Must List: Trevor Noah and the holiday season come calling

November 8, 2017 GMT

Noah’s career arc

Before he filled the anchor chair at “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah was still a recurring figure on American TV, doing stand-up bits on the late-night shows. And even then, that work came after years of doing all sorts of TV work in his native South Africa. He gets away from the small screen and back to his stand-up roots on a fall tour that brings him to Sugar Land this week.

When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington, Sugar Land

Details: $39-$75; 281-207-6278,

Andrew Dansby

Cultural reach

Tiempo Libre is a seven-piece band from Cuba that swings new, youthful life into a spirited Afro-Caribbean Latin jazz tradition. The band’s latest album is “Panamericano,” a title that nicely summarizes its broad cultural reach.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, 4300 University Drive


Details: $37.50-$67.50; 713-524-5050,

Andrew Dansby

Winter art storm

The walls of Winter Street Studios in the Washington Avenue Arts District will be a blast of color this weekend during the 21st annual Art on the Avenue charity art auction. More than 250 local artists and artisans have contributed goods to benefit Avenue Community Development Corporation, a non---profit that provides affordable housing. Moodafarucka brings its world music for a preview Thursday and Texas Johnny Boy fires up the auction and party 6-10 p.m. Saturday.

When: Moodararucka, 6-9 p.m. Thursday; auction and party, 6-10 Saturday

Where: 2101 Winter

Details: Aadvance tickets for Saturday are $25; $30 at the door. Thursday’s $100-$125 tickets include Saturday admission; 713-864-8099;

Molly Glentzer

Quoth the Raven, and Raja

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” faves Raja and Raven have found viral fame as hosts of “Fashion Photo RuView,” a YouTube series that sees them critiquing styles from other “Drag Race” grads. The pair gives each look a toot (good) or a boot (very, very bad). The shtick earns them almost 1 million views per episode. Raja, of course, took home the “Drag Race” Season 3 crown. And Raven was a runner-up during Season 2 and the inaugural “All Stars” season. Watch them toot, boot and throw serious shade during a live Fashion Photo RuView.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday Where: South Beach, 810 Pacific Details: Free before 10 p.m. by texting SOBE to 46786 at least a day in advance, $20 after 10 p.m.; 713-529-7623 or

Joey Guerra

Holiday season starts here

The holidays, believe it or not, are upon us. Ring it in with the 29th annual Ice Spectacular at The Galleria. The event features a performance by TSoul from Season 12 of “The Voice,” the lighting of a 55-foot Christmas tree, professional ice skating routines (including Skating Santa) and fireworks.


When: 6 p.m. Saturday Where: The Galleria - Ice at The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Details: Free; 713-622-0663

Joey Guerra

Dressing down

Dress Houston, an event that combines fashion, music and philanthropy, comes to and end after a decade of shows. Founder Vincent Powell, a top 20 finalist on “American Idol” Season 12, says he’s shifting his focus back to original music. This final celebration will feature performances by “Idol” alum Powell, Wendy Taylor, Michael Miller and Ashlyn Carr; keyboard player Brittani Washington, who has worked with Beyoncé; R&B singer Mary Griffin; and local faves Morena Roas and Leo King. The night will showcase upcoming local designers and award fine arts scholarships to students.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Henke & Pilot, 809 Congress Details: $25-$75;

Joey Guerra

Ballet’s best

Houston Ballet steps up to the stage just one night a year with a showcase program pulled from works past, present - and maybe even not yet seen. The annual Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance is a “best of the season” display of virtuosity and versatility that’s different every year, and always popular.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby Details: $30-$15; 713-227-2787,

Molly Glentzer