If you had a tough week and need a drink this weekend, well Houston Beer Week kicks off Saturday. The event will be craft-beer heavy and promoters suggest you get there early.
Check out a run down of some the events:
Nov. 10: DeFalco’s Home Wine & Brewing Supplies, 9223 Stella Link, and the Foam Rangers host “Pros Versus The Joes” homebrewing demonstration. Matt Schlabach of the forthcoming City Acre brewpub takes on the homebrew club’s 2012 grand wazoo, Jaime Robles.
Nov. 11: Craft-beer phenomenon Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer, hosts its first beer dinner with Shmaltz Brewing, makers of He’Brew and Coney Island brands.
Nov. 12: Beaver’s, 2310 Decatur, brings in Ben Fullelove of Petrol Station for a dinner pairing rare beers with fine food.
Nov. 13: Q&A with a panel of brewmasters at Whole Foods Market, 2955 Kirby. The brewers are bringing some special kegs and Whole Foods is offering $20 sample flights.
Nov. 14: Meet brewers from Southern Star, Buffalo Bayou and other Texas breweries at Rockwell Tavern, 12640 Telge in Cypress. You can also pick up an autographed copy of “Houston Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Bayou City.”
Nov. 15: Heights hangout Onion Creek, 3106 White Oak, will tap the first kegs of Saint Arnold Pumpkinator with nitrogen, rather than oxygen, for a different tasting experience. Keep the souvenir pint glass.
Nov. 16: Down House, 1801 Yale, will turn over its tap wall to Dallas craft brewer Deep Ellum. The tasting will include some familiar brews, plus others that haven’t been seen around these parts.
Nov. 17: Capping the week will be the Draft craft-beer festival with food, music and beer from at least 30 breweries. The Draft, at Guadalupe Plaza Park, hopes to raise $30,000 for the local Live It BIG charity.
Art that engages
The Cinema Arts Festival hits town Friday and will feature a screening of “Beauty Is Embarrassing”, a film about the unique art of artist Wayne White. White's artwork has appeared in music videos for the Smashing Pumpkins and Peter Gabriel.
Speaking of famous people, Anthony Bourdain 's "Good vs. Evil" tour comes to town at 8 p.m. Saturday at Jones Hall. The popular "No Reservations" host's tour will be a combination of storytelling and observation about what goes on in a restaurant's kitchen.
Meet some fury new friends
Fans and, of course, owners of ferrets will gather 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, for the second annual Ferret Frolic. The day features a full lineup of ferret games such as tube races and paper-sack escapes. There also will be a ferret maze, a costume contest and a marketplace.
Children's Festival scores an A-lister
The 17th annual Children's Festival this weekend in the Woodlands nabbed a big star this year — Barney, the purple dinosaur parents love to hate and find themselves all-too-often singing along with. Joining in the fun are the KIDZ Bop Kids. The festival includes kite flying, parachute races, arts and crafts, face painting and more.
The crowd might be wearing shorts, but that won’t stop the Galleria from ushering in the holidays with its 24th annual Ice Spectacular at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Galleria,5085 Westheimer; . The highlight is the lighting of the 55-foot Christmas tree, which boasts 450,000 lights and 5,000 ornaments. Baytown teen RaeLynn, who was featured on Season 2 of “The Voice,” will perform a few songs.
Start your cookin'
The heat will be on Saturday when nine of the city’s most popular eateries compete in Cook-off for Kids. The jalapeño-and-serrano pepper cooking contest will be noon-4 p.m. at Hughes Hangar, 2811 Washington.
Participating in the cook-off will be BB’s Cafe, Beaver’s, Bernie’s Burger Bus, Block 7, Community Bar, Quattro, Sammy’s Wild Game Grill, Shade and Sorrel Urban Bistro.
Tickets are $30 at the door and benefit Child Advocates, which works to give abused and neglected children a voice in the courts system.Purchase advance tickets at childadvocates.org.
Milestone for ComedySportz
ComedySportz, the city’s longest running improv comedy show, will celebrate its 22nd birthday with a very special show at 8 p.m. on Saturday at their west Houston theater, 901 Town & Country Blvd., which will feature past and present performers.
Nutcracker Market mania begins
Reliant Center will host the Nutcracker Market, which runs 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. This year's 32nd annual Nutcracker Market will feature a "Tinseltown" Hollywood glam theme. Check out these tips to see how you can get everything you want from the market place.
Take in a show
While heavyweights like Paul McCartney and Eddie Vedder don't perform till next week, you can still catch some concerts this weekend . Waka Flocka Flame, who broke through in a big way with 2010 hit “No Hands", will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Warehouse Live.
Texas brings the heat
If you plan on staying home this weekend, you may want to check out a new reality TV show based in Trinity. "Big Texas Heat" , which premieres at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on CMT, focuses on the adventures (and misadventures) of a small-town police force.