Hawking is an advocate of space travel as a solution to overpopulation. ''Getting a portion of the human race permanently off the planet is imperative for our future as a species,'' he's said. Hawking made appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Simpsons years ago, earning himself a spot on the pop-culture landscape. He got more cool points last year when it was reported that he's an enthusiastic regular at a California strip club that caters to swingers.
7 p.m. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-974-1335 or visit www.brilliantlectures.org. $35 to $250.
Tue., March 26, 7 p.m., 2013