Trials were meant to be seen and this one is no different.EXPAND
Trials were meant to be seen and this one is no different.
Photo by Pin Lim

Judas has a lot to answer for, the feigned loyalty to Jesus followed by the betrayal heard around the world. But if you play devil's advocate and consider his point of view, then was it really all that wrong? Find out in the trial of the century in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot this weekend at Chelsea Market Theater, and keep reading for more of this weekend's best bets.

This case is about to get heated.EXPAND
This case is about to get heated.
Photo by Pin Lim

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Chelsea Market Theater
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
4617 Montrose

A very strange trial is about to take place in a town called Hope, located in downtown Purgatory, where criminal defense attorney Fabiana Aziza Cunningham has filed for an appeal on behalf of her catatonic client, Judas Iscariot, who has been sentenced to hell. Her opponent is El Fayoumy, the prosecuting attorney from hell, literally from hell. The full-length play by Stephen Adly Guirgis also features expert witnesses Sigmund Freud and Satan. For information, call 281-892-1323 or visit facebook.com/gravityplayers. $25.

Clearly Ms. Redd knows how to keep the summer steamy.
Clearly Ms. Redd knows how to keep the summer steamy.
Photo by Alvarado

Hotter Than Hell Burlesque at The Heights Theater
Friday, 9 p.m.
339 West 19th

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but what happens when Vegas talent turns up in the Bayou City? H-Town will be scorching when La Divina Productions presents Hotter Than Hell Burlesque at The Heights Theater, with headliner (and Vegas import) Ms. Redd. Joining her on stage for this sizzling performance are Grace Gotham (New York City), La Divina and Minxie Mimieux (Dallas), Rosalee Bloom (Arkansas) and Houston's own Honey Moonpie and Sivene DeLynn. Insiders will recognize Mimieux from her crowning as Queen of Burlesque last year at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival. For information, call 713-861-6070 or visit theheightstheater.com. $25 to $180.

One scoop of chocolate, please?
One scoop of chocolate, please?
Photo courtesy of Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream

Upcoming Events

Ice Cream Social and Pop Up Market at East End Market
Friday, 6 p.m.
2800 Navigation

Ice cream trucks and the hunt for them are never-ending. You hear their call but can never quite pin them down. This Friday, though, is your chance to lock your spot in the ice cream line you've been secretly dying for all summer. It's an Ice Cream Social at Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream, where the event plans to help local schools and their wish lists of school supplies. Get a free sweet treat in exchange for a school supply off their wish lists. For information, call 281-935-4099 or visit facebook.com/chocolatewastedicecream. Free.

New to Houston, but proving itself tasty is Krisp Bird & Batter; stop by its booth to get a taste of what it's krispin' up.
New to Houston, but proving itself tasty is Krisp Bird & Batter; stop by its booth to get a taste of what it's krispin' up.
Photo by Gwendolyn Knapp

Southern Fried Chicken Festival at Levy Park
Saturday, 4 p.m.
3801 Eastside

Who makes the best fried chicken in Houston? That’s up for debate. But with the inaugural Southern Fried Chicken Festival, we'll know at last whose chicken Houston deems best; this Saturday's festival will feature fried-chicken specialists such as Chops Gourmet Texas Catering, The Waffle Bus, The Bird Food Truck and Pat’s Wings on Wheels cooking for attendees and competing to be fried-chicken champ. The festival, which doubles as a campaign for colon-cancer awareness, will also include vegan eats courtesy of Nicolas Carson, chicken-wing and watermelon-seed-spitting contests, and live musical performances. For information, call 832-633-4587 or visit southernfriedchickenfest.com. $10 to $75.


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