Must List: Nick Cannon, Hannibal Buress and ‘Game of Thrones’

September 12, 2018

1. All apologiesScott Miller was a great songwriter with the Knoxville roots mod rockers the V-Roys. Then he went on his own and doubled down on the words. His discography continues to grow with smart songs about life’s gristle. And perhaps none of those songs is better than one he released last year, “Lo Siento, Spanishburg, West Virginia,” which documents the decades-spanning changes in an American town in four minutes. The writing is so deft, it almost seems like magic.When: 7 p.m. FridayWhere: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 NorfolkDetails: $20-$22; 713-528-5999, mcgonigels.comAndrew Dansby2. Getting pickyAl Di Meola has been making albums since 1976, though the jazz fusion/world music guitar virtuoso claims his most recent is the only one he’s made while happy, the result of a new marriage and fatherhood. He titled it “Opus,” so clearly, he’s holding nothing back.When: 8 p.m. FridayWhere: The Heights Theater, 339 W. 19thDetails: $34; theheightstheater.comAndrew Dansby3. Valar morghulisRamin Djawadi returns with his extravagant concert production built around his iconic music for TV’s “Game of Thrones.” Djawadi will be at the center of the action, along with an orchestra, video screens, giant props and, obviously, fire, because, dragons.When: 8 p.m. MondayWhere: Toyota Center, 1510 PolkDetails: $39.50-$99.50; 866-446-8849, houstontoyotacenter.comAndrew Dansby4. Comedy camisadoHannibal Buress had a pair of brilliant stand-up albums to his credit before 2014, when a seemingly impromptu bit about Bill Cosby at a Philadelphia show sparked a conversation about the storied comedian’s sordid past. Buress has moved on, doing what he does: mostly stand-up tours that draw from strange experiences of his own and stranger happenings in the world.When: 7 p.m. SaturdayWhere: Revention Music Center, 520 TexasDetails: $39.49; 800-653-8000, reventionmusiccenter.comAndrew Dansby5. Big Show timeThe call has gone out. The entries have come in. Juror Evelyn C. Hankins, senior curator of the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., has selected works by 45 Houston area artists. Now it’s time to see The Big Show, Lawndale’s popular annual celebration of local talent.When: Opens 6 p.m. Saturday, through Nov. 11Where: Lawndale, 4912 MainDetails: Free; 713-528-5858, lawndaleartcenter.orgMolly Glentzer6. Cannon fodderThere’s something about Nick Cannon. He’s just lovable. It’s how this actor/comedian/TV host can bring the Wild ’N Out tour to town and stage the collection of hip-hop freestyle and comedy mined from a TV show in the Toyota Center. Again, people love the guy. Even Mariah Carey (maybe).When: 8 p.m. ThursdayWhere: Toyota Center, 1510 PolkDetails: $19.99-$149.50; 713-758-7200, houstontoyotacenter.comRobert Morast