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Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival Promises Big Names and Mystery — Your Guide to the Weekend Fun

Houston's Music Festival Moment is Here — and So is Drake

BY // 11.07.19

Houston weekends are packed full of events, but how many of them are truly worthy of your time? PaperCity’s new events calendar offers a curated look at all the best things to do in the area. But everyone can still use a guru — or two.

PaperCity Weekend Gurus Matthew Ramirez and Virginia Reynolds cull our calendar for your weekend must dos in this weekly series.

Astroworld Fest

True, Travis Scott‘s second-annual Astroworld Festival is technically sold out, according to its bare-bones website. But the scant details and elusive digital footprint of the festival has not tempered the rabid desire to be a part of Scott’s hometown party.

Two days out from the show, and there’s still no word of a lineup or schedule, only tickets (now officially gone, but more always release at the time of the lineup announcement) and a feverish anticipation of what Scott has in store for Houston after last year’s inaugural festival was mostly a success. A city without a music festival hungers for one once again. (Maybe in its third year, Astroworld will expand to two days.)

Last year saw acts like Young Thug and Gunna – who knows what’s in-store this year, but any big name could be expected to show up (just a heads up – Drake is in Houston, and has been for a few days now). Astroworld Festival gets under way Saturday, November 9. Resale tickets still available. -Matthew Ramirez

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Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

It’s hard to believe we’re already at the “it’s-basically-December” time of year. Shopping centers have their Christmas decorations up, Christmas music has taken over the radio and Starbucks has released its Christmas season cups. Cheers.

While I personally prefer to wait to hone in on all-things Christmas until the final bite of pie on Thanksgiving, there is something exciting and magical about the upcoming season.

Stages Repertory Theatre is already joining the Christmas festivities with a production of Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play. The live musical radio play is adapted from the original 1947 classic, so grab your tickets to see the show and get into the holiday spirit early. If you wish.

Tickets are $25. The play runs through Sunday, December 15.

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Southern Living Showcase Home Tour

For 24 years now, Southern Living has capitalized on its knack for home design through its program, the Southern Living Custom Builder Program. The program boasts a network of  more than 100 of the South’s top custom home builders as selected by the magazine. In 2017, Houston’s own Kurk Homes joined the ranks of the esteemed network.

The home builders have been working on constructing a custom-designed modern farmhouse, and now they’re ready to show it off. The home, called the “Legacy Ranch,” is located just north of the city in Huntsville, and will be open for tours for three weekends in November, beginning this Friday, November 7. In addition to the tour, there will be activities including interior design talks and chef demonstrations.

Tickets are $12. Sales will directly benefit the veterans charities Camp Home and Operation Finally Home.

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Grilled Cheese Festival

How do you like your grilled cheese? Are you a purist? Do you like meat in your sammy? How about tomatoes? Well, however you prefer your grilled cheese, this weekend will simply be heavenly.

The Grilled Cheese Festival, produced by 11 Creative, will take over Midtown Park this Saturday, November 9, giving you the chance to sample cheesy bites created by local restaurants and chefs, including Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, The Moonshiners Southern Table + Bar and Twisted Grilled Cheese.

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Twisted Grilled Cheese will be one of many Houston hotspots at the Grilled Cheese Festival.

General Admission to the epic(ly indulgent) event is $55, VIP $89.

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Sleater-Kinney

After a prolonged 10-year hiatus, Pacific Northwest punk icons Sleater-Kinney returned to music with 2015’s raucous No Cities to Love, which saw them mostly successfully recreate the highs of their trademark, guitar/drums/vocals sound.  They came back this year with The Center Won’t Hold, with production duties from St. Vincent, which found the band working at a crisper, glossier tempo.

Long-time drummer Janet Weiss departed, and now Sleater-Kinney are a fearsome duo. Catch them at The Heights Theater on Thursday, November 7. Tickets $32.55; doors open at 7 pm. -Matthew Ramirez

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Kurt Vile/Dinosaur Jr.

Philly-based Kurt Vile has come a long way from playing downstairs at the old Fitzgerald’s (R.I.P.). The man has had a career even his biggest early fans couldn’t dream of. When I first encountered his music around 2011 (at which point he had already been releasing records for some years), he struck me as a low-key dude who slotted in nicely alongside other guys in that same mid-’70s, take-it-easy, laidback rock vibe: Real Estate, Mac DeMarco, the War on Drugs, etc.

But Vile has arguably remained more relevant than those other artists, whose natural ebbs and flows have taken them on divergent courses. He’s embraced his older-brother stoner status, a sort of dorky, but endearing, and deceptively warm songwriter behind the curls and affable personality, like a modern-day Jackson Browne or Tom Petty. He’s co-headlining a tour with ’80s post-punk, pre-indie, Nirvana-adjacent veterans Dinosaur Jr., whose “comeback” LEG of their career is now well into a decade.

The assuredly 420-friendly show gets underway Saturday, November 9, downstairs at White Oak Music Hall. Tickets $35; doors open at 7 pm. -Matthew Ramirez

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