'Mandalorian' star Giancarlo Esposito is among the Star Wars spinoff stars set to appear at Houston's Comicpalooza in July. (No word on Baby Yoda.) / Photo @thegiancarloesposito on Instagram

WHEN HOUSTON'S LEGENDARY Comicpalooza throws down this year on July 17-18 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, a galaxy far, far, away is going to get just a smidge closer to Space City. That's because four cast members from Disney+'s hit show The Mandalorian — Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Katee Sackhoff and Ming-Na Wen — will be joining in on festivities, including meet-and-greets, this year at the popular annual cultural festival.

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Last year's Cinco de Mayo fiesta was sidelined by Covid — but there seems to be plenty to celebrate in 2021. Raise a marg to Tex-Mex, vaccines — and the Houston Food Bank! — at these tequila-happy festivities on Wednesday. ¡Salud!
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ALBA HUERTA'S POPULAR Washington Avenue bar Julep is finally reopening to the public on Derby Day (21-and-up, purchase tickets via Julep's website) this Saturday after pivoting to the JulepToGo delivery model, which includes two JulepToGo trucks known for camping out at popular outdoor locales like Menil Park. Julep previously reopened in September as a restaurant on weekends only.

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