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Mike Birbiglia

Wortham Theater Center : 7:30 p.m. April 24

Actor, director, stand-up comedian and monologist extraordinaire, Mike Birbiglia makes his long-promised return to Texas (his first appearance here in six years) as part of his Thank God for Jokes! tour. Birbiglia discusses his most recent visit to this state in his recorded special My... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Performing Arts, Comedy, Arts

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater: Malta Kano, TX

part of Asia Society
Asia Society Texas Center : 7:30 p.m. April 25

Houston choreographer Dominic Walsh makes his first foray into dance for film with Malta Kano, TX, but he couldn’t completely make the break from having a live audience for the project. Co-conceived by Belgian artist Frédérique de Montblanc, the narrative film features... More >>

Greenway Plaza Visual Art, Film - Repertory and Special Screenings, Dance, Arts

TeenBookCon

Alief Taylor High School : 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. April 26

It’s all about teens at TeenBookCon, a free all-day event for fans of young adult fiction. Authors and illustrators from England (Printz award winner Marcus Sedgwick), Canada (Svetlana Chmakova) and America (Melissa de la Cruz, Ann Brashares, Jenny Han and more than 20 others) converge at... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Teen Events, Meet and Greets, Literary Events, Arts

Walking Dead Escape Tour

Reliant Stadium : 6:00 p.m. April 26

The popular television show The Walking Dead depicts how brutal life would become in the event that zombies rose up to devour the living. It’s fun to watch, but apparently just watching isn’t enough. Some Walking Dead followers want to test their ability to survive in similar... More >>

Inner Loop - SW Competitions

Space City Grand Slam

Discovery Green Conservancy : 6:30 p.m. April 26

There are just six spots up for grabs on the Meta-Four Houston slam poetry team, and teens from around the city will do their best to snag one at the Writers in the Schools Space City Grand Slam. The participants — poets, writers, rappers — have already been through the preliminary... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Talks, Poetry, Arts

Todd Barry

Warehouse Live : 7:30 p.m. April 26

For most stand-ups, crowd work is a segue tool rather than their predominant style. Crowd work (an off-the-cuff remark made directly to and about audience members) addresses the real-life audience between carefully constructed bits and gives any performance that special “you had to be... More >>

East End Performing Arts, Comedy, Arts

2013-2014 ROCO Chamber Series: French Salon

Gremillion & Co. Fine Art Inc. : 4:00 p.m. April 27

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra features oboist Alecia Lawyer, founder and artistic director of the group; pianist Rodney Waters (seen above); and bassoonist Kristin Wolfe Jensen in a concert of works by French composers during ROCO Chamber Series: French Salon. On the program are the premiere... More >>

Kirby-West U Performing Arts, Music, Arts

Divergence Vocal Theater: ravens & radishes

4411 Montrose Special Events Gallery : 6:30 p.m. April 27

Fairy tales are turned inside out in Divergence Vocal Theater’s new operatic song cycle, ravens & radishes. Poems by soprano Misha Penton, Divergence Vocal Theater’s artistic director, were set to music by guitarist George Heathco for the project. “Each poem is a female... More >>

Montrose Performing Arts, Opera, Music, Film, Dance, Arts

Anne Carson

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts : 7:30 p.m. April 28

Canada-born poet Anne Carson comes to Houston as part of the 2013/2014 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Red Doc>, Carson’s latest collection and a sequel to Autobiography of Red, has been called “breathtaking” and “stunning” by The New York Times Book... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Literary Events, Arts

Brilliant Lecture Series: Bette Midler

Wortham Theater Center : 7:00 p.m. April 29

Expect to see a crowd of young and old, straight and gay, denizens of society and drag queens at A Conversation With Bette Midler at Brilliant Lectures (thanks to Tenenbaum & Co. Classic Jeweler and Lynn Wyatt). Midler’s mass appeal makes perfect sense, since her art and career have been... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Talks, Arts

Locke

Alamo Drafthouse - Vintage Park : 7:30 p.m. April 29

Steven Knight has shown himself to be an auteur on the rise after writing films such as Eastern Promises and making his directorial debut with Redemption. With his latest film, Locke, which stars Tom Hardy, he explores some of the hardest territory in film. Shot in real time over seven days,... More >>

Jersey Village Film - Repertory and Special Screenings, Arts

Emerson String Quartet

Rice University : 7:30 p.m. April 29

The nine-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet, labeled “the most impressive of American string quartets” by The New York Times, closes the season for Chamber Music Houston. The program, according to violinist Eugene Drucker, is a showcase of music by “the big... More >>

Kirby-West U Performing Arts, Music, Arts

The Houston Fine Mineral Show

Embassy Suites Hotel : 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily from April 25 until April 26; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. April 27

