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Opera in the Heights is presenting its final performance of Il Tabarro and Pagliacci this Saturday. The shows, by Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Adami respectively, premiered in the 1890s but still have a heck of a punch. Houston Press arts writer D. L. Groover said of the shows, "Puccini and Leoncavallo's tuneful melodramas both deal with wifely adultery and the consequences when the husband finds out. The end results are the same, no matter what century. It's powerful stuff." Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Boulevard. For information, call 713-861-5303 or visit www.opera-in-the-heights.org. $35 to $45.
If you haven't seen "No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston" over at the Contemporary Museum of Arts Houston, get there before it closes this Sunday. The exhibit is a look at what happens to a city when no zoning or land use ordinances are in place. (CAMH touts the "No Zoning" as "the first museum exhibition to consider the current and past efforts of regional artists working in the urban environment.)
More than 15 local artists and teams of artists, most of which have been engaging their environments in the '80s, have installations in the show. There are representations of several Houston sites, including Cleveland Turner's Flower Man House in the Third Ward (a mock-up graces the CAMH's front lawn) and notsuoH, the downtown hangout Jim Pirtle founded in the '90s. Other participating artists include The Art Guys (Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing), Mary Ellen Carroll, Rick Lowe, and Ben Tecumseh DeSoto (who just won Best Photographer and Best Art Exhibit in the Press' Best of Houston Awards). 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit www.camh.org. Free.
And finally, the Masquerade Theatre's production of Oliver! takes its final curtain call this Sunday. Based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, this isn't about sunshine and butterflies -- although there's a bit of sun at the end. It chronicles the journey of an orphan who gets into a bit of bad company before he finds a family that's willing to open their home to him. The book, music and lyrics are by Tony Award winning composer Lionel Bart. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Hobby Center - Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-861-7045 or visit www.masqueradetheatre.com.