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Houston Events

Plenty of events for the weekend! If you're a reader I highly recommend the library book sale on Saturday (which is a PACKED day).

Also, Giving Tuesday has passed but I still recommend HYPE Freedom Schools as an org to support because they've got a 20 year track record of great work. More below or click here to donate

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Giving Spotlight:
HYPE Freedom Schools

HYPE works with churches and schools to implement the Freedom Schools curriculum developed by the Children’s Defense Fund. They provide summer enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. Donate today!
I'm donating to HYPE because the mornings I spent reading, singing, and chatting with these young people were the highlights of my summer. I'm putting my money toward continuing the Freedom Schools legacy of youth development in Houston. Let me know if you're able to support or have questions!
Did you see my latest post on creative date ideas? How about the one on upcoming concerts for the quarter? Get your tickets now before they sell out! As always, see local events and more at MerlexPicks.com and subscribe to my newsletter!

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Concerts, Speakers, and Events likely to sell out!
  1. Tarell Alvin McRaney (Moonlight, David Makes Man) on February 15
  2. The Color Purple at HSPVA in February 2020
  3. Houston Rodeo tickets (Chance the Rapper and Lizzo) on sale February 7
  4. Kaytranada on May 15 (presale: BUBBA2020)
  5. Hyukoh on May 30

This Week's Featured Events!

Talk | Huey Copeland and Rebecca Matalon in Conversation on Thursday
Clemency Film Screening at Landmark River Oaks on Thursday (last day!) 
An Evening With Tightn' Up on Friday
Once a Year Clearance Book Sale on Saturday
Panel - Vicki Meek: 3 Decades of Social Commentary on Saturday
BOB MARLEY + MAC on Saturday
A thread, a hair, a lineage | presented by Sonya Clark on Saturday
Make Time: Free DIY Soap Workshop - Macy's Memorial City on Saturday
10 Years of Presenting Culture HMAAC Gala on Saturday
Pass It On: The "It's All Love" Show on Saturday
ElectroBounce - "Hue" Do You Love? ft. EDICA+ on Saturday
We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday
Axelrad Movie Night: Black Panther on Monday
DILLAgence x Motown on Mondays on Monday

Click the event titles to add to your calendar! (Also, if this doesn't actually work let me know)

Frost Bank: Fail Forward Series
Thursday, February 6
eventbrite.com/e/frost-bank-fail-forward-series-tickets-90652342597

Fashcino Experience with Danny Nguyen Couture
Thursday, February 6

Civics 101: The 2020 Census & Primaries
Thursday, February 6
eventbrite.com/e/civics-101-the-2020-census-primaries-tickets-90723397123?aff=eand

Talk | Huey Copeland and Rebecca Matalon in Conversation
Thursday, February 6
facebook.com/events/380459269317849/

Fit vs Fad: A Conversation on Mindfulness – Memorial City
Thursday, February 6
eventbrite.com/e/fit-vs-fad-a-conversation-on-mindfulness-memorial-city-tickets-91913593031?aff=eand

Visiting Artist Malik Gaines
Friday, February 7
events.rice.edu/#!view/event/event_id/70813

The TRUTH Project presents I Am My Brother & Sisters Keeper
Friday, February 7
matchouston.org/events/2020/i-am-my-brothers-and-sisters-keeper

Art Crowd Party Norman Rockwell: American Freedom
Friday, February 7
mfah.org/calendar/art-crowd-party-norman-rockwell-american-freedom/202002070700PM

Friends of HPL Once a Year Clearance Book Sale
Saturday, February 8
facebook.com/events/2185829871724610

Toxic Tour of Houston
Saturday, February 8
rothkochapel.org/experience/events/register/1808

Paper Trails: Tracing African American Ancestry
Saturday, February 8
hmh.org/events/paper-trails-tracing-african-american-ancestry-2020-02-08-10:00:00

A Conversation with Mark Norman, Baskin Robbins Franchise Owner
Saturday, February 8
eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-mark-norman-baskin-robbins-franchise-owner-tickets-89820460415?aff=eand

Panel – Vicki Meek: 3 Decades of Social Commentary
Saturday, February 8
glasstire.com/events/2019/11/11/vicki-meek-3-decades-of-social-commentary/

BOB MARLEY + MAC
Saturday, February 8
facebook.com/events/1053486498345309/

BLCK Market – Day Market
Saturday, February 8
eventbrite.com/e/blck-market-day-market-tickets-87467661129?aff=eand

Make Time: DIY Soap Workshop – Memorial City
Saturday, February 8
eventbrite.com/e/make-time-diy-soap-workshop-memorial-city-tickets-90165428223?aff=eand

A thread, a hair, a lineage | presented by Sonya Clark
Saturday, February 8
glasstire.com/events/2020/02/03/sonya-clark-a-thread-a-hair-a-lineage/

10 Years of Presenting Culture HMAAC Gala
Saturday, February 8

Pass It On: The “It’s All Love” Show
Saturday, February 8
eventbrite.com/e/pass-it-on-the-its-all-love-show-tickets-92160643967

ElectroBounce – “Hue” Do You Love? ft. EDICA+
Saturday, February 8
eventbrite.com/e/electrobounce-hue-do-you-love-ft-edica-tickets-91478800555?aff=eand

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sunday, February 9
spahouston.org/event/we-shall-overcome/

Reading: Blair Imani – MAKING OUR WAY HOME
Sunday, February 9
brazosbookstore.com/event/blair-imani-making-our-way-home

For The Future Forum – Houston (HD148)
Monday, February 10
facebook.com/events/2729653627280070/

Eureka Heights Cinema Series presents The Fifth Element
Monday, February 10
eventbrite.com/e/eureka-heights-cinema-series-presents-the-fifth-element-tickets-91190235449?aff=eand

DILLAgence x Motown on Mondays
Monday, February 10
facebook.com/events/168083284470963/

The Office Trivia Night!
Monday, February 10
eventbrite.com/e/the-office-trivia-night-tickets-91397328871?aff=eand

For the Community: A Training on Human Trafficking
Tuesday, February 11
facebook.com/events/4002891453061677/

See this post (updated) on my website

Upcoming Concerts


Adrian Marcel (R&B singer) at Warehouse Live (Studio) on February 6; $20
Elle Varner (R&B singer) at House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) on February 10; $25
Xavier Omar (contemporary R&B) and Baby Rose at Warehouse Live (Ballroom) on February 15; $20
Patti Labelle and Babyface at Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land) on February 16; $50

Required Reading

date ideas

Houston Date Ideas

Our next "read" for the Houston Afrofuturism Book Club. Send me a message if you want to attend!

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