“Talk rocks” with the experts and dealers at the Houston Fine Mineral Show. Unlike other gem and trade shows, Houston Fine Mineral has a museum-like setting. It’s in a hotel, yes, but as organizer Dave Waisman tells us, “Every room is like a museum. Each hotel room on... More >>

Galleria Expos

Carmen

Wortham Theater Center : 7:30 p.m. April 25; 2:00 p.m. April 27; 7:30 p.m. April 30; 7:30 p.m. May 2; 2:00 p.m. May 4; 7:30 p.m. May 10

As far as tenor Brandon Jovanovich is concerned, Bizet’s Carmen might be better titled Don Jose’s Girlfriend. “Really, the arc of the piece is his transformation from good boy to murderer,” Jovanovich says, allowing that the gypsy seductress would probably not agree to... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Theater, Performing Arts, Opera, Music, Arts

An Evening with Chris Botti

Jones Hall For the Performing Arts : 8:00 p.m. April 25; 8:00 p.m. April 26; 7:30 p.m. April 27

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti was 12 years old when he first heard Miles Davis play “My Funny Valentine.” The experience made an impression on the young Botti, and was the catalyst for a lifelong exploration of melody that has become a driving force in Botti’s... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Performing Arts, Music, Arts

Movies Houstonians Love: Nick Flynn - Hands on a Hard Body

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Brown Auditorium Theater : 7:00 p.m. April 28

Now in its eighth season, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston film series Movies Houstonians Love is partnering with poet/author Nick Flynn and Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) for today’s screening of Hands on a Hardbody. A cult favorite, the 1997 documentary chronicles the adventures of a... More >>

Kirby-West U Meet and Greets, Film, Arts

Wishbone Ash

Warehouse Live : 7:00 p.m. April 24

More influential than most of today’s hard-rock fans realize, Wishbone Ash falls in along with UFO, Status Quo and Humble Pie as groups that have been all but forgotten except by those who remember them all too well. Founded in 1969, the UK band featured a relentless dual-lead-guitar... More >>

East End Music

Warpaint

Fitzgerald's : 8:00 p.m. April 24

An all-female L.A. four-piece featuring every member on vocals, Warpaint mixes indie-rock with a Disintegration-era Cure to arrive at lush, gorgeously realized songs that linger long after they’re over. Warpaint’s first album since 2010’s full-length debut The Fool, this... More >>

Heights Music

Phantogram

Warehouse Live : 8:00 p.m. April 25

Upstate New York duo Phantogram will scratch that same after-hours electro-pop itch as School of Seven Bells’ enchanting 2012 LP Ghostory. Josh Carter and Sarah Bechtel slide dusty hip-hop beats around the kind of shoegazey sounds that were made for shutting your eyes and drifting off... More >>

East End Music

Bro Safari

Stereo Live : 9:00 p.m. April 25

The name Bro Safari may not be as well known as, say, Skrillex or David Guetta, but the genre-bending producer has become equally as important to dance music as those other big-name boys. When Nick Weiller started producing under the name Bro Safari in 2012, he was already credentialed as part... More >>

Galleria Music

Houston International Festival

Sam Houston Park : 10:00 a.m. April 26

Hard to believe iFest was once just a street fair in front of Jones Hall and the Alley Theatre, yet that’s but one wrinkle in a fascinating history that stretches back to 1971 and enters a new phase at the freshly renovated Sam Houston Park during the next two weekends. Weekend 1’s... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Nathan Quick

Fitzgerald's : 8:00 p.m. April 26

Focusing on musical ability from the jump, Houston natives The Beans have put an emphasis on incorporating psych-soul and raw vocals into a frenzied sound that hovers on the line between engulfing the audience and simply falling apart. Led by vocalist Sam Griffin, with Christian Galatoire on... More >>

Heights Music

Trae The Truth

Warehouse Live : 9:00 p.m. April 26

A gruff but oddly soft-spoken and mellow rhymesmith, Trae tha Truth has completely recovered from the gunshot wound he suffered outside a southwest Houston cabaret in June 2012. Trae has also been on the roster of ATL-based Grand Hustle Records since that March, and his proper debut for the... More >>

East End Music

Kidz Bop Kids

House of Blues : 3:30 p.m. April 27

Kidz Bop has been running since 2001, sanitizing huge pop hits for children every few months once they have a roster of singles to cover. They are sung by children, with the more adult lyrics changed to more palatable, less adult facsimiles. The voices of the kids are way poppy and smiley, with... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Alice In Chains

Bayou Music Center : 7:00 p.m. April 29

After reappearing from a solid decade in the wilderness on 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue, Alice In Chains is rolling in 2014. William DuVall, who came up through Atlanta’s hardcore scene, is now fully installed as front man; he shares the tormented howl of Alice’s founding... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music
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