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An Evening with Billy Stritch

Sugar Land Auditorium : 5:00 p.m. October 27

How does a piano player who grew up in Sugar Land watching Carol Burnett and Cher on television end up singing jazz with Mel Tormé at Carnegie Hall? Find out at An Evening With Billy Stritch. You’ll get some music (Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim), some anecdotes about... More >>

Outside Houston Performing Arts, Music, Theater, Arts

Julian Sands in Celebration of Harold Pinter

University of Houston : 7:30 p.m. October 27

Asked to sub in at a charity event by an ailing Harold Pinter, the British actor Julian Sands not only helped out a friend for one occasion — after quite a few sessions spent with the playwright learning how his lines of prose and poetry should be delivered — but began a journey... More >>

Third Ward Theater, Performing Arts, Arts

Kathleen Kent: The Outcasts

Brazos Bookstore : 7:00 p.m. October 28

Dallas-based author Kathleen Kent wasn’t quite prepared for her tour of the Middle Bayou area during research for her western novel The Outcasts. “I show up in a T-shirt and shorts. [My guide] has on a beekeeper’s helmet, long sleeves, boots and his pant legs are duct-taped... More >>

Kirby-West U Literary Events, Arts, Meet and Greets

Carmen Boullosa: Texas: The Great Theft

Brazos Bookstore : 7:00 p.m. October 28

The struggle over the U.S.-Mexican border isn’t a new problem. Texas had become part of the United States in 1848. Question settled, right? Ah, no. In the years immediately following the Mexican-American War, military forces from both sides were often deployed. The era’s... More >>

Kirby-West U Meet and Greets, Literary Events, Arts

Ravel and Debussy

Jones Hall For the Performing Arts : 8:00 p.m. October 23; 8:00 p.m. October 25; 2:30 p.m. October 26

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker had performed as a guest soloist with the Houston Symphony several times before he moved to Houston to join the Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music faculty. “I thought, oh, that’s it. I’m never going to get to [appear] with them again now... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Arts, Performing Arts, Music

Christopher Titus

Improv Comedy Club : 8:00 p.m. October 23; 10:30 p.m. October 24; 9:30 p.m. October 25; 7:30 p.m. October 26

Comedian Christopher Titus is tired of bad comedy. “I see people doing what they call comedy these days and I want to say, ‘Stop doing that. That’s never gonna get you a TV show.’ Everyone thinks they’re being edgy talking about their penis or about anal sex.... More >>

Outer Loop - NW Theater, Comedy, Arts


Wortham Theater Center : 7:00 p.m. October 24; 2:00 p.m. October 26; 7:30 p.m. November 1; 7:30 p.m. November 4; 7:30 p.m. November 7

Otello is a Muslim and several years senior to Desdemona, a Christian who defies her father and family to run away and marry the man she believes is her true love. Perhaps he should have known better, but he falls in love with the idea of her being in love with him. And then there’s Iago,... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Opera, Arts, Theater, Performing Arts

Tales of Hoffmann

University of Houston : 7:30 p.m. October 24; 7:30 p.m. October 25; 2:30 p.m. October 26; 7:30 p.m. October 27

There’s a mechanical doll. Also a singer, a seductress and a woman protected by her father. And Hoffman loves them all. Billed as a mixture of “steampunk, the supernatural and romantic decadence,” Jacques Offenbach’s opera fantasy The Tales of Hoffmann is coming back to... More >>

Third Ward Performing Arts, Opera, Arts

National Theatre of London on the Big Screen: Skylight

Sundance Houston : 12:30 p.m. October 25; 7:15 p.m. October 27

Here’s a tag team made in West End theater heaven. In the acclaimed revival of David Hare’s class-conscious Skylight (1995), one of England’s most respected actors, Bill Nighy (The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) butts heads and other body... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Film - Repertory and Special Screenings, Theater, Arts

"Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River"

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston : 12:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Sun. from October 26 until February 1; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. from October 26 until February 1; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu. from October 26 until February 1; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed. from October 26 until February 1

Considered the leading light of French Impressionist art, Claude Monet had a particular fondness for water, actually for a certain body of water. “I have painted the Seine throughout my entire life, at every hour, at every season,” he once said. “I have never tired of it. For... More >>

Kirby-West U Arts, Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events

2014 International Quilt Festival/Houston

George R. Brown Convention Center : 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. October 27; 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. October 28; 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. October 29; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. October 30; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. October 31; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. November 1; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. November 2

Sheila Frampton Cooper, an award-winning artist who will be among the hundreds attending the 2014 International Quilt Festival/Houston, wants to be clear: She makes art, not blankets. Cooper, who was originally a painter, is one of the quilting world’s rising stars even though, in the... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Craft Events, Visual Art, Expos, Arts

