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Like bluebonnets and crawfish, the annual Art Car Parade is a reliable sign of spring in Houston. Before 250 vehicles take to the streets, fans have the opportunity to get a sneak peek on Thursday or party into the night on Friday at the Art Car Ball — keep an eye out for the Great Wolf Lodge car we wrote about earlier this week.

Outside of all things automotive, this weekend offers an inside look at one of the ‘80s most enduring cult classic films, a festival to mark the end of Ramadan, and the chance to feast on Houston’s best barbecue. Families should look for the heartwarming tale of a canine superhero and a show featuring some of Disney’s most popular characters.

Read on for this weekend’s best bets.

Thursday, April 11

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary presents Reflections on Style Luncheon, Runway Show, and Chic BoutiqueThe Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will host their annual fundraiser, blending a jubilation of fashion, philanthropy, and community engagement. Themed “Girls with Pearls,” the event encapsulates the spirit of women uniting for a positive impact. This year's distinguished honoree, Michelle Bain, receives recognition for her support and longstanding commitment to The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and various other commendable organizations. This annual luncheon will continue with its four-day fashion sale event. 10 am.

The Orange Show presents Art Car Sneak PeekKicking off a weekend of events, the sneak peek gives visitors a first look at nearly 100 art cars, contraptions, lowriders, SLABs, and mobile masterpieces featured in this year's Art Car Parade. Guests can stroll through Discovery Green and along Avenida Houston, meet the artists, enjoy kids craft activities, music, and more. The legendary Art Car Ball follows Friday night with the Art Car Parade rolling through downtown on Saturday afternoon. 6 pm.

Performing Arts Houston presents The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary ElwesCary Elwes will present a two-night, behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of the classic film The Princess Bride, in which he starred as Westley. Journey back to the lands of Florin and Guilder in an adventure filled with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles, and of course, true love. After a screening of the iconic movie, Elwes will engage in a moderated discussion with Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse, revealing never-before-shared secrets and tales of inconceivable antics. 7:30 pm.

Friday, April 12

Houston Museum of African American Culture presents “Mami Wata Afrofuturism: 500 Years Back to the [Afro][Future]” opening reception
This new exhibition envisions the future through the lens of the past and focuses on works by artists of the African Diaspora who consider the transatlantic and trans-Mississippi delta journeys of Black people across waters, carrying with them histories, mythologies, and cultures towards new futures. The exhibition includes paintings, photography and digital painting on paper, photographs, video, and sculpture from such artists as Arnold J. Browne, Carla Jay Harris, Miatta Kawinzi, Abi Salami, and Raymond Thompson. A conversation with the artists, moderated by chief curator Christopher Blay, will be on Saturday. Through Saturday, June 29. 6 pm.

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival presents Art Dash PartyThe Art Dash Party will feature a room of festival artists and art lovers. The highlight of this event is the 60-Second Art Dash, in which ticket holders can quickly dash to select a coveted original art piece donated by the festival’s fine artists. The party also features light bites, adult beverages, and live music. The painting “Water Break,” by this year's featured artist, Regina Lyubovnaya, will be auctioned off along with other items. Funds from the live auction and ticket sales will benefit The Woodlands Arts Council’s Student Art Scholarship Program. The festival continues with more events on Saturday and Sunday. 6:30 pm.

TheaterWorksUSA presents Dog Man: The MusicalDog Man: The Musical is a heartwarming and hysterical production based on the worldwide bestselling book series. It follows the chronicles of a canine superhero who loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. But while trying his best to be a good boy, can he save the city from Flippy the cyborg fish and his army of Beasty Buildings? Can he catch Petey, the world’s most evil cat, who has cloned himself to exact revenge on the doggy do-gooder? And will George and Harold finish their show before lunchtime? 7 pm (11 am, 3 & 7 pm Saturday; 1 & 5 pm Sunday).

