This Week in Houston’s Buzz: Houston’s Appreciation Weekend 2017, Ensemble Theatre presents Simply Simone and More!

Houston’s Appreciation Weekend 2017

                                    Houston Appreciation Weekend Crowd

Houston, Texas had a major role in Drake’s rise to fame. Therefore, he is aware of the indebtedness for which he owes to the city. In addition to his brief upbringing in Memphis, Tennessee with his father, the Texan city of Houston marks a significant point in Drizzy Drake’s rise to prominence, as it is where he first met his mentor, boss and confidant, Lil Wayne. Impressed by a selection of songs by Drake that was presented to him, Weezy immediately invited the young Toronto rapper to join him on his tour, which at the time was in progress in Houston. This past weekend, Drake hosted his annual Houston Appreciation Weekend (H.A.W.) during the dates of July 20-23, 2017, as his tribute to the city.

Among the list of events of H.A.W. included several events starting on Thursday, July 20. The charity Barbecue was held at Emancipation Park where Drake gave out school supplies to everyone following a private party at the Jet Lounge. On Friday, July 21, Habibiz Hookah Party was given at Prospect Park from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Also, Friday night The Ballet Pop Up was hosted by Lil Wayne at the Mercy Nightclub from 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Then, Saturday July 22, the OVO Pool Party was hosted by Roy Woods, Chubbs and Jas Prince at CLE from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Also, hosted by Baka & Preme and Tings was held at the House of Tings at the Engine Room from 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Houston Appreciation Weekend concluded on Sunday, July 23. The event was hosted by Drake at SPIRE from 10:00 p.m – 2:00 a.m.

                                      Houston Appreciation Weekend

                      Drake on stage with Trae tha Truth and Jas Prince

                                                             Trae tha Truth


                                                                  J. Prince Jr.

                                                                   OVO Owl

                              Dj J-Que of KBXX’s 97.9 The Box

Ensemble Theatre presents Simply Simone

                                                            Simply Simone

From June 29 to July 30, 2017, the Ensemble Theatre presented SIMPLY SIMONE written by Robert Neblett & David Grapes, and directed & choreographed by Patro Harris. The Musical Arrangement was by Vince Dimura, and the Musical Direction by Chika Kaba Ma’Atunde. It was also underwritten by Chevron, Texas Commission on the Arts, Art Works, houstonartsalliance (haa), and the City of Houston.

Houston World Series of Dog Shows

                                                      Meet ‘ Dodd’ (Poodle)

Houston’s World Series of Dog Shows was held Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday – Sunday, July 20-23, 2017, 8:00 to 7:00 p.m. This event was surely your ultimate guide to the Dog Show. It was free to the public. Sponsors were: Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit, Barn Hunt, McScotty Market, Flyball, Meet The Breeds, CAP canine Frisbee, Creative Dog Grooming, Canine Musical Freestyle, Conformation, & Agility. For more information visit their website:

                                            Meet ‘Sandy’ (Airedale Terrier)