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Bollywood Night, Comicpalooza highlight weekend in Houston


A lively weekend in Houston is highlighted Comicpalooza and A Bollywood Night at Discovery Green. | Courtesy of Eflon/Wikimedia Commons

Cultures will compete for attention this weekend with dazzling, large-scale events that promise an experience like no other. Yes, it’s wise to believe the hype this time – especially when these five things are happening in Houston.

Comicpalooza 2016

Universes and characters from all sorts of media will come to life and mingle at the largest event for pop culture in Texas. There are various types of tickets to choose from for this three-day gathering, from Friday to Sunday, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Get to meet, grab signatures and take photos with Kate Beckinsale of “Underworld” fame, Charlie Hunnam from “Sons of Anarchy,” the cast of “Aliens” and many, many more.

Bob Schneider’s Practical Guide to Everything Tour

The Austin-based musician, and former lead singer of Ugly Americans, will kick off his tour 7 p.m. Friday at the House of Blues before bringing his rock to other spots in Texas plus six more states. Visit here for the tickets. Also, don’t forget to drop by Schneider’s magnificent website to listen to new songs from three EPs titled “King Kong Suite.”

A Bollywood Night

For one night, the beauty and soul of India take over Houston with Bollywood dance showcases and instructions, treasure hunting within an arts and crafts market and a showing of the 1999 romance epic “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” (Straight from the Heart). Head over to Discovery Green on Friday by 8 p.m. and travel to a whole new world. Film screens at 9 p.m. Event is free.

Discovery Green Flea by Night

The downtown park will also be the venue for vendors presenting an array of special items, collectibles, eco-friendly goodies and bargains. Besides the shops, visitors will also be surrounded by night lights, local entertainment and tasty snacks. Unleash the inner shopper for this free event that will happen on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m.

Houston Juneteenth’s Celebration

Commemorate the day slavery in Texas became undone with lively and soulful covers of James Brown, Prince and other icons from saxophonist Maceo Parker and his band. ThunderSOUL Orchestra and poetry slam team Meta-Four Houston will also appear and further energize the atmosphere. The music will rise at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, where attendees can get a ticket for the covered seating area or find a spot on the hill for free. Psst: head down to the box office between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday to get free tickets while they last.

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