You can go Greek without having to practice your kegstand or slip the secret handshake. The 39th annual Greek Festival sets up this weekend with all your favorite hard-to-pronounce but easy-to-love foods. The event features dancing, music, children's activities, a Greek market, cathedral tours and -- it bears repeating -- the best Greek cuisine this side of the Aegean. Oh, yes, there will be food. And if it's good enough for Zorba, it's certainly good enough for us. The festival starts at 5 p.m. today and goes through Sunday, October 9. Greek Orthodox Cathedral Complex, 3511 Yoakum. For more information and festival times, visit www.greekfestival.org. $3.
Friday, October 7
Take three Jewish widows whose regular pilgrimages to the cemetery involve tea, kvetching and quip-swapping. Add in widower Sam, who, while visiting his wife's grave, coincidentally intrudes on the club and is greeted with a mixture of surprise, irritation, jealousy and hope from each of the ladies. Spice the oft-feuding widows' lighthearted jabs with the more serious undertones of death, grieving and the importance of friendship, and you've got The Cemetery Club, Ivan Menchell's heartier-than-a-bowl-of-matzo-ball-soup dramedy. Cemetery opens today at 8 p.m. and runs Fridays and Saturdays through October 29. Playhouse 1960, 6814 Gant Road. For reservations, call 281-587-8243 or visit www.playhouse1960.com. $8 to $10.
Here's a place you can really get your Wordsworth. The 20th annual Houston Poetry Fest is a weekend full of workshops and readings for poets or simply those who delight in poetry. It runs from Thursday, October 6, through Sunday, October 9. Willow Street Pump Station at the University of Houston-Downtown, 811 San Jacinto. For information, call 713-521-3519 or visit www.houstonpoetryfest.org. Free.
Saturday, October 8
What hurricane? Galveston knows the show must go on, and that includes their regular ArtWalk, when galleries and restaurants feature the work of local artists, attracting visitors with later hours and the almighty refreshment. The Galveston Arts Center's installment exhibits the war-themed photolike drawings of Alain Gerard Clement and the watercolors of Gordon Phillipson, which focus on the mechanics and design of planes. 6 p.m. For information and participating locations, call 409-763-2403 or visit www.galvestonartscenter.org. Free.
Sunday, October 9
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's...really a lot of planes when the daredevil Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerobatic team double-barrel roll and loop-the-loop over the skies of south Houston this weekend at the Wings Over Houston Airshow. Still not impressed? Maybe it'll take a little convincing from our very large friend, the B-2 bomber. Yeah, he'll be flying by. Call him sir, damn it. Gates open at 8 a.m. today and tomorrow. Ellington Field, FM 1959 east of the Gulf Freeway. For information or to purchase tickets, call 713-266-4492 or visit www.wingsoverhouston.com. $5 for children; $20 for adults.
Monday, October 10
With the possible exception of a live stadium, there's no better place for the serious football fan to view a game than on a larger-than-life big screen, where a constant supply of pizza, burgers and fries are made to order and brought to your seat. At Monday Night Football at the Alamo Drafthouse, the San Diego Chargers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. And if you're not a serious football fan, just order more beer and relax. Pretending to care is optional. 8 p.m. 1000 West Oaks Mall. For information, call 281-920-9211 or visit www.alamodrafthouse.com. Free.
Tuesday, October 11
Little did you know when you did your fifth-grade book report that the coat-hanger sculpture bearing your stick-figure illustrations of plot development was a sophisticated kinetic wonder inspired by artist Alexander Calder, who invented the mobile in 1931. Though Calder is most often remembered as an abstract artist whose stately steel sculptures hover over public spaces in cities throughout the world, "The Surreal Calder" explores the ways in which a variety of Calder's creations, from paper works to sculpture, crisscrossed the path of the surrealists toward the end of the movement, from 1932 to 1947. The exhibit opens today and runs through January 15. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit www.menil.org. Free.
Wednesday, October 12
If you don't know what Butoh is, you're not alone. In fact, this postwar Japanese art form, which has been called provocative, grotesque, spiritual and cathartic, eludes definition even by experts and thrives on the chaos of the unknown. World-renowned Butoh dancer Ko Murobushi and Edge Co. come to town today to perform Handsome Blue Sky (Bibo no aozora). It's hard to say what the cryptic show will entail, but we can tell you that it's been called "a testosterone-fueled performance of compelling intensity." 7 p.m. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston. For information and tickets, call 713-529-1819 or visit www.barnevelder.org. $8 to $12.