National Theatre of London on the Big Screen: Frankenstein

Open Location : 7:00 p.m. October 27; 7:00 p.m. October 29

Nothing could be more perfect for Halloween than National Theatre Live’s Frankenstein, filmed for broadcast during its recent highly praised run in London. Heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and TV’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting)... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Theater, Film - Repertory and Special Screenings

DJ Sun

The Flat : 9:00 p.m. every Mon.; 9:00 p.m. October 27

DJ Sun isn't hard to find. He has a residency most evenings out of the week, either solo or with the crew from his long-running Saturday-night KPFT show Soular Grooves. As affable as he is industrious, in 20 years Sun has become a soft-spoken cornerstone of the Houston music community, often... More >>

Montrose Music

Jason Aldean

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion : 6:30 p.m. October 23

The Woodlands Pavilion closes its blockbuster-country season with two pillars of the oft-derided “bro” movement now making tentative steps toward maturity. For Aldean, his Alabama-referencing bedroom jam “Burnin’ It Down” represents an opportunity to shed some of... More >>

Outside Houston Music


Warehouse Live : 8:00 p.m. October 23

One of the first rappers to break big in the 2010s, Atlanta’s B.o.B. has shown an uncommon flair for veering outside the hip-hop mainstream that easily dovetails with his preacher’s-son charisma. He originally made a big splash with 2010 debut B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of... More >>

East End Music

The Colorado Halloween Monster Mash

part of Halloween
Colorado Bar & Grill : 11:00 a.m. October 24

It’s hard to imagine a Monster Mash where the partiers are both semi-naked yet still somehow costumed, but if there’s any place that can pull such a thing off, it’s The Colorado Bar & Grill. They are, after all, a hunting-lodge-themed topless bar filled with not only stages... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Adult, Halloween, Parties and Receptions


Continental Club : 7:00 p.m. October 24

Call it the Civil Wars syndrome: Boy-girl Americana duos are fast becoming one of this decade’s most overhyped pop-music trends, but unfairly so in the case of honeyhoney. However, Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe’s L.A.-based band actually appeared well ahead of all this media interest,... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Mike Doughty

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

New York City-based Soul Coughing plied a peculiar brand of jazz, folk and Violent Femmes-like acoustic rock; like a lot of offbeat ’90s acts, they managed a couple of hit singles, 1996’s “Super Bon Bon” and “Circles” two years later. They then disappeared... More >>

East End Music

Pujol & Screaming Females

Walter's Downtown : 8:00 p.m. October 24

Few feelings can match the exuberance of playing rock and roll in your early twenties. It’s a potent combination of arrogance, recklessness and a hint of vulnerability that, done right, taps into the grand tradition of the Stones, the Clash, the Replacements, the Strokes and the Arctic... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Jimmy Lafave

McGonigel's Mucky Duck : 7:00 p.m. October 25

One of the smoothest vocalists around, LaFave can make listeners happy singing even the saddest of ballads. LaFave, a former drummer, works both sides of the musical street, mixing up tender classics like Jimmy Webb's "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" with jump-jivin' Chuck Berry butt-shakers and... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Music

Alan Haynes

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club : 9:00 p.m. October 25

Being a fairly well-known blues guitarist in Austin, Texas, is like being a retired old coot in Coral Springs, Florida. Who in town isn’t? But Alan Haynes stands out thanks to a tireless dedication to the blues and a résumé that’d make even the most well-established... More >>

Kirby-West U Music

Shake Russell

Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant : 9:00 p.m. October 25

There was a time when Shake Russell could’ve run for mayor in Houston and probably finished with enough votes to shame both political parties. He might even have pulled a majority in Montrose and the Heights. For almost 30 years, Russell was a duo with Dana Cooper, and the pair... More >>

Montrose Music

The Bellamy Brothers

Dosey Doe : 7:30 p.m. October 26

Chances are, subconsciously, you know the entire Bellamy Brothers catalog by heart. That's the magic, for better or worse, of siblings David and Homer's tuneful, mellow country-rock — if such a thing were possible, they would be the Journey of the twanging set. At times the going does get... More >>

Outside Houston Music

“Stories About Place: Gustavo Bonevardi, Dias & Riedweg, Cesar González, Liliana Porter, Melanie Smith”

Sicardi Gallery : 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until October 25

Location is everything. It’s true in real estate, and it’s true in the artwork being shown in “Stories About Place: Gustavo Bonevardi, Dias & Riedweg, Cesar González, Liliana Porter, Melanie Smith,” now on exhibit at Sicardi Gallery. Gustavo Bonevardi, fascinated... More >>

Montrose Arts

“Robert Hodge: Destroy & Rebuild”

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston : 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Fri. until January 4; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sat. until January 4; 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun. until January 4; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu. until January 4

Visual artist Robert Hodge won’t have far to drive when he attends “Robert Hodge: Destroy & Rebuild,” his first ever solo museum show. Hodge grew up in and still has his studio in Third Ward, just a few blocks away from the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The exhibit, is a... More >>

Montrose Visual Art, Arts
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