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2nd Annual War of the Worlds Reading

Studio 101 : 7:30 p.m. October 31

About the time most candy-seeking hobgoblins are done wandering the streets for the night, Stark Naked Theatre is staging its second annual reading of The War of the Worlds, the 1938 radio broadcast that Orson Welles initiated drawn from the 1898 science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. Legend has... More >>

Heights Halloween, Arts, Theater

Houston Press Noche De Los Muertos featuring La Sien

House of Blues-- Bronze Peacock Room : 8:00 p.m. November 1

It’s a party sure to raise the dead — the Houston Press Noche de los Muertos Celebration. Houston-based band La Sien (Houston Press Music Award Best Latin Act winner in 2013), provides its signature blend of Spanish rock, jazz, blues, funk and pop music for the celebration. Just... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Halloween, Food and Drink, Music, Libations, Dia de los Muertos, Arts

Conversations with the Director: MFAH Director Gary Tinterow Talks with Michael York

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Brown Auditorium Theater : 6:30 p.m. November 3

It’s been more than 40 years since Bob Fosse’s landmark film Cabaret first hit the screen. The movie featured a trio of young stars, Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Michael York. Houston fans can hear York discuss his time making Cabaret and the rest of his quite varied career at... More >>

Kirby-West U Arts, Film, Talks, Film - Repertory and Special Screenings

Joshua Bell

Jones Hall For the Performing Arts : 8:00 p.m. November 5

Go ahead and clap between movements if you want to. Violinist Joshua Bell says he doesn’t mind. Of course, this is a guy who has twice played in Washington D.C.’s Union Station, so he’s not your usual classical music purist. (The first time he played in Union Station was in... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music, Performing Arts, Arts

Otello

Wortham Theater Center : 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 Theater, Performing Arts, Opera, Arts

3rd Annual Mediterranean Film Festival

Rice University : 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. October 31; 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. November 1; 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. November 2

The 3rd Annual Mediterranean Film Festival adds films from Spain this year. Organized by the Houston-area consulates of Croatia, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Spain and Turkey, and in conjunction with Rice University Media Center, the festival screens several films from the region including an... More >>

Kirby-West U Film - Repertory and Special Screenings, Arts

MFAH Film Restorations & Revivals: Nosferatu the Vampyre (Phantom der Nacht)

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Brown Auditorium Theater : 7:00 p.m. daily until November 2

F.W. Murnau’s harrowing 1922 adaptation of the Dracula legend, Nosferatu, the Symphony of Horror, has been described as evoking the bizarre. That’s an understatement. Just look at actor Max Schreck as Count Orlok: cadaver head, rat’s teeth, bat ears, eagle beak nose, claw... More >>

Kirby-West U Halloween, Film - Repertory and Special Screenings, Arts

Così fan tutte

Wortham Theater Center : 7:30 p.m. October 31; 7:30 p.m. November 8; 7:30 p.m. November 13; 7:30 p.m. November 15

Don Alfonso, an old bachelor and, some would say, meddler, tells two young soldiers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, that women cannot be faithful. The soldiers argue that the women to whom they are betrothed, the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, are indeed trustworthy. A bet is made and the soldiers... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Opera, Arts, Music, Performing Arts

Company

The Music Box Theater : 7:30 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 22; 2:00 p.m. November 13; 2:00 p.m. November 16

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, Company takes a bittersweet look at the age-old issues that alternatively unite and separate the sexes. Michael J. Ross stars as Bobby, a 35-year-old bachelor with three married couples as friends and several girlfriends, in a... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Theater, Arts, Music, Performing Arts

Ragtime, Blues & All That Jazz

Jones Hall For the Performing Arts : 8:00 p.m. October 31; 8:00 p.m. November 1; 7:30 p.m. November 2

For the Ragtime, Blues & All That Jazz concert, the Houston Symphony trades Mozart and Wagner for Jelly Roll Morton and Muddy Waters. Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the orchestra in a swinging show that features trumpet player and singer Byron Stripling as the guest artist.... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Performing Arts, Arts, Music

Bal-Trap

Frenetic Theater : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. from November 1 until November 15

The French-speaking theater group Et Voilà Théâtre is presenting Bal-Trap, a new play by Xavier Durringer. The bittersweet drama, true to its Gallic origins, concerns the ups and downs and ins and outs of the pursuit of love. “Bal-Trap is about the small choices we... More >>

East End Performing Arts, Theater, Arts

“Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910”

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston : 12:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Sun. from November 2 until January 11; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. from November 2 until January 11; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu. from November 2 until January 11; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed. from November 2 until January 11

Christine Starkman, an organizing curator for the new exhibit “Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392 to 1910,” admits she has a few favorites in the show. One is a 16th-century porcelain bottle with a simple rope design. At just a little over 12 inches... More >>

Kirby-West U Arts, Museum Exhibits and Events

DJ Sun

The Flat : 9:00 p.m. every Mon.; 9:00 p.m. November 10

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

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

Death from Above 1979

Warehouse Live : 8:00 p.m. November 6

No two-piece act is more electric than Death From Above 1979. Composed of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler (a.k.a. MSTRKRFT), the Canadian dance-punks sparked the ongoing interest in fast-paced, electric, sexy duos who make noise much bigger than themselves. Be warned, though: This show... More >>

East End Music
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