Tim McGraw, Faith Hilll, Action Bronson and Oscar de la Renta — well, maybe not Oscar himself, but the fashions in lieu of his presence — will certainly suffice for this star-studded weekend. Pick your poison between a country concert that packs two of country music's most beloved performers and the large and in charge Queens-based rapper Action Bronson, both happening this Friday night. The weekend carries on with a full itinerary to match; keep reading for this weekend's best bets.
Original Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Cathedral
Friday, 11 a.m.
Original Greek Festival co-chair Fote Demeris admits that after Harvey, the organizers considered postponing or even canceling the annual celebration of all things Greek, but “decided to keep it because it gives people an escape.” The festival will include everything from music to all your favorite treats on the menu, like spanakopita and gyros to
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at Toyota Center
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
After launching the most successful country-music tour to date in 2006 and ’07, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are doing an encore as a sort of extended 20th-anniversary present to themselves — and their fans, of course. Houston is a late stop on this 65-date tour, a four-part program that sandwiches solo sets by each performer between the big-time duets — “I Need You,” “It’s Your Love,” new single “Speak to a Girl” — that made them country’s biggest first-name-only couple since George and Tammy, only with a much happier ending. For information, call 866-446-8849 or visit houstontoyotacenter.com $69.50 to $119.50.
Action Bronson at Warehouse Live
Friday, 8 p.m.
Action Bronson is back. As are his words that make your mouth water, make you write off your ex and develop the Queens accent you never knew you had. This smart, sharp former chef will take the stage at Warehouse Live, adding to the venue's banging week by following SZA's knockout performance, which took place this past Tuesday. "Actin' Crazy," "Baby Blue" and "Easy Rider" are just a few of the big man's hits we know he'll deliver with a punch, but word to the wise: Don't show up hungry. His salacious words just might backfire should you show up with an empty stomach and an impressionable appetite. For information, call 713-225-5483 or visit warehouselive.com $35 to $40.
Houston Weird Home Tours
Saturday, 10 a.m.
Spend a Saturday focusing on the odd and wacky when the second annual Houston Weird Homes Tour returns. The self-paced, self-driving tour will lead you through at least eight of the weirdest dwellings Houston has to offer, including Susie and Dirk Stronck's "Journey Through Time" house, boasting a collection that includes Egyptian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and an original Lutheran Bible; art car artist Rebecca Lowe's hand-painted "House of Tree"; and "The Hippolotofus Home," owned by a hippo enthusiast and member of the Hippolotofus Society. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to local nonprofits fighting for affordable housing. For information, call 512-308-6215 or visit weirdhomestour.com. $30 to $50.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Obsidian Art Space
Saturday, 8 p.m.
3522 White Oak Drive
There’s orphans galore, picturesque names (Rosa Budd, Reverend Crisparkle) and a plot more labyrinthine than most modern spy novels. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is vintage Charles Dickens made all the more complicated by the fact that he never finished it. Enter Rupert Holmes in the mid-1980s, who wrote the book, music and lyrics; while maintaining the integrity of Dickens’s text, Holmes made judicious edits and turned it into a comic musical that went on to win five Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. Obsidian Theater and Standing Room Only Productions are bringing the show to Houston, and Rachel Landon, who is directing, says audience members should know ahead of time that this is an immersive theater experience. For information, 832-889-7837 or visit obsidiantheater.org. $27.50 to $37.50.
"The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
From Hollywood icons to bona fide royalty and more than one First Lady, Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta had women clamoring for the privilege of wearing his clothes. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is showcasing his life and work through almost 70 ensembles, with a local connection here in Houston. “There are works from our own collection as well as loans from local Houstonians,” says Cindi Strauss, Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft and Design, who collaborated with former editor-at-large for Vogue magazine André Leon Talley, and others, in curating the show. This jewel of an exhibit sparkles with antique furniture, paintings and clips of celebrities wearing his clothes. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit mfah.org. Free to $25.
Mrs. Warren’s Profession at Classical Theatre Company
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Houston director Julia Traber’s new take on the George Bernard Shaw classic Mrs. Warren’s Profession comes from a place of frustration. “It’s certainly an indictment on the social conditions of women, the labor market and prostitution,” she says. “What’s immoral? There’s still the wage gap and there’s the prejudice of women choosing to have children. In an indirect way, this play is still very relevant.” Traber admits to having trouble setting this Classical Theatre Company production of Shaw’s 1894 play in modern times, but with its timely applicability, she has decided to bring life to this production right here in Houston. For information, call 713-963-9665 or visit classicaltheatre.org. $10 to $25.
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Evening at the Talk House at The MATCH
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
The characters in Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House gather for a reunion in some unspecified country at some unspecified time in the future. All were involved with a certain unsuccessful play ten years before. They are there to catch up on the usual stuff of countless high school and college reunions. But in what co-director Kyle Sturdivant (Best Actor, 2017 Houston Theater Awards) calls one of Shawn’s “more accessible” plays, what soon develops in this one-act is a far darker — while still comedic — story line of how politics, survival instincts and compromise can take over the lives of even the most idealistic members of the citizenry. For information, call 713-521-4533 or visit catasrophictheatre.com. Suggested ticket price $35.
Natalie de la Garza, Margaret Downing, Chris Gray, Vic Shuttee and Susie Tommaney contributed to this post.