How to Spend Your Weekend: Savor New Restaurants, Sunshine & More!

How to Spend Your Weekend: Savor New Restaurants, Sunshine & More!

Central Market's in-person cooking classes are back!

FROM ADVENTUROUS NEW dining experiences to outdoor art festivals, your weekend plans are shaping up quite nicely. Check out what's going on around town!



TASTE-TEST A TASTING MENUUH and Uchi alum Thomas Stacy recently announced a new 20-seat, BYOB restaurant dubbed ReikiNa, opening soon in CityCentre. Foodies can preview the concept during a series of pop-up dinners, with proceeds benefiting Southern Smoke. The first event takes place at Sanman Studios near UH Downtown tonight — with two to follow on April 15 and 23 — and reservations can be made for $150/person via Resy.

ENJOY BRUSHES AND BREWS Paint your next masterpiece in good company at B-52 Brewing tonight. Local artists guide painters, first-time or experienced, through each step of creating their own masterpieces. Get a ticket and join the fun at 6pm.

Central Market

CHANNEL A GOURMET CHEFCentral Market's in-person cooking classes are back! This weekend, learn to cook four different meals: Make and take home empanadas tonight from 6:30-8:30pm; cook up a cowboy steak dinner Friday, 6:30-8:30pm; decorate cupcakes with spring flowers Saturday 11am-1pm; or join in on a Saturday night pizza party, 6-8pm. Find more information and to sign up, visitEventbrite.

BB Lemon

MUNCH ON MUDBUGSStill haven't gotten your crawfish fix? B.B. Lemon's got you covered — they're seeing crawfish season out with a bang! Beginning Saturday, a three-weekend series spotlights mudbugs and live-spun DJ tunes from 11am-3pm. It's $12.99 per pound, served with potatoes, sausage and corn. Delish!

Feges BBQ

TOAST FEGES' NEW LOCALE Join Feges BBQ for a pop-up party at its new Spring Branch location on Saturday. As part of the Spring Branch Village Feel Good Market (10am-2pm), Feges will serve barbecue (ready-to-eat and in bulk!) and other vendors will be providing farm-fresh goods, local wares, live music and more. No pre-orders this time — just show up and stock up!

PERUSE THE WATERWAY ARTS FESTIVAL Pack up and head north for the Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival this weekend! From 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday, stroll the banks of the Waterway while perusing art by nearly 200 regional and international artists — accompanied by live music! Expect a diverse mix of painting, drawing, fiber art, sculpture, jewelry, glass, woodworking, photography, mixed media, clayworks and digital art. Doors open early (at 9am) for guests 60 and older.

Duos, Trios and Teams: ‘Next-Generation’ Mother-Daughter Leppert Duo Debuts

Clare Leppert and Clementine, the Cavachon. Leigh Leppert and Benny, the Bernedoodle.

HOW DID YOU come together as a team? This fall, we are celebrating the introduction of an exciting real estate collaboration between Clare Leppert, longtime Houston Realtor®, and daughter Leigh Leppert. Clare shared a 20+ year real estate partnership with her mother, Bette Carpenter, until Bette’s death in 2016. Having worked solo for several years, Clare in 2021 was awarded Houston Business Journal’s No. 2 Luxury Realtor® in Houston. Leigh, who has been working in marketing for the past decade, has always shared a passion for real estate and watched Clare successfully balance family and career. We are excited to re-create the next generation of a mother-daughter duo at Compass!

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'Alma's Rainbow'

THIS WEEKEND, FEB. 3-5, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Through the Lens of African American Women, a mini-festival of four films and one short, all directed by Black women. The lineup was curated by UH graduate Autumn Johnson, who interned with the MFAH film department last summer and produced the short film This is Real Life, which has earned 70,000 views and counting on YouTube. As Houston is home to such talented Black female film directors as Candice D’Meza, Lisa E. Harris and Brittany Bass, and this being Black History Month, the festival is timely and will resonate with anyone interested in great, independent filmmaking.

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