21 Best Things to Do in Houston This Week: Romeo & Juliet and Wham City Comedy

Cult favorite comedy collective Wham City is bringing its alt-version of funny to Walters Downtown this Monday. Turn off Adult Swim and see the cray cray in person.EXPAND
Cult favorite comedy collective Wham City is bringing its alt-version of funny to Walters Downtown this Monday. Turn off Adult Swim and see the cray cray in person.
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Saturday, April 15

With an abusive father, a self-deluded mother and an autistic brother, 15-year-old Julie already has a lot on her plate. Then, when she finds herself accidentally pregnant, what should she do? That’s the struggle at the heart of Where’s Julie?, presented in Houston by Cone Man Running Productions. “I think Julie’s emotions are what I connect with when I think back to being 15,” says actor Cindy Lou Parker, who portrays the protagonist in Daniel Guyton’s melodramatic comedy. “I think of that girl who wanted acceptance and who wanted to know it was okay, even when you’re going through those trials — to know her friends like her, that her parents approve of her. The language reflects that, and the intent lends itself to honest feelings and not just the superficial feelings you see in some 15-year-old characters.” 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays (dark April 16). April 13-29. Obsidian Theater, 3522 White Oak. For information, call 281-972-5897 or visit conemanrunning.com. $18. — Vic Shuttee

With the ornate costumes, flavorful dance styles and eye-popping visuals, it’s easy to fall in love with Bollywood. It’s a good thing the weather is warming up because Miller Outdoor Theatre’s lush green lawn and covered seating sound perfect for a night al fresco with Houston’s Got Bollywood — The Red Carpet, coproduced by NAACH Houston and India House. NAACH artistic director Mahesh Mahbubani says the show is about “exploring the different seasons of love and exploring different moods. Bollywood is really musical theater, and they explore a global musical format. The dance format is a fusion of different dance forms.” In four acts, the dances showcase the four seasons, a tribute to Bollywood cinema, Indian paintings and the sheer essence of being a Bollywood superstar. 8:15 p.m. April 15. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park. For information, call 281-373-3386 or visit milleroutdoortheatre.com. Free. — Sam Byrd

Whoot! It's doubleheader day this Saturday, with the Houston Dash kicking off the season in a heated match-up with the Chicago Red Stars at 1, followed by a Houston Dynamo vs. Minnesota FC battle at 7:30 p.m. (though separate tickets are needed to attend both). Sounds like it's time for a party, and that's just what's happening when the Dynamo and Dash host an East End Block party near BBVA Compass Stadium. Look for the doors to open in the Dynamo Beer Garden at 2:30 p.m. with plenty of suds, grub and jams, plus a crawfish boil and big-screen viewing. Consider upgrading to the Bud Light Beer Garden ticket package for game entry plus two pregame brewskis. 1 and 7:30 p.m. April 15. 2200 Texas. For information, call 713-276-4625 or visit houstondynamo.com/houstondash/tickets/individual-tickets (Dash) or houstondynamo.com/tickets/single-game (Dynamo). $17 to $107. — Susie Tommaney

Let's get ready to rumble, because the skating powerhouses of Houston Roller Derby are bringing the action to Revention Music Center with a double header of crowd-pleasing action. We'll get another look at last year's championship rematch when The Valkyries (co-captained by Hot Assets and Slayer Moon) go up against the Psych Ward Sirens (led by Jekyll & Heidi and Mad Milkshake). The rough and tumble continues when the Bayou City Bosses (with captain and co-captain Betty Watchett and Dropkick Betty) pit brain and brawn against The Brawlers (led by Payo Dues and Hellen Killer). Doors open at 6; each bout has two 30-minute periods with breaks in between. 7 p.m. April 15. Revention Music Center, 520 Texas. For information, call 713-230-1600 or visit reventionmusiccenter.com. $15 to $30. — Susie Tommaney

Dieting is for the birds, and especially when it comes to a calorie-busting event as tempting as the HTX Dessert Crawl. Join organizer Houston Dessert Crawl for bite-sized samples of sweets and treats, plus a swag bag, at some of your favorite eateries in the River Oaks and adjacent areas. Don't worry, you've got four hours to complete the task, making self-driving stops at Araya Artisan Chocolate, Crave Cupcakes, Amy's Ice Creams and Pondicheri Bake Lab + Shop. 3 to 7 p.m. April 15. River Oaks Shopping Center, 1964 West Gray. For information, call 832-597-0026 or visit facebook.com/HTXDessertCrawl. $20. — Susie Tommaney

