If there were an equivalent of the Whitney Biennial for the Houston dance scene, it would be Houston Choreographers X6. A weekend of work by six local dancemakers, Choreographers X6 will launch the Jewish Community Center's Dance Month, now in its 24th year. The participating choreographers will present a diverse range of works. Victoria Arizpe's upbeat jazz piece, Ray Dones's harder-hitting contemporary choreography and the ballet-based dances of Michael Bannigan, Randall Flinn and Amber Thornton-Stein should balance nicely with Paola Georgudis's contemplative work, Something Is Gone. Her solo piece was inspired by a quote about Picasso's Guernica and is set to music by the Two Star Symphony.
Georgudis, a founding member of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, is perhaps the best-known artist in the bunch, having made her name as a dancer and choreographer and as one of this city's most active Pilates instructors. Mix that all together with a complex Chilean childhood, and you have a style that's delicate yet fueled by an unmistakable strength. 8 p.m. Saturday, January 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, January 11. Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood. For information, call 713-551-7255 or visit www.jcchouston.org. $10 to $18. -- Christie Taylor
Love's a Bitch
Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years is a contemporary musical about the relationship between a writer and an actress, as told from both points of view. The writer begins the tale, chronicling their relationship from meeting to marriage to breakup. The actress then has her say, narrating the sequence of events in reverse order. After several downs and ups, the song cycle eventually returns to their first meeting, all the more bittersweet the second time around. The ending (beginning?) may be known from the get-go, but the intensity of the story makes the trip worthwhile. Ironically enough, the final performance of this downer of a play will be on Valentine's Day, when the theater is sure to be packed with lovelorn individuals who are fed up with the holiday. Bummer. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, January 9 through February 14. Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo. For information, call 713-868-7516 or visit www.theaterlabhouston.com. $23. -- Keith Plocek
It's a Family Affair
Even if they're both critically acclaimed pianists, the Labèque sisters still conform to the hot-and-cold sibling dynamic. While Katia is known for her fiery interpretations, older sister Marielle is famous for her tireless dedication to minute detail. Yet they play with the seamlessness of one musician once they sit down together in front of the keys. Their four hands will tickle the ivories this weekend with a thoroughly 20th-century repertoire, including George Gershwin's Three Preludes and Dave Maric's Exile. Maric himself will be on hand to provide the electronic ambience. 8 p.m. Friday, January 9. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4SPA or visit www.spahouston.org. $15. -- Keith Plocek
The Rust of Us
Granted, the human body is 70 percent water, but only the folks at Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre would be bizarre enough to think the title of their latest production -- Why Do the Children Rust? -- is a logical follow-up question to that fact. And that's just the beginning of the weirdness they've got planned for the show. 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, January 9 though January 24. Helios, 411 Westheimer. For information, call 713-526-7434. $6 to $8. -- Keith Plocek