s Empowerment
Thursday, May 2

Reading With A Rapper Unplugged (Powered by Jack Daniels & Microsoft)
Thursday, May 2

Play Opening: In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks through May 5
Thursday, May 2

James Patterson signs at Murder By The Book
Friday, May 3

Art at Noon | Annise Parker
Friday, May 3

2019 Houston Luncheon with Stacey Abrams
Friday, May 3

Open Pitch Practice
Friday, May 3

BLCK Market – Houston’s #1 Night Market
Friday, May 3

Che, Memories of a Secret Year (Che, memorias de un año secreto)
Friday, May 3

Emancipation Park Conservancy presents: Movie in the Tre
Friday, May 3

Reading – Here, Ahora: Houston Conversations, Queer Art + LIT
Friday, May 3

Amplify Your Voice | REFORM OR ABOLISH: Bringing Justice to the Criminal Justice System 
Saturday, May 4

Amplify Your Voice | REFORM OR ABOLISH: Bringing Justice to the Criminal Justice System 
Saturday, May 4

Cinco de Mayo Houston
Saturday, May 4

Open Studio | Shape Collaboration
Saturday, May 4

Houston Derby Day 2019
Saturday, May 4

Film Screening: Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano)
Saturday, May 4

By the Dozens
Saturday, May 4

Opening Reception – Lanecia Rouse Tinsley: With In/Out
Saturday, May 4

Earl Sweatshirt & Friends
Saturday, May 4

Screen on the Green: A Wrinkle in Time
Saturday, May 4

Hip Hop Vintage Flea Market 2019 #HHVFM 
Sunday, May 5

Zine Fest Houston 2019 Compilation Release
Sunday, May 5

Why I Am Like Tequila- Book Launch
Sunday, May 5

Innovation Week Houston
Monday, May 6 – May 10

See this post (updated) on my website

Upcoming Concerts

Earl Sweatshirt (rapper) at Warehouse Live (Ballroom) on May 4; $25

Lauryn Hill, Shabazz Palaces (experimental hip hop), Patoranking (Nigerian dancehall) at Smart Financial Centre on May 9; $31+

Jorja Smith and Kali Uchis at Revention Music Center on May 10; $39+

Featured Organization!

The University Museum at Texas Southern University is a gem led by curatorial legend Dr. Alvia Wardlaw. Right now the TSU Graduating Seniors Exhibition is happening which is a perfect way to start collecting early. Learn more here

Required Reading

date ideas

Houston Date Ideas

Our next "read" for the Houston Afrofuturism Book Club is TBD. Details here!
happy hours

As always, check out for the full calendar of events. And tell your friends to subscribe to my newsletter to get these in their inboxes too!

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