Event Calender

A curated list of the latest cultural happenings in Houston

June 15, 2024
  • Tommy Davidson

    June 14, 2024 - June 16, 2024  
    The Houston Improv, 7620 Katy Fwy #45, Houston, TX 77024, USA

    https://improvtx.com/houston/comic/tommy+davidson/
     
    Tommy Davidson’s exceptional range – from stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music accomplishments – have earned him a reputation as an extraordinary performer who delivers no matter the arena. Best known as one of the stars of the hit television show In Living Color, Davidson’s visibility has allowed him to become a household name known for his innovative talent.

    Davidson started his career as a standup comedian in Washington DC, earning an ardent following. Spotted by major concert promoters, he was first booked as the opening act for Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Vandross. It wasn’t long before he came to Hollywood and was headlining the biggest rooms and met Robert Townsend. This led to his first national tv appearance and starring role in Partners in Crime, the conduit to Keenan Ivory Wayans, who proved instrumental in Davidson’s career by offering him an opportunity to audition.

    Davidson starred in Disney Channel’s beloved animated series The Proud Family (2001-05) and recently returned to topline their new hit, “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” (Disney +) to rave reviews. Other 2022 guest starring credits include CBS comedy series The Neighborhood; standout roles on VH1’s hit A Black Lady Sketch Show; the Nick Cannon-directed TV movie Miracles Across 125th Street, BET+’s The Ms. Pat Show and the Netflix special Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine.

    The multihyphenate is perhaps best known for starring in the groundbreaking sketch comedy series In Living Color and becoming a standout with his impressions of Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson and other entertainment icons. His performance on the series resulted in three Showtime specials: On Strength of New York, Illin’ in Philly, and Takin’ it to DC. Davidson also hosted and starred in the network’s Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show, as well as three seasons of ABC’s Vacation Creation.

    Davidson voiced the series regular role of Cream Corn in the Adult Swim action-comedy spoof Black Dynamite, and has also made multiple guest appearances on shows like MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood and ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap. He also recently headlined The Off Color Comedy Tour with Keenan Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans and David Alan Grier, and co-headlines with Katt Williams, Mike Epps and Martin Lawrence to sell out large venue audiences.

    Davidson’s feature credits include Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, Morgan Creek’s Juwanna Mann, Ace Ventura II: When Nature Calls opposite Jim Carrey, and Strictly Business opposite Halle Berry among others. He also recently starred in the feature documentaries I Am Comic opposite Tim Allen and Lewis Black, and Dying Laughing alongside Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman.

    His most recent critically lauded music duets include Sweet Reunion with multi-Grammy winner Dave Koz and I Know with A-list saxophonist, Richard Elliot.

    Kensington Books published Davidson’s memoir Living in Color: What’s Funny about Me, recounting his personal triumphs after having been abandoned as in infant in 2020 achieving historic sales.

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  • Scanning Saturdays & Book Sale

    June 15, 2024  10:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Family History Research Center at the Clayton Library Campus, 5300 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    Scanning: Bring your old photos, slides or documents to scan to the Family History Research Center to preserve your family memories! Things to bring include your photos, slides or documents and a flash or thumb drive to save your images to. Volunteers will be available to help get you oriented to the scanners.

    Appointments are scheduled at 10:30am; 12:00pm; 1:30pm or 3:00pm every third Saturday of the month. Please call 832-393-2600 to reserve your spot

    There is limited restoration software available during your appointment time. A quick video tutorial and more information about the software installed Restore by Vivid-Pix can be found HERE.

    Book Sale: Looking for research books to add to your personal collection? Visit the Clayton Library Friends donated duplicate book sale and tour the historic William Clayton home located on the Family History Research Center library property. No appointment needed! Hours are 11:00am - 3:00pm on Scanning Saturdays.

    https://calendar.houstonlibrary.org/event/10906142

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  • Annual Juneteenth Music Celebration

    June 15, 2024  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    3018 Emancipation Avenue Houston, TX 77004

    Lets celebrate freedom! It's almost time for Houston’s most exciting Juneteenth Celebration! Mark your calendars for another unforgettable Juneteenth Celebration, filled with joy, unity, and cultural pride!