What if a literal skeleton, like, literally flew out of the closet and into your face? (Might as well assume the fetal position for life, right? Because that would be terrifying.) That’s one of the bizarro scenes in Dead Giveaway, a new play by Houston playwright Pat Cook. Theatre Suburbia’s 13-member cast and crew presents the murder mystery by Cook — author of The Legend Of Robin Hood, Sort Of and The Marquis Crossing Ladies Society’s First Attempt At Murder — via five fictitious “elderly spinsters” who are under investigation by an undercover police officer for hoarding dark secrets. Oh, and there’s this: Everyone keeps dying. Dead Giveaway, directed by Glenn Dodson with assistant-director touches by Dennis Porsnuk, was previously performed in Iowa in 2011. 8:30 p.m. April 15. Also 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. April 30 and May 7. April 14 through May 13. For information, call 713-682-3525 or visit theatresuburbia.org. $13 to $16. — Steve Jansen

Like all good fairy tales, the story doesn't end with "and they lived happily ever after." Come see the latest and greatest from the talented warbling actors over at The Music Box Theater, this time featuring a hilarious take on those time-honored childhood fables. Longtime fans will remember the group's first fairy tale-themed show from five years ago; and for this updated night of spoofs audience members can hum along to classics like "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Runaround Sue" and "What a Wonderful World," plus newer hits like "Agony" and "Royals." The cast features founders Rebekah Dahl and Brad Scarborough, along with mainstay performers Luke Wrobel, Cay Taylor and Kristina Sullivan. So turn the page and come along for the ride; if past performances are an indicator, Happy Ever at the Box should be a wickedly funny good time. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. April 23. April 14 through May 13. 2623 Colquitt. For information, call 713-522-7722 or visit themusicboxtheater.com. $27 to $37. — Susie Tommaney

Sunday, April 16

Upcoming Events

They were the hippest of the hip, this micro-colony of midcentury intellectuals, writers, filmmakers and poets who set up shop in an old seaport on the lower tip of Manhattan. With the Brooklyn Bridge outside their windows, these artists often looked to the water for inspiration. Now The Menil Collection showcases 27 aesthetically distinct works in “Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip,” featuring early pieces by Chryssa, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Jack Youngerman, Agnes Martin and Lenore Tawney. “I was thinking about the connection between artists working with an abstract vocabulary in the ’50s and ’60s outside of the dominant school of Abstract Expressionism. It’s fascinating to think about how this diverse group of artists worked in such close proximity,” said curator Michelle White in her email to us. “I hope our visitors will share in my delight of encountering these moments, when compositions, palettes and subject matter come together.” Dig deeper with a pair of public programs from 7 to 8 p.m. May 11 and 24. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 16. Continuing Wednesdays through Sundays. April 14 through August 6. 1533 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit menil.org. Free. — Susie Tommaney

Monday, April 17

Doctor Who, the beloved BBC science-fiction drama about a man traveling through time and space in his TARDIS, returns for its tenth season since it was rebooted in 2005 (season 36, if you count from the original). Now you can watch the premiere on the big screen with a room full of Whovians, plus all those interview-packed extras that Fathom Events always provides. Join the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, as he and new companions Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) prepare for Capaldi’s adventures against The Master, the Ice Warriors and, of course, the Daleks. Come Christmas, fans will be saying farewell to a regenerating Capaldi and hello to a new Doctor, and you don’t want to miss the chance to see one of the greatest Doctors of the modern era in all the glory the cinema experience has to offer. 7 p.m. April 17 and 19. Studio Movie Grill — Copperfield, 8580 Highway 6 North. Price varies by location; visit fathomevents.com for participating venues. $15. — Jef Rouner

Bizarro comedy collective Wham City has been crisscrossing the country this spring, bringing their absurdist presentational performances to Texas before heading back east to home base Baltimore. Fans of Adult Swim will remember their horrifying viral hits Unedited Footage Of A Bear (a nature film morphs into an ad for allergy medicine before things turn doppelgänger surreal) and This House Has People In It (where what looks to be footage from a security camera soon documents lurking monsters while a baby wanders off and a teenager melts into the floor). Now the brains behind it all — who apparently will do almost anything for attention — are bringing the laughs to Houston for one night of crazytown in Wham City Comedy Tour. Members of Wham City include visual artists Jimmy Joe Roche, Dina Kelberman, Connor M. Kizer, Robby Rackleff, Alan Resnick and Ben O'Brien, plus musicians Dan Deacon and Ed Schrader. 8 p.m. April 17. Walters Downtown, 1120 Naylor. For information, visit waltersdowntown.com. $10. — Susie Tommaney

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