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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

"Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River"

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

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

Arctic Monkeys

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion : 7:00 p.m. October 30

Besides spearheading this latest Britpop revival (you’re welcome, Bastille), Arctic Monkeys have mellowed a little of the manic energy but otherwise haven’t shed a strand of DNA from the brash UK teens who first appeared on 2006’s Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What... More >>

Outside Houston Music

Julian Casablancas & the Voidz

House of Blues : 8:00 p.m. October 31

The Strokes seem content to collect big-festival paychecks and little else these days, leaving Julian Casablancas et al. seeking their musical thrills elsewhere. And while there’s still plenty of his parent band’s sleek garage-rock in Casablancas’s latest offshoot, the Voidz,... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Disco Expressions

Continental Club : 9:00 p.m. October 31

Halloween falls on a Friday this year, and I have the perfect costume: I’m going as Sia, so look for me wearing a platinum-blond wig and standing in a corner with my back to everyone at the Continental Club, where Disco Expressions and the Allen Oldies Band are performing. They’ll... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Midnight River Choir

Firehouse Saloon : 9:00 p.m. October 31

As origin stories go, Midnight River Choir have a pretty good one. According to their Facebook page, four strangers floated a river near their New Braunfels hometown and ended up a band. (And hey, why not?) Two albums later, the Choir is winning over crowds on the dance-hall circuit with a... More >>

Galleria Music

Bleachers

Fitzgerald's : 7:00 p.m. November 1

When your platinum-selling, Grammy-winning band is faced with some much-deserved down time, where else would you want to go but…the ’80s? That’s how Jack Antonoff, guitarist for millennial NYC power-pop sensations fun., reinvented himself as Bleachers once wrapping the tour... More >>

Heights Music

The English Beat

Scout Bar : 7:00 p.m. November 1

2-tone deserved better. Otherwise known as the second wave of ska — the first being the ­reggae-tinged '60s Jamaican scene that produced the Wailers, the third the rock-tinged form that ruled the mid-'90s — this late-'70s strain originated from an English label whose roster... More >>

Clear Lake Music

Matt the Electrician

Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant : 9:00 p.m. November 1

Austin's Matt the Electrician (Matthew Sower to his family and friends) is one of a handful of brainy, somewhat quiet Central Texas singer-songwriters who write with considerable plainfolks wit, down-to-earth blue-collar common sense and smart-folks ideas. What emerges are songs like "Change... More >>

Montrose Music

The Psychedelic Furs

House of Blues : 7:00 p.m. November 2

The Psychedelic Furs are a study in retroactive popularity. They toiled in the punk and new wave underground for years before finding success as the inspiration for a John Hughes movie in 1986. They re-recorded that song ("Pretty in Pink") for the soundtrack, and after being an afterthought for... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Rachael Yamagata

Fitzgerald's : 7:00 p.m. November 3

Rachael Yamagata’s thoughtful, well-bred take on adult pop clearly marks her as one of Carole King’s spiritual godchildren. Since her debut LP, Happenstance, appeared a decade ago, the 37-year-old Arlington, Virginia, native has landed her songs on scores of prime-time TV shows and... More >>

Heights Music

The Weeks

Warehouse Live : 7:00 p.m. November 4

Just as Kings of Leon have seemingly lost their grip on younger fans’ imaginations, here come the Weeks to ensure that modern rock doesn’t lose its Southern accent. Even younger and rangier than the Followills circa Youth and Young Manhood, the Nashville-via-Mississippi quintet are... More >>

East End Music

King Diamond

House of Blues : 7:00 p.m. November 5

Mercyful Fate’s former front man has inspired a wave of metalheads from Metallica to Ghost BC. His aesthetic, lyricism and music have informed more artists than one could count. But many would have assumed that after a near-fatal heart attack and a serious back injury, King Diamond was... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Single Mothers

Walter's Downtown : 8:00 p.m. November 5

Vote first, please, but if you’re looking to release some Election-Day frustration — no matter your side of the political aisle — head over to Walters for a stiff dose of Single Mothers’ eardrum-assaulting nihilism. Carrying on the sneering tradition of Northern... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

“Jorge Marín: Wings of the City”

Discovery Green Conservancy : 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily until February 8

Discovery Green adds a bit more excitement to the air when it becomes the temporary home to nine magnificent bronze sculptures by famed Mexican artist Jorge Marín. The exhibit, titled “Wings of the City,” brings not only the stunning statues — which are molded to... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Outdoors, Arts

“Illustrations of War & Peace by Igor Karash”

Russian Cultural Center Our Texas : 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until November 29; 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. every Sat. until November 29

See Leo Tolstoy’s most famous work from a new perspective at the “Illustrations of War & Peace by Igor Karash” exhibit. An award-winning artist, the Azerbaijan-born Karash created the illustrations for an upcoming reprint of the novel. Karash has worked with theater companies... More >>

Kirby-West U Visual Art, Arts

“Jonathan Clark: Tracing Towers”

Houston Public Library - Central Library : 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu. until November 28; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 28; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until November 28

Ordinary #2 pencils are the focus of the “Jonathan Clark: Tracing Towers” exhibit. Well, actually, not ordinary #2 pencils. Clark, the gallery and installation assistant at the Rice University Art Gallery, has produced a series of oversize pencils (some stand as tall as... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Visual Art, Arts

“Dracula Cemetery Exhibition”

National Museum of Funeral History : 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until October 31; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 31

The “Dracula Cemetery Exhibition” at the National Museum of Funeral History doesn’t have any actual, authentic relics from Vlad “The Impaler” Tepes, the real-life 15th-century bloodthirsty royal who’s the inspiration for the infamous Dracula character of Bram... More >>

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