    We start the morning off with the 2nd Annual Freedom Walk/Run. Lace up your sneakers or walking shoes and join us at The Emancipation Park at 7am. You won’t want to miss this short but empowering power walk that will have you feeling the spirit of freedom. We’ll wrap up by 11am, and prepare to enjoy the rest of the day’s festivities!

    This year's concert lineup has a little something for everyone.  The concert kicks off at 4:00 pm with the Juneteenth Community Gospel Choir followed by Southern Soul artist Roi Anderson and we will close things out with some Zydeco from Lil Nathan and the BigTimers.  As always, it’s going to be a night of, good music, good food, good people and great vibes!

    The concert is free, so just come on out! The crowd typically starts to gather at 3:00 pm, so grab your family and friends, and come early to secure the best spot. You’ll also have the chance to explore a variety of vendors offering unique crafts, merchandise, and delectable treats from a variety of  fantastic food trucks. 
     
    Remember, for everyone’s safety, we kindly ask that you leave coolers, alcohol, firearms, and large umbrellas at home. This way, we can ensure a fun and secure environment for all attendees.
    Don’t miss out on this incredible Juneteenth Celebration! Join us on June 15th at Emancipation Park, where history and culture come alive. Together, let’s honor our past, celebrate our present, and pave the way for a brighter future. We look forward to seeing you at Emancipation Park!

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June 16, 2024
  • Tommy Davidson

    June 14, 2024 - June 16, 2024  
    The Houston Improv, 7620 Katy Fwy #45, Houston, TX 77024, USA

    https://improvtx.com/houston/comic/tommy+davidson/
     
    Tommy Davidson’s exceptional range – from stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music accomplishments – have earned him a reputation as an extraordinary performer who delivers no matter the arena. Best known as one of the stars of the hit television show In Living Color, Davidson’s visibility has allowed him to become a household name known for his innovative talent.

    Davidson started his career as a standup comedian in Washington DC, earning an ardent following. Spotted by major concert promoters, he was first booked as the opening act for Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Vandross. It wasn’t long before he came to Hollywood and was headlining the biggest rooms and met Robert Townsend. This led to his first national tv appearance and starring role in Partners in Crime, the conduit to Keenan Ivory Wayans, who proved instrumental in Davidson’s career by offering him an opportunity to audition.

    Davidson starred in Disney Channel’s beloved animated series The Proud Family (2001-05) and recently returned to topline their new hit, “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” (Disney +) to rave reviews. Other 2022 guest starring credits include CBS comedy series The Neighborhood; standout roles on VH1’s hit A Black Lady Sketch Show; the Nick Cannon-directed TV movie Miracles Across 125th Street, BET+’s The Ms. Pat Show and the Netflix special Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine.

    The multihyphenate is perhaps best known for starring in the groundbreaking sketch comedy series In Living Color and becoming a standout with his impressions of Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson and other entertainment icons. His performance on the series resulted in three Showtime specials: On Strength of New York, Illin’ in Philly, and Takin’ it to DC. Davidson also hosted and starred in the network’s Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show, as well as three seasons of ABC’s Vacation Creation.

    Davidson voiced the series regular role of Cream Corn in the Adult Swim action-comedy spoof Black Dynamite, and has also made multiple guest appearances on shows like MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood and ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap. He also recently headlined The Off Color Comedy Tour with Keenan Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans and David Alan Grier, and co-headlines with Katt Williams, Mike Epps and Martin Lawrence to sell out large venue audiences.

