20 years of WWE Raw
The return of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to the ring (now that the movie roles have lightened up) highlights the 20th anniversary show of WWE Raw. The ring will be stuffed with wrestlers, including John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and the Divas. But never fear: Johnson still has several film projects in the works once he gets bored again with the smackdowns. When: 6:30 p.m. Monday; Where: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk; Tickets: $20-$95.
Speaking of birthdays
Are you ready for Chris Allen’s 44th Bday Bash? Allen, who spins regularly at clubs from Houston to College Station, is a fixture in the city’s LGBT community. He’ll ring in another birthday with his mix of high-energy tunes and wailing vocals. And he might just play your request — if you bring him a nice present. Allen has produced several original tracks, including collaborations with dance artists Jacinta and Jay Arseno. When: 10 p.m. Tuesday; Where: F Bar, 202 Tuam; Tickets: Free.
“Faces” book launch: Popular local artist and personality John Palmer launches his 11th book, “Faces,” a collection of unique portraits honoring loved ones, children, ancestors and soul mates of art collectors. Palmer will also be celebrating his 39th birthday, and all of his publications will be on sale. Palmer recently was voted top male artist at the inaugural FACE Awards. When: 6 p.m. Thursday; Where: John Palmer Gallery & Studio, 1218 Heights; Tickets: Free.
“Into the Woods”: The newish Bayou City Theatrics stages a “highly conceptualized” rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” a classic spin on well-worn fairy tales. A narrator guides the winding story involving the Witch, the Baker’s Wife, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and more. When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 19, 3 p.m. Jan. 13 and 19; Where: Midtown Art Center, 3414 La Branch; Tickets: $25.
Buda Love Presents: Native 5: A cavalcade of Texas EDM acts and DJs storm the dance floor during this fifth installment of the Native series. The lineup includes Dallas DJ Sno White, Austin’s Exceed, Houston DJ/vocalist Jasmine Rose, Marst, Lost Prophet vs. Wonderkid, Nesto, Oscillator Z, Splatterhaus and more names than you can shake a glowstick at. When: 9 p.m. Friday; Where: Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond; Tickets: $10-$20.
Jon Wolfe: The Texas- and Oklahoma-bred singer has never shied away from comparisons to George Strait. In fact, the country king is his hero. It was evident on his most recent disc, “It All Happened in a Honky Tonk,” a collection of country kickers that straddle the fence between hard-core and commercial. A deluxe edition with new tracks is due later this month, and a new album can’t be far behind. When: 9 p.m. Friday; Where: Firehouse Saloon, 5930 Southwest Freeway; Tickets: $12.
Curtis Grimes: The Gilmer native turned down a baseball scholarship to spend time with his girlfriend. And then they broke up. He turned to music, learned to play guitar and built up a solid Texas-country fanbase. Soon enough, he won a slot opening for Kenny Chesney. Grimes may also look familiar to TV fans. He made it to the top 16 on season 1 of “The Voice.” Recent single “Smile” has given him a sizable regional hit. When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday; Where: Dosey Doe Music Cafe, 463 FM 1488, Conroe; Tickets: $15.