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Major laughs, icons abound this weekend

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Piff the Magic Dragon

8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Improv Houston

The America’s Got Talent one-of-a-kind comedian is in town for three nights. Make sure your name is Stacey to get free flowers from the dragon (maybe). Tickets start at $25. Must be at least 18 years old to attend.

Cougar Lights

8 p.m., Friday, University of Houston

The fountain is coming back. Celebrate the reopening of our University’s landmark with a light show and a speech from President and Chancellor Renu Khator. The main event starts at 9 p.m., but get to Butler Plaza at 8 p.m. to receive a commemorative glow stick.

UPDATE: The event has been postponed until further notice.

What’s Going On? The Marvin Gaye Experience

8 to 10:30 p.m., Friday, Miller Outdoor Theatre

See soul icon Brian Owens pay tribute to the legendary Mavin Gaye this weekend with hits such as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Mercy Mercy Me” and “You’re All I Need to Get By.” Tickets needed for covered seating area and it’s free on the hill. But doesn’t matter where you are, Gaye’s songs will definitely make your night a soothing one.


7 p.m., Saturday, House of Blues

Who’s bad? Not this comedian. Greet the star of “The Sinbad Show” and “Good Burger” this weekend as he switches those first-week-of-school frowns into rest-of-the-month grins. Be sure to get your tickets early!


6 p.m., Sunday, Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park

The 2006 animated masterpiece from the late Satoshi Kon that was purported to be the inspiration behind Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” has resurfaced. Frankly, the film at times can make little sense, but this tale about a therapist recovering a machine that can invade people’s dreams have imagery you’ll see nowhere else.

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