Weekend best bets
The UH School of Theatre and Dance presents Holes, the story of Stanley Yelnats’ unfortunate sentence to hard labor in West Texas for a crime he did not commit. While he’s there, Yelnats finds friendship and solves a 100-year-old mystery. The production runs through Sunday, and each performance begins at 2 p.m. at the UH Wortham Theatre. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information call (713) 743-2929.
Celebrate Hispanic heritage: Latino author Ana Castillo, whose books include The Mixquiahuala Letters, for which she received the Before Columbia Foundation’s American Book Award, and Sapogonia, will be at Barnes and Noble, 7626 Westheimer Road for a book signing from 7 to 8:30 p.m. presented by Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say. Don’t miss this fascinating poet, novelist, short story writer and essayist. Admission is free. For more information visit www.anacastillo.com or call (713) 867-8943.
Create your own laughs: Third Coast Comedy presents Friday Family Improv. Whether you were blessed with the talent of being funny or just enjoy being a cut-up, then this event is for you. It has a similar format to Whose Line is it Anyway? with Drew Carey. Each week audience members are invited to participate on stage with the Improv Troupe. Third Coast Comedy Theatre is located at 2317 West 34th St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information call (713) 263-9899.
Space out: If you’re fascinated with the nighttime sky, attend Astronomy Day 2008 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park. Guests will have the opportunity to use telescopes to get an incredible view of the night sky. There will be astronomy presentations and displays as well as activities for children. The event will be held from 3 to 10 p.m. at George Observatory, Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762 Needville, Texas 77461. The event is free, however there is a $5 charge for adults to enter Brazos Bend State Park. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information call (713) 639-4629.
Get moving: Swing dance with the Houston Swing Dance Society as it hosts fun swing dance evenings every Sunday from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Melody Club, 3027 Crossview Dr. Melody Club also features other types of dances on Monday and Tuesday nights. Wild Horses Dance is every Monday evening, which includes two-step, polka and waltz. Tuesday night is ballroom dancing, so the DJ plays fox trot, tango, rumba, samba, mambo and meringue among others. Cover charge varies depending on the night. Call venue for ticket information for Monday; Tuesday is $5 and Sunday is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. For more information call (713) 785-5301.