    Davidson’s feature credits include Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, Morgan Creek’s Juwanna Mann, Ace Ventura II: When Nature Calls opposite Jim Carrey, and Strictly Business opposite Halle Berry among others. He also recently starred in the feature documentaries I Am Comic opposite Tim Allen and Lewis Black, and Dying Laughing alongside Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman.

    His most recent critically lauded music duets include Sweet Reunion with multi-Grammy winner Dave Koz and I Know with A-list saxophonist, Richard Elliot.

    Kensington Books published Davidson’s memoir Living in Color: What’s Funny about Me, recounting his personal triumphs after having been abandoned as in infant in 2020 achieving historic sales.

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June 21, 2024
  • Frost Bank Juneteenth Celebration

    June 21, 2024  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Frost Bank, 3432 Scott St, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1557641631464446/

    Join us at our Third Ward Financial Center in Houston, to celebrate Juneteenth! We’ll have music, crawfish and sweet treats! This event is free and open to the public.
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    Investment and insurance products are not FDIC insured, are not bank guaranteed, and may lose value. Additionally, insurance products are offered through Frost Insurance. Deposit and loan products are offered through Frost Bank, Member FDIC.

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June 22, 2024
  • Black Stereo: Artist Talk & Musical Performance

    June 22, 2024  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Hogan Brown Gallery, 2310 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    The Hogan Brown Gallery, located within the Historic Eldorado Ballroom, is a community-centered gallery for burgeoning local artists. Operated by Lucille's 1913 - the philanthropic arm of Lucille's Hospitality Group - the gallery's inception serves as an art-focused extension of the nonprofit's mission to empower communities to discover self-sustainable livelihood through cultural and culinary arts. Led by Houston-based artist Robert Hodge, the gallery channels that same spirit to empower working artists with community-embedded gallery space to exhibit and sell their works, provide business-centered education and resources to further their artistic enterprise, and devote art-driven educational opportunities to Third Ward's next generation. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m., and by appointment from Tuesday through Thursday. For more information, contact Chelsea Benoit, Gallery Manager, at chelsea@hoganbrowngallery.com, 281-766-0272, or visit hoganbrowngallery.com.

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June 23, 2024
June 27, 2024
  • Standup - Hoodo Hersi

    June 27, 2024  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77006, USA

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hoodo-hersi-seth-meyers-just-for-laughs-headlines-the-riot-comedy-club-tickets-881481092677

    Hoodo Hersi (Seth Meyers, Just For Laughs) Headlines The Riot Comedy Club
     
    A fun evening of standup in the legendary comedy room hidden upstairs at Rudyards! Tasty food, full bar, and standup comedy from Hoodo Hersi
     
     Join us for a hilarious evening of laughter with Hoodo Hersi at The Riot Comedy Club!

    Hoodo Hersi is currently writing on A24/Amazon’s Untitled Ramy Youssef Animated show. Since being selected as a New Face: Canada at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and being selected as one of CBC’s 15 Comics to Watch, Hoodo has performed in clubs and festivals all over Canada and the United States, including the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the BBC World Service Montreal Comedy Show where both of her performances aired on the CBC, She was also selected as an Audible New Voice at SF Sketchfest, and performed with Hasan Minhaj, Lil Rel Howery, Chris Redd, Gina Yashere, Roy Wood Jr., Nicole Byer, and Maria Bamford, among others.

    Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to experience top-notch comedy in person. Grab your friends, bring your sense of humor, and get ready for a night filled with non-stop laughs! Ages 21 & Up, Photo ID Required for Entry.

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June 28, 2024
  • Roxxy Haze Faded Comedy Tour

    June 28, 2024  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Secret Group, 2101 Polk St, Houston, TX 77003, USA

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roxxy-haze-faded-comedy-tour-tickets-829126288047
     

    Friday June 28th | Doors 7 PM | Show 8 PM | $15 Online, $25 at Door

    Welcome to Roxxy Haze's Faded Comedy Tour, where humor ventures into darker territories. Join Roxxy as she navigates life's highs and lows with personal anecdotes about family, relationships, and the absurdities of existence. Plus, catch Roxxy performing new songs from her upcoming album, "Never Knows Best," featuring Guilla, at the Houston show.

