There’s always something to do in The H! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Houston this week.
1. HOUSTON STARTUP WEEK
Monday, November 7, 2016 – Sunday, November 13, 2016
In its first iteration Houston Startup Week has put together a huge lineup of free events throughout the city including mixers, coworking, workshops, meetups, and even daily yoga! Most if not all official events for the week are free, but limited in capacity so RSVP in advance! Learn more here.
2. ELECTION NIGHT WATCH PARTY WITH HAULYP, YAP, AND HBAD
Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals, Young African Professionals, and Houston Black American Democrats are coming together to hold a joint watch party at Social Junkie. They have both drink and food specials and those who RSVP and bring their voter sticker get a free drink! Learn more here.
3. THE EMERGING 100 OF HOUSTON PRESENTS: PARTY FOR YOUR PARTY
Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
The men of Emerging 100 (the young professionals affiliate of 100 Black Men) are hosting an election night watch party as well at Local Pour. They also offer a free drink with your voter sticker and happy hour drink specials. I’m sure both watch parties will be crowded and lively so it’s really up to you which venue or organization you prefer. Learn more here.
4. TAILORED WEDNESDAYS (POETS’ EDITION) WITH VIDEO DJ SLY FOXX
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This is one of my favorite weekly events and a great place for me to relax midweek. If you’re anything like me you don’t watch music videos much anymore and Video DJ Sly Foxx plays excellent music. This week will have a special Houston poetry showcase along with the chance to watch Teyana Taylor in Fade in Houston’s oldest bar. Learn more here.
5. HOUSTON CINEMA ARTS FESTIVAL
Thursday, November 10, 2016 – Thursday, November 17, 2016
This annual festival showcases films that highlight work in the visual, performing, and literary arts. Not limited to film, the festival also includes live music and film performances, outdoor projections, and discussions. There are several exceptional screenings I’d recommend, including Maya Angelou, Wangetchi Mutu, Billy Woodberry, and Akosua Adoma Owusu. You can also just go see the phenomenal Moonlight which just opened in Houston. Learn more here.
6. HOUSTON STARTUP SHOWCASE + #HSW16 PARTY
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Another free event and a chance to hang out with others involved and interested in Houston’s entrepreneurship scene including founders, designers, developers, investors, and more at coworking space Station Houston’s brand new location! There will be plenty of food, drinks, and startups to check out. Learn more here.
7. SALSA, SAKE, & SOUL NETWORKING EVENT
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This collaborative membership mixer between the Greater Houston Black Chamber, the Asian Chamber of Commerce, and the National Hispanic Professional Organization promises to be a night of fun networking. If you’re interested in small business in the city’s fastest-growing communities this is the place to be. Learn more here.
8. JAMAL CYRUS “WHEN IMAGES ARE DEPLOYED” LECTURE
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Houston artist Jamal Cyrus will be sharing his thoughts on the role that imagery plays within the context of the political, psychological, and spiritual. He’ll also be speaking on how our motion and thought are affected by works of art. This talk is held in conjunction with his current exhibition STANDARDZENBLŪZ. There will be food and drinks following the lecture. Learn more here.
9. MUXIMA – NEWEST KIZOMBA PARTY IN H-TOWN
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.
If you love dancing or you just need to work on your rhythm, quarterly Kizomba party Muxima is a great way to dive into this romantic Angolan genre of music and dance. The event begins with four hours of workshops and ends with a party that runs from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. You can participate in the workshops or just buy tickets for the party. Learn more here.
10. ANY GIVEN SUNDAY W/ SOUL CONTROL AND ANALOG VILLAGE W/ MARIUM ECHO
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to relax on a Sunday Alley Kat is a great choice with the music of DJ duo Soul Control from 4 – 8 p.m. There are plenty of TVs for the NFL fans and free Breakfast Klub chicken before 6! Even better, you get to hear the mellifluous songstress Marium Echo upstairs when she takes the mic at 8 backed by her great band. You can’t lose. Learn more here.
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