21 Best Things to Do in Houston This Week: Mix at the Match and Finding Neverland

Da Camera presents two shows a night with its eclectic Mix at the Match, April 25-29. Dance Party with Red Baraat is April 27.EXPAND
Da Camera presents two shows a night with its eclectic Mix at the Match, April 25-29. Dance Party with Red Baraat is April 27.
Photo by Shervin Lainez

Tuesday, April 25

If a second line parade out of N'awlins had a baby with a South Asian wedding (sans groom on white horse), the offspring just might sound like Red Baraat. The New York City-based octet may be hard to categorize, but the resulting fusion of hip-hop, rock, funky go-go, jazz and scathingly hot bhangra is enough to get us out of our seats and dancing to the beat of the dhol by frontman Sunny Jain. NPR labeled the group "The best party band in years" and now that party is moving to H-Town on April 27, part of the very eclectic line-up in Da Camera's Mix at the Match. The choice is yours: Check out one or both nightly acts, say yes to the full buffet with an all access pass, or supersize the culture with a Mixologist Pass (comes with swag and drinks). Headliners include Sarah Rothenberg, the James Francies Trio, Conor Hanick, Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Theo Bleckmann and the Ben Monder Duo. 7 and 9 p.m. April 25 through April 29. The MATCH, 3400 Main. For information, call 713-521-4533 or visit matchouston.org. $20 to $250. — Susie Tommaney

James Washington admits there’s a lot of interest in Sex in the Fossil Record, but the paleontologist promises this next HMNS Distinguished Lecture Series isn’t clickbait. During the 75-minute lecture at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the staff trainer will talk about sexual selection, courting and mating; show “risqué” slides from the museum’s paleontology collection (two flies having sex! Worms are hermaphrodites!); and wrap it up with a Q&A and mini-tour. “There are a couple of specimens that show injuries,” says Washington. “Part of it will be focusing on the idea of this large, 70-plus-foot animal and imagining how the strain of mating would have been.” Pointing to bite marks, hip displacement and the stress on females when mating goes on for hours, Washington says this lecture should appeal to everybody. “Broad strokes; I want to make it fun.” 6:30 p.m. April 25. 5555 Hermann Park. For information, call 713-639-4629 or visit hmns.org. $12 to $18. — Susie Tommaney

It's all about breaking through those glass ceilings for comic Chonda Pierce, current title-holder for best-selling female comedian in history. The queen of clean comedy is ready to give back, inviting some special guests to join her for a one-night-only film event in Chonda Pierce: Enough. "Honey, there are times in our lives when we never think we're going to measure up," says Pierce in the flick's trailer. We'll be sure to hear about the recent widow's attempts to dip her toe into the dating waters, laugh at modern-day dilemmas about whether or not to Instagram highlights from a date, and share the pain of hurled insults from rude and uncensored digital bullies. It's an inspirational 90-minute documentary, pointing towards acceptance through faith, and a sequel to her 2015 hit, Chonda Pierce: Laughing In The Dark. 7 p.m. April 25. Edwards Houston Marq*E Stadium 23 & IMAX,7600 Katy Freeway. Price varies by location; visit fathomevents.com for participating venues. $15.16. — Susie Tommaney

Wednesday, April 26

Mind-blowing isn't usually how floral arrangements are described, but it seems to hold true for Florescence, one of the nation's largest competitive flower shows. Past entries for this biennial event were inspired by paintings, objects and dresses on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, including Frederic Remington's Episode of the Buffalo Gun and the Roman sarcophagus panel depicting the Indian Triumph of Dionysus. This year's theme is "Waves" and it's paired with a special conservation exhibition that demonstrates how native plants are better able to survive Houston's flooding. The flower show is co-presented by the Garden Club of Houston, River Oaks Garden Club and MFAH. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25 and April 26. 5601 Main. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit flohouston.org or mfah.org/florescence. Free to $15. — Susie Tommaney

Binge-watchers take note. This fall Houston Public Media TV 8 will be airing an epic documentary (we're talking 18 hours), titled The Vietnam War, by award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Timing is everything, and with the United States finding reasons to reach into its arsenal more often these days, perhaps it's time for another conversation about exactly what happened in Vietnam, what went wrong and if there are any lessons to be learned. Six years in the making, the doc includes archival footage, photographs, home movies, audio tapes from the oval office and some of the most iconic music hits from the era. Houstonians get a sneak peek this Wednesday in "An Evening with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick," hosted by Houston Public Media, with selected previews, moderated discussion and a question-and-answer period. 7 to 9 p.m. April 26. Cullen Performance Hall, 4800 Calhoun. For information, visit houstonpublicmedia.org/vietnam/ken-in-houston. $75. — Susie Tommaney