Disney on Ice: Magic in the StarsDisney on Ice: Magic in the Stars charts a course through the night sky, where every story starts with a wish. Guests will experience the magic of Frozen 2 and celebrate the power of love with Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff; watch Asha and her friend Star from Wish as they skate to “This Wish”; embrace the dreams and gifts inside us all with Mirabel, Luisa, Isabela, and maybe even Bruno; explore the skies with Aladdin and Jasmine; sing along with Tiana as she dreams of owning her own restaurant; and more. 7:30 pm (11 am, 3 & 7 pm Saturday; 1 & 5 pm Sunday).

Saturday, April 13

Asia Society Texas Center presents Festival of EidAt Asia Society Texas Center's sixth annual Festival of Eid, guests can celebrate and learn through food, performances, artist demonstrations, activities, and games. Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is an occasion of peace, joy, and festivity. People visit friends and family, give gifts, and eat sweet food. On the festival lawn, guests can visit food stalls before heading indoors to play games and enjoy ticketed dance performances. In addition, they can enjoy free admission to Xu Bing: "Word Alchemy." Noon.

Karina Nistal and the Cosmic Cats Backyard Bash!
Karina Nistal and the Cosmic Cats hit the Continental Club’s Pachinko Hut for a backyard bash. Nistal is a vibrant bilingual singer and songwriter, with seven albums and 25 years of international performing experience. She has collaborated on tracks with artists and renowned music producers all over the world. Formerly LA-based, she now resides in Houston, where she performs regularly along with her new quartet, The Cosmic Cats, all local icons in their own right. 7 pm.

Sawyer Yards Brewery Crawl
Sawyer Yards’ creative campus is punctuated with breweries that invite people to linger after Second Saturday. Join them for a brewery crawl at Platypus Brewing, Urban South, City Orchard, and Holler Brewing Co. Each brewery invites people to savor distinctive brews that complement the vibrant artistry of Sawyer Yards. Best of all, admission is free! Simply pay for the beer. This event is open to all aged 21 and over. 5 pm.

Frankie Beverly & Maze in concert
Toyota Center welcomes Frankie Beverly and his band Maze back to Houston before they unfortunately part ways. After 54 years, nine gold albums and numerous hits including “Before I Let Go,” “Happy Feelin’s” and other cookout favorites, Beverly will be retiring soon. So, he decided to do some farewell shows across the country, giving longtime fans one last night of feelgood R&B. The O'Jays and El DeBarge will also be performing. 8 pm.

Sunday, April 14

11th Annual Houston Barbecue Festival
The 35 best barbecue joints from Houston and surrounding areas will serve unlimited samples to 2,000+ hungry barbecue fanatics. This year’s participants represent the many styles that make Texas barbecue both dynamic and delicious. East Texas-style barbecue as well as Cajun influences from places like Beaumont are represented. Central Texas-style craft barbecue is, of course, well-represented. Barbecue joints that represent Venezuelan, Korean, South Texas, and Persian influences will also be highlighted. 1 pm.

Houston Early Music presents The Gate to Flamenco: Spanish RenaissanceWith The Gate to Flamenco: Spanish Renaissance, Arte Puro brings a group of international musicians based in Texas to overlay the music of the Spanish Renaissance with today's flamenco. Centered on the influence of Spanish Renaissance and baroque composers, such as Juan del Encina or Gaspar Sanz, and their literature for guitar as well as the use of the rhythmic language, this program will navigate different Renaissance dances and flamenco palos (styles), taking the audience on a trip from the Spain of the XVII century to the present day. 3 pm.

Nikki Glaser: The Good Girl TourThe podcast host and comedian brings her honest, no-holds-barred style of comedy to 713 Music Hall. Her daily show, The Nikki Glaser Podcast is peppered with Nikki’s sense of humor and honesty to help keep listeners sane, well-informed, and laughing through life. In July of 2022, Glaser headlined her first HBO comedy special, Good Clean Filth. 7 pm.

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