MAVIS MEANS IT: It must be hard to top yourself when you're Mavis Staples. The GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award winner can wail from a Chicago clubhouse (Live: Hope at the Hideout) or at the Newport Folk Festival for scores more fans; either way, the soul/gospel vocalist is known for killing it live with a purpose to unite, decades after "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There" etched The Staples Singers into the stone heart of history. See Mavis at the What It Is! Tour with Booker T and JJ Grey, Bass Hall, 8PM. Find tickets here.
NO PLACE LIKE HAHA: The Dallas Comedy Festival continues as its acts' hometowns expand from North Texas to Austin and (eep!) New York, with Pretty JackJaybird and Back to School Night, respectively. Good ol' Four Day Weekend brings it from Fort Worth to open. Shows start at Dallas Comedy House at 8PM. Find advanced tickets here.
CALL TO ACTION: The Great Richmond Theatre Fire in 1811 saw the end of 600 lives, killing even the freshly-elected governor who famously fell after saving his wife from the flames. The tragedy helped send most of America into an evangelical frenzy and is even considered a catalyst of the Second Great Awakening. With a pinch of good humor, Clay McLeod Chapman explores the theatre's ruins -- both physical and spiritual -- in Volume of Smoke, as performed by Audacity Theatre Lab. Bath House Cultural Center, 7:30PM. Find $10-$15 tickets here.