Thursday, April 27

Buenas noches mi gente de Cuba,” said Mick Jagger after the red tape was lifted and the Rolling Stones were allowed to perform a historic free concert. His segue into “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” is documented in The Rolling Stones Olé, Olé, Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America, on the slate for opening night of Latin Wave 12: New Films From Latin America, presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in association with creative partner Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires. “You hear from the Stones themselves about their experiences, how they weren’t allowed to go to certain countries,” says Marian Luntz, MFAH film curator. The fest also features a quasi-fictional documentary in Jeffrey, about a boy who dreams of breaking out of the streets of Santo Domingo to become a professional reggaeton singer. Luntz labels him “charismatic” and says “we’re all rooting for him.” 7:30 and 9 p.m. April 27. Continuing 5:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. April 28; 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. April 29; 1, 3:15, 5 and 7 p.m. April 30. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit mfah.org/films. $8 to $10 (free for students on Sundays). — Susie Tommaney

Fire up the imagination and get your taste buds in sampling shape — celebrity chef Alton Brown is popping in to give your palate a cleanse. “We’ve had Anthony Bourdain, [Buddy Valastro] the Cake Boss and Ina Garten for our speaker series,” says Lee Strickland, the general manager of the Society for the Performing Arts. “But we missed Alton before, so when he announced his new Eat Your Science Tour, we jumped at the chance to have him. In fact, I’ve been to Alton’s show…and it was honestly one of the best shows I’d ever seen from a speaker. Best I’ve seen in years.” Expect some comedy, guitar-accompanied music and even a couple of new contraptions. Last time Brown toured, Lee says, he perfected a new gadget — the pizza oven made of theatrical stage lights. “He trained someone from the audience to operate it, and the whole first row got a slice!” It looks like this one is a sell-out, but third-party sellers still have a few tickets. 7:30 p.m. April 27. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org. — Vic Shuttee

Friday, April 28

It’s that time of year for the young artists at the Houston Ballet Academy to shine in the Academy Spring Showcase. Among them is Caroline Perry, 17, an HBII company member who next year will join the Houston Ballet itself. She’ll be dancing Bolero from Stanton Welch’s Brigade as well as joining the whole academy in Studies, which has the older dancers “helping the younger kids do their dances.” Perry, who came to Houston from Orange County, California, says she loves dancing not only for the constant activity (she used to play soccer, golf and softball) but even more for the performance experiences. She and the other dancers will be giving the audience a look at their present talents as well as their potential for future stardom. Asked if she comes from a dancing family, Perry says no, adding, “My mom does have very nice feet and I get them from her.” To see all those nice feet and a whole lot more, come to one of only two performances scheduled for these students. 7 p.m. April 28 and 1:30 p.m. April 29. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information call 713-227-2787 or visit houstonballet.org. $35 to $55. — Margaret Downing

In the second act, she does two back-to-back arias, singing for 17 nonstop minutes. But Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova is nothing but happy about her return to the Houston Grand Opera as Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart’s 1782 three-act comedy. “It’s one of the dream roles,” says Shagimuratova, an HGO Studio alumna who is now in demand all over the globe and admits to being very picky with the productions she accepts anymore. Abduction is the story of a woman captured by pirates and awaiting rescue by her fiancé. In this version, resettled in the Orient Express railcars of the 1920s, Shagimuratova is the Spanish noblewoman who is being held by Pasha Selim (Christopher Purves) while her lover Belmonte (Lawrence Brownlee) makes his way to her. She is accompanied in her captivity by her English servant Blonde (Uliana Alexyuk) and her husband’s servant Pedrillo (Chris Bozeka). The costumes and wigs (complete with spit curls for the women) are chic and wonderful, Shagimuratova says; in a highly unusual move in opera, “We’re smoking [vaping] onstage.” 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturday and Wednesday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. April 28 through May 12. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit houstongrandopera.org. Sung in German with English projections. $15-$325. — Margaret Downing

Do you prefer your music shaken, not stirred? If so, you’re in luck. The Houston Symphony’s BBVA Compass POPS series will highlight all things 007 during Bond & Beyond. The international spy, originally created by novelist Ian Fleming, has defeated bad guys for more than five decades, been played by six actors, generated 24 films and loved hundreds of women. How’s that for a job description? Tony Award-winning vocalist Debbie Gravitte will join the orchestra to perform familiar song favorites from the franchise’s films, including Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, Diamonds are Forever, Casino Royale and Skyfall. “Anyone who has seen a Bond film can’t help but have a reaction,” she says. This weekend will see one of the last performances for Principal POPS conductor Michael Krajewski, who will retire at the end of the season. 8 p.m. April 28 and April 29. 7:30 p.m. April 30. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. $38 to $155. — Sam Byrd

The closest thing we have to royalty is the Kardashian family, so it's fun to hop the pond every once in awhile to see what all the fuss is about. Some of us have been watching Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman put on the crown for PBS's Masterpiece series about the teen queen, and now we've got a chance to view the historic flick from 2009 starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend. They're showing Rienzi Reels: The Young Victoria outdoors in the beautiful Camellia Garden over at Rienzi, the house museum for European decorative arts owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. So put on your finest hat, pack a picnic and purchase your drinks onsite. But before you settle down, be sure to stroll through the galleries and catch the exhibition, "Decorative Arts in the Age of Victoria," with porcelain, glass, jewelry and the oh-so-cute miniatures. 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 28. Rienzi, 1406 Kirby. For information, call 713-639-7800 or visit mfah.org/calendar/rienzi-reels-the-young-victoria. $12 to $15. — Susie Tommaney



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