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June 29, 2024
  • Author Talk: Rooted with Brea Baker

    June 29, 2024  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    https://kindredstorieshtx.com/products/irl-author-talk-rooted-with-brea-baker-june-25-2pm

    Celebrate the release of Rooted: The American Legacy of Land Theft and the Modern Movement for Black Land Ownership with Brea Baker!

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Why is less than 1% of rural land in the U.S. owned by Black people? An acclaimed writer and activist explores the impact of land theft and violent displacement on racial wealth gaps, arguing that justice stems from the literal roots of the earth.

    To understand the contemporary racial wealth gap, we must first unpack the historic attacks on Indigenous and Black land ownership. From the moment that colonizers set foot on Virginian soil, a centuries-long war was waged, resulting in an existential dilemma: Who owns what on stolen land? Who owns what with stolen labor? To answer these questions, we must confront one of this nation’s first sins: stealing, hoarding, and commodifying the land.

    Research suggests that between 1910 and 1997, Black Americans lost about 90% of their farmland. Land theft widened the racial wealth gap, privatized natural resources, and created a permanent barrier to access that should be a birthright for Black and Indigenous communities. Rooted traces the experiences of Brea Baker's family history of devastating land loss in Kentucky and North Carolina, identifying such violence as the root of persistent inequality in this country. Ultimately, her grandparents' commitment to Black land ownership resulted in the "Bakers Acres"—a family haven where they are sustained by the land, surrounded by love, and wholly free.

    A testament to the Black farmers who dreamed of feeding, housing, and tending to their communities, Rooted bears witness to their commitment to freedom and reciprocal care for the land. By returning equity to a dispossessed people, we can heal both the land and our nation’s soul.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Brea Baker has been working on the frontlines for over a decade. She believes deeply in nuanced storytelling and Black culture to drive change, and has commented on race, gender, and sexuality for Elle, Harper’s BAZAAR, Refinery29, THEM, and more. Her writing has been featured in the anthologies OUR HISTORY HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONTRABAND and NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE.

    A Yale alumna, Brea has been recognized as a 2017 Glamour Woman of the Year, a 2019 i-D Up and Rising, and a 2023 Creative Capital awardee. She has spoken at the United Nations' Girl Up Initiative, Yale Law School, the Youth 2 Youth Summit in Hong Kong, the Museum of City of New York, and more.

    ABOUT THE CONVERSATION PARTNER

    Kavon Ward is an award-winning spoken word artist and activist. Within the past decade, Kavon has won 1st place at the historic Apollo Theater and has shared the stage with gospel artists Hezekiah Walker, Patti LaBelle, Fantasia, and activists like Joe Madison and Dick Gregory, to perform her piece, “I Am Trayvon Martin” Kavon is the founder of Justice for Bruce’s Beach and has led the historic and successful movement that made it possible for stolen land to be returned to the descendants of Black landowners, Willa and Charles Bruce. The descendants of the Bruces recently sold the reclaimed land to LA County for $20 million dollars. Kavon was named a 35th Senate District, 2022 Woman of the Year by Senator Steven Bradford.

    Kavon has since been quoted in the New York Times, the L.A. Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, and a host of other articles. She has interviewed with NPR, 94.7 The WAVE, and a number of other radio stations, to discuss what justice for the Bruce family means and what reparations for Black Americans look like. Kavon has partnered with Patrisse Cullors, of Black Lives Matter, to create a petition calling for restitution and restoration for the Bruce family. Kavon is a reparative justice consultant and Founder and CEO of Where Is My Land, an organization focused on getting Black land back nationally. She is a former Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) fellow and public policy lobbyist. Kavon holds a BA in Communications and a Master of Public